Thursday, 16 June 2016

Newsletter No 10, 16 June 2016

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

Some thoughts to keep us focused on the Year of Mercy - we all carry burdens

Pope Francis says: "I believe this is the time for mercy. We are all sinners, we all carry burdens within us. I felt Jesus wants to open the door of his heart."

Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope. Without a witness to Mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile ... a barren desert.

So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. MV 17 (Pope Francis).

Congratulations to our cross country runners

These amazing runners represented the rural schools in the South Canterbury Cross Country this week.  We'd like to particularly acknowledge Baxter Mason who has come first two years in a row and Cooper Mason who came 5th last year and has upped his placing to 3rd this year.

Well done Caleb (39th), Baxter (1st), Cooper (3rd), Bryn (37th), Ella (36th)

Caring for God's Creation

Room 2 share their science investigations helping them to learn more about how we can care for creation.

A big thank you to Room 2 who led our assembly on Wednesday.  It was really interesting to hear you telling us all about your experiments and how you are learning to predict and test your predictions.  We look forward to your next experiment - finding out what bird feeders the birds like best in our school garden.


Its great to see more parents coming to our Wednesday assembly at 2.20pm.  Remember every class is sharing every week - so every week you have the opportunity to have some further insight into what's happening in your child's class.  
Classes take it in turn to lead assemblies and start with a short prayer and twice a term we have a big sharing assembly for the learning we have been doing in religious education.  
Week 8 - Room 1 sharing prayers - all classes sharing learning
Week 9 - Religious Education sharing assembly rooms 2 and 3
Week 10 - Room 3 sharing prayers - all classes sharing learning

Board Elections

Our returning officer has put a note about the elections below.  On behalf of the whole school I want to sincerely thank all parents who put themselves forward for the Board.  That shows a deep commitment of service to our school and it takes courage to agree to be nominated.  We appreciate the work that all parents do and we particularly acknowledge and thank the parents who put their hand up for the role of parent board representative.

The school literally would not function without the numerous supporting roles the parents take on, whether elected or not, and we thank you all sincerely for what you do.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal


Congratulations to our three new Board of Trustee Members - Brent Yellowlees, Helen Andrews and J Donaldson.  Thank you to Mike Hende and Lisa Wright for putting themselves forward for selection also.  It was great to be able to hold an election.  Thanks also to all those who took the time to vote.  It is much appreciated - Claire McCarthy; Returning Officer.

Congratulations to the following students who have recently been awarded certificates in assembly:-
Star of the Week
Boston Mason, Caleb Kelly, Isaac Styles.
MacKillop Values
Lauren Bolton, Dawson McCall, Baxter Mason, Cooper Mason.
Princpal's Award

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Winning House

Helpers for this Friday - 17 June 2016 are Jane Hay & Cara McCall.  Please remember to be at school at 11.30am as lunch is now at 12 noon this term due to the Kiwisport timetable for senior students. Helpers for Friday 
24 June 2016 are Liezel van den Bergh & Jenny Priddle.  


St Joseph's Pleasant Point school fundraiser presents "Sons of Remo" Live on Saturday 2 July 2016; 7.30pm at the Victor Wilson Hall Pleasant Point.  Spit Roast Supper Provided.  Alcohol and Non Alcohol Beverages available to purchase.  Strictly no BYO.  Courtesy Coach and EFTPOS available.  Tickets $25 each.  Please pre-purchase your tickets from the school office; or from Four Square Pleasant Point, or Dowells Office Products Timaru. (Over 18 only please).  So grab your friends and family and come along for a great night out!  Look forward to seeing you all there.


Saturday 18 June 2016:  J Donaldson & family - Welcoming/Offertory  
Claire McCarthy & Paula Bradley - Church Cleaning.

Pleasant Point Netball Club are having team photos on Wednesday 22nd of June (during normal practise). Funferns 1&2 please wear your navy PPNC hoodies. All other girls yr 3-8 please bring your playing uniforms (dresses or skirts and tops) to wear for photos.

SCIENCE ALIVE: - Robotics holiday programmes. 
Designed to inspire, excite and challenge - students interested in Robotics, Computer Science and Engineering will love these classes!
Introductory Robotics (Ages 8 - 13 years) - $11 per child
Advanced Robotics (Ages 10 - 13 years) - $11 per child
For more details and for booking tickets, simply hop over

at The Playhouse onMonday 11 to Saturday 16 July 2016
ENROL NOW! Registration form available on the SCDL website.

The University of Otago’s Sleep, Education and Learning in Our Neighbourhood (SEALION) Study is looking at children’s sleep and how it may affect learning during the school day, in the New Zealand School Community.

We are looking for all parents of 6 to 10 year old children to fill out a 20 minute questionnaire online (, and enter into the draw to win one of five $150 supermarket vouchers.  For more info please contact the office.

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