Friday, 1 July 2022

Principal's News Term 2 Week 9 2022

House Basketball Tournament

This week we were extremely lucky to have Matt Brien with us to prepare the house leaders to organise the house basketball tournament as well as run coaching sessions for the whole school.  Matt is an ex-St Joseph's student who now plays basketball for the University of Nebraska.  He's also Paula's son.

Its been fantastic to watch the house captains running drills over lunchtime and younger children participating and learning together.

The house basketball tournament will be next Wednesday starting at 11.30am.  Whanau are encouraged to come and support the children.  Please remember this event is organised and run by our year 8 leaders who are learning how to do this.  It is fiercely contested, as the house points are close this term and the outcome of the tournament could decide the winning house for the term.

Movie Update

Last week our intermediate students spent two days working with specialist filmmakers learning how to take the dialogue shots which we hope will tell the story of the movie.  They learned how to act to the camera as well as how to be a film crew.  

Ellie and Eva acting in Kiwi Class's section
Sacramental Program

Congratulations to our children who received their First Reconciliation yesterday and to Milah and Isla who were Baptised.  Thank you to Mrs Misiloi, Fr Wayne and their parents for preparing them.


Yesterday our year 7 & 8s prepared food for the parish freezer as part of their Young Vinnies service.  Thank you to Adrienne Spillane, Michele Fatafehi, Rowan Stringer, Adele Whiston and Mrs Winders for supervising Takahe.  A special shout out to Mrs Spillane who initiated and organised the project.  Please remember we would love for families to donate a meal or baking item for our parish freezer then we can reach out to one of our school families in case of illness or bereavement.  Please consider making and bringing a meal or baking for the freezer, because one day it could be your family who receives a little bit of love back from the freezer. 
  • Wednesday 6th July 11am - House Basketball Tournament - THIS WILL BE A HOUSE COLOUR MUFTI DAY
  • There will be no assembly next Friday in week 10.  
  • We will do certificates at 2.45pm next Wednesday.  Families are welcome to come.

Monday 8th August
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th November

Our movie will screen next term, date and location are still being decided.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,
(God bless, and love)

2. Special Character Week 9 Term2 2022

 Sacrament of First Reconciliation

Our Sacramental program is up and running. We have 12 children who are taking this faith journey together with their parents. In the past week, the children and their parents attended meetings and lessons for children preparing them for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Today 10 of our children received their First Reconciliation. We have 2 children who were not able to attend due to them being unwell. A huge thank you to all parents, prayer partners, and people who worked behind the scene to make this Sacrament journey for these children a blessing and a lifelong in the Catholic faith. A great and awesome attendance of our parents and family to our First Reconciliation. Thank you.

A reminder that our Parent Meeting for Confirmation

  • Mon 25th July at 7.00pm at school.  

  • Confirmation: Sunday 7th August at 9.30am at the Basilica.

  • First Holy Communion Sunday 25th September at 9.30am at the Basilica

Thank you for your support. 

Special Character

The teachers and children are continually learning about the Church Strand for our R.E Curriculum

These are our Key Ideas that you can talk about with your child at home of what they understand:

  • The Church is the people united with God

  • We all have a responsibility in the Church

  • There are formal responsibilities in the Church

  • The mission of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.  

School and Family Mass 
Thank you to Ruma Kakapo- Year 4/5 for presenting the Liturgy in Week 7.
This week Mas was presented by Ruma Kiwi -Year 2/3 
Next week Mass will be presented by Ruma Kereru and Pukeko -Year 1/2
Parents are welcome to attend. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to our school weekly masses. Thank you.

Faith Facts: Week 9 -June 27-1st July(Green)

Monday 28 June is the Feast Day of St Irenaeus. Saint Irenaeus was the first great theologian of the Church. His name, which means “peaceful” in Greek, matched the pattern of his life. He is noted for his defense of the Gospel against the various heresies of his day. As Bishop of Lyons, he was always a “good shepherd.” He died in the year 202.  For us in New Zealand, Irenaeus gives us a link back to the Apostles as the first Bishop of New Zealand, Jean-Baptiste Pompallier was from Lyon.

In his homily on Sunday 6 March Archbishop Paul Martin spoke about God’s call: “...we celebrate the call of God to each of you…God is not a private call, something you get that you hold onto and dig a hole and hide away.  It is a call that takes you beyond yourself to your brothers and sisters in faith.  The very nature of God is Community - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He calls us to live in relationship with Him in community, with other people who want to respond to His call.” 

(Archbishop Paul Martin, Extract from his homily, Rite of Election Mass 6 March in Inform, Issue 131- Lent 2022)

Thank you/ Malo 'Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi

3. School Notices - Week 9, Term 2 2022

Birthday Greetings to
Kaycee-Mae G, Carter F, Jayden H and Ellie J

Basketball House Tournament
Next Wednesday is our end-of-term house basketball tournament being held at school from 11.30 to 1.00 pm.  Your child will be notified if they have made their house basketball team and parents/caregivers are welcome to come and watch.  The house year groups are:
- Yr 1 & 2
- Yr 3/4/5
- Yr 6/7/8

Children are asked to wear their house colours on this day to school.

Basketball Session
Children learning skills and playing a game from the basketball sessions and a catch up with a teacher and past pupil.

A watch has been handed into the office which was found in the school car park earlier this week.

Junior School Publishing Party
You are invited.  The junior school have been busy this term and it is time to show off their hard work.  Please join their class as they celebrate their learning.  Date is Tuesday 5th July from 8.30 am to 9.00 am.  The location is your child's classroom.

Wednesday 6th - house colour mufti day
                          - school assembly at 2.45 pm
Thursday 7th - St Kevin's College Application forms due back

School Board Elections - Parent Election 
Nominations are open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board.  All eligible voters will receive a nomination form.  Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.  You will also receive a nomination covering letter calling for nominations.  Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.  

If you need more information, contact the school office.  Nominations close at noon on 3rd August 2022.  You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.  The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates' names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.  Voting closes at 4.00 pm on 7th September 2022.

The draw for this week is on another page in the blog.

Basketball July Holiday Programme
Total Basketball Oamaru is excited to bring back our July holiday programme, after a very successful programme in 2021. The programme will run in the July school holidays. Coaching Sessions will be held at the St Kevin's College gymnasium ( Wednesday 20 July to Friday 22 July) and the Waimate Events Centre (Monday 11 July).

This programme has been designed to enable young players (Years 7 - 9) in the Waitaki & Waimate district to access high quality and specialised coaching without having to travel out of the area.

Former St Kevin's College, Wellington Saint and current USA University Basketball player Matt Brien is the Head Coach.

There is a special "Girls Only" session available for those girls that would like to attend this session.

Please complete the following form to register for the July holiday basketball training programme.  The focus will be on specialist and up to date basketball training, working on developing ball handling, dribbling, and passing skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Space is limited and you will need to register. You can choose which of the sessions (two hour sessions) that you would like to attend at $25 per session. Payment needs to be made before attendance at the session(s) please.

St Kevin's Open Day and Evening
Presentation and tours begin at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd August.

We warmly welcome Gihansa to our new entrants class this week.

4. Sports Draw - 1st to 7th July 2022

 SPORTS DRAW - 1st to 7th July 2022

All sports codes have their full draws for the term/season on their respective websites and Facebook pages.


NETBALL - information from North Otago Netball regarding our grades


  •  Juniors will finish Friday 5th August.

  •  Because every grade has uneven numbers, it means 1 team from each grade will have a bye game on finals day. The teams that have a bye on finals will do a festival/skills session so you can still be part of the day. There will be 2 sessions, Year 3-5 at 3.30pm and Year 6-8 at 4.15pm.

  • Year 1 & 2 will finish 29th July

  • Year 3 & 4 will continue with their round robin and finish 5th August.

  • Intermediate 2 will continue their round robin which takes them right through to 5th August with placings determined by final standings at the conclusion of the round robin. 

We have 1 rain day allocated, and if required games will be pushed out 1 week, with finals being played no later than 12th August for Juniors, and 20th August for Seniors.  

Netball - Friday 1st July

There is a sausage sizzle being held at the Taward Street netball courts on Friday.  Please bring cash.

Future Ferns Yr 3/4

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Maroon v Maheno Unicorns on court 4 (Unichem)

Yr 7/8 Section 2

3.30 pm - St Joseph’s Gold v Twizel Lightning on court 2 (McBrimar Homes) - at Taward Street


4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Gold are on standby umpires


Rugby - Saturday 2nd July

6 yrs

11.00 am - St Joseph’s v Kurow Chiefs at WCCP 7


7/8 yrs 

11.00 am - Excelsior v Kurow Highlanders at WCCP 8

9/10 yrs

11.00 pm - Excelsior v Kurow Brumbies at WCCP 2

11/12 yrs 

11.00 am Excelsior Wolverines v Excelsior Bulls at WCCP 3


FOOTBALL - Awamoa and Meadowbank teams - Saturday 2nd July

7/8 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am 

Game 1 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Storm - Awamoa 

Game 2 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Hurricanes - Awamoa 

9/10 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am

MB Machines v Riverside Panthers - Showgrounds

AFC Aces v AFC Spurs - Awamoa Park

11/13 grade - kick off at 9.30 am

MB Marvels v Awamoa Rovers - Showgrounds

AFC Robins v AFC Falcons - Awamoa Park

AFC Ravens v Riverside Rangers - Duntroon



Please note this week is the last week for miniball because the North Otago Basketball association are organising a new 3 x 3 miniball competition for years 5 & 6 children only for the first month in term 3.  If your child is interested in making a team, please let Mrs Brien know asap as there is limited teams.

Yr 5/6 miniball 3 x 3 competition

Benefits of 3 x 3 - more touches, shots, handling the ball, passes, rebounds etc. for players.  On average players will touch the ball twice as much as 5 v 5.

  • 5 week competition for Yr 5 & 6

  • Date - every Tuesday from 26th July to 23rd August

  • Times - 3.45 to 5.45 pm

  • No of players - 4 to 5 per team

  • Teams - can be mixed, girls or boys

  • Games - teams will play 2 x 10 minute games each week of 3 v 3 half court basketball

  • No duty or refereeing required

  • $80.00 per team

Miniball - Tuesday 5th July - last day for miniball

**Note the Rebels team has two games this week**

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Weston Wildcats - court 1

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Pembroke Panthers - court 2

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Pembroke Penguins - court 2

Score bench 

no score bench duty this week for either team


Basketball - Wednesday 6th July 

All basketball games are cancelled as Oamaru Intermediate has an interschool in Dunedin that day.

Score bench 


5. Diary Dates - Week 9, Term 2 2022



Friday 1

Tuesday 5

Wednesday 6

Thursday 7

Friday 8

Saturday 9

Monday 25


Monday 1

Wednesday 3

Friday 5

Sunday 7

Monday 8

Friday 26

Wednesday 31


Thursday 1

Friday 2

Monday 12

Monday 19

Sunday 25

Tuesday 27

Friday 30


Monday 17


Monday 14

Tuesday 15


Friday 16

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Miniball finishes for the season *

Junior School Publishing Display *

School house basketbal tournament and mufti day *

St Kevin’s College application forms due in *

Winning House treat today *

Technology for Yr 7 & 8

Term 2 finishes

Rugby finishes for 6 year olds *

Term 3 starts in winter uniform

Sacramental Programme - Confirmation 1st parent meeting at 7.00 pm

Confirmation 2nd parent meeting at 7.00 pm 

St Kevin’s Open Day and Evening *

Junior netball finishes *

Sacrament of Confirmation at 9.30 am - note change of date 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

School Cross Country 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Sacramental Programme - First Communion parent meeting at 7.00 pm 

Sacramental Programme - First Communion 2nd parent meeting at 7.00 pm 

First Holy Communion at 9.00 am 

Yr 7 & 8 interschool against St Mary’s Mosgiel in Oamaru 

Term 3 finishes

Term 4 starts

School closed - Teacher Only Day 

School closed - Teacher Only  Day 

School finishes for 2022 

Thursday, 23 June 2022

2.Special Character Week 8 Term 2 2022

Special Character

The teachers and children are continually learning about Church Strand for our R.E Curriculum

These are our Key Ideas that you would like to talk about with your child at home, of what they understand:

  • The Church is the people united with God

  • We all have a responsibility in the Church

  • There are formal responsibilities in the Church

  • The mission of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.  

School and Family Mass 

Thank you to Ruma Kakapo- Year 4/5 for presenting the Mass last week.

This week, there was no Mass due to the funeral of Terry at Church. 

Next week Mass will be presented by Ruma Kiwi -Year 2/3

Parents are welcome to attend. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to our school weekly masses. Thank you.

Sacrament of First Reconciliation

A huge thank you to all parents who attended our first parent meeting for First Reconciliation. Also an awesome attendance of our parents and family to our Commitment Mass. Much appreciated for taking the time to attend and participate in this faith journey. Thank you.

A reminder that our 2nd Parent Meeting for Reconciliation

  • Mon 27th June at 7.00pm at school.  

  • First Reconciliation: Thursday 30th at 11.00am at the Basilica.

Thank you for your support. 

Faith Facts:

Week 8 - June 20-24 (Green)


Corpus Christi


June Suzanne Aubert Birthday


Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time



Aloysius Gonzaga, Rel



Paulinus of Nola, B; John Fisher, B & M and Thomas More, M

Opt. Mem.


The Nativity of John the Baptist


Sacred Heart of Jesus



Immaculate Heart of Mary


Lots of big feast days this week.

Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, the celebration of Eucharist
The Nativity of John the Baptist, celebration of the Birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin.

The Sacred Heart devotions are very old dating back to the 10th and 16th Century.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, a feast day for two of our schools, celebrates the humanity of Jesus and his love for us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, this day is to highlight Mary’s love for all people.

Malo Aupito/Thank you.

God Bless

Tua Misiloi