Thursday, 13 February 2020

3. School Notices - Week 2, Term 1 2020

Altar Servers
Saturday 15th February - Mariah Cunningham and Paddy Spillane
Sunday 16th February - Indeg Jones-Hogan

Birthday Greetings for last week and this week
Michael Woodhouse, Mele Ahotaeiloa, Tama Roberts and Arian Lascalea-Mitchell

2019 End of Year Prize giving

Congratulations to the following recipients who received trophies at our End of Year Mass last year.

Yr 8 Awards

Dux 2019 - Zara Davies
General Excellence Boys - Liam Cameron
General Excellence Girls - Summer Moriarty
Conduct & Diligence - Molly-May Mestrom
Citizenship - Bridie McGeown
Special Character - Annalise Kilgour
Sports Boys - Levi Heffernan
Sports Girls - Morgan Williams
Star Application Award - Jordyn Shaw
Trudy Johnston Medal of Courage - Bridie McGeown
Filipino Excellence Cup - Paolo Mordeno
Pasifika Excellence Cup - Ofa Tokai

Just Like Jesus Awards for Yrs 1-7
Yr 1 - William Allardice
Yr 2 - Taylor Darling
Yr 3 - Millie Fogarty
Yr 4 - James Laming
Yr 5 - Indeg Jones-Hogan
Yr 6 - Paige Strachan
Yr 7 - Jana Gulinao

There will be assembly at 2.30 pm tomorrow.

Free Internet will Solve Homework Dilemma for some Families
School is back and if there is one thing households will need, its the internet - seems you cannot do homework without it.  Which is why Waitaki Libraries are partnering to introduce SPARK JUMP - providing web access for families with children under the age of 18 who do not have access to the internet at home.  The service is subsidised by the Spark Foundation and offered to families living in the Waitaki district through the Oamaru Public Library for free.

Waitaki Libraries Reference and Digital Services Librarian Debbie Price-Ewen said "Spark Jump is an initiative for social change that is having a really positive impact on families in the Waitaki district.  To date we have joined up 68 families with school aged children - each family receiving a free modem with 30GB of free, pre-loaded data.  Once this data is used up, families can then elect to continue on a subsidised wireless Skinny broadband connection and pay only $10 for 30GB with no fixed term contract.  All families that we have joined up have continued with the subsidised scheme - which has been a life saver for their children's education.
It's actually our third year and over the last two years we have seen really good uptake. It's hugely popular and super helpful.

To find out if you can access Spark Jump.  First check to see if your residential address has 4G coverage by ringing us on 03 433 0850 or head online at or come into the Oamaru Public Library to inquire.
Once library staff have worked out that you are in a coverage area, they will give you a free Skinny modem already pre-loaded with 30GB of data.  After that you can top up your modem to 30GB".

Giant Leaps Speech and Drama
Enrolments are now being taken for classes held at school for term 1.  Contact or phone 0800 4 SPEECH for further information.

Goal Setting Meetings
These meetings will be held on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 26th February in the school hall.  To book an interview time go to and enter the code vtk99 or contact the office and they can book a time for you.  Every family has to attend these meetings.

Home and School
There is a Home and School meeting on Thursday 20th February starting at 7.00 pm at the Northstar.  Everyone is welcome to come.

Each time a child brings antibiotics to school, they have to fill out a Medicine Authority Form and give the antibiotics to the office who will administer the medicine to the child and complete the form.  A copy of the form will be sent home to parents each day the child has antibiotics.

Rippa Rugby Tournament
The 2020 North Otago Primary Schools Rippa Rugby tournament is a 7-aside competition where schools compete against one another.  There is 3 grades; Year 4/5 mixed, Year 6 mixed and Year 7/8 mixed.  The competition is on Friday 20th March at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.  The team that wins the year 6 grade automatically qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to Wellington to represent North Otago and compete in the National Rippa Rugby Championship. More information will come out next week regarding this tournament.

Start tomorrow and cost $6.00 for a bun, cookie and fruit.  The envelopes are available in the office.  For children going to Technology on a Friday, their subway orders need to be handed into the office by the Thursday before.

There is swimming next week for the senior children on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February.  Please ensure they bring their swimming togs. Our senior school swimming sports in on Friday 6th March from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm at the Waitaki  Aquatic Centre and we require at least 12 parents/caregivers to help with our sports.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.

Junior Swimming - dates for your swimming lessons will be out next week.

Starts tomorrow for Yr 7 & 8 students at St Kevin's College.

We warmly welcome 3 new entrants to our school - Maria Hafoka, Eva Mino Zubiri, Kaleb Beattie and Ellie Clark to our Yr 4 class.
Winter Sports Enrolments
An online form will be available within the next couple of weeks for you to sign your child up for winter sports.  Again this year we would like all sport fees to be paid before they play and suggest you set up an automatic payments before the season commences which is at the start of term 2.

The boys Intermediate A team is - Hamish Fowler, Eli Herbst, Tama Roberts, Riley Tuffley, Lachlan Wilkinson and Michael Woodhouse.  There are also two boys from Kurow playing for us.

The girls Primary team is the same as last term as the 4 SKC girls are playing for us - Mariah Cunningham, Hannah Fowler, Lilly Kelcher, Ivy-Belle Mestrom, Kacymae Tahitu'a. There is also a girl from Five Forks school.

Club - draw for Friday 14th February.  All games start at 4.30 pm.
Intermediate A - St Joseph's Volts v Valley Gold at SKC 1
Primary - St Joseph's Sparks v Albion at SKC Artificial 2

Superstar Boys Cricket and Girls Smash and Yeah Girls
This free fast paced, soft ball game for primary school cricketers starts this Monday 17th February at Centennial Park from 3.30 pm to 4.20 pm over a period of 5 weeks.  This is open for boys aged years 4-8 and girls from years 3-8. 
Children are to meet there at 3.20 pm. The format is the same as the festival days where teams consist of 6 players - each player getting to bowl an over and bat 2 overs in pairs during a 6 over a-side game. All gear is supplied by North Otago Cricket.
Children will be put into teams at the grounds so please be there on time. Children are to wear their school PE gear,hat and sport shoes.  The following children have put their names forward to play this cricket on Monday afternoons. We need an adult to stay with the children.

Boys Superstar - Jac Bradley, Hunter Gough, Fe'ofa'aki and Vilivea Tahitu'a and Iverson Wylie-Taukolo.
Yeah Girls - Lilly Kelcher and Kacymea Tahitu'a
Girls Smash - Chelsea Koay

Touch Rugby
Starts this Tuesday 18th February and the draw will come out on Monday.  Gear bags will be issued to the coaches on Monday.

Yr 4/5/6 Grade - an email was sent out to Yr 4/5/6 families regarding changing the team format for this term which will enable three teams to play touch instead of 2 in this grade.  The response we received back is to go with the 1 girls team and the 2 boys teams and have no mixed teams. We have a coach for the girls team and still require coaches for the 2 boys teams. The 2 boys teams will be made when we get coaches.
Entries have to be sent away tomorrow so if we don't have a coach, we will not be able to enter any boys teams. North Otago Touch will take late entries if we manage to get a coach next week but the boys team will miss out playing next Tuesday. Please let Mrs Brien know asap if you can help.

Touch Teams – Term 1 2020

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


Rockets and Pumas - Yr 4/5/6

Cameron Aston
Charlie Bremner
Luke Bremner
Hamish Fowler
Hunter Gough
Marconi Hausia
Lucas Kofoed
Tevita Leo
Liam Lindsay
Blake Meek
Warren Pardede
Alex Perniskie
Fe’ofa’aki Tahitu’a
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Daniel Woodhouse
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo


Dynamos - Competitive 
Yr 7/8

Isaiah Castro
Lisiate Hausia
Paddy Spillane
Riley Tuffley
Michael Woodhouse

Coach – Victoria Forrest

Co-Coaches – Adele Whiston and Jody Robinson

Coaches – needed for two teams

Coach – Lee Woodhouse 

Community Notices
  • Meadowbank United Football Club - registration and grading day for junior football will be held on Sunday 16th February at the A & P Showgrounds.  12.00 pm for junior and primary; 1.00 pm for intermediate.  Please bring shin pads, football boots and water bottles.  Will be on rain, hail or shine.  Please email if you are unable to attend.
  • Fast and Furious Swim Meet - the Oamaru Swim Club are holding a swim night for any swimmer who might be interested in swimming against other children in a friendly night of swimming races. It is held on Friday 21st February with a warm up at 5.30 pm and starts at 6.00 pm.  All ages are welcome, it is free to enter and a great opportunity to give racing a go. This is good preparation for the North Otago Swimming sports. An entry form is available from the school office or email
  • Friendly Bay Family Fun Day - held on Saturday 14th March from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.  There is live music, food stalls, activities, sand castles, inflatables, beach dig and other activities.  It is a free event run by the Waitaki District Council and Harcourts.
  • Fun Fit Kids - fun and fitness circuit for primary school kids - Fridays from 4.00 to 5.00 pm, starting Friday 28th February.  $36.00 per child.
  • Mini Movers - a fundamental movement programme for 3 and 4 year olds.  The programme runs for 5 weeks in term 1 on Fridays from 9.10 to 9.55 am at the Rec Centre.  Starts Friday 14th February.  $30.00 per child.
  • Columba Scout Group - Keas (years 1-3) on Monday afternoons from 4.15 to 5.15 pm.  Cubs (years 3-6) from 6.00 to 7.30 pm on Monday nights.  Held at the Columba Scout Den located at Awamoa Park, 123 Perth Street.  Scout groups provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to have fun and develop their creativity through games, arts and crafts, challenges, indoor and outdoor activities and so much more.  Contact Mary-Jane on 022 300 96 90 for more information on how you can join in the adventure.

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