Newsletter Week 6 Term 4

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 23rd November

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and friends

The term is quickly coming to an end -we have 3 weeks left! The rest of term is very busy with lots of activities happening.

Congratulations to everyone who represented our school at SWZ Athletics yesterday. Thanks to Whaea Katy for organising our team and all the parents who helped with transport.

Congratulations to all our school leader candidates for their great speeches!

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Cathy and Dion Criscillo and family on the recent death of Dion's Dad and also to the Pereira family on the death of their uncle. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

We welcome our former student Amber Wilson back as a relieving teacher aide until the end of the year.

We have appointed Micah Sollano to the fixed term position in Kea class for 2023. Micah is a Beginning Teacher who will come out and visit us once her university work finishes. We look forward to having Micah working with us and we are in the process of appointing her .2 Release teacher. Kate Mooney has been appointed as SENCO and she will also continue as the Reading Recovery teacher. We have also appointed Anna Bourke as our ORS specialist teacher.

We would like to thank Gerard Duignan, Alice Paul, Kath Sudfeldt, Richard Marks and Michael McBride for coming in and working with our students as Tutor Readers this year. It has been great to see the progress being made by all the students they have been working with.

On Tuesday 29th November the students will be having their silver reward for showing our school values. This will be a water fight. Please read the weekly email from your child's teacher (this week) for further information.

Health Consultation: Thank you to everyone who sent back their health consultation survey. We are currently collating the results and we will share the results with you once we have finished collating the comments.

RISE Challenge: RISE challenges are due by this Friday 25th November please. This enables me to prepare the certificates for the Prizegiving.

Book Club: Orders close this Friday 25th November. Online orders only please. This is the final issue for this year. Thank you for your support. The orders we put in generate reward points for our school and we are able to purchase books for our school library.

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 books: Please check at home and return all school library books

by this Friday 25th November please.


  • 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

"It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions" (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

Our Special Character

Buddy classes this term will be joining the parish for a weekday Mass. Teachers will let you know when their classes are going.

Dates for your Diary:

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

R.E in Ruru

Ruru led School Prayer where they focused on and shared their gifts and talents.
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Te whakanui i to tatou kura (Celebrating our school)

We have the silver reward water fight next Tuesday; ASB coming to teach our seniors about financial literacy, a beach walk for the juniors this Friday and the school picnic next Friday, plus Christmas craft morning at school and our FOSH Xmas Festival, to name just a few.

There is lots happening in and around school in the last few weeks of term. Please check the school calendar on our website for dates and keep an eye on your class teacher HERO feed for important information.

Today we would like to celebrate the students who represented out kura yesterday for South Western Zone athletics. We are proud to say that our students showed their RISE values and gave their best effort. Thank you again to all the parents and caregivers who helped with transport and a huge thank you to Whaea Katy for the organisation. Please scroll down to see some pictures.
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Spotlight on....Elizabeth!

While reading in class, Elizabeth discovered a mistake in a book! What should we do? How do we fix it? After some thought, Elizabeth decided to write a letter to the publishers. Stay tuned!
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School News

CookieTime Festive Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. We have received confirmation that we should receive our order on 29 November. We will send an alert once they have arrived for collection from the school office.


ENROL is the New Zealand enrolment management system established by the Ministry of Education to provide a central enrolment record for all school students. The information in ENROL is being shared with Stats NZ for the purposes of the new schooling Equity Index, which enables us to better target school funding and resources.

The ENROL privacy statement has been updated for parents and families and outlines how ENROL collects and uses student information. Please follow the link to read the statement:

If you would like to learn more about the Equity Index that will be replacing the decile system, please follow this link:

Parking and Crossing the road safely

Thank you to the majority of parents and caregivers who continue to park legally and safely and use the school crossing correctly. Unfortunately our staff and parent patrol supervisors are still witnessing and reporting unsafe parking and road behaviour.

We ask that if children and adults have parked on the opposite side of the road from the school, that you please use the school crossing or the Petone Central School crossing. This is a safety issue and adults need to set the right example for our children.

Please DO NOT park across our neighbours' driveways. Did you know that children have young, healthy legs and are very capable of walking to meet you safely at your vehicle a little further down the road?

Please DO NOT park or wait on the broken yellow lines. This is illegal. It also causes congestion that is hard to navigate for other road users and causes frustration from those who park correctly and legally.

If you are asked to move, please do not be offended. We are out there to ensure all our children get across the road safely.

Absentees, lateness and early pick-ups- a message from Mrs Wilson

If your child is absent, can you please let me know by 9.15am. It is okay to alert the class teacher but you also need to notify me in the office as I collect all attendance twice a day. You can use HERO, the school app, leave a message on the answer phone or send an email.

If your child is late, they need to check in at the office when they arrive and receive a late card. This is for safety reasons so that I know your child is onsite and accounted for.

If you are collecting your child early for any reason, please check in at the office so that I know your child will be off-site.


Lunch Online

Please note that from 9th December, Lunch Online will be stopping for the year.

To order or create an account, follow the link:

Camp Fundraising Sausage Sizzles

Sausage Sizzles will continue to run on Wednesday's during Term 4. The last Wednesday of term (14 December) will be an ice block day.

If you would like to simply order on the day, please send a note and your payment to the office. Sausages cost $2 each and the Ice Blocks will also be $2 each.

If you require another order form, please ask at the office.

School Board News - Strategic Plan

Your views on the future direction of Sacred Heart Petone

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.

We want to ensure we can reach as many of you as possible, so we'll be taking these questions to our school community groups, such as the Whānau Support Group, and Pasifika parents group, as well as running an online survey, and posting the questions in the school library where you will be able to write down your answers in person. The consultation runs from 17 November until 9 December.

The Board's policy committee will use the findings from this consultation to form our three-year strategy early next year.

The link to the online survey is here:

If you have any questions about the consultation process, the questions, or have suggestions on other groups we could talk to in our school community, we would love to hear from you. Please email Kate Wright on or speak to another member of our School Board (Maria Dalope, Helen Mollo, David Prior, Fiona Daniel, Vaka Lemisio, Helen Kneebone, Tiran O'Hagan, Genevieve Hanify, Katy Grant and Liz Heatley).

Please note that the questions are up in the school library. If you would like to look or add your thoughts, please feel free to pop into the school library before and after school.

Nga 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.

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Rā whānau ki a koe!

Samantha Griffiths

Sam Howat

Harrison Bartholomew

Vitolia Koloi

Joachim Ryan

Brayden Bain

Alexis-Sia Pereira-Aukusit

Lauleni Brunt-Perez

Lily Fretton

Maria Devine

Coming up...

Friday 25 November

Junior School Petone Beach Walk

Tutor Reading finishes

ASB Getwise Financial literacy for senior classes.

Rise Challenges are due.

Book Club closes - online orders only please.

Road Patrol Training 1pm - 2.30pm

School Library is closed from today.

Monday 28 November

School Prayer at Church 9am - all welcome.

ASB Getwise Financial literacy for senior classes.

Tuesday 29 November

Silver Reward - Water fight

Interzone athletics

Wednesday 30 November

Sausage Sizzle

Early Risers 5 - 2pm

Board meeting 7pm (Last one of the year)

Thursday 1 December

Touch finishes Year7/8 Fraser Park

Friday 2 December

School Picnic - buses leave at 10am.

(Please note all parents and caregivers are welcome to join us at the pools, however you will need your own transport).

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

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.

School bank account details


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

The Big Read and The little Read

Summer Reading programme through the Hutt City Council Libraries.
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Rāroa Music Centre offers Saturday morning group music lessons for primary and intermediate school children at low cost ($70 per year + $40 koha or parent volunteering). We offer music basics, cello, clarinet, drums & percussion, flute, guitar, keyboard, orchestra, recorder, saxophone, ukulele, and violin.

You are welcome to come along to see what it’s all about. Orientation tours will be held on Saturday 3rd December between 10:00am – 12:30pm at Rāroa Intermediate School.

To register for 2023 visit our website and enrol online. Registrations close 18th February 2023.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Ahna Jensen

Note: Classes are funded by the Ministry of Education Out-of-Hours Music and Art Scheme

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OSCAR House Holiday Programme

19-23/12/22 and 04-31/01/23

Programme plans, information & enrolments are now

available for our quality school holiday programmes. School Years 0 – 2 School Years 3 – 8

We are an MSD OSCAR approved programme & OSCAR subsidies are available.

Our premises are adjacent to Eastern Hutt School

We welcome new whanau and we’d love to have you join us!