Kia Ora Koutou

Welcome back to Term 2. It has been fantastic to welcome students back this week and seeing them engage straight back into learning opportunities. This week we warmly welcome Alyssa Dawatin into Akomanga Wairua.

Before the holidays staff held a teacher only day focused on Positive Behaviour for Learning. We are currently doing the foundation work required to implement Tier 1. This involves re-examining our school values – Aroha, Tika, Wairua, Manaaki and Mana, what they each mean, why they are important and how we will see them in our school. On the 25th June at 7pm there is going to be a parent evening, at school, where we will share this with you and ask for your contributions towards this.

This term we have begun our inquiry around NZ Histories (new curriculum). Juniors will be focusing on “A sense of place” – The relationships of individuals, groups and communities with the land, water, and resources, are reflected in the names and places and stories we tell about them.

Seniors will be focusing on “Connections across the Pacific” – Students will be learning about Colonisation. Its consequences have been central to our history for the past 200 years and continue to influence all aspects of New Zealand society, including The Dawn Raids.

On Friday 20th May, staff will be having a teacher only day for professional development on Special Character. This will be led by Sue Maynard who is the DRS at St. Patrick’s school, Invercargill.

Special thanks to the “Friends of Sacred Heart School”. There has been lots of mahi going on behind the scenes and I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank them for their support. To date these are the following contributions:

– $3000 towards new technology equipment
– Repairs to the yellow slide to prevent splinters
– Easter Eggs for our school Easter Egg hunt
– Organisation of the oyster raffle, over $1400 was raised (many thanks to the parents for your support with this fundraiser)
– Free Sausage sizzle for students
– Registration fee of $10 per student to attend Flips and Tumbles
– Cost of a new gate at the rear of the school property $647.02

Save the date – On Wednesday 22 June we will be having a family movie night, organised by FOSHS – more details to follow!

Please remember to be careful in the carpark. There are a number of people who have starting parking along the side of the hall – this area is specifically for disabled parking and after school care vans. Please be mindful of this. Students are asked to wait on the bricks until they have been told it is ok to walk across. There are a number of pedestrians so please also watch your speed upon entry to the school grounds.

Last week Anzac Day was celebrated. A significant day for our nation as we remember those who have served in the Armed forces to protect New Zealand. Anzac Day is becoming increasingly significant for all ages in NZ society as it offers us a time to focus on the reality of war today and the significance of war in our history as a country. It can also be used as a time to focus on peace.

John 13:12-14
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

In this passage Jesus reminds us of two things – Love each other as I have loved you. Jesus’ love for us was unconditional. He does not judge us for our faults, but rather loves us and wants to see us living our best life. Secondly, the ultimate sacrifice – there is no greater love than to lay down your life for another. Jesus did this for us on the cross so that we may have eternal life in him. The soldiers who fought in the wars did this so future generations would live in freedom and peace – how do we honour these sacrifices?

Kind Regards
Catherine

Term Events
2 May              Beginning of Term 2
16 May            Bot Meeting
19 May            Sacred Heart Pink Shirt Day/School Cross Country/FOSHS Sausage Sizzle
20 May           Teacher Only Day – Special Character
1 June             Year 5/6 Ripper Rugby tournament
2 June             All Saints Cross Country – Elizabeth Park
6 June             Queen’s Birthday – School Closed
9 June             Fair Meeting
22 June           FOSHS Family Movie night
23 June           Feast of Sacred Heart Day
24 June           Matariki Holiday/School Closed
25 June           PB4L Parent Meeting
29/30 June    Catholic Review Team visiting
8 July              End of Term 2

Akomanga Mana Class Happenings
This week Mana has been learning about Anzac Day. Mrs Ivey brought in some photos of family members who went to war and a riding whip used by her grandfather in the Mounted Rifles Brigade. She also brought in a sweetheart necklace. This was made from the window of a spitfire and it has the army logo on it.  The men who fought gave them to their wives and girlfriends. We listened to some letters written by Lottie, a nurse at war. We learnt about how dreadful the war was and what the men went through. War was a very sad time.
By Daisy Duffy and Nadia Hamilton

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On Wednesday Mana and some students from Manaaki hopped on a bus and went to the ILT Stadium for some basketball coaching with two players from the Sharks team. They were Braydon Taylor and Mojave King. One of them was as tall as a giraffe!!! We were jumping off the wall with excitement. We played dribble king, knock out, hot seat and golden child. Sean won two games and thanked the Sharks at the end. We have three more sessions and we are so excited as it was super fun!!!
By Lucy Williams and Rose Sinel
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