Posts made in September, 2019

27th September 2019

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Dear Parents 
This has been a very busy term and I wish to thank everybody for their support and help especially with our school production and polyfest.
Term 4 starts on Monday 14th October.
Some of next terms events include:

  • John Parsons – Cyber Safety – 16th October
  • All Saints Day – 1st November
  • Boat Safety – 12th November
  • Mission Fair – 14th November
  • Swimming – 22nd November to 6th December. 
  • Year 6 Day – 10th November
  • End of Year Mass – 11th December
  • Last day of Term 4 – 12th December

I have had a number of children approach me about the possibility of preparing them for the Sacrament of Baptism. Please email me at   if you wish to follow this up.

Moving Day
There has been a slight hold up while a fire evacuation plan is approved by the Fire Service. Once this is approved we will be able to have the final council inspection and hopefully move in. As we will not be able to give sufficient notice for a Teachers Only Day we will be sending out an S.O.S to available parents to help us move everything to the new rooms. more info on this later.

Faith Facts  –  WEEK 10    23rd – 27th September
23rd St Pius of Pietrelcina
27th St Vincent de Paul

Since the early 1900’s, young people have been involved with the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in New Zealand. Many of our schools in the Dunedin Diocese have Young Vinnies groups.

The Society was founded by seven people, most of whom were teenagers. The object of having a youth arm of the Society that caters for people from age about 11 to 30ish is to help them to realise that there are people in society in need, and to encourage them to help those people. They are also encouraged to realise that the reason Vincentians help people is not just because they feel good doing this work, but because of the Gospel message to love your neighbour as yourself.

Charism Awards – Congratulations to Megan Sommerfeldt and Leo Ganaha who received the Charism Award for the last fortnight, and to all the children who received certificates.

School Management Parent Portal
The school uses an online management / assessment system called Assembly. Next term I will send sending out instruction allowing Parents to access their child’s reports online via a Parent Portal.

Room 8 Class Happenings
On 16th September the whole school travelled to St Thomas Aquinas in Winton to celebrate Mercy Day with the other Southland Mercy Schools.  They are – St Mary’s in Gore, St Patrick’s at Nightcaps, St Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Heart. The Mercy Sisters were founded by Catherine McAuley from Dublin, Ireland. We all have the Mercy Charisms as our guiding values.  To celebrate Mercy Day we went to Mass, had a sausage sizzle and then took part in various games in the afternoon.  Here are some photos from the day:

Our Inquiry focus for the last three weeks, while Whaea Helen was teaching us, was Rubbish and the Environment.  We made these dioramas to show our amazing environment and some of the effects of humans on the environment:

Community Notices

Calvary Hospital Fair – Friday 1st November 2019
They are asking for any donations e.g. books, knitting, crafts, baking, furniture, clothing, prizes for the chocolate wheel and donate whitebait to cook at the fair. This would be very much appreciated. Items can be brought to the Activities staff at Calvary by Friday 25 October please.







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12th September 2019

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12th September 2019

Dear Parents
Welcome to Patrick Sales, Zoey McElwain and Orla O’Reilly who joined the children in Room 1 recently. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart. 
A reminder that we will all be going to Winton to celebrate Mercy Day on Monday. An email was sent home will all the details.

Class Naming Competition
Thank you to all the families that entered the class naming competition. The winning names were supplied by Eli Taula and his family. They reflected the Catholic values and virtues in our school with an emphasis on the journey the children make during their time with us.


Faith Facts
WEEK 8   9th – 13th September
9th St Peter Claver
13th St John of Chrysostom
Social Justice Week: FAIR, YOU SAY? Seeking fairness in an unfair world.

During Social Justice Week this year (September 8-14), we invite all our school communities throughout Aotearoa to focus on the issue of fairness. In our world, which is tainted by unfairness, we are challenged to open our eyes to what is not just, and to be inspired to be instruments that will bring fairness and justice in our homes, schools, communities and the wider world.

WEEK 9 16th – 20th September

16th St’s Cornelius and Cyprian
20th Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon
21st St Matthew

In the third century St Cornelius was a Pope who was arrested and Banished. Roman emperor Decius thought that if Christian lost their leader the religion would die. There are now over 2 billion Christian in the world today and more than 50% of those are Catholic. Unfortunately like in the 3rd Century Christians today are still persecuted and amongst the most persecuted people in the world.

Christians are persecuted in more that 50 countries and are harassed in up to 144. Please pray for all people of faith and help stop the intolerance.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 6 closes on Wednesday 18th September.

Congratulations to our latest Charism Award winners, Laura Hamilton and William Baynes, and all the children who received certificates.


A selection of Production pic’s

Polyfest Pics

Futsal Player’s of the Day 


Congratulations to Nadia Hutton who spent 4 days dancing in Auckland last week at the regional’s for the Evolution Dance Competition.  She qualified for the national finals being held in Australia in her lyrical, Jazz, jazz troupe and acrobatics troupe (they placed 1st in their section).  Well done Nadia.

Room 9 Class Happenings

Last week we attended ‘Connecting Communities’ at the ILT Stadium organised by Sports Southland to promote Health and Physical education. The students were able to choose from a range of fun activities.

We have also been learning and up-skilling our Te Reo in class celebrating Maori Language week. We have read stories and practiced our pronunciation of words. We have also recreated the stories using iMovie.

Community Notices 




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