21st May 2020

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Dear Parents
Welcome back to Term 2 at Level 2, it has certainly been an interesting couple of months as the country has dealt with the fall out from the Covid-19 pandemic.

School has returned to normal with some minor changes. Some are temporary, others we hope will continue into the future.

  • It has been a good restart to school but we have noticed we have a lot of very tired and increasingly stressed children which is very understandable. Getting back to the routines of school will help with this and  the occasional sleep-in  if needed.

  • Contact tracing is compulsory at present – all parents / visitors are to sign in and out of school.

  • Use of sanitise and rigorous hand washing will continue as will sending home any children coughing, sneezing or with runny noses. 

  • Drop off and pick ups before and after school is working well and we will continue this until the end of the term at least.  This is why we have asked all children to stay off the playground equipment after school.

  • At present we don’t know what the future will hold for any school sport or cultural events but it is presumed most will be cancelled in the interim.

  • There will be a Teachers Only Days on Friday 19th June.

  • We will hold parent interviews on the 29 & 30th June. There will be an online booking  system for this.

Please look at this article from the Catholic Education Office, there are some nice photos of our school and a request for contact details from the Office for all our families.

Brett Hamilton – Board Chair
Hello everyone, I hope you and your family have come through lock down ok and are doing as well as can be expected, Unbelievable in this day and age that we would see the world struck down with a pandemic that man kind could not cure. Thanks for supporting Peter and the team with the policies that the school has in place to reduce the risk of spread within the school should there be an unlikely outbreak of Covid 19.  Thanks to Peter and staff for setting up and persevering with the distance learning content, the board have received only positive feedback on this was rolled out.

The Sacred Heart School Board has considerable ambition with the grounds around the school and have had a couple of attempts at working bees to spruce up and development the outdoor environment however these haven’t eventuated due to either weather or lack of interest. Going forward if you have an  interest with the development of this environment please text your number to 0274323018.

A couple of days prior to undertake a task we will send a group text out as to what we are doing and if it suits you will be welcome to participate. Some of the tasks the board have in mind are securely fencing all the school boundaries, creating a fitness track around the perimeter of the east field which will also double as a dry track for those family’s accessing school from Northwood, fitting new basketball hoop back board. The list goes on! Keen to hear from those wanting to help.

Take care out there and which catch up in the future.
Many thanks Brett

Faith Facts
Week 6: 18th May – 22nd (White)
Sixth week of Easter
20th St Bernardine of Spain
21st St Rita of Cascia
24th World Communications Day
24th 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’ 

VATICAN CITY — With fake news becoming ever more sophisticated, people need the wisdom, courage and patience to discern and embrace onstructive stories, Pope Francis said “We need stories that reveal who we truly are, also in the untold heroism of everyday life,” Pope Francis wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2020.

Laudato Si 
It is an inspirational letter from Pope Frances that calls for us to examine our hearts, transform our social values and take action for global solidarity. The encyclical captures the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental justice in building and protecting Our Common Home.


Week 7 25th – 29th May (White)
24th The Ascension of Jesus
25th Our Lady Help of Christians
26th St Philip of Neri
29th St Paul VI, Pope
25-31 May Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Mary Help of Christians - Wikiwand

Mary as Help of Christians is part of the oldest prayer addressed directly to Mary in the 3rd century. Beneath your compassion, We take refuge, O Theotokos [God-bearer]: do not despise our petitions in time of trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one. (Translated from Greek)    Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 Theme

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 : 19 Jan, Par – Churches ...

 “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). In 2020, we are being called to show unusual kindness towards one another.”  During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches of all faiths are called together to form a vibrant and prayerful witness for Christian Unity by heeding Jesus’s prayer “that they all may be one.”  Prayer of St Paul VI (Pope)
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow-men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.Padre Pio's letter to Pope Paul VI on Humanae Vitae ...

New Entrants
We welcome Rosa Cowan, Hailey Ryder, Aleesha Banger and Reuben Murray who joined the children here at Sacred Heart on Monday. We hope they enjoy their time here. Certainly unusual times having to wait until lockdown finished before they could start school.

Charism Awards
Congratulations to Jordis Murray who was our Charism winner this week. Also to Nathan Frampton, who had outstanding reading during lockdown.


PTA Oyster Raffle
We now ask for all cards and money to be returned to school please by Tuesday 2nd June. The raffle will be drawn and the winners announced on Friday 5th June, with pick up (weather depending) on Monday 8th June.  We thank you for supporting this fundraiser. 

Subway Orders on Thursdays
If you would like to order Subway online, which will automatically be delivered to school, please go to:  www.subwayexpress.co.nz, select school lunch programme, then select Sacred Heart School Invercargill. Follow the prompts to order and pay online.

Winter Shorts
A reminder we sell winter shorts at school. These are pull up with no belt or buckle @ $20 each. 

Tika Class Happenings



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