Friday, 22 November 2019

4. Diary Dates - Week 6, Term 4 2019


NOVEMBER
Thursday 21                      -  Filipino Pagsama at 6.00 pm in the school staffroom
Friday 22                            -  EOTC for Yr 6
                                             -  Athletic trophies and certificates presented at assembly
Monday 25                         -  North Otago Athletics
                                             -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Thursday 28                      -  St Kevin’s College Orientation Day for Yr 8 students
                                            -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                            -  Yr 7 ECB and Young Vinnies
Friday 29                            -  Multicultural Day
                                            -  All library books are due back for the end of the year stock take *
Saturday 30                       -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser

DECEMBER
Monday 2                           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 – last one for the year
Wednesday 4                     -  Vision and hearing *
Thursday 5                        -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
Friday 6                             -   Junior school disco
Tuesday 10                        -  Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm
                                             -  Touch Rugby finishes today
Wednesday 11                  -  Pet Day today – note change of date *
Friday 13                          -  Yr 7 & 8 formal
                                           -  Cricket finishes today
Wednesday 18                 -  End of Year Mass at 6.00 pm
Thursday 19                     -  End of Year assembly at 12.00 pm
                                           -  School finishes for the year at 12.30 pm

FEBRUARY 2020
Monday 3                           -  Start date for term 1 – confirmed
Thursday 6                        -  Waitangi Day – school closed *

APRIL
Thursday 9                        -  Holy Thursday – last day of school  for term 1*
Friday 10                            -  Good Friday *
Saturday 11                       -  Holy Saturday *
Sunday 12                          -  Easter Sunday *
Monday 13                         -  Easter Monday *
Monday 27                         -  ANZAC Day observed – school closed *
Tuesday 28                        -  Term 2 starts *

JULY
Friday 3                               -  Last day of school for term 2 *
Monday 20                         -  School starts for term 3 *

SEPTEMBER
Friday 25                            -  Last day of school for term 3 *

OCTOBER
Monday 12                         -  School starts for term 4 *

Thursday, 21 November 2019

1. Principal's News Week 6 Term 4 2019

Welcome Mass
We had a beautiful welcome mass for children new to the school on Sunday.  Thank you to Megan Phillips who presented the children with their picture bibles from the Home and School Association.


Visit to Victorian Precinct
Ruma Kakapo and Year 5 students from Hoiho visited the Victorian Precinct on Wednesday morning to take photographs of buildings and people.  These will be entered into the local Heritage Photography Competition. Some students were dressed in Victoriana and really looked the part. Thank you again to the parents who helped supervise students. 




Filipino Pagsasama
Tonight in Staffroom 6pm


Reminder of end of year happenings

Junior Disco - Friday 6 December, 
Year 7 & 8 formal - Friday 13 December

St Joseph's Community Break up:
Mass starts 6pm Wednesday 18 December at St Patrick's Basilica on Reed Street
It includes the junior school nativity production
Awarding the JJ (Just like Jesus) awards for each class
Year 8 prize-giving and candle ceremony

We strongly urge all families to attend as this celebration includes all of our children.  We keep this special occasion very streamlined.

Last day of term:
Final assembly starts 11.45am and includes:
Head Boy and Head Girl Speeches
Presentation of leavers certificates to year 8s
Announcement of school leaders for 2020
Carol-singing
Children go home at 12.30pm

We look forward to sharing this time with you.




God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2.Special Character Week 6 Term 4 2019

Malo e Lelei
Special Dates
18th Sts Peter and Paul apostles
21st Presentation of Mary

22nd St Cecelia 
The Feast of the Presentation is the Feast day of the Presentation Sisters who came to teach in New Zealand in 1950 from Ireland and a small group arrived in Green Island Dunedin in 1954. Their Foundress was Nano Nagle. St Peter Chanel School in Green Island was started by the Presentation Sisters. The Nano Nagle Trust supports many families and children throughout New Zealand in Catholic Schools.
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Lautado Si
CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME
Household cleaning – avoiding the toxins on our floors: Natural Citrus floor cleaner: Fill bucket with approx. * 4 litres hot water; add * 2 TBspns Liquid castile soap; * 10 drops of both orange essential oil and lemon essential oil (or 4 TBspn of lemon juice), mix with mop and add * 1 TBsp of baking soda. When it comes to cleaning, lemon is one of the best ingredients. (White vinegar, B soda and water also leave clean, shiny floors). Washing soda and white vinegar for cleaning purposes are available in the cleaning areas of supermarkets.  While living our lives with love, we can be the change we wish to see.
Spiritual Reading
'Seek by reading and you will find by meditating. Knock by praying, and it will be opened to you in contemplation.'
Special character: Welcome Mass
Here are some of the photos taken from our welcome mass to our new families. Thank you to student leaders, home and school committee, parents and teachers who took part in making this event joyful and so welcoming to our new families.
 
 

 

Thank you
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 6, Term 4 2019

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Altar Servers
Saturday 23rd November - Serah Staju, Annalise & David Kilgour and Mariah Cunningham
Sunday 24th November - Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan, Lisiate Hausia and Lilly Kelcher

Birthday Greetings to
Stirling Heffernan and Molly O'Neill

2020 Enrolments
If you know of anyone who is turning 5 next year or wants to enrol their children and has not yet enrolled at our school, please contact the office.

Athletics
Trophy Presentation
The trophies and certificates will be presented to the senior children at assembly tomorrow at the normal time of 2.30 pm.

North Otago Athletics
All children who are attending the North Otago Athletics on Monday are to meet Mrs Brien at Centennial Park between 3.30 and 3.45  to receive your name label with your events on it.  All children have been notified.  The children are to wear their PE uniform and sport shoes and bring a water bottle.  No shoe spikes or starting blocks to be used. A notice about the etiquette of each event will be given to the children.  The postponement day is Thursday 28th November.  Good luck to all.




Cricket Draw 
Please note the girls are playing Valley today instead of Friday.
Intermediate A - St Joseph's Volts v Valley Girls - SKC 1 (Friday)
Primary - St Joseph's Sparks v Valley Red - SKC Artificial 2 (Thursday)

Junior Disco
The Home and School committee are running a disco on Friday 6th December for Yrs 1-6 (sorry no pre-schoolers).  The theme is red, white or green or Christmas if you are stuck for ideas.  It starts at 6.00 and finishes at 7.30 pm and costs each child $3.00 for entry which gets you a drink, a bag of chips and a glow stick.  If you want to buy another glow stick, it will cost you .50 cents and $1.00 for another drink.  Parents should be warned that the main lights are off and there maybe flashing lights and loud music.  The Home and School ask for children to be dropped off and picked up at 7.30 pm as they will be adequately supervised by the Home and School parents.

Library Books
All library books are to be returned by Friday 29th November for our annual stocktake.  All books are to be placed in the box outside the office.


Lost Property
This is a major problem with about 90% of the items not named or they have an old name on it.  When you buy a new or second hand item of clothing, please name them with your child's name so any lost items can be returned to their rightful owners.
The classes are going to check to see if any of these items belong to them and next Monday they will be displayed on the blue benches outside the office.  If they are not claimed by the end of next week, they will be sorted and put into the Uniform shop for resale.












Multi Cultural Day –Friday 29th November
Our 2019 Multicultural day is fast approaching.  We would be delighted if you would come and
share this day, or part of this day, with us.  Children are to come dressed in mufti which may be a
national costume or could be a costume that reflects their ethnic background in some way.
The programme is as follows:

9.00 am – roll
9.05 am- Classes to Hall/Welcome/Prayer/Allocation of Groups
9.20 am - rotation 1 begins
10.00 am - rotation 2 begins
10.40 am - fruit and read and break
11.00 am - rotation 3 begins
11.40 pm - rotation 4 begins
12.20 pm -children go back to classroom
12.30 pm - shared lunch for all
1.30 pm - children back to classroom and then go to the hall with their teachers
1.40 pm - concert begins

If time permits, there will be a whole school activity for 20 minutes either outside or in the hall,
depending on the weather. Students will return to their classes after the whole school activity
finishes to pack up and for final prayers.  

Every family is asked to bring a shared lunch and we rely on each family to contribute to the shared lunch. Please drop your shared lunch on the tables in the hall when you come to school.  Please
do not bring any food that contains nuts because we have children with nut allergies.




                               




Victorian Precinct Trip
Yesterday Ruma Kakapo and the Yr 5 students from Hoiho visited the Victorian Precinct area to take photos for a heritage competition.





Old Mobile Phones
It would be great if you could have one final rummage before the end of term for any unwanted mobile phones you may have at home.  It is estimated that each year, up to 3 million phones become obsolete in NZ, of those only 2% are recycled.  Phones collected help our school gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits as well as keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances.

   Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the school office.

Reminders
Thursday 21 - Filipino Pagsama at 6.00 pm in the staff room
Friday 22 - McKerrow's Pond for Yr 6
                 -  Athletic trophy presentation
Monday 25 - North Otago Athletics
                   - Technology for Yr 7 & 8 after lunch
Thursday 28 - St Kevin's College Orientation Day for Yr 8's

St Kevin's Uniform Shop Hours
Their uniform shop will be open in January on the following days:
Wednesday 22 January from 2.00 to 7.00 pm
Friday 24th January from 2.00 to 4.00 pm
Sunday 26th January from 2.00 to 4.00 pm

Swimming Lesson Dates for 2020
Our dates have not been confirmed with the pool for both seniors and juniors as yet but we will let you know when they are confirmed.

Welcome 
We warmly welcome Ellie Jing who started school last week in the junior school.

Community Notices
  • Toot for Tucker - is on Monday 2nd December from 6.00 pm.  A combined Lions Clubs of North Otago project for Oamaru Food Bank.  Listen to the 'tooting' in your street.  Please give your donation of a non-perishable food item.
  • Galleon Christmas Family Fun Day - Sunday 15th December from 1.00 to 4.00 pm.  $5 bowling, dress up competition, giveaways, spot prizes etc.  Bookings essential.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

1. Principal's News Week 5 Term 4, 2019

Junior Visit to the Marae
Thank you to Moeraki Marae for hosting our junior school last week.  It was a very informative and interesting visit.


Athletics
We had a fantastic day for athletics on Tuesday.  It was very well organised by Paula Brien and we enjoyed sharing the time with North School.  Our students enjoyed themselves, and showed great sportsmanship.  There are lots more photos on our Facebook page.


Filipino Pagsasama
We invite our Filipino families and friends to a Filipino Pagsasama next Thursday November 21 at 6pm in the school staffroom.  Our Filipino group will perform some singing and dance items.  Our Filipino Mums will perform an item and we are hoping some of our St Kevin's students will also perform.  Please bring a plate to share.

Here is our Filipino class practising this afternoon


End of Year Celebrations
Please make a note in your dairies:

Junior Disco - Friday 6 December, 
Year 7 & 8 formal - Friday 13 December

St Joseph's Community Break up:
Mass starts 6pm Wednesday 18 December at St Patrick's Basilica on Reed Street
It includes the junior school nativity production
Awarding the JJ (Just like Jesus) awards for each class
Year 8 prize-giving and candle ceremony

We strongly urge all families to attend as this celebration includes all of our children.  We keep this special occasion very streamlined.

Last day of term:
Final assembly starts 11.45am and includes:
Head Boy and Head Girl Speeches
Presentation of leavers certificates to year 8s
Announcement of school leaders for 2020
Carol-singing
Children go home at 12.30pm

We look forward to sharing this time with you.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees




2. Special Character Week 5 Term 4 2019

Welcome/Malo e Lelei
Special Liturgy Dates
11th Armistice or Remembrance Day Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WWI
11th St Martin of Tours
12th St Josaphat
16th St Margaret of Scotland
16th Saint Gertrude

First issue of Otago Daily Times published 15 November 1861. The first centre in New Zealand to have a daily paper.

Lets pray this week for all journalist and all who work in the media. Help them Jesus to e bold with understanding and compassionate of human weakness; rejecting alike the half -truth which deceives, and slanted word which corrupts. May the power which is theirs always be used with honesty and courage, with respect and integrity, so that when all here has been written, said and done, they may, unashamed, to meet God face to face. Amen.

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Oamaru Mail
Lautado Si
CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME (Season of Creation) : 

Water - (UN Sustainability Goal No 6) Did these reflections increase your appreciation of water as the source of all creation? Have you become more aware of water and the crucial part it plays in our lives.  What changes can we make to conserve water and develop a relationship with this essential life-giving gift. As citizens of NZ/Aotearoa should we be demanding that legislation be updated in order to preserve this precious resource for future generations?  DID YOU KNOW: 8 major rivers of the world, no longer reach the sea;  Trees are a source of water they create water vapour and precipitation (rain) and help form streams and rivers. How can we better protect all water sources from pollution and commercial exploitation?
Spiritual Reading
'We meditate before, during and after everything we do. The prophet says: "I will pray, and then I will understand." This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work. In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.'
Special Character:Religious Education Strand.
Our children are learning about Communion of Saints Strand: Te Kotahitanga o Te Hunga Tapu. Mary, as the mother of Jesus has a special place amongst the saints.
Junior Hub 1 worked with each other: to describe tapu (holiness) in relation to Mary.  Describing is a multistructural SOLO activity. 
TRADITIONAL PRAYER TO PRAY FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY especially remembered during the month of November
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

Thank you
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS