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28th February 2019

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28 February 2019

Dear Parents 

Welcome to Nathan Frampton who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday. We hope he and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

The children have been busy practising for our dance celebration tomorrow morning at 10.20. You are all welcome to come and watch it in the hall.

Next Wednesday all children will attend Ash Wednesday Mass at 11.00am in the Church. Parents / caregivers are most welcome to join us.

Board of Trustee Elections
On Thursday 30th May this year, the Board of Trustee elections will be held. An email has been sent out with some information from the School Trustees Association.             If you are interested please contact me.

We have started the year with 94 children which is down on previous years. While we advertise in local pre-schools and kindergartens,  parent recommendations count a lot when new parents are looking around schools. We need at least 15-20 new enrolments this year to sustain our teaching numbers. If you know of any prospective enrolments please contact  Mrs Russell or myself.

Faith Facts WeeK 5,  25th – 1st March

That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
1st March officially the first day of Autumn.
March is also dedicated to St. Joseph. The first five days fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical colour green. Green, the symbol of hope.
Abba, Father, the trees are ablaze with your glory. The seasons change, but you never do. You are always beautiful, in the green and freshness of spring and in the golds and reds and chills of autumn. Make me like you. Let my life reflect your beauty, season after season, as the calendar of my life turns and turns and turns.

WEEK 6,  4th – 8th March

5th Shrove Tuesday
6th Ash Wednesday

The burning of palms of last year’s Palm Sunday calls us to remember the glory of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem in triumph that then quickly turns to rejection. Lent (40 days) is the time to look at our lives and ask about faithfulness in living our baptism. Lent should be a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Your school and parish will be involved with the CARITAS programme – The theme for Lent 2019 is inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: ‘Living our lives with love.‘ We are called to live our lives with genuine love – for others and for God. This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 6th March and lasts until Holy Thursday 18th of April. Caritas runs a Lent Appeal on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops to support our work of charity and justice for the world’s poorest – in New Zealand and overseas.

Sacramental Programme
This year we will be celebrating the Sacramental Programme.
If you wish your child (Year 3 up) to be prepared for the Sacraments, please come and see Anna Russell in Room 1 or email:
A date will then be set for a parent meeting with Father Tony to go through what is expected and sacramental dates will be set.  

A big welcome to our new children at Sacred Heart School


Certificate and Charism Award Winners

Week 2  

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Room 3 Class Happenings
The children have completed their first Writing Survey for the year.  I am very impressed with how well the children have recounted their House Colour Day experience.  Below is a little taster of the children’s writing.

House Colour Day
Yesterday it was House Colour day.  First, we did wheelbarrow races.  Next, we did Toilet Tag then the Obstacle Course.  The last one was the Parachute.  Wheel barrow races were fun but I didn’t like when my shorts ripped.  Toilet tag was the best one of all. Wait not! The obstacle course then toilet tag.  Last is parachute.  After all the fun it was Tug ‘o war time.  Mercy was last, Harrington third, Kavanagh second and Donovan first.  The chants were amazing.  Cruz Wanakore

Yesterday the whole school came out dressed up in our house colours. There were stations.  Mr T had an obstacle course, and wheel barrow race, toilet tag, the parachute and Tug ‘o war.  It was fun.  We won the chant.  It was great.  Daisy Duffy

Guess what we did on Raapa?  It was House Colour Day.  My Mum dropped me off to school.  I was bored waiting to get to school.  The first activity was Toilet Tag.  It was fun.  The next activity was the obstacle course.  It looked scary so I didn’t do it.  After that we did parachute. It was very, very fun.  Then we went to the wheel barrow races.  It was fun.  Then we did Tug ‘o war.  Harrington won.  James Hillman

We pulled the rope.  It was fun.  We had to pull the rope.  Kavanagh and Harrington were pulling and pulling.  It was fun.  We played Toilet Tag.  It was fun.  Well, I had a problem.  Two boys were calling me “Shrimp”.  I moved away and ignored them and told the teacher.  She said, ignore them. So, I ignored.  I kept going with the game.  Soon I got tagged.  Someone flushed me.  I was free too.  I liked it.  It was fun. I was a tagger.  I tagged people.  It was fun.  Precious and I were playing a game.  I had to go on my hands.  We played with the parachute.  It was fun.  I liked it.  Megan Sommerfeldt

Yesterday it was House Colour day.  We played with the parachute. I’m in Harrington.  It was so exciting when Harrington won the house points.  We were a bit sad when we didn’t win the chants but we were still happy for the house that did win.  I really liked the Obstacle Course.  Harrington also won the Tug ‘o war.  I really want to be here for the next House Colour day, but I won’t be here.  Charlotte Rippingale

Finally Tug ‘o war is over.  Let me tell you about it.  So first I went to the Obstacle Course.  It was really fun.  It was like trying not to touch the lava except it was different though.  Then I went to the parachute.  It was really fun.  Then I went to wheel barrow races and then finally Toilet Tag.  Then the hardest, toughest one of them all – Tug ‘o war.  Harrington won but I didn’t mind because Donovan won the song and I’m in Donovan.  I really enjoyed it and then I went to class and I nearly drank my whole drink bottle because it was really hot.  I felt like a melted ice block.  It was crazy because it was hot.  I mean really crazy because it was hot.  Really man! That’s the weirdst thing ever.  Nadia Hutton

Harrington won the points.  We did activities.  Obstacle Course was my favourite because we weren’t allowed to touch the ground that was lave.  My second favourite was the parachute.  The tug o war was fun too.  It was my third favourite.  Christian Roderique

We have been learning three dances, Hip Hop, Bus Stop and Paso Doble.  We are really looking forward to “showing off” on Friday at 10.20. We would love you to join us if you are able.  Below are some photographs of our practice.



We have had a mix of weather events this term.  On a wet playtime, the children have been using some of the loose materials to build constructions.  Below is a photo of one of such buildings showing great co-operation from all involved.

For Sale:  Boys Winter Shorts – Size 4, 6, 8 $20 each. Just arrived in stock at the office. Lovely winter weight pull up boys shorts. No zip or buckle.

The 2019/2020 Entertainment Book will be available next term. Get in early and pre-order your book @  


Congratulations to Pippa Humm, who competed at the South Island Surf Competition, Round 3. Pippa was placed 4th.

Wanted to Buy: A boys bike, in good condition, to suit a 7yr old. Please contact the school office.

Out of School Music
We have spaces in our beginner ukulele class. Suitable ages 8 up. Classes run at 10.30 Saturday mornings from Girl’s High. $65 for a year. Contact Deborah 216-5137.

AMP South Kids TRYathlon – Sunday 24th March at Splash Palace and Rugby Park
Attached is the information/entry form for this popular Tryathlon. For more information, please visit their website at


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14th February 2019

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Dear Parents
Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Meet the Teacher night last week. Your input was much appreciated. One area I wish to emphasise is if parents have concerns about anything happening at school please contact their child’s teacher in the first instance or me directly. Conversely if you wish to share something positive please do this as well. We look forward to our school dance programme starting next week on Monday.

Faith Facts: Why do we pray?
Prayer is a time of building a strong relationship with God.  This takes communication, as with any other relationship.  That means that there is a time for talking to God and also a time for listening to God.  Sometimes we pray in the company of others but at other times we pray on our own.  Jesus showed his disciples how to pray, and taught them the most universal Christian prayer “The Lord’s Prayer”.  As Catholics, we firmly believe in the power of prayer.  We know that God will respond to our prayers in God’s own time and way; prayer is not a ‘quick fix’ exercise, it is our developing bond with our Father. “Ask and you will be given, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Board of Trustee Elections
In June this year Board of Trustee elections will be held. An email was sent yesterday with some information from the School Trustees Association. If you are interested please contact me.

Room 2 – Class Happenings
Wow what a wonderful start to the year we have all had.
Yesterday was a super exciting day, starting with a visit from the Zirka Circus.
I saw three frogs, they were funny – By Indie
The circus came to school they did some tricks, they were cool – By Emme
I liked that the circus came to school.  My favourite part was when they went into the cans. – By Samson

After the circus left we got ready for ‘House Colour Day’
We all looked amazing dressed in our house colours.

I was in the blue house and I liked playing the floor is lava.  I liked playing tug of war and the wheel barrow races. – By Rose
The other day it was house colour day. We had tug of war, we won!  I wore a Jojo bow.  It was fun – By Jordis
I like tug of war.  I wore red clothes.  I liked when Donovan pulled so hard on the rope. – By Cookie

All the house points were added up and we would like to congratulate Harrington house for being the winning house yesterday.
Mercy = 2770
Donovan = 3300
Kavanagh = 3850
Harrington =  3900

Below is a link for the St Pats reunion. Should be a great weekend.  As our diocese is a small place are you able to post this on your school Facebook page/newsletter as time for registrations is running out. Registrations close 22 Feb.

Bob Christie Ltd
Bob Christie Auto painters needs your help. They want all your cleaned and de-lidded cans (spaghetti/baked bean size and up). Please bring these to school and leave them in the office. Many thanks.

Subway is available every Thursday for the children to order. Envelopes are available at the office, and all orders must be in to the office by 9am, for pick up.

SOS INERCARGILL TENNIS – Invercargill Tennis this term all starts next week. Please see all information below from Tennis Southland & Waihopai Tennis Club. All players/caregivers are welcome to make contact with any contact listed below, for any information regarding tennis. It’s never too late to join in.

SATURDAY TENNIS INTER-CLUB COMPETITION – This is a 6 week competition at the Waihopai Tennis Courts starting Saturday 16 Feb – 23March 9.30am – 12.00pm (players can still join). This competition is for beginners to experience players from 16 years and under. Teams consist of four/five players (boys and girls mixed – placed in playing order according to ability and experience). Each player will play a single and double match and results will be entered for Configure Rankings. A Manager is required for each team. If you are interested in entering this competition then please contact Julie 021 449 758 or email

WEDNESDAY DOUBLE TROUBLE TENNIS – This is a fun and friendly 6 week Junior Tennis Competition. Teams of 2 will play 2 times, 30 minute singles and 1 double game each week. Learn how to score and perfect your serves in a relaxed, fun environment. This competition is suitable for beginning – intermediate players. Racquets can be provided if required. WHEN: Wednesday 20th Feb – Wednesday 27th March 2019. WHERE: Waihopai Tennis Club, Duke Street. TIME: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
COST: $30 per player (Free to Waihopai Tennis Club Members) Must enter with a team mate. IMPORTANT INFO�Teams with Year 5-6 players will need to have an adult manager with them each week. Teams in Year 7 and above must appoint a team captain. Managers and Captains will be responsible for ensuring teams are aware of playing times, venue and weather calls each week. Visit or email to register or request membership details.

TRIPPLE TERROR TENNIS – A triples match, providing a fun, social tennis competition for teens. Teams consist of three players – six players on court.
How does it work? Same traditional rules as in normal two-person-a-side doubles. Each match involve 6 games in total, with a tiebreaker if the score reached three-games all. Suits ALL boy/girl teen players of different abilities. Play to music. Spot Prizes. WHEN: 19 February –19 March 2019. WHERE: Waihopai Tennis Club. TIME: Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30pm. COST: $20 pp. CONTACT: Jo Grimwood 021 400 557
Register by Monday night 18 February 2019. Draw text Monday nights. (detail full name, email and phone. To register as a team, include team name & players details)

HOT SHOTS – COMMUNITY PLAY TENNIS – This programme is for introductory to beginner’s using smaller tennis courts, racquets and softer balls. Covers the fundamentals of ball and racquet skills with an emphasis on fun. Parents are welcome to get on the court and get involved in the fun too! Where:Waihopai Tennis Club, Duke Street, Invercargill. When: Thursday 14th Feb – Thursday 19th March 2019 (players can still join). Time: 5-8 year olds – 3.45pm – 4.30pm  9-12 year olds – 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Cost: $20 (Racquets provided if necessary) Register online at:
Facebook Waihopai Tennis Club

JUNIOR COACHING – Junior squad coaching follows on from Community Play and a minimum skill requirement is needed to attend these sessions and will be assessed by coaches. Where: Waihopai Tennis Courts, Duke St. When: Tuesday 12th Feb – Tuesday 19th March 2019 (players can still join) Time: 5-8 year olds – 3.45pm – 4.30pm
9-12 year olds – 4.30pm – 5.15pm. Cost: No cost to attend junior squad coaching however players must be a member of the tennis club. All equipment provided if needed.
Register online at:
Facebook Waihopai Tennis Club

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Thursday 31st January 2019

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Dear Parents
Welcome back to Sacred Heart for 2019. Its great to see all the children in their uniforms  ready to start the school year. The weather has certainly played its part, though Thursday afternoon was probably too hot for everyone. A reminder to all children to have their sunhats at school everyday.

On Tuesday we welcomed Felix and Erik Rickertsen, Jack Casey, Madison Harding, Charlotte Hamilton and Emme Sigurdsson. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School. We also celebrated our start of year Mass and presented our Year 6 leaders with their charism certificates.
Newsletters will normally come out fortnightly via our email system Mail Chimp. We encourage parents to sign up for School Stream as this is a faster way of getting school messages via  cell phone. Newsletters can also be viewed on the school website:

Miss Smith & Mr Taula will be sending out sports notices via MailChimp and will require you to fill in details on a Google form. It is important this is done as we are required to complete detailed registration forms for each sport which can be  very time consuming if we don’t have all the required information. The same applies to fees charged.  Once you have registered, the school is charged for your child and we don’t get a refund if they pull out.

Term Events
Waitangi Day – 6/2
Meet the Teacher – Thursday 7/2 – 6-7pm
Dance workshops begin – 18/2
Ash Wednesday Mass – 6/3
Zone 1500m & 7 yrs 60 &100m – Wednesday 9/3 @ 12.30
Zone Athletics – Friday 22/3

Meet the Teacher Night
This will be next Thursday 7th Feb. Each teacher will hold 2 sessions – one from 6-6.15pm and the second from 6.20-6.35pm. Following that there will be a general parent meeting in Room 3, to outline some of this year’s events.

We have started the year with 94 children which is down on previous years. While we advertise in local pre-schools and kindergartens,  parent recommendations count a lot when new parents are looking around schools. We need at least 15-20 new enrolments this year to sustain our teaching numbers. If you know of any prospective enrolments please contact  Mrs Russell or myself.

Faith Facts Term 1 2019
Week  1: 28th – 1st Feb
28th St Thomas Aquinas
31st St John Bosco
2nd Presentation of Jesus

A Student’s Prayer for a New School Year
Lord Jesus,
I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.
Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.
Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.
Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!

Week 2: 4th – 8th Feb
5th St Agatha
6th Waitangi Day
6th St Paul Miki and Companions

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi is an agreement between the Crown and Māori signed in 1840. It is often referred to as a ‘living document’ and recognises the prior occupation by Māori of Aotearoa New Zealand. It allowed for the peaceful acquisition of land for European settlement and ensured that immigrants could come to live here.
The Treaty allowed the Crown to set up a government and to establish laws, and under the Treaty the Crown was to guarantee and protect Māori tribal authority over their lands, fisheries, forests, villages, taonga (treasures) and culture. The Treaty also extended to Māori the status and rights of British citizens.
New Zealand’s constitution is not found in one document. Instead, it has a number of sources, including crucial pieces of legislation, several legal documents, common law derived from court decisions as well as established constitutional practices known as conventions. Increasingly, New Zealand’s constitution reflects the Treaty of Waitangi as a founding document of government in New Zealand.

Room 1 Class Happenings
Meet the children in Room 1.  We have had a great start to 2019. Here are some facts about us.

My name is Lleyton.
I am 5 years old. My favourite colour is green.
I love to swim.
I can ride on the biscuit by myself.

My name is Jack.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is blue.
I love to jump on my tramp.
I can do flips on the tramp.

My name is Coby.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is blue.
I love to swim.
I can roller-skates.

My name is Eric.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is blue.
I love to take care of Mum.
I can ride my bike without training wheels.

My name is Javier.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is blue.
I love to pat horses.
I can do a wheelie on my bike.

My name is Kellen.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is light blue.
I love to go swimming.
I can ski on the snow.

My name is Erik.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is orange.
I love to climb.
I can be brave on my bike.

My name is DJ.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is red.
I love to play with Mum.
I can ride my bike.

My name is Madison.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is purple.
I love to ride ponies.
I can be brave on a jetboat.

My name is Felix.
I am 5 years old.
My favourite colour is green.
I love to colour in.
I can ice-skate.

Roald Dahl Books
“McDonald’s is now handing out Roald Dahl’s entire collection with its Happy Meals.  
The fast food chain will be dishing out 800,000 copies of the books with every kids meal purchased in New Zealand to encourage its young diners to read more.
“The Happy Meal Readers programme is all about helping parents to get their children to enjoy reading,”  said the director of marketing at McDonald’s New Zealand, Jo Mitchell. 
Over six weeks, Kiwis will be able to collect some of the author’s most popular titles one cheeseburger – or wrap – at a time.”
If you do not need these books we would love to collect them at school for novel sets. 

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 1 will close on Friday 15th February. A reminder parents can purchase online at:

Free Haircuts – Sunday 10th February at Aurora College, Tramway Road 1 – 4pm.

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