Thursday, 27 February 2020

1. Principal's News Term 1 Week 4 2020

Ash Wednesday

Our senior school celebrated mass yesterday for Ash Wednesday with our parish and the juniors had their own liturgical celebration.

 Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and we start our 40 day countdown to Easter.  Lent is a time where we fast (give something up - not necessarily sugar or coffee, it could be thinking bad of others or something like that), give alms (give to help those less fortunate) and pray (more).

Over the Lenten period we will be engaging with learning through Caritas the Catholic Social Justice agency and taking action within our school to make a difference to others.

Year 8 Leadership
The Year 8 leaders will be presented with their leadership badges at this week's assembly.

Senior Swimming Sports
Senior Swimming Sports are next Friday morning at the swimming pool.  We look forward to sharing this event with you.

God bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2.Special Character Week 4 Term 1 2020

Special Character Focus
This week we are teaching Jesus Strand. The children are learning about Jesus which is derived from the investigation of the Theological focus.  The progressions of the strand from junior to seniors (year 8) and what we believe the key ideas children need to know and understand it by the time they leave St Joseph's. 
Our key ideas are:
1.Jesus was human (as well as God)
2. Jesus came to show us how to live and to save us.
3. Jesus is God (as well as human)

Image result for ash wednesdayThis week we had Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.

Special Dates

26th Ash Wednesday
Faith Facts: Week 4: Ash Wednesday Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
In our Ash Wednesday Gospel, Jesus teaches how to pray, fast and give. We pray because we love God, we fast because it helps us reflect and we give because we love others. These are the reasons to pray, fast and give, not to show off and big note ourselves. These things we do because we love and for no other selfish reason. It is only God who knows that your motivation is love.
Spiritual Reading
Thank you/ Malo 
God Bless
Tua Misiloi

3. School Notices - Week 4, Term 1 2020

Altar Servers
Saturday 29th February - Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 1st March - Ivy-Belle Mestrom, Lilly Kelcher and Alexie Phillips

Birthday Greetings to
Sephrin Staju, Lilani Roos, Nehusita & Sesilia Hausia

Riley Tuffley and Hamish Fowler have been selected in the North Otago Primary A Cricket team and Eli Herbst into the North Otago Primary Development Cricket team.  These boys have played a game against South Canterbury last weekend and this Sunday they will verse the Mid Canterbury teams.
Congratulations boys on your selection and good luck for the games.

Cricket Draw - Friday 28th  February
Intermediate A - St Joseph's Volts v Albion at Duntroon
Primary - St Joseph's Sparks has the bye

Junior Swimming
Our junior swimming lessons start on Monday 9th March and there are 6 lessons for children in Yrs 1-3 and at this stage the times are either 1.00 pm, 1.30 pm or 2.00 pm, however this could change to only 2 times as we work out how many swimming groups are required. We are waiting for names of the children who do swimming lessons from the Aquatic Centre and when we receive them we will put the children into their groups.  Once they are sorted into groups, we will confirm what time your child's class will be swimming as they maybe combined with another class.

The dates are:

Monday 9th March
Wednesday 11th March
Thursday 12th March
Monday 16th March
Tuesday 17th March
Thursday 19th March

We have not had any replies in regards to parent helpers walking the children to the pool. Please let Mrs Brien know asap if you can help.    

Senior Swimming Sports
These will be held next Friday 6th March from 9.00 am to 11.30 -12.00 pm.  A huge thank you to our wonderful parents and some St Kevin's students who have offered to come and help time keep. A notice will be sent out to you next week regarding this.  Information regarding the swimming sports is on another page on the blog.

Please note that the children have to be at school by 8.50 sharp as they are walking down to the pool at that time.  Children cannot be dropped off at the pool beforehand as the teachers have to do their rolls and there is no-one to supervise them at the pool.

All children have been assessed at the pool by their instructors and put in the races they are capable of doing. I have attached a copy of the swim programme to the email and a copy is on the notice board as well.  Some race numbers may change due to new children starting school next week. If you have any concerns about your child's races, please let Mrs Brien know. Everyone who swims a race will earn house points for their house.

Children who meet the qualifying times for the North Otago Swimming Sports will be given a notice after the sports.

We warmly welcome Nilah Clark and Manaia Darling to our new entrants class.

Winter Sports Enrolments
A reminder that all winter sports forms have to be handed in by this Friday.  You can go online and complete the sports form or come to the office for a paper copy.  Teams will be sorted within the next couple of weeks providing we have coaches for all teams. Remember to start making payments off your sports fees.
The link for the sports form is:         2020 Winter Sports Enrolments Form

Year 8 Leadership Roles
Congratulations to the following Yr 8 students who were awarded these leadership roles for 2020.  Their badges will be given to them at assembly tomorrow.

Head Boy and Head Girl - Lisiate Hausia and Marianne Alegre
Head Girl Special Character - Serah Staju
Head Boy Special Character - Paddy Spillane
Guzman House Captains - Hannah Fowler and Sami Asi
Lima House Captains - Lavina Ma and Neight Fraser
Siena House Captains - Ziah Rollan and Riley Tuffley
Guzman Cultural Leader - Mariah Cunningham
Lima Cultural Leader - Laura Patterson
Siena Cultural Leader - Atlanta Williams-McDowell
Technology Leaders - Benjamin Jonathan, Tama Roberts and Lachlan Wilkinson
Librarians - Jana Gulinao, Alexie Phillips and Jayla Strong
Environmental Leader - Libby Seddon
Physical Activity Leaders - Bella Hubber, Michael Woodhouse and Tadiwanashe Mandiwona

Community Notices
  • Fun and Fitness for Primary School children at the Waitaki Rec Centre - held on Friday's from 4.00 to 5.00 pm starting 28th February. Register online at or phone 434 6932 for more information.
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme - book online at to see what options are available.
  • Brendan Dooley - International Comedy Magician - a cheeky, quirky and classy family friendly show.  This family show combines a unique blend of magic, stunts, original quick-witted comedy and cheeky pick-pocketing in an unforgettable show that has made Brendan an audience favourite with thousands worldwide. He is coming to the Opera House on Thursday 12th March from 7.00 pm.  Tickets cost between $10 - $25 from the Inkbox Theatre or Oamaru Opera House. 
  • North Otago Plunket - Lycra for Littlies Spin-a-thon - held on Saturday 28th March from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm at the Waitaki Rec Centre.  Enter as an individual or a team and do 12 hours, 6 hours even an hour.  Team or individual costs $250 for 12 hours and 6 hours costs $150.00.  As long as the bike is moving. Register online at or and follow the links.

4. Senior Swimming Sports

5. Diary Dates - Week 4, Term 1 2020

Friday 28

Thursday 5

Friday 6

Monday 9
Wednesday 11

Thursday 12
Friday 13

Sunday 15
Monday 16

Tuesday 17

Wednesday 18
Thursday 19

Friday 20

Monday 23

Thursday 26
Friday 27
Sunday 29

Friday 3
Thursday 9
Friday 10
Saturday 11
Sunday 12
Monday 13
Monday 27
Tuesday 28

Friday 3
Monday 20

Friday 25

Monday 12

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Winter Sports Enrolments due in today *
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 
Public Information Evening at 6.00 pm 
Senior school swimming sports from 9.00 am to 11.30 ish
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Junior school swimming lessons 
Junior school swimming lessons 
Vision hearing tests 
Junior school swimming lessons 
Parish School Mass at 9.15 am *
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm 
Commitment Mass at 9.30 am *
Junior school swimming lessons 
Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent meeting at 7.00 pm 
Junior school swimming lessons 
Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm *
North Otago Swimming Sports 
St Joseph’s Day *
Parish School Mass at 9.15 am *
Junior school swimming lessons 
Rippa Rugby tournament for Years 4-6
Yr 7 & 8 Technology 
Otago Anniversary Day - school closed 
Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent meeting at 7.00 pm 
Home and School AGM at 7.00 pm at school *
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Sacrament of Reconciliation Mass 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 
Holy Thursday – last day of school  for term 1
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
ANZAC Day observed – school closed
Term 2 starts

Last day of school for term 2
School starts for term 3

Last day of school for term 3

School starts for term 4

Friday, 21 February 2020

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 1 2020


Altar Servers
Saturday 22nd February - Serah Staju, David Kilgour and Isaiah Castro
Sunday 23rd February - Lisiate Hausia

Birthday Greetings to
Celina Mascarenhas, Nilah Clark, Paige Strachan, Jack Phillips, Jack O'Neill, William Allardice, Reynaldo Marasigan and Manaia Darling.

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 26th February
The senior children in years 4-8 will go to Ash Wednesday Mass next Wednesday in the church at 9.15 am and the junior school children  will go to a Liturgy in the hall at 10.00 am.  All parents are welcome to attend either Mass.

There will be NO school/parish Mass on Thursday 27th February as we are attending Mass on Wednesday.

Cricket Draw - Friday 21st February

Intermediate A - St Joseph's Volts v Valley Blue at SKC 2
Primary - St Joseph's Sparks v Valley at SKC Artificial 2

Goal Setting Meetings
A reminder that the next Goal Setting meetings is on Wednesday 26th February.  If you have not already made an appointment, please go to and the code is vtk99.

Home and School

There is a Home and School meeting tonight at 7.00 pm at the Northstar.  All welcome.

Information Forms
There are a few junior school families who have not returned their forms that were mailed out at the start of the year.  These need to be completed, signed and returned to the office asap because your child will not be able to walk to the pool without these forms being signed. They include the EOTC form, generic permission, medical and bus forms.

Lost Property
We are only 3 weeks into the new school year and already there is a pile of lost clothing.  Please have a look to see if any of it belongs to your child.

Rippa Rugby Tournament
There is trials for children in years 5 and 6 who want to be in the Year 6 Rippa Rugby team being held at lunchtime tomorrow for the North Otago Primary Schools Rippa Rugby tournament on Friday 20th March. This year we will not be sending any Yr 7 & 8 children as they have technology on that day. Teams for years 4/5 and 5/6 will be notified after the trials.  Children in year 4 do not need to trial. (We have to send the strongest Year 6 team to this tournament because the winning team has an all expenses paid trip to Wellington later this year).

Scholastic Book Club
All book club orders have to be handed into the office by Wednesday 26th February.

Junior Swimming
Our junior swimming lessons start on Monday 9th March and there are 6 lessons for children in Yrs 1-3 and at this stage the times are either 1.00 pm, 1.30 pm or 2.00 pm, however this could change to only 2 times as we work out how many swimming groups are required. If your child does swimming lessons at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre we will get your child's current swimming level from them.

The dates are:
Monday 9th March
Wednesday 11th March
Thursday 12th March
Monday 16th March
Tuesday 17th March
Thursday 19th March

We need parent helpers to help with walking to and from the pool on these dates. Once they are sorted into groups, we will confirm what time your child's class will be swimming as they maybe combined with another class.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help on any of these dates.

Senior Swimming
A very big thank to our wonderful parent helpers who helped with walking the children to the pool. A lot of the children showed huge improvement during their lessons and their confidence in the water.
Children who had their lessons in the small pool will unfortunately not be able to take part in the swimming sports on Friday 6th March as we cannot use the small pool on that day.  All children who swam in the main pool will be involved in the sports.

Friday 6th March at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre

Dear Parents
  • The senior swimming sports are for the Yr 4-8 children who have their lessons in the big pool. 
  • First race starts at 9.30 am sharp or earlier if ready beforehand and finished by 12.30 pm
  • All the children need to be at school by 8.50 am sharp as they are walking down to the
    pool at that time.  The roll will be taken before they leave school.
  • Children are not allowed to go straight to the pool
  • Children come to school in their PE uniform and change into their house colours at the
  • pool (no face paint, glitter or vivids).
  • They need to bring plenty of food and water
  • Helpers are required for timekeepers who will be shown how to time keep before the 
racing starts (seat guaranteed).  They need to be at the pool by 9.10 am. Let Mrs Brien know
if you can help. 
  • We require a parent who has a trailer or big car that can help transport chairs down to the
    pool on the day.
  • The sports will start with demonstration races for the children who can swim half a length
    in freestyle and/or backstroke.
  • The non-competitive and competitive events for each stroke and age group will follow.
  • All competitive races will be timed as there are no finals
  • Children have been entered into races they are confident in with both the swimming instructor
    and sports coordinator looking at them during their swimming lessons.
  • A programme of the events and what races your child will be swimming in will be put on the
noticeboard next week.
  • Programmes will be available to buy for a gold coin donation.  These will be available from the recorder. Please bring the correct change.
  • Children swim in their age group as of 6th March 2020 (date of swimming sports)
  • Places will be determined on times recorded
  • Starting procedure is whistle for quiet, ‘on your marks’ followed by a bang
  • False starts will sound with the clappers and/or whistle blowing
  • Everyone is to be quiet when the swimmers are under starter’s orders
  • The different events will be put on a whiteboard which will go past
  • Each teacher will have a copy of the programme
  • Children to listen carefully to marshalling calls
  • Time keeper slips (1 for each lane) – children to be given one at marshalling and give to
    the time keeper in your lane
  • Every competitive swimmer receives 2 house points and non-competitive will receive
    1 house point.  
  • Championship swimmers who get placings will earn 3 points for 1st, 2 points for 2nd
    and 1 point for 3rd.
  • Demonstration race swimmers will earn 1 point for their house
  • Parents please sit on the opposite side of the pool to the children and the children will be
    required to stay in the stands as we won’t have time to find them if they miss their races.
  • Please do not approach the recorders for results
  • North Otago Swimming Sports- children who have qualified for the North Otago Swimming
    Sports will be required to perform the stroke correctly.  There will be someone checking on
technique at the sports and the children will be disqualified if they are using an incorrect
  • Entry for the North Otago sports is taken on times and not placings.  
  • The North Otago Swimming sports are on Wednesday 18th March and the fastest swimmers
    who qualify from both St Joseph’s and Oamaru North are notified.
  • Otago Primary School swimming sports take place on Saturday 4th April at Moana Pool in
    Dunedin.  The first race is at 9.00 am and the entry fee is $5.00 per race entered ($6 entry fee
for a relay).  If you wish for your child to take part in this, please let me know ASAP so we can
use the swimming times.  Entries to Mrs Brien by Thursday 19th March as no late entries will
be accepted.

All queries regarding these sports please contact me.  Thanks
Paula Brien, Sports Coordinator

Terrific Thursdays

Is open to all 4 years who are enrolled and starting school this year. They come on a Thursday
afternoon from 2.15 to 3.00 pm in the junior school. Terrific Thursdays will start up in term 2 due to
things happening in term 1.

Touch Rugby

All teams and coaches have now been finalised and thank you to our parents who have stepped up to be coaches/managers of these teams. Contact details have been given to coaches and parents so if your child cannot play or is running late to a game, please contact your coach.
The touch draw will be emailed out to you or it can be found by going to the North Otago Junior Touch Rugby Facebook page.

Fees - cost $20.00 which covers terms 1 and 4.  These can be paid into our school account with the reference touch rugby and your child's surname or paid into the office.
Please remember our sports code of conduct when playing and supporting the teams. The team lists are:

Tigers - Yr 1/2/3

William Allardice
Zachary Castro
Hunter Forrest
Lewis Geypen
Roger Luo
Theo Mestrom
Siale Tokai
Cooper van Rooy

MIlah Anderson
Lucy Fogarty
Emma Hu
Angelina Pardede

Ferns - Yr 4/5/6

Ayla Beattie
Pippa Campbell
Eva Fatafehi
Millie Fogarty
Paige Geypen
Leah Kofoed
Mya Robinson
Analiese Whiston

Pumas - Yr 4/5/6

Luke Bremner
Hamish Fowler
Hunter Gough
Marconi Hausia
Lucas Kofoed
Liam Lindsay
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo

Coach – Victoria Forrest
Coaches: Justin/Rachel Fowler
Coaches: Suzanne Aston & Rebecca Meek

Rockets - Yr 4/5/6

Cameron Aston
Charlie Bremner
Tevita Leo
Blake Meek
Warren Pardede
Alex Perniskie
Fe’ofa’aki Tahitu’a
Daniel Woodhouse

Dynamos - Competitive 
Yr 7 / 8 

Isaiah Castro
Lisiate Hausia
Paddy Spillane
Riley Tuffley
Michael Woodhouse

OIS students

Ratu Earnest
William Pardede
Sione Tu’uefiafi
Kelepi Vai

Coaches – Adele Whiston and Jody Robinson
Coach – Lee Woodhouse 

Vision and Hearing Screenings
The Vision Hearing Technicians will be visiting our school to screen all year 7 students for distance vision.  If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip which is available from the school office.

We warmly welcome Lincoln (Yr 5) & Tadiwanashe (Yr 8) Mandiwona to our school.

Winter Sports Enrolments
An online winter sports enrolment form will be emailed to you either tomorrow or Monday if your child wishes to play a winter sport for St Joseph's.  A reminder that winter sports fees have to be paid up front before they can be put into a team so it would be a good chance to set up an automatic payment to pay for the sports before the season starts.
Again we reply on the generosity of parents/older siblings to help coach our teams as we cannot enter teams into the different sports codes without coaches.

Community Notices
  • Five Forks School Trail Ride - held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March at Balruddery Road at Five Forks from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Further information is attached to the email.
  • Weston School Out of Hours Music & Art Classes - open to all North Otago children aged 8-12 years hosted by Weston School.  Music classes include saxophone, clarinet, guitar, drums, chanter/bagpipes and art classes.  Information and enrolments email or phone the Weston School office on 434 5445.