In the wake of the massive 7.9 earthquake that has hit Nepal, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has committed an initial NZD50,000 for the immediate recovery efforts. The global Caritas network to ensure that we meet immediate needs for shelter, food and water, whilst being there for the long term rebuilding of lives and livelihoods.

Caritas has launched an Emergency Appeal to help those affected by the earthquake. These funds will go into the Caritas Nepal Disaster Fund.

– Internet banking deposit to Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand,                                                    account number: 03-0518-0211216-00 (reference: Nepal)

– Donate online at
– Text NEPAL to 833 to donate $3 to Caritas’ relief work in Nepal
– Phone 0800 22 10 22 to make a credit card donation (during office hours)
– Call 0900 4 11 11 to make an automatic $20 donation to Caritas’s work (a debit in the name            of ‘Caritas’ will be added to your next telephone bill)                                                                           – Post a cheque to Caritas, Freepost 689, — PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.


Kia ora te whanau

Welcome to Term 2 and the new week. Our first newsletter will be issued next week. In the meantime I would like to update you regarding a couple of events that will be taking place next week:

  • Dance classes with Xzenia and her Otago Dances will commence next week on Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.
  • On Friday next week (1st May) Ruma Tui and Ruma Toroa will be attending Kavnagh College’s Mucisal Production ‘Oliver’ leaving school by bus at 9:30am and returning at lunch time.

Have a great week.


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.

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.