Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 25th May 2022

Principal's Pen

Talofa lava Parents and friends,

Week 4 of the term and a very busy week at school! We have welcomed back most of our Covid patients and it's great to have most children back at school. Please remember to keep your children home if they are sick.

We had a great Gold Reward Day at Avalon Park on the 12th May. The children were wonderful ambassadors for our school and really showed the RISE Values.

Kakapo class are at camp in Kaitoke and are due back today. They have been very lucky with the weather. Thanks to the parents and teachers who have made this camp possible. It's great to finally have seen the class head off to camp despite the cancellations and re-bookings due to Covid.

Congratulations to all those students who represented our school at the SWZ Cross Country yesterday. Congratulations also to those students who will now go on to represent our zone at the Interzone Cross Country. We are still waiting for the official confirmation of results.

Next week is Samoan Language Week and we look forward to our Samoan students leading us with their language and culture over the week.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Cathy and Dion Criscillo and family on the recent death of Cathy's Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our apologies for inadvertently missing this bereavement from the last newsletter.

We are farewelling Cathy Smith as a Teacher Aide next Thursday. We thank Cathy for all she has done for the students she has worked with and wish her well in her new position.


We would like to clarify the school rules about jackets eg puffer jackets. Students are allowed to wear jackets but not instead of school jerseys or vests. They can be worn over the top of jerseys and vests to add an extra layer of warmth. We suggest that students keep a waterproof jacket in their bags or wear them to school on wet days.

Absences and Lateness:

We are becoming very concerned with how many children are coming late to school. This means that they often miss out on the important start of the day information and cumulatively they are actually missing alot of time. We are monitoring lateness and student absence and if we become concerned we will be contacting you. Unless your child is sick or a household contact, they need to come to school every day. We are part of a Truancy initiative in the Hutt Valley which is funded by the Ministry of Education and this term we will be focusing more closely on the attendance of our learners.

We are very aware that COVID has created a disruption for our students and their learning and want to ensure that we make sure that whanau have support if they are struggling to get their children to school.

Please do not be offended if we contact you about your child’s attendance at school or lateness to school. We are here to help as best we can and have access to additional support if needed.

If your child is not wanting to come to school for any reason, please ensure that you contact us as we really want to help out where possible.

Teacher Only Day:

Friday 3rd June is a Teacher Only Day. Please make alternative arrangements for your children on that day.

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 leather shoes with the correct tights or socks.

Board Elections:

This year we will be holding our triennial Board elections. The election date is September 7th. Keep watching the newsletter for more information about the elections.

College Enrolments:

This is the time of year that Colleges are starting their enrolment processes. Please check with the College to see what their enrolment requirements are and when enrolments close


  • 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.

Thought for the Week

"A Church of the pure and perfect is a room with no place for anyone." (Pope Francis @ pontifex)

Faamanuia atu le Atua

God bless


Our Special Character

Class Liturgies
  • Wednesday 1st June- Pukeko Liturgy
  • Wednesday 8th June- Kea Liturgy
  • Wednesday 15th June- Kakapo Liturgy

Parents, friends and grandparents are welcome to attend these Liturgies but please wear a mask.

Our school Feast Day will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd June with Mass at 9.30am as the actual Feast Day is on June 24th which is our Matariki holiday.

Celebrating our School

Thank you to Claire Malaeulu for sending in this picture of Grace and Malia at the Cross Country Southwestern Zone. Grace came in 20th and Malia 22nd! Ka pai!

Whaea Katy has been keeping us updated on Kakapo Camp news - everyone looks to be having a great time. We look forward to hearing all the stories upon their return and hope to share some of these in our next newsletter.

We are always happy to receive news and pictures of our Sacred Heart students - if you would like to share any achievement, big or small, or moments from weekend sport, please email the office.

Check out the gallery below of our students enjoying their well-deserved Gold Reward at Avalon Park.

Big picture

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Lomeo Malaeulu

Harlow Robati

Sophia Wesley

Coming up...

Wednesday 25 May

Early Risers 2 at 2pm

Year 7 and 8 Camp

Board Meeting 7pm

Saturday 28 May

St Bernard's College Open day

Monday 30 May

Samoan Language Week

School Prayer & Whakatau 9am - all welcome. Please wear a mask.

Wednesday 1 June

Pukeko Class Liturgy

Early Risers 3 at 2pm

Y8 Sacred Heart College Open morning

Friday 3 June

TEACHER ONLY DAY - School is closed.

Monday 6 June


Wednesday 8 June

Kea Class Liturgy

Early Risers 4 at 2pm

Yummy Stickers

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers. If you need a new sheet, please email the office and we will send one home with your child.

We had a wild spring storm hit us in Hawkes Bay, damaging a significant amount of our apple crop with hail. Although these look funny, they still taste yummy. The official cut-out is not on these bags, but you can collect the round bar-code sticker as 10 points. These are Yummy apples but branded Hailstone Heroes and available in both New World and Pak’n Save.

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

Sacred Heart College Open Morning - Wednesday 1 June - 9am - 10.30pm

Year 8 students, caregivers, and teachers are all welcome. We ask that they meet in the Performing Art Centre (PAC) foyer where they will be greeted by staff and students of Sacred Heart College. At 9am they will be welcomed in the PAC by Maria Potter & our student leaders. From there they will be split into groups and be shown around various departments and classrooms where they can get a feel for the school, our teachers, and how a typical class may run.

Everyone is welcome afterwards to enjoy refreshments in the PAC foyer, and will have the opportunity to chat with our staff and students.

Please ensure all of your students have transport to and from the open morning, and remind your students and whanau that all visitors to Sacred Heart College must wear a mask.

Please confirm your school’s attendance by emailing

We look forward to meeting our new students 2023!

St Bernard's College - Open Day - Saturday 28th May

St Bernard’s College will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 28 May 2022 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Prospective students and their parents are invited to visit during these hours to find out more about St Bernard’s College and what it can provide. Our new classrooms will be completed by then and open for visitors to view. St Bernard’s College is a Year 7-13 Catholic boys’ college.

For further information please see our website:

or contact the office at:

183 Waterloo Rd Lower Hutt Ph 560 9250