Thanks PFA for a great pyjama party

Many thanks to the PFA for arranging such a great evening last week. The children enjoyed their pyjama party and the adults benefited from Sam Weeper’s presentation on Restorative Practice. We hope to be able to share the slides from Sam’s talk in the future.

At the PFA AGM on the same night, the PFA Annual Report was presented and accepted. Many thanks to all on the PFA, particualrly co-chairs Martina Kelly and Kate Wilson, for their hard work and support of the school. We wouldn’t be the school we are without them.

DSCN6717 DSCN6721Just one of the ways the PFA supports the school is through providing food at school events. Here you can see members of the PFA cooking up a storm at the school crosscountry earlier this year.

Special Character News – Mufti Mania Day

Kia ora

You will be aware that our school has been involved in a Special Character Review this week. Visiting reviewer Mr Paul Ferris has now completed the review following meetings with myself, the Board of Trustees and our DRS Mr Tili. Paul joined us for shared school prayer and spent time in classrooms observing RE lessons and speaking with children. I am delighted to inform you that the review has been extremely positive and Paul has conveyed this to myself and to the Board of Trustees. We now look forward to receiving and sharing with you the completed report early next term

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all colleagues, support staff,  board members, PFA, helpers and our wonderful children for another great term at Sacred Heart. Receiving such a positive review report is a great way to end the term and we wish for you all a safe and relaxing term break.

Nga mihi nui



Mufti Mania Day 

NZ Catholic Children Helping Children in the Pacific

Gold coin donation please!

This Friday 3rd July is a mufti day at Sacred Heart.

This year all funds raised will support Catholic primary schools in the 

Solomon Islands through the Caritas Aide Agency.

WHAT: Mufti Mania is an annual fundraising event for Catholic primary schools.

WHY: Every Catholic primary school is invited to be involved in this fundraiser as a gesture of service to and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Pacific. 

WHEN: It is set down each year for the last Friday of Term 2. Funds raised by schools on this day are forwarded to the Treasurer of NZCPPA who passes the funds on to Caritas. 

Last year our schools nationally raised $17,187 to support a rebuilding project at St Joseph’s College in Tonga.



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.

End of Term is Nearly Here

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The children enjoyed a fabulous at at Sinclair Wetlands today and we are very grateful to the parents who helped make this a memorable experience for all who attended.

Thanks also for the great turnout at our recent family Masses at Holy Name and Sacred Heart Parishes. The children were inspiring with their musical participation.

As we move towards the conclusion of a truly wonderful term at Sacred Heart I would like to remind you all of some remaining events.

Caritas Solidarity Day this Friday where our senior students and a number of brave parents will busk for their dinner spend the night in cardboard boxes. Once again we have an impressive level of parent support. Thanks to Mr Tili and helpers.

On Monday 3oth Ruma Kiwi and Ruma Toroa will visit Jonathan Rhodes pre-school to provide some entertainment for the children and families there. You are welcome to join us there at around 12:15pm.

Ruma Toroa has been invited by DNI to attend a talk  by motivational speaker Cam Calkoen at 9:30am next Tuesday 31st March. For more information about Cam click here.

Our Holy Week dramatised liturgy will be held in Nga Maara Hall at 2:15pm on Thursday 2nd which is they last day of term.

The final newsletter for the term will be issued this Friday 27th March.

Enjoy the remaining days of the term.

Blessings and best wishes

Paul Richardson