Thursday, 13 November 2014

1. Principal News - Week 5 Term 4

Home & School support
Thanks to our hardworking Home & School and parent support team for preparing the raffle and coordinating the cake stall for the Victorian Fete this weekend.
I have just been out to South Hill New World to take some Year 8 leaders who are helping our parents with the raffle ticket sales and representing our school with pride.
Don't forget to return your raffle cards by Friday. Any unsold raffle cards can be sent back to the office and they will be sold at the fete or next week at Countdown.
Please remember to drop your baking off at the school hall from 4.00 to 5.00 pm this Saturday 15th or 8:30 - 9:30 pm on Sunday morning. We will then take your baking to sell at the fete on Sunday.
Please come along to the fete and support the St Joseph's cake stall.

Year 8 Camp
I was privileged to be part of an extremely well organised Year 8 camp last week. It was just as well we packed our thermals, as we had four seasons during the course of the week, including snow ! A very big thank you to our Year 8 teacher Mr Moore who spent several weeks preparing the students for the tramp and for camping in the outdoors. Special thanks to Denis Browne, an ex parent and experienced search and rescue volunteer, who led the tramp and was vigilant about the weather conditions and safety. Next year, we will be celebrating 25 years since Denis attended the first camp!! Thanks to our hardworking and supportive group of helpers: Mel Hunter, Erin Pink, Richard Mabon, Ashley Pickworth and Chris Harper who gave up their time to accompany us, as well as Mr Cartlidge who introduced some new and challenging  activities to this traditional St Joseph's camp. You can view more photos from the camp further down on our newsblog or on our St Joseph's Facebook Page

Letter from Tony Brady
We have received several thank you emails from delegates who attended the recent Energy Trust Spring Conference. Tony Brady, the conference co-ordinator invited our children to make welcome cards to go into the conference goodie bags. Tony said that many of the conference delegates gave generous compliments about the wonderful array of welcome cards. We were also presented with a $200 thank you donation from the Waitaki Power Trust in recognition of the children's work. Here are a couple of samples below.

Good Morning

Last week I attended a conference in Oamaru as a delegate for the  Electricity Trusts of New Zealand.
In my goodie bag when I arrived was a beautiful card made by a Miss Hana Davies from St Joseph’s School.
It featured  a beautiful blue penguin on the front complete with octopuses and fish and a rainbow on the inside, the card welcomed me to Oamaru.
I just wanted to say a sincere thank you to Hana for the beautiful welcome and say how thrilled we all were to receive such a personalized gift. The card is now hanging on my notice board in my office back in the Bay of Islands.
Kindest Regards
Ann Court
Top Energy Consumer Trust.


Hello Jenny
I attach two scans. One of a lovely "Welcome to Oamaru" card done by one of your pupils, Mia and another that was done by my Great Granddaughter Ebony.
I was delighted to get Mia's welcome to Oamaru card in my kit when I attended your lovely town last week for the Energy Trusts of NZ Conference as a Trustee of Waitomo Energy Services Consumer Trust.
When I returned home my two Great grandchildren came to stay for the weekend and I showed the card to seven year old Ebony as she (and Archie, her 5 yo brother) attend St Joseph's School in Te Kuiti and I thought it was a coincidence that the two attended a school of the same name. She decided (at my instigation) to do a card in return and so the second scan is of that card.
It was a delight to get the card from Mia and I want to thank you and her for the warm welcome which was reiterated throughout Oamaru during my stay. I enjoyed my stay and this was helped by Mia's lovely card.
Would you please pass on to Mia my thanks for her efforts and welcome and also give her the card from Ebony
Kind regards Murray

Preparations for 2015
The teachers have been working hard putting plans in place for engaging our children in learning for 2015. I will be setting up a display outside our office for you to view and contribute to next week. This interactive display will help us to reconnect with our special Catholic Character vision, as well as inform further strategic developments for next year.

Parent Survey
A brief board survey will be available online or as a hard copy for you to access on Monday. Please look out for the email link to the survey and we look forward to receiving your responses. These will also contribute to our strategic plans and future directions for our school.

Speech Exams
Congratulations to all of our children who participated in the recent speech exams in town. Thanks to Bridget McNally and Anna Keno for their hard work with our children here at school. 
Thanks to all of our children who continually strive hard and use their talents to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic faith.  Please see a photo of all the children in the blog.

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