Thursday, 31 March 2016

Newsletter No. 5, 1 April 2016

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

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"We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song." Pope John Paul II



Parent and Teacher Association

Thank you to the PTA for the tireless work you do for our school.  The bulb and hot cross bun fundraisers were a good start to our fundraising year.  Sarah McCambridge has now stepped aside as chairperson of the PTA having generously shared her time, talent and creativity for the last two years.   We wish her all the best in her new ventures and encourage a parent to step up and take on this important leadership role. We are looking for more parents to come on board with the PTA and help in whatever way you can.  All St Joseph's parents and caregivers are automatically members of the PTA.  The PTA is meeting this Friday 1 April at 2pm.


We are very proud of our PTA who over the years have made many things possible at our school that otherwise couldn't have happened.

PTA CODE OF CONDUCT
Attitude of Gratitude
  • Active PTA members are positive role models in the parent community.
  • The PTA will expect respect from and show respect to children, staff and Board, for the dedicated work undertaken in all areas of the school.
  • Parents with complaints or dissatisfactions will be referred to the appropriate action according to the school complaints procedure on the school website.


Make Room for All
  • Every parent is automatically a member of the PTA.
  •  We welcome all people and respect their beliefs and culture.
  •  Meetings will be run in an orderly fashion and everyone’s participation will be encouraged and respected. 
  • When people disagree this will be done with the understanding that people are entitled to their opinions and with a commitment to speaking calmly and working towards a shared understanding within the meeting.   
  •  The PTA will always hold the children and the core business of teaching and learning at the heart of the matter.  Members working for the good of the school work for all children and not just their own children, or their own personal interests.


Do Your Bit
  • PTA work will be delegated. The minutes will record who has agreed to do what job with an expectation that this will happen.
  • Fund-raising and social activities undertaken by the PTA will be wholly managed by the PTA with cooperation from staff, students and Board.
  • When parents have ideas to offer which go beyond the PTA brief of fund-raising and social activities, they can take their ideas to the principal.  The principal will always listen to and record ideas.  Decisions regarding ideas will be made based on the school’s Charter goals, the good of all children and the integrity of the teaching and learning program.  People offering the ideas will be informed of the outcome of their ideas in due course.


Listen to God’s Call

  • Our school’s commitment to the Catholic faith will remain central to all interactions.
  • Appropriate, professional language should be used in meetings and at PTA functions.

Board of Trustees
As some of our Board members are reaching the end of their tenure, we are looking for new parents to come onto the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the overall direction for our school and plays an important role in promoting student achievement for all of our students.  Please have a chat with me if you are interested.

Special Character Review
We look forward to welcoming Mary Lynch (ex principal of Villa Maria College) and Kath Clark a Christchurch based Director of Religious Studies, for our Special Character review next week.  We will be starting the day on Monday welcoming them with a short whole school prayer session in the library at 9.10am.  Parents are most welcome to join us.


Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

Welcome
We welcome Jayden Walker, and his parents Kirstyn and Robert to St Josephs.  Jayden has joined us in Room 4.  We hope he enjoys his time with us.




South Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming
Congratulations to  Cooper Mason, Cameron Murphy and Annie Tregenza who are representing the Timaru Rural Schools at the South Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming Sports on Friday.

SCHOOL NOTICES

Student Accounts
Thanks to all those who have already paid these accounts.  I would be grateful if you could please pay these by the end of the term.  If you are paying your account by cash, please try to have the correct amount as we only hold a very small amount of change.  Our preferred method of payment is by direct credit/online banking into the school bank account – 03/0887/0349042/00.  Also if you are paying your Attendance Dues to the Opihi Parish by cash at the school office, you will need to have the correct amount, as we don’t hold enough cash to give change for these.  If you have any questions regarding your accounts please contact me.  Thanks, Claire.

School Uniform
A reminder that the correct footwear for the winter terms (Terms 2 & 3) is black or dark brown leather shoes; with navy blue ankle (or mid-calf) socks.  Sneakers/sports shoes are not correct uniform, and should not be worn without a note from the child’s parent stating the reason/need for wearing them.  Thermal undergarments must not be visible. 
We currently have new uniform available in all sizes at the office.  From now on we will be returning to placing a uniform order once per term only, so please contact Claire now if you require new items for Term 2.

Sports Practices & Buses
Forms were sent home on Wednesday regarding changes to buses for Sports Practices for the winter terms.  Please could these forms be returned by Monday 4 April, as practices have already commenced.

STAR STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the week ended 18/03/2016:
Star of the Week
Eve Andrews, Maddison Butters, Will Murphy, Amy Boult, Quinn Tarrant.

MacKillop Values
Kean Pombo, Luka van den Bergh, Katie Hay, Isaac Styles.

Winning House       Joseph          

COMMUNITY NOTICES
Pleasant Point JAB Rugby practices commenced on Wednesday 30th March.
All Under 8 teams will train at the back fields of school; parents can access fields from Horton St next to Temuka Transport yard. Under 9, 10 & 11 will be at the Domain at 3.30pm.
Under 12 will be at 3.45pm at the Domain.
On Sunday 3rd April Pleasant Point JAB Rugby will be holding at 10's tournament
at the Domain. If you are playing for the Under 9,10,11,12 teams and wish to play in this tournament please contact your Coach/Manager or myself Leeanne Smith ph:036147030.

SC Rugby Union Holiday Programme
The SC Rugby Union are running a holiday programme for children 8years old and over on 18 & 19 April 2016 from 10am – 2pm each day.  The cost is $15 per day.  Each child will receive a Todd Mudie Holiday Programme t-shirt and drink bottle, plus other prizes are up for grabs.  Application forms are available from the school office.
Sport Canterbury   Active Kids Holiday Programme                                                   
1822 April 2016.  Need entertainment for your children over the school holidays?  Active Kids is a fun, safe and affordable holiday option that combines various sports, fundamental skills and offsite visits for children aged 513 years.  The Southern Trust Events Centre,  Aorangi Park,  Morgans Road Timaru. Half Day & Full Day Options · OSCAR approved programme.   
Register on line www.sportcanterbury.org.nz or phone 03 686 0751  
email leeanne.lang@sportcanterbury.org.nz

OCEANS Grief and Loss Peer Support Programme
Oceans is a peer support programme for children and youth who have experienced loss in their life. The losses covered may come from the death of a close relative or friend, or the separation/divorce of parents. The focus of this programme is providing a safe environment for participants to talk about their loss/es and the change/s in their lives. We attempt to run a programme each term and it runs for nine or ten weeks, depending on the length of the term. We have seen many children go through the programme and have numerous success stories of how it has helped. 
Please visit our website for more information, including an Online enrolment form: 
www.anglicancare.org.nz.
Alternatively, email oceans.timaru@gmail.com or phone Matt Cameron on 0800 OCEANS (or text 0274 623267)

CBAY Learn To Swim
GIVE YOUR CHILD A HEAD START IN THE WATER!
CBay Learn 2 Swim Programme enrollments are now open for term 2 and our Holiday Programmes.  Swim School Office Hours & Administration: Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm / Ph 03 687 7721 Or 03 687 7226  for information on the above programmes.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Newsletter No 4, 17 March 2016

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

Camp was amazing!  It was a real privilege to hang out with such a great group of people.  We did snorkelling, orienteering, coasteering, abseiling, and high ropes.  And I found all of it easy - NOT!  Most people agreed the highlight was the trip on the Canterbury Cat where we saw dolphins, penguins, fur seals, and krill and experienced the swell of the Pacific Ocean.  All of the children pushed their boundaries and increased their overall confidence.  Thank you to our parents Paul and Richard, who, through their help, made it possible for us to go.


Thank you also to our swimming coach parents - Helen, Catherine, and Sarah for their coaching expertise during our swimming lessons and also our two basketball coaches - Sarah and Shelley for the work they're doing with the basketball teams.

Our Students
We've had some lovely feedback about student behaviour.  The captain of the Canterbury Cat and a passenger commented on the great behaviour and attitude of our students.  The passenger said, "I was dismayed to see I'd booked on the trip with a party of school children but your children have been wonderful, they are lovely children."  Our C Bay swimming coaches wrote, "We found your children well behaved and a pleasure to teach which showed through the progress made in their sessions."  We are very proud of them.

Life Education
This week we have the Life Education van visiting us (Harold the giraffe).  The Life Ed program will reinforce the learning we have been doing on healthy communication and relationships.

Special Character - we need your help
We are due to have our three yearly special character review on 5th and 6th April.  This is like an ERO review but for our special character.  The reviewers would like to meet with a group of parents for a conversation on Tuesday 5th at 2.15pm.  I could hand pick a group of people who I think would say lots of lovely things but I want a real review so I'm putting it out to you.  Please offer half an hour of your time to meet with our reviewers and discuss the school.  I know that if you have any concerns or issues you would have already spoken to me about them.  So if you'd like to offer your help with this please let me know, we would be most grateful.

School/Parish Mass
This Saturday, 19 March, is our school/parish mass.  Children need to meet on the tennis courts at 5.45pm wearing school uniform. We are celebrating Palm Sunday where Jesus was triumphantly welcomed into Jerusalem as King.  There is a video on this on the RE blog: http://stjoplptre.blogspot.co.nz/p/jesus-for-parents.html



Please bring a plate of finger food to share after mass (it can be brought in when mass ends).


Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal


Welcome

We welcome Maddison and her parents Jaimee and Logan to St Joseph’s.  Maddison has joined us in Room 2.  

Student Accounts
Students account invoices will be sent home today.  These may look different than previous years, as they are now generated through our student management system.  Please contact Claire if you have any questions regarding your invoice.



SCHOOL NOTICES
STAR STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the week ended 04/03/2016:
Star of the Week
Lauren Bolton, Katie Hay, Cooper Mason.

MacKillop Values
Marie-Eve Donaldson, Caleb Kelly, Conor Boult.

Winning House       Joseph          

Swimming Club Champions
Congratulations to the following students who have done well in the Pleasant Point swimming club this season:
U7 Boys1st Harry Boult, 2nd Boston Mason, 3rd Koby McNamee
U8 Girls 1st Stevie Wallace, 2nd Caelyn Morrison
U9 Girls & Most Improved times over race nights 1st Emerson Murphy
U10 Girls 1st Annie Tregenza, 3rd Ellie Andrews
U 11 Boys 3rd Baxter Mason                                                        
U11 Girls 1st Amy Boult
U12 Boys 1st Cooper Mason, 2nd Quinn Tarrant
U12 Girls 2nd Cameron Murphy
Joint Champion of Champions Annie Tregenza & Cooper Mason
Most Improved recipients were Dawson Mason, Will Murphy, Honour Andrews, and
Connor Howes 

PTA NEWS

Mitre 10 Fundraiser
We have kindly been given the opportunity to do the BBQ and Carwash at Mitre10 this Year. This is a great earner. It will happening on Sunday 10 April.
A roster has been sent out today.  Any enquiries please contact Lisa or Sarah.

Bulb fundraiser - cut off for bulbs form to be returned to school office has been extended to Thursday 24th March. Should be delivered early April. 

Hot cross buns orders will be ready for collection this Thursday 17 March from the office. 


COMMUNITY NOTICES
SC Rugby Union Holiday Programme
The SC Rugby Union are running a holiday programme for children 8years old and over on 18 & 19 April 2016 from 10am – 2pm each day.  The cost is $15 per day.  Each child will receive a Todd Mudie Holiday Programme t-shirt and drink bottle, plus other prizes are up for grabs.  Application forms are available from the school office.
  

Sport Canterbury   Active Kids Holiday Programme                                                   
1822 April 2016.  Need entertainment for your children over the school holidays?  Active Kids is a fun, safe and affordable holiday option that combines various sports, fundamental skills and offsite visits for children aged 513 years.  The Southern Trust Events Centre,  Aorangi Park,  Morgans Road Timaru. Half Day & Full Day Options · OSCAR approved programme.   
Register on line www.sportcanterbury.org.nz or phone 03 686 0751  
email leeanne.lang@sportcanterbury.org.nz

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Newsletter No. 3, 3 March 2016

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



Swimming

The children are learning some invaluable water safety skills this week.  They're learning about boat safety which is so important as so many of us spend leisure time in and around boats.


House Colour Day

Well done to our new house captains who organised games and activities for the school on House Colour Day.   It was really special to see the way our young leaders encouraged and supported our younger children.













The children model the hand signals for the Structure of Observable Learning Outcomes (SOLO) model.  This is a model for learning which matches the natural learning process and provides teachers and students with strategies and supports to move from one level to the next.  Typically it is very hard to get children to go beyond multistructural and look at the bigger picture.  SOLO is particularly useful for this.  It takes time to embed the model and we're hoping it will help our high achieving students achieve even more highly.

Grit
Have a look at the two videos the year 5-8s used in their learning today (sorry it won't work in hard copy).  The first one is an AMAZING example of grit in action.  The second one is a good example of extended abstract - of what a child can do who has really taken something on board and is doing something positive with it.


Special Character

We are beginning to learn about Jesus.  


Our key ideas are:

1. Jesus was a human being (as well as being God) who lived in a particular place and time in history with customs and a life story.

2. Jesus came to save us and teach us how to live.  We will learn this mainly through Bible stories that we can use as examples of His saving, loving and teaching.

3. Jesus is God (as well as being a human being). 
We now this through the testimony of the Bible, the witness of the disciples, through the Resurrection, Ascension and the story of the Transfiguration.

Check out our RE Blog for some ideas of how to help your children at home.

Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2016 is Hear the cry of the earth and the poor taken from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si'.
The 2016 Lenten resources focus on life and challenges for indigenous Cambodians and themes include valuing culture, adapting to climate change, food security, human rights and land rights.


Rugby Coaching
We had a great first lunchtime session with Tristram Johnson, Rugby Development Officer from South Canterbury Rugby.  He came out and played and coached rugby with the children at lunchtime today and they're talking him into coming back once a week.  Fingers crossed.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal


Congratulations to the “Best Dressed” from each house group on House  Colour Day:
Baxter Mason – Joseph, Annie Tregenza – MacKillop, Joel Wright – Mary,
 Caleb Kelly - Patrick

SCHOOL MASS
Our first School Mass for the year will be held on Saturday 19 March 2016 at 6pm in the Kerry Hall.  Children are to be assembled outside on the grass at 5.45pm.  Mass will be followed by a shared finger food tea.  Please bring a plate to share (enough for your family); the plates/utensils you require, and any drinks you may require.  Tea and coffee will be available.

SCHOOL NOTICES
STAR STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the weeks ended 19/2/16 & 26/2/16:
Star of the Week
Connor Howes, Travis Priddle, Anton van den Bergh, Annie Tregenza, Maia Mahuika, Joel Wright, Emmerson Murphy, Ella Sugrue, Kayla Wright, Cooper Mason, Conor Boult.                    Ellie Andrews (week 3)

MacKillop Values
Koby McNamee, Mila van den Bergh, Charlotte McNamee, Lily-Ana Donaldson, Stevie Wallace, Baxter Mason, Isaac Styles.           Nicholas Tarrant (week 3).

Winning House    Joseph      Joseph


Student Accounts
Students account invoices will be sent home by next week.  These may look different than previous years, as they are now generated through our student management system.  Please contact Claire if you have any questions regarding your invoice.

Scholastic Book Club
Please have all orders for the current order returned to the office by Friday 4th March.  Please make all cheques payable to Scholastic New Zealand. 

PTA NEWS

Mitre 10 Fundraiser
We have kindly been given the opportunity to do the BBQ and Carwash at Mitre10 this Year. This is a great earner. It will happening on Sunday 10 April.
There will be a roster put out and we would like parents and children help out to make this a successful fundraiser. Lisa Wright will be making contact with all parents to check availability and times.  There will need to be 4 parents at a time supervising the carwash with the children and doing the BBQ.  Any enquiries please contact Lisa or Sarah.

Hot Cross Buns
Don’t forget your order for Hot cross buns to be back to school with money by 
Friday 4th March. Any enquiries contact Sarah.

Bulb Fundraiser
An order form will be distributed to families to purchase Spring Bulbs if you, or any other family or friends wish to. There will be seven different types to choose from, and 30% gets donated back to the school by Garden Post New Zealand. Orders will need to be returned by 18 March 2016 for delivery early April. Any enquiries contact Sarah.

We are in the process of planning details for a big fundraiser for term 2 or if not term 3. Details will follow once we start collating.  We will let you all know at the next meeting; date to be advised.

All our fundraising efforts help support the school in educating and resourcing our children.

 COMMUNITY NOTICES
Mass Ministries
The following families from St Joseph’s are involved with Mass Ministries over the next two weeks:
5 March         Paul Murphy – Reader
12 March       Karen Styles – Prayers of Faithful

Pleasant Point Hockey Club
Notification of 2016 AGM. 16th March at Legends CafĂ© - 12pm.
All welcome. Any queries please contact Meg Wood 6143863.

SC Rugby Union Holiday Programme
The SC Rugby Union are running a holiday programme for children 8years old and over on 18 & 19 April 2016 from 10am – 2pm each day.  The cost is $15 per day.  Each child will receive a Todd Mudie Holiday Programme t-shirt and drink bottle, plus other prizes are up for grabs.  Application forms are available from the school office.