Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Newsletter Number 12, 27 July 2016

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

We welcome Fr Jolly our new parish priest.


At St Joseph's our children are great learners.  We have always had high levels of achievement and our children benefit from a balanced program of traditional teaching methods and modern technology.

We have a mixture of Chromebooks, laptops and ipads and all of the children from year 5-8 are able to use a device each.  Our high standards in traditional learning are kept equally high when we transfer our learning into the digital world.   This prepares our students well for high school and beyond.

Our year 5 & 6s are making cards to help them learn about similes

Hadlee and Alea, our newest new entrants, share a book

Harry, Fletcher and Connor engaged in writing, using prompt cards to help them improve

Mrs Scott, Charls, Conor, Quinn and Cooper learning about scientific process and sediment

Learning Support at St Joseph's

A very special feature of learning at St Joseph's is our learning support. 

What makes it work?
  • Our low numbers - every child who has a need can be accommodated
  • Our Board of Trustees' commitment to quality education, continuing to provide funding for our learning support programs well above and beyond what we are officially funded for.
  • Our wonderful teacher aide Paula Bradley
  • Our special education needs coordinator (SENCO) Karen Scott
  • Tried and tested programs for improvement which we have purchased
  • Tailored individual teaching, designed in-house to meet the needs of the individual child.

Many children at some point in their schooling have an area of difficulty, other children have ongoing learning challenges of one sort or another.  We are very lucky that when this happens at St Joseph's we have the learning support resources to make a difference.   We also have special programs for children who are English Language Learners.

Paula working one on one with a student

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless
Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

  Please note our school mass is Saturday 13 August at 6.00pm.

To show our pride in Pleasant Point and to support the Pleasant Point Senior and Senior B Rugby Teams who have both reached their respective finals this Saturday, the students are encouraged to dress in Pleasant Point colours on Friday - Maroon, blue and white.  If you have a Pleasant Point rugby (or sports) shirt to wear that would be great.

On Monday 8 August we will be joining St Joseph's Temuka and St Joseph's Fairlie at Temuka to celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary MacKillop.  The day will start with a celebration of Mass, followed by games and activities.  The students will be transported to and from St Joseph's Temuka by bus; however all parents are welcome to join us at Temuka for this celebration.  We will be leaving school at 9.30am, and returning by 2.30pm; in time for the normal buses.

Just a reminder regarding uniform and appearance as we start a new term:
  • Shoes should be dark brown or black leather.
  • Jewellery - one small, plain stud per ear is acceptable.
  • Watches are acceptable that do not provide a safety risk.
  • Nail polish is not permitted.
  • Long hair (shoulder length or longer) will be clipped back or tied with blue or neutral coloured clips and/or hair ties or headband.
  • Undergarments (e.g. thermal vests) should not be visible.
 For further information regarding the school uniform and personal appearance policy, please follow this link: 

Sausage sizzle commences for Term 3 this Friday.  Our wonderful cooks this week are Jayne Hay and Maria Yellowlees.  Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with this.  Lunchtime on Fridays is 12.00 noon, as the senior students are on the early timeslot for Kiwisport again this term.  So please ensure that you are at school by 11.30am when you are on cooking.

We have noticed that many of the boys (and some girls) are enjoying ball games and practicing touch rugby recently.  Unfortunately our grass areas have become the usual winter mud patches, and we are ending up with some very muddy children returning to the classrooms!  To try and protect the children's uniforms, and the carpet in the classrooms we suggest that the children bring along some old clothes to wear at break times. 
Please have all orders for the current offer (Issue 5) returned to the office by 
Friday 19 August 2016.  Please ensure that all cheques are made out to Scholastic New Zealand. Payment can now also be made online or by credit card.  Information regarding payment options is included in the brochure.

A notice regarding the ski/skate trip was sent home to all families earlier this week. To clear up any confusion: if Roundhill ski field is not open, but the weather is still o.k. then we have arranged for all families to go skating and/or tubing at Tekapo Springs.  If the weather is completely unsuitable for either activity; then everything will be postponed until Tuesday 2 August 2016.  Please listen to PORT FM prior to 7.30am if things are looking doubtful.  If you did not receive a notice, or you still have questions please do not hesitate to ring us.

Invoices for those owing Attendance Dues to the Opihi Parish are being sent home today.  If you are paying these by cash, please ensure that you have the correct change, as neither the school office or  the parish office hold enough cash to give out change.  The preferred method of payment is by direct credit into the bank account listed on the invoice.  Please ensure that any cheques for attendance dues are made out to the Catholic Parish of Opihi not to St Joseph's.

No doubt you have seen and/or heard from your children about the reels, etc we have in the playground now.  Thanks to some helpful Roncalli students doing some community service last term these have all been undercoated and primed.  We would now love donations of some bright coloured paints from anyone who has some available to top coat these with.  If you have some paint available for us to use, please contact the office.

Please note there is no assembly this week.  The assembly roster for the term is as follows:
Week 2             Friday 5 August room 1              Week 6 Friday 2 September       RE Sharing       Rms 1 & 2
Week 3 Friday 12 August           Room 2             Week 7 Friday 9 September       Room 3
Week 4 Friday 19 August           Room 3             Week 8 Friday 16 September     Room 4

Week 5 Friday 26 August           Room 4             Week 9 Friday 23 September     RE Sharing       Rms 3 & 4


Saturday 6 August 12 noon at Point Domain.  All welcome.  Any inquires please ring Leeanne 614 7030 or 027 715 4530. 

Have a Go Cricket sessions for 5year olds up to 8year olds
Held at Pleasant Point Primary. Starts the 10th August 3.15pm every wed same time thereafter. Cost $35 for 6 weeks includes sessions and awesome cricket packs. Please contact Kathy 0212603933 to register by the 5th August.

Year 3/4 and 5/6 Basketball starts 12th September.
Games are played at the Stadium Morgans Road. Year 3/4 on Mondays Year
5/6 on Tuesdays.
Anyone interested in playing Basketball could you please contact Amy

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.

Classes in Speech and Drama
Wednesdays @ The Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts, 79 Talbot St, Geraldine

3.35- 4.45pm: 7 - 9 years
4.45pm - 5.45pm:  10 to 12years

Classes commence 2nd week of term: Wed Aug 3rd
To register interest or more information: phone Kay on 693 9986 or

Speech and Drama classes aid students to express themselves
with clarity, boldness, and creativity, as well as having a lot of fun in the process.
Skills covered in the lessons:
vocal and speech development
storytelling skills
drama: improvisation, developing character, interpreting script
reading aloud, poetry speaking, & public speaking

Students may choose to sit exams with Speech NZ if desired,
as a tangible measurement of their achievement each year.
Tutor: Kay Paterson
BPhEd (dist), Dip Tching (Sec), LSB
To register interest: phone 03 693 9986 or

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