Friday, 22 February 2019

1. Principal's News Week 3, Term 1 2019

Last Year's Confirmation Group
Baptism is the first of the sacraments.  The sacraments are outward symbols of the grace we receive from God at important parts of our life journey.  Baptism is an outward sign of an inward desire to put one's faith in Jesus Christ.

We are just about to begin our sacramental program starting with our Commitment Mass on Sunday 3 March.  This will be the beginning of some children's journey through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion in 2019.

I have sent invitation letters to families of children who are not Baptised.  Fr Wayne and I will meet with any family who would like to explore Baptism for their child which would then include them in the sacramental program for 2019.  Please contact me if you would like to be included.

Pasifika Conference
Tua Misiloi attended the Pasifika Conference in Wellington over the last weekend.  She represented St Joseph's and has brought back a lot of good ideas about inclusion which will help our Pasifika community and all of us.  For instance, one of the things she has told me so far is that in our education we need to think not just about ourselves as individuals but to know that the strength of our community, our family and our ancestors are behind us and that we are NOT ALONE.  Also to allow our thinking to be broad and know our children can do anything and there are many options.

A quote:
 "Education or People provide place of belonging for our Pasifika Students or ALL students. It is not about ME and I it is all about WE. Honour the pioneers /people behind us- our elders/family and community. We are accountable for all our people/school/community. We are not the other, we are connected to our land and our ancestors" Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban

Kiwi Class's Litter Collage
It's been really difficult but we have refrained from picking rubbish up for the first couple of weeks of term.  This week Mrs McRae's class collected up the litter and they are going to make a display to show just how much and what type of litter we are dropping around school.

Mrs McRae and our year 8 environment leader, Molly Mae have asked children to apply to be on an Enviroschools committee and applications close on Friday.  More news about this next week.

Board News

We have an upcoming board election in 2019.  Our Board has 7 parent representatives and 4 places for proprietor's (Bishop's) representatives.  It has been very difficult over the last few years to keep a stable board of 7 parents.  At our next meeting we are taking steps to legally reduce the number of parent representative places to 5 or 6 places (most boards have 5), to maintain a stable board.  This decision will be made at our meeting on March 19th.  As all our board meetings, this meeting is open to the public.  In the meantime we encourage parents to think about whether they would like to step up to be a Board member and consider being nominated for the elections later in the year.

Make a diary date for senior swimming sports on Wednesday 6 March.  We will need a good number of parent helpers.  Please let Paula know if you can help.
Ash Wednesday
We will hold a whole school liturgy for Ash Wednesday at 2.15pm on Wednesday 6 March in the Basilica, parents are warmly welcomed to join us.

Goal setting
Its important for our students that all families attend goal setting meetings.  Our office staff will be ringing families who have not set up meetings.  Please save their time and book your meeting this week.  It's important that your child attends the meeting too. 

Wednesday 27 February or Monday 4 March.  
Book your time at: School Interviews using the code q46qy.

Aroha and God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2 Special Character 2019 Week 3

Friday 22 February is a Feast Day called “The Chair of Saint Peter”.  This Feast is a celebration of the unity of the Church founded by St Peter the Apostle.  Jesus told Peter “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).  As Catholics, we believe that the Holy Spirit breathes in the Church through the ministry of the bishops in union with the Pope.  It has already lasted longer than any other human organisation or empire.   A couple of well known hymns are very suitable for this feast day; firstly, “The Church’s One Foundation” and “Faith of our Fathers”.

February 22 is also the anniversary of a massive Earthquake in Christchurch in which many people died.  May they rest in peace.

“Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.” (St John Vianney)
St John Vianney, Priest, 1786 - 1859

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 1 2019

Altar Servers
Saturday 23rd February - Mariah Cunningham, Annalise Kilgour and Sam Asi
Sunday 24th February - Lilly Kelcher and Alexie Phillips

Birthday Greetings to:
Paige Strachan, Jack O'Neill, Jack Phillips and Reynaldo Marasigan

Well done to Levi Heffernan and Neight Fraser who competed at the NZ Juniors Mako (South Island) swim meet in Invercargill last weekend. Theses boys had to qualify for this national swim meet and competed against swimmers from throughout the South Island.  It is the biggest swim meet for 9 to 12 year old swimmers. At the same time there were 3 other swim meets happening in the North Island.
Levi competed in the U12 year age group and swam in 9 races and got personal bests in 8 of them while getting first in 3 freestyle races, second in 50 fly and individual medley and got 2 fourths and a fifth.  He also broke 3 Otago swimming records in his age group.
Neight competed in the U11 year age group and swam in 11 races and got personal bests in all his races and got a third in his 200 individual medley.  Both Levi and Neight swam for the Oamaru Club relay team against all other swim clubs in the south island including the bigger cities and got 1st in both freestyle and medley relays.   The Oamaru Club came away with the most points due to their swimmers performing exceptionally well.  Congratulations to you both.
Cricket Cup Game
On Wednesday our senior cricket team competed in the NZ National Cup game where intermediate schools throughout North Otago and Otago played cricket against other schools in a knock out 20/20 competition.  If you win the first game, you play the winners of the other game and if you won that one you played against a Dunedin based team etc. Liam Cameron and Cody Marshall recount the day.
"In the first game we versed Waitaki Valley School and St Joseph's batted the first innings. The opening batters were Liam Cameron and Cody Marshall. After the first innings our team scored 196 runs and we ended up winning the game by more than 100 runs.  Top scorers were 61 runs by Cody and 23 by Liam.  Good bowling by Eli Herbst and Hamish Fowler.
In the second game we batted first against Oamaru Intermediate and we managed to get 116 runs.  Even though we got lots of runs, OIS pulled through and got our total in the 11th over.  Top score was 46 by Liam.
A big thank you to our parents/caregivers Mr Hogan, Mr Jones, Mr Cameron and Mr Robinson for helping transport and look after us today and also to North Otago Cricket for organising the day.
Cricket Draw - Friday 22nd February
Intermediate A - St Joseph's/Albion v WGHS/SKC at SKC 2
Intermediate B - St Joseph's v Valley - SLC Artificial 1

Information Forms

Yesterday each family received information forms regarding contact and medical details, sports and bus information, Conduct forms, EOTC and Generic permission forms.   Can you please take the time to fill in these forms and return them by this Monday.   Please sign the forms even if no information has changed so we know if you read them.
The link for the winter sports enrolment form is 2019 Winter Sports Enrolment

North Otago Basketball Association
Are holding their AGM on Thursday 7th March at 7.30 pm at de Geest Construction Office, Main North Road, Oamaru.  They would love to see some new people on the committee.

Senior swimming sports
We are holding our annual senior swimming sports on Wednesday 6th March for Yrs 4-8 at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre. Our first race will be at 9.30 am and will be finished by 12.30 pm.

In order to make these sports happen we would like 12 helpers for time keeping as we already have 6 students from St Kevin’s College.  You are guaranteed a seat if you time keep and good viewing!!   If you are interested in timekeeping, please see me at school or email  (You will be shown how to time keep beforehand at the pool)

We also would like a parent with a trailer or a big car with fold down seats who can help transport chairs down to the pool on the day.  If you can help, please contact me.

The sports will involve demonstration races for the children who can swim half a length in both/or freestyle and backstroke as well as non-competitive and competitive events and relays.

We have entered the children in races they are confident in with both the swimming instructors and sports coordinator been looking at them during their swimming lessons. If you want to ensure that your children are in the races you feel they should be, please contact me.
A full notice outlining the full sports will be in next week’s newsletter. Thanks Paula Brien.

Junior Swimming
Please return the swim notice by Monday as the children need to be sorted into their swim groups.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you help with walking to and from the pool.

Swimming lessons
It is great to see the improvement in the children with their swimming lessons, whether it is perfecting a stroke technique, going from half length to full length swimming or swimming without a board.  Some photos from the first week (sorry they missed last week's newsletter).

World Day of Prayer
This Friday 1st March from 6.15 pm for shared finger food and the Ecumenical service at 7.00 pm.  Held at the Orwell Street Chapel in Oamaru.

Community Notices
  • Rocket Lane Kids Bowling League - held on Tuesdays from 3.30 to 4.30 pm at the Galleon Family restaurant.  Costs $8.00 per child and they get 1 game of ten pin bowling and afternoon tea including a drink.  Weekly prizes and term prizes.  For more information contact the team at Rocket Lanes on 437 0128.
  • Five Forks Trail Ride - happening on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3 March at Balruddery Road, Five Forks from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Offering a spectacular motorbike trail ride - more than 45 km of rarely accessed brand new tracks through rolling hill farmland and mountain tussock.  Beginners, families, intermediate and advanced.  Tickets cost $50 per adult per day and $20 for a child per day under 14 years.  Special discounts for pre-registration via website and 2 days riding.  This is an annual fundraiser for Five Forks School.  Contact or call Jane on 027 384 1424.
  • Ballet Classes Vacancies this term - Lorraine Fodie has several vacancies in her ballet classes for the 5-10 year age group.  For further information ring 022 045 2123 or 434 6288,

4. Diary Dates - Week 3, Term 1 2019

Friday 22                         -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 25                      -  All information forms due back today to the office *
                                        -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 4-8                                            
Wednesday 27                 -  Goal Setting meetings from 3.15 pm
Thursday 28                    -  Parish School Mass at 9.15 am                               

Friday 1                           -  Vision screening for Yr 7 – note new day *
                                        -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Sunday 3                         -  Commitment Sunday Mass
Monday 4                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College
                                        -  Goal Setting Meetings from 3.15 pm
Tuesday 5                        -  Commissioning Mass at 5.00 pm
Wednesday 6                   -  Senior school swimming sports at 9.00 am
                                        -  Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 2.15 pm *
Thursday 7                      -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                        -  Yr 7 ECB and Young Vinnies
                                        -  Terrific Thursdays starting for the new term at 2.15 pm *
Friday 8                           - Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 11                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 12                      -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
                                        -  HPV vaccination for Yr 8
Wednesday 13                 -  North Otago Swimming sports
Thursday 14                    -  Parish School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                        -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm *
                                        -  Home and School AGM at 7.00 pm
Friday 15                        -  Rippa Rugby tournament for Yrs 4-8
                                        -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 18                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 19                      -  St Joseph’s Day
                                        -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
                                        -  Board of  Trustees meeting at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 20                 -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Thursday 21                    -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Friday 22                        - Cricket Club finishes today *
Saturday 23                     -  St Joseph’s Home & School Mud Run
Sunday 24                       -  First Reconciliation Mass – note new date
Monday 25                      -  Otago Anniversary Day  holiday – school closed
                                        -  Cricket Girls Smash & Boys Bash finishes *
Tuesday 26                      -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3
Wednesday 27                 -  Swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3

Monday 1                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 2                        -  Touch rugby finishes today *
Monday 8                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 12                         -  Term 1 finishes
Monday 29                      -  Term 2 starts in your winter uniform

Monday 3                        -  Queens Birthday holiday – school closed

Friday 5                           -  Term 2 finishes
Monday 22                      -  Term 3 starts
Friday 27                         -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                      -  Term 4 starts
Monday 28                      -  Labour Day holiday – school closed

Thursday, 14 February 2019

1. Principal's News Week 2 Term 1 2019

St Kevin's College
Our school community will have received a letter today regarding St Kevin's College.  Today the announcement has been made to our community that the proprietorship of St Kevin's has been handed over from the Christian Brothers to the Diocese of Dunedin.  We welcome St Kevin's to the Diocese and look forward to continuing and deepening our productive and close relationship with the College.

Great Play
Its great to see our year 8 leaders enjoying each other's company and playing constructively at lunchtime, showing our younger children the meaning of cooperation and teamwork.

EOTC Meeting
We invite all parents and caregivers of children in years 6-8 to a meeting on Monday evening, 18 February, at 6.30pm in the staffroom.  These parents will be getting a reminder and outline of the meeting tomorrow.

Whitestone Wipeout
The Whitestone Wipe Out is run by St Joseph's Home and School,  It is a cross country run or walk with mud, water, obstacles and heaps of fun for all the family.  Last year was a blast.  This year's is on Saturday 23rd March.  Get your entry forms in now from the Whitestone Wipeout Facebook page. The Home and School are looking for volunteers for this day and if you can help contact Rebecca Heffernan on

Goal Setting Meetings
You have or will shortly be receiving an opportunity to provide information to your child's teacher about your child's interests and learning.  This will help your teacher to work with your child to plan some meaningful goals that will help their learning in 2019.  This will be a key competency goal.  The key competencies are attributes of successful lifelong learners.  Your information and your teacher's work with your child will aim to provide a key competency goal that will make a real difference to their learning.

We ask all families to make an appointment to meet with the teacher.  We also ask that children attend these meetings.  As they are the ones who will primarily be putting in the effort to meet their goals, they need to have a part to play in setting the goal.

Goal setting meetings are Wednesday 27 February or Monday 4 March.  Please book your time at: School Interviews using the code q46qy.

Our board has had a further look at the results of our uniform survey and acknowledge that we need to clarify parent wishes regarding skorts/culottes.  It is unclear from the results whether the majority of people want the uniform to stay the same or whether the majority want it basically the same with the inclusion of skorts.  As the majority voted to keep it the same we will maintain pinafores for year 1-6 girls and kilts for year 7-8 girls.  

At our goal setting meetings we will ask you to do one more vote.  This will be:

1. Pinafores (year 1-6) and kilts (year 7 & 8) as now.
2. Pinafores (year 1-6) and kilts (year 7 & 8) PLUS the OPTION of having skorts/culottes at any level.

Please bring any secondhand uniform to the uniform shop as we have many families in need of secondhand uniform.

We look forward to seeing you at goal setting interviews.

God bless and aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 2 2019

Happy Saint Valentine's Day.
He is believed to have lived in the 3rd century AD (between 200 and 300 AD) and was a martyr.  A martyr is someone who dies rather than deny or give up their faith.  Until 325 AD, when the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, it was illegal to be a Christian in the Roman empire. Hundreds of thousands of Christians were martyred for the faith, sometimes as a form of entertainment in the colosseum in Rome. St Valentine shares his feast day with two brothers, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared Cyril and Methodius as co-patron saints of Europe, together with St Benedict of Nursia.

“True prayer is nothing but love.”  
St Augustine of Hippo
Philosopher and Bishop of the early Church
354 - 430

'God loves you, God created you, to be who you are.
God created you in God’s image
‘I have called you by name, you are mine.’

Spend some time sharing things/gifts/talents about each other that you appreciate.                            

God Bless
Tua Misiloi