Thursday 27 August 2015

1. Principal's News - Week 6 Term 3

Student Blogger of the Week
This week's student blogger is Molly Whittaker. Molly has some stunning African artwork, a book review, reasons for supporting having a school dog and a post about sacrifice on her blog. You can access Molly's blog at this link. Thanks Molly for showing us how to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic faith.

Canine Educator Programme trial and dog visits at St Joseph's
Some time ago, Miss Huls drew my attention to a project where retired greyhounds listen to children read in schools. Since getting a new pup who is a lab/greyhound cross with a gentle and loving nature, I decided to do some investigating. I have been liaising with the co-ordinator of the Canine Educator Programme at South New Brighton. You can learn more at this link. Miss Huls is bringing Jazz the Irish Wolfhound cross for a few sessions to trial this programme. The response from the children has been very positive. You can learn more by going to the Year 6 class blog.The idea is that the dog is there for a short visit in the room in a controlled environment to support learning. Our rules about dogs running loose in the playground still remain. Fiona from the Oamaru library will also be bringing a retired greyhound into school with her owner as part of a dog safety programme. Lulu the Jorgensen poodle has visited on a lead when Susie is working with the children in our school garden. My dog Mika is visiting the juniors for a short session during Discovery on a Friday morning. We will let you know how we progress with this trial. If you have any concerns or worries about this trial, please contact me.

Visitors from the North Otago education sector 
Yesterday, we welcomed about fifty teachers into our hall for a learning session with Brian Annan and Mary Wootton. This was a free taster session where they explained about the role they can play in supporting school leaders, teachers and families through their business - Infinity. You can read about the session at this link.

Early assembly and Daffodil Day fundraiser
Tomorrow the teachers will play the Year 8's in our annual Daffodil Day Fundraiser. Children must come to school in their uniform and can wear something yellow, for example, a daffodil, scarf, cap or hair tie and bring a gold coin donation. We will play the netball game at 1:45 pm and follow this with assembly at 2:15 pm. Awards and certificates for cross country and other sporting achievements will take place. 

2. Special Character - Week 6, Term 3 2015

SJW game image and logo.Week 9 is Caritas Social Justice Week. The focus this year is 'Family Ups and Downs'. We will also be looking at how our 'Catholic Social Teaching Principles' help us become the people Jesus wants us to be. In previous weeks I shared the Catholic Teaching Principals of 'Human Dignity' and the 'Common Good'. This week we look at the Principal of 'Solidarity'. This principal is about walking alongside each other and supporting each other through difficult times. Families can also stand in solidarity with other families who need support. When people stand alongside each other they can achieve more than when they stand alone.  
Our Parish and St. Vincent de Paul are based on families helping families: families giving away goods they no longer need so that other families can have enough.Your donations to the Parish freezer is another way we can all support parishioners when there is a sickness or death in the family and a little support is greatly appreciated.

Solidarity banner 2014

This week we have all begun 'The God Strand'. For some ideas to discuss with your children refer to the pages in your  'Family Whanau' book. 

Here is also a link to the 'Family Whanau'. book
Family Whanau Book
Year 1: God is Creator/Page 17
Year 2: Our Gracious God/Page 20
Year 3: God is present in the World/Page 23
Year 4: God is Love/Page 26
Year 5: God is Faithful/Page 29
Year 6: Who is God?/ Page 32
Year 7: God's Desire for Humanity/Page 35
Year 8: The Mystery of God/Page 38

Here are a few other pages you might find very useful.

  • Simple tips for good conversation in families/Page 12
  • Conversation starters/Page 12
  • Prayer - Karakia- in the Family - Whanau/Page 13.

Pope Francis announces a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”  - REUTERS
Pope Francis announces 'World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation'. This will be celebrated on September 1st annually.
Pope Francis made the announcement in a letter of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
Please click on the link below to read the letter.Pope Francis' Prayer for Creation

On Tuesday 1st September St. Joseph's will celebrate 'World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation' with a special liturgy at Koutuitui (1.50pm). Parents, whanau and parishioners are welcome to join us. 

Take Care and God Bless
Ann Dooley/CO/DRS

3. School Notices - Week 6 Term 3 2015

Altar Servers
Saturday 29th August -Elizabeth, Samuel & Nicolas Plieger, Matthew Gough and Isabella McNaught
Sunday 30th  August - Ellie & Samantha Jorgensen, Sylvia & Stefanie Lavrijsen

Birthday Greetings to:
Liam Gordon-Glassford, Diego Gibbs and Aarran Aitcheson

Assembly - Friday 28th August
Will start at 2.15 pm this week as we will be awarding our Cross Country trophies and handing out winter sports trophies to their recipients.

Celebrate Tongan Language Week at the Oamaru Library
Various schools will perform at the library throughout the week. Tuesday 1st September at 12.30 pm, St Joseph's school will perform.

First Aid Kits
Don't forget to collect your first aid kits after assembly tomorrow.

The Adams Family Musical Comedy
We have some students and ex students who are performing in this comedy.  A great chance to see them in action.  Read below in the community notices for more information.

Winter Sports Uniforms
Please return your washed uniforms and put them in the box outside the office and ensure any gear bags are also cleaned and returned.

Community Notices
  • The  Adams Family musical comedy - held at the Oamaru Opera House from Friday 11th September to Saturday 19th September.  Come along to see the funniest wackiest musical show Oamaru has ever seen!  On Sunday, September 13th at 4.00 pm they are having a special family session with a great deal on a concession pass.  A family of four for just $100 (minimum 2 children, extra kids $25 each).  Head along to the Oamaru Opera House to book your tickets now.  Don't miss out.
  • St Kevin's Basketball Quiz Night - held at the Northstar Restaurant on Monday 31st August at 7.00 pm.  This is a fundraiser for both the top 5 boys and girls basketball teams to help them get to the South Island Secondary Schools basketball tournament next weekend.  Teams of 4-6 people and costs $30 per team.  Great raffles. Flier attached to the email.
  • Film-Makers in Schools Competition - festival and awards night held at the Oamaru Opera House on Tuesday 22nd September.
  • Child Mobility Foundation - presents the first 10-10-10 Walk for Kids which is a 10 km sponsored walk at St Kevin's College at 10.00 am on Saturday 10th October 2015.  See the email attachments for further information.

4. Congratulations - Week 6, Term 3 2015

As the winter sports season comes to an end, quite a few of our players and teams have received trophies for either winning their grades, being the most valuable or most improved players.  Well done to everyone who received an award and who participated in a sport this year.

Congratulations to the St Joseph's Saints girls basketball team who won the intermediate grade and the St Joseph's boys Thunder team who were runners up.  Congratulations also to Jacob Fowler and Sivaenga Katoa who both won trophies for being the 'Most Valuable' players in the competition and to Duran Cooper who received the 'Skills and Footwork' trophy.  Well done.
Duran Cooper - Skills & Footwork
St Joseph's Saints Basketball
St Joseph's Thunder Basketball

Sivaenga Katoa - Most Valuable Player
Jacob Fowler - Most Valuable Player
Congratulations to our St Joseph's United football team who won the intermediate grade this year.
St Joseph's United Football
Congratulations to our Kwik Sticks hockey team who received the trophy for the 'Most Improved' team this season.  Absent is Emily and Courtney.
Kwik Sticks Hockey
Congratulations to Campbell Fowler who received the trophy for the 'Most Improved' boy in the miniball competition.

Campbell Fowler - Most Improved Miniball
St Joseph's Steel Netball team
Congratulations to Laura Mather who received a cup for the  'Most Improved Junior Umpire' this season and to our St Joseph's Steel netball team who won the Intermediate 1.3 grade section 2.  Also to our St Joseph's Gold team who were runners up in the Premier grade.  Well done.
Laura Mather - Most Improved Junior Umpire

St Joseph's Gold Netball Team
North Otago Cross Country
On Monday some of our students participated in the North Otago Cross Country which was held in damp conditions at the race course.  Congratulations to both Niamh Jackson and Max Fatafehi who got third place in their respective races. Well done to the following students who got top 10 placings: Cody Marshall, Sebastian Spillane, Hotili Asi, Georgia Fox, Duran Cooper and Ben Cullimore.
Max Fatafehi and Niamh Jackson

5. Cross Country 2015

Cross Country
Recently our school held its annual cross country at the race course in fine conditions.  There was great competition amongst the runners and there were some interesting ways of climbing over the gate!!  Thanks to all the helpers who helped out on the day.

6. St Mary's Interschool

Our Year 7 & 8 students competed in a recent inter-school against St Mary's down in  Mosgiel where we won all of our games apart from the rugby in which we won the shield.  A great day was had by all.

7. Diary Dates

Friday 28                  -  First Aid kits to be collected at 3.00 pm in the school hall
                                    -  Daffodil Day – Yr 8 v Staff netball game at 1.45 pm *
                                    -  Cross Country certificates to be handed out at assembly  at 2.15 pm *
Monday 31              -  Keeping Ourselves Safe meeting  for parents  from 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Tuesday 1                -  World Day of Prayer Special Liturgy at 1.50 pm.  Everyone welcome *
                                    -  Pasifika Fono from 5.30 to 6.30 pm *
                                    -  Yr 7 Camp meeting from 6.30 to 7.30 pm
Wednesday 2          -  Tongan group to perform at Little Wonders from 10.30 to 11.30 am *
                                    -  Chinese Cultural meeting at 7.00 pm
Thursday 3              -  North Otago Kaupapa Maori Festival at Opera House
                                    -  Early Childhood Buddies (Yr 7) and Young Vinnies
                                    -  Netball teams break up at 3.15 pm in the school hall
Friday 4                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College

Sunday 6                  -  Father’s Day
                                    -  Learn to Row day for Yr 8’s at the harbour *
Monday 7                 -  Yr 8’s to have their boots at school
Tuesday 8                -  Open Morning from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
                                    -  Yr 8 girls – HPV
                                    -  Board of Trustees extra meeting from 7.00 to 8.00 pm *
Thursday 10            -  Young Vinnies (Yr 8)
Friday 11                  -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College

Tuesday 15              -  Yr 7 camp meeting now rescheduled  from 6.30 to 7.30 pm *
Wednesday 16        -  Yr 8 Camp Safety course with St John
Thursday 17            -  Early Childhood Buddies (Yr 7) and Young Vinnies
                                     -  Yr 8 Camp Parent Meeting  at 6.00 pm
Friday 18                  -  Bandanna Day
                                     -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College

Tuesday 22              -  Film Awards from 7.00 – 8.00 pm
                                    -  Board Meeting
Wednesday 23       -  Singing Cup Finals from 9.15 am                                    
                                    -  Singing Cup Winning Finalists from 6.30 pm at St Kevin’s
Thursday 24           -  Yr 8 Young Vinnies *
Friday 25                 -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College
                                    -  End of Term 3

Monday 12               -  Term 4 begins in summer uniform
Tuesday 13              -  School photos

Friday 21 August 2015

Principal's news Week 5 Term 3 2015

First Communion
Congratulations to all of the children who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist on SundayIt was a beautiful celebration. Thanks to Mrs Dooley, Mr & Mrs Wylie, Mrs Marsh, Fr Wayne and everyone who supported the children in some way. Our prayers and blessings to all of the children.

Student Blogger of the Week
This week's student blogger is Laura Mather. Laura is in Year 8 and is our Catholic Character leader. She has a passion for basketball and wants to be a photographer. You can learn more by going to her blog here.

This week we have had more visitors to our school keen to learn more about our Engaging Learning Spaces. On Monday Jasen Booton, a leader for Learning and Innovation at the Riverside Academy in Warwickshire, England came to visit. He found our school "vibrant and inspiring" and was impressed with the levels of engagement for our students. One of his highlights was the junior performance for the Kapahaka Festival.
Our second group of visitors were from St Joseph's in Temuka. We welcomed Bernie Leonard the principal, Suellen Robb Yr 7/8 teacher and Ange Hyde Yr 5/6 teacher. They took heaps of photos of displays, interviewed the children and took notes about the way forward for their school.
Ange, Bernie and Suellen from St Joseph's, Temuka 

Visit to St Patrick's, Invercargill
Last week I visited St Patrick's as part of a Special Character Review. You can read about my visit by going to this link.

Kapahaka Festival
Well done to all of our junior hub children who performed with pride and mana at the festival this week. Thanks to our teachers and helpers who supported this outstanding performance.
All of our children, showed us how to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith through their well rehearsed performance.

Thursday 20 August 2015

2. Special Character - Week 5 Term 3 2015

What a wonderful celebration we shared on Sunday 16th August 2015.

Twenty five children received the Most Holy Eucharist for the first time. We have many people to thank for making this day a 'Day To Remember'. We need to thank Father Wayne for making this day special for us all. We also need to thank Mr & Mrs Wylie who supported our parents and Mrs Marsh for organising Prayer Partners for us. We thank our Prayer Partners for praying for us on our Journey of Faith. We also need to say a very big THANK YOU to our parents who are always supporting us on our Faith Journey and helping us look so good!!!
Father Wayne is explaining the meaning the Gospel
to our young Communicants.

The children shared a dance to the song 'Colour My World',
one of Father Wayne's favourite songs.

Mrs Roseanne Sheridan made us another one of her lovely cakes
to celebrate our First Holy Communion. THANK YOU Mrs Sheridan.

A special treat for some very special children.

All dressed up for a very special occasion.
A Day To Remember.

Smiling faces everywhere.

A wonderful occasion bringing 
our Catholic Community together. 

SJW game image and logo.

Week 9 is Caritas Social Justice Week. The focus this year is 'Family Ups and Downs'. We will also be looking at how our 'Catholic Social Teaching Principles' help us become the people Jesus wants us to be. Last week I shared the Catholic Teaching Principal of 'Human Dignity'. This week we will look at the principle of the 'Common Good'. This principle means seeking what is best for the group and for the individual. Upholding the common good in family life sometimes means that family members make sacrifices in order that the whole family might gain something. At other times the needs of one individual take precedence over everything else. For example, sometimes a family member may require special care or attention and children learn that caring for this person ultimately makes the whole family unit stronger.

Common Good banner 2014

God Bless and Take Care.
Ann Dooley