Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 6th April 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and friends

It is Week 10 of the term this week and we have been very pleased to welcome lots of students and staff back this week after they have recovered or been isolating as household contacts. Thank you for keeping your children home if they are sick.

Please read any emails or messages we send home as they contain important information for you. Please also keep an eye on our School Calendar on the website and the school App as it is updated regularly.

Congratulations to Zephannia Passi, Nicholas Hannaford, Jacinta Ioane, Caitlin Longley, Mila Hatcher and Toby Atkins who asked some questions about Easter for the Catholic Enquiry Centre. Fr Neil Vaney sm the Centre director will answer the questions and they will be on the Centre website for people enquiring about becoming Catholics. Thanks to former parent Joe Serci for giving us the opportunity to be involved.

At the end of next week we are farewelling our caretaker Des Jago after nearly 17 years service to our school. We thank Des very much for his loyal service to Sacred Heart School and wish him all the best for his retirement.

Movin' March: Thanks to everyone who participated this year. We have sent off the cards to the Council so everyone can be included in the lucky prize draws.

Teacher Only Days:

As part of the last Teacher's Contract round we were given 8 Teacher Only days by the MOE to use by June this year. These days did not have to be made up at the end of the year. Due to COVID we had to cancel 2 of our planned days. The MOE have extended the finish date and we have until the end of the year to use all our days. Therefore we have the following Teacher Only Days scheduled for the rest of the year:

  • Friday 3rd June
  • Friday 2nd September
  • Friday 11th November

These days allow the whole staff to participate in schoolwide professional development.

Winter Uniform:

In Terms 2 & 3 students wear winter uniform . For Year 7 & 8 this means they wear a tie which can be purchased from the Uniform Shop. They will also require a long sleeved winter shirt ( not a polo) . This is part of our Senior Uniform. We also encourage you to order any winter uniform before the end of this term. Sunhats will come home for a wash and need to be brought back to school in Term 4


  • Netball fees of $50.00 per player are due by Thursday 14th April.
  • Term 1 finishes at 3pm on Thursday 14th April for the holidays and reopens at 9am on Monday May 2nd for Term 2.

Thought for the Week

God of love,

e te Atua o te aroha,

We pray for peace in our world, and an end to war.

Instead of hatred, let there be love.

Shelter your children and protect us.

Guide us and keep us from harm,

so we can build a world of love

and live our lives in peace.


We wish you all a blessed and happy Easter and hope you all have a great holiday.

God bless


Our Special Character

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week! Our Lenten Journey is almost complete!

Next week is Holy Week, the most important week in the church year. We journey with Christ from his triumphant entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his death on the cross and resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week is a series of liturgical celebrations, which culminate in the Easter Triduum - the most sacred time in the church's year. This is the time encompassing the death and resurrection of Christ, from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. These days are one liturgy of three interlocking rites.

The Eucharist on Thursday evening, in a sense is not the last thing that happens on Holy Thursday but the first thing that happens on the Jewish Friday. There is no dismissal at the end nor a greeting or dismissal on Good Friday - this is one long service across some days with breaks.

We walk in on Holy Thursday and dance out at Easter full of the hope of the Resurrection.

We encourage you to take your children to the Easter ceremonies in the Parish, as they are very simple and very beautiful. The timetable is below:

Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.30pm

Good Friday- Ceremony of the Lord's Passion 3pm -OLR Church Waiwhetu

Easter Saturday - Easter Vigil 7.30pm

Easter Sunday- One Mass only at 9.30am

We will present our Easter Play on Wednesday 13th April at 1.45pm. This will be under RED settings and we are allowed to have 200 people in the church. The students and staff total 160 so we have room for 40 parents. If you would like to attend please contact Anna by next Tuesday 12th April. First in first served and only 1 person per family please. Please do not just turn up on the day as numbers are strictly limited. Masks must be worn in the church.

Celebrating our school

Tui class have been learning both their own and the school pepeha. We painted each part to help us remember and understand our school community.

Check out Archie in Kea Class below, wearing the Gold Cape of Respect! Ka pai Archie!

Congratulations to every single student for reaching the whole school Silver Reward last Friday. This was celebrated with a movie in each classroom and popcorn.

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Farewell to Mr Des Jago - we wish you all the best for your retirement.

Covid 19 Procedures - Term 2 - IMPORTANT

We have now had over 60% of our school roll now contract Covid. Thankfully most cases have been mild and it has been great to see so many students and staff recover and return to school.

Thank you to everyone for following our Covid19 processes this term. We know it has been challenging at times not being able to freely come into the school, especially for our junior students. The silver lining has been the building of student independence. Our junior school teachers have noticed and been very impressed with the growing student independence in our juniors. Keep it up!

Next term we can look forward to loosening some of our restrictions:

Dropping off student/s:

If you are dropping students to school, you no longer need to sign in at the office. Please take your child directly to their class. Do not come through the office. If you need to be inside classrooms or the school building, you must still wear a mask please.

If you are meeting a teacher or visiting the uniform shop, then you are still required to sign in at the office and wear a mask.

Picking up student/s:

Parents and caregivers are allowed into the school playground to wait for and collect students. We ask that you please remain outside in the playground and observe social distancing. Please do not come into the classroom or school buildings to wait.

News from the Board...

The Board met on Wednesday 30th March. We received an update from Miss Heatley on how the school was managing with the continuous disruption that COVID is presenting. We would like to thank Liz, the teachers and teacher aides, admin and our wider community for the support they have shown during this period. This has enabled the school to remain open with minimal wider disruption.

One of the impacts of COVID has been the cancellation of the school’s Cross Country this year. Due to students recovering from Covid, the school has felt it was in the best interests of their health to not go ahead with this. The Board fully supports this decision.

Board elections will be held this year on September 7th. We will provide more information on standing closer to the time but if you are interested in participating on the Board for the next election term, please let Anna Wilson or Liz know.

With just over a week to go till Easter and end of term, the Board would like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter.

Regards, Mark Fairfield.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Avanka Wijeyeratne

Isa Hill

Eden Soane

Rosie McNeill

Marlee Walters

Jose Lemisio

Aquino Asovale

Benjamin Lewer

Jack Mannix

School News


The Junior Team need to replenish our plastic guttering for children to use at RISE UP time. If you have any clean off cuts that you are happy to donate please drop them on Tui deck. Thanks.

End of term - Pizza Special - Lunch Online - Wednesday 13th April

Wednesday 13th April - Please order using your Lunch Online account.

Overdue accounts

We would like outstanding camp, uniform, stationery and sports payments settled by the end of term please. You should have received an email reminder - please check your spam or junk folders. A Statement of Accounts will also be mailed home this week.

FOSH news

FOSH are running a holiday programme during the second week of the Term 1 holidays. The dates are 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th April, 8.30am till 3.30pm each day.

It is run at school out of Pohutukawa. The cost is $30 per day for 1 child, $50 for 2 children per day and $70 for 3 or more children per day. If you would like your child/children to attend please contact Madeline Louden at or Kate Wasson on 021374335.

We can only offer this service if we have helpers/volunteers, if you can help please contact Madeline or Kate.

There is a possible option that we may go to the movies at the Lighthouse Cinema; if so there will be an extra charge of $10 per child. We will confirm this closer to the time.



Coming up...

Monday 11 April

School Prayer 9am

Wednesday 13 April

Pizzaland Pizza Special - Lunch Online - order through your Lunch Online account.

Easter Play 1.45pm

Thursday 14 April

Assembly 9am

Poroporoaki for the Cooper family and Mr Jago


Friday 15 April

Good Friday

Sunday 17 April

Easter Sunday

Monday 18 April

Easter Monday

Monday 25 April


Monday 2 May

TERM 2 starts

Reporting an Absence

If your child is sick or will be away from school for any reason, please inform the office before 9am on the day if possible. There are several ways to do this:

Sacred Heart School, Petone - Website

Our website has been updated. Did you know you can check out our school calendar or report an absence? If you think you may have missed a notification you can find it on our website under the communications tab. Check out our school website below.

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 8.45am - 9.15am

If you are interested in helping out in our uniform shop, please email the office.

School bank account details


Please put your child's name and what the payment is for, as the reference

Community Notices

Entertainment Fundraiser - have you brought yours yet?

Hop into an eggcellent Easter with the family and enjoy a bonus eGift card!
You will receive limited time Bonus Offers and a Bonus eGift card when you purchase your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

Learn how to play Pickleball and Badminton in the school holiday's.


My name is Nikki and I am the Development Officer for Badminton Hutt Valley.

As part of Badminton Hutt Valley’s school holiday programs, we are running a pickleball afternoon for kids aged 9 – 17.

Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis, and kids absolutely love it!

There are two sessions, Thursday’s 21st and 28th April 1 – 3pm.

No experience is necessary. Bats and balls are provided. Bring sports shoes, comfortable clothes and a drink bottle. Cost: $5 per player

Learn how to play Badminton!

Tuesday's 19th and 26th April 10am - 12pm @ Badminton Hall in Naenae (Vogel Street) School Years 3 - 8. Cost: $5 per player (cash on the day please). Racquets and shuttles provided.

For more information contact DEVELOPMENTOFFICER@BHV.ORG.NZ

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Much appreciated, thank you


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