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!!!!

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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

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