Friday, 11 December 2020

1. Principal's News Term 4, Week 9 2020

Last Newsblog of the Year 

I would like to thank and acknowledge the hard work of our teachers and support staff this year.  They had to figure out how to teach and communicate in an entirely new way, from their own homes and into your homes.  We thank our parents for your communication and positivity during this time and your ongoing support through the year.  I would also like to thank our teachers and staff for doing their utmost to continue to provide every opportunity for our students this year with camps, EOTC, our senior and junior productions, and all of our sporting events managing to go ahead.

Many thanks to our Home and School committee and the parents who have helped out in the Hungry Horse Cafe.  Thanks to Rebecca Heffernan for leading our Home and School, to Jessica Fogarty for doing our Subway orders and Adele Whiston for managing the school uniform shop.

Also a big thank you to our Board of Trustees who work quietly in the background providing the governance through which we can run our school effectively, particularly to Rory McGeown, our board chair who has done a sterling job of leading the Board this year.

We wish all of our families a healthy, holy and happy Christmas, New Year and summer break.  We look forward to seeing your children again next year and to those who are moving away, we wish you every blessing for your future journeys.

End of Year Things to Know

Home and School Junior Disco - Friday 11th December - start 6pm end 7.15pm.  Children up to year 6 may attend.

Year 7 & 8 social dinner and dance - Monday 14th December - please check details from your child's teacher regarding start and end times and other details.  Thank you to our Home and School for providing the meal for this occasion.

Tuesday 15th December - Christmas themed mufti day.  All children may come wearing Christmas themed mufti.  This will help to keep their uniforms clean for the evening liturgy.

Tuesday 15th December - End of Year Liturgy in the Basilica including junior nativity presentation, JJ Awards, Year 8 prize-giving and Year 8 leaving candle ceremony.  Juniors meet at school at 5.30pm.  Seniors meet 5.45pm to line up in the playground.   Seniors please wear correct Summer uniform including black shoes.  Juniors will be told by their teachers what to wear as they will be in costume.

Wednesday 16th December - Final Assembly, 11.30pm.  Announcement of year 8 leadership positions for 2021.  Head boy and head girl speeches and leaving certificates for year 8s.  We will finish with carols.  School finishes at 12.30pm.

The juniors practising for their Nativity pageant

Intermediate practising for social dance

Start of Year Things to Know

All children will be given stationery lists for their year levels with their reports which will go out on Monday next week.

I will email information for return to school in late January and school starts on Monday 1st February 2021.

Please make a diary date for Sunday 14th February as we hope to celebrate a community mass at 9.30am followed by a sausage sizzle at school and if it's warm and nice - a slippery slide and water fun.

I will email out classes and teachers before Christmas.

Year 7 & 8 Camp    

Our intermediate department enjoyed a combined camp at Wainui near Akaroa last week.  They were blessed with excellent weather and enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, some of which can be seen in this slideshow.

Multicultural Day

Once again we have had a wonderful multicultural day where our community and families have shared their expertise in workshops which ran through out the school yesterday morning.  We shared a shared lunch with everyone bringing traditional food from their culture and yesterday afternoon we enjoyed performances presented by some of our cultural groups.  We have at least 15 different cultures at St Joseph's and we love the diversity and beauty this brings to our school.

Once again I wish you every blessing.

God Bless and Aroha

Lorraine Frances-Rees

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