Newsletter Week 4 Term 1

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Principal's Pen

Tena koutou nga whanau

It's hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of February and halfway through the term. Swimming has finished and our swimming sports will be held on Monday 7th March (Seniors) and Wednesday 9th March (Juniors).

We have welcomed Alexandra Kurmen De La Cruz to our school as a Teacher Aide and also accepted the resignation of Des Jago our long serving Caretaker. Des has been at our school for nearly 17 years and he will be retiring at the end of this term. If we find a replacement before then he may leave earlier. We have started the process of looking for a new Caretaker. The position is part-time. If you know anyone who may be interested in the role please see the notice in this week's newsletter.

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

Every year in February the Archdiocese holds a Commissioning Mass for everyone who works in our schools. This year it was cancelled due to being at RED level and Cardinal John blessed the candles and they were then brought out to schools (See photo below).At this Mass every school receives a named candle and staff who have completed RE certification are acknowledged. This year Katy Grant and Liz McNeill had their Leadership Level endorsed and Maree Mahony was awarded Foundation Level. These qualifications are achieved through attending Professional Development. We thank all our staff for their ongoing commitment to gaining and endorsing RE qualifications.

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. Included again this week is the RED level information.

COVID19 RED level information:

Thanks to all of you for following our RED level processes. These keep us safe. We have a COVID19 plan and we have contingency plans in place should we not have enough teachers or support staff to keep the school running onsite.

Managing cases in our school

We will be advised by the Ministry of Health should there be a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious. They will tell us what to do and we will follow their advice. The Ministry of Education will support schools should this occur.

We have a good contact tracing system in place so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person. We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do. This is why you must sign in if you come onsite.

Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing a physical onsite school and moving to distance learning for everyone. At Red we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can.

Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed. Please check your details on the profile form we are sending home today and only return it if there are changes which need to be made. to your details.

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

Touch began last week for Year 3/ 4 and will begin this week for everyone else. Touch fees of $22.00 per player are due by this Friday 25th February

Movin' March: We are participating in Movin' March again this year. This begins next 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. The first 25 students to return a filled in card will receive a Movin' March bag.

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.


Thanks to everyone for supporting us by ensuring your children are in correct uniform.

A few reminders:

Please read carefully our school uniform policy in regard to hair styles. There are a few borderline styles creeping in. All hair which is shoulder length or longer must be tied back and be off the child’s face. Rats tails and shavings in the hair are not part of our uniform.

• All hair ribbons and hair ties should be school colours.

• No nail polish.

• Sports shoes are not school footwear.

• All students require a Sports Uniform. Please ensure your child has one which is correct and purchased from the uniform shop. Only plain navy-blue shorts are permitted with the Sports Uniform


  • 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.

Thought for the Week

Loving God, e te Atua o te aroha,

Help us to work together to share what we have

so that everyone has what they need.

Help us to build a better world where each of us can become the best person we can be.


Ma Atua e maanaaki

God bless


Our Special Character

Next Wednesday 2nd March is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. We will be celebrating Ash Wednesday with a Liturgy at school. This will be held outside (weather permitting)

The theme for Lent 2022 is Building Dreams Together: Called to be Peacemakers. In our changing world we need to come together and find ways of realising our dreams. There is always hope of transforming our world for the better when we are guided by peace, love and justice in our lives.

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 : Offer up difficult things to God

Give/ Hoatu: Give up a luxury during Lent and use the money you save to help others.

Live/ Nohoia I Te Ao: Think of ways to care for creation to make our world a better place (eg recycle more)

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.

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Comissioning Mass Prayer 2022






God our Father,

You call and equip each of us with the gifts of your Holy Spirit to help build up the body of Christ.

Bless our schools, that we answer your call to serve, animated with the Holy Spirit's wisdom, courage and love.

May all teaching and learning at our Catholic schools foster a living faith among all staff, students and their whanau.

A living faith that drinks deeply at the well of your inspired and living word, that is strengthened in the grace of the Sacraments and witnessed in self-giving love.

We make this prayer to you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Benjamin Sonneman

Polito Leafe

Zion Lui

Jacqueline Hannaford

Toutai Vaka

Celebrating our school

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. It celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as Fred did.

Congratulations to Sam Howat, the Sacred Heart School recipient of the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. Sam shows compassion, integrity and kindness and we are very proud of you!

Our Junior classes have been learning cricket skills this week, thanks to Cricket Wellington and the Cricket First Hits programme. Check out Ruru class below, learning how to bowl.

Garden to Table is a trust, which runs a gardening and cooking programme in schools across New Zealand. As participants in the Garden to Table programme, Kakapo class spend time in our school vege garden and use Pohutakawa kitchen each week to create meals. This week Kakapo used tomotoes, garlic, onions and herbs grown in the school garden to make a tomato sauce with meatballs. Apples grown in the school garden were used to make an apple crumble for dessert. Check out the photos below.

Farewell to Alyse Veltman, who has been a Teacher Aide for the past two years, and during the last six months, ran the ESOL programme. We thank you for your time at Sacred Heart and wish you all the best for the future.

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School Leaders Speech - Olivia: "Respect"

Kia Ora

As you all know, at our school we have the rise values: ‘Respect, Integrity, Sense of Community and Excellence. This term our focus is ‘Respect’. We have to respect our classmates, our teachers, our equipment and our environment. We need to respect others' ideas and opinions. If you want people to respect you then you need to show respect to others by accepting them for who they are, even if sometimes you don’t agree with them.

Respect is treating people as you would want to be treated. In the Gospel story, Jesus and the 10 lepers, Jesus shows respect by healing all of them even though they are different to him and 1 of the 10 Lepers shows respect back by thanking him for healing them.

We can show respect by listening to others, showing gratitude and remembering our manners. These are small ways that you can show respect. Always remember as a poet once said, “treat others as you want to be treated, talk to others the way you want to be talked to and respect is earned not given”.

I know you are able to show our value ‘Respect’ - now you can help others with showing the same respect to everyone.

Thank you.

School News

Thanks to Health Basics for providing all of our students with their own bottle of Hand Sanitiser. (Please check your child/rens bags - these are coming home today.)

Movin' March

Collect your WOW (Walk or Wheel) passport from the office on Tuesday 1st March. Mrs Wilson will write your name on the card. All entries go into the draw to win $400 MyRide vouchers. Twelve prizes up for grabs!

Did you know bus trips count? Travelling by bus is sustainable too! If you travel by bus to school, please come and collect your WOW passport.

If you live too far from school to walk or ride, try setting up a designated drop off/pick up point. The end of Britannia and Udy Streets may be a good place to set this up.

Whanau Photo competition - follow the link to the Movin' March website for more details

Student Contacts and Medical profile

These forms are coming home today for each individual student. Please ensure ALL contact and medical information is up-to-date. Please sign and return the forms to school as soon as possible.

Statement of Accounts/Stationery Invoices

All Stationery invoices are now overdue. Payment would be appreciated for those with outstanding accounts. Email reminders were sent home today. Please check your junk/spam folders if you have not received an email.

Touch Rugby and Kakapo Camp invoices are due this Friday 25th February.


LunchOnline flyers are coming home today with the term dates.

Coming up...

Friday 25 February

Touch Rugby and Kakapo Camp payments are due.

Monday 28 February

School Prayer and Whakatau

Tuesday 1 March

Movin' March commences.

Wednesday 2 March

Ash Wednesday Liturgy 10.30am

Friday 4 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 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

Crochet Straps for masks.

Kindly made by Eros and Ezra and their mother Sherry, these crochet straps are available at the school office for a gold coin donation.
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Hutt United Hockey Club

Hutt United Hockey Club welcomes new & returning players! Come play hockey!

2022 Season registrations are now open

Kia ora,

Is your child keen to have a go at field hockey? Come along to our Junior Hockey Huihuinga (taster evenings) in March and early April at Fraser Park hockey turf.

Hutt United Hockey is a vibrant Hutt Valley based hockey club with a strong focus on whānau and fun. We run junior teams for children from Year 3 to year 8. The training sessions and games are positive and fun, increasing in competitiveness as children progress up the grades.

Hockey is a winter sport, with the season starting at the beginning of term 2 and running through to the end of term 3. Teams practice once a week and games are played on Saturday mornings.

Hockey is great for kids! Playing hockey improves coordination and balance, builds teamwork, enhances mental strength and cardio fitness. All your child needs is a stick (the club has some to spare), shinpads, sports shoes and a mouthguard. Subs are $95 for the whole season.

Junior Hockey Huihuinga (taster evenings): To manage numbers we’re running one Wednesday evening session per age group:

  • 23rd March: Year 7/8 (aso team trials!)

  • 30th March: Year 5/6

  • 6th April: Year 3/4

Come along - all are welcome! All sessions run 6-7.30pm at Fraser Park hockey turf (map below). These are optional fun sessions, no registration needed, just turn up.
In the “Red” traffic light setting, Wellington Hockey requires those attending with their children to have their vaccine passes and to wear masks.

HUHC Junior registrations for the 2022 season are open! Register here: Registrations must be in by 30 March!!

HUHC Club Day! For those who would like to know more about our club and see our senior players in action, join us for the Hutt United Hockey Club Day from 10.30am on Saturday 12 March at the National Hockey Stadium in Newtown. The Men’s P1 game starts 11am. Then at 12.15pm there will be a 30 minute session for tamariki to have a hit around with our top players!! Then the Women’s P1 play afterwards.

If you have any questions, check our website ( or contact