Thursday, 31 October 2019

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 4 2019

Altar Servers
Saturday 2nd November - Cooper & Madison Jones, Paddy & Joseph Spillane
Sunday 3rd November - Lilly Kelcher, Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to
Elias Fraser, Paolo Mordeno and King Melecio

Book Fair
We still have one more day left of the Book Fair and to celebrate Book Fair Week, we would like you to dress up as your favourite Book Character tomorrow.  A great big thank you to our volunteers who helped out this week. Proceeds from the Book Fair come back to our school.

During Labour Weekend we had a few school families travel up to Blenheim to compete in the South Island Tae Kwon Do tournament. The children competed in their age, belt and gender groups and had 2 events.  Congratulations to the following children who received place getter medals:
-  Melecio King - silver and gold in the 9/10 year age group in the green belt, blue tip grade
-  Warren Pardede - silver and gold in the 9/10 year age group in the red belt grade
-  William Pardede - silver and gold in the 11/12 year age group in the red belt, black tip grade
-  Paolo Mordeno - silver in the 12/13 year age group in the red belt.  Paolo was absent for the photo.

Measles Update

English Worried about measles? Stay at home and call your doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice. Healthline has interpreters – when your call is answered, say you’d like an interpreter and the language you’d like to speak in.

 Māori Kei te āwangawanga koe ki te mītera? Noho ki te kāinga me te waea atu ki tō tākuta ki Healthline (0800 611 116) rānei mō ngā tohutohu. He kaiwhakamāori ā-waha ā Healthline – hei te wā ka whakautua tō waeatanga atu, kōrerotia tō pīrangi ki tētahi kaiwhakamāori ā-waha me te reo e pīrangi ana koe ki te kōrero.

Samoan Popolega i le misela? Nofo i le fale ma vili lau foma’i po’o le Healthline (0800 611 116) mo se fautuaga. E i ai fa’amatala’upu a le Healthline – Afai e tali mai i lau vili atu, ona fa’ailoa lea i ai e te mana’omia se fa’amatala’upu ma ta’u iai le gagana e te mana’o e te fia talanoa ai.

Tongan Hoha’a fekau’aki moe mahaki misele? Kapau koia. Nofo ma’u ‘i ‘api pea ke fetu’utaki ki ho’o toketā pe koe Healthline (0800 611 116) ke ‘oatu ha fale’i. ‘Oku ‘i ai ‘a e kau fakatonulea ‘i he Healthline – talaange ki he tokotaha tali telefoni ‘oku ke fiema’u tokotaha fakatonulea faka-Tonga keke lea ki ai.

Moeraki Marae Visit
Our junior school will be visiting Moeraki Marae next Thursday 7th November.  We will depart from school by bus at 9.45 am and return approximately 1.30 pm.  Children are to wear PE gear with good closed in footwear/sneakers as we are going walking.  Please wear/bring your school polar fleece and school jacket, lunchbox and a drink bottle.

For further information, please ask your child's teacher.  An email will be sent to all parents next week.

Plastic Free Fridays
The Envirogroup students want to introduce Plastic Free Fridays to St Joseph’s. We will start this initiative tomorrow. This is a day when you don't use single use plastic in your lunchbox.(e.g muesli bar wrappers, chip packets, glad wrap and yoghurt containers)

Here are some handy tips on how you can make your lunch a plastic free one:
1.Instead of buying little chip packets, buy a big bag of chips and put what you need into a container. 
2.Use extra fruit - it’s good for you.
3.Use hummus/crackers/carrots as a plastic free option
4.Use beeswax wrappers.
5.Use a lunch box with compartments in it (without any wrappers!)

Our Young Vinnies have made beeswax wrappers as part of their volunteer work and will be for sale in a couple of weeks time. Prices to be notified. Please let the office know if you are interested in buying any.

Please help us by trying to reduce our plastic waste at school.
Thank you!

School Athletics Day for Seniors and Juniors

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Our whole school athletics will be combined with Oamaru North School and is held on Tuesday 12th November at Whitestone Contracting Stadium/Centennial Park (same venue as last year).
All children are to meet at Centennial Park at 8.45 am at the latest in the grandstand in their classes so the rolls can be taken and information about the day will be explained.  Junior school children will be given a colour mark on their hand so they know which group they are in.

Junior children aged 5-7 years will finish about 1.30 to 1.45 pm and can go home with parents at that time, otherwise they will be supervised till 3.00 pm.  Please notify your child’s teacher beforehand if you intend to take your child early or if they are staying till 3.00 pm.  Children will not be allowed to leave the grounds at any stage until it is time for them to go. Senior children finish at 3.00 pm. 

Bus children –in the morning, all bus children will be dropped off at St Joseph’s and they will catch a shuttle bus out to the grounds provided by Ritchies.  This bus will leave at 8.40 am on Usk Street and a teacher will ensure your child catches this bus.  In the afternoon, there will be two buses collecting the children at 3.10 pm outside the main entrance to Centennial Park.  Darryl the town bus driver will collect the town bus children and the Kakanui shuttle bus will collect the country children and take them to Waitaki Boys High School via St Kevin’s so they can catch their respective buses.  Please let me know if your child is catching either the morning or afternoon bus or both so we can have a list of bus children on that day.  An email has been sent to all families.  There will be no before school care on that morning.

Helpers - can we please have some more helpers for both seniors and juniors. We need parents/caregivers/grandparents/older siblings who can assist with groups and lead them from one rotation to another. Thank you very much to the parents who have already offered to help as I have allocated rotations for you but I am at least a dozen helpers short. Helpers will receive information next week on what rotation they are on.

Children are to wear their school PE gear including sport shoes and bring the following items:
·         SUN HAT – very important
·         Track pants, school jacket, school polar fleece, thermal, warm clothes (if cold) and school bag
·         Sunscreen
·         Water bottles x 2 in plastic containers
·         Enough food and snacks to last the whole day

Please do not bring any glassware, energy or fizzy drinks.

The day will start sharp at 9.00 am with a prayer, roll call and the children notified of what is expected during the day.  We expect all children to be at the grounds by 8.45 am in order for our first rotation to start at 9.20 am.  The rotations should be finished by 2.45 pm followed by tidying up the grounds and a final thank you.  Children will be ready to leave by 3.00 pm.

The day will consist of the junior and senior children running their events simultaneously apart from the sprints and distance which will be run at the same time.  A bell will indicate the change of events and to move on to the next rotation.  The relays will be run separately and this year it will just straight baton change to the next person.  There will be a 400 m relay at the end with the fastest boys and girls in each age group from 8-13 years competing against one another.

Children will run in their age groups from 8 years old as of 1st October 2019 and the juniors from 5-7 years will run in their made up colour groups e.g. red, blue, black, green.

If it is raining, our postponement day is Thursday 14th November and you will be notified by 7.30 am if it is postponed by Facebook and email and it will be school as usual.

Students that qualify for North Otago Athletics on Monday 25tht November will receive information about this. Anyone wishing to attend Otago Primary Schools athletics on the 19th November, please let me know.

The programme of events and times will be given to you next week once we have confirmation of helpers from both schools.

Any questions about this day, please contact me. Thanks

Paula Brien, Email:

School Mass & Assembly
There is no school mass next Thursday however there is a mass on Friday afternoon at 1.45 pm to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the church. This is a combined mass with St Kevin's College. There will be no celebration assembly on that Friday.

Please note there is NO subway lunches tomorrow because of International Sandwich Day and Subway cannot supply school lunches on this day because they are too busy.  Subway will resume again on Friday 8th November as per usual.

Terrific Thursdays
Today was the last Terrific Thursday for the year and it will start up again in term 1.

Community Notices
  • Oranga Tamariki - can you provide a stable and loving environment for tamariki until it's safe for them to return home?  All children need a place where they can feel at home with their wider whanau or caregivers.  Those who can give them aroha, a place of belonging and connection with family, whakapapa and culture.  Caregiving can be hard at times but the rewards are amazing.  Your aroha can make all the difference.  For more information about becoming an Oranga Tamariki caregiver, please get in touch on 0508 CARERS (0508 227 377) or

  • Oamaru Multisport Club - presents Fun Walk-Run/Duathlon Series.  Fun walk/run 2.5 km (1 lap), 5 km (2 laps), 10 km (4 laps).  Duathlon - Off the Couch - 2 km walk-run/ 4 km (1 lap) bike / 0.5 km walk-run.  Weekend Warriors - 2 km run/ 12 km (3 laps) bike/ 2.5 km run .  Held on Wednesdays from 13, 20, 27 November at the Oamaru Harbour Playground at Friendly Bay.  Registration is 5.30 pm, briefing at 5.45 pm, start 6.00 pm.  Entry fee is adults $10.00 per event or $20.00 for series; students $5.00 per event or $10.00 for series.  Contact Adair Craik on 021 309 439 / Diane Talanoa on 021 815 0688 or on the day.  Entry forms available at the school office

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