Thursday, 18 October 2018

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 4 2018


Altar Servers
Saturday 20th October - Elenoa & Halalova Asi, Cooper & Madison Jones
Sunday 21st October - Andrew Sinclair, Daniel and Jonathan Jorgensen

Birthday Greetings to:
Levi Crowder, Samuel Plieger, Chloe Bartley, Samuel McEvoy, Siale Tokai and Shakyla Meikle

Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair - Paws for Books will be running from Monday the 29th of October until Friday the 2nd of November in the St Joseph’s School Hall. The book fair works to benefit our school - every book you purchase earns the school points which we can use to purchase literacy resources for our children.
Your child has been sent home today with a book fair pamphlet - this has a very small selection of books that will be available at the fair - please come and check out the huge range during our book fair week.
The book fair will be open from 8:45-9:15 am and 2:45-3:15 pm each day.  To make this possible we need at least 2 parents to be looking after the book fair at these times. If you are able to do this please let Danique, Morgan or the office know ASAP.

We will finish our Book Fair celebration with a Book Character dress up day on Friday November 2nd.

Food Fair - Next Weekend
There are still 7 spaces left on the cake wheel list for people to donate slices, muffins, cakes etc.  The cakes are to be delivered to the hall kitchen on Friday 26th October or Saturday 27th October between 4.00 and 5.00 pm or Sunday morning at 10.30 am.

The starting time for the Food Fair has changed from previous years and the gates now open at 11.30 am and food is available for purchase from 12.00 pm.
A selection of food stalls is Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, Indian, Malaysian, NZ, Tongan and others and each plate of food costs $5.00.  Please bring cash for the cake wheel, ice cream and coffee trucks, face painting and fundraiser stalls with eftpos facilities being available.

There are two phones which have been handed into the office and our caretaker has 3 scooters in his shed which have been left behind at school during the year. Please come and claim them if they are yours.

Onya Bike Project
You may or may not be aware that in Oamaru there is a pilot programme being launched called "Safe Ways to School". It involves a survey which will be sent out to caregivers to gauge their ideas on making it safe for our children to come to school on their bike. "Onya Bike" is a joint project which will be aimed at  reversing the trend of students and adults no longer biking as a means of transport.
We know some students will not have bikes so at our school we will be combining the "Onya Bike" with our "Walk & Wheel" week. This way every student will have the opportunity to take part even if they do not have a bike.
The date for this week will be week 6 November 19-23. During this week classes will have a poster to track the ways we arrived at school. There will be spot prizes each day for those who walk or wheel to school. 
This is a great site to have a look at,  what the project aims to do and will provide you with useful information. So now the weather is getting warmer it would be a great idea to think about how we could come to and from school by either walking or wheeling all or part of the way. We will keep you informed with any further information on this exciting project.

School Athletics - Please read
Athletics Day for Seniors and Juniors 2018

Dear Parents/Caregivers
This year we are changing the format of our school athletics and we are combining our junior and senior athletics with Oamaru North School on Wednesday 14th November at Whitestone Contracting Stadium/Centennial Park.  Oamaru North School has joined our North Otago Sports Zone and we will hold our athletics and cross country with them but our swimming sports will be separate as we prepare for our swimming sports during our swimming lessons.  During these sports, children who qualify for North Otago events will be those ones who get placings or make the event qualifications (usually top 4).

Due to the number of children involved, we require a large number of parents/caregivers/grandparents/older siblings who can help us on the day and to help pack the equipment away at the end of the day.  If you hold a current First Aid Certificate and you can help with either a half day or a full day, please let me know by next week so we can plan ahead.  (I am away for the first 7 school days in November hence I need to get this sorted before I go).

Children are to meet at Centennial Park at 8.50 am in the grandstand in their classes and are to be collected from Centennial Park in the afternoon when it is finished.  Bus children are to be dropped off there in the morning (do not get dropped off at school) and will be collected from there in the afternoon.  Junior school children can go home with their parents once their events (about 1.30 pm) are finished otherwise they will be supervised till 3.00 pm.  If your Yr 1-3 child is being collected earlier, please let your teacher know so she has an indication of the number of children who will be staying till 3.00 pm.

Children are to wear their school PE gear including sport shoes and bring the following items:
·         SUN HAT – very important
·         Track pants, school jacket, school polar fleece, thermal, warm clothes (if cold) and school bag
·         Sunscreen
·         Water bottles x 2 in plastic containers
·         Enough food and snacks to last the whole day

Please do not bring any glassware, energy or fizzy drinks.

The day will start at 9.00 am with a prayer, the roll will be taken and the children notified of what is expected during the day.  We expect all children to be at the grounds by 8.50 am in order for our first rotation to start at 9.20 am.  The rotations should be finished by 2.45 pm followed by tidying up the grounds and a final thank you.  Children will be ready to leave by 3.00 pm.

The programme of events and times will be given to you nearer the time once we have confirmation of helpers from both schools.

The day will consist of the junior and senior children running their events simultaneously apart from the sprints and relays which will be run at the same time.  A bell will indicate the change of events and to move on to the next rotation.  The relays will be run at the end of the junior rotations and we hope to have a parents/staff, Yr 5/6 and Yr 7/ 8 relay.

Children will run in their age groups from 8 years old as of 1st October 2018 and the juniors will run in their house groups.
If it is raining, our postponement day is Friday 16th November.  You will be notified by 7.30 am if it is postponed by Facebook and email and it will be school as usual.
Students that qualify for North Otago Athletics on Monday 26th November will receive information about this. 

Any questions about this day, please contact me.

Paula Brien
Sports Co-ordinator 


Singing Cup Results
On the last day of term 3, we were treated to some brilliant singing from our students and staff alike in our Singing Cup and I know our judges had a really hard time deciding the winners due to the calibre of the singers.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Yr 5    Kacymea Tahitu'a and Lachlan Criddle
Yr 6    no girls this year - Sam Asi and Patrick Spillane
Yr 7    Nevaeh Aitcheson and Cooper Jones
Yr 8    Anika Winders and John Orillo and Hannes Roos

Duet/Group - Yr 5/6 - Willow Bartlett, Tiffany Chen, Ivy-Belle Mestrom, Sandrene Mordeno, Freya Spooner & Kacymea Tahitu'a.
Duet - Yr 7/8 - Nevaeh Aitcheson and Analise Kilgour

Below are photos of the day and our winners.

Slime Sale Fundraiser
On Friday 26th October from 3.05 to 3.15 pm, Athena Toeke and Indya Cunningham are selling slime and all proceeds will go towards Caritas. They will be selling them by trees by the Yr 4/5 classroom. All slime costs $6.00 each with a limit of 2 per person and there are bags of Borax selling for $1.00 each.

St Kevin's College Orientation Day
The Orientation Day for Yr 9 students will be held on Friday 7th December.  Students are to wear mufti and to meet in the college auditorium by 9.00 am.  Please bring a packed lunch and they will be finished by 3.00 pm.  Please contact St Kevin's College if you require further information.

Summer Sports
Please see the next page on the blog for cricket and touch teams. 

Cricket Draw - Thursday 25th October
4.00 pm - Intermediate A (St Joseph's/Union) v Kurow at SKC 2
4.30 pm - Intermediate B (St Joseph's) v Albion at SKC Artificial 1

Touch Rugby Draw - Tuesday 23rd October
Was not available at the time the newsletter went to print.  It will be emailed tomorrow.

Veritas Award
Congratulations to Athena Toeke who received the Yr 8 Veritas Award for term 3.  Athena received this award because she shows great persistence and innovation within the Yr 8 class.  She has a positive can-do attitude which encourages those around her.  Athena is respectful to everyone she has contact with and is supportive in all areas of her learning and roles within leadership.  Athena stands out for being a true JJ role model for our school.

We warmly welcome 3 new children to our new entrants class this week, Isla Anderson, Ben Wickham and Olivia Geypen.
Yr 7 & 8 Camp Fundraisers
The Makikihi Fries delivery date has been postponed due to the long weekend and they will now be delivered on Friday 2nd November after 2.00 pm and not tomorrow.  The Eco Friendly products will also be delivered on this date as well.

Community Notices
  • Waitaki District Youth Council - is holding an outdoor movie night on Friday 26th October at Takaro Park at 8.00 pm.  Cost is gold coin donation or a can for the food bank.  The movie is "Grease".  Bring along blankets, bean bags and chairs.  Flyer attached to email.
  • Weston School is holding a quiz night on Friday 26th October for their Yr 7/8 camp held at the Valley Clubrooms from 7.00 pm.  Teams up to 6 people and costs $30 per team.  To register contact Barbara on 027 417 1692. Flyer attached to email.
  • Love Your Children - celebrating children.  Held on Saturday 27th October from 2.30 to 5.00 pm.  Gather at Takaro Park then progress to Friendly Bay, arriving there at 3.00 pm.  Dress up (optional) in national costumes or fancy dress, it's your choice.  Contact Yvonne Gillespie or Julie Hales at
  • Weston School Fireworks - held on Friday 2nd November at 7.00 pm at the Weston Domain.  Costs $10 for adults and secondary school children, primary school is $5.00 and pre-school is free.  Flyer attached to email.

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