Newsletter Week 8 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 23rd June 2021


Dear Parents and friends

It's hard to believe we are in Week 8 of the term with only 2 weeks to go until the term break! Last week I attended the national Catholic Primary Principal's Conference here in Wellington. It was a great 2 days with input from a range of speakers and a chance to network with other Catholic Principal's from all over New Zealand. Congratulations to the children from our school who participated in the Kahui Ako Kapa Haka Group who welcomed the delegates to the Conference.

Our school Feast Day was a wonderful celebration and everyone enjoyed the movie treat. Special thanks to Fo'i Bell for her wonderful organisation of the Mass.

Well done to all those students who represented our school and the SWZ at the Interzone Cross Country last week. We were told that you all tried your best and showed our school RISE values. Thanks to the parents who helped with the transport and supervision of our team.

COVID19- Alert Level 2 -The Wellington region will move to Level 2 from 6pm tonight (Wednesday 23rd June) until 11.59pm Sunday 27th June.

From 6pm tonight we are back in Alert level 2. This means at Sacred Heart School the following will be in place:

· Only come into school if it is necessary. You MUST come through the office and sign in.

· Tui parents can come in but must sign in the Tui register.

· Please drop your children outside the gate and pick them up from outside the gate. Junior children will come out slightly earlier to the gate.

· Everyone is to come in the main gate

· Children will be reminded of their “Moist breath zone” and to keep their personal hygiene practices going.

· All children MUST have their own named drink bottle

We encourage you to keep using the Covid19 QR code when you come into school as this will help with contact tracing should it become necessary.

Please download our School App and the HERO app and please read any messages we send you.

Advice and Guidance received from the Ministry of Education today:

All of Wellington region
Alert Level 2 applies from 6pm tonight.

  • At Alert Level 2 it is safe for all students, children and staff to attend school and early learning. There will be appropriate precautions in place.
  • Children and staff who are at higher-risk of severe illness are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.
  • Please be alert to illness and ask anyone who is presenting as unwell to go home, or ask parents and caregivers to come and pick the child up.
  • Messaging about good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette to be reinforced.
  • Soap and water is very appropriate for washing hands, particularly if hand sanitiser stocks are low.
  • For schools, children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable and reasonable 1 metre can be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
  • In early learning there does not need to be a measurable physical distance between children/ tamariki or children/tamariki and staff. However adults should where practicable use 1 metre as a guide between themselves and other adults.
  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is recommended for parents and caregivers, from people they don’t know (to align with public health measures outside the school grounds).
  • School hostels will continue to operate for those boarders who are unable to safely return home. See the Alert Level 2 guidance for hostels as a reminder of what is required.
  • Support your community by displaying the QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Masks are not required at schools and early learning services at Alert levels 2 and 3.

Parent Interviews: A notice about these with a time request return slip came home last week. Please make sure that you have returned your slip if you would like an Interview.

Chocolate: Thanks to everyone who has sold and returned their chocolate money. Could we have all money back by Friday 2nd July. We will be sending out reminder notices this week.

School Photos: These will be taken this Thursday 24th June. Please ensure your children are at school on time and wearing correct winter uniform. All hairstyles MUST comply with our uniform policy please. See the notice in the newsletter regarding ordering and payment.

Rongohia Te Hau: Our school has been working with Waikato University through our Kahui Ako in a programme called Poutama Pounamu. As part of this programme we will be participating in an on-line survey called Rongohia Te Hau and we will be sending all families an on-line link to this survey. The staff and students in Year 4-8 will also be completing this survey. We hope to send it out next week so please look out for the link. Please see the message about the survey:

Kia ora Sacred Heart School whānau,

This survey is designed to help the school leaders to find out about your perceptions of your child's experiences in school. The responses will be collated for your school team and used to provide evidence to inform decision making for the school. There are no right or wrong answers so choose the answer that is best for you. Your answers are anonymous.

Thank you for your participation.

Matariki: Next Thursday 1 July between 2 and 3pm you will be welcome to come and visit the classrooms and see what the children have been learning about Matariki.

Communication from School:

We have several ways of communicating with you from school. We use HERO to report on children's progress and share messages by email. We will also use this system to text you in an emergency. If you cannot log in please see either myself or your child's teacher and we can set you up.

We also have a School App. Please see the details below in the newsletter. Any information that we send out by App will also be available on our school website. The school calendar has been updated and is available on all these platforms.

Thought for the Week

" God understands us better than we understand ourselves" ( St Mary of the Cross MacKillop 1877)

God bless


Our Special Character

Preparation begins this week for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The parent meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 24th June in Pohutukawa. Please ensure that at least 1 parent from each family attends this meeting. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated by Archbishop Paul Martin sm on Sunday 1st August at 5.30pm Mass. Please keep all our candidates and their families in your prayers. The meeting will go ahead tomorrow night.

Next week we will be having a Special Character Review. The Review looks at all aspects of our Special Character and is conducted by 2 external reviewers. We look forward to working with the reviewers and welcoming them to our school.

RE in Ruru Class

In Ruru we are learning about ‘God the Creator’. On Monday we retold the ‘Creation’ story as part of our school prayer.

We would like to share this Prayer:


My loving Creator,

This new day is for you,

Please bless everything,

I think,

I say,

I do.

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We wish you a Happy Birthday!

River Rimene-Davis

Olivia Fairfield

Zach Howat

Hugo Smith

Mia So'otaga

Angus Lewer

rā whānau ki a koe!

Celebrating our students

On Monday we had a whakatau for Mea at School Prayer. We welcome Mea and her whanau to our school community!

In Rise Up, students have been exploring how things move. Trying to get their car to the finish line as fast as they can, students have explored the length of the track, the angle of the pipes/guttering and adding water to lessen friction. If you have spare piping or guttering lying around, these ākonga will make great use of them!

As a part of their Rise Challenges, Rosie and Fletcher from Kereru Class are holding a Bake Sale on 25th June at 3pm. Items will be priced at $1 and $2.

Check out the short video below of the Kahui Waiako Kapahaka at practice for the Catholic Principals conference in which they were a part of the welcome. Our five tamariki Zivaan, Tialemua, Polito, Tekafa and Te Mauri were outstanding! Ka Rawe!

Congratulations to all of the students who took part in the Interzone Cross Country last Tuesday. We have had fantastic feedback from many parents and the Lower Hutt Primary Schools' Sports Association Director of Sport, Emily Moorhouse-Aires. Our school was nominated for being respectful! Nominations are up on the LHPSSA Facebook page. Check it out!

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School Leaders - A speech on Integrity by Amelia

Have you ever been in a situation where your friends were talking about someone in your class or when someone was making fun of another student? Sometimes we don't know what to do; should I stand up for the person that is being treated unfairly or should I stay with my friends and not do anything about it?

We are trying to choose between right and wrong.

Choosing to make the right choice is having integrity. Integrity means doing the right thing, having strong moral principles and being honest. So if you are in any of these situations inside or outside of school try choosing to make the right choice by having integrity!

And yes, you're not always going to make situations right, but the integrity shown will empower you greatly. As you know, integrity is one of our RISE values at school. I want to leave you with this verse from the letter of Timothy found in the Bible.

1Timothy 4:12

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

School Photographs - TOMORROW - Thursday 24th June

You should have received an order envelope for Class and Individual photographs with the last two weeks. If you require a sibling group photograph, please see Anna in reception to collect a separate envelope. All orders must be returned before photo day.

Ordering and payment information is printed on the envelope. Payment can be made online at (Please do not make payment into the school bank account.)

Please note all students present on photo day will be included in class photographs and photographed individually regardless of whether they have returned payment envelopes.

Enrolments for 2022 close on Monday 6th September.

You can enrol online through our school website at or come into the office to collect a hard copy. Please note a Birth Certificate and Certificate of Preference must be provided.

Please remind any family and friends who may be considering Sacred Heart Petone next year. Any late enrolment applications will go on a waiting list.


The NZ Bishops, in collaboration with the Nathaniel Centre for Bioethics, are strongly encouraging all Catholics to get vaccinated. Please click the link for more information.


If you have not already returned your Learning Conversations notice, please do so. These notices were sent out last Wednesday. Please see Anna in reception if you require another notice.


It has been brought to our attention that some students and parents/caregivers are not using the school crossing. We ask that any adults dropping off or picking up students please model the road safety rules we learn at school and use the school crossing to prevent accidents or injury.


We are seeing a rise in the number of toys being brought to school. Some classrooms allow fidget spinners to be used during class time - these are not to be used outside of the classroom. Please check with your child's teacher regarding their rules on fidget spinners.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 24 June - School Photographs
  • Thursday 24 June - Parent Meeting Confirmation 7pm
  • Monday 28 June - School Prayer - All Welcome
  • Wednesday 30 June - BOT meeting 7pm
  • Thursday 1 July - Matariki afternoon 2pm - All Welcome
  • Friday 2 July - Confirmation Retreat Day
  • Friday 2 July - Assembly 2pm - All Welcome

Health news

Tummy Bugs

The tummy bug is still making the rounds, particularly in the Junior School. If your child is displaying any signs or symptoms of illness, please keep them at home.

Chicken Pox

There have been no new cases this week but please stay vigilant.

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:

FOSH news

Hi everyone, we are going to run the school holiday programme again in the first week of the next school holidays. Monday 12th July to Friday 16th July, 8.30am-3.30pm.

Any enquiries please contact Kate Wasson on 021374335 or email Madeline Louden

Frock Swap:

- Save the date Saturday August 21st, doors open 6pm, swapping begins at 7.30pm

- $15 entry including nibbles & glass of wine (extra cash bar, wine by glass)

- Venue Pohutukawa, SHP

- Clothes drop Friday 20th 3-4, Saturday 21st 10.30-12

Parent Cybersafety Evening:

- September 9th (time TBC)

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 8.45am - 9.15am

If you have an urgent uniform query outside of these times, please email Mrs Wilson in the office.

School bank account details


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

It's time to say goodbye to cheques

From 27 August 2021, we will longer be accepting cheques for payment. Online payments and cash will still be accepted.

Sick of making school lunches? Try Lunch Online!

Thursdays - Chubby Baker

Choose from Chicken, Ham, Salami and Vegetarian rolls with up to 4 fillings and a sauce. Ginger Bread Man and Chocolate Brownies can be added.

Fridays - Ara Sushi

Sushi 6 packs

Sushi 8 packs

Sushi Minipacks


Teriyaki Chicken on Rice

Last Wednesday of the Month - SUBWAY

Food is made locally, made fresh and delivered to the school. Click the link below to create an account and see our full menu. Make lunchtimes easier today!

Lunch Online - Indian Lunch Special for 29 June has been postponed until a later date.

Community Notices

Girl Guides

Brownies are ages from 7 – 9 1/2yrs

Petone Guide groups have room for girls to join, once a week each term in a safe environment.

Girls get to learn leadership skills, do fun things with their friends each week and to get involved in the community,

plus much more!

To enquire about joining or visiting please go to