Thursday, 21 August 2014

1. Principal News Week 5 Term 3

Family Learning (fish and chip) hui Monday 25th August 5:30pm - 7pm

All families and friends are invited to bring along their takeaway meal and join other families for our second evening of family learning and fun.
Our theme is 'Deep Learning Partnerships' and we already have an agenda prepared in response to your ideas from our last hui.
Looking forward to catching up with you in our school hall. Bring along any digital devices you have or just bring yourselves.
These are the plans so far. If you have any further ideas then let us know:
-Representatives will be sharing some special deals with regards to digital devices in response to feedback from our family hui in Term 2.
-A day in the life of a BYOD classroom
-Addressing the learning needs of juniors with technology
-Modern learning spaces in classrooms and how they work
-Keeping track of multiple blog sites for families
-Cyber Smart ideas

Staff news
We warmly congratulate Mrs Siobhan Patterson our Deputy Principal who has just been appointed as principal of Tirau School near Hamilton. Mrs Patterson has been sharing her excellent teaching and leadership skills with students, staff and families here at St Joseph's since 2008. She completed both the Catholic and National Aspiring Principal Programmes during her time here and is well prepared for the next stage in her career. We will be planning a special farewell at the end of this term and look forward to inviting all of you to say thank you to Mrs Patterson for her wonderful contribution to our school during her time here.

We have reviewed staff responsibilities for Term 4Mrs Frances-Rees will remain as Year 7 teacher and step from her Assistant Principal role into acting Deputy Principal. We will also have a senior and junior school Assistant Principal. Mrs Siobhan Burke (junior school) and Mr Paul Cartlidge (senior school) will take on these new roles.

Applications for the Term 4 junior school teacher for the extra class due to roll growth closes tomorrow. We will keep you informed of progress here.

Thank you

Our library cushions have had a makeover! Special thanks to Leanne Tuffley and Judith Phillips who made bright new covers for our cushions. We love them !

Maths Parent Workshops
Thanks to Mrs Patterson and Mrs Burke for leading the recent maths workshops. It's been great to see so many of you attend and learn about the way number knowledge is taught these days. These are some links to some helpful websites that were provided during the workshop. There will be some more of these workshops in Term 4.

Home and School Quiz night
Our Home and School parents work tirelessly to raise funds for our school. Thanks to the Home & School for the Term 2 donation of $2500.Please support the quiz night and drop your prizes or donations at school tomorrow.
St Joseph’s School
 Friday 7pm 12th Sept @ the St Joseph’s school Hall
$30 per team up to 6 members
Cash bar
Supper provided
Call Adele on 0274343338 to register your team

First Communion
Congratulations to all of the children who made their communion on Sunday. Special thanks to Fr Wayne and Mrs Dooley and all family members and prayer partners who supported the children. Thanks to Mrs Brookes, Mrs Frances- Rees, Mr Cartlidge and the Dominican Choir who performed and sang so beautifully. Thanks also to Mrs Marsh and her team of helpers for morning tea in the hall - Susie Jorgensen and the family, Jasmin, Jino and Roseanne.

Peace Week and Science enrichment week activities in Year 7 &8
Our Year 7 & 8's spent a fabulous day in Dunedin yesterday and have been focusing on Science enrichment activities this week. You can view a slideshow further down on the next  blog post.
I was especially impressed with a song that 3 of the girls in Year 7 had written.
No War for Us (or anyone else) - A song composed by Siva, Utu and Laura You can acces it here.
Congratulations to these talented girls and all of our children who have wonderful opportunities to enrich and extend their learning by our talented staff. They are showing us how to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith.

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