Thursday, 25 May 2017

1./ Principal's News Week 4, Term 2 2017

What is the Special Character and core purpose of your school?

Last week our Board of Trustees had Governance training and our trainer raised this question which we looked at in greater detail at our meeting last night.

We used the principles of Catholic Social Justice to guide our thinking.  We found that these were really big ideas and thought it was something I could highlight in the newsletter for the community.  I will do one a week.
Solidarity - Working Together
We had a really good example of this on Tuesday night when our community came together out of love and concern to help in a time of need.  Collaborative learning is one of the 21 century buzzwords and the ability to work together is not only a Catholic perspective but is one of the key features looked for in employees of all the world's top companies (check their websites).
Our Charter Goals for the Future
2017 - Consolidate: Embed St Joseph's curriculum and pedagogy.  Know our whakapapa - being a Dominican school.  High achievement, future-focused, making a difference, being Catholic

2018 - Platform for growth.  Using technology, design processes, critical thinking and creativity in transformative ways to engage with a relevant, active, purposeful curriculum.

2019 - Growing: Making a different to our community and world through solving problems that matter.

Our Catholic social justice principles sit well with our growing curriculum aspirations and we hope to weave them in more closely as we develop further.

God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees


2. Special Character Week 4

The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven.  Sunday was the day when we remembered Jesus leaving the Apostles. Jesus had been with his apostles after his resurrection. The feast of the ascension is the day we remember when he returned to heaven to be with his Father. This event is described well in Luke 24:50-51 and Acts 1:9-11.

Ascension Sunday - Father John O’Connor has an excellent post on his Food for Faith site on Jesus’ Ascension. He says, “Most people think of the Ascension of Jesus as being a ‘departure’ moment. Jesus was here and now he is gone… It would be easy to wrongly think that his ministry showed us how to build the city of God on earth, and now he has gone and the mission is left to us. This is the error… In fact Jesus has not left this mission to us alone. Our mission is always Jesus’ mission. HE is the missionary. We are the loved servants…. We are never alone. Jesus is with us. Read more here

God Bless
Nicola Winders

3. School Notices - Week 4, Term 2 2017

Altar Servers
Saturday 27th May - Sebastian & Paddy Spillane, Sam Asi and Max Fatafehi
Sunday 28th May - Libby Seddon and Jada-Rose Keno

Birthday Greetings to:
Anioso Tu'akoi, Anika Robinson and Mikayla Pine

ANZ Olympic Schools Programme
We have registered as an ANZ  Olympic School which provides us with resources and rewards to inspire our school community.  If you are looking to take out a home or business loan, simply provide the name of our school when speaking with an ANZ representative.  When your loan is drawn down, we will receive credits to spend at the ANZ Awards Centre on items like sporting equipment and computers. To discuss an ANZ home or business loan, visit your local ANZ branch or call a Home Loan Specialist on 0800 269 4663 or a Business Specialist on 0800 269 249.

Country Clash Sports
The Yr 8 House Leaders are organising a Country Clash for children in Yrs 5-8 in which they will be given a country and the children have to dress up in the colours of that country. This sports half day will held on Wednesday 7th June. More information to follow.

Lions Club Junior Speech Contest
This year the contest will be held on Sunday 18th June at the  Fenwick School Hall, Hull Street Oamaru.  The junior section begins at 9.45 am with speaking order organisation and is completed by 12.00 pm.
Speaking time:  Year 5 & 6 -  2-3 minutes
                           Year 7 & 8 -  3-4 minutes
The subject is of the contestant's choice.  Power Point or similar presentations are not allowed.  The entry fee is paid by the Lions Club.  Entry forms are available in the school office and close on Monday 12th June.

Pompallier Rugby Tournament
On Sunday we sent 3 rugby teams to the Marist Pompallier Rugby tournament held in Ashburton and competed against teams from Timaru, Ashburton and Christchurch. Even though the results didn't come our way this year, the children showed good sportsmanship and true veritas values to win the Fair Play trophy.  One of our teams only had 10 players in it and they were competing against teams who had 30 players and subs.  The children competed in rugby games, tug of war and sprint competitions and really enjoyed the day.  Many thanks to the coaches and parents who helped with the day.

Sport Practices
As our coaches are all voluntary and give up their time to coach your children, please let them know if your children cannot make a practice or a game. Lately some of our teams have been short of players due to parents not informing coaches that their child cannot make a game.

The new Subway order envelopes have arrived at the office  Remember Subway costs $6.00 and $2.00 extra for a drink.

Community Notices
  • Altrusa Annual Bazaar - held at the Scottish Hall on Sunday 1st June from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm.  To donate items, please ring Helen on 437 1047 or Nancy on 434 5151 or drop off at Advantage Tyres, 72 Humber Street.
  • Capture Science H2O Photography Competition - this competition is open to people of all ages and photography skill levels.  From waves to the water cycle, steam and ice to surface tension in a droplet.  Submit your entries by 9th June to
  • Softball Otago - skills training for females aged 10-14 years for Otago Girls U15 Softball Pre-Season Training.  Held 25th June and 2nd July from 3.00 to 4.30 at the Edgar Centre in Dunedin.  Costs $2.50 per person.  For queries and registration contact Kirsty Currie on 027 330 7704 or Samara Henry on 027 6 9880.

4. Winter Sports Draw - Week 4, Term 2 2017

Netball - Saturday 27th May
·         Rep Trials for Yr 7 and Yr 8 – please let Mrs Paula Brien know if you are interested in trialling this year so she can forward your names to North Otago Netball.

Intermediate Prem
9.00 am - St Joseph's Gold v Athletic Mini Gold – Pearsons Court

Intermediate Sec 2
10.00 am - St Joseph's Rebels v Kurow Red – Sports & Outdoors court

Year 5 Small Hoops
9.00 am - St Joseph's Ferns v Valley Mystics – LJ Hooker court

Year 3/4
10.00 am – St Joseph’s Maroon v Ardgowan Yellow – LJ Hooker court

Yr 1/2
Games and Skills start at 10.00 am

11.00 am – Indya Cunningham & Elenoa Asi
Rugby - Saturday 27th May
First team named provides the referee unless one is named.  WCS stands for Whitestone Contracting Stadium. 

5 yrs 
11.00 am – Kurow Bulls v St Joseph’s – Kurow

6 yrs
10.00 am - St Joseph’s v Excelsior Tigers – SKC 3

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

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

11/12 yrs
11.00 am – Union/Kurow v St Joseph’s - Kurow
Football - Saturday 27th May
9.30 am - St Joseph's All Whites v Awamoa Force – St Joseph’s School

10.30 am - St Joseph's Beanotown United v Awamoa Rangers – Showgrounds I2
Hockey – Tuesday 30th May
·         The turf is numbered from the pavilion end.  T1 Pavillion end.  T4 Scoreboard end.

Kwicksticks – Yr 7/8
5.30 pm - Turbo Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v OIS Red

Hockey – Wednesday 31st May
MiniSticks  - Yr 3/4
4.00 pm – T1 – Magic Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v Five Forks Dragons

KiwiSticks – Yr 5/6
5.00 pm – T2 – Speedy Sticks (St Joseph’s combined team) v Upper Waitaki Wasps Gold
Miniball - Tuesday 30th May

3.45 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels v Pembroke Divas – front court
5.15 pm – St Joseph’s Thunder v Fenwick Breakers – front court
5.45 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers v Fenwick Thunder – back court

Referee and Score bench
4.15 pm – St Joseph’s Rebels – referee and score bench – front court
4.45 pm – St Joseph’s Thunder – referee – front court
5.15 pm – St Joseph’s Breakers – referee and score bench – back court
Basketball - Wednesday 31st May
4.00 pm – St Joseph’s Bolts v OIS Stingers – back court
4.50 pm – St Joseph’s Raptors v Weston Wolves – back court
St Joseph’s Cavaliers has the bye

Referee and Score bench
4.00 pm – St Joseph’s Raptors – referee – back court
4.50 pm – St Joseph’s Bolts – referee – back court


5. Diary Dates - Week 4, Term 2 2017

Friday 26                   -  Intermediate Reward today
                                  -  Home & School Disco for Yr 1 -4 from 6.00 to 7.30 pm
                                  -  Home & School Disco for Yr 5-8 from 7.00 to 8.30 pm
Monday 29               -  National Young Leaders Day for Yr 8 in Dunedin
                                  -  Multicultural meeting at 6.00 pm
                                  -  Confirmation Meeting at 7.00 pm
Tuesday 30               -  ICAS Exam – Science
Wednesday 31          -  Bring your pie to school and milo
                                 -  Home & School Meeting at 7.00 pm – everyone welcome
June 1                       - School Mass at 9.15 am
                                 -  Yr 7 ECB and Young Vinnies
Friday 2                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 5                 -  Queens Birthday – no school today
Wednesday 7            -  Country Clash Sports for Yr 5-8 *
Thursday 8               -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
Friday 9                    -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 12               -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
                                 -  Dominican Choir to Waitaki District Council from 1.30 to 3.00 pm
                                 -  Confirmation meeting from 7.00 to 8.00 pm
Tuesday 13               -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Wednesday 14          -  ICAS Exam – Spelling
                                 -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
                                 -  Induction Meeting from 6.30 pm – note new date *
Thursday 15             -  Intermediate Reward today
                                 -  Rippa Rugby Final Tournament in Ashburton
                                 -  School Mass at 9.15 am
                                 -  Yr 7 ECBs and Young Vinnies
Friday 16                  -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 19               -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Tuesday 20               -  National Ballet
Wednesday 21          -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Thursday 22             -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                 -  Junior school swimming lessons for Yr 1-3 from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
Friday 23                  -  Technology for Yr 7 & 8
Monday 26               -  Enrolment meetings for children starting school in 2018
Wednesday 28          -  Enrolment meetings for children starting school in 2018
                                 -  Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday 29              -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
                                  -  Yr ECB & Young Vinnies *
                                  -  Practice for Confirmation
Saturday 1                 -  Sacrament of Confirmation – note change of date and time to be confirmed
Thursday 6                -  School Mass at 9.15 am *
Friday 7                     -  Caritas Mufti Mania Day
                                  -  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 *

Tuesday 1                  -  ICAS Exam – English
Tuesday 15                -  ICAS Exam – Maths
Sunday 20                  -  First Communion