Easter 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 03-1726-0001138-000 Reference: Family name and BUNS
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
It’s that time of year again, how many times can you get yourself to school under your own power?! We’re lucky to have this fantastic walk to school map, it gives you a good idea of how long it’ll take you to walk to school.
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.
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.”
Thank you to all who entered our Dove Derby, Dove number 5 was the winner with a time of 13 minutes, 21 seconds!
1st Equal – Ian Rutherford, Tim Hannagan – with a guess of 12 minutes, 40 seconds.
3rd Place – Lynda Wall – with a guess of 12 minutes.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
It’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!
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.