Thursday, 30 October 2014

1. Principal News Week 3 Term 4

National Anthem
We were very proud of Kelsey, Trish, Joel and Seth who sang the National Anthem live on Sky TV for the North Otago rugby final on Sunday. Thanks to Mrs Brookes for coordinating this and to the children's families for supporting them to be there during the long weekend. I have had many positive comments about their singing including one from the Principal of Balclutha school - Paddy Ford. He said that he was very impressed with the children singing and that they were a credit to the school. You can access a video of them singing on the school Facebook page or go to this YouTube link.

Junior Funky Day out
The junior school classes had an exciting day out last Friday. They visited the Waitaki Resource Centre and the Community Gardens as part of their learning inquiry for this term, then they returned to play outdoor games. Thanks to Miss Huls and Mrs Souness for coordinating this day out and thanks also to all of the parent helpers who helped to make the day a huge success. You can see more photos further down on our news blog.

Year 8 Camp
I'm looking forward to joining our Year 8's on their tramp at Mt Somers next week. Thank you Mr Moore for all your camp preparation and to the helpers who will be joining us. Mr Paul Cartlidge will be coming with us as well. Mrs Bridget Mackenzie will be in Pohutukawa class on Monday and then Mrs Asi will be with the Year 5's for the rest of the week while Mr Cartlidge is away. Our Deputy Principal Mrs Frances- Rees will be your point of contact while I am away for the week. You can contact her via email

Myross Bush School
Last Thursday I visited Myross Bush school and found it so worthwhile that some of our staff members will be visiting the school tomorrow. If you are interested in learning about my visit, you can read about it on my blog at this link.

Board News
We would like to officially welcome Claire Cameron to our St Joseph's Board of Trustees. Claire will join the Strategy sub committee and help contribute towards planning the future direction of our school.
We would also like to thank Sharni Cunningham for offering to be the Deputy Board Chairperson. Sharni will be available to support our Chairperson Tua Misiloi and to officiate when Tua is unavailable.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to our wonderful Board of Trustees who help me to feel supported in my role as Principal. We are fortunate to have such an inspiring and committed team of trustees who show us how to 'Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith'.

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