Thursday, 29 August 2019

1. Principal's News Week 6 Term 3 2019

First Communion
Congratulations to our children who received First Communion on Sunday this week:

Some of today's learning opportunities:

Year 7 Science - learning about hypdroelectric power

Year 5/6 before the school day began, engrossed in learning about electrical circuits
Boys engrossed in electrical circuitry - too busy to stop for a photo
Fiefia Night
Congratulations to our Pasifika group for an amazing performance at the Fiefia night last week where all the North Otago schools celebrated our Pasifika cultures.  The group will also perform at Friday's assembly this week.  Thank you to parents Malia, Lisa and sister Sulieti and of course Mrs Misiloi.

Kapa Haka
Fantastic effort by our Kapa Haka group this week at the North Otago Hui Ako.  Thanks to Cat Campbell for guiding us.

Daffodil Day and Cross Country Celebration Assembly
Yellow mufti day this Friday with a gold coin donation going to Cancer care in North Otago.  A fun afternoon is planned and you are warmly welcomed to join us:
1.30pm - our annual staff versus students netball game.
2.20pm - celebration assembly - Cross Country Awards and Pasifika group performance.

School Shoes
I have put out a notice this week regarding school shoes - if you have just purchased a pair of almost regulation school shoes, please see me and we can come to an arrangement.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2.Special Character Week 6 Term 3 2019

Special Dates
27th St Monica
28th St Augustin
29th The Passion of John the Baptist
1st September Father’s Day

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Father’s Day Prayer
Lord, thank you for all fathers. 
For the new ones, who endure sleepless nights with infants in arms.
For the busy ones, who juggle the pressures of home and family life.
For the steadfast ones, who nurture and care for our special vulnerable children.
For the patient ones, who always seek to forgive and engage with their pre-teens.
For the persistent ones, who cleverly find new ways to connect with their mini-adults.
For the father uncles, who step in to cradle and care for nieces and nephews.
For all granddads, who love and support their precious grandchildren.
For the foster dads that are called to gather and cover the fragile ones.
For the Sunday dads who care for our children and lead them in faith.
For the dads who give far beyond their own resources, who overcome disability to cherish and love.
Thank you Lord for all our beautiful fathers. Help us to support them and keep them in
our prayers. May you bless them now on this their special day.

(a Father's Day prayer from
Lautado Si
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CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME – Living our Lives with Love 
TREES – The Lungs of the Earth – More Facts:
Trees are the longest living organisms on Earth.
Trees communicate with one another via their roots and defend themselves against attacking insects
Trees absorb as much as 21.5 Kgs of carbon dioxide each year 
Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves 
Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rainwater and protecting aquifers and watersheds. 
In a single day a large tree can consume 455 Litres of water and discharge it into the air as oxygen and water vapor. 
After oceans, forests are the most efficient source of precipitation (rain).
NZ Government plans to plant one billion trees by 2028 to help meet our commitment, and fulfill the goals, of the Paris Agreement.
Spiritual Reading
Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance.
Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.
Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. --Saint Ephraem of Syria
Congratulations to these 16 children who received their First Holy Communion last Sunday 25th August 2019. Thank you to their families also thank you Fr Wayne, Adrienne Wylie and Mark Wylie.
Many thanks
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 6, Term 3 2019

 Altar Servers
Saturday 31st August - Joseph & Paddy Spillane, Madison & Cooper Jones
Sunday 1st September - Alexie Phillips and Hana Davies

Birthday Greetings to
Serah Staju, Charlie Bremner, Moana Hafoka, Aria Oakes and Joaquin Perez

Biorhythms Teeth Project - Yr 5/6
A reminder to return these participation forms by tomorrow to the school office for year 5/6 students who are wanting to participate in the Biorhythms teeth project.  Forms were sent home last week after Sophie's visit with Hoiho and Kakapo's classrooms.  This is a project being run from the Dental Faculty at the University of Otago.

Car Parking
When you are dropping off or collecting your children, please do not park over the neighbours' driveways as they cannot get out.  Thank you.

Last weekend some of our U11 rugby players represented North Otago in the annual representative rugby tournament against teams from Mid and South Canterbury and Waimate Selection. The North Otago team came 2nd overall and congratulations to these 4 players who made the paper tournament team: Michael Woodhouse and Kenton Tokai from our school and Kenny Mania and AJ Esela who play for St Joseph's.

Daffodil Day - Mufti Day
Tomorrow we are all wearing something yellow in support of Daffodil Day with all proceeds going to North Otago Cancer care. Everyone is to bring a gold coin donation for this worthy cause.

Filmmakers in School Festival and Awards Night
This will be held on Wednesday 18th September at 7.00 pm at St Kevin's Auditorium.  Fun for the whole family and come and support Waitaki's next generation filmmakers including at least 4 film making teams from our school.  Gold coin entry.

Hungry Horse Cafe
A notice has gone home to all Yr 7 families regarding volunteering their time at the Hungry Horse Cafe on Sunday 22nd September.  This is a very good fundraiser and each class only has to volunteer their time for a couple of hours once a year for this cause.

Lost Property
There is a huge amount of unnamed lost property in the foyer.  Please come and check if it belongs to your child.

North Otago Cross Country
Congratulations to the children who have qualified for this event next Monday at the Oamaru Racecourse.  All children who qualified for the NOCC had received a note last week to take home.  We need to know who will be attending this event so we do not miss any children entering their race.

Please ensure the children are at the race track between 3.30 and 3.45 pm to meet Mrs Asi who will give them their name labels and will be managing them.  The North Otago course is held in the same area as our school course and is changed slightly.  Parents must stay in the designated viewing area as they are not allowed on the course.  There is to be no parking on the race track nor are dogs allowed.
First race starts at 4.00 pm.

Parish Freezer
Years 1-4 in the junior school are down to volunteer for the Parish Freezer.  We would be very grateful if the families could kindly donate baking or cooked meal items before the end of term 3.  the items can be baking or a main meal e.g. soups, casseroles, lasagna, muffins or biscuits etc.  If you are in a position to contribute, thank you. Please bring your kindly donated food to the school office.

Friday 30th - mufti day and bring gold coin donation
                    -  all north otago cross country forms due in
                    - scholastic book club orders due in
                    - Biorhythms Teeth Project - Yr 5/6 forms due in
                    - staff v Yr 8 students in annual netball game at 1.30 pm
                    -  assembly starts at 2.20 pm
                    - cross country certificates and trophies to be handed out at assembly
                    - Pasifika group performance at assembly
Sunday 1st - Father's Day
Monday 2nd - no technology
                     - North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4th - North Otago Cross Country postponement date

Singing Cup Finalists
Well done to everyone who auditioned last Friday to be part of the Singing Cup and congratulations to these finalists who will sing on Friday 20th September at 9.15 am in our school hall.  We look forward to hearing them.

Solo Finalists
Yr 8 Girls - Annalise Kilgour,  Bridie McGeown, Ofa Tokai and Hana Davies
Yr 8 Boys - Troy Chikowore
Yr 7 Girls - Mariah Cunningham and Alexie Phillips
Yr 7 Boys - Sami Asi
Yr 6 Girls - Kacymea Tahitu'a, Lilly Kelcher, Freya Spooner, Paige Strachan and Willow Bartlett
Yr 6 Boys - Lachlan Criddle and Tommy McGeown
Yr 5 Girls - Mya Robinson
Yr 5 Boys - David Kilgour

Group Finalists
Yr 7 & 8 - Hana Davies & Morgan Williams
               - Siaosi Asi, Ofa Tokai, Kenton Tokai, Lisiate Hausia and Jada-Rose Keno
               - Ofa Tokai, Zara Davies, Bridie McGeown, Adriana Wylie-Taukolo, Morgan Williams and
                  Molly-May Mestrom
               - Paddy Spillane, Lisiate Hausia, Michael Woodhouse and Kenton Tokai
               - Cooper Jones and Annalise Kilgour
               - Jayla Strong, Alexie Phillips and Mariah Cunningham
               - Magnus Heaphy, Nye Jones-Hogan, Troy Chikowore, Kristiana Whiston, Jada-Rose Keno
                 and Summer Moriarty

Yr 5 & 6 - Paige Strachan and Lilly Kelcher
               - James Bremner, Hamish Fowler, William Pardede and Kenton Tokai
               - Freya Spooner, Ivy-Belle Mestrom and Kacymea Tahitu'a
               - Kacymea Tahitu'a and Sandrene Mordeno

Can all winter sports uniforms and gear bags be washed and cleaned and returned to the office by Friday 6th September as a stocktake will be done.  Coaches/managers/parents please let Mrs Brien know of any feedback regarding the winter sports season and email to thanks.

Summer Sports - notices will come out next week regarding touch rugby and cricket.

Basketball - U13 Skill  Days for players aged 11 and 12 years only.  This will be held in Dunedin on Sunday 8th September at John McGlashan College, 2 Pilkington Street, Maori Hill.  Girls are from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and boys from 1.30 to 4.30 pm.  To register or for more information go to www.nzbasketball/u13skilldays and the cost is $30 per person. A flyer is attached to the email.


Next Monday 2nd September, there will be no technology for the Yr 7 & 8 students as St Kevin's staff have a Professional Development Day.  There will be a make up day on Tuesday 24th September.  Students will need to go straight to St Kevin's for a 8.50 am start and a bus will bring them back to school at 10.30 am.

Community Notices
  • Youthtown Holiday Programme - there is full day activity sessions from 8.15 am to 6.00 pm or school day activities from 8.15 am to 3.15 pm.  Creative, physical adventure and social based activities where they gain a sense of achievement that inspires confidence.  To book online go to

4. Diary Dates - Week 6, Term 3 2019

Friday 30                   -  Mufti Day – wear something yellow
                                  -  Staff v Yr 8 students in netball game at 1.30 pm
                                  -  Celebration assembly at 2.20 pm – cross country certificates handed out and 
                                     Pasifika dance *

Sunday 1                   -  Father’s Day
Monday 2                 -  North Otago Cross Country
Wednesday 4            -  North Otago Cross Country postponement date
Thursday 5                -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                  -  ECB and Young Vinnies
                                  -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
                                  -  Home and School meeting
Friday 6                     -  All winter sports uniforms and gear bags due back in today *
                                  -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 9                  -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 10                -  HPV vaccinations for Yr 8
Wednesday 11           -  Vision and Hearing
Thursday 12              -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                  -  Terrific Thursday at 2.15 pm
Friday 13                   -  Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm
Monday 16                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 17                -  Board of  Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 18           -  Filmmakers in Schools Festival & Awards night at 7.00 pm at SKC *
Thursday 19              -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                  -  ECB and Young Vinnies
                                  -  Terrific Thursdays at 2.15 pm
Friday 20                  -  Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8 at St Joseph’s School at 9.15 am
Sunday 22                 -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser – Yr 7 class *
Monday 23                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 24                -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8 at 8.50 am at St Kevin’s College *
Friday 27                   -  Term 3 finishes

Monday 14                -  Term 4 starts
Tuesday 15                -  School photos
Sunday 20                 -  Food Fair
Thursday 24              -  Home & School Racecourse Fundraiser *
Monday 28                -  Labour Day holiday – school closed
Tuesday 29                -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
                                  -  Book Fair Week
Wednesday 30           -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
                                  -  Book Fair Week
Thursday 31              -  Yr 7 & 8 camp
                                  -  Book Fair Week

Friday 1                     -  Yr 8 camp
                                  -  Book Fair Week
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 29                   -  Multicultural Day

Friday 20                       -  School finishes for the year at 12.30 pm 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

1. Principal's News Week 5 Term 3 2019

Kapa Haka
With the North Otago Hui Ako coming up next week the numbers in our core kapa haka group have swelled and we have 59 children who have taken up the challenge to be up to speed with the items and ready to perform next week.  The children are fantastic.  We asked them to learn things in their own time.  And they have.  We are training them up to keep their mana when they face a full audience.  So they led at mass this morning. 

Tomorrow they will perform at assembly.  They are not 100% ready, we still have Monday to practice, but please come to assembly and support your children's work.  Let them know that the energy and passion they are putting out there is appreciated and hits the mark.  That will build them up even more for next week.  We will start assembly promptly at 2.30pm and they will be performing towards the end.  Thank you.

A big thank you to Cat Campbell who is our advisor.

Their performance will be around 1.15pm in the Opera House on Tuesday.  Please come.

Daffodil Day
There will be a Mufti Day next Friday for Daffodil Day and we will play our traditional year 8 versus teachers netball game starting at 1.15pm.  This will be followed by assembly starting at about 2.20pm where our Cross Country prizes will be given out.  Join us for the fun.  Children can wear yellow and please bring a gold coin donation.  All proceeds will go to Cancer support in North Otago.

Cultural Consultation
Representatives from our Pasifika, Chinese and Filipino communities met on Tuesday night to discuss our next three year strategic plan.

We talked about expectations from school and what sort of personal qualities employers look for.  Some of the things that came out were respect, honesty, diligence, kindness and resilience.  Our families wish to be part of a safe, inclusive, diverse community in North Otago.

To enable this to happen we discussed friendship and the openness and willingness to reach out to others, listen to them, find out about their lives and to get involved in community activities.  Our ideal community will not tolerate discrimination and members will actively work to support and help each other.

As a school with the privilege of educating the next generation we know we have some part in creating the world we all want to live in and so we take our community's aspirations seriously when we make our school plans.

Recent Whole Community Consultation

Each week I will feed a bit back about this recent consultation.  This week it's the vision:

Learning around the school
We keep our RE, reading, writing and maths programs as priorities.  Here are some of the other things we have been doing this week:

One of the most challenging leadership tasks for our year 8 leaders is preparing and leading our house choirs

Library time

Sharing their kites 

Library time

Some of our six year old girls decided to turn the camera on me 

Our year 8 girls at Cross Country

Ball skills

Some of our year 8 boys at Cross Country

The tents are out - Spring must be coming
God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 5 Term 3 2019

Special Dates

20th St Bernard
21st St Pius X (Pope)
22nd Queenship of Mary
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Pope Francis prayer for August Evangelization: That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth”. 
Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Lautado Si

The ban on single-use plastic bags!
As a result 2 billion plastic bags each year will be removed from the system. That's a LOT LESS plastic entering the marine environment and harming precious wildlife like turtles and whales.  What a huge victory possible only because of people like each one of us taking action to protect our oceans … And it is important to celebrate how far we’ve come. Now, thanks to the tireless work of many individuals and community organizations - the plastic pollution free future we want, is closer. Although we all know that bags are just the tip of the plastic iceberg it is a very significant step.  Together we make the difference!
Spiritual Reading
"There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over un-answered prayers." --St. Teresa of Avila
Praying with the Psalms- Psalm 86
I call to you in times of trouble,
 because you answer my prayers.
There is no god like you, O Lord,
 not one has done what you have done.
First Holy Communion Sunday 25th @ 9:30am St Patrick Cathedral Church
Pasifika Fiefia Night Thursday (tonight) @6pm Recreation Centre.

Thank you/Malo 'Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 5, Term 3 2019


Altar Servers

Saturday 24th August - Serah Staju, Luse & Sami Asi and Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 25th August - Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan and Lisiate Hausia

Birthday Greetings to
Henry Robinson, Neight Fraser, Ben Gillies, Eva Keno and Emily McGeown

Cross Country
On Tuesday we held our first combined cross country with Oamaru North School which was a success.  The reason we are combining our cross country and athletics is because we are in the same North Otago Sports zone. Schools over a certain roll are in an individual zone and all the other schools combine with another school or two to make another zone. The weather gods ensured we had a good day for it which was neither hot nor wet.
The course offered something different this year with the children being able to go over jumps and across water, a real cross country. Congratulations to our children who participated in the cross country, especially the children who found it extremely difficult and persevered to the finish line, we are proud of you all.
A huge thank you goes to Rebecca Heffernan who helped with the set up and organisation of the course and also to our parent helpers and St Kevin's students who were our marshalls and our brilliant photographers Mrs Whiston and Mrs Stringer who were there to capture the moment. With over 200 photos of the children you can go to this link and view them.

2019 Cross Country

Certificates and trophies will be presented at assembly on Friday 30th August at 2.20 pm.

North Otago Cross Country - the first 6 children from either Oamaru North and St Joseph's have been given  a permission slip to attend the North Otago Cross Country on Monday 2nd September at 4.00 pm at the Oamaru Race course.  Can all permission slips be returned by Tuesday 27th August. We are looking for a couple of parent helpers to help out with the NOCC as our school is in charge of organising it this year.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.

Otago Cross Country - is on Friday 30th August in Dunedin.  If your child is interested in attending, please let Mrs Brien know by next Monday 26th August.

Home and School Hungry Horse Cafe
The Yr 7 class are on cafe duty on Sunday 22nd September at the race course.  Parent volunteers are needed to do shifts throughout the day.
Last Sunday was another great day in the cafe and thank you to the Yr 8 parents who helped on the day.  They were joined in the dining room with the Magician Magic Max and Friends and Face Painter - Pop Face Art.  A huge THANK YOU to Glynn Cameron who is donating pies to the cafe for the rest of the year.

Keeping Our Kids Safe

All students will shortly be participating in the Keeping Ourselves safe programme. Attached to the email is information about keeping kids safe and including helpful tips for parents. 

Thursday 22 - Pasifika Fiafie night from 5.30 to 7.00 pm
Friday 23 - Singing Cup auditions
                 - assembly at 2.30 pm - Kapahaka group performing
Sunday 25 - First Holy Communion
Monday 26 - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 27 - Kapahaka Festival at the Opera House

Scholastic Book Club

Book club orders close on Friday 30th August.

Can all winter sports uniforms and gear bags be washed and cleaned and returned to the office.  Coaches/managers/parents please let Mrs Brien know of any feedback regarding the winter sports season and email to thanks.

Basketball Draw - Wednesday 28th August
4.00 pm - St Joseph's Bolts v Waitaki Valley Vikings - back court - playing for 5th and 6th
4.50 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers v Papakaio - main court - playing for 3rd and 4th
4.50 pm - St Joseph's Raptors v Weston Blue Wings - back court - playing for 5th and 6th


Score bench duty
4.00 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers - main court - need a volunteer
4.50 pm - St Joseph's Bolts - back court - need a volunteer

North Otago Rugby are looking for a manager for the North Otago U16 rep side.  If you are interested in being the manager, please let Jason Forrest know at North Otago Rugby.

Yr 5/6 playground models
During this term the Yr 5/6 class decided they wanted to design a new playground.  This was stemmed from their peer writing and inquiry about the environment and which also involved maths measurement.
For the playgrounds to get off the ground, the children had to plan, design and build a model.  They had to think of safety, age level suitability, was it challenging, was it creative to use, would it suit someone with a disability and they had to use sustainable materials and no plastics.
The children did themselves proud with their amazing creations.