Friday, 28 October 2022

1. Principal's News Term 4 Week 2 2022


In terms 3 and 4 each year, we specifically focus on learning in Science.  Every year we look at the Science capabilities which help the children to "think like scientists."  This year we have also looked at Tuna (eel) migration from our Waitaki River to Tonga where they breed and the young then return all the way to our Waitaki River.  This has helped us to learn about migration and life cycles.

Every year we do a normed test in Science.  That means a test that is set up nationally and compared across the country.  This year 92% of our children in years 4 to 7 achieved at or above the norm with all of our year 7 class achieving at or above the norm.  Well done to year 7 and our amazing students.  This achievement level has steadily risen from 76% in 2017 when we first started doing this.

39% of our whole school were high achievers compared with the national norm for Science.  This is an amazing result.

A recent external observer in our classrooms remarked on how very well our teachers integrate learning so that learning is shared across curriculum areas and kept relevant to the children and their interests.

RE Achievement

Achievement in Religious Education starts with knowing the content of our religion and in our recent assessments, all of our students from years 1 to 8 are showing a very good understanding of the content of our faith teaching.

As children get older we expect them to use critical thinking skills and apply their religious education to the world as well as critique their knowledge and understanding.  A huge 90% of our year 7 & 8 children are showing ability in this level of thinking and routinely using it not only to engage with religious education but throughout the curriculum.  These children are independent critical thinkers.

Not only this, our recent work with St Kevin's has given us very positive feedback about our senior writers and even said some of them are writing at NCEA standard already.

A massive well done to our teachers and our students.  It is world teacher day today and please remember to thank your child's teacher for the awesome work they do.

Our Goals Moving Forward

Lots of things have changed in our world.  Our school community now is very different from what it was even 3 years ago.  The world is different.  We MUST know what is important to you.  You may think you have only been in New Zealand a short time and wonder what you might add to our goals.  Or you may think, you've been here always and you know we're working together and it will turn out OK.  But we really need EVERYONE'S point of view to help us move forward.  This means, our values, our uniform, how we represent ourselves to the world, and what it means to belong at St Joseph's.

It is EXTREMELY important that what we do at St Joseph's reflects your dreams and wishes for your children's future, within a Catholic faith context.

So we would love for you to join us this evening at our Family Fun Evening.  Bring your own tea and join in games and fun activities.  You can slip into the staffroom and cast your vote on the ideas we want your feedback on and if you do this you enter a raffle.  Topflite has kindly donated a very cool bird feeder.

We look forward to seeing you this evening.

A reminder also that we are closed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November for staff development.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

2. Special Character Week 2 Term 4 2022

Special Character: 

We are teaching "Communion of Saints Strand-Te Kotahitanga O Te Hunga Tapu"

Key Ideas:

1. Mary is Jesus’ mother and first disciple and model to all Christians
2. Communion of Saints is all the souls in heaven, purgatory and God's family - the church on earth.
3. Our choices affect the type of person we become and what happens to us after we die
Here is the link for parents to find out more information about the strand.

School Family Mass

Tēnā rawa atu koe Ruma Kereru me Ruma Pukeko, thank you very much Ruma Kereru and Pukeko- Year 1/2 for presenting Mass last week. This week Mass was presented by Ruma Tākahe. Next week will Mass will be led by Ruma Hoiho. 

Faith Facts: Week 2   24 - 28 October (Green)

October is the month of the Rosary. What is the Rosary?

The word rosary comes from Latin and means a garland of roses. The rose is a flower used to symbolise Mary the mother of Jesus.

The rosary is a meditative repetitive prayer in honour of Mary. It consists of a set number of specific prayers. There are the introductory prayers: one Apostles’ Creed, one Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer, three Hail Mary’s, one Glory Be. At the centre of the devotion, is the Hail Mary. It is repeated 150 times during the prayer.

Rosary beads are used as counters to help maintain the rhythm as the prayers are prayed in sequence.











World Mission Sunday








Sts Simon and Jude, apostles


Malo Aupito! Have a great weekend! God bless!
Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 2, Term 4 2022


Birthday Greetings to
Elias F and Michael M

Can we please have some parent helpers for both our junior and senior athletic days which are on Thursday 17th November for juniors and Friday 18th November for seniors.  An information sheet will be sent home next week regarding our school athletics.

End of Year Trophies
Please return any End of Year trophies and JJ awards to the office by the end of next week.

Information has been given out to all Futsal players regarding the start of Futsal on Monday afternoon.  Please check your emails and the paper copy for this information.

Friday 28th - Family Fun Evening starting at 5.30 pm tonight
Monday 31st - Scholastic Book Club orders due in
                      - Futsal starts today
Thursday 3 - School enrolment meetings
                     Board of Trustee meeting 
Friday 4 - Technology for Yr 7 & 8

We warmly welcome Ellah and Kingston to our new entrant's classes this week.

Community Notices

Out-of-Hours Violin Classes – Ministry of Education
Waitaki Girls High School -2023
Violin lessons for Primary school aged children are being offered at
Waitaki Girls High School in the Music Suite on Ouse Street.
No prior instrumental experience is required.
Age 8+ is the recommended age.
The lessons are in small groups with a maximum of three students for 30 minutes.
Cost: Lessons are free. Hire or buy a violin. Purchase a tutor book as recommended by the teacher.
Parents and children interested in taking violin lessons in 2023 are invited to observe violin
sessions on Saturday November 5th at The Music Suite WGHS Ouse Street between
10am and noon.
If you need any further information please contact
Helen Beckingsale: 0274314268
Mari Williamson: 02102842875

Friday, 21 October 2022

1. Principal's News Term 4, Week 1, 2022

Year 6 Camp

I spent a lovely day and night with the year 6s on camp yesterday.  The children were awesome, were really supportive of each other, and had a lot of fun.  Yesterday they did an environmental stream study and the children took a lot of time and interest in finding out what is in the river and how that reflects the overall health of the river.  The children also did the exciting gorge scramble which included abseiling and crossing the gorge using ropes.  Today they are doing archery, sailing, and kayaking.

Here are some initial photos from our stream study and there will be more to follow on Facebook.

Community and Social Events for Term 4

Congratulations - we raised $2269 from our chocolate fundraiser.  Thank you and well done to our families for your mahi (work) on this.  I can now start looking for some water fountains.


Please note - pine cone fundraiser.  The Laming's are opening their farm on Saturday 29th October from 11am to 1.30pm.  They will be providing bags and families can collect pine cones to sell as a school fundraiser.  This will help us provide our traditional leaving meal for our year 8 students and provide for the year 7 & 8 social.  Bags could be sold to friends and family for $5 each.  This would be a big help.

Family Fun Day

Friday 28th October - see notice below.

Ma te Atua e manaaki a aroha,

(God bless, and love)

Made withVisme

2. Special Character Week 1 Term 4 2022

 Malo e Lelei, Kiaora and Welcome to Term 4 

Dear God, 

Thank you for the gift of education. Help us to adapt to a new term as we journey to Christmas, may your joy be our strength! We pray to begin each day with positivity knowing that whatever comes their way, we do not have to face it alone.


Special Character:

This week was the last week of teaching God Strand/Te Atua-Io Matua Kore. Next week we will be teaching the Communion of Saint Strand- Te Kotahitanga o Te Hunga Tapu. God is all powerful and remains a mystery. 

School Family Mass:

This week our school family Mass was led by Junior Hub 1. 

Next week Mass will be presenting by Ruma Takahe- Year 7/8. Here is a video that explained about Mass to remind us of the importance of the Liturgy of Eucharist and what happens in the liturgy of Eucharist.  here is the link

Faith Facts:

This Sunday is the World Mission Sunday. "You shall be my witnesses". Every parish, school and community are invited to join this special event, and your prayers and every dollar you give to Missio  helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

Week 1  17 - 21 October (Green)












St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr


St Luke, evangelist






Liturgical Year:

On Monday 17th October we celebrate the memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch. The second Bishop of Antioch, Syria, this disciple of the beloved Disciple John was consecrated Bishop around the year 69 by the Apostle Peter, the first Pope. A holy man who was deeply loved by the Christian faithful, he always made it his special care to defend "orthodoxy" (right teaching) and "orthopraxy" (right practice) among the early Christians.

Praying the Rosary:

The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer and we have a focus on the rosary in October each year. It begins with the Apostles' Creed, which summarises the great mysteries of the Catholic faith.

The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. 

The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel's words announcing Christ's birth and Elizabeth's greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary.

The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ's life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and added by Saint John Paul 11 in 2002, the Luminous Mysteries. 

Malo Aupito/Thank you 

God Bless

Tua Misiloi Co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 4 2022


Birthday Greetings to:

Siale T

The senior school is holding their athletics day on Friday 18th November for children aged 8 years and up from the 1st October.  As we are not combining our school athletics with Te Pakihi o Maru school this year, we have decided to run our athletics at school.

The junior school athletic showcase for children aged 5-7 years will be held on Thursday 17th November from 11.15 am to 12.30 pm at school.  Parents are welcome to come and have lunch with their children after the athletics.

We are requiring parent help to help run the rotations and if you can help with either a full or half day, please let Mrs Brien know. 

End of Year Trophies
Please return any End of Year trophies and JJ awards to the office by the end of next week.

The games start on Monday 31st October and will be held either at the Waitaki Rec Centre or at St Kevin's College.  A draw will come out next week for the games.  The last game is on Monday 5th December.

  • Times - the first game starts at 4.00 pm with the last game starting at 7.00 pm depending on the grade.  All games are 12 minute halves with 1 minute half time.
  • Fees - the cost of the fees will be $33.00 per person and this can be paid at the office or by internet banking to your school account.
  • Teams and Grades - these teams are mixed

  •  Years 1-2 - play 4 x 4 half court (no goalkeepers)

  •  Years 3-4 - play 4 x 4 half court (no goalkeepers)

  • Years 5-6 - play 5 v 5 (with goalkeeper) full court

  • Years 7-8  - play 5 v 5 (with goalkeepers) full court

  • Managers/coach - We need an adult to look after the Yr 5/6 futsal team. You will be in charge of subbing them on and off the court every 2-3 minutes. Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.

  • Draws/Fixtures - the draw will be in our school newsletter and on the Football South Website and on the Football Waitaki Facebook page.

  • Uniform - players to wear their PE uniform and sport shoes.

  • Cancellation – if games are cancelled due to weather, you will be notified either by email, Facebook or go to the North Otago Touch Rugby Facebook page


Yrs 1-2 

(4 v 4)

St Joseph’s White

Yrs 3-4

(4 v 4)

St Joseph’s Red

Yr 5-6

(5 v 5)

St Joseph’s Blue

Yr 7-8

(5 v 5)

St Joseph’s Black

James A

Zoey C

Phoebe C

Gavin P

Gihansa P

Ian Rosas R

Anto S

Jane V

team is full

William A

Ryan B

Nilah C

Manaia D

Taylor D

Emily M

Alexander R

team is full

Luke B

Liam L

Soa M

Molly M

Tendayi R

Larnik V

Jac B

Emily C

David K

Marc M

Patricia M

Allan R

Genne R

Daniel W

team is full





Coach/Manager:  Sacha Cogle 

Coach/Manager:   Rory McGeown

Coach/Manager:  required 


Andy Bradley 

Otago Primary School Swimming Champs
These will be held on Saturday 12th November at Moana Pool in Dunedin and it is open to any student who has met the qualifying time for the 50-metre races in backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.  The age groups are: 
- 9 years and under
- 10 years and under
- 11 years and under
- 12 years and under

I will attach the relevant information to the email and if your child is interested in attending these swimming champs, please let Mrs Brien know.  Please note it is the parents responsibility to take the children to the swimming sports and to look after them.  School will enter the children for their races.

Everyone is welcome to attend our school Mass every Thursday at 9.15 am and our school assembly every Friday afternoon at 2.30 pm in the hall.

Scholastic Book Club
Brochures were handed out yesterday.  Orders are due back in the office by Monday 31st October.  Please note there is one more book club order before the end of the year.

Touch Rugby
Coach required - we still require a coach/manager for our Yr 1/2 team as of today, nobody has offered to look after this team. Their first game is on Tuesday and with Monday being a holiday, we need a parent to help out.  Please let Mrs Brien know if you can help.

Draw - the draw will be sent to you on Tuesday as Monday is a holiday otherwise it can be found on the North Otago Junior Touch Facebook page.

Community Notices

4. Diary Dates - Week 1. term 4 2022



Monday 24

Thursday 27

Friday 28

Monday 31


Thursday 3

Friday 4

Monday 14

Tuesday 15

Thursday 17

Friday 18

Friday 25

Monday 28

Tuesday 29

Wednesday 30


Friday 2

Friday 9

Thursday 15

Friday 16

Labour Day - school closed 

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am *

Yr 7& 8 at Technology 

Celebration assembly at 2.30 pm *

Family Fun Evening at school starting at 5.30 pm 

Futsal starts today 

Scholastic Book Club orders due back today *

School enrolment meetings *

Board of Trustee meeting *

Yr 7 & 8 Technology at St Kevin’s *

School closed - Teacher Only Day *

School closed - Teacher Only  Day *

Board of Trustee meeting *

Junior school athletics *

Senior school athletics 

Mufti Day *

North Otago athletics 

Multicultural Day 

Interschool in Timaru for Yr 7 & 8 

School disco for Yrs 1-6 

Yr 7 & 8 social 

End of Year Mass, Nativity play and prize giving *

School finishes for 2022