Thursday, 4 July 2019

1. Principal's News Week 10 Term 2 2019

Term 2
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of working with your children.  They are a joy.  They are mannerly, respectful, kind and they all show our school values of respect, reverence, resilience and relationship.  Of course not all the time, no-one's perfect.  But our children have good strategies for facing up and dealing with things when they are not perfect and even better, they know and expect us, the adults around them, to support them with this.  I love coming to work and working with your children.

At St Joseph's we constantly strive to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith.  We've had a great term and here are some highlights:

- Celebration of oral language - the children shared some amazing speeches and recitals
- Three interschool sports competitions for our intermediates.
- National Young Leaders Day for the year 8s.
- Sacrament of Confirmation
- Enviroschools development and social sciences teaching
- We have learnt about God and Creation which helped us understand about our Earth.
- We have learnt about Church - so that we understand we have a responsibility to do something about our environment.
- Children have been learning drumming and ukelele.
- Our Filipino class, Pasifika group and Kapa Hapa groups have continued.
- All children have been supported to make sustained improvement in oral language.
- Our students are making good progress with all their learning and can show they are achieving.
- Our Dominican Choir and Year 7 & 8s participated in the North Otago Music festival - what a great celebration of your talent.

Mufti Mania
Tomorrow, Friday 5th is Mufti Mania.  This is something all Catholic Schools in New Zealand participate in together.  Children wear their own clothes (mufti) and bring a gold coin donation.  This will provide new water tanks and toilets and repair classrooms for Doputz Primary School on Bougainville.  This school has been closed due to ill repair and lack of resources.  Our combined effort will help to open it again.

Congratulations to Morgan Lee who has gained the deputy principal position at Papakaio School.  In term 4 Mrs Jennifer Streat will co-teach with Mrs Lena Klenner in Ruma Kiwi.

Children will be given their reports to take home tomorrow.  For children with parents in separate locations, reports are posted to both parents.  If we don't know the location of one of the parents, two reports will go to the location we know, with the child.  The reports are the opening of a conversation which will be continued at interviews next term.  Please book your time.

Interviews are Tuesday 30th June and Monday 5th August.  You can book your time at using the code rexwq

Reminder - Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED, Friday 9th August.

From the staff and students at St Joseph's we wish you a happy and safe holiday.

God Bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 10 Term 2 2019

Welcome to the Last Week of Term 2
Wednesday 3 July is the Feast Day of St Thomas the Apostle.
He is famously known as “doubting Thomas” because he did not believe that the risen Jesus was the “real thing” until he could touch the blood on Jesus’ side where he had been pierced by the soldier’s lance.  When Thomas did recognise the risen Jesus, he responded by acknowledging Jesus by saying “My Lord, and my God”.  John’s Gospel gives Thomas several speaking parts. The tradition of the Church holds that Thomas travelled as far as India, including the province of Kerala preaching the Good News.
St Thomas is the patron Saint of Architects.

10th Commandment “You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods”  

Not to covet (to want something really badly) what belongs to others means not allowing yourself to be carried away by envy or greed.  The tenth commandment warns against the desire to have everything immediately, to continuously have more, to gain at all costs, even when it means acting unjustly.  The first step to conquering the desire to have what belongs to others is to be grateful to God for what we have.  Gratitude for what we have helps us to stop measuring ourselves against others.  Respecting this commandments means recognising our own gifts and talents and making good use of them, while at the same time being happy

Catholic Special Character Focus
 In Term 3 the children who were confirmed in Term 2 will be preparing to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist. I will be teaching the programme with Year 4 and several other children from other classes during the week leading up to receiving the Sacrament in week 5
A way to help the children to become more focused on receiving the Sacrament and come to realise how very special this Sacrament is. It is what brings us all together as one family, God’s Family. Please make a note of the times for the meetings. A Parent Meeting will be held early in term 3.  Date and time to be confirmed. It is very important that you attend this meeting before your child begins his/her lessons.

We are all in this together, Home/School/Parish.
 A Holiday Prayer
Loving Lord, as the time for our holiday gets closer we pray that You will be with us, as we make all the plans and preparations for this much needed time of rest and refreshment. Help us not to miss any important things as we get ready. We pray that there will not be any last-minute problems to hinder or prevent our restful holiday time. Keep us and all our friends safe and warm during this break. Thank You for this wonderful opportunity to recharge our mental, spiritual and physical ‘batteries’, so that we may be able to spend time away from our hard work at school and of the every-day life and return rejuvenated and ready to continue our daily tasks. Amen
Mufti Mania tomorrow

Gold Coin Donation Please.
 Thank you 
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 10, Term 2 2019


Altar Servers
Saturday 6th July - Lachlan Criddle, Serah Staju, Mariah Cunningham and Jayla Strong
Sunday 7th July - Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom and Henry Robinson
Saturday 13th July - Cooper & Madison Jones, Joseph & Paddy Spillane
Sunday 14th July - Lilly Kelcher, Libby Seddon & Lisiate Hausia
Saturday 20th July - Luse & Sami Asi, Annalise & David Kilgour
Sunday 21st July - Ivy-Belle & Molly May Mestrom, Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan

Birthday Greetings to
Bronson Bartlett, Marianne Alegere, Cooper Jones, Emily Chen and Eva Fatafehi

If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the school office. If your child is sick, you still have to let the school know each day if your child is away.

Please note assembly is at 12.00 pm tomorrow and not 2.30 pm.

This term we are trialling a new system where the children are allowed to take home library books for the holidays on the proviso that they have no outstanding library books at home. If they have overdue library books, they will not be allowed to take them home in future.

Pot Plants
St Joseph's is an enviroschool and we would love to brighten up our library with some greenery.  If anyone has some pot plants/indoor plants that you have no use for, we would love to look after them in the library for you. Please drop them off at the office.

Otago Primary School's Cross Country
This year the Otago Cross Country is being held on Friday 30th August which is the week before the North Otago Cross Country event on Monday 2nd September.  If your child is interested in attending the Otago Cross Country please let Mrs Brien know.

Parent Student Conferences
School interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th July and Monday 4th August from 3.15 to 8.00 pm. Please book your time for you and your child by going to and entering the code rexwq otherwise notify the office and we can book a time for you.

Resource Recovery Centre Visit

The junior school are walking to the Resource Recovery Centre and the Community Gardens on the morning of Friday 26th July (week 1).  They will spend an hour at each place gathering information and sparking interest for their learning about Energy in term 3.
They require lots of parent helpers on their walk to enable this to happen.  Please mark your calendar and make yourself available to come and be with them.  They plan to leave school at 9.30 am and be back for lunch at 12.30 pm.  The postponement day is the following Friday 2nd August.  Please let your child's teacher know if you can help.  Many thanks Leanne Brookes.

School Polar Fleeces
We will let you know when the polar fleeces arrive at school.

St Mary's Interschool
Last Thursday our Yr 8 students travelled down to Mosgiel to compete in the annual inter-school against St Mary's. Their intermediate department comprises of 16 students who all played at least 2 games each against our own students.  All games were full length games and this year we had a tightly contested competition with some very close games with St Joseph's winning the rugby and the basketball and St Mary's winning the soccer and netball. Thank you to Mr Cameron for helping coach our teams.  A great day was had by all.

We warmly welcome Angelina Pardede to our new entrants class.
Community Notices
  • North Otago Rock & Mineral Club - the gemstone and jewellery and craft fair is on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July at the Scottish Hall.  Saturday is 9.00 am to 4.30 pm and Sunday is 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
  • Winter Holiday Fun - see what is happening at the Oamaru Library and the North Otago Museum.

4. Sports Draw - July - Week 10, Term 2 2019

Netball - Saturday 6th July
**  Notes from the North Otago Junior Netball meeting
·         Yr 3/4 Future Fern Grade - Maroon team – not playing this weekend
·         Note about ‘Ball Possession’ – when the ball is in the hands of two players, please don’t rip the ball / or players yelling ‘just rip it’, umpires are not calling anything and this can become dangerous and someone will get hurt.
·         Goal-athon & Dress Up Day – Saturday 27th July, if rained out, it will be held on 3rd August.  Cards have been handed out to coaches and/or players.
·         Juniors Finals Day – Saturday 10th August.  There will be 8 minute quarters for all grades.  The final of the Intermediate 1.1 grade will be the last game of the morning.

Intermediate Prem
11.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v Kurow Blue– Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
10.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v Kurow Red – court 8

Intermediate 3 Yr 5/6
9.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v OIS Shooters – court 2

9.00 am – Jada-Rose Keno & Mariah Cunningham, Atlanta Williams & Hannah Fowler, Summer Moriarty and Bridie McGeown
10.00 am –Paige Strachan
11.00 am – Serah Staju
Rugby - Saturday 6th July
5 & 6 yrs - Rippa
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow Bulls – SKC

7/8 yrs
11.00 am –Excelsior v St Joseph’s – WCCP 3

9/10 yrs
10.00 am – Valley Gold v St Joseph’s – Weston

11/12 yrs
12.00 pm – Athletic/Excelsior v St Joseph’s – WCCP 2

Miniball - Tuesday 23rd July
The miniball draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed.  Please check the notice board and emails for the draw.
Basketball - Wednesday 24th July
The basketball draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed.  Please check the notice board and emails for the draw.
Hockey – Tuesday 23rd July
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
4.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wasps v OIS Blue (Mia C)

Hockey – Wednesday 24th July
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
6.30 pm – Upper Waitaki Wekas v Papakaio Blue (Mya R) – Turf 2

5. Diary Dates - Week 10, Term 2 2019

Thursday 4                     -  Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm at the Northstar
Friday 5                          -  Mufti Day
                                       -  Celebration assembly at 12.00 pm – note new time *
                                       -  Term 2 finishes at 3.00 pm *
Monday 22                     -  Term 3 starts
                                       -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Thursday 25                   -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  ECB and Young Vinnies *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
Friday 26                        -  Junior school visit to Resource Recovery Centre *
                                       -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 29                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 30                     -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm
Thursday 1                     -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
                                       -  Home and School Meeting at 7.00 pm *
                                       -  Board of Trustee training at 7.00 pm *
Friday 2                          -  Junior school visit to Resource Recovery Centre postponement day *
                                       -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *

Monday 5                       -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                       -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm
Thursday 8                     -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  ECB and Young Vinnies *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
Friday 9                          -  TEACHER ONLY DAY  - school closed *
Saturday 10                    -  Rugby finishes today 
                                       -  Netball finishes today for Yrs 3-8
Monday 12                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 13                     -  Board of  Trustees meeting at 6.00 pm
Thursday 15                   -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
Friday 16                        -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Sunday 18                      -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser *
Monday 19                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 20                     -  School Cross Country – am *
                                        -  Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Meeting at 2.30 pm *
Wednesday 21                -  School Cross Country Postponement date
Thursday 22                   -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  ECB and Young Vinnies *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
Friday 23                        -  Celebration assembly *
Sunday 25                      -  First Holy Communion
Monday 26                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                       -  St Joseph’s Intermediate Open Evening at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 27                     -  Kapahaka Festival at the Opera House
Thursday 29                   -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                       -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
Friday 30                        -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *

Sunday 1                        -  Father’s Day *
Monday 2                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
                                       -  North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4                  -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Monday 9                       -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Monday 16                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Friday 20                        -  Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8
Sunday 22                      -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser *
Monday 23                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Friday 27                        -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                     -  Term 4 starts
Sunday 20                      -  Food Fair
Monday 28                     -  Labour Day holiday – school closed
Tuesday 29                     -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Wednesday 30                -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Thursday 31                   -  Yr 7 & 8 camp

Friday 1                         -  Yr 8 camp
Friday 8                         -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations
Saturday 9                     -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations
Tuesday 12                    -  School athletics for whole school
Thursday 14                  -  School athletics postponement date
Monday 25                    -  North Otago Athletics

Friday 20                        -  School finishes for the year at 12.30 pm

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Principal's News Week 9 Term 2 2019

Assembly Next Week
Assembly will be at 12.00 next Friday 5th July (last day of term).

This Week
We have had an exciting week.  Our year 7 & 8s competed in our interschool with St Joseph's from Timaru which was hosted here in Oamaru this year.  Oamaru won overall.

We have had our celebration of oral language.  Every child in the school has prepared an oral language presentations and selected ones were shared with the school and parents this morning.  The standard was very high.

Today our year 8 class has gone to Mosgiel to compete in our annual interschool with St Mary's.  That's it for our sports exchanges this year.

The choir continues to practice hard for the North Otago Music Festival next Tuesday evening.  Please let the office know if you want tickets. Its always a great evening of entertainment.

Using your WITS
This system has been part of our behaviour management system for the past three years.  We have promoted it a lot more strongly this year.  It means:

Walk away
Talk it out
Seek help

If your child brings a problem home it helps to follow this process with them.

Polar Fleeces
Our apologies: - we have made several requests for the Warehouse to keep a good stock of our polar fleeces.  We have now ordered for some stock to be kept at school so that we keep a range of sizes.  These are on their way.

REMINDER: Friday 9th August is a teacher only professional development day and school will be closed.

Reports are coming home with children next Friday.  Families who get two reports to different locations will have their reports posted.  If we don't have address details for one of the parents both reports will go home with the child.

The reports tell you the level your child is working at and provide comments that will open the discussion we will have at parent interviews next term.

Interviews are now open for booking.  Interviews are Tuesday 30th June and Monday 5th August.  You can book your time at using the code rexwq

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees