Thursday, 21 September 2017

1. Principal's News Week 9 Term 3 2017

Our Dominican Tradition
Our Dominican tradition encompasses our whole school life at St Joseph's.  A big part of that tradition started by the early sisters in Oamaru is singing.  Our own Mrs Asi has her name on one of the singing cups from her own time at St Joseph's.  Mrs Brookes was also part of it back in her time in the school community, as was Miss Tangney.  Its great to see that tradition alive and well in St Joseph's today. More photos to view are later in the blog.

Elenoa Asi keeping up the family tradition

Congratulations to our winners:
Year 5 girls - Marianne Alegre
Year 5 boys - Paddy Spillane
Year 6 girls - Bridie McGeown
Year 6 boys - Jonathan Jorgensen
Year 7 girls - Anika Winders
Year 7 boys - Morgan Baillie
Year 8 girls - Kaliopeta Katoa
Year 8 boys - Joshua Criddle
Duets: Year 5-6 - Payton Bartley, Hana Davies, Annalise Kilgour, Jada-Rose Keno, Kristiana Whiston
Year 7-8 - Kaliopeta Katoa, Molly Whittaker


God bless and aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 9, Term 3 2017

Teacher Only Day tomorrow and teachers will be gathering in Alexandra from all Catholic schools across the Diocese to celebrate Mass and attend workshops. A big day but a wonderful opportunity in making connections with each other, across schools and what Catholic Schools are about. 

Faith Facts this week include:-

On September 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. In 1953 on this feast day, the young Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, experienced God in his life in a “very special and intimate way. He felt his heart touched by the mercy of God.  In memory of this event Francis chose as his episcopal, and later papal motto, the words , “Miserando atque eligendo” from Saint Bede’s homily on the calling of St Matthew. 

Through history men and women have died for their faith in Christ. Two such men were Andrew Kim Tea-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang. Along with their companions they were killed in one of the many Christian persecutions in the 19th Century.

Christianity spread throughout the world but it was and is easy to be Christian, even today, in many parts of the world.

Here is the youtube clip we used in morning prayer last week thanking God for his wonderful creation of the South Island. An Otago University student took time lapse photos during Winter and put together in the remarkable short film. More information can be found on stuff- south-island-like-you've-never-seen-it

Here is a prayer that families can prayer together thanking God for the gift of the wondrous creation of our Earth :-

God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts -
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources
for granted
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share,
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.

We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste,
greed and indifference,
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species 
And help us to willingly share your gifts

Today and always. Amen.

God Bless,  
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 9, Term 3 2017


He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata

'Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure'

Altar Servers
Saturday 23rd September - Indya Cunningham, Mariah Cunningham, Joshua Criddle and Bronson Bartlett
Sunday 24th September - Annalise Kilgour and Madison Jones

Birthday Greetings to:
Hotili  Asi, Thomas McGeown and Fe Ofa Aki Tahitu'a

Gymnastics - Top Schools
Yesterday we had 15 students compete at the Top Schools Gymnastics competition at the Drill Hall in Oamaru.  They did routines on the mat, beam, spring board and bar and competed against schools from North Otago.  The placings are as follows:
7 years and under - 2nd place - Lachlan McKeown, Mikayla Criddle, Eva Fatafehi, and Alexander Perniskie.
8 & 9 years - 4th place - Eva Keno, Indeg Jones-Hogan, Pagie Geypen and Luce Asi
10 & 11 years - Sam Asi, Jada-Rose Keno, Kristiana Whiston and Summer Moriarty
12 years + - 2nd place - Hannah Miller, Indya Cunningham and Aria O'Connell

We will find out the final results for our placings next week.  Special thanks to Miss Lind who organised this event and to our parent helpers who helped out with transport and supervision.

Inter-school Notices
We require the St Mary's Mosgiel interschool notices and money back to the office by Monday 25th September so we can confirm who is attending.

Friday 22nd - No school for Yrs 1-6, Yrs 7-8 go to Technology at St Kevin's
Monday 25th - St Mary's Inter-school notices and money due back to the office
                       -  Activator sports for Yrs 3-8, bring PE uniform
Thursday 28 -  Yr 7 & 8 go to Mosgiel for inter-school

Singing Cup
Yesterday we were treated to some beautiful singing from our finalist students and last night our House Choirs sang and performed their hearts out with our special guests showing that age is no barrier to singing and dancing!!  A special thanks to Mrs Brookes for her organisational skills with the singing cup, our judges Celidhi Brookes and Tivinia Misiloi and to everyone else who helped with being accompanists and the teachers with the house choirs.

To view more photos of the Singing Cup please click the link.

2017 Singing Cup

School Garden

Miss Mulholland would like to thank people for bringing in their 'My Little Gardens'.  They have weeded and planted their first batch of flowers and are waiting for some vegetables to be ready to plant in our vegetable garden.


There is a registration form for anyone interested in playing cricket in term 3 on the sports notice board.  If you are already playing for a school team, please still put your name down on the form. Boys and Girls can play in any grade.  Next term, there is a mid week cricket grade being played with a soft ball and the games will go for approximately an hour and only have about 6 players in each team.
The 3 grades of cricket are: Soft Ball on a Saturday, Hard  Ball on a Saturday and Mid Week with a soft ball.

There is a 'Taster Day' on Wednesday 4th October (first week of school holidays) from 4.00 to 5.00 pm at Centennial Oval and join in the fun.

North Otago Cricket Holiday Programme for children aged 5 to 12 years of age and is on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th October and Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th October.  5 to 8 years from 9.30 to 11.00 am and 9 to 12 years from 11.15 am to 12.45 pm.  Held at St Kevin's Gym and Astroturf and costs $20 per child for either of the two day courses.  To enrol email or phone 027 649 0000.

Touch Rugby

These are the team lists from the 1st term and if you are interested in playing touch rugby or want to withdraw from a team, please let Mrs Brien know before the end of term as touch rugby starts on the first Tuesday back (Tuesday 17th October) in term 4.  If you are interested in coaching a team, please let Mrs Brien know. Please note some teams may be altered to accommodate numbers.


TIGERS – YR 1/2/3
BRONCOS – YR 1/2/3
STORM –  YR 4/5/6
Luse Asi
Eva Fatafehi
Hamish Fowler
Hunter Gough
Indeg Jones-Hogan
Lily Kelcher
Jonathan Miller
Cameron Aston
Jacob Bartley
Cruz Illingworth
Blake Meek
Ally-May Rawson
Mya Robinson

Sam Asi
Chloe Bartley
Payton Bartley
Troy Chikowore
Cooper Jones
Jada-Rose Keno
Riley Tuffley

Nye Jones-Hogan
Eva Keno
Ashlyn Marshall
Jacob Robinson
Paddy Spillane
Michael Woodhouse
COACHES:  Charmaine Fisher and Chloe Fisher-Hill
COACH:  Tyler Rawson
COACH:  Trish Chikowore
COACHES:  Lee Woodhouse and Jody Robinson

ROCKETS – YR 4/5/6
Liam Cameron
Lewis Gough
Cody Marshall
Thomas MIller

Seth Bartley
Levi Crowder
Indya Cunningham
Taine Dyson
Georgia Fox
Jack Hayman
Samuel Plieger

Hotili Asi
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Sebastian Spillane
Tessa Souness
Matthew Woodhouse Anika Winders
COACH:  Justin Fowler

North Otago Tennis
Are holding an open night, registration and have a go night at Waitaki Girls High School at 4.00 pm on Wednesday 27th September.  Bring a racquet and your friends and come and try this great sport.  New and existing players welcome.  Follow us on Facebook Tennis North Otago for more information or contact Nicola Newlands on 027 634 8849 and visit  Options from beginners through to representative players.  Competition starts Friday nights in term 4.

Community Notices
  • Children's After School Art Classes - Term 4 - held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3.30 to 4.20 pm.  See lighthouseart/facebook or or contact Catherine on 027 901 2347.
  • MTO Children's Theatre Workshop - for children keen to participate in our 2018 production of 'The Pied Piper'.  MTO will be holding a workshop on Wednesday 4th October from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm.  Age group will be between 9 - 12 years.  Great roles for both boys and girls.  Enrolments limited. Please register your interest with Pat Gunn at
  • OSCAR Spring Holiday Programme - join us for a fun two weeks as we rediscover crafts, activities and games from the past.  Outings to the pool, movies, playgrounds and Whitestone City.  For enrolment information please call Jenny on 021 156 5871 or email
  • Spud in a Bucket - it's not too late!!   For a gold coin donation call into Harcourts Real Estate and get your spud and bucket.  Great prizes to be won.  All proceeds raised this year will go to North Otago Hospice.
  • Free Piano - there is an iron frame Henry Ward Upright piano to be given away.  Please email Mary-Claire Anderson on or text on 027 434 9277.
  • Spring Open Day - the team at Vetlife Twizel are holding a family fun open day in the school holidays.  They thought it may be a bit of a drive for for some it could be a good school holiday excursion.  Admission is free and it is both kid and adult friendly.  The day will include: games, free sausage sizzle, colouring in competitions, prizes and lots of animals.  Held on Tuesday 10th October from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm at the  Vetlife Twizel, Benmore Place, Twizel.
  • Inspiring Young People with a Powerful Message - Marcus Akuhata-Brown is speaking at the Kurow Memorial Hall on Thursday 26th October at 7.30 pm.  Tickets cost $18 for adults and $10 for students.  Available at Waitaki Valley School office, ph 03 436 0660 as well as Kurow Museum and Brackens Print.