Friday, 7 July 2017

3. Sports Draw - Week 10, Term 2 2017

Netball - Saturday 8th July
- St Joseph’s is on duty this Saturday.  Coaches please arrange for 2 parents to be in the office during your allocated time.
8.30 am – set up – St Joseph’s Rebels (see list in office for instructions)
9.00 am – office – St Joseph’s Ferns
10.00 am – office – St Joseph’s Maroon
11.00 am – office – St Joseph’s Gold
-   Goal-a-thon will be held on Saturday 29th July (the Saturday before school starts) and it is a dress up day so teams can choose their own themes but ensure your hair is tied up and no jewellery is worn.  Cards will be given to you by your coaches.

Intermediate Prem
10.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v OIS Diamonds - Pearsons

Intermediate Sec 2
9.00 am - St Joseph's Rebels v Maheno Mystics – Sport & Outdoors

Year 5 Small Hoops
10.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v Pembroke Diamonds – LJ Hooker

Year 3/4
11.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Valley Magic – LJ Hooker

Yr 1/2
Games and Skills start at 10.00 am

11.00 am – Indya Cunningham

Netball – Saturday 22nd July
-  There are no courts or umpires allocated at this stage.  Please check the newspaper or North Otago Netball Facebook page for the draw, umpires and courts.
-  This is also the Goal-a-thon day which is dress up day.

Intermediate Prem
9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v Valley Steel

Intermediate Sec 2
9.00 am - St Joseph's Rebels v Athletic Mini Zinc

Year 5 Small Hoops
10.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v PD

Year 3/4
10.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Fenwick Movers

Yr 1/2
Games and Skills start at 10.00 am

Rugby - Saturday 8th July
5 yrs 
10.00 am – St Joseph’s v Maheno – SKC 3

6 yrs
10.30 am - St Joseph's v Excelsior Lions - SKC 3 (amended)

7/8 yrs
10.00 am – Valley Gold v St Joseph’s - Weston

9/10 yrs
10.00 am – St Joseph’s v Valley – SKC 2

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Excelsior/Maheno - SKC 2 (amended)

Rugby - Saturday 22nd July
5 yrs 
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Valley Black – SKC 3

6 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Union – SKC 3

7/8 yrs
10.00 am – Excelsior Rams v St Joseph’s – WCS 8 

9/10 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph’s v Kurow – WCS 1

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – St Joseph's v  Athletic - WCS 5

Football - Saturday 8th July
There will be a 2nd 11th grade Rep trial on Sunday 9th July at 10.30 am at the show grounds.  All 10-12 year olds are welcome to attend.

9.30 am - St Joseph’s All Whites v Meadowbank Machines – Showgrounds P1

10.30 am - St Joseph's Beanotown United v Meadowbank Mayhem – Showgrounds I2
Hockey – Tuesday 25th July
Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
4.30 pm - Turbo Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v Papakaio

Hockey – Wednesday 26th July
KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6 – please note earlier times
4.30 pm – T2 - Speedy Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v Papakaio 2
Miniball - Tuesday 25th July
The draw was unavailable at the time the sports draw went to print.  The game times will be emailed to you on the first day of school.
Basketball - Wednesday 26th July
The draw was unavailable at the time the sports draw went to print.  The game times will be emailed to you on the first day of school.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

1. Principal's News Week 10, Term 2, 2017

North Otago Music Festival
Congratulations to the Dominican Choir on your performance at the North Otago Music Festival last night.  Your singing was amazing.  But the best thing was you conducted yourselves with self discipline and respect and that counts for so much more.  You were immaculately turned out and a credit to your parents.  Thank you Mrs Brookes for preparing the choir and Mrs Asi and Mrs Jones-Hogan for helping out backstage.

Congratulations also to our Confirmation candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in a beautiful family-focused celebration on Sunday

The video of the Year 6 rock trip can be viewed on our Facebook page

Milly shares one of the resources the children are using at Maori Club

A Big Thank You
A big thank you to our awesome parents who support us so well with the children's learning and development.  We work particularly closely with families when a child is having difficulty and we really appreciate your positive support and cooperation.  Thank you to all the parents who have helped out over the term - the sports coaches, managers and referees, parents and parishioners transporting children to Young Vinnies, parents transporting our Early Childhood Buddies, parents helping with swimming lessons, with learning trips and all the many, many ways you support us to educate your children.  We are truly grateful to our community.

God bless and we wish you a happy and safe holiday
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2 School Notices - Week 10, Term 2 2017


Altar Servers
Saturday 8th July - Elenoa Asi, Kristiana Whiston, Madison Jones and Michael Woodhouse
Sunday 9th July - Hana Davies (and students from St Kevin's)
Saturday 15th July - Bronson Bartlett, Molly Whittaker, Anika Winders and Nye Jones-Hogan
Sunday 16th July - Daniel & Jonathan Jorgensen, Morgan Baillie and Seth Bartley
Saturday 22nd July - Sebastian & Paddy Spillane, Sam Asi and Max Fatafehi
Sunday 23rd July - Jada-Rose Keno (and students from St Kevin's)

Birthday Greetings to
Marie-Ann Alegre, Bronson Bartlett, Emily Chen, Eva Fatafehi, Carlin Huang, Cooper Jones, Bella Moriarty, Jacob Robinson, Molly Whittaker and Anika Winders

Assembly - Friday 7th July
Please note that assembly is at 11.00 am tomorrow and not 2.30 pm as it usually is.

Mufti Day
Don't forget mufti day tomorrow for Caritas.  Please bring a gold coin donation.

Giant Leaps Speech & Drama
Are currently taking enrolments for term 3.  Classes are held at St Joseph's school.  Contact 0800 4 SPEECH or

Lost Property
There is a huge collection of jackets, tops and other clothing in the Lost Property bin situated in the sick bay.  Please come and see if your child's clothing is there.

We warmly welcome Milah Anderson who started school this week to our new entrants class.

Wednesday Wheels Day
An initiative by some of our Yr 8 boys wanting a place where they can scooter, roller blade or skateboard in a safe environment came to fruition yesterday when the School Council approved a Wednesday Wheels Day each week.  In the breaks and at lunch time, the basketball court is sealed off for students from Yrs 5 to 8 so they can go on their wheels without any distractions.

Young Vinnies
Our Young Vinnies have been out and about in the community and today they were helping stack firewood for one of the parishioners as part of their service.  Some of our Young Vinnies also help clean inside the church and were rewarded with a visit up to the top of the dome of the church recently. Further photos and their comments are later in the blog.

Community Notices
  • North Otago Rock & Mineral Club - Gemstone, Jewellery & Craft Fair - held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July at the Scottish Hall, Tyne St, Oamaru from 10.00 to 4.00 pm.
  • St Patrick's Scout Group - an invitation to come and see what happens when we have a group camp for keas, cubs and scouts.  This will be held at the Fleet Street den on July 13-14 in the school holidays.  We would love to see you and maybe you will join our group.  Please contact Beryl on 027 294 9812.
  • Vanished World Open Week - Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd July - free entry to the centre for Waitaki District residents, State Highway 83, Duntroon.  Great activities for children.  Open from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.  Holiday fun for all the family.
  • Tekapo Springs Winter Holidays Escape - Ritchies Buses are taking people to Tekapo for $36 per person which includes travel to and from Oamaru and basic pool entry at Tekapo Springs.  Departs Tuesday 11th & 18th July and Thursday 13th & 20th July.  Contact Ritchies on 434 7964
  • The Great Galleon Giveaway - spend $20 these school holidays and get yourself into the draw.  Two draws each week of the school holidays with one girls and boys pack to be won each week.
  • Kids Karaoke - Sunday July 9th and 16th from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm at the Galleon Family Complex.
  • On Farm Safety - Your Safety, Your Plan - safe farms do not happen by accident.  Your school will receive 5% of any sales made from this advert.  0508 663 276 or

4. Young Vinnies - Church Dome Visit

 Recently Mrs Marsh took 4 of our Young Vinnies who clean inside the church a visit to the dome on top of the church.  I was lucky enough to accompany them to the top of the church and took these photos for them.  I asked the girls what they thought of the dome visit and here is their response.  A big thank you to Jocelyn Marsh for organising this visit.

It was an amazing experience going up on top of the church.  I felt so nervous and excited when we climbed up the steep stairs.  When I was up there, I felt like I was on top of Mount Everest!  When I reached the top of the church it was beautiful and had a very nice view.  It felt magical up there and you could see the school.  It was so fun and a very amazing experience.

It was amazing!  I never knew I  was scared of heights!!   It was very high up and you would think it was only two stories high but no it was double that!!  You had to go to the side of the church and go up stairs.  We went into all these different rooms.  I never knew there was so many rooms.  When we went to go up to the dome, we had to go on narrow steps.  When you got to the top, it was worth it!  The view was amazing.  I would do it again.

This adventure was so fun!  I never thought that you had to climb so many stairs and tunnels just to get to the top of the church.  The view from the top was beautiful.  This will be something for me to remember.

It was awesome! I never expected there to be so many stairs or rooms.  Each room was like we were going back in time.  The stairs were so steep.  The best bit though was when we were right up the top.  I felt like I was on top of the world looking down on the altar which was super cool.  I had butterflies in my stomach.  We had to crawl backwards to go down the stairs.

5. Diary Dates - Week 10, Term 2 2017

* Means new entry or date
Friday 7                    -  Caritas Mufti Mania Day
                                    -  Assembly at 11.00 today
                                    -  Intermediate Reward day
                                    -  Last day of term 2
Monday 24              -  Term 3 starts
Thursday 27            -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                    -  Yr 7 ECBs and Young Vinnies
Sunday 30                -  Welcoming Mass at 9.30 am – note change of date
Monday 31               -  First Holy Communion Parent Meeting at 7.00 pm

Tuesday 1                -  ICAS Exam – English
                                    -  Parent meeting for Yr 4 & 5 at 6.00 pm
                                    -  Keeping Ourselves Safe parent meeting at 6.30 pm
Thursday 3              -  School Mass at 9.15 am
Tuesday 8                -  School Cross Country
Thursday 10            -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                    -  Yr ECB & Young Vinnies
Monday 14               -  First Holy Communion Meeting at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 15              -  ICAS Exam – Maths
                                    -  School Cross Country postponement date
Thursday 17            -  School Mass at 9.15 am
Sunday 20                -  First Communion
Monday 21               -  Multi-cultural meeting at 6.00 pm
                                    -  North Otago Cross Country
Friday 1                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 8                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Friday 22                  -  Teacher Only Day

Friday 20                  -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 23               -  Labour Day – holiday *
Sunday 29                -  Home & School Food Fair
Tuesday 31              -  Yr 7 Camp *

Wednesday 1            -  Yr 7 Camp *
Thursday 2                -  Yr 7 Camp *
Friday 3                      -  Yr 7 Camp *
Monday 6                   -  Yr 8 Camp
Tuesday 7                  -  Yr 8 Camp
Wednesday 8             -  Yr 8 Camp
Thursday 9                -  Yr 8 Camp
Friday 10                   -  Yr 8 Camp
Monday 13                -  Multi-Cultural meeting from 6.00 to 7.00 pm *
Tuesday 14                -  Multi-Cultural Day

Thursday, 29 June 2017

1. Principal's News, Week 9 Term 2 2017

Staff Versus School Council Basketball Game
We had a very enjoyable basketball game yesterday against our school councillors.  The school council organised a sports-themed mufti day to raise money to buy new basketball nets in which we raised $164.90.  I am very impressed with the School Council as they have tackled something realistic that they can actually do something about and they've done it.  Thank you school council.  We won't go into who won.  There are more photos further on the blog.

Next Friday's Celebration Assembly

Assembly on the last day will be at 11am.

Children's reports for years 4-8 are coming home on Friday.  Children in years 1-3 who are due an interim or anniversary report will also be receiving their's.  Please check your child's bag. Parent/student interviews for years 4-8 are next week, please make sure you've made a booking.  The parent voice is an important part of our assessment information.  We use what you tell us and what you want, to form the goals for your children.

I've written last week about how I think we can do a better more holistic report - which will take time to do right, but we're working on it.  The judgements given this time about where your children are in relation to national standards are a prediction to the end of the year as there is no mid year national standard.

NZ Catholic Principal's Conference
Last week I attended the NZ Catholic Principal's Conference.  I was representing the Dunedin Diocese speaking about how we have developed Religious Education at St Joseph's.  I was surprised to be given the big conference room as my speaking venue, so our word was well and truly spread.

This is a selection of my colleagues with Pope Francis:

God bless
and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 9, Term 2 2017

 Confirmation Mass 
This Sunday at 9.30 am. All families are warmly welcomed to join the celebratory Mass.
We send prayers to the following candidates on this special occasion where they confirm their baptismal promises and are sealed with the Holy Spirit. 

Willow Bartlett
Lachlan Criddle
Eva Keno
Thomas McGeown
Ivy-Belle Mestrom
Alexie Phillips
Cushla Bridges
Lewis Gough 
Eva Harrex-Adams
Michael Woodhouse
Cooper Jones
Jack O'Neill
Riley McLaren
Nye Jones Hogan
Taine Dyson
Lilly Kelcher
Chloe Bartley


The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. A martyr is someone who sacrifices their life for their faith or a something they believe. This day remembers the early Christians who will killed by emperor Nero in Rome in the year 64. Pope Francis in the last school holidays travelled to Egypt and visited a church where Christian’s had been killed while worshiping. He called for peace and tolerance saying that violence cannot be committed in the name of God. Tragically Christians are killed in many places of the world even today. We pray for them and their communities.
God Bless
Nicola Winders