Thursday, 15 October 2015

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 4 2015

Altar Servers
Saturday 17th October - Joseph &  Sebastian Spillane, Maximus Fatafehi, and Vince Vidallon
Sunday 18th October - Cameron & Laura Mather, Antonia Black and Sebastian Whiston

Birthday Greetings to:
Mariah Cunningham, Corbin Fraser, Lavina Ma, Patrick Spillane, Chloe Bartley, Lincoln Davison, Levi Crowder and Samuel Plieger

School Athletics
A more detailed letter will be out next week in the blog and we require many parent helpers to help out.  Please let Mrs Souness know if you can help out and for how long as the senior athletics goes all day.

Home and School
Raffle - Can all families who have not yet brought in their donation for the Christmas themed raffle which was due at the end of last term please do so by tomorrow.  The raffle prizes go in the box outside the office and the $10 goes into the office.  Less than half the school have donated so far and we need the prizes/money to make decent raffle prizes.  Thank you to the families who have already donated their prizes or money.

Ladies Night - a reminder that the St Joseph's Home & School Ladies Night will be held next Thursday 22nd October at The Last Post restaurant at 7.30 pm.  Every mum at school is welcome to come along and receive a complimentary glass of wine and some nibbles and meet other mums in a social atmosphere.  Please RSVP your invite to Adele Whiston by either emailing her at or text your name to 027 434 3338 by Monday 19th October.

To all students who participated in various sports throughout the holidays.  We would love to have a photo or two and a note to say how they got on to share with our school community.

Lester Cavinta
Xiaohui Li
We warmly welcome Lester Cavinta to our Yr 6 class and Xiaohui Li, Georgia Thornley and Iverson Wylie-Taukolo to our new entrants class.
Georgia Thornley
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo

Parish Christmas Float
The parish are inviting people who would like to be on a committee to organise a float portraying the real image of Christmas at this years Christmas parade. If you are interested in helping out and your child is able to attend the parade, please contact Maurice on 027 519 9123.

Summer Sport
Touch Rugby - the draw for Touch Rugby was unavailable the time the news blog went to print. Please check the notice board or the North Otago Junior Touch Facebook page for the draw.

In an attempt to get more children (including girls) playing cricket, there will be 3 different grades this year.

1.  Super Star Cricket - aimed at Yr 1-3 children
     -  plastic bat and ball
     -  held at Weston Park on Thursdays at either 4.00 or 4.30 pm and will go for an hour
     -  will be 8 aside
     -  Mr Fowler is happy to coach this team and will drive the children out to Weston if they need a
     -  Starting day is Thursday 29th October.

2.  5th Grade - aimed at Yr 4-6 children
     -  20/20 cricket
     -  playing Saturday mornings
     -  8 aside
     -  wooden bat and composite ball
     -  training on Wednesdays at 3.30 pm at St Kevin's
     -  Mr Fowler is happy to coach this team
     -  Starting day is Saturday 24th October (Labour Weekend) if players are available otherwise it
        will start Saturday 31st October.

3.  4th Grade - aimed at Yr 7-8 children
     -  25 overs an innings
     -  playing Saturday mornings
     -  10/11 aside
     -  wooden bat and cricket ball
     -  Glyn Cameron is happy to coach this team
     -  training on Wednesdays at 3.30 pm at St Kevin's
     -  Starting day is Saturday 24th October (Labour Weekend) if players are available otherwise it
        will start Saturday 31st October.

Mr Fowler is overseeing the cricket and would like to put the children in a team based on their age in an attempt to get more children playing with their friends if possible. The Super Star cricket requires another 4-5 players, the 5th Grade requires another 2-3 players and the 4th Grade requires another 3-4 players.  Please let Mrs Souness know if your child is interested in playing cricket this term.

Gardening in Schools
Bianca MacNeill is the Waitaki Community Gardens gardener and helps out with the school gardens including St Joseph's.  She has a school gardens blog which can be accessed by

Community Notices
  • North Otago Tennis - following are the details for the start of the season.  Juniors - this Friday at Waitaki Girls High School (WGHS) courts.  This is an opportunity to have a hit and get put into your team for the season.  Seniors - this Thursday at WGHS courts.  Hot Shots - will start Friday 30th October at WGHS courts.  Don't forget to register and pay online at so you don't miss out on yet another great season.
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser - held at the Aoraki Polytechnic Campus on Thursday 22nd October from 9.00 am to 2.30 pm.  This is a Beauty Therapy Treatment where you can receive a La Clinica Facial for $30 for 1 hour or Mini Manicures for $10 for 30 minutes.  Bookings are essential and $5 deposit is required to secure the booking.  For further information or reservations contact Ruth or Kellie on 0800 426 725 ext 715.
  • North Otago A & P Pet Day - being held on Sunday 1st November at the showgrounds.  All animals catered for.  There will be fancy dress, lamb drinking race, a great family day out and lunch will be available to purchase. More information on Facebook or email
  • Weston School Fireworks - held on Friday 6th November at the Weston Sports Domain, Oamaru at 7.00 pm.  Tickets for adults and high school children cost $10, primary school children $5 and pre-schoolers are free.  Tickets available from Brackens Print, TK Hire, Weston school office or at the gate.  Flyer attached.
  • Schola Cantorum of Christchurch - sing Early Renaissance sacred music in the magical soundspace of St Patrick's Basilica, Oamaru on Sunday 15th November at 1.30 pm.  Entry is $15 or $10 (senior/unwaged student) and children under 14 are free.
  • Altrusa Christmas Extravaganza - held on Wednesday 25th November at 7.00 pm  at the Oamaru Club.  Tickets cost $15 and are available from Tangibles and Neet Feet.  Flyer attached.

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