Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Newsletter No. 17 29 October 2015

Growing in Christ, challenging mind, body and spirit
Tena Koutou Parents and Friends

Our New Logo

After our art competition and the inspiration of the selected pieces, the Board has worked with ideas for our new logo and decided on this:

The white cross represents our faith as the heart of our school.
The white cross is tall and it also reminds us of St Mary's Church which has been the focal point on the Pleasant Point landscape for many years.  The church is the main feature in our present logo.  The tall white cross will be a way of remembering this history.
The five crosses are the Southern Cross reminding us of our founder Mary MacKillop - St Mary of the Southern Cross.
We realised the five crosses also looked like the five wounds of Christ - the nails that pierced His hands and feet and the spear that pierced His side.  Maybe this can be a reminder of the challenge to grow which is part of our vision.
The traditional school colours remain - blue and maroon.

Perhaps this does not look exactly like the designs we picked for inspiration but they have been an integral part in the journey towards this final design.

Special Character

The children are learning about the Community of Saints.  Our key ideas for this learning are:
1Mary is Jesus’ mother, the first disciple and model to all Christians
2. Communion of Saints is all the souls in heaven, purgatory and God's family - the church on earth.
3. Our choices affect the type of person we become and what happens to us after we die

We are particularly focusing on Mary as it is the month of the Rosary.  Mary has a special place in the Communion of Saints.  Mary answered God's call to become the mother of Jesus.  She raised and nurtured Jesus.  The first miracle described in John's Gospel is the Wedding Feast at Cana where Mary asked Jesus to help the hosts by turning water into wine.  Jesus at first refused but after a second request from his mother he did it.  That is one of the reasons we pray asking Mary to pray to Jesus for us, for our intentions: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death."

Room 3 & 4 Passion Projects

Information literacy is the ability to pose meaningful questions, find relevant information effectively, process information and use it to learn something new or solve a problem.  This skill needs to be broken down and specifically taught over a long period of time.

There is an old saying, "Give a person a fish and you feed him for one day, but teach a someone to fish and you feed them for life." labelled for reuse
In our world we are bombarded by information.  Information can be delivered from a teacher, from a book, another person, the Internet or from life experience but unless information is processed effectively it is like giving a fish - it is good but it doesn't change anything.

Someone with effective information literacy skills can find out something they never knew before and use it with purpose in a new context.  This is like knowing how to fish.

So children need to learn to "fish" for information effectively and become masters of their own learning.  A "passion project" is a literacy project based on an existing interest.  It is good to do one from time to time in order to remove the focus from the content of learning and focus on the process.

Rooms 3 & 4 are enjoying following their own interests and learning more about the information literacy process through their passion projects.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

We welcome Will Murphy, who joins us in Room 2.  Will's family are certainly fully involved in the St. Joseph's community, with mum Jane teaching in room 2; dad Paul on our Board of Trustees; and sisters Rian, Cameron and Emerson all students here too.

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for excellence and achievement for the weeks ended 16 & 23 October 2015.

Star of the Week                                    
Room 1 Christian McCambridge, Lauren Bolton               Room 2 Lucy Walsh, Grace McCambridge, Anton van den Bergh                    
Room 3 John Pombo, Maia Mahuika, Bailey Begg                 Room 4 Anna Higgins                                   

MacKillop Values                                                   
Room 1 Malia Fatai       
Room 2 Reon Priddle, Dawson McCall
Room 3 Caleb Kelly, Emerson Murphy, Baxter Mason
Room 4 Quinn Tarrant, Laura Kelliher, Rian Murphy

Habits of Mind Room 2 Leah Geary                 
Room 3 Katie Hay, John Pombo, Amy Boult
Room 4 Ruby Esler, Cameron Hay

Winning House

Shining Stars
Congratulations to the following children for their recent success in the Pleasant Point Gymnastics Club examinations:
Gymnasts that achieved level 3
- Damon Morrison
- Fletcher McCall
- Dawson McCall
- Leah Geary

Gymnasts that achieved level 4
- Caelyn Morrison
- Honour Andrews
- Eve Andrews

Subway orders will be available this Friday.  The children will be able to bring a bag home with them today.  Please fill in your choices on the front of the bag, and send the completed order, with the correct change to school on Friday morning.

Scholastic Book Club
Orders for the current offer close this Friday - 30 September 2015.

"Black Out" Friday
This Friday our school is having a "Black Out" mufti day to support the All Blacks in the Rubgy World Cup Final.  A gold coin donation would be
appreciated, and the money will go the the Syrian refugees.  Dress in black, paint nails, paint your face, or come as your favourite All Black.
 - Thanks, House Group Leaders.


The roster for helpers at GET TO THE POINT on Saturday 7 November was published in the last newsletter.  If you are unable to help at the time you were rostered please contact Sarah McCambridge.  

Also could families please remember to bring their donations for the raffle - a grocery item and a gift item please.

Thanks to the Cyclery in Timaru for the donation of this wonderful bike.  Make sure you purchase a ticket in the raffle to win it - either at Get to the Point, or at the school office.  Only $2.50 per ticket for the chance to win your daughter's dream bike!

Mass Helpers
31 October Sarah McCambridge & Julz Donaldson = 
Church Cleaning
7 November Karen Styles = Reader,  
Claire McCarthy & Paula Bradley = Church Cleaning

COURIER DELIVERY Hi, I have a vacancy in Pleasant Point for the delivery of The Courier Newspaper on a weekly basis on a Thursday. The payment is $27 per week for delivery of 275 papers with 2 weeks off at Christmas Time so $1350 PA.                                     Enquiries to Noel Murray 6889668 0274 47 22 89

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Newsletter No. 16. 15 October 2015

Growing in Christ, challenging mind, body and spirit
Tena Koutou Parents and Friends

Welcome to term 4.  There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline this term.  I'm particularly looking forward to the St Joseph's community fun night where we will get to re-enact the nativity, amongst other fun things.  The PTA are hard at work organising this for us as well as our part in Get to the Point - there's more information on this later in the newsletter.  We hope everyone will get involved in this and make it a special event for us all.

Exciting News!!!!

and a....


Pub Charity have donated $16,024.80 to St Joseph's School.  This was the full amount I applied for and we are very grateful to them for listening and responding. What it means for us is that we will be able to provide a one-to-one keyboard device (laptop or Chromebook) for every child in year 4+ and there will be about 1 i-pad between 2 in the junior school.

All of our children will be sitting their NCEA exams online using a laptop or similar so its absolutely vital that they are highly fluent in using these tools.  Even more importantly, the digital world is a world of possibilities but also of threats.  Our children need to learn to navigate themselves effectively in this environment, make wise choices and learn how to develop creative and critical thinking skills to effectively use the world of knowledge which is now freely available to them.  This grant will really help us to pursue these goals.

I will keep you well informed on how we are doing this, and on your role as collaborators in your child's learning.

A group of volunteers from Room 3 went to the Timaru wetlands yesterday to do native planting.  The Board will be looking at our logo again in their next meeting and once that's decided we will be able to add our name and school sign next to our planting.  So if you are heading towards the Crow's Nest recycling centre in Timaru, look out for our planting.

Paper4Trees is the largest school-based recycling initiative in the country.  Our volunteers were interested in finding out more about recycling, and the role of trees in our environment and I'm sure this will lead us into more learning.

The staff are working on learning in RE which develops a "So what do we do?" element.  This means we want to encourage the students to think about what it means to be a follower of Christ in the modern world, what makes us different, what sort of things does that lead us to care about, and most of all how do we walk our talk?  Caring for our environment and getting out there and doing something about it is walking our talk.

October the month of the Rosary
We started the term off by saying the Rosary together as a school which is a traditional practice during the month of October.  We encourage you to say the Rosary together as a family.

The Rosary was initiated by St Dominic.  In St Dominic's time in 12th century Europe most people didn't know how to read and the Bible was written in Latin or Greek.  Mass was celebrated in Latin and the average person had no way of following the stories of our faith.  So the Rosary was a way to contemplate the key turning points in the life of Jesus and his mother Mary.

The Rosary beads are divided into five sets of ten beads and one bead which are used to help count the one Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and one Glory Be which make up a mystery of the Rosary.  There are five mysteries on a set of beads and there are 20 mysteries overall separated into five Joyful, five Luminous, five Sorrowful and five Glorious mysteries which tell the story of how Jesus came to be in the world, his teaching, his death and his Resurrection.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

We welcome Grace McCambridge and Lucy Walsh who have recently started in Room 2. Grace joins her brothers Lachlan and Christian here at St Joseph's, while Lucy; her parents Rachel and Richard, and little brother William are new here.  We hope they enjoy being part of the St. Joseph's community.


We will be offering Subway once a fortnight on a Friday starting in week 1 this term.  The cost is $5 for a 6 inch sub and $9 for a 12 inch.  The sub comes with a choice of cold meat and salad plus a cookie and apple.  The order form is on paper bags which are kept in the office.  Children should come to the office to fill in their order form and put their money inside the bag on Friday morning, or take a bag home and bring back on Friday morning.

 Masses  and Sharing Assemblies this term                                           



Week 1
Room 3/4

Week 2
Room 1/2
Friday 23 October
Room 3
Week 3
Friday 30 October
Room 2
Week 4
Room 2/3

Week 5
Room 1/3

Week 6
Room 2/4

Week 7
Room 3/4

Week 8
Room 1/2
Friday 4 December
Room 4
Week 9
Friday 11 December
Christmas Assembly

Summer Uniform
As this is a summer term the children need to wear their sunhats at morning breaks and lunch times.  The uniform sunhat is Royal Blue, and can be purchased from the Warehouse. If your child does not have their sunhat at school then they will need to spend their break times under the shade structure.  Children are also able to wear sandals this term.  These need to be plain brown or black sandals.  No colours or frills please.

School Photos are next Monday 19th October

Scholastic Bookclub
Orders and payment for the current offer - Issue 7, are due to the school office by 9am on Friday 30 October.  Please make cheques payable to Scholastic New Zealand.

Practice will continue at school on Monday from 3 to 4pm. Good Luck to both teams this term. Thanks Sarah McCambridge

Get to the Point
If each family could contribute a food item and gift item so we can put raffle prizes together for Get to the Point we would be greatly appreciated. We will be collecting items in the office. If anybody has a load of firewood/or similar they could kindly donate for first prize please let us know. We require one more reasonable size Marquee and fold up tables from families if you have any if possible. We will be selling Whitebait Fritters and our Raffle this year at Get to the Point.  Donations of eggs would be greatly appreciated for the whitebait fritters.  Please let us know at the office, directly to Sarah or on the Facebook group page.

8.30 – 10am Set Up
(need to move by trailer, Bbq, Marquee x 2 and tables from School)  Mrs Frances - Rees
10am – 11am
Esler / Fowler/ Chisholm/ Sugrue/ 
11am – 12am
Hay/ Tarrant/ Mahuika/ Pombo/ Ryan 
12 noon – 1pm
Wallace/ Yellowlees/ Bolton/ Keeley /Kelly/Mason
1pm – 2pm
McCall/ Morrison/ Geary/ van den Bergh/Priddle
2pm – 3pm Pack up
McCambridge/ Murphy/ Boult/ Scannell/ Mark & Helen Andrews/ Mrs Frances - Rees
Lisa Wright/Claire McCarthy/Karen Styles

Please contact Sarah McCambridge if you are unable to help on your rostered time.  Thanks, Sarah.


Mass Helpers
17 October Anna Higgins = Altar Server,  Donaldson Family = Welcoming and Offertory
24 October Sarah McCambridge & Julz Donaldson

Pleasant Point JAB Rugby
AGM - Friday 16 October (tomorrow), 7pm Pleasant Point Hotel Dining Room.  Agenda: Election of Officers.  All Welcome.

Temuka Athletic Club - Still taking registrations for 2015/16 season. Join us at our club night on Mondays, 6.15pm on the Opihi College back field (entrance off Guild Road, Temuka).  For further information check out our Facebook page - Temuka Athletic Club, email: or phone Nicola - 615 5688 / 021 622 942