Newsletter Week 4 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 17th August 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and friends

The term has begun very well and next week we are halfway through! Thanks to those of you who joined us on Monday to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Thanks to all our students for their reverent participation and to Mrs Bell for her wonderful organisation.

The Netball season is coming to a close for our Year 5- 8 students. The Term 4 sports options at Sacred Heart will be Touch and Netball Year 1-4. Registration notices will be coming out before the end of this term for those who wish to play in Term 4.

Everyone is enjoying our Badminton sessions and we also have Cricket Wellington coming later this month to provide some cricket coaching.

Last week the students enjoyed the SHC roadshow. The girls entertained us with music, singing and dance.

This Friday 19th August the students have earned their Bronze Values award and they are going to have an afternoon sharing indoor board games with their buddy classes. Children may bring games from home but we ask that you name them and send them in a bag.

Next Monday we will be having a visit from the Mayor, Campbell Barry. We look forward to showing him our school.

Congratulations to Fo'i and Charles Bell on the safe arrival of their new granddaughter Leila and to Ema Taplin and family on the safe arrival of their new son and brother Owen.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Justine and Joseph Soane and family on the recent death of their mother and grandmother. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Wearing Masks:

From the beginning of next week students in Years 4-8 may choose whether or not they wish to wear a mask indoors. We will support any students who wish to continue wearing a mask. Thank you for your support. A reminder that under the Orange setting masks must be worn on public transport by students 12 years and over.


We have been notified that we are going to be working with ERO from August 15th. The way ERO reviews schools has changed and every school works with them over a period of 3 years by working with an evaluation partner. Once we have more information from our partner we will be able to send out some information about the new review system.

Enrolments for 2023:

These will close on Monday 5th September. The enrolment form is online. Please make sure that your applications are in by the due date as applications received after this date will be considered late and placed on the waiting list. If your child will not be returning to Sacred Heart next year (except Year 8) please let us know as soon as possible because we need to work out how many available places we have for 2023.

We will very shortly have our new Enrolment Scheme in place.

School Calendar:

This is available on both the school app and the website and is updated regularly. Please check for upcoming events.

Art Calendar Fundraiser:

We will be selling Art calendars, cards and diaries again this year. The art will be on display in September and order forms will be sent home at the same time. We will let you know when this fundraiser will begin and order forms will be sent home later this term.


  • 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.
  • Teacher Only Day (MOE) Friday 2nd September. School will be closed that day and you need to make alternative arrangements for your children.

Thought for the Week

" Believe in the whisperings of God to your heart" (St Mary of the Cross McKillop)

God bless


Our Special Character - The Feast of the Assumption

We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

The feast affirms the very goodness of our bodies – the whole person will be saved. Mary has been totally redeemed and now shares fully in the risen life of her son Jesus. She is not a ghost or a spirit floating around in the sky. She is a real bodily person. What happened to her will ultimately happen to us. As we pray in the Creed: ‘We believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.’

At the end of his recent Exhortation on holiness, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis writes:

I would like these reflections to be crowned by Mary, because she lived the Beatitudes of Jesus as none other. She is that woman who rejoiced in the presence of God, who treasured everything in her heart, and who let herself be pierced by the sword. Mary is the saint among the saints, blessed above all others. She teaches us the way of holiness and she walks ever at our side. She does not let us remain fallen and at times she takes us into her arms without judging us. (#176)

This is the Mary we honour today, teaching ‘us the way of holiness’ and walking ‘ever at our side.’

The gospel reading for the Assumption is Luke’s story of Elizabeth’s visit to Mary and the latter’s great song of praise, the Magnificat (Luke1: 39-56).) Its two parts are about love of God and love of neighbour, or spirituality and social justice, or contemplation and action. Whatever approach we take we immediately get caught up in Mary’s cry of joy. Mary the poor, struggling Galilean peasant woman, has been chosen by God.

In the second part, Mary sings passionately of God’s mercy to oppressed people, God’s victory over the powerful. First century Palestinian Jewish society called out for this kind of salvation. The song is full of powerful verbs. The coming of God’s reign will mean much reversal: the hungry will be fed, the lowly exalted and the powerful toppled. Mary herself, the teenager pregnant with the Messiah, embodies the reversal she proclaims.

Pope Francis urges us to remember this:

Our converse with her consoles, frees and sanctifies us. Mary our Mother does not need a flood of words. She does not need us to tell her what is happening in our lives. All we need do is whisper, time and time again: “Hail Mary…” (#176).

So, let’s all whisper on this great feast.

The last Buddy Class Liturgy will be hosted by Kakapo and Kereru classes on Wednesday 24th August. All welcome but please wear a mask.

Grandparent's Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday 20th September at 9.30am. All Grandparents welcome. Masks must be worn at Mass. Grandparent's are welcome to stay and visit the school afterwards.

Celebrating our Kura

This week we welcomed Eleanor to Tui Class. Eleanor joins big sister Genevieve at school. Nau mai haere mai, Eleanor, we are thrilled to have you!

Gold Reward Wheels day! The rain took a break for us for which we were very thankful. The playground became a circuit for all sorts of wheels - scooters, roller skates, skate boards and bikes. Check out just a few of the pictures below.

Thank you to Harrison Bartholomew for allowing us to have his art on in display in the office for the last several weeks. We've had lots of great comments and it has inspired many visitors to look up the artist who inspired Harrison's artwork - Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

A special mention to Jackson Burt, Noah Duncan, Ernie Sonneman, Toutai Vaka and William Rosemergy for their very generous donation of $20.00 to school. The boys earned this money from their lemonade stand. Thank you very much!

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My visit to hospital - by Frankie Bakhos-McCarthy

Unfortunately Frankie had to go to hospital last week. The good news is Frankie is back at school and on the mend. Frankie and his mum, Anne, have kindly shared their expereince with us.

Written by Frankie -

I slept at the hospital. Mummy drove me from the first doctor to see a different doctor at the hospital. They put a thing in my arm for a blood test.

I lied on a special bed with a remote. It moved up and down. It had a whole bunch of buttons to make the bed move. The brakes didn’t work.

I had two ice blocks. I put my finger in a thing to check my pulse. They put something in my ear to check my temperature. I did a scan. They put jelly on my tummy to have a look.

Going Bananas "The Great Kiwi Circus" Show

Our school has been lucky enough to receive 50 tickets for the show, which will be held at Sacred Heart College (PAC) on Wednesday 7 September at 6pm.

This event is free of charge. If you would like tickets for your family, please email Anna in the office. It will be a first in first served basis.

School News

Food and Cultural Festival - Tuesday 23 August

Thank you to the families who have kindly offered to provide food.

We will have Italian Pizza, Brazilian Chicken Coxinha and Bridadeiro, Samoan Aiaisa, Tokelaun Hapa Hui, Māori Fry Bread and Kai Moana, Indian Potato curry and roti, Filipino Chicken Adobo, Hungarian Langos and a good old Kiwi Sausage sizzle.

A separate notice will be coming home today with details on how to order and pay. Please ensure you fill in one order form for each child to avoid mix-ups.

Wig Wednesday - Wednesday 7 September

We will be holding a Wig Wednesday or Wacky Hair day on Wednesday 7 September to support the Child Cancer Foundation. There will be a gold coin donation in classrooms and in the next newsletter we will be sharing a link to our fundraising profile page - this link can be shared through social media to family and friends to make donating easier. We hope to raise $250.00 to go towards this very worthwhile charity.

Lunch Online

Chubby Baker - Thursdays

Pita Pit - Fridays

Both lunch providers are local businesses and by supporting them, we support our local community and raise funds for the school at the same time. To order or create and/or account, follow the link:

Yummy Stickers

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers! If you need a new collection sheet, please ask at the office. Yummy Stickers help us to buy sports gear, so please keep collecting!

Message from The Attendance Dues Team

Now that we are sending all invoices/statements by email to families, please contact us if you have changed your email address so that we can update your account. Invoices will still be posted to families without an email address.

The Term 3 invoice will be emailed to all families shortly. Please check that the invoice has not gone to your Spam/Junk Inbox and that all your children are listed on the statement. If you have not received any invoices this year, please contact us.

Financial assistance is available to families experiencing financial hardship (loss of income/redundancy, family reasons, etc.). It is a condition of the assistance application that the family has an affordable regular payment in place.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Phone: 0800 462 725 Email: Text: 021 08907902

Health News - Returning to School following illness - Guidelines from The Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the guidance for returning to schools following vomiting or diarrhoea has not changed. If a child is free of those symptoms for 48 hours, they can attend school again. We have updated the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.
  • In general, a doctor’s certificate or clearance should not have to be provided for a child to go back to school after being unwell.

To read our winter wellness advice go to:

Winter wellness guide for tamariki [DOCX, 22.0 KB]

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Benjamin Fretton

Jason Auva'a

Miley Walker

Maria Mollo

Georgia Sharpe

Novao Hodkinson

Sacred Heart School, Petone - Enrolments 2023



2023 Enrolment Applications

Applications for student enrolment at Sacred Heart Petone for 2023 must be received at the school office by Monday 5th September this year.

Enrolment Forms must have attached:

- A completed Enrolment Form

A link to an online enrolment form is available on the school website.

- A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate

We can copy this for you.

- A Certificate of Preference

Signed by the Parish Priest. Please do not leave this till the last minute, contact the Parish Office, open 10am-2pm, Mon - Fri.

- Child’s Immunisation Certificate (if completed)

Please mention this to any family or friends who may be considering Sacred Heart for their child next year.

Any applications received after this date will be considered late and will be placed on a waiting list.

If your child (not Year 8) is not returning to our school next year, could you please us know as soon as possible.

Our Enrolment Scheme has been approved and we hope to have it in place by the 31st August.

Enrolments of siblings to Sacred Heart School

Please note that if you have indicated your child's younger sibling will be starting school in 2023, we still require you to fill out an enrolment application and provide the appropriate documentation. Enrolments will close on Monday 5th September.

Board Elections - Your vote counts!

Board Voting papers should have arrived and voting is now open. Please read all information carefully and return your voting ballot to the school office.

Candidates are:

Maria Dalope

Genevieve Hanify

Tiran O'Hagan

David Prior

Nicole Sharpe

Kate Wright

Stephanie Wyse

Voting closes at 4pm on Wednesday 7 September.

Please contact me if you have not received your voting papers by now

Anna Wilson (Returning Officer)

Coming up...

Friday 19 August

Bronze reward - Board Games

Monday 22 August

School Prayer - all welcome 9am (Please wear a mask)

Tuesday 23 August

Cultural Day - Make sure you purchase your student food tickets!

Wednesday 24 August

Kereru and Kakapo Class Liturgy

Friday 26 August

Assembly - all welcome 2pm (Please wear a mask)

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Saturday 27 August

Netball finishes (Rain out day Sunday)

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:

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 8.45am - 9.15am

Please note that all uniform costs need to be paid within 7 days of purchase. Regular part-payments can be arranged. Please contact Anna if you would like to arrange this.

School bank account details


Please put your child's name and what the payment is for, as the reference

Community Notices

Spirited Music Jam

Spirited Music Jam for Intermediate school level and up, is on the 21 August, 11:15am-1pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Please bring a koha/donation toward our pizza lunch. Contact Lucy on 0226539525 for more info, or our Facebook page holyspirityouthjam
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