Friday, 16 November 2018

1. Principal's News Week 5 Term 4 2018

Athletics
It was a great day on Wednesday with the whole school and North School both celebrating and competing in athletics at Whitestone Stadium.  I imagine there were many tired people (and not just little ones) in the evening.

Thank you to all the parent helpers and St Kevin's student helpers.  And a huge thank you to Paula Brien, our sports coordinator who took on this mammoth event.

With such a big undertaking, starting from scratch and putting two schools together for the first time, there were bound to be some teething problems and they will be fixed for next time.  Putting those one or two crinkles to one side, it was a fantastic day, warm, sunny with lots of good will and sportsmanship.  The children did us all proud.


Uniform Vote
Every family has had a voting paper.  If you haven't had one please contact the office.  This will effect everyone.  We want to be clear that we have a majority of families choosing an option before we pursue it.  So please vote - Anne Rzepecky will be following up any families with outstanding voting papers next week, so please save her the time, tick your preferred box and return it to school by next Wednesday.

Aroha and God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Term 4 Week 5 2018


Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace
 
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
Amen.                                                                                       (Abbreviated)

Faith Fact this Week:-

  
16th St Margaret of Scotland (1045 – 1093)
Margaret was prayerful. She gathered women together to study the Scriptures and to embroider vestments and altar cloths. She was always surrounded by beggars, and she gave them money and clothes. She set up homes and hospitals for those in need. She and her husband would go to church during Lent and Advent. On the way home, they would wash the feet of poor people in need and give them money. At home, Margaret fed nine orphans who were brought to her daily. She brought a love of the arts and education to the people, and they loved her in return. Her children are believed to be primarily responsible for two centuries of progress and peace in Scotland.



God Bless 
Nicola Winders
co-DRS

3. School Notices - Week 5, Term 4 2018

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

Altar Servers
Saturday 17th November - Joseph, Paddy, Seb Spillane, Samuel Plieger and Nye Jones-Hogan
Sunday 18th November - Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom and Henry Robinson

Birthday Greetings
Zyanya Pe, Luse Asi and Cody Marshall

Athletics
On Wednesday we held our inaugural athletics with Oamaru North School and combined our junior and senior athletics on the one day. As with any new event for the first time, there are a few teething problems which can be easily sorted out. The children were amazing and enjoyed the competition between the two schools and the space that was available.  A beautiful fine day also helped. A very big thank you to our parent helpers and our St Kevin's crew who helped out on the day because without your valued help, the day could have not gone ahead. Trophy and certificate presentations will be on Friday 30th November at assembly at 2.30 pm. Below are a couple of photos of the athletics.

North Otago Athletics - children who have qualified for the North Otago Athletics on Monday 26th November will be given a notice on Monday.  The top 2 boys and girls athletes between St Joseph's and North School are selected as our schools are now one zone and we can only send the top 4. This notice is to be returned by Tuesday 20th November as entries have to be sent away on Wednesday 21st.  Yr 8 students will have their forms emailed to them and parents email your reply to sport@stjoseph.school.nz whether they are going or not.



Disco
A reminder about the disco for Yrs 1-6 being held on Friday 7th December at 6.00 pm.  Please keep this date free.

End of Year Mass & Prize Giving
This will be held on Thursday 13th December at 6.00 pm in the basilica.  It is a full school and family mass to celebrate 2018 and we expect everyone to attend.  Children are to meet at 5.45 pm by the Reed Street entrance and to wear their school uniform (not PE uniform).  The junior school will perform their nativity liturgy at this time.  One student from each year group will be presented with the JJ awards for exemplifying the school values of respect, reverence, resilience and relationships.  The Year 8 Veritas Award and trophies will be presented to our Yr 8 students.  At the end of Mass, the year 8 roll will be handed to Mr Paul Olsen, Principal of St Kevin's College and Mr Olsen will process out of the church with the Year 8's.

End of Year Final Assembly
Our final assembly will be held on Friday 14th December at 12.00 pm in our school hall. The new leadership positions for 2019 will be announced and the Yr 8 leaver's certificates will be presented to them.  Elenoa Asi and Sebastian Spillane will give their Head Boy and Girl speeches and the morning will end with hymns.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  School will finish for the year at 12.45 pm.

Lost Property
There is some lost property left over from athletics on Wednesday including a pair of black, blue and green sport shoes.  Please claim them from the lost property area.

Onya Bike Survey

WALK & WHEEL WEEK …..19-23 NOVEMBER
WHAT ARE THE SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL?

Does your child walk or bike to school? Walking and biking to school is great for kid’s growth in independence, mobility, fitness, health and builds road safety education for the future. It can be fun for the whole family, build long lasting friendships and can help to reduce traffic congestion around school gates. We plan to do more work in this area to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school, but we want to ensure they are safe.

Our school has been selected to participate in the Onya Bike Safe Ways to School survey. The survey is designed to help us understand barriers and safety issues that parents have getting their kids walking and cycling safely to and from our school, and opportunities for improvement.

The information gathered will be used by Onya Bike to identify preferred cycling routes to school and plan for walking and cycling infrastructure improvements that make our roads safer. We want to see more children walking and cycling to school, but we want to see walking and cycling made safer and more convenient for everyone.

The survey uses a fun interactive map, so you can see where you live and drop pins on area you’d like to comment on or improve. We suggest doing this with your children so that you can discuss safety hazards with them and record any suggestions that they may have too.

Every class that reaches a 60% response rate of completed surveys will win some time off class to play cricket and enjoy fresh berries.

The survey will be available for teachers and parents to complete for around 1 week only. It will start on Friday 16 November and closes on Friday 23 November.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email info@CCASM.com
Thank you for your contribution in making our town and school environment safer!

For Walk & Wheel Week we are encouraging you to help your child/children walk or wheel to school. Each class will have a poster to record the numbers who walk or wheel each day.

Please take the time to complete the online survey and to make an effort to walk or wheel as often as possible to school.

 TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS.

The Onya Bike Safe Ways to School Survey is now open.

Our school has been selected to participate in the Onya Bike Safe Ways to School survey. The survey is designed to help us understand preferred routes, barriers and safety issues that parents have getting kids walking and cycling safely to and from our school, and opportunities for improvement.

The survey uses a fun interactive map, so you can see where you live and drop pins on area you’d like to comment on or improve. We suggest doing this with your children so that you can discuss safety hazards with them and record any suggestions that they may have too.

Every class that reaches a 60% response rate of completed surveys will win some time off class to play cricket and enjoy fresh berries.






Pita Pit Lunches

Please advise the school if you are interested in ordering Pita Pit lunches. At this date, no one has expressed interest in ordering them so if there is no interest we will notify them.

Sports Draws
There was no cricket or touch draws at the time the newsletter went to print today.

St Kevin's College Orientation Day

A reminder about the Orientation Day being held on Friday 7th December from 9.00 am to 2.45 pm.  Year 8 students need to wear mufti and bring a packed lunch and a pen.  If students already have chrome books, they should bring these as they spend part of the time orienting them to their Google procedures.  Students with health issues requiring allergy treatment or inhalers etc need to bring their supplies with them and let Ms Walshe know about the issue.
Please be aware of bus traffic around the college if you are new to St Kevin's College and use the one way system when picking or dropping off.
If students are unable to make it to Orientation Day, there will be a short introduction to the college from 9.00 am to 11.00 am on Monday 10th December. Please contact Jo Walshe at jwalshe@stkevins.school.nz if your child needs to attend on this date.

Swimming dates for 2019
Our school's swimming lesson dates will be in next week's school newsletter

Welcome
We warmly welcome Michael and Jasmine McLaren and Siaosi Asi who started last week to our school.
Yr 8 Campers
We wish our Yr 8 students and parents good luck for their camp next week at Staveley and Mt Somers.

Yr 7 & 8 Social
Our Yr 7 & 8 social is having a Hawaiian theme this year and the Home and School are looking for decorations/props to decorate around the hall. If you have anything that could be loaned, please contact either Rebecca Heffernan or Mrs Jones-Hogan.  The social is on Friday 30th November.

Uniform Surveys 
The uniform survey is due back to the office by Wednesday 21st November at the latest.  A copy of the survey is attached to the email which can be emailed back to the office at office@stjoseph.school.nz