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:

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


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.

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 


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. 

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 or phone 03 686 0751  

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