College Newsletter - Friday 3 June
Queen's Birthday Holiday - Monday 6 June
Formal Uniform - Friday 10 June

Headmaster's Message

In my short time here, I have come to notice the humility of many of our young men, which is at the core of one of our College Pillars, ‘In the Way of Mary’ as lived by St Marcellin and continued on here through the spirit of the Marist Brothers and staff today. 

An ancient, wise Maori whakatauki, “Kaore te kumara e korero mo tona ake reka”, translated as, “The kumara does not speak of its own sweetness”, reminds us of this. It sits comfortably with the Marist virtue of humility. Marist men recognise that the talents, skills and abilities they possess are “God given” and to be used in the service of others. I have discovered that the young men of Sacred Heart College are brimming with talent in all areas of life including academic, sport, performing arts and culture to name but a few. It is important that they recognise that these talents should be filtered through the lens of humility.

St Marcellin Champagnat was always quick to attribute his mahi and success to God and the Brothers around him. He was acutely aware that God had called him as his servant to perform a task that was not assigned to another. The Marist Brothers in our community are men who have devoted their whole professional and personal lives in the service Catholic Marist education. Despite this immense sacrifice, they have never sought reward nor recognition.

We also remember the humility of Jesus who was born in a stable, cured lepers, ate with tax collectors and admonished the rich man.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where humility is perceived to be a weakness. A person's talents is a license to boast, steal the limelight and laud it over others. Social media provides a conduit to shout to the world how amazing you are! Talents are seen as personal assets to be used to create wealth and fame. It is often accompanied by making others feel inferior.
In this regard, I hope that the young men of Sacred Heart are counter-cultural.

There are of course, times when humility should be parked up, including writing a CV, applying for a job or scholarship. In these circumstances, you “don’t hide your light under a bushel”. It is also important that if you are congratulated for your ability and success that you accept graciously. You don’t attribute it to good luck when in fact it has been achieved through your talents and hard work.

Lord Byron famously said, “Self-praise is no praise at all”. We are fortunate to have many New Zealanders who are excellent role models of humility. For me Richie McCaw perhaps the most talented All Black ever, consistently praised his whole team in any success and underplayed his own contribution and leadership. He let others recognise his outstanding talents on and off the field.

Willie Apiata who was awarded a Victoria Cross for bravery in 2007 during the Afghanistan war for carrying a gravely wounded comrade to cross a battlefield is yet another example. When praised he simply said, “That is what a soldier does for a mate!” Sir Stephen Tindall has used his considerable business acumen and wealth to help others. His modesty and desire to live a simple life in the pursuit of making the world a better place is awe-inspiring.

My hope and prayer is that Sacred Heart College is recognised as a leading Catholic boys school in New Zealand because of its highly talented students.

I hope also that we receive that recognition with humility acknowledging God’s handiwork in our talented student body and give praise to others in our successes.

In the Spirit of St Marcellin Champagnat

Patrick Walsh

Congratulations this week to:

  • Academic Awards
    • Abraham Grace (Year 10) - for always working to the best of his ability, being conscientious with a genuine interest in learning.
    • Isaac Cornford (Year 8) - for showing maturity and diligence towards his work. 
    • Monty Robinson (Year 7) - for a very positive, diligent attitude towards his work and is always keen to do well in each of his subjects.
  • Marist Man Awards
    • Dalton Dennis (Year 13) - for his strong leadership, energy and enthusiasm in the basketball programme amongst his peers and younger members of the game, being a positive role model.
    • Donncha Hand (Year 11) - for his gentle and humble service to those within and outside the Sacred Heart College community. Donncha is recognised for his maturity, thoughtfulness and exceptional care for others.   
    • Tawera Rawiri (Year 8) - for consistently demonstrating Gospel values in his interactions with teachers, support staff and his peers.
    • Elliott Martelli (Year 7) - for always assisting and supporting his classmates. A positive and enthusiastic attitude and approach in all he does.

Special Character

Year 7 - Father and Son Mass and Breakfast - Tickets available now

We are delighted to confirm the date for our upcoming Year 7 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast is Friday 17 June. Beginning with the celebration of Mass in the Chapel at 7.30am by our celebrant Fr Stephen Berecz, followed with breakfast in the Auditorium. Tickets are available for purchase via our College website

Year 8 - Father and Son Mass and Breakfast - Tickets available now

We are delighted to confirm the date for our upcoming Year 8 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast is Friday 1 July (please note, this is an update to the printed calendar which reads Year 11 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast). Beginning with the celebration of Mass in the Chapel at 7.30am by our celebrant Fr Stephen Berecz, followed with breakfast in the Auditorium. Tickets are available for purchase via our College website.

Young Vinnies

Annual Pyjama Drive - extended to Friday 17 June

The Young Vinnies are running the annual Pyjama Drive. Donations of warm, brand new children’s pyjamas will be collected on Wednesdays during Homeroom and donated to Starship Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House. If you are unable to purchase pyjamas, you can make a financial contribution via our website and the Young Vinnies will purchase them on your behalf. 

Calendar Updates and Reminders

Week 6




Year 11-13 Mid Year Assessment period


Year 11-13 Mid Year Assessment period


Lunchtime Mass


Formal Uniform
Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat
Football 1st XI vs Macleans, 6pm, at BMP
Basketball 1st V vs Liston, 7.30pm (H)


Rugby -1st XV vs Tangaroa College (H) - 2.30pm
Hostel - Yr 11 Boarders Challenge fundraiser


Hostel - Yr 11 Boarders Challenge fundraiser

Week 7








Lunchtime Mass


Formal Uniform
Year 7 Father & Son Mass & Breakfast, 7.30am, Chapel, Auditorium
NZSS Cross Country Champs
Basketball 1st V vs Mt Albert, 7.30pm (H)


NZSS Cross Country Champs
Football 1st XI vs St Kentigern, 12pm (Away)
Rugby -1st XV vs De La Salle (H) - 2.30pm
Matariki Dinner, Auditorium, 6.30pm


NZSS Cross Country Champs


It has been pleasing to see how students have continued to work hard throughout this current Mid-Year Assessment period. Should your son have recently missed an exam due to illness, please contact his Dean in the first instance. A reminder that we have Senior Assessments (Years 11-13) continuing next week, finishing on Wednesday 8 June. Timetable can be found here. 

Advice with exams, assessments pressure, and how to study

Should your son be struggling with advice, exam pressure, or needing Study Skills advice please refer to this NZQA link. We also have Study Skills resources and guides on both the Parent and Student Portals.


Rotation of Year Levels learning from home

In Week 4 we reinstated a short stint of rostering home for Year Levels 11-13 while the Junior students prepared for and attended their assessments. As we continue to see a fluctuation in the number of staff absences with the need to isolate, care for dependents, or being away with winter illnesses, we wish to signal that we may continue with rostering home rotation in the short term. This is yet to be confirmed (and will be on Tuesday 7 June), however, we may implement the following next week:
Year 10 - Thursday 9 June
Year 9 - Friday 10 June

Please note, Boarders will remain onsite and supervised as per previous occasions.

Year 13 Business Studies Group

One of our Year 13 Business Studies groups (Craft Bats) is creating handcrafted boards and hangers. To assist with this project, we are asking our community for any donations of old cricket bats that you may have sitting around home. If so, please deliver them to the College Main Office, attention Joel, Lachie,Tim and Dylan - Year 13 Business. Thank you in advance.

Arts and Culture 

Kapa haka

Practice for all groups next Friday 10 June, 3.15pm to 6pm. 

Matariki Dinner - Saturday 18 June - Tickets available now

We are looking forward to our annual Matariki Dinner, this year to be held on Saturday 18 June. The evening will include a 3-course meal, Cash Bar, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. Doors open from 5.30pm, event starts 6.30pm.
Tickets are available on our website.
Silent Auction donations can be delivered to the Uniform Shop, or contact Mrs Kelly Jennings for more information.

Walter Kirby - Thursday 30 June - Tickets available now

Walter Kirby is our annual Sacred Heart College music competition, and this year is our 86th year! One of the highlights of our music calendar, it is for both solo and group performances, multiple categories, and covering all year groups. The Walter Kirby Competition this year is on Thursday 30 June in the Theatre. Tickets are available via our website, and also at the door. Adults $10, children and students free. Doors open at 5.30pm, show starts at 6.30pm.
Food and refreshments are available from 5.30pm and during interval - cash only.
Performers in Formal Uniform please. 
Students - How to enter?
Students are to complete the entry form on the Student Portal. Once logged in, go to ‘Permission Slips and Forms” click “Start form” and select the entry form from the list provided, complete and submit.

Pastoral Care & Student Services

COVID and Winter Illnesses

We urge parents to please keep your son/s at home if they are unwell or have any active respiratory or gastro symptoms. Even if your son has had COVID, there are other viral illnesses circulating along with more information being gathered about COVID reinfection. Our Health Centre is seeing a large number of boys presenting during the day, some of which should have not even come to school. For the health and safety of all our students and staff, please respect this request.

Expectations and Standards

The key messages delivered through recent Year Level assemblies have included resetting school goals, standards and expectations. Please can we ask that you reinforce key messages at home - these include messages of mutual respect, conduct both inside and outside of the classroom, and adhering to school rules - punctuality, lateness, uniform and grooming. We also encourage parents to monitor and be aware of their son's social media use.

All students are expected to be at school by the 8.40am warning bell. We have a number of students who are currently pushing this timeframe. Please note that students regularly late to school without a justified explanation will be required to catch up time lost; alternatively we would encourage an earlier bus or train to be caught where practicable.

Uniform/Hair and Grooming
Thank you for your continued support in this regard. As the colder weather is upon us, the regulation school jersey, jacket and scarf are to be worn for warmth. Students are not to wear sports jackets or supporters hoodies with their school uniform. School uniform is to be worn correctly with pride. This also includes being well groomed and clean-shaven. All shoes worn (not sandals) should be school black leather lace-ups. Chewing gum is NOT permitted at school. Should you have any questions or require support in this regard, please contact your sons Dean, Deputy Headmaster - Mrs Purcell, or Assistant Headmaster - Mr Knight.

Uniform Donations
Donations of second-hand uniforms are most appreciated by our students and families in need. Should your son have either outgrown his winter uniform or left the College, our Pastoral team welcome donations of uniform that is surplus to your requirements. Please either deliver to Mrs Kelly Jennings at the Uniform Shop or to the main office.

Cars, Courtesy and Safety

Any student in Year 12 or 13 bringing a vehicle to school is required to complete a permission form. This can be downloaded here.

Courtesy to our College Neighbours
We ask please that all drivers are mindful of the need to keep driveways on West Tamaki Road and our side streets clear when picking up students at the end of the school day. 

Student Safety
For safety purposes please can we remind parents and caregivers that students are to be dropped off and collected outside the school gate – not inside the school grounds.   

Spirit of Adventure
For information regarding this amazing opportunity, please visit their website. This includes dates, costs and scholarship funding for Spirit of Adventure Voyages. Please note that this is for students aged between 16-18 years. Should you require further information, please email Mrs Purcell.


Stymie empowers young people to ask for help when they need support, or if they are seeing or experiencing harm. Students can make notifications at Stymie Notification

Updating Contact details and Medical details

A reminder please to ensure we have accurate and up to date contact details for all caregivers and medical details for your son. These can be updated via the Parent Portal.


AIMS Game 2022

We are delighted to announce that we will be attending AIMs Games in Tauranga this year. This is an initial plea to the wider community for those who have some contacts for accommodation from 3-9 September. If you are able to help, please contact Mr Nick Guise. Your help would be sincerely appreciated!

Basketball Fundraiser

Delicious Samosas are currently available to order to help raise funds for our Sacred Heart Basketball programme. These pie-sized Samosas are available in three varieties - Vegetable, Butter Chicken, and Lamb at $24 for a bag of 10. They make a delicious quick winter meal or snack! Order here. Orders close strictly on Friday 10 June.

Cross Country

Yesterday a number of our Sacred Heart boys competed in the Auckland Schools Cross Country Championships. Our Junior boys team placed 4th overall in the 6-man teams contest and 5th in the 3-man. Another strong run for a top-10 finish from Blake Taylor. In the Intermediate boys, Zach O’Dwyer ran the entire race in the leading bunch of 3, finishing in BRONZE medal position. Our Intermediate teams finished 4th in 3-man and 4th in the 6-man with solid performances from Paul Brosnahan, George Fraser, Vin O’Connell, Charlie Richardson and Jack Riordan bringing them very close to a podium finish. In the Senior boys 6km race the team fought hard to secure a BRONZE in the 6-man team (Matt Foley, Harrison O’Brien, Leon O’Brien, Isaac Qereqeretabua, Beno Shaw and Sam Shaw) and a 4th in the 3-man. For photos from the day, see our website gallery.
Solid performances that will hold the boys in good stead for the upcoming National Champs event in Nelson in two weeks’ time. 


After an impressive and strong result last week against St Peter's, the 1st XI football team have another big game tonight vs Selwyn College at Bill Mckinlay Park, Kick off 6pm. All support is most welcome. Food and beverages will be available to purchase for all home games this season.

Water Polo 

Intermediate Water Polo
Last Friday evening in the Eastern League Competition, our Sacred Sharks won against our Dolphins 22-4 and our Sacred Snappers had a win against St Thomas’s 15-1.
There are no games this weekend due to the Montfort Club Tournament and NZWP Tournament at the SHAC.


University of Otago 

Our Auckland Information Evening is being held next month on Tuesday 21 June, at 6.30 pm at Ellerslie Event Centre. This is a great opportunity to hear all about Otago, including accommodation, scholarships and study options. 
Newmarket Room, Ground Floor, Ellerslie Event Centre, 100 Ascot Ave, Ellerslie
Entrance through Gate 3, via Ascot Ave (off Green Lane East) Auckland, Free on-site parking.

Radiation Therapy Online Information Evening
Tuesday 5 July, 5-6pm, via Zoom. All welcome (students, careers advisers, parents).
Register to attend.

University of Waikato

Tauranga campus Open Days are on Friday 17 June, 9am - 1pm and Saturday 18 June, 10am - 2pm. Register for the Tauranga campus Open Days here.
On the Fridays of Open Days we will be providing FREE buses from Auckland to the Tauranga campus and back to Auckland.   
Register for the FREE bus to the Tauranga campus Open Day on Friday 17th June here.

Youbee Colleges

Open Days are running over 2 days, 17 and 18 June. Please see below for the day your chosen campus is open.
Auckland, Christchurch & Wellington
Where: Auckland (City Road, Manukau & South Seas Film School), Christchurch & Wellington
When: Friday 17 June
Time: 10am - 2pm
Auckland & Rotorua
Where: Auckland (City Road) & Rotorua
When: Saturday 18 June
Time: 10am - 2pm
On the day, you'll:
  • Get a tour of the campus
  • Meet some of our current students and tutors
  • Learn about our courses in tech, design, animation, film and digital innovation 
  • Participate in hands-on activities
Register for the event here.

Smedley Station

Thinking of a career in the rural sector? Come check out what Smedley Station can offer at one of our Open Days, Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 June commencing 2pm sharp. More details here.

College and Community Information

SHC Leavers Jersey and Ring

We are pleased to announce that the Sacred Heart College Old Boys Ring and Leavers Jersey are now available for College leavers to order and pay for via our online Uniform Shop.

SHC Old Boys Ring
There will be two ring sizing sessions to be held on Monday 27 June and Monday 4 July in R2 during lunchtime. Any students wishing to purchase a ring must attend one of these sessions to ensure they are ordering the correct size.

Orders must be placed no later than Monday 19 September. Please see the flyer for more details.

Leavers Jersey
The 2022 Leavers Jersey will have '22' printed on the back of the jersey as well as your son's name. The Marist emblem is on the left-hand side, just above the cuff. Orders must be in by 25 July. Order now!

Saturday Evening Mass - on this week

There will be Saturday Evening Mass held at the College Chapel on Saturday 4 June, at 5.15pm. Please keep an eye on our newsletter for information on when Masses will be on as it may change week from week. 

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