Newsletter Week 8 Term 4

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 7th December 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and friends

The term is almost over and we still have a few activities happening. The Silver reward water fight was great last week and we thank the Fire Brigade for coming along and joining in. Everyone enjoyed the school picnic last Friday and thanks to the parents who came along and joined us. Yesterday we had our Gold values reward which was a Christmas Craft morning. Thanks to the staff for their organisation.

Congratulations to George Rosemergy and Apai Tatafu who represented our school and region at Regional Athletics yesterday. Well done to both of you.

Thank you to the staff for organising the Gold reward Christmas Craft morning yesterday.

We are all looking forward to the FOSH Christmas Market tomorrow evening 5-7.30pm.Thank you to everyone for your very generous donations towards the Christmas Raffle. The concert begins at 5.15pm. All students are involved and need to wear school sports uniform.

Sports: Touch and Future Ferns Netball finishes this week. Thanks to Therese Young (Netball), Juliette and Etuale Ioane, Marni and Major Walters, Rachael Davidson and Lance Scurrah, Lucy Miller, Claire Malaeulu, Scott and Lucy Duncan, Luigi Mollo and Kate Wasson for coaching and managing our teams. Without your help our students would not be able to play.

Staffing 2023: We have completed our staffing for 2023.

Principal: Liz Heatley

Kakapo: Katy Grant (DP & Senior Team Leader)

Pukeko: Penny Martell/ Jenny Mahony

Kotuku: Fo'i Bell

Kereru: Liz McNeill

Kea: Micah Sollano

Ruru: Onieka Tristram( Acting AP& Junior Team Leader)

Tui: Michelle Harding

Part-time Staff:

Reading Recovery/ SENCO: Kate Mooney

CRT Release: Jenny Mahony

Release Teacher Kea & Kakapo: Gerard Sweeney

ORS Specialist Teacher: Anna Bourke

Support Staff:

Office Manager: Anna Wilson

Teacher Aides: Viv Healy, Mel Fryer, Helen Kneebone, Anne Horrocks(& Librarian),Alexandra Kurmen De La Cruz and Katie Brazer

Farewells: We will have a final Assembly at 11am in the church on Thursday 15th December. At this Assembly we will farewell teachers and students (other than Year 8) who are leaving Sacred Heart Petone at the end of this year.

School Library: The school library is now closed but we still have some outstanding missing books. Please have a good look at home and check you have returned all your books.

Dates for your Diary:

  • End of Year Mass - Monday 12th December 9.30am. All welcome to attend this Mass
  • Prizegiving Liturgy and Farewell to Year 8 - Wednesday 14th December 6.30pm. All students are expected to attend wearing correct summer uniform.


  • School closes at 1pm on Thursday 15th December. Please ensure that your children are collected at this time.
  • Term 1 2023 begins at 9am on Wednesday 1st February.

Thought for the Week

" Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!" (Pope Francis)

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 5th 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

Te whakanui i to tatou kura (Celebrating our school)

What a crazy couple of weeks we've had!

On Friday we celebrated the end of the year with a whole school picnic and swim at Stokes Valley Pool. Last week also saw the students partake in our silver reward water-fight, complete with a very exciting visit from the Fire Brigade who sprayed the students with their fire hose! Check out the photos below of our silver reward.

Our students then did some awesome mahi and very quickly earned the Gold Level Reward and spent yesterday morning making Christmas Crafts from decorations to baking - check out the photos below.

What was extra special this morning, was a visit from Santa Claus! Santa received some letters from the junior students and was so impressed by them that he dropped past for a visit! Check out some photos below of Tui and Ruru meeting Santa. The screams of excitement were heard throughout the school!

Our Junior school got to visit Petone Beach last week - check out some of the stories from Kereru Class and some photos below.

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Petone Beach House

By Jason

Today I went on the beach, it was so much fun. I built a wood house. It was the best time, even the teacher helped us. It was the best day.

Visiting Petone Beach

By Toby

Today I went to Petone Beach. It was fun rolling my feet in the sand. My favourite part about it was the cricket…..but not when the ball ended up in the water!!! We also got ice blocks from the teachers. They were so yum. It was the best beach trip ever!

Fun at the Beach

By Marlee

I felt so excited on the way to the beach. Me and Ezra made a water source, and found some shells too. I loved it there. Why was I excited? Because I knew we would have heaps of fun.

It was so sandy, I had to wash my hands in the water bucket but that didn’t stop me from having fun.

Fun Beach Trip

By Joshua

I went to the beach. It was fun. I built a dam and Brian (my Dad) got water for us.

I put sand on the dam so the water didn’t break it. When we were almost done the teachers told us to come. I went to the boys toilets to wash my hands and then we got ice blocks! Me and Yanni used the sticks to make the dam sturdier. Then we went back to school.

Visiting Petone Beach

By Hailie

We went to the beach and I saw a big stick. Grandad came to the beach with me and I made a tree. Tekelua helped me and Grandad put the tree in the ground. I had a fun time.

School News


We are seeing a sharp rise in cases again within our school community. If you test positive: You must self-isolate for 7 days while you recover. Day 0 is the day your symptoms started or when you tested positive, whichever came first. Your Household Contacts do not need to isolate. They should test daily for 5 days. For more information, please follow the link:

Strategic Plan

Every three years the School Board is charged with setting the strategic direction for the school. In order to do that, it's important we hear from our school community about their views. The Board has put together a series of eight questions to help us understand your views on what the school is doing well, and how we can further support our students and school to succeed. Please take the time to fill in the survey as it is very important that we have a range of feedback to work with.

Camp Fundraising Sausage Sizzles and Ice Blocks

Thank you to everyone for supporting our Camp Fundraising Term 4 Sausage Sizzles. We would like to thank all the camp parents who have helped during Term 4 to make this possible and especially Whaea Katy and our student helpers for pulling it all together.

Today was the last sausage sizzle of Term 4. Next Wednesday 14 December will be Ice Blocks. Thank you to those who have already ordered. If you would like to order an ice block, please pay $2 at the office.

School Board News

Kia ora koutou

The Board met for the final time this year on 30 November. As part of our final meeting of the year the Board reviews the school’s end of year data. We do this in July and December to track student performance across reading, writing and numicon and algebra progressions. Despite a year of record absences, seen in all schools across the motu, largely due to Covid and seasonal flu, the Board is pleased to see that:

* 80% of students are at/above their level in reading

* 86% of students are at/above their level in numicon and algebra progressions

* 87% of students are at/above their level in writing.

This is a fantastic outcome, and a testament to our teaching and support staff who have worked around multiple absences all year. Thank you to all our Sacred Heart Petone staff for their hard mahi, in a year that has been anything but normal.

The Board is reassured that those students who need extra support have been identified with plans in place to support them in 2023 and beyond.

At our last meeting for the year we also received annual reports from our Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Julia Havell, our Reading Recovery teacher Kate Mooney and our ESOL coordinator Alexandra Kurmen De La Kruz. These three reports outline the progress made by a number of our students this year. The Board would like to acknowledge Julia, Kate and Alexandra for their work; but particularly Julia for her many years of work as our SENCO as she retires next week. Thank you Julia for your dedication to our students, and their families.

Finally, the Board would love it if you could all please take a moment to complete our survey asking your thoughts on the future success and direction of our school. You can access the survey at the link below - and the responses will be used by the Board to put together our three-year strategic plan early next year. The survey will remain open until end of December.

We hope you all have a relaxing, safe and joyful Christmas with your family and friends. Take care, and we look forward to seeing everyone back for a wonderful new year in February 2023.

Ngā mihi

Kate Wright

Presiding Member

FOSH News (Friends of Sacred Heart)

Sacred Heart Petone Xmas Festival on Thursday 8th December 5 - 7.30pm.

Food, drinks, Xmas products to buy, crafts, Santa's Grotto and a short Xmas concert by the junior and senior school. CASH ONLY. Please join us on Thursday 8th December at 5pm - all extended family and friends welcome!

Please note the concert will start at 5.15pm and will run for approximately twenty minutes. Can all students please be at school by 5.00pm to get ready.

Raffle prizes - pictured below. (Gift Baskets and a yummy Xmas cake, baked and donated by Pauine Nunns.)

$2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00

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Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop closes this week. We will reopen for a short period of time on Tuesday 31st January for those who may need new items. An alert will be sent with the times in January.

Thank you to Louise Thomson (Maddie and Oli's mum) for your years of service in running the uniform shop. We appreciate the time you have given us and you will be missed!

We welcome Susanna James (Genevieve and Eleanor's mum) as our new uniform shop assistant for 2023. We will let you know the new days and times the uniform shop will be open early next year.

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.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Vitolia Koloi

Joachim Ryan

Brayden Bain

Alexis-Sia Pereira

Lauleni Brunt-Perez

Lily Fretton

Maria Devine

Jackson Burt

Isaac Tane

Samson Savelio

Isla Masina

Toma Ioane

Lochlan Perez-Pelasio

Louis Jeffries

Bronson Smith

Coming up...

Thursday 8 December

FOSH Xmas Festival 5pm - 7.30pm

Friday 9 December

TTT Morning

Assembly 2pm

Touch Finishes (Hutt Park)

Saturday 10 December

Netball Finishes (Future Ferns)

Sunday 11 December

Year 8 Leavers Dinner 6pm (Petone Working Men's Club)

Monday 12 December

End of Year Mass 9.30pm (All Welcome)

Wednesday 14 December

Ice Block Day

Prizegiving 6.30pm (All Students need to attend in full summer uniform)

Thursday 15 December

Assembly 11am Church (All Welcome)

Term 4 Ends 1pm

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:

School bank account details


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

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Hi team

We have 2 job vacancies coming up. We are located in Lower Hutt and are looking for 2 staff to join our fun team.

Before school care 7.30am to 8.30am

After school care 2.30pm/2.45pm to 6.00pm

(22.5hours per week)

During school term Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays)

You must be reliable & motivated, have a great sense of humour because we love to laugh and have a genuine interest in children. Training will be given to successful applicants. We have a Social club and all staff have yearly incentive bonus’s.

You will be required to undergo and pass a police vet and First Aid certificate - $23 per hour

Job starts 1 Feb 2023 (training beforehand)

please email us:

  1. A cover letter
  2. CV
  3. 2 referees

Email us:

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Staglands - every 50th Visitor gets free entry every day until the end of January!

As the school year draws to a close, we trust you are all looking forward to the long summer holidays ahead.

We have had a wonderful 50th Anniversary year and thank you for your continued support which means so much to us.

We will be rounding off our Golden Anniversary celebrations this summer by giving one lucky visitor the chance to get into The Reserve free of charge, every day, until the end of January!

That means that every day, visitor #50, will get into The Reserve, for FREE.

This offer will run throughout the school holidays from 17th Dec 2022 until 31st Jan 2023

Terms & Conditions apply, see website for details.

Please spread the word amongst your families!

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe
2362 Akatarawa Valley
RD 2
Upper Hutt 5372
New Zealand
Ph +64 4 526 7529

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