Posts made in May, 2015

14 May 2015

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Dear Parents


Health Form

Thank you to the children who have returned these forms. Please check all information is correct and amend as necessary, then return to the office asap.


Parish Survey Form

A reminder to fill in the survey from Fr. Tony and return to school in the envelope provided.

There has only been 12 envelopes returned so far.


Assembly Times

As I mentioned last week, increased production practices has meant we will have fewer assemblies this term. We met today to see a sneak preview of the Verdon Production and there will be a visiting show next Friday @ 11.45 for all the school.



If you know of any prospective enrolments please have them contact the school. At this time of the year we have to predict our pupil roll for the upcoming year. If you have pre-schoolers at home, can you please check that they are on our enrolment list. Also please check at your pre-schools/kindergarten to see if our enrolment packs are available. Mrs Stupples and I visit most of our contributing pre-schools but often don’t know when our packs runs out. Many thanks.


Activity Fee

Thank you to those who have settled their activity fee. To date two thirds of the roll has been taken care of. Please feel free to drip feed this account. Direct debits are welcomed at:

031746-004203300. Many thanks.


Cross Country ~ Tuesday 19th May

The school Cross Country will be on Tuesday the 19th of May. It will commence at 1.30pm on the field behind Rooms 1-3. All races will begin and finish there. Rooms 1, 2 & 3 will run around the school grounds. Rooms 6,7 & 9 have circuits around Donovan Park. The children are to wear sports uniform and sports shoes. They also need to bring jackets and water bottles to school.

We will eat lunch at 12.30pm so the children won’t get the stitch. The fields and Park are muddy so a spare pair of socks and shoes to wear home are advisable.

If the weather is not suitable we will let you know it has been postponed on Facebook at 11.30am. Postponement day is Thursday the 28th of May.

We would appreciate parent help for this day, so please let the school know if you are available.


Verdon Showcase 19 – 21 May 7.30pm @ Centrestage

Verdon Showcase is a magnificent entertainment package to show case the marvellous talents of the students at Verdon College through story, song, dance and ensemble work. Tickets are available @ or CUE TV, SIT Arcade.













Faith Facts ~ Crossing the threshold of faith leads us to beg for each one of us the “mind… which was in Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:5), so that we may experience a new way of thinking, of communicating, of being in the family, of planning the future, of living out the virtue of charity and our vocation.
Altar Servers

Saturday 16 May 7.00 pm       Maiya & Tanesha Tagomoa-Kaa

Sunday 17 May 10.30 am       Summer Smith & Anika Winders

Children’s Liturgy                     Trish Sherriff


Nepal Earthquake

Caritas teams have already supported more than 38,000 people with temporary shelter kits and helped more than 2,000 families with food following the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April – the deadliest for more than 80 years in the country. Text NEPAL to 833 to donate $3 to Caritas’ relief work in Nepal.

You can also donate online select Nepal Disaster Fund

Sports Results

3rd week in to our 10 week Netball tournament for Year 5 and Year 6.  Results being Steelers a draw with Otatara;  4 all.   This was a defence game all the way, outstanding work from Mackenzie Jordan and Ella van Eeden.

Stars had a tough battle, first loss, losing to St Josephs 10-2.  Outstanding play from Caleb Ridd in the GK position and Ava Aitken for her movement of the ball through the centre court.


Hockey Southland ~ Sundays ~ Islington Street ~ $5

Coaching:                 7 – 10 yrs @ 9.30am

Yr 1 & 2 @ 10am

Goalie Skills @ 9.45am


Lost Black Macpac Jacket with the name Caleb Ridd written inside down by the hip.

Please check your child is wearing the correct jacket.

Garage Sale – Saturday 16th May, Donovan Primary School Hall, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Proceeds to Layla Henriksen-Glover, 4 years old, who is fighting stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer.


Badminton Southland Baddy Basher Club

FREE for Ages 5 – 12 Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30pm, Badminton Hall @ Surrey Park, March through to September 2015. You just need to turn up on the day and join in.


Congratulations to Room 3 for winning the Pita Pit lunch shout from More FM this week.





Room 9 Class Happenings


The Trenches ~ The Soldiers couldn’t go to the toilet in the mornings because the Germans would bomb the toilets with shells. So they had to do number ones and twos in a bucket. They had often used wee wee for cooling down machine guns, and softening up the leather on

their boots so they wouldn’t get foot diseases like trench foot.

OH NO GAS!!!  By Caleb Hickey


Dear Mum ~ The war is not as I thought it would be. I thought it would be like an adventure not like a nightmare! My friend Charles got blown up by a shell yesterday. He was a conscientious objector. I am too. We both were stretcher-bearers. We are in desperate need of food. Could you please send some? I hope the war ends soon. I am missing home bitterly. By Laura


The War ~ In the beginning it was hard for my Grandma and my Nana when the war wason.

My Great Grandad was sent away on a top secret mission. He drove a huge bulldozer to clear away the scrub so the workers could build an airport. They built this airport on an island in the South Pacific so the soldiers could launch and land planes without the enemy knowing. They also used the airport to get supplies to the soldiers.  By Josh Newell  


World War 1 ~ It is day 10 of the war. We have been building the trench. We have not been getting much sleep because the floor is pretty hard. The gas has been getting in the trench. I found a gas-mask. I had to wee on my boots because I was getting blisters. Best of all I found some of my old friends from school. I have killed some rats. Two days ago we aimed at the German’s toilet and someone was in it. The shells have been going off all the time. It is a blood bath. K.I.A. By Reilly

World War 2  ~ I hear the gunfire all around me. I watch my friends getting shot beside me. I feel the muddy, mud covering my boots. My time has come. I get shot. The first aiders come and take me away to hospital on a stretcher. I lie there and I hear people screaming with pain. I see someone parked beside me. We find out that we had the same last name and birth mother and father. We said if it wasn’t for both of us getting injured we would have never meet.  (True family story) By Luke


Great – Great – Grandfather Walter Lewis was in World War 1 ~ He was 22 when he went to war.  He was a sapper (engineer) for the Otago 33rd. Rifle NZEF. He served for 1 year and 96 days. He left in 1917 and was discharged on October 14th 1919. He was a corporal.  He got discharged while at war. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory medal. He was a farmer before the war. He died 22nd April 1936 of cancer and was buried on ANZAC day.

By Hannah  Horrell



Remember the shooting of guns around us.

Remember seeing are greatest friends dying around us.

Remember the cold hard nights in the trenches.

Remember we cried ourselves to sleep, with the booming of shells round us.

That was war, 100 years rest in peace,

Least we forget.


By Sam Richardson

WORLD  WAR  1  Trenches !

At Sacred Heart school we had a ANZAC fun day. I would like to tell you all about it,but! Before the funday my class (Room 9) learned about the soldiers, how they lived, what they ate and what the conditions were like. I learnt how they used World War 1 wee wee (the way they used urine is not fine) army boots are rough and uncomfortable but fix that with World War 1 wee wee. By weeing on your boots they will feel like smelly slippers.

By weeing on your gun it will stop it overheating (if a gun overheats it could explode). If there’s poisonous gas, wee on a cloth and hold it over your nose and mouth. The trenches that the soldiers lived in were horrible. They were muddy, wet and infested with rats and lice.The soldiers had to eat canned beef and hard dry biscuits called hardtack. Hardtack had been known to break teeth and was sometimes thrown at the enemy.

The soldiers had few grenades so they made their empty cans into home made bombs.

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the guns fell silent, the Germans surrendered. We honor those who fought and died in the war.

LEST WE FORGET                    


By Nick Walsh






































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7 May 2015

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Dear Parents


Thank you very much for your support at our school Mass and picnic on Sunday. A big thanks to Fr. Tony, Mrs Winders and all the PTA members for making it such a success.


Jacqui O’Connor

Today we farewell Mrs O’Connor as a Teacher Aide as she moves to a new job. Jacqui has worked here for 4 years and we wish to thank her for all the work she has done for our children. We will miss her initiative and commitment and wish her all the best in the future.


Health Form

Attached today is a Health form for you to update your child’s record. Please check all information is correct and amend as necessary. Please make sure an email address is given. We would appreciate you returning this to school tomorrow. Thank you.


Parish Survey Form

Also attached today is a Parish survey from Fr. Tony. He has asked families to fill in this survey and return to school in the envelope provided.



With production practices and ANZAC day assemblies, we have not had a need to have whole school assemblies. At next week’s assembly we will have Verdon Collge students performing at 9.30am. I will advertise Assembly dates/times in next week’s newsletter.


Tax Freedom Day

A blog I read stated that today was the day that Kiwis have paid off their collective tax bill for the year. They calculated that of 365 days, people would spend 113 days paying central government taxes, 13 days ‘working for local authorities’ and would keep the equivalent of the remaining 239 days.


PTA ~ Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day this year we thought it would be a nice idea for the children to bring along a gift that is no more than $5 in value.  These gifts will then be put altogether and your child will get to choose another gift from the table that they would like to give their mum on Mother’s Day.

We have done this in the past and the children have loved being able to ‘exchange’ their gift for another to give their mum on Mother’s Day. Tomorrow your child’s class will be called to Room 5 to choose a gift to take home to their Mum. Many thanks ~ your PTA



If you know of any prospective enrolments please have them contact the school.


Parents Afternoon Tea

All parents are invited to come along for a get together in the staffroom next Thursday 14th May at 2.00pm. This is a great opportunity for new parents to come along and meet others.


Sports Results


Netball is into its second week, with fantastic results for both Sacred Heart teams.

Steelers won 8 – 1 against St. Pat’s. POD was Sarah Phillipson for her outstanding shooting.

Stars draw 5-5 against Windsor North. Reilly McLean getting Player of the day for outstanding team effort and again, amazing shooting. It was awesome to see lots of parents and teachers coming to watch. Next game is Tuesday at 3.45 for both teams at the Stadium. See you there!!


Garage Sale in the School Hall 9th May 8.30–12pm Come along this Saturday and support Room 9’s Camp Fundraiser: household items, toys, home baking, sausage sizzle. See you there!!!



Faith Facts ~ Crossing the threshold of faith means not being ashamed to the heart of a child who, because he/she still believes in impossible things, can live in hope – the one thing that is capable of giving meaning and transforming history. To ask for it without ceasing, to pray without fainting and to adore so as be transfigured by what we contemplate.


Altar Servers

Saturday 9 May 7.00 pm         Jacob Sullivan

Sunday 10 May 10.30 am       Emma Brooks & Ella van Eeden

Children’s Liturgy                     Paul Brooks


Below is a picture of the new furniture for Rooms 1 & 2. It is designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. Please have a look yourselves as it is better in colour.




Hockey Southland

Tim Page is running a coaching clinic through Southland Hockey for Yr 1 & 2 children for the next 5 Sundays @ 10am. These sessions will go for 45 minutes and there is a cost of $5 each.


Lost Black Macpac Jacket with the name Caleb Ridd written inside down by the hip.

Please check your child is wearing the correct jacket.


Quiz Night

2 ex pupils, Jake Meikle and Janelle Tinker have been chosen to go to Tacoma USA in September and are holding a quiz night fundraiser TONIGHT 7th May at the Glengarry Tavern. $20 for a team of four. Awesome prizes up for grabs, txt 021678481 if interested, or more importantly, just turn up!! Will be a super fun night.

How to make a Flea Biscuit ~ by Caleb Ridd


What you need:

50 g melted butter                                      ½ cup of dead fleas

1 cup of flour                                                ½ cup of alive fleas

½ cup of baking powder                           ½ cup of poison

½ cup of sugar                                            ½ cup Fleas blood

As much green dye as possible              1 cup of broccoli

Bowl                                                               Wooden spoon

Baking paper                                               Tray



  • Put 1 cup of flour into the bowl and ½ cup of dead and alive Fleas.
  • Put ½ cup of baking powder into the same bowl. Then put 1 cup of broccoli and the poison and sugar.
  • Put the butter into the microwave heat till there is no lumps to be seen then put it into the bowl with the other ingredients.
  • Then stir it with a wooden spoon.
  • Put it into a tray with baking paper leave them in the oven for 15 min’s get them out and eat them come on yum!!!

Room 7 Class Happenings


How to make a Kangaroo Biscuit by Isaiah ~ Runi Tagomoa


  1. ¼ of kangaroo tail
  2. ½ of cup kangaroo poo
  3. One cup of chocolate milk
  4. 1 litre of sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons of ice-cream
  6. And ¼ of hair

Put the kangaroo tail on the bench and cut it up in to little bits and put it in a bowl put the ½ of kangaroo poo into the bowl with the tail and mix it up with your hands then put the cup of chocolate milk into the bowl then put 1 litre of sugar in to the bowl then 2 teaspoons of ice-cream and for the last ingredients ¼ of hair then mix it all up with your hands then get a little bit out of the bowl and flatten it like a biscuit once that’s done put them in the bowl for 3 minutes then get them out after 3 minutes and if you want to eat them they will be ready.


The Teeth Losing Biscuit ~ by Ava Aitken


You will need:

Bowl                                                                                 Mixer

2 cups sugar                                                                  3 tbsp white vinegar

1 rabbit ear                                                                    2 tbsp snot

3 tsp baking powder                                                    150g butter softened

5 rabbit poos (as chocolate chips)                          2 cups of flour

A packet of coco pops                                                 15-20 lollies

1 cup of gravel                                                              1 egg



Pre heat oven to 300’c

Cream the butter, snot and coco pops together until sugary. Add egg, flour, baking powder and vinegar, mixing well. Crunch rabbit ears and sprinkle over mixture.Then need in rabbit poo & gravel. Get a tbsp of mixture and press with a fork then put a lolly or two on. Bake for 15 mins (or until BLACK)


The Hot Biscuit ~ by Cole Robertson


What you need:

2 tspns of hot sauce                                                     100grams of butter

2 tspns of sugar                                                            2 cups of dead frogs

3 cups of fleas                                                               1 cup of stones

3 cups of Chilly                                                              5 cups of chocolate



  • First get a bowl and put 2 teaspoons of hot sauce in the bowl.
  • Then put 100 grams of butter in the bowl
  • Put the 2 tea spoons of sugar in the bowl then mix it
  • Then put the two cups of dead frogs in the bowl
  • Then put the 3 cups of fleas in the bowl
  • Then put the 1cup of stones in the bowl
  • Then put 3 cups of chilly in the bowl
  • Then put 5 cups of chocolate in the bowl then mix it
  • Then put the oven on 100 degrees then wait 10 mins and put the biscuits in the oven for 15 min then eat!!!!!














































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30 April 2015

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Dear Parents


Winter has well and truly arrived this week with this polar blast. The weather will of course be brilliant for our School Mass and PTA Picnic on Sunday 3rd May at 10.30am.

Children are to meet in the foyer (in mufti) by 10.15am and there will be the opportunity for a picnic lunch afterwards. Bring your own lunch and we will supply tea and coffee.

We have 120 children and I would expect most of them to attend Mass. We only have 4 school Masses each year and our numbers have been embarrassing over the past 2 – 3 years.

Please support us in this.


ANZAC Day Commemorations

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this last week. We had an excellent day and our children gained a valuable insight into the experiences of soldiers in WWI. A very pleasing follow up has been some excellent writing from the children.


Touch Reps

Well done to Joshua Newell and Isaiah-Runi Tagomoa who made the Southland Under 12 and Under 11 rep teams.


PTA ~ Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day this year we thought it would be a nice idea for the children to bring along a gift that is no more than $5 in value.  These gifts will then be put altogether and your child will get to choose another gift from the table that they would like to give their mum on Mother’s Day.

We have done this in the past and the children have loved being able to ‘exchange’ their gift for another to give their mum on Mother’s Day.

These can be left in the container outside the office from up until next Wednesday, 6th May.

Many thanks ~ your PTA


Roxburgh Fruit Order ~ The next delivery arrives Tuesday 5 May. Fruit available is: Comice or Nellis Pears 4kg bag $10, Cox’s Orange, Pacific Beauty, Braeburn, Granny Smith or Royal Gala Apples 4kg Bag $10, 3 x Grey Pumpkins $10. Orders to Christine first thing tomorrow please.



If you know of any prospective enrolments please have them contact the school.


Sports Results


A great start to the netball season on Tuesday.

Sacred Steelers won 18-1 against Fernworth. POD was Hannah Horrell.

Sacred Stars won 12-2 against Newfield. POD was Anika Winders.

All games are at the Stadium, Tuesdays at 3.45 this term so if interested come down and support the children.

Southland Water Polo

Players interested in being involved in the Under 12 Southland squad, can attend practices at Splash Palace, Fridays at 4pm.


Southland Basketball U13 Boys & Girls Trials

Sunday 3 May, 10 – 11.30 @ Stadium Southland

Friday 8 May, 4 – 5.30 @ Stadium Southland

Players are welcome to attend both of these trials. They must be 12 or under all of this year.


Jennian Homes Junior Netball Academy (8 – 14 yrs) 4th May – 29th June $100 each

Provides quality coaching experiences to young netballers of all abilities. Learn fundamentals of the game – movement, fitness, ball skills, shooting, attack, defence, tactical and technical awareness – all while having fun each week. Please check out for more

information and registration forms.


Jennian Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk ~ Sunday 10th May

Join us at Thomson’s Bush playground for a 5km run, roll or stroll with family or friends this Mother’s Day. Check-in from 8.30am. Fun run/walk starts 10am. Register online at before 1st May to receive your dri-fit style t-shirt. Registration opens 1st April.




Faith Facts ~ Crossing the threshold of faith challenges us to discover that although it seems today that death reigns in its various forms and that history is ruled by the law of the most powerful or the most cunning, and although hatred and ambition operate as driving forces of so many human struggles, nevertheless we are absolutely and decisively convinced that this sad reality can change and must change, because “if God is for us, who can be against us?”   (Rom 8:31, 37).
Altar Servers

Saturday 2 May 7.00 pm         Caleb Wolf

Sunday 3 May 10.30 am         Piper Adams & Giovanna O’Donnell

Children’s Liturgy                     Maria O’Donnell


Catholic Centre Shop ~ Sale ~ Monday 18th May 9am

Books, Gifts and more up to 50% off selected sale items.


Central Southland College Reunion ~ Labour Weekend 2015-04-29

Pre-Registration forms are now available on their Jubilee Website

or from the college office. Further information can be obtained by emailing Reminder – registrations after 1 June will have an additional late fee of $25.






Read about Room 6 holiday highlights


In the holidays I went to the museum and my favourite part was the war display. Robbie


In the holidays I went to Charlie’s birthday and we played cricket. Ryder and I were the winning team.   Rohan


When I put my leg through the hole between the springs of a trampoline, I flipped over and had a big scream. Jordis


On Wednesday, before the school holidays I went up to Christchurch for the BMX New Zealands. I got new grips and the next day when we got home it was my birthday. Dad changed my bike frame to a “Junior”. Jacob


My favourite part in the holidays is that I found my Grandfather’s rifle. Markus


My favourite part of the holidays at the muttonbird islands was when I was drawing all over the walls in one of the bedrooms. I was allowed to do that because there was something covering the walls. Rewi


I was so pleased to be home from Greymouth because I thought it was going to take a really long time. Keira


On Friday, my Dad got a call from Hill’s Cat Food to say that we had won $4000 worth of cat food. Ellie


I went to Christchurch with Mum, Dad and Sam. I did Speedway at More Park. Mason


Wow! I went to Rebel Sports to get some new soccer boots. Matthew


In Christchurch I went to the Salvation Army then I went to “Trivia”. It was noisy. Laura


In the weekend I went to the pool with Ethan and I saw Andrew and Markus. Malachi


My favourite part of the holiday is when I went to the movie “Home” with my cousins. Then I went to McDonalds. Cole


My favourite part of the holiday was when I went to the lake in Wanaka and I got a sorbet. It is like an ice cream but even yummier. Jimmy


My favourite bit about the holidays was when we went to Orana Park and Antartica World and also to do my BMX. Jack


We went to Dream World. I went on the Log Ride. I got splashed. Alex M


My highlight was when I got together with my family. Anya


The highlight of my holiday was going on the Captain Tama’s Lagoon cruise in Rarotonga. Alex H


The favourite part of my holiday was when I crashed into a bush when I was riding my bike. Aargh! Declan


My favourite part of the holidays was when Ryder came to my birthday and gave me $30 and a box of Nerd lollies. Charlie


The favourite bit of my holiday was when I went to Malachi’s house for a sleep over for the first time and we played “Box Head”. Andrew


Yeah! I am in a plane to Brisbane. I patted a kangaroo.   Abby


In the awesome holidays I went on the gondola and the luge. I crashed on the luge. Sam


At Charlie’s party we had pizza and fries with mince pies. Fabian














































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26 March 2015

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Dear Parents

This will be the last newsletter of the term. School closes next Thursday and reopens Monday 20th April. This term has been very busy and I thank you all for your continued support and assistance this term.


Good luck to Jasmine Ridd, Hannah Horrell, Reid Murray, Tyler McLeod, Clyde White and Kyron Devery who will represent the school and zone at the Southland Athletics on Saturday.


Also to Neve Waddel, Kate Russell, Dylan Hawkes and Sam and Tim Richardson who are representing Sacred Heart School at the Southland Schools’ Swimming Champs this Sunday.


A reminder please to get your sports’ notices in asap.


Notice Board

Please continue to keep an eye on the notice board in the junior corridor. There is information regarding holiday programmes, sports teams, music lessons etc.


Hockey Teams

It’s great to see so many children wanting to play hockey next term. However we are slightly short with the Year 1 / 2 team needing 2 – 3 more players, and our Yr 3 / 4 and Yr 5 / 6 teams have the bare essential of 6 players, so probably need at least one more for both teams. If your child is keen to play, please email or tonight as we are desperate to have our own Sacred Heart teams than join with another school.


Book Amnesty

We would love to have all books, class resources or anything belonging to the school returned. No questions asked. Thank you.



Hot Cross Buns

These are to be collected from Room 5 tomorrow from 2.30 pm.

Thank you to the parents who supported this fundraiser.


Easter Hamper Raffle

We still have 10 families who have not returned their cards.

Please do so, sold or unsold as this raffle will be drawn on Wednesday.


Spud in a Bucket

Families who have been involved with this fun project are asked to bring their spud in a bucket to school next Tuesday 31st March @ 12.30pm as weigh in will take place.



Kiwi 8’s Cricket Team

Sacred Heart won their last game of the season 90 Riverton 60. POD was Sam Walsh and Leo Ganaha. A huge thanks to all the parents who have been involved with this group. They have had a great season and have played together well as a team and had some excellent results.


Lost Jersey ~ With the name Mackenzie Blight-Cranston. It is a good time during the holidays to check your child/children have the correct uniform, as we are constantly looking for lost items.


Easter Holiday Child-minding ~ Steel Road

Phone or txt Jacqui O’Connor on 027 430 7385.


Singing and Drama Holiday Programme Yrs 1 – 8 Mon 13 – Wed 15 April 9am – 3pm

Fully interactive and extensive singing and drama programme for pupils who would like to have fun while learning these arts. Led by fully registered specialist teachers Miriam Erikson and Alice Fraser. Voice development, microphone work, mime, improvisation, short plays and musical theatre.$40 for Monday or $100 for 3 days. Enquiries to Miriam 0276004631.


After School Singing, Acting and Outdoor Activity Group in Waikiwi

Enquiries to 2358705 or 0223844715.




                     LENT 2015 “Make your hearts firm” (James5:8)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure … Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference.

It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

Thank you to the parents who have enrolled their children in the Sacramental Programme. There will be a meeting for parents involved with Fr Tony next term on Thursday, April 30 at 3pm in Room 5. Please see either Nicola Winders or Father Tony if you have any queries.



Altar Servers

Saturday 28 March 7.00 pm                     Piper Adams & Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa

Sunday 29 March 10.30 am                     Caleb Wolf & Nathan Russell

Children’s Liturgy                                      Cecelia Russell


Jennian Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk ~ Sunday 10th May

Join us at Thomsons Bush playground for a 5km run, roll or stroll with family or friends this Mother’s Day. Check-in from 8.30am. Fun run/walk starts 10am. Register online at before 1st May to receive your dri-fit style t-shirt. Registration opens 1st April.




Winter Girls                                                                  Winter Boys

Pinafore                                                                          Winter weight grey shorts

White long sleeved button to neck blouse            Long sleeved button to neck grey shirt

White skivvy                                                                   Red Tie (optional)

Red Tie (optional)                                                        Blue V neck jersey

Blue V neck jersey                                                        Grey kneed high socks

Navy blue or white socks/Navy blue tights             Tan, brown, navy or black shoes

Tan, brown, navy or black shoes



Pyjama Party in Room 3 today









Room 2 ~ Class Happenings

We have some great numeracy and literacy routines happening in Room 2.


We have been learning about ‘strategies’ in maths – a strategy is the way that you solve a problem.  In maths there are lots of ways that you can find the answer to the same problem, and we have been learning that to add two numbers together we can use counters, fingers, the abacus, and a numberline.  It is good to know lots of different strategies so that you can choose the best one for the problem each time.


We have also been learning on the laptops this week.  We have learned how to use the mousepad and how to type into a Word document.  We have been very excited to type words that we know into the computer and then print it out to take home.  It is important to remember to use the space bar after each word, otherwise the words don’t make sense.








Thirty eight children from Sacred Heart took part in the AMP Kids Triathon on Sunday.

What an awesome effort. Reid Murray is the lucky recipient of a new bike. Congratulations.




























































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19 March 2015

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 19 March 2015

Dear Parents


With this week’s newsletter we have a notice about next term’s sport options and a reminder about the Sacramental Programme on offer. Please return these asap.


This year our Holy Week Liturgy will follow the Stations of the Cross around the school grounds; beginning in the hall and ending in the Church on Thursday April 2 at 1:30 pm. All are most welcome to attend.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baynes family.


Good luck to the children participating in the Tryathlon on Sunday.


Junior Sports Day ~ Friday 27 March ~ 1.15pm Onwards

Children must wear sports uniform with appropriate shoes. Parents are welcome to join us, and are asked to bring their running shoes for a parents race.


Parents Helpers ~ Maths Knowledge

We are looking for parent helpers to work with individual children 10 – 15 minutes, 3 – 5 days a week. Times are 9am or 2.30 pm. If this interests you, please contact Mrs Lieshout on Thank you.


Enrolments ~ If you know of any prospective enrolments please have them contact the school.


Netball for Years 4, 5, 6 ~ Terms 2 and 3 ~ Please get your slips back asap.

Netball practice has begun for year 5 and 6 on Tuesdays after school till 4pm.



Congratulations to Jacob Boniface who was placed 4th in the ‘5km run for under 18 males’ at the Sport Southland 5k series last week and 3rd in the ‘AMKids in the City’ 2km run for under 14’s on Sunday.


PTA Raffle/Easter Buns

Thank you to the parents who have already returned their raffle cards and Easter bun orders.

A reminder all cards must be handed in to the office by this Monday 23rd March. If you need another card these are available from the office.

All tickets MUST be legally returned to the office (full or empty)


Here is a list of items each class are asked to bring for the raffle:

Room 1 – Bottled item e.g sauce (no alcohol)

Room 2 – Laundry/kitchen item e.g tea towel/washing powder

Room 3 – Canned item e.g spaghetti

Room 6 – Packet item e.g biscuits, coffee etc

Room 7 – Confectionary or stationery

Room 9 – Easter Item


Fruit Order ~ The next delivery arrives next Thursday 26 March. Parents are welcome to place an order. This needs to be in to Christine by 9 am Monday 23rd. Fruit available is: Omega Plums 4kg box $16, Comice Pears 4kg bag $10, Cox’s Orange, Pacific Beauty or Royal Gala Apples 4kg Bag $10, Mixed fruit 4kg box $20 (nectarines and omega plums).


Sports Results



Broncos lost 3 – 5. POD was Jesse Van Beek and Leo Aitken

Panthers won 9 – 0. POD was Kyron Devery

Storm won 6 – 3. POD was Tyler McLeod

Tigers lost 5 – 8. POD was Thomas Horrell



Sharks won 13 – 9.


Kiwi 8’s Cricket Team

Sacred Heart 100 Tokanui 16. Catch of the day went to Matthew Winter.

Fourth Sunday in Lent


Why a shamrock? Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.


St Joseph’s March 19 ~ Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture. Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus. We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. We know Joseph was man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.


Altar Servers

Saturday 21 March 7.00 pm                     Jacob Sullivan

Sunday 22 March 10.30 am                     Emma Brooks & Giovanna O’Donnell

Children’s Liturgy                                      Aletta Reid



“Baptism is the gateway from which the life of faith unfolds.”

Bishop Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North, July 2014

A warm invitation is extended to all parents wanting their children (and/or themselves) baptised. Please indicate your interest on the form below and send to school office or speak with Fr Tony,

Nicola Winders or Peter Forde.


This year all children who have been/or about to be baptised and are Year 3 and above are invited to participate in the Sacramental Programme. This will include:-

Reconciliation- Term 2 (sessions run during school time)

Confirmation and First Holy Communion –Term 3

A parent meeting outlining the programme will be held at the beginning of Term 2. Being a school of special character we would expect that the majority of children participate in the programme. If you wish your child to be prepared for the Sacraments, please fill in the form below and return it to school office asap.

Please see Fr Tony, Nicola Winders or Peter Forde if you have any questions.



Sacramental Programme


I am interested in my child/children   Name(s):______________________________________

participating in the Sacramental Programme at Sacred Heart School.


Name:________________________ Email address__________________________________



Baptism Programme


I am interested in my child/children   Name(s):_______________________________________

Participating in the Baptism Programme at Sacred Heart School.

Name:_______________________ Email address____________________________________




The Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary

On Tuesday 17th of March 2015 the Year 4s in Sacred Heart school got the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary! Have you ever used a dictionary? Well I have today. The Invercargill North Rotary Club came and gave the Year 4s a blue dictionary. There were 4 men we had to go up to and 5 groups with 4 people in nearly every one so we had to go up one by one! It was printed in Dubai on the other side of the world. It is colour coded so it is easier to find words in it.

Tim Richardson and Ben Bryan












Room 1 ~ Class Happenings










Room 1 had a lovely day celebrating St Patrick’s Day together. Look at our lucky leprechauns.



Georgetown Scouts ~ Disco Dance Party @ Players 20 March 6 – 7.30pm (up to 10 yrs)

$5 each, which includes entry, drink, chips & glowsticks. Come and support ex pupils fundraising for the Scout Jamboree in Blenheim. See Christine if you would like tickets.


Makarewa Playcentre Yummy Cheese Rolls Fundraiser 2015

$6.50 per Dozen or  $22.00 for 4 doz, white or brown. Payments and orders due By Friday

1st May and deliveries on Monday 11th May. Orders to Jacinta or 235-8745.








































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