College Newsletter - Friday 17 June
Formal Uniform - Monday 20 June

Matariki - Friday 24 June (Public Holiday)

Headmaster's Message

While still recently new on the block at Sacred Heart College, one of the things that has impressed me about the young men here is their manners. When starting earlier this term when few knew who I was, I was quick to receive a ‘Hello’, ‘Good morning’ ‘Kia ora’ or ‘Can I help you?’. This cost the boys nothing but had a very positive effect on me. It put me at ease, made me feel welcome, and engendered a sense that Sacred Heart College was a community that took an interest in people, those who were known and those who they are yet to know.
Humans are social beings and how we interact with each other is important. Even the smallest of gestures such as a greeting, smile and thank you can enhance the mood of the person on the receiving end.
We mostly don’t know the private lives of people we come across during the day. That small act of kindness and being civil may be the only good thing that has happened to them and which then gives a positive lift.
It is inevitable that humans are at times in conflict with one another even those closest to them. Remaining civil when you feel angry, upset, and frustrated is not easy. Our Founder St Marcellin Champagant was a role model in this regard. He encountered people in his life including a fellow priest who deliberately undermined him and made things difficult. Despite knowing this was going on, Marcellin continued to be civil, respectful, and patient. He exercised a high degree of restraint and self-control. We are asked to do likewise.
In our modern society, we have lost to some degree the art of being civil. We only greet the people we know and have a sense of entitlement that when being served there is no need to say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ since we have paid for it.
There is also the belief that if you are upset with someone that it's ok to express this by raising your voice, swearing and insulting others.
It is here we turn to our ultimate role model Jesus. He faced many enemies during his ministry, including those who sought to humiliate him, betray and in the end kill him. In all his encounters with these people, he was civil, measured, and forgiving!
At Sacred Heart College I hope and pray that we continue to value being civil and courteous to one another. I trust also that when conflict arises that we remain calm, and respectful and seek to resolve any issues amicably should they arise. It may be challenging but ultimately it is worth the time and the effort.

In the Spirit of St Marcellin,

Patrick Walsh

Congratulations this week to:

  • Academic Awards
    • Leilani Sakalia (Year 9) - for consistently setting high standards, working diligently and being determined to succeed.
    • Monty Leach (Year 8) - for consistently displaying a diligent approach to learning and striving to achieve at his best.
    • Alex Baek (Year 7) - for a focused and consistent approach to academics and producing work to a high standard.
    • Monty Robertson (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
    • Anthony Hawke (Year 12) - for his generous service in the field of AV and always being available to help out when requested.
    • Max Butler (Year 9) - for his thoughtfulness, generosity, good manners and always readily helping and serving others.
    • Justin Valenzuela (Year 8) - for demonstrating a spirit of Presence for Others by offering to assist teachers and fellow students.

Special Character

Year 7 - Father and Son Mass and Breakfast 

Thank you to all those who attended the Year 7 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast today. Please see our website for photos.

Year 8 - Father and Son Mass and Breakfast 

Last week to buy tickets for our Year 8 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast on Friday 1 July. Tickets will close on Monday 27 June and are available for purchase via our College website.

Young Vinnies

Annual Pyjama Drive - extended to Friday 24 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. 

Upcoming Calendar Dates

Week 8

Formal Uniform
Year 12 Rostered home
Parent-teacher interview bookings open
NZSS Cross Country Champs
Basketball 1st V vs Rosmini, 7.30pm (H)
Year 9 Rostered home
Year 7 & 8 Inter Zone Rugby Tournament 
Year 7-10 Music Institute Concert, 6pm, Theatre

Year 10 Rostered home
Year 13 Pre-Ball Meeting for Parents, 6pm, Staffroom
Year 11 Rostered home
Lunchtime Mass
Football 1st XI vs AGS away - 4pm
Matariki - Public Holiday

Rugby 1st XV vs Aorere College (A) - 2.30pm

Week 9

Formal Uniform
Year 7&8 Eastern Zones Hockey
Parent-Teacher Meetings (A-L) 3.30pm - 7pm, Auditorium. Classes finish at 2.30pm.
Lunchtime Mass
Walter Kirby, 6.30pm, Theatre
Formal Uniform
7.30am - Year 8 Father and Son Mass and Breakfast, 7.30am, Chapel
Football 1st XI vs St Peters, 6pm, BMP
Basketball 1st V vs Rangitoto, 7.30pm (A)

Rugby -1st XV vs Dilworth College (A) - 2.30pm


Rotation for Year Levels learning from home - continuation next week

We wish to advise that we are continuing the rotation of Year Levels to learn from home next week. Please note a slight change to the roster as follows: 

Monday 20 June - Year 12
Tuesday 21 June - Year 9
Wednesday 22 June - Year 10
Thursday 23 June - Year 11
Friday 24 June - Matariki 


Parent-Teacher Interviews

Bookings for Parent-Teacher Interviews will open on Monday 20 June. You will be emailed information with the code details and information on how to book. 
If you have a son in Years 11, 12 and/or 13, and attended the Academic Tracking Evenings, you may still use this opportunity to meet with your son's individual subject teachers.

Reminder about Devices

A reminder please that students are required to bring their devices fully charged to each school day. We do not have the appropriate charging facilities available for students and it is important they take responsibility to ensure they can continue their learning. 

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.

Pastoral Care and Student Services

Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) - Blanket Consent Form

Today you would have received information regarding our EOTC form. This covers day trips during school hours, after-school sports matches and inter-school events.
You should have received a notification email linking you directly to the form on our Parent Portal. Please click on the link in that email, and complete this form before Friday 8 July. If you have any issues with accessing forms on our Portal, please contact Louise Sinnaduray

Reminder about Masks at Sacred Heart College

As a precaution against spreading viruses during these winter months, students and staff are required to wear masks while indoors at the College (as well as on public transport as per current Ministry of Health requirements). It is important to remember that mask-wearing is just one part of keeping our community safe. First and foremost, if your son is unwell or symptomatic, please keep him at home. Regular washing of hands or using hand sanitiser, and covering coughs or sneezes are also ways of preventing the spread of illnesses.

Music, Arts and Culture

NZCT Chamber Music Contest 

Two of our Chamber Groups competed at the NZCT Chamber Music Contest on 9 June at St Heliers Church. 
Triosica – Ali Ono - Cello, Zhen Ng - Oboe and Samuel Mataele - Flute.
Performing a range of works from composers including Telemann and Vivaldi. They represented the College with pride. 
Triage – Theo Wheeler - Saxophone, Catarina Young and Samantha Smith both on Saxophone from Diocesan School for Girls. Triage performed "Four by Three" by David Hamilton.
Both groups performed at a very high standard and the judges were suitably impressed with their performances.

The Big Sing

Our Senior Choir performed at the Big Sing Auckland on 15 June in the Auckland Town Hall. 
The boys sang during the day and then later that night at the Gala Concert. They performed exceptionally well and represented the school in the best possible way.

Music Institute Concert - Tuesday 21 June

This event will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to perform in front of friends and family. The concert will be held in the SHC Theatre, doors open at 5.30pm, show starts at 6pm. This is a free event, however we would like to collect contact details for those attending. Tickets available now.

Walter Kirby - Thursday 30 June 

Walter Kirby is our annual Sacred Heart College music competition, and this year is our 86th year! 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.

Matariki Dinner - Saturday 18 June - Sold Out

We are looking forward to a fabulous night with over 400 guests gathering to celebrate “Manawatia a Matariki - celebrate Matariki” this Saturday at our sold out event. The dress code is “semi formal”. Naumai haere mai.


A reminder that most sports codes are still playing next weekend, 24-26 June. Please ensure you check carefully if your team is playing. The Hostel will be closed for the long weekend, so Boarders will need to find alternative accommodation if required. 


Our 1st V battled the elements, the traffic, and eventually Westlake Boys High on Monday night, after a quick turnaround from their first Premier win against Liston last Friday. The final quarter saw the hosts coast to a 110-84 win over our team, and now our boys turn their attention to Mt Albert Grammar tonight at home, 7.30pm tip-off. 

Cross Country - NZSS Cross Country Nationals 

This weekend 26 of our boys will be competing in the NZSS Cross Country Championships in Nelson. The main event will be on Saturday, with the Individual and Teams racing at the Saxton Fields. On Sunday a large number of our boys will also be involved in the Inter-provincial relay competition at the same venue. Watch our boys live, taking on the rest of New Zealand on the Māori Active YouTube channel via the NZ Secondary Schools Athletics Association Facebook page 
It was fantastic to have old boy Jacob Holmes come in and run with the boys on Tuesday Morning. He was an NZSS representative in 2016 and 2017 and member of the 2016 Sacred Heart Cross Country Team that won Silver at the World Champs in Budapest. He has the 2nd fastest 1500m and 300m in SHC history. Jacob is in his final year of a full 5-year scholarship at Florida State University, where he specialises in Cross Country and 5km running (PB 14:16). Thanks Jacob.


Sacred Heart College was well represented at the recent Auckland Duathlon Champs at the Pukekohe Park Raceway. Our junior boys’ team were prominent throughout with Sam O’Dwyer in Year 8 finishing a creditable 6th in the under 14 grade, closely followed by Blake Taylor and Henry Moore in 7th and 8th respectively. In the Senior boys’ event Connor Te Rito gave it his all to secure his first podium finish at a College Sport event in claiming 3rd. Pushing him all the way were the Shaw brothers with Sam in 4th and Beno 5th.


After an impressive few weeks and strong results, the 1st XI Football team have been progressing nicely and making progress in the league. Now sitting second and with another big game this Saturday vs St Kents at St Kents, kick off 10am (please note a change to scheduled time). 
With an additional mid-week success in the Knockout Cup, we took a win against Westlake 3-0 to progress to the next round. The team and coaching staff are positive about the outlook for the rest of the season. All support is most welcome.


Our 1st XI Hockey is playing off in the A/B Open Grade after a tough round robin in the A Grade to start the season. They had a good 1-0 win over Howick College on Wednesday 15 June. This year they will be competing at the Tier 3 Mayhill Cup tournament to be held in Pukekohe.
This year we have had three of our Sacred Heart 1st XI Hockey boys representing the Auckland U18 White team in the Northern Region Tri-Series Competition. Jack Jury, Ethan Williams (Year 12) and Jack Green (Year 13) competed last weekend at the International Hockey Stadium in the North Harbour. They came away with an unfortunate loss to North Harbour, and a great win against Waikato. 
SHC vs Baradene
Earlier in the week, the boys played a friendly game against the Baradene 1st XI. The boys won 3-0 and by all accounts was a positive, friendly game played in good spirit. It is great to see the relationship between Sacred Heart and Baradene continue in this manner.


1st XV Rugby
The 1st XV has a BIG home match at 2.30pm this Saturday 18 June against De La Salle College. We need as many of our students, staff, Old Boys and families to come along and support the team in our school colours. Everyone is also invited to the after-match function in the College Staffroom following the game.
Grade Rugby
Matches at HOME this Saturday:
Field 2: 2A vs St Kents
Field 3: 6A vs MAGS
Field 4: 5A vs St Kents
Other rugby matches away from school this coming Saturday can be found using the Auckland Rugby link.

Rugby is ON over Matariki Weekend
There will be 1st XV and Grade Rugby played over Matariki weekend with matches on Saturday 25 June both at the College and away. Any issues please let Mr Stowers or respective Coaches/Mangers of teams know in advance.

Intermediate Rugby

Last week we entered three teams into the Eastern Zone Rugby Tournament - an under-45kg, under-55kg and an Open Weight team. It was a successful day with the under-45 and under-55s winning their tournament on the day. The Open Weight final was played on a later date, which SHC won too! It's been great to see our teams have good success. All teams have qualified for the Auckland Interzone Champs which is being played next Tuesday 21 June. Good luck to the boys.

Water Polo 

Junior Water Polo
Our Junior Red Team had a win against the Royals (Kings) last week 10-2 and the Junior Blue Team was just defeated by Atlantis Junior A Team 5-6. This Sunday our Red Team play Eastern Juniors and the Blue Team play Central Juniors.
Intermediate Water Polo
Last week the Dolphins had a draw 8-8 with Kohi Manta Rays while the Snappers had a win over St Heliers 6-0. This Friday the Sharks play St Heliers, the Dolphins play St Cuthbert’s and the Snappers play St Thomas’.
Winter Wave Water Polo
This Saturday is Round 5 of the competition with Serbia vs Hungary and Spain vs Greece at 8am and Croatia vs Montenegro and USA vs Italy at 9am.
Swim Fitness for Water Polo
We are pleased to be offering a Swim Fitness for Water Polo program for our Year 7-10 students next term. You can find all the information here. Registration is via the Parent Portal (log into your parent account then go ‘Permission Slips and Forms’ then ‘Start Form').

On the sideline - St John Ambulance and Coffee Cart

This year the PTA are again helping out on the sideline. St John Ambulance will be on-site this Saturday morning throughout from 9am until 12noon. There will also be a coffee cart on-site selling drinks - delicious range available. Small (8oz) $4.50, Medium (12oz) $5, and Large (16oz) $6, any extras ie, syrup, chocolate, alternative milk +50c. Frappes and Smoothies are $6.50.

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 18 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. 

Youth Mass - St Ignatius Church

These days when every issue is talked about openly by our teens and on social media, it can be hard to find the Church’s voice. St Ignatius Church is holding a monthly mass especially for Years 9-13 teenagers, who are grappling with many issues and are on their own faith journeys, and Fr John Dunn is talking with teenagers on any topics they’d like to discuss. This month’s mass is 5pm Sunday 26 June at St Ignatius, 12 Kotiri Street, St Heliers, followed by a free sausage sizzle and social time (pick up around 7pm). All welcome.


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.

Auckland University of Technology 

You are invited to AUT LIVE on Saturday 27 August. Learn more about study options at AUT’s open day, held at the AUT City Campus in Auckland’s CBD. Register here.

Pacific International Hotel Management School

For those students interested in a career in the business or management side of the Hotel/ Hospitality Industry, PIHMS has a career week opportunity coming up on 19-22 July. More information can be found here.

Air New Zealand Academy of Learning

We are pleased to be able to offer visits to our training facility for the NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (AKL & CHC) during the July school holidays. Places are very limited for each session. Please register here:

Upcoming Events

Click on the images below to find out more details and to purchase tickets. 

Noel Leeming Promotion

Noel Leeming is delighted to be supporting the NZ Catholic Education Office (NZCEO) this June with our Friends and Family Promotion. This offer is open to all of our staff, parents, students, and their wider network of friends and family. It gives them the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday 20 June and running through until Sunday 3 July, 2022. To take advantage of this special offer, visit a Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on your smartphone to unlock amazing deals.
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