Thursday, 26 February 2015

3. School Notices - Week 4, Term 1 2015

Altar Servers
Saturday 28th February - Ben Cullimore, Elizabeth Plieger and Mackenzie Cunningham
Sunday 1st March - Michael Misiloi, Rhea Ratgali and Kelsey Mills

Birthday Greetings to
Noah Jenkinson, Joel Kunnethedan and Samuel Bridges

Swim Dates for next week
Monday 2nd March

School Directory
A complimentary School Phone and Address Directory will be available for families to be in contact with one another e.g. school sports teams, fundraisers etc.  It is optional to be included in this directory.  Please advise the office by Friday 6th March if you do not wish for your name, phone number or address to be included in this directory.  You can email the office on

Terrific Thursdays
Will commence on Thursday 5th March for all 4 year old children who will be starting school at St Joseph's.  Please sign the register book at the office.

Lost Items
David Kilgour has lost his named purple Reading Folder which includes his Home Learning Diary and reading books since last Wednesday.  If found, please return them to the office.

A brown pair of Oroton sun glasses has been handed into the office.

Home & School 
Don't forget the AGM is this Tuesday at 7.00 pm in Ruma Koru.  We would love to see you there.
The family donation of $10 required to buy food for the Food Fair is due tomorrow Friday 27th February and is to be handed into the office. 

Walking and Wheeling Week
Next week is Walking N Wheeling week which is an initiative run by Sport Waitaki and the Waitaki District Council to promote and encourage active transport to school.  Please help encourage your child/children to walk/bike/scooter to school as there are great prizes up for grabs.  Mr Moore will be keeping an eye out each day so please walk/bike/scooter past the Reed Street crossing into school so you will be noticed.

ICAS Exams
As in previous years, we provide the opportunity for children to sit the International Competitions and Assessment Exam (ICAS) papers.  ICAS forms the largest assessment program for schools in Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong, China and the Pacific Region.

Every student entering the ICAS receives a certificate acknowledging their participation.  Students are eligible for awards including UNSW Medals and prestigious High Distinction, Distinction and Credit Certificates.

ICAS is a not-for-profit organisation and offers these exams at a low fee to cover their costs.

The entry fees for 2015 are:
Science, Digital Technology (Computer Skills), Mathematics and English are $8.50 per paper.
ICAS Spelling is individually marked and costs $10.50.  These exams are available for Yrs 4 and up.

The school will be offering financial support for any children who would like to participate in these exams.  Please come and talk to Mrs Jackson.  ICAS forms are available from the office for anyone interested or taking part. 

Please either drop or email in all ICAS entries to the school office at no later than Thursday 19th March.  Each entry should have the child's name and exam that they are sitting on it.

Good Luck
To some of our students who are competing at the South Island Town and Country Swim meet in Blenheim this weekend against swimmers from all over the South Island.

St Joseph's Cricket Team
On Monday our Yr 7 cricket team went to St Kevin's to play in the quarter final of the Active Post Cup 20/20 cricket tournament.  Our boys played well against a strong Oamaru Intermediate team (OIS) .  OIS batted first and scored 205 runs and we got 110 runs.  OIS  now go on to play the winner from the Dunedin competition.  Many thanks to the Cameron, Fowler and Whiston families for their help with transport and coaching and to the supporters who cheered on the team.

Summer Sports Draw
Cricket 4th Grade - Saturday 28th February - St Joseph's v Valley A at SKC 1

Kiwi Cricket - Fridays at Whitestone Contracting Stadium at 4.00 pm

Touch Rugby - Tuesday 3rd March - the draw was unavailable at the time the news blog went to print.  Please check the notice board or go to the touch rugby website for the draw.

Community Notices
-  Scotts Own Sea Scouts - Open night on Wednesday 4th March from 6.00 to 7.30 pm for boys and girls.  Held on Waterfront Road next to Portside.  Bring along a wetsuit/old clothes, old shoes, towel, change of warm clothes.  You can get more information by going to  

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