Friday, 12 August 2022

1. Principal's News Week 3 Term 3 2022

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to our children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Michael last weekend: Alexander, Marc, Soa, Reynaldo, Emily, Taylor, Celina, Taera, Milah, and Isla.  Thank you to Mrs Misiloi and Fr Wayne and their families and parish prayer partners for preparing them for this Sacrament.

School Interviews

Parent-teacher-student interviews are on Tuesday 23rd August.  School will be closing at 12.30pm in order to have the interviews.  Please arrange for your children to be picked up at 12.30pm from their classroom.  It is important we make the time to meet together with parents, teachers and students to discuss learning progress.  

To book your interview go to:

Use code: 3c85s

Movie - Let Your Light Shine

All of the children who were with us in term 2 are in our movie.  We are having two screenings: 

Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August at St Kevin's College Auditorium 

Time: 6pm.  

You can get tickets at the school office - $5 per adult and free for school-age children

Or you can book tickets online at and search "Let Your Light Shine."

Refreshments at our Movie Screening

We are asking families to please bring a plate of food to share after the movie.  We have asked for "finger food," - things you can pick up and eat easily.  The movie is nearly an hour long so if you bring hot foot please bring something that will still be OK if it is warm as there are no reheating options.


We welcomed Mr Mawson from St Kevin's this week.  Mr Mawson has been participating in writing classes in Hoiho and Takahe.   We have analysed the chidlren's writing to find areas of weakness.  We are focusing on constructing really good sentences and paragraphs.  The children are doing Science experiments at the moment.  A good scientist can make careful and accurate observations.  The children have been learning how to do this and are using the observations for their writing. 

"The Dominican Sisters Who Founded Our School"

Patricia (helped by Marc) filmed the very last snippet of the movie this week.  Ironically the last thing to be filmed is the first thing that happened in our school history which was the arrival of Mother Gabriel Gill with the Dominican sisters in Oamaru in 1882.

Junior Drink Fountains

We need to replace our junior drink fountains, they are all leaking and degenerating.  We will soon be having a chocolate-selling fundraiser.  Please check the school news section and support us with this fundraiser when it gets going so that we can replace our junior drinking fountains.


Early closing on Tuesday 23rd August, 12.30pm

Closed for teacher learning in structured literacy Monday & Tuesday 14th and 15th November.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

2. Special Character Week 3 Term 3 2022

Sacrament of Confirmation

Last Sunday we had 11 children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Bishop Michael Dooley and Fr Wayne for the beautiful Mass that we had, celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Special thanks goes to:

  • parents and families for your great support and prayers
  • the Sponsors and prayer partners
  • Elaine Hurley for organising the Confirmation Certificates
  • Adrienne Wylie for organising prayer partners
  • Mrs Frances- Rees and Mrs Brookes for leading the singing at Mass 
  • Mrs Dooley for your support                                                                                
  •            Malo 'Aupito, God Bless.

School and Family Mass 

Thank you to Ruma Hoiho- Year 5/6 for presenting Mass last week.

This week Mass was presented by Ruma Kakapo -Year 4/5.

Next Week Mass will be presented by Ruma Kiwi- Year 2/3.

Thank you parents for your ongoing support. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to our family school weekly masses next term. Thank you.

Faith Facts

Week 3 - August 8 - 12 (Green)









8-St MARY OF THE CROSS known as  St Mary MacKillop




10-St Lawrence, deacon, martyr

11-St Clare



St Mary of the Cross - Australia’s first saint.
St Mary of the Cross also known as Saint Mary MacKillop made several visits, by ship, to New Zealand from 1894- 1902.  In 1897 she stayed for some time with the sisters in Arrowtown while travelling in Otago and Southland. 
A woman of faith, courage and vision. Mary McKillop had an impact in New Zealand with her Sister’s founding and working throughout New Zealand and in Otago. We are waiting for our own Suzanne Aubert to be made New Zealand’s first saint.

Saint Clare of Assisi was a good friend of Saint Francis of Assisi, who our Pope Francis is named after. After hearing Saint Francis speaking about Jesus, Saint Clare wanted to devote her entire life to God. At first, her family did not respect her decision, however she stood by her decision because she truly loved God. In time, some members of her family joined her in her religious lifestyle.

St Clare of Assisi - Patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, television

God Bless

Tua Misiloi (Co DRS)

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 3 2022


Birthday Greetings to

Allison C and Rheanna C

Assumption Mass
On Monday, the whole school are going over to Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.  We ask all children to wear their full winter uniform (no PE clothes or sports shoes).

Celebration Assemblies
We warmly welcome anyone to our celebration assembly on Friday afternoons at 2.30 pm outside the library to raise the winning house flag before heading to the hall.  Masks are recommended.

Cross Country
Notices have been handed out to each family about our school's cross country on Friday 26th August (3 weeks' time).  We have asked for parent help and we have received 4 offers of help but we need another 4-6 parents to help as marshalls. The cross country will be approximately 1 - 1.5 hours from the time the children start to the time of completion.  If you can help or know of someone who would like to help, please let Mrs Brien know. 

Each class has been busy practicing for it and a reminder for children to bring their sports shoes to run in as the school grounds are quite muddy.

Subway lunches
There will be NO subway lunches on the day of our cross country so everyone is to bring a packed lunch.

Our junior water fountains are in need of an urgent upgrade and we have the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser which will enable us to meet this need. It is very important to provide fresh water which is easily accessible to the children therefore we are going to be engaging in a chocolate fundraiser. 

We will be issuing each family a box of chocolates to sell and there will be more available if you wish to sell more.  Boxes will be issued to families on Monday 5th September and each box will contain 36 bars of chocolate.  Each bar will sell for $2.00 each and the sales from each box ($72.00) are to be handed into the office.  Further information will accompany each box.

Please note that chocolate is not promoted as a staple food and should be treated as a 'treat' food and not to be included in the children's lunch boxes.  Any inquiries, please contact the office.

Summer Sports
Summer sports information for term 4 will be sent out to each family next week.  Sports on offer from St Joseph's are Futsal and Touch rugby.

Touch rugby will have a new format for term 4 where teams will be made up of the following year groups instead of the combined 3-year levels.  Teams will be made up of 8 players.
- Yr 1 & 2
- Yr 3 & 4
- Yr 5 & 6
- Yr 7 & 8

Touch will start on Tuesday 18th October (the first Tuesday of term 4).

Is open to all year levels and will be on Monday afternoons from  4.00 to 7.00 pm starting Monday 31st October.  Teams will have 7 players The leagues available are:
- Yr 1 & 2
- Yr 3 & 4
- Yr 5 & 6
- Yr 7 & 8

There is NO technology for the Yr 7 & 8 children for the next 3 Fridays.

We warmly welcome Tryphena who recently started at our school in Hoiho class
Winter Sports 
All St Joseph's rugby, netball and Yr 3/4 miniball winter sport uniforms are to be handed into the office.

North Otago Basketball would like to thank everyone who was involved in miniball this year and  realise the season was shorter than normal.  This gave them the opportunity to try the 3 x 3 structure for this age group which seems to be a lot more hands-on for all players.  If you have any comments on how they can run the season, please let Mrs Brien know and she will forward your comments. They welcome new members to join the North Otago Basketball committee

St Joseph's Maroon Netball Team - Yr 3/4 Grade

4. Sports Draw - 12th to 18th August 2022

 SPORTS DRAW - 12th to 18th August 2022

All sports codes have their full draws for the term/season on their respective websites and Facebook pages.


Netball - Friday 12th August - last day of netball

Note there is a Plan B option if it rains and your coach will let you know if North Otago Netball use it.

Future Ferns Yr 3/4

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Maroon v Kurow Juniors on court 4 (Unichem)

Yr 7/8 Section 2

4.15 pm - St Joseph’s Gold v OIS Shooters at SKC court 1


3.30 pm - St Joseph’s Gold are standby umpires at Taward Street.

Plan B Option if Wet

Future Ferns Yr 3/4

St Joseph’s Maroon - no game

Yr 7/8 Section 2

17.45 pm - St Joseph’s Gold v OIS Shooters at SKC gymnasium


Rugby - Saturday 13th August - last game for the season

EXCELSIOR RUGBY TEAMS - end of season break up at the Rec Centre and take your rugby jerseys with you.

7/8 yrs 

10.00 am - Excelsior v Valley at WCS 7

9/10 yrs

11.00 am - Excelsior v Kurow Brumbies at WCS 2

11/12 yrs 

11.00 am - Excelsior Bulls v Excelsior Wolverines at WCS 3


FOOTBALL - Awamoa and Meadowbank teams - Saturday 13th August

7/8 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am 

Game 1 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Storm - Showgrounds 

Game 2 - Meadowbank v Awamoa Force - Showgrounds 

9/10 Grade - kick off at 10.45 am

MB Machines v Awamoa Knights - Showgrounds

11/13 grade - kick off at 9.30 am

MB Marvels v AFC Rovers - Showgrounds

AFC Rangers v AFC Ravens - Awamoa

AFC Robins v AFC Falcons - Awamoa



Yr 5/6 miniball 3 x 3 competition - finishes on Tuesday 23rd August

Basketball finishes on Wednesday 17th August


Miniball 3 x 3 - Tuesday 16th August

The draw is unavailable at the time the sports draw is scheduled.  We will let you know by email and text when the draw is available.

Basketball - Wednesday 17th August - last game for the season

** St Joseph’s is on the Front Court Set Up so families have to be there at 3.30 to set up. (Mrs Brien will confirm with you if our school has to do it because of our late game)

6.20 pm - St Joseph’s Cavaliers v OIS Hawks - back court

Score bench Duty


5. Diary Dates - Week 3, Term 3 2022



Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Tuesday 23

Friday 26

Tuesday 30

Wednesday 31


Thursday 1

Friday 2

Sunday 4

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Monday 12

Monday 19

Sunday 25

Tuesday 27

Friday 30


Monday 17

Thursday 20

Friday 21


Monday 14

Tuesday 15


Friday 16

School Movie - Let your Light Shine at SKC 

School Movie - Let your Light Shine at SKC 

Parent Teacher Interviews from 1.00 to 8.00 pm 

School Cross Country 

Postponement Day for Cross Country 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Fathers Day *

North Otago Cross Country *

Fiefia evening at 6.00 pm *

Sacramental Programme - First Communion parent meeting at 7.00 pm 

Sacramental Programme - First Communion 2nd parent meeting at 7.00 p

First Holy Communion at 9.00 am 

Yr 7 & 8 interschool against St Mary’s Mosgiel in Oamaru 

Term 3 finishes

Term 4 starts

Yr 6 Camp at IONA 

Yr 6 Camp at IONA 

School closed - Teacher Only Day 

School closed - Teacher Only  Day 

School finishes for 2022 

Friday, 5 August 2022

1. Principal's News Week 2, Term 3 2022

 Let Your Light Shine - St Joseph's Movie

Tickets are now selling for St Joseph's Movie - Let Your Light Shine.  Tickets are $5 for adults (plus a small booking fee if you book through and children are free.  This helps us cover some of the costs of the movie.

This will be the first time our community has gathered together for a long time.  We choose a movie this year for our biannual production because we didn't know if we would be able to put on a stage show with Covid restrictions and we knew we could change the date for a movie to find a time where we could get together.

Plans are well underway for our building renovations and rebuild and St Joseph's is going to look quite different when it is done.  So we have asked families to bring some finger food to the movie - that means food that we can stand and eat rather than a meal.  We will not have the opportunity to heat any food so it needs to be already cooked. After the movie, our Board of Trustees will be asking some very simple questions which you can choose to discuss, or write an answer whilst having a bite to eat. The movie starts at 6pm and everything will be finished by 7.30pm.

Your responses will help our Board of Trustees to plan for the future of St Joseph's.  

Board of Trustees

Our new Board starting in September is:

Sharni Cunningham (parent representative)

Andy Bradley ( parent representative)

Samara Allardice (parent representative)

Victoria Forrest (parent representative)

Adele Whiston (parent representative)

Rebecca Laming (Bishop's representative)

Fr Wayne (Bishop's representative)

Sarah Sollano (staff representative)

Lorraine Frances-Rees (principal)

Welcome to Adele and Sarah and I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees and the next three years is going to be an exciting time for St Joseph's.

Many thanks to Leigh Thomas who has been our staff representative for the last three years and has shared her wisdom and understanding with the Board.

Parent Helpers

Just a note about parent helpers.  New Zealand schools are run by the parents.  The Board of Trustees, must be a majority of parent representatives, as you can see above but more than that if we are to run smoothly our parents need to fund-raise from time to time.  When we have events, we rely on parent helpers to make these events happen.  We have cross country coming up in week 5 and we need parents to step forward to help us with this.  Please have a think if your work or other commitments will allow you to help.  If you don't do it, who will?  Please also don't ever worry that someone else might do it better, or it could be someone else's job.  So please do step forward and help when you can.  It's also a great way of meeting other parents and making friends.

Fund Raisers

We have the option of doing a chocolate and/or First Aid Kit fundraiser for our school. A parent has kindly offered to coordinate the chocolate fundraiser and we need a parent to coordinate the First Aid Kit fundraiser.

If you would like to help with that, our office staff would support you with collecting money.  We just need someone to take the lead with connecting with the supplier and organising the initial distribution.  Please let myself or Paula or Anne in the office know if you would like to help with this.

Sacrament of Confirmation

We are celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with a group of children on Sunday at 9.30am mass and look forward to supporting them with this significant life event.

Teacher Only Day

A reminder that school is closed next Monday 8th August for a teacher only day for professional development.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

2. Special Character Week 2 Term 3 2022

Kia ora/Welcome to Week 2

Special Character: This week our R.E (Religious Education) is focused on teaching "Sacrament"- Hakarameta Strand

Key Ideas

 1. There are 7 sacraments - Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. 

2. Each sacrament has its own symbols and rituals

3. Sacraments are a sign of God’s grace in the world and in us.

4. Sacraments relate to your life journey (te wa)

School and Family Mass 

This week's mass was presented by Ruma Takahe- Year 7/8. Thank you to Mrs Winder and the

Year 7/8 children. Tino Pai!. Also thank you to Ruma Hoiho for presenting Mass last week.

Next week will be Ruma Kakapo-Year 4/5. Malo e ngaue/ Thank you tamariki and kaiako

for the amazing work that they have done!

Sacramental Programme


This Sunday the 7th of August our children will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at 9:30am Mass. Please continue to pray for our tamariki. Malo 'Aupito. We are looking forward to welcoming our whanau/family to this special celebration.

Faith Facts

Week 2 - August 1 -5 (Green)











St Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, doctor





St Dominic, priest


St John Vianney, priest



The Transfiguration of the Lord

Two significant feasts this week. The first was on Wednesday for St Dominic. Five schools in our Diocese carry the Dominican Charism. The Dominican motto is Veritas meaning Truth or Pono. With so much misinformation these days it is an excellent value to have. The mission is to Praise Whakapaingia, to Bless Whakanuia, to Preach Whakapaoho. 

The other feast day is on Sunday, The Transfiguration. Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him, and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called "Son" by God the Father. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel story of the life of Jesus, the others being his Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension

God Bless

Tua Misiloi