Friday, 7 December 2018

1. Principal's News Week 8 Term 4 2018

Girls breaking stereotypes
Yesterday Willow and Chloe shared their multi-pathway story/game.  It features a princess who is fearless and fights for what's right.

They've turned the fairytale stereotype on its head.  In their fairytale the princess rescues the prince.  I loved the idea of their strong, fearless justice-seeking princess and when I asked them where they got that idea from they said,

"That's what we're taught in this school.  It's what we're taught to be."

We're so proud of you girls.

Classes for 2019
Reports go home tomorrow.  Your child's stationery list for their new class will be with the report.  All classes are within Ministry size guidelines for 2019 and the Board is putting in funding to do this.  I have honoured all conversations I have had with parents and agreements regarding class placements for those children on the age borderlines.

Creativity Around the School

JH1 have been making candles: Cruz, Samuel and Tevita

JH1 have been making cup cakes: Ayla
Year 6 EOTC
Year 6 are enjoying their EOTC week activities.  They have been doing archery, Masterchef, technology challenge, team building games, a First Aid course, rock wall climbing and tomorrow they are doing sailing and kayaking.

Year 7 & 8 Social
Last Friday the Home and School provided the year 8 graduation dinner.  The year 8's had a wonderful evening.  The year 7's joined them after dinner for dancing.  The dance mix was our usual mix of traditional dances that the children have learnt, interspersed with their own dance choices.  The evening really raved up when Michael Misiloi joined us.

End of Year Celebrations and Graduation
Please join us on Thursday 13th December at the Basilica for 6pm Mass which will include:
Junior school nativity presentation
Year 8 prizegiving
Year 1-7 JJ awards.
The children are to wear their clean and tidy school uniform, not the PE uniform.

And on Friday 14th December at 12.00 for our final assembly which will include:
Head boy and head girl speeches
Presentation of year 8 leaving certificates
Handing over leadership roles from year 8 to year 7 
And carols.

The junior school are practising for their nativity presentation next week

School ends at 12.45pm on Friday 14th December.

God bless and aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

Thursday, 6 December 2018

2. Special Character Term 4 Week 8

Image result for advent wreath
First week of Advent: Hope
The Advent Wreath
Advent Wreaths are often found not only in people’s homes but also in the church. This circular evergreen wreath usually contains 4 candles (and sometimes 5 candles) and each of these candles represents one of the Sundays of Advent. Families who have this wreath in the home will light the candles on each Sunday and say prayers together. It is believed that this tradition goes back to Lutherans in Germany during the 16th century. Sometimes this wreath is known as an Advent Crown.

God Bless 
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 8, Term 4 2019


Altar Servers
Saturday 8th December - Samuel Plieger, Nye Jones-Hogan, Max Fatafehi and Sam Asi
Sunday 9th December - Annalise Kilgour, Alexie Phillips and Anika Winders

Birthday Greetings to
Christopher Jorgensen

Will be held at the usual time tomorrow at 2.30 pm and all class and other certificates will be presented tomorrow.  Next week's assembly will not involve handing out certificates.

At assembly last week we congratulated the following students who received trophies for our senior athletic sports.  Again special thanks to our parent helpers who helped make this day a success. Absent from the photo is Levi Heffernan

8 yrs - Eva Fatafehi and Daniel Woodhouse
9 yrs - Mya Robinson and Eli Herbst
10 yrs - Eva Keno and Michael Woodhouse
11 yrs - Bridie McGeown and Levi Heffernan
12 yrs - Indya Cunningham and Max Fatafehi
13 yrs - Elenoa Asi/Eleni Hausia and Hotili Asi

The buses will be running in the morning on our last day, Friday 14th December but since we close at 12.45 pm, all bus children will need to be collected at lunch time.


Thank you to everyone who donates money for the missions each week.  This money goes to Caritas where they distribute it to the people who need it the most and this year it went to Timor-Leste and Tonga.  Each year we raise hundreds of dollars including our mufti days for this worthwhile cause.
Caritas sent us an email thanking us and other catholic schools for getting behind the work of Caritas to bring justice, peace and development and thanks for our support.

Games - next week is the last week for cricket which had been extended one more week due to the wet weather.  Both St Joseph's teams are scheduled to play their games next Friday due to our End of Year Mass on Thursday.  If you are unable to play on this Friday, please let your coach know asap.  The draw will come out next week.

Girls Smash and Boys Bash Cricket - these cricket games start again on Monday 25th February at Centennial Park (in term 1 they were held on Friday night).  Teams are 6 aside and costs nothing to play.  Only goes for an hour.  Girls from yrs 3-8 and boys from yrs 3-6 are welcome to play.  No experience necessary.

You are invited to     

The Home & School Disco for Yrs 1-6 only

When:  Friday 7th December 2018

Where: St Joseph’s Hall

Time:  6.00 – 7.30pm

Theme:  Christmas

Cost: $3.00 includes a drink, a bag of chips and a glow stick.

Sorry no pre-schoolers or parents allowed to stay.

There will be loud music and flashing lights

Library books
There is still a large number of library books that belong to school and have not been returned.  Please have a good look during the holidays to see if you have any of these books at your home and drop them back.

Lost Property
There is a HUGE number of items in our lost property area.  Please come and have a look to see if your child's clothing is there before the end of next week as it will then be resold back to the uniform shop or St Vincent de Paul.

Mud Run
Don't forget to keep this date free for the fun-filled Home and School Mud Run at the Oamaru Race Course on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Piano Lessons
These lessons will resume again on Monday 11th February 2019.  Any queries, please phone Peter McMullan on 027 421 1216.

Friday 7th - St Kevin's College Orientation Day
                  -  Disco for Yrs 1-6
Monday 10th - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Thursday 13th - End of Year Mass at 6.00 pm
Friday 14th - Final assembly at 12.00 pm

School Reports
All children will receive their end of year school reports and next year's stationery lists tomorrow.  Please keep an eye out for them in your child's bag.

Swim notices
As our 2019 swimming lessons begin on Monday 4th February, the first day of school, we need to start organising which swim group your child will be in to fully utilise all the lessons.  The 6 lessons are for children in Yrs 4-8 and the times are either 1.00 pm, 1.30 pm or 2.00 pm and at this stage the dates are:
Monday 4th February
Monday 11th February
Wednesday 13th February
Monday 18th February
Wednesday 20th February - this date has now changed and will be confirmed later.
Monday 25th February
Wednesday 6th March – senior swimming sports

Please let Mrs Brien know if you are able to help with walking to and from the pool on these dates.  She will confirm what time your child’s class will be swimming and what times.

Child’s Name: _________________________________________________________
Does your child currently attend swimming lessons at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre?        Yes  /  No
If yes, what level will they be in 2018/2019 __________________________________________
Can your child swim a length in the big pool without stopping?                                       Yes  /  No
If no, can your child swim a half-length in the big pool without stopping?                       Yes  /  No
Does your child swim in the swim pool only?                                                                    Yes  /  No
Parent Help – walking to and from the pool                                                                       Yes  /  No
Name of Helper: ______________________________________________________________
What days and times can you help?

Please return this notice to the office by Monday 10th December.

Touch Rugby
At the weekend North Otago junior touch hosted a tournament which fielded teams from Otago, Southland and Canterbury and ages ranged from U13 to U18. North Otago fielded teams to play in this competition and some of our students played in this team.
friends and opponents
North Otago U13 mixed touch team
Uniform Shop Hours
Our uniform shop will be open on Friday 1st February from 9.00 to 10.30 am and Monday 4th February from 8.30 to 9.30 am.  It will be open every Thursday from 2.30 to 3.00 pm.

 Community Notices
  • OSCAR Before and After School Programmes - closing date is Monday 17th December and the opening date is Monday 30th January
  • OSCAR Holiday Programme - join us for a fun filled summer holidays with swimming, water fights, water slide, bush walks, berry picking, beach and playground visits plus lots of crafts and games.  Pre Christmas - 20th and 21st December.  January Holidays - 7th to 25th.  Please contact Jenny for more information on 021 156 5871 or email
  • Summer Reading Programme for Kids 2018/2019 - this is open to all primary school aged students and is a fun way to encourage them to continue reading over the school holidays.  Pick up your activity card from Waitaki District Libraries, return it and be in to win a prize and an invitation to the wrap-up party.  Runs from 17th December 2018 to 1st February 2019.  (wrap-up party date to be confirmed)
  • KIDS ON BOARD - looking for something to do with kids next holidays?  Head to for great ideas as recommended by other families.
  • Hampden School Glencoe Run Rogaine Challenge - held on Saturday 16th February.  Navigate your way around the hills and enjoy the fantastic scenery of Glencoe on foot using map and compass.  Ideal for all levels of competitor and family fun! Why not put a school or workplace team together.  90 minutes family 'minigaine', 3 hours or 6 hours Rogaine.  Family, junior, senior teams of 2 to 5.  Online entries from or contact Ian Harrington on 021 0857 6195 or email
  • Music Lessons - with Jenna Madden, Area Manager for the New Zealand Modern School of Music.  I offer lessons in piano, guitar and ukulele, music theory from ages 7+. Teaching from the NZMSM course books.  Exams both practical and written are available.  Please email at to secure a place for 2019.

4. Diary Dates - Week 8, Term 4 2018

Friday 7                          -  EOTC Yr 6
                                       -  St Kevin’s Orientation Day for Yr 9’s starting 2019
                                       -  End of Year Disco for Yrs 1-6
Monday 10                     -  Activator Sports *
                                       -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 11                     -  Board of Trustee meeting at 6.30 pm
Thursday 13                   -  End of Year Mass including prize giving and junior nativity  starting at 
                                           6.00 pm                        
                                       -  Final assembly includes new Yr 8 leadership, Yr 8 leavers certificates and
                                       -  Term 4 finishes at 12.45 pm  

Friday 1                          -  Uniform shop open from 9.00 to 10.30 am *
Monday 4                       -  School starts for term 1
                                       -  Uniform shop open from 8.30 to 9.30 am *
                                       -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8
Wednesday 6                  -  Waitangi Day holiday – no school      
Monday 11                     -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8
Wednesday 13                -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8
Thursday 21                   -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8 *
Monday 18                     -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8
Monday 25                     -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8
                                        -  Monday night cricket starts *

Tuesday 12                     -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Sunday 17                       -  First Reconciliation Mass
Tuesday 19                     -  St Joseph’s Day
                                       -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Wednesday 20                -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Thursday 21                   -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Saturday 23                    -  St Joseph’s Home & School Mud Run
Tuesday 26                     -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Wednesday 27                -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3

Thursday, 29 November 2018

1. Principal's News Week 7 Term 4 2018

Year 7 & 8 Social
The year 8s are preparing for their end of year social.  Many thanks to the Home and School and particularly, Adele Whiston, who are once again organising the formal dinner. 

Year 8 Camp
The year 8s enjoyed an exciting camp at Mt Somers last week.

Multicultural Day
We loved having St Kevin's students join us for multicultural day on Tuesday.  It was a fabulous day, organised once again by Jan Plieger and show-casing our different cultures.  We are particularly grateful to parents who shared their expertise with our students.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character - Week 7, Term 4 2018

Week 7: November 26 - 30
This Sunday 2nd December will be the first Sunday of Advent. We will see the colours in the Church from mainly Green to Violet or Purple. Violet or Purple is the colour of Advent and Lent.

We can think of the colour of Advent to be a more of a rose-purple, like the sky just before sunrise. This is the time of year when the Church waits in joyful hope to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

We light  the first candle on the Advent Wreath that symbolises hope.

Prayer For The Advent Wreath

Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, 
the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Saviour of us all.
O Lord,
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.


God Bless 
Nicola Winders