Thursday, 16 August 2018

1. Principal's News Week 4, Term 3 2018

Jumangi - the 4 Rs

Magnus and the Year 7s ask, "Where is the Love?"
It's today.  All children in years 4 to 8 have a part in our senior production - acting, singing, dancing, stage direction or technical crew.  The children have had a big day with a dress rehearsal in the morning and matinee performance this afternoon.  We recommend that they have a nutritious tea and a rest before returning at 6.00 pm to prepare for their performance at 6.30 pm. 

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.  But we can't overfill the auditorium so be early if you don't have a ticket.

Jack and Campbell are doing amazing jobs on lighting

Thank you to St Kevin's student Isaac Steel for providing excellent technical leadership and to St Kevin's for use of the auditorium.

Our main characters have had a lot of lines to learn and were focusing on Tuesday on speaking slowly.
The Home and School will be selling ice blocks in the interval.  As a health promoting school we remind parents that ice blocks have about 13g of sugar and the recommended daily intake of sugar for children should be below 25g so if you plan for your child to have an ice block you may need to make other sugar adjustments in the day's menu.  Popsicle ice blocks cost $1.00 each and ice creams cost $2.00 each.  Please bring the correct change.

Parent Feedback on Reporting
According to our feedback, overall  67% of parents found the report easy to understand and relevant to learning.  24% were neutral about it and 9% found it hard to understand and not relevant to learning.

Parents who made an individual comment were divided between those who loved the report and those who wanted the teacher to write more of the comments.

Examples of positive response were:
  • "Easy to follow, love the comments."
  • "Huge improvement on previous version, helpful to be given a tangible idea of where your child fits on the curriculum."
  • "Very informative, loved the self management aspect, overall good to see growth and self management, happy with what was said, keep up the good work.  Thank you."
Feedback for improvement was concerned with wanting more teacher comment.  All feedback was very respectfully given and received.  Thank you.  We will take it all into account when we make further plans.

If you have family members or friends who are planning to enrol at St Joseph's next year, please ask them to contact me as soon as possible so that I can organise classes and staffing for 2019.

Thank you to Bracken's Print
A big thank you to Bracken's Print who are subsiding the printing costs of year 7 student, Bridie McGeown's short story, "Houston and the Show Horse."  Well done Bridie!

Thank you to our parents
A big thank you to all our parents who support the school as we support you to bring out the best in your children.  We appreciate the transport you provide for our activities, coaching and management of sports teams and keeping up with school events.  A particular thank you to Leanne Tuffley (Subway on Friday), Adele Whiston (Uniform Shop), Caterina Campbell (Lucky Book Club), Susie Jorgensen (gymnastics) our Board parent representatives: Sharni Cunningham, Michael Plieger, Rose Davies, Rebecca Meek, Andy Bradley, Rory McGeown and Carl Herbst.  Also to our amazing Home and School led by Rebecca Heffernan. 

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. School Notices - Week 4, Term 3 2018

Beatitude for the day
Blessed are they who think before acting and pray before thinking; they will avoid many blunders

Altar Servers
Saturday 18th August - Samuel Plieger, Nye Jones-Hogan, Max Fatafehi and Sam Asi
Sunday 19th August - Annalise Kilgour, Anika Winders, Ivy-Belle & Molly May-Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to
Hunter Gough, Henry Robinson, Ben Wickham and Addison Kubala

Chess Tournament

Last Thursday we had 13 children compete in the Timaru/Oamaru Chess Tournament held at Fenwick School. They all played 7 games each lasting most of the day and were awarded certificates on how well they played. Due to the senior children being away this week, I was not able to get any results. (editor)  Thanks to Suzy Jorgensen and Rose Davies for your supervision at this tournament.

Cross Country
We urgently require more parent help to help as marshals as we only have 3 names and it is on next Tuesday.  If we don't get more helpers, we will look at changing the order of the races which will be on the day to accommodate the marshalls.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.  Named tarpaulins and rugs are also required otherwise your child will be sitting on the grass.  All children are expected to participate in this cross country.
If it is raining, it will be school as usual and the postponement day is on Wednesday 29th August. North Otago Cross Country is on Monday 3rd September for Yrs 4-8.

Otago Cross Country - if your child is interested in attending this event on Friday 14th September, please let Mrs Brien know.

Head Lice
Please check your child's hair for head lice and follow up with treatment.

Junior Swimming
The junior school have completed 6 lessons in their water safety programme and already improvement and confidence in the water can be seen and they still have 4 more lessons to go.

 Otago Primary Schools Netball Tournament
We are sending 2 mixed Yr 7/8 teams to this tournament on Thursday 30th August in Dunedin.  Further information regarding this tournament will be sent next week.  Thanks to the parents who have already replied.

Pasifika Power Up Programme
This Pasifika community education weekly programme is delivered across terms 3 and 4 on Wednesdays from 5.15 pm to 7.15 pm at Oamaru Intermediate School and Pembroke School.  Facilitators will develop focussed sessions for parents, children and young people. The programme is designed to create a family-centred setting and will include a meal and there is no cost to register and participate.  Transport support is available.  The hubs are lead by registered and qualified teachers and support facilitators and mentors.  To register or find out more information, contact Fa'afetai lava, Hana Halalele on  Attached to the email is further information regarding this programme.

Friday 17th - ICAS Maths exam
Monday 20th - Junior swimming and Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 21st - Cross Country in the morning for the whole school

Winter Sports 
Please return all washed winter uniforms and gear bags to the office.

Rep Players and Awards
As the senior students have been away this week, we will acknowledge representative players and recipients in next week's newsletter.

Community Notices
  • Special Needs Pool Party - will be held at the Aquatic Centre on Saturday 8th September from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.  Any person with special needs is welcome but must be accompanied by a support person.  All registrations are required by 30th August.  Following the swim, the North Otago Lions will supply a sausage and patty sizzle, drink and sweets, so if any dietary needs are required, let them know so they can cater for them.  The bbq is free to all including carers.  Please phone the Aquatic Centre on 433 0410 or Florence Hellyer on 434 3044 to register which is free.
Football - Saturday 18th August
** Football finishes on Saturday 25th August
9.30 am - St Joseph's All Whites v Awamoa Thunder – Awamoa Park

Miniball and Basketball Notice
Miniball –1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th play on 28th August.

Due to OIS being away at a school exchange on 22nd August, there will be no intermediate games that night.  Finals, 3rd & 4th placings etc on the 29th August based on placings at end of rounds.

Miniball - Tuesday 28th August
The draw will be out in next week’s newsletter.
Basketball - Wednesday 29th August
St Joseph’s Cavaliers are playing in the final against OIS.  Please come and support them.
The draw will be out in next week’s newsletter.

3. Diary Dates - Week 4, Term 3 2018

Thursday 16               -  School Production at St Kevin’s College at 6.30 to 8.30 pm
Friday 17                    -  ICAS Maths exam rescheduled for the morning
                                   -  Celebration Assembly at 2.20 pm including a Liturgy for the Assumption
Monday 20                 -  Junior Swimming from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
                                   -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Tuesday 21                 -  School Cross Country held at the Oamaru Racecourse
Thursday 23               -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                   -  Yr 7 ECBs and Young Vinnies
                                   -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
                                   -  Fiefia Evening at 7.00 pm
Friday 24                    -  NZ Marist Rugby team visit at 9.00 am
                                    -  Celebration Assembly at 2.15 pm and presentation of Cross Country trophies
Sunday 26                   -  First Holy Communion
Monday 27                  -  Junior Swimming from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
                                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Tuesday 28                  -  Junior Swimming from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Wednesday 29             -  Cross Country postponement date
Thursday 30                -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                    -  Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm
Friday 31                     -  Daffodil Day – mufti day fundraiser
                                     -  Staff v Yr 8 netball game at 2.00 pm
                                     -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Sunday 2                      -  Father’s Day
Monday 3                     -  North Otago Cross Country
                                     -  Junior Swimming from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
                                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Wednesday 5                -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Thursday 6                   -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                     -  Yr 7 ECB and Young Vinnies *
Friday 7                        - Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 10                   -  Social Justice Week
                                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
                                     -  Multi-cultural Hui at 7.00 pm
Thursday 13                 -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
Friday 14                      -  Otago Primary School Cross Country *
                                     -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 17                   -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
                                     -  Special Character Review
Tuesday 18                  -  Special Character Review
                                     -  Board of Trustees meeting at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 19             - Top School Gymnastics competition
                                     -  Special Character Review
                                     -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                     -  Yr 7 ECB and Young Vinnies *
Friday 21                      -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 24                   -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Friday 28                      -  Singing Cup Finals at St Joseph’s
                                      -  Celebration assembly at the earlier time of 2.00 pm *
                                      -  Term 3 finishes today

Monday 15                    -  Term 4 starts today
Tuesday 16                    -  School photos
Monday 22                    -  Labour Day (holiday)
Wednesday 24               -  Yr 7 Camp to Wainui – note new date
Thursday 25                  -  Yr 7 Camp to Wainui
Friday 26                       -  Yr 7 Camp to Wainui
Sunday 28                      -  Food Fair

Friday 16                        -  School athletics for Yrs 1-8  tbc
Monday 19                     -  Yr 8 Camp to Staveley – note new date
Tuesday 20                     -  Yr 8 Camp to Staveley
Wednesday 21                -  Yr 8 Camp to Staveley
Thursday 22                   -  Yr 8 Camp to Staveley
Friday 23                       -  Yr 8 Camp to Staveley
Monday 26                    -  North Otago Athletics
Tuesday 27                    -  Multicultural Day
Wednesday 28               -  North Otago Postponement Date
Friday 14                       -  Term 4 finishes today – note new day

Thursday, 9 August 2018

1. Principal's News - Week 3 Term 3 2018

Singing Cup
The finals, presentation and choir competition for Singing Cup will be held at St Joseph's this year on the last day of term 3 - Friday 28th September.

Well done to the many children who had a go at the first round of Singing Cup on Tuesday.  Most children gave it a go - they were very brave.  Thank you to our ex St Joseph's students Samantha Jorgensen and Rebecca Whitett (both now at St Kevin's) for being our judges.  The finalists will be announced by the end of the week.

The layout of Friday 28th September will be:

9.15am - Singing Cup competition solos and duets.  All children who have qualified will perform in their year groups.  The whole school watches and parents are most welcome to join us.

2.00pm - Celebration Assembly.   We hope lots of parents will join us for this part.  The winners of each section will be announced and presented with their trophies.  The house choirs and the staff choir will perform.  It will be a joyous way to end our term and we'll be putting out lots of chairs and hoping you will join us.

Jumangi - the 4Rs - Senior Production
We have a limited number of tickets and have sold more than half of them.  They are for sale for a gold coin donation in the office.  If there are any left over there may be door sales on the night but please don't rely on this. 

It will be great.  Mrs Dooley has been away for a couple of weeks and not seen the rapid improvement and she said when she saw it today it brought tears to her eyes.

Aoraki Maths
Congratulations to our intermediate mathematicians who competed in the year 8 section of the Aoraki Maths competition in Timaru on Tuesday evening.  Zara Davies (Y7), Jonathan Jorgensen (Y7), Seb Spillane (Y8) and Hannah Miller (Y8) came 5th out of 30 teams after coming 2nd for about half of it.  Samuel Plieger, Morgan Baillie, Taine Dyson and Tessa Souness (all year 8s) held their own in a high pressured, quick-thinking environment.  The 30 teams came from as far north as Mount Hutt College down to St Joseph's Oamaru in the south.
We can just about see one of our Maths teams in this photo. 

Timaru/Oamaru Chess Competition
Good luck to our chess teams who are competing in this competition today.

Next Week
Next week the senior school will all be spending all day at St
Kevin's on Tuesday and Thursday and should be dropped off and picked up according to the instructions that were sent home yesterday. Children from Yr 4-8 who catch the bus to and from school will stay on the bus in the morning to St Kevin's and catch the bus from St Kevin's home in the afternoon.  I will supervise the children until they catch the bus home on both days at 3.20 pm.  The juniors will be going to a matinee performance of "Jumangi the 4Rs" on Thursday afternoon.  We will be bussing them there.

School will be closed on Wednesday 15th August.  There will be no staff on site.  Strike action is a very last resort.  The main thing I hope comes out of it is that we have more resources for children.  Children's needs and the world we all live in is more complex than it has ever been and teachers have to fulfil a variety of roles. We want more people to take responsibility for this.  

Next Wednesday is the Feast of the AssumptionThere will be no school mass next Thursday.  The Feast of the Assumption is the patron feast of New Zealand and some of the staff will still attend the parish mass for the feast day.  If you wish to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.  Mass will be at 9.15am in the Dean O'Reilly lounge.  

There will be a school liturgy for the Assumption on Friday 17th August at our celebration assembly which will start at 2.20pm that day.

Please let us know if you're not happy about something.  Gently if possible! - we're human too!
By the same measure please let us know when you like something.  An email or note to the office, or just a word now and again really helps.  I keep track of feedback for improvement and also positive feedback and I take it all seriously.  This week I had an unasked piece of positive feedback that has changed a little of what I think about things - for the better.  It all adds to the picture. 

Healthy Eating
Our "feed and read" at 10.30 am is actually meant to be "Fruit and read" - it would be great to see all children coming with fruit to eat at that time.  Teachers will be asking children if they have fruit.

God Bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character - Week 3 Term 3 2018

Image result for first holy communionSacramental Group.      
For children making their First Holy Communion this term there are two parent meetings scheduled in the staffroom on the 13 and 20 August at 7.00 pm. More information was emailed to parents last week. If you would like your child to be part of this group please contact Nicola Winders. Children need to be from Year 4 and upwards.                               
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is when we observe as a holy day of obligation. Mass will be held for this celebration August 15 Wednesday, in the Dean O'Reilly lounge at 9.15am.
Here is a youtube clip with more information about the Feast of the Assumption.

15th The Assumption of Mary – New Zealand’s Patron Saint (Holy Day of Obligation)
What is a Holy Day of obligation?
The obligation to participate in the Mass. The obligation to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God. In New Zealand, we now have only two of these additional holy days of obligation apart from Sunday. They are Christmas Day and the feast of the Assumption, August 15. Mary’s assumption into heaven is also the patronal feast of the Catholic people in New Zealand. Having now only two of these additional holy days of obligation might be added reason to celebrate them well. Consequently, from now on they are holy days of obligation whenever they fall, including Saturdays and Mondays.

God Bless 
Nicola Winders
co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 3 2018

Beatitude for the Day
Happy are those that can appreciate a smile and forget a frown; they will walk in the sunshine

Altar Servers
Saturday 11th August - Serah Staju, Joshua & Lachlan Criddle, Indya Cunningham, Mariah Cunningham
Sunday 12th August - Hana Davies, Lilly Kelcher, Morgan Baillie and Alexie Phillips

Birthday Greetings
Natalie Shah and Campbell Fowler

Cross Country
Our cross country this year is on Tuesday 21st August and not Tuesday 20th August as printed in last week's school newsletter.  Cross Country information was send home to each child via a paper copy and an email yesterday.  Please ensure you read all the information on it as the children need to take a few things with them especially if it is muddy.  We would like everyone to participate in this cross country even if it means walking it. We need 11 more parents to help as marshalls on this day so please contact Paula Brien if you can help.
The distances of the cross country are approximately the same as North Otago's for Yrs 4-8.  A copy of the maps will be put on the notice boards in both the junior and senior school next week.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners from Yrs 4-8 at assembly on Friday 24th August.

NE, Yr 1 & 2 - approximate 500 metres
Yr 3 & 4 - approximate 1.23 km
Yr 5 & 6 - approximate 1.67 km
Yr 7 & 8 - approximate 2.16 km

Last Saturday our footballers who compete in the Primary Grade won 7-4 with only 4 players instead of 5 and had no subs.  They played against a team that had 8 players in it.  Congratulations to Liam Lindsay who is playing up a grade on scoring all of the team's goals with help from his team mates.  Well done St Joseph's All Whites.
ICAS Maths
This maths exam which was meant to be next Tuesday is being rescheduled for Friday 17th August due to the children being at the school production rehearsal.

Kapahaka Dance
Here is a Utube clip for a Tongan dance for the Kapahaka group to practice at home.

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Otago Primary Schools Netball Tournament
We are looking at entering 1 x Yr 5/6 and two Yr 7/8 mixed teams in the Otago Primary Schools netball tournament in Dunedin.  Yrs 5/6 play on Wednesday 29th  and Yr 7/8 play on Thursday 30th August.  We can only enter these teams if we have parents able to help with coaching and transport.  Please contact Paula Brien ASAP if you can help as we have to send the entries away on Monday.  Sorry for the late notice.

Monday 13 - Junior swimming and technology and parent communion meeting
Tuesday 14- Junior swimming and senior school production rehearsal
Wednesday 15 - School closed - teachers strike
Thursday 16 - School production rehearsal, matinee and show
Friday 17 - Liturgy for the Assumption at 2.20 pm in the school hall

School Production
The Home and School are selling ice creams and ice blocks during interval at the school production next Thursday 16th August.  Please bring the correct change as they will not be carrying a float big enough for $50 notes.  Popsicle ice blocks cost $1.00 each and ice creams cost $2.00 each.  Thanks.

Tickets are still available for the show and cost a gold coin donation, available from the office.  If there are tickets left, there will be door sales from 6.00 pm.
Teachers Strike
Remember school is closed next Wednesday 15th August.

Waitaki Clued Up Kids
Clued up kids was an exciting day about safety on the road, sea, guns, earthquakes, water races, dogs and St John's.  The Yr 6 class enjoyed this day very much.  We learnt what is safe and what is not.  We learnt CPR and what to do if we get stuck in a water race or in rip at the beach, see a dog etc.  At the end of the day we did a relaxing session of the brain and went home with a goodie bag.  By Lewis, Paddy and Lisiate.

If you have any old dental care products like tooth brushes or containers, dental floss or container, toothpaste tubes or boxes, please drop them off at school in the box at the office.

Winter Sports 
End of Winter Season Break Up
We will be having a joint winter sports break up when all the winter sports are finished.  It will be held in our school hall after school and will involve acknowledging each team's season and awards.  Families will be asked to bring a plate.  Date and time to be confirmed.  Coaches please take a photo of your team and email it to asap

Sports Uniforms
Please wash all uniforms and gear bags and return them to the named bin outside the office.

Community Notices
  • Dunedin Mini Marathon - held Sunday 9th September at 8.00 am.  Start at Caledonian Ground and finish at Forsyth Barr Stadium.  1 km for 5-8 year olds, 2 km loop for 9-12 year olds. Gold coin donation to enter.  A flyer is attached to the email with more information or contact Alysha McKay on 027 374 4792 or email
  • North Otago Asthma Society - Active Asthma Kids Fun Day - held on Saturday 1st September from 11.00 to 1.00 pm at the Waitaki Rec Centre.  Funfit kid sessions with Di, rock painting, colouring, subway lunch and more. Limited to 20 kids so book your space now - bookings close 17th August.  Call Fiona on 434 3202.
  • Care Matters - Kitchen Table meetings on Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th August. Care Matters is an organisation that supports families and unpaid caregivers of children, young people and adults with disabilities. For further information go to the website or see the attached notice to the email.