Thursday, 21 October 2021

1. Principal's News Term 4, Week 1, 2021

Kia Ora,

It is good to be back at school and off to a great start to term 4.  Today we had the most beautiful liturgy to celebrate the hikoi of Te Ara A Maria which is travelling from Bluff up to Wellington and stopping in schools and parishes along the way.  Te Ara a Maria is a painting of Mary holding Baby Jesus by a New Zealand artist, depicted as Maori New Zealanders in a New Zealand setting.  It is absolutely beautiful and Mrs Misiloi and her class did a wonderful job of presenting it this morning.  I have put videos on Facebook too.

Book Week

Next week is book week and we will be displaying books for sale in our STEAM room opposite the hall.  The display will be open for parents to visit at 3-3.30pm Tuesday to Thursday next week.  Please wear a mask.  Eftpos will be available.

Book Character Day

Next Tuesday children may come dressed as their favourite book character.  Please do not feel you need to purchase costumes or anything like that.  Let's keep this simple and whatever you can find around your home or make is perfect.  If your child does not wish to dress up they can come in normal school uniform.   Here's an old picture from a previous book character day.

Tsunami Drill

A reminder that we are practising our tsunami drill next Thursday as the sample school for New Zealand.   We will be live on Breakfast TV at 7.55 am and again at 8.55 am.   The drill will also be live-streamed through Facebook.  In consultation with NEMA I have changed our tsunami drill and we will be going to the grassy area behind the Parish Centre.  This is 31m above sea level and will be an adequate height.  If we ever have an earthquake we will always move to higher ground and this is where you will collect your children.

Multicultural Day

This is on Wednesday 10th November.  We will need to do it slightly differently for Level 2 and teachers will be running the classroom workshops but they will need your input for ideas.  We love to see our cultural performances in the afternoon and please go ahead and organise something for this.  This will be live-streamed and if you have organised a group you will be able to come into school to supervise them.

All children please come wearing cultural clothes and bring a meal to share at lunchtime.

Mufti Day

This is this Friday please bring a gold coin donation to contribute to the Waitaki Sports Centre

Vaccination Heads up

Please note parent helpers will need to have their first Covid vaccination by 15 November and second by 1 January 2022.  


There is no North Otago athletics this year due to our Covid restrictions and for the same reason, we will be having athletics based here at school this year rather than at the stadium.  We will need some parent helpers and parents may also come to watch.  You will need to wear masks and keep 2m away from children please.

Teacher Only Day Reminders

These are Monday 1st November

Tuesday 30th November.

School will be closed on these days.

God Bless and Aroha,


2,Special Character Week 1 Term 4 2021

 Welcome, Kia Ora Whanau/Malo e Lelei!

Religious Education Focus: This term we are teaching the Church Strand- Community of Disciples-Te Whanau a te Karaiti. The key ideas for our children to understand concepts of the Church Strand are:

1. The Church is the people united with God

2. We all have a responsibility in the Church

3. There are formal responsibilities in the Church

4. The mission of the Church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth. 

The Synod 2021-2023-In this Synod, Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to focus on the theme – “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” A synodal means “journey together” which enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as a pilgrim Church and missionary people of God. 

On October 17th the world celebrated the opening of the Synod. Our Dunedin Diocese Synod Gathering will be in December at Holy Cross Mosgiel. We need to recognise and appreciate the Church- "as both gift and task" as we use the variety of charisms and gifts that God has bestowed upon us for the benefit of the Church community and families on this "journey together". 

School Mass: 

Last week's of term 3 we had zoom Mass and Ruma Kiwi-Year 3 presented the gospel. This week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2. There was no Mass but we had a Liturgy to celebrate Te Ara a Maria hikoi. The way of Mary, Our Lady, Mother of God. Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, Holy Mary, Mother of God.

Next week there will be no Mass but in Week3 the gospel presentation will be Ruma Pukeko Year 1/2. Malo 'Aupito.

Name: Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua Translation: Holy Mary, Mother of God Artist: Damien Walker (Studio of Saint Philomena, Rangiora) Māori advisor: Anthony Kemp

To celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven, our Bishops commissioned a new piece of art. They wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to our country. The piece challenges us to see her as a woman of incredible strength and the place she holds in our hearts and our community today.

Faith Facts:

Week 1: October 18 – 22 (Green)

18th St Luke, evangelist

Luke Gospel. Forgiveness and God's mercy to sinners is also of first importance to Luke. Only in Luke’s gospel do we hear the story of the Prodigal Son welcomed back by the overjoyed father. Only in Luke do we hear of the forgiven woman disrupting the feast by washing Jesus' feet with her tears. Throughout Luke's gospel, Jesus takes the side of the sinner who wants to return to God's mercy

Thank you/ Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 1 Term 4 2021


Birthday Greetings
None for this week

Due to Covid restrictions again, we are unable to hold our combined school athletics with Te Pakihi O Maru (Oamaru North) School at Whitestone Contracting Stadium.  This year we are holding our own athletics here at school with the senior athletics (8 to 13 years old) on Friday 12th November and the junior athletics date is still to be confirmed.

The senior athletics will go from 9.30 am to approximately 2.00 - 2.30 pm in the afternoon and we require helpers to help with measuring and helping at the different rotations. Please let us know if you can help. We require approximately 10 people to help us on the day.

Book Fair
"Journey back to ancient Egypt. The Scholastic Book Fair starts next Tuesday, and it’s going to be A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books! You’ll be taken back to an oasis overflowing with a treasure of fun and filled with the latest books for your next reading adventure. This exciting celebration of reading will take place in the Steam Room and will run from 26th - 28th of October. 
See you there! 

The Book Fair starts on Tuesday 26th and finishes on Thursday 28th October.  Parents are welcome to come and purchase books from 3.00 to 3.30 on these days.  They must wear a mask, sign in and keep a 2 metre distance. Eftpos is available.

Book Character Dress 
This will be held on Tuesday 26th February and children are to dress up as their favourite book character whether it is fiction or non-fiction.  Please do not go out and buy anything, just use something from home.  Children who are not dressed as book characters must come to school in their full summer uniform which does not include PE GEAR.

This is the same day as the senior athletics practice in the afternoon and children MUST bring their PE gear to school including sport shoes.

Superstar cricket skills for all boys and girls in years 0-4 starts up again on Friday 5th November from 3.30 to 4.15 pm at Centennial Park.  There are 10 sessions and it costs $30.00 per person.  The sessions will teach them fundamental batting, bowling and small ball skills and they will play modified cricket games.  To register your child, go to

Cross Country
At our last assembly, we acknowledged the children who got placings in our school cross country last term.  Congratulations to the following recipients:

Year 1 girls - 1st Emere, 2nd Jane, 3rd Phoebe
Year 1 boys - 1st Carter, 2nd Manase, 3rd Zion

Year 2 girls - 1st Manaia, 2nd Eva M, 3rd Angelina
Year 2 boys - 1st Hunter, 2nd Mark, 3rd Ryan

Year 3 girls - 1st Emily, 2nd Taera, 3rd Taylor
Year 3 boys - 1st Alexander, 2nd Reynaldo, 3rd Zachary

Year 4 girls - 1st Hila'atu, 2nd Milah, 3rd Aria
Year 4 boys - 1st Lewis, 2nd Luke L, 3rd Siale

Year 5 girls - 1st Ellie, 2nd Analiese, 3rd Molly O
Year 5 boys - 1st James L, 2nd Liam, 3rd Luke B

Year 6 girls - 1st Eva, 2nd Chelsea
Year 6 boys - 1st Daniel, 2nd Taafaki, 3rd Lincoln

Year 7 girls - 1st Emily, 2nd Jasmine, 3rd Francis
Year 7 boys - 1st King, 2nd David, 3rd Elias

Year 8 girls - 1st Willow, 2nd Ivy-Belle, 3rd Mazvita
Year 8 boys - 1st Jack, 2nd Kenton, 3rd Tommy

Camps - please pay these by the time your children go on camp and if you need to make a payment plan, please see Mrs Rzepecky.

Sports - these need to be paid ASAP.  If your child joined a touch rugby team for term 4, we will let you know the cost of these fees shortly.

Mufti Day
We are having a Mufti Day tomorrow.  All schools in Waitaki are doing this to raise money for the Waitaki Sports Centre.  Please bring a gold coin donation

Friday 22nd - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                     - Mufti day fundraiser
Monday 25th - Labour Day - school closed
Tuesday 26th - Book Fair and Book Character Dress Up Day
Wednesday 27th - Book Fair
Thursday 28th - Book Fair and Yr 6 EOTC camp
                        - Tsunami Drill

Scholastic Book Club
The catalogues have been sent home and all orders are due by Friday 29th October.

Summer Sports
Touch Rugby
As mentioned earlier in the week, the structure of the touch rugby competition has changed due to current covid regulations and only half the teams will play each week.  Each team will play on a field in which you have to enter the grounds from the appropriate entrance.  This will be put on the draw each week.  Children are not allowed to stay and watch other teams.  Please keep an eye out on the draw for your team's game times.

This competition starts on Monday 1st November and further information will be forwarded on to the teams once we receive it.  We are still looking for managers for these teams which basically involves subbing the children on and off the court.  The rules are very few and very easy to learn.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.

Winter Sports Uniforms and Gear Bags
A reminder to return all winter sports uniforms and gear bags by next Tuesday for stocktake.

Community Notices
24 October 2021

Come join us at the Oamaru Farmers Market

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

  • We are back again this Sunday with a great range of locally grown and produced goods. Come and celebrate the labour weekend with us, it's promising to be an exciting and busy market this Sunday.

  • Waterway Natives will be back this Sunday. Come down and buy some native plants and also discuss your landscaping ideas with Daron, he is always happy to assist!

  • We do need to make sure that we are meeting the Covid 19 Level 2 restrictions, so please remember to enter the Market via the main entrance on Wansbeck St only. We need to monitor how many people are on site, so please do only use this entrance/exit. We also ask that you sign in using the QR code or registration book, wear a mask unless eating or drinking and please maintain 2m distance from people that are unknown to you.
  • Art Classes start 1 November 
    Monday, Tuesday or Friday 3:30-5pm
    7 weeks (one class per week) $180 

     Contact luzette 0210772149
    Fb: art by luzette

    Luzette Crossan 
    Creative educator, artist, face painter 
    021 077 2149

4. Diary Dates - Week 1, Term 4 2021



Friday 22

Monday 25

Tuesday 26

Wednesday 27

Thursday 28

Friday 29


Monday 1

Friday 12

Tuesday 30


Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

Friday 10

Wednesday 15

Mufti Day for Events Centre fundraiser 

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *

Labour Day - school closed 

Book Fair - Book Character Dress Up Day *

Book Fair 

Shakeout Drill and Tsunami Drill *

Book Fair 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Scholastic Book Club Orders due in *

Yr 6 EOTC 

Yr 7 & 8 Technology *

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

School Athletics - senior school - note new date *

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

School finishes for term 4 

Friday, 1 October 2021

1. Acting Principal News Term 4 Week 10 2021

 Acting Principal News Term 4 Week 10 2021

With Term 3 coming to an end, teachers have worked hard in tailoring learning into the shortened timeframe with Covid interruptions.  Learners have been proud of their achievements and have shared them with you on Seesaw.  This term has been focused on Science and next term leads into schoolwide planting Inquiry. Learners will be finding out about methods to classify native plants and find out their qualities and match planting which plants for optimum growth. In making a difference we will be taking action to improve our school environment by planting natives around our school. 

Science - Hoiho class has been learning about native skinks and is in the midst of constructing objects connected to their inquiry using cardboard and making parts move and or light up by coding robotics. Hoiho in action:-

ShakeOut 2021

St Joseph's school has been given the exciting privilege to host the NZ wide Shake out Earthquake and Tsunami Drill on October 28th at @9.30. This event will be live-streamed across Aotearoa and Emergency Management Otago staff and local officials will be joining us for this important annual drill. We may even feature on the Breakfast Show. 

Multicultural Day November 10 2021

We look forward to celebrating our annual St Joseph school Multicultural day next term and a heads up to parents in joining together to organise performance groups as part of the afternoon's festivities. We will also be asking for parents to support the day by helping with workshops for Māori, Tongan, African, Indian, Filipino, Chinese, and Latin American. Please contact your class teacher or the office if you are interested to volunteer.  More details to follow. 

We look forward to returning next term along with Mrs Frances-Rees back with us, and in the meantime, I  wish you all a safe holiday.

God Bless.

Nicola Winders

2. Special Character Week 10 Term 3 2021

Kiaora Whanau,Malo e Lelei 

School Mass: 

Last week's zoom Mass, Ruma Kakapo-Year 4/5 presented the gospel. This week's gospel presentation will be Ruma Kiwi- Year 3. Next term week one, the gospel presentation will be Ruma Kereru Year 1/2. Malo 'Aupito

Mass Facts 
The next major part of the Eucharistic Prayer is the epiclesis. In the epiclesis, the priest asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit on the gifts of bread and wine so that, through the power of the Spirit, they may become the Body and Blood of Christ. This same Spirit will transform those attending the liturgy that they may grow in their unity with each other, with the whole Church, and with Christ. 

Catholic Schools Day
Wednesday the 29th, we are celebrating Catholic Schools! This is an opportunity to showcase who we are to our communities. The theme of Catholic Schools Day is Tūrangawaewae: Catholic Schools – A Place to Stand.
As part of us celebrating Catholic Schools Day, we celebrate it through having Zoom Mass together with our parish and parents today. We are looking forward to seeing you all at our Zoom Mass lead by Ruma Kiwi. 

Faith Facts: Week 10 27th September – 1st October
27th St Vincent de Paul
29th St Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels
30th St Jerome
1st St Therese of the Child Jesus

September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels. This is a special day on which we remember three angels who are powerful with God. What distinguishes an archangel from other angels. Their name means “above the angels.” We know the names of three of the archangels –Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

Thank you/ Malo Aupito
God Bless
Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 10, Term 3 2021


Birthday Greetings to
Xiao Hui, Iverson, Stephanie, Kenton, David, Analiese, Olivia, Liam, Jane, Francis, Marc and Siale.

Book Fair

St Joseph's School will have its Book Fair next term, from 26th - 29th of October. We are looking for two parents helpers who can assist and process payments. This may be before and after school. Please let Miss Sollano know if you are keen to be part of it.

Chewing gum
There has been a number of children bringing chewing gum to school.  Please note chewing gum is not allowed at our school.

Well done to Eva F, Warren P and Daniel W who trialed for the Otago U12 Touch Teams on Sunday in Dunedin against players from throughout the Otago region in which the competition was very close.  All 3 players were selected which is a fantastic achievement. They play in tournaments against other regions right up to Christmas.

Cross Country
Photos of cross country will come out next term (sorry ran out of time to put them on a slide show)

Dyslexia and Neurodiversity Workshops
This workshop is for parents whose children learn a bit differently.  It is held at Oamaru Intermediate Hall on Monday 18th October from 6.30 to 8.00 pm.  No cost.
Sarah Sharpe is the Neurodiversity Specialist and she delivers a hands-on practical workshop and presentations which offer an insight into Neurodiverse learners (with a focus on dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia).
Her workshops include insights into neurodiversity and how to implement successful strategies and use appropriate resources with neurodiverse learners, and how parents can support their children in their learning and functioning.
Parents will be encouraged to understand the importance of enabling and empowering their child to take control of their own learning with special emphasis on their strengths.  Her aim is to expand and embed knowledge, understanding and practice around meeting the needs of neurodiverse learners.

Home and School Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Home and School on Thursday 21st October (first week back) at 3.00 pm in the staffroom.

Hungry Horse Cafe - Sunday 17th October
The next date for the Hungry Horse Cafe is on Sunday 17th October, the day before school starts.  Mrs Heffernan urgently needs volunteers to help run the cafe.  Each session is 3 hours and no experience is needed, just a willingness to give some time to the school.  Volunteers can be mums/dads/grandparents/family friends or high school siblings.

The roster shifts are:
10.00 - 12.00 pm
12.00 - 3.00 pm
3.00 - 6.00 pm

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

Junior Swimming
What a progressive two weeks the junior school children have had with their swimming skills.  It has been amazing and delightful to see the improvement in their water confidence.  Children who were scared of the water can now put their heads under, some can now float on their front and back, some can jump in the deep end of the main pool and others can swim lengths confidently.

Thank you to the parents who ensured their children had their swimming togs each time and to our wonderful parent helpers who did a tremendous job.  We thank you very much for your time.  Photos of junior swimming will come out next term.

Lost Property
There is a large number of lost property starting to accumulate in the lost property area.  Please check your child's clothing to ensure it is clearly named.

Sunday 17th October - Hungry Horse Cafe
Monday 18th  - school starts for term 4 in summer uniform and hats
                        - school photos for the whole school
                       -  permission slips and money due back for Yr 7 & 8 interschool
Wednesday 20th - Yr 7 & 8 interschool against St Mary's in Mosgiel

School Photos

Our school photos will be on the first day of term 4 - Monday 18th October.  Please ensure everyone is here for their photos and to wear the correct summer uniform.

This year photographs will be available for you to view and order OnLine with PhotoLife Studios.

Your son or daughter will shortly bring home an OnLine slip with their unique Access Key detailed on it.  This Access Key will display all the photographs of your child.  It is then an easy process for you to shop on-line and purchase the photographs you want.

If you place your order within two weeks of receiving your Access Key you will receive free delivery for your photo orders.  PhotoLife has agreed to despatch all the orders back to the school and your child will bring their photographs home.

Any orders placed after this two-week period will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 Postage & Packing charge.  You will see this message when you go Online to view and order your photographs.

Sibling Photo Request
This sibling photo request form needs to be filled out and signed before the photographer can take the photos of any siblings.  A copy of this form is attached to the email. Remember photos are on day 1 of the term.

Summer Sport team lists
Futsal and Touch Rugby team lists are on another page of the blog.

Touch Rugby
Touch starts on Tuesday 19th October which is the first Tuesday back of the term.
We desperately require a coach for a new Yr 1/2/3 touch team called the St Joseph's Panthers.  We need a coach for this team as this team is made up of new children who are wanting to place touch this term.
We also require a parent to help coach the Yr 1/2/3 Broncos team for the first 3 weeks because Mrs Koni is able to coach at that time.  She is available to coach from week 4 onwards.
Please contact Mrs Brien if you can help with either team.  

Futsal Teams
We are entering 5 Futsal teams in the Monday competition next term.  We have the following teams and require parents to manage these teams otherwise a roster system will be drawn up.
  • Yr 1/2 Red - require a manager for this team
  • Yr 1/2 Blue - require a manager for this team
  • Yr 3/4 - has a manager
  • Yr 5/6 - need 2 more players and a manager for this team
  • Yr 7/8 - need a manager for this team
Teams will be registered today and information will be sent out in the first week of term 4.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help out. All games are 12 minute halves and there is no fee to join a team.

Summer Uniform
A reminder for the children to wear their summer uniform next term and to bring their SUN HATS.

Uniform Shop

The shop is not open on the first day of term 4 but if you require anything, please contact the office.

Community Notices
  • Veterinary Centre Pet Poem and Photo Competition

What you need to do …

·         Write an awesome poem and attach a cool photo of your pet.

·         Deliver to your Veterinary Centre by the Big Blue Cross or email to before Friday 22nd October 2021.
Don’t forget to include your name, age and school.

·         Winner receives a $100 Veterinary Centre Voucher, PLUS the School gets a great Weber Q1000 Outdoor Gas Grill.

  • Waitaki District Council - the school holiday guide is attached to the email
  • Oamaru Tennis Club

North Otago Tennis is excited to be taking part in Love Tennis national open weekend, alongside over 200 clubs from around NZ. Love Tennis is all about showcasing tennis to the local community and demonstrating how tennis is the perfect game for people of all ages and abilities!

  • Love Tennis 202will take place on Saturday 16th October,  from 10am-4pm at the grass tennis courts 32 Chelmer Street (beside the domain playground). The event is perfect for everyone, young or old, whether they’re a current or returning player or have never picked up a racquet before. We hope to grow the tennis membership and introduce new people to our sport. All you need to do is show up!

    For more information visit .Also if you could please put in the newsletter Hot Shots and Junior Tennis Starts on Wednesday 20th October, first Wednesday of the last Term , from 330pm onwards for those people that wish to sign up and cant make it along on the love tennis day please email North Otago Tennis, to register your interest

  • OSCAR @ FENWICK - is taking bookings for our Before and After School Programme.  Before School care opens at 7.20 am and After School care closes at 6.00 pm.  We pick up and drop off to all Oamaru area schools.  Contact Jessica Shaw on 021 156 5871 or book directly at 

  •  The Waitaki Out of School Care & Recreation Trust (OSCAR) is looking for committee members. They meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6.00 pm and childcare is provided.  Please contact Jessica Shaw on 021 156 5871 if you are interested in contributing to the future of our great programme.

4. Touch Teams - term 4 2021


Touch starts on Tuesday 19th October which is the first Tuesday back of the term.
We desperately require a coach for a new Yr 1/2/3 touch team called the St Joseph's Panthers.  We need a coach for this team as this team is made up of new children who are wanting to place touch this term.
We also require a parent to help coach the Yr 1/2/3 Broncos team for the first 3 weeks because Mrs Koni is able to coach at that time.  She is available to coach from week 4 onwards.

Please contact Mrs Brien if you can help with either team.  

Yrs 1/2/3



Yrs 1/2/3



Yrs 1/2/3



Yr 4/5/6



Isla A

Aachoo D

Reynaldo M

Asher M

Lydia M

Anashae M

Angelina P

Tala T

Jane V

James A 

William A

Manaia D 

Taylor D 

Carter F

Hunter F

Olivia G

Mark L

Gavin P 


Zachary C

Annabel G

Emma H 

Jayden H

Emere K

Taera K 

Arian L

Roger L

Dihviyn S

Evan S

Manu A

Mele A 

Eva F

Milly F

Liam L

Soane M 

Fe’ofa’aki T

Cooper v





Coach:  required

Coach: Victoria Forrest

Coach: Liz Koni

Coach: Max Fatafehi

Yr 4/5/6 



Yr 4/5/6



Yr 7/8 



Milah A

Pippa C

Ellie C

Lewis G

James L

Luke L

Theo M

Siale T

Analiese W

Charlie B

Luke B

Clarence C

Marconi H

Blake M

Warren P 

Vilivea T

Daniel W

Iverson W

Isaiah C

Marc M

King M

Ivy Belle M

Mazvita R

Kacymea T

Kenton T




Coach: Adele Whiston

Coach: Lee Woodhouse

Coach: Saluni Palaa (Kenton's brother)