Newsletter Week 6 Term 1
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Malo ni Parents and friends

We have moved into Autumn with chillier mornings but sunny days. We are halfway through the term!

We hope that Kakapo class are enjoying camp. Thanks to the parents who have gone to camp as parent helpers. Without your help a camp like this would not be possible. Thanks to Whaea Katy for her organisation of camp. Good luck to all the students. We know that you will be great ambassadors for our school and make the most of your opportunities while at camp.

Congratulations to everyone competing in the Weetbix Tryathlon on Sunday 19th March.

Congratulations to Katrina Alve and Michael Onganon and family on the recent safe arrival of their new son and brother, Idris Rei.

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with transport and supervision at Capture the Flag and Blue Light Soccer next week.

Swimming: Swimming has finished at McKenzie Pool. Thanks to everyone who came and helped with swimming. The Senior Swimming Sports will be held on Friday 24th March at Stokes Valley Pool. The Junior Swimming Sports will be held later in the year due to the unavailability of McKenzie Pool.

Petone Library: We are concerned that Petone Library is being used as a after school care programme. If your children do wait for you at the library please remind them that they need to follow all instructions from the librarians and represent our school in an appropriate way.

Communication: Please ensure that you let Anna in the office know if your child is sick or going to be late or absent. If they are sick you need to be specific about what is wrong with them. There are still rules in place around Covid which we need to be aware of.

If your child is absent and we do not have a reason they will be marked as Truant. It is also a safety issue that we know where your children are if they are not at school.

Teachers send home a weekly Hero update for their class. Please take the time to read this as it provides important information around each class programme. If you cannot access Hero, please contact the office.

RISE Challenge: Please send a 20 page clearfile to school for your child's RISE Challenge if you have signed up for this year and not yet sent a folder

Netball: Year 5-8 Netball notices came home yesterday. Kakapo will receive theirs next week. Please return these by Wednesday 22nd March. Late entries will not be accepted. Please ensure that your child does want to play as it is very hard to move students around if you withdraw them from teams once they are registered.

Basketball: A notice will be coming home this week regarding Year 3-8 Basketball at Walter Nash Stadium in Term 2. Teams will only be entered if we have enough coaches/ managers.

Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund: This year for Lent we are going to hold a Non-Uniform Day on Friday 31st March for the Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Fund for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. Gold coin donation for the Non-Uniform please.

  • Touch and Netball fees are now overdue
  • Book Club Issue 2 orders close on
Thought for the week

E te Ariki,
This Sunday we listen to the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.
Help us to seek a personal encounter with you so that we can receive your life-giving

Help us to reach out and share the good news with others so that they too can come
to the water and experience everlasting life.

Help us to show mercy and love to our brothers and sisters especially those who
are different from us.
We make this prayer through Christ our


Ke manuia koutou uma I te Aloha o te Atua
God bless

Our Special Character

We continue our Lenten journey.

The theme for Lent 2023 is “I am the Light of the World.


  • Every time you enjoy fresh water, give thanks, and pray for people around the world who are hungry and thirsty
  • Look around you and find five good things that God has made. Take time to pause and thank God for each of these blessings.
  • Complete a household chore without being asked eg clean your room without being reminded, wash the dishes etc..
We will be presenting our Easter Play on Wednesday 5th April at 1.45pm in the church. More details will follow.

As soon as the parish lets us know what is happening with the Sacramental programme this year we will let you know.

Celebrating our School - Te whakanui i tatou kura

Nau mai haere mai to Kitty and Isla and their family. Welcome to our school community! We welcomed Kitty and Isla with a whakatau last Monday at church. Kitty joins Kererū class and Isla joins Kea class. Little brother Matteo will join Tūī class in Term 3. (Photo below) We are very happy to have you with us!

There has been so much happening in and around the school in the last two weeks. Kakapo class is currently enjoying some time away at camp, but were lucky enough to have Steeve (Georgia's dad and a Football Manager) come in to school and take them through some soccer training sessions, which will come in very handy when they participate in the upcoming Bluelight Soccer competition. The new artificial turf is very versatile and served as a football pitch - check out the pictures below.

The Senior school visited Percy's Reserve last Friday as part of their Science learning to explore and observe. Thank you to our scientist Carol from House of Science who helped set up and run the rotation activites. Please read below for Novao's recount of the visit and some more photographs.

Check out the fairy house Mrs Tristram hung outside for RISE time - it was great to see so many children taking it in turns to relax and read in the fairy house. "Play is our favourite way of learning."

Camp Update
Whaea Katy has touched base with us today to let us know that our camp students are having fun! There was bush craft yesterday with bivvy shelter building and a camp fire with toasted marshmallows, followed by a night-line walk through the bush. It was reported our wonderful parent helpers added to the atmosphere with jump scares!

Today the students have enjoyed a river crossing, an experience on the high ropes and zip line, and tonight they will be staying at the lodge. We look forward to their safe return and will have more photographs and stories to share from camp in the next newsletter.

Movin' March
Thank you to all the students who are participating in Movin' March! If you walk, ride or scoot to school, you can have a "passport" and collect stamps to win prizes. Please see Anna in the office if you haven't already for your passport.

Unfortunately Measles has made it to New Zealand in February 2023. This is a very serious and highly contagious disease. We will keep you updated with any information. Please read the information from the Ministry of Health further down the newsletter and follow the link for more infomation. If you have not already provided Immunisation details to the school for your child, please do so.

School Disco
FOSH are running a school disco this month. Please scroll down to our FOSH section for more information.

Junior Trip to Petone Beach - Friday March 17th
Please note this trip is scheduled for next Friday 17th March 9.30am - 10.30pm. (Apologies for the incorrect date of November on the notice - we are not that organised!)

If any junior parents can help with this trip, please sign and return the form.

Fun Run - Tuesday 28th March
A notice was sent home yesterday with information regarding the Fun Run. We need help with transporting junior students to Sladden Park (and returning them!). We also need help with sourcing items for the obstacle course and transporting gear back and forth.

If you can help, please return the notice cut off, or get in touch with the office.

Stationery and all sport invoices are now overdue. Paper invoices were sent home yeasterday with notices. Thank you to everyone who has paid. If you have not paid, please make payment as soon as possible. If you would like to make part-payments, please contact the office.

Percy's Reserve Senior Trip - A story by Novao

Last Friday the school went to Percy's Reserve. There were lots of ducks around and it was hard not to step on them. It was a bit wet and muddy, but it was fun. At times it got confusing but that didn't bother me. We missed a few lessons because of it, like the bugs one, but that's ok.

At the end of it my group got to go in the weta cave. At the back it was filled with weta's, it was loud with screams but I can't say too much as I was a bit scared too. The parent helpers were very helpful even when it got completed. I'm very thankful for their help.

I liked to play in the river. I was a bit sad when we had to go to the next activity. Percy's Reserve was fun! By Novao

Happy Birthday to...

Eliel Perez
Caitlin Longely


The 2023 “FOSH” (Friends of Sacred Heart) committee would like to thank Kate Wasson and Madeline Louden for all their hard work and dedication over the last five-plus years with coordinating fun events that our whole school community has benefited from.

The work FOSH does, not only helps raise money for important school resources such as a new classroom white board for Kererū class, televisions for digital learning in Ruru and Kakapo classes and new cords and strings for the school band, to name just a few, but it also gives our families an opportunity to be part of our school whanau.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved, in any capacity, when it suits you. We welcome your fundraising ideas, to helping at events, to being part of the committee (no more than two meetings per term!).

When: Friday 31 March from 5-7.30pm!
Cost: $5 per ticket, plus spending money for food, drink & glowsticks.
Where: School Hall
Theme: Dress up optional

Tickets will available from the office from Wednesday 15th March. Online banking into the school account (please reference disco), or cash at the office.

Nga Mihi
The 2023 FOSH Committee

School Board Blurb

Kia ora Sacred Heart Community,

The Board had the first meeting for 2023 on the 22nd February. Kate Wright was re-elected (unopposed!) to the position of Presiding Member (formerly know as Chair). The Board look forward to continuing under Kate’s sage leadership this year.A typically robust Principal’s Report was discussed. Of note, over the holidays the back fence has been replaced, the school repainted and new artificial turf and landscaping completed at the front of the school.

The Board has sent a letter of gratitude to Tai and Sharon Vaka for their extraordinary generosity in completing the turf project over the holidays.Work is ongoing towards completing the School’s 3-year Strategic Plan, as well as Annual Plan and School Charter.
Thank you to those who contributed to the consultation process around the Strategic Plan via the survey and other discussion forums.

Our ERO journey also looks to be progressing well, with a positive and helpful relationship developing with our ERO representative Mary Ely. The 2023 Budget will soon be finalised and the Board note that the 2022 Budget was very well managed, with thanks to Liz and Helen Kneebone particularly for their astute guidance in troubled financial times.

The voluminous Risk Assessment and Management Strategies for Camp Makahika were tabled for the Board. The camp begins tomorrow at the time of writing and looks to be an amazing programme for our Kākāpō tamariki. Many thanks to all students, parents and teachers who have been involved in planning and fundraising for this great event.

Ngā mihi, David.

Uniform Shop

Open Tuesdays 2.45pm - 3.15 pm and Wednesdays 8.45am - 9.15pm

We have filled many gaps in our stock including PE gear and sun hats.

With the Winter term approaching and supply shortages still in effect, we ask that if you need new winter uniform you come and visit the shop within the next week so that we can place our orders.

All uniform must be paid for by the 20th of each month. Online banking into the school account is preferred, or exact cash please.

Reminder: Please NAME your child/drens uniform items with a laundry-style permanant marker. We are seeing brand new uniform in lost property and if it is not named, we cannot return it to the owner.

Goggles - if you recognise these goggles (pictured above), please come and collect them from the office. If they are not claimed, we will donate them to St Vinnies.

Coming Up

Thursday 9 March
Kakapo - Camp Makahika

Friday 10 March
Kakapo - Camp Makahika
Petone Beach Kindy Visit - Tūī Class
Touch Years 1 - 6 (Hutt Park)

Saturday 11 March
Years 1 - 4 Netball

Monday 13 March
School Prayer 9am (All welcome)
Finance Meeting 7pm

Tuesday 14 March
Capture the Flag (Hutt Park - Years 5 and 6)
Road Patrol Training (Year 7 and 8)
Commissioning Mass 5.30pm

Wednesday 15 March
Early Risers 5 @ 2pm
Blue Light Soccer (Year 7 and 8)
Policy Meeting

Thursday 16 March
Teacher Strike (School will be closed)
Capture the Flag (Postponement date)

Friday 17 March
Assembly 2pm - All welcome
Book Club closes
Junior School Petone Beach trip 9.30am - 10.30am

Sunday 19 March
Weetbix Tryathlon

Monday 20 March
Schhol Prayer and Whakatau (All Welcome - 9am)

Health News

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious complications. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your whānau and community from catching and spreading measles. Measles is in Aotearoa New Zealand from February 2023 so get vaccinated if you have not been.

Why is vaccination so important?

Vaccination is a very effective way of protecting against measles.

  • Very few people who are fully vaccinated still get measles.
  • The vaccine is called the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. No measles-only vaccine is available in New Zealand.
  • Having only 1 dose of the MMR vaccine is not enough protection against measles – you need to have 2 to complete the course. A single dose of MMR gives you a 95% chance of being protected against measles, 2 doses increases this to 99%.
  • The vaccine is part of the childhood immunisation schedule for children at 12 months and 15 months of age.
  • The vaccine is free.
  • Some people may not be able to have the vaccine. Read more here.
  • If you're not sure you have been vaccinated against measles, it’s best to get immunised. It’s safe to have an extra dose of the MMR vaccine.
  • It can take around 2 weeks for a person to be fully immune after a vaccination.
  • Very few people who are fully vaccinated still get measles, but they are more likely to have a milder illness and are less likely to spread the disease to other people.

By getting vaccinated, you can help people at risk

Measles can cause serious complications in children and adults, especially in:
  • anyone with a chronic illness or a weakened immune system
  • children younger than five years who are not immunised
  • babies younger than 12 months who are too young to receive the first dose of the MMR vaccine
  • pregnant women.
When enough people in the community are vaccinated (about 95% of the population), the spread of a disease slows down or stops completely. This is called herd immunity and it most especially protects pregnant people and children younger than 12 months cannot get vaccinated. Read more about the MMR vaccine and reasons to vaccinate.

If you would like more information on Measles, please follow the link:

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:

School bank account details


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

I am reaching out to you regarding a children’s eczema clinical trial we are running at two pharmacies in the Wellington region; Alexander Pharmacy (191 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011) and Castles Chemist (139 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021) as well as other community pharmacies around the country. This study is looking for volunteers aged 2-12 years with a doctor’s diagnosis of eczema to test a novel mānuka oil-based topical treatment.

As an overview of the study, volunteers and their parent/guardian travel to a participating pharmacy for two study visits, 6 weeks apart. They will be provided with study treatment to apply twice daily for 6 weeks and will answer a weekly questionnaire about their eczema symptoms. All study medication is provided free of charge and volunteers will be compensated for their time and travel expenses whilst in the study. We have further details about the study available here:

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this and if you are interested or would like further information I am happy to answer any questions.

Ngā mihi,
Gabby Shortt

Dates: 10th – 21st APR 2023, from 7.00am-6pm daily
Interactive Activities and NO TV or Video Games, Cooking, Fitness, and Life Skills Programme creating healthy Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. One-on-one care and shuttle services available. Daily Daily $82.04/cub per session or $139.47 for two siblings per session; Weekly: $328.16 per cub/week or $557.87 for two siblings/week. MSD Approved & WINZ subsidies are available for eligible families. One-on-One Care: Available for cub(s) if extra support is needed at $12/hr
Please contact us: 0800 PRIDE 4 U Or Register online: or Visit our Facebook page:

PNP Mountain Bike Club are holding their yearly College Sport Wellington and Club Champs see details below

PNP Club & College Sport Wellington MTB Championships (XCO - Downhill - Criterium)
The club championships and College Sport Wellington championships are run early in the school year. The date & venue for 2023 has been set as Sun 19 March 2023 at Waiu Trail Park, Wainuiomata. Full details and links to entries can be found on the Event Page.