Thursday, 20 June 2019

1. Principal's News Week 8 Term 2 2019

The Hungry Horse Cafe
Wow, St Joseph's Home and School have done it again!  They have managed to pull off a great gig at our local Oamaru racecourse.

Meet the Hungry Horse Cafe.  The Hungry Horse Cafe runs several times a year preparing and selling the food at Oamaru race meetings.  St Joseph's Home and School have this year taken on the responsibility of running this cafe.  The funds are for school.    Our government funding is minimal and does not cover our running costs and so we are always reliant on our wonderful Home and School committee to top up the funds.  We would love for every parent to do one shift in this cafe during the course of the year.  Its a great way to meet other parents, make new friends and have a good laugh at the same time as helping your child's school.  Thank you Rebecca Heffernan for sourcing this opportunity for us.

Here is the roster for upcoming race meetings and we hope many parents will step forward to do at least one shift which will help raise substantial funds towards your child's education.

18 Aug 2019
22 Sep 2019
24 Oct 2019
30 Nov 2019
15 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
25 Feb 2020
24 May 2020
14 June 2020
26 July 2020

Health Curriculum Consultation
As a Catholic school it is very important that our health curriculum reflects our Catholic beliefs.  Essentially, this is that every human being is made in the image of God and therefore has beauty and dignity and should be treated with respect.  This particularly informs how we teach about health and sexuality.  We will be teaching the Keeping Ourselves Safe unit early next term.  We do this together with our local police and it is a great way of teaching the children how to keep themselves safe in any circumstance.  We have had several children encounter unpleasant adults who have attempted to lead them astray over the years.  Thanks to our teaching they have known exactly how to keep themselves safe and have taken the right course of action.  There will be a parent meeting with our community constable, Carrie Hamilton.  Please have a look at our Health Education curriculum so that you know how we approach all of this important area of your child's wellbeing.

Computer Time
Please keep an eye on what your children are watching on line.

North Otago Music Festival
St Joseph's students are preparing with other schools for this music festival.  We will be performing in the opera house on the evening of Tuesday 2nd July.

Parent-Student Conferences Term 3
Dates for parent-student conferences are: Tuesday 30th July and Monday 5th August.

Please note Friday 9th August is a teacher only day and school will be closed - this has been advertised since the beginning of the year.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 8, Term 2 2019

WEEK 8 17th – 21st June
19th Suzanne Aubert Birthday
21st St Aloysius Gonzaga
22nd Sts John Fisher and Thomas More
23rd Feast of Corpus Christi (The Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Suzanne Aubert, better known to many as Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert. She was a Catholic sister who started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885. Then many other works of compassion in Wellington and throughout New Zealand. Suzanne Aubert was born on 19 June 1835. Each year the Sisters of Compassion celebrate the occasion with a Birthday Mass. Find out more about this amazing woman.

Wednesday the 19th of June is also the Feast day of St Romuald. Romuald was born in Ravenna, in northeastern Italy, to an aristocratic family. As a youth, Romuald indulged in the pleasures of the world common to a tenth-century nobleman. Romuald became a monk and lived a very severe life of self denial. He founded many monasteries in Italy and he wrote a “rule” for his monks which included ideas like:  “Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it.“

8th Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”  
If we think about this commandment it challenges us to think about how we use words.  We should think carefully before we engage in gossip (chitchat that goes from person to person spreading rumours and judgements about people) and detraction, which is exaggerating another’s defects or limitations.  Slander is another way to use words hurtfully.  Slander is speaking in a way that damages someone’s reputation. It also goes against the eighth commandment to flatter others in order to get something out of them. Another kind of insincerity is  encouraging someone in a wrongful attitude or behaviour, when it would be more honest and kind to help them change for the better.

God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 8, Term 2 2019


Altar Servers
Saturday 22nd June - Serah Staju, Luse & Sami Asi and Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 23rd June - Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan and Lisiate Hausia

Birthday Greetings to
Summer Moriarty, Rolfe Patalbo, Jac Bradley and Atlanta Williams-McDowell

Cleaner Vacancy - St Joseph's School
Our amazing cleaner of 17 years is leaving us and St Joseph's School is looking to employ a part time cleaner for our junior school. You will need a good work ethic and be able to complete your work to a high standard, independently. You will also need to respect the Catholic special character of our school and will need to be police vetted. The days are Monday to Thursday, 3 hours a day between 2.30 and 5.30pm with some extra hours during the school holidays. All our staff get paid at least the living wage. Please contact the school office for a job description Applications in writing with a CV to the principal by 1st July at

Home and School
They are holding their monthly meeting on Thursday 4th July at 7.00 pm at the Northstar.  All welcome.
A reminder that Yrs 5/6/7 are on for donations of meals to the Parish Freezer.


Next week our intermediate students are involved in either one or two of our annual inter-school exchanges.  The first one is on Tuesday against St Joseph's, Timaru and it involves all the Yr 7 & 8 students.  The interschool is held here at school and starts from 10.00 am and goes to 12.30 pm. Notices have been emailed to all families and a hard copy has been given to the students.  (No permission forms are needed for this interschool, since it is being played at school).

On Thursday, all the Yr 8 students travel down to Mosgiel to compete in an inter-school against St Mary's. There is a number of permission slips and money still outstanding and these need to be paid by tomorrow. Further information regarding this interschool will come out next week so please keep an eye for it.

Jump Jam
On Monday morning we were lucky to have Brett Fairweather - creator of JUMP JAM come and visit us and warm us up with some fun dance/aerobics in the hall.  We felt energised and excited to continue participating in JUMP JAM after the fun they had. To see the children in action, click this link.   JUMP JAM LINK

North Otago Music Festival tickets
Anyone wanting tickets for the music festival are now available at Fenwick School for $8.00 each.

Parent Student Conferences
School interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th July and Monday 4th August from 3.15 to 8.00 pm. Please book your time for you and your child by going to and entering the code rexwq otherwise notify the office and we can book a time for you.

School Liturgy Mass
There is no school mass tomorrow and school mass will resume again next Thursday at 9.15 am.

St Kevin's College Enrolment Forms
They require the Yr 9 enrolment forms back by the end of term.  You can either drop them off at our school office or take them to St Kevin's.  If your child is not attending St Kevin's College next year, please let them know so they can cross your child's name off the list.

Wanted Trash or Treasure for  Garage Sale
Supporting 'Shocking Pink' (young women with breast cancer).  They are wanting items like furniture, electrical, clothes, toys, bedding/towels, china/cutlery, books and tools.  No TVs please. All items can be dropped of to the hall tomorrow after 4.00 pm.  Contact Cathy on 021 816 094 or Mrs Dooley. The garage sale will be held at St Joseph's school this Saturday from 9.00 am.
We warmly welcome Mele and Manu Ahotaeiloa to our junior school this week.

Community Notices

  • Shocking Pink Fashion Show - supporting young woman with breast cancer.  The fashion show is held at 'Style 358' Thames Highway on both Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July at 7.00 pm.  Tickets cost $15.00 and are available from 'Style 358'.   Come and see our own Mrs Dooley being a model on both nights.
  • Waitaki District Waste Free Living & Parenting Workshops - these workshops are supported by your local council and are a great opportunity for locals to become educated and activated on reducing waste from all angles.  Attendees get a gift pack with their ticket, that is worth $100 and is full of waste minimisation products like cloth nappies, food pouches and food wraps.  For further details on the event and to get a ticket click on the link.                          Oamaru WFP:
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme - the holiday programme is out for the July holidays.  Please book online at
  • Ranfurly Shield Rugby Game - North Otago v Otago held on Friday 26th July at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.  Kick off at 2.05 pm.  Tickets available from

4. Sports Draw - June - Week 8, Term 2 2019

Netball - Saturday 22nd June
** YR 1 & 2 netball finishes on Saturday 29th June
** Yr 3/4 do not play Saturday 6th July and finish on Saturday 10th August
** Yrs 5-8 play Saturday 6th July and finish on Saturday 10th August
** Goal-a-thon is Saturday 27th July
** Yr 6,7 & 8 Development programme is being held on Fridays from 4.00 to 5.30 starting from Friday 28th June at the Waitaki Rec Centre and is being run by North Otago Netball.  Costs $60 for 6 sessions.  Click the link to register.
**  Coaches are wanted for the Development Programme and will be paid

Intermediate Prem
9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Steel – Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
10.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v OIS Magic – court 8

Intermediate 3 Yr 5/6
11.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v Twizel Lightning – court 2

Future Ferns Yr 3/4
11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Fenwick Flyers – court 5

Future Ferns Yr 1/2
10.00 am –Skills session starting at 10.00 am – court 1

9.00 am – Atlanta Williams,
10.00 am – Jada-Rose Keno & Summer Moriarty and Paige Strachan
11.00 am – Alexie Phillips & Serah Staju, Mariah Cunningham & Hannah Fowler & Bridie McGeown
Rugby - Saturday 22nd June
5 & 6 yrs - Rippa
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow Rams – SKC Field 3

7/8 yrs
St Joseph’s have the bye

9/10 yrs
10.00 am  – Excelsior Rhinos v St Joseph’s – WCCP 3

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow – SKC Field 2
Section 3 has now completed a full round and will start on round 2 this week.  Sections 1 & 2 have 2 more weeks to complete their first round and will then be put into top 4, bottom 4 for the next round.

Miniball - Tuesday 25th June
4.15 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers v Waitaki Valley Wizards – back court
5.15 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels v Fenwick Celtics - - main court

Score bench duty
3.45 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers – back court (Herbst Family)
4,45 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels – main court (Jones-Hogan Family)
Basketball - Wednesday 26th June
4.50 pm - St Joseph’s Bolts v Weston Wildcats – back court
5.40 pm – St Joseph’s Raptors v Papakaio – main court
St Joseph’s Cavaliers have the bye

Score bench Duty
5.40 pm – St Joseph’s Bolts – back court (Rollan Family)
Hockey – Tuesday 25th June
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
5.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wasps v Speedy Sticks (Mia C and Troy)

Hockey – Wednesday 26th June
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
6.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wekas v Hampden Main Warriors (Mya R) – Turf 2

5. Diary Dates - Week 8, Term 2 2019

* Means new entry or date
Thursday 20                      -  Terrific Thursday at 2.30 pm
                                          -  Pasifika Speech & Talent Night
Friday 21                           -  School Liturgy Mass at 9.15 am – note new day
                                           -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
                                           -  St Mary’s Mosgiel Yr 8 interschool permission slips and money due in
Sunday 23                          -  North Otago Netball Primary Schools Tournament for Yrs 5-8
Monday 24                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8                          
Tuesday 25                        -  St Joseph’s Timaru interschool for Yr 7 & 8 at Oamaru
                                           -  School Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm
Thursday 27                      -  School Liturgy Mass at 9.15 am
                                           -  St Mary’s Interschool in Mosgiel for Yr 8 class  in Mosgiel 
                                           -  Yr 7 ECB & Young Vinnies
                                           -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 28                            -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm

Monday 1                           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 2                           -  North Otago Music Festival Final Practice at the Opera House *
                                           -  North Otago Music Festival – St Joseph’s is on tonight *
Thursday 4                         -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                           -  Terrific Thursday at 2.15 pm
                                           -  Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm at the Northstar *
Friday 5                              -  Mufti Day
                                           -  Term 2 finishes
                                           -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Saturday 6                          -  Netball finishes for Yr 1 & 2
Monday 22                         -  Term 3 starts
                                           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 29                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 30                         -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm *

Monday 5                           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                           -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm *
Friday 9                              -  Teacher Only Day  - school closed
Saturday 10                        -  Rugby finishes today 
                                           -  Netball finishes today for Yrs 3-8
Monday 12                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Tuesday 13                         -  Board of  Trustees meeting at 6.00 pm *
Monday 19                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Tuesday 20                         -  School Cross Country 
Sunday 25                          -  First Holy Communion
Monday 26                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
                                           -  St Joseph’s Intermediate Open Evening at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 27                         -  Kapahaka Festival at the Opera House

Monday 2                           -  North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4                      -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Friday 20                            -  Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8
Friday 27                            -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                         -  Term 4 starts
Sunday 20                          -  Food Fair
Monday 28                         -  Labour Day holiday – school closed
Tuesday 29                         -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Wednesday 30                    -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Thursday 31                       -  Yr 7 & 8 camp

Friday 1                              -  Yr 8 camp
Friday 8                              -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations *
Saturday 9                          -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations *
Tuesday 12                         -  School athletics for whole school *
Thursday 14                       -  School athletics postponement date *
Monday 25                         -  North Otago Athletics *

Friday 20                            -  School finishes for the year at 12.30 pm *

Thursday, 13 June 2019

1. Principal's News Week 7, Term 2 2019

From Our Board Chair, Bev Conlan
Congratulations to the  staff  representative, Leanne  Brookes and 5 parent representatives Andy  Bradley, Rory McGeown, Rebecca Meek, Carl Herbst and Sharni Cunningham who  made themselves available for election to our Board. They now form our St Joseph’s Board along with Jan Pleiger and Father Wayne our Proprietor's Reps, and Lorraine our Principal. This new board took effect from the 31st May.

Our constitution currently requires us to have 7 parent trustees but this is difficult for us to attain and it t is the boards intention to make a decision  about reducing the number of  parent trustees  to five at our next meeting. Most schools of our size have 5 parent trustees.  

I would also like to extend sincere thanks to Michael Plieger and Rose Davies. They are no longer on our BOT but have been committed parent trustees dedicated to their role of ensuring that St Joseph’s School provides the best possible, faith-filled, learning environment for our students.

It has been a real privilege to work with Lorraine and I know that we are extremely fortunate to have a Principal of her calibre. I would also like to thank my fellow board members past and present for their dedication and commitment. I extend my sincere good wishes to our new board for the future successes of St Joseph’s School.

Teacher Only Day Reminder 
School is closed on Friday 9th August for a teacher only day
The first notice of this was in our start of year letter.

Congratulations to our children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday.  It was great to see the Church packed out and many families participating.  The atmosphere was very reverent.

A big thank you to Tua Misiloi, Mark and Adrienne Wylie and Fr Wayne who prepared our children and families and to Bishop Michael who officiated the ceremony.

Early Words
Michelle Fatafehi has been trained in the Early Words system and has been taking our our new entrants and year 1s through the Early Words program.  This helps them to get ready for reading to take off.

Reading Recovery
We are extremely lucky this year that our Board has pulled out the stops in order to enable two of our teachers to get trained in Reading Recovery.  This means that 8-12  of our children will benefit from this intense one to one reading pick up.  It is also very high level professional development in reading for our teachers which transfers into the classroom.  It makes it very hard for our junior school as they have to keep to tight timetables and teachers have to work very closely together.  We are very proud of our junior school for managing this amazing opportunity.  Leanne Brookes is already Reading Recovery trained and this year Tua Misiloi and Danique McRae are training.
Mrs McRae with a Reading Recovery student today
I hear our office staff making phone calls each morning chasing up families who have not phoned in or texted their absences.  Please let us know if your child is absent and the reason for the absence.  If we have no reason we have no choice but to put it down as truant.  If our office staff have to make several phone calls and by some chance something bad had happened to a child, following up un-notified absences would delay our ability to call for help.

I urge parents to make all necessary arrangements to keep children in school.  Holidays and other activities should be planned in holiday breaks as far as possible.  The only justified absence is sickness or bereavement involving a close family member.  Any child with 90% attendance is in danger of falling behind in learning.  This is not just their present learning but learning in the future as they will have gaps and this will slow them down.  This is particularly the case for maths throughout the school and also for getting reading going in our younger students.

Our reports this time will show you your child's percentage attendance.

Church Strand Teaching
We are presently learning about Church in RE.  We have changed our RE teaching schedule this year to fit in with our overall inquiry.  Earlier this term we did our main learning about God the Father and Creator.  This was when we looked at our school environment and considered the environment as a whole.  We have now moved on to thinking about what we can do about the environment.  That means we have a responsibility as the hands and mouth of Christ on Earth as a Church gathered together we need to do something about the environment.  If you would like an adult overview about what we teach about Church, have a look here.  

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees