Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Christchurch 30 July 2021


I hope everyone has had a wonderful break and it is good to see the sun shining for the start of Term 3. Teachers have worked over the break to put together another exciting term of learning. Five staff members attended a conference in Wellington to further our understanding of how we develop Deep Learning with your children. We have also been working on how we communicate with parents and the community and you will see here the new Newsletter format including a new Facebook page link that we ask that you ‘Like’. We will continue to make use of Seesaw to share your children's learning and progress through the term. Please take time to comment on your children’s work as it is posted.. We are excited to let you know that we have purchased a script for our Whole School Production for the end of Term 4. I look forward to catching up with you all as the Term progresses.

Liturgical Year

On Monday the Church celebrated Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ.

The Mass

Last term we looked at the Mass up until the end of the Liturgy of the Word. We continue explaining the Mass during Term 3. After the Scripture readings, the celebrant preaches the homily. In the homily, the priest focuses on the Scripture texts drawing from them lessons that may help us to live better lives, more faithful to Christ's call to grow in holiness.
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A big welcome to Alwin who started recently in Teretere - Room 2


This term students across the school are spending the first half of the term focussing on displacement and what we can do to support people in these situations. The second part of the term will see all students across the school begin preparation for the whole school production.

Our competency focus for the term is creativity and will see students developing their creativity in a variety of ways including thinking and through each of the curriculum areas.


Swimming will be held over two weeks from the 9th till the 20th August (week 3 and 4). Please ensure all students have swimming togs ready for this.

Young Vinnies

Well done to our group of Young Vinnies who attended the Commissioning Mass at St Mary's Church last night. Thank you to Miss Journee and Mrs Williams for supporting this group. We look forward to your work continuing through 2021.

Religious Education

Term 3 promises to be a busy and enjoyable time for us

Teaching and Learning

In week one, all students have been learning about imaginative/creative prayers. In their study of Prayer and praying, children and young people will gain and apply knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to understand and integrate prayer into their lives. all at Sacred Heart.

Following this, all classes are learning about the Church. The topics studied for each level are:

Years 1 & 2 - Belonging, gathering, celebrating, living God’s presence

Years 3 & 4 - God is Love and God is Present in the World

Years 5 & 6 - The Church Celebrates The Church as Pilgrim People

Years 7 & 8 - The Teaching Church The Living Church

Masses, Liturgies and Celebrations

Next Friday, 6th August, the children from Room 1/Aumoana will be attending the morning’s Mass.

Please ensure all children are at school by 8.45 on these days.

On the Friday afternoon of the 6th August, the children from Room 6/Muriwai will be presenting a prayer service at 1.45pm in the parish hall. Whanau, caregivers and friends are most welcome to attend.

Jubilate is a celebration of singers from the many Catholic primary schools in the Christchurch diocese. During the afternoon a Mass will be celebrated with Archbishop Paul with the children singing. The children will also sing at the evening’s performance in the Christchurch Town Hall. Further information can be found here: Jubilate


This term will see another busy one for a variety of sports across the school. Basketball begins for year 5 and 6 and year 7 and 8 next week. We wish these teams well for their last few weeks.

Junior and Senior PE continues each Thursday of the term. Please ensure students come to school with sports shoes and shorts for this.

Fitness will continue at 8:40 am each morning and we encourage all students to be at school to take part in this.

TEACHER ONLY DAY - Please be aware that we have scheduled a Teacher Only Day for Monday 30th August

Internet Safety

Gaming is everywhere. It’s no longer confined to consoles and computers – with billions of people playing games on mobiles worldwide. Young people are especially interested in eGaming so we’ve put these online gaming tips for parents together.

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. Check out the menu.

Please visit to join up and order for your children.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 7 August - Swimming starts
  • Thursday 19 August - Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm in the Senior room
  • Friday 27 August - School Photos
  • Monday 30 August - School closed for Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 10 September - Book Week Celebration Day
  • Wednesday 29 September - Catholic Schools Day
  • Thursday 30 September - Board of Trustees Meeting 5.30pm in the Senior room
  • Friday 1 October - End of Term 3
  • Monday 18 October - Start of Term 4

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.