Posts made in December, 2013

5 December 2013

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 5 December 2013

Dear Parents,

As the school year draws to an end I wish to take this opportunity to thank all our parent coaches, drivers and supporters who have ensured our sports teams have been able to complete this term.
We have had soccer, badminton, table tennis, cricket, basketball, flipperball and touch teams this term who have all performed well which is a credit to them but also a reflection of the support from our coaches and supporters. Many thanks for your commitment to our children.
Congratulations to Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa in making her Sacraments of Initiation last weekend.
Good luck to Summer Smith, Anika Winders, Jacob Boniface and Malachi Lang who are taking part in the BMX Champs this afternoon. We look forward to hearing about this.
I will be away tomorrow so will unfortunately miss the Room 7 & 8 camp sleepover. I know all the children are looking forward to this and hope you all have a great night.
Our final school Mass will be next Thursday at 9.30am.
We are hoping for some fine weather after lunch so we can use Mrs McKenzie’s water slide.

Peter Forde

School Events for your Calendars

  • Friday 6/12 – Mufti, Gold Coin, Jump Rope
  • Friday 6/12 – Canteen – Final Day
  • Friday 6/12 – Rooms 7 & 8 Sleepover
  • Tuesday 10/12 – Year 6 Day
  • Wednesday 11/12 – Rooms 5 & 6 to Anderson’s Park
  • Thursday 12/12 – End of Year Mass 9.30am
  • Friday 13/12 – End of Term 4 @ 12.30 pm
  • Monday 16/12 – BOT 7 pm
  • Tuesday 28/1 – Start of Term 1 2014

Year 6 Leavers

Next week the Year 6 leavers’ night will bring an end to an association with a number of families -Boniface, Brookland, Brown x 3, Cooper, Devlin, Downing, Forde, Hawkes, Kinney, Nolan, Reitsma-Smith, Russell, Sherriff, Tinker and Wilkes.

I thank you all for your support and contribution to our school over the years. Whether it be class help, camps, sports, fundraising, social events PTA or BOT, it has all been much appreciated. Thank you.

 

Reports

Our reporting format is different to an increasing number of schools that are computer generated reports from the school management systems. We have retained our format with the aim of making them more “personal” to each child. I will be asking for feedback from parents in regards your interpretation of the reports next week. An issue is that we have designed rubrics with criteria statements for Maths, Writing and Reading. The teacher and children use these when setting goals and next steps. Because of this a lot of children of similar ability will have similar comments in regards progress and achievements.

Mufti Gold Coin for Philippines / Jump Rope

Tomorrow will be mufti to fundraise for the Philippines. We would appreciate your child donating a gold coin. At 1.30pm Jump Rope will kick off. The children will need to bring suitable footwear for skipping and if they have a hula hoop, could they bring that too please. Parents are welcome.

McDermott Buses

McDermott’s will finish transporting our children on Tuesday 10th December. The Otatara bus will leave at 12.00 noon on this day but the other buses will go at the normal time. Please let Christine know if your child is to be put on this early bus.

Book Amnesty – LIBRARY BOOKS AND READING BOOKS

We have a lot of books not being returned to school. Can I ask all parents to check at home for books belonging to us and return them asap, no questions asked. Many thanks.

Lost Glasses

Declan from Room 1 has lost his glasses. We would appreciate you keeping an eye out for these.

FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 8

Did you know that Advent is the season that begins the Church year? This does not mean that Advent is the most important time of the year. The Easter cycle has always had this honour. We have a number of symbols that remind us of this season and help us on our prayerful journey towards the birth of Christ. Symbols like the Advent Wreath, an Advent calendar, perhaps you even have a Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree has persons associated with the gradual coming of the Messiah added each week.

Google “Jess Tree” and create one in your home!

Altar Servers

Saturday 9 December 7.00 pm Nathan Russell

Sunday 10 December 10.30 am Max Forde & Caleb Brown

Children’s Liturgy Aletta Reid

Sports Results

Basketball Results

Flyers lost 4-6 Breakers won 20-2 Slamdunkers lost 18-20 Sharks lost 4-20

Touch Results

Stars won against St. Pat’s 5 – 0. POD was Alex Hawkes and Alex McLeod.

Ballers lost 5 – 6

Sharkes lost 0 – 2

Other notices

Out of School Art Classes 2014 ~For more info contact 2177482.

Singing & Drama Holiday Programme 16 – 19 December 9am – 3pm
Fully interactive and extensive singing and drama programme for students Years 1 – 8 who would like to have fun while learning the arts of singing and drama. “Voice development, microphone work, mime, improvisation, short plays and musical theatre”. For more info contact: Alice Fraser 0212054412 or Miriam Erikson 0276004631.

We thank the BNZ for supplying our new school sign.

Room 5 Class Happenings

Last week Room 5 were inspired to write about Vikings from a story we had enjoyed in class. Here are a few of the responses made from the story.

Once upon a time there was a boy named Josh. One day he saw a Viking ship. He saw a Viking. “Do you want to be a Viking with us?”, asked the Viking. Josh replied, “Yes”. So he hopped on board and lots and lots of Vikings came aboard. They untied the boat and sailed away down a stream. They crashed into a rocky shore of an island so they jumped out and walked down the rocky shore. Lots of waves splashed on them and they got really wet. They kept on walking when one man tripped over in the water but the king saved him so they ran back to the ship and sailed back home. Cole H

Once there was a Viking. His name was Spooky. He was going to fight and saw an eating plant. They took it on the boat and found brown coal. They were fighting a roaring, white, grey and green dragon. He was thirty -four feet long. He had claws. They got back on the boat and rowed to a rocky island. Jimmy

Once there was a ten -year old boy called Josh who believed in Vikings so much that he went into the Viking’s layer. The leader of the Vikings said,” You are going to Mars to fight with us and as quick as a wink he was on the Viking ship. He was so surprised that he had a sword and a shield and silver armour.
“We are going to fight dragons, “said the leader. “They live in space. Josh was scared. He had never fought with a sword before. The leader of the Vikings said,” Don’t worry. We will train before we fight because he is of my people. We haven’t trained very much.” So they trained every morning and every afternoon. Finally they were trained and fought the dragons. Caleb

Hiccup is a Viking. He saves Berk Island from wild dragons with their own dragons. Stoic is a Viking as well. Stoic has a brown beard. He ahs a friend called Gobba. Gobba makes swords and shields. You will never get lost but if you do get lost we have shields or swords to help you. Cole H

One day Vikings killed heaps of dragons. Children tried to train the dragons but they got told off. Right then a baby was born called Hiccup. When he was eight he trained his own dragon and kept it a secret. Then when he went to dragon school he learnt about the dragon’s weaknesses. He had fun with the dragon. Soon the whole village heard and they all wanted a dragon. Soon the dragon went crazy because it had a loose tooth and no one knew. They checked the dragon. And they saw the loose tooth and fixed it. The dragon was all better. Malachi

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28 November

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 28 November

Dear Parents
Today we welcome Kate Oosterbroek to join the children in Room 2.
We hope she enjoys her time with us at Sacred Heart School.
Congratulations to Ella Van Eeden who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist last Sunday.
School Events for your Calendars:
Monday                      4/12         PTA final meeting at Buster Crabb
Wednesday             4/12         BOT Meeting 6 pm
Friday                         6/12         Mufti, Gold Coin, Jump Rope
Friday                        6/12         Canteen – Final Day
Tuesday                    10/12       Year 6 Day
Thursday                                    12/12       End of Year Mass
                                                      Reports go home
Friday                        13/12       End of Term 4 @ 12.30 pm
Monday                     16/12       BOT 7 pm
Tuesday                    28/1         Start of Term 1 2014
PTA ~ PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Buster Crabb 7.30 pm WEDNESDAY 4th of December. Please note change of date for the next PTA meeting, due to it clashing with other functions. Hope to see you there and remember to rsvp asap as numbers are required for seating.  Cheers ~ Amanda
Reports & Moderation
At this time of the year while preparing end of year reports, our staff are also looking at all the assessment data collected and moderate it to ensure we are consistent across all our classes. Over the past few years there has been a lot of fluctuation with results in regards National Standards as they have been continually ‘tweaked”. This has caused some confusion for parents as an “above” moves to an “at” or an “at” to a “below” and vice versa.
This has been especially so for Maths as the curriculum document, the National Standards and the Numeracy Project don’t quite match up.
Mrs Williams and Mrs Lieshout have been working on our Math’s delivery programme for next year and have developed a more robust system to ensure our moderation processes are consistent with best practice in NZ. This will be fully complemented in 2014.
Jump Rope – Friday 6th December 1.30 pm
Next Friday we will be having Jump Rope at 1.30 pm. As this is a mufti day, the children will need to bring suitable footwear for skipping. Parents are welcome.
St. Vincent de Paul Donation
We thank Sr. Maria Goretti and the St. Vincent de Paul Southland Area for the donation towards support programs at Sacred Heart School. We are grateful for your support.
McDermott Buses
McDermott’s will finish transporting our children for the year on Tuesday 10th December.
The Otatara bus will leave at 12.00 noon on this day but the other buses will go at the normal time. Parents will need to make alternative travel arrangements for their children for the rest of that week.
Calendars
These are on display in the junior corridor. Please have orders in by Monday 2nd December.
Book Amnesty
We have a lot of books not being returned to school. Can I ask all parents to check at home for books belonging to us and return them asap, no questions asked.  Many thanks.
Lost Glasses
Declan from Room 1 has lost his glasses. We would appreciate you keeping an eye out for these.
Learn to Swim Programme (3 yrs – adults) 6 – 31 January 2014 $43
Register @ 2177506 or swimschool@spashpalace.co.nz
FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 7
Sunday 1st December is the first Sunday of Advent.  Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ which means ‘coming’. 
The liturgical readings and prayers place emphasis on the coming (advent, arrival) of Christ.  It is a period of joyful preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas (the Incarnation) and for his Second Coming at the end of time.  Create a special prayer space in your home, perhaps with an Advent Wreath, so that each night you can be drawn away from the media hype that leads into the celebration of Christmas and drawn into prayerful preparation for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Altar Servers
Saturday 30 November           7.00 pm                     Charlotte Sherriff
Sunday 1 December                10.30 am                                     Jacob Sullivan & Claire Kinney
Children’s Liturgy                                                         Paul Brooks
Mufti Day for Philippines Relief Fund ~ Gold Coin Please
Next Friday we will be holding a mufti day to raise funds for the Philippines relief fund. We will be supporting Caritas – www.caritas.org.nz and the children are asked to bring a gold coin donation.  Many thanks.
Wallacetown Motors are looking for a forcourt attendant to work Mon – Fri 8.30 – 5.30 pm.
If interested please contact Geoff 2358429.
Basketball Results:
Flyers lost 2 – 18        Shooters lost 4 – 18             Slamdunkers lost 8 – 26         Sharks lost 9 – 12
Touch Results:
Stars played Waihopai and won 3 – 0. POD was Ben O’Connor.
Ballers won 9 – 0. POD was Jakobe Paraki.
Sharkes won 2 – 0. POD was Tyler Pool.
Nativity Photos
Want a Christmas photo with a difference. Come along to the Manna Bookshop, 90 Spey Street for a photo at a nativity scene. 10 – 21stDecember, 10am till 5pm Tuesday till Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday $5 and $10 packs, cash only.
We thank the BNZ for supplying our new school sign.
Room 2 Class Happenings
It has been been a strange time in Room 2 lately.  We arrived to school one day to find that the toy dinosaurs had somehow come alive in the night and played havoc in our classroom!  We did some research on the computer and found that it was happening in other places too.  It is Dinovember and this means that toy dinosaurs do some pretty crazy things when we are asleep.  Luckily December is coming very soon, because the children are becoming very worried about the demolition that the dinosaurs are causing!  Here are our stories about Dinovember.
The dinosaurs have ripped a big hole in the box. They played on the iPad.  I am annoyed because they messed the classroom up.  They ate the brain food.  It is four more sleeps until December.  They tipped the jellybeans over.  They put stickers on Mrs Stupples’ chair and her work paper.  They played on the phone.  It is Dinovember. 
They come alive at night.  By Logan
The dinosaurs have been naughty.  They ate the rubber.   It is Dinovember.  I will hate the dinosaurs.  They should be locked in jail.  No more dinosaurs.  They are naughty.  They ate the brain food.  They played on the iPad.  By Jack 
The dinosaurs had made a hole in the box. They made a big hole.  They played on the iPad and they played Maths Duel and they made a mess on Mrs Stupples’ desk and they put sellotape on the pens so they were sellotaped together so they could slide down.  It is Dinovember.  That means the dinosaurs are alive.  They make a mess.  The dinosaur is a kind of a thing that has escaped away.  They ate brain food.  The little one could get out of the box.  Jack sellotaped the little one.  It is funny because they make a mess.  By Ruby 
Dinosaurs are in Room 2.  I feel crazy today because they are silly dinosaurs today because they are naughty.  They are crazy dinosaurs.   By Lilly H 
Dinosaurs are destroying the world.  By Michael 
The dinosaurs are naughty.  By Lily T 
I am at school.  The dinosaur is naughty.  I am angry.  By Grace 
I went into Room 2.  I saw the dinosaurs.  They saw me.  The dinosaurs broke the rubbers. 
They are naughty.  By Pippa 
The dinosaurs are messing the class up.  They played on the iPad.  The dinosaurs are naughty.  I was happy too.  We taped the dinosaurs to the Sellotape holder.   By Quin 
The dinosaurs had a little party.  They were playing with the phone.  When I came back to school the dinosaur was out of the box.  They were playing on the iPad.  They were playing with the puzzles.  The dinosaurs are silly.  By Briarlee 
The dinosaurs were using Mrs Stupples’ stickers.  They were all over the place on the Mrs Stupples’ desk and on the chair.  They all come alive at night.  Dinovember is when dinosaurs eat things and come alive at night.  I feel crazy about it because the dinosaurs are messy because they tipped over the jellybeans and they made a mess.  Today I was embarrassed because they tipped stuff over on the table and in the container and it was crazy and silly today, and they played on the phone.  They are naughty dinosaurs when they play on the phone.  By Karly 
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21 November

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 21 November

Philippines Donation Caritas
Bishop Colin has made a plea for donations to be given to Caritas to help those in the Philippines who have suffered great loss in the recent typhoon. Please make your donation to the school office by Friday November 29. You can also make a donation online:  www.caritas.org.nz  Thank you for your support. 
Dear Parents
The end of the school year is fast approaching and the classes are busy finishing off units of work and carrying out end of year assessments for our reports to parents, the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education as part of our Annual Report systems.
As this information is being collated, it is moderated for consistency across all classes and we look for “blips” in individual results or trends across a cohort of children i.e. Year 4 girls.
Ministry policy dictates that Boards focus on all children’s achievement but target especially on Maori, Pacifica and children with Special Education needs.
We are looking to collect new data from parents as to their expectations for their children. This could be in the form of a survey, meetings or 1 – 1 interviews. We will be seeking some direction from parents as to the best way to get as much coverage as possible in the next couple of weeks.
Congratulations to the following pupils who will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Sunday: Lucy Baynes, Shaun Clapperton, Aidan Dudfield, Joshua Henderson, Oliver Hogan, Joshua Newell, Kate Russell, Mya O’Connor, Aubrey Page, Sarah Phillipson, Summer Smith, Megan Sullivan, Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa, Tanesha Tagomoa-Kaa, Nicholas Walsh and Anika Winders.
School Events for your Calendars:
Sunday                      24/11       Sacrament of the Eucharist 2pm
Monday                     25/11       Boost chess set displays 5.30 pm
                                                      Room 9 Camp Presentations 6 pm
Thursday                                    28/11       Room 8 Sherwood Forest
Monday                     2/12          PTA final meeting at Buster Crabb
Wednesday             6/12          BOT Meeting 6 pm
Tuesday                    10/12       Year 6 Day
Thursday                                    12/12       End of Year Mass 1.30 pm
                                                      Reports go home
Friday                        13/12       End of Term 4 @ 12.30 pm
Monday                     16/12       BOT 7 pm
Tuesday                    28/12       Start of Term 1 2014 (please note change of starting day, after                                              receiving correspondence from the Catholic Education Office).
McDermott Buses
McDermott’s will finish transporting our children for the year on Tuesday 10th December.
The Otatara bus will leave at 12.00 noon on this day but the other buses will go at the normal time. Parents will need to make alternative travel arrangements for their children for the rest of that week.
Calendars
Order forms will be sent home tomorrow and calendars can be viewed from next Wednesday .
Cricket
I would recommend that you read Ian Mockfords cricket article in today’s paper. There is an excellent account of the Yr 5/6 Southland vs Otago cricket fixture and glowing reports of Jacob Downing & Joshua Cooper’s exploits. Very well done boys.
Outstanding Accounts
Please have all accounts paid up next week. Thank you.
Book Amnesty
We have a lot of books not being returned to school. Can I ask all parents to check at home for books belonging to us and return them asap, no questions asked.  Many thanks.
FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 6
The Feast of Christ the King will be celebrated on 24thNovember.
Christ the King Sunday celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of the cosmos. Officially called the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent.  Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church in his encyclical Quas Primas.
 
Altar Servers
Saturday 23rd November        7.00 pm                     Caleb Brown
Sunday 24th November           10.30 am                                    Cameron Roulston & Max Forde
Children’s Liturgy                                                         Megan Roulston
PTA
Wow, what a hugely successful Pet Day last Friday. Not only did the sun shine but it was truly an awesome day for all the children, their pets and everyone involved.
The Committee would like to sincerely thank the following people and businesses for their outstanding support and donations which contributed to our very successful Pet Day. Please show your support for these businesses whenever possible. 
Colonial Bakery – Brian and Alison Booth
Countdown Waikiwi – Anne
CRT Co-Operative – Harry Soper
Environment Southland – Brucie, Mark Oster and Libby
Invercargill Licensing Trust – Gary Muir
New Zealand Army – Rewi Hagan & Kath Brewster
PGG Wrightson Invercargill – Yvonne and Roddy Bridston
Pita Pit – The Andrews Family
Solaris Farms Ltd – Shane & Maria O’Donnell
Southern Wide Real Estate – Dallas Lucas and Brenda Shaw
Waikiwi Vet Services – Martha Hogan
Westpac NZ Ltd – Mike Walsh, Murray Heath, Lewis Risk and Chris
Special thanks also to:
·       Heidelberg family for a private donation of books
·       Ex-pupils: Ella Richardson and Hannah Dawson for their help throughout the day
·       Our Sacred Heart School community – principal, students, teachers and parents 
·       Sacred Heart Parish especially Father Jacob and Father Hook
A very big thank you to Maria O’Donnell, the Pet Day Committee Members and the wonderful volunteers, for the efforts to make the day such a huge success. Your time and effort was greatly appreciated by all.
The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 2nd December 7.30 pm at Buster Crabb.
We will have a quick meeting followed by coffee and dessert to finish off a fantastic year.
All parents and staff are welcome to join us. Please contact/text Amanda 0274 354 310 for numbers.
Second Hand Uniform Sale
We will be selling 2nd hand uniforms on Fri Dec 6th, from 2.30 pm, in the school foyer. We have good quality reasonably priced uniforms for all ages. So get in quick & be organised for next year. Unfortunately we are not buying in at the moment as we have sufficient stock, but feel free to donate uniforms.
Spud in a Bucket
Many thanks to Anne Diack from Diacks Nursery for the donation of the potatoes for our ‘Spud in the Bucket’ competition. Happy Growing everyone!
Production DVD $10
These are still available in the office.
Room 1  ~  Class Happenings  ~  Pet Day
Wow, we had lots of fun today, during our ‘Pet Day’.  Thank you to everyone who could come and join us. We were very lucky with the beautiful weather. The children were very excited to share their pets with one another and loved seeing all the other animals at school. The excitement built as the children saw each other in their house colours when they first arrived at school.  We got to go and see all the amazing cakes that lots of people decorated and shared with the school. Next we had house relays, with lots of jumping over and around hay bale, and even crawling under big tarpaulins.  After lunch the pets starting arriving at school and the real excitement in the children was very easy to see. Lots of children from Room 1 received prizes for their pets and cakes.  Well done Room 1.
Lost Glasses
Declan from Room 1 has lost his glasses. We would appreciate you keeping an eye out for these.
Scholastic Bookclub
Number 8 is the last offer this year and closes Thursday 28thNovember.
Nativity Photos
Want a Christmas photo with a difference. Come along to the Manna Bookshop, 90 Spey Street for a photo at a nativity scene. 10 – 21stDecember, 10am till 5pm Tuesday till Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday $5 and $10 packs, cash only.
 Out of School Music Classes Enrolments for 2014
We offer musicianship classes teaching recorder and theory. Students can then learn an instrument of their choice. We also offer theory classes and we have a
choir for students 7 years and up. Prices start at $30 for choir and $65 a year (plus books & recorder) for musicianship. Enrol online at www.osmc.co.nz, phone 216-5137 or email admin@osmc.co.nz
Shelley Coutts Dance Academy Presents …….The Sleeping Beauty
Sunday 1st Dec, Centre Stage 1pm & 5pm. Tickets on sale at ICC Booking office or Cue TV
Come and see your classmates show casing their ballet & jazz skills in this delightful fairytail.
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