Thursday 24 August 2017

1. Principal's News, Week 5, Term 3, 2017

Singing Cup
A big shout out to all the children who auditioned for singing cup yesterday.  Well done - it takes courage to get up and sing.

It was lovely to have Ceilidh Brookes and Tivinia Misiloi from St Kevin's College as our hosts.  It wasn't that long ago that these two girls were on our stage competing in Singing Cup.

The house choirs are all practising and the staff choir is well underway.  Miss Day is challenging us with some dance moves.  So put the date in your diary.  Wednesday 20 September, 6pm at St Kevin's auditorium.

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First Communion
Congratulations to all of our First Communicants from last weekend.

SOLO stands for Structure of Observable Learning Outcomes.  It is the structure that we use throughout the school to support and extend learning.  NCEA merit and excellence are based on SOLO criteria.

I know that a lot of educational language sounds like mumbo jumbo so I will be in the staffroom this Friday at 2pm for any parents who would like to go through a simple SOLO activity with me to get the idea of what its about.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 5, Term 3 2017

First Communion
Congratulations to children making their First Communion last week and to families that supported them. 

Faith Facts this week:-
Pope Francis has a great devotion to Mary and Jesus’ foster father, Joseph. You can see his devotion to Joseph depicted and discussed in Pope Francis’ Coat of Arms.

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intentions. This month, Pope Francis urges us all to pray for artists. That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

God Bless
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 5, Term 3 2017


Altar Servers
Saturday 26th August - Paddy & Sebastian Spillane, Sam Asi and Max Fatafehi
Sunday 27th August - Morgan Baillie and Seth Bartley

Birthday Greetings to:
Lucas Shaw, Eva Keno, Charlie Bremner and Sepeti Tuuefiafi

Max Fatafehi and George Asi from our St Joseph's school rugby team were selected in a  tournament team of  out of about 100 boys following a four game tournament in Waimate last weekend when they represented the N.O U11 Rugby team.  Well done boys.
Fundraising Camp Ideas
Our Yr 7 and 8 students are busy fundraising for their camps in term 4.  Please support their fundraising ventures.  Order forms are available at the office.
  • Quiz Night (Yr 8)  - Monday 11 September at 7.00 pm at the Northstar
  • Cookie Time (Yr 8) - selling mini rookie cookies for $1 each
  • Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate (Yr 7 & 8) - selling these products for $9.90 
  • Makikihi Fries (Yr 7) - 5kg bag for $13 and 10kg bag for $21
Garden Club
Donations of either horse or sheep poo are wanted for our school garden.  If you have any lying around, please drop it off beside the junior school garden.  Any donations of gardening gloves, tools or seedlings would also be kindly appreciated.

Home and School
Our annual Food Fair will be held on Sunday 29th October on the school grounds with gates opening at 10.30 am and food available from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.  We want this day to be a fun, family day filled with music and great food. Mark this date in your phone.  We do need your help with following items:
  • $10 per family to buy food for the food stalls.  Please hand the money into the office by Tuesday 29th August (remember the more money we receive to buy food, the more food we can sell!!)
  • gazebos (and help to put up/take down on Sunday 29th October
  • 50 cakes to be baked for the Cake Wheel, cake notice on wall outside office door (thank you to the 9 families who have offered to make cakes already)
  • help on the day, manning stalls, putting up and taking down gazebos
If you can help with any of these items, please put your name up on the lists in the office foyer or contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or email
Each class is going to be running an activity or a stall and parents and students will be needed on the day to help with their class activity and of course enjoy the great food and entertainment on offer.  If you are available to help, please let your teacher know.  More details will follow.

Lost Property
There is a huge number of lost property placed outside the hall.  Please come and have a look through the various items before they go to the St Vincent de Paul or the Uniform Shop. When you buy any clothing whether it is new or second hand, please name the clothes as we can then give them back to their rightful owners.

Marriage Enrichment
Fr Wayne has given approval to bring a Marriage Enrichment course to Oamaru.  We are seeking some couples to join a coordinating team, you do not need to be Catholic.  The time commitment is only small and the benefits of strengthening relationships and contributing to your community are great.  If you feel that you can help, ring either Katherine and Steven on 027 303 5203 or Lisa and Tim on 434 3160.

North Otago Cross Country
Next Monday is the North Otago Cross Country being held at the Oamaru Racecourse. Any child wishing to compete at the Otago Primary Schools Cross Country, please let Mrs Brien know after Monday's race.

Otago Primary Schools Netball Tournament

Good luck to our Yr 6 and two Yr 7/8  teams who are competing at the Otago Primary Schools netball tournament next week.  An email has been sent to the player's parents regarding this.

Football - Saturday 26th August
Intermediate Grade - 10.30 am - St Joseph's v Meadowbank Mustangs - Showgrounds I1

Miniball - Tuesday 29th August - Finals Night - Duty Back Court - St Joseph's Thunder
3.45 pm - St Joseph's Thunder v North Warriors - back court
4.15 pm - St Joseph's Breakers v Fenwick Thunder - front court
4.45 pm - St Joseph's Rebels v Fenwick Wild Cats - front court

Prize giving will be held at 6.45 pm.

Referee and Score bench
3.45 pm - St Joseph's Breakers - referee and score bench - front court
4.15 pm - St Joseph's Thunder - referee and score bench - back court
5.15 pm - St Joseph's Rebels - score bench - front court

Basketball - Wednesday 30th August - Finals Night
4.00 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers v St Joseph's Raptors - back court
4.50 pm - St Joseph's Bolts v OIS Dynamos - front court - playing for 1st and 2nd

Prize giving will be held at 6.30 pm

Referee and Score bench

4.00 pm - St Joseph's Bolts - referee and score bench - front court
4.50 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers - score bench - back court

Sports Uniforms
Can all winter sports uniforms and gear bags be returned washed and returned to the container under the stairs.

Terrific Thursdays
There will be no Terrific Thursday session on Thursday 31st August as Mrs Brookes is attending Reading Recovery at Pembroke School.

Yr 8 Leadership Project
Our Yr 8 students would like to plant 210 New Zealand Native plants up in Cape Wanbrow.  The reason they are wanting to plant these trees is because in Term 1, their class learnt about global warming.  It is a big part of the world today with all the fossil fuel and resulting CO2 in the air.  A way to help us have clean air is to plant trees.  Also at Cape Wanbrow the council are needing people to help with planting and we would be giving back to the community.
This tea towel fundraiser is raising money for the trees:  1 tea towel will cost $10.00, 2 for $19.00, 3 for $25.00 and anymore that that will cost $8.00 each.  All tea towels have been designed by St Joseph's students.  Tea towel designs and order form are in the office for you to look at.

Community Notices
  • Film Screening and Awards Evening - join us to celebrate the unique stories of  Waitaki's past, present and future.  Enjoy a night of locally made films and be entertained by our guest judge from Natural History NZ Emmy award winning Ian McGee and MC for the evening and Survivor NZ host, Matt Chisholm.  Held on Friday 8th September at 7.30 pm at the Oamaru Opera House.  Tickets cost $5.00.
  • Cadbury Dunedin Marathon - held on Sunday 10th September at Dunedin Harbour.  There are 42.2 km, 21.1 km run or walk, 11.5 km run or walk and is open to 12 years plus.  Before the marathon, there is a family training opportunity for everyone doing either a 5 km walk or 10 km run on Sunday 27th August.  Entry gold coin donation.

4. Diary Dates - Week 5, Term 3 2017

Friday 25                -  Mark Curry Coordinator of Young Vinnies visit   
                                -  SOLO – parent meeting in the staffroom from 2.00 to 2.30 pm                                                       
Monday 28             -  Yr 7 DARE programme
                               -  Activator sports for Yr 1-2            
Tuesday 29             - Yr 6 mixed netball tournament in Dunedin
                               -  Hockey skills for Yr 5-8
                               -  $10 per family for Home & School Food Fair stalls
                               -  Yr 7 DARE programme
Thursday 31           -  Yr 7/8 mixed netball tournament in Dunedin
                               -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                               -  Yr 7 DARE programme        
                               -  Home & School meeting at 7.00 pm *
Friday 1                 -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                               -  Yr 8 Camp permission letter due back today
Sunday 3                -  Father’s Day
Thursday 7             -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                               -  Yr 7 ECB & Young Vinnies
Friday 8                 -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 11            -  Camp 8 Quiz Fundraiser at the Northstar
                              -  Activator sports for Yr 3-8
                              -  Yr 8 – Keeping Ourselves Safe programme *
Friday 15               -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 18            -  Activator Sport for Yrs 1-2 *
Wednesday 20        -  Singing Cup Finals in the school hall at 9.15 am
                               -  Singing Cup Finalist winners and House Choirs at SKC at 6.00 pm
Friday 22                -  Teacher Only Day
Monday 25             -  Activator Sport for Yrs 3-8 *

Tuesday 17             -  School Photos
Friday 20                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 23             -  Labour Day – holiday
Sunday 29              -  Home & School Food Fair
Tuesday 31             -  Yr 7 Camp

Wednesday 1          -  Yr 7 Camp
Thursday 2             -  Yr 7 Camp
Friday 3                  -  Yr 7 Camp
Monday 6               -  Yr 8 Camp
Tuesday 7               -  Yr 8 Camp
Wednesday 8          -  Yr 8 Camp
Thursday 9             -  Yr 8 Camp
Friday 10                -  Yr 8 Camp
Monday 13             -  Multi-Cultural meeting from 6.00 to 7.00 pm

Tuesday 14             -  Multi-Cultural Day