Thursday, 18 October 2018

1. Principal's News - Week 1 Term 4 2018

Learning Around the School
Daniel, Michael, Sami and Joaquin enjoy a cross-grouped PE lesson
Term 4 has got off to a great start.  We're looking forward to lots of Education Outside the Classroom opportunities for our older students this term.  All classes will be doing something with the school gardens and we are also investigating technology.  Its been great to see teachers collaborating together to put their own gifts and talents to the best use.  Its great also to see the students collaborating across age groups.

Ayla and Pippa investigate the Lucky Book club

William and Vili learn about Firewise

Our year 7 and 8s are learning dancing for their social at the end of the year

Mrs Asi putting her dance teaching skills to good use.

Serah, Libby and Eva plan their passion projects

Mrs Herbst, Mrs Jones-Hogan and Mrs Frances- Rees are helping the year 6s transition to Intermediate
The Pit of Learning
This refers to the learning process and how real learning involves challenge and some discomfort.  Miss Tangney and Mrs McRae's year 2/3 classes have been learning about this and Mikayla explains it beautifully in this short video.  (This was filmed during the pack up time of the afternoon learning session - so not as quiet in the class as normal learning time.)

This year our athletics for the whole school will be at the Whitestone Stadium.  The day is 14th November.  We will need lots of parent help and the juniors will finish after lunch and can be taken home then if you wish.  Children will need to be dropped off at the stadium and picked up from there at the end of the day.  There is more information in the news section and you will be getting further information as we get closer.

We have zones for Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming.  A certain number of children qualify for North Otago's from each zone.  For instance the country schools join together for their sports and have 400 children and can only nominate the same number that we can.  The main intention of school sports is to give all the children a fair go and so our zones have been revised and we are now zoned with North School.  That means we will do our athletics and cross country competitions with North School.  We will still do swimming on our own but take careful timings and the top children across both schools will go through to North Otago's.  The St Joseph's trophies for each sport will still only be given to the top performing St Joseph's students.  

Bear with us, this is something new and Paula Brien is flat out organising it, keeping on top of every detail.

Fixed Term Appointment for 2019
We are pleased to announce that Ange Asi has been appointed to the fixed term position for 2019 with the year 5/6 class.  Ange has worked for St Joseph's for many years in a part time capacity and helped us out on many occasions when a class has needed a new teacher part of the way through the year.  She is looking forward to setting up her own class from the start of the year and we're very happy to have her expertise and wisdom with us full time for the whole of next year.

St Joseph's International Food Fair
Tell your friends - opening 11.30am Sunday 28th October at St Joseph's.  Its always a fantastic day for everyone.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character - Term 4 Week 1 2018

Welcome back for term four. A term that is full of special Catholic events.

Feast Days
All Saints and All Souls Day
Advent the preparation for Christmas
It is all happening this term.

The month of October each year is dedicated to the Holy Rosary
The Rosary is based on the incidents in the life of Jesus and Mary.
Many are rediscovering the beauty and spiritual benefit of this meditative practice.
The use of beads or knotted ropes to count large numbers of prayers comes from the earliest days of Christianity. However, this way of prayer precedes Christianity. The development of the rosary as we know it today has gone through many stages. Christian Monks used this method to pray the Psalms. Today the rosary consists of in total150 Hail Marys, divided into three sets of 50, which are further divided into five sets of 10 (a decade). Many people pray 1 set.

God Bless
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 4 2018


Altar Servers
Saturday 20th October - Elenoa & Halalova Asi, Cooper & Madison Jones
Sunday 21st October - Andrew Sinclair, Daniel and Jonathan Jorgensen

Birthday Greetings to:
Levi Crowder, Samuel Plieger, Chloe Bartley, Samuel McEvoy, Siale Tokai and Shakyla Meikle

Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair - Paws for Books will be running from Monday the 29th of October until Friday the 2nd of November in the St Joseph’s School Hall. The book fair works to benefit our school - every book you purchase earns the school points which we can use to purchase literacy resources for our children.
Your child has been sent home today with a book fair pamphlet - this has a very small selection of books that will be available at the fair - please come and check out the huge range during our book fair week.
The book fair will be open from 8:45-9:15 am and 2:45-3:15 pm each day.  To make this possible we need at least 2 parents to be looking after the book fair at these times. If you are able to do this please let Danique, Morgan or the office know ASAP.

We will finish our Book Fair celebration with a Book Character dress up day on Friday November 2nd.

Food Fair - Next Weekend
There are still 7 spaces left on the cake wheel list for people to donate slices, muffins, cakes etc.  The cakes are to be delivered to the hall kitchen on Friday 26th October or Saturday 27th October between 4.00 and 5.00 pm or Sunday morning at 10.30 am.

The starting time for the Food Fair has changed from previous years and the gates now open at 11.30 am and food is available for purchase from 12.00 pm.
A selection of food stalls is Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, Indian, Malaysian, NZ, Tongan and others and each plate of food costs $5.00.  Please bring cash for the cake wheel, ice cream and coffee trucks, face painting and fundraiser stalls with eftpos facilities being available.

There are two phones which have been handed into the office and our caretaker has 3 scooters in his shed which have been left behind at school during the year. Please come and claim them if they are yours.

Onya Bike Project
You may or may not be aware that in Oamaru there is a pilot programme being launched called "Safe Ways to School". It involves a survey which will be sent out to caregivers to gauge their ideas on making it safe for our children to come to school on their bike. "Onya Bike" is a joint project which will be aimed at  reversing the trend of students and adults no longer biking as a means of transport.
We know some students will not have bikes so at our school we will be combining the "Onya Bike" with our "Walk & Wheel" week. This way every student will have the opportunity to take part even if they do not have a bike.
The date for this week will be week 6 November 19-23. During this week classes will have a poster to track the ways we arrived at school. There will be spot prizes each day for those who walk or wheel to school. 
This is a great site to have a look at,  what the project aims to do and will provide you with useful information. So now the weather is getting warmer it would be a great idea to think about how we could come to and from school by either walking or wheeling all or part of the way. We will keep you informed with any further information on this exciting project.

School Athletics - Please read
Athletics Day for Seniors and Juniors 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
This year we are changing the format of our school athletics and we are combining our junior and senior athletics with Oamaru North School on Wednesday 14th November at Whitestone Contracting Stadium/Centennial Park.  Oamaru North School has joined our North Otago Sports Zone and we will hold our athletics and cross country with them but our swimming sports will be separate as we prepare for our swimming sports during our swimming lessons.  During these sports, children who qualify for North Otago events will be those ones who get placings or make the event qualifications (usually top 4).

Due to the number of children involved, we require a large number of parents/caregivers/grandparents/older siblings who can help us on the day and to help pack the equipment away at the end of the day.  If you hold a current First Aid Certificate and you can help with either a half day or a full day, please let me know by next week so we can plan ahead.  (I am away for the first 7 school days in November hence I need to get this sorted before I go).

Children are to meet at Centennial Park at 8.50 am in the grandstand in their classes and are to be collected from Centennial Park in the afternoon when it is finished.  Bus children are to be dropped off there in the morning (do not get dropped off at school) and will be collected from there in the afternoon.  Junior school children can go home with their parents once their events (about 1.30 pm) are finished otherwise they will be supervised till 3.00 pm.  If your Yr 1-3 child is being collected earlier, please let your teacher know so she has an indication of the number of children who will be staying till 3.00 pm.

Children are to wear their school PE gear including sport shoes and bring the following items:
·         SUN HAT – very important
·         Track pants, school jacket, school polar fleece, thermal, warm clothes (if cold) and school bag
·         Sunscreen
·         Water bottles x 2 in plastic containers
·         Enough food and snacks to last the whole day

Please do not bring any glassware, energy or fizzy drinks.

The day will start at 9.00 am with a prayer, the roll will be taken and the children notified of what is expected during the day.  We expect all children to be at the grounds by 8.50 am in order for our first rotation to start at 9.20 am.  The rotations should be finished by 2.45 pm followed by tidying up the grounds and a final thank you.  Children will be ready to leave by 3.00 pm.

The programme of events and times will be given to you nearer the time once we have confirmation of helpers from both schools.

The day will consist of the junior and senior children running their events simultaneously apart from the sprints and relays which will be run at the same time.  A bell will indicate the change of events and to move on to the next rotation.  The relays will be run at the end of the junior rotations and we hope to have a parents/staff, Yr 5/6 and Yr 7/ 8 relay.

Children will run in their age groups from 8 years old as of 1st October 2018 and the juniors will run in their house groups.
If it is raining, our postponement day is Friday 16th November.  You will be notified by 7.30 am if it is postponed by Facebook and email and it will be school as usual.
Students that qualify for North Otago Athletics on Monday 26th November will receive information about this. 

Any questions about this day, please contact me.

Paula Brien
Sports Co-ordinator 


Singing Cup Results
On the last day of term 3, we were treated to some brilliant singing from our students and staff alike in our Singing Cup and I know our judges had a really hard time deciding the winners due to the calibre of the singers.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Yr 5    Kacymea Tahitu'a and Lachlan Criddle
Yr 6    no girls this year - Sam Asi and Patrick Spillane
Yr 7    Nevaeh Aitcheson and Cooper Jones
Yr 8    Anika Winders and John Orillo and Hannes Roos

Duet/Group - Yr 5/6 - Willow Bartlett, Tiffany Chen, Ivy-Belle Mestrom, Sandrene Mordeno, Freya Spooner & Kacymea Tahitu'a.
Duet - Yr 7/8 - Nevaeh Aitcheson and Analise Kilgour

Below are photos of the day and our winners.

Slime Sale Fundraiser
On Friday 26th October from 3.05 to 3.15 pm, Athena Toeke and Indya Cunningham are selling slime and all proceeds will go towards Caritas. They will be selling them by trees by the Yr 4/5 classroom. All slime costs $6.00 each with a limit of 2 per person and there are bags of Borax selling for $1.00 each.

St Kevin's College Orientation Day
The Orientation Day for Yr 9 students will be held on Friday 7th December.  Students are to wear mufti and to meet in the college auditorium by 9.00 am.  Please bring a packed lunch and they will be finished by 3.00 pm.  Please contact St Kevin's College if you require further information.

Summer Sports
Please see the next page on the blog for cricket and touch teams. 

Cricket Draw - Thursday 25th October
4.00 pm - Intermediate A (St Joseph's/Union) v Kurow at SKC 2
4.30 pm - Intermediate B (St Joseph's) v Albion at SKC Artificial 1

Touch Rugby Draw - Tuesday 23rd October
Was not available at the time the newsletter went to print.  It will be emailed tomorrow.

Veritas Award
Congratulations to Athena Toeke who received the Yr 8 Veritas Award for term 3.  Athena received this award because she shows great persistence and innovation within the Yr 8 class.  She has a positive can-do attitude which encourages those around her.  Athena is respectful to everyone she has contact with and is supportive in all areas of her learning and roles within leadership.  Athena stands out for being a true JJ role model for our school.

We warmly welcome 3 new children to our new entrants class this week, Isla Anderson, Ben Wickham and Olivia Geypen.
Yr 7 & 8 Camp Fundraisers
The Makikihi Fries delivery date has been postponed due to the long weekend and they will now be delivered on Friday 2nd November after 2.00 pm and not tomorrow.  The Eco Friendly products will also be delivered on this date as well.

Community Notices
  • Waitaki District Youth Council - is holding an outdoor movie night on Friday 26th October at Takaro Park at 8.00 pm.  Cost is gold coin donation or a can for the food bank.  The movie is "Grease".  Bring along blankets, bean bags and chairs.  Flyer attached to email.
  • Weston School is holding a quiz night on Friday 26th October for their Yr 7/8 camp held at the Valley Clubrooms from 7.00 pm.  Teams up to 6 people and costs $30 per team.  To register contact Barbara on 027 417 1692. Flyer attached to email.
  • Love Your Children - celebrating children.  Held on Saturday 27th October from 2.30 to 5.00 pm.  Gather at Takaro Park then progress to Friendly Bay, arriving there at 3.00 pm.  Dress up (optional) in national costumes or fancy dress, it's your choice.  Contact Yvonne Gillespie or Julie Hales at
  • Weston School Fireworks - held on Friday 2nd November at 7.00 pm at the Weston Domain.  Costs $10 for adults and secondary school children, primary school is $5.00 and pre-school is free.  Flyer attached to email.

4. Cricket and Touch Teams, Term 4 2018

Cricket -Term 4 2018 amended 16/10/18
Intermediate A
(9 players on field)

Liam Cameron
Levi Crowder
Campbell Fowler

 Brae Todd
Kaleb Kiwara
Ben O’Sullivan
Hunter Wardle
Alex Wilson

Intermediate B
(8 players on field)

Troy Chikowore
Hamish Fowler
Jack Hayman
Eli Herbst
Cooper Jones
Cody Marshall
Henry Robinson

Henry Wilson
Aaron Smith
Jared Smith


Coach:  Glynn Cameron

Coach:  Carl Herbst
Manager:  Justin Fowler

Practice: Wednesdays from 3.30 pm
Practice:  Wednesdays from 3.30 pm

Touch Teams – Term 4 2018 16/10/18
Tigers - Yr 1/2/3

Cameron Aston
Jacob Bartley
Jac Bradley
Eva Fatafehi
James Laming
Theo Mestrom
Alex Perniskie


Broncos - Yr 1/2/3

Pippa Campbell
Millie Fogarty
Moana Hafoka
Warren Pardede
Aki Tahitu’a
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo
Cooper van Rooy

Pumas - Yr 1/2/3

Lewis Geypen
Cruz Illingworth
Indianna Illingworth
Liam Lindsay
Blake Meek
Leah Kofoed
Lucas Kofoed
Daniel Woodhouse

Co-Coaches – Suzanne Aston and Emma Perniskie
Co-Coaches – Jada-Rose Keno & Kristiana Whiston

Coach: Rebecca Meek
Rockets - Yr 4/5/6

Hamish Fowler
Lewis Gough
Hunter Gough
Indeg Jones-Hogan
Eva Keno
Paddy Spillane
Kacymea Tahitu’a
Michael Woodhouse

Ferns - Yr 4/5/6

Luse Asi
Sam Asi
Milly Campbell
Ben Gillies
Lilly Kelcher
William Pardede
Mya Robinson
Kenton Tokai
Riley Tuffley

Coach – Justin Fowler
Manager: Adrienne Spillane
Co-Coaches Charmaine Fisher & Jody Robinson

Turbos - Yr 7/8

Makayla Bean
Liam Cameron
Troy Chikowore
Jack Hayman
Nye Jones-Hogan
Elias Maher
Jada-Rose Keno
Andrew Sinclair
Kristiana Whiston

Dynamos - Yr 7/8

Elenoa Asi
Hotili Asi
Taine Dyson
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Eleni Hausia
Cody Marshall
Samuel Plieger
Sebastian Spillane
Anika Winders
Matthew Woodhouse

Manager: Tessa Souness
Coach: Lee Woodhouse