Posts made in August, 2018

PTA Fathers Day Gift Exchange

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Newsletters | Comments Off on PTA Fathers Day Gift Exchange

PTA Fathers Day Gift Exchange – Fathers Day is this Sunday. We asked each child to bring along a gift, valued at no more than $5, to pop in the container outside the office. Tomorrow morning we have planned for the children to pick a gift for their father. Unfornately to date, we only have 51 gifts but have 109 pupils. This is less than half our roll, therefore we will only be asking the children who have bought a gift to school, to take part in this exchange.

Many thanks PTA committee

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23rd August 2018

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 23rd August 2018

Dear Parents
Welcome to Natally Ribas Daun who joined the children in Room 1.

We hope she and her family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart. We are also pleased to announce that Mr. Alama Taula will replace Mrs. Manukitau when she goes on maternity leave. A lot of practice is going into preparation for our performance at the Polyfest next week, we are looking forward to it.

Chinese Students
We have been given the opportunity to host a small group of Chinese students and their teachers during the last week of term – 23-28th September. Thank you to the families who have already offered places, we still need 3-4 more families. If you can help with this please contact me @ 0274918694.

Faith Facts – Week 5 20th August
21st St Bernard
22nd St Pius
22nd Queenship of Mary
24th St Bartholomew

Who was St Bernard? And what has it got to do with dogs?

Saint Bernard (1090-1153) was a clever and Holy man who guided many princes, popes and holy people and helped them in their faith. He founded an order of monks that grew to have many monasteries. These were known as Cistercian monasteries.

There was monastery was high up in the Swiss mountains on the St Bernard’s Pass, it was called the monastery of St Bernard. It was a hospice for the sick and injured. At that monastery they had dogs that turned out to be very good at rescuing people in the snow and ice. They became name St Bernard.  But guess what this monastery was named after a different St Bernard! St Bernard of Menthon (923 – 1008). He started this monastery for travellers.

Week 6 27th August
27th St Monica
28th St Augustine
29th The Passion of John the Baptist

2nd September Father Day

Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages. St Joseph being the foster father of Jesus.

PTA Fathers Day Gift Exchange
Due to the huge success of the Mothers Day Gift exchange the PTA have decided that we will do a Fathers Day Gift exchange. 
Fathers Day this year is next Sunday 2nd September, so we ask that every child bring along a gift each, valued at no more than $5. There will be a container outside the office as of tomorrow for your child to place their gift in.
Many thanks PTA committee

Congratulations to our Week 4 and 5 Mercy charism winners – Mason Allison and Jordis Murray, and all the children who received certificates.




SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday 25 November 2018, 11.30 – 2.30
Items for the White Elephant Stall.
All items are to be in a saleable/working condition toys, clothes, books, household goods, etc
We would also appreciate any spare trestle tables on the day.
Come on, have that clean out and help us raise funds for the school.
Drop off in the school hall every Friday morning until the fair.
Any queries, please contact: Jacinta 0272887841 or Delwynne 0275684366

Marist Colts Rugby Team
We were fortunate to host the Marist U23 Rugby team this week. They are on a tour of the lower South Island and donated 30 sports ball to our school. I was very proud of out children’s response to their haka with our own waiata and haka. Daniel Hogan an ex-pupil was a member of the team. The staff also enjoyed learning some line out drills.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 6 closes Friday 31st August 2018.

Room 8 Class Happenings
In Room 8 we have been writing instructions for a game that we will teach to the class in PE time.  At the moment we are testing out our games and then we will go back to edit and improve based on our classmate’s feedback.  Here are some of our games, have a go at home!

How to play long ball:

Long balls a game to play with your friends at school or at home.

                    What you need:

  •  A whistle for the referee.

  • A soft ball.

  • Some cones to mark it out.

  •  At least ten people

  • A large space

  • A score person

                        How to play:

  1. Pick 10 people to play and split them into 5.

  2. Mark  a large space out with cones for out of bounds.

  3. Choose One team to go in the middle for fielders and the other team line up at the start of the field you have marked out for them and that team is called runners.

  4. The first person in the line  of the team runners have to throw the ball in the middle of the field and try not to get out of bounds after they have thrown it you have to run to the other side of the cones

  5. While you are running to the other side of the cones the fielders are spread out  try to tag you with the ball and they are also trying to catch it before it bounces if they caught it before it bounces you are out and has  to watch

  6. After the next person in the line has thrown the ball  and you have made it to the other side of the cones you have to try to run back so the fielders have to tag you and the person who has thrown the ball

  7. If you have made it from the end and then back to the start you get a point for your team you should also have a score person to add it all up at the end when you have gone through the whole line you can swop teams so if you were in the runners now your in fielders

  8. At the end the scorer has to say how much points they got against the other team

    The people with the most points wins!

I hope you have enjoyed learning and playing this game and you would be able to play this anywhere.

Thank You for playing.

By Molly Duffy

Frisbee Golf

What you need

  • A frisbee (A circle disc you throw)

  • Two people (At least)

  • 7 cones(at least)

  • A reasonably big space(grass preferably)


  1. Take the frisbee and hold it like this

Image result for person holding frisbee

1.  Set up cones

2.  Next throw the frisbees to each cone

3.  The person Who throw the closest to the cone winning

4.  From where your frisbee landed stand there and throw it to the next cone

5.  The person to get there frisbee closest to the last cone wins.

By Liam Sommerfeldt

In Maths we spent a week learning about transformations. A transformation happens when a shape is reflected (flipped), rotated (turned) or translated (slid). We found lots of examples around the school and made some transformation art. Here is our display:

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9th August 2018

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 9th August 2018

9th August 2018

Dear Parents
This week we welcome Jeanet, Duma and Marisi Silalahi, Eric Thorne and Mac van Duivenvoorde. We hope they and their families enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.
Our prayers are with the Affleck family at this sad time.




A reminder the school will be closed next Wednesday 15th August due to the NZEI teachers strike.

Congratulations to our Mercy charism winners – Isla Baron & Eli Taula.

Faith Facts
Week 3 – 6th August
th The Transfiguration
8th St Mary of the Cross
th St Lawrence
th St Claire

Saint Claire was a great friend and follower of St Francis of Assisi who our Pope Francis is named after. St. Clare and her sisters live a very simple life and kept silent most of the time. Their lives consisted of manual labour and prayer. Yet, they were very happy, because Our Lord was close to them all the time.
Today many people talk of living a minimalist life. This is not new. Look to our saints for inspiration.


Week 4  – 13th August
th St Maximilian Kolbe
th The assumption of Mary – New Zealand’s Patron Saint (Holy Day of Obligation)

What is a Holy Day of obligation?
The obligation to participate in the Mass. The obligation to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God.
In New Zealand, we now have only two of these additional holy days of obligation apart from Sunday. They are Christmas Day and the feast of the Assumption, August 15. Mary’s assumption into heaven is also the patronal feast of the Catholic people in New Zealand. Having now only two of these additional holy days of obligation might be added reason to celebrate them well. Consequently, from now on they are holy days of obligation whenever they fall, including Saturdays and Mondays.

Chinese Students
We have been given the opportunity to host a small group of Chinese students and their teachers during the last week of term – 23-28th September. There are 7 students and 2 teachers who are part of a larger group visiting Invercargill. The children will take part in a number of activities around Invercargill and be a part of Room 8&9 during their time here.
This is an excellent chance for our children to engage with and experience another culture at first hand. I have seen the benefits of this with my eldest daughter hosting children over the years and still keeping in touch with some of them to this day.
We need host families to take at least 2 children (we are told this is easier) for the week – picking up on Sunday afternoon and dropping off at school on Friday morning.
If you are interested please contact me for more information.

Kindling Fundraiser
We have been offered the opportunity to sell kindling as a fundraiser. The bag pictured is $15 and there is a smaller one for $10.
If you are interested please email or txt me with your order: or 0274918694.

Out of School Music
We are running a 6 week Music Awareness class for 5-6yr olds. This is a great intro to music, beat & rhythm. Saturday mornings, beginning 18th August from 9.30 – 10.15 am at Southland Girl’s High, $25. Contact Deborah 216-5137 (answerphone) or email to register.

Songwriting Course: Does your child love music, do they want to write their own songs? Then this 6 week class is for them. Suitable for students in Yr 5/6 upwards. This class is also on Saturday Mornings, beginning 18th August 8.30 – 9.30 am at Girl”s High. Cost: FREE. Please contact Deborah 216-5137 or email

Speech Competitions
Congratulation to Fiah Adams and Rohan Murray who will represent the school at the Zone Speech Competitions at Waihopai School next week

Chess Tournament
Congratulations to Fabian O’Donnell, Quin Brown, Liam Rippingale, Liam Sommerfeldt and Harry Rippingale who took part in the chess tournament at Otatara School on Tuesday. All the boys enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Nicky Rippingale for supervising the children.

Also to Caleb Wolf, who was part of a Verdon team who gained 1st place at the recent Southland Secondary Schools Archery Championships. Caleb Wolf was awarded Best Recurve Archer.

Ski Trip
Thanks to all the children who have put their name down for the Ski Trip. The bus is now full.

U13 Girls Basketball
All the best to Briarlee Devery and Ruby Duffy who are playing in the Under 13 Southland Girls Basketball Tournament this weekend in Gore.

Learning Through Play
The children are really enjoying the loose parts that are available to them.  Thank you to those families who have donated items for this to happen.  It is really appreciated.
If you have any of the things on the list, please let Anna or Rose know and we can have them picked up.
Plastic containers
Plumbing pipes, spouting
Wooden planks and small pieces of wood.
Work bench
Tools: screw drivers, saws, nails and screws
Mini tramp
Material (fabric) – large pieces
Cable rolls
Large cardboard boxes
Large cardboard tubes – from furnishing fabric
Old key boards and telephones
Plastic trays, crates, bins, buckets

Room 3 Class Happenings
Room 3 have started learning about Natural Disasters. We have looked into how they are caused and what effects they cause. We have also started working on some exciting Art projects.

This week we have been visiting the life Education bus- We have been learning about Teamwork.

PTA Oyster Raffle Results
1st     Ellen – Dempster Family Card
2nd    Nicola Moss – Allison Family Card
3rd    Rochelle – VanBeek Family Card
4th    Dave – Umu Sinel Family Card
5th    Lisa Mohenoa – Mohenoa Family Card
6th    Robertson Family – Robertson Family Card
7th    Graham K – Oosterbroek Family Card
8th    Wendy King – Veint Family Card
9th    Robyn – Adams Family Card
10th  Mata Tarare – Veint Family Card

The Family that sold the most was Bella-Rose Horrell and the House that sold the most was Kavanagh.
We made $2314.90 which will go towards updating technology and class resources.


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Ski Trip

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Newsletters | Comments Off on Ski Trip

Dear Parents
Due to the unavailability of a bus, we have had to reschedule our Ski Trip to Thursday 6th September. If this date does not suit you now, and you need your name taken off the list, you will need to let Mrs Forbes know asap. At present we have 8 seats available, so get your name in so we can fill the bus! This trip is only open to Yr 5/6 pupils and Yr 4 accompanied by a parent.

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Ski Trip – 7th September

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Newsletters | Comments Off on Ski Trip – 7th September

Dear Parents

We only have 12 children who have indicated an interest in this trip. We need 30 more to fill the bus, so are now offering this to the Yr 4 children, who can be accompanied by a parent. If we have more parents than children attending, the price may change. Please email Mrs Forbes at: by Monday 6th August, if you are interested.

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