Newsletter Week 6 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 31st August 2022

Principal's Pen

Malo e lelei Parents and friends

Next week is Tongan Language Week. We will be celebrating with our Tongan students and their families. The term is passing very quickly and we have had lots of activities happening.

Last week the school council and Whaea Katy organised an amazing multicultural day. Thanks to all of you who contributed and prepared the food. It was an amazing celebration of the many cultures at our school. All funds raised will be used to help purchase our new cultural group costumes.

The Netball season is finished. Congratulations to all our teams. Huge thanks to all our coaches and managers: Cathy Criscillo, Ana So'otaga, Rachael Davidson, Claire Malaeulu, Liz McNeill and John Ioane. Without your help and support our teams would not be able to play. Please could all Netball uniforms now be washed and returned to school. Special thanks to Cathy and Ana who have been involved in Netball at Sacred Heart for many years and this has been their last season.

The Term 4 sports options at Sacred Heart will be Touch and Netball Year 1-4. Registration notices will be coming out next week for those who wish to play in Term 4.

The students had their bronze reward Board Games afternoon last Friday and they enjoyed this time with their buddies.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to the Criscillo and Smith families on the recent family bereavements. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

We had a visit from Mayor Campbell Barry last Friday. He spoke to the school and presented our class awards. The children were very respectful and asked great questions. We received this message from his office

"Mayor Campbell Barry has asked me to pass on his thanks for inviting him to Sacred Heart School on Friday 26 August. He had a great time, and enjoyed meeting with everyone."

Enrolments for 2023:

These will close next 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. This includes siblings of current students. If your child will not be returning to Sacred Heart next year (except Year 8) please let us know by the 5th September because we need to work out how many available places we have for 2023.

Art Calendar Fundraiser:

We will be selling Art calendars, cards and diaries again this year. The art will be on display from Monday 5th September in the foyer and the order forms will come home today with the Newsletter. Please fill in one form per child if you are going to order. Payments may be made via Internet banking or cash. Orders close on Friday 16th September and NO late orders will be accepted.

Summer Uniform: Term 4 is summer uniform term. If you need new summer uniform please make sure that you organise it this term. All students will require a named school bucket sunhat for Term 4.


  • 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 this Friday and you need to make alternative arrangements for your children.
  • Book Club closes Thursday 8th September. Order online please.

Thought for the Week

"Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to the question: Who is my Neighbour?

...He asks us not to decide who is close enough to be our neighbour, but rather that we ourselves become neighbours to all" Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti 80

Faitapuekina koe e he Eiki

God bless


Term Dates 2023



Term 1

Wednesday 1st February – Thursday 6th April

Public Holidays:

  • Waitangi Day 6 February

Good Friday, Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday are in the holidays.

Term 2

Monday 24th April – Friday 30th June

Public Holiday:

  • - Anzac Day Tuesday 25th April

  • Queen’s Birthday Monday 3rd June

Matariki is in the holidays

Term 3

Monday 17th July – Friday 22nd September

Term 4

Monday 9th October – Friday 15th December

Public Holiday:

Labour Day Monday 23rd October
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Our Special Character

Next week is also Social Justice Week. The theme this year focusses on Racism and what we are doing to eliminate it in Aotearoa New Zealand.

As we journey through this Social Justice Week the key question for each of us to reflect on is: “How are we becoming one in Christ?”

All classes will be using the Caritas school resources during Social Justice Week.

Grandparents Mass:

This will be held on Tuesday 20th September at 9.30am in the church. After Mass there will be a cup of tea at school and Grandparents are welcome to visit the classrooms.

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All in for Learning

The Ministry of Education has launched a new campaign to re-engage students with their learning. We appreciate that children who are sick should stay home but we have become concerned with the attendance of some of our tamariki. As part of the campaign the Ministry has shared some facts and figures about Attendance.

Irregular attendance affects everyone:

Term 2, 2021 attendance figures show:

  • the decline in attendance has been for everyone: every ethnicity, every decile and every region has experienced declines
  • our greatest decline has been in children aged 5 to 10 (primary school)
  • right now, two in every five of our tamariki are not attending school regularly (40 per cent).

What makes every school day a big day?

In Aotearoa, all children under 16 years of age are required to attend a registered school every day, unless they are sick.

We know there is a direct correlation between regular attendance and NCEA achievement. (Source: He Whakaaro Report: Relationship between attendance and attainment, 2020). A Year 11 student who attends school every day has about a 90% chance of achieving NCEA Level 1, but this drops to a 1-in-5 chance if they only attend school half of the time.

But that’s not all. Schools are the hub of any community and are places where our children and young people learn – find out what they are interested in, learn more about who they are or who they want to be, their communities, our histories, different cultures, and the wider world. It’s also where many people meet their life-long friends.

What counts as regular attendance?

Understanding regular attendance levels is a useful gauge for how students are participating in learning. It helps schools and the Ministry of Education direct resources and support to where they are most needed.

Regular attendance = attending more than 90% of the time or being in school 9 days a fortnight.

It becomes a more serious problem when our tamariki don’t attend regularly:

  1. Irregularly attend = more than 80% and up to 90% of the time, or being in school 8-9 days a fortnight
  2. Moderately attend = more than 70% and up to 80% of the time, or being in school 7 or 8 days a fortnight
  3. Chronically attend = 70% and less of the time, or being in school 7 days or less a fortnight.

We are asking you to support your children's learning by ensuring they have regular attendance at school. We are happy to support you in any way to ensure that this happens.

Celebrating our Kura

This week we welcomed Melliane to Kōtuku Class. Melliane has moved to New Zealand from the Philippines. Nau mai haere mai Melliane.

What a fantastic Bronze school reward we had last Friday afternoon, playing board games with our buddies. Well done everyone for earning those tokens!

Thank you to Monica for taking us through some football skills - we all loved it. Check out some pictures of Tui Class below.

Kia ora koutou, bonjour, bula, bonjourno, fakatalofa atu, fakalofa lahi atu, guten tag, hello, kia orāna, mālō e lelei, mālo ni, namaste, szia, talofa! Hello - and our deepest gratitude to the families who generously provided the delicious food for our cultural day. It was a beautiful way to celebrate, learn about and appreciate all the cultures that make up our wonderful community. It was also a great way to try new food! A big thank you to the School Council and Whaea Katy for their organisation of this day. From us to you - tēnā koutou.

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Spotlight on....Lily Fretton for amazing writing!

I met a cat and dog. They are outside on a sunny day. They love playing tag on a sunny day.

School News

Wig Wednesday - Next Wednesday 7 September

Wig Wednesday (Wacky Hair day) will be on Wednesday 7 September to support the Child Cancer Foundation. There will be a gold coin donation in all classrooms. We hope to raise $250.00 to go towards this very worthwhile charity. Please follow and share the link with family and friends to make a donation.

Lunch Online

Chubby Baker - Thursdays

Pita Pit - Fridays

Pizza special - End of Term lunch special only (Wednesday 28th September)

To order or create an account, follow the link:

Yummy Stickers - Promotion ends 30 September

Please keep collecting Yummy Stickers and get them in by the end of term! If you need a new collection sheet, please ask at the office. Yummy Stickers help us to buy sports gear, so please keep collecting!

Coming up - School Council

SCHOOL DISCO (Camp 2023 Fundraiser)

Friday 9 September - (5.30pm - - Tickets $5 each

Tickets will go on sale Monday 5th September from the school office. Online payments are most welcome into the CAMP ACCOUNT 12-3142-0121485-01

Sausage Sizzle and Non-uniform day (Camp 2023 Fundraiser)

Friday 30th September

More information to come.

Friends Of Sacred Heart (FOSH)

FOSH Frock Swap – Saturday 17 September – Save the date!

Tickets will be available for purchase from the office at $15 each from 5th September. Wine and nibbles are included in the ticket price.

Online payments are welcome into the school bank account. (12-3142-0121485-00)

Please start saving/sorting your unwanted good-condition clothing. You can donate up to ten items. For every item donated you will receive a token, which will “buy” you a new item.

Please note you do not have to have items to donate to participate, as you are able to buy an item at a small cost.

Any questions please contact Kate Wasson –

Health News - Pollen Season is coming

Prepare for pollen

Pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds to fertilise other plants of the same species. During the months of September to February, pollen is out in force – this happens to be the time when we spend the most time outside enjoying the warmer weather.

Pollen is difficult to avoid and can trigger Asthma and other respiratory illnesses; for some great tips on how to reduce allergies and keep asthma at bay this pollen season, please follow the link:

If your child requires an asthma inhaler, now is a great time to check expiry dates and ensure your child has one at school. Please note we do not keep spare inhalers at school.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Niko Craw

Mila Hatcher

Te Mauri Lemisio

Maddie Thomson

Noreen Ladrera

Zeal Dalope

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 by Monday 5th September.

Our Enrolment Scheme has been approved and will be in effect from the 1st September

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 - voting closes Wednesday 7 September at 4pm

Thank you to those who have already returned their voting papers. If you haven't yet returned yours, please ensure to do so by next Wednesday. Your vote is important and it counts!

Candidates are:

Maria Dalope

Genevieve Hanify

Tiran O'Hagan

David Prior

Nicole Sharpe

Kate Wright

Stephanie Wyse

Thank you

Anna Wilson (Returning Officer)

News from the School Board

The current Board meets for the final time tonight and we would like to thank those Board members stepping down at the end of this term; Mark Fairfield and Onieka Tristram, and Tāne Wilson (who has served for a number of terms, and also as Chair).

At tonight's meeting we will be discussing suggested changes to several school policies, as well as other matters. One of those policies is the Uniform policy, and these suggested changes have been informed by your feedback to our recent Uniform survey. Thank you to everyone who sent in their feedback. Following tonight's meeting we will update you all on any changes to the Uniform policy in a note via HERO later this week. Please be reassured any changes will be phased in over a period of time.

Kate Wright (Presiding Member)

Coming up...

Friday 2 September

TEACHER ONLY DAY - School is closed.

Monday 5 September

Social Justice Week and Tongan Language Week

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

Calendar Art is on display.

Enrolments close.

Wednesday 7 September

Wig Wednesday (Wacky Hair day) - Gold Coin donation.

Early Risers 4 at 2pm

Board Elections close at 4pm

Friday 9 September

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

School Disco - 5.30pm - 8pm

Monday 12 September

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

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

Oscar House Holiday Programme

“OSCAR House provides quality holiday programmes for tamariki.

OSCAR House Holiday Programme

Programme plans, information & enrolments now available School Years 0 – 2 School Years 3 – 8

We are an MSD OSCAR approved programme & OSCAR subsidies are available.

Our premises are adjacent to Eastern Hutt School.

We welcome new whanau and we’d love to have you join us!”

Petone Tennis Club

WELCOME to our new SEASON – Starting the 10th of September

Saturday 10th September 2022, The New Season for Junior Tennis starts At Petone Tennis Club.

With coaching starting for 5year old’s through to teens, Everyone is very Welcome to give it a go and join the Club, we provide professional coaches and age-appropriate coaching sessions. Please check our website for more info. Email Facebook: ‘Petone Tennis’. Petone Tennis is for all ages and abilities, new seniors also welcome.

Bad Jelly The Witch

Hello, School holidays are just around the corner and it's good to have some activities planned to keep the children occupied and interested.

We at Hutt Repertory are delighted to announce our latest children’s production, BadJelly.

It is suitable for ages 3-16

Tickets are $10

Please ring the theatre on 9397529 to book.

Tickets are also available at Epuni Pharmacy 104 Oxford Tce

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