Thursday, 15 February 2018

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 1 2018

Altar Servers
Saturday 17th February - Samuel Plieger, Nye Jones-Hogan, Max Fatafehi & Sam Asi
Sunday 18th February - Molly-May Mestrom, Annalise Kilgour and Anika Winders

Birthday Greetings to
Morgan Williams and Hannes Roos

Goal Setting Meetings
These will be held on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March in the school hall.  Please book a time for you and your child at and enter the code es4nv

Home and School
AGM - the Home & School are holding their AGM on Thursday 1st March at 7.00 pm in the school staff room.  They would love to see you there.

Whitestone Wipeout - Saturday 7th April
The Home & School are still looking for volunteers to help as marshalls on this day for their 5km fun run with obstacles.  Please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 456 or the school office if you can help.  Registrations for this fun day can be found at otherwise you can register on the day.

Good Luck
We have 4 swimmers competing at the NZ Junior swimming championships in Dunedin this weekend.  They have at least 8 races each and are competing against children in their own age group. Simultaneously there will be races happening in the North Island at the same time with their times going towards medals.

Reconciliation Mass
There are two options in attending the Reconciliation Mass which you can go to on Saturday 10th March at 5.00 pm or Sunday at 9.30 am.  After the Saturday Mass there is a parish school bbq from 6.00 pm in the school grounds.

Scholastic Book Club
Book club orders are due back to the school office by Monday 19th February.  Please note this is a short turn round period.

School Swimming
This week children in Yrs 4-8 started their school swimming lessons at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre as part of the curriculum.  There are 3 more lessons left on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Tuesday 27th February.
-  Yr 7 lessons are at 1.00 pm
-  Yr 8 and a handful of Yr 4/5/6 lessons are at 1.30 pm
-  Yr 4/5/6 lessons are at 2.00 pm
Thank you to the parent helpers who have kindly offered to walk with the groups to the pool.
Junior swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3 start on Monday 19th March at 1.00 pm.

Senior School Swimming Sports
Our school swimming sports for Yrs 4-8 are in the morning on Friday 2nd March at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  We are looking for approximately 20 parent helpers for timekeeping and if you can help out, please contact Paula Brien on or phone 434 8856.
St Joseph's has to supply 3 time keepers for the North Otago Swimming sports being held on Wednesday 14th March in the morning.  Again if you can help contact Paula Brien.

Otago Primary School Swimming Sports
These swimming sports are open to anyone who meets the qualifying times.  They are held on Saturday 7th April at Moana Pool in Dunedin.  Please let Paula Brien know if your child is interested in attending these sports as we have to send away entries.

Summer Sport
Contact details will be given to coaches of all sports codes to make communication lines easier with parents.

Friday Cricket - starts this Friday at 4.00 pm.  We have got 2 girls and 2 boys teams entered with one boys team being amalgamated with another school to make up numbers.  Thank you very much to the 3 parents who have kindly offered to manage a team and we are still looking for a parent to manage a girls team.  If your child is going to be away on one of these Fridays it is very important to let the manager know so they can get someone else to play as the games are 6 aside and you need 6 players each week. Please meet at 3.45 pm at Centennial Oval and Mrs Brien will let you know which team name you are.

Cricket Draw - Saturday 17th February 2018
Intermediate A - 8.45 am - St Joseph's/Union v Kurow at SKC 1
Intermediate B - 9.00 am - St Joseph's v Valley Black at SKC Artificial 1
Primary - 9.00 am - St Joseph's v Valley Red at SKC Artificial 2

Cricket Shield Game
Our Yr 7/8 cricket team is competing in this cricket shield game next Wednesday 22nd February at Waitaki Boys High School.  They will play one game in the morning and one in the afternoon.  A letter will be sent home tomorrow to the children concerned with more details.

Touch Rugby
Starts next Tuesday 20th February.  The draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed so please look out for it on our sports notice board and our Facebook page or the North Otago Junior Touch Facebook page.  We will also email out the draw when we receive it.  Thank you very much to the parents and students who have kindly offered to help coach touch rugby.  All positions are now full.  This is the finalised touch rugby team list due to a couple of players pulling out.

Touch Rugby Fees are $20 for the year and these need to be paid ASAP.

Tigers Yr 1/2/3

Cameron Aston
Jacob Bartley
Maximo Catalan-Gomez
Eva Fatafehi
Chelsea Koay
Leah Kofoed
Cruz Illingworth
Liam Lindsay
Blake Meek
Alex Perniskie
Ethan Rathgen

Broncos Yr 1/2/3

Millie Fogarty
Moana Hafoka
Elise Hedlund
Lucas Kofoed
James Laming
Warren Pardede
Evie Phillips
Aki Tahitu’a
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Daniel Woodhouse
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo

Coaches – Suzanne Aston and Emma Perniskie
Coaches – Jada-Rose Keno & Kristiana Whiston

Rockets Yr 4/5/6

Willow Bartlett
Hamish Fowler
Lewis Gough
Hunter Gough
Indeg Jones-Hogan
Eva Keno
Paddy Spillane
Kacymea Tahitu’a
Michael Woodhouse
Ferns Yr 4/5/6

Luse Asi
Sam Asi
Lilly Kelcher
William Pardede
Alexie Phillips
Mya Robinson
Kenton Tokai
Riley Tuffley


Coach – Justin Fowler
Coach – Charmaine Fisher


Turbos Yr 7/8

Bronson Bartlett
Liam Cameron
Troy Chikowore
Jack Hayman
Nye Jones-Hogan
Elias Maher
Jada-Rose Keno
Andrew Sinclair
Kristiana Whiston
Morgan Williams

Dynamos Yr 7/8

Elenoa Asi
Hotili Asi
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Eleni Hausia
Cody Marshall
Samuel Plieger
Tessa Souness
Sebastian Spillane
Anika Winders
Matthew Woodhouse

Coach: Sebastian Whiston

Coach: Lee Woodhouse

Learn to Row Programme

The Oamaru Rowing Club/St Kevin's College are starting up a Learn to Row group for Yr 7 upwards for them to get a taste to see if it is a sport they would like to persue in the 2018/2019 season for $50. If your child would like to attend they will be meeting weekly on a Wednesday afternoon at the Oamaru Rowing Club starting from Wednesday 28th February from 4.00 pm sharp until 5.30 pm.

Before getting on the water, you will need to go onto the website below and register

Vision Screening for Yr 7 students
The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health, Southern District Health will be visiting your school to screen all year seven students for distance vision.  Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia) - this determines how well your child is able to see at a distance.  It involves reading an eye chart.  This is not required if your child wears glasses/or is currently under care for their vision.

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip which are available at the school office before our visit.

Winter Sports enrolments 2018
This year we require our winter sports fees to be paid or arrangements for payments to be made before the children play their sport.  Winter sport enrolments will take a new format this year with enrolments being done online.  This format will be available in a couple of weeks and we will let you know when it is live.  Below is an approximate cost of fees based on last year’s figures.  All children signing up for sports will be charged $5.00 uniform hire per sport which is included in the fee.  Payment for sports fees can be started from now on by either paying with a cash/cheque or internet payment stating child’s name and sport code.

Yrs 7 - 8
Approx $55.00
Yrs 1 - 8
Approx.  Midget $35.00
Other $55.00
Yrs 1 - 3
Yrs 4 -  6
Yrs 7 - 8
Approx. between $25.00 and $75.00
Yrs 4 - 6
Approx. $45.00
Yrs 1 - 2
Yrs 3 - 8
Approx. $15.00
Approx. $40.00
Yrs 1 - 8
Approx. $25.00

Community Notices
  • 2018 Chinese New Year Celebrations - held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on Saturday 17th February from 5.00 to 8.00 pm.  There will be an international food court, traditional chinese games to try, face-painting, lantern making and chinese handwriting. There will be performances including the Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Fan dance, Tai Chi and free combat demonstration and more.  Bring the whole family for a fun festive community get together and celebrate the Year of the Dog.
  • North Otago Basketball Rep Trials for U15 and U17 girls and boys at the Waitaki Rec Centre.  The girls are on Monday 19th February starting at 3.45 pm and the boys are on Tuesday 20th February starting at 3.45 pm. If you would like to coach either of these teams or require more information, contact Susan on or phone 027 222 2187.
  • World Day of Prayer - Friday 2nd March at St Patrick's Basilica at 7.00 pm.  Shared finger food tea in the school hall at 6.15 pm.
  • Car Boot Sale - St Kevin's College Home & School are holding a car boot sale on Saturday 10th March from 10.00 - 2.00 pm in their car park.  It costs $15.00 to register.  Contact Sarah Clapperton on 

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