Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 9th March 2022

Principal's Pen

Talofa lava parents and friends

It is Week 6 of the term this week and we are continuing to work both at school and via distance.

Thank you for keeping your children home if they are sick. The children are coping very well with wearing masks. We look forward (once the Omicron peak has passed ) to enjoying some more freedom.

Please read any emails or messages we send home as they contain important information for you.

Please continue to:

  • Scan in using the COVID tracer App
  • Sign in the visitor’s book in the office. Please make sure if you are onsite you come in through the office.
  • Wear a mask while on site
  • Follow physical distancing with other adults and teachers
  • Stay home if you or your child is unwell

Fundraiser for Otis Hill

As you will be aware an ex-student of our school Otis Hill has been diagnosed with Cancer. We would like to support him and his family, Rachel, Tyson and Isa, by having a Non-Uniform Day on Thursday 17th March (St Patrick's Day). All funds raised will be given to Otis to buy something to help him as he travels on this journey.

Children may wear green non- uniform clothes that day or any clothes but maybe an item of green eg ribbons, cap etc to support Otis on this journey. Gold coin donation for the non-uniform.

If you would like to support the family in another way there is a Give a Little page you can contribute to

Please also keep all of them in your prayers at this time.

Life Education Caravan

We will be having a visit from the Life Education Caravan from the 17th-23rd March. This visit is part of our Health Curriculum and all classes will be scheduled to visit the caravan during this time.

HERO Comment:

Next Friday 18th March you will receive your child's second HERO comment for the year.

Movin' March: We are participating in Movin' March again this year. This began last Tuesday 1st March. Children who bike, ride or scoot to school may get a card from the office. This year we will give 2 stamps per day. Well done to everyone who has been participating so far.

Emergency Packs: All children need to bring their named Emergency Pack to school as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has brought their pack to school.

Please keep an eye on our School Calendar on the website and the school App as it is updated regularly.

Netball Years 5-8:

Thanks to everyone who has sent back a form or emailed me. Could you make sure you have registered your child by this Friday 11th March.


  • This Friday 11th March is a MOE Teacher Only Day. Please ensure that you have made other arrangements for your students on that day as there will be no-one available at school to supervise children.
  • Thursday 17th March - Non uniform "Green" day for Otis Hill

Thought for the Week

E te Atua o te aroha, God of love,

Thank you that you love us.

Thank you for the gift of Jesus.

Help us to love others the same way that you love us.

Help us to be kind.

Remind us to be willing to share with others when they need help.


Faamanuia atu le Atua

God bless


Our Special Character

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and we do our best to prepare using prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Try one of these simple actions for Lent:

Pray/ Inoi : Pray for people who may be alone or isolated

Give/ Hoatu: Donate an item of food to a local food bank to help families in your community

Live/ Nohoia I Te Ao: Follow St Teresa of Calcuta's wise words: "A life not lived for others is not a life"

We will present our Easter Play on Wednesday 13th April at 1.45pm. This will of course be held under the protocols of whichever COVID setting is in place at the time.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Caitlin Longley

Timo Ahelemo

Covid positive? Household contact? Not sure what to do? Check out our flowchart below:

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Celebrating our school

We like to say a huge thank you to the girls at Sacred Heart College for these absolutely stunning quilts. We love them! Check out the photos below.

Our Ash Wednesday Liturgy was held outside this year, led by our school leaders and Father John. Thank you Mrs Bell for your organisation, and everyone who helped to make this Liturgy special in these challenging times. The singing was lovely and our students reflected our RISE values by showing respect.

Due to the cancellation of our school swimming sports, we held a wheels day instead. Check out some pictures below!

Please read a message from the Sacred Heart Group St Vinnies President, Diane Sulufaiga:

"Thank you for the food donated by your school community last December. We were able to make up 20 boxes of food to help families for Christmas.It was very much appreciated and helped many families to enjoy Christmas. God Bless."

Kotuku Lenten Responses

Check out Kotuku students Lenten activity in response to Caritas 2022 Lent theme, " Be a peacemaker", reflecting on and naming different ways to show being a peacemaker.
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Board News

The Board met for the first time this year on 23 February. One of the key items of discussion was the school's Covid management plan in the red traffic light setting, and how the school will operate as Covid cases start to present. Since our meeting two weeks ago, and in what is a rapidly evolving situation, we now have a large number of Covid-positive students and their families isolating at home. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Covid and we're wishing you a speedy recovery.

In terms of the operations of the school, as Liz has mentioned, and as is outlined in the school's Covid management plan, we will remain open so long as we have enough teachers and support staff available. The Board would like to thank the school's management team of Liz, Katy and Jacqui for their work on the Covid management plan. In particular, a big thank you to our teachers, many of whom are providing both at-home learning, and in-class learning for a mix of students.

At our February meeting the Board also worked through the RAMs for the upcoming Year 7 and 8 camp, which has now been postponed until May; and discussed the Board's work plan for the year.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Henio Koloi for his contribution to the Board in the previous two terms. Henio has now stepped down from the Board - he has and continues to be a fantastic supporter of our school community. Board elections will be held in September this year, and we would encourage anyone in the school community who is interested in getting involved to get in touch with Liz or myself.

School News

Thank you to Bamford (Victoria Street, Alicetown) for continuing to provide our school and staff with hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes, free of charge. This kindness displayed by our local companies is heart-warming and we very much appreciate it.

Camp (Year 7 & 8)

Due to rising Covid cases and families isolating, Kakapo camp has been postponed until next term. If you have any questions, please contact the office or Whaea Katy.

Movin' March

Collect your WOW (Walk or Wheel) passport from the office if you haven't already. Congratulations on all those students who received their free gift this week for completing their first passport.

Whānau Photo comp - Movin' March

Micro Scooters and Family passes!

Families taking part in our Whānau Photo Comp will be in to win 5 x amazing Micro Scooters or 10 x family passes to Staglands or Zealandia by simply posting their pic or comment on our Movin'March Facebook page.

Student Contacts and Medical profile

Thank you to everyone who updated and returned their form. If you need to update any medical or contact details, please email the office.

Statement of Accounts

Thank you to everyone who has paid their Stationery/Touch Rugby/Camp and Uniform invoices. Part payments are always welcome.

Coming up...

Friday 11 March


Monday 14 March

School Prayer 9am

Thursday 17 March

Boostrix & Gardasil Dose 1 (Year 7 & 8)

Life Education commences

Friday 18 March

Assembly 9am

Caretaker Job Vacancy

Our caretaker Des Jago is retiring at the end of this term after 17 years at our school. We have begun our search for someone to be our new caretaker. If you know anyone who might be interested in this position, the details are below.

School Caretaker: Part-time 10 hours per week. Job description available from the school office.

Applications close 18th March 2022. Start date negotiable.

Please contact the school for further details. or Ph 5686711

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


Petone Rugby Club junior registration is now open for the 2022 season. We cater for kids from nursery grade (pre-school) through to year 8. We encourage kids to come and learn the attributes of being a good teammate, the value of commitment, having a positive attitude, giving your best, playing fair and staying fit, all while making lifelong friends along the way.

Register here.


Pride Lands Childcare is coming to Dyer Street School in Lower Hutt in July 2022.

We are offering a variety of services that includes Before School Care, After School Care, Holiday Programmes, Mentoring and many more to cater for the social development needs of young people between 5 – 17 years and alleviating the pressures on family life in the community.

We will be offering shuttle services across Lower and Upper Hutt in our family branded childcare vehicles that will be picking up children and young people from school and drop-off at home if needed.

Most of our services are MSD approved and WINZ subsidised. Eligible parents can apply for government support and we can assist with this process.

All our staff/mentors at Pride Lands are fully police vetted, have first aid certificates, well trained, are fully vaccinated and waiting to get our boosters so that we can protect each other, your Tamariki and your whanau.

Please visit our Facebook page and you will see all the memorable experiences we have created and shared with your cubs at Pride Lands. Facebook: make your booking on www.

We hope you can support us to support the Hutt Community.

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