Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 23 September 2022


Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo e lei lei, Jou sahn, Aubowan, Chao, Hola, Fakalofa atu, Kumusta, Namaste, Salam

Last newsletter of the term! But still a week to go. A shortened week though. On Monday we have a day off as a Public Holiday in recognition of the life of Queen Elizabeth who reigned for 70 years, the longest of any British Monarch.

Teachers have been busy planning events for Term 4 and it is looking to be a full calendar already. We are planning events that we will be able to share with you and are looking forward to having you back on site. Check out the Events list and mark these on your calendars.

I have been delighted with the energy and excitement of the science learning that has been going on in classes and around the school and the curiousness of students during this unit of work. Please continue to check in on Seesaw to keep updated as to what your children have been up to.

Next week we look forward to welcoming Mark Gregory from the Catholic Education Office into our school for 2 days to look at and review what we are doing in terms of Special Catholic Character across the school and in our community.

Have a fantastic long weekend.


Congratulations to our two basketball teams who will be finishing their seasons this week. Both teams have played well and shown a great team spirit. A huge thank you goes to Mr McManus and Miss Journee for supporting the teams each week. Also a big thank you to all the parents who have supported these teams each week. Thank you to Mrs Williams who makes this all happen every week, organising teams, coaching at lunchtimes, ferrying children to games and making sure they all get picked up afterwards. A huge job.

A reminder: It is really important for all students in year 4-8 to have a change of clothes, (top and shorts) and sports shoes for sport every Thursday.

Our School Athletics Day will be held on Wednesday 26th October (week 2). If you would like to volunteer your help for the day or part of the day, please let me know as soon as possible via seesaw, email or at the gate after school one day.

Focus on Bishop Michael Gielen:

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Bishop Michael Gielen’s father, Henk Gielen is a Deacon and works in the All Saints by the Sea Parish including Mt Maunganui, Te Puke and Maketu.

Liturgical Year

Why do priests wear red vestments? Well, when we celebrate a particular feast day within Ordinary Time the priest wears the colours of that feast. Red is used on Palm Sunday, on Good Friday, on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion and on the feast days of the Apostles and Evangelists and martyr Saints.

Wednesday 21 September is the Feast Day of St Matthew, the apostle and evangelist so look out for red when you are at Mass!

Roading Disruption

Lincoln Road / Whiteleigh Avenue / Barrington Street intersection closure.

There will be a full intersection closure of the intersection from 6pm Friday 30 September and it will reopen at 6am Monday 3 October 2022. Work will be 24 hours a day until completed. In case of bad weather, work will be postponed until 6pm Friday 7 October until 6am Monday 10 October.

Camp costs for 2023

All year 5-8 children will attend camp early next year. The year 5-6 children will go to Living Springs in Governors Bay and the year 7-8 children will be challenged at the YMCA camp in Wainui. We would like to advise that the cost of these camps will be approximately $150 per child. This will include the bus, two nights accommodation, activities and meals. These camps will be heavily subsidised by our Board of Trustees.

Christchurch Schools Music Festival Choir

The choir are rehearsing for the Christchurch Schools' Music Festival on the 2nd November. This festival has featured Christchurch school choirs for over 40 years. Sacred Heart choir will be singing with 29 other choirs, a concert band, symphony orchestra and two auditioned choirs. We hope you are able to come along and support your children, it's always an amazing performance! If you have any questions about the music festival or rehearsals please contact Mrs Jory.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek

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Internet Safety

We sometimes hear from parents that they don’t understand what children are doing on the internet. Here is a link for you to keep informed around the use of social media. The Netsafe site is always a good site for information around any internet topic.

Social media can be a great way to stay connected to friends and family, however, there can be some risks. Netsafe has some advice to help you keep your children safe while using social media.


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Upcoming Events

  • Friday 30 September - Last day of Term 3 (Book Character Dress Up day)

  • Monday 17 October - Start of Term 4

  • Monday 24 October - Labour Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)

  • Wednesday 26 October - Whole School Athletics Day

  • Wednesday 2 November - Christchurch Schools Music Festival

  • Thursday 10 November - Science Sharing Day at School - 1.30 pm

  • Friday 11 November - Canterbury Show Day (Public Holiday - School Closed)

  • Wednesday 16 November - Kahukura Celebration of Performing Arts 6-8 pm West Spreydon School.

  • Friday 18 November - NZEI Teacher Only Day (School Closed)

  • Wednesday 7 December - Picnic Concert at School - 5.30-7.30 pm

  • Thursday 15 December - Last Day of the Year.

2023 Dates

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Hats are compulsory outdoors in Term 4.

From the start of Term 4 our policy is ‘No hat, No play’. We are fortunate to have enough shelter from the sun but children will need to be wearing a sunhat when playing outside. These need to be wide brimmed hats and are available from the office for $5

You are also encouraged to apply sunscreen to your children prior to them coming to school. We will have supplies of sunscreen for children to reapply at school.

Road Safety

Please do not park on the yellow lines outside of school when dropping off and picking up children, it restricts the view of children on road patrol. Avoid parking on the bus stop and in the school grounds. Please remember to keep children safe in vehicles by following New Zealand law. All children must be restrained when travelling in a motor vehicle. If you are unsure of the requirements please check the website below.


We are heading towards having a full roll very soon. In saying this, we only have a couple of 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 to start next year can you please get someone to contact us.


Attendance Dues per child for 2023 will be $520. (Including Special Character contribution of $60).

The cost per child each Term will be $130.

For more information please contact the parish office:

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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.

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Breakfast at School

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

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.