Thursday, 15 February 2018

1. Principal's News - Week 3 Term 1 2018

Our Updated Website
Our updated website is finally live.  Check it out.  Feedback is most welcome.  The great thing is we have created it and own it ourselves and we can quickly make adjustments so that it meets your needs and our needs.  The newsblog will always be linked to the front page.  Its at:

Goal Setting 
The teachers and students are hard at work reviewing their achievement and making their next steps.  For our goal-setting meetings your child and their teacher will share their learning goals in maths, reading and writing.  Your child and their teacher will have done some reflection on how they are using the New Zealand curriculum key competencies of managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing, thinking and language, symbols and texts.  People who use these competencies well become successful independent lifelong learners. 

Early next week we will be asking you for some information on your child's interests outside of school, what you think helps them learn well, what gets in the way of their learning and what you think would be something would help them reach their next goal.  This will form the basis of a conversation between yourself, your child and their teacher at goal setting about the things that need to be in place in your child's own attitude and application and what we can put in place around them to support their best outcomes. 

Please making a booking on 28 February or 1 March for a goal setting meeting and please fill in and return the form to us when you get it.  You will be getting it by email and you can reply immediately.  There will also be a hard copy in your child's bag if you would prefer to do it that way.  They will be going home next Monday.

Budget 2018
Our budget outline for 2018 is shared below.  It is a "no frills" budget.  It illustrates how even though education is supposed to be fully funded by the government and free at the point of delivery, we actually cannot run the school without the parent donations.
Yr 7 children at their swim lessons

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

010 Government Grants305249
015 Notional Lease162400
016 MOE Teacher Funded Salaries758940
020 Investment Income1000
030 Trading3000
040 Fundraising9800
050 Activities = Parent donations17376
055 Discretionary Welfare0
060 Library1050
070 Teaching Resources29525
072 Professional Development16600
075 ICT Plan18813.71
080 Equipment Repairs1800
090 Staff Expenses - teacher aides and learning support75265.2
095 MOE Teacher Funded Salaries - teachers758940
100 General1200
110 Communications4000
120 BOT Expenses9520
130 Audit Fee6250
140 Admin Consumables6500
150 Staff Expenses51200
160 Administration11805
170 Caretaking & Cleaning5400
180 Light, Heat & Water16650
190 Grounds3600
200 Repairs & Maintenance11500
205 Notional Lease162400
210 Capital Purchase0
220 Staff Wages - support staff40844.4
230 Fundraising on behalf of0
240 Activities9720.5
300 Depreciation13750
Operating Surplus/(-Deficit)1431.19

2. Special Character - Week 3, Term 1 2018

Faith Facts this week:-

What is Lent?

The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical color for the season of Lent is violet.
Lent begins on February 14, 2018.
“All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for the building of a better world. This is essential, for the Church’s social thought is primarily positive: it offers proposals, it works for change and in this sense it constantly points to the hope born of the loving heart of Jesus Christ.”Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.  How might you “show concern for the building of a better world” during this season of Lent?

God Bless
Nicola Winders
co DRS

3. School Notices - Week 3, Term 1 2018

Altar Servers
Saturday 17th February - Samuel Plieger, Nye Jones-Hogan, Max Fatafehi & Sam Asi
Sunday 18th February - Molly-May Mestrom, Annalise Kilgour and Anika Winders

Birthday Greetings to
Morgan Williams and Hannes Roos

Goal Setting Meetings
These will be held on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March in the school hall.  Please book a time for you and your child at and enter the code es4nv

Home and School
AGM - the Home & School are holding their AGM on Thursday 1st March at 7.00 pm in the school staff room.  They would love to see you there.

Whitestone Wipeout - Saturday 7th April
The Home & School are still looking for volunteers to help as marshalls on this day for their 5km fun run with obstacles.  Please contact Rebecca Heffernan on 027 432 456 or the school office if you can help.  Registrations for this fun day can be found at otherwise you can register on the day.

Good Luck
We have 4 swimmers competing at the NZ Junior swimming championships in Dunedin this weekend.  They have at least 8 races each and are competing against children in their own age group. Simultaneously there will be races happening in the North Island at the same time with their times going towards medals.

Reconciliation Mass
There are two options in attending the Reconciliation Mass which you can go to on Saturday 10th March at 5.00 pm or Sunday at 9.30 am.  After the Saturday Mass there is a parish school bbq from 6.00 pm in the school grounds.

Scholastic Book Club
Book club orders are due back to the school office by Monday 19th February.  Please note this is a short turn round period.

School Swimming
This week children in Yrs 4-8 started their school swimming lessons at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre as part of the curriculum.  There are 3 more lessons left on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Tuesday 27th February.
-  Yr 7 lessons are at 1.00 pm
-  Yr 8 and a handful of Yr 4/5/6 lessons are at 1.30 pm
-  Yr 4/5/6 lessons are at 2.00 pm
Thank you to the parent helpers who have kindly offered to walk with the groups to the pool.
Junior swimming lessons for Yrs 1-3 start on Monday 19th March at 1.00 pm.

Senior School Swimming Sports
Our school swimming sports for Yrs 4-8 are in the morning on Friday 2nd March at the Waitaki Aquatic Centre.  We are looking for approximately 20 parent helpers for timekeeping and if you can help out, please contact Paula Brien on or phone 434 8856.
St Joseph's has to supply 3 time keepers for the North Otago Swimming sports being held on Wednesday 14th March in the morning.  Again if you can help contact Paula Brien.

Otago Primary School Swimming Sports
These swimming sports are open to anyone who meets the qualifying times.  They are held on Saturday 7th April at Moana Pool in Dunedin.  Please let Paula Brien know if your child is interested in attending these sports as we have to send away entries.

Summer Sport
Contact details will be given to coaches of all sports codes to make communication lines easier with parents.

Friday Cricket - starts this Friday at 4.00 pm.  We have got 2 girls and 2 boys teams entered with one boys team being amalgamated with another school to make up numbers.  Thank you very much to the 3 parents who have kindly offered to manage a team and we are still looking for a parent to manage a girls team.  If your child is going to be away on one of these Fridays it is very important to let the manager know so they can get someone else to play as the games are 6 aside and you need 6 players each week. Please meet at 3.45 pm at Centennial Oval and Mrs Brien will let you know which team name you are.

Cricket Draw - Saturday 17th February 2018
Intermediate A - 8.45 am - St Joseph's/Union v Kurow at SKC 1
Intermediate B - 9.00 am - St Joseph's v Valley Black at SKC Artificial 1
Primary - 9.00 am - St Joseph's v Valley Red at SKC Artificial 2

Cricket Shield Game
Our Yr 7/8 cricket team is competing in this cricket shield game next Wednesday 22nd February at Waitaki Boys High School.  They will play one game in the morning and one in the afternoon.  A letter will be sent home tomorrow to the children concerned with more details.

Touch Rugby
Starts next Tuesday 20th February.  The draw was unavailable at the time the newsletter was typed so please look out for it on our sports notice board and our Facebook page or the North Otago Junior Touch Facebook page.  We will also email out the draw when we receive it.  Thank you very much to the parents and students who have kindly offered to help coach touch rugby.  All positions are now full.  This is the finalised touch rugby team list due to a couple of players pulling out.

Touch Rugby Fees are $20 for the year and these need to be paid ASAP.

Tigers Yr 1/2/3

Cameron Aston
Jacob Bartley
Maximo Catalan-Gomez
Eva Fatafehi
Chelsea Koay
Leah Kofoed
Cruz Illingworth
Liam Lindsay
Blake Meek
Alex Perniskie
Ethan Rathgen

Broncos Yr 1/2/3

Millie Fogarty
Moana Hafoka
Elise Hedlund
Lucas Kofoed
James Laming
Warren Pardede
Evie Phillips
Aki Tahitu’a
Vilivea Tahitu’a
Daniel Woodhouse
Iverson Wylie-Taukolo

Coaches – Suzanne Aston and Emma Perniskie
Coaches – Jada-Rose Keno & Kristiana Whiston

Rockets Yr 4/5/6

Willow Bartlett
Hamish Fowler
Lewis Gough
Hunter Gough
Indeg Jones-Hogan
Eva Keno
Paddy Spillane
Kacymea Tahitu’a
Michael Woodhouse
Ferns Yr 4/5/6

Luse Asi
Sam Asi
Lilly Kelcher
William Pardede
Alexie Phillips
Mya Robinson
Kenton Tokai
Riley Tuffley


Coach – Justin Fowler
Coach – Charmaine Fisher


Turbos Yr 7/8

Bronson Bartlett
Liam Cameron
Troy Chikowore
Jack Hayman
Nye Jones-Hogan
Elias Maher
Jada-Rose Keno
Andrew Sinclair
Kristiana Whiston
Morgan Williams

Dynamos Yr 7/8

Elenoa Asi
Hotili Asi
Max Fatafehi
Campbell Fowler
Eleni Hausia
Cody Marshall
Samuel Plieger
Tessa Souness
Sebastian Spillane
Anika Winders
Matthew Woodhouse

Coach: Sebastian Whiston

Coach: Lee Woodhouse

Learn to Row Programme

The Oamaru Rowing Club/St Kevin's College are starting up a Learn to Row group for Yr 7 upwards for them to get a taste to see if it is a sport they would like to persue in the 2018/2019 season for $50. If your child would like to attend they will be meeting weekly on a Wednesday afternoon at the Oamaru Rowing Club starting from Wednesday 28th February from 4.00 pm sharp until 5.30 pm.

Before getting on the water, you will need to go onto the website below and register

Vision Screening for Yr 7 students
The Vision Hearing Technicians from Population Health, Southern District Health will be visiting your school to screen all year seven students for distance vision.  Distance Vision (Amblyopia & Hyperopia) - this determines how well your child is able to see at a distance.  It involves reading an eye chart.  This is not required if your child wears glasses/or is currently under care for their vision.

If you do not wish your child to be screened please fill out an opt-out slip which are available at the school office before our visit.

Winter Sports enrolments 2018
This year we require our winter sports fees to be paid or arrangements for payments to be made before the children play their sport.  Winter sport enrolments will take a new format this year with enrolments being done online.  This format will be available in a couple of weeks and we will let you know when it is live.  Below is an approximate cost of fees based on last year’s figures.  All children signing up for sports will be charged $5.00 uniform hire per sport which is included in the fee.  Payment for sports fees can be started from now on by either paying with a cash/cheque or internet payment stating child’s name and sport code.

Yrs 7 - 8
Approx $55.00
Yrs 1 - 8
Approx.  Midget $35.00
Other $55.00
Yrs 1 - 3
Yrs 4 -  6
Yrs 7 - 8
Approx. between $25.00 and $75.00
Yrs 4 - 6
Approx. $45.00
Yrs 1 - 2
Yrs 3 - 8
Approx. $15.00
Approx. $40.00
Yrs 1 - 8
Approx. $25.00

Community Notices
  • 2018 Chinese New Year Celebrations - held at the Oamaru Public Gardens on Saturday 17th February from 5.00 to 8.00 pm.  There will be an international food court, traditional chinese games to try, face-painting, lantern making and chinese handwriting. There will be performances including the Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Fan dance, Tai Chi and free combat demonstration and more.  Bring the whole family for a fun festive community get together and celebrate the Year of the Dog.
  • North Otago Basketball Rep Trials for U15 and U17 girls and boys at the Waitaki Rec Centre.  The girls are on Monday 19th February starting at 3.45 pm and the boys are on Tuesday 20th February starting at 3.45 pm. If you would like to coach either of these teams or require more information, contact Susan on or phone 027 222 2187.
  • World Day of Prayer - Friday 2nd March at St Patrick's Basilica at 7.00 pm.  Shared finger food tea in the school hall at 6.15 pm.
  • Car Boot Sale - St Kevin's College Home & School are holding a car boot sale on Saturday 10th March from 10.00 - 2.00 pm in their car park.  It costs $15.00 to register.  Contact Sarah Clapperton on