Greetings and Welcome Back to Term 4 at Sacred Heart

Kia ora te Whanau

I hope you have enjoyed the term break. We are looking forward to seeing you all this week as our busy term 4 begins and we move towards Advent and the Festive Season. The diary of the term’s events is being updated and will be available shortly. In the meantime I would like to update you on some happenings over the next few days and throughout the term. A full newsletter will be issued early in week 2.

Each new week begins with Combined Class Prayer and reflection in the library at 9am. All community members are welcome.

Ronald McDonald will be visiting on Tuesday at 10am with some important Road Safety messages.

School Photos will be taken on Wednesday morning with Kelk Photography. Family group photos will be taken first from 9am. Please ensure that the children are in correct school uniform. A reminder also that black shoes/sandals are the only permissible footwear at school.

A nation-wide Civil Defence Shakeout will take place at 9:15am on Thursday morning. This will consist of an earthquake drill in accordance with our school emergency procedure.

I will be away on Friday at the NZEI Principals Council meeting in Wellington representing the Catholic Primary Schools Sector.

Our first Earlybirds session is on next Monday 19th at 1:30pm. If you know of anyone with a 4 year old pre-schooler please invite them to come along and join us for a Sacred Heart experience.

Important Dates to note:

  • Swimming (10 days) runs from Monday 16th to Friday 27th November
  • Our annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held on Thursday 10th December at 6pm 
  • Final Assembly / Nativity Play / Year 6 Leavers Assembly 2:15pm Wednesday 16th December
  • School finishes for the year on Thursday 17th December
  • School re-opens for the 2016 school year on Monday 1st February  

Sacred Heart School is a SunSmart School and as such we require all of our students to wear sunhat protection during break times and outdoor class activities during the first and fourth terms. We thank you for your cooperation.

Have a great week

Paul Richardson



Stunning Museum Performance – Some Happenings in the Week Ahead

Kia ora Manawa Tapu!

We enjoyed a fantastic performance last weekend at Otago Museum and one of our best yet in a great venue with a most appreciative audience. To our leaders Mr Pesamino Tili, Whaea Emere, to all of our amazing helpers, I can’t find words to express our gratitude. The passion of children in their performance also sends warm messages of thanks as well. This was indeed a proud moment for our awesome Sacred Heart community. Thanks also to Kavanagh ‘Pasifika Vibes’ for your warm acknowledgement.

This is the last week of term. We have class Masses From Tuesday to Thursday and you are most welcome to attend. Term 3 will end with a Music and Dance assembly in ‘Nga Maara’ our school hall. The Otago Dancers, who have been running Friday dance classes for most of this year will present a performance of their work so far with our young aspiring dancers.

‘Pasifika’ Mufti Day

On Wednesday this week we are planning to celebrate the term’s great success with a ‘Pasifika’ Mufti Day. The children are invited to wear or include a ‘Pasifika’ item in their mufti clothing.

Class Masses

Tuesday 9:30am – Ruma Kiwi – Yr 1/2

Wednesday 9:30am – Ruma Tui – Yr 3/4

Thursday 9:30am – Ruma Toroa – Yr 5/6

A full newsletter will be issued on Tuesday this week.


Otago Museum – Special Invitation

Maori and Pacific Island Festival Performance  
We have been invited to perform in a mini-festival (encore) at Otago Museum on Saturday 19th September commencing at 1pm. During this performance the following schools are performing: *Kavanagh College – Pacifica Vibes,  *Tahuna Intermediate – Cook Island Group, *Dunedin North Intermediate – Pacific Cultural Group, *Sacred Heart Manawa Tapu – Kapa Haka We need to know rather urgently if your child is able to attend so could you please reply here or advise the office by return email as soon as possible.


Kids go FREE to Larnach Castle these holidays


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Dear Sacred Heart School (Dunedin),

These holidays, kids will receive FREE entry into Larnach Castle when accompanied by a paying adult. We’re writing to you in the hopes that you’ll help us keep school kids busy these holidays! This both helps us and the wider Dunedin tourism industry – as well as keeping kids interested in our local heritage and culture! You can help us out by putting a small blurb in your newsletter, or alternatively, the provided ad! Just download the ad at the bottom of the email!

The promotion is valid for an unlimited number of children when accompanied by a minimum of one paying adult. Note: child of age 0-14. Please feel free to contact us regarding any queries that you may have.

Warm regards on behalf of the team at Larnach Castle!

Welcome into Term 3

Kia ora koutou

Heare mai. We warmly welcome you in Term 3 and especially welcome the newest members of our school family. We hope that you all enjoyed the break time and kept warm during those several days of extreme winter temperatures.

A reminder that over the next two weeks we are reporting on student progress. The portfolio with examples of the children’s work will be sent home this Friday 24th July. Our second round of interviews is scheduled to take place next week On Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th July. Please contact Kay at the office if you require assistance.

Mark your calendars now for the PFA’s annual Ice Skating evening which is being planned for Friday 21st August. (More information to come)

Tell your friends about our Earlybirds Pre-school Programme for 4 year olds which begins at 1:30pm on Monday 27th July.

Our first Term 3 newsletter with a full calendar of the term’s events will be issued next Monday 27th July.

Many of you will have seen the release of our ‘Epic Cheese Roll Song” which has now had 657 hits on Youtube.   Please continue to spread the word so that we can reach our target of 1000 viewings.

Enjoy the first week of the term.

Nga mihi nui

Paul Richardson