Thursday 9 August 2018

1. Principal's News - Week 3 Term 3 2018

Singing Cup
The finals, presentation and choir competition for Singing Cup will be held at St Joseph's this year on the last day of term 3 - Friday 28th September.

Well done to the many children who had a go at the first round of Singing Cup on Tuesday.  Most children gave it a go - they were very brave.  Thank you to our ex St Joseph's students Samantha Jorgensen and Rebecca Whitett (both now at St Kevin's) for being our judges.  The finalists will be announced by the end of the week.

The layout of Friday 28th September will be:

9.15am - Singing Cup competition solos and duets.  All children who have qualified will perform in their year groups.  The whole school watches and parents are most welcome to join us.

2.00pm - Celebration Assembly.   We hope lots of parents will join us for this part.  The winners of each section will be announced and presented with their trophies.  The house choirs and the staff choir will perform.  It will be a joyous way to end our term and we'll be putting out lots of chairs and hoping you will join us.

Jumangi - the 4Rs - Senior Production
We have a limited number of tickets and have sold more than half of them.  They are for sale for a gold coin donation in the office.  If there are any left over there may be door sales on the night but please don't rely on this. 

It will be great.  Mrs Dooley has been away for a couple of weeks and not seen the rapid improvement and she said when she saw it today it brought tears to her eyes.

Aoraki Maths
Congratulations to our intermediate mathematicians who competed in the year 8 section of the Aoraki Maths competition in Timaru on Tuesday evening.  Zara Davies (Y7), Jonathan Jorgensen (Y7), Seb Spillane (Y8) and Hannah Miller (Y8) came 5th out of 30 teams after coming 2nd for about half of it.  Samuel Plieger, Morgan Baillie, Taine Dyson and Tessa Souness (all year 8s) held their own in a high pressured, quick-thinking environment.  The 30 teams came from as far north as Mount Hutt College down to St Joseph's Oamaru in the south.
We can just about see one of our Maths teams in this photo. 

Timaru/Oamaru Chess Competition
Good luck to our chess teams who are competing in this competition today.

Next Week
Next week the senior school will all be spending all day at St
Kevin's on Tuesday and Thursday and should be dropped off and picked up according to the instructions that were sent home yesterday. Children from Yr 4-8 who catch the bus to and from school will stay on the bus in the morning to St Kevin's and catch the bus from St Kevin's home in the afternoon.  I will supervise the children until they catch the bus home on both days at 3.20 pm.  The juniors will be going to a matinee performance of "Jumangi the 4Rs" on Thursday afternoon.  We will be bussing them there.

School will be closed on Wednesday 15th August.  There will be no staff on site.  Strike action is a very last resort.  The main thing I hope comes out of it is that we have more resources for children.  Children's needs and the world we all live in is more complex than it has ever been and teachers have to fulfil a variety of roles. We want more people to take responsibility for this.  

Next Wednesday is the Feast of the AssumptionThere will be no school mass next Thursday.  The Feast of the Assumption is the patron feast of New Zealand and some of the staff will still attend the parish mass for the feast day.  If you wish to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.  Mass will be at 9.15am in the Dean O'Reilly lounge.  

There will be a school liturgy for the Assumption on Friday 17th August at our celebration assembly which will start at 2.20pm that day.

Please let us know if you're not happy about something.  Gently if possible! - we're human too!
By the same measure please let us know when you like something.  An email or note to the office, or just a word now and again really helps.  I keep track of feedback for improvement and also positive feedback and I take it all seriously.  This week I had an unasked piece of positive feedback that has changed a little of what I think about things - for the better.  It all adds to the picture. 

Healthy Eating
Our "feed and read" at 10.30 am is actually meant to be "Fruit and read" - it would be great to see all children coming with fruit to eat at that time.  Teachers will be asking children if they have fruit.

God Bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

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