Newsletter Week 3 Term 3
Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 12 August 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Board Parent Election 2022
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.
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.
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.
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
http://sacredheartchch.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm (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.
For Church Notices Please view the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South website. https://christchurchsouth.org.nz 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.