This year the year 7 & 8s went to the same location as base camp - Raincliff in South Canterbury. The year 8s stayed in tents and the year 7s stayed in dorm rooms. They had different experiences with the year 7s doing river crossing and safety, exploring weta caves, an eco bushwalk and abseiling. The year 8s did a high ropes course and a day's rafting. The camp finished with a campfire and when the year 7s went back to school, the year 8s walked up the Mt Somer's walkway to stay the night at Woolshed Creek Hut. Our activities were supervised by Peel Forest Outdoors Pursuits Centre and they were awesome. Everyone had a great time and returned happy and safely. The big hit this year was the rafting with every participant rating it 10 out of 10.
A big thank you to our wonderful parent helps: Rebecca Heffernan, Chris Hogan, Cranos Chikowore, Rachel Fowler, Courtenay McDowall and Mark Phillips. Here are some selected photos from the camps and there are more on our Facebook page:
We're very sad for ourselves but happy for Ange (Mrs) Asi who will be moving with her family to Christchurch next year. Her children Elenoa and Halalova are continuing their education in Christchurch and her husband Tevita is already working up there. It is a great move for Ange's family. She has been with us for a very long time, starting when she was a student at St Joseph's herself and we will miss her calm approach and deep knowledge of our school. All the best from us all to Ange and family.
Parish Jubilee Celebrations
Everyone is invited to join the parish this Saturday at 6.30 pm mass to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the building of St Patrick's Basilica. Please note the 6.30 pm Mass replaces the 5.00 pm Mass. This is followed by food and speeches at the Brydone ($10 a ticket for this part, obtainable from the parish office).
Our school athletics day is at Whitestone stadium next Tuesday (cancellation day Thursday). Please come if you can to support your children, they have been training hard. Mrs Brien has sent information home.
God Bless and Aroha