Posts made in March, 2017

30 March 2017

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30 March 2017

Dear Parents

Next week Mrs Williams and I will be away with the Year 6 children to Stewart Island. We are hoping for fine weather and lots of blue cod.

Our prayers are with Lilly Heads and Mitchell Johnstone and we look forward to seeing you back at school soon.
Our prayers are also with the children taking part in the Sacramental programme with Mrs Russell.

Holy Week Liturgy
Easter is the most important time in our church calendar. To help the children begin to know and understand the Easter story, the whole school will participate in an Easter Liturgy.
Parents and families are welcome to join us on Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm as we share the Easter story. Each class will be taking part in telling part of the story.

WHERE:     In the hall
WHEN:       Thursday April 13th at 1.45pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
The date for Reconciliation has been changed to Thursday the 4th of May at 2pm in the church (due to school camp). The Sacrament of Eucharist will take place on August 27th. The children who will receive the Sacrament of Baptism do not need to take part in the rite of Reconciliation, but will in the Eucharist. Any queries, please contact me.

Altar Servers
Saturday 1 April 7.00 pm: Kate Russell & Greta Jones
Sunday 2 April 11.00am:   Maia Tagomoa-Kaa & Robbie Humm
Children’s Liturgy:             Maria Baynes & Amanda Smellie  

Netball Notices
Children wanting to play Netball this year, must have these forms in to the office tomorrow.             

Junior Athletics
On Tuesday, 4 April 2017, at 1.30, Rooms 1, 2 and 5 will take part in the Junior Athletics. Parents are welcome to come and join us. Bring your running shoes for the “Parents Race”.
This is a normal school day. The children need to wear their sports uniform and sunhats. Please make sure your child has a water bottle that day.
We will make a decision during the morning if the weather is inclement (check Facebook) but hope to run the sports this day. Postponement day is Thursday, 6 April 2017.

Southland Athletics
The children have received information about this today. Look out for the All Saints banner in the stands.

Easter Colouring Competition
Rooms 1 and 2 are running an Easter colouring in competition. As part of discovery the children have been set the task of colouring in an Easter Egg. The finished Easter eggs are in the junior hallway outside room 3. If you want to vote for your favourite egg please come and have a look at our pictures.  Then write the corresponding number down on a piece of paper provided and put into the ice cream container on top of the lockers. The pictures are not named, just numbered. Voting opens on  Monday morning and the winner announced  on Monday the 10th of April.

Room 9  Class Happenings
Over the past few weeks Room 9 have taken part in a New Zealand Writing initiative, where we got to share and exchange writing with Bay view Primary School in Glenfield, Auckland.
We had to write similes about ourselves. Here are some examples:

“I am as fast as the speed of light”

“I am as speedy as Usain Bolt sprinting in the Olympics”

“My tap shoes are like symbols clicking and clacking against the wooden floor”

“I am as fierce as a devil with no lunch”

“I slice through the water like an arrow”

“I am as exhilarated as a cheetah stalking a deer”

“I am as Kiwi as Dan Carter kicking in the rugby world cup final”

“I am as cool as red ban gumboots”

“I am as slow as a snail climbing up and down a wall”

“I am smarter than a calculator solving a tricky math problem”

“I am as cool as the Oreit River in a windswept winter”

This is what we received from Bayview Primary School

 

One of the guided reading groups this week read a story called “The Short Cut,” which was about taking a short cut through desert and understanding that the shortest route is not always the best. As a follow up activity some students made a “solar water still”, by digging a deep hole into the ground, putting a container in the hole and covering it with a plastic rubbish bag. They placed a small rock on the plastic, and waited till water dripped into the container. AND IT WORKED!

Sister Aroha
Many decades ago Sister Aroha was a Canterbury farm girl.  But she gave up her idyllic Kiwi life for a life of sacrifice, caring for orphans as a nun with Mother Teresa’s order in Sri Lanka, The Missionaries of Charity. The Sunday programme travelled to Sri Lanka and her story is coming this week on SUNDAY at 7:30pm on TVONE.
https://www.facebook.com/SundayTVNZ/videos/1538622386147934/

The 2016/2017 Entertainment book is coming out soon! This book with thousands of savings has stayed at the 2015 price of $60. Order forms were sent out to each family yesterday or to order online go to our link:   www.entbook.co.nz/26009b1. There are some great early bird offers, which the first 10 orders will receive.

2017 Out of School Art Classes – Yr 1 – 8
Enrolments are now being taken for Term 2. Please contact Helen 217-7482 for enrolments.

Congratulations to Kyron Devery who won 5 out of 5 races at the Waverley Swim club champs last week and also to Briarlee Devery who won 2 out of 2. Well done.

 

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23rd March 2017

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23 March 2017

Dear Parents

This week the teachers have been having a number of discussions around children’s online time at home and how hard it can be to monitor it. One of the teachers has suggested an app called Our Pact:   http://ourpact.com/  which may be helpful for some families. I haven’t used it myself but the free version looks as though it could be useful.

Southland Athletics – Saturday 8/4
Congratulations to the following pupils who will be representing our zone at the Southland Athletics 8th April 2017. We wish them the best of luck:
Jordis Belesky – 1500 run; Lilly Heads – 60 dash, 100 dash; Pippa Humm – long jump; Maia Pickett – 60 dash, 100 dash.
Charlie Baynes – 100 dash, 200 dash, long jump; Jacob Boniface – 100 dash, 200 dash, 800 run, long jump; Ben Bryan – long jump; Kyron Devery – 800 run, long jump; Alex Hawkes – 800 run; Robbie Humm – 200 dash, 800 run, 1500 run, discus throw; Tim Richardson – discus throw.  Harris Page, Jacob Boniface, Alex Hawkes, Charlie Baynes – 100m Relay.

Altar Servers
Saturday 25 March 7.00 pm:   Jack Harding & Megan Sullivan
Sunday 26 March 11.00am:      Jack & Summer Smith
Children’s Liturgy:                    Amanda Smith

New Board Chairperson
Congratulations to Mark Lee who was elected as Board Chair on Monday night. We look forward to working with Mark and the Board to continue to enhance our children’s experiences at school.

 

 

Maori & Pacific Whanau Meeting
We are having a meeting next Wednesday 29th March @ 6pm for whanau members to gain your support for upcoming school events and to identify ways to increase our children cultural awareness. All are welcome.

2017 Activity Fee – These have been sent out to all families today. The cost has stayed the same as 2016.

Sports Hoodies – Parents wanting to order hoodies online,  can do so by following this link: http://sacredheart.uniformnz.com/

Headlice – Unfortunately this little critter is back visiting us at school. Please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. Student’s hair is to be kept tidy and tied back if long.

The 2016/2017 Entertainment book is coming out soon! This book with thousands of savings has stayed at the 2015 price of $60. Order forms were sent out to each family yesterday or to order online go to our link:   www.entbook.co.nz/26009b1. There are some great early bird offers, which the first 10 orders will receive.

Fruit Delivered from Roxburgh – The next fruit delivery will be on Thursday 30 March. Orders need to be in to the office (with money) by 9am Monday morning.  Available are: 4kg mixed box of nectarines, black doris plums, omega plums for $20, 4kg box of omega plums for $16, 4kg bag of coxs orange, royal gala or pacific beauty apples for $10, 4kg bag of comice pears for $10, 3 x pupmpkins for $10 and 10 x sweet corn for $10.

Room 1 – Class Happenings

Ipad Ninjas
Room 1 have been lucky to have Mrs Stupples come in on a Tuesday to teach them the correct way to use an Ipad.
We have learnt how to turn it on and off and how to look after it.

We have also learnt how to take a photo and a video.

Also how to search for an app we can’t find.

We love when Mrs Stupples comes to visit and we feel more confident using the iPads.

Winter Sports
Hockey – Wednesday nights 6 aside for Yrs 1 & 2, Yrs 3 & 4 & Yrs 5 & 6 – commencing 8 May – 16 August. Team costs per team, vary between $235 – $345, so fee’s will be divided between the number of players in each team. To date we only have 2 players interested.

Table Tennis – Thursday nights 4 – 5pm – commencing 1 May – 6 July 2017 – Entry fee = $60 per team of 2. If your child is wanting to play either of these sports, please email office@shsinv.school.nz by Friday 24th March.

Sports Results
Flipperball – Sacred Heart Titans won 12 – 4 against Makarewa.

Cricket – Smash Girls – won and Isla Baron was player of the day.

Mother’s Day 5km Fun Run Walk, 14th May 2017 – Check in from 8.30am, event starts at 10am. Early participants will receive a Dick Frizzell designed event t-shirt. Tickets = Early Bird (before 31 March) $15 pp, general admission = $20 pp, mother/child combo $15 pp, group of 10+ $14 pp. Register online (jennianmothersday.com) – $25k worth of prizes up for grabs!

Music South is offering after school and weekend lessons. Piano, Guitar, Singing and Drums. Spaces are available for term 2! Please phone 02108331708 for more information.   Hollie Longman M.A(Music), MusB (Hons), P.C(Trinity, Voice), Dip.MuscEnt.

Marist Junior Rugby Registration
All school age children wanting to play rugby in the 2017 from Grades U13 and below are invited and welcome to attend a weigh in / registration day:
SUNDAY 26 MARCH 10.30 am-12 noon or
TUESDAY 28 MARCH 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm   at MARIST RUGBY CLUB, Miller Street, Invercargill.

** CLUB HOODIES – orders and sizing available to be taken on the day as well. $40 each
** RUGBY BOOTS: BUY/SELL/SWAP – bring any boots for donation, swap or sale on the day.
** Subscriptions of $30 per player or $50 for a family of more than 1 player should be paid on the day.
** Ages for grades are as at 1 January 2015. Under 12 and 13 play in combined A-Grade
** Under 6 Rippa grade – child should be no younger than 4 ½ yrs at 1 January.
** RIPPA RUGBY PLAYED Under 6 and Under 7 only

Pirates Old Boys Junior Rugby: Registration/weigh in days at the clubrooms for new players Fri 24 March 6-7pm and Sat 25 March 1 – 2pm. Current players can register on line at www.sporty.co.nz. For further information re junior rugby visit the club website www.pobrugby.com

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16th March 2017

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16 March 2017

Dear Parents

Our sincere condolences go to the van Eeden family.

Thank you to the families who were able to join with us for the school mass and lunch on Sunday. Your support is appreciated.

Sacramental Programme
The Sacramental programme will start this week. All Yr 3/4 children are urged to take part. Please contact Mrs Russell asap (arussell@shsinv.school.nz) if your children intends doing this. To date we only have 6 children enrolled.

Altar Servers
Saturday 18 March 7.00 pm:   Ruby Duffy & Greta Jones
Sunday 19 March 11.00am:      Holly & Caleb Wolf
Children’s Liturgy:                    Cecelia Russell

Sports Hoodies – Parents wanting to order hoodies online,  can do so by following this link: http://sacredheart.uniformnz.com/

Headlice – Unfortunately this little critter is back visiting us at school. Please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. Student’s hair is to be kept tidy and tied back if long.

Swimming Champs – Sunday 9th April 2017
Children wanting to take part in the school swimming champs on Sunday 9th April are asked to see me for details by Monday. All children need to be competent swimmers.

Room 2 – Class Happenings 
On Wednesday afternoons, the Room 9 students come to Room 1 and 2 to do Buddy Reading. It is a wonderful experience for the children and teachers. It is amazing to see the interactions taking place during this time and at other times during the day. The benefits are wide spread.

Lucas said, “Buddy reading is fun and it helps you learn. It is really cool because you get to spend time with the big kids.”

Albert said, “Buddy reading gets little kids and big kids to be friends. We read books from our browsing basket, books from the library corner and we do Maths.”

Sophie said, “I like that Jordis reads a book to me and she helps me sound the words out. Jordis likes me reading to her.”

Brooke said, “I like Buddy reading because sometimes we get to read outside. I get to learn more of my Maths cards than I already know. Sometimes I get a big book from the Library and I read to my buddy.”

Jacob said, “I like doing my words with Malachi. I like sitting outside and reading.”

Keira said, “I like to read with my buddy and I like my buddy reading to me too. My buddy’s name is Abby. She is really fun because she always has a big smile on her face.”

Bryden said, “we get to read and we get to read a big book. Jacob reads to me and helps me.”

Winter Sports
Hockey – Wednesday nights 6 aside for Yrs 1 & 2, Yrs 3 & 4 & Yrs 5 & 6 – commencing 8 May – 16 August. Team costs per team, vary between $235 – $345, so fee’s will be divided between the number of players in each team.

Table Tennis – Thursday nights 4 – 5pm – commencing 1 May – 6 July 2017 – Entry fee = $60 per team of 2.If your child is wanting to play either of these sports, please email office@shsinv.school.nz by Friday 24th March.

Sports Results
Touch
Eels won against Waihopai Tigers 7 – 2. Player of the day was Jamie Russell.
Storm won against Fernworth Orange 5 – 1. Player of the day was Leo Aitken.
Roosters won against Middle Madness 3 – 1. Player of the day was Maia Pickett.
Warriors won against Donovan Steppers 12 – 1. Player of the day was Tim Richardson.

Flipperball – Sacred Heart Titans drew against Otatara 6 – 6.

Cricket – Smash Girls won. Player of the day was Ana McWilliam.

Athletics – Maia Pickett was 1st in the 60mtr and 1st in the 200mtr and Briarlee Devery was 1st for Shot Put and 3rd in the Long Jump. They were both part of the 8 year old relay team that also had a 1st placing.

Touch Tournament – Sunday 19 March
Due to insufficient team entries this tournament has been cancelled.

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9th March

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9 March 2017

Dear Parents

Sacred Heart Parish Centenary – Sunday 12 March 2017
Can all children meet in the foyer in school uniform at 10.15am. We expect a full attendance to join with  the Parish in celebrating its 
centenary.

Swimming Champs – Sunday 9th April 2017
Children wanting to take part in the school swimming champs on Sunday 9th April are asked to see me for details by Monday. All children need to be competent swimmers.

Sports Fees – Fees for sports teams are as follows:
Flipperball = $18
Touch = $19
Boys Cricket = $20
Girls Cricket = FREE

We would appreciate these to be paid at your earliest convenience. Our bank details are: Sacred Heart School 031746 0042033 00.

Enrolments
If you know of any prospective enrolments please get them to contact me or pass on their details. We have had a good start to the year but still need to increase our numbers.

Best Ever St Paddy’s Night
Irish comedy with Paddy O’Brien and MC Gerry Forde, Irish singalong with Gerry McSoriley, best dressed Paddy comp, clash of the parishes for best cultural dance, Southland Entertainer of the Year finalist Stephen Wilcox and his specialist dance band Tranzition, plus guests Cindy Mulrooney and Jacinta Kerepeti – no wonder we call it the Best Ever St Paddy’s Night, Friday 17 March, Corinthian Events Centre upstairs Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, doors open 6:15pm, starts 7:15, tickets $35 with supper included, buy from Mcknight and Brown Esk St, Catholic Schools and Parishes or ring Gerry Forde: 021 516 393. Raffles, and 6 auction items, raising funds for our combined parishes outreach to struggling families. Tickets available at the school office

Touch Trials
Touch Southland invite your child to trial for our Junior Representative teams for the 2017/18 season.
To register for our trials please click the following link to complete the online registration form;
http://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/35928
Trials for u11 players (Born 2007) will take place on Wednesday March 15th

Southland School Championship Touch Tournament 
Sunday 19th March – Moore Reserve Winton – 10am start – 3pm finish. Cost $11 per player.  Grades: Boys, Girls, Mixed, Year 5/6 and Year 7/8.  If your child is interested in taking part in this tournament, please email: office@shsinv.school.nz or see me. Entries have to be in by Monday 13/3, as yet we do not have sufficient numbers for a team.

Athletics results
Day 1 of the Southland Children’s Athletic Championships 2017 was held on Sunday 5th March.  Briarlee Devery won the 8 year old girls Discus and Maia Pickett was 3rd in the 100mtr race. 

Fruit Delivered from Roxburgh – The next fruit delivery will be on Thursday 16 March. Orders need to be in to the office (with money) by 9am Monday morning.  Available are: 4kg mixed box of nectarines, black doris plums, peaches for $20, 4kg box of black doris plums for $16, 4kg box of golden queen peaches for $18, 4kg of coxs orange or pacific beauty apples for $10.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 2 closes on Friday 17th March.

Old Boys Football Club – Have A Go Day!!! This Sunday 12 March 1 – 2.30 pm @ Waverley Park Soccer Grounds.

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2 March 2017

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2 March 2017

Dear Parents

We welcome Christian Roderique to Room 1 this week, we hope he enjoys his time at Sacred Heart.It has been a busy couple of weeks, with swimming  and athletics being to the fore at school. We had a very successful day on Tuesday at Surrey Park and I was very impressed with the efforts and behaviour of all our children. We have the Parish centenary coming up next weekend and there will be a school mass on Sunday 12th March. We expect a full attendance.

The newsletter is being emailed out to parents. Please let me know if you want it sent to another email address.

 Zone Athletics
Well done to all the children who took part in the Zone Athletics on Friday and Tuesday. Also a big thanks to the parents and Verdon College students for your assistance. The Southland Athletics are on Saturday 8th April. I will let children know who will be representing the Zone as soon as the organising school send the information through.
Results:
7 year olds:
Molly Stockman:  3rd 100m.
8 year olds:
Briarlee Devery:  1st Discus, 1st Shotput
Lilly Heads:  2nd Shotput, 2nd 60m, 2nd 100m
Pippa Humm:  1st Long Jump
Maia Pickett: 1st 60m, 1st 100m, 3rd High Jump
9 year olds:
Charlie Baynes:  1st Long Jump, 1st 60m, 1st 100m,3rd High Jump
Jacob Boniface:  1st 800m, 2nd Long Jump, 2nd 60m, 2nd 100m
Alex Hawkes:  2nd 800m
Harris Page, Alex Hawkes, Charlie Baynes & Jacob Boniface: 1st Relay
10 year olds:
Tim Richardson: 1st Discus
Ben Bryan: 1st Long Jump
Jordis Belesky: 1st 1500m
Robbie Humm:  1st 1500m, 2nd 200m,2nd 800m,2nd Discus, 3rd long Jump
Abby Johnstone:  3rd high Jump
Kyron Devery:  1st 800m, 2nd 1500m, 2nd Long Jump

Sacred Heart Parish Centenary – Sunday 12 March 2017
This compulsory school mass will be followed by a morning tea in the hall. Each family are asked to bring a plate to share. We also require volunteers to help in the kitchen providing tea and coffee etc. If you would like to help in some way, please contact Anna Russell in Room 1 or email: arussell@shsinv.school.nz

Tickets Available now at $35 for Best Ever St Paddy’s Night  on St Patricks Day, Friday 17 March, 7:30pm,  In’gill Workingmens Club. See the School Office for tickets or buy from Mcknight and Brown, Esk St. Make up a table of 10 friends or come as a smaller group. Sacred Heart Parish has laid down the gauntlet in the Parish Competition for Best Irish Item – Paddy O’Brien is treating us to a Dash of Irish Humour – what can the other parishes come up with??? There’s a singalong, dancing, and Filipino and Keribas performance. We’re joining with all the parishes and schools in Invercargill for a night of fun to launch our project of working together to help struggling families. We’re also looking for auction items – do you have a crib to let for a weekend, boat for a fishing trip, meat or cattle beast, blue cod, a day’s work, anything to auction? – ring Gerry Forde on 021 516 393! Let’s raise some funds for our families and raise our spirits – celebrating together!

Touch Trials
Touch Southland invite your child to trial for our Junior Representative teams for the 2017/18 season.
To register for our trials please click the following link to complete the online registration form;
http://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/35928
Trials for u11 players (Born 2007) will take place on Wednesday March 15th

School Behaviour
Unfortunately since swimming finished we have had an increase in some children not making the “best choices” in their actions at intervals. We are having a clamp down on this at present with our focus on children taking responsibility for their actions and in particular our senior children being role models for the younger children.
We will be introducing PAL’s, which ran last year successfully as soon as we train some of the children to run games sessions.

Netball Pole
I would appreciate if anyone has any information about the netball pole next to Room 7 which was broken in the weekend.

Room 8 Class Happenings
Room 8 has recently completed our class waka! We all took photos of each other and learnt how to share these on seesaw. We also designed a paddle with our name on it and talked about travelling together in our learning as a class this year.

Room 8 also had lots to say about Athletics day on Tuesday, which most of the class attended. Different students highlights from the day included all of the events, parents watching, placing in heats or finals and qualifying for Southland Athletics. All of the athletics practises that we have had in class and with Room 9 has obviously paid off as many students have qualified for Southland’s for different events, well done! This week we have also written down lots of the things that happened on athletics day so that we can write a recount about it next week.

Community Oral Health Service Children (from birth to the end of year 8)
Children* are entitled to FREE basic dental care, from birth until they begin high school. Free basic dental care is available at Community Oral Health fixed clinics and mobile dental units throughout the Southern District. The Service is run by appointment only. We would like parents/guardians to attend all appointments with their child as Dental Therapists provide parents with valuable advice to support their children’s good oral health.
If your child is already enrolled with the Service we will contact you to make an appointment. If your child is not enrolled, you are unsure or new to the area, please call:
Otago 0800 672 543 – free from cell phones, Southland 0800 570 300 – free from cell phones
For more information visit: http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/pages/community-oral-health-service/

Ngai Tahu Tuition
Ngai Tahu Iwi has nominated NumberWorks ‘n Words as an accredited provider of Maths and English tuition for school aged children who are registered with the iwi. These children are entitled to apply for a grant which provides one term of tuition, valued at $450, per year. Forms can be downloaded from the Ngai Tahu website or by contacting Raewyn on 218-6804.

Central Pirates Rugby Club: Junior player registration this Saturday 4th March at CP grounds, Wilson’s crossing. Registration from 9.30am followed by a skills session from 10am-11am with Rugby Southland. All new and existing players welcome.

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