Thursday, 5 February 2015

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 1 2015

Altar Servers
Saturday 7th  February - Elizabeth & Nicholas Plieger, Lachlan Brookes and Joseph Spillane
Sunday 8th February - Rhea Ratgali and Jerome Misiloi

Happy Birthday Greetings to
Maddox Lough, Levi Heffernan, Charlie Gilbert and Zac Hunter

Generic Permission Form and Pupil Profile Sheets
Yesterday these forms were handed out to every child.  Please read and sign the permission form and check that your contact details are correct on the pupil profile sheet and return them both to the school office as soon as possible.

School Absences
If your child is going to be absent from school, please let the school know the reason by phoning 434 8856, texting to 027 434 8860 or emailing to  If your child leaves the school throughout the day, do not forget to sign them in and out at the office.

School Newsletter and Blog
There will be no hard copy of the newsletter this year but you can access it by going to our blog on  If anyone would like anything printed from the blog, please contact the office.

School Swimming
The swimming dates have been confirmed for term 1 for the Yr 3-8 children in which the Yr 3-6 children have 3 more lessons than the Yr 7 & 8's. The Yr 1-2 children swim in term 2 and the dates will be notified at a later date.  The swim times and dates are as follows:

Yr 8 - swim at 12.30 pm  
Yr 7 - swim at 1.00 pm
Yr 6 - swim at 1.30 pm
Yr 5 - swim at 2.00 pm
Yr 4 - swim at 2.00 pm
Yr 3 - swim at 1.30 pm

February - Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th, Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th.
March - Monday 2nd

The extra swim dates for the Yr 3-6 are Tuesday 3rd March, Thursday 5th March and Friday 6th March.

Our senior school swimming sports will be held on Wednesday 11th March for Yr 4-8 from 9.30 am to 12.00 pm.  Note the change of time.

We are delighted that half our students and their families have opted to use Mathletics this year.  It costs only 50c a week to access all the maths practice activities you could wish for, set up to support our class programs.

The cost for a year to families is $26.00 per child.  St Joseph's is subsidising the program and we also have a good group reduction.  The cost for one child per year without this is $99.00 so it is a considerable savings.  If you would like to sign up for Mathletics, please email Mrs Frances-Rees on and remember to state your child's name.

Before and After School Care
This facility is available from 8.00 am to 8.30 am in the mornings.  Please contact the office for further information.  Bus children are able to wait after school with Mrs McCartie until 4.00 pm.

Parent Reference Group
This is a small group of parents representing classes across the school who meet with the principal fortnightly.  They provide valuable 'parent voice' on learning, events and activities.  If you would like to contribute and are available from 2.00 to 2.30 pm on a Friday afternoon, please email or contact Mrs Jackson on

Home and School Volunteers
If you are interested in joining the Home and School committee, please leave your name at the office or email

Notice Board
The Community Notice Board will now be on the display board in the foyer outside the senior toilets.

Summer Sports Draw
Cricket - 4th Grade - your coach will advise you if you have a game this Saturday.

Kiwi Cricket - to learn cricket skills for ages 4-8 will commence on Friday 13th February at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.

Hockey - dates to be advised.

World War 1 Poppy Pins
The RSA is commemorating 100 years since the ANZAC troops arrived in Gallipoli.  If you would like to purchase these beautiful poppy pins for $6.00 each, please leave your name and money at the office.  All proceeds raised, goes directly to supporting the welfare service provided to our veterans.

Community Notice Board

Waitaki Festival of Visual Arts - 21-23 March 2015
The Galleon Complex Little Rollers League - ten pin bowling on Tuesdays from 3.30 to
    4.30 pm

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