Welcome to a New Term

Haere mai Te Whanau

I hope you have all had an enjoyable term break with your families. We are looking forward to seeing you all again when school reopens for Term 2 on Monday 20th April. We will gather at 9am for prayer in the library lead by Ruma Toroa.

A reminder about Interviews coming up this week on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd between 3 and 6:30pm where we will share information about the children’s learning goals, their progress and general wellbeing.

The following events are also coming up:

  • ANZAC Day Holiday (School closed) – Monday 27th April)
  • Earlybirds Session (1) Tuesday 28th April
  • Pre-school visit to NEV Playgroup (Baptist Church Hall) – Wednesday 29th April at 10am.
  • Prayer Assembly with Ruma Toroa at 2:40pm

The Caritas Challenge, held late last term, was a tremendous learning opportunity for senior students. We enjoyed a very high level of family support and our ‘Cardboard City’ attracted some great publicity for our school via Dunedin Television, The Star, Valley Voice and newspapers including The Tablet and NZ Catholic.

Another great term awaits us at Sacred Heart. With very best wishes and blessings in this Easter Season.

Paul Richardson

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Exciting Opportunity!

Dance Tuition in Terms Two and Three (Register at the school office)

Xzenia Witehira and her team from Otago Dancers will visit the school for this week for a 15 minute demonstration and to answer any questions that you may have.

Come along to Nga Maara Hall on Wednesday this week (1st April) at 2pm.

More about the Otago Dancers:

The Otago Dancers’ is a professional performance group which is home to Dunedin’s leading choreographers and dancers. We offer opportunities for performers within the Otago Region who are focused, dedicated and motivated dancers that are skilled in many styles of dance and able to perform at a variety of events. We work towards being positive role models to the youth in our community, to offer opportunities for dance and performance and to show that with hard work and determination anything is possible, as long as you don’t give up.

Individually each Otago Dancer has years of experience – many overseas, nationally and locally. The team is lead by choreographers who have choreographed big events such as the All Blacks games, NZBreakers,  MamaMia Musical and currently working on the FIFA World Cup. We are involved in most  sporting events around Dunedin (Highlanders, Netball, RollerDerby, Volts and Nuggets to name a few).

The Nuggets was our choice sporting event and with the loss of the OCeanaGold Nuggets we refocused our attention and set new goals – to perform on a world stage (Disneyland) – so we have set the goal, and with a lot of hard work and determination we are going to get there.

Easter School Holiday Classes

The 2015 Otago Dancers auditioned and have been selected to perform at Disneyland in California, USA. To help raise the $50,000 funds required to take the team of 16 dancers over we are holding a Holiday Dance Programme offering a selection of classes in a variety of genres which are catered to all ages (5 -99years)

The classes will be run throughout the first week of the school holidays at the RASA dance studios in King Edward Court. People can select the class they would like to participate in, and they can attend as many as they would like. (Some may just select one, one hour class on a particular day or decide to take up a few). Classes will be ran at different times throughout the day and evening.

Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels will be offered in the genres listed below. All of the classes will be taught by experienced qualified dance teachers of the particular style.



-Pompom dance

-Hip hop



-Musical Theatre.


Xzenia Witehira (Manager and Choreographer for Otago Dancers)


End of Term is Nearly Here

Tena koutou

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.http://www.camcalkoen.com

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

Certificate for Audioconference Participation

Kia ora

Last week a number of our students participated in a LEARNZ virtual field trip with a focus on Wetland Biodiversity. In a live link up we joined with a number of other schools around the country in asking key questions to the experts at LEARNZ. Thanks to Mrs Rutherford for coordinating this learning experience and congratulations to all of the children who were involved.


St Patricks Day

Dia dhaoibh (Hello)

Tomorrow (Tuesday 17th) is St Patrick’s Day and the children are welcome to wear something green to school to celebrate our Irish heritage.  We have our Museum visit in the morning and had planned to walk there and back.  However, due to the not so good weather forecast we will most likely be travelling by bus leaving at 9.45am and returning around 1pm.

We are very much looking forward to our Wetlands visit next week, Tuesday 24th March. The bus will be leaving for the Wetlands at 9:15am. We are very grateful to Mr Ken Chilton who has kindly offered to compile a photographic record of the day’s activities. Earlier in the year we asked families to indicate consent for your child’s photographic image to be published. Please let us know of any changes as we are waiting for all of the forms to be returned.

go raibh maith agat (Thank you)


Paul Richardson



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 whitedovesdunedin@gmail.com.

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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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/sidm/6557924841New 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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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.

End of year events

Thanksgiving Mass

Our annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held  tomorrow 

Tuesday 16th December at 6pm 

in Sacred Heart Church. 

This is one of our most special occasions of the year and all of the children are expected to attend.
Could the children please be at school by 5:45pm in correct school uniform.

Leavers Assembly

Wednesday 17th December at 2pm

Special Morning Tea

Thursday 18th from 10:30am

On all of these occasions there will be opportunities to spend some time with Mrs Temple

Hour of Code a great success

The Room 4 children had a great time participating in the ‘Hour of Code‘ today – we even had a well known visitor when David Clark, our local MP dropped davidclark_hourofcode2014in to see the amazing things the kids can do.

Many children expressed a wish to keep going at home – all activities are free and links can be found at the following sites:



The level of enthusiasm was a sight to behold, and the way the children helped each other and discovered new skills was inspirational. Thanks to our volunteers Ann Cronin and Nick Adamson for helping out.

Steve and Sarah Gallagher