Newsletter Week 7 Term 3
Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 9 September 2022
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Mālō e lelei. This week is celebrated as Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga'i 'o e Lea Faka-Tonga. We have a number of Tongan children in our school who are proud of their Tongan heritage. Classes have incorporated activities into their programmes this week.
As we headed into the second half of the term and into Spring we were given a sharp reminder this week that the weather can be very unpredictable. All the daffodils are looking great but we weren’t anticipating SNOW.
The snowy morning turned into a stunning but chilly day for our Science Taster Day. Weather is definitely part of science. It was an incredibly successful day with so many diverse scientists, speakers and demonstrators wowing our children. I’m sure they all came home buzzing about what they had seen and done.
We eagerly await an announcement from the Prime Minister next week regarding the possible changes in the Covid-19 Traffic Light System. We have no current cases in the school but continue to keep health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
It was a delight to be able to assemble together on Wednesday under our new roof, as a whole school, for a liturgy on Social Justice. The senior children read with such reverence and respect.
With only a couple of weeks to go before the end of our basketball season it is great to see both teams working so hard together to continue to progress.
A reminder to all year 4-8 students that they need to have their sports gear including sports shoes at school each Thursday for athletics training.
Social Justice Week
Racism is the topic for Social Justice Week in 2022. This issue is both challenging and vitally important for all of us. The title of the Caritas resources is SAY NO TO RACISM. WE ARE ONE IN CHRIST. As we journey through this Social Justice Week, the key question for us to reflect on us is how are we becoming one in Christ? It is important to note that there has been a deliberate choice to focus on human dignity and solidarity. Of course, the negative impacts of racial discrimination are explored through the various elements, but the most important step for all of us, is to respond with love and acceptance, following Catholic social teaching (CST) principles, as Jesus modelled.
Yesterday morning the senior students presented a liturgy on social justice. They encouraged us to think how we can comfort those in need, behave in a way Jesus taught us through gospel stories, obey God’s commandments and stand up for what is good and true according to God’s ways.
A prayer for social justice:
God of love
You created all human beings in your image and likeness, and you call on us to reflect your goodness, justice and love to all the world.
Remind us of your call to follow your Son and to speak out for justice, mercy and compassion.
As we come before you in prayer, teach us to respect your image in all human beings and help us to defend your image in all human beings, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I have posted this link a few times in the past but always find that it gives good advice around keeping families safe on the internet.
We are heading towards having a full roll very soon. In saying this, we have very few places available for next year. Hopefully, we have included any siblings to come in on our list. If you have or know of any children not on our list to start next year can you please get someone to contact us.
Absentees and Lateness
Breakfast at School
All children are welcome to come and have breakfast together each morning. If your child is eating breakfast at school they can enter the school grounds at 8.20 am.
Friday 30 September - Last day of Term 3 (Book Character Dress Up day)
Monday 17 October - Start of Term 4
Monday 24 October - Labour Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)
Friday 11 November - Canterbury Show Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)
Friday 18 November - NZEI Teacher Only Day (School Closed)
Thursday 15 December - Last Day of the Year.
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
http://sacredheartchch.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm (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.
For Church Notices Please view the Catholic Parish of Christchurch South website. https://christchurchsouth.org.nz 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.