Thursday, 19 June 2014

Principal’s News Week 7 Term 2 2014

1. Akoranga (Learning ) at St Joseph's 2.Cultural meetings 3.Congratulations!! 
4. Parent Updates 5. Whitestone LCN 6.Board Vacancy

1.Akoranga (Learning) at St Joseph's
Everyone is a learner at St Joseph's, even our parents. Mrs Burke has been leading reading workshops for junior school parents this week. These have been very successful. A message from Mrs Burke:

"Thank you for learning how to support your child with their reading strategies and having a deeper think about what they are reading. Thank you to the 14 parents who came over the week. If you would like any more information see Mrs Burke or email me Looking forward to next terms sessions on Numeracy. Here are some handy literacy and numeracy links." 

Mrs Patterson is looking forward to leading reading workshops for senior school parents next week.
You are invited to attend a session  run by Mrs Siobhan Patterson designed to help you to help your child in Years 4 to 8 at home with their reading.
The session will cover aspects such as:
· How to support your child with their reading strategies.
· Activities to support understanding of the text.
· Ways to help with research skills.
· Strategies to encourage reluctant readers

Over a week the session is being offered 3 times to allow you a chance to attend when it is convenient for you.
You are encouraged to bring your child with you so that you can be putting the ideas into practice.
If you are interested in attending please email Siobhan Patterson—

2.Cultural meetings
On the evening of Wednesday 25th June there will be two cultural meetings in ruma koru. The Pasifika Fono will go from 6pm-7pm, followed by the Filipino Pagsasama at 7:30 pm. We look forward to welcoming all of our families along and sharing student learning action plans with you.

Well done to our Rippa Rugby team who were runners up at the competition in Pleasant Point yesterday. They lost by only 2 tries !!. See a photo of the team with their coach Chris Cant below. Thanks to Jason from North Otago rugby for supporting the team with intense training sessions over the past few weeks. 
Well done to our students who did so well at the Catholic Quadrangular tournament yesterday and thanks to Mrs Souness, Mr Moore and all parents who helped to supported this annual event. See the photos below.

4.Parent Updates
Updates on our parent reference group meetings and sports committee meetings can be accessed via this link. Thanks to our parents who contribute to these meetings.

5.Whitestone Learning and Change Network
Many of the initiatives that have begun to take place over the past year have come about through our learning and growth as a result of participation in the Learning and Change network of schools. Learn more about developments via this link.
Nikky Ryan, Janine Simpson, Lorraine Frances- Rees, Sharlene Carki, Rob Mill, Gary Shirley at the meeting held here on Tuesday afternoon.
6.Board Vacancy
Due to a job transfer, we have a vacancy on the board. We farewell and thank Dan Keno and wish him well with his job.  If you are keen to share your talents and skills with a forward thinking, collaborative and supportive board then please contact our chairperson Tua Misiloi or principal Jenny Jackson via the school office. This is an ideal opportunity for personal and professional growth and development. We have board meetings twice a term and subcommittee meetings twice a term as well. 
We also farewell Karen Stratton who will attend her final board meeting next week. Karen has been a Bishop's rep on our board for the past 5 years and a great chair and leader on our finance committee. We thank Karen for sharing her expertise with us over the years and wish her best wishes as she focuses on her  job. Bishop Colin has elected Bev Conlan, retired Duntroon principal and parishioner  into this vacancy.We welcome Bev to this new role.
Our Board Chairperson Tua, will be travelling to a special training session in Christchurch this weekend. Thank you Tua for leading the way by Reaching for the Stars as a Lifelong Learner in the Catholic Faith.
 Tua thanking Karen for her valuable contribution to the board over the past 5 years.

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