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.

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

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.


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.

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          

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 or phone 03 686 0751  

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:
Alternatively, email or phone Matt Cameron on 0800 OCEANS (or text 0274 623267)

CBAY Learn To Swim
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.

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