Newsletter Week 10 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Thursday 7th July, 2021


Malo ni parents and friends

Well we have come to the last week of the term and we look forward to a relaxing holiday at the end of this week.

Thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our Matariki afternoon last Thursday. We look forward to our Hangi this Friday. Thanks to all those people who are helping with this event especially Tane Wilson from our BOT who is organising the Hangi.

Thanks to everyone for supporting us while we were at COVID Alert Level 2. It helps us to keep everyone safe.

We offer our sympathy to Scott and Lucy Duncan and family on the recent death of Scott's Mum. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Chocolate: Thanks to everyone who has sold and returned their chocolate money. All outstanding money or unsold chocolate is due back by this Friday please.

Rongohia Te Hau: The link to the survey was sent our last week . We encourage you all to complete the survey as it will help us with our future planning and give us a great picture of our school.

Classes 2022: We have started thinking about our classes for next year and how they will be made up. All our Senior classes will be quite large next year due to the fact that we only have 13 Year 8's leaving. This will have a flow on effect right down the school. If your child will not be returning to Sacred Heart next year we would appreciate knowing this as soon as possible as this will also contribute to how many new enrolments we can take for next year.

School finishes at 3pm this Friday 9th July for the holidays and reopens at 9am on Monday 26th July.

Thought for the Week

"Let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of Saints Peter and Paul, to help us be open to His grace, so that we can see, judge and act from the truth and freedom that come from the encounter with Christ." (Pope Francis @pontifex)

Happy holidays!

Ke manuia koutou uma I te Alofa o te Atua

God bless


Term Dates 2022

Term 1

Wednesday 2nd February – Thursday 14th April

Public Holidays:

- Waitangi Day 7 February

Teacher only day – Friday 4 March (MOE)

Easter and Anzac Day are all in the holidays.

Term 2

Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July

Public Holiday:

- Queen’s Birthday Monday 6th June

- Matariki Friday 24th June

Teacher only day – Friday 3rd June (MOE)

Term 3

Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September

Term 4

Monday 17th October – Friday 16th December

Public Holiday:

- Labour Day Monday 24th October

Our Special Character

We held our Confirmation Retreat Day last Friday. Well done to all our children for your wonderful participation and preparation. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated by Archbishop Paul Martin sm on Sunday 1st August at 5.30pm Mass. Please keep all our candidates and their families in your prayers. There will be a practice in the church at 6.30pm on Thursday 29th July.

Our Special Character Review went very well and we received some very positive verbal feedback about our school, our staff, students and community. We look forward to sharing the report with you next term.

RE in Kea Class

In Kea class we have been learning about ‘Our Gracious God’. We have been expressing our feelings about ourselves in a positive way, and recognising that we are growing into the person God wants us to be.

Below is the picture we made identifying our favourite aspects of ourselves, which are gifts from God.

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We wish you a Happy Birthday!

Rosalyn Ting

Alele Alesana

Toby Scurrah

Matalena Hodkinson

Alessandra Abad

Jaymee Walker

Fletcher Batholomew

Sammy Tufele

Elizabeth Howat

rā whānau ki a koe!

Celebrating our students

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as Pleiades. The full name is “Ngā mata a te Ariki Tawhirimātea – the eyes of the God Tawhirimātea”. It is also the name for the Māori New Year celebration.

All of our classes have been busy learning about and celebrating Matariki with stories, writing, music and art. We enjoyed an afternoon of sharing what we have learned with parents and caregivers which ended with an incredible cultural performance from our wonderful tamariki. This Friday our Matariki Celebrations finish with a shared lunchtime kai of Hangi.

Our walls are decorated with beautiful class art and Matariki art. Below are pictures of just some of the art we have on display.

Friday Lunchtime Hangi - We still need a couple helpers for serving on Friday at 1pm. If you are available, please contact Anna in the office. Thank you to those who have already offered your help; it is greatly appreciated.

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Kereru have been learning and writing about the Matariki Whetu.

"Tupuarangi is the whetu for food from the sky, like berries and Kereru. During Matariki, Kereru were harvested." Written by Lochlan.

"Hiwa-i-te-rangi is associated with a prosperous season. Hiwa means vigourous growth. Mahi Wha string games were played during Matariki." Written by Sofia-Rose

Ka pai Kereru!

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The Seven Kites of Matariki - Poems in Ruru

Here are some poems Ruru have written about their Matariki Kites:

Looping, Flapping, Sneaking, Flying, Matariki Kites - by Harlow

Flying, Glowing, Jumping, Looping, Matarki Kites - by Toby

Turning, Flapping, Looping, Floating, Matariki Kites - by Archie

Ka pai Ruru!

School Leader Speech - by Amelia

Have you taken the time to appreciate the things around you? The things you have? Your friends or your family that supports you? Sometimes we may forget how lucky we are to have that and a roof over our head, to have clothes and to have food provided for us.

Today I’m going to talk to you about being thankful and grateful. It’s a feeling or showing appreciation for something done or received. Being appreciative means being grateful for everyone and everything around us and recognising the full worth of something.

For example, we are thankful for everything our teachers and teacher aides do to help make learning fun for us. Let's make a choice to take the time to thank someone.

In Colossians Chapter 3 Verse 17 it says:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Thank you

Board of Trustees update

The Board of Trustees met last Wednesday. It was pleasing to hear that the initial verbal feedback for the Special Character review was positive and we await the full written report. Thanks to all those involved with the review, teachers, board members and pupils.

As a result of papers filed in the High Court in December last year by The Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools, an agreement has been reached with the Government on additional funding for school infrastructure. The amount for Sacred Heart is yet to be confirmed but it will allow the school to make some major improvements for the future.

The board would like to Tane and those involved in the planning for this Friday’s Matariki celebration.



Enrolments for 2022 close on Monday 6th September.

You can enrol online through our school website at or come into the office to collect a hard copy. Please note a Birth Certificate and Certificate of Preference must be provided.

Please remind any family and friends who may be considering Sacred Heart Petone next year. Any late enrolment applications will go on a waiting list.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday 8 July - Parent Interviews (3pm - 5.30pm) School will finish at 2.45pm.
  • Thursday 8 July - Hangi Prep 11.30am (Helpers Welcome)
  • Friday 9 July - Lunchtime Hangi for tamariki
  • Friday 9 July - Poroporoaki (farewell) for Eva, Elroy and Daisy at 2.15pm
  • Friday 9 July - Term 2 ends
  • Monday 26 July - Term 3 starts.
  • Monday 26 July - Whakatau and School Prayer (All welcome)
  • Thursday 29 July - Confirmation Practice 6.30pm

FOSH news

July School Holiday Programme - Monday 12th July to Friday 16th July, 8.30am-3.30pm.

We still have vacancies! If have a family member or friend with children needing care, our school holiday programme is open - let them know!

Any enquiries please contact Kate Wasson on 021374335 or email Madeline Louden

Frock Swap:

Save the date - Saturday August 21st, doors open 6pm, swapping begins at 7.30pm

- $15 entry including nibbles & glass of wine (extra cash bar, wine by glass)

- Venue Pohutukawa, SHP

- Clothes drop Friday 20th 3-4, Saturday 21st 10.30-12

Parent Cybersafety Evening:

- September 9th (time TBC)

Health News

We've had a very busy term of sicknesses, with chicken pox and a partciulary bad tummy bug making the rounds as well as the usual assortment of coughs and colds.

Thank you to everyone who have kept children home when they are unwell to help stop the spread.

Medication - If your child/ren requires medication through the school day, please see Anna in reception. We are able to store medication in the sick bay and the refridgerator if required and provide adult supervision.

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

If you have an urgent uniform query outside of these times, please email Mrs Wilson in the office.

School bank account details


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

It's time to say goodbye to cheques

We are no longer accepting cheques for payment. Online payments and cash will still be accepted.

Sick of making school lunches? Try Lunch Online!

Thursdays - Chubby Baker

Choose from Chicken, Ham, Salami and Vegetarian rolls with up to 4 fillings and a sauce. Ginger Bread Man and Chocolate Brownies can be added.

Fridays - Ara Sushi

Sushi 6 packs

Sushi 8 packs

Sushi Minipacks


Teriyaki Chicken on Rice

Last Wednesday of the Month - SUBWAY

Food is made locally, made fresh and delivered to the school. Click the link below to create an account and see our full menu. Make lunchtimes easier today!

Community Notices

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Kelly Mini Sports

" Get your little sports star off to a great start with Kelly Mini Sports. Our three entertaining programmes are specially designed to teach your toddler or preschooler essential skills and a lifelong love of sports. They're also a great place for parents to socialise.

Our programmes encourage your under 5s to love being active. Our trained coaches use a dynamic combination of fun and music to teach skills that are essential for physical and social development. Your kids will enjoy themselves so much they won't even realise they're learning

The sports we cover are Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Soccer and Basketball.

When and Where:

Wednesday's at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub

Thursday's at Hutt Indoor Sports, Moera, Lower Hutt

If you would like to find out more, head over to our website"

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