Friday 21 July 2023

1. Principals News - Week 1, Term 3 2023

Dear Parents and Whanau

Our term has got off to a very spring-like start but the last couple of days has just reminded us that winter is not over yet
A reminder that children are busy practicing for our school cross country being held in week 5.  We have whole school practices most afternoons.  It would be helpful if students had their sports uniform and shoes suitable for running.
We will have more information on our school event, North Otago and Otago cross country over the coming weeks.

School Development
While very disappointed that the school is not getting the full rebuild that it anticipated, we are getting some quite sizable renovations.  The Steam room, Library and passageway adjacent to these rooms are having a refresh that will see repainting of this area, sound absorbing fabric on the walls, and in some cases the ceilings, new carpet, drapes, blinds and lighting.

This will certainly lift the useability and decor of these areas.  The cost of this is met by the Catholic Education Office through your attendance dues.  We are still receiving quotes but indications are that the budget will be between $60,000 to $70,000.

Fiefia and Polyfest
We have had our first Fiefia and Polyfest practice this week involving over 25 of our students.  We are very grateful for all the support of Christina Tofilau who is assisting Tua Misiloi in preparing this group.

Generous Sponsorship
We are very lucky in Oamaru and the Waitaki District to be supported by so many generous groups.

Network Waitaki

Last term and then again yesterday, we received $200 in total from Chris Heywood, an agent at LJ Hooker and Stephen Robertson their Principal.  This donation is from the recent house sales within our school zone.  This funding will go towards playground sports equipment for all our children.

Oamaru Vincentian Trust
This trust has generously given us $1500 towards supporting children experiencing hardship.  This helps us subsidise many children's school trips, uniforms, school fees, lunches and stationery.

School Community Family
We have had a further generous donation of $1500 from a school community member to support our school in the delivery of our Religious Education programme and to support students in need.

To all these extremely generous sponsors, we are truly appreciative of their kindness and support of St Joseph's School and our students.

We are operating a Whittakers Chocolate fundraiser.  The funds from the sales of our chocolate will go towards our uniforms for our Pasifika and Kapa Haka kits and a proportion supporting our Young Vinnies Programmes.
We anticipate this being distributed to families next week.  Each family will be given one box of chocolates to sell but if you wish to sell more, please contact the school office.  Information about the price of the chocolates will be included in the boxes. We trust that we can count on your support in this school-wide fundraiser.  

Have a great weekend and many thanks for all the support you offer the school and your students learning.

God Bless
Allan Mitchell
Acting Principal

2. Faith Facts - Week 1, Term 3 2023

 Welcome to  Week 1 Term 3

Thank you Ruma Kereru for leading the Mass this week! A great way to start the term. 

Our In-school Confirmation lessons have begun this week and I ask you to pray for our candidates and their families as they prepare for this Sacrament.

A reminder that there is a parent meeting with Father Fredy on Tuesday evening 25th July at 7pm in the school staffroom for parents of the Sacramental candidates.

Nga mihi nui

Leanne Brookes  DRS

Week 1 17th - 21st July









15th SUNDAY in Ordinary Time





St Apollinaris


St Lawrence of Brindisi, priest, doctor


St Mary Magdalene

Lord, please bless all our teachers, friends and whanau as they make their way back to their classrooms for another term. Help them to feel excitement and joy in the promise of a new start.  Help to keep our schools and homes warm. Give them everything they need to start their classes. Help us to support those who are hungry and cold. Give them and us all we need this winter. Amen.

Mary Magdalene travelled with Jesus as one of his followers. She is mentioned by name more than most of the apostles and more than any other woman in the gospels, other than Jesus's family.

All the gospels say she is, either alone or a member of a larger group of women which includes Jesus's mother, as the first to witness the empty tomb, and is the first to witness Jesus's resurrection. Mary Magdalene is known in some Christian traditions as the "apostle to the apostles".

3. School Notices - Week 1, Term 3 2023


Birthday Greetings to:
Eva F and Zion L

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
These are scheduled for Tuesday 15th August commencing at 1.00 pm.  School will close at 12.30 pm so please make arrangements to collect your children at this time.

The conferences will be held in the student's classrooms, not the hall as previously.  Bookings can be made via the school interviews app which is and the code is c5ruy

Scholastic Book Club
Brochures were given to students yesterday and orders are due back on Monday 31st July.

Sports Draw
Miniball - Tuesday 25th July
3.45 pm - St Joseph's Breakers v Ardgowan Nets - back court
5.15 pm - St Joseph's Raptors v Weston Wolves - front court

Score bench duty
4.15 pm - St Joseph's Breakers - back court - need a family to do score bench for this week

Basketball - Wednesday 26th July
3.50 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers v Weston Wildcats - back court

Score bench duty
4.40 pm - St Joseph's Cavaliers - back court - Whiston family

We warmly welcome Vedansh U to our school.

Community Notices
  • Oamaru Poultry Show - this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July.  Please see the flyer attached to the email.
  • Altrusa Fabric Bazaar - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August.  Please see the flyer attached to the email.
  • Wicked Bog Roy Rogaine - Sunday 13th August.  Please see the flyer attached to the email.

4. Youthtown After School Flyer


5. Diary Dates - Term 3 2023

  Diary Dates – Week 1  Term 3 2023 


Tuesday 25

Confirmation Parent meeting at 7.00 pm *

Wednesday 26

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Thursday 27

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am *

Monday 31

Scholastic Book Club orders due back *


Wednesday 2

Clued Up Kids for Yr 6 *

Technology for Yr 7 & 8 

Thursday 3

School Parish Mass at 9.15 am *

Friday 4

Camp forms due back for Yr 7 & 8 

Tuesday 8

Board of Trustee Meeting at 5.30 pm 

Friday 11

Confirmation rehearsal *

Sunday 13

Sacrament of Confirmation 

Tuesday 15

School closes at 12.30 pm *

Parent Teacher Interviews from 1.00 pm *


Monday 11


Tuesday 12


Wednesday 13


Thursday 14


Friday 15


Friday 22

Term 3 ends 


Monday 9

Term 4 starts 

School Photos 

Tuesday 17

First Communion Parent meeting *

Thursday 26

School Camp for Yr 6 

Friday 27

School Camp for Yr 6 


Sunday 5

Sacrament of First Holy Communion 

Wednesday 22

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Thursday 23

Yr 7 & 8 camp 

Friday 24

Yr 7 & 8 camp 


Wednesday 20

Last day of school