Thursday, 17 November 2016

3. School Notices - Week 6, Term 4 2016

"None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows"

Respect our environment by putting rubbish in the bin
Altar Servers
Saturday 19th November - Joseph & Sebastian Spillane, Bronson Bartlett and Lachlan Brookes
Sunday 20th November - Jonathan Jorgensen, Molly-May Mestrom and Arthur Cartlidge

Birthday Greetings to:
Jacob Fowler, Mackenzie Cunningham, Cody Marshall and Luse Asi

Cricket Draw - Saturday 19th November
4th Grade A - St Joseph's v Valley at SKC 1
4th Grade B - St Joseph's v WGHS at SKC Artificial 1

Cultural Day
Our annual Cultural Day which the children enjoy so much will be held on Tuesday 6th December. The programme is:
Morning - various small group activities for the whole school
12.00 noon - shared lunch in the hall
Afternoon - cultural items performed by St Joseph's pupils (parents are also welcome to present an item).
We are asking for parents to come in and take an activity with a small group of children.  You will have a teacher in the room with you.  Having parents in to lead an activity has proved very popular with our children.  We would like to provide activities from as many of the countries represented in our school as possible and having parents lead the activities provides a rich and varied range of skills and crafts for the children to learn.  We will provide any materials you need.  The activities need to be hands on and could include art, crafts, music, dance and games.  If you are able to help, please contact Jan Plieger at

Drop N Drive - Safety Outside the School
We are noticing a lot of children running backwards and forwards across the road at the 'drop and drive' after school.  Please reinforce with your children the importance of safe crossing.  It is a good idea for siblings to cross together.  A big thank you to the parents who do 'drop n drive' and do not park in that zone - that is a big help.  When parking in the car park, please be considerate to other car park users by parking correctly as this will enable more people to use the car park.

Library Books
Can you please return all school library books for our annual stock taking to the box outside the office by Friday 25th November.

Lost Clothing
Jonathan Miller has lost his named polar fleece.  Please check your child's clothing to see if they have the correct top. Please ensure that all your child's clothing is named including sun hats and second hand clothing as we have a lot of gear with no name on it.

Rubbish Bags
If you have any spare supermarket bags at home, please bring them to the school office.

St Kevin's College Orientation Day
Orientation Day will be held on Friday 25th November from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Students are to wear mufti and meet in the college chapel (above the auditorium but just call into the office and ask if you are not sure).  They should bring a pen, paper or exercise book and their lunch.  For parents and caregivers - the Uniform Shop will be open from 12.30 to 3.00 pm and is situated underneath the Dining Room.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, otherwise we look forward to seeing you on the 25th.  Thanks Cathy Keep, St Kevin's College.

Snowsport photos
Yesterday the students who went skiing this year as part of the Snowsport programme held at Ohau Ski field received their certificates.  The Yr 7 students will receive theirs when they come back to school.
We warmly welcome Larnik Vincent and Luke Bremner who started school this week to our New Entrants class.

Yr 7 Camp
We look forward to our Year 7 campers returning back to school tomorrow and we will show you their photos in next week's blog.

Yr 8 Camp photos
The Yr 8 students enjoyed stable weather at their camp last week and everyone arrived home with a sense of achievement.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the camp a success.  Please click the link to view more photos.

Yr 8 Camp at Stavely

Young Vinnies
Every fortnight our Yr 8 Young Vinnies go and visit rest homes, service agencies, bowling clubs and interact with the residents by either playing board games, playing bingo or entertaining them. Recently they were at IONA Rest Home where they played board games with the residents in the lounge.

Community Notices
  • Rugby Sevens - held this Saturday 19th November.  The Redpaths Referees Sevens are being held at Whitestone Contracting Stadium. Mens and ladies sevens games will be played and teams include Otago, Canterbury, Southland, North Otago, Mid and South Canterbury.  Games kick off at 11.00 am with the last game scheduled for 5.15 pm.  Gold coin entry.  Food and beverage stalls on site.
  • North Otago A & P Day - held on Sunday 27th November at 11.00 am at the Showgrounds in Ettrick Street.  All pets welcome.  There will be lamb drinking and world wide sires, pet calf competition, fancy dress at 12.30 pm, dog agility demonstration, (have a go with your own dog), coffee van and bbq lunch available.  Check out the North Otago A & P Facebook page for more information.
  • Cabinet Art Competition - Thanks to Chorus, here is an exciting opportunity for youth to showcase their artwork on the streets of Oamaru.  Open to all youth from the ages of 5 to 25 of any ability.  Art should reflect the kids feelings or connections, cultural backgrounds or heritage, things that make them happy to live where they do.  The Past, the Present, the Future.  Whatever inspires them.  Simply photograph or scan any piece of art of any appropriate subject or style and send it Robin Stock at

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