Dear Parents

Kia ora Whanau

It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through the term.  With the shortest day of the year being on Monday 21st June and winter in full force we ask that the children bring a named jacket to school daily as we do encourage outdoor play if weather is not too wet.  Children can bring slippers to school if they wish to wear in the classroom.

Sacred Heart Day
Thank you to everybody for making the Feast of Sacred Heart such a successful day.  All the children had a wonderful day eating all the scrumptious baking and watching everybody’s amazing talents.  Thank you to the PTA for putting on the sausage sizzle for us to enjoy at lunch time.  Below are the winners of our junior and senior baking judged by Father Tony.

Teacher’s Paid Union Meeting
On Thursday 24th June the teachers will be attending a paid union meeting.  There will be limited supervision during this day and we encourage parents to please keep your child at home if at all possible.

If you know of any children who are not enrolled at a school yet, please let them know about Sacred Heart and encourage them to get an enrolment pack from the school office.  We are currently looking at numbers for the rest of the year and we would like to know in advance of any prospective enrolments to assist with staffing numbers for next year.

Your child’s midyear report will be sent out on the 1st July.  This will be a paper copy and not sent out via the parent portal, as we are mid-way through changing our school management system.  I apologies for any inconvenience.

On Tuesday 6th July and Wednesday 7th July, we will be holding our parent teacher interview to discuss your child’s progress and learning goals.
To book an interview please go to: and enter the event code as: yykzb
On Tuesday 6th July the school will be closed at 12.30pm to allow teachers to prepare for interviews.

Heat ups
Children are welcome to bring a heat-up to school daily.  This must be wrapped in tin foil, clearly named and have your child’s room on it for it to be delivered to the correct class.
Please NO 2-minute noodles.

Subway is available to order on Thursdays.  You can do this via the school office. Pop in and grabs some envelopes.  Order must be handed in by 9am.

Children are welcome to bring their bikes, scooters, skateboards, roller skates etc each day.  The children MUST wear a helmet at all times.

The staff and I are having a clamp down on uniform.  It is expected that all children wear correct uniform at all times.  If for any reason this is not possible, please let the classroom teacher know.  Shoes and socks must be worn at all times.  This also means that the children only wear their sports uniforms on their sports days:
Aroha – Thursday and Friday
Tika – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Wairua – Thursday and Friday
Manaaki – Tuesday and Friday
Mana – Thursday and Friday

Spare Underwear
If anyone has underwear at home their child has outgrown, we would dearly love them for our spares box. Children that have borrow clothing, can you please return these to the office. Many thanks.

New Sports Equipment
The new sports equipment has started to roll in. We have had lots of fun unpacking it, with more still to come. Thanks to Mrs T.K. for organising the ‘colour run’ to raise funds for us to purchase over $3,000 worth of new gear.

Altar Servers
20 June = B Casey
27 June = R Mohenoa

Term dates:

  • 24th June Teachers Paid Union Meeting (we’d appreciate you keeping your child at home)
  • 25th June Matariki Celebration
  • 30th June Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 1st July Reports Home
  • 6th July Interviews (school closed from 12.30pm)
  • 7th July Interviews
  • 9th July End of term 2

Faith Facts

Week 7:  14th – 18th June (Green)
19th June Suzanne Aubert’s Birthday
Suzanne Aubert, better known as Sister Mary Joseph and Mother Aubert, was a trail blazer in New Zealand; devoting her life to looking after our sick and poor at a time when social services didn’t exist. She also published a key Māori text, broke in a hill farm, manufactured medicines and supported families through the Depression.
Pope Francis Prayer intention for June
The Beauty of Marriage
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.

Week 8           21st – 25th June (Green)
21st St Aloysius Gonzaga
22nd St John Fisher and St Thomas More
24th The Nativity of John the Baptist

We celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Throughout the centuries, the Catholic church always remembers Saint John the Baptist’s birthday. But why John the Baptist? Well, if you remember, Jesus said: “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lk 7:28). Jesus honoured John above all other men and so it is fitting that we honour him too.

Charism Award
Congratulations to Kyan Thomas and Orla O’Reilly who received the Charism Award for the last two weeks, and to all the children who received certificates.


Akomanga Tika Class Happenings
As most of you will know, Akomanga Aroha has a new teacher, Miss Evans. Miss Evans previously taught at Waikiwi Kindergarten and has brought all of her incredible play-based knowledge to Sacred Heart School. The play-based programme in Akomanga Aroha and Tika has changed immensely over the past week. Play-based learning has been proven to contribute to a child’s sense of well-being and can support the development of intrapersonal skills such as self-esteem, motivation, resilience, concentration, persistence, and time management. Play-based learning can encourage student agency and often results in deeper levels of student engagement in learning. Play-based learning takes place during reading time when I am reading with the children in their guided reading groups.
The children are able to choose activities to participate in under the following categories:

  • Fine Motor Play

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Cognitive Play

  • Pretend Play

  • Manipulative Play

  • Sensory Play

Fine Motor PlayThis week for fine motor play the students have been drawing and writing using salt in trays. This activity builds hand strength, muscle memory and, builds on writing skills. These trays will be used to practice drawing, writing, handwriting, and spelling. Our capability to learn and retain information increases when multiple senses are engaged. Salt trays look and feel interesting as well as making sounds when you move your finger through.


Croft – “The salt drawing is cool because you can spell whatever you want. You can do a love heart and a mountain. The salt feels fluffy and it looks like snow”.

Manipulative Play
For manipulative play, we have playdough and bead threading/sorting!  While poking, rolling, and squishing playdough, children develop small muscles in their fingers and hands. They also gain strength and improve dexterity in their hands and fingers, critical areas of physical development for writing, drawing, and other purposes. As well as being fun, threading helps young children develop small-muscle control and strength in their fingers. Small-muscle control is important when learning to write. When children become more capable in manipulating objects, they also gain confidence and develop independence.

Raveesha – “My favourite is the playdough because it is squishy and I can make faces”.

Role Play
This week we have had a ‘vet clinic’ and a ‘talent show’ set up for pretend play.  Pretend play develops communication and language skills. It allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations. They develop social skills through collaboration, exploration, investigation, and experimenting. Children learn to empathise with others; taking part in a role-play activity would usually mean that you are taking on the role of character which will teach children about empathy and understanding different perspectives. Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment. They develop an awareness of themselves and others as well as sparking their creativity and imagination.

The SHS vet clinic has a receptionist, a vet, a vet surgeon, and a vet nurse. There are animals and food to purchase, appointment cards, EFTPOS cards, bill cards, x-rays, and all of the equipment needed to care for the animals!

Reuben – “I like being a vet nurse because I can take care of all of the animals. We wash the animals and give them medicine. It is very fun!”

Nga Mihi Nui

Emma Austin

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