Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Christchurch 17 September 2021


Welcome back after a real stutter to Term 3. Myself and all the teachers applaud you for the flexibility you have shown in the difficult situation of being locked down with your children and being able to support them in their learning as well as getting on with your own employment at Alert Levels 3 and 4. We were really pleased to see the children back last week and the common theme amongst them was that they had missed their friends. It is the seriousness we all take in these situations, and following all the guidelines, that helps our country out during these difficult times in a global pandemic. I do encourage you to get vaccinated and you can be well assured we are taking every measure to keep everyone safe and well while they are at school.

Today we farewell one of our highly respected relievers Mrs Trish Bell, who passed away on Monday after a battle with illness. Mrs Bell absolutely adored our school and our children and would only relieve at Sacred Heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family at this time.

Have a good look at the events coming up, especially the dates for Term 4 as we work towards some exciting times next term.

God Bless and take care.

Liturgical Year

Three more Beatitudes for the modern Christian, given to us by Pope Francis…

"Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.”

"Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.

"Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.”

The Mass

The Eucharistic Prayer - After the gifts and altar are prepared, the Eucharistic Prayer begins. This prayer of thanksgiving is the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In this prayer, the priest acts in the person of Christ as head of his body, the Church. He gathers not only the bread and the wine, but the substance of our lives and joins them to Christ's perfect sacrifice, offering them to the Father.

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A special welcome to Allysarose, Shanel and Johannes who have joined Muriwai this term!


Evelyn was the winner of the 2021 Tongan Speech Competition for children ages 10-16 years old. Well done Evelyn we are so proud of you.

Religious Education

Social Justice Week 2021 runs from September 12-18 and will highlight the Beatitudes with the theme of encounter and community. In the lead up to this, let's take a look at what Pope Francis has to say about the Beatitudes. He said the saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others. Francis said, “The best description of the saints—in fact, their "identity card" is found in the beatitudes from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, which begins, "Blessed are the poor in spirit."

The Beatitudes are at the heart of Christ’s teaching and in many ways summarise the example he provides. Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker who demonstrated empathy, meekness, and an authentic desire for righteousness. He experienced immense persecution whilst maintaining a pure heart and remains the greatest example of someone who shows mercy without fail and truth without compromise.

Follow this link to find more information on the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes and their meanings


There are just two games remaining for basketball teams this term. Unfortunately, while we are at level 2 parents are unable to watch.

All students will begin athletics training in year 4-8 this week with a focus on school athletics which will be held on Tuesday 26 October. Junior students will also begin working on the run, jump, throw programme each week until sports day. Please make sure students have shorts and sports shoes at school each Thursday for this.

We are looking for some parent helpers for our school sports day. Please contact Liz at school if you are available to help for some or all of the day.

Curriculum update

For the rest of this term and until week 6 of term 4 the whole school will be focusing on creativity across the arts curriculum. As part of this all students will be singing, dancing or acting in the production, “Sleeping Beauty - the Horrible Truth.”

Calendar Art

Order forms have been sent home for Calendar Art.

Caendars: $15

Cards: $15

Diaries: $20

All orders to be returned by Monday 20 September.

Payment can be made to the school office or via internet banking 12-3147-0321697-00

2022 Enrolments

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 wanting to start next year can you please get someone to contact us as soon as possible.
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We have a new Facebook Page

We have a new Facebook page, Sacred Heart School Te Kura o Te Ngākau Tapu, Addington

Click here to check it out.

Policy Review

We have all our policies and procedures on School Docs. At present we have

policies on Behaviour Management and Concerns and Complaints that we

would appreciate your feedback on. Please follow the link below and review this


1. Visit the website (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.

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 as well as Subway. Check out the menu.

Please visit to join up and order for your children.

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • Tuesday 26 October - School Athletics Sports
  • Friday 19 November - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 26 November - Production
  • Thursday 16 December - last Day of the year

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.

Mass registrations are now open.

• There is a limit of 50 people for each Mass

• You must register online on the Diocesan website

or phone the parish office 338 8395 to register a place.

Registrations must be done before 3pm the day before.


Sacred Heart, Addington

Monday: 5:30pm

Wednesday: 9:00am

Thursday: 5:30pm

Friday: 9:00am

Sts Peter & Paul, Halswell

Tuesday: 9:00am

Thursday: 9.00am