Newsletter Week 6 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 8th June 2022

Principal's Pen

Malo ni Parents and friends,

We are in Week 6 of the term. At the end of this week there will be 4 weeks of term left! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend with your family and had a relaxing time.

On Sunday we celebrated the great feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Pentecost is a feast which celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent after he ascended into heaven to support the apostles in their mission. It also celebrates the wonderful diversity of our church and school community today in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Congratulations and thanks to our Samoan students and Mrs Bell for the great work last week for Samoan Language Week. The students led the learning in all classes and Mrs Bell cooked delicious chop suey and rice on Thursday. A great celebration of Samoan Culture!

We had a good Teacher Only Day last Friday where we looked at setting goals for each level of the new Religious Education curriculum. This curriculum will be in use officially from 2024 but next year we are going to trial it in all classes. We are going to stop using the RE goals on HERO and you will not be able to see them. You will still get RE posts twice a year.

Congratulations and good luck to Noah Duncan who qualified for the Interzone Cross Country. Noah came 5th in the SWZ Cross Country. Congratulations also to William Rosemergy, Grace Wright and Malia Malaeulu who are reserves should they be needed.

This week is Support Staff Week and we say a HUGE thank you to all our fantastic support staff- Anna, Anne, Mel, Viv, Camila, Helen, Alexandra and Belynda, for everything they do to support our staff and students.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Luiha Ioane and Stephen Lui and family on the recent death of Luiha's father. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Congratulations to Simon & Claire Malaeulu on the safe arrival of their new son and brother, Fetulima.

Congratulations to Olivia Fairfield, Mia So'otaga, Leti Auva'a and Angelina Criscillo who have been selected to participate in the Hutt Valley Netball Year 8 Player Development programme.

We welcome Camila Garcoa Bahia to the staff as a Teacher Aide. Camila is working with 3 students at school. We also welcome Brynne Hey to Kakapo class. Brynne is a Masters of Education student who is working in Kakapo class for 4 weeks.

Builders on Site:

From Monday 13th June we will have builders on-site as the refurbishment of Tui Class begins. We expect the work to take 8 weeks but this will be dependent on their ability to get supplies. Tui class will move to Pohutukawa while this work is completed. Ruru class will be getting a new heat pump next week also.

Teacher Aide Relievers:

We are looking for people to be Teacher Aide relievers. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in being a Teacher Aide reliever please contact either Julia, Anna or myself at school.

Absences and Lateness:

Please do not be offended if we contact you about your child’s attendance at school or lateness to school. We are here to help as best we can and have access to additional support if needed.

If your child is not wanting to come to school for any reason, please ensure that you contact us as we really want to help out where possible.

Winter Uniform:

Thanks to everyone for ensuring your children are wearing winter uniform. Please make sure that they only wear sports shoes with their PE uniform. School shoes must be black leather shoes with the correct tights or socks. Please refer to our school policy regarding hairstyles and remember that all hair which is longer than your collar must be tied back.

Board Elections:

This year we will be holding our triennial Board elections. The election date is September 7th. Keep watching the newsletter for more information about the elections.

College Enrolments:

This is the time of year that Colleges are starting their enrolment processes. Please check with the College to see what their enrolment requirements are and when enrolments close


  • Please let the school know if your child is going to be absent before 9am if possible. This is a safety issue as we need to know where all the children are by 9.15am. We also need a reason for their absence.
  • School will finish for the July holidays on Friday 8th July at 3pm and reopen for Term 3 at 9am on Monday 25th July.

Thought for the Week

"The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love, fills us with love, makes us feel loved, and teaches us how to love. He is the “motor” of our spiritual lives." (Pope Francis @ pontifex)

Ke manuia koutou uma I te Aloha o te Atua

God bless


Our Special Character

Class Liturgies:
  • Wednesday 8th June- Kea Liturgy
  • Wednesday 15th June- Kakapo Liturgy

Parents, friends and grandparents are welcome to attend these Liturgies but please wear a mask.

Our school Feast Day will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd June with Mass at 9.30am in the church. You are welcome to join us but masks must be worn in the church. After Mass we will be travelling to Stokes Valley Pool for our Feast Day treat. More details regarding this will come home in a separate newsletter next week.

Celebrating our School

On Monday 30 May, we welcomed Aryanne and her whanau to our school. Aryanne has started in Tui Class.

Kea Class Liturgy was held this morning and it was great to see so many parents, caregivers and siblings in attendance. Thank you to Kea class and Whaea Clare for a lovely Liturgy today.

Health News

Nits (Headlice)

Unfortunately we have had two cases of headlice at school. Please check your child/rens hair, especially if they are in the junior classes. Please note that we cannot have children at school with headlice until they have had a treatment.

We have many students with coughs and colds. Please read the following information:

Colds or chest infections

Young children usually have between 6 and 12 upper respiratory tract infections each year. These may cluster around the winter months. If they are at daycare, this can be more. A wet, chesty cough may be due to a chest infection. If it lasts more than 2 weeks you need to see a doctor. Read more about colds or chest infections.

Post-viral cough

Some children can have a persistent dry cough for 3 weeks after a viral infection. As children may have many infections in a year this can seem like one long infection. A persistent wet cough for more than 4 weeks is unusual and you should see your doctor.


An asthma-related cough is usually dry and happens at night, with sport or in the early morning. An asthma cough is usually associated with other symptoms such as wheeze, allergy (eczema or hay fever), or a history of asthma and allergy in the family.

If coughing is the only symptom your child has, it is very unlikely to be due to asthma. Read more about asthma in children.

Whooping cough

This can start like a cold or flu, but the cough persists and gets worse with coughing spasms which can last weeks. It is often serious in babies which is why vaccination is so important. Read more about whooping cough.


This can also start like a cold or flu and after a day or two can lead to a barking cough and raspy breathing. Read more about croup


If your child has a cough that lasts more than 4 weeks, they should see a doctor. One of the serious conditions to be considered is bronchiectasis. If a wet, persistent cough is left without treatment there is a risk of scarring and permanent damage to their lungs. Read more about bronchiectasis.

Looking after a child with a cough

  • Making your child more comfortable is the main focus. There are no medicines to treat the commonest viral causes of cough.
  • Encourage rest and give lots of water to drink.
  • For children older than 12 months, honey can help soothe their cough.
  • Vapour rubs can be applied to their chest and back.
  • Simple pain relievers such as paracetamol (commonly known as Pamol or Panadol) can be used to reduce pain or fever and make your child more comfortable.
  • Keeping your home smokefree, warm, clean and dry is best for your children’s health.

Antibiotics don’t help coughing caused by a viral infection.

Antibiotics are not helpful for a cough caused by a viral infection. But if your doctor finds that your child's cough is due to a bacterial infection in their throat or chest, they may prescribe antibiotics.

For more information, ask your pharmacist or see cough and cold medicines – advice for parents.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Leti Auva'a

Mea Tutahi

Hailie Walker

Luca Prior

Zeta Hunt

Puanau Ioane

Board News - Upcoming Board Elections

Every three years, state and state-integrated school communities elect their parent and staff representatives to help govern their schools. For Catholic Schools, the Church also appoints Proprietors representatives. Board elections for Sacred Heart Petone will take place in early September this year.

School board members are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.

Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representatives. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our tamariki.

We will have several vacancies for parent representatives on our board at this year's election, and we would encourage you to consider putting yourself forward. If you are interested in being part of the school board, or would like further information please get in touch with Liz, Anna or Kate Wright (Presiding Member).

Sacred Heart School, Petone - Enrolments 2023



2023 Enrolment Applications

Applications for student enrolment at Sacred Heart Petone for 2023 must be received at the school office by Monday 5th September this year.

Enrolment Forms must have attached:

- A completed Enrolment Form

A link to an online enrolment form is available on the school website.

- A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate

We can copy this for you.

- A Certificate of Preference

Signed by the Parish Priest. Please do not leave this till the last minute, contact the Parish Office, open 10am-2pm, Mon - Fri.

- Child’s Immunisation Certificate (if completed)

Please mention this to any family or friends who may be considering Sacred Heart for their child next year.

Any applications received after this date will be considered late and will be placed on a waiting list.

Coming up...

Wednesday 8 June

Kea Class Liturgy

Early Risers 4 at 2pm

Thursday 9 June

Whanau Support Group 6pm

Friday 10 June

Dress-Up day (Silver Reward)

Assembly 2pm

HERO Comment today

Monday 13 June

School Prayer 9am - all welcome. (Please wear a mask.)

Tui Class Refubishment commences

Kiwi Golf

Tuesday 14 June

Kiwi Golf

Wednesday 15 June

Kakapo Class Liturgy - all welcome. (Please wear a mask.)

Early Risers 5 at 2pm

Kiwi Golf

Thursday 16 June

Kiwi Golf

Friday 17 June

Assembly 2pm

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:

Sacred Heart School, Petone - Website

Our website has been updated. Did you know you can check out our school calendar or report an absence? If you think you may have missed a notification you can find it on our website under the communications tab. Check out our school website below.

Uniform Shop

Uniform shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.15pm

Wednesday 8.45am - 9.15am

If you are interested in helping out in our uniform shop, please email the office.

School bank account details


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

Community Notices

Netball Hutt Valley Years 5 - 8


Is an initiative that has been created for girls in year 4 – 6 to try skills and drills across seven sports. The initiative is held at Walter Nash Centre from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesdays. There is still three more sessions on offer for Term 2: 14, 21, 28 June. Netball Hutt Valley will be running a session on Tuesday 14th June. All session are free.

For more info check out: Go On! (

July School Holiday Programme

Our school holiday programme is back in July and we look forward to welcoming your participants! Keep active and work on your netball skills during the mid-season holiday! Come along and extend on your core netball skills to hit the court running in Term 3! Join us for one or all sessions and learn from our experienced coaches. Don't forget to register as spaces are limited!

Dates: 12th, 13th, 14th July

Times: Year 3 – 5 9am – 12pm, Year 6 – 8 9am – 2pm

Venue: Walter Nash Centre

For more information and to register see here: Netball Hutt Valley - Holiday Programme (

How are you celebrating Matariki? Join Lower Hutt City Council for the day!

Kia ora

Council would love to invite you and your family to join us at Puanga ki Matariki in the Lower Hutt Events Centre and Town Hall on Sunday 26 June. The event starts at midday with a whakatau in the Town Hall, which is open to the public and will be livestreamed, followed by a kapa haka performance.

Throughout the day there will be arts, education, activities, kai and performances with special guests “Tomorrow People”. A more detailed programme will be available closer to the time.

Also, I thought you might like to see the other events that have been planned across the city:

I hope you can make it.

Ngā mihi nui

Krisna Crowley Nepia (she/her)
Engagement Advisor

Te Kaunihera o Te Awa Kairangi | Hutt City Council, 30 Laings Road, Private Bag 31912, Lower Hutt 5040
Kawereo: 04 570 6666, 027 2469644 Paetukutuku:

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Matariki Glow Show


The Glow Show’s fabulous, giant-scale, glow-in-the-dark puppets are back, touring all of Aotearoa! The magical MATARIKI GLOW SHOW is coming to a theatre near you, during Term 2 AND the July school holidays.

The MATARIKI GLOW SHOW tells the gorgeous story of te kāhui whetu õ Matariki (the star cluster/whānau of Matariki) as they gather to light up the skies for Te Tau Hou Māori (Māori New Year). But where is the smallest star Waipuna-a-rangi? Could she be lost in the moana?

The show brings this mythical magic to life with its unique puppets, which glow under UV lights in a black box theatre and intrigue tamariki wherever they go. Delightfully told in te reo Māori and English, the MATARIKI GLOW SHOW educates as it entertains, with its cutting-edge concept, upbeat original soundtrack, and themes of whakawhānaungatanga, friendship and togetherness.

The show is touring to 40 venues, from Kaitaia to Invercargill, most locations, staging two different shows - a concise version for ages 5 and under, and a longer version with Q&A for 6-12 year olds. Shows sell out so book your tickets fast!

The Matariki Glow Show will be at Lower Hutt Event Centre, July 11! School Holidays 11am (0-5 years) - $16.50pp + fees 1pm (6-12 years) - $18.50pp + fees One day only, so don’t miss out! Book at You can email us for more info at

The Matariki Glow Show is proudly presented by Little Green Man Productions Join us on Facebook!