Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 12 August 2022


We never got the snow that the staff were excited about but we certainly have had our share of rain. The first week of swimming has gone really well and teachers have talked about the increased confidence they are seeing from children in the pool. It is also an important opportunity for children to show and be a little bit more independent with organising themselves with the correct gear and for the younger ones being able to dress themselves. Please remember to make the most of this opportunity and send children with swimming gear all next week. We have had a few children who aren't swimming as the have a cold or a runny nose. Please remember if they have a runny nose and can’t swim they probably shouldn't be at school.

There has been progress on our latest building project and we were delighted to see the diggers in action on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is an exciting project that we look forward to being able to share with you in the near future. The Year 4-8 project is also building momentum out the back of their block.

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As we head towards the Keeping Ourselves Safe and the Sexuality Education units of work your children may have some questions for you about what they are or will be learning at school. A letter will come home detailing the objectives that will be taught at each level. If you have any worries or concerns please contact your child’s classroom teacher.

Monday 15th August marks the Feast of the Assumption which is celebrated all over Christendom. This special holy day marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary's bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her life. Children will recognise this significant day on our calendar through prayers to Mary and in their classroom lessons.

Have a great weekend


It was great to see students back at Pioneer enjoying Swim Safe lessons this week. These lessons will continue next week. Please remind your children daily to bring their swimming gear so they can make the most of these lessons.

Well done to both basketball teams who had wins last week. The year 5 and 6 team had a convincing win and the year 7 and 8 team snuck in by 1 point. Keep up the great work.

Congratulations to Bella who competed at the Taekwondo Nationals in Auckland last weekend. She came home with two gold medals for Poomsae and Sparring in the blue belt, red tab division.

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Religious Education

Mass on Friday

Paretai will attend Mass at 9am next Friday, 19th August, with te Rōpū Waenga (middle syndicate). Paretai will not attend Mass this Friday as shown in the previous newsletter.

Focus on Bishop Michael Gielen:

Did you know?

Bishop Michael Gielen studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary, Mosgiel and was ordained a priest for the Hamilton Diocese on 29 November 1997 by Bishop Max Mariu SM

Liturgical Year

Monday 8 August is the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross, also known as Mary McKillop. Mary MacKillop (born 15 January 1842, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, died 18 August 1909, Sydney, Australia) was the first saint and nun in Australian history. She was a founder of the Religious Sisters of Joseph. This day is a special day for schools with a Josephite Charism:

Marian College

Our Lady of the Assumption School, Hoon Hay

St Joseph's School, Fairlie

St Joseph’s School, Pleasant Point

St Joseph’s School, Rangiora

St Joseph’s School, Temuka

St Patrick’s School, Waimate

Confirmation Programme starting - information from the Parish website.

The parish will be offering a Sacrament of Confirmation programme from Sept-Nov 2022. Please use the link below to register your child for this programme.

  • An information night for parents will be held on Tuesday 23rd August, 7pm-8pm. This is also the final date to register for the 2022 confirmation programme.

Calendar Art

Order forms for Calendar Art will be coming home soon.

Calendars: $15

Cards: $15

Diaries: $20

All orders must b e returned to school by Friday 26 August.

Payment can be made to the school office or via internet banking:

Sacred Heart School


Board Parent Election 2022

Please find below the outcome from the Board Parent Elections.
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Internet Safety - online safety week

ikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps. It’s a platform for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. As young people enjoy being on it, TikTok and Netsafe have partnered on the TikTok Family Safety Toolkit to help you and your child safely navigate some of the online challenges and have fun.

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Breakfast at School

All children are welcome to come and have breakfast together each morning. From Monday if your child is eating breakfast at school they can enter the school grounds at 8.20 am.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 8 August - Water Safety Lessons for 2 weeks at Pioneer Pool

  • Monday 22 August - 2 September - Sexuality/Keeping Ourselves Safe Lessons

  • Friday 30 September - Last day of Term 3

  • Monday 17 October - Start of Term 4

  • Monday 24 October - Labour Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)

  • Friday 11 November - Canterbury Show Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)

  • Friday 18 November - NZEI Teacher Only Day (School Closed)

  • Thursday 15 December - Last Day of the Year.

Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is Sacred Heart School Te Kura o Te Ngākau Tapu, Addington

Click here to check it out.

Make sure you keep up with all communications from school and have the latest update of our School App. Download SchoolAppsNZ from the App Store or Google Play and search Sacred
Parents are encouraged to make healthy choices from the Sushi Factory as well as Subway. Check out the menu.

Please visit to join up and order for your children.

Policy Review

We have all our policies and procedures on School Docs. At present we have policies that we would appreciate your feedback on. Please follow the link below and review these policies.

1. Visit the website (note that there is no “www”!)

2. Enter the user name (sacred) and password (heart).

3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

4. Read the policy.

5. Click the Policy Review button at the right-hand top corner of the page.

6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.

Parish News

For Church Notices Please view the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South website. or the New App

Here are the details of how to download our excellent new Parish App. Keep updated on mass times, news and what is happening in the Parish.

Go to the App Store on your Apple or Android device and Search 'Church AppsNZ' to download the app onto your device.

Then search "The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South' to find your church app.