Thursday, 25 February 2016

3. School Notices - Week 4, Term 1 2016

Altar Servers
Saturday 27th February - Indya & Mackenzie Cunningham and Joshua Criddle
Sunday 28th February - Rhea Ratgali, Grace Keno and Antonia Black

Birthday Greetings to:

Charlotte Hogg and Noah Jenkinson

Big Print Phone Book

We are still looking for volunteers who would like to proof read our big print phone book which is due to come out in March.  Please let the office know if you are interested.

Book Fair

Next Monday is the start of our Book Fair and goes through to Friday.  Thank you to our wonderful parents who are helping us to sell the books.  We will be selling Monday-Friday from 8.30 to 9.15 am and 2.30 to 3.15 pm in the school hall.  We would love you to come in and buy a book to help fund-raise for the school. Below is a roster of parent helpers for the week for the fair.

Monday am - Leanne Brookes and Kate Finn

              pm - Michelle Ruddenklau and Jan Plieger

Tuesday am -  Kate Finn and Susie Jorgensen

              pm - Joyce Fox and Shiralee Bremner

Wednesday am - Susie Jorgensen and Kate Finn

                    pm - Michelle Fatafehi and Megan Day

Thursday am - Katrina Miller and Emma Jackson

                pm - Shiralee Bremner and Jocelyn Marsh

Friday am - Adrienne Spillane and Mikayla van der Sluis

           pm - Pack up time

Book Character Dress Up Day

Children are to arrive at school on Monday 29th February (next Monday) dressed up as their favourite book character. There will be prizes for the best dressed and there is also a fashion show!
Book Character Day 2014
Generic Permission Forms
These generic permission forms have been issued to each child and need to be signed both by the child and a parent and are due back to the office asap.  These forms will be a one off form and will be kept on file at school. If you forget to hand them to your child, please bring them with you to the Goal Setting Meetings on Monday and we will collect them there.  Spare copies will be available at the meetings and the school office.

Goal Setting Meetings and Winter Sports Sign Up

A reminder to book a time for the Goal Setting meetings on Monday 29th February and Thursday 3 March between 3.30 and 7.30 pm.  Go to and input the code 3xam8

Mrs Souness will be available to discuss and register your children for winter sports during these meetings. If anyone is interested in coaching a team this year, please contact Mrs Souness asap so that coaches and practices can be sorted before the Goal Setting meetings.  This applies to all codes.

Home and School Food Fair

Dear Families, there is still a lot of families who have not contributed the $10 towards the food fair ingredients.  It has been mentioned that some families do not carry cash on a regular basis and so the Home and School have decided to offer the use of internet banking.  They really appreciate your support as they have lots of great food being prepared by a few families and they use this money to contribute to their costs.

The account name is: St Josephs School Home and School
Account number is: 03-0937-0221742-000
Require: surname of child as a reference

A menu of what is being offered at the Food Fair will come out shortly.  If any family has extra eggs that they would like to donate as they need 3 trays of eggs for the Malaysian food, please contact Rachel Fowler on 027 237 8234 or if you can donate.

Cakes for the cake wheel can be brought to the school hall on Saturday 5th March from 4.00 to 5.30 pm or Sunday 6th March before 10.30 am.  There is no postponement date at this stage so if it rains, it will be held indoors.

A reminder that Thai lunches are available on Wednesdays from $5.00 to $6.00.  Orders are available from the school office.  Subway lunch orders are on Fridays and cost $5.00.

Scholastic Book Club
The book club orders are due back on Friday 4th March.

Summer Sports Draw
Cricket - Saturday 27th February
4th Grade - St Joseph's v Albion Black at SKC 1
5th Grade - St Joseph's v Eastern Fireballs at SKC Artificial 2

Touch Rugby - Tuesday 1st March
The draw was unavailable at the time the news blog went to print.  Please look at the North Otago Touch Rugby Facebook page or the school noticeboard for the draw.

Swimming Sports

Our senior school swimming sports for Yrs 4-8 will be held on Wednesday 9th March in the morning at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  If you are available to help with timekeeping, please let Mrs Souness know by emailing her at  A swimming letter regarding these sports is on another page on the blog.

Uniform Shop
The new PE tops will be available at school next week and we have a supply of PE shorts.  The uniform shop is open on Thursdays from 2.30 to 3.00 pm and Mondays from 8.30 to 9.00 am.

Walking n Wheeling Week
Next week we have 'Walk n Wheel' Week.  It is designed to encourage and promote active modes of transport to and from school.  Support your child/children by encouraging them to be active.  For every student who uses an active mode of transport to school each day, they will be counted on a survey.  If we have as a whole school more than 60% using active transport, we can go into a draw to win some impressive Stirling Sports vouchers.
1st draw: $800
2nd draw: $500
3rd draw: $300

Wednesday is the official 'Walk n Wheel Day' and on this particular day, if we have more than 80% of students using active transport, we can go into another prize draw.
1st draw: $500
2nd draw: $300
3rd draw: $200

So limber the legs up, clean the scooters and make sure the bike tyres are pumped up for next week!!

Winter Sports Booklet
Our Winter Sports Booklet which show sports offered at our school and our Code of Conduct can be viewed on another page in our blog.  Please ensure you take the time to read it before you enrol at the Goal Setting meetings.

Community Notices

  • Waitaki Recreation Centre membership deal - last chance.  Get in by Monday 29th February and buy 4 months for the price of 3 for just $150.00.  Contact the Rec Centre on 434 6932.
  • Waitaki Newcomers Network - New to town?  The Waitaki Newcomers Network is here to help you settle into your new community.  Contact us to join in many events where new and lasting friendships can be made.  Phone Christine on 027 242 8643 or join up online at

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