Posts made in June, 2017

29th June 2017

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Dear Parents

A big thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Matariki celebrations last Sunday. The artwork in the hall was amazing and the children put on a great performance. Well done to Robbie Humm, Matthew Winter and Abby Johnstone for your leadership. We were also very lucky that at exactly the correct time the sky cleared and we were able to see the night sky. Also thanks to the PTA for your support and the teachers and helpers for all your work on the morning.

Year 4-6 Mid – Year  Reports and Interviews
Year 4-6 reports will go home tomorrow. Mrs Williams and Miss Wiseman will send emails to all parents with information about interview times.

Well done to the all children who received certificates at this week’s assembly and Maddison May who won the charism award.

Sir Peter Blake Trust Young Leader Award

We are very proud of Cole Robertson who was awarded a Young Leader’s Award this week. This is a very prestigious award and the first time for a Sacred Heart School student. The Trust is supported by Westpac and was presenter by a local Westpac Agribank advisor.
This is a very well deserved award for Cole and we are pleased for him and his family. Very well done.

Also congratulations to Roland Cameron who won the ‘Dreambank Sir Peter Blake Trust’ award. Roland had to write in about his dreams for himself and his dreams for New Zealand. A great effort!




Cross Country
Congratulations to the children who all competed at the Southland Cross Country held last Friday. All the Sacred Heart children performed extremely well with Jacob Boniface – 2nd and Kyron Devery – 7th in their respective races. A big thanks to the parents who were there to support the children.

Room 8 Class Happenings
This week Room 8 has really enjoyed using our devices and learning how to use google slides. We have been making presentations about what we have learnt about Matariki, and we have been using what they have learnt about narratives this term to start writing our own picture books. There has been lots of problem solving and helping each other figure things out when working on these!!
Here are some of the covers of our books and presentations, which one would you like to read?

Please let the office know tomorrow or Monday at the latest, if your child wishes to play, we have 3 so far for the Year 5-6 competition.

Sports Results 

Netball – Sacred Heart played Myross Bush and only just lost – very good game had by all but players of the day went to Karley Holland and Logan Jordan.

Hockey – Sacred Heart played Woodlands last night and lost 3 – 1. Player of the day was Ellie McWilliam.

Out of School Art Classes for 2017 – Enrolments are now being taken for Term 3. Enquiries to Helen 217-7482.

ILT Stadium Southland Holiday Programme (5 – 12 yrs) July 10, 11, 19 & 20. 9am – 3pm $40 a day or $100 for 3 days.
Your child will participate in a range of different activities including: clip n climb, basketball, amazing race, arts & crafts, squash, puzzle/games.
for more information and registrations, please contact 219-9310.

Holiday Basketball Programme (Yrs 3 – 6) July 12 & 13. 9.00 am – 3.00 pm at the ILT Stadium $60 per child.
This programme will be run by SBA Basketball Development officer Dan Peck, along with local players and coaches. Individual ability and age groups will be catered for wherever possible.  Inquiries can be directed to Dan 211-2254.

Also congratulations to Kyron Devery who was selected for the Southland U13 basketball team.

Southland Shooters (yr 5 & 6) Term 3 – $75 with singlet included
Southland Shooters’ is a development programme for all girls and boys from Yr 1 – 8, who are keen to experience basketball in the region. The programme is run all year round, each term focusing on a different age group. Enquiries for this programme and also be directed to Dan 211-2254.


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22nd June 2017

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22 June 2017

Dear Parents

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parker family this week.

Many thanks to the Dennis family for providing concrete blocks for our drop off zone. Over time these deteriorate so its great to get them re-done.

We are also looking forward to celebrating our Sacred Heart Feast day tomorrow and our Matariki breakfast on Sunday morning. Congratulations to our kapahaka group who performed at the museum last weekend as part of their Matariki celebrations. If any parents have photos, we would appreciate you sending them to:

Spam Attacks
From time to time we find  school email addresses are hacked and used to spread spam. When this happens N4L, who run the school fibre network are able to quickly rectify the problem for us. Unfortunately they do block our outgoing mail until they are sure the problem is fixed. Such an issue arose late last night with some of our mail unable to be received or sent. I hope this will be fixed later on today so I do apologise to those parents who have tried to contact us and haven’t yet had a reply.

Sacred Heart Feast Day  – Friday 23rd June 2017
We will begin our feast day with a school mass at 9:30am in the church.  Parents are more than welcome to come and join us.
We are also going to be participating in some house group activities after mass, therefore children are to wear house colour clothes to school. Because we are going to mass, we ask that children do not colour their hair. The whole school will be celebrating lunch together. Children are to bring a small plate of food to share.
Mercy/Kavanagh/Donovan – savoury food,  Harrington – sweet food.
As part of the day we are asking children to bring a non perishable food item for the local food bank.

Matariki Breakfast –  Sunday 25 June 2017 at 6 am


  • Come and look at the morning sky with our local experts.
  • Find out more using the night sky apps on the iPads. Come and read some Myths, Legends and Matariki stories in the library.

6.30 am:

  • Children assemble in the hall.
  • Visitors will be called into hall.
  • Welcome
  • Pepeha
  • Junior singing
  • Kapa Haka group
  • Room 9 students share their learning about Matariki
  • Kapahaka
  • Grace before breakfast.


  • Breakfast
  • An opportunity to view the children’s work.

Southland Cross Country
Good luck to Jordis Belesky, Abby Johnstone, Kyron Devery, Robbie Humm, Tim Richardson, Jacob Boniface, Harris Page, Alex Hawkes and Rohan Murray who will represent the school and zone at the Southland Cross Country tomorrow.

Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa
Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa will undergo surgery on her foot in July and be off work for the rest of the year. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Selina and we hope this will be successful. Mrs Ultee will teach in Room 5 and Mrs McKenzie will be the release teacher in Room 8.

Room 5 Class Happenings

This term I have been reading lots of books so that I can finish a pizza wheel. I’ve finished three pizza wheels already. This means that I can get three small pizzas from Hells Pizza for reading chapter books. I am enjoying earning money for our auction next week. I have earned $70 so far. We are going to have an auction next Thursday because Mrs TK is leaving.   Lucas Allison

I have really enjoyed working through our Literacy Contracts this term. My favourite part is getting to the ‘smiley faces’. This means that I have to look on the internet and copy the link from our contract to find our making activity. After I have found this, I watch the video and have to write down a list of materials that I need. I am looking forward to celebrating the Matariki Breakfast on Sunday with my family.  Ana McWilliam

This term I have enjoyed doing the Matariki Rotations. I am really looking forward to our shared lunch next Thursday.  Holly Robertson

Holiday Basketball Programme – July 12, 13, 14
The Southland Shooters’ holiday programme is on during the Term 2 school holidays, offering a fun development opportunity for girls and boys from 3 – 10 years.        The programme will be run by SBA Basketball Development Officer Dan Peck, along with local players and coaches from SBA and the SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks. Year 3 – 6 $60 per child for 2 days. Enquiries can be directed to: 2112254 or email:

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. Applications for Term 3’s tuition grant of 10 weeks of Maths or English tuition closes July 10th. Forms can be downloaded from the Ngai Tahu website or by contacting Raewyn on 218-6804.

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15 June 2017

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15 June 2017

Dear Parents

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Hogan family this week.

Sacred Heart Feast Day  – Friday 23rd June 2017
We will begin our feast day with a school mass at 9:30am in the church.  Parents are more than welcome to come and join us.
We are also going to be participating in some house group activities after mass, therefore children are to wear house colour clothes to school. Because we are going to mass, we ask that children do not colour their hair. The whole school will be celebrating lunch together. Children are to bring a small plate of food to share.
Mercy/Kavanagh/Donovan – savoury food,  Harrington – sweet food

Congratulations to our certificate winners and Rhea Mahenoa who won the charism award this week. Well done.

Matariki Celebration at the Museum this Saturday 17th June
Our Sacred Heart School Kapahaka group have been invited to attend this celebration again this year. We will perform at 2:30pm and following our group there will be some other groups that will be worth while watching. Permission slips are due back by Friday please.

Matariki Breakfast –  Sunday 25 June 2017 at 6 am
Come along and celebrate Maori New Year.   You will get to learn more about the stars and the activities connected to this celebration
6.00 – 6.30 – Star gazing / Reading of stories and Maori legends
6.30    – Formal welcome into the hall / Children share their learning about Matariki / Kapa Haka group perform
7.00 – Breakfast
If you have a telescope that you would be happy to bring along and “man” please fill in the form below.
We would love you to join us and bring your extended family along.
Please let your child’s teacher know before Monday, 19 June, the number of people coming from your family.


Family name: _____________

No. coming: ______________

I have a telescope: Yes/No


Sports Results
Netball – Sacred Heart played Newfield School and lost 9-4. Players of the Day went to Jordis Belesky and Fiah Adams.

Hockey – The team played Ascot and lost 6-0. Player of the day was Jack Harding.

Rippa Rugby Competition – Year 3-6
Rugby Southland are offering a rippa rugby competition next term for children in Year 3-6. A maximum of 6 per team in separate boys and girls grades – Year 3&4, Year 5&6. It will be on a Thursday night and is free to enter. If you are interested please email me or phone the office.

Learn to Ride Track Programme
Term 3  for 9 weeks, Wednesday or Friday 4-5pm. If interested contact Cycling Southland – 032199325 or

Room 2 Class Happenings
A visit to the museum
It was a museum hunt. We had to find the stuff. I was with Case and Lucas. It was fun. We did some weaving. I did good work. I did block colouring too. We came on the bus. I stuck feathers on. We went outside. It was great fun. Room 1 and Room 2 and Room 5 went. Room 5 went on a different bus to Room 1 and 2.  Albert  12.6.17    

I went to the museum. I saw coats that Maori people made. It took a month or a year. They used feathers and thread. We did weaving too and colouring. We went on a flash bus too. Then we had lunch and I made a base in the playground. The people who were playing with me were Bryden, Sophie, and Zoe. Bryden was the leader and I was the second. Then the bell rang and I ate my lunch. The pies were a little late.  Keira  12.6.17

In cross country I came 2nd in the Year 2 boys. We had to go around the school and my sister, Hayley did her cross country. My sister Hayley came over to me then Hayley went over to my brother Ethan. Then Hayley sat beside Ethan because she thought she was in Ethan’s class. Then she went back to do her cross country. Jacob H came 1st in cross country because he was the fastest in Room 2. He practised a lot. I practised a lot too because I was second fastest in the class. I had to run around the block and I had to run to the Give Way sign. Mum timed us. We ran, and Mum and Dad biked around the block. We ran to the Give Way sign. We got back to the house just in time for tea. I was proud at cross country on Tuesday. Then it was time to go home in the car.  Jacob R  12.6.17

At school, we did cross country on Wednesday. Mum was there. She was cheering for me. I was so happy. I was so happy because Mum was cheering for me. It was fun. So I ran faster than anyone else. I was going so fast I almost tripped. Then I started to slow down and then I went fast. I ran so, so, so, so, so, so, fast. Even, I almost beat Morgan. She was running so fast she won. She won last year too. She is fast as! I’m super fast to real fast, I mean. I like was so fast I almost slipped. It was so, so, so, so, so, so, so fast I almost won. I love to run. I love to run so fast. Really, I do. I always wanted to do cross country when I was little. It is fun to do cross country.  Zoe  12.6.17

Museum Art by Room 2

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8th June 2017

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Dear Parents

A big thanks to Robbie Humm for trimming the hedges last week. Also thanks to the parents who supported the children at the Zone cross country and library visits this week.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan, Sherriff & Pay families this week.

Just a reminder to all the scooters / bikers / skateboarders, they need to wear a helmet at all times including before and after school.

Cross Country
Well done to all the children who took part in the Zone cross country. Very well done to the following children who were placed in the top 6 and will represent the zone at the Southland cross country on 23rd June. A big thanks to the parents who have been running with the children at school. The Sacred Heart children featured prominently in the results.
Jordis Belesky (2) & Abby Johnstone (4) – 11 yr girls
Kyron Devery (1), Robbie Humm (2) & Tim Richardson (4) – 11 yr boys
Jacob Boniface (1), Harris Page (2), Alex Hawkes (3) & Rohan Murray (6)– 10 yr boys

Entertainment Book
We desperately need all unwanted Entertainment Books returned to school tomorrow. We have 13 books outstanding and we can only presume they are being purchased @ $60 per book.

School Behaviour Procedures
We have introduced the ‘Think Sheet’ and have been very pleased with the response from the children and parents. In most situations we have found children making wrong choices or getting involved in someones else’s problems in a negative way.
Our Think Sheets are based on our Mercy charism and the restorative justice model and cover our school rules listed below.

  • We respect others and their belongings.
  • We use appropriate language and behaviour.
  • We respect and take care of all school property.
  • We walk inside all school buildings and stay in assigned areas.
  • We wear appropriate school uniform

Futsal Competition
Southland football are running a Futsal league in Term 3 on Monday nights. There are Year 1/2, 3/4 & 5/6 leagues. There are info sheets in the corridors, the cost will be about $20-25 per person. If interested please contact me, we will send home a entry form next week as well.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 4 closes Wednesday 22nd June.

Cans – Please continue to bring your used cans in to the office. We would appreciate them to be clean with the top off.  Many thanks.

PTA News
This week your child will/would have come home with an Oyster Raffle to sell. The family that sells the most cards will receive 1 dozen Oysters & a bottle of wine. The house that sells the most (pro rata) will receive a special treat. Please have all raffle cards sold or unsold back to school by 30th June.

Thank you to the PTA for purchasing two new Mini Macs and three new Apple TV’s for the classrooms. The PTA has also put money towards all of the fun Matariki Celebrations that the children have been taking part in this term, including: Library & Museum visits, Matariki rotations on Thursday afternoons and our Matariki Breakfast.

Class Happenings – Room 1

Last week the children participated in the junior school cross country.

This is what the children thought…

“I was so excited because I got third”  said Mason

“Kelsy and I ran together”  said Elise

“I got second in the boys race”  said Jamie

“I got third and my Mum was so happy”  said Pippa

“I came fourth but I ran fast”  said Lucy

“I got first and I felt good”  said Daisy

“I got first and I was so excited, Mum and Dad were there”  said Sean

“I ran really fast”  said Rhea

“It was a long way to run”  said Cruz

“I ran with my new friend”  said Kelsy

“I ran in the big race, my legs got tired”  said Macey

“My big sister Keira ran with me”  said Christian

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1st June 2017

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Dear Parents

Welcome to Kelsy Unuka who joined the children in Room 1 on Tuesday. We hope Kelsy and her family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

Thanks to all the families who were able to attend the mass on Sunday. A big thanks to Mrs Russell and Fr Tony.
Next week we have Queen’s Birthday on Monday, the zone cross country on Tuesday, girls touch on Wednesday, Rooms 8 & 9 practicing with The Shark’s at the stadium on Thursday and classes  away to the Library on Thursday and Friday.

School Behaviour Procedures
This week the teachers have been discussing with the classes the school expectations regarding classroom and outside behaviour. We have decided as a staff to celebrate our successes in a more public manner and plan to include photos of the children getting certificates and our Mercy charism award in the newsletter. We also will be using a ‘Think’ sheet with children not always making the right choices and will be sending this home to parents. We ask for your support and feedback with this and  look forward to lots of photos in the newsletters.

Daisy Duffy is the winner of the Charism cross this week. Well done to Daisy for showing the Mercy charisms.

Also the children who received certificates at assembly today.

Kapahaka – Thank you to the Kapahaka students who have brought along a pen drive (USB) for videos to learn. Those who have not done so, please bring one along ASAP. Many thanks.

Sports Results
Netball – Sacred Heart played Salford School and unfortunately the Cross Country had taken its toll. We went down 14-2.  P.O.D was Ruby Duffy and Fiah Adams. 
Hockey – Sacred Heart played Windsor North and lost 2-0, Jack Dennis was P.O.D.

Congratulations to Tim Richardson and Ben Bryan who both had a fantastic tournament in Dunedin last weekend, as part of the Southland under 12 Waterpolo team.

Heat Ups – Please make sure your child’s heat up is clearly named. There is confusion most days, due to lack of clarity.Invercargill Parish Restructure Mass

Times – The revised Mass times from June 10 onwards:
Bluff 6.30 pm each Saturday
Basilica 6.00 pm each Saturday
Georgetown 9 am each Sunday
Waikiwi 10.30 am each Sunday
Basilica 7.30 am, 10.30 am, 7.00 pm each Sunday
North Invercargill 9.00 am, 7.00 pm each Sunday
Rakauhouka 8.30 am 1st & 3rd Sundays
Rimu 11 am 2nd & 4th Sundays
Marae 10.30 am 3rd Sunday

Cross Country
Thanks for all the support on Tuesday. Good luck to the children who will go to the Zones next week. The results are:
Year 1 Girls
1st – Daisy Duffy, 2nd – Pippa Hickey, 3rd – Pippa Hamilton
Year 1 Boys
1st – Sean Hartstonge, 2nd – Jamie Russell, 3rd – Mason Allison
Year 2 Girls
1st – Morgan Blight-Cranston, 2nd – Sophie Baron, 3rd – Lucy Cook
Year 2 Boys
1st – Jacob Humm, 2nd – Jacob Ramsay, 3rd – Alby Cameron
8-year old Girls
1st – Isla Baron, 2nd – Luca Ross, 3rd – Molly Duffy
8-year old Boys
1st – Lucas Allison, 2nd – Shaun Winter, 3rd – Leo Aitken
9-year old Girls
1st – Maia Pickett, 2nd – Briarlee Devery, 3rd – Natasha Lee
9-year old Boys
1st – Ryan Kiyas, 2nd – McKenzie Blight-Cranston, 3rd – Logan Jordan
10-year old Girls
1st – Keira Roderique, 2nd – Ruby Duffy, 3rd – Fiah Adams
10-year old Boys
1st – Jacob Boniface, 2nd – Harris Page, 3rd – Alex Hawkes
11-year old Girls
1st – Jordis Belesky, 2nd – Abby Johnstone, 3rd – Anya Phillips
11-year old Boys
1st – Robbie Humm, 2nd – Matthew Winter, 3rd – Tim Richardson

Cross Country certificates: Year 1/ 2  –  8/9 year olds  –   10/11 year olds.

Room 9 Class Happenings

Entering the big doors of NYLD-National Young Leaders Day- taking a seat and listening to a lot of inspirational speeches on how to be a great leader.

Some people talked about how …( Everyone is a seed of greatness) and always keep trying and never give up! We also saw a singing group called Nomad. At the end of the day They sung one of there songs called ‘Oh my my’ here is a link
We all played games and sung and did different things. It was fun. We learnt different ways of being a leader and believing in yourself.  This was a great day.  By Anya Phillips

My reading group read a book called electric map. It was a really good book, and I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in learning how circuits work. We got to make lights with circuits. Some cables didn’t work with certain lights and we learnt that the more batteries you use with the cables, the light will become alot brighter. By Kyron Devery

At the Museum
As I got on the bus I was wondering what I was going to learn and what I was going to weave. As the bus roared off to the museum and the school grew smaller and smaller we were at the museum.  As we got off the bus and stood in a straight line outside the museum, we walked inside. We waited in a small room which was where the art was and my group was looking at a korowai cloak that Maori people wore. We also did a scavenger hunt and we went to see all the Maori artefacts. Then we went to the place where we did our own korowai cloak.  Weaving was my favourite part as was looking at the korowai display, as I loved all the different colours. By Laura McCabe

Cross Country
“123 go! Bang!” We were off running through the slushy mud and still running. Jordis come in 1st,  Abby came in 2nd, Anya came in 3rd. They were running really fast, zooming round the course. Next go the year 6 boys. “123 go!” Their off running faster than the girls. Robbie 1st, Matthew 2nd, Jacob 3rd. What a great run. Next the year 5 girls. “123 go!” and they’re off to a slow start but then going faster round the course.  What a great day for cross country. Next are the year 5 boys and we all know that they are fast going down past the trees, full speeding off. What a great day.  Thanks to all the parents that helped us get ready for the cross country.  We all really appreciate it.

By Abby Johnstone

Menzies College 2017 two day Netball Camp (Yr 5,6,7,8) – 18 & 19 July – $100
Enquiries to Sue Shaw

Lightening Sticks Hockey 2017 Year 5 & 6 Players – ILT Hockey Turf Invercargill Sundays between 9am and 11am for 7 weeks. Skills, games and heaps of fun!! For more information and to register go to under Competitions and Lightening Sticks (the link is at the bottom of the page)  Open Day Sunday 11th June 9am.

Basketball – U13 Girls and Boys Trial Dates
Sunday 18th June – Girls 10.30-12pm, Boys 1.30-3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June – Girls 3.45pm-5.15pm
Thursday 22nd June – Boys 3.45-5.15pm
You must try to attend both trials. If you are unable to, you must contact Di Newton

Interested in having afternoon tea with the Highlanders. 100 double passes to the Higlanders v Reds game, sports drills and games with the players and a 2017 signed Highlanders jersey?
Jump online @ and click on ‘Highlanders” and vote for Sacred Heart School.

Little Rockers pre-school Group 9 Tay Street – Thursdays 10 – 11.30 am. $3 per family. Includes 20 mins of music and movement, morning tea, play time, indoor playground.

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