Thursday, 28 September 2017

1. Principal's News Week 10, Term 3, 2017

Student Leadership
Our Special Character Head Girl, Molly Whittaker, came up with an idea as to how we can make a difference in the world.  In term 1 all our children learnt about climate change through our Caritas Lenten study.  Molly wants to do something about it. She came up with the idea of having every child in the school plant a tree on Cape Wanbrow.  She brought the idea to the other head students: Peta Katoa, Fergus McMullan and Joshua Criddle and the four of them have been working on this project.

The first thing is raising the money to buy the trees.  To do this they have designed St Joseph's tea towels and offered them for sale to our school families.  There has been good response for this but not yet enough to purchase a tree for every child in the school.  So for the moment we will start at the top of the school and the head students will allocate a tree to each child for as many children as their tea towel fundraiser allows.  Please support them by returning your forms for teatowels.

Molly exemplifies the type of leadership we hope to nurture at St Joseph's.  This is someone who is prepared to put words into action, in accordance with this week's Gospel, and go and make a difference in the world

The Catholic Schools Gathering
The teachers enjoyed meeting up with the other catholic schools in the diocese last Friday in Alexandra.  We were brought up to speed with the latest developments in the catholic community.

End of Year
Our last day of term will be Monday 18th December.  We will be finishing at 12.30pm.

The year 7 & 8s will finish on Friday 15th since they have already put in the extra day for technology while school was closed last Friday.  We will have our carol-singing assembly and announcement of 2018 leaders at the Friday assembly which will start at 2pm.  Our final mass and prize-giving will be at the Basilica On Thursday 14th December, starting at 6pm.  All children need to attend this.

Well done to our gymnastics teams - 3 teams got 2nd place and 1 team got 4th place.
7 years and under - 2nd place - Lachlan McKeown, Mikayla Criddle, Eva Fatafehi, and Alexander Perniskie.
8 & 9 years - 4th place - Eva Keno, Indeg Jones-Hogan, Paige Geypen and Luce Asi.
10 & 11 years - 2nd place - Sam Asi, Jada-Rose Keno, Kristiana Whiston and Summer Moriarty
12 years + - 2nd place - Hannah Miller, Indya Cunningham and Aria O'Connell

Our children are learning about Church - check out the information on the parent's page on our blog.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

God bless and aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 10, Term 3 2017

Faith Facts

In Catholic tradition Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are called archangels. The word archangel comes from the Greek words arche meaning prince and angelos meaning messenger. In other words, God’s main messengers among the angels. Michael means "Who is like God?"  Gabriel means "Power of God" or "Strong One of God" and Raphael means "God has healed".[4] Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are named in the Bible as angels. 

What are we on about?  “The Catholic school loses its purpose without constant reference to the Gospel and a frequent encounter with Christ. It derives all the energy necessary for its educational work from Him.” - The Catholic School, 55 (1977)

We have strived to attain this goal this term. Let's continue to spread the Gospel message in our words and actions over the holiday.
 Happy and safe holidays to you all. 

God Bless 

Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 10, Term 3 2017


Haera taka mua,
taka muri; 
kaua e whai. 

Be a leader,
not a follower.

Altar Servers
Saturday 30th September - Paddy & Sebastian Spillane, Sam Asi and Max Fatafehi
Sunday 1st October - Molly-May Mestrom, Morgan Baillie, Hana Davies & Seth Bartley
Saturday 7th October - Kristiana Whiston, Nye Jones-Hogan, Samuel Plieger & Michael Woodhouse
Sunday 8th October - Daniel & Jonathan Jorgensen and Henry Robinson
Saturday 14th October - Elenoa Asi, Joshua Criddle and Bronson Bartlett
Sunday 15th October - Anika Winders and Seth Bartley

Birthday Greetings to
Ava Harrower, Ziah Rollan, Xiao Li, Adriana & Iverson Wylie-Taukolo, Jonathan Paton, Kenton Tokai, David Kilgour, Paige Geypen, Ayla Vincent, Ashlyn Marshall, Analiese Whiston, Troy Chikowore, Liam Lindsay, Mia Catalan-Gomez, Mariah Cunningham, Corbin Fraser, Lavina Ma, Ethan Rathgen and Paddy Spillane

Home and School News
Food Fair - the Home and School urgently require gazebos, deep fryers and helpers for their Food Fair on Sunday 29th October which opens at 10.30 am with stalls opening at 11.00 am. The cake wheel still needs 21 cakes/slices to be made so please put your name on the list outside the office.  Please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or email on

Pies and Milo - this week was the last week that the Home and School were coordinating the pies and milo as it was only been done in the winter terms.  Thank you to the parents and Mrs Marsh for helping make this a tasty treat on a Wednesday.

Lost Property
We have a huge collection of lost property by the sports notice board.  Please have a look through and collect your belongings.


Monday 16 - school starts for term 4 in summer uniform
Tuesday 17 - school photos and touch rugby starts
Wednesday 18 - HPV vaccination for Yr 8 girls
Friday 20 - Technology for Yr 7 & 8

School Photos
We are having our school photos on Tuesday 17th October (first Tuesday back) in their summer uniforms.  Family photos will be taken from 8.15 am to 9.00 am in the hall or the junior school playground. Class photos will be taken from 9.00 am.

It has sprouted and is looking good.
School Garden
It has been a productive term giving the garden a good weed and starting to plant out for spring.  New entrants made a great job of planting garlic.
Lots of 'little gardens' have been kindly donated by Northside New World and parents.  Students have taken them home to join in on a competition to upload a photo of their seedling being finally planted out with lots of spot prizes for best seedlings.  I will post more details next term.  This week students will plant out lots of organic seedlings donated by the Waitaki  Community Gardens.  If you would like to volunteer to work in our school garden or water the garden over the holidays, contact Bianca (School Gardens Coordinator) on 021 268 4063.

Year 4's try their sage herbal honey which they made.  It has been in their sunny window brewing away and they mixed it up and tried.  Yummy was the consensus.  Year 4's also made a beeswax and marigold oil balm which they got to take home.

Summer Sports
Touch Rugby - There is a notice further down the blog regarding touch.

Cricket - Mrs Brien has collected names of children who wish to play cricket next term for school from Yr 1 to Yr 7.  Further information will follow. Cricket competition starts after Labour Weekend.

Swimming Registrations
The Waitaki Aquatic Centre are taking registrations for term 4 swimming.  You can go in or give them a ring to enrol for term 4.  If your child has had two or more terms off swimming they will need to have an in the water assessment.  Please ring them to make an appointment to have your child/children assessed.  They are also looking for 'Swim Instructors and Life Guards' and they can call in and see them to pick up an application form or give Kerry or Mark a ring on 433 0410 or email Kerry at

Uniform Shop
Mrs Whiston will open the Uniform Shop on Monday 16th October at 8.30 am.

We warmly welcome back Jayla Strong to our Yr 5 class.

Community Notices
  • Rainbow Run Sport Waitaki are holding the Rainbow Run again this year on Saturday 14th October at Oamaru Racecourse at 10.30 am.  The course is 5 km with shorter options.  You can run or walk it.  Balance bikes and prams can go on the course at your own risk but sorry no dogs.  The colour powder used can wash off clothes and bodies easily.  Individuals cost $10, Family (2 adults and 2 children) cost $30, extra children $5.
  • America's Cup Carnival - Sunday 15th October hosted by the North Otago Yacht and Power Boat Club.  Starts at 1.00 pm with free entry.  Meet and Greet with the Cup and members from the team from 5.00 to 7.00 pm.  There is kids fishing competition, food stalls, competitions, entertainment, free train running all afternoon from Scotts Brewery.

4. Touch Rugby - Term 4

Term 4 Touch Rugby 2017
This year the touch season commenced in term 1 and continues in term 4 so teams were to remain the same for both term 1 and 4.  However we have had some players pull out of teams due to them leaving school or not playing anymore so I have had to alter some teams.
Your child has confirmed to me they would like to carry on next term or is a new player wanting to play touch for term 4.  The cost for new players for term 4 is $10.00 and this will be added to your school account but if you have played in term 1, it will not cost anything as you have already paid. There has to be a minimum of 2 girls in each team.
Touch is played on Tuesday afternoons at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.  The first game of touch rugby is on Tuesday 17th October (first Tuesday back in week 1).  Games are played at 3.45 pm, 4.15 pm, 4.45 pm and 5.15 pm.  Teams are made up of Year 1 – 3, year 4 – 6 and year 7 - 8 depending on availability of players and coaches.  The last day of touch for this season is Tuesday 12th December.

Coaches – please confirm your availability to coach your team next term by confirmation of email or if you are wanting to coach a team. We have two teams that require coaches.  Older brothers and sisters we would love for you to coach!!

Please email me by Friday 6th October to confirm your child is playing as I have to confirm our team numbers with North Otago Touch by October 14th. If you have any questions please contact me via the school office or by email at

Please note some teams have been altered to accommodation new and leaving players

Touch Rugby Team Lists for Term 4 2017
TIGERS – YR 1/2/3
BRONCOS – YR 1/2/3
STORM – YR 4/5/6
FERNS – YR 4/5/6
Luse Asi
Eva Fatafehi
Hamish Fowler
Hunter Gough
Indeg Jones-Hogan
Lilly Kelcher
Jonathan Miller

Cameron Aston
Jacob Bartley
Cruz Illingworth
Liam Lindsay *
Blake Meek
Ally-May Rawson
Mya Robinson

Sam Asi
Chloe Bartley
Payton Bartley
Troy  Chikowore
Lisiate Hausia *
Levi Heffernan *
Jada-Rose Keno
Riley Tuffley

Nye Jones-Hogan
Eva Keno
Ashlyn Marshall
William Pardede *
Jacob Robinson
Paddy Spillane
Sione Tuuefiafi  *
Michael Woodhouse
Coaches:  Charmaine Fisher and Chloe Fisher-Hill
Coach:  Tyler Rawson
Coach:  Trish Chikowore
Coaches:  Lee Woodhouse and Jody Robinson

ROCKETS – YR 4/5/6    
TURBOS – YR 7/8           
DYNAMOS – YR 7/8         
Bronson Bartlett *
Willow Bartlett *
Liam Cameron
Lewis Gough
Cody Marshall
Thomas Miller
Kenton Tokai *
Kristiana Whiston *
Seth Bartley
Levi Crowder
Taine Dyson
Georgia Fox
Eleni Hausia *
Jack Hayman
Samuel Plieger
Anika Winders
Elenoa Asi *
Hotili Asi
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Andrew Sinclair *
Tessa Souness
Sebastian Spillane
Matthew Woodhouse

Coach:  Required please
Coach:  Required please
Coach:  Justin Fowler

* New players added to teams for term 4.


Paula Brien, Sports Coordinator – St Joseph’s

5. Diary Dates - Week 10, Term 3 2017

Friday 29                 -  School finishes for Term 3
                                -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm

Monday 16             -  School starts for term 4 in summer uniform
Tuesday 17             -  School Photos in summer uniform – family photos at 8.15 am *
                               -  Touch Rugby for term 4 starts today *
Wednesday 18        -  HPV vaccinations for Yr 8 girls
Thursday 19           -  School mass at 9.15 am
                               -  Yr 7 ECB & Young Vinnies
Friday 20                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                               -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 23             -  Labour Day – holiday
Thursday 26           -  School mass at 9.15 am
Friday 27                -  School Athletics for senior school
Sunday 29               -  Home & School Food Fair from 10.30 am *
Monday 30              -  School Athletics Postponement date
Tuesday 31              -  Yr 7 Camp

Wednesday 1            -  Yr 7 Camp
Thursday 2               -  Yr 7 Camp
                                 -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                 -  Yr 7 ECBs & Young Vinnies
Friday 3                   -  Yr 7 Camp
                                -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 6                -  Yr 8 Camp
Tuesday 7                -  Yr 8 Camp
Wednesday 8           -  Yr 8 Camp
Thursday 9              -  Yr 8 Camp
                                -  School Mass at 9.15 am
Friday 10                 -  Yr 8 Camp
                                -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 13              -  Multi-Cultural meeting from 6.00 to 7.00 pm
Tuesday 14             -  Multi-Cultural Day
Thursday 16            -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 17                 -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 20              -  EOTC week for Yr 6
Tuesday 21              -  EOTC week for Yr 6
Wednesday 22         -  EOTC week for Yr 6
Thursday 23            -  EOTC week for Yr 6
                                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 24                 -  EOTC week for Yr 6
                                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 27              -  North Otago Athletics
Wednesday 28         -  North Otago Athletics Postponement day

Thursday 7             -  School Mass – Junior Nativity Presentation at 9.15 am *
Tuesday 12             -  Touch Rugby finals night and prize giving *
Thursday 14           -  End of Year Mass at 6.00 pm
Friday 15                -  Last day of school for Yr 7 & 8 children *
                               -  Celebration assembly starts at 2.00 pm with announcement of 2018 
                                   leaders and carol singing *
Monday 18             -  School closes for term 4