Newsletter Week 2 Term 2

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 11th May 2022

Principal's Pen

Talofa lava Parents and friends,

Welcome back to Term 2! Term has started very well and it's great to have been able to relax some of our COVID processes and have parents back in the grounds. We still have a few cases of COVID or children isolating as Household Contacts but it's great to see most students back at school. Thank you for your support last term. I hope everyone enjoyed a great Easter and school holiday.

Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for the Easter Play. Congratulations to all the students and staff for the very respectful Easter Play. It was quite hard to practice this year due to both students and staff coming and going with COVID, but we managed it and it was great to be able to celebrate this year.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to Tina Perez and family on the recent death of Tina's husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We also offer our prayers and sympathy to the Fa'asoa family on their recent family bereavement.

We also offer our prayers and sympathy to the family of Bronwen Anderson. Bronwen used to run our Pasifika Proud programme and relieve at our school. She died in the holidays after a short illness and her funeral was on Monday.

We also offer our congratulations to Marni and Major Walters and family on the recent safe arrival of their new daughter and sister Mila.


We would like to clarify the school rules about jackets eg puffer jackets. Students are allowed to wear jackets but not instead of school jerseys or vests. They can be worn over the top of jerseys and vests to add an extra layer of warmth. We suggest that students keep a waterproof jacket in their bags or wear them to school on wet days.

Absences and Lateness:

We are becoming very concerned with how many children are coming late to school. This means that they often miss out on the important start of the day information and cumulatively they are actually missing alot of time. We are monitoring lateness and student absence and if we become concerned we will be contacting you. Unless your child is sick or a household contact, they need to come to school every day. We are part of a Truancy initiative in the Hutt Valley which is funded by the Ministry of Education and this term we will be focusing more closely on the attendance of our learners.

We are very aware that COVID has created a disruption for our students and their learning and want to ensure that we make sure that whanau have support if they are struggling to get their children to school.

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.


The season is underway and we thank all those who have offered to coach or manage our teams. Please remember that playing a team sport is a commitment and make sure your children turn up for their games and practices. It is very hard for the Coaches/ Managers when children just don't turn up. Please remember to show all our RISE values, wear correct uniform and have a great season!


As you know our caretaker Des Jago retired at the end of Term 2. We were unable to appoint a new caretaker at this time so we have employed Mr Green to keep the grounds tidy. They have started this week. The Board will be considering the caretaker situation as the term goes on and hopefully sorting it for the start of next year.

Sacramental Programme:

This programme is Parish -based and will hopefully begin this term. The school will support but not run the programme this year. Last week I sent out registration forms to eligible students. These are due back today Wednesday 11th May. We will then give them to the parish who will contact you with the dates for this year..

Teacher Only Days:

We have the following Teacher Only Days scheduled for the rest of the year:

  • Friday 3rd June
  • Friday 2nd September
  • Friday 11th November

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.

Gold Values Reward:

Tomorrow Thursday 12th May we will be having our Gold Values Reward. We are all going to Avalon Park. We are leaving school at 10.30am and returning by 2pm. Students may wear PE uniform and they need a jacket, their lunch and morning tea and a drink bottle. Parents are welcome to join us at the park.

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.


Book Club: Book Club Issue 3 closes this Friday 13th May. This year all ordering must be done on line. The website is Select the Parents tab and you will be able to order from there.

Thought for the Week

" Silence to Adoration....Adoration to Transformation" (Euphrasie Barbier - Foundress of the Mission Sisters)

Faamanuia atu le Atua

God bless


Our Special Character

Class Liturgies:

These begin this week with Kotuku class hosting their Liturgy today.

  • Wednesday 18th May- Tui & Ruru Liturgy
  • Wednesday 25th May- Kereru Liturgy
  • Wednesday 1st June- Pukeko Liturgy
  • 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 as the actual Feast Day is on June 24th which is our Matariki holiday.

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Kererū Class leading School Prayer 9th May - a lovely way to start our school week.

Celebrating our school

We have welcomed three new students to Sacred Heart this term.

Welcome Ana and your whanau to our school community this term. Ana's family have a long connection with Sacred Heart Petone; her dad came here and her Nana remembers the old brick school building!

Welcome to Eliel this week. Eliel is little brother to siblings Eros and Ezra and has started in Tui class.

We have also welcomed Christopher and his whanau to school this week. Chris has joined Kakapo Class.

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Easter Colouring-in Competition

Congratulations to Adele for winning the Harcourts Easter Colouring-in competition held in the last week of Term 1. Chloe from Harcourts was very impressed with all our entries and said it was very hard to choose! Thank you to everyone who took part.

School News

Toys/Trading Cards

Can you please check that your child is not bringing personal toys or trading cards to school, as they often get lost or taken which leads to arguments and upset. Please note that if we see these items, they will be confiscated for the day.

Lunch and Morning Tea

We are starting to see junkfood ie chippies/chocolates/biscuits in school lunchboxes recently. We encourage you to keep these treat items for home please. A reminder that we are a water-only school - please ensure your child brings a drink bottle every day.

We are all feeling the effects of rising food costs and know it can be hard to put together a healthy lunch box. This link has some great ideas for healthier lunch boxes.

Road Safety Week - 9 May - 13 May

This week is Road Safety week. Did you know in New Zealand on average that six people are killed every day on our roads? Road crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young people aged 5 - 29 years. People who walk and cycle are most vulnerable.

Please take the time to engage with your child about road safety this week, particulary crossing the road safely before and after school, and ensuring all bicycle and scooter safety gear is fitted and worn correctly.

Can't find a park at the school gate? Now is also a good time in the lead-up to wetter winter weather to organise a safe pick-up spot for your child. Please do not park illegally over drive-ways or the yellow lines, and please do not let children out directly onto the road.

We would like to thank our hard-working Road Safety Heroes - our school patrol who are out on our school crossing rain or shine, our parent volunteers and our school staff.

If you would like further information on Road Safety, please click the following link:


This term the Junior Team will be learning about Fire Safety. Each child will bring a booklet home for the family to go through.

If you would like a free fire safety check for your home, the fire service will visit and if needed, install smoke alarms completely free of charge.

If you have any child (5-17 years) in your family that has been lighting fires they are able to provide a free, confidential programme to challenge and correct the child’s negative fire lighting behaviour.

Please let us know if you would like either of these services.

Covid 19 Procedures - Term 2 - IMPORTANT

Covid19 is still within our school and wider community and we have heard of several cases of reinfection. Under the Orange traffic-light framework we have loosened our Covid processes at school but would still like to encoruage families to stay home if they are sick and test for Covid. If you require RAT tests, please ask at the office as we have a supply.

Dropping off student/s:

If you are dropping students to school, you no longer need to sign in at the office. Please take your child directly to their class. Do not come through the office. If you need to be inside classrooms or the school building, you must still wear a mask please.

If you are meeting a teacher or visiting the uniform shop, then you are still required to sign in at the office and wear a mask.

Picking up student/s:

Parents and caregivers are allowed into the school playground to wait for and collect students. We ask that you please remain outside in the playground and observe social distancing. Please do not come into the classroom or school buildings to wait.

Rā whānau ki a koe!

Helena Bahia

George Rosemergy

Seth Taplin

Manka Prior

Lola Marsden

Brody Bain

Cataldo Mollo

Ellannia Passi

Madeleine Holder

Apai Tatafu

Kiri Hodkinson

Bez Fereti

Malia Malaeulu

FOSH news - Holiday Programme

A very big thank you to all of the parent volunteeers that helped to make the Holiday Programme possible and a huge success: Kate Wasson, Madeline Louden, Kate Wright, Jess Davis, Caroline Bartholomew, Louise Thomson, Lucy Miller, Niki Prior and Lucy Duncan. We deeply appreciate your time and the activities you provided.

A special thank you to Kate and Madeline (FOSH) for the organisation of the programme.

Our Holiday Programme attendees had an action packed week - some of the activites enjoyed were bowling, visiting the local beach to build driftwood structures, exploring the world of science, creating art and a movie at the Lighthouse Cinema.

Coming up...

Thursday 12 May

Whole school trip to Avalon Park - 10.30am - 2pm. (Parents and caregivers are welcome to meet us at the park.)

Friday 13 May

Assembly 2pm

Book Club closes

Monday 16 May

School Prayer

Wednesday 18 May

Tui/Ruru Class Liturgy

Early Risers 1

Monday 23 May

School Prayer and Whakatau 9am

Year 7 and 8 Camp

Tuesday 24 May

SWZ Cross Country

Year 7 and 8 Camp

Wednesday 25 May

Kereru Class Liturgy

Early Risers 2

Year 7 and 8 Camp

Board Meeting 7pm

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

Sacred Heart College Open Morning - Wednesday 1 June - 9am - 10.30pm

Year 8 students, caregivers, and teachers are all welcome. We ask that they meet in the Performing Art Centre (PAC) foyer where they will be greeted by staff and students of Sacred Heart College. At 9am they will be welcomed in the PAC by Maria Potter & our student leaders. From there they will be split into groups and be shown around various departments and classrooms where they can get a feel for the school, our teachers, and how a typical class may run.

Everyone is welcome afterwards to enjoy refreshments in the PAC foyer, and will have the opportunity to chat with our staff and students.

Please ensure all of your students have transport to and from the open morning, and remind your students and whanau that all visitors to Sacred Heart College must wear a mask.

Please confirm your school’s attendance by emailing

We look forward to meeting our new students 2023!

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St Bernard's College - Open Day - Saturday 28th May

St Bernard’s College will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 28 May 2022 from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Prospective students and their parents are invited to visit during these hours to find out more about St Bernard’s College and what it can provide. Our new classrooms will be completed by then and open for visitors to view. St Bernard’s College is a Year 7-13 Catholic boys’ college.

For further information please see our website:

or contact the office at:

183 Waterloo Rd Lower Hutt Ph 560 9250