Dear Parents/Caregivers

The weeks seem to be rolling by quickly, there is no easing off as we approach the end of term one.

In the coming weeks we have several significant events on our school calendar – On Wednesday students will finish school at 12pm. Goal setting conferences will take place in the afternoon, if you have not made a time to see your child’s teacher, please do so as soon as possible at  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/9r8kr

On Friday the 1st April we will be having our school athletics – thanks to the ‘Friends of the school’ there will be a sausage sizzle at lunchtime and coffee/tea for parents during the morning.  As this event will be held outside, if you would like to come along and encourage your child, please do so.

On the 7th April the Young Vinnies will be having a mufti day. They are asking each student to bring along either a non-perishable food item, a toiletry item or a gold coin (this money will be used to buy easter eggs for less fortunate children).

During the final week of school, we will be celebrating a Passover meal together. In Judaism, Passover, or Pesach, celebrates the freedom of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. Thousands of years ago the early Jews, called Israelites, moved to Egypt, where they became slaves of the Egyptians. It is believed that Moses was chosen to go to the pharaoh, or king of Egypt, to demand that he free the Israelites from slavery. The pharaoh said no, so God sent down 10 plagues (or punishments) to force the king to change his mind. The word Passover comes from the 10th plague, in which the firstborn sons of the Egyptians were killed. The Israelites were spared from the plague because Moses had told them to mark their door posts so that the angel of death would pass over them. The son of Egypt’s pharaoh died from the plague. In his grief the pharaoh ordered Moses and the Jews to leave Egypt.

The festival of Passover is one of great joy. It takes place for about one week in March or April. A special family meal called a seder is held, the first and sometimes the second night of Passover. Before the meal, the story of Passover is told through the songs and prayer of the Haggadah, which is the book used during the seder. The most important food of the holiday is matzo, which is a bread made with only flour and water. It is unleavened, which means that it is flat. This reminds the Jews of the bread the Israelites took with them when they fled Egypt for freedom. They did not have time to let it rise because they were in a hurry to leave.

Tomorrow Pope Francis has called us to Pray for Peace – This is our call. St Francis of Assisi was born in Italy over 800 years ago, he was well known for living amongst the poor and helping them.  The words of his prayer are as true for our lives today as they were 800 years ago – may you be encouraged to be the light you are called to be in these hard times:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

Faith Facts 

Week 8:

Violet 21st – 25th March
3rd Week Lent
23rd Saint Turibius de Mogrovejo
25th Day of Prayer for Family Life
25th THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

The Annunciation celebrates the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce of the birth of Christ. Mary does not understand the announcement but has faith and accepts God’s trust in her and the difficult journey ahead. How often do we need to have faith and trust even though we may not completely understand? The Church recognises Mary’s courage in this feast.

Week 9: Violet 28th – 1st April
4th Week Lent

Pope Francis prayer intentions for APRIL
For health care workers
We pray for health care workers who serve the sick and the elderly, especially in the poorest countries; may they be adequately supported by governments and local communities.

Passover Meal Celebration
As a part of our Easter Celebrations, we are planning to celebrate a Passover Meal.  This will be held during Holy Week on Wednesday the 13th of April at 11am.
By experiencing the Passover Meal, the children will be able to taste the food that Jesus ate and through the ceremony we will learn why this food was important to the Jewish people.  We will celebrate just as Jesus did.
The children will need to bring some fruit, one contribution per family please.
This will need to be handed to your teacher on the morning of our meal (13th April).

    • if your last name begins with A-M please bring a piece of fresh fruit
    • if your last name begins with N-Z please bring a handful amount of dried fruit in a bag.

If you want to read the story of the Passover with your children and discuss it with them it is in the book of Exodus, Chapters 12 – 14.
NB: the children will still need to bring their lunch on this day.

Thank you – Sacred Heart School Staff.

Fire Drill
Today at Sacred Heart we had a fire drill. This went really well and all students followed instructions. It would be a good time for you to talk to your children about fire safety and evacuation plans in your home.

Charism and Certificates
Congratulations to the following children who recently received our Charism award and class certificates:
Brooke Casey, Pippa Hamilton, Kyrus Velez, Rosaleigh Wilson, Hawkdon Patterson, Archer McNaught, Rosa Cowan, Raveesha Mendis, Aleesha Singh, Mitchell Wezenbeek Gauldie, William Cahill and Christian Roderique.

St Patrick’s Day
On St Patrick’s Day Mrs Ivey organised a duathlon and the students were allowed to bring decorated bikes, scooters and/or shoes. These looked amazing and colourful. Students had a choice of doing the bike/run or scooter/run events by themselves or in a pair. Akomanga Mana helped officiate the afternoon and the events were run in classes. Lots of certificates for this day were presented at assembly. It was a really enjoyable but tiring day!  By William Cahill

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School Garden
You may or may not know that Akomanga Mana are in the process of establishing a class/school garden, which will hopefully turn into a community garden. We have written letters to garden centres to see if they could possibly donate some equipment to help us get started. However there may be people in our school community who could help as well. Any of the following would be very helpful:
– seeds
– gardening equipment (weeders, gloves etc)
– compost – animal manure e.g. sheep/horse
– sheets of plastic or perspex to cover the glasshouse frames
– anything else that may be handy
We don’t require seedlings at the moment as it’s not a good time just before the holidays.  Many thanks – Penny Ivey

Aroha Class Happenings 
Aroha Akomanga tamariki were excited to be part of St Patrick’s day and in class we had a great time celebrating, learning about St Patrick and discussing together why his work was so important.  Throughout the week we enjoyed revisiting some St Patrick day stories, creating pieces of art including building a Leprechaun and making a large rainbow for our classroom wall.  Well done Akomanga Aroha!

Last Thursday we also took part in the school duathlon on St Patrick’s day.  It was such a fun event with everyone taking turns at participating in biking/scootering and running.      It was awesome to see so many tamariki accessorised their sports uniform, bikes and scooters too.

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