Thursday 28 October 2021

1. Principal's News Week 1 Term 4 2021

Book Fair Week

Thank you to Miss Sollano for organising our Book Fair week.  It was great to see our students wearing homegrown book character costumes on Tuesday.  They have really enjoyed looking at the books and thank you parents for supporting them.


Athletics practices are well underway.  Athletics will be different this year due to our Level 2 requirements and Senior athletics will be on Friday 12th November at St Joseph's starting at 9.30 am.  A junior school demonstration will be on Tuesday 16th November starting at 1.45 pm.

Earthquake and Tsunami Drill

Today we welcomed representatives from Otago Emergency Management, the National Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Knowles and also Simon Chambers and our Mayor Gary Kircher, and Deputy Mayor Melanie Tevandale to share our earthquake and tsunami drill with the nation today.  

St Joseph's was chosen this year to be the national livestream school for the drill.  Check out (on demand) Breakfast TV this morning at 7.55 and 8.55am and on our Facebook page.

More photos are coming and the livestream from Breakfast TV is on our Facebook page.


also Tuesday 30th November.

God Bless and Aroha,


2. Special Character Week 2Term 4 2021

Welcome, Kia Ora Whanau/Malo e Lelei!

Special Character Focus: Traditional Prayer

On Monday we had a staff meeting with Katrina van de Water our Religious Education Advisor from the Dunedin Diocese about Traditional Prayer-the richness of Catholic prayer. Traditional prayers have emerged from the story of the Church in various times and are part of the ongoing prayer life of the Church. They have become, in essence, part of what it is to "be" Catholic. Thank you Katrina. 

School Mass: 

Last week's gospel presentation was Ruma Kereru- Year 1/2.  We had a Liturgy to celebrate Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, Holy Mary, Mother of God. There was no Mass this week. Next week the gospel presentation will be Ruma Pukeko-Year 1/2. 

Faith Facts:

Week 2: October 25 – 29 (Green)

25th Labour Day

28th Sts Simon and Jude

31st Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is first and foremost the celebration that all baptised are missionaries. We participate in the Mission of God – to bring the Good News that God is here and wants to give life abundantly (Jn 10:10).

November 1st is All Saints' Day.

It is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. All Saints' Day was formally started by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609 AD. Boniface IV also established All Souls' Day, which follows All Saints.

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

3. School Notices - Week 2, Term 4 2021


Birthday Greetings to

Michael McLaren

A notice will come out tomorrow regarding the senior athletics for Friday 12th November.  If anyone is willing to help out on the day, please contact Mrs Brien.

Book Fair
The Book Fair finishes today and no further orders can be taken.  

Futsal (Similar to indoor football)
Starts this Monday and the Yr 1-6 teams play at the Waitaki Rec Centre and the Yr 7/8 team plays at St Kevin's gym.  Children are to wear their pe clothes and football boots are not allowed.  Please turn up 5-7 minutes before your game starts.  If anyone wishes to play Futsal and they have not signed up, please contact Mrs Brien.

We have two girls from Waitaki Girls High School who have offered to look after two of our teams and we thank them for their kind gesture. They will coach the Yr 1/2 Red team and the Yr 5/6 team. Contact Details will be given to teams once we get all the information.

4.00 pm - Yr 1/2 St Joseph's Red v Te Pakihi o Maru on court 1, half court A
4.00 pm - Yr 1/2 St Joseph's Blue v Kakanui on court 1, half court A
4.30 pm - Yr 3/4 St Joseph's v Kakanui on court 2, half court B
5.30 pm - Yr 5/6 St Joseph's v Te Pakihi o Maru on court 1
4.30 pm - Yr 7/8 St Joseph's v OIS Kings at St Kevin's

Futsal Teams - Term 4 2021

Yrs 1-2 Red

(4 v 4)

Yrs 1-2 Blue

(4 v 4)

Yrs 3-4

(4 v 4)

Yr 5-6

(5 v 5)

Yr 7-8

(5 v 5)

Ryan B 

Carter F

Eric J

Emere K

Asher M 

Jane V

James A

Aachoo D

Manase O

Gavin P

Ian R 

Evan S

Ares W

Hunter F

Taera K

Reynaldo M

Emily M

Theo M

Dihviyn S

Jac B

Clarence C

Liam L

Lincoln M

Molly M

need another 2 players

Emily C

Genne R 

Tommy M

Jasmine M

Patricia M

Jack O






Coach: WGHS student

Coach:  Suzy/Nathan Oakes

Coach:   Justine Rodger

Coach:   WGHS student

Coach:   Rory McGeown ?

Friday 29th - Technology for Yr 7 & 8
                    - Scholastic Book Club orders due in
Monday 1st - Futsal starts after school
                    - Teacher Only Day - school is closed

The draw for next Tuesday was unavailable at the time the newsletter was sent.  It will be on the North Otago Junior Touch Facebook page and it will be emailed to you on Tuesday.  This will be for the Yr 4/5/6 teams only.

Good luck to our year 6 students and parents who set off for their overnight camp at IONA today.

Community Notices
  • 31 October 2021

    Come join us at the Oamaru Farmers Market

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

    • Come down to the Market and pick up your weekly supplies - a great variety of fresh, locally grown seasonal produce, artisan breads and pastries, cheeses, delicious homemade preserves, native plants and more, plus enjoy breakfast, a happy atmosphere and live music. 

    • Kakanui Tomatoes will be back at the market this Sunday with their high quality, freshly picked tomatoes.

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

    • Selwyn will be back with his Sharpening Truck next Sunday the 7th of Nov 2021. Get all your sharpening tools ready.

    • 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.

  • The Oamaru Multisport Club Fun Walk-Run / Duathlon Series – November 2021

Fun walk/run: 2.5km (1 lap), 5km (2 laps),10km (4 laps)


Off the Couch: 2km Walk-Run / 4km (1 lap) Bike / 0.5km Walk-Run

Weekend Warriors: 2km Run / 12km (3 laps) Bike / 2.5km Run

Dates:   Wednesdays – 10, 17, 24 November 2021

Time:     6.00pm (Registration 5.30pm; Briefing 5.45pm)

Venue:   Oamaru Harbour Playground, Friendly Bay.

Entry Fee:  Adults: $10 per event or $20 for series; Students: $5 per event or $10 for series

Enter: or on the day

Contact:   Adair Craik 021-309-439 / Diane Talanoa 021-08150688

  • 1. Mini Movers - Term 4 Mini Movers FUNdamental movement programme for 3 & 4 yr olds. The programme runs for 6 weeks and covers a range of fundamental movement skills. This includes jumping, running, throwing, striking, and balance in a fun environment utilising lots of great equipment. $42.00 per child. Friday mornings 9-10am.
    Runs from 5 November to 10 December 2021.
    Register here

    2. FunFit Kids - Fun and fitness for PRIMARY SCHOOL kids! Waitaki Community Recreation Centre. Fridays 4 – 5pm
    Starts 5 November 2021. Cost: $42 for 6 sessions
    Register online now:
    ph 4346932 for more info!
    Skills are chosen with the developmental needs of growing kids in mind. The work outs develop balance, accuracy, fitness and strength, encourage teamwork and are lots of fun!

4. Diary Dates - Week 2, Term 4 2021



Thursday 28

Friday 29


Monday 1

Tuesday 2

Friday 5

Wednesday 10

Friday 12

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 24

Thursday 25

Friday 26

Tuesday 30


Friday 3

Monday 6

Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8

Thursday 9

Friday 10

Tuesday 14

Wednesday 15


Monday 31

Book Fair 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Scholastic Book Club Orders due in 

Yr 6 EOTC 

Yr 7 & 8 Technology 

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

Board of Trustee meeting *

Yr 7 & 8 Technology *

Multicultural Day *

Senior School Athletics *

Junior School Celebration of Athletics *

Shrub planting day *

Shrub planting day *

Yr 7 & 8 Technology *

Teacher Only Day - school closed 

High School Transition Day  - no technology this day *

Yr 7 & 8 Social *

Yr 8 Meal *

House Choirs *

Board of Trustee meeting *

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Yr 7 & 8 Camp 

Junior Disco *

End of Year Mass *

School finishes for term 4 

School starts for 2022 *

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