Welcome back to school at Level 2!  It was so great to see the students and staff back and while not all students will admit it, I think they were pretty happy to be back too.  Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who have been the “home school teachers” over the last three weeks.  Parents are the unsung heroes of lockdown for New Zealanders, and we can all be proud to have successfully navigated these challenges in our community.

Sacred Heart School teachers have met countless expectations over lockdown by going above and beyond, many with their own children they were also trying to “home school” while teaching yours. They did this with aligned purpose and passion, exceeding the daily expectations of teachers. They have made me very proud, and I am lucky to work with such committed people every day for your child. Please know that while I hold high expectations for our teachers, they hold even higher expectations for themselves. This often leads to late nights and weekends away from their families.

We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy.

Bless us as we return to school to be with our friends and teachers. Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh.

May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this week remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again.

Help us to forgive others as we receive your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together.

Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak.

We thank you for our friends: Help us to be good friends this year.

Help us to be patient with ourselves and with others.

Bless our school and keep us safe. Be with us as we travel each day.

Help us to be aware of your love shown to us in the people around us. Bless all those who care for us in school and at home. Help us show our care for them and to say sorry when we need to.

May the Blessed Mother Mary protect us

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed,

for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Welcome to Maddison Callahan, Henry Bulling and Celestine Magannig who are joining Akomanga Aroha.

Prayers are with the Temple-Doig family, we wish Hamish a speedy recovery.

Carpark – Pick up/drop off Zone
Thank you to all the parents who have followed the new pick up and drop off zone.  It is quite congested at pick up time and I do encourage you to park your car and come and collect your child if possible, especially if your child has a bike or scooter.

Mufti day – Friday 24th September
This is to support Nadia Hutton who has been selected to compete in a national dance competition representing Sacred Heart School in Wellington.  Please bring along a gold coin donation to support her.  The mufti day theme is ‘dance’. I can’t wait to see you all dressed up to DANCE!  The school wishes you luck Nadia.

American hotdogs and muffin have finished for this term but will start again in term 4.  Still at the amazing price of $3.  Money needs to be handed into your classroom teacher on Thursday mornings.

Manaaki are creating some ‘I spy’ bottles and were wondering if you could please send to school any empty 600ml clear fizzy bottles or small water bottles (which have been cleaned and have lids please). The children are super excited about making these – thank you advance for your support.

Congratulations to all the children who received certificates this week.

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Ski Trip
On the 17th of August a group of Sacred Heart students went to Coronet Peak. We were lucky enough to have amazing conditions for skiing and to get in before lock down.  It was a busy day full of fun. Some students were new to the ski field and were able to be a part of the ski school, while others were experts and were able to enjoy the day with their parents. A big thank you to all those involved with the trip. Parents, our bus driver Brett and special thanks to Maria Bedggood who organised this trip, and also organised fundraising to help contribute funds which subsidised the children’s bus fare.  Check out the photos below from the day. Maybe this could be you next year!

Term 4 Sports
Cricket and Touch registrations are still open if your child is wanting to play. Please refer to the sports notices that have previously been sent out.

Activity Fee
If you have not yet paid these fees, we would appreciate you doing so. Please check with Christine if you are unsure.

Spare Clothing 
Can we have all clothing given to children, returned to school please. Our supplies are very low.

Faith Facts

Week 8 13th – 17th September
12th – 18th Social Justice Week
Māori Language Week 13 September to 19 September (13-19 Mahuru).
13th St John of Chrysostom
14th Feast of the Holy Cross
15th Our Lady of Sorrows
16th St Cornelius and Cyprian

Social Justice Week 2021 runs from September 12-18 and will highlight the Beatitudes with the theme of encounter and community.

All powerful God,

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

Week 9 20th – 24th September
21st St Matthew apostle

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle, for justice, love and peace.

Akomanga Tika Class Happenings

Kia ora

Akomanga Tika has been focusing on wellbeing and settling back into school routines over the past week. We have been engaging in play-based activities, team-building games, and sharing our lockdown experiences.
We made our dream lockdown bedrooms from craft materials. The children were given a wide range of materials and had to plan and create their dream room. Miss Austin was blown away by their creativity and determination while creating these.
We also made worry dolls to soak up any worries we have about changes around us. We used pegs, wool, and other craft materials to make these. They took a lot of patience and time but Akomanga Tika did an amazing job!
This week we made playdough together for our play-based activities. This was a lot of fun as everyone was able to get involved. We have also spent a lot of time keeping our bodies moving inside and outside to help our brains work.
Akomanga Tika has done an incredible job of settling back into school routines considering the circumstances. They have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their lockdown experiences with the other students. They have had some awesome family time at home that they will never forget.
Nga Mihi Nui
Miss Austin
Akomanga Tika Kaiako