Hot Crossed Buns for sale!

Hot crossed bunsEaster is early this year, and it’s time 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.

The children will bring home an order form, but 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

Or, pay online by Sunday 15th March to:

Westpac Bank
Sacred Heart Home & School Assn
Reference: Family name and BUNS

Sacred Heart Board of Trustees – Casual Vacancy

A casual vacancy has occurred on the board of trustees for an elected parent representative. The board has resolved under section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10 percent or more of the eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the board to hold a by-election should write to the Chairperson of the Board byBy 26 March 2015. Please address correspondence to:

Board of Trustees
Sacred Heart School
63 North Road
North East Valley
Dunedin 9010


Successful Garage Sale and Dove Derby!

Thank you to everyone for your efforts with the garage sale on Saturday. It was a tremendous event for our school community and a great opportunity to promote our school within the wider Dunedin community.

Children performing at the MONSTER Garage Sale
Children performing at the MONSTER Garage Sale

Message from Paul Richardson

“I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank our PFA members and all who contributed to this wonderful gathering last weekend. Not only was this an excellent way to profile our wonderful school but the event also raised $3,500 worth of funds. Sincere thanks also to Pesamino and the children for providing such spectacular entertainment in the form of Waiata, Sacred Music and Kapa Haka. I might also add that the White Dove Derby was responsible for $600 of the money raised! Congratulations to everyone who helped to make this day such a success.”

Dove Derby

Thank you to all who entered our Dove Derby, Dove number 5 was the winner with a time of 13 minutes, 21 seconds!

Congratulations to:

  •  1st Equal – Ian Rutherford, Tim Hannagan – with a guess of 12 minutes, 40 seconds.
  • 3rd Place – Lynda Wall – with a guess of 12 minutes.

Thank you!

Thank you again for supporting Sacred Heart School, to those who organised the event, and to everyone who helped, donated goods or participated in any way. A huge thanks to White Doves Dunedin for kindly donating the Doves and to the Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence for the use of their bouncy castle.

We hope to make the garage sale an annual event, so keep this in mind when you’re having a clear out next Spring!

Mrs Rutherford  on the Dove Stall
Mrs Rutherford on the Dove Stall


10 Doves will be released from Sacred Heart School at 63 North Road on 14 February 2015 during the Monster Garage Sale.

Which Dove will make it home first? Guess the winning dove and the time it takes to make it to its home in Green Island! ($2 per entry).

*First Prize $100
*Second Prize $50
*Third Prize $20

The use of the doves have been kindly donated by White Doves Dunedin. Contact them at

Ian Burt - CC BY
Ian Burt – CC BY

Welcome back!

Kia ora koutou
We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school tomorrow as our new school year begins. You are welcome to join us at 9am in the library as we gather to welcome new students and our new teacher Mrs Bronwyn Bradshaw.
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Sid Mosdell – CC BY classroom names

New classroom names

We have an exciting change in the naming of our teaching and learning areas:

  • Ruma Kiwi refers to our junior school area (Yr 1/2)
  • Ruma Tui refers to our middle school area (Yr 3/4)
  • Ruma Toroa refers to our senior school area (Yr 5/6)
This new terminology will become more familiar to you in the weeks ahead!

Our students are excelling

Our Literacy and Numeracy data for 2014 shows a very pleasing increase in achievement from the previous year for children achieving at or above national expectations:
  • Reading 86% to 93%
  • Writing 83% to 93%
  • Mathematics 92% to 93%
We are looking forward to working closely with the children as we set their learning goals for the term. We welcome your involvement and in particular any questions you may have. If you’re interested in learning more about the National Standards, you can read about them here:

 New after school programme available

For those busy working families who may require after school care, an OSCAR approved after school care programme, Play Ball Dunedin, has been established at DNI directly across the road from our school. Please check their website for more information and enrollment instructions.
Kind regards
Paul Richardson


MONSTER Garage Sale

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CC PixaBay

A friendly reminder about our Monster Garage Sale which will be held on Saturday 14th February beginning at 10:30am. This will also be a great chance to promote our school and come together as a community and have some fun!

There will be a number of free children’s activities so please mark your diaries and spread the word.

We would welcome donations of goods in saleable condition.  Please drop any contributions off to the  School office.

We also welcome ideas and offers of help.  No job would be too small so please let Kay know if you would be available to help.

The Book Fair was a success!

Book wish lists being fulfilled!
Botting family buying books

Wow, what a busy, exciting week we had!

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the book fair, whether you were a visiting speaker, an organiser, a parent helper, or if you dressed up or took part in anyway. Special thanks to people who purchased books. We sold $1850 worth which means we receive $555 back from Scholastic which be spent on new books for our school library.

Importantly this Book Fair was an opportunity to further develop our children’s literacy, to expand their interests and to look at the wider world of information and learning. We were honoured to host a splendid array of speakers, authors, scientists, and readers who all inspired the children (teachers and parents!) with their words, their stories and activities.

We’re sure these events, and access to some new exciting reading material will help inspired our children to read and write even more!

What did you enjoy most about the book fair this year, maybe you could leave a comment below and tell us …



What’s on at the Book Fair on Friday 13th June?

Screenshot 2014-06-12 20.38.03It’s the final day of our week long book fair and today is Dress-up Friday – children, please come as your favourite book character! Even more great visitors will be here at school today, and there will be a Special Assembly to which everyone is welcome. It is also your last chance to purchase books!

9.30am Zac & Wendy from Dunedin Public Library

Zac & Wendy from the Children’s Team at Dunedin Public Library will be reading, then talking about everything that is available at the Library. (Did you know that you can request Get Well bags for children?)

11.15am Phillippa Duffy

Phillippa Duffy is the Manager of the University Bookshop and formerly of Craig Potton Publishing, and will read to each class.

2pm Janet Pereira

Janet Pereira is a local writer and will read and discuss her beautiful picture book, Blackie the Fisher-Cat.

2.30pm Special Assembly in the library

As usual in Room 3, a wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

Book Fair open hours

Friday 2.30-3.45pm.

What’s on at the Book Fair on Thursday 12th June?

More wonderful visitors – parents and whanau are very welcome. And please come along to the Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting with our literacy speaker, and dress-up, popcorn and DVD for the children!

9.30am Elizabeth Pulford

Elizabeth Pulford is an award-winning writer of children’s and adult books, based in Waikouaiti, who has created the amazing Lily series, as well as other wonderful children’s titles.

11.15am Ann Cronin

Ann Cronin is a University of Otago PhD student, neuropharmacologist and science communicator who will be using a Leonardo Da Vinci fold-out model to teach the children about the brain!

2pm Sheralyn Weepers

Sheralyn Weepers is a Resource Teacher of Maori in Otago, Nga Takawaenga Matauranga ki Otago, and will read her favourite Maori myth, followed by a korero

5.30pm Parents & Friends Association AGM, BYO Supper, Literacy expert

Joan Turner talking to parents. Children – please dress up as your favourite book character, and enjoy a DVD and popcorn after supper. Then – cake! A wonderful selection of Scholastic books will be on sale, with a percentage of sales coming back to the school in the form of books for our own library. Please support the school by purchasing some books!

Book Fair open hours

Monday to Friday 2.30-3.45pm, Thursday 2.30 to 5.30pm and during PFA AGM.