Thursday, 17 June 2021

1. Principal's News Term 2 Week 7 2021

Celebration of Oral Language - Come to Breakfast

We would like to invite you to come to our celebration of oral langauge next Wednesday starting in our hall at 9.15am.  Our community kitchen in the hall will be open from 8.30am and we encourage parents, family and friends to come and share breakfast with us.  Croissants, jam, marmalade, tea, coffee and Milo will be provided.  Please take the opportunity to have a sit down and a chat and meet other parents.


I have two short video clips that I took on our playground that I'd like to use to share some thoughts about learning.

Learning is natural.  It is not something we "do to" children through teaching.  I believe that teaching is about picking up specifics in a learning process and providing a bridge between what is already known and the next step.  At the same time as this though there is a whole range of new information and skills being taken on board all the time that we have no direct "control" over - and that is brilliant.  The way we are doing student reporting through Seesaw is moving us into a more narrative-type reporting.  We are trying to create rich learning experiences which give us opportunities for direct and targeted teaching but which, in themselves, are experiences of learning and growth.  

The questionings and wonderings that came through last term when we did our visits in our local area have deepened this term into questionings and wonderings about the children's own lives and their families.  All around the school, children are preparing for their "Children's Museum" and for their oral language presentations.  Children are walking around with cue cards, sitting in quiet places practicing and giving feedback to each other.  They are talking about their families, interesting things they never knew and about the places they have come from and who they are.  When learning is rich and natural it goes way beyond the classroom.

A lovely example of this is Milah here who sat me down in the playground at lunchtime to insist on sharing her speech.  

Another great example is this group of children playing "Buses."  I've done drama lessons in my time with learning intentions such as: the children will group together to create a representation of an object; the children will improvise how people might interact with this object; the children will collaborate so that they combine shared movements and voice; the children will work as a team so that each player has a role to play.  Now in this "Buses," example, the children grouped together using a piece of playground equipment to create a bus; children ran in and joined or left just as people might jump on and off a city bus; they collaborated without a team leader but nevertheless figured out where they were going with each verse and the combined actions, and they sang in tune.  I wouldn't add much more to this as an effective drama lesson that didn't need a teacher.  Well done to our clever children.

Rippa Tournament

I was very privileged to spend the day with our Rippa Team yesterday.    The year 5 and 6 Rippa team have had a great season.  They qualified from the North Otago tournament to represent North Otago and played teams from mid and South Canterbury in Timaru, winning two games, drawing two and losing one.  Lee Woodhouse coached them during lunchtimes and he and Paula Brien focused on them being a team.  There certainly was no "I' in this team.  Even though they are of different ages and from different classes, they worked as one.  Well done to the team and what a great experience they had!

The team enjoyed meeting Kendra Cocksedge, Black Ferns halfback

Learner Capabilities

As part of our Seesaw reporting, we are hoping you are becoming aware of the Learner Capabilities we are helping the children to grow.  For each stage of their school life, there are particular attitudes and skills which they need to develop.  These are based on the key competencies and principles of the New Zealand Curriculum and we have illustrated what they look like at St Joseph's School.  Please cross-reference these with the work your children are sharing through Seesaw and hopefully, you will be able to see them in action in your child.

Click on the link for a better view of the document.

We held two information sessions this week for parents to help understand our reporting and feedback was that sharing our learning progressions was useful and so I will email these out to families for those who would like to cross-reference further.


Mufti Day and Sausage Sizzle

Our annual International Food Festival is Sunday 26th September at St Joseph's.  On Thursday, 24 June, we will be having a mufti day (please bring a gold coin donation) and a sausage sizzle for lunch.  The sausages will be $2 for sausage and bread.  Please bring the $2 on Tuesday 22nd and orders will be taken in the office before school.

Teacher Union Meetings

All teachers are attending a compulsory union meeting next Tuesday at 1.30pm.  They will be leaving school at lunchtime.  I will be on site with the support staff.  School is open but I recommend that you collect your child at lunchtime if you can.  Children who are at school in the afternoon will be supervised in the hall by myself and the support staff.  If you pick up at 12.30pm please go to the classroom verandahs and tell the class teacher you are picking up.  If it is after that please sign them out at the office. 

Also please note the two TEACHER ONLY DAYS next term when school will be closed:

Monday 30th August, and Friday 10th September.

God Bless and Aroha


2. 2. Special Character Week 7 Term 2 2021

Faith Facts

Week 7: 14th18th June (Green)

              19th  June- Suzanne Aubert's Birthday

Suzanne Aubert, better known as Sister Mary Joseph and Mother Aubert, was a trail blazer in New Zealand; devoting her life to looking after our sick and poor at a time when social services didn't exist. She also published a key Maori text, broke in a hill farm, manufactured medicines and supported families through the Depression. 


Pope Francis Prayer Intention for June
The Beauty of Marriage: 
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian Community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.
The Sign of the Cross is primarily a blessing. We use it to call God's blessing upon us. 
When we make the Sign of the Cross upon ourselves, we are also expressing our belief in God and the Trinity. Through it, we remind ourselves of God's love for us, of the sacrifice Jesus made to give us eternal life, and of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.
The Sign of the Cross also gives us a way to express our belief in Jesus' death and our hope in the Resurrection.
So while making the Sign of the Cross may sometimes seem like a routine action, it is not. It marks us as Christians and is a visible expression of our belief and hope in God. 
Special Character Focus
School Family Mass
Thank you to Ruma Kereru-Year 1/2 for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today Ruma Takahe-Year 7/8 was presenting the gospel at Mass. Next week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Hoiho-Year 5/6. You are welcome to join us in celebrating Mass.

Mass (Faith Facts)
The Gloria: The Gloria is prayed after the Penitential Act. It is an ancient hymn dating to the early Church. It is prayed every Sunday, except during Advent and Lent, as well as on solemnities and feasts of the Lord. The Gloria brings together images and phases from Scripture and Tradition. Do you realise that it begins with the words of the angels to the shepherds on the night of Christ's birth? 

Malo 'Aupito

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 7, Term 2 2021


" You don't get what you wish for, you get what
 you work for"

Altar Servers

Saturday 19th June - Isaiah Castro and King Melecio
Sunday 20th June - no one from school

Birthday Greetings to
Lydia Martin

Celebration of Oral Language
The four finalists from each class will present their speeches at 9.15 am in the hall.  Everyone is most welcome to attend.

As we get more into the winter months and the grounds are getting muddier, we are asking the children to bring another pair of shoes which they can wear on the grass to save their school shoes.  The school shoes can then be worn inside or they can bring a pair of slippers to wear inside if their school shoes get muddy.

Junior School Swimming Dates
The junior school is booked in for their annual swimming lessons in the last two weeks of term 3.  This is a heads up for the families who will be booking their lessons for next term. The dates are:

Tuesday 21st September
Wednesday 22nd September
Thursday 23rd September
Tuesday 28th September
Wednesday 29th September
Thursday 30th September

North Otago Music Festival Tickets
This festival is on Tuesday 6th July at 7.00 pm in the Oamaru Opera House.  This is a ticketed event and St Joseph's school has been allocated 2 tickets per family of the children singing at this festival.  The tickets are $10.00 each and can be bought from the school office or online.  Please reference it as music tickets. Tickets need to be bought before Friday 25th June as any unsold tickets after that date will be given to schools who have waiting lists.  A paper notice has already gone home with your child.

Friday 18 - technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 22 - money in for sausage sizzle
                   - teacher's union meeting - children can be collected from 12.30 pm
                   - board of trustee meeting
Wednesday 23 - pie and milo day
                         - celebration of oral language at 9.15 am
Thursday 24 - sausage sizzle and mufti day

The weekly sports draw is further down the blog.  There are still some sport fees outstanding which need to be paid as soon as possible.
Rugby - Yr 7/8 rugby camp held at Waitaki Boys High School in the July school holidays.  A flyer regarding this is attached to the email.

Winter Sports Fees
There are some winter sports fees that are still outstanding.  Please ensure they are paid asap or there is a prepayment plan in place.

Community Notices
  • Come join us at the Oamaru Farmers Market

    Every Sunday from 9:30 am - 1 pm at the Harbour area

    • Come and pick up your weekly supplies - a great variety of locally grown fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads and pastries, delicious homemade preserves, amazing vegan and gluten free specialties, exquisite cakes and more.
    • Join us for espresso coffee and delicious warming breakfast treats, live music and great community and company.

Photos of  last week's Junior Quads of netball and futsal

4. Sports Draw - Week 7, Term 2 2021

 Netball - Saturday 19th June

**  North Otago Junior Netball Goal-a-thon / Dress Up Day - Saturday 19th June 

Dress Up - as a team, decide on a theme your team would like to dress up as to play their game this Saturday.  This includes the Yr 1/2 players.

Intermediate Section 2

9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Stars– Court 8 (Oamaru Sport & Outdoors)

Future Ferns Year 6 (7 a-side)

10.00 am - St Joseph’s v Kurow White - Court 2 

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4

10.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Pembroke Strikers – court 6 (LJ Hooker) 

Yr 1/2 

Please meet on court 1 (Montessori Oamaru) at 9.50 am for a 10.00 am start.


There were no umpires at the time the sports draw was typed.  Please check the North Otago Netball Facebook page.


Rugby - Saturday 19th June

**  The first team named provides the referee

5/6 yrs

10.00 am - Valley Gold v St Joseph’s - Weston

9/10 yrs 

10.00 am - St Joseph’s/Old Boys v Union Maheno  - WCCP 5


7/8 yrs 

Excelsior has the bye

11/12 yrs 

11.00 am  – Valley Blue v 11/12 United - Weston



Please ensure you do your score bench duty otherwise the teams lose their competition points and there has to be an adult sitting at the score bench.

Miniball - Tuesday 22nd June

5.45 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Ardgowan Black - back court

6.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Pembroke Rockets - back court

Score bench 

no score bench duty this week


Basketball - Wednesday 23rd June

St Joseph’s Cavaliers have the bye this week

Score bench

no score bench duty this week


5. Diary Dates - Week 7, Term 2 2021



Friday 18

Tuesday 22

Wednesday 23

Thursday 24

Friday 25


Tuesday 6

Thursday 8

Friday 9

Monday 26


Monday 9

Monday 16

Sunday 22

Friday 27

Monday 30


Monday 6

Friday 17

Sunday 26


Friday 1

Monday 18

Wednesday 20

Monday 25


Friday 19

Monday 29


Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

Friday 10

Wednesday 15

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Assembly at 2.30 pm*

Money in for sausage sizzle *

Paid teacher’s union meeting from 1.30 pm.  Children can be collected from lunchtime 

Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm 

Celebration of Oral language at 9.15 am 

Mufti Day and Sausage sizzle

School Mass at 9.15 am 

Terrific Thursday at 2.15 pm

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Assembly at 2.30 pm*

North Otago Musical Festival 

Children’s Museum presentation 

School finishes for term 2 

School starts for term 3 

First Communion Parent meeting 1 

First Communion Parent meeting 2 

First Communion Mass 

School Cross Country 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

North Otago Cross Country 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

St Joseph’s Food Festival 

School finishes for term 3 

School starts for term 4 

St Mary’s Interschool in Mosgiel for Yr 7/8 

Labour Day - school closed 

School Athletics 

North Otago Athletics 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

School finishes for term 4 

Friday, 11 June 2021

Principal's News Term 2 Week 6 2021

Support Staff Week

We would like to thank our amazing support staff: Mrs Rzepecky, Mrs Brien, Mrs Spillane, Mrs Fatafehi, Mrs Stringer and Miss Pryce.  Here is a short movie made by the children to thank them:

Mufti Day and Sausage Sizzle

Our annual International Food Festival is Sunday 26th September at St Joseph's.  On Thursday, 24 June, we will be having a mufti day (please bring a gold coin donation) and a sausage sizzle for lunch.  The sausages will be $2 for sausage and bread.  Please bring the $2 on Tuesday 22nd and orders will be taken in the office before school.

Class Visits

Fr Wayne has been visiting classes to participate in religious education conversations.   Our older students have discussed what the Kingdom of God is like and the problem of evil in the world, whereas our younger students are more interested in finding out more about Fr Wayne's life.


Just a reminder that our door is always open.  If you have any concerns at all please contact your child's teacher and they are always open to having a chat at an agreed time.  It is much better to sort things out at a low level and restore understanding early on.  There are usually more than two sides to a story and it's worth getting the bigger picture.  I remember when my sons were at St Joseph's, I would come home and they would have spun a yarn to their Dad, which in no way represented the school day.  I knew the balance of the story because I was their teacher and I was there.  If you are not sure of something that has been asked, or of what is happening, again please contact us and we will help.  

School Reports

This weekend parents will be receiving some background information to help them understand the curriculum levels on our school reports.  I will be available in the staffroom at 2.30pm and 6.00pm next Monday 14 June to explain the reports to anyone who is interested.  I advise you to come along and have a chat about them as I think that will help you get a lot more out of the report.

North Otago Music Festival

St Joseph's once again hosted other North Otago schools to practice for the North Otago Music Festival.  These clips show the sign language version of the National Anthem as well as the boys' kapa haka part.

Technology in the Curriculum

A couple of blogs ago I published photos of the intermediate students coding the Hummingbird robotics kits.  They are now making installations which will be powered by their coded robotics to feature at our Children's Museum on Thursday 8th July.

Junior Quadrangular Tournament

This is a Catholic tournament between the Catholic high schools in the Dunedin and Southland Diocese.  Well done to a selection of our year 6, 7, and 8s who represented St Kevin's for the tournament.

God Bless and Aroha