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22 October 2015

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Dear Parents

We welcome Ashleigh Hill, Kellie Cook and Josh Collins, Teachers College students to Rooms 1 and 3 for the next 2 weeks. We hope thy enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

Next week I will be away with the Year 6 children for their Stewart Island camp. It is a really good camp and I hope the weather breaks for a couple of days for us.

 

It has been good to see children producing movies for inclusion in the Media Mash competition. We haven’t taken part before and it is an excellent learning experience for all involved.

 

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

This will be held today, at 3pm in Room 5 for children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion.

 

Activity Fee

Reminders will be sent out next week. We expect these to be settled before the end of November please.  Please check with Christine if you are unsure what you owe.

 

Sports Fees

If your child has not yet paid their Term 3/4 sports fees, please do so asap as the accounts for these have already been received.

 

Before & After School Supervision

At the Board of Trustee meeting this week we discussed procedures regarding this. As there is no specific legislation around this, we approached the School Trustees Association and received the following, which we will use as the basis for a questionnaire the Board are working on to be sent home to parents to enable us to draft some procedures for this.

 

A question often asked of the helpdesk is who cares for pupils at various times of the day, in various situations, and just as intrinsic to the whole question is who is in charge of them and their learning at school.

 

During the school day when does the school (and ultimately the board) take responsibility for the pupil?

We respond that an appropriate time would be 30 minutes before school starts until 15 minutes after school finishes.  This would include any specific school related activities pupils are involved in such as school sports team practices. Therefore, if a pupil is dropped off at the school gate at 7:30am as the parents go off to work they are on their own until 30 minutes before school starts.  That is a parental decision and essentially they are responsible for the child’s actions until the 30 minute “rule” kicks in.

 

The same is true at the end of the school day.  If parents want their children to remain at school until they are collected late in the afternoon, then the 15 minute “rule” remains in place.  After that the children are not in the direct care and protection of the school staff.  Boards of trustees do not employ staff, particularly teachers, to be child minders out of school hours.  Staff have other school and teaching related matters to attend to.

 

There are modifications to that rule, such as if a group of pupils is delivered to the school gate by “school bus” at, say, 8:20am, then care and responsibility should kick in straight away as these pupils have no option and the bus has been provided to get them to school.

 

PTA

Next week the PTA will be distributing this term’s fundraising event. This will be Christmas food items etc supplied by Couplands.

 

Travelling Pass a School Bus

A reminder that the speed limit is 20km passing a stationery school bus.

 

Jo Ruffer from Ruffer Photography took photos during the Polyfest. They can be purchased from www.rufferphotography.com until the end of November. We were on the Tuesday session.

 

Production Props and Costumes

We have several props and costumes in the back of Room 2. Please check if anything belongs to you.

 

 

Faith Facts ~ The Rosary

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.

How to Pray the Rosary

The use of beads or knotted ropes to count large numbers of prayers comes from the earliest days of Christianity, but the rosary as we know it today emerged in the second thousand years of Church history. The full rosary consists of 150 Hail Marys, divided into three sets of 50, which are further divided into five sets of 10 (a decade).

Traditionally, the rosary is divided into three sets of mysteries: Joyful, the Sorrowful and Glorious). Pope John Paul II introduced the optional Luminous Mysteries in 2002; at the time, he recommended praying the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, and the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday year-round, leaving Thursday open for meditation on the Luminous Mysteries

 

Altar Servers

Saturday 24 October 7.00 pm                                   Summer Smith & Tanesha Tagomoa-Kaa

Sunday 25 October 10.30am                                    Kate Russell & Giovanna O’Donnell

Children’s Liturgy                                       Maria O’Donnell

 

Australian Tests

Well done to all the children who sat these tests. A special mention to the following children:

Ben Bryan & Sam Richardson – credit in Technology

Ben Bryan – credit in Science

Tim Richardson & Brooke Johnstone – merit in Spelling

Neve Waddell – merit in Writing

Ben Bryan – distinction in English

Ben Bryan – credit in Mathematics.

 

Distinction is achieving in the top 2% of children who sat the test across New Zealand

Credit is achieving in the top 17% of children who sat the test across New Zealand

Merit is achieving in the top 27% of children who sat the test across New Zealand

 

Sports Results

Basketball  

Jazz won 9 – 6                           Magic drew 13 – 13                                    Grizzlies won 18 – 2

Bucks lost 21 – 19                     Sonics lost 18 – 8

 

Soccer

Phoenix lost 8 – 2                     Roar won 1 – 0                         Mariners bye

Glory won 4 – 3                         United lost 7 – 2                        Wanderers won 3 – 0

 

Dairy Farm Visit

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, all classes will be visiting the O’Donnell’s dairy farm at Mable Bush.  We will travel by bus.

The children will need to wear “warm farm” clothes on the day.  Things to bring:

  • warm rain jacket
  • gumboots or old sturdy shoes
  • woollen hat
  • lunch, separate snack and water bottle.

The children will be offered a sample of the milk.  If you do not wish your child to have a drink of milk, please email you child’s class teacher.

We will need parent help for this trip so if you are able to come with us, please email your child’s class teacher or fill out the slip below and return to school on or before Friday, 23 October.

 

TOOLBOX PARENTING GROUPS

Barely survived the school holidays?! Wanting to enjoy the summer holidays with your sanity intact?! Wish you had a better relationship or were able to enjoy your kids more?  Looking to add some strategies or fresh ideas and outlooks to your Parenting ‘Toolbox’? Why not give a TOOLBOX Parenting Group a try? Starting week 3 of Term 4 for 6 weekly sessions (Thursday 29th Oct – Thurs 3rd Dec 7.30 – 9.30pm) at Grasmere Kindergarten, Heywood Street.

Our Middle Years Toolbox looks at things like becoming a Parent-Coach, building self-esteem, boundaries and consequences and creating memories.  Course costs $75 per person or $110 per couple (payment by the final night) but subsidies are available. For more information or to register contact Katrina Ritani on 0278417763 or email southland@theparentingplace.com.

Room 7 Haiku Poems ~ Can you guess what we are?

 

Fins circling ‘round you

Hundreds of teeth, strong fierce jaw

Attracted by blood . By Ben Bryan

 

Where am I?

Tick! Goes the big clock.

Skyscraper shaped like a bullet.

Curtsy to the Queen.  By Kate Russell

 

What am I?

I come from Roxburgh

People love eating me heaps

I’ve got mince in me.  By Keara Paraki

What sport am I?

Crashing all the time

Racing with competitors

Up the steep jumps.  By Anika Winders

 

What am I?

I am white and round

I have a lot of dimples

I’m smacked frequently.  By Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa

 

What am I ?

I live in a pouch

Mummy bounces around lots

She keeps me comfy.  By Jade Holland

 

What am I?

Beautiful colours.

He’s hiding among green leaves.

Perfect camouflage.  By Tim and Kyron

 

 

 

                 

 

Farm Visit

Yes, I would love to come on the dairy farm visit with Room 1,2 and 3.

We will leave school at 9 am and return by lunch time.

 

Yes, I would love to come on the dairy farm visit with Room 6 and 7.

We will leave school at 11.30 am and return by home time.

I am able to stay all day.

 

 

Signed: ________________________

 

Child’s name:____________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 October 2015

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 15 October 2015

Dear Parents

 

Welcome back to Term 4, we look forward to another busy term. Over the break the office area was recarpeted which has already made a big difference in terms of noise and warmth. Thanks to Bill Haydon from The Catholic Property Office for this. We are also waiting for notification as to when our wireless system will be updated as part of the Ministry of Educations ICT plan for all schools.

 

A big welcome to Jacob Ramsay who has joined the children in Room 2. We hope he enjoys his time at Sacred Heart.

 

Our prayers are with the Ralston and the Phillips family. Kade is in Starship Hospital and is waiting for a space at the Wilson Centre which is a rehabilitation clinic. Thanks to those of you who contributed to the food drive last term and who have contributed to the ‘Give A Little’ donation site.

 

Before and After School Supervision

In light of the incident last term, most schools including ours, are reviewing their student care procedures. My expectations for teachers is that they are in class by 8.30am to prepare for the day, attend any relevant staff meetings and carry out testing . Feedback from local schools have a variety of different options from no-one on school property prior to 8.30am, to volunteer parent patrolling the grounds and manning road crossings.

At the Board meeting on Monday we will be discussing how to get your feedback on what our procedures should be in regards this, especially before school supervision.

After school is easier – from Monday, after the bus bell at 3pm, unaccompanied children will sit on the seats outside Room 6 and 7 until their parents arrive.

 

Term Events

Year 6 First Aid Course                             16/10

Farm visit                                                      28/10

Year 6 Camp                                               28-30/10

Confirmation & Eucharist                          8/11

 

Term Dates

School will close for the year at lunch time on Thursday 10th December.

2016 dates are:

Term 1:                      2/2/16 – 15/4/2016

Term 2:                      2/5/2016 – 8/7/2016

Term 3:                      25/7/2016 – 23/9/2016

Term 4:                      10/10/2016 – 15/12/2016 (tentative)

 

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting next Thursday, Octerber 22, at 3pm in Room 5 for children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion in Room 5.

 

Board of Trustees

The next meeting will be on Monday, 19 October at @ 7pm in Room 5.

 

Engineer Wanted

We are removing the old shed behind the library and there are some old bolts sticking out of the concrete wall. If you have an angle grinder and are able to remove these, can you please give me a ring. Many thanks.

 

No Otatara Bus ~ Thursday 22nd October

Due to PPTA meetings there will be no Otatara bus next Thursday 22 October. Parents are asked to organise alternative transport for their children on the above day. All other buses will run as normal.

 

Shake-Out

Today at 9.15, we took part in the New Zealand “Shake-Out”.  We practised “Drop, Cover and Hold” in our classrooms and then we evacuated to the assembly point. Afterwards, we talked about how this made us feel. Some people felt squashed and others were a little bit frightened.

We have developed some questions that we are going to find out the answers to.

 

 

Faith Facts ~ Mission Sunday October 18

By Baptism, all Catholics are called to participate in the mission of the Church, called to share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for the pastoral and evangelizing programmes and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the pope’s name by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith—a Pontifical Mission Society.

 

Here are a few lines from Pope Francis’ Message for 2015 World Mission Sunday “Dear Brothers and Sisters, Mission is a passion for Jesus and at the same time a passion for his people. When we pray before Jesus crucified, we see the depth of his love which gives us dignity and sustains us. At the same time, we realize that the love flowing from Jesus’ pierced heart expands to embrace the People of God and all humanity. Today, the Church’s mission is faced by the challenge of meeting the needs of all people to return to their roots and to protect the values of their respective cultures.”

 

From the Vatican, 24 May 2015, Solemnity of Pentecost

 

Altar Servers

Saturday 17 October 7.00 pm                                   Aidan Dudfield & Nathan Russell

Sunday 18 September 10.30am            Lucy Baynes & Megan Sullivan

Children’s Liturgy                                       Maria Baynes

 

Cricket

Any children interested in playing Friday afternoon or Saturday morning cricket are asked to contact Mr Morgan.

 

Sports Fees

If your child has not yet paid their Term 3/4 sports fees, please do so asap as the accounts for these have already been received.

Basketball  $45                                           Soccer  $37                                Touch  $19

 

Scholastic Booklcub ~ Issue 7 closes Thursday 22 October.

 

Piano Lessons ~ All ages ~ Call now 02108210082.

 

Sports Results

 

Basketball  

Jazz lost 6 – 2                            Magic lost 9 – 4                         Grizzlies won 16 – 2

Bucks lost 6 – 2                         Sonics lost 12 – 9

 

Touch  

Storm won 4 – 3                        Raiders lost 1 – 0                     Rabbitohs lost 6 – 3

Titans won 5 – 0                       Tigers won by default              Sharks lost 6 – 2

Roosters won 4 – 1 & 3 – 1

 

Dairy Farm Visit

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, all classes will be visiting the O’Donnell’s dairy farm at Mable Bush.  We will travel by bus.

The children will need to wear “warm farm” clothes on the day.  Things to bring:

  • warm rain jacket
  • gumboots or old sturdy shoes
  • woollen hat
  • lunch, separate snack and water bottle.

The children will be offered a sample of the milk.  If you do not wish your child to have a drink of milk, please email you child’s class teacher.

 

We will need parent help for this trip so if you are able to come with us, please email your child’s class teacher or fill out the slip below and return to school on or before Friday, 23 October.

 

 

 

Room 6 Class Happenings

 

In Room 6 we have been thinking about a highlight, a low light and an interesting experience from our holidays.  We have some of these thing to share with you.

 

In the holidays we went to Dunedin.  It took three hours to get there.  Halfway there we stopped to have lunch in Balclutha.  When we got there I was so excited.  When we were at the hotel we went up to our room and relaxed and watched TV.  The next day we went to have breakfast.  I had cereal with rhubarb sauce and I had a hash brown and two sausages, also cranberry juice.  It’s my favourite.  Then we went for a walk to the Chinese Gardens.  It was amazing!   Jimmy

 

Cruising Milford Sound

The drive up was slow and agonizing. Finally we arrived there – Milford Sound.  So many boats docked up and ready to leave.  When the bus stopped we received a supernova of unhelpful news: the Juicy cruise water craft had broken down but we still had a great time.  On the way back we stopped a few times.  We were almost back in Te Anau when a tree went “SNAP”!  It toppled over onto the road.  I said, “Come on, only 18 km left and trees can’t even stay upright!”

I jumped down the stairs of the bus like a “Jolly Jumping Jacob Jumping for Jolly Jumping Joy!”  I sprinted over to the tree and shouted at it.  “You arrogant tree.  Why can’t you stay upright?”  Jacob

 

My friend Declan came over.  We went to the creek.  We came to a part when it was deep and my sister Ana’s gumboot got stuck so we had to go looking for it but we never found it.  We got all mucky and dirty.  I went to the pond near my house.  I put a bone from a deer’s leg and then that’s when I saw the eel.  I was screaming at Ana to pull the bone out of the water because I know that eels are strong because we had caught an eel in Te Anau.  Ellie

 

I biked like a triathlete on the side of the road.  We stopped at Waikiwi Domain for a break.  After we continued biking to Mum’s old school and rode around in circles.  After that we rode back home.  In the weekend it was a bit sad because Muffy, my dog died.  Rewi

 

In the holidays I was very happy because I went to Wanaka.  On the second day I went to “Clip and Climb”.  I was climbing a wall then suddenly I banged my knee and got an egg on it but other than that it was fun.  On Monday I went for a bike ride to Edgewater.  Mum had a “nose” and we went back to the house to have lunch.  The next day we packed up and left.  On Sunday my friend Maddy came over and some of my parent’s friends came over.  Maddy and I played on the tramp.  I had a lot of fun in the holidays.  Keira

 

In the holidays I went to the motocross track in Gore.  I came 5th and 6th and after I got to have a hotdog.  It had double sauce: BBQ and tomato.  At the race I crashed and someone ran over my hand and moved the bone in my hand.  Mason

 

I went to see Andrew’s new Lego game.  It was Lego Jurassic World.  It was really fun because it was a game I have never played before and it took awhile for me to figure it out.

I sprained my ankle.  I couldn’t walk on it for two days.  I started limping.  One day later I could walk on it.  I still feel it a bit but it doesn’t hurt much now.   Markus

                 

 

Farm Visit

Yes, I would love to come on the dairy farm visit with Room 1,2 and 3.

We will leave school at 9 am and return by lunch time.

 

Yes, I would love to come on the dairy farm visit with Room 6 and 7.

We will leave school at 11.30 am and return by home time.

I am able to stay all day.

 

 

Signed: ________________________

 

Child’s name:____________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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