Thursday, 25 November 2021

Principal's News Term 4 Week 6 2021

Miss Sollano's Graduation

We celebrated Miss Sollano's graduation as a fully-fledged teacher yesterday at the NZEI dinner.  When teachers graduate from university, they do two years of provisional registration under the direction of a mentor teacher until they are able to receive their full registration.  Mrs Winders has been mentoring Miss Sollano for the last two years and now Miss Sollano is able to get her full registration.  Our staff attended the dinner last night and it was a wonderful celebration for us.

Home and School

We would like to give a huge thank you to Rebecca Heffernan who has headed up our Home and School for the past three years.  Rebecca has brought her energy, enthusiasm and outstanding organisational skills to this role and has been a wonderful asset to St Joseph's.  She instigated the Hungry Horse cafe fundraiser which has brought some substantial funds into the Home and School to support St Joseph's.  As we could not have our International Food Fair for two years in a row due to Covid, the Hungry Horse fundraiser has been able to carry us during this time.  It is now time for her to move on and we will miss her greatly on our Home and School.

In the new year when we return to school, I will be inviting all parents to come along and discuss the purpose and future of the Home and School and find out what direction and purpose you would like this body to move in for the future and how you individually, and collectively can contribute.  

Junior Disco and Year 7 & 8 Social

These are two of the events organised by the Home and School.

This year our Junior Disco is planned for Friday 10th December, 6-7pm.

The Year 7 & 8 social is Friday 3rd December, starting at 5.30pm for the year 8s for photos before dinner.

Technology at St Kevin's

Our intermediate students are really enjoying St Kevin's new technology facilities.


School is closed next Tuesday 30th November for professional development.

Principal's Retreat

I attended a marvellous retreat last week in Cromwell with the other Catholic principals from Dunedin and Southland.  It was a time for refreshment, reflection and personal and spiritual growth with a group of like-minded colleagues and I was very grateful for the opportunity to attend.

Moeraki Marae Visit

Last week Kaycee-Mae and Jac went to Moeraki Marae to learn the new waiata and haka that has been written for the Waitaki region.  Kaycee-Mae and Jac will be our eldest Maori students at St Joseph's next year and will have a lead role in our kapa haka and mihi whakatau protocols.

Policies for Review

Our religious Education and Maori Educational Success policies are due for review.  If you would like to give feedback on our policies please go to our School docs site at: To login, click the link and enter the following details when prompted:
username: stjosephsoamaru

password: veritas

Go to the "Current Review" tab

God Bless and Aroha

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