Friday, 20 May 2022

1. Principal's News Week 3, Term 2, 2022

Production Update

We are all working hard to prepare for our movie production.  Some students from year four and above will be involved in acting.  Our intermediate students are all involved in either acting or technical production.  Every child in the school will speak something and be involved in a dance.  Some are busy preparing the soundtrack.  It's been amusing this week to gather into our gym cupboard where we can get some good darkness and light our (electronic) candles.  The children have been really good sports with this.

Kiwi class preparing their candles for light up.

A Beautiful Teaching Moment

This week I have been learning something technical that I've really struggled with (Te Reo Maori pronunciation).  I come from Birmingham in the West Midlands in England and the accent where I come from has very particular vowel sounds.  So I have been struggling with learning Te Reo and getting the vowel pronunciation right.  A fellow principal offered to help me.  She has specialised in special needs learning and she broke it down for me in a way no-one else has been able to do.  She supported what I was doing well, stopped me from being too hard on myself for what was a struggle and gave me very simple and easy-to-use tools to help me create new neural pathways in my brain for vowel sounds.  I am so grateful to her because it meant I passed an assignment I've been working on and it taught me some things I didn't know.  This experience gave me a real insight as an adult into what it is to really struggle with something and how if you can find a teacher you trust and who has the capacity and competency to help you both with the subject and with the art of teaching the subject, how it can transform what you can do.  I say God Bless to our teachers and a particular thank you to Sandra Spekreijse from Totora who helped me this week.

Pink Shirt Day
Its great to see so many students turn up in Pink Shirts today to support anti-bullying week.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

2. Special Character Week 3 Term 2 2022

 Special Character

This term our R.E Curriculum that the children are learning about is Holy Spirit/Church. The focus is "You have a responsibility to listen to and respond to the Holy Spirit.

Here are some key ideas that our children are focused on when learning about Te Wairua Tapu- The Holy Spirit:

  • The Holy Spirit acts in people and in the church.
  • The Holy Spirit appears in the bible story
  • The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity
Trinity is one of the mysteries in our tradition. How our God can be Triune, can be both one and three is mystery and yet it also gives us consolation. We have images of the Holy Spirit but these are not the Holy Spirit. These images remind us of the beauty and mystery of the Trinity.

School and Family Mass 

Thank you to Ruma Kakapo for presenting Mass last week. This week, the school Mass was led by Ruma Kiwi- Year 2/3 

Next week Mass will be presented by Ruma Pukeko and Kereru-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 3 - May 16-20 (White)


For centuries, people from around the world have sent prayer requests to Rome. From them, the Pope selects intentions for each month. 

Pope Francis Prayer intention for May

We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest. May they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

Malo 'Aupito

Thank you

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 2 2022

Birthday Greetings to:
Taylor D and Sam F

Please remember to give a reason why your child is absent from school as just mentioning "John Doe" is away from school is not sufficient.

Lost Property
We are starting to get a collection of lost property hanging on the hooks in the foyer by the hall including a pair of Young Original size 3 black lace-up shoes.  Please check if they belong to your child.

Please remember to send photos of your children playing sports this season or any other achievements.

None this week

Sports Fees
A reminder to keep paying off your sports fees each week.

Sports Draw
A copy of this week's sports draw is on another page in the blog and it has also been emailed out to everyone.  This includes rugby and football games.

What has been happening this term?
A snap chat of what the children have been doing so far this term.

4. Sports Draw - Friday 20th to Thursday 26th May 2022

 SPORTS DRAW - 20th May to 26th May 2022

Sport Draws

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


Netball - Friday 20th May

Intermediate Section 2

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Gold v Valley Steel - court St Kevin’s 1

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4

3.30 pm – St Joseph’s Maroon v Ardgowan Panthers – court 5 (Darryn Stewart Painters)


none this week


Rugby - Saturday 21st May

6 yrs

St Joseph’s has the bye


7/8 yrs 

10.30 am - Union v Excelsior - Ngapara

9/10 yrs

10.00 am - Valley Gold v Excelsior - Weston 1

11/12 yrs 

Excelsior Bulls has the bye


FOOTBALL - Awamoa and Meadowbank teams - Saturday 21st May

7/8 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am 

Game 1 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Force - Awamoa 

Game 2 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Storm - Awamoa 

9/10 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am

MB Machines v Awamoa Aces - showgrounds

11/13 grade - kick off at 9.30 am

MB Marvels v Riverside Rangers - Papakaio School

AFC Falcons v Awamoa Royals - Awamoa 

AFC Robins v AFC Eagles - Awamoa Park

AFC Ravens v Awamoa Rovers - Awamoa Park



St Joseph’s Breakers is mixed Yr 3 & 4

St Joseph’s Rebels is mixed Yr 5 & 6

Miniball - Tuesday 24th May

3.45 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Pembroke Pumas - main court

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Fenwick Rockets - back court

Score bench 

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels - main court - (Anderson Family)

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers - back court - (Hu Family)


Basketball - Wednesday 25th May 

4.40 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers v OIS Lakers - back court 

Score bench 

3.50 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers - back court - Leo Family 


5. Diary Dates - Week 3, Term 2 2022



Friday 20

Tuesday 24


Friday 3

Monday 6

Thursday 9

Friday 17

Friday 24


Friday 8

Monday 25


Wednesday 31

Thursday 1

Friday 2


Friday 30


Monday 17



Assembly at 2.30 pm all welcome 

PALS training for Yr 7 & 8 *

Rippa Rugby tournament for Yr 5 & 6 *

Queen’s Birthday - school closed 

Junior Quadrangular tournament 

Yr 7 & 8 camp forms due back *

Matariki Day - school closed 

Term 2 finishes

Term 3 starts

Yr 7 & 8 camp *

Yr 7 & 8 camp 8 *

Yr 7 & 8 camp 8 *

Term 3 finishes

Term 4 starts

Friday, 13 May 2022

1. Principal's News Week 2, Term 2, 2022

Our Production

Every two years our senior school does a stage production.

We have made some changes this year, mainly due to the uncertainty around putting things on and bearing in mind how many things have been canceled.  So we have decided to do a movie.  We would like to do an auditorium screening of this movie with our families and if we have to wait until we are allowed to gather, then a movie will give us that opportunity.

The other change is the whole school will participate and every child will be in it.

We are in a moment in time where we are about to demolish our existing senior block and rebuild.  So our movie will be based on St Joseph's school and the school will feature in it a lot.  It will be about our students and their learning journeys, about our families and the places we have all come from, from all over the world, to be here, it will be about Oamaru and the beautiful Waitaki region we live in and it will be about our faith.  In a way the movie will be like a time capsule and we will be able to capture this moment in time.  

Similar to our "Children's Museum," last year and the work in our local area that went behind that learning, this is about defining what is precious to us and making a platform from which we can build the future.

Movie-making is a literary genre of its own with its own vocabulary, processes and lines of creativity.  So we will not be approaching it like a stage production that we film.  From the outset we are teaching the children movie-making techniques so that we approach this like movie-makers.

I have been talking with Bridget and Maddy from "Films in Schools," and they will be helping us with some of the teaching of film-making techniques for our older students.

We really hope you get excited and support us with this project.  Soon (or maybe already) you will be hearing from one of the teachers for your input on something you think is important to your culture that could/should be included as an image in our movie.  

Also each child will be saying a greeting, e.g. "Hello, how are you?" in their own language.  Please help them at home so that they can do this confidently.

We particularly focus on shining the light on our intermediate students in our biannual production and our intermediate students will be taking lead roles either in acting, or in music, or in the film-making technology that goes behind the scenes.  They started last term and are already well down the track in developing their skills.

Our production has a working title, "Let Your Light Shine."

Reporting this term

This term we will continue with "real time" reporting in Educa.  This term you will receive reports on reading, maths and performing arts.  These will consist of a post from your child and a teacher comment with a curriculum link so you can see how they are doing with regard to expectations.  The teachers are managing this so that it best suits in with their classroom program and progress so different classes will get these reports at different times during the term.  By the end of term you should have received all three.

Board Elections

Please note we have Board elections coming up for this year.  Our parent representatives are Vic Forrest, Samara Allardice, Sharni Cunningham and Andy Bradley.  We have a vacancy for a parent representative.  If you think you would be interested, have a chat with me about attending a board meeting, and/or have a chat with one of our board members.  Rebecca Laming is also a Board member as a Bishop's Representative.


Hoiho have been busy this week investigating texture in painting.  

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)