Thursday, 29 October 2020

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 4 2020


Altar Servers
Sunday 1st November - Ivy-Belle Mestrom and Indeg Jones-Hogan
Saturday 31st October - Paddy Spillane and Isaiah Castro

Birthday Greetings to
Michael McLaren, Elias Fraser and King Melecio

Athletics - whole school

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Our whole school athletics will be combined with Oamaru North School on Tuesday 10th
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 will be 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. I have only one junior parent who has
offered to help at this stage. 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 2020 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 yet to be confirmed as the date has been changed 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 23rd November will receive information

about this.  

Anyone wishing to attend Otago Primary Schools athletics on the 17th 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

Cricket - Intermediate A
The first game of cricket starts tomorrow at 4.30 pm and the draw has been sent to the players.  Practices are on Thursday nights at St Kevin's College at 3.30 pm.

Friday 30th October - St Joseph's v Valley Gold at SKC 1


There is an online coaching conference being held on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November.  It is about adapting our coaching in a changing world: Please see the attached flyer to the email for more details.

Touch Rugby
Thank you to the parents and children who helped set up for our duty on Tuesday.  This was much appreciated.  Draws come out on the weekend on the North Otago Touch Facebook page or emailed out to you on a Monday. Thanks to the coaches who have volunteered their time to coach the teams.

Thursday 29th October - Home and School Meeting at 7.00 pm at the Northstar
Friday 30th October - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 3rd November - school production rehearsal at St Kevin's College for senior school
Thursday 5th November - school production rehearsal and performance at St Kevin's College

St Kevin's Orientation Day
This is held on Friday 13th November from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Students to wear mufti and bring a packed lunch and pen.

School Mass
There will still be school mass next Thursday 5th November for the junior school at the Basilica.

Senior School Production
Thursday 5th November at 6.00 pm at St Kevin's Auditorium
Tickets are available at the school office for a donation and are limited on to a first in first served basis. Doors open at 5.30 pm and they will be locked from the outside at 6.15 pm so please make sure you are there on time.

Rehearsals will be on both Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th November from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.  All students will need to be dropped off at St Kevin's both mornings at 8.45 am.  All bus students are to stay on their bus and get dropped off at SKC.  Children are to meet outside the auditorium with their classroom teacher.  Year 8 students will be on hand to show students the way to the auditorium.  Likewise teachers will be present for pick ups from St Kevin's at 3.00 pm outside the auditorium.

Bus Children
All bus children will stay on the buses for both Tuesday and Thursday and in the afternoon, they are to stay with their classroom teacher who will put them on the buses at St Kevin's.

Junior School Children
Will be bused out to SKC on Thursday afternoon to watch the rehearsal and bused back to school before 3.00 pm

They will need to bring their costumes on Tuesday for the rehearsal in a named bag.  Please ensure all clothing is named.  Costumes will stay at SKC until the end of the production.  (class teachers have emailed details around organisation of costumes.  Please contact your classroom teacher for any queries).
Each student will also need to bring a packed lunch, morning tea and a drink bottle.  All items can be brought in school bags.  Students are to wear their PE uniform on both days.  Please ensure that both the PE tops and shorts are named.

Performance Night
On the performance night, all students are asked to arrive in costume by 5.30 pm outside the auditorium.  It is really important that your child is there on time so we can get them sorted into their costumes.
Please contact the classroom teacher if you need any further assistance.  We look forward to performing the production and appreciate all help and support given by parents.

Kind Regards
Senior Syndicate Teachers
Sara Jones-Hogan, Jennifer Herbst, Ann Dooley, Jennifer Streat and Nicola Winders

School Photos
Remember to come into the office and collect a form if you want to have sibling photos taken this year.

Start Date for 2021
It is confirmed that school will start back on Monday 1st February 2021.

Winter Sports Uniforms
Please return any winter sports uniforms to the office by Monday.

Community Notices
  • Waimate Indoor Football - will be providing facilities and supervision for a weekly hour of games.  Children aged from 5-12 years are invited to come along and have a go.  Players will be placed into teams each week based on age and size - and are asked to wear suitable court shoes.  We plan to run for five weeks from Thursday October 29th to November 26th from 3.30 to 4.30 pm.    Costs $2.00 per player.  Contact Tim Soper on 027 677 5678 for further information.
  • Special Needs Pool Party - held on Saturday 21st November from 6.00 to 7.30 pm.  Please see attached flyer to the email for further information.

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