Thursday, 22 October 2020

1. Principal's News Week 2 Term 4 2020

Interschool Sports Exchange

Our year 8 students enjoyed a day's sport yesterday with the year 7 & 8 students from St Mary's in Mosgiel.  This is an annual event and one we really enjoy as it is an opportunity for our students to socialise with students from another Catholic school.  St Joseph's won the overall shield for the day.

Upcoming Dates

Please note school is closed Monday 16th November for a teacher only day.

Senior school production at St Kevin's auditorium 6pm Thursday 5 November.

Athletics Day - 10th November - we still need parent helpers please.

Junior Reading

I enjoyed a day's reading with our junior students yesterday.  The junior team leader, Leanne Brookes, myself and our wonderful learning support teachers Michele Fatafehi and Adrienne Spillane tested our junior readers to find out how they are doing.  We are very pleased with their progress but above and beyond this I was really impressed by their attitude.  Not one child was in any way put out by having to journey down to the other end of the school, or by reading with the principal or anyone else.  They knew they were being tested and I had wondered if I needed some incentives but none were needed because the children were confident, friendly and proud of themselves.  What positive and inspiring young learners!  Thank you parents for your reading support at home.

God Bless and Aroha

Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 2 Term 4 2020

 Fakaalofa lahi atu ki a mutolu oti- Greetings to you all. Happy Niuean Language Week.

Gospel Reflection

Jesus put an exclamation on this thread in the Gospel found in Matthew.  While He responded to the Pharisees’ question that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, Jesus went on to emphasise the second commandment that “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. 

He also noted that “the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” All those in each of our lives represent the “neighbours” that Jesus was talking about.  The simple truth is that we have a holy obligation to respond with love and compassion to those God has placed in our lives. 

Dear Heavenly Father,  Your truth is so clearly revealed to us throughout Your Holy Word. As we seek to live out our lives for You, help us to stay focused upon You - first and foremost - and then to use your love and compassion as the example for us to maintain a singular focus upon the needs of others.     
In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

Special Character Focus

School and Family Mass- 
Presenting the Mass and Gospel is a service opportunity and Ministry for our children in spreading God’s word.
You are welcome to join us for Mass at 9:15 am on Thursday in the Basilica. 
Thank you to Kiwi/Year 3/4- Miss Sollano's class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead by Pukeko Year 1/2- Mrs Brookes' class. Next Week Thursday Mass will be Year 8- Mrs Jones Hogan' class.

Religious Education
For the next four weeks our Religious Education teaching is focused is on the 'Communion of Saints' Strand. Please go to this link parents-communion of saints to help you support your child/children during our teaching of this strand.
Key Ideas
1. Mary is Jesus’ mother and first disciple and model to all Christians
2. Communion of Saints is all the souls in heaven, purgatory and God's family - the church on earth.
3. Our choices affect the type of person we become and what happens to us after we die

Faith Facts Term 4
Week 2 19th - 23rd Oct
22nd St John Paul II

 “Genuine love … is demanding. But its beauty lies precisely in the demands it makes. Only those able to make demands on themselves in the name of love can then demand love from others.”

“The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.

Thank you
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 2, Term 4 2020


Altar Servers
Saturday 24th October - David Kilgour and King Melecio
Sunday 25th October - Alexie Phillips, Serah Staju and Lisiate Hausia

Birthday Greetings
Milly Campbell  


Children from 8 years up require their pe gear every Monday and Thursday for their athletic rotation practices.
Thank you very much to the 5 parents who have already offered to help with our athletics but we still require another 10 more people to help out on the day.  Please let me know if you can help with either the junior or senior rotations by contacting Paula Brien at or ring the office.

The date for our school athletics is on Tuesday 10th November and the whole school is involved.  The athletics will be combined with Oamaru North School and is held at Centennial Park.  Children in ages 5-7 years will be in the morning till after lunch and the children from 8-13 years will be all day.

Riley Tuffley and Hamish Fowler have been selected for the South Island Primary School Cricket tournament being played in North Canterbury in January 2021 where they verse teams from all over the South Island. It is an intermediate age group tournament but if you are a very good Yr 6 player, you can be selected. This tournament is the pinnacle of junior representative and is a wonderful way for 12 players to experience one of the largest New Zealand cricket tournaments which was established in Invercargill in 1963 and has been played every year since 1965.  Well done boys.
Our boys miniball team - St Joseph's Breakers have improved immensely this year under the watchful eye of coach Judith Leo to end up playing in the final against Fenwick and losing in a closely contested game.  This team also received the North Otago Most Improved Miniball team for the season.  Well done boys.
Touch Rugby
Michael Woodhouse has been selected in the Otago U14 boys touch rugby team after trialing last weekend in Dunedin.  The competition for the teams this year was very strong as there were lots of players from throughout Otago trialing. Michael will play in 3 tournaments this year with practices twice a week in Dunedin.  Congratulations Michael.
Hungry Horse Cafe 
We are looking to fill the next roster for Saturday 21st November which is the last one for this year and the next dates are in February 2021. 
The roster times for Saturday 21st November are:
  • 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
  • 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm
  • 3.00 pm to 5.30 pm
If you have not already helped, please put your name forward to either the office or contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056. In order for the roster to be shared round more evenly we have taken note of the families who have helped so far this year.  Next year we will look at implementing a roster system so each family has a turn at doing one shift.

Junior School Publishing Party
Your children have been amazing authors!  Please join us for a Publishing Party to celebrate their wonderful writing on Tuesday 27th October from 8.30 to 9.00 am in the junior school.  Please come to your child's classroom.

  • Camp fees have to be paid before they go away on camp.  You can start making payments towards these camps from now on.
  • Winter sports uniforms need to be returned to the office asap.
Scholastic Book Club
The brochures went home on Monday and orders have to be in by Thursday 29th October.

School Photo Flyers
Today each student should have received the school photo flyer information for our school photos on Wednesday 11th November.  Sibling photo request forms are available at the office and must be completed to have ANY family photos.

St Mary's Interschool
Yesterday we hosted our 11th annual interschool against St Mary's from Mosgiel with the Yr 8 class competing. This year we tweaked the games to ensure everyone participated and all games were mixed with a couple of new games like rounders and 'Capture the Flag' being added to the mix. St Joseph's won the netball, rippa rugby, football and rounders with St Mary's winning the basketball so this meant St Joseph's won the shield as it was shared last year.  Some of the games were tightly contested which made for great spectator games.

The day was completed by the game 'Capture the Flag' where both schools were mixed together and versed one another.  This was followed by thank you's and afternoon tea.  A highlight of the day was the way the children interacted with each other and great sportsmanship being shown by both schools.
Thank you very much to Sarah Clapperton and students from St Kevin's College for coming and refereeing our games which was much appreciated and to Lee Woodhouse for coaching our rippa and football teams.

Uniform Shop
Adele would appreciate any empty shoe boxes or similar size boxes for storing items in the uniform shop.  Please drop them off to the office.  Thank you.

We warmly welcome Jane to our new entrants class this week.
Community Notices
  • Fast and Furious Swim Race Night - held on Friday 30th October at 5.30 pm at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  All ages welcome and is free to enter.  A great opportunity to give racing a go.  Attached to the email is the flyer and entry form.
  • Oamaru Multi-Sport - Run, Walk, Run /Duathlon Series held in November.  Flyer attached to email for further information.
  • My Happy Kids Meditation. Every Friday 345pm -445pm. At Lyndhurst Lounge 424 Thames Highway. A time for relaxation and reflection, with a focus on emotional wellness. Each week we look at a different topic and discuss tools to improve your child's understanding of emotional intelligence. Ages 7-12yrs old. Feel free to bring a blanket. Cost $10 per session. For further information please contact.

4. Diary Dates - Week 2, Term 4 2020



Friday 23

Monday 26

Tuesday 27

Thursday 29

Friday 30


Tuesday 3

Thursday 5

Friday 6

Tuesday 10

Wednesday  11

Monday 16

Saturday 21

Monday 23


Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3

Friday 4

Thursday 10

Tuesday 15

Wednesday 16

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm 

Labour Day - school closed 

Junior School Publishing party at 8.30 am *

Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm 

Scholastic Book Club orders due *

Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm, everyone welcome *

School Mass at 9.15 am 

Young Vinnies - yr 8 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

School production rehearsal at SKC 

School production rehearsal at SKC 

School production at 6.00 pm 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC *

School athletics confirmed *

School photos 

Senior school first aid course 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

Hungry Horse Cafe 

North Otago Athletics 

Intermediate school camp 

Intermediate school camp 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Intermediate school camp 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Intermediate school camp 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Multicultural Day *

End of Year Mass and prizegiving at 6.00 pm 

School finishes at 12.30 pm for term 4 

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Principal's News Term 4 Week 1 2020

Welcome Back

A warm welcome to term 4.  It was great to welcome the children back and see how many have hats and are ready to enjoy the (supposedly) warmer weather.  

Here are Molly and Pippa leading at our first mass of the term:

We have a jam-packed term ahead:

Senior Production

Our biannual senior production is on Thursday 5 November at 6pm at St Kevin's auditorium.  Please book the date, it is always a wonderful community occasion.

Here are the year 7s practising yesterday:

Upcoming Events to Especially Note:

Life Education - Week 3
Senior Production - Thursday 5 November 6pm
Athletics Day - Tuesday 10 November 
Year 7 & 8 camps and year 6 Education Outside the Classroom - week 8 (starting Monday 30 November)
Multicultural Day - Thursday 10th December
Prizegiving and end of year mass - Tuesday 15th December 6pm.
End of term - Wednesday 16th December 12.30pm

We have not set dates yet for the junior disco and Year 7 & 8 social.

Health Reminders
A small number of children do not have hats.  Please ensure your child has a named hat at school.

On behalf of our dentail service I would like to remind you to ensure your children brush their teeth twice a day.  We also encourage low sugar snacks - such as fruit or a sandwich for morning tea.  

Support for Each Other
We know that some of our families are having things a bit harder at the moment.  Please talk to me if you need help.  

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2 Special Character Week 1 Term 4 2020

Greetings and Welcome to Term 4

Special Character Focus

School and Family Mass- 
Presenting the Mass and Gospel is a service opportunity and Ministry for our children in spreading God’s word.
You are welcome to join us for Mass at 9:15 am on Thursday in the Basilica. 
Thank you to Kakapo/Year 4/5- Mrs Winder's class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday of Term 3. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead by  Kiwi/Year 3/4- Miss Sollano's  class. Next Week Thursday Mass will be Pukeko Year 1/2- Mrs Brookes' class.

Faith Facts Term 4
Week 1 12th - 16th Oct
13-20 Week of Prayer for World Peace
15th St Theresa of Jesus
16th St Hedwig
17th St Ignatius of Antioch
18th World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

 It’s the one Sunday in the year when the entire global Church comes together to support mission. Every single donation from these worldwide Masses goes to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. Every Catholic community, in every country, sends a powerful message of faith, hope and love on this special day. This is our chance to show love and solidarity to our global Church family. Through our prayers, we support missionaries everywhere in spreading the Good News and by donating we respond to Christ’s call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

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Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

               This one prayer of St. Teresa of Jesus, also know as St. Teresa of Avila

Thank you/Malo 'Aupito God bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS