Thursday, 30 July 2020

1. Principal's News Term 3 Week 2 2020

Sharing Our Gospel
A recent initiative by our year 8 class was for the year 8s to go to the other classrooms on a Tuesday morning and share the weekly Gospel.  They come prepared with questions and reflections for the younger students to consider.

Sticks have featured recently as the willow trees have been cut.  There have been a few mishaps from playing with sticks but these are far outweighed by the creativity that we have witnessed.

Step Counters
Kakapo have made step counters.  They did it by programming a Microbit, designing a "sock" and then they tested it out on Kiwi class.  Nice work Kapkapo!

Thank you to parents and caregivers for your good turnout at parent- student - teacher meetings and ongoing help and support with learning.

God bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2.Special Character Week 2 Term 3 2020

Welcome/Kiaora/Malo e Lelei
Special Character Focus
School and Family Mass- 
Presenting the Mass and Gospel is a service opportunity and Ministry for our children in spreading God’s word. You are welcome to join us for Thursday Mass at 9:15 am in the Basilica. 
Thank you to Year 7- Mrs Herbst class for the presentation of the gospel at Mass last Thursday. Today the Mass and Gospel presentation lead  by Year 5/6 Mrs Streat's class. Next Week Thursday Mass will be Year 4/5- Mrs Winders class.

Religious Education: Church Strand
We are teaching Church Strand for the next four week. Here are the key ideas that you can talk about with your child at home. Our selection of the key ideas is guided by our understanding of the Nicene Creed, the founding belief statement of the Catholic faith dating back to the Council of Nicea in AD325; Biblical teaching; Church tradition; and the Catechism of the Catholic church which the original RE curriculum documents are based on.
Key Ideas
1. The Church is the people united with God
2. We all have a responsibility in the Church
3. There are formal responsibilities in the Church
4. The mission of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.

Faith Facts
Week 2 27th - 31st July
29th St Martha
31st St Ignatius

What a week in History
28th 1893 Petition of 25,000 (total pop 100,000) was presented to parliament to ask for the right of women to vote.
30th Carless days introduce to save fuel. An example of the team of NZ,

So mainly a week to remember as a country that fights for peace and justice. A week to thank God for our country and its good people.
New Zealand Animated Flags Pictures | 3D Flags - Animated waving ...
Caring Sunday
This is an old video but could be used as example and what has changed since 2016. May we make a difference to others this week, caring and showing kindness to others especially during this difficult time of COVID-19.

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

3. School Notices - Week 2, Term 3 2020


Altar Servers
Saturday 1st August - Lachlan & Mikayla Criddle and Serah Staju
Sunday 2nd August - Alexie Phillips and Ivy-Belle Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to
Ally-May Rawson

Children's Liturgy - Worth keeping?
We are down to just one leader from the end of August so we need input if Children's Liturgy is to keep going. Otherwise, are there other ways we can help children prepare for mass and engage in the liturgy?  Please come to the Dean O'Reilly Lounge after 9.30 am mass on Sunday,16 August to share your ideas. We would love to hear from you.

Katherine/ Jan Plieger

Cross Country 
A hard copy of the cross country notice has been handed out to the children today and a copy of it is on another page on the blog. If you would like to help as a marshal for our cross country, please let Mrs Brien know.

Hungry Horse Cafe
A notice went home to each family earlier in the week asking for volunteers to help at the cafe on Sunday 16th August as they do not have enough people to run it on the day. Please contact Rebecca Heffernan if you can help.

Junior Quadrangular Tournament
A reminder notice will be handed out and emailed today for those students travelling down to Dunedin next Tuesday.

A hard copy of the weekly newsletter is on the wall outside the office.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
A great turn out from last night's interviews and the next ones are on Wednesday 5th August or Thursday 6th August for Miss Sollano.  If you have not yet made an appointment, please contact the office or go to and the code is d7hf5

Friday 31st July - Subway lunches - $6.00 and $9.00
                           - Scholastic Book Club orders due in
                           - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 4th August - Junior Quadrangular tournament for selected students
                                 - Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 5th August - Parent/Teacher Interviews
Thursday 6th August - Parent/Teacher Interviews for Kiwi Class (Miss Sollano)

Swimming Certificates/Trophies
Back in term 1, we gave out our swimming certificates and trophies and some children missed out on receiving their ones. These will be presented at assembly at 2.30 pm tomorrow.

Community Notices
  • First Aid Course - North Otago Plunket are holding a Child First Aid course which covers infant CPR, choking, seizuires, allergies and anything else participants want to cover.  Held on 5th August from 1.30 to 3.30 pm and the cost is $15.00 per person.  To register contact Jen Bennett on 027 224 8749 or 434 8437. See attached email.
  • FUNFIT KIDS!! Fun and fitness for PRIMARY SCHOOL kids!
    WHERE? Waitaki Community Recreation Centre
    WHEN? Fridays 4 – 5pm
    Starting on Friday 14 August 2020 - this is a SIX week block
    Cost: $36 for 6 sessions
    14 August - 18 September 2020
    Register online now: www. nz/waitakicrc
    Ph 4346932 for more info!
    Skills are chosen with the developmental needs of growing kids in mind. The work outs develop balance, accuracy, fitness and strength, encourage teamwork and are lots of fun!

4. Sports Draw - Week 2, Term 3 2020

Netball - Saturday 1st August
We are on duty this Saturday and we need to have 2 parents from each team to run the netball office and the team who is on set up requires a few parents to help out. As we only have 3 teams this year, our times in the office are extended and since we have two teams playing at the same time, one team has to do the later time.  The shifts can be split with 4 adults doing half an hour each so they are not in the office for the whole time.  
Please note we usually do duty twice a season and if parents do duty this time, they should not be expected to do duty next time.  Instructions on what to do are in the netball office.
Coaches - please organise your parents for the roster.
Umpiring Sessions
There is an umpiring session this Friday for any girls wishing to umpire netball this year for Yrs 7 & 8.  The session starts at 3.45 (not 4.00 pm) and goes for an hour.  Please bring a whistle, sport shoes and a drink bottle.
Intermediate Prem
9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Steel – Pearsons court

Intermediate 2
10.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v OIS Mystics - court 8 (Sport & Outdoors)

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4
10.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Papakaio School/Glenpapa Tuis – court 5 (Darryn Stewart Painters)

Future Ferns Year 1/2
10.00 am - please meet at the courts at 9.50 am. 

10.00 am –St Joseph’s Gold
Rugby - Saturday 1st August 
  • The 11/12 year old team has joined with Athies for the remainder of the season. Next week’s practice will be held next Tuesday instead of Thursday as the coach is away.
  • The 9/10 year old team has two games this Saturday with the first at 10.00 and the second at 11.00 am.

7/8 yrs 
10.30 am –Valley Blue v St Joseph’s - Weston

9/10 yrs 
10.00 am – St Joseph’s v Excelsior Wolverines – SKC
11,00 am - St Joseph's v Athletic - SKC

Rugby - Friday 31st July

11/12 yrs 
4.30 pm – Valley Gold v St Joseph’s/Athies - Weston
  • All families have been emailed the score bench rosters for the season. Please ensure you do your duty otherwise teams will lose competition points if it is not done.
  • Teams will have to supply referees for some games this season as there is a shortage of referees.  If anyone knows of a person who would like to referee basketball or miniball, please let Mrs Brien know.

Miniball - Tuesday 4th August 
The draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was printed.  Please check your emails and notice board for the draw.
Basketball - Wednesday 5th August

The draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was printed.  Please check your emails and notice board for the draw.

5. Cross Country

30th July 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

On Tuesday 18th August, we are holding our annual cross country with Oamaru North School
at the Oamaru Racecourse.  All children will participate in the cross country and if they are
unable to run it, they can walk it. The races will be held in the morning as Pembroke School
are holding their one in the afternoon.  The first race starts at 10.00 am and the last one
about 11.00 am.  

The course is run on the paddocks south of the race track and is the same as North Otago
Cross Country.  The entrance for parents will be through the main southern entrance and
you walk along the southern side of the track to the start of the course.  Car parking is in
the southern carpark.  Supporters can watch the races from the marked viewing area and
they are not allowed to walk around the track with the children.  Buses will transport the
children to the grandstands and they will walk to the start of the course.

The children will run in their gender and year levels with Oamaru North School and the
juniors will start first with the Yr 8’s running last.  The races will be approximately 2-5
minutes apart and some year levels and genders may be combined if there are not
enough children in that year. The whole school will be travelling out by bus at 9.20 am and
when the juniors have finished their races, they will come back to school.

Help - In order for this event to run safely I require 13 parents to help out as marshals
from both schools.  Please email me at or let the office know if
you can help.  Without your help we cannot run this event safely and smoothly.  
We also require a large number of picnic rugs and tarpaulins for the students to sit on, so
please give them to your class teacher if you have any.

Children are to wear their PE gear to school including school polar fleece and bring the
  • warm trousers (navy or black) and school jacket
  • a spare pair of socks and shoes and a hand towel
  • plastic bag in case you have to put dirty socks and shoes in it
  • extra food and drink for the day as they will take their school bags with them to the event
  • Medication e.g. inhalers and give them to their class teacher.
Below is a timetable of approximate times for each race and some races may start
earlier than stated. (Parents/caregivers please come out earlier to watch your children,
otherwise you may miss seeing them race).

Yr 0 & 1 - girls 10.00 am
Yr 0 & 1 - boys 10.02 am
Yr 2 - girls 10.07 am
Yr 2 - boys 10.09 am

Yr 3 - girls 10.20 am
Yr 3 - boys 10.22 am
Yr 4 - girls 10.27 am
Yr 4 - boys 10.29 am

Yr 5 - girls 10.34 am
Yr 5 - boys 10.36 am
Yr 6 - girls 10.41 am
Yr 6 - boys 10.43 am

Yr 7 - girls 10.48 am
Yr 7 - boys 10.50 am
Yr 8 - girls 10.55 am
Yr 8 - boys 10.57 am 
  • The postponement date is Wednesday 19th August.  If it is postponed, we will send a
  • message out in the morning.
  • The top 6 children from either school in years 4-8 will qualify for the North Otago
  • Cross Country on Monday 31st August and will be given a note home.
  • The Otago Cross Country will be held on Friday 11th September and if your child is
  • interested in attending the Otago Cross Country, please let me know.
  • Another notice nearer the time will be sent home as a reminder.
If you have any queries regarding the cross country, please contact me.

Thank you

Paula Brien

Sports Co-ordinator,