Friday 18 August 2023
Welcome to Week 5 Term 3
Thank you Ruma Kereru for leading the Mass this week! Amazing Reading and Reverence shown and shared. Next week Ruma Takahe are our leaders.
Nga mihi nui
Leanne Brookes DRS
Week 5 14th - 18th August
19th SUNDAY in Ordinary Time
St Maximilian Mary Kolbe
The ASSUMPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Feast for New Zealand
What is a Holy Day of obligation?
The obligation to participate in the Mass. The obligation to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the time with God.
In New Zealand, we now have only two holy days of obligations as well as Sundays. They are Christmas Day and the Feast of the Assumption, August 15. This day celebrates the mystery that the Virgin Mary was taken into heaven body and soul. Mary’s assumption into heaven is also the patronal feast of the Catholic people in New Zealand. In other words, she is the Patron saint of New Zealand and this week is her feast day.
St. Maximillian is the patron saint of families, prisoners, journalists, political prisoners, drug addicts and the pro-life movement. St. John Paul II declared him to be “the patron saint of our difficult century.” The evils which made the twentieth century so difficult were not left behind as we moved into the twenty-first century.
- Cat in the Hat Show - held in the September school holidays at the Opera House. For information about the show go to Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/
Catinthehatnz/ our Instagram is #catinthehatnz and our website is www.catinthehatlive.com
The play was adapted for the stage in 2009 by the National Theatre of Britain.The Cat in The Hat interrupts this rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother's cosy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.
Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.
Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly!
REMINDER NOTICE - 2023 Cross Country
Event: Combined School Cross Country with Te Pakihi o Maru School
Date: Tuesday 22nd August 2023
Where: Oamaru Racecourse
Time: 11.00 am start for Yr 0/1/ children
Last Race: 12.05 pm approximately for Yr 7/8 boys
Organisation - Te Pakihi o Maru school is organising the cross country this year with our school helping out.
Helpers Needed: yes please as currently we only have 3 helpers from our school. Contact Mrs Brien if you can help
Can we start the races if there are not enough helpers? - no because of safety requirements. We will wait until we get the required number of helpers.
Animals:- Definitely NO DOGS or animals allowed at the racecourse
Parking: all cars are to park in the designated parking area, not on the race track
Participation: The course is the same as last year apart from the creek and bridge which is not accessible to use this year.. All children are to participate whether walking or running unless a medical reason is given by a parent.
Cancellation - the postponement date is Thursday 24th August. If it is cancelled on Tuesday, we will let you know in the morning and a message will be sent to all the parents.
Venue - the cross country is held at the Oamaru Racecourse on the left-hand side of the racing track and the entrance for parents will be through the main southern entrance and you walk along the southern side of the track to start the course.
Spectators: are warmly welcomed
What do the Children wear and bring?
they wear their PE gear to school
1-2 pr warm trousers (in case they fall over) and school jacket
A spare pair of socks and shoes and a hand towel to wipe themselves if they get dirty or wet
A plastic bag to put dirty socks and shoes in it
Extra food and drink for the day as they will take their school bags with them to the event.
Named medications e.g. inhalers and give them to the class teacher
Tarpaulins – we require tarpaulins for the children to sit on. Please name them and give them to your class teacher.
Grounds – will be quite damp, muddy with some animal droppings around so the children will need another pair of shoes to wear afterwards e.g. school shoes.
Course – a copy of the course is on the noticeboard for all year levels. This year the children are going through and over jumps and we will have a marshall at each of these jumps. The Yr 1 & 2 children will go past the jumps.
Buses – leave school at 10.15 am. The children will go to the toilet beforehand. The buses will drop the children off at the carpark and they will walk along the fence to the cross-country paddock.
The buses will be taking the year 1 & 2 children back to school at approximately 12.00 pm. The other year levels will go back at the end of the morning at approximately 12.45 pm.
Year Levels – the children will be running in gender year levels e.g. Yr 1 girls first then Yr 1 boys, Yr 2 girls then Yr 2 boys etc.
Timetable – approximate 5 minutes between each race and some races may start earlier than stated. (Parents/caregivers please come out earlier to watch your children, otherwise you may miss seeing them race). Girls race first then the boys.
This could change depending on the number of parents we get to help as marshalls and if we have to wait for parents to go to marshall stations. Note these times are approximate.
Time Year Level
11.00 am Yr 0 & 1 girls
11.05 am Yr 0 & 1 boys
11.10 am Yr 2 girls
11.15 am Yr 2 boys
11.20 am Yr 3 girls
11.25 am Yr 3 boys
11.30 am Yr 4 girls
11.35 am Yr 4 boys
11.40 am Yr 5 girls
11.45 am Yr 5 boys
11.50 am Yr 6 girls
11.55 am Yr 6 boys
12.00 pm Yr 7 & 8 girls
12.05 pm Yr 7 & 8 boys
Marshall Stations – All marshalls and the starter will be wearing high viz vests. Marshalls are to meet at the track by 10.40 am for a debriefing and notified of your marshall station.
Photos – if you take photos we would love to see some for our records.
North Otago Cross Country - the top 6 children from either St Joseph’s or Te Pakihi o Maru school in years 4-8 will qualify for the North Otago Cross Country on Monday 28th August at 4.00 pm and will be given a note to take home.
Please contact me if you have any queries/questions about the cross country.
Staff member in charge
School Cross Country
Technology for Yr 7 & 8
School Cross Country postponement date *
Scholastic Book Club orders due back *
North Otago Cross Country
No Technology this week *
Board of Trustee meeting *
Technology for Yr 7 & 8 *
Term 3 ends
Term 4 starts
First Communion Parent meeting
School Camp for Yr 6
School Camp for Yr 6
Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Yr 7 & 8 camp
Yr 7 & 8 camp
Yr 7 & 8 camp
Last day of school