Posts made in August, 2016

25 August 2016

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 Dear Parents

Welcome to Mansimran Gill who joined the children in Room 9 on Monday. We hope he and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

Congratulations to Noah and his family, on the arrival of a wee brother.

Good luck to all the children who are taking part in Polyfest on Tuesday.  A big thanks to Mrs Ultee and the others teachers and parents for the preparation.

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Performance time is 9.15 am.

 

Daffodil Day – Tomorrow – Friday 26 August 2016

Daffodil Day is the cancer society annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Please support this amazing fundraiser by coming to school dressed in YELLOW, and by bringing a donation. Many thanks ~ Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa.

 

NZEI – PPTA Union Meeting – Wednesday 7th September

As I advised last week the NZEI – PPTA meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 September from 9 – 11am.  We will only have one teacher at school until 11.30am, so supervision will be very limited.

This action is unprecedented but if implemented could lead to

  • Fewer teachers and larger classes
  • Lower quality teaching
  • Fewer hours for support staff and teacher aides

As Boards will have to choose between quality education and balancing the school finances, small schools such as Sacred Heart could be at financial risk under these proposals.

 

School Photos – Wednesday 31 August 2016

Please make sure the children are in their correct winter school uniform including shoes and their jerseys. Contact Christine if you require a family photo. These will be taken 8.30 – 9.00 am. Pre-schoolers are welcome.

 

Survey Results

A big thanks for the response – we had 74 which is the most for any survey. The first 3 questions and results are:

Q1:       How useful do you find the newsletter?

A:         Always read it                –           87.84%

Sometimes read it           –           9.46%

Never read it                  –           1.35%

Other                            –           1.35%

Q2:       Which format do you prefer?

A:         Online/Digital                  –           63.01%

Paper                            –           36.59%

Q3:       How often would you like the newsletter?

A:         Weekly                          –           66.22%

Fornightly                      –           33.78%

 

From this survey we will move to a weekly online newsletter as soon as our supply of newsletter covers run out. Parents still wanting a paper copy will be able to request one.

The other questions relating to the website, are still being analysed and will be in future newsletter. Once again a big thanks for your support.

 

FAITH  FACT – Week 5: 22nd – 26th August

August 24th – St Bartholomew : He is in the synoptic gospels and Acts as one of the twelve apostles. His name means “son of Tolomai” and scholars believe he is the same as Nathanael mentioned in John, who says he is from Cana and that Jesus called him an “Israelite…incapable of deceit.” The he preached in India and Greater Armenia, 

 

Laudato Si’

What does the pope mean by “integral ecology”? The word integral means “complete.” The idea is that an ecology will be only partial if it focuses on nature and leaves out mankind and his needs. For an ecology to be integral, or complete, it needs to include “human ecology” as well as natural ecology.

 

Altar Servers

Saturday 27 August 7.00 pm:                   Kate Russell & Jack Harding

Sunday 28 August 11.00am:                     Fabian & Giovanna O’Donnell

Children’s Liturgy:                                   Maria O’Donnell

 

Stolen Railway Sleepers

Some of you may have noticed the front gardens are missing some of the sleepers. Unfortunately someone has stolen a number of these. If any parent has access to a portable grinder, could they contact me please, as the thieves have left some of the railway spikes exposed. The children are not allowed on these gardens, so their safety is assured.

 

Verdon College Enrolment

Mr Kelly has asked that all enrolment forms are to be sent to Verdon asap, even if the preference form hasn’t been signed. They wish to ensure all children from contributing Catholic Schools have their forms in.

 

Ski Trip – Friday 2 September $100 Each

We have 2 spaces left on the bus if your child would like to attend this trip.

 

Year 6 Camp Fundraiser 

Come on down to The Warehouse this Saturday 27th August and purchase a sausage for lunch. We will be there from 10am – approx 5pm. $2 a sausage. See you there.

 

Plastic Bottles

The year 6 children are taking part in the ‘Fair Go Ad Awards,’ where we have to create an item out of plastic bottles.  Can you please send any used washed plastic bottles to Room 9. Thank you for your help.

 

Netball Results

Sacred Stars played against St Theresa, winning 13-4.  Player of the day for great tips, defending and use of space went to Briarlee Devery.

Diamonds had a bye this week.

Hockey

It has been very pleasing watching the team play so well. Their attack in every game was impressive and also their attitude was  awesome. They pushed really hard to win every game they played.

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Pita Pita 5 – 9 September – all Pitas and Salad Boxes will be only $3

Order online as usual www.lunchonline.co.nz and all you have to do is enter the promo code: spring to get your $3 Pita. Mark your calendars now.

 

Class Happenings ~ Room 8

In Room 8 writing we have been focussing on narratives. Dialogue is a massive part of narrative writing, here is some of our practice.

 

 

 

The Three Big Boys

 

One day, a mother of three boys said to them, “Boys, isn’t it time that you big kids go live your own life?”

“Yes mother!” Aaron said to his mother.

“Me too!” Shouted Arthur.

“Me three!” Shouted Anthony.

“Okay boys, because you’re all around 15, You should leave and make a house.” So the three boys made a house. Anthony gathered some twigs, and made a stick hut. Arthur started getting twigs, and made a axe. He made a wooden hut. But then, Aaron got an axe from the nearby town, brought a pickaxe, and made a brick hut with a stone roof. Suddenly the big, bad bully came. “Quick! I gotta hide in my twig hut!” Anthony shouted.

“I gotta hide in my wood hut!” Arthur screamed as well.

“Well, I gotta hide in my brick hut!” Aaron yelled next.

The bully was outside Anthony’s house. He said, “Little boy, little boy, let me in!”

“No!” Replied the boys together.

“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and throw eggs at your house!” The bully egged Anthony’s house. It fell down. “I gotta hide

in Arthur’s house!” Anthony shouted. So Anthony ran inside, and locked the door. “Hide!” Anthony cried.

“Why?” Arthur asked.

“Because the big bad bully is coming!”

“Don’t worry. He can’t get into my wood hut!” But then the big, bad bully grabbed a chainsaw, and made a hole in the wall. The two boys ran, and the bully was throwing eggs at them. They then ran into Aaron’s place. “Grab the baseball bat, Anthony.”

“Yes sir!” Aaron was the youngest. But he was the smartest. “Arthur, grab the frying pan!”

“Yes sir!” Then Aaron grabbed another baseball bat.

“Little boys, little boys, LET ME IN!” The boys shouted together, “Come down the chimney then!”

“Ok!” The bully came down the chimney. He came down, and the chimney wasn’t smoking. He came down, and went into Aaron’s room. He came in, and Aaron smacked him on the head. “That’s what you get!”
By Fabian O’Donnell

 

 

 

 

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS!

 

“Run” said Joe

“Quick get to my solid brick house” squeaked Emily as they ran inside Joe’s House.

“WAIT!!” Yelled Timbel “I forgot my hat”

“Look out Timbel” screamed Joe the big bad wolf is coming”

“Ah” cried Timbel

“Hang on” said Emily as she raced to get Timbel the big bad wolf was 10 metres away from catching his prey.

He roared and got smacked in the face by Emily whack the sound of pain reached all over the world

“Yow”Yow Yow  Yow Yow

Joe came to the rescue as fast as he could  “I’m coming” he oinked

“Get back into the brick house” Emily said

“Uhi uhi uhi” cried the big bad wolf as he went home

“Yay!” The three little pig went vvvvvvvvu! Something was    falling down from the sky “it’s Jack from Jack and the beanstalk ” yelled Timbel with happiness.

 

to be continued…

By Matthew Winter

 

 

 

PTA

Fair – Change of Date: Due to other events within the community, the fair date has been changed from the 13th to the 20th November.  Parent helpers to join the ‘Fair Committee’ are still urgently required.

 

Father’s Day – As our Mother’s Day gift exchange was such a hit we have decided that we will do it again for Father’s Day. We ask that the children bring along a gift each 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 dad on Father’s Day. These can be left in the container outside the office from Monday 22nd August and up until Wednesday, 31st August.  We will need 127 gifts to make this work, so please bring yours along tomorrow.  Many thanks ~ Your PTA

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 August 2016

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Dear Parents

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Livingstone and Baldwin families this week.

 

NZEI – PPTA Union Meeting – Wednesday 7th September

This is to advise you that there will be limited supervision from 9 – 11.30am on Wednesday 7th September, as all NZEI and PPTA members have been asked to attend a joint meeting. The reason for this unprecedented meeting is in response to the government proposal to dramatically change the way schools are funded.

Boards and principals would have to make trade-offs between teaching staff and other school costs. This could lead to:

  • Fewer teachers and larger class sizes
  • Lower quality teaching
  • Fewer hours for support staff and teacher aides
  • More complex financial work for Boards

Small schools such as Sacred Heart would be most at risk under these proposals.

 

Parent Survey

A big thanks to all the parents who took part in the survey. A number of you have said the ease of following a link has made this process simple to use.

 

School Photos – Wednesday 31 August 2016

Please contact Christine if you require an individual or family photo. Pre-schoolers and other siblings are welcome between 8.30 – 9.50am.

 

Verdon College Enrolments

Please note that with Fr Tony away,  Fr Vince is willing to complete and sign forms for new enrolments coming to Verdon College next year. Fr Vince can be contacted on Tel: 217-9083, St Theresa’s Presbytery to arrange a time.

 

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 6 closes Thursday 25 August.

 

Lost Property

All lost property items will be on display in the foyer tomorrow morning and after school. Please check if anything belongs to your child, as leftover items will be taken to the Vincent De Paul shop.

 

PTA ~ Father’s Day

As our Mother’s Day gift exchange was such a hit we have decided that we will do it again for Father’s Day. We ask that the children bring along a gift each 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 dad on Father’s Day.

These can be left in the container outside the office from Monday 22nd August and up until Wednesday, 31st August.  Many thanks ~ your PTA

 

Plastic Bottles

The year 6 children are taking part in the ‘Fair Go Ad Awards,’ where we have to create an item out of plastic bottles.  Can you please send any used washed plastic bottles to Room 9. Thank you for your help.

 

Daffodil Day – Friday 26 August 2016

Daffodil Day is the cancer society annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer.

Please support this amazing fundraiser by coming to school dressed in YELLOW, and by bringing a donation. Many thanks ~ Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa.

 

FAITH  FACT – Week 4: 15th -19th August

August 15 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: This day celebrates the mystery that the Virgin Mary was taken into heaven body and soul. This was declared a doctrine of faith by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

Laudato Si’

What does the encyclical contain? Including a brief introduction, the document comprises six chapters:

  1. What Is Happening to Our Common Home
  2. The Gospel of Creation
  3. The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis
  4. Integral Ecology
  5. Lines of Approach and Action
  6. Ecological Education and Spirituality

The document concludes with two prayers, one that can be said by all who believe in God as the all-powerful Creator and one that is meant to be said specifically by Christians.

 

Altar Servers

Saturday 20 August 7.00 pm:                   Declan Hogan & Josh Henderson

Sunday 21 August 11.00am:                     Ruby Duffy & Anika Winders

Children’s Liturgy:                                   Aletta Reid

 

Ski Trip  ~  2 September $100 Each

We have 3 spaces left on the bus if your child would like to attend this trip.

Yr 5 and 6 children or Yr 4’s (accompanied by a parent). Contact Christine if you are interested.

 

Netball

The Year 6 Netball Tournament was held last week, with over 38 schools participating from Southland and Central Otago. Sacred Heart won their pool, putting them into the semi finals, where we ended up 8th out of the 38 schools.  Super amazing effort and a huge thanks to parent support on the day.

 

Activity/Sport Fees – Overdue notices have been sent out. Parents are urged to get these settled asap

Kapahaka

–   Performance Date: Tuesday 30th August

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–   Cost to watch: Gold coin Donation

You can view these at our dress rehearsal on Friday 26 August at 2:15pm in the Hall.

 

Picture1Looking for another way to help support your child’s learning and build vocabulary at home?  Read to your child for twenty minutes daily.  When children are read to for 20 minutes daily, they are exposed to 1 800 000 words in a year as opposed to 8000 words if reading once a week for 20 minutes. Take some time read to your child today.

 

Pita Pita 5 – 9 September – all Pitas and Salad Boxes will be only $3

Order online as usual www.lunchonline.co.nz and all you have to do is enter the promo code: spring to get your $3 Pita. Mark your calendars now.

 

Southland District Rugby League

Southland District Rugby League will be running a 4 week U11 and U14 tournament starting on the 28th August.  There is a muster this Saturday 20th August, Elles Road at 11am. Come down and collect a registration form or email:  jbringinsnz@gmail.com

The Southland Rams are playing against the Tasman Titans at midday.

 

Class Happenings ~ Room 1

If I were an Olympian I would be a swimmer. I would have a party when I get first.  By Pippa

If I were an Olympian I would be a target shooter.  I would win a gold medal and I did, YAY!  By Zavier

If I were an Olympian I would be a swimmer.

I would dance with Isla if I win.  By Sophie

If I were an Olympian I would be a hockey player.  I would hit the puck super hard into the goal.  By Cruz

If I were an Olympian I would be a swimmer.  I would swim to the end and win a medal.  By Daisy

If I were an Olympian I would be a gymnast.

I would win a gold medal.  By Nadia

If I were an Olympian I would be a netball player.  I will get a goal into the net.  By James

If I were an Olympian I would be a runner.  I would run really, really fast.  By Macey

If I were an Olympian I would be a shooter.  I would shoot the targets.  By Bryden

If I were an Olympian I would be a shooter.  I would win a golden medal.  By Sean

If I were an Olympian I would be a gymnast.  I wouldn’t fall off the bars.  By Brooke

If I were an Olympian I would be a runner.  I would run fast and be first.  By Sam

If I were an Olympian I would do karate.  I will win a medal.

By Mason 

 

Survey on Social Peer Situations

I am asking parents and caregivers about social peer situations involving their children, their experiences of these, and if they experienced anything similar when they were growing up. Most of the questions will be concerned with negative peer experiences.

Participants in this study need to be a parent or caregiver (this can include grandparents, aunt/uncles, or anyone else who acts as a main caregiver or guardian) who has at least one school-aged child. Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. To acknowledge participants’ time spent on the survey, there will be an opportunity to go into a draw to win one of 100 $20 New World vouchers/gift cards.

I have made a website at www.kidsandpeers.com where potential participants can learn more about the overall research project and from there they are linked to the questionnaire. Kind Regards – Tegan Lynch, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education,

Victoria University of Wellington.

 

Singing & Guitar Lessons with Saelyn Guyton ~ Term 3 – All Ages

NZ Gold Guitar winner, Southland Entertainer of the Year

and Co- Host of Maori TV’s My Country Song series. For more info

contact Saelyn 0273086512 or saelynmusic@gamil.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 August 2016

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Dear Parents

Welcome to Daisy Duffy who started in Room 1 on Monday. We hope she enjoys her time at Sacred Heart.

Good luck to Anika Winders and Tim Richardson who will be taking part in the Primary Schools’ Speech Competitions on Monday.

School Mass

Our school Sunday Mass this term is on the Feast of the Assumption, Sunday 14 August at 11am. Please make every effort in attending Mass with your children which  supports the special character of our school.

The Feast of the Assumption celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assumption into heaven. It is also the patronal feast day of the Catholic people in New Zealand. Along with Christmas Day, it is also a Holy Day of Obligation.

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The objective of Missionz is to promote awareness of the mission of the Catholic Church – to present the good news of Jesus Christ to all peoples, and to generate spiritual, material and financial support for those working in mission and third world territories. Please donate either online mission.nz or in the koha box in the school office.

 

John Parsons

We were fortunate to have John in our school yesterday. He has a very important message and was well received by all the classes. Also a big thanks to those parents able to attend last nights session. I will attach his presentation to the school website when he has sent it through.

 

Communication Survey

Here is a link to a survey about  future options for our newsletter and increased use of the school website. The link is   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZB3LWD

Can I encourage as many as possible to take part in this survey. It will only take a couple of minutes.

 

Rio Olympics

During this term, the children will be learning about the Rio Olympics.  The whole school has been divided into the 5 main continents represented by the Olympic rings. Next Tuesday, we will have a Sacred Heart School Olympic Opening Ceremony.  The children are invited to come to school dressed in the colour of the continent they are studying.  Your child’s classroom teacher can help you with this.

The opening ceremony will take place at 2 pm.  You are welcome to  join us for this celebration.

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 FAITH  FACT – Week 2: 1st – 5th August

August 3rd – St Dominic 1170 – 1221Dominic was born in Castile in Spain. He was a member of the Guzman family and his mother was a holy woman – Blessed Joan of Aza. When Dominic was seven, he began to go to school. After years of study, Dominic became a priest. He lived a quiet life of prayer and obedience with other good priests. But God had amazing plans for Dominic. He began a new religious order called the Order of Preachers or “Dominicans,” after St. Dominic. The Dominicans preached the faith to the people. St. Dominic was a brilliant preacher. August 4th St John Vianney.

August 6th – The Transfiguration: Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by God the Father.. The Transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.

Laudato Si’

Why did Pope Francis write this encyclical? Care for creation is something that is close to his heart. You might guess this from the fact that he chose to be called Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, who was famed for his concern for nature. Pope Francis believes that there are significant ecological problems today that need to be addressed. They include not only problems in the natural environment but also in the human area, particularly among the poorest. Pope Francis is convinced that the Church needs to do more with evangelization and engaging people who currently don’t listen to the Church.

 

Altar Servers

Saturday 6 August 7.00 pm:                     Maiya T.K. & Jack Harding

Sunday 7 August 10.30am:                      Fabian & Giovanna O’Donnell

Children’s Liturgy:                                   Maria O’Donnell

 

Basketball Singlets/Coaches

Could we have all basketball singlets returned to school please. Some of these haven’t been returned from last year.

We need coaches for our Yr  3/4 Boys team and also our Y 5/6 Girls team. If you can help, please contact Mr Morgan.

 

Congratulations to our Yr 5 netball girls who competed in a  tournament on Tuesday. They were placed fourth place in their division. A long, but enjoyable day for us all.

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Scholastic Bookclub Issue 5 closes on Wednesday 10 August.

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Class Happenings Room 3

This week we have been focusing on “What is a question?” in writing time. We know that questions can start with either: -What, When, Why, Where, Who or How. Questions also end with A? (question mark). We would like to share some silly questions that we wrote that were inspired by the book, “Ketchup on your Cornflakes? By Nick Sharrat.

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Would you like a chip on your hand?  Efion

Would you like monkey in your bath?  Ethan

Do you like fish on your bed?  Jackson

Do you like tomato sauce on your head?  Ella

Do you like milk on your cornflakes? Maddison

Would you like an egg in your bed?  Luca

Do you like jam in your lemonade?  Zoe

Do you like marshmallows in your peanut butter?  Kate O

Would you like a barbeque in your apple?  Kate L

Do you like strawberries in your bath?  Noah

Do you like ketchup on your nose?  Leo A

Do you like custard in your bath?  Molly

Would you like a teddy on your cornflakes?  Sean

Do you like milk on your eggs?  Leo G

Do you like ice cubes in your pie?  Isla

Do you like cracked eggs in your bath?  Holly

Do you like cornflakes in your head?  Lucas

Do you like worms in your mouth?  Ana

Do you like jam in your lemonade?  Molly

 

 

Cyber Safety – Stay Smart Online

From our session with Mr Parsons yesterday, we know that we can help keep ourselves safe online by:

  • Only giving personal information to those in our inner circle: family, friends, self.
  • Leaving a computer that doesn’t make us feel comfortable and find an adult for help.

 

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