Friday, 1 October 2021

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.

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