Dear Parents

Winter is well and truly here.  We have noticed that there are a lot of children with coughs and colds. Please encourage your children to bring and wear their jersey and jacket to school each day.  Thank you to those who are keeping their child at home if they sick to stop the spread of this nasty cold going around.

Yesterday we had a successful fire drill.  We discussed the importance of getting out of the building quickly and safely and the most important thing to worry about was the children themselves not processions, as they can easily be replaced.

Congratulations to the following children who made their first reconciliation on Wednesday; Cruz Wanakore, Dean Lindsay, Eli Taula, Jack Casey, Coby Wanakore, Madison Harding.  Thank you to Suu who helped prepare the children for this Sacrament.

Today your child has been sent home with their mid year report.  Interviews with your child’s teacher are based on these reports and their learning goals.  If you still have not booked an interview, these can been done by going 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.

Matariki Breakfast
Tomorrow, Friday 2nd July we will be celebrating Matariki. This will be a PJ day for all children.
We are inviting you to join us for breakfast and to check out our amazing terms learning.
We invite you and your family to arrive anytime from 7.45am, breakfast will be served at 8am.  Each class will be sharing their terms learning from 9am.

Library Trip
On Thursday 8th July the school will be going to the Invercargill Library as a way to end our Matariki learning.  Aroha, Tika and Wiarua will be going from 9.30-11am and then Manaaki and Mana from 11.30 -1pm.  A big thank you to Mrs King for organising this for our school.

Friday Lunch
American Hotdogs and Cupcakes are being offered to the children to purchase every Friday, this started last week.
For $3 the children will receive 1 American hotdog and 1 cupcake.
Orders and money must be in to the classroom teacher on Wednesday’s, or 9am Thursday’s at the latest. No late orders will be taken, and definitely no extra’s will be sold on the day. We would like to thank Maria Bedggood, who is kindly raising funds to subsidise upcoming ‘education outside the classroom’ events.

We have been informed that head lice is in the school, please check your child’s hair and treat accordingly.

Southland Cross Country
On Friday 18th June, Sean was the only student from Sacred Heart to represent our All Saints Zone in the Southland Cross Country.  Well done Sean, it was an awesome achievement.  Here is his recount of the day.
“We drove to Waimumu which was a 40minute drive from school.  There were lots of kids running with me.  The course was wet and very muddy.  We ran up a little hill then ran through a track surrounded by trees, then ran through a paddock. Finally we ran through a very large shed to finish the race. My friend won the under 11’s boys race.”  From Sean

Faith Facts

Week 9           28th June – 2nd July (Green)
28th St Irenaeus
29th Saints Peter and Paul

A saint is simply “a disciple who has lived a life of exemplary faithfulness to the Jesus” (CCC).  In naming saints, the Church is saying that these men and women practiced heroic virtue and lived a life of faith and love. They were ordinary people who struggled with many of the same things we do, yet lived life in an extraordinary way, they found a way to serve God and model God’s love to others.

Week 10         5th – 9th July (Green).

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this holiday—
an extra chance for fun and play.
There’s so much I can learn and do
even if I’m not in school.

All the beauty and gifts abound.
The world you created is all around.
Today’s a chance to go explore,
try new things, and discover more.

I’ll miss my teacher and my friends
just as happens on weekends.
But I know that for today,
I’m thankful for this holiday.

Akomanga Aroha Class Happenings
Akomanga Aroha has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks.  We had lots of visitors, experienced some changes and have had some quality time getting to know each other.  We are enjoying working collaboratively with Tika participating in play-based experiences throughout our day. The children are enjoying making their own choices, participating in various activities and exploring with new resources.
Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about Matariki and have created some wonderful pieces of art work which will be displayed in our classroom.
Matariki means:
Shanika – “Celebration.”
Sam – “It’s about the seven stars.”
Taiga – “It’s the seven stars of the moon, cos the sun went away.”

We have also been looking at how unique we are and what makes us special.  The children had the opportunity to share with each other their ideas and then we were able to show our work at the last assembly.  It was wonderful to see the children so excited to share why they thought each other was so special and unique.

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