Thursday, 29 July 2021

1. Principal's News Term 3 Week 1 2021

Student-led Interviews

Please make your bookings for student-led interviews after school next Tuesday or Wednesday.  Mrs Streat's class will be organising theirs later in the term.  Reports will be coming home on Friday, please check your children's bags.

To book your meeting go to:

The interview code is: kpa94

Cross Country

Our cross country event is Friday 27 August.  Paula Brien our Sports Coordinator will be putting out requests for help soon.  Please put your hand up, it's a great day for students and our community.

Today was our first practice:


Our term focus this term is science and our inquiry project is "Living Environment."  We will be learning how to use the science capabilities in the context of the Living World.  The year 7 & 8s are also learning about the chemical and physical world.  They were conducting experiments into conductivity today and these will lead to finding out more about semiconductors, atomic structure, and solar power and their projects may lead to creating some solar-powered features for our living landscape.

Ethics Olympiad

A small team of children has been preparing to participate in the Junior Ethics Olympiad in September.  They will be competing with other teams from all over Australasia.  They are well on the way, learning how to consider important questions from an ethical perspective and listening to and responding to other points of view. 

They have learnt to look at important matters through these ethical lenses:

  • The greatest good for the greatest number of people (Utilitarianism)
  • An act is good if the motive is good (Kant)
  • Look after the weak (Catholic social justice)
  • Something is good if it would still be good if everyone did it (Categorical Imperative - Kant)
  • Treat others how you want to be treated (The Golden Rule - Jesus)

Healthy Lunches and Teeth

Have you seen the new advertisement for looking after children's baby teeth?

Tooth decay in young children is a very big problem in our area.  Tooth decay in baby teeth in children affects their adult teeth and overall health.  So it is worth a reminder to ensure your children brush their teeth twice a day.

The food in lunchboxes can also have a big effect on dental and overall health.  Children are only allowed water to drink at school and we encourage a healthy lunchbox with sandwiches, or a rice or pasta meal, and fruit and avoiding sugary muesli bars or chips.  

If your child is not connected with the dental service you can sign up by visiting the dental clinic which is situated at North School, across the road from us.

Measles Mumps and Rubella Vaccinations

Please note if you have come from overseas you may only have had one MMR vaccination.  For both adults and children, if you have only had one (or none) you can visit your GP and get a free vaccination.  Advice from our public health nurse is that once our borders open up again and there is more free travel, we are once more at risk of general infectious diseases and it is worth checking if your vaccinations are up to date.

Burns Memorial Exhibition

Congratulations to Iverson whose artwork from last year is this year's poster:

God Bless and Aroha


2 Special Character Week 1 Term 3 2021

Kiaora Whanau- Welcome to Term 3

Special Character Focus

R.E Focus for this term:

This term, our R.E Strand that we are focused on is Sacrament Strand/ Hakarameta and God/Te Atua-Io Matua Kore.

 School Family Mass: 

Thank you to Ruma Kiwi-Year 3 for the presentation of the gospel in the last week of Term 2. Today Ruma Pukeko-Year 1/2 was presenting the gospel at Mass. Next Week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2. Thank you to the teachers for preparing our children every week for presenting the gospel at Mass. Thank you to all our school families and parishioners for your prayers and support to our school and our children. We are looking forward to seeing you all. You are welcome to join us in celebrating Mass.

Mass Facts

Last term we looked at Mass up until the end of the Liturgy of the Word. We continue explaining the Mass during Term 3. After the Scripture readings, the celebrant preaches the homily. In the homily, the priest focuses on the Scripture texts drawing from them lessons that may help us to live better lives, more faithful to Christ's call to grow in holiness. 

Faith Facts Term 3 2021

Week 1 -26th – 30th July (Green).

26th  Sts Joachim and Anne-Jesus Grandparents

29th  St Martha

America was the first country in the world to celebrate Grandparents day. They celebrate on the 9th of September. The UK celebrates grandparents in October.  In New Zealand we do not celebrate grandparent's day. The Feast of Joachim and Anne, Jesus's grandparents, gives us a great opportunity to thank them for giving us Mary and a great day to think of our own grandparents too. 

It is nice to think of Jesus as have a grandma (sava) and grandad (sav).

On Monday the Church celebrated Sts Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ. 

Malo 'Aupito

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 3 2021


Altar Servers
Saturday 31st July - Jessie Byrne, David Kilgour and King Melecio
Sunday 1st August - Ivy-Belle and Theo Mestrom

Birthday Greetings to:
No birthdays for this week

Home and School
The Home and School raise money for our school for the extra things that the school budget does not allow for.  The two major fundraisers for this year are the Hungry Horse Cafe and our Food Fair.

Hungry Horse Cafe
There are approximately 8-9 horse race meetings throughout the year and we would like all families to do at least one session at the cafe during the year which could be food preparation, dishes, clearing tables etc.  Each session is between 2-3 hours and no experience is needed, just a willingness to give some time for the school.  This is also a great way to meet other families in the school.  Volunteers can be mums/dads/grandparents/family friends or high school siblings.

The first race meeting for the 2021/2022 year is on Sunday 15th August and they urgently need volunteers for these roster shifts:
10.00 am to 12.00 pm
12.00 to 3.00 pm
3.00 to 5.30 pm

Please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or email asap to be put on the roster or contact the school office.

Food Fair - Sunday 26th September
Our annual school food fair is a way of celebrating the many cultures we have in our community and this year it is on Sunday 26th September in our school grounds.  Gates open from 11.00 am and food is available from 11.30 am.  Cost is $5.00 per plate and eftpos is available.  
Our fair will be selling food from these countries: - American, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, Indian, Kiwi BBQ, Mexican, Pasifika and Zimbabwean.  There will also be a coffee van, ice cream truck, face painting and a cake wheel.

We are looking for parent help to man the following food stalls
- Indian
- Mexican
- Dutch
- American
- NZ bbq (bacon butties)

At this stage the Home and School can make the food unless someone would like to volunteer to be in charge of preparing the food for a particular stall. If you can help with either preparing the food or manning a stall, please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 4056 or Victoria Forrest on 022 654 7500.

Parish Welfare 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, and during these times, our Home and School give meals to these families. If you wish to donate a meal for this worthwhile cause which any family in the school can donate too, please bring the meals to the office.   Thank you to the families who have already donated meals.
If you know of a family who may need some assistance, please let Rebecca Heffernan know on 027 432 4056 or contact the office.

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Fact Sheet
A fact sheet about RSV is on another page in the blog.  Please take the time to read it regarding this virus.

Sport Team Photos
Can all coaches or parents please take a team photo of your child's sport and email them to the sport email address of  Thank you

St Kevin's College Open Night
Staff and students of St Kevin's College would like to invite all interested prospective students and their whanau to our school open day on Tuesday 3rd August.  If you are looking for a top-quality school with great facilities and a supportive, caring and inspiring community, then look no further.  
The evening will begin with an address by Principal Paul Olsen at 6.30 pm in the school library.  Tours of the school will be available.  If you are unable to make this date, please contact the school for a personal tour by phoning 03 437 1665 or emailing
A copy of the flyer is attached to the email.

Scholastic Book Club
The brochures went home yesterday and orders are due back by Friday 6th August.

Student Lead Conferences
These parent teacher interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August in the school hall.  Please book your time with the teacher by going to  and using the code kpa94  Every family is expected to attend these interviews.

Teacher Only Days
There are two more Teacher Only Days where the school will be closed on these days.  Please mark these in your calendar.
- Monday 30th August
- Friday 17th September

Town Bus Run
From the start of term 3, Pearsons Coachliones as taken over the town bus run from Ritchies.  Tickets are available from the bus driver or they can be purchased at the Pearsons office in Regina Lane.  Tickets cannot be purchased through the school office anymore.

The price for a ticket is:
-  1 trip for either morning or afternoon costs $2.50 per person
-  1 day for either morning or afternoon costs $5.00 per person
-  Concession ticket for 12 trips is $25.00 
-  Term tickets is $150.00 per term
-  Half year tickets cost $280.00
-  Yearly tickets cost $450.00

The term, half term and full year tickets will be laminated.  The bus routes for both the morning and afternoon runs along with the approximate pick up times for the morning runs.  This information is on a page further in the blog.

We warmly welcome Zion, Amy, Asher and Mary to our new entrants classes this week.
Community Notices
  • Oamaru Farmers Market - 1 August 2021 - Come and join us at the Oamaru Farmer's Market every Sunday from 9.30 am - 1.00 pm at the Harbour area.  Come join us for breakfast and live music while you pick up your fresh local provisions and support your hard-working stall holders this mid winter.

4. Town Bus Routes


5. RSV Fact Sheet


6. Sports Draw - Week 1, Term 3 2021

 Netball - Saturday 31st July

**  Goal-athon Money - all cards and money are to be given to your coach by this Saturday 31st July.  The coaches will hand it in to the office at the netball courts. 

 ** Netball finishes on Saturday 14th August for Yr 1/2 and Saturday 21st August for Yrs 3-8.

Intermediate Section 2

9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Shooters – Court 1 (Montessori)

Future Ferns Year 6 (7 a-side)

11.00 am - St Joseph’s Rebels v Athletic Mini Maroon - Court 2 

Future Ferns Year 3 & 4

11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Kurow – court 3 

Yr 1/2 

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


No umpires this week


Rugby - Saturday 31st July

** Rugby has finished for the 5 & 6 year old rippa grades

** The rugby season finishes on Saturday 14th August

9/10 yrs - Please note the ground change from the previous draw

11.00 am - Athletic Excelsior Blue v St Joseph’s/Old Boys - WCCP 5


7/8 yrs 

10.00 am - Excelsior Athletic v Valley Blue - WCCP 8

11/12 yrs - note the game is played in Twizel

12.30 pm  –  Kurow v 11/12 United - Twizel



**  Miniball finishes on Tuesday 24th August

**  Basketball finishes on Wednesday 25th August

Miniball - Tuesday 3rd August

4.45 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels v Fenwick Rockets -main court

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Breakers v Pembroke Lakers - main court

Score bench 

5.15 pm - St Joseph’s Rebels - main court (Whiston family)


Basketball - Wednesday 4th August

7.10 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers v Weston Winter Hawks - back court

Score bench

No score bench duty this week


7. Diary Dates - Week 1, Term 3 2021

 Red type with an asterix means new entry *


Friday 30


Tuesday 3

Wednesday 4

Thursday 5

Friday 6

Monday 9

Tuesday 10

Thursday 12

Friday 13

Saturday 14

Sunday 15

Monday 16

Thursday 19

Saturday 21

Sunday 22

Tuesday 24

Wednesday 25

Friday 27

Monday 30


Wednesday 1

Monday 6

Monday 13

Tuesday 14

Wednesday 15

Thursday 16

Friday 17

Tuesday 21

Wednesday 22

Thursday 23

Sunday 26

Tuesday 28

Wednesday 29

Thursday 30


Friday 1

Monday 18

Wednesday 20

Monday 25

Thursday 28

Friday 29


Friday 19

Monday 29


Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

Friday 10

Wednesday 15

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Student Lead Conferences 

St Kevin’s Open Evening *

Student Lead Conferences 

Clued Up Kids for Yr 6 -walk to venue *

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am *

Technology for Yr 7/8 *

First Communion Parent meeting 1 

Futsal sessions for all classes *

Board of Trustee meeting *

School Parish Mass at 9.15 *

Technology for Yr 7/8 *

Rugby finishes *

Netball finishes for Yr 1/2 *

Hungry Horse Cafe Fundraiser *

First Communion Parent meeting 2 

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am *

Netball finishes for Yrs 3-8 *

First Communion Mass 

Miniball finishes 

Basketball finishes 

School Cross Country 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

Cross Country Postponement day *

North Otago Cross Country 

Polyfest *

Polyfest *

Polyfest *

Polyfest *

Teacher Only Day - school closed *

Junior Swimming lessons 

Junior Swimming lessons 

Junior Swimming lessons

St Joseph’s Food Festival 

Junior Swimming lessons 

Junior Swimming lessons 

Junior Swimming lessons 

Singing Cup for Yrs 5-8 *

School finishes for term 3 

School starts for term 4 

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

Labour Day - school closed 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Yr 6 EOTC 

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, 8 July 2021

1. Principal's News Term 2, Week 10 2021

North Otago Music Festival

Our children did themselves proud on Tuesday night at the North Otago Music Festival.  Their songs are on Facebook and we have had lovely feedback from the audience.  They were amazing and we are very proud of them all. 

Children's Museum

The children have been working hard on their curated pieces.  Their work has tied in with our teachers' work this year and the teachers were focusing on the children developing questioning and critical inquiry skills.  The children have done this in bucketfuls.  Well done to everyone.  I'm writing this before our presentation tomorrow so I don't know how it will go but I hope the adults will gather around the children and affirm their dedication and enthusiasm.

Here are some of the children preparing their curated pieces for their museum:

Student-led Conferences

The meeting with the student, the teacher and yourself are set for 3rd and 4th August.  Please book in.

To book your meeting go to:

The interview code is: kpa94

Term 3

Term 3 is always a very growthful term.  The learning in classes is very well underway and children are engaged and on their way.  We are looking forward to increasing fitness leading into our Cross Country day in term 5.  We are also looking forward to Singing Cup in Week 10 where our year 8 students will really have to step up to lead the house choirs and motivate the students to do the best job ever.  We always hone in on science in term 3 and our students have very well-developed Science Capabilities with 90% of our students at or above the norm in a nationally normed test last year. We intend to keep this up.

Aroha and God Bless


2. Board Of Trustees News Term 2 2021

Board of Trustees News Term 2 2021

Kia ora

My name is Sharni Cunningham and I have been a member of the St Joseph's Board of Trustees for the past 12 years.  I have been a member of the board for the past 12 years as Deputy Chairperson and recently took on the role of Chairperson.  I have two children who both attended St Joseph's School and are now seniors at St Kevin's College.  Although I no longer have children attending St Joseph's I am very passionate about the school and wanted to continue to serve the school community by being one of your parent representatives on the board.   We have some very exciting things happening in the next 12 months and will be sharing those on a regular basis in the news blog to keep you all up to date.

Each year the board requires our principal to undertake a principal's appraisal which is always carried out by an independent party to ensure it a fair and unbiased process for both parties.  Although the principal's appraisal process is confidential, I have asked permission from Lorraine to share with the community some quotes from her mid-year appraisal update, which she has agreed to do.

"Lorraine has curriculum development plans in place, has worked with the Board and community to ensure a strong vision and all of the staff have common curriculum goals and shared planning. 

A strength of St Joseph's is the development of a local curriculum involving enviroschool principles.  Lorraine is working to ensure the local history component of the curriculum is well understood by students.

The school celebrates positive values and has an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated and respected. The demographics of St Joseph's school enrolments have changed over the last few years and Lorraine has been instrumental in ensuring a positive culture is evident.

There is always the ‘new’ theory or the change in delivery. I am very impressed that Lorraine is maintaining a focus on established teaching and learning to ensure theories are embedded in practice. Consolidating existing initiatives shows leadership and leads to very effective teaching and learning.

Lorraine is involved in a Maori Achievement Challenge Cluster - this is a significant professional development and networking opportunity."

The board would also like to also congratulate Leanne on achieving her Post Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership.  This is a significant commitment of Leanne's time, travel and finances and we appreciate that this achievement can only strengthen Catholic leadership within our school. Our board was very pleased to be able to provide a small amount of support towards this achievement.  

As we head into the school holidays I would like to acknowledge on behalf of the board all of our very dedicated, hardworking staff who always go the extra mile for our Tamariki.

Please enjoy your family time during the holidays and be safe if you are travelling.

Kindest regards


3.Special Character Week 10 Term 2 2021

Special Character Focus

School Family Mass: 

Thank you to Ruma Kakapo-Year 4/5 for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today Ruma Kiwi-Year 4 was presenting the gospel at Mass. Next Term Week 1 gospel presentation will be Ruma Pukeko- Year 1/2. Thank you to the teachers for preparing our children every week for presenting the gospel at Mass. Thank you to all our school families and parishioners for your prayers and support to our school and our children. May God continue to bless you and may you enjoy the school holidays with your family. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Term 3. You are welcome to join us in celebrating Mass.

Last week in our faith facts we learnt about the First Reading and Responsorial Psalm which are part of the Liturgy of the Word. Next, we hear the Second Reading and this is usually an epistle, that is, a letter from the New Testament. This leads to the climax of the Liturgy of the Word: the proclamation of the Gospel. The homily that follows connects the messages from the readings we have just listened to in our lives. The homily, prepared by the priest, both comfort us and challenge us to live out the messages from the readings we have listened to. 

Faith Facts Term 2 2021

Week 10 -5th – 9th July (Green).

Wednesday 7 July is the Feast Day of Blessed Peter To Rot. He was a Catechist (a Teacher of the Catholic Faith) in Papua New Guinea in the 1940's during World War II. He was arrested and murdered because he refused to stop teaching villagers about Jesus and leading them in prayer. This makes him a Martyr (a person who gives up their life for the faith).

Dear Lord
Thank you for this holiday- an extra chance for fun and play.
There's so much I can learn and do, even if I'm not in school.

All the beauty and gifts abound. The world you created is all around.
Today's a chance to go explore, try new things, and discover more.

I'll miss my teacher and my friends just as happen on weekends.
But I know that for today. I'm thankful for this holiday.


Malo 'Aupito

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

4. School Notices - Week 10, Term 2 2021


Altar Servers

Saturday 10th July - Isaiah Castro, King Melecio and Jessie Byrne
Sunday 11th July - Lilly Kelcher

Saturday 17th July - David Kilgour, Millie Fogarty and Hila'atu Leo
Sunday 18th July - Genne Rosas Riquelme

Saturday 24th July - Clarence and Rheanna Coscos
Sunday 25th July - no one from school

Tomorrow's assembly will be at 12.00 pm tomorrow as Father Wayne cannot make it at 2.30 pm as he has gone to support our high schools in their annual rugby match (Go St Kevin's 😀)

Birthday Greetings to
Michaela Coetzee, Ryan Bennyson, Emily Chen, Manase Oakes, Taera Koni, Eva Fatafehi and Mazvita Rondozai

Children's Museum
There was some amazing family history work from the children on display today and each classroom put their own spin on how to show off their history from moving, lighting and coding components to model displays to family tree diagrams and favourite mementoes. More photos will be on display later on.

Rippa Rugby Sessions
On Monday, Josh and Beau from North Otago Rugby came and took rippa rugby sessions for the whole school where they showed the children some new ball drills and how to play rippa. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and there were a few new sports stars in the making!!  

A very big thank you to Oamaru Sport and Outdoors who donated a $200 voucher towards sports equipment on behalf of North Otago Rugby.

Friday 9th - technology for Yr 7 & 8
                  - school finishes for term 2
Monday 26th - school starts back

Student Lead Conferences
These parent teacher interviews will take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August in the school hall.  Please book your time with the teacher by going to  and using the code kpa94  Every family is expected to attend these interviews.

Teacher Only Days
There are two more Teacher Only Days where the school will be closed on these days.  Please mark these in your calendar.
- Monday 30th August
- Friday 10th September

Term 3
Starts back on Monday 26th July in your winter uniform.

We warmly welcome Ian and Carter who started school this week in our new entrants class.

Community Notices 
  • North Otago Sports Bodies AGM 
    Monday 12th July 
    Waitaki Recreation Centre 

    We would love to have some new faces on our committee. 
    We are a small group of volunteers, 1 of our main events is to coordinate the Annual Sports Awards. These have grown immensely in the last few years. 
    If you think this sounds like you. 
    We'd love to see you  ☺


  • Come join us at the Oamaru Farmers Market

    Every Sunday from 9:30 am - 1 pm at the Harbour area

    • We would love to see you at the Farmers Market! We have fresh, locally grown
    •  seasonal produce, free range eggs, artisan breads and pastries, cheeses, delicious homemade preserves, native plants, hot foods, coffee and more.
    • Join us for breakfast and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, happy community vibe and live music and the kids can get busy at our play area.
  • Luzette Crossan - Creative educator, artist, face painter - 021 077 2149 - holiday programme art classes held at the Collective Cafe on Monday 12th & 19th and Thursday 15th & 22nd July from 10.00 to 11.30 am.
  • Forrester Gallery and Waitaki Library - see holiday programme attached to the email.