Newsletter Week 2 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 3rd August 2022

Principal's Pen

Kia Orana Parents and friends

Welcome back to Term 3 at Sacred Heart School Petone! I hope you managed to enjoy a break with your children despite the weather! It was great to have most students back on the first day of term. We appreciate your support in keeping children home if they are not well. The term has started very well and the first week sped by!

You will be aware that the Ministry of Education has strongly recommended that all students Years 4-8 wear a mask indoors for the first 4 weeks of this term to help the spread of flu, Covid19 and other viruses. We endorse this recommendation and thank you for supporting us as we have put this in place.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Katy and Mike Grant, Ollie & Kirsten Mannix, Phoebe & Richard Marsden and Nadia Mauriohooho and families who have all suffered recent bereavements. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

All students are enjoying 5 weeks of Badminton lessons provided by Hutt Valley Badminton. There will be no SWZ Swimming this year and we will enter a team into the Interzone Swimming event at the end of September.

Congratulations to our Year 5 / 6 students who competed in the STEM Challenge yesterday. Well done to all of you.

2022 Sacramental Programme:

Sacramental programmes are parish-based and over the past several years we have supported this programme in this church community by helping to organise and prepare the children and supporting the parents. Last year we indicated to the parish that 2021 would be our last year leading this programme and they would need to find some parishioners to run it from 2022 on. Unfortunately they have told us that the programme will not be held this year so all the children who wanted to participate will have to wait until next year. The Parish is reviewing the way the programme is run across all the church communities in our Parish.

Message from Fr John:

Due to Covid cases remaining high, we think that it is not yet a safe environment to gather parents and children together in a big group. We will start the Sacramental Programme first term next year, and it will be announced in advance.

Parents however can arrange the baptism at the parish office"

Enrolments for 2023:

These will close on Monday 5th September. The enrolment form is online. Please make sure that your applications are in by the due date as applications received after this date will be considered late and placed on the waiting list. If your child will not be returning to Sacred Heart next year (except Year 8) please let us know as soon as possible because we need to work out how many available places we have for 2023.


Thanks to everyone for ensuring your children are wearing winter uniform. Please make sure that they only wear sports shoes with their PE uniform. School shoes must be black shoes with the correct tights or socks. Please refer to our school policy regarding hairstyles and remember that all hair which is longer than your collar must be tied back.

The uniform policy is due for review and the Policy Committee will be shortly sending home a survey for you to complete. Keep an eye out for the survey link and have your say.

School Calendar:

This is available on both the school app and the website and is updated regularly. Please check for upcoming events.

Art Calendar Fundraiser:

We will be selling Art calendars, cards and diaries again this year. The art will be on display in September and order forms will be sent home at the same time. We will let you know when this fundraiser will begin and order forms will be sent home later this term.


  • Please let the school know if your child is going to be absent before 9am if possible. This is a safety issue as we need to know where all the children are by 9.15am. We also need a reason for their absence.
  • Wheels Reward day - tomorrow Thursday 4th August. Please ensure you bring your safety gear with your wheels.

Thought for the Week

" Trust God to do the impossible for you, through you, and in you"

God bless


Our Special Character

Buddy Class Liturgies:

This term classes will be sharing liturgies with their buddy classes. Thanks to Kea and Kotuku classes for sharing theirs this morning. The rest of the dates are:

  • Tui/ Ruru/ Pukeko -Wednesday 10th August
  • Kakapo & Kereru- Wednesday 24th August

We will be attending Mass on Monday 15th August at 9.30am to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption which is a Holy Day of Obligation. You are all welcome to join us but please wear a mask in the church. This year all NZ churches are celebrating the Feast of the Assumption on Sunday August 14th, which is the day before our Mass.

For your diary: On Tuesday 20th September we will be celebrating our Grandparent's Mass which we have not been able to have for the past 2 years.

Kea and Kōtuku Class liturgies

Today we are thinking about the people in need including the children. Everywhere in the world there is always someone who needs something. We pray that God reaches out to all our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering because they do not have what we have.

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah

A wise man called Isaiah tells us that God wants us to help the poor and the hungry, so that the world can be full of his goodness and love.

God says, Remember, you must feed the hungry, and get houses for the poor people and buy clothes for the people who haven’t got enough. If you do this, you will make the whole world bright. You will be like the sun that fills the sky with light each morning.

This is the Word of the Lord

God our Father, may this liturgy help us to remember how to love each other more, and to work for the love and happiness of children everywhere. We ask this through Your Son Jesus Christ.

Celebrating our Kura

Last week we held a whakatau for three new Tui's to our kura. Theo is joining big sister Pearl; Paysen is joining big sisters, Miley, Jaymee and Hailee; Charlotte is joining big brother OJ! Welcome to our Sacred Heart whanau, Theo, Paysen and Charlotte.

A STEM challenge (Science Technology Engineering and Math) allows children to explore materials in a hands-on and open-ended way. The other advantage to STEM activities is that kids of varying ages and skill levels can do the same STEM challenge, from kindergarten to teens. Congratulations to our students that represented our school and showed our RISE values, and a big thank you to the parents and Miss Martell for the transport and organisation of our team. (See picture below).

This week is Cook Island Language week. We started the week with School Prayer and a flag-raising ceremony.

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School News

Spare Uniform

With all the rain comes mud and we are seeing a number of children slipping and ending up very dirty. If we have sent your child home in spare uniform, can you please wash and return it? We currently have very little spare uniform to hand out, meaning any muddy children will have to remain muddy for the day.

If you have spare uniform no longer required, we would appreciate any donations to keep as spares.

School App

Have you downloaded our school app? This is one of the main ways we communicate with our school community, and you can also use the app to send absentee notifications, receive the school newsletter and connect to Hero. Please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to see how to download the app.

Lunch Online

Due to Covid, winter illness and staffing, Ara Sushi have sadly had to stop providing us with our Sushi Fridays this term. We hope to have them back next term. For the duration of this term, Pita Pit will be providing Friday lunches with The Chubby Baker providing lunches on Thursdays.

Both lunch providers are local businesses and by supporting them, we support our local community and raise funds for the school at the same time. To order or create and/or account, follow the link:

Yummy Stickers

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers! If you need a new collection sheet, please ask at the office. Yummy Stickers help us to buy sports gear, so please keep collecting!

Term dates for 2023

Term 1: Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 6th April

Term 2: Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December

Public holidays 2023:

Waitangi Day - 6th February

Good Friday/Easter Monday/Easter Tuesday (In the Term 1 holidays)

Anzac day - Tuesday 25th April

Queens Birthday - Monday 3rd June

Matariki (In the Term 2 holidays)

Labour Day - Monday 23rd October

Health News - Measles

Get ready NOW - be prepared before Measles is in our communities.

It’s been a tough year with COVID-19, influenza and other winter viruses, and it’s not over.

With our borders opening to international travellers we are expecting measles to also

come to NZ. NOW is a great time to get prepared before the July school holidays arrive.

Why are we so worried about measles?

Measles is a very serious illness and is more infectious than COVID-19. Over the last two

years there are more people, especially tamariki, at risk of measles as they have delayed

or not had their two measles vaccines that are usually given at 12 months and 15 months.

The GOOD NEWS is that two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR) protects almost

everyone who gets vaccinated.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread through the air by sneezing and coughing. Measles can be serious with one in three people developing ear infections, pneumonia, or diarrhoea. Severe cases may require hospitalisation. It usually takes about 10 days from contact with the measles virus to become unwell. The first signs are a high fever and runny

nose, cough, and red eyes. About four to five days later the rash starts on the neck and face and then spreads over the body in the next days. People are infectious from five days before the rash develops to five days after.

Protect your tamariki and whānau

The best prevention against measles is to ensure everyone in your family (born after 1969) has had two MMR vaccinations. If you are unsure, you can check your vaccination status with your family doctor or general practice, although there is no harm in getting an additional dose. Vaccines are free for tamariki and adults who have not had two doses of the vaccine.

What about adults?

Adults are considered protected if they have had doctor diagnosed measles or two doses

of a measles vaccine after 12 months of age. Measles immunisation has occurred at

different ages since it was introduced in NZ in 1969.

For more information, follow the links:

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 if you have symptoms and need advice.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Pearl Wislang

Elizabeth Howat

Arya Janaszkiewicz

William Rosemergy

Sia Vaka

Ernie Sonneman

Paddy Atkins

Genevieve Fuhrer

Zephannia Passi

Ricardo Pereira-Logovae

Archie Wright

Jacinta Ioane

Friends Of Sacred Heart (FOSH) News

Cookie Time Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. We raised $300! This money will go toward some much needed classroom items. There was a courier delay with the Gluten-Free cookies. I have been advised we will receive these on Monday. I will send them home with your student once they arrive.

Sacred Heart School, Petone - Enrolments 2023



2023 Enrolment Applications

Applications for student enrolment at Sacred Heart Petone for 2023 must be received at the school office by Monday 5th September this year.

Enrolment Forms must have attached:

- A completed Enrolment Form

A link to an online enrolment form is available on the school website.

- A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate

We can copy this for you.

- A Certificate of Preference

Signed by the Parish Priest. Please do not leave this till the last minute, contact the Parish Office, open 10am-2pm, Mon - Fri.

- Child’s Immunisation Certificate (if completed)

Please mention this to any family or friends who may be considering Sacred Heart for their child next year.

Any applications received after this date will be considered late and will be placed on a waiting list.

If your child (not Year 8) is not returning to our school next year, could you please us know as soon as possible.

Our Enrolment Scheme has been approved and we hope to have it in place by the 31st August.

Enrolments of siblings to Sacred Heart School

Please note that if you have indicated your child's younger sibling will be starting school in 2023, we still require you to fill out an enrolment application and provide the appropriate documentation. Enrolments will close on Monday 5th September.

Coming up...

Thursday 4 August

Book Club closes

Friday 5 August

Assembly - all welcome 2pm (Please wear a mask)

Monday 8 August

School Prayer - all welcome 9am (Please wear a mask)

Loving for Life 5.30pm (Mothers and Daughters)

Tuesday 9 August

Loving for Life 5.30pm (Fathers and Sons)

Wednesday 10 August

Pukeko/Tui/Ruru Class Liturgy

Early Risers 1 - 2pm

SHC Roadshow - 2pm

Thursday 11 August

Whanau Support Group 6pm

Friday 12 August

Assembly - all welcome 2pm (Please wear a mask)

Monday 15 August

School Prayer and Whakatau 9am

Assumption Mass - All welcome 9.30am (Please wear a mask)

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.

The School calendar is available on the website and School App.

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 8.45am - 9.15am

Please note that all uniform costs need to be paid within 7 days of purchase. Regular part-payments can be arranged. Please contact Anna if you would like to arrange this.

School bank account details


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

Community Notices

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