Thursday, 22 June 2017

3. School Notices - Week 8, Term 2 2017

Altar Servers
Saturday 24th June - Sebastian & Paddy Spillane, Joshua Criddle and Nye Jones-Hogan
Sunday 25th June - Seth Bartley, Henry Robinson and Analise Kilgour

Birthday Greetings to:
Summer Moriarty, Rolfe Patalbo, Makayla Bean, Jac Bradley, Sione Tuuefiafi, Atlanta Williams-McDowell and Kristiana Whiston

Junior Swimming
During the last 3 weeks, children from new entrants to Yr 3 have had swimming lessons with instructors at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre where they were learning how to swim correctly.  There has been a big improvement with the children already.  Thank you to all the parent helpers who helped with walking the children to and from the pool and helping out at the pool.
Library Books
Please return all library books to the box outside the office by Friday 30th June.

National Ballet
On Tuesday, students from Yrs 5-8 walked to the Opera House along with other North Otago schools to see the New Zealand National Ballet perform snippets of ballet shows they are doing.  They also showed the students how they warmed up before a show with different stretches and they did different styles of dancing both traditional and contemporary with different costumes. This free performance lasted for an hour and was much enjoyed.  There were no photos taken as the taking of photos was prohibited.

Network Waitaki Donation
Last Thursday, Mrs Frances-Rees and our head students, Fergus McMullan and Kaliopeta Katoa attended a Network Waitaki presentation where they were given a cheque to help the Yr 8's attend the National Young Leaders Day in Dunedin recently.  A big thank you to Network Waitaki.

North Otago Music Festival
On Wednesday 5th July, our school is singing in a mass choir along with Ardgowan, Hampden, Kakanui, Maheno, Oamaru North, Waitaki Valley and Weston schools at the Oamaru Opera House.   They have had a couple of practices here at school and their last one will be on the day of the festival. Each school will sing massed items and individual songs and our Yr 7's and Domincan Choir are apart of this however the Dominican Choir will sing our individual songs.

Parent Teacher Interviews
These will be held on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July for Yrs 4-8 from 3.15 pm onwards. Please book your time by going to and using the code NV397 otherwise ring the office and we can book a time for you.

Parish Freezer
We would really love to top up the parish freezer with lovely home made baking and if you can help with this, it would be very much appreciated.  Please drop your baking into the office.  Remember the Parish Freezer helps our school families when need.  Thank you.

School Garden
Hi I am Bianca from the Waitaki Community Gardens and I teach gardening in schools around North Otago.  Our Kids Growing Program has been going really well at St Joseph's this year.  The students have been learning about planting, germination, bees and bugs, compost and cooking.  We are on the mission of clearing and feeding the garden so if you have bags of horse or sheep poo, the garden would love it.  Please drop any bags by the big garden in the junior playground and the students will dig it in.  Garden Club is Thursdays from 1.40 to 2.30 pm.
If you would like to help prepare the gardens for spring and share some ideas, feel free to contact the school and check in at the office.

Sports Themed Mufti Day
Will be held next Wednesday to help raise funds for new basketball nets.  Dress up in your favourite sports gear or as your favourite sports idol and please donate a gold coin.

St Kevin's College
Enrolment Forms - enrolment forms for 2018 have been given to the students who are attending St Kevin's next year.  Can you please return them to the school office before the end of next week.

Transport around the college - a reminder about the one-way system that they use at St Kevin's. The college driveway is one way before and after school, i.e. between 8.30 - 9.30 am and 3.00 - 4.00 pm, vehicles should ENTER from Taward Street and EXIT at Redcastle Road.  This is to allow room for the buses as they deliver students to and from school.
Please drop students at either the Taward St or Redcastle Rd gates or over by the gymnasium to save congestion in the car park and student safety.

Social Justice Week Workshop

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Dunedin Faith and Service Council are holding an interactive workshop with input from Dunedin Catholic Social Services to reflect on disconnection and connection in our community through the lens of Catholic social teaching.
Where: Mercy Parish - Community Centre, 42 Macandrew Road, Dunedin South
When: Saturday August 5th from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Free entry, Koha is welcomed.  Lunch is included and all are welcome.
To register your interest, contact Joanna Viernes at or call 0800 22 10 22. Visit to find out more

Uniform Shop
If anyone has any spare small children's school shoes that they have grown out of, please drop them to the office.

We warmly welcome Lewis Geypen who started school last week to our new entrants class.

Winter Sports
At the netball courts on Saturday, our netball girls were out in action from Yrs 1-8.

Community Notices
  • Jack N Jill Family Portaits - is a fundraiser for the Athletic Netball Club and they will be held this Saturday 24th June at Fenwick School.  Contact Amber on 027 77 77 303 for bookings and enquiries.
  • OSCAR Winter Holiday Programme - are currently taking enrolments for its winter holiday programme.  Come and join us for two fun packed weeks of crafts, activities and games with a Dr Suess theme.  Outings to the pool, movies and playground.  For more information, contact Jenny on 021 156 5871.
  • Kids Karaoke - Sunday 9th and 16th July at the Galleon Family Complex from 12.00 to 3.00 pm.

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