Saturday 14th December - Annalise & David Kilgour and Cooper Jones
Sunday 15th December - Lisiate Hausia, Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom
Saturday 21st December - Luse & Sami Asi, Joseph & Paddy Spillane
Sunday 22nd December - Alexie Phillips, Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan
Christmas Vigil - Tuesday 24th December - Annalise & David Kilgour, Cooper Jones and Mariah Cunningham
Christmas Day - Wednesday 25th December - Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan, Lilly Kelcher and Lisiate Hausia
Saturday 28th December - Serah Staju, Annalise & David Kilgour and Mariah Cunningham
Sunday 29th December - Lisiate Hausia, Lilly Kelcher and Hana Davies
Saturday 4th January - Mariah Cunningham and Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 5th January - Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom
Saturday 11th January - Luse & Sami Asi and Lilly Kelcher
Sunday 12th January - The Jorgensen Family (Parish community)
Saturday 18th January - Mariah Cunningham and Serah Staju
Sunday 19th January - Ivy-Belle & Molly-May Mestrom and Lisiate Hausia
Saturday 25th January - Paddy Spillane, Annalise & David Kilgour
Sunday 26th January - Alexie Phillips and Hana Davies
Saturday 1st February - Cooper Jones and Lachlan Criddle
Sunday 2nd February - Lisiate Hausia, Indeg & Nye Jones-Hogan
Birthday Greetings for December and January
Sami Asi, Lachlan Criddle, Lucas Kofoed, Xanthe Clarke, Georgia Moore, Mia Cant, Evie Phillips, Chelsea & Ricky Koay, Jimmy Zeng, Mia Ridgway, Benjamin Jonathan, Blake Meek, Willow Bartlett, Hila'atu Leo, Ivy-Belle & Theo Mestrom and Eli Herbst.
Congratulations to the following students who received athletic trophies at assembly recently:
8 years - Chelsea Koay and Aki Tahitu'a
9 years - Eva Fatafehi and Daniel Woodhouse
10 years - Mya Robinson and Kenton Tokai
11 years - Libby Seddon and Michael Woodhouse
12 years - Atlanta Williams-McDowell and Levi Heffernan
13 years - Summer Moriarty and Paolo Mordeno
Absent from the photo was Daniel and Michael Woodhouse
Our school had 23 children who qualified for the North Otago Athletics on Monday 25th November. All the children showed great sportsmanship and were a credit to themselves, their family and the school as they competed against the top children from other schools. Congratulations go to these students who got top 3 placings:
8 year boys
- Aki Tahitu'a - 2nd in 60 metre sprints
9 year girls
- Milly Campbell - 2nd in discus
10 year girls
- Mya Robinson had a great day in her events with 1st in 100 metre sprints and long jump and 2nd in high jump.
11 year boys
- Michael Woodhouse also had a very good day with 1st in long jump, high jump and discus and 3rd in long distance.
12 year boys
- Levi Heffernan performed exceptionally well as he got 1st place in all his events - 100 metre sprints, high jump, discus and shot put.
- Maddox Lough - 3rd in discus
- Lisiate Hausia - 3rd in long distance
12 year girls
- Ofa Tokai - 2nd in shot put
13 year boys
- Siaosi Asi - 2nd in shot put
- Johan Gulinao - 3rd in high jump
8 & 9 year relay
- 2nd place - Daniel Woodhouse,Vilivea Tahitu'a and Eva Fatafehi with Yvonne Grey from Oamaru North.
There is no town bus operating from Monday 16th December onwards. The country buses are still running all next week but they will pick up the children straight after school so they will be arriving home earlier than usual
Christmas Mass Timetable
Tuesday 24th December - St Patrick's Basilica - 7.30 pm Carols and Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm
- Kurow - 5.40 pm - Carols and Christmas Eve Mass at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 25th December - St Patrick's Basilica - 9.00 am Carols and Christmas Day Mass at 9.30 am
If you are moving addresses in the holidays or your contact details change including emergency contacts, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cricket Skills Day
Last Tuesday, Angus and Hamish from North Otago Cricket came and took some cricket skills sessions with our children throughout the day. Some of the skills involved throwing the balls at the stumps, tip and run with the bat etc.
End of Year Breakup
Christmas nativity performance and prize-giving will happen in our End of Year Mass at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 18 December and our Head boy and girl will give their speeches in our final assembly Thursday 19 December at 11.45 am.
Farewell the following Families
We farewell the following Yr 8 families who leave St Joseph's for high school. We thank them for their contribution to our school and wish them all the best.
- Asi, Cameron, Cant, Chen, Chikowore, Davies, Heaphy, Jones, Keno, Lough, McGeown, Marshall, Moriarty, Robinson, Shaw and Williams.
The recipients of the lost purse wish to thank the person who dropped the purse into the school office last week. They were very thankful as the purse contained cash and some of it was from the Tooth Fairy!! We both would like to thank the person for their honesty.
Home and School
Hungry Horse Cafe
A big thank you to Rycole Joinery who donated the price board for the cafe. These are the February dates for the horse race meets and it would be much appreciated if you could help out with one of these dates:
February - Saturday 15th, Saturday 23rd and Tuesday 25th. Please let Rebecca Heffernan or the office know if you can help.
Disco - there was a great turn out of children last Friday at the disco and it was fantastic to see so many of them on the dance floor. Thanks to Victoria Forrest who was the DJ mover and groover for the evening.
Junior School Nativity
A hard copy of this notice has also gone home to families as well.
Our Nativity Presentation is on Wednesday 18th December at 6.00 pm in the church. Our presentation is part of the End of Year Mass and all students are expected to participate.
Your child/children will need to be dressed in their traditional or cultural clothings for this (any questions about this, please email or speak to your child's teacher).
Our first dress rehearsal is on Monday 16th December and we ask all children to have their costumes at school by tomorrow (Friday 13th December) in a named supermarket bag. We will keep the bags at school until after the prize giving Mass on Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday, all children must be at school by 5.30 pm in their classrooms to get dressed and ready to go to Mass with their teachers. If you are able to stay and help the children get changed, we would be very appreciative.
Thank you Junior School Teachers
Milly Campbell has lost her dark blue and speckled arms reading glasses. If anyone finds them, can you please hand them into the office.
All lost property and clothing will be disposed off by the end of school. Please come and check to see if your child's clothing is there.
We are having a Christmas themed mufti day on Monday so please come dressed up in your Christmas attire.
The Hoiho Yr 5/6 class has been working on their Passion Projects for 4 weeks. The children got to choose what project they wanted to work on and research. They presented their projects to other classes who asked them lots of questions about their projects.
Yesterday there was oohs and aahs at the sight of the pets that the children brought to school. There were 2 day baby chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, dogs and a small horse. All the school got a chance to get up close to the animals and give them a pat and later on in the morning they saw them go through an agility course. Thanks to the Yr 8 students who helped organise the day. More photos of the pets are on our Facebook page.
There are a couple of places next year for piano lessons tutored by Peter McMullan. Please ring Peter on 027 421 1216 for any enquiries.
All class stationery lists will be handed out next week with your reports and will be on the website for 2020 next week. If you purchased your child's stationery from OfficeMax online at: myschool.co.nz you will be able to purchase at their very low Back to School Discount prices which are available until the end of February.
Alternatively you can purchase packs online from www.paperplus.co.nz/back-to-school or in store at Paper Plus. If you already have certain parts of the stationery list, contact Paper Plus Oamaru who will organise a custom made pack for you.
Both companies enable parents to purchase their children's stationery at lower prices and both companies will make a donation to St Joseph's.
We received confirmation of our senior swimming lessons for term 1 next year. There will be six sessions and they are on these days:
Week 1 - Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th February
Week 2 - Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 12th February
Week 3 - Tuesday 18th February
Our senior swimming sports day will be in March and we are just confirming the date due to Technology now being on a Friday next year.
The junior swimming lessons will be held at the end of February and the first week in March and I will let you know the days once they are confirmed.
Parent Helpers - we will be asking for parent helpers/caregivers to help walk the children down to the pool with their lessons.
A notice will be emailed out regarding times, class groups and helpers in January.
Finished on Tuesday and a big thank you to our wonderful coaches who gave up their time and coached these teams. Congratulations to our Year 7/8 mixed team, the Turbos who won their section.
Tomorrow is the last day for Subway lunches this year. They will resume again next term.
The Uniform Shop will open on Friday 31st January from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and again on Tuesday 4th February from 8.15 to 9.15 am.
The Uniform Shop would love donations of any school and PE uniforms that are not required anymore. Please drop them off to the office.
On Tuesday next week, the children are having a water fight after lunch. Children are asked to bring togs, towel, water gun or a named bucket. Sorry no water balloons allowed.
- OSCAR Holiday Programme - 18th to 20th December and 6th to 31st January - come and join us for fun filled days of swimming, water sliding, water fights, games, crafts, cooking and outings. For more information call Jenny on 021 156 5871 or email email@example.com