Newsletter Week 10 Term 3

Sacred Heart School Petone Wednesday 28 September 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and friends

We have come to the end of Term 3! It has been very busy and the students have enjoyed many new experiences. Our newly elected school Board meets tonight and we thank all those who put themselves forward for election. Term 4 is only 9 weeks so we will all be needing to hit the ground running right from the beginning of the term.

The refurbishment of Tui class is complete and we are awaiting sign off from the Council. Tui will be back in their room from the beginning of Term 4. Archbishop Paul Martin is coming to school on Wednesday 19th October to bless the room. Thanks to everyone for putting up with the disruption while the building work was going on.

Well done to our students who competed in the Interzone Swimming last Friday. Thanks to Miss Martell for organising our team. The students all did their best and they achieved some great results.

We offer our prayers and sympathy to the Taplin and Walters families on their recent family bereavements. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Classes 2023: We have started thinking about our classes for next year and how they will be made up. All our Senior classes will be quite large next year due to the fact that we only have 15 Year 8's leaving. This will have a flow on effect right down the school. If your child will not be returning to Sacred Heart next year we would appreciate knowing this as soon as possible.

Hutt Fest:

We are participating in the Hutt Fest this year. All students in Years 4- 8 are involved and are expected to attend. We are performing on Thursday 29th September. The evening starts at 6pm. Everyone is expected to stay until the end of the concert as a sign of respect to all the performers. Tickets are now sold out and if you did not get any tickets you may be able to secure some door sales on the night. The students have been practicing very hard and special thanks is due to the teachers in the senior school

Touch Term 4:

Thanks to everyone who registered for Term 4. I am working on teams and hope to get them out before Friday.

Summer Uniform: Term 4 is summer uniform term. If you need new summer uniform please make sure that you organise it this term. All students will require a named school bucket sunhat for Term 4.


  • School closes for the holidays this Friday 30th September at 3pm and reopens for Term 4 at 9am on Monday 17th October
  • All students must be wearing correct summer uniform on the first day of Term 4
  • There will be a Teacher Only Day on Friday 11th November.

Thought for the Week

"Walk the Way of Jesus Christ, tell the Truth of Jesus Christ, and live the Life of Jesus Christ"

(+Cardinal John Dew "Vision for Catholic Education for the ADW)

Have a wonderful holiday with your children. Looking forward to seeing everyone back refreshed for Term 4.

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 3rd 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

Grandparents Mass:

Thank you so much to all the Grandparents, honorary Grandparents, Great Aunts and Uncles and parishioners who joined us for our Grandparents Mass and Morning Tea last week. It was such a joy to celebrate with you all after 2 years of not being able to celebrate this Mass.

It was a joy filled and reverent Mass which we all enjoyed very much. We would like to share Theo and Pearl's Nana's words with you:

"A very big thank you for the wonderful Grandparents Mass held yesterday.

The service was beautiful - great singing, the message and the opportunity to gather together to celebrate and give thanks. The morning tea was an amazing spread - thank you to the hands that prepared it. Just wanted to let you know how much it was appreciated."

Kindest regards

Cathie (Pearl & Theo's Nana)

Te whakanui i to tatou kura (Celebrating our school)

This week we welcomed Zadie and her family to our Sacred Heart whanau. Nau mai haere mai Zadie! It is lovely to have you here with us. We will welcome Zadie properly with a Whakatau next term.

Virginia and Floyd from Hutt City Council visited our junior classes last Friday for Dog Safety sessions. Learning how to interact safely with a dog is hugely important for our tamariki. We learnt:

  • If a dog is on its own, leave it alone!
  • Never tease a dog.
  • Always ask before patting a dog.
  • Chin and chest is best (for patting a dog).

Silver Reward

Congratulations to the whole school for earning the Silver and Gold rewards in quick succession. We celebrated the Silver reward with a confidence course! There was racing and laughter and best times to beat, and we were blessed with a rare sunny day. Check out the pictures below.

Check out the photo of the Year 6 Netball team below with their medals from another successful netball season.

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School News

Car parking and dropping students off/picking up from school

Sadly we are at the point where we need to remind parents and caregivers once again to park correctly, considerately and safely at school drop off and pick up times. We have had several neighbours and members of the public reporting unsafe and inconsiderate parking within the last week.

Please do not use the church driveway, the City Mission driveway or block the footpath by parking over it. One member of the public was unable to get around a vehicle parked across the footpath last week, forcing them onto the road with their children. Efforts to ask the driver to move were ignored due to the driver having a conversation with another parent from our school!

School patrols have also witnessed parents parking on the yellow lines by the crossing and over driveways. Please do not park on the broken yellow lines by the crossing or outside the school gate. Please do not block our neighbours driveways.

Our school partrollers are there to help our tamariki cross the road safely. Please do not put our children at risk by parking illegaly or inconsiderately.

  • Try leaving earlier or later to find a car park.
  • Designate a pick-up up point or organise a walking school bus.
  • Car pool with families who live close.
  • If you need to turn around, please find a place well away from the school gate to do so. (NOT the church or City Mission driveways.)
  • SLOW DOWN as you approach the school crossing.

Please note that all complaints have been and will continue to be forwarded onto the Hutt City Council and the local community constable with photographs of offending vehicles. Due to these complaints, there will be a parking warden monitoring the way our school community behave at pick-up and drop-off times and tickets will be issued if you park illegally.

Lunch Online

Sushi Fridays are back! From Term 4 we will have One Sushi providing lunches on Fridays.

Pita Pit - Wednesdays

Chubby Baker - Thursdays

One Sushi - Fridays

To order or create an account, follow the link:

Yummy Stickers - Promotion ends 30 September

Thank you to everyone who has already returned their sticker sheets. If you have a sticker sheet, can you please return this to the school office by Friday. It does not need to be full.

Camp Sausage sizzle and Non-Uniform day

Sausage Sizzle and Non-uniform day - Friday 30th September

Sausage sizzle order forms were sent home last week. Please return these by Friday morning. There is no charge for wearing non-uniform. Sausages cost $2.


Friends Of Sacred Heart (FOSH) Frock Swap

Thank to you to everyone who supported the Frock Swap. Thank you to Kate Wasson and Madeline Louden and all of the FOSH crew for your organisation of this event. FOSH raised over $800.00!

Rā whānau ki a koe!

School Holiday birthdays!

Bronson-Mose Aaifou-Aloisio

Poloma Brunt-Perez

Ollie Thomson

Eli Smith

Alesana Malaeulu

Tekelua Pereira

OJ Fitzwater

Coming up...

Wednesday 28 September

School Board meeting 7pm

Thursday 29 September

Hutt Fest 6pm

Friday 30 September

Non-uniform and sausage sizzle

Term 3 ends - 3pm

Monday 17 October

Term 4 begins - 9am

School Prayer and Whakatau 9am at Church - all welcome

Tech (Years 7 & 8)

Tuesday 18 October

Tech (Years 7 & 8)

Thursday 20 October

School Athletics


Touch Coaches and Managers meeting

Friday 21 October

School Athletics Postponement date


No Assembly

Weetbix Tryathlon

Sunday 19th March 2023

Kilbirnie Park, Kilbirnie

Entry is open to all 6 to 15 year olds.


  • Splash&Dash 6 years
  • Individual TRYathlon 7 – 15 years
  • Junior Team 7 – 10 years
  • Senior Team 11- 15 years

Please follow the link for more information:

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

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