Thursday, 27 June 2019

Principal's News Week 9 Term 2 2019

Assembly Next Week
Assembly will be at 12.00 next Friday 5th July (last day of term).

This Week
We have had an exciting week.  Our year 7 & 8s competed in our interschool with St Joseph's from Timaru which was hosted here in Oamaru this year.  Oamaru won overall.

We have had our celebration of oral language.  Every child in the school has prepared an oral language presentations and selected ones were shared with the school and parents this morning.  The standard was very high.

Today our year 8 class has gone to Mosgiel to compete in our annual interschool with St Mary's.  That's it for our sports exchanges this year.

The choir continues to practice hard for the North Otago Music Festival next Tuesday evening.  Please let the office know if you want tickets. Its always a great evening of entertainment.

Using your WITS
This system has been part of our behaviour management system for the past three years.  We have promoted it a lot more strongly this year.  It means:

Walk away
Talk it out
Seek help

If your child brings a problem home it helps to follow this process with them.

Polar Fleeces
Our apologies: - we have made several requests for the Warehouse to keep a good stock of our polar fleeces.  We have now ordered for some stock to be kept at school so that we keep a range of sizes.  These are on their way.

REMINDER: Friday 9th August is a teacher only professional development day and school will be closed.

Reports are coming home with children next Friday.  Families who get two reports to different locations will have their reports posted.  If we don't have address details for one of the parents both reports will go home with the child.

The reports tell you the level your child is working at and provide comments that will open the discussion we will have at parent interviews next term.

Interviews are now open for booking.  Interviews are Tuesday 30th June and Monday 5th August.  You can book your time at using the code rexwq

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 9 Term 2 2019

Kiaora/Malo e Lelei 
Special Dates
24th The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
28th The Sacred Heart of Jesus
29th Saints Peter and Paul, apostles

John is about 6 months older than Jesus, and he is the one who baptizes Jesus. John's father is Zacharias and his mother is Elizabeth. They were both faithful to God. Your children will tell you the story about how John came to be. If they have forgotten it is in the Bible Luke 1:5-2539-80 or find it here

June 28th is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In 1899, Pope Leo XIII consecrated the entire world to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The devotion to the Sacred Heart is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholicdevotions, taking Jesus Christ's physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.  

9th Commandment “You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife. Coveting is the uncontrolled desire that motivates people to become possessive of someone or something.  This commandment warns us about what can happen inside our hearts, and invites us to focus our desires in good and healthy ways, and to respect people by never treating them as objects to use as we please.  This commandments asks us to respect other friendships and relationships that already exist.  It can be applied to all people and every kind of relationship and friendship. It can become even more important when we think about marriage.   

Please let us join together with our Catholic Schools around New Zealand and the Caritas to raise money and support Doputz Primary School in Bouganville (Papua New Guinea) to help reopens their school by providing new water tanks and toilets. Also repairing classrooms. Give a little can make a difference. Thank you.

Malo 'Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

3. School Notices - Week 9, Term 2 2019

Altar Servers
Saturday 29th June - Paddy & Joseph Spillane and Madison & Cooper Jones
Sunday 30th June - Alexie Phillips and Hana Davies

Birthday Greetings
Siaosi Asi, Kristiana Whiston, Alexie Phillips, Mya Lindsay, Milah Anderson, Indeg Jones-Hogan, Mikayla Criddle, Anthony Chen and Kaycee-Mae Gibbins.

Head Lice
Please check your child's hair and treat if necessary.

Mufti Mania
All students are to wear mufti next Friday (last day of term) for Caritas.  Please bring a gold coin donation.

North Otago Music Festival
St Joseph's is performing next Tuesday night at the Opera House. If you still require a ticket, please leave your name at the office and we will try and get you a ticket.  Tickets cost $8.00 each.
Programmes - are to be given away free at the Opera House by the staff as families enter - one per family.

-  doors open at 6.30 pm
-  no children to arrive before 6.30 pm  as that makes the Opera House management grouchy.  Also they must enter at the side entrance.
-  all choir members need to be backstage by 6.45 pm
-  door sales (if any) at 6.30 pm
-  concert commences at 7.00 pm
-  schools will be allocated areas backstage at the Opera House to meet.  The convenor will show you your rooms at the morning practice.
-  for parents who are picking their child up from the Opera House after the show, it will finish between 8.30 and 8.40 pm.

-  children (no parents) enter the Opera House via the side entrance (into glassed area, between the Opera House and the old courthouse).  Parents will need to enter the Opera House via the front entrance.
-  please get the children to leave their jackets, jerseys with their parents when dropping off as they will not be back to their rooms after the show to pick them up.
-  visit toilets BEFORE entering the Opera House
-  stairways at the side of stage are out of bounds (except to children moving to and from stage)
-  no presentation of gifts or flowers are permitted on stage
-  be STILL AND QUIET during ALL the items, as all movements are clearly visible to the audience.
-  children to meet parents in the foyer/lower auditorium (schools can arrange what area)
-  no child is to leave the Opera House without a parent/adult please
no drink bottles or food back stage

Parent Student Conferences
School interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th July and Monday 4th August from 3.15 to 8.00 pm. Please book your time for you and your child by going to and entering the code rexwq otherwise notify the office and we can book a time for you.

Subway Lunch Coordinator

We are looking for someone to coordinate the subway lunches on a Friday morning for approximately 40 minutes from 8.45 am as our wonderful Mrs Tuffley is stepping down at the end of term.  Please contact the office if you are interested in helping out.

St Joseph's Timaru Inter-school
Today our Yr 8 students travel down to Mosgiel to compete in the annual St Mary's inter-school where they will compete in netball, basketball, rugby and football.  Good luck to all involved.

On Tuesday our Yr 7 & 8 students competed in another inter-school against St Joseph's from Timaru.  They travelled down here and we played chess, basketball mixed and boys, netball rippa rugby and football.  All the games were played in good spirit with Oamaru winning overall.  Thank you very much to the St Kevin's College referees and coaches and our parents for giving up your time to help out in our interschool. Results are:
Netball Yr 8 - Oamaru
Netball Yr 7 - Timaru
Rugby - Oamaru
Football - Timaru
Basketball mixed - Oamaru
Basketball boys - Oamaru
Chess - Oamaru

St Kevin's College Filipino Evening
On Tuesday 2nd July they are hosting an evening for the local Filipino Community at 6pm in the Hostel Dining Room. St Kevin's College students will be performing traditional Filipino dances and songs. Food will be provided, but families are welcome to bring their own plate. Children from all ages are also invited to attend.  
The purpose of the evening is to establish links between Filipino communities in the primary and secondary schools, to ensure families can connect with each other and celebrate Filipino culture. 

If you have any questions about the evening please contact Kerry Ryan at

Giant Leaps Broadway Kids
Calling all future Broadway Kids!  Get involved in our action packed Musical Theatre classes.  Perform songs and scenes from what's hot on Broadway - taught by musical theatre and industry professionals.  Sing with guitar and keyboard accompaniment.  Learn about microphones and lights.  Get your spot in the limelight with solos, acting lines and group performances.
Broadway Kids Years 1-5 - Tuesday and Thursday class options from 3.30 to 4.30 pm
Broadway Kids Years 6-8 - Tuesday and Thursday class options from 4.30 to 5.30 pm

08004SPEECH or visit for more information and online enrolment form and fees.

Community Notices 
  • North Otago Rugby Shield Dinner - "A Night with the Stars" is held on Thursday 25th July at the Loan & Merc Building at 6.30 pm.  Formal dress is jacket and tie.  The meal is a buffet dinner with guest speakers, live music and an auction.  There is 2 bottles of wine gratis on table with a cash bar.  Tickets cost $110 per person (10 at a table).  For tickets contact the North Otago Rugby Union on 434 2053, 027 286 7870 or
  • Special Needs Pool Party - the North Otago Lions Club is once again sponsoring this pool party with the support of the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  This is to be held at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre on Saturday 3rd August from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.  Any person with special needs is welcome but must be accompanied by a support person. All registrations are required by 25th July.  Phone the Aquatic Centre on 433 0410 to register which is free.  After the swim, there will be a sausage and patty sizzle, drink and sweets so if any dietary needs are required, let them know so they can cater for them.  This BBQ is free to all including carers.

4. Sports Draw - June - Week 9, Term 2 2019

Netball - Saturday 29th June
** YR 1 & 2 netball finishes this Saturday.  The players are to dress up in fancy dress.

Intermediate Prem
10.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Tactix– Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
9.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v OIS Mystics – court 8

Intermediate 3 Yr 5/6
9.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v Valley Diamonds – court 2

Future Ferns Yr 3/4
10.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Ardgowan Yellow – court 5

Future Ferns Yr 1/2 (last session)
10.00 am –Skills session starting at 10.00 am – court 1

9.00 am – Jada-Rose Keno & Mya Lindsay, Bridie McGeown & Summer Moriarty
10.00 am – Lavina Ma & Paige Strachan, Atlanta Williams & Serah Staju
11.00 am – Alexie Phillips & Hannah Fowler
Rugby - Saturday 29th June
5 & 6 yrs - Rippa
10.00 am – St Joseph’s v Old Boys/Excelsior – SKC Field 1

7/8 yrs
10.00 am – Old Boys/Excelsior v St Joseph’s – WCCP 3

9/10 yrs
10.00 am – St Joseph’s v Athletic/Old Boys – SKC Field 2

11/12 yrs
11.45 am – Valley v St Joseph’s – Weston

Miniball - Tuesday 2nd July
The miniball draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed.  Please check the notice board and emails for the draw.
Basketball - Wednesday 3rd July
The basketball draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed.  Please check the notice board and emails for the draw.
Hockey – Tuesday 2nd July
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
5.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wasps v Maheno/Glenavy (Mia C)

Hockey – Wednesday 3rd July
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
6.30 pm – Upper Waitaki Wekas v Papakaio Yellow (Mya R) – Turf 2

5, Diary Dates - Week 9, Term 2 2019

Friday 28                       -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Saturday 29                   -  Netball finishes for Yr 1 & 2 *

Monday 1                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 2                      -  North Otago Music Festival Final Practice at the Opera House
                                      -  North Otago Music Festival – St Joseph’s is on tonight
Thursday 4                    -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                      -  Terrific Thursday at 2.15 pm
                                      -  Home and School meeting at 7.00 pm at the Northstar
Friday 5                         -  Mufti Day
                                      -  Term 2 finishes
                                      -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 22                    -  Term 3 starts
                                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 29                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 30                    -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm

Monday 5                      -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                      -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm
Friday 9                         -  Teacher Only Day  - school closed
Saturday 10                   -  Rugby finishes today 
                                      -  Netball finishes today for Yrs 3-8
Monday 12                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 13                    -  Board of  Trustees meeting at 6.00 pm
Monday 19                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 20                    -  School Cross Country 
Wednesday 21               -  School Cross Country Postponement date *
Sunday 25                     -  First Holy Communion
Monday 26                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                      -  St Joseph’s Intermediate Open Evening at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 27                   -  Kapahaka Festival at the Opera House

Monday 2                     -  North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4                -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Friday 20                      -  Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8
Friday 27                      -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                   -  Term 4 starts
Sunday 20                    -  Food Fair
Monday 28                   -  Labour Day holiday – school closed
Tuesday 29                   -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Wednesday 30              -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
Thursday 31                 -  Yr 7 & 8 camp

Friday 1                        -  Yr 8 camp
Friday 8                        -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations
Saturday 9                     -  St Patrick’s Church 125 year celebrations
Tuesday 12                   -  School athletics for whole school
Thursday 14                 -  School athletics postponement date
Monday 25                   -  North Otago Athletics

Friday 20                      -  School finishes for the year at 12.30 pm

Thursday, 20 June 2019

1. Principal's News Week 8 Term 2 2019

The Hungry Horse Cafe
Wow, St Joseph's Home and School have done it again!  They have managed to pull off a great gig at our local Oamaru racecourse.

Meet the Hungry Horse Cafe.  The Hungry Horse Cafe runs several times a year preparing and selling the food at Oamaru race meetings.  St Joseph's Home and School have this year taken on the responsibility of running this cafe.  The funds are for school.    Our government funding is minimal and does not cover our running costs and so we are always reliant on our wonderful Home and School committee to top up the funds.  We would love for every parent to do one shift in this cafe during the course of the year.  Its a great way to meet other parents, make new friends and have a good laugh at the same time as helping your child's school.  Thank you Rebecca Heffernan for sourcing this opportunity for us.

Here is the roster for upcoming race meetings and we hope many parents will step forward to do at least one shift which will help raise substantial funds towards your child's education.

18 Aug 2019
22 Sep 2019
24 Oct 2019
30 Nov 2019
15 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
25 Feb 2020
24 May 2020
14 June 2020
26 July 2020

Health Curriculum Consultation
As a Catholic school it is very important that our health curriculum reflects our Catholic beliefs.  Essentially, this is that every human being is made in the image of God and therefore has beauty and dignity and should be treated with respect.  This particularly informs how we teach about health and sexuality.  We will be teaching the Keeping Ourselves Safe unit early next term.  We do this together with our local police and it is a great way of teaching the children how to keep themselves safe in any circumstance.  We have had several children encounter unpleasant adults who have attempted to lead them astray over the years.  Thanks to our teaching they have known exactly how to keep themselves safe and have taken the right course of action.  There will be a parent meeting with our community constable, Carrie Hamilton.  Please have a look at our Health Education curriculum so that you know how we approach all of this important area of your child's wellbeing.

Computer Time
Please keep an eye on what your children are watching on line.

North Otago Music Festival
St Joseph's students are preparing with other schools for this music festival.  We will be performing in the opera house on the evening of Tuesday 2nd July.

Parent-Student Conferences Term 3
Dates for parent-student conferences are: Tuesday 30th July and Monday 5th August.

Please note Friday 9th August is a teacher only day and school will be closed - this has been advertised since the beginning of the year.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 8, Term 2 2019

WEEK 8 17th – 21st June
19th Suzanne Aubert Birthday
21st St Aloysius Gonzaga
22nd Sts John Fisher and Thomas More
23rd Feast of Corpus Christi (The Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Suzanne Aubert, better known to many as Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert. She was a Catholic sister who started a home for orphans and the under-privileged in Jerusalem, New Zealand on the Whanganui River in 1885. Then many other works of compassion in Wellington and throughout New Zealand. Suzanne Aubert was born on 19 June 1835. Each year the Sisters of Compassion celebrate the occasion with a Birthday Mass. Find out more about this amazing woman.

Wednesday the 19th of June is also the Feast day of St Romuald. Romuald was born in Ravenna, in northeastern Italy, to an aristocratic family. As a youth, Romuald indulged in the pleasures of the world common to a tenth-century nobleman. Romuald became a monk and lived a very severe life of self denial. He founded many monasteries in Italy and he wrote a “rule” for his monks which included ideas like:  “Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it.“

8th Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”  
If we think about this commandment it challenges us to think about how we use words.  We should think carefully before we engage in gossip (chitchat that goes from person to person spreading rumours and judgements about people) and detraction, which is exaggerating another’s defects or limitations.  Slander is another way to use words hurtfully.  Slander is speaking in a way that damages someone’s reputation. It also goes against the eighth commandment to flatter others in order to get something out of them. Another kind of insincerity is  encouraging someone in a wrongful attitude or behaviour, when it would be more honest and kind to help them change for the better.

God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 8, Term 2 2019


Altar Servers
Saturday 22nd June - Serah Staju, Luse & Sami Asi and Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 23rd June - Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan and Lisiate Hausia

Birthday Greetings to
Summer Moriarty, Rolfe Patalbo, Jac Bradley and Atlanta Williams-McDowell

Cleaner Vacancy - St Joseph's School
Our amazing cleaner of 17 years is leaving us and St Joseph's School is looking to employ a part time cleaner for our junior school. You will need a good work ethic and be able to complete your work to a high standard, independently. You will also need to respect the Catholic special character of our school and will need to be police vetted. The days are Monday to Thursday, 3 hours a day between 2.30 and 5.30pm with some extra hours during the school holidays. All our staff get paid at least the living wage. Please contact the school office for a job description Applications in writing with a CV to the principal by 1st July at

Home and School
They are holding their monthly meeting on Thursday 4th July at 7.00 pm at the Northstar.  All welcome.
A reminder that Yrs 5/6/7 are on for donations of meals to the Parish Freezer.


Next week our intermediate students are involved in either one or two of our annual inter-school exchanges.  The first one is on Tuesday against St Joseph's, Timaru and it involves all the Yr 7 & 8 students.  The interschool is held here at school and starts from 10.00 am and goes to 12.30 pm. Notices have been emailed to all families and a hard copy has been given to the students.  (No permission forms are needed for this interschool, since it is being played at school).

On Thursday, all the Yr 8 students travel down to Mosgiel to compete in an inter-school against St Mary's. There is a number of permission slips and money still outstanding and these need to be paid by tomorrow. Further information regarding this interschool will come out next week so please keep an eye for it.

Jump Jam
On Monday morning we were lucky to have Brett Fairweather - creator of JUMP JAM come and visit us and warm us up with some fun dance/aerobics in the hall.  We felt energised and excited to continue participating in JUMP JAM after the fun they had. To see the children in action, click this link.   JUMP JAM LINK

North Otago Music Festival tickets
Anyone wanting tickets for the music festival are now available at Fenwick School for $8.00 each.

Parent Student Conferences
School interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th July and Monday 4th August from 3.15 to 8.00 pm. Please book your time for you and your child by going to and entering the code rexwq otherwise notify the office and we can book a time for you.

School Liturgy Mass
There is no school mass tomorrow and school mass will resume again next Thursday at 9.15 am.

St Kevin's College Enrolment Forms
They require the Yr 9 enrolment forms back by the end of term.  You can either drop them off at our school office or take them to St Kevin's.  If your child is not attending St Kevin's College next year, please let them know so they can cross your child's name off the list.

Wanted Trash or Treasure for  Garage Sale
Supporting 'Shocking Pink' (young women with breast cancer).  They are wanting items like furniture, electrical, clothes, toys, bedding/towels, china/cutlery, books and tools.  No TVs please. All items can be dropped of to the hall tomorrow after 4.00 pm.  Contact Cathy on 021 816 094 or Mrs Dooley. The garage sale will be held at St Joseph's school this Saturday from 9.00 am.
We warmly welcome Mele and Manu Ahotaeiloa to our junior school this week.

Community Notices

  • Shocking Pink Fashion Show - supporting young woman with breast cancer.  The fashion show is held at 'Style 358' Thames Highway on both Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July at 7.00 pm.  Tickets cost $15.00 and are available from 'Style 358'.   Come and see our own Mrs Dooley being a model on both nights.
  • Waitaki District Waste Free Living & Parenting Workshops - these workshops are supported by your local council and are a great opportunity for locals to become educated and activated on reducing waste from all angles.  Attendees get a gift pack with their ticket, that is worth $100 and is full of waste minimisation products like cloth nappies, food pouches and food wraps.  For further details on the event and to get a ticket click on the link.                          Oamaru WFP:
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme - the holiday programme is out for the July holidays.  Please book online at
  • Ranfurly Shield Rugby Game - North Otago v Otago held on Friday 26th July at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.  Kick off at 2.05 pm.  Tickets available from

4. Sports Draw - June - Week 8, Term 2 2019

Netball - Saturday 22nd June
** YR 1 & 2 netball finishes on Saturday 29th June
** Yr 3/4 do not play Saturday 6th July and finish on Saturday 10th August
** Yrs 5-8 play Saturday 6th July and finish on Saturday 10th August
** Goal-a-thon is Saturday 27th July
** Yr 6,7 & 8 Development programme is being held on Fridays from 4.00 to 5.30 starting from Friday 28th June at the Waitaki Rec Centre and is being run by North Otago Netball.  Costs $60 for 6 sessions.  Click the link to register.
**  Coaches are wanted for the Development Programme and will be paid

Intermediate Prem
9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Steel – Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
10.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v OIS Magic – court 8

Intermediate 3 Yr 5/6
11.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v Twizel Lightning – court 2

Future Ferns Yr 3/4
11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Fenwick Flyers – court 5

Future Ferns Yr 1/2
10.00 am –Skills session starting at 10.00 am – court 1

9.00 am – Atlanta Williams,
10.00 am – Jada-Rose Keno & Summer Moriarty and Paige Strachan
11.00 am – Alexie Phillips & Serah Staju, Mariah Cunningham & Hannah Fowler & Bridie McGeown
Rugby - Saturday 22nd June
5 & 6 yrs - Rippa
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow Rams – SKC Field 3

7/8 yrs
St Joseph’s have the bye

9/10 yrs
10.00 am  – Excelsior Rhinos v St Joseph’s – WCCP 3

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow – SKC Field 2
Section 3 has now completed a full round and will start on round 2 this week.  Sections 1 & 2 have 2 more weeks to complete their first round and will then be put into top 4, bottom 4 for the next round.

Miniball - Tuesday 25th June
4.15 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers v Waitaki Valley Wizards – back court
5.15 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels v Fenwick Celtics - - main court

Score bench duty
3.45 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers – back court (Herbst Family)
4,45 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels – main court (Jones-Hogan Family)
Basketball - Wednesday 26th June
4.50 pm - St Joseph’s Bolts v Weston Wildcats – back court
5.40 pm – St Joseph’s Raptors v Papakaio – main court
St Joseph’s Cavaliers have the bye

Score bench Duty
5.40 pm – St Joseph’s Bolts – back court (Rollan Family)
Hockey – Tuesday 25th June
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
5.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wasps v Speedy Sticks (Mia C and Troy)

Hockey – Wednesday 26th June
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
6.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wekas v Hampden Main Warriors (Mya R) – Turf 2