Newsletter Week 10 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 6th July 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and caregivers

I hope you all enjoyed the Matariki celebrations and the long weekend that went with them. This is the final week of Term 2 and we are all looking forward to having a holiday and we hope that a 2 week break will break the illness cycle and give all the students and staff a chance to fully recover, ready for Term 3. Thank you for keeping your children home if they are sick.

Thanks to those of you who came and joined us for our Feast Day Mass. We thank Fo'i for her organisation and Pa Gerry Burns for saying Mass for us, as both our priests were ill with Covid. The trip to the Stokes Valley Pool was enjoyed by everyone.

Congratulations to Noah Duncan who competed at the Interzone Cross Country last week, finishing 6th in the Year 4 Boys race. This meant that he competed at the Regional Cross Country yesterday. A fantastic effort Noah, well done!

Thanks to everyone who has booked a parent interview. We still have timeslots available for tomorrow Thursday 7th July. It has been great to connect with you all face to face and to discuss the learning of your children. If for any reason you missed your interview please contact your child's teacher to arrange a new time.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Ollie and Kirsten Mannix and family on the recent death of Kirsten's Dad. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Congratulations to Mary Kilkelly & Thad Ryan and family on the recent safe arrival of their new son and brother Emerson.

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.

YCC Day- The new look Mufti Mania

You + Caritas Combined - Friday 8th July Gold Coin donation

Students may wear non Uniform clothes and bring a Gold Coin donation. All money raised will be sent to Caritas for the Tongan Earthquake Relief Fund. This day will also be our Gold Reward Day and this will be a Wheels Day. Students may bring their Wheels to school. They will also need to bring appropriate safety equipment.

Winter Uniform:

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.

School Calendar:

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


  • 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.
  • School will finish for the July holidays this Friday 8th July at 3pm and reopen for Term 3 at 9am on Monday 25th July.

Thought for the Week

" Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" Theodore Roosevelt

We wish you all a relaxing holiday with your families and a chance to recover and feel well ready to begin Term 3!

Happy holidays!

God bless


Our Special Character

RE Curriculum and Goals

Over the past few years NCRS has been writing and developing a new Religious Education Curriculum for all Catholic schools from Year 1- Year 13.

We have been working on Professional Development as a staff looking at the new document. We are looking forward to using it next year across the school. On our last Teacher Only Day we worked as a staff developing a set of assessment goals to use with this document. We will start to use these goals next year.

We have turned off the current RE goals on HERO and we are currently preparing the new set so that is why you cannot see any RE goals on your children's pages.

Pukeko's Life Advice

We have been learning about The Holy Spirit and how it lives in us and in others. We were asked to think about what advice we would give to others to help them live a happy and full life as part of God’s family. Here’s what we came up with.

It’s ok to get help,it’s ok to not be ok.

Bad times don’t last forever.

Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Treat people with respect even if their views and beliefs are different from yours.

Remember the fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, generosity and self control.

Our School Values are something we will have for life - remember them, use them.

Celebrating our Kura

We welcomed our last Tui for the term to our Sacred Heart Community, nau mai haere mai Trixie and your whanau. We are thrilled to have you here!

Our junior students have been taking part in the Get Fire Wise Programme. Paul Carline (Advisor for Community Readiness and Recovery) has sent me an email saying thank you to the teaching staff for how well prepared they were in teaching the programme and thank you to our students for their awesome participation. We are hoping to have the firetruck visit us in Term 3!

Paul would also like to remind us that free home fire visits are available and they can help install and test fire alarms. Please read the poster attached below for more information.

Our first Matariki soup day was a huge hit! Thank you to everyone who donated food items and/or helped prepare the food, and a big thank you to all the students who helped feed us all. There was pumpkin soup, vegetable soup and leek and potato soup on offer with bread. It was a lovely and delicious way to finish our Matariki celebrations.

In preparation for our whole school Matariki soup day, Y8 tane and Tui class prepared focaccia dough, the result might not have been perfect but the process was a lot of fun. Big thanks to Brayden for being such a great time keeper! Check out the pictures below!

Pizza Lunch Special - thank you to everyone who ordered pizza's today. When you use LunchOnline, the school receives a donation too!

Easter Cards thank you

To all Teachers and Children involved in the making of the beautiful Easter Cards for our Sacred Heart Church.

The people of St Vincent de Paul wish to thank you all for the beautiful work and effort that was put into making these fantastic Easter Cards for our Congregation , Everyone thought they were lovely and it made Easter so much nicer for everyone to receive one of your beautiful cards

Thank you SO MUCH once again, it was a fantastic effort, but well worth your efforts to see the delight on peoples faces

Regards DianeS

St Vincent de Paul

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School News

Thursday 7 July - Learning Conversations (School Interviews)

Please note that school will finish at 2.45pm to allow teachers to prepare for interviews. Students unable to see themselves home will be supervised in the playground until 3pm.

Yummy Stickers

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers! If you need a new collection sheet, please ask at the office.

Health News


Covid is still in circulation at school and in our community. The latest eveidence has shown that reinfection is now possible ealier than orginally thought. Please follow the link for more information.


We have dozens of students and school families sick with the winter flu. Please note that many parents have reported this starts as a tummy bug.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping sick children home. Please remember to send an absentee notification by 9.15am. If your child has a minor cough and you are not sure whether they are allowed back to school, please call Anna in the office.

Please follow the link for more information from the Ministry of Health.

Symptoms of influenza come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough and stomach upsets.

If you do catch flu, while you’re unwell, it’s important that you stay away from work or school. Look after yourself and your family – rest and fluids are especially important.

The symptoms of influenza can be the same or similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home. Call your health provider or Healthline and follow their advice. They may advise you to have a COVID-19 test, and self-isolate while you wait for the results.

Flu Vaccinations for children aged 3 years to 12 years old are now available and free. Please talk to your local pharamist, marae or doctor for more information.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Mia So'otaga

Luca Mauriohooho

Alele Alesana

Toby Scurrah

Matalena Hodkinson

Jaymee Walker

Frankie Bakhos-McCarthy

Fletcher Bartholomew

Sammy Tufele

Friends Of Sacred Heart (FOSH) News

Cookie Time Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in orders and payments. Can you please return all order forms back to school with payment by this Friday 8th July to the school office? I will be ordering the cookies on Friday afternoon so it important I have all the forms back with names, contact details and any payments. At this stage, delivery of cookies will be Monday 25th July. I will send out a message once this is confirmed. Thanks - Anna.

School Disco

Thank you to FOSH and all our other helpers for making this a success! Student feedback has been very positive with a good night enjoyed by all who attended. We have raised $1297.10!!!

Board Elections and Nominations IMPORTANT!

School board members are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representatives. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our tamariki.

We have five (5) parent representative spots to fill on the Board.

Nominations open Monday 11th July. Nomination forms and additional information will be posted by MAIL to your home address this Friday 8th July. Due to mail delivery times, this may take a couple days to reach you.

If you have moved addresses recently and have not updated us with your current address, please email me before Friday 8th July.

Nominations will close at noon on Wednesday 3rd August.

If you would like to discuss what being a Board Member entails, please contact Kate Wright (Presiding Member) on

If you require more nomination forms, please contact me in the office. I will be monitoring all Board Election email over the school holidays.

Thank you

Anna Wilson

Returning Officer

Board blurb

The June Board hui was a lively affair. Blocked drains, building maintenance, upgrades and fund-raising options for a new playground were discussed. Ākonga data covering Reading, Writing and Maths progress across the School was presented and talked through. Preparations for the next Board elections are underway too. Keep an eye out for more information on what it means to be a Board member. It's a great way to get involved and help ensure our tamariki have the tools they need to grow into well rounded individuals.

Tane Wilson

Board Member

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.

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 7 July

Parent Interviews (Learning Conversations) 3pm - 5pm

Friday 8 July

Sacred Heart College Enrolments close

YCC - Non-Uniform day - please bring a gold coin donation.

Gold Reward WHEELS day - bring your scooter, bike or skateboard!

End of Term 2 - School wil close at 3pm and reopen on Monday 25th July at 9am.

Monday 25 July

Term 3 starts

School Prayer and Whakatau 9am - all welcome.


Tuesday 26 July


Wednesday 27 July


Thursday 28 July


Friday 29 July


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

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


Hi, Reach NZ are currently looking for walkers wishing to deliver circulars and/or the local newspaper on a weekly basis in the Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt Areas. Come and join the team of 5000+ plus walkers!

  • It will be the same route every week
  • No experience needed
  • Material to be delivered is dropped straight to your door.
  • Regular delivery days, great way to earn $ and keep fit!
  • Must be over 11 years old
  • If this sounds like you then please register below!

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Redress - Pre-loved children's clothes

Hello, I’m Mieke. I have recently opened Redress, a preloved children's clothing shop in a retro caravan in Korokoro.

The curated selection of clothes at Redress cater for NB to 12 years and include popular high street brands as well as high end brands like Country Road, Huxbaby, Nature Baby and many more.

I’ve met a lot of lovely families since opening in April, and their feedback about the shop has been very heart warming. If you haven’t been for a look yet, I’d love to meet you!

See Facebook for Term 3 opening hours Facebook: ‘redresspreloved’


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Catholic Social Services

Wellington Catholic Social

Services (CSS) is looking for a

resourceful, persistent and

energetic human to be our next

Community Facilitator.

This interesting and challenging

role involves identifying,

developing and leading new and

current projects that enable CSS

to reach into the community,

focusing on issues of poverty and


For more information and copy of

the role description, email or

phone 043858642.

Youth Music Group

Spirited- Youth music group starts up again this Sunday 10th July, from 11:15-1pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Waiwhetu Road. We listen to and play contemporary Christian and mainstream music. Please come and join us if you are an Intermediate at school or older. All levels of instrument playing welcome, and of course singers! Please bring a donation toward our pizza lunch. Contact Lucy on 0226539525 for more info.

Nga Manu Nature Reserve

What’s happening at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve?

Children’s Art & Nature Day with Harriet Bright – 12 July 2022 10am – 3pm

This workshop is strictly limited to 15 students between the ages of 7-12 years of age.

Children will need a packed lunch, drink and weather appropriate clothes including raincoat and gumboots.

Price: Friends of Ngā Manu members $55; Non-members $60

Click here to book your place

Golden Kiwi Egg Hunt – 9 – 24 July 2022 10am – 5pm

Find the locations of 8 Golden Kiwi Eggs hidden in the reserve and answer the questions to enter our weekly draw to win a Friends of Nga Manu Family Membership (valued at $100 and valid for 12 months). Existing members will have an additional 12 months added to their membership.

We will also be running two eel talks every day during the school holidays; one at 11am, the other at 2pm. The talks are free, but if you want to feed the eels it will be $2 per person. Tokens can be purchased at the Visitor Centre.

For more information about these events and others, check out our website.