Friday, 15 April 2016

Winter Uniform Hire & ANZAC Display

Winter Sports Uniform Hire
There is a charge of $5.00 per student per winter sport for their uniform hire.  Please pay this by Wednesday 4th May so your child can receive their sports uniform before they start sport on the 7th May.  Mrs Souness will hand out the uniforms once you have paid.

ANZAC Display
Today the Yr 7 & 8 students displayed their ANZAC Inquiry in the hall for parents and fellow students to have a look at.  They had to choose a person and investigate what their involvement was in that war. The students have used various methods to show their inquiry by using models, display boards, computers, sound effects, items of clothing and materials, paintings, photos etc. A fantastic display on offer and well done to the students and teachers. Even the smell of ANZAC biscuits cooking in the kitchen added another dimension.  There is an ANZAC service at school at 2.30 pm at school today.  Below is some photos from the display.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

1. Principal News Week 11 - Term 1

Baptism follow up meeting
Tuesday 10th April at 6:30pm is the follow up meeting to our very successful baptism meeting. Special thanks to Mark and Adrienne Wylie, Mrs Marsh, Miss Pryce and Mr Cartlidge who all contributed to the meeting. If you are interested in seeing what we covered in our meeting, you can go to this link.

Board elections and flyer coming home today
Board elections happen every three years. This year is our board election year. The election will take place on 25th May with our new board convening on the 25th June. If you are interested in joining the board, please read the flyer School Trustee Election flyer coming home today. If you wish to talk with other board members and find out more, then you can speak with our other parent trustees: Grant Finn, Sharni Cunningham, Claire Cameron, Michael Plieger, Lynn Cullimore and Fe Arsi.
Here is a link to a website with a video and more information.

Phone book sales
Our major fundraiser is underway. The North Otago phone directories are for sale. Make sure your let your family and friends know that they are available. All of the proceeds are contributing to our hall upgrade project. The books are $10 each and are available from the office. Spread the word.
Please Note: Unfortunately due to a printing error, a small section of names and numbers were omitted. These will be included in the new books being printed. If you already have a book, we have an insert with these numbers available at the school office.


Busy Bumbles After School and Holiday Care
We are excited that this award winning service will be operating from our school hall on Monday 2nd May and are looking for enrolments. Mrs Marsh has been appointed as the lead Supervisor and there will be two adults present at all times. For further information phone 03 347 3031 or email or visit our website on You can read more about this service in a flyer attached to the email.

Drop and Drive
Junior Hub 2 have shared some important information about the drop and Drive zone. Please go to this link to learn more.

Yr 7 & 8 Anzac Expo 2016 and Ceremony
Senior Hub 1 will be displaying their Anzac project inquiries in the hall from 9:30 am to 12.00 pm tomorrow. Many of the veterans who feature in this display are local Oamaruvians.  Instead of our normal assembly, there will be an Anzac Service in the playground at 2:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us. Thanks Mr Cartlidge for coordinating the service.
(During the week, the children from Yrs 3-8 have been busy with their ANZAC Inquiry.  They have been busy filling ANZAC work sheets, making clay models depicting ANZAC, baking ANZAC biscuits, researching family members and the service battles they were in etc.  Thanks to the family members who have helped with this Inquiry. Editors note - the ANZAC biscuits were very tasty!!)

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Footsteps Dance Company
We specialise in curriculum integrated school dance programs. Our programs use dance as a vehicle to develop students’ inter/intra personal skills, fitness levels and provide teachers with classroom resources that use dance as a starting point to help teachers educate across other curriculum areas.
After a free trial last year, we arranged for Kate to run 5 dance sessions for our whole school this week. These lessons work out at $15 per child. Our school has subsidised $10 of the cost, leaving a total amount of $5 per child remaining for families. This cost can be paid to the office or included on your accounts. All parents are invited to attend the final session tomorrow and see what your children have learnt during the week. These are the times for tomorrow: 1:00-1:30 Year 6,7,8 1:30-2:00 Year 4, 5 2:00-2:30 Year 1-3

Thanks to everyone who has supported our school during Term 1. We wish you all a wonderful end of term holiday and look forward to Reaching for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith in Term 2.

2. Special Character Week 11 Term 1 2016

On Sunday 12th June children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Term 4 2015 will be taking their next step on their Journey of Faith, receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The children will begin their preparation lessons two weeks prior to receiving the Sacrament.
All classes will begin the 'Holy Spirit' strand when we return after the holidays.
The parent evenings that help support parents in their child's preparation will also take place after the holidays. Further information will be sent out by Adrienne and Mark Wylie.

Parents of the children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2015 are needed to help with the morning tea after the Confirmation Mass. I will send out a notice next term.

DRS Blog

Click on the link to our DRS (Director of Religious Studies) blog to find out more about what we are teaching our children.
The purpose of this blog is to develop, explore and model future-focused pedagogy in the way we conduct our own development in Religious Education.

As part of Senior Hub 1's ANZAC inquiry we made ANZAC biscuits. Some of these biscuits will be given to our Young Vinnies to take to the Rest Homes they will visit today.

3. School Notices - Week 11, Term 1 2016

Altar Servers
Saturday 16th April - Elenoa & Halalova Asi, Seth Sinclair, Lachlan Brookes and Bronson Bartlett
Sunday 17th April - Michael Misiloi, Hana & Zara  Davies

Saturday 23rd April - Indya & Mackenzie Cunningham, Joshua Criddle and Troy Chikowore
Sunday 24th  April - Rhea Ratgali, Seth Bartley, Arthur Cartlidge and Molly-May Mestrom

Saturday 30th April - Joseph & Sebastian Spillane, Max Fatefehi, Elizabeth & Samuel Plieger
Sunday 1st May - Cameron Mather, Antonia Black, Sebastian Whiston, Morgan Baillie and Molly Whittaker

Birthday Greetings to:
Molly-May Mestrom, Daniel Woodhouse, Jack Burke, Lewis Gough, Hana & Zara Davies, Laura Mordeno, Yi Qun Zhong, Kia Alcasabas, Matthew Woodhouse, Rebecka Demonteverde, Keane Pe and Joseph Spillane

Last weekend, 9 students (Elenoa & Halalova Asi, Morgan Baillie, Jack Burke, Corbin Fraser, Emily Hayman, Elizabeth & Samuel Plieger and Molly Whittaker) swam in the Otago primary school swimming championships in Dunedin where we competed against swimmers from schools throughout Otago in which we got a few top 10 placings.  In some age groups, there were at least 50 swimmers who were all competing for their school. Well done to all the swimmers.Results are as follows: Absent is Jack Burk from the photo.

Elenoa Asi - 1st in 50 breast, 2nd in 50 back and 3rd in 50 free
Halalova Asi - 8th in 50 free and 50 back and 9th in mixed medley relay
Morgan Baillie - 3rd in 50 free and back and 5th in 50 breast
Corbin Fraser - 5th in 50 breast, 7th in 50 free, 8th in 50 back and 9th in 200 medley relay
Elizabeth Plieger - 9th in 200 medley relay
Samuel Plieger - 5th in 50 free and 6th in 50 breast
Molly Whittaker - 7th in 50 breast and 9th in 200 medley relay

Firewood Fundraiser
The St Joseph's Yr 7 & 8 are having a firewood fundraiser to help them buy new rugby tops.  They are selling beautiful dry pine firewood for $70 a cubic meter.  A trailer load can hold up to 3 cubic meters.  It can be delivered within the Oamaru area this Saturday 16th April with a smile. Please pay cash on delivery.  For orders please contact Adele on 434 3443 or 027 434 3338 or email gaswhiston

Nacho Lunch
Thank you very much to the Home and School for organising a very yummy nacho lunch on Wednesday.  A great way to finish the term.

Rippa Rugby
Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Rippa Rugby tournament last week.  Well done to the Yr 7 & 8 team who came first in their grade and thanks to all the parents who helped with transport and coaching.


The skiing families who are fundraising have one more time at weeding the turnips this Saturday at 8.00 am at Clarkes Mill.  It should not take too long this time!!

Uniform Shop
A reminder that the Uniform Shop stocks socks for both football and rugby and cost $15.00 a pair.

We warmly welcome Clarence Coscos who started school this week to our new entrants class.

Winter Uniform
Term 2 is winter uniform and a reminder that everyone is wear the school tie.

Winter Coaching Clinics
Sport Waitaki/Otago are offering a range of coaching courses to support the development of winter sport in North Otago.  The courses being offered are 'Getting Started in Coaching', 'How to Be a Better Coach' and 'Planning a Programme for Coaches'.  For further information contact Kate Mossman on 434 9379 or email or visit the website on

Winter Sports
Netball - Mrs Souness is still looking for a coach for the Yr 5 team.  Please let her know if you can help.
Rugby - There is a rugby practice for the 9 and 10 years on Sunday 1st May from 2.00 to 3.30 pm  at St Kevin's.  Please let Glynn Cameron know if you cannot make this practice on 021 169 0709.

The team lists for each code is listed on another page in the blog which includes the coaches names and practice times.

Community Notices
    • Diggers Basketball April School Holiday Camp - is from Monday 18th April to Thursday 21st April from 8.30 am to noon at the Edgar Centre.  This camp is for youth aged 6-12 years and we encourage experienced players as well as newcomers to attend.  They will focus on fundamentals, short competitions and incorporate heaps of fun.  Sessions will be led by Basketball Otago (BBO) Development Officer; Natalie Visger.  She will be assisted by current Oceana Gold Rush players, Otago Representative players and fellow BBO coaches.  Cost is $100 per player or $25.00 to children who cannot make the 4 days.  Additional children from the same family will be charged $50.00.  For further enquiries contact
    • Autumn Holiday Programme - for the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum, Waitaki Libraries and the Aquatic Centre.  See the attached flyer to the email for more information.
    • Donald Forrester Brown Victoria Cross Medal - is on display at the North Otago Museum for ANZAC weekend from 1.00 to 4.00 pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April.  Brown is only one of 23 New Zealanders awarded this medal which is the highest military decoration awarded for 'valour in the face of the enemy' to members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries.
    • Fun With Mandarin - is an interactive and engage language programme for children between the ages of 3 to 7 years where they will learn the basics of the Chinese vocabulary.  Adult classes are designed for anyone who is keen on learning the Chinese language and culture.  For registration and information contact Angie on 434 5792 or 021 177 8189 or email  See the attached flyer to the email for more information.
    • Fall Arrest and Harness Safety Course - held in Timaru on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th April.  See the attached flyer to the email for more information.
    • Kids Party Confidential - a fun school holiday show at the Opera House on Thursday 28th April from 10.30 am.  See the attached flyer for more information.
    • Otago Wildlife Photography Competition - is open to all budding photographers and videographers of all ages in the Otago regions.  The competition closes on Monday 16th May at 5.00 pm.  There is a brochure in the office if you are interested in this competition.

4. Winter Sports Team Lists for 2016

These are the team lists for Basketball, Football, Miniball, Netball and Rugby.  The starting date for football, netball and rugby is Saturday 7th May, miniball starts on Tuesday 10th May and basketball starts on Wednesday 11th May.  Please check the team list to see who your coach is and when practices are.  A copy of these lists will be put on the sports notice board at school.  Thank you to all the parents who have either offered to coach or manage a sports team.  Without you, the children would not be able to play.

For anyone standing on the sideline of a game, please remember ....

  • The players are kids
  • The referees are human
  • The coaches are volunteers
  • Spectators are supporters of the players, referees and coaches
- Uniforms - all teams are to wear their blue school PE shorts and a top will be supplied.  If a player turns up in an incorrect uniform, they will not play.  If you cannot attend a game, you must let your coach know.                                                                                           

St Joseph’s Cavaliers

St Joseph’s Raptors

St Joseph’s Bolts
 Lachlan  Brookes
Samuel   Burke
Jack Cameron
Seth Sinclair
Sebastian Whiston
Sam Keno
Cameron Mather
Conavar Brown
 Jacob Fowler
Duran Cooper
Taine Stewart-Cooper
Kaleb Cant
Michael Misiloi
Noah Jenkinson
Cobin Fraser
Vince Vidallon
 Antonia Black
Kaliopeta Katoa
Elizabeth Plieger
Tegan Souness
Isabella Hanning
Zeth Rollan
Harriet Heaphy
Ruby Macaulay
Coaches – Claire & Glynn Cameron

Practices: SKC Gym 
Sundays 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Coaches – Justin & Rachel Fowler

Practices: SKC gym
Sundays 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Coach – Claudine Black

Practices: SKC gym
Thursday 5.00 pm 

White Knights
Little Whites
Jack Burke
Arthur Cartlidge
Lisiate Hausia
Jack Hayman
Daniel Jorgensen
Jonathan Jorgensen
Baxter Lewis
Jack Paton
Jonathan Paton
Annalise Kilgour
Bronson Bartlett
Zara Davies
Eden Davison
Hunter Gough
Christopher Jorgensen
Freya Spooner
Hannah Burke
Lily Kelcher
Heath Cartlidge
Lars Finn
Lachlan McKeown
Daniel Woodhouse
Angus Burke
Cameron Aston
Cruz Illingworth
Natalie Shah
Lincoln Davison
David Kilgour
Coach - Paul Cartlidge
(Ref) - Neil Jorgensen 
Coach - Ralph Davies
Coach - Grant Finn
Paul Cartlidge (Support)
Practice – 3.15
pm Friday at St Josephs
Practice – 3.15 pm
Friday at St Josephs
Practices TBC

-  Uniforms -  All teams are to wear their school blue PE shorts and a top will be supplied.  If a player turns up in an incorrect uniform, they will not play.  If you cannot attend a game, you must let your coach know.




Cody Marshall
Aedrick Perez
Henry Robinson
Jacob Robinson
Levi Heffernan
Jack Burke
Thomas Miller
Samuel McNaught

Bronson Bartlett
Liam Cameron
Campbell Fowler
Jack Hayman
Baxter Lewis
Max Fatafehi
Hotili Asi

Grace Keno
Jada-Rose Keno
Isabella McNaught
Tessa Souness
Kristiana Whiston
Atlanta Williams-McDowell
Hannah Fowler
Coach – Tracey Marshall

Practice time: tbc
Coach – Glynn Cameron

Practice time: Monday after school
Coach – Louise Laming

Practice – Lunchtimes

St Joseph’s Gold

St Joseph’s Rebels
St Joseph’s Ferns
Antonia Black
Yneke Edzes
Harriet Heaphy
Peta Katoa
Skyla Ludemann
Tegan Souness
Ruby Macaulay
Isabella Hanning

Tyla Bolitho
Mackenzie Cunningham
Emily Hayman
Rhea Ratgali
Cushla Bridges
Elenoa Asi
Eleni Hausia
Grace Keno
Tessa Souness

Indya Cunningham
Lily Wickham
Athena Toeke
Jada Keno
Molly-May Mestrom
Summer Moriarty
Ofa Tokai
Adriana Wylie-Taukolo
Isabella McNaught
Coaches - Paula Brien/Morgan Tangney

Coach - Ange Asi
Coaches - Rose Wylie/Justine Rodgers
Practices Thursday 
3.15 pm – 4.30 pm at St Joseph’s
Practices Thursday
 3.15 pm at St Joseph’s
Practices Wednesday
 3.15 pm at St Joseph’s

St Joseph’s Warriors

St Joseph’s Steel
St Joseph’s Maroon
Nevaeh Aitcheson
Hana Davies
Niamh Jackson
Mya Lindsay
Bridie McGeown
Cassidy Rawson
Jordyn Shaw
Folau Tu’akoi
Payton Bartley

Mariah Cunningham
Ivy-Belle Mestrom
Bella Moriarty
Ruby McNaught
Alexie Phillips
Eva Harrex
Ashlyn Marshall

Frankie Finn
Hannah Fowler
Satua Paongo
Jayla Strong
Willow Bartlett
Holly Cartlidge
Eva Keno

Coach required
SKC students
SKC students

Practices - Wednesday 3.15 pm at St Joseph’s

Practices - tbc
Practices - tbc

St Joseph’s Blue
St Joseph’s Maroon
7/8 year olds
9/10 year olds
11/12 year olds

Elias Fraser
Warren Pardede
Kacymea Tahitu’a
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo
Aki Tahitu’a
Jacob Bartley

Luke Bremner
Charlie Bremner
Stirling Heffernan
Anioso Tuakoi
Fitu Tuuefiafi
Jonathan Miller
Isaac Downes-Diack
Luse Asi
James Bremner
Neighton Fraser
Lewis Gough
Jimmy Jackson
Patrick Spillane
Kenton Tokai
Riley Tuffley
Sione Tuuefiafi
Michael Woodhouse
Hamish Fowler
Sami Asi
Thomas Miller
William Pardede
Samuel McNaught
Morgan Baillie
Liam Cameron
Troy Chikowore
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Magnus Heaphy
Maddox Lough
Cody Marshall
Sebastian Spillane
Matthew Woodhouse
Levi Heffernan
Hotili Asi
Sam McCarthy
Cody McKenzie
Levi Crowder
Halalova Asi
Lachlan Brookes
Conovar Brown
Samuel Burke
Jack Cameron
Kaleb Cant
Duran Cooper
Jacob Fowler
Corbin Fraser
Sam Keno
Cameron Mather
Michael Misiloi
Seth Sinclair
Joseph Spillane
Sebastian Whiston
Taine Cooper
Sepeti Tuuefiafi
Keane Pe

Coach – David Taukolo
Coach – Scott Bremner
Coaches – Lee Woodhouse/Jeff Spillane
Coach – Glynn Cameron
Coaches – Chris Cant/Gary Whiston

Practice –Wednesday 3.15 pm at school
Practice –Thursday 3.30 pm at SKC
Practice – Thursday