Thursday, 29 July 2021

1. Principal's News Term 3 Week 1 2021

Student-led Interviews

Please make your bookings for student-led interviews after school next Tuesday or Wednesday.  Mrs Streat's class will be organising theirs later in the term.  Reports will be coming home on Friday, please check your children's bags.

To book your meeting go to:

The interview code is: kpa94

Cross Country

Our cross country event is Friday 27 August.  Paula Brien our Sports Coordinator will be putting out requests for help soon.  Please put your hand up, it's a great day for students and our community.

Today was our first practice:


Our term focus this term is science and our inquiry project is "Living Environment."  We will be learning how to use the science capabilities in the context of the Living World.  The year 7 & 8s are also learning about the chemical and physical world.  They were conducting experiments into conductivity today and these will lead to finding out more about semiconductors, atomic structure, and solar power and their projects may lead to creating some solar-powered features for our living landscape.

Ethics Olympiad

A small team of children has been preparing to participate in the Junior Ethics Olympiad in September.  They will be competing with other teams from all over Australasia.  They are well on the way, learning how to consider important questions from an ethical perspective and listening to and responding to other points of view. 

They have learnt to look at important matters through these ethical lenses:

  • The greatest good for the greatest number of people (Utilitarianism)
  • An act is good if the motive is good (Kant)
  • Look after the weak (Catholic social justice)
  • Something is good if it would still be good if everyone did it (Categorical Imperative - Kant)
  • Treat others how you want to be treated (The Golden Rule - Jesus)

Healthy Lunches and Teeth

Have you seen the new advertisement for looking after children's baby teeth?

Tooth decay in young children is a very big problem in our area.  Tooth decay in baby teeth in children affects their adult teeth and overall health.  So it is worth a reminder to ensure your children brush their teeth twice a day.

The food in lunchboxes can also have a big effect on dental and overall health.  Children are only allowed water to drink at school and we encourage a healthy lunchbox with sandwiches, or a rice or pasta meal, and fruit and avoiding sugary muesli bars or chips.  

If your child is not connected with the dental service you can sign up by visiting the dental clinic which is situated at North School, across the road from us.

Measles Mumps and Rubella Vaccinations

Please note if you have come from overseas you may only have had one MMR vaccination.  For both adults and children, if you have only had one (or none) you can visit your GP and get a free vaccination.  Advice from our public health nurse is that once our borders open up again and there is more free travel, we are once more at risk of general infectious diseases and it is worth checking if your vaccinations are up to date.

Burns Memorial Exhibition

Congratulations to Iverson whose artwork from last year is this year's poster:

God Bless and Aroha


2 Special Character Week 1 Term 3 2021

Kiaora Whanau- Welcome to Term 3

Special Character Focus

R.E Focus for this term:

This term, our R.E Strand that we are focused on is Sacrament Strand/ Hakarameta and God/Te Atua-Io Matua Kore.

 School Family Mass: 

Thank you to Ruma Kiwi-Year 3 for the presentation of the gospel in the last week of Term 2. Today Ruma Pukeko-Year 1/2 was presenting the gospel at Mass. Next Week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2. Thank you to the teachers for preparing our children every week for presenting the gospel at Mass. Thank you to all our school families and parishioners for your prayers and support to our school and our children. We are looking forward to seeing you all. You are welcome to join us in celebrating Mass.

Mass Facts

Last term we looked at Mass up until the end of the Liturgy of the Word. We continue explaining the Mass during Term 3. After the Scripture readings, the celebrant preaches the homily. In the homily, the priest focuses on the Scripture texts drawing from them lessons that may help us to live better lives, more faithful to Christ's call to grow in holiness. 

Faith Facts Term 3 2021

Week 1 -26th – 30th July (Green).

26th  Sts Joachim and Anne-Jesus Grandparents

29th  St Martha

America was the first country in the world to celebrate Grandparents day. They celebrate on the 9th of September. The UK celebrates grandparents in October.  In New Zealand we do not celebrate grandparent's day. The Feast of Joachim and Anne, Jesus's grandparents, gives us a great opportunity to thank them for giving us Mary and a great day to think of our own grandparents too. 

It is nice to think of Jesus as have a grandma (sava) and grandad (sav).

On Monday the Church celebrated Sts Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ. 

Malo 'Aupito

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 3 2021


Altar Servers
Saturday 31st July - Jessie Byrne, David Kilgour and King Melecio
Sunday 1st August - Ivy-Belle and Theo Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to:
No birthdays for this week

Home and School
The Home and School raise money for our school for the extra things that the school budget does not allow for.  The two major fundraisers for this year are the Hungry Horse Cafe and our Food Fair.

Hungry Horse Cafe
There are approximately 8-9 horse race meetings throughout the year and we would like all families to do at least one session at the cafe during the year which could be food preparation, dishes, clearing tables etc.  Each session is between 2-3 hours and no experience is needed, just a willingness to give some time for the school.  This is also a great way to meet other families in the school.  Volunteers can be mums/dads/grandparents/family friends or high school siblings.

The first race meeting for the 2021/2022 year is on Sunday 15th August and they urgently need volunteers for these roster shifts:
10.00 am to 12.00 pm
12.00 to 3.00 pm
3.00 to 5.30 pm

Please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or email asap to be put on the roster or contact the school office.

Food Fair - Sunday 26th September
Our annual school food fair is a way of celebrating the many cultures we have in our community and this year it is on Sunday 26th September in our school grounds.  Gates open from 11.00 am and food is available from 11.30 am.  Cost is $5.00 per plate and eftpos is available.  
Our fair will be selling food from these countries: - American, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, Indian, Kiwi BBQ, Mexican, Pasifika and Zimbabwean.  There will also be a coffee van, ice cream truck, face painting and a cake wheel.

We are looking for parent help to man the following food stalls
- Indian
- Mexican
- Dutch
- American
- NZ bbq (bacon butties)

At this stage the Home and School can make the food unless someone would like to volunteer to be in charge of preparing the food for a particular stall. If you can help with either preparing the food or manning a stall, please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or Victoria Forrest on 022 654 7500.

Parish Welfare Freezer
During the year some of our school families experience times of need; like the death of a close family member, severe illness/injury or hardship, and during these times, our Home and School give meals to these families. If you wish to donate a meal for this worthwhile cause which any family in the school can donate too, please bring the meals to the office.   Thank you to the families who have already donated meals.
If you know of a family who may need some assistance, please let Rebecca Heffernan know on 027 432 4056 or contact the office.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Fact Sheet
A fact sheet about RSV is on another page in the blog.  Please take the time to read it regarding this virus.

Sport Team Photos
Can all coaches or parents please take a team photo of your child's sport and email them to the sport email address of  Thank you

St Kevin's College Open Night
Staff and students of St Kevin's College would like to invite all interested prospective students and their whanau to our school open day on Tuesday 3rd August.  If you are looking for a top-quality school with great facilities and a supportive, caring and inspiring community, then look no further.  
The evening will begin with an address by Principal Paul Olsen at 6.30 pm in the school library.  Tours of the school will be available.  If you are unable to make this date, please contact the school for a personal tour by phoning 03 437 1665 or emailing
A copy of the flyer is attached to the email.

Scholastic Book Club
The brochures went home yesterday and orders are due back by Friday 6th August.

Student Lead Conferences
These parent teacher interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August in the school hall.  Please book your time with the teacher by going to  and using the code kpa94  Every family is expected to attend these interviews.

Teacher Only Days
There are two more Teacher Only Days where the school will be closed on these days.  Please mark these in your calendar.
- Monday 30th August
- Friday 17th September

Town Bus Run
From the start of term 3, Pearsons Coachliones as taken over the town bus run from Ritchies.  Tickets are available from the bus driver or they can be purchased at the Pearsons office in Regina Lane.  Tickets cannot be purchased through the school office anymore.

The price for a ticket is:
-  1 trip for either morning or afternoon costs $2.50 per person
-  1 day for either morning or afternoon costs $5.00 per person
-  Concession ticket for 12 trips is $25.00 
-  Term tickets is $150.00 per term
-  Half year tickets cost $280.00
-  Yearly tickets cost $450.00

The term, half term and full year tickets will be laminated.  The bus routes for both the morning and afternoon runs along with the approximate pick up times for the morning runs.  This information is on a page further in the blog.

We warmly welcome Zion, Amy, Asher and Mary to our new entrants classes this week.
Community Notices
  • Oamaru Farmers Market - 1 August 2021 - Come and join us at the Oamaru Farmer's Market every Sunday from 9.30 am - 1.00 pm at the Harbour area.  Come join us for breakfast and live music while you pick up your fresh local provisions and support your hard-working stall holders this mid winter.

4. Town Bus Routes


5. RSV Fact Sheet


6. Sports Draw - Week 1, Term 3 2021

 Netball - Saturday 31st July

**  Goal-athon Money - all cards and money are to be given to your coach by this Saturday 31st July.  The coaches will hand it in to the office at the netball courts. 

 ** Netball finishes on Saturday 14th August for Yr 1/2 and Saturday 21st August for Yrs 3-8.

Intermediate Section 2

9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Shooters – Court 1 (Montessori)

Future Ferns Year 6 (7 a-side)

11.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v Athletic Mini Maroon - Court 2 

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4

11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Kurow – court 3 

Yr 1/2 

Please meet on court 1 (Montessori Oamaru) at 9.50 am for a 10.00 am start.


No umpires this week


Rugby - Saturday 31st July

** Rugby has finished for the 5 & 6 year old rippa grades

** The rugby season finishes on Saturday 14th August

9/10 yrs - Please note the ground change from the previous draw

11.00 am - Athletic Excelsior Blue v St Joseph’s/Old Boys - WCCP 5


7/8 yrs 

10.00 am - Excelsior Athletic v Valley Blue - WCCP 8

11/12 yrs - note the game is played in Twizel

12.30 pm  –  Kurow v 11/12 United - Twizel



**  Miniball finishes on Tuesday 24th August

**  Basketball finishes on Wednesday 25th August

Miniball - Tuesday 3rd August

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Fenwick Rockets -main court

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Pembroke Lakers - main court

Score bench 

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels - main court (Whiston family)


Basketball - Wednesday 4th August

7.10 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers v Weston Winter Hawks - back court

Score bench

No score bench duty this week