Thursday, 4 March 2021

1. Principal's News Term 1 Week 5 2021

 Oamaru History Trip

The senior school had an inspiring trip yesterday.  They visited the museum, the Forrester Gallery and did a learning walk in the old precinct.  Our inquiry at the moment is not just about finding out about history but about how people curate history, what things we decide to record, how we record them and how we share them.  The museum was particularly interesting as it has recently been upgraded and these were the sort of questions the museum had to consider.  At the Forrester Gallery the children reflected on what aspects of St Joseph's they would save, and how they would save them so that we could show people in the future what is important about who we are now.  Interestingly, the children suggested that if the junior school was pulled down (that's not the plan as far as I know) that some of the red bricks would be incorporated into a new building.

By chance a visitor came today who went to St Joseph's in 1967.  She was really impressed that our students were able to tell her aspects of our school's history.  I am taking groups from classes over to look at the parish archives and the old presbytery.  The children are fascinated by this and I think it helps them to have a deeper sense of belonging and connection.

Swimming Sports

You will have received a notice about the swimming sports.   At level 2 we cannot have any spectators at the event and we would really like to be able to have our families join us.  So we have elected to have the swimming sports next Tuesday morning.  This gives us an option/hope of being able to open it up to families at Level 1.  If we are not at Level 1, at least we tried and we will have the sports next Tuesday but it will have to be a closed event.

Celebration Assembly

Unfortunately we cannot have families at assembly this week due to Level 2 but please keep the 2.30pm slot bookmarked to join us for assemblies at Level 1.

Sacramental Program

Sadly we were not able to do our Commitment Mass on Sunday due to Level 2 restrictions.  Sixteen of our students are engaged in the Sacramental Program this year and at the moment they are preparing for Reconciliation which will happen at the 9.30am mass on Sunday 14 March.  We wish the children and their families many blessings for their sacramental journey in 2021.

God Bless and Aroha

Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 5 Term 1 2021

Special Character Focus

Religious Education: Communion of Saints- Recognising Mary's special closeness to God we ask her to pray for us:

"Hail Mary, Full of Grace.

The Lord is with You.

Blessed are you among women.

And blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God.

Pray for us sinners,

Now and at the hour of our death. Amen"

Parents Meeting: Thank you to the parents who came to our first meeting last Monday. Next Monday is our second last meeting.

School Thursday Mass: Thank you to Year 4/5 -Mrs Streat's class for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today presentation is Year 3 -Miss Sollano's class.

Next week will be presented by Year 1/2-Mrs Brookes and Mrs Misiloi's class.

Faith Insights

WEEK 5 1st – 5th March (Violet)
2nd Week of Lent

Pope Francis Universal Prayer Intention for evangelization  Sacrament of reconciliation. Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.  

Reconciliation is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus in his love and mercy to offer us forgiveness for the times we have sinned and turned away from God. At the same time, we are reconciled with the Church because it is also wounded by our sins.

Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and the Church. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future. 

Thank you/Malo 'Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 5, Term 1 2021


Altar Servers

Saturday 6th March - Clarence & Rheanna Coscos and David Kilgour
Sunday 7th March - Ivy-Belle Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to
Ivan Bennyson and Pippa Campbell

Max Fatafehi who is an ex student of St Joseph's has been selected for the NZ U16 Talent Identification Camp to be held in Auckland in October.  Max was selected from the recent NZ National regional tournament for the U16 and U18 touch teams in Auckland and he is the only North Otago boy to be selected along with 5 other Otago boys.  Well done Max and good luck with your touch career.

Thursday 4th - home and school meeting tonight at 7.00 pm at the Northstar
Monday 8th -  winter sports forms due back in
                     - rippa rugby forms due back in
                     - parent reconciliation meeting number 2 at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 9th - senior school swimming sports
Wednesday 10 - hungry horse cafe

Rippa Rugby
The children who are interested in playing in the rippa rugby tournament on Friday 19th March have been given letters to take home with their permission slips due by Monday.  At this stage we have had no offers of help to coach any of the teams so we will only send teams if we have coaches.  Thanks to the parents who have offered to help with transport.

School Newsletter
A copy of the weekly school newsletter is always on the wall outside the office if you need to refer to anything.

Senior Swimming Sports
Due to Level 2 guidelines, we have had to postpone our senior swimming sports to Tuesday 9th March as we were unable to have spectators at the pool due to the 100 person limit. 

If we move to Level 1 this weekend, the swimming sports will be on for everyone but if we stay at Level 2, the swimming sports will only be for the competitive swimmers.  A notice will be sent home on Monday regarding this.  

If you are available to help at our school sports at either Level, please let Paula Brien know asap.  A copy of the swim programme is attached to the email.

This week we had our last swimming lessons and the instructors commented to us they were all very pleased at the progress the children had made in their swimming this term.

Winter Sports
This week the winter sports enrolment form was emailed to all families in regard to playing winter sports for St Joseph's.  All replies need to be in by Monday 8th March and if you need a paper copy, there is one at the office.

Players Wanted
If you know of anyone who would like to play either netball or rugby for our school, please get them to contact Paula Brien at  We are able to accept players from outside of school for these codes because St Joseph's School is an independent sports club.  Basketball and miniball are played under each school's name and not as a club.

North Otago Basketball are asking for nominations/applications for coaches and managers for all age group representative teams.  The ages for both the boys and girls teams are: U13, U15, U17 and U19.  Nominations/applications should be forwarded to the North Otago Basketball Association at on or before 12th March 2021 or for further information please either email or phone Susan on 027 222 2187.

Community Notices
  • Come join us at the Oamaru Farmers Market - Sunday 7th March

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

    • Art and Craft Market joins us this Sunday.
    • Live band and kiddies games.
    • Fresh veges and fresh fruits (including different types of berries), cheese, milk, honey and spreads for your kitchen
    • Yummy eats - cakery, fresh bread, fish, chips, chicken, beef, salads, bacon butties etc 
    • The Sharpening Truck will be joining us so come and get all your knives sharpened 
    There is something for everyone.

    Please Note: Due to Covid Level changes, we have cancelled Children's Day celebrations. We will hold a Children's Market Day at a later date to be advised.
  • Five Forks School Trail Ride - this weekend is still on.  Please check the flyer attached to the email for further information.

4. Diary Dates - Week 5, Term 1 2021



Thursday 4

Monday 8

Tuesday 9

Wednesday 10

Thursday 11

Friday 12

Sunday 14

Thursday 18

Friday 19

Monday 22

Tuesday 23

Wednesday 24

Thursday 25

Friday 26

Sunday 28

Tuesday 30


Thursday 1

Friday 2

Saturday 3

Sunday 4

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Thursday 8

Friday 9

Saturday 10

Thursday 15

Friday 16


Monday 3

Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm 

Winter Sports & Rippa rugby forms due back in *

Parent Reconciliation Meeting 2 at 7.00 pm 

Senior school swimming sports - note new date *

Hungry Horse Cafe 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College 

Reconciliation Mass at 9.30 am 

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am 

Rippa Rugby tournament for yrs 3-6 *

St Joseph’s Day 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College 

Otago Anniversary Day - school closed 

Board of Trustee meeting 

North Otago Swimming Sports 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College 

Hungry Horse Cafe 

Marae visit 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 

Good Friday - school closed 

Holy Saturday 

Easter Sunday 

Easter Monday - school closed 

Easter Tuesday - school closed 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College 

Otago Primary Schools swimming sports 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College 

Last day of term 1

First day of term 2 

Thursday, 25 February 2021

1. Principal's News Term 1 Week 4 2020

Our Learning Inquiry - The Future Can be Determined By Exploring the Past

Our year 7s are tying in their learning inquiry at St Joseph's with their technology learning at St Kevin's.  They are going to be making a digital resource for storing history.  This will show historical events from our school and parish.  To prepare for this the year 7s are needing to do some social studies research.  They spent the morning at the parish centre researching in the parish archives.  They were fascinated by the information and pictures they found there.

Goal Setting - Parent/Teacher Interviews
Most of our families were able to make it to the goal setting interviews this week and the teachers really appreciated the opportunity to connect with you about your child's learning.  

Investigating Oamaru's History
We have two trips planned, one for the senior school on Wednesday 3rd March and the other for the junior school - date to be confirmed.

The trip will be divided into three groups doing each of the three parts of the trip - the Waitaki Museum - the Forrester Gallery - and the old precinct walking tour.  We need parent helps to come with us.  Please let your child's teacher know if you can help.  The trip will be a full day.

Swimming Sports
Our swimming sports are next Friday 5th March in the morning.  Please let Paula Brien know if you are available to be a parent help as we need lots of adults to help on the day please.

Touch Rugby
The touch season has started up again.  We are really pleased to have an intermediate team.  Well done to St Joseph's teams - you have had a strong start to the season and every child I've spoken to has been positive and excited about their games.

Congratulations Year 8s
Congratulations to the Year 8s who received their leadership badges at assembly last week.  We thank them for sharing their role plays about peer mediation and how they propose to help children positively sort out playground disputes.

From left to right: Sandrene (Guzman House Captain & Cultural Leader), Lilly (Technology Leader), Dorothy (Lima Cultural Leader & Librarian), Jack (Head Boy), Freya (Librarian), Stephanie (Librarian), Ivy-Belle (Head Girl Special Character), Mazvita (Siena House Captain), Kacymea (Head Girl & Siena Cultural Leader), Lachlan (Physical Activity Leader), Kenton (Siena House Captain , Tommy (Guzman House Captain & Physical Activity Leader).
Absent: Isaiah (Head Boy Special Character & Lima House Captain), Willow (Lima House Captain)

Please note: for the sake of the privacy and protection of children,

Our school policy states that we should only use first names in public media.   The media agreement on enrolment refers to first names only.  The newspaper likes to print surnames and I always run this by parents before publication.

We use the WITS system which means:
Walk away
Seek help

This is a way to help children on the playground or in the classroom deal with everyday issues or other children's actions or words which annoy them.  Some of our children are very good at walking away and ignoring things which means those things then usually don't blow into big things.  Most annoying behaviour stops when it's ignored.  If that doesn't happen then the Talk option means speaking to the person and saying you don't know like what they are doing and how it is affecting you and that you would like them to stop.  If none of that works then it's time to seek help from an adult.

A Message from the Diocesan Attendance Dues Office
‘Dear Whanau – You will receive in the mail this week your first invoice from the Attendance Dues Service. Along with this invoice is a letter explaining the new payment methods. The two options for payment in 2021 are either to set up a regular payment plan as per the amounts on the payments table included or to pay the full amount before the end of March. If you could please see to this in a timely manner that would be much appreciated. For families, that are having difficulty in meeting the ongoing costs, we would encourage you to make contact with either your school principal or Parish Priest, and not the Attendance Dues office directly.  – Kind Regards The Attendance Dues Service.

A Learning Provocation
Here is an example of one of the "learning provocations" we are using to start children questioning about our history and how we find out about, record and make sense of history.  It shows an old school tunic and a newspaper article about National Catholic Education Day from the 1996 newspaper.

Charlie is enjoying Hoiho's before school knitting class.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 4 Term 1 2021

Special Character Focus

Commitment Mass: This Sunday 28th is Commitment Mass for our St Joseph and Parishioners children who will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The Mass will be at the Basilica at 9:30am. We will reserve the seats up the front of the Church for the families. The children will make their commitment pledge during Mass. There will be a morning tea after Mass and Adrienne and I will introduce the children to their prayer partners.

Parents Meeting is Monday 1st and Monday 8th of March at 7:00pm at St Joseph's staffroom. We are looking forward to meeting you this Sunday and on the Mondays.

School Thursday Mass: Thank you to Year 4/5 Mrs Streat's class for the presentation of the gospel this week. 

Next week Mass will be presenting by Year 3 Miss Sollano's class.  

Faith Insights 

WEEK 4 22nd – 26th February (Violet)
1st Week of Lent
22nd Chair of St Peter
1st Week of Lent
22nd Chair of St Peter

Fiordland National Park - This week 117 years ago the first steps were taken to set aside nearly 1 million hectares of far western Southland and Otago as a national reserve and became New Zealand’s largest national park in 1952.

Let us take the time in Lent to thank God for our beautiful country and the foresight and courage of those who had the vision to preserve this land for all. Lets also pray for those who corrupt our land. Help them to see the error of their ways. Help us all to cherish this gift of God.

Pope Francis
We are to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.

Thank you/Malo 'Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS