Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 25 March 2022


From the Principal

There was some good news from Jacinda during the week with a couple of changes to the ‘Traffic Light System’ but as we are all aware it is not time to let our guards drop in terms of testing and isolating. We remain in ‘Red’ but with a few less restrictions.

We will continue with being very vigilant with mask wearing and keeping the classrooms well ventilated. We will continue with parents remaining outside of the school gates.

I would also like to say a big ‘well done’ to you all as our numbers are a lot better than most schools. As of Thursday we have 4 children currently at home after testing positive. Sixteen children have recovered and returned to learning. We have 8 children currently isolating at home with someone in the household being a positive case. We appreciate the efforts at keeping children home if they have symptoms and collecting them from school if symptoms develop at school.

We do recommend having a supply of Rapid Antigen Tests at home. These are freely available for purchase or free from testing sites if you have symptoms. Please keep us updated of any changes in circumstances at home.

The most helpful site to keep handy is for information and advice.
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Mufti Day for the Philippines today

A massive thank you for your generosity. The mufti day has raised $632 for the Philippines. We will make sure this goes to where it is needed.

Year 7 and 8 at Kirkwood Intermediate for Technology.

Each Monday afternoon all our seniors attend technology classes at Kirkwood Intermediate. Here are a few pics of what they get up to.

Special Character

Call your loved ones regularly (and truly listen to them.)

“When was the last time we visited or telephoned an elderly person in order to show our closeness and to benefit from what they have to tell us?” That was Pope Francis’ question in his homily for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 26.

Few groups have been more profoundly affected by the ongoing pandemic than our elders. Now that vaccines and boosters have made it possible to safely visit them, what if you took the next year to listen to or even record their stories and wisdom?

“Let us not lose the memory preserved by the elderly, for we are children of that history, and without roots, we will wither,” the pope said. “They protected us as we grew, and now it is up to us to protect their lives, to alleviate their difficulties, to attend to their needs and to ensure that they are helped in daily life and not feel alone.”

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Faith Facts

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2022

More on the ‘Power from the Holy Spirit’ - The third foundation of mission.

Pope Francis reminds us that, “All Christ’s missionary disciples are called to recognize the essential importance of the Spirit’s work, to dwell in his presence daily and to receive His unfailing strength and guidance. Indeed, it is precisely when we feel tired, unmotivated or confused that we should remember to have recourse to the Holy Spirit in prayer.”

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We welcome all new children and their families to Sacred Heart School

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School Polar Fleece

We have new stock of the Sacred Heart Polar Fleece available from the school office.

They are $60.

If you need one please contact the office via email and one can be sent home for parents to check the size. Once you are happy with the size an invoice will be emailed with bank details for payment.

Curriculum Update

For the past couple of weeks in maths, Te Ropu Waenga have been looking at position and orientation. This has meant children have had to give instructions in a variety of ways. This has also been linked to the idea of computational thinking which is where computers are given a set of instructions and have to be correct in order for the computer to know what to do. If it is incorrect, they have to debug the code in order for the instructions to be given correctly.

To show understanding they created mazes and coded a sphero robots to go through their mazes.

Last week Aumoana (Year 1) completed fantail art inspired by a story of Flit the Fantail. Here are examples of their art and writing. Ka pai Aumoana!

OSCAR Afterschool Care (5-13yrs)

Sign up for free crafts, sports, afternoon tea, games and more!

Time: Mon - Fri during school term, 3pm - 6pm

Location: Addington School Hall (Sacred Heart students are met by a leader and walked there for pick up)

Price: $18.50/day regular bookings & $22.50/day casual

Message for inquiries

Contact: Esther Peach

Phone: 0204 086 4947


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The parish has emailed Term 1 invoices to families.

Please make payment as soon as possible, so that the parish can pay the Diocese.

Regular part payments are encouraged.

Any concerns/enquiries to Judy ph 338 8395 or email

Internet Safety

Netsafe has created the Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to help parents and guardians get to a place where they are confident to engage with their children on the world of gaming. With eighty percent of children in New Zealand aged 8-17 having played games online, it’s important that parents and whānau are equipped to understand and help tamariki have safer experiences. This page lets you download a PDF copy of an Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to use as and when you need.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 14 April - End of Term 1

  • Monday 2 May - Start of Term 2

  • Friday 3 June - Kahukura Teacher Only Day - School closed

  • Monday 6 June - Queen’s Birthday - School Closed

Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is Sacred Heart School Te Kura o Te Ngākau Tapu, Addington

Click here to check it out.

Make sure you keep up with all communications from school and have the latest update of our School App. Download SchoolAppsNZ from the App Store or Google Play and search Sacred
Parents are encouraged to make healthy choices from the Sushi Factory as well as Subway. Check out the menu.

Please visit to join up and order for your children.

School Times

A reminder that the school is open from 8.30 am. School finishes at 3.00 pm. Children need to be collected by 3.10 pm. Teachers often have other commitments after school and are often off-site by 3.30 pm.

Policy Review

We have all our policies and procedures on School Docs. At present we have policies that we would appreciate your feedback on. Please follow the link below and review these policies.

1. Visit the website (note that there is no “www”!)

2. Enter the user name (sacred) and password (heart).

3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

4. Read the policy.

5. Click the Policy Review button at the right-hand top corner of the page.

6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

7. Enter your name (optional).

8. Submit your ratings and comments.

Parish News

For Church Notices Please view the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South website. or the New App

Here are the details of how to download our excellent new Parish App. Keep updated on mass times, news and what is happening in the Parish.

Go to the App Store on your Apple or Android device and Search 'Church AppsNZ' to download the app onto your device.

Then search "The Catholic Parish of Christchurch South' to find your church app.