Newsletter Week 1 Term 4

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 22 October 2021


I hope you all enjoyed some time with your children over the holiday break. It was certainly good to see them all back on Monday for the final term of the year which is going to fly bye quickly.

A big thank you for adhering to the changing regulations around accessing the school due to Covid-19. You are so good at waiting at the gate for your children at the end of the day. I would just like to remind you that you must be wearing face masks if entering the school grounds and ensure you are socially distancing and we ask that no parents enter the classrooms. This may change as time progresses.

We are delighted to be able to go ahead with our Athletic Sports next Tuesday but disappointed that we cannot have parents on site to share in the enjoyment of children participating. We are still working on a way to share this term's production with you and live in hope that a change in alert levels may assist us in this.

Yesterday we were able to launch our new website. Definitely bookmark this and have a good look around.

Have a great long weekend with your family and I look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday ready to compete on Sports Day.

Liturgical Year

On Monday we celebrated the Feast of St Luke the Evangelist. Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul's "Luke, the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). It is believed that Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile. Luke's gospel shows special sensitivity to evangelising Gentiles. It is only in his gospel that we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan, that we hear Jesus praising the faith of Gentiles such as the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian (Lk.4:25-27), and that we hear the story of the one grateful leper who is a Samaritan (Lk.17:11-19)

Faith Facts

An introduction to the Synod 2021-2023 and More on the Mass

Synod 2021-2023 - For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.

Have you heard about this!

The tradition of “synods” is a long and varied one in many of the Christian Churches. On October 17th the world celebrated the opening of the Synod: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”. This Synod will have a 3-phase consultation: diocesan, continental and universal. Pope Francis is asking all Catholic dioceses around the world to start consulting with parishioners from October 17 to hear the voices of the People of God. Get involved! Visit our Diocesan page to find out more.


On Tuesday 26 October (Next week) the school will have their athletics day. Unfortunately parents will not be able to attend but we will take photos to share of the day on seesaw.

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A special welcome to Arabella and Destiny who have joined Muriwai this term!

Religious Education

Week One: classes throughout the school have been focussing on prayer.

Week Two - Week : the next unit of study is The Communion of Saints.

The focus of the learning for:

  • The New Entrant and Year 1 classes are to develop an understanding of God’s role for Mary.

  • Year 2 is Saints and inspiring people; develop an understanding of what makes people holy and how these qualities are found in the lives of Saints.

  • Year 3 is Life, Death and Christian Hope; develop an understanding about death and what happens to life after death in the light of Christian hope

  • Year 4 is an understanding of the relationship between the choices people make every day and life after death.

  • Year 5 is to develop an understanding of God’s constant faithfulness.

  • Year 6 is to learn about Mary’s faith journey and identify ways of Mary as a model for living and discipleship.

  • Year 7 is to develop an awareness of God’s gift of free will to people and Catholic conscience.

  • Year 8 is to develop an understanding of the human person as body, emotions, intellect, will and soul and the immortality of the soul.

Internet Safety

Teaching kids about what’s real and what’s not, can be tricky but it’s important tamariki understand that just because something is online doesn’t mean it’s true. Here’s some advice to help you teach tamariki on how to spot fake news.

Link to Jubilate performance

Hats and Sun Safety

All children must be wearing a blue wide brimmed hat during breaktimes and during class outdoor activities at school in Term 4. There are hats available to be purchased from the office for $5 each.

We do have sunscreen in all classrooms and recommend children arriving at school with sunscreen already applied.


The production is taking shape and in full rehearsal now. More information will be sent out in the next few weeks about the performance on November 26.

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.

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

  • Monday 25 October - Labour Day - School Closed

  • Tuesday 26 October - School Athletics Sports

  • Friday 12 November - Canterbury Anniversary Day - School Closed

  • Thursday 18 November - School Disco!!!! (to be confirmed - only a maybe for now)

  • Friday 19 November - Teacher Only Day

  • Tuesday 23 November - Kahukura Kapa Haka Festival

  • Friday 26 November - Production - La Vida Centre (evening)

  • Thursday 16 December - Last Day of the year

  • Wednesday 2 February 2022 - First Day Back

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 open.

• 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.