Thursday, 2 June 2016

Newsletter No 9, 2 June 2016

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

Parish Morning Tea

Our year 8 leaders invited parishioners to join us for morning tea after mass on Tuesday 31st May.  It was a really entertaining and educational experience.  Our parishioners told us stories about their history at St Joseph's School and some of the history of the convent which was here.  We are looking forward to our next parish morning tea so we can find out more.

Joey's Buddies

At the moment Cooper is making visits to Hadlee at the kindergarten.  Hadlee will be starting in Room 2 on 23rd June.

Rural Schools Cross Country

We are very proud of the way our children conducted themselves at the Rural Schools Cross Country.

It was a challenging course and we were especially proud of the fact that all of our children completed the course on the day and the way they supported each other.  They showed resilience and determination.

All of the children worked hard during the practices leading up to cross country and Reon, Dawson, Stevie, Ellie and Charls received certificates at assembly to recognise their commitment and improvement during the practice phase.

Twenty-two children were placed in the top 20 for their (combined) year level.

Year 1 & 2: Damon (3rd,) Will (11th), Ambrose (18th), Eve (2nd), Ruby (4th), Marie-Eve (15th), Leah (16th)
Year 3 & 4: Connor (4th), Koby (13th), Boston (14th), Tyla (3rd), Honor (18th)
Year 5 & 6: Baxter (1st), Bryn (10th), Caleb (12th), Nicholas (19th), Annie (11th), Katie (12th), Amy (16th)
Year 7 & 8: Cooper (3rd), Conor (8th), Ella (5th), Cameron M (7th).

Cooper, Baxter, Ella, Bryn and Caleb will be representing the Rural Schools at South Canterbury Cross Country.  We wish them the best of luck.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

Voting in the Board of Trustees election closes at 12 noon on Friday 3 June 2016 - that is tomorrow.  So please make sure you exercise your right to vote, and have your voting papers in to the office by tomorrow morning.  If you have/are posting your voting papers they must be post-marked no later than 2 June 2016, or the vote will be invalid.  The candidates will be notified of the outcome on Friday afternoon, and results will be in the Timaru Herald on Saturday 4 June 2016 (and on the school Facebook page).  Thanks, Claire McCarthy - Returning Officer.

Sausage Sizzle
Lunch time on Fridays has been moved to the earlier time of 12pm for the rest of this term, due to senior students' Kiwisport being moved to an earlier time.  Therefore could the people who are involved with cooking the sausage sizzle each week please be at school by 11.30am to ensure that the sausages are ready by 12pm.  Thanks.

Sausage Sizzle Roster:
3rd June       Michelle SC, Catherine M
10th June     Jules D, Kris Howes
17th June     Jayne Hay, Cara McCall
24th June     Leizel V, Jenny P
1st July         Susan T, Lisa W
8th July         Volunteers needed

Star Students
Congratulations to the following students who were recognised for their success in assembly recently:
Star of the Week:  Harry Boult, Baxter Mason, Cameron Murphy.
MacKillop Values: Honour Andrews, Caelyn Morrison, Bryn Chisholm, Lily-Ana Donaldson.
Principal's Award: Maia Mahuika.

Student Accounts
Invoices for Term 2 will be sent home by next week.  I apologise for the delay in getting these out.  Please remember that our preferred method of payment is for you to direct credit the money into the school bank account.  Also please note - if you are paying Attendance Dues for the Opihi Parish at the school office we are unable to give you any change.  You will need to wait for change to come from the parish office, so please ensure that you are paying the exact amount if you are paying cash.  However the attendance dues invoices also have a bank account number on them for you to direct credit payment.

Queen's Birthday Holiday
Just in case you have missed it on the calendar - Monday 6 June is Queen's Birthday holiday; which means there is no school that day.  Hope you all enjoy the bonus day with your families.

Basketball Shirts
Please could all basketball shirts be returned to the office (in clean tidy condition) by Friday 10 June 2016.


Write Like An Author
This is an internationally acclaimed writing course that teaches young writers the skills and techniques that professional authors use to create their stories.
During the camp, each participant will develop and write an original creative story under the guidance of well-known author and writing coach Brian Falkner.

The camp will be held at Mountainview High School  starting on Monday 11th July 2016 and running until Thursday, 14th July 2016.
The camp is for enthusiastic young writers to develop their natural writing and story-telling talents. 

The number of places on the camp is strictly limited and is open to students from all local schools, so we recommend that you register early if your child is interested in attending the camp.  The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9am - 3pm each day.
Students will need to bring their own device (a laptop or tablet to write their stories on).
The course fee is $297.00 with early registration.
For more information and to register, please visit

Do you need childcare for under 5's? - Pleasant Point Preschool, Nursery & Kindergarten have spaces available in the nursery and some across the rest of the centre.
Please contact us to discuss options on 6148338 or pop in anytime.

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