Thursday, 2 July 2020

1. Principal's News Week 12 Term 2 2020

Raising Money for Our Local Community
Our year 8's have connected with the local St Vincent de Paul Society to find out what our community most needs at the moment.  The big concern is food for families and rather than providing food items, SVP Society asked for cash.  Yesterday we had a gold coin mufti day and the year 8's organised a coin trail for the school.  We raised $227.40.

Animal Fun
Hannah and Hamish shared their puppies

The Enviroteam have put bird feeders around the school which gives us the opportunity for statistical investigations
Physical Activity Leaders
Our Year 8 Physical Activity Leaders Bella Hubber, Michael Woodhouse and Tadiwanashe Mandiwona, attended a morning's training with Sport Waitaki yesterday.  This gave them ideas for physical activity and strategies to help them to teach and transfer these skills to other children.

Have a restful and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone again in two weeks.

Aroha and God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2.Special Character Week 12 Term 2 2020

Welcome/Kiaora/Malo e Lelei
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 Thursday Mass at 9:15 am in the Basilica. 
Thank you to Kiwi -Miss Sollano class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead by Year  8- Mrs Jones Hogan. 
In term 3 the first week Mass and Gospel will be lead and presented by Year 7 Mrs Herbst's class.
Religious Education: God Strand

God for parents:

The Key Concepts we teach about God are:

1. God created the world.
2. Ways we can know about God - God is revealed through Jesus
3. God is all powerful and remains a mystery.
4. God loves us individually (He has made a Covenant with us) e.g for key concept number four
Faith Facts
Week 12 29th June – 3rd July (Green)
29th Sts Peter and Paul, apostles
3rd St Thomas, apostle

God, we are tired and thank you for this holiday. We know it maybe cold, wet and windy but you gave us
the weather so we can enjoy something different every day. As you let the earth rest through the
winter, we too are gifted with this opportunity to rest and recover from our business and hard work at
school and home. Help us share the peace this time with our family and friends. Amen
The first winter snow in Central Otago, NZ | Otago, Central otago ...

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my
yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find
rest for your soul.


Galatians 6:2 "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." 
The Good News: No one does anything alone. You can help friends and family get through
life's big and small obstacles, and they will do the same for you. 

NEW TESTAMENT - After the Ascension - Paul's Letters to the churches. 

Malo 'Aupito
Thank you and God Bless 
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 12, Term 2 2020

Birthday Greetings
Indeg Jones-Hogan, Kaycee-Mae Gibbins, Ellie Jing, Marianne Alegre, Emily Chen and Manase Oakes

Cross Country
Our school cross country date has been set for Tuesday 18th August and it will be held at the Oamaru Race course.  The holidays are a good opportunity for the children to start preparing for this school event.  Parents/caregivers, we would love your help if you are available.  The cross country is run in the morning only.

Junior Quadrangular Permission Slips
The permission slips and money need to be returned and paid before Tuesday 21st July

Pies and Milo
This initiative starts back on the first Wednesday of term 3.  Please bring your wrapped named pie and/or named cup and 50 cents for Milo and put them in the hall on the kitchen counter.

Rugby Draw - Saturday 4th July
7/8 years - 10.30 am - Valley Gold v St Joseph's at Weston
9/10 years - 10.30 am - St Joseph's v Kurow at SKC
11/12 years - 11.00 am - St Joseph's v Kurow at WCS 1

Fees - these need to be paid before the children receive their winter sports uniform as the children play the first week back in term 3.

Basketball, miniball, hockey and netball - start their competition in the first week of term 3.  Please look out for the draws which will be sent out to you on the first day of school if they are available.

Basketball and Miniball Score bench Rosters  - there will be score bench rosters emailed tomorrow for basketball and miniball families so if your team is on score bench duty, please ensure you turn up to do your duty otherwise the competition points do not count for your child's game.  The roster ensures all families do their part to help the team and it is not left to one or two families to do it each week. If your family is down to do a duty on a particular date and our school is not on duty, that is a bonus for that family as the roster goes from week to week.

Friday 3 July - subway lunches half price
                      - technology for Yr 7 & 8
                      -  celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
                      - last day of term 2
Monday 20 July - school starts for term 3
Tuesday 21 July - junior quadrangular tournament permission slips due back
                           - miniball starts today
Wednesday 22 July - basketball starts today
                                - hockey starts today
Thursday 23 July - school mass at 9.15 am                       

Subway Lunches
They start back again tomorrow and they cost half price.  $3.00 for 6 inch and $4.50 for foot long.

We warmly welcome 8 new students to our junior school who are starting in the first 3 days of term.

Wheels Day
Tomorrow is the last day to bring your scooters, bikes and skates and of course your HELMET.

Waitaki Aquatic Centre
Is reopening this Saturday 4th July at 9.00 am. Waitaki Swim School and Squads are looking forward to welcoming back all of our swimmers and those who have not yet given it a go.  Registrations are now open for the July holidays block and term 3 lessons.  More information can be found on our Facebook page or by phoning the Aquatic Centre on 433 0410.

Community Notices
  • School Holiday Programme - see attachment to email 
  • Head First Travel NZ - Oamaru July School Holiday Action - bus trips on the Double Decker bus around town, Vanished World in Duntroon, Riverstone Kitchen, Timaru (Leap) and (Aquatic Centre).  Please see the attachment to the email for further information.
  • Waitaki Whitestone GeoPark - a presentation by Brian Miller speaking about the introduction to the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Proposal e.g. What is a Geopark and why is the Waitaki District special?; The formation of New Zealand and the discovery of Zealandia; How an undersea volcano created the Victorian town of Oamaru.

4. Diary Dates - Week 12, Term 2 2020

Friday 3

Monday 20
Tuesday 21

Wednesday 22

Thursday 23
Friday 24

Saturday 25
Thursday 30
Friday 31

Tuesday 4

Thursday 6
Friday 7

Monday 10
Tuesday 18
Wednesday 19
Monday 31

Friday 25

Monday 12

Subway lunches start back today at half price 
Wheels Day 
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm 
Last day of school for term 2
School starts for term 3
Junior Quad permission slips due back 
Miniball starts today 
Hockey starts today 
Pies and Milo start today 
Basketball starts today 
Hockey starts today 
School Mass at 9.15 am 
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm 
Netball starts today 
School Mass at 9.15 am 
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *

Junior Quadrangular tournament for Yr 7 & 8 in Dunedin 
Singing Cup Auditions *
Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm *
School Mass at 9.15 am *
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *

Teacher Only Day 
School Cross Country in morning *
Cross Country Postponement date *
North Otago Cross Country *

Singing Cup Final *
Last day of school for term 3

School starts for term 4

Thursday, 25 June 2020

1. Principal's News Week 11 Term 2 2020

Thoughts on Good and Evil by Libby (year 8)
"We cannot please everyone and we cannot solve world problems on our own but if we all live in harmony and have the ability to co-exist with evil while still following God, we have done our job on earth because we have let the good shine through.  God allowed evil on our earth for the greater good so in the end we have evil so good can exist".  

Getting Ready for Mid Year Reporting
For mid year reporting our senior school are keeping track of their learning and recording under the "Learning Capabilities."  This will enable them to make comments for their reports on what they have done at their level and have examples ready to share with you at parent interviews.

The juniors are doing their's using the app 'Seesaw' where they can explain their learning in a short video.  The videos are classified according to the Learning Capabilities and parents will receive their own copies.  I'm particularly impressed that they have been taught how to do this themselves and are independent with it.

All children will have a summary paper report showing their attendance record, curriculum levels for reading, writing and maths and teacher's comment.

Learning Provocations
The juniors are continuing to engage in learning provocations - these are independent activities which stimulate creativity and critical thinking.  They are available in their class environment while the teacher is working with specific children.

Sport Begins
The rugby kits were handed out today and Iverson is ready for rugby, wearing a new St Joseph's rugby top.

Special Character
We are proud of our Catholic Special Character and the way it helps the children to reach their full potential - spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

Jack is training with his teacher, Miss Sollano, to prepare for reading at mass

Sniffles and things
Thank you to you the parents who are helping us all stay well by keeping your children at home when they are not well.  Thank you for ringing/texting/emailing early and telling us the reason.  If children have cold or flu symptoms at school, we will still need to ask you to take them home.


We have done a number enrolments in the last couple of weeks.  If you know of anyone wishing to enrol for next year, please get them to contact us as soon as possible as classes are filling up.  We still have a small number of open places.

Aroha and God Bless,

Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 11 Term 2 2020

Welcome/Kiaora/Malo e Lelei
Special Character Focus
School and Family Mass- 
You are welcome to join us for Thursday Mass at 9:15 am in the Basilica. Thank you to Kakapo -Mrs Winders class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead by Kiwi Year  3/ 4 - Miss Sollano.  Next Thursday, Mass and Gospel will be lead and presented by Year 8 Mrs Jones Hogan's class.

Religious Education: God Strand
Key Ideas
God created the world
How can we know about God? - God is revealed through Jesus
God is all powerful and remains a mystery
God loves us individually (he has made a Covenant with us)

Faith Facts
Week 11 22nd – 26th June (Green)
22nd St John Fisher and Thomas More
24th Nativity of John the Baptist

The Beatles land in New ZealandThis week in 1964, Beatlemania hit New Zealand. 7000 hysterical fans greeted the Fab Four in Wellington. On 22 June the Beatles played their first New Zealand concert, repeating a 30-minute 11-song set as fans screamed. We thank God for musicians, and the lift they give to us with their creativity and talent. We especially thank God for all those gifted people and families that inspired us with their music through the lock-down.
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TERM TWO SCRIPTURE / PRAYERS 2020- Week 11: Philippians 2:4
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." 
The Good News: It's OK to consider what's best for you and your family, but you should also keep in mind what will be most beneficial for your community. Trust that others are also looking out for your interests as well. Everyone has to work together. 
NEW TESTAMENT - After the Ascension - Paul's Letters to the churches. 
Malo 'Aupito
Thank you and God Bless 
Tua Misiloi Co DRS