Thursday 31 May 2018

1. Principal News - Week 5 Term 2 2018

 Request for Children's Religious Education Questions.

The Catholic Institute are wanting to get as many questions as possible from young people to contribute towards the RE New Curriculum which is beginning the process of being updated. It’s an opportunity for students to have a ‘voice’ and for the Curriculum and them being able to listen. The attached image contains a QR code, and url, link to a simple “Google Form” and the NCRS e-mail address where you can email them directly your chid's question. 

Attendance and Signing In / Signing Out
Please would parents and caregivers make every effort to ensure children arrive to school by 8.50am so they have time to settle and get themselves  ready to start the school day.   If your child is late, please sign them in at the office.

If you should need to pick your child up during the school day please also remember to sign them out at the office as if we have an emergency we need to be able to account for them.

Children should be at school unless they are sick or have a close bereavement.  Please remember that absences of more than five days a term can lead to significant learning gaps which may not become apparent until later.

Updated Complaints Procedure 
Please note the complaints procedure has been updated and can be found on the school website under the 'about us' tab. Complaints Procedure. This process is helped made clear in a flow chart that outlines each step.

God Bless
Nicola Winders
Acting Principal

2. Special Character - Week 5 Term 2 2018

Faith Facts this Week

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for June.
Universal – Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects other for their differences.

What is the feast of Corpus Christi the Body of Christ?
This is a day when many children will receive their first Communion. It celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.  "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." John 6:51
God Bless
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 5, Term 2 2018

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK from our National Young Leaders Day

"I cannot be me if you cannot be you"

Beatitude for Today
Blessed are those who know how to relax without looking for excuses; they are on the way to becoming wise.

Altar Servers

Saturday 2nd June - Joseph, Patrick and Seb Spillane, Samuel Plieger and Andrew Sinclair
Sunday 3rd June - Hana Davies, Molly-May and Ivy-Belle Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to:
Jonathan Jorgensen, Lilly Kelcher, Leah Kofoed, Lewis Geypen and Marco Alegre

Interschool Notices
There are still a few outstanding permission slips for the junior quadrangular tournament that need to be returned to the office.  They are due next Tuesday.
St Mary's Inter-school - all Yr 8 students have received a notice today regarding this interschool.  Please return the permission slip and money by Tuesday 12th June.
St Joseph's Inter-school notices will be be given to all Yr 7 and 8 students tomorrow.  Permission slips and money due in  by Thursday 21st June.

There are 3 jackets and 2 polar fleeces which have the name Bartley written on them.  Please check your child's clothing to see if they have got the correct ones.

Pastoral Care
The Yr 7 class has received the Pastoral Care notice for the month of June.  Please look for it in your child's bag.

Pies and Milo
Every Wednesday, children are allowed to bring pies to school to be heated. Children are to bring their own named cup and 50c for milo and a named pie wrapped in a heat proof wrapper.  PLEASE NO FROZEN PIES as they are not guaranteed to be cooked properly.  The pies and cups are to be left on the bench in the hall kitchen before 9.00 am.  Any unnamed pies will not be heated.


Monday 4 - Queen's Birthday - no school
Tuesday 5 - Enrolment meetings for 2018/2019
Wednesday 6 - Technology and Junior Quad permission forms and money due


Next Friday 8th June, Subway will be donating half the costs of all lunches back to school on this day.

Swimming - junior school
The junior school will participate in 10 water safety lessons at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre starting late July and early August.  Dates will be confirmed next week.  A notice will be sent home next week regarding these lessons.

We warmly welcome Taylor Darling who started school last week to our new entrants class.

Young Leaders Day

On Monday the Yr 8 class travelled to Dunedin as part of The National Young Leaders Day where they listened to inspirational speakers at the Town Hall talking about what makes a good leader. We will put some of the Yr 8 experiences from the day in next week's blog.

Community Notices

  • Toy Library Open Day - held on Saturday 2nd June at 109 Thames Street, Oamaru from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.  Free sausage sizzle and 3 free toy hires.  Half price memberships.

4. Sports Draw - Week 5, Term 2 2018

Netball - Saturday 2nd June
There is no netball played this weekend.
Rugby - Saturday 2nd June
Town v Country Match
Come support your team mates in the annual town v country rugby games being played at Weston Park on Saturday.

Town 9/10s – play at 1.30 pm at Weston Park 2
Sione Tuuefiafi, Nye Jones-Hogan, Sami Asi, Michael Woodhouse, Patrick Spillane, KentonTokai, William Pardede and Kristiana Whiston. 

Town 11/12s – play at 11.45 am at Weston Park 1
Max Fatafehi, Sebastian Spillane, Cody Marshall, Campbell Fowler, Levi Crowder, Matthew  Woodhouse, Hotili Asi, Jack Hayman, Morgan Baillie and Liam Cameron
Football - Saturday 2nd June
There is no football played this weekend.
Hockey – Tuesday 5th June
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
6.00 pm – Speedy Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v Papakaio

Hockey – Wednesday 6th June
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
5.00 pm – T1 Mixed Magic (St Joseph’s combined team) v Weston
No jewellery is to be worn while playing.  If you have a piece of jewellery that cannot be taken off, it must be taped to your skin.

Miniball - Tuesday 5th June
Late Duty – St Joseph’s Rebels – front court
Pack up score bench into bags including clock, ball, score sheets etc.  Bags to be put in NOBA cupboard at south end of front court.

4.45 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers v Pembroke Spurs – back court
4.45 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels v Pembroke Jazz – front court

Referee and Score bench
5.15 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels – referee and score bench – front court
Basketball - Wednesday 6th June
4.00 pm- St Joseph’s Bolts v Waitaki Valley Magic – front court
5.40 pm – St Joseph’s Cavaliers v OIS Penguins – front court
6.30 pm – St Joseph’s Raptors v Weston Wildcats – back court

Referee and Score bench
4.50 pm – St Joseph’s Bolts– referee and score bench – front court
 Mental Fitness Evening
Craighead School Sports Council in Timaru is hosting Theo Feldbrugge who has a business called Total Training.  They have invited him to talk with coaches, managers, players and parents about the mental side of sport.  We train our body to perform but not necessarily our minds.  It will be held at Craighead Diocesan School Auditorium from 7.00 to 8.00 pm on Thursday 14th June from 7.00 to 8.00 pm and costs a gold coin donation.  Students free.  A flyer regarding this speaker is attached to the email.
 Fr Wayne was out last Saturday busy supporting our sport teams.

5. Diary Dates - Week 5, Term 2 2018

Friday 1                      -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 4                   -  Queens Birthday (holiday)
Tuesday 5                   -  Enrolment meetings for 2018/2019
Wednesday 6              -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
                                   -  Junior Quad permission and money due back today
Thursday 7                 -  School Mass at 9.15 am
Friday 8                     -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 11                 -  Confirmation Meeting for parents at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 12                 -  ICAS Spelling exam
                                   -  St Mary’s Interschool permission form and money due in *
Wednesday 13            -  Junior Quadrangular tournament with SKC for some Yr 7/8
                                   -  Technology for rest of  Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Thursday 14               -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                   -  Yr ECB and Young Vinnies
Friday 15                    -  Celebration Assembly at 2.30 pm *
Monday 18                 -  Confirmation Meeting at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 19                 -  Enrolment meetings for 2018/2019
                                   -  Induction meeting at 6.30 pm
                                   -  St Mary’s Interschool for Yr 8 students only at St Kevin’s College
Wednesday 20            -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Thursday 21               -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
Friday 22                   -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Tuesday 26                -  Board of Trustee meeting at 6.30 pm
Thursday 27              -  School Mass at 9.15 am
Friday 29                   -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *
Sunday 24                 -  Confirmation
Wednesday 27           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC
Thursday 28              -  St Joseph’s Timaru interschool for Yr 7 & 8 tbc
                                  -  School Mass at 9.15 am

Sunday 1                   -  Welcome Mass at 9.30 am
Tuesday 3                 -  Dress rehearsal for school production
Wednesday 4            -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at St Kevin’s College
Thursday 5               -   School Production Matinee performance at 1.00 pm
                                 -   School Production at 7.00 pm
Friday 6                    -   Caritas Mufti Mania
                                 -  Term 2 finishes today
Friday 13                  -  Network Waitaki Yr 7/8 Basketball Tournament
Saturday 14              -  Network Waitaki Yr 7/8 Basketball Tournament
Sunday 15                -  Network Waitaki Yr 7/8 Basketball Tournament
Monday 23               -  Term 3 starts today
                                 -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at SKC (now on Monday afternoons)
Tuesday 31               -  ICAS English exam

Tuesday 14               -  ICAS Maths exam
Tuesday 21               -  School Cross Country held at the Oamaru Racecourse
Sunday 26                -  First Holy Communion

Friday 28                  - Term 3 finishes today

Monday 15                -  Term 4 starts today
Monday 22                -  Labour Day (holiday)
Sunday 28                 -  Food Fair *

Monday 5                  -  Yr 8 Camp at Staveley *
Tuesday 6                  -  Yr 8 Camp at Staveley *
Wednesday 7             -  Yr 8 Camp at Staveley *
Thursday 8                -  Yr 8 Camp at Staveley *
Friday 9                     -  Yr 8 Camp at Staveley *
Monday 26                -  North Otago Athletics *
Wednesday 28           -  North Otago Postponement Date *

Tuesday 19                -  Term 4 finishes today

Thursday 24 May 2018

1. Principal's News Week 4 Term 2 2018

School Production
Script writers this week in Year 7 & 8 have been busy at work in creating ideas for script to be included in the Senior Production. Many ideas have been banded about with plenty of collaboration and excitement. The Year 8 scriptwriters as a group visited senior classes in generating ideas in weaving ideas across classrooms into the script. Characters are coming into life.  A job well done script writers.

School Rebates
Families are encouraged claim back your 2018 school donation. is a Kiwi company that helps parents easily claim back school donations. 

Reporting to Parents Policy Review.
St Joseph' s Policy on Reporting to Parents is now available to be reviewed. Please click on the following link and log on using username stjosephsoamaru and password veritas.
Then click on the second green tab labelled Current Review at the top of the page. There are instructions here on how to review a policy. Please review our Reporting to Parents policy and review as a parent from the drop down menu after  clicking on the red tab labelled 'Under Review Term 2 2018'.

Atua e Manaaki
Nicola Winders
Acting Principal