Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

Sacred Heart School Christchurch - 15 November 2022


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

It continues to be a busy time before our busy season. We were delighted to see our tamariki performing on the stage last night at the Kahukura Festival of the Arts last night. It was so nice to be able to share these events once again after so many of them being cancelled over the past two and a half years. We were also delighted to see so many of you come into school last week to see what the children have been learning and engaging with in our science topic.

Tomorrow we have our final Teacher Only day as part of the NZEI negotiated Accord days which was part of the previous teacher negotiations. It is an opportunity for teachers to use the time to prepare for 2023 and complete work for 2022. Seven of our staff members will visit Holy Family School in Wanaka, a school who is leading the way in Structured Literacy, engaging in Just in Time Maths and working inside the Deep Learning journey that we have been on for the last 7 years. It will be good to connect with like-minded teachers from another Catholic School.

Please note on your calendars so that you can make arrangements to attend our final school Mass and prize giving of the year. We will be celebrating Mass on 15 December at 10.30am, the final morning of the school year so we can all farewell the Year 8 children prior to our prizegiving. Children will need to be collected at the end of the prize giving at midday.

Have an awesome weekend.


Congratulations to all students who competed in our recent South West Zone Athletics Competition. All students performed well and made our school proud. Special congratulations and good luck goes to Amelia, Archie, CJ, Raiken, Bella and Nia who will represent our school and zone and the Canterbury Champs on 30th November at Ngā Puna Wai.

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Religious Education

Feast of Christ the King - Rātapu/Sunday 20th November 2022

On the last Rātapu/Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. In 1970 its Roman Rite observance was moved from Oketopa/October to the last Rātapu/Sunday of Ordinary Time and thus to the end of the liturgical year. The earliest date on which the Feast of Christ the King can occur is 20 November and the latest is 26 November.This solemnity reminds us that while governments come and go, Christ reigns as King forever.

The Church calls us to acknowledge Christ’s kingship with our whole lives:

He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, ‘as instruments of justice unto God.’ -Quas primas, 33

This solemnity encourages us to celebrate and live out our faith in public.

Prayer for Christ the King

Grant us freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations; protect our families and the lands of our birth and forgive us our sins. May we acknowledge Your reign over all people and Your earth.


Advent - Rātapu/Sunday 27th November

Advent always starts four Sundays before Christmas. The term "Advent" comes from the Latin language meaning "arrival." This year Advent starts on Sunday 27th November. Advent is a season of waiting and expectation for Christmas – the birth of Christ, the Nativity of Our Lord. We prepare our homes and hearts for four weeks before Christmas. Advent is also the beginning of a new liturgical season – it concludes a long period of Ordinary Time and leads us into the new church year with hope and patience in preparation for Christmas. On the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we’ll transition from cycle C to cycle A.
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A special welcome to the following children who have joined Muriwai:

Jessica (sister of Michelle)


Manu (brother of Harold, Christina and Donald)

Jcris (cousin of Ashi)

Internet Safety

Bullying is never okay. Online bullying and harassment can be easily overlooked and can be difficult for our young people to deal with. We need to remember that a cellphone that your child is using in their bedroom is as powerful as the computer you may be using at work. Mobile and phone harassment describes any type of voicemail, phone call or text/video/photo message that is unwanted and/or leaves the recipient feeling harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise victimised.

People who use digital technologies to bully and harass can leave an electronic trail, so it may be possible to investigate if their behaviour is criminal and even to prosecute them. The link has plenty of information to help you and your children understand how to identify and deal with it.

Upcoming Events

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

  • Friday 2 December - DISCO at School - 12.45-2.00pm Summer Theme

  • Wednesday 7 December - Picnic Concert at School - 5.00-7.30 pm

  • Tuesday 13 December - Water Fun day - More information to come.

  • Thursday 15 December - Last Day of the Year. 10.30 am Mass followed by Prizegiving. School will finish at 12.00pm

2023 Dates

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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 Safety On and Off School Grounds along with Health, Safety and Welfare 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.