Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 20 May 2022


Nau mai haere mai. Talofa lava, Malo e lei lei, Jou sahn, Aubowan, Chao, Hola, Fakalofa atu, Kumusta, Namaste, Ni Hao,

As we head towards Week 4 of the term we notice that the weather is changing quickly. There have been a few really chilly mornings and the first real frosts have arrived. It has made for some stunning days. With this change we do still need to keep the classrooms well ventilated so please make sure children come to school with an extra layer of clothing.

Earlier this week we finished with the Life Education mobile classroom. Children thoroughly enjoyed the interactiveness of the lessons which is helped by Harold the Giraffe, a long standing mascot of the programme. The lessons taught have been around helping children feel empowered about how to look after their own wellbeing.

Next week we will farewell Fr Phil with a whole school mass on Friday. Fr Phil will be heading to Dublin in Ireland to study. We congratulate him on his new appointment but at the same time recognise that he will be missed as a member of the Sacred Heart Community as a Board of Trustees member and a delight to have around the school. You are all welcome to come and help us farewell Fr Phil at 9.00 am Mass next Friday in the Church.

Have a great weekend.


This week after school basketball competitions have begun. Congratulations to the year 5 and 6 team who had a successful first outing beating West Spreydon 22-6. The team showed great teamwork and all gave their best effort.

Good luck to the Year 7-8 team that play their first game on Friday.

On Tuesday 31st of May three students will compete in the South West Zone Cross Country. Good luck to Donald, Dominic and Charlize. We also have some of the Canterbury Rams basketball team coming on this day to play some games and show us some skills.

Religious Education

Last Friday the tamariki from Muirwai and Aumoana attended Mass at 9.00am. The focus of the gospel reading was Jesus telling the disciples He is “The Way, the Truth and the Life”. Tamariki from these classes created pictures that they showed to the parishioners.

The tamariki from Teretere and Paretai (Mrs Thomson’s and Mrs Munro’s classes) will be going to Mass this Friday at 9am. Jesus tells us in the gospel reading on Friday that: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

You are more than welcome to attend Mass which the children participate in with the reading, prayers of the faithful and the Offertory.

Faith Facts

Quotes from various sources on current topics.

“We are constantly reminded that we are not the authors of our own lives, but that the world is in God’s hands and we place our hope and trust in that first. All other parts of our lives flow from that.”

(Archbishop Paul Martin, Extract from Inform, Issue 131- Lent 2022)

Liturgical Year

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in Christian life and in the Church’s calendar. She has been since the early days of the Church. Her feasts are as varied as the cultures of the world, with each having special traditions, customs, and habits of piety. Tuesday 24th May is the feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians. We observe it here in Aotearoa as a memorial. It dates back to the sixteenth century, which was not a peaceful time in Europe. In 1571, Catholics throughout the continent joined in praying the rosary in hopes of prevailing over military forces that had long sought to expand into Europe. These prayers were answered at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571, which is now the feast for Our Lady of the Rosary.

First Reconciliation/Communion Programme 2022

We continue to pray for the children preparing for their first communion, the next step in their journey of faith. We congratulate those who have just recently made their sacraments of first reconciliation.
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We welcome all new children and their families to Sacred Heart School

Anika - Yr 1

Nathani - Yr 2

Internet Safety

We are increasingly hearing about inappropriate chat online using Messenger. It is recommended that children under the age of 13 should not have access to this App. An alternative is Messenger Kids which is a free video calling and messaging app for smartphones and tablets. Parents can manage their child’s contact list and kids can enjoy fun features like filters, stickers and games. Read more about the app now.

Sacred Heart School Board of Trustees Elections

Sacred Heart School Board of Trustee elections come up every 3 years. This year we will have some members leaving the Board after a number of years service. If you are thinking about what the Board does and would like to put yourself forward for election please contact Frank or speak to one of the current board members.

More information regarding the timeline for this process will come out soon.

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Breakfast at School

We are ready to Launch our Daily Breakfasts again. The milkman has delivered a heap of milk and the weetbix are stocked.

All children are welcome to come and have breakfast together each morning. From Monday if your child is eating breakfast at school they can enter the school grounds at 8.20 am.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 3 June - Teacher Only Day, Kahukura Conference - School closed

  • Monday 6 June - Queen’s Birthday - School Closed

  • Thursday 23 June - Matariki Whanau Fun day at school

  • Friday 24 June - Matariki - School Closed

  • Monday 4 July and Tuesday 5 July - Parent - Teacher Interviews

  • Monday 27 June - 8 July - Keeping Ourselves Safe Lessons

  • Friday 8 July - Last day of Term 2

Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is Sacred Heart School Te Kura o Te Ngākau Tapu, Addington

Click here to check it out.

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.

School Times

A reminder that the school is open from 8.30 am. School finishes at 3.00 pm. Children need to be collected by 3.10 pm. Teachers often have other commitments after school and are often off-site by 3.30 pm.

Policy Review

We have all our policies and procedures on School Docs. At present we have policies that we would appreciate your feedback on. Please follow the link below and review these policies.

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.

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.