2017 Happenings

2017 End of Year Prize Giving

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

Service Awards

Patrick Bradley, Jono Lang, Andrew Lawn, Caleb Neil, Cheska Centeno, Shinae Minhinnick, Kace Jordan, Rhys Griggs, Ella Griggs, Isabella Coogan, Summer Simpson, Grace Bradley, Liam Drought, Matthew O’Rorke, Caprice Thomas-Moore, Macy Sinclair, Aria Brophy, Samuel Drought, Christine Centeno, Shanaia Tocino, Christina Smith, Holly Gulliver,Chloe Sannazzaro, Daniel Sabuero, Amiel Sabuero, Daniel Harvey, Sophia Thompson, Molly Stevenson, Greer Guthrie, Samantha Eligado, Renee Fleming, Solai Ehrhorn, Sean Young, Jorja Keller

Character Awards

Special Character Award - Teresa Anne Landers Memorial Trophy: Juniors 0-4: Samantha Eligado

Living Commitment to Religious Education Award - Margaret and Jack Landers Trophy: Senior Excellence Yrs 5 - 8: Rhys Griggs

Sports Awards

Most Valuable Netball Player: Margaret Holmes Cup: Caprice Thomas-Moore

Most Improved Netball Player: David Fleming Cup: Liam Drought

Most Valuable Rugby Player - Drought Trophy: Samuel Drought

Most Improved Rugby Player: Liam Drought

Most Valuable Basketball Player - Lawn Family Trophy: Cameron Quinnell

Most Improved Basketball Player - Liam Kidd

Diligence Awards

Year 0 - Spencer Stevenson

Year 1 Boys: Caden Guthrie/Spencer Eligado

Year 1 Girls: Sienna Bourke

Year 2 Boys: Cade Carr

Year 1/2 Girls: Jane Willetts

Year 3 Boys: Charlie Keller

Year 3 Girls: Sabrina Sta Maria

Year 4 Boys: Zachariah Parnell

Year 4 Girls: Crystal Jordan

Year 5: John Renz Torres

Year 6 Boys: Riley Keller

Year 6 Girls: Charlie Carr

Year 7 Boys: Kace Jordan

Year 7 Girls: Solai Ehrhorn

Year 8 Boys: Liam Kidd

Year 8 Girls: Grace Bradley

Kapa Haka

Kaitataki Wahine - Summer Simpson

Kaitataki Tane - Cameron Quinnell

Year 8 Special Awards

Excellence in Leadership - Macy Sinclair

Commitment to Agriculture - Lawrence Joyce Memorial Trophy - Matthew O'Rorke

Excellence in Sport - Samuel Drought

Academic Excellence - Quinnell Trophy- Richmin Hughson-How

Runner Up - Josh Kruger

Kia Kaha, Kia Kaia, Kia Manawanui award - Greenstone Taonga - Jorja Keller

Outstanding Character Award - Alan and Maree Drought Shield - Matthew O’Rorke

All Round Best Student - Stronge Cup - Cameron Quinnell

Year 8's 2017

Room 6's Trip to actionaki

Thank you to everyone who supported Room 6's fundraising efforts so that we could get to Actionaki as an end of year treat. We had an awesome time and many of us were put out of our comfort zones. Thank you to Greg Coogan, Mitchell and Xavier Langton, Rebecca Monti and Tracey O'Rorke for helping supervise us all.

Healthy Lunch Day

Today we celebrated the end of our Know How to Grow unit by preparing a healthy lunch for every student in the school. Mixed groups worked with teachers to create - ham & salad wraps, ham & salad buns, fruit kebabs and cups of fruit salad, fruit muffins and corn fritters. We even shared snap peas out of our school garden!

It was a hot day so going through the water slide was a great way to cool down!

Tough Kids Challenge

Rooms 5 and 6 travelled by bus to New Plymouth on Friday December 1st to take part in the Tag Oil Tough Kids Challenge. This challenge was a 2km long obstacle course that saw students having to climb up, walk across, wade through and slide down a number of different challenging activities. The smiles on the children's faces was so cool and made the day out in the hot sunshine worth it. Every student received a free lunch of a burger, a sausage in bread, a bag of cut apple slices and a water bottle. This was provided by The Rapid Relief Team of New Zealand.

The students went over the course twice, once as individuals and then in groups of 3 or 4. Some of our senior students made the most of being able to dress up for this team event.

Thank you to Cerise Lawn, Penny Jordan, Tracey O'Rorke, Velma Simpson and Tara Clement for helping to supervise the students over the day. Well done to the students for being so well behaved and for being super sun smart!

Congratulations - More FM

Teacher of the Year Finalist

Congratulations to Mrs Bex Langton who was nominated for, and became a finalist, in the More FM Taranaki Teacher of the Year Competition.

The competition was won this year by Mike George of Vogeltown School.

Thank you to all those parents and students who nominated Bex and voted for her in the competition!

Kapa Haka - Ramanui

On Wednesday 30th November, both the junior and senior Kapa Haka groups travelled by bus to Hawera to perform in the Ramanui Kapa Haka festival.

Caitlyn Bradley, Christina Smith, Joshua Ramos and Charlie Trethewey did a fantastic job of leading the junior group. Josh's beautiful singing had the audience totally in awe, and Charlie's fierce leading of the Ka Mate haka was impressive for someone so young!

The senior Kapa Haka group was led by Cameron Quinnell, Macy Sinclair, Isabella Coogan and Amiel Sabuero. All four students led their parts with confidence and mana.

Thank you to Tracey Jury for driving the bus, and to all the parents who came along and supported the students.

Puanga festival - waitara 2017

Agriculture Day

On Thursday 26th October, we held our school's annual Agriculture Day. This was once again, an extremely successful event. A huge thanks must go to the PTA for their support in the running of this event. In particular Tracey O'Rorke and Hayley Guthrie.

Please find a complete list of results in Week 3's newsletter.

Matthew O'Rorke was the 2017 recipient of the Lawrence Joyce Memorial Trophy. It was presented by Mrs Noelene Joyce.

Ivory & Ebony

Breaking news!

She did it! Well done Jorja! Thank you to the Play it Strange group for awarding our school a brand new piano! To honour Jorja for her efforts we are going to get a plaque to mount on the piano with Jorja's name on it.

What a legacy to leave our school!

Jorja Keller wrote this amazing story as an entry to the 100 Piano Project. This competition is open to all schools with Decile 1 - 7. The prize is one of 100 pianos! Good work Jorja and the best of luck!

Shake, Ripple and Roll

After a term full of practices, costume fittings, set painting, prop making, dancing lessons and singing training, it was finally time for the performances of our school production, Shake, Ripple & Roll.

This year, Paul Andersen-Gardiner was our director and in Week 1 of Term 3 he cast the show; Dirk Manley was played by Richmin Hughson-How, Mr Cohen - Matthew O'Rorke, Joey Nobody - Liam Drought and the beautiful diva Deanna La Domme - Jorja Keller.

Five cheeky waitresses stole the show with their giggly antics; Cherry - Macy Sinclair, Peaches - Caprice Thomas-Moore, Pumpkin - Solai Ehrhorn, Honey - Ella Griggs and Apple - Aria Brophy.

Chuck's Gang, the coolest kids in town included; Chuck - Cameron Quinnell, Butch - Josh Kruger, Buddy - Samuel Drought and Billy - Liam Kidd. They were accompanied by the angelic singers; Lily - Grace Bradley, Violet - Isabella Coogan, Rose - Summer Simpson and Ivy - Mackenzie Gatenby.

Poor Max, the overworked and under appreciated chauffeur was played by Daniel Brook. He was accompanied by some very staunch security guards; Harry Zona - Sean Young, Ken Tucky - Kace Jordan, Mitch Igan - Crisjohn Abad; Sandy Ago - Rhys Griggs; Dee Troit - Spencer Hurley and Cally Fornia - Deacon Wasley.

Thank you to the amazing staff for all their efforts in getting the show ready and to all the talented students of St Joseph's - you are all stars! Further photos will be sent home via Seesaw or via student's gmail accounts.

Huge thanks must go to all the parents who came and helped with hair and make up. Special thanks to Amanda Drought 'Younique' for providing all the make up and to Gemma Skittrup and Kim Lynskey for sharing their hairdressing skills. A huge thank you also to Leon van Vuuren for taking amazing photos of the students at the dress rehearsal.

Book Fair

Thursday 14th September saw St Joseph's students dress up in their favourite book, film or TV characters. June from the Opunake Library came and read to all the students. Prizes were awarded to the best dressed students from each classroom and spot prizes were also given out to a boy and girl from each room.

Prize Winners were:

  • Room 1: Caden Guthrie and Arnika Warren
  • Room 2: Kobe Lark and Mya Foley
  • Room 4: Charlie Trethewey and Christina Smith
  • Room 5: Toby O'Rorke and Eden Lark
  • Room 6: Liam Kidd and Jorja Keller

Spot Prizes went to:

  • Room 1: Gino Sannazarro and Amy Gulliver
  • Room 2: Cade Carr and Jane Willetts
  • Room 4: Caitlyn Bradley and Carter Mackenzie
  • Room 5: Riley Keller and Sophia Thompson
  • Room 6: Matthew O'Rorke and Solai Ehrhorn

Ling from the Block turned up - Zing wasn't available, however 'Thing' took his place.

Even Mrs Wishy-Washy showed up!

Opunake Learn to Swim

Swimming lessons for school children - enrolments are now open for Term 4. Starts 16th October - Mondays and Thursdays. $70 per child per term. Contact Denise Deans: dandmdeans@ihug.co.nz or phone 06 2745 842 or 027 417 8631.

School Disco

Top: Daniel Harvey & James Coogan

Middle: Isabella Coogan & Jorja Keller

Bottom: Kobe Lark

Top right: Lots of little super heroes!

Middle & Bottom Right: Seniors boogying under the disco light!

Congratulations to the Social Committee of Caprice, Solai, Spencer, Deacon, Daniel and Rhys who planned and organised awesome junior and senior discos on Friday 1st September. The discos were organised to raise money for Kapa Haka uniforms, and generous support of $300, from the PTA, helped to buy decorations, goodies to sell and two amazing disco lights that we'll have for future discos.

The junior disco theme was Super Heroes and the Junior students did an amazing job of dressing up. Best dressed girl went to Super Renee - Renee Fleming, best dressed boy went to Batman - Jayden Young and best dancer went to Olivia Lynskey.

The senior theme was Glow in the Dark. Glow sticks were on sale for the seniors and these provided great fun. Best dressed girl was Solai Ehrhorn, best dressed boy was Samuel Drought (complete with fluoro pink blouse) and best dancer went to Jerram Sinclair.

More photos of the juniors will be added soon.

Cyber Safety Forum

On Friday 25th August our school hosted John Parsons, a New Zealand Cyber Security expert. John provides specialist advice and direction on the safe use of Digital Communication Technology in schools and delivers cyber safety workshops to those who work with young people in areas of education, health and safety. John worked with staff as well as teaching in classes and his focus was around Protecting and Valuing Identity - An ethical approach to supporting a digital life.

John also delivered a parent/whanau cyber safety workshop on this day, and a number of parents attended his presentation. John gave real life examples of children who have been affected by cybercrime. This workshop ran from 1:30-2:45 in Room 3 and parents left with the knowledge to help, support and protect their families.

If you did not attend the workshop - please find attached a summary of John's main points. We, as a school, value John's input to our community, and in recognition we have booked him in to speak again in 2018.

John Parsons Cyber Safety Parent Information.pdf

Go to John's Website for further information.

Maths Fair Success!

Congratulations to Room 6 students for their efforts in the Methanex Maths Fair.

The Year 7 quiz team of Spencer Hurley, Liam Drought, Aria Brophy and Daniel Brook were placed 13th out of 22 teams.

The Year 8 quiz team of Richmin Hughson-How, Cameron Quinnell, Liam Kidd and Josh Kruger came 5th in their competition!

Congratulations to Caprice Thomas-Moore and Macy Sinclair who gained a Merit award for their project, "Eye'm fitter than you!"; Liam Kidd who gained a 3rd place for his 3D Floral Art, Solai Ehrhorn for 3rd place in the Year 7 Individual Project section, with "Six Feet!", Grace Bradley for her 2nd place for her project, "Bouncing Bovine Babies" and finally to Kace Jordan and Matthew O'Rorke for their 1st place award with "Bobby Calf Bits n Bobs". Kace and Matthew were also awarded with 3rd Overall in the entire Maths Fair competing against Year 7 - 10 students! Congratulations boys!

The Maths Fair Projects will be on display at school. Please take the time to look at them - there is some fantastic learning involved - and even a bit of fun!

Choir attend Mass at Cottage Rest Home

24 keen students supported Father Vijay with the mass at the Cottage Rest Home on Thursday 10th August. The local churches each have a turn at providing the service at the rest home on a weekly basis. When it is Our Lady Star of the Sea's turn, St Joseph's students, led by Mrs Van Vuuren, support the residents by leading the singing at the mass. Thank you to those students who volunteer to do this wonderful service for our community.

Jorja Keller

Merit Advertising Poster

WITT Taranaki Science Fair 2017


A huge thank you to Mr Andrew Hornblow for sharing his time and expertise with Richmin, Samuel and Matthew.

Top: Matthew O'Rorke and Samuel Drought

The Weed Gobbler - Merit Award

Technological Development Section

Just Above: Richmin Hughson-How

3rd Place

Technological Development Section

Special Prize: Fitzroy Engineering

Special Prize: Plug and Play Radio Award

Liam Kidd

Third Place Advertising Poster

Once again, Room 6 entered projects, posters, photographs and observational drawings into the Taranaki Science Fair. This year we also entered in the Water Rocket section.

Finished projects can be viewed down the corridor. Richmin's, Samuel and Matthew's projects are in the front foyer.

Room 6 go Ice Skating!

On Friday 7th July, Room 6 travelled by Pickering's Bus to The TSB Hub in Hawera and had a go at ice skating.

The South Taranaki District Council, along with The TSB Community Trust provided this awesome opportunity, for free, for a number of students in South Taranaki.

The kids had a great day and even Mrs Langton got out onto the artificial ice surface for a skate! There were a few minor bumps and bruises - including Mrs Langton's ego - LOL - but much fun was had by all.

Thank you to Amanda Drought, Greg Coogan, and Terry (I'm an Olympic skater) Simpson, for coming along and helping out with the kids!

Cultural Week

On Friday 23rd June, after a week of cultural based activities, the whole school celebrated with a Cultural Food Festival. There was a variety of food for sale: Sushi, Pancakes, Nachos, Fruit Sorbet, Sausage Sizzle, Curry, Chicken Noodle dishes, Shortbread biscuits and the world famous Sloppy Joes. We raised over $900 for the day.

Room 6 are now expert sushi makers!

Above: Room 1 students parade their ethnic costumes.

Left: Junior students enjoying the variety of food for sale!

Top photos: Room 6 Sushi Makers

Matthew discussing his idea with Kelvin - the EPro8 Challenge Organiser.

EPro 8 Challenge - Taranaki Champs

On Thursday 18th May the Holy Contraptions and the Saintly Assemblers travelled to Stratford Primary School to take part in the Taranaki Champs event of the EPro 8 Challenge. Teams from Auroa, Eltham, Patea, Highlands Intermediate, Stratford and Coastal Taranaki took part. It was noted that South Taranaki was very well represented at the Taranaki Champs event.

The Holy Contraptions team of Richmin Hughson-How, Josh Kruger, Macy Sinclair and Rhys Griggs had a superb evening and took an early lead by over 180 points from their nearest opponent, which was Patea. They managed to hold onto the lead and at the end of the 2 1/4 hour session came through as the winners!

The team spent time building a wind turbine crane and a theme park ride that included the use of motors and gears.

The Saintly Assemblers, who had won the Hawera qualifying event, had a much tougher night, and even though they tackled the same problems as the Holy Contraptions they weren't able to gain enough points to get higher than 9th place. Matthew, Samuel, Grace and Liam worked really well together and managed to maintain their sense of humour when things didn't quite go their way!

It was awesome to see parents and younger students come along to support the teams. Thank you once again to Leon Van Vuuren for his support in preparing the team for the event.

Young Leaders

On Sunday afternoon 10 Year 8 students travelled down by minivan to Palmerston North ready to attend the National Young Leaders' Conference on Monday.

We stayed at the Arena Lodge Motel for the night.

At the conference we were joined by 2000 other Year 7 & 8 students from all over the Manawatu/Taranaki region. We heard from a variety of speakers about their lives and some of the

obstacles they have had to overcome to be successful in their chosen careers.

The conference was based around a Maori whakatauki (proverb)

E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea.

I will never be lost for I am a seed born of greatness.

The speakers focused on the key points of being lost or invisible to others and how to overcome that.

As a seed, we have all the potential to be mighty, we just need to be encouraged to grow through being in the right environment, surrounded by the right people.

Once we have established our goals then we need to work hard to achieve them and think about how we can help influence or shape the lives of others.

Speakers included: Aaron Jackson (actor), Trina Tamati,(Maori businesswoman), Matt Brown (Barber/Hair Artist), Zane Scarborough (Spoken word poet), Alistair Davis (CEO of Toyota New Zealand), Marnie Prickett (Clean Water Advocate). We also enjoyed a performance of "Oh my my" by New Zealand band, Nomad.

A huge thank you must go to the parents who attended the trip, Rebecca Monti, Merryn Kidd and Tracey O'Rorke. Thank you to Tracey and Paul O'Rorke for funding the mini van for us to travel down in together, and finally to the school community for helping us fund the costs of our trips through supporting our fundraisers.

Easter Basket Fun

The group in Room 6 made Easter baskets out of plastic bottles. They had a plastic handle, a cardboard cut out of the Easter Bunny and were loaded with some yummy Easter treats!

Gino Rm 1

Arnika Rm 1

Chloe Rm 4

Easter Play

The whole school took part in the Easter Play that retold the story of Holy Week.

Room 6 took on the main speaking roles of the play with Cameron Quinnell and Jorja Keller playing the main parts of Jacob and Ruth. Josh Kruger was Jesus.

Room 1 welcomed Jesus by waving palms and singing "Hosanna, here comes Jesus!"

Room 2 told us that it was our job to serve others with love as Jesus showed us when he washed the feet of his friends.

Room 4 shared with us the importance of receiving Eucharist in memory of Jesus' meal that he shared with his friends.

Room 5 showed us how hard it can be to be a follower of Jesus, when in the garden of Gethsemane the disciples all fell asleep.

Room 6 sang "This Holy Cross" beautifully with Jesus (Josh) casting a lonely figure during his crucifixion.

The joy of the resurrection was shared and we were all reminded that Jesus is very much alive in you and me!

Thank you to all the parents who came along to share this special liturgy with us, and to Mrs Van Vurren for providing us with the beautiful music!

St Patrick's Day Fundraiser for Starship

St Patrick's Day was a day of fun for all students at St Joseph's. The Social Committee decided that a fundraiser for Starship Children's Hospital would be a great reason to have a fun 'dress up' in green mufti day!

Mrs Langton organised prizes for the best dressed boy and girl from each classroom. There were some really difficult decisions as a lot of students had gone to a lot of effort.

Prize winners were: Caden Guthrie and Sienna Bourke - Room 1

Greer Guthrie and Erban Germino - Room 2

Jacob Foley and Shanaia Tocino - Room 4

Cheska Centeno and James Coogan - Room 5

Liam Kidd and Solai Ehrhorn - Room 6

Room 6 in their outfits

The Junior School

Erban and Greer

Caden and Sienna

James and Cheska

Jacob and Shanaia

A total of $152.30 was raised for Starship!

Dear Bex,

Thank you for the lovely news that you have a donation coming our way!

Kind regards



Thank you to Mr Leon Van Vuuren for coming in and working with the Year 7 &8 students on some practice activities getting them ready for the finals. They had lots of fun!

EPro8 Challenge

On Monday 3rd April two teams of four very eager and excited Year 8 students travelled to Hawera Primary School to compete in the EPro8 Challenge event for 2017.

The EPro8 Challenge is a technological challenge event where students are given four different scenarios to work through in a 2 1/4 hour time slot. During this time they are to complete as many different scenarios as possible earning points along the way.

This year, the Holy Contraptions team was Josh Kruger, Richmin Hughson-How, Macy Sinclair and Rhys Griggs. This team concentrated on building an 'adventure park' ride and a laser pointer.

The Saintly Assemblers team was Liam Kidd, Grace Bradley, Matthew O'Rorke and Samuel Drought. This team built a bridge that could hold a 4 wheeled vehicle and they too built the 'adventure park' ride.

Points seesawed throughout the entire night. A place in the Taranaki Champs was at stake with the top three teams going onto this event in Week 3 of Term 2. At the final whistle the St Joseph's teams did extremely well. The Holy Contraptions were placed in 3rd and the Saintly Assemblers came away with the win and the trophy for the night's event.

Both teams will go through to the finals which will be held in Stratford on the evening of Thursday 18th May.

On Tuesday 4th April two teams of Year 5 & 6 students attended their section of the EPro8 Challenge.

The Master Builders team was Jono Lang, Daniel Harvey, Charlie Carr and Jerram Sinclair. The Techno Angels team was Sophia Thompson, Kayleigh Fleming, Riley Keller and Sean Duggan.

The teams had the same challenges as the Year 7 & 8 students had the night before.

The Master Builders finished in 2nd place and they too have earned a spot in the Taranaki Champs event.

A huge thank you to the PTA for paying the entry fee for all the teams, and a thank you too to the parents who transported the children over to the event!

Check it out! EPro8 Challenge website. You can make your own technology kit and have a go at the practice challenges!

Kapa Haka

This is a video of our performance on Friday 26th August, 2016, at Te Huihuinga O Nga Tatarakihi O Taranaki, a competition for the region's primary schools, which was held at the TSB Hub in Hawera. As this was our first time at this event we did not compete but rather just performed for entertainment.

We are very proud of our children - they are talented and enthusiastic. Many thanks to Matua Lui for his excellent instruction and also a big thanks to NZCT for providing us with funding to make Kapa Haka a reality at our school.

Kapa Haka lessons are continuing in 2017. These are held on Friday afternoons from 1:45 - 2:10 for Juniors and 2:10 - 2:55 for Seniors.

Congratulations to the following students:

Hato Hohepa o Opunake Kaitataki Tane - Pero Brophy

Hato Hohepa o Opunake Kaitataki Wahine Jenna McCarthy

Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui Award - Be Strong, Stand Tall, Be Steadfast - Rebecca Langton (greenstone taonga) - An award for showing perseverance through adversity - Rhys Young

Mt Spa Swimming Sports

Congratulations to the Mt Spa Team who gained first place in the recent Mt Spa inter-school Swimming Sports.

The placings were certainly close St Joseph's had 176.6 points and Rahotu finished 2nd with 176.2 points! Our first placing in the relay was what got us to the top spot! I got a little bit excited so my advice is to turn down the sound!

Room 5 students who were chosen to compete:

  • Jerram Sinclair, Shinae Minhinnick, Riley Keller, Andrew Lawn, Alika Hunn, Charlie Carr, Eden Lark, Maddy Drought, Sean Duggan, Daniel Harvey(didn't attend)

Room 4 students who were chosen to compete:

  • Crystal Jordan, Sophie Gatenby, Will Hurley, Grace Clough

Room 6 Participating Students were:

  • Samuel Drought
  • Richmin Hughson-How
  • Cameron Quinnell
  • Josh Kruger
  • Grace Bradley
  • Macy Sinclair
  • Caprice Thomas-Moore
  • Liam Drought
  • Mackenzie Gatenby
  • Solai Ehrhorn
  • Kace Jordan

Taranaki Tennis' Surprise Gift

On Friday 3rd February, Janet Fleming, representing Taranaki Tennis, visited our school. Janet presented to St Joseph’s a wheelie bag containing 30 brand new Wilson tennis racquets, 2 portable tennis nets, and 72 soft compression tennis balls. This was all made possible with support from The TSB Community Trust in association with the Taranaki Tennis Association. We received the gear because we took part in the Taranaki Tennis Association coaching sessions in Term 3 last year. A huge thank you to Mrs Fleming, Taranaki Tennis and the TSB Community Trust for this awesome gift of gear. Teachers will use it throughout the year as a part of the Physical Education programme out our school.

Mrs Langton, Isabella, Cameron, Andrew, Charlie and Mrs Fleming