Thursday, 18 February 2021

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 1 2021


Altar Servers
Saturday 20th February - Isaiah Castro, Clarence & Rheanna Coscos
Sunday 21st February - Ivy-Belle Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to
Celina Mascarenhas, Nilah Clark, Jack O'Neill and William Allardice

A reminder that assembly starts earlier at 2.00 pm instead of 2.30 pm because the Yr 8 students will receive their leadership badges.  Everyone is welcome to attend because we are in Level 1.

Last weekend, Lincoln and Daniel competed at the Otago Athletic Championships in a 2 day meet in Dunedin. Lincoln got 3rd in the 100 metres, 9 year old boys grade and was part of the 4 x 100 m relay that came first.  Daniel got 2nd in the 400 metres, 10 year old boys grade. Well done to both boys and also their brothers at St Kevin's who got placings as well. The North Otago Athletics Club got 2nd overall this year which is a great achievement as they are competing against the bigger clubs from around Otago.

Football Skills Sessions
Tomorrow Football Waitaki come to our school in the morning and teach each class football skills.  All children are to have their PE gear at school tomorrow.

Good Luck
To Willow Bartlett, Elias Fraser, Jasmine Hansen and Stirling Heffernan who are competing in the NZ National age group swimming competition in Dunedin this weekend.

Hungry Horse Cafe
A notice was sent out yesterday to all families with the new dates for the cafe.  Can all families choose one date they can offer to help and return the notice to the school office or email Rebecca Heffernan on

A copy of each week's newsletter is on the wall outside the office if you need to read it.

Friday 19th - subway starts tomorrow
                    - football sessions for all children - pe gear required
                   - assembly starts earlier tomorrow at 2.00 pm
Monday 22 - swimming for Yr 4-8, remember earlier swim times from 11.00 am
Tuesday 23 - touch rugby starts today
                   - goal setting meetings from 3.15 pm
Wednesday 24 - swimming for Yrs 4-8 from 11.00 am
                        -  goal setting meetings from 3.15 pm
Thursday 25 - school/parish mass at 9.15 am

Subway Lunches
Start up again tomorrow.  $6.00 for a 6 inch and $9.00 for a footlong.  Envelopes can be collected from the school office.

Lessons - the lessons for next week are on different days and times.  The days are Monday and Wednesday and the times are from 11.00 to 12.00 pm.  
- Yr 7/8 leave school at 10.30 and swim at 11.00 am
- Yr 5/6 leave school at 11.00 and swim at 11.30 am
- Yr 4/5 leave school at 11.30 and swim at 12.00 am

Please remind your children to bring goggles and if they cannot swim for medical reasons, they need to bring a notice otherwise all children are expected to swim.

Swimming Sports - please see the notice on another page on the blog. Our swimming sports are in two weeks times so it is important you read the notice. It is for children in years 4-8.

Touch Rugby
Teams have been sorted and coaches found for all teams.  A paper copy of the notice and teams has been given to each family. The draw will come out next Monday for Tuesday's games and you will be notified of what time your child is playing.  The draw can be found by our email, school notice board or you can look up the North Otago Touch Facebook page.

Referees - any Yr 6/7/8 children wishing to referee touch rugby games, please see Mrs Brien.

Below is a copy of the letter that went home today.


Some of this information is different from the first notice that was sent out.  Please read it and let your children know.

  • Dates - the touch season starts on Tuesday 23rd February (week 3) and the last round is on Tuesday 13th April.  Touch is played on Tuesday afternoons at Whitestone Contracting Stadium. 

  • Times - games are played at 4.00 pm, 4.30 pm, 5.00 pm or 5.30 pm and are 2 x 10 minutes halves.

  • Games - please arrive 10 minutes before the game starts and if your child is going to be late or unable to play, please notify your coach.

  • Fees - the cost is $25 per person as it includes a $5.00 admin fee. These can now be paid online or at the office.  If you pay online, please put touch as your reference. We would like these fees to be paid by the end of March at the latest.

  • Teams - are registered in term 1 and the same teams carry over to term 4 as it is run as one competition.  Players stay in the same teams for both terms and new players can join the teams.  

  • Teams - we have teams in the following grades:

  •  Years 1/2/3 - 2 x mixed teams - (Tigers and Broncos)

  •  Years 4/5/6 - 2 x mixed teams - (Rockets and Ferns) and 1x boys team (Pumas)

  •  Years 7/8 - 1 x mixed team - (Dynamos)

  • Uniform - players are to wear their PE uniform and sport shoes.

  • Coaches – we thank the coaches for coaching our teams and parents please remind your children to thank the coaches after each game. A set of rules will be put in your gear bags which can be collected on Monday 22nd February from the office.

  • Cancellation – if games are cancelled due to weather, you will be notified either by email, Facebook or go to the North Otago Touch Rugby Facebook page.  They will make the cancellation call between 1.00 and 2.00 pm.

  • Duty - once a term, each school has to do duty for an hour and a half which involves setting up the fields and issuing cards to the referees.  We will be notified when it is our turn.


When you sign up to play a team sport, you are committed to that team to play each week unless you let the coach know prior. When you do not turn up for your game or you arrive late, you are letting your team down so please ensure you arrive on time. Please ensure you display good sportsmanship and respect to your team, the opponents team, all adults and any gear.


A team contact list will be emailed to each family before touch starts to ensure everyone is contactable.  If your child needs a ride to the grounds, please contact someone on your team.

If you have any questions please contact me via the school office or by email at  

Thanks Paula Brien, Sports Coordinator – St Joseph’s

2021 Touch Teams

Yrs 1/2/3 Mixed


Yrs 1/2/3



James Allardice 

William Allardice

Manaia Darling 

Taylor Darling 

Hunter Forrest 

Olivia Geypen

Mark Laming

Gavin Perera 

Dihviyn Soane 

Evan Soane 

Zachary Castro

Emma Hu 

Jayden Hu

Eric John

Emere Koni 

Taera Koni 

Arian Lascalea 

Roger Luo

Amos Muir

Rose Muir



Coach: Victoria Forrest

Coach: Liz Koni

Yr 4/5/6



Yr 4/5/6 



Yr 4/5/6



Yr 7/8 



Manu Ahotaeiloa 

Mele Ahotaeiloa 

Eva Fatafehi

Milly Fogarty

Marmaduke Hansen

Soane Mafi 

Fe’ofa’aki Tahitu’a

Cooper van Rooy

Milah Anderson 

Pippa Campbell

Ellie Clark

Lewis Geypen

James Laming

Luke Laming

Theo Mestrom

Siale Tokai 

Analiese Whiston

Charlie Bremner 

Luke Bremner

Marconi Hausia

Blake Meek

Warren Pardede 

Vilivea Tahitu’a

Daniel Woodhouse

Iverson Wylie-Taukolo

Isaiah Castro

Lachlan Kelynack

Marc Mafi

Genne Rosas Riquelme

Mazvita Rondozai

Kacymea Tahitu’a

Kenton Tokai





Coach: Max Fatafehi

Coach: Adele Whiston

Coach: Lee Woodhouse

Coach: Saluni Palaa (Kenton Tokai’s brother)


We warmly welcome Honey Belle to our new entrants class.
Yr 8 HPV Forms
These forms are due back to the office by Friday 26th February.

Community Notices
  • Rebecca Ryan Music - group lessons now available including singing, violin, recorder, keyboard and music theory.  Lessons to be held Saturday mornings starting February 20th.  Contact for more information including timetable and term fees. Flyer attached to email.
  • Ballet Classes 2021 - your daughter loves to dance??  If so, I have vacancies in the 6 and 7 year old age group classes this term.  For further information, please contact me on 022 0452 123.  Thanks Lorraine Fodie.
  • Fast and Furious Swim Competition - held on Friday 26th February from 6.00 pm at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  All ages welcome and free to enter.  Great opportunity to give racing a go. Fill out an entry form at the pool.  Flyer attached to email.
  • Whitehorse Big Easy - held on Sunday 28th February in Waimate.  Run it - bike it - or walk it.  5 events to choose from.  See attached flyer for further information.

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