Thursday, 25 July 2019

1. Principal's News Term 3, Week 1 2019

Start of Term 3
We've had a great start to the term.  Already our year 7s have worked with Filmmakers in Schools to start planning movie-making, we've had a visit from the Rugby Union to share the Ranfurly Shield and inspire the children about our local competition.  Mrs Klenner has spent two days on Te Reo training and the junior school are preparing for their trip to the resource centre and community gardens on Friday.  Lots of classes have been brainstorming what they know about energy as a starting place for their learning this term.

Reminder: school is closed for a teacher only day on Friday 9th August.

Community Consultation

Every three years we make a new three year strategic plan (our charter).  Before making that plan we engage in extensive community consultation.

In 2016 we surveyed all families and many responded.

This was fed into our strategic plan

Our intentions
Did we achieve them?
2017 - Consolidate
Embed St Joseph’s curriculum and teaching
Knowing our whakapapa (history): being a Dominican school
High achievement, future-focused, making a difference, being Catholic
2018 – Platform for growth
Using technology, design processes, critical thinking and creativity in transformative ways,  to engage with a relevant, active, purposeful curriculum
We have started on this and this an ongoing journey.
2019 - growing
Making a difference to our community and world through solving problems that matter
Our Enviroschools focus has been the vehicle for this.

What’s Next?
This year we have done a lot of professional work on growing our curriculum.  We have been using the New Zealand curriculum as the basis for the type of skills needed for lifelong learners.  This is all part of promoting critical thinking within a relevant, active, purposeful curriculum engaging in our local world and doing things that make a difference.

Our vision is Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith and at different times, as we grow and develop, reaching for the stars and being lifelong learners may look different.  For instance one example is now it is extremely important that lifelong learners have computational thinking skills. Reaching for the stars means reaching for excellence and now that means working out what good collaboration, creativity and critical thinking look like as well as maths, reading etc.

Our school motto “Veritas” meaning truth and our values respect, reverence, resilience and relationships all fit well within a forward-looking curriculum.

In the next few weeks we will be consulting with parents again.  We will send you an online survey for some feedback and feedforward which will help us get the flavour of what you want for your children. The more people who respond the better idea we get.

We will feed that into our planning.  Then later in the term you will be invited to an information session where we can explain how we are developing curriculum to help your children reach for the stars as lifelong learners in the Catholic faith in 2020-22.

We look forward to engaging with you further over this term.

Welcome to our new cleaners
Elizabeth Harvey in the senior end of the school, and Raylene Te Maihoroa in the junior end. Please say hello to them if you see them.

God Bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 1 Term 3 2019

LUCKY: First Lotto presenters Doug Harvey and Ann Wilson, who delivered the good news in 1987 and 1988.Faith Facts Week 1
22nd St Mary Magdalene
25th St James the Apostle
26th St Joachim and Anne
On the 22nd July 1987 Lotto goes on sale for the first time in New Zealand. Many people pray to win the lotto. Better to follow Jesus example of loving your neighbour and yourself. Make a realistic budget for your family and stick to it. In addition, seek wise advice concerning your finances. Buy a ticket only if you can afford the loss. And know God loves you and wants to help you face financial problems realistically.
../../../../../Desktop/reduce-food-waste-illustration_csp28466126.jpgLautado Si
The food in landfills is deprived of oxygen (and insects), it barely breaks down. Worse - as it slowly decays, this food releases climate-damaging methane gas which is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The nutrients of landfill food encased in plastic, may not return to the soil for many hundreds of years.  Home composting is the best method of avoiding landfill and makes food for our gardens Living our lives with love. 

Meeting Dates for First Communion with parents

Meeting 1:  Mon 12th August 7.00pm
Meeting 2:  Mon 19th August 7.00pm

First Communion  Sunday 25th August.

Thank you 
God bless
Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 3 2019


Altar Servers
Saturday 27th July - Annalise & David Kilgour, Luse & Sami Asi
Sunday 28th July - Serah Staju, Indeg and Nye Jonges-Hogan

Birthday Greetings to
None for this week

Change of Contact Details
Please let the office know if you have moved or changed your contact details during the holidays or if your emergency contacts have changed.

First Communion and Confirmation Gifts
The Holy Shop is closing down and have given us some stock suitable for First Communion and Confirmation gifts.  If you are interested in looking at these gifts, please contact the school office.  All proceeds will go back to the Holy Shop.

Junior School Walk to Community Gardens
A notice went home yesterday about the junior school going to the community gardens and resource centre tomorrow morning.  If you are able to be a helper please let your class teacher know.  The children are to wear their PE gear and sport shoes.

Parent Teacher Interviews
Don't forget the parent teacher interviews next Tuesday 30th July and Monday 5th August. To book your time slot please go to and use the code rexwq.

Polar Fleeces
We have a limited number of the new polar fleeces available at our school from sizes 8-16. They cost $40.00 each.  The Warehouse have size 16 in stock and sizes 10-14 are on their way.  There has been a delay at the suppliers of the polar fleece and sizes 4-8 will be sent in due course.

Ranfurly Shield Visit
Yesterday the North Otago Rugby Union brought the Ranfurly Shield to school for the children to look at because North Otago Rugby are versing Otago Rugby tomorrow afternoon and it was a great opportunity to see this 117 year old original shield.

Scholastic  Book Club
Club brochures went home today.  Orders are due back by Monday 5th August.

St Kevin's College Application Forms
Please return these forms to our school office by next week or if your child is going to another high school please let us know so we can inform St Kevin's.

Sport Team Photos
Can all coaches please take a photo of their team and send it to Mrs Brien at  If you have any photos of your team playing sport, we would love to have a copy.

Sports Teams Sponsorship Incentive
North Otago Pastoral Services are offering a great incentive based offer.  All farmers who purchase a 1kg box of Granstar or 300 gm of Harmony from North Otago Pastoral between 1 August and 31 December 2019 will be able to nominate their local North Otago sports team of choice (St Joseph's basketball, cricket, football, miniball, netball, rugby, touch rugby)  to receive the following sponsorship:
  • $20 per 1kg of Granstar
  • $10 per 300 gm of Harmony (equivalent to 2 x 150 gm)
Granstar and Harmony are selective herbicides, often used in conjunction with Roundup to control broadleaf weeds or buttercups and docks.

Teacher Only Day
A reminder about school being closed on Friday 9th August.

Young Vinnies
Will be selling chocolate chip muffins each Wednesday at lunchtime till the end of term for $1.50 each. Orders and money to be handed in to the office on the Tuesday before (in order to have enough muffins available).  All proceeds are going to an orphanage in Uganda called the Orphanage of Hope.

Welcome new students
We warmly welcome Emma Hu, Tendayi & Mazvita Rondozai and Lachlan Wilkinson to our school.

Community Notices
  • The Waitaki Boys High School community association are bringing Marcus Akuhata-Brown to Oamaru on Monday 5th August at 7.00 pm at the WBHS Auditorium.  Inspiring young people with a powerful message.  Lifting the glass lids on low expectations and achievements.   Tickets cost $10.00 and are available from WBHS, St Kevin's and Brackens Print.
  • Fun Fit Kids at the Rec Centre - is a fun fitness programme for primary/intermediate school kids.  45-60 minutes of fun and fitness.  Held on Fridays at 4.00 pm for 4 weeks starting Friday 26th July.  Cost $24.00 per child.
  • Columba Scout Group - Keas for 5-8 yrs on Mondays from 4.15 to 5.15 pm. Cubs for 8-11 yrs on Mondays from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.  Held at the Columba Scout Den, Awamoa Park. Scout groups provide safe and nurturing environments for children to have fun and develop their creativity through games, arts and crafts, challenges, indoor and outdoor activities and so much more so come along and join in the adventure.  For more information contact Mary-Jane on 022 300 9690.

4. Sports Draw - July - Week 1, Term 3 2019

Netball - Saturday 27th July

  • This Saturday is Goal-athon Day and teams are allowed to dress up.  Remember to get some sponsors for your goal-athon cards.
  •  Coaching Session – this coming Monday 29th July, Lana Morrison from Netball South will be running a skills session from 3.30 to 5.00 pm at the Rec Centre which will be suitable for coaches of all levels.  If you are attending cause you please register using this link:
  •  North Otago is hosting a rep tournament on Sunday 28th July. They are looking for people to volunteer their time to help out at the tournament.  Please email North Otago netball if you can help. Email is
  •  Juniors Finals Day has now been changed to Saturday 17th August and not 10th August because the senior are now finishing a week later due to the rain out day.  This saves a double header being played for juniors in one week.

Duty - We are on duty this week and we need to have 2 parents from each team to run the office.  Your coaches will be in touch with you regarding duty.

Note this time we have 3 teams playing as the Rebels have a bye and two teams are playing at the same time so some teams may have to do duty different to their teams playing.

8.30 - 9.30 am - set up and office - St Joseph's Ferns (play at 9.00 am)

9.30 - 10.30 am - office - St Joseph's Gold  (play at 11.00 am and some gold players umpire at 9.00 am)

10.30 - 11.50 am - office - St Joseph's Maroon (play at 11.00 am) – note extra 20 minutes in office. 

Intermediate Prem
11.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Pulse– Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
St Joseph’s Rebels have the bye

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

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4
11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Fenwick Starts – court 4

9.00 am – Jada-Rose Keno & Summer Moriarty, Mya Lindsay and Bridie McGeown
10.00 am –Paige Strachan
Rugby - Saturday 27th July

  • Rugby finishes on Saturday 10th August

5 & 6 yrs - Rippa
10.00 am – Valley Blue v St Joseph’s - Weston

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

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

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – Valley v St Joseph’s – Weston
Waitaki Boys Miniball Tournament – this is a great opportunity for your school teams to compete in a tournament leading into semi and finals of the local competition or you can just make a team up with the players that are keen to play.

- Date – Sunday 11th August
-  Where – Waitaki Boys High School Gym
-  Times – games start at 9.00 am and the final at 3.00 pm
-  Grades – Premier Grade (Yr 5/6) and A Grade (Yr 3/4)
- Mixed – Boys and girls teams all welcome to enter

Please let your coach know if you are interested.  Entries have to be in by Wednesday 7th August.

Miniball - Tuesday 30th 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 31st 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 30th July
·         Finals week is 20th August

Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
4.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wasps v OIS Red (Mia C)

Hockey – Wednesday 31st July
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
6.00 pm – Upper Waitaki Wekas v Five Forks Falcons (Mya R) – Turf 1

5. Diary Dates - Week 1, Term 3 2019

Friday 26                           -  Junior school visit to Resource Recovery Centre
                                          -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 29                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 30                        -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm

Thursday 1                        -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                          -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
                                          -  Home and School Meeting at 7.00 pm
                                          -  Board of Trustee training at 7.00 pm
Friday 2                             - Junior school visit to Resource Recovery Centre postponement day
                                           -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 5                           -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                           -  Parent Teacher Interviews from 3.15 to 8.00 pm
                                           -  Scholastic Book Club orders due back today *
Thursday 8                         -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                           -  ECB and Young Vinnies
                                           -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 9                              -  TEACHER ONLY DAY  - school closed
                                           -  Football First Kicks Programme finishes today *
Saturday 10                        -  Rugby finishes today   
Monday 12                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                           -  First Communion Parent Meeting at 7.00 pm *
Tuesday 13                         -  Board of  Trustees meeting at 6.00 pm
Thursday 15                       -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                           -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 16                            -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Saturday 17                        -  Netball finishes today for Yrs 3-8 – note change of date *
Sunday 18                          -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser – Yr 8 families *
Monday 19                         -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                           -  First Communion Parent Meeting at 7.00 pm *
Tuesday 20                         -  School Cross Country – am
                                            -  Keeping Ourselves Safe Parent Meeting at 2.30 pm
Wednesday 21                     -  School Cross Country Postponement date
Thursday 22                        -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                            -  ECB and Young Vinnies
                                            -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 23                            -  Celebration assembly
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
Thursday 29                       -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                           -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 30                            -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm

Sunday 1                           -  Father’s Day
Monday 2                          -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                                          -  North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4                     -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Monday 9                          -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Wednesday 11                   -  Vision and Hearing *
Monday 16                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 20                           -  Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8 at St Joseph’s School *
Sunday 22                         -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser
Monday 23                        -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 27                           -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                        -  Term 4 starts
Tuesday 15                        -  School photos *
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, 4 July 2019

1. Principal's News Week 10 Term 2 2019

Term 2
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the privilege of working with your children.  They are a joy.  They are mannerly, respectful, kind and they all show our school values of respect, reverence, resilience and relationship.  Of course not all the time, no-one's perfect.  But our children have good strategies for facing up and dealing with things when they are not perfect and even better, they know and expect us, the adults around them, to support them with this.  I love coming to work and working with your children.

At St Joseph's we constantly strive to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith.  We've had a great term and here are some highlights:

- Celebration of oral language - the children shared some amazing speeches and recitals
- Three interschool sports competitions for our intermediates.
- National Young Leaders Day for the year 8s.
- Sacrament of Confirmation
- Enviroschools development and social sciences teaching
- We have learnt about God and Creation which helped us understand about our Earth.
- We have learnt about Church - so that we understand we have a responsibility to do something about our environment.
- Children have been learning drumming and ukelele.
- Our Filipino class, Pasifika group and Kapa Hapa groups have continued.
- All children have been supported to make sustained improvement in oral language.
- Our students are making good progress with all their learning and can show they are achieving.
- Our Dominican Choir and Year 7 & 8s participated in the North Otago Music festival - what a great celebration of your talent.

Mufti Mania
Tomorrow, Friday 5th is Mufti Mania.  This is something all Catholic Schools in New Zealand participate in together.  Children wear their own clothes (mufti) and bring a gold coin donation.  This will provide new water tanks and toilets and repair classrooms for Doputz Primary School on Bougainville.  This school has been closed due to ill repair and lack of resources.  Our combined effort will help to open it again.

Congratulations to Morgan Lee who has gained the deputy principal position at Papakaio School.  In term 4 Mrs Jennifer Streat will co-teach with Mrs Lena Klenner in Ruma Kiwi.

Children will be given their reports to take home tomorrow.  For children with parents in separate locations, reports are posted to both parents.  If we don't know the location of one of the parents, two reports will go to the location we know, with the child.  The reports are the opening of a conversation which will be continued at interviews next term.  Please book your time.

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

Reminder - Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED, Friday 9th August.

From the staff and students at St Joseph's we wish you a happy and safe holiday.

God Bless and Aroha,
Lorraine Frances-Rees