Thursday, 27 May 2021

1. Principal's News Term 2 Week 4 2021

Pompellier Tournament

The Pompellier Tournament is played every year with the Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 rugby clubs from Marist Albion, Ashburton Celtic, Celtic Timaru and St Joseph's Oamaru.  It is a Catholic Tournament and involves rugby, sprints and tug of war.  The combined efforts of our under 11 and under 13 year old teams meant that St Joseph's won the overall Pompellier Trophy.  Well done.


This year our reports are mainly in "real-time" through the See Saw App.  You will also receive a written report from your child's teacher in week 1 of term 3 with curriculum levels for Reading, Writing and Maths and comments for other curriculum areas.  Over the next few weeks, I will also share some of our learning progressions with you which will add a further dimension to our reporting.

There is a parent information session at 2.30pm and a repeat at 6.00pm on Monday 14 June in the staffroom.  This session will unpack our school report and give you some information to help understand them.

Welcome Mass

We had a lovely Welcome Mass on Sunday for new students which was reported in the Otago Daily Times


Confirmation is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the apostles received at Pentecost.

In the early church people were Baptised by full immersion at the entrance to the church.  They then walked up to the front of the church where the Baptism was Confirmed by the priest.  Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit and brings the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

For children who have been Baptised before they could understand the Baptismal promises, the Sacrament of Confirmation gives them the opportunity to confirm their Baptism, and the promises made by their parents and godparents when they were Baptised.

Traditionally the Bishop confers Confirmation as the Bishops are successors of the apostles and this signifies the special gift of the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit, bringing the confirmed person into closer unity with the Church and the apostolic succession.

It's a pretty special thing!  So we look forward to celebrating the Confirmation of 24 children and young people this Sunday at 9.30am mass.

God Bless and Aroha

2. Special Character Week 4 Term 2 2021

Faith Facts

Week 4: 24th – 28th May (White until Monday, Tuesday change to Green)

23rd  Pentecost Sunday

24th Mary Mother of the Church

26th St Philip Neri

Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church!

Because you are part of the body of the Church, Pentecost is the Church's birthday, and yours as well. And like any birthday, it's a cause for celebration.

Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their ministry to make disciples of all nations. 

The Easter season concluded with Pentecost Sunday. We are now in Ordinary Time. The days in the Church calendar that are not included in the Seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter are called Ordinary Time; so that the time from Pentecost to the Feast of Christ the King, and between the Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. The liturgical colour for Ordinary Time is green.

Special Character Focus

School and Family Mass: 

Thank you to Year 4&5-Mrs Streat's class for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today Kiwi class-Year 3 was presenting the gospel at mass. Next week gospel presentation will be Mrs Brookes' class (Pukeko)- Year 1&2. You are welcome to join us celebrating Mass. 

Welcome Mass-Thank you to all new families that attended the welcome mass last Sunday 23rd of May at 9:30 am. 


Confirmation rehearsal with Bishop Michael Dooley- Friday 28th May at 1:45pm at church

Confirmation Mass -Sunday 30th May at 9:30am. Please remember these children who are going to be confirmed on Sunday in your family prayers. 

Mass (Faith Facts): Last week in our faith facts we learnt about the procession that happens as Mass begins. Sometimes a person carries in the Book of the Gospels. The Book of the Gospels contains all the Gospel readings that are read at Mass throughout the liturgical year. We honour it because it contains the words of Christ. During the procession we usually sing a song or hymn. The hymn helps us to unite as the Body of Christ.

Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 4, Term 2 2021


Altar Servers

Saturday 29th May - Clarence & Rheanna Coscos and King Melecio
Sunday 30th May - no one from school

Birthday Greetings to
Alexander Roa, Phoebe Cogle, Leah Kofoed and Lilly Kelcher

Chicken Pox
This is going around in the rugby community so please look out for the symptoms of high temperatures, aches, headaches before the rash appears as small blisters.

Cyber Safety Evening
Mark this date in your diary to attend A Cyber Safety Evening with Rob & Zareen Cope who are parents and filmmakers of the 2020 documentary 'Our Kids Online'. This is presented by Waitaki Boys High School and is on Monday 13th September from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.  This covers the harm our kids are facing online in relation to pornography, predators, social media access, and the 24/7 switched on effect on the developing brain.   A reminder will be sent out nearer the time regarding this evening.

Home and School
Parish Freezer
During the year some of our school families experience times of need; like the death of a close family member, severe illness/injury or hardship.  In response to this, all classrooms in the school will have a time where they can contribute to the Parish Welfare Freezer.

Years 4,5,6,7 and 8 can contribute any donations in term 2.  We would be very grateful if the families could kindly donate baking or cooked meal items.  The items can be baking or a main meal e.g. soups, casseroles, lasagna, muffins, etc.  If you are in a position to contribute, can you please bring your donations in on Monday mornings to the office or by arrangement.

Pies and Milo
On Wednesdays, the Home and School are starting up the term 2 Pies and Milo warmed lunch.  Please wrap your pies in tinfoil and mark them with your child's name and if they want a milo, please bring a named cup with 50 cents in it.  All pies and cups are to be put on the kitchen bench in the hall before school starts.

North Otago Music Festival
We have students from years 5-8 involved in this music festival on Tuesday 6th July.  As this is a popular event, tickets are allocated two per family and cost $10.00 each regardless if it is a child or an adult who is going.  If you require more tickets, there maybe a waiting list depending on the sales at each school.  They will be available from the school office and we will let you know when they are on sale.  

Pompallier Catholic Rugby Tournament
On Sunday we sent two teams to this 10 aside rugby tournament in Timaru to compete against teams from Timaru, Ashburton and Christchurch.  Our U11 team was made up of our St Joseph's 9/10 year team who had close competitive games resulting in two draws and a loss which is a great effort.
Our U13 team was a combined team made up of St Joseph's and boys from other clubs as we could not field a team solely from St Joseph's.  As a team who had never played before together, this was a team who got better with every game resulting in great teamwork and dominant performances resulting in 3 wins.
Our teams competed in the combined tug-of-war, sprints and relays where we got placings along with the rugby results which made St Joseph's the overall winner for the day and was awarded the Pompallier Trophy.  We last won this trophy in 2016 and this is the 2nd time we have won it since 2008.
A big thank you to our parents who coached and transported the children on the day.

Friday 28th      - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Sunday 30th     -  Confirmation Mass at 9.30 am
Monday 31st    -  National Young Leaders Day in Dunedin for Yr 7 & 8
Tuesday 1st      -  Keeping Ourselves Safe parent meeting at 2.30 pm 

Scholastic Book Club
The Book Club brochures will go home on Tuesday.  Please have orders back by Wednesday 9th June.

Subway Lunches
Please note there are no more strawberry fruit crushes until further notices as they have run out of stock.  We will notify you when they are available again.

We warmly welcome Minoneti and Noah who started school this week to the senior school.
Community Notices
  • Art Classes - these classes are open for enrolment.  There is a class on Monday, Tuesday or Friday from 3.30 to 5.00 pm at the Loft above the Collective Cafe on Harbour Street.  Please contact Luzette Crossan (Creative educator, artist, face painter) at or 021 077 2149 for more details.

4. Sport Notices - Week 4, Term 2 2021

 Netball - Saturday 29th May

**  St Joseph’s is on duty this Saturday


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 a 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.

8.30 to 9.30 am - St Joseph’s Rebels - (Yr 4/5/6)

9.30 to 10.30 am - St Joseph’s Maroon - (Yr 3/4)

10.30 to 11.45 am - St Joseph’s Gold - (Yr 7/8)

Message from North Otago Netball for Senior and Junior netball

Hi Coaches/Teams

Now we are 3 weekends in and about to kick off the rounds for most of our sections it’s a timely reminder for the following:

No Jewellery, means no Jewellery. We cannot stress this enough. Coaches, please pass it onto all players. We really don't want to sideline any players but if there is jewellery and it cannot be removed they will be asked to go to the sideline. Player's please don't put yourselves in this position. No jewellery while playing unless it is a plain wedding band or a medic alert bracelet that can be taped.

All Coaches/players to be using supportive language from the sideline or on-court towards teammates, team members and umpires. There is no need for putdowns, bad language or unnecessary outbursts. We are all there trying our best. Sometimes mistakes are made. Let's all be great role models for our younger people to see.

We have had a couple of complaints over the past 2 weeks of bad language from players on the court. We do not tolerate any of this in our sport and there is certainly no need for it. If players are warned and continue to use such language they can be asked to leave the courts immediately.

St Kevin's College has advised us that the grass area in front of their old girl's hostel is private property and no vehicles are to park there. Please respect this request. This is not our property. We have been advised if people continue to park there they may find their car is towed.

If any of this information needs clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards

North Otago Netball Centre

Intermediate Section 2

11.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v Twizel Strikers – Court 8 (Oamaru Sport & Outdoors)

Future Ferns Year 6 (7 a-side)

9.00 am - St Joseph’s v Pembroke Dynamite - Court 5 (Darryn Stewart Painters) 

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4

11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Maheno Rainbow – court 5 (Darryn Stewart Painters)

Yr 1/2 

Please meet on court 1 (Montessori Oamaru) at 9.50 am for a 10.00 am start.


There was no umpires at the time the sports draw was typed.  Please check the North Otago Netball Facebook page.


Rugby - Saturday 29th May

**  The first team named provides the referee

5/6 yrs

10.00 am - St Joseph’s v Maheno Silver - WCCP 9

9/10 yrs 

11.00 am - Kurow v St Joseph’s/Old Boys - Kurow RT1


7/8 yrs 

10.00 am – Excelsior v Valley Gold – WCCP 7

11/12 yrs 

11.00 am  – 11/12 United v Kurow- Ngapara



Miniball - Tuesday 1st June

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Ardogwan Black - main court

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Weston Wild Things - main court

Score bench 

No teams are on duty for this date. 


Basketball - Wednesday 2nd June

4.40 pm  - St Joseph’s Cavaliers v Duntroon Destroyers - main court

Score bench

5.30 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers - main court (Mestrom Family) 

5. Diary Dates - Week 4, Term 2 2021



Friday 28

Sunday 30

Monday 31


Tuesday 1

Thursday 3

Friday 4

Monday 7

Wednesday 9

Thursday 10

Friday 11

Monday 14

Wednesday 16


Tuesday 6

Friday 9

Monday 26


Monday 9

Monday 16

Sunday 22

Friday 27

Monday 30


Monday 6

Friday 17

Sunday 26


Friday 1

Monday 18

Wednesday 20

Monday 25


Friday 19

Monday 29


Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

Friday 10

Wednesday 15

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Confirmation Mass 

National Young Leadership Day for Yr 7 & 8 

Keeping Ourselves safe parent meeting at 2.30 pm 

Parish School Mass at 9.15 am *

NO technology for Yr 7 & 8 *

Queen’s Birthday - school closed 

Scholastic Book Club orders due in *

Junior Quadrangular tournament for Yr 7 & 8 

North Otago Music Festival practice *

Technology for Yr 7 & 8*

Parent Information meeting regarding reports at 2.30 pm *

Parent Information meeting regarding reports at 6.00 pm *

Rippa Rugby Yr 5/6 tournament in Timaru *

North Otago Musical Festival 

School finishes for term 2 

School starts for term 3 

First Communion Parent meeting 1 

First Communion Parent meeting 2 

First Communion Mass 

School Cross Country 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

North Otago Cross Country 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

St Joseph’s Food Festival 

School finishes for term 3 

School starts for term 4 

St Mary’s Interschool in Mosgiel for Yr 7/8 

Labour Day - school closed 

School Athletics 

North Otago Athletics 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

School finishes for term 4 

Thursday, 20 May 2021

1. Principals News Term 2 Week 3 2021

 Congratulations to our Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby Team

They came in the top four in the Oamaru tournament against some strong opposition and have progressed to the next stage in Timaru on June 16th.  It was fabulous to see these young people come back to school yesterday so very excited and pleased.  Thank you to Lee Woodhouse and Paul Aston for coaching.

Robotics and Coding

Our intermediate department have been learning about coding and robotics.  The skills they need to work with this are more than coding, robotics or electronic skills but they are - problem solving, collaboration, analysis, and creativity.  They are beginning to learn the skills which we hope will help them make an art installation for our "Children's Museum" at the end of term.

Winter Sports
Winter sports are underway again and its great to see many codes practising after school at St Joseph's on a Wednesday afternoon.  Here is a part of yesterday's practices, with many more happening around our playground and playing fields.


By Dorothy, Year 8

Jesus has shown us how to live and saved us by doing so and one of the ways he has done so is by following the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are Jesus’s 8 blessings which have been followed by us for centuries, meaning to be good is to receive God’s grace. One of Jesus’s blessings that He often follows the most is being a peacemaker and showing mercy. To show mercy is to forgive others even if they have been the worst to you and to be a peacemaker is to never revert to violence and to reconcile with others. Jesus has shown us this when he gave bread and fish to his 5000 disciples and when he asked God to forgive us during his crucifixion. The both of these examples lead to one thing, and that is that you will receive the same attitude you have given.

 Another beatitude is to show justice and stand up for those who can’t. This relates to me the most because I know that there is so much inequality in the world, so much that many barely can speak up on it. So as a person who is blessed with a comfortable life I plan to help others who are fighting injustice.

This is important to me not only because I am a Catholic, but because I know that peace is very important to the world, and the only way to achieve peace is to give peace. We should all like one another not because of their statuses or appearances but as equals. 

The reason we are so prone to sin is because deep within our roots and heritage comes Adam and Eve who created the first sin in the world. Sin has grown so accustomed to us that we now have difficulties in turning away from sin. But when Jesus taught us about God and helped us he essentially opened the veil that separated us from God. I wonder what would’ve been if the first sin was never created? 

Overall I think that the beatitude is a great blessing that Jesus showed us. Jesus has constantly been helping us even when you don’t see Him and even when He’s no longer alive. I believe that if we follow the beatitude we can be part of God’s kingdom.

Jesus came to save us by teaching us the word of the Lord. He has taught us about God and his principles to follow and gave his disciples the power to heal and spread God’s words and wishes. He gave us food, healed our physical well-being and forgave us. Even during his crucifixion he asked God to forgive us; and ripped away the veil that separated us from God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the veil that has been created from Adam and Eve’s sin (original sin) is now gone and we now have a second chance of being with God. Nothing is separating us from God’s embrace and love and now we have a chance to go to heaven in the afterlife with Him. Even after Jesus’ death we are reminded and taught by him through other’s words and centuries’ recorded teachings.


To me this means that I should also help others learn about the Word of the Lord. Jesus has greatly influenced my life and I should spread that influence to others. Spreading the word of the Lord is spreading God’s kingdom and I believe everybody should receive God’s grace. 

Thank you Dorothy for your perceptive thoughts

Aroha and God Bless


2. Special Character Week 3 Term 2 2021

Special Character Focus:

On Monday staff meeting we focused on Religious Education. We first looked at one or two samples of children's work on Jesus Strand to moderate. The aim was to decide which part of the SOLO rubric each piece of work fits. A great collaborative way of learning and discussion on how we are to agreement based on the SOLO rubric assessment criteria.

Our Director for Religious Studies, Mrs Leanne Brookes lead us with preparation for Holy Spirit teaching starting in Week 4. Father Wayne was joining us later at our meeting, he is our great supporter and we are grateful for that. 

Here are the key ideas for Holy Spirit-Te Wairua Tapu Strand:

1. The Holy Spirit acts in people and in the Church

2. The Holy Spirit appears in Bible stories

3. The Holy Spirit is the third person the Trinity

4. We have images of the Holy Spirit but these are not the Holy Spirit. 

You can find more on this link here

School and Family Mass: 

Thank you to Hoiho class for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today Mrs Streat's class-Year 4&5 was presenting the gospel at mass. Next week gospel presentation will be Miss Sollano's class (Kiwi)- Year 3. You are welcome to join us celebrating Mass. 

The Mass (faith facts) -At Mass we believe that Christ is present in the priest. The priest acts in the person of Christ and presides over the assembly. The priest and other ministries usually come into the church in a procession. One person carries the cross. Sometimes it is an altar server. The cross helps us to remember that we are at Mass because of Jesus' death and Resurrection. 

Welcome Mass-just a reminder for all new families that the welcome mass will be on this Sunday 23rd of May at 9:30 am. Thank you to you all and we are looking forward to seeing you all. 

Sacramental Program- 

Last Monday was our last parent meeting, preparing parents to support their child about the Sacrament of Confirmation. We had a great turn out, thank you to all parents who came. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday the 30th of May for Confirmation Mass at 9:30am.

Our Sacramental children had their Confirmation lesson on Wednesday 19th and they were guided to understand the journey that they take. To understand Confirmation is the second Sacrament of Initiation. At Confirmation we receive the Holy Spirit, who helps us to become good Christians. It helps us to be brave and tell people by our words and actions that we believe in Jesus. 

Also this Sacrament of Confirmation invites each child into a deeper way of relating to God, to Jesus and to one another. They were asked as well as our support- parents, sponsors, parishioners and our school community to spend time this week in daily prayer. Begin with the prayer below and then talk to God about what it is you need to be doing in your life to live out the call of mission. Let us pray together....


Confirmation rehearsal with Bishop Michael Dooley- Friday 28th May at 2.00pm at church

Confirmation Mass -Sunday 30th May at 9:30am

Faith Facts:

Week 3           17th – 21st May (White)

16th The Ascension of Jesus

What is the Ascension? For 40 days after his resurrection on Easter Sunday, the Bible says that Jesus travelled and preached with his apostles, preparing them for his departure from Earth. Ascension Day marks the moment Jesus literally ascended into heaven before his disciples, at the village of Bethany, near Jerusalem

16th Pentecost Sunday is this coming Sunday 23rd May. The word comes from the Greek meaning, "the fiftieth day". It is the name given to the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles fifty days after Easter.

Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 2 2021


Altar Servers

Saturday 22nd May - Isaiah Castro
Sunday 23rd May - no one from school

Birthday Greetings to
Kacymea Tahitu'a, Taylor Darling and Irina Navarro

Cards for Sale
Ivy-Belle our Special Character leader is selling gift cards to raise money for Mission NZ at 50 cents each and will be visiting each classroom next week for children to purchase.  A sheet with the variety of cards on it is attached to the email.

Home and School Meeting
There is a Home and School meeting on Thursday 27th May at 2.30 pm in the staffroom.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Junior Catholic Quadrangular Tournament
Families who received a permission slip for this intermediate year tournament need to have their slips returned by tomorrow.  You can either email your reply or return the paper copy.  Money is due by Tuesday 8th June.

Pompallier Rugby Tournament
This Sunday we have two rugby teams who are competing in the annual catholic Pompallier Rugby tournament in Timaru.  The children will compete against teams from Timaru Celtic, Marist Albion from Christchurch and Ashburton Celtic where they will play 3 games of rugby and compete in tug of war, sprints and relays.  This is a great day out for all with trophies up for grabs in all categories.  Thank you to Lee Woodhouse, Scott Bremner and Paul Aston for organising and looking after the teams.

Friday 21st         - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                           - Permission slips due in for Junior Quad tournament
                           - Assembly at 2.30 pm
Saturday 22nd    - Yr 1/2 start Saturday morning netball
Sunday 23rd       - Welcome Mass at 9.30 am
                           - Pompallier Rugby tournament

Rippa Rugby Tournament
Yesterday our Yr 5/6 team competed in a qualifying tournament to attend the Yr 5/6 Rippa Rugby Hanan Shield against schools from Mid and South Canterbury and North Otago. The four teams that made the semi final qualified for this tournament.  Our team had some very close games where they won by only one try and in the semi final, they only lost by one try so it made for some very exciting spectator viewing. Amongst all the schools, there was some amazing talent on display. Thank you very much to Lee Woodhouse and Paul Aston for looking after the teams and to the parents who came and supported them.

Southroads grader visit from Cam and Kevin promoting  safety and Name the Grader competition.