School Disco – 26th August from 5.30pm

Book Week will end on a high note with a disco on August 26th from 5.30-7.00pm. Dress up in Kiwiana theme, as your favourite book character – or as anything you want!

Free tickets must be collected from the school office (available from Wednesday 3rd August until the 24th). Entry is strictly by ticket only. Please join and share our Facebook event.

Some food will be available to purchase – sausage sizzle, pop corn and baking. There will be some fun games and a free photo booth – and lots and lots of dancing!

Please note: children must be accompanied by and adult and we ask you please respect our request that all children stay in Nga Maara hall once it’s dark outside.


Book Fair – 22nd-26th August

This year’s book fair will be held from 22nd-26th August and has a Kiwiana theme!


How does the book fair work?

Scholastic books will be available to view and purchase everyday that week from 3.00-4.30pm in Room 3. This is a great opportunity to buy books to put aside for birthdays and Christmas and a percentage of the total sales goes to the school.

Our Book Fair is open to the public, so please do invite friends and family to attend. Please join and share our Facebook event listing.

Note we don’t have EFTPOS so please bring cash or pay by cheque.

Plan for the week

We’re fortunate to have a number of special visitors over the week to run some exciting activities with the children.Here’s the plan for the week, and remember, books will be on sale everyday after school from 3.00-4.30pm.

  • MONDAY :: Children create their wishlists at school and bring them home
  • TUESDAY :: Su Ilkin – Youth Co-ordinator from Dunedin Public Libraries
  • WEDNESDAY :: Michelle Summerfield – Children’s Book Buyer from the University Bookshop
  • THURSDAY :: Barbara Else – author, recipient of the Margaret Mahy Medal (2016), and Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence at University of Otago
  • FRIDAY :: Come to school dressed up in Kiwiana theme or come as your favourite book character
  • FRIDAY NIGHT :: Disco in Nga Maara Hall from 5.30-7.00pm – free tickets available from the School Office
  • SATURDAY :: Storylines Festival at Dunedin Public Library from 11-3pm (see the full programme)


Reminder – Mid Winter Pyjama Social

A reminder about the Parents and Friends (PFA) AGM and family night this Thursday. BYO dinner after which there will be the AGM and a speaker. Children are welcome to wear their PJs and watch a DVD.

We will be looking for new members to join the PFA to help organise family evenings and events as some of the current committee need to step back.

Please consider joining as we’ll be calling for interest during the AGM. Here’s a bit more about what the PFA do – it makes an important difference in our school community to have an active PFA to support our families.


Raffle – some great prizes to be won

A reminder to all families to please have your raffle cards and money back to school on Tuesday 22nd March. Please bring back any unsold cards too.

First prize

Limited edition print,of St Clair Beach entitle, ‘Pilgrimage‘ by well known artist Jo St Baker, framed by Gallery De Novo. The print will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity – total value, $430.

Second prize

Beauty hamper

Third prize

Grocery Goodies hamper which includes a $100 voucher.


Return of the MONSTER Garage Sale

Bird image by Iris
Bird image by Iris

The popular Monster Garage Sale is returning to Sacred Heart School on Saturday 13th Feb from 10.30am-1.30pm.

This fun community event is a perfect day out for family and friends with a variety of stalls: baking, boutique second hand clothing, ‘white elephant’ homewares stall,  sausage sizzle, and coffee by Grid – there will be plenty of bargains for outfitting student flats.

A range of fun activities for kids will be available including: bouncy castle, face painting, nail bar, photo booth and Megazone’s pop-up laser tag!

Place a bet or two on the Dove Derby – pick a dove and guess how long it takes to get back home to Green Island!  Top pick takes home a cash prize of $100. Thanks to White Doves Dunedin!
Do join us on Saturday 13 February from 1030-130 and meet our wonderful  community at Sacred Heart School, 63 North Rd.

Ukuleles and cheese rolls – what’s the connection?
(Yes, we know this is a guitar and not a ukulele, but isn’t it lovely?) License: CC0 Public Domain

It’s delicious cheese roll time! Sacred Heart is fundraising for a set of their own ukuleles so our children can take part in the Ukulele Jam this year. You can support us by purchasing delicious home made cheese rolls – 1 dozen for $6 or 3 dozen for $15! You can order and pay at school or online here. Your cheese rolls will be available to collect from Sacred Heart School office on Friday May 29th. Orders and payments need to be made by the Wednesday 20th May.

Caritas Challenge – sleeping rough & eating only rice

Ruma Toroa students slept rough and ate only rice for tea on Friday night to raise money for the Caritas Challenge.

“The Caritas Challenge is an annual event aimed at schools and youth groups to build solidarity with those living in poverty or injustice. It offers hands-on experiences that are fun and informative, while raising funds. During the Challenge youth are encouraged to undertake an activity for 24 hours that brings them closer to the living conditions of those less fortunate.” [Caritas]

All 13 students from Rüma Toroa participated with about 12 parents and two teachers (Pesamino Tili and Paul Richardson). For the Challenge they will be slept over night in cardboard boxes, walked to the church to gather water, “sang for their supper” outside Gardens New World supermarket. In 40 minutes they made around $300! This was used to purchase a sack of rice which fed the children that night.

This money and any donations collected will be donated to Caritas to benefit families in Philippines and Vanuatu who have recently been affected by natural disasters.

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You can still support the children of Ruma Toroa’s efforts until Good Friday (3rd April) by making a donation in a couple of ways:

1. Txt – challenge shdun – to 833 to make a $3 donation
2. Go to

Dunedin television station, Channel 39, came to the school on Friday afternoon as the children were constructing their sleeping quarters. You can watch it here.

We’re all extremely proud of the children who took part, and very thankful for the teachers and parents who supported them and made this opportunity possible.

Parents and Friends Meeting this Wednesday at 2.15pm

The PFA will be meeting this Wednesday 11 March at 2.15pm in the School Staff Room.

Everyone is welcome. This group helps with the general pastoral needs of the children and organizes social events. If you would like to be part of this group, then please just come along.

Or if you would like to be part of the group, and such meeting times in the week aren’t suitable, please email Kate Wilson at

Reminder: Hot Crossed Buns for Sale!

Hot crossed bunsYou’ve got until the end of this week to order your hot crossed buns! We can order these delicious buns through Couplands at regular retail price and 70 cents from each packets is donated to our school.

You’re welcome to order and pay at the school office, or you can also order and pay online. Please share this link with family and friends.

  • Orders and payment at the school office by cash or cheque by Friday March 13th
  • Online orders and payment will be taken until Sunday March 15th
  • Buns can be collected from Sacred Heart School, 63 North Road, on Thursday March 26th