Newsletter Week 6 Term 4
Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 24th November,2021
Talofa lava Parents and Friends
Production practices are in full swing and it is looking great! Everyone is working very hard and we are sure you will all enjoy it! With the announcement from the Government regarding the new COVID protection Framework- "Traffic Light system"- which we will move into on Friday 3rd December, we are awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Education about how we will need to roll this out in schools and we will communicate this to you as soon as we have a clear understanding of what is required.
The next 2 1/2 weeks are going to be very busy and we ask you to read any messages sent home from school via HERO. We welcomed Constable Tania to school today to train our Year 6's as Road Patrollers. We thank those students for offering to do this very important role at school.
Last week we sent you a letter regarding the end of year activities at school and at this point in time we will be sticking with those plans. Should anything change we will let you know. With COVID still in the community we need to keep all our hygiene processes in place.
Congratulations to the 51 children from Sacred Heart and San Antonio Church communities who will make their First Communion this coming weekend at 3 First Communion Masses. We are all proud of you and the way you have coped with Alert Level changes and changes to the programme. Some children have been waiting 2 years to continue this journey.
School Production: Our school production will be held on Tuesday 7th December at the Little Theatre. Tickets for both performances are on sale now and are $10.00 each. If anyone is able to help us with videoing the Production please let Penny Martell know.
Sports Term 4: Thanks to everyone for respecting the safety rules at both sports so the season can continue for the children.
RISE Challenges: Completed RISE Challenges are due to me by this Friday 26th November.
Emergency Pack Return: If you would like your emergency pack returned please fill in the Return Slip on the letter we sent last week and send it back to school by December 3rd.
School Library Books: Our school library will close this Friday for the annual stocktake. Could you please check at home and make sure that any school library books are back by Friday.
Book Club: The last Lucky Book Club order for the year closes tomorrow Thursday 25th November. No late orders will be accepted.
Thought for the Week
"If we put the #Gospel at the centre and bear witness to it with fraternal love, we will be able to look to the future with hope, whatever the tempests, great or small, we may experience today." Pope Francis (@pontifex)
Faamanuia atu le Atua
Our Special Character
Parish Sunday Masses have begun again but due to Alert Level 2 only 100 people may attend each Mass. If you wish to attend Mass you need to register your attendance. This may be done from Wednesday at 9am until Friday at 12 noon. You need to register through the archdiocesan website. There is a link to this on our parish website https://holyspirit.nz
Please continue to keep all our candidates and their families in your prayers as they celebrate First Communion this coming weekend. Special thanks to Genevieve Hanify, Stephanie Wyse, Whaea Katy, Julia Havell and Fo'i Bell for all their help with the programme this year.
First Communion will be celebrated this wekend:
- Saturday 27th November- First Communion Eastbourne 5.30pm
- Sunday 28th November- First Communion Petone 1pm and 3pm
- Thursday 25th November 6.00pm- Practice for Sacred Heart Petone 1pm Mass Group
- Thursday 25th November- 7.00pm -Practice for Sacred Heart Petone 3pm Mass Group
- Friday 26th November 1.30pm -Practice for San Antonio Eastbourne
RE in Ruru
Next Sunday is the start of Advent. The word 'Advent' comes from Latin and means "coming"; its purpose is to look forward to the coming of Christ to Earth; it was a season that focused on waiting. So, "Advent" means something new is coming. The dawn of the new and better era. This is really what the Christmas season is all about. It's the celebration of the ADVENT of a new era.
Celebrating our school
Last week our Junior School visited Whirinaki/Expressions and Maidstone park in Upper Hutt. We closely studied some of the art works on display and created some of our own. We also got to play in the newly upgraded park. It was a fantastic day! We would like to say a huge thank you to the parents and caregivers who helped on the day - without your support, trips like this wouldn't happen. Check out the photos below.
Please check out the You Tube videos below of some of our Tokeluan studetns in action!
We have only forty evening session tickets (7.00pm) left for sale and plenty of matinee tickets (1.30pm) available. There is now no limit to how many you can buy. Payment can be made in cash at the office or an online payment can be made to the school bank account. Please email Anna in the office if you are paying online. Please note parents are welcome to come into the school office to buy tickets.
We are beginning to notice food like chippies and biscuits creeping into school lunchboxes. Please remember this sort of food leaves children feeling hungry shortly afterwards and makes learning a challenge once sugar rushes wear off.
Lunchonline specials are available through the term to offer occasional treats such as pizza, but we ask that outside of these specials that school lunches do not contain junkfood.
If your child arrives late to school, it is important that they come through the school office so that Anna can mark them as present. Please remind your child to report to the office upon arrival.
We have had a few toilet accidents recently but do not always have spare clothes to change children into. We would appreciate any donations of junior-sized underwear or old PE shorts/school shorts or culottes. Any spare school sunhats would be very welcome as well.
Please note that our drinking fountains are closed in Alert Level 2. Please ensure you send a named drink bottle to school each day for your child.
2021 Accounts Outstanding are due next Wednesday 1st December.
If you would like to arrange regular part-payments, please contact Anna in the office before then.
Book club closes - no late orders
First Communion Practice 6pm and 7pm
Friday 26 November
RISE challenges due
Saturday 27 November
First Communion (Eastbourne) 5.30pm
First Commnuion (Petone) 1pm and 3pm
Tuesday 30 November
Kakapo Class visit to St Patrick's Silverstream
Wednesday 1 December
Year 7 and 8 Retreat
Notices coming home today
Ice Block Fundraiser Order Form
Reporting an Absence
- HERO app
- School App
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone - 04 568 6711.
- Text message our school cell phone - 022 511 5419.
Sacred Heart School, Petone - Website
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 email@example.com
School bank account details
Please put your child's name and what the payment is for, as the reference