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ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Principal’s Welcome

He Mihi Nui Kia Koutou
Haere Mai, Haere Mai, Nau Mai, Haere Mai

A warm welcome to St Joseph’s which is an integrated Catholic Primary School catering for children from new entrants to year eight. We are proud of our history and heritage and value the strong bond that continues with our founding order, the Sisters of the Mission. The Special Character of our school is expressed through the students, the teachers and the wider school community, living and teaching the Gospel Values. At St Joseph’s our committed and dedicated staff set high expectations for all children and we aim to work in partnership with you.

Nga Mihi
Grant Stuart
Principal 

Our Values

St Joseph’s School provides a holistic education in an environment that reflects the values of the Roman Catholic Church.

AROHA

Love of God, Self and Others

KAHA

Respect and Tolerance

PONO TIKA

Honesty and Integrity

MANAAKITANGA

Community and Team Work

MAHI

Perseverance and Innovation

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Latest Notifications

End of Term 3 Gathering

Fri Sep 23 04:21pm

We will be hosting a gathering under the shade sails next Friday from 2pm. All families are welcome to attend.


Certificates will be presented to students and the PTFA are having a Cupcake Bake Sale, starting at 2.15pm. 


Cupcakes and lollies are available to purchase via Kindo now. There is a maximum of 2 cupcake per students, however, extras will be available on the day. 


Boxes of 4 cupcakes and bags of lollies can also be purchased. 


See you there!



 

Pizza Day Friday – NOT SENIOR STUDENTS

Thu Sep 22 01:55pm

Pizza Day Friday – NOT SENIOR STUDENTS
A delicious easy lunch option for a Friday!
* $1.50 per slice*Ham & Cheese, Pepperoni or Simply Cheese (gluten free also available in Cheese and Ham & Cheese).
*Orders are by Kindo only, orders close at 9.00am Friday.
Please do not order for the Senior students tomorrow!

REMINDER – Food Bank Items – Friday 23rd September

Thu Sep 22 10:56am

REMINDER – Food Bank Items – Friday 23rd September
All food bank donation items can be dropped off tomorrow outside Room 1.
This is NOT a Mufti Day!



 

Sharing of Learning – Tuesday 27 September 2.00pm-4.30pm

Wed Sep 21 05:58pm

Kia ora whānau,


Next Tuesday 27 September we invite you in to our classrooms any time from 2.00pm until 4.30pm so that your child can show you their learning and their classroom.


You don’t need to book a time, this is not a parent interview, but it is an opportunity for children to show you what they are proud of and for whānau to connect with class teachers. 


We look forward to seeing you, our classrooms will be open from 2.00pm-4.30pm.


Thanks.

Yr 5-6 Winter Sports Tournament – Cancelled

Mon Sep 19 04:15pm

Due to the bad weather forecast for tomorrow, Southwell, the organisers of the Winter Sports Tournament, have made the hard decision to cancel tomorrow’s tournament.  Unfortunately this makes three years in a row!


School as normal for everyone tomorrow.

Food Bank Items Required

Mon Sep 19 02:39pm

Are you in a position to help a family in need? Please bring an item of food such as pasta, boxes of cereal, tea bags, spreads, instant noodles, and canned soup, to be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society.


Donations can be made this Friday 23rd September.


Please place your donation into the containers outside Room One before school. Thank you.

Year 6-8 Growing in the Image of God – Understanding Sexuality Programme Information Session for Parents Tues 27th Sept 5.00pm-6.00pm – Rm 1

Mon Sep 19 01:38pm

Students in Years 6,7 and 8 will take part in our “Growing In the Image of God” lessons from the beginning of Term 4. This unit covers age-appropriate information about self image, friendship, body changes and puberty. These lessons have been carefully developed with full regard to our Catholic character. 


There will be a parent information meeting on Tuesday 27th September from 5.00-6.00pm in Room 1, where parents will be shown the lesson outlines and resources used. 


If you have attended this meeting in previous years for an older sibling, you do not need to come again as the lessons are unchanged.


Students need a clearfile (some of them will have this from previous years). There are often discussion prompts for homework, so please ask your child what they have been learning about in these important sessions. 


If you have any questions about this parent information evening, please email your child’s Team Leader.


Y6: Heather Keep  h.keep@stjosephs.school.nz


Y7-8: Rhonda McFarlane  r.mcfarlane@stjosephs.school.nz


 


 

Mufti Day tomorrow and Assembly start time:

Thu Sep 15 08:04pm


* Friday 16 September – Mufti Day – bring a gold coin donation for St Vincent de Paul please!


*If you are planning on joining us in the Church tomorrow for Assembly, we will be starting a little earlier at 1.50pm. This is because it will take some time to draw the spot prizes for the Readathon – exciting!

Mufti Day for St Vincent de Paul This Friday 16th September

Mon Sep 12 03:10pm

Come to school this Friday in mufti and make sure to bring a gold coin. (There is no theme this time- anything goes).



All money raised will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.



Thank you for supporting St Vincent de Paul Society.

*****Calling all year 7’s******

Fri Sep 09 09:49am

We have set up a Year 7 Waterpolo team especially for those who may not have played before and want to give it ago.


Please email me at a.bygrave@stjoesphs.school.nz or call / text on 0225127612 to let me know if your child would like to join the team.

Entries will close at 3pm TODAY

FINAL DAY FOR READATHON MONEY – TOMORROW

Thu Sep 08 08:01pm

Thank you to those families that have already returned Readathon money. 
ALL Readathon money must be in by tomorrow (Friday 9th).
Sponsorship money can be paid on Kindo, in cash, or into the PTFA bank account. The office will be keeping track of all the money that each child brings in so that we can award class prizes and individual prizes.
Thanks for your support,
St Joseph’s Fairfield PTFA

Pizza Day Friday – NOT SENIOR STUDENTS

Thu Sep 08 02:42pm

Pizza Day Friday – NOT SENIOR STUDENTS
A delicious easy lunch option for a Friday!
* $1.50 per slice*Ham & Cheese, Pepperoni or Simply Cheese (gluten free also available in Cheese and Ham & Cheese).
*Orders are by Kindo only, orders close at 9.00am Friday.
Please do not order for the Senior students tomorrow!

FINAL DAY FOR READATHON MONEY – TOMORROW

Thu Sep 08 10:19am

Thank you to those families that have already returned Readathon money. 
ALL Readathon money must be in by tomorrow (Friday 9th).
Sponsorship money can be paid on Kindo, in cash, or into the PTFA bank account. The office will be keeping track of all the money that each child brings in so that we can award class prizes and individual prizes.
Thanks for your support,
St Joseph’s Fairfield PTFA

READATHON MONEY – 3 DAYS TO GO!

Wed Sep 07 09:19am

Thank you to those families that have already returned Readathon money. 
The closing date is now this Friday 9th September for ALL Readathon money to be returned.
Sponsorship money can be paid on Kindo, in cash, or into the PTFA bank account. The office will be keeping track of all the money that each child brings in so that we can award class prizes and individual prizes.
Thanks for your support,
St Joseph’s Fairfield PTFA

Urgent call for 1 more player for the Yr 5/6 Waterpolo Team. Contact Amy a.bygrave@stjosephs.school.nz

Tue Sep 06 11:20am

Don’t forget Readathon Money!

Mon Sep 05 09:15am

All Readathon money needs to be in this week. Please hand in to the school office!

Term 4 Flippaball & Waterpolo

Fri Sep 02 02:38pm

Registrations for Waterpolo for Years 5&6 / Years 7&8 and Flippaball close today.


We still need 2 Flippaball players to make a team and 2 Waterpolo (Years 5&6) Players.

Pizza is $1.50 per slice not $2 as per the previous alert.

Thu Sep 01 04:27pm

Pizza Day Friday – All Students!

Thu Sep 01 03:22pm

Pizza Day Friday!
A delicious easy lunch option for a Friday!
* $2 per slice*Ham & Cheese, Pepperoni or Simply Cheese (gluten free also available in Cheese and Ham & Cheese).
*Orders are by Kindo only, orders close at 9.00am Friday.


Senior students can order pizza for tomorrow!


 


 

Readathon Money

Thu Sep 01 03:02pm

Thank you to those families that have already returned Readathon money. 
We have extended the closing date as we are expecting more Readathon money in over the next week. 

Sponsorship money can be paid on Kindo, in cash, or into the PTFA bank account. The office will be keeping track of all the money that each child brings in so that we can award class prizes and individual prizes.


Thanks for your support,
St Joseph’s Fairfield PTFA

Aims Games: Hockey and Football practice today. Students to bring their gear.

Thu Sep 01 08:07am

International Mufti Day – TOMORROW

Wed Aug 31 04:52pm

Kia ora koutou,


Our school is made up of many diverse nationalities, and this week classes will be focusing on understanding more about some of the customs, traditions and celebrations that are important in our students’ homes too. 


Tomorrow , Thursday 1 September will be a mufti day with a theme of International Dress. We encourage children to wear something to represent their heritage. For example this could be a traditional dress from their country, eg a sari from India, or a green top to represent Irish heritage. Children who are New Zealanders could wear something black, or the colours of our flag, or something representing Maori heritage. We will have a parade on the turf to show our pride in the origins of our diverse families. Wear anything to show where your family is from! There is no charge for this mufti day. If anyone wants to join us for the parade, it will be at 10.30am, depending on the weather. Parents are invited to come along and watch the parade.


We look forward to a week of growing our understandings of each other and celebrating our diversity.


Thanks for your support.

Aims Games: Hockey practice today for the girls. Please bring your gear.

Tue Aug 30 07:50am

Teacher Only Day on Monday – NO SCHOOL

Fri Aug 26 03:38pm

Please remember that there is no school on Monday due to a Teacher Only Day. 


Staff will not be onsite, therefore there will be NO supervision provided and NO children should be at school.
Breakfast Club and After School Care will NOT be open.

Aims Games: There is hockey and football practice today. Students will need to bring their gear.

Thu Aug 25 08:31am

Reminder: Monday 29 August – School Closed

Mon Aug 22 03:30pm

Next Monday, 29 August, the school is closed due to a Teacher Only Day. There will be NO supervision provided and NO children should be at school.


Breakfast Club and After School Care will NOT be open.

Aims Games: The hockey team have a training game today at St Paul’s. The girls need to bring their gear.

Mon Aug 22 08:16am

Junior Cross Country is going ahead today as planned!

Fri Aug 19 09:21am

Aims Games: Hockey and Soccer students are to bring their gear to school for practice today. Hopefully we will get a break in the weather.

Thu Aug 18 08:04am

Remember it’s a mufti day tomorrow – Thursday 18 August – to support Year 7&8 students competing at AIMS Games. Gold coin donation please!

Wed Aug 17 05:05pm

REMINDER – Year 4-8 Cross Country tomorrow Tuesday 16 August

Mon Aug 15 05:19pm

Kia ora koutou,


A reminder about our Cross Country plans tomorrow, which had to be adapted due to the grandstand being painted and off-limits.


Year 4-8 children who want to run the Cross Country will either be dropped off at Porritt Stadium before 9.15am, or will come to school and get the bus to Porritt Stadium. 
Year 4-8 children who don’t go to Cross Country will be supervised at school
All Year 0-3 children come to school as normal. We will confirm their new Cross Country date/time asap
Year 4-8 Children doing Cross Country need to wear/bring:


P.E. shirt or house-color T-shirt with black shorts (no glitter/face paint etc)
Running shoes are optional.
Warm outer clothing and a jacket/raincoat. Umbrella optional.
Their school bags with lunch and a drink bottle. 
Timetable:


For those Year 4-8 travelling by bus, we depart school at 9am.


Year 4-8 walk the course first, so that everyone knows where they are running. Event will start after this, at approximately 10am, or as soon as we are ready.


Races will be run in the order below:


Year 8 Boys and  Girls – 2500m approx
Year 7 Boys and Girls – 2500m approx
Year 6 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
Year 5 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
Year 4 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
Thank you. 


 

Aims Games: Hockey Practice today for the team. The girls need to bring their gear.

Mon Aug 15 08:27am

AIMS Games: The girls hockey team have a practice tomorrow and need to bring their gear.

Sun Aug 14 08:06pm

IMPORTANT – CROSS COUNTRY – CHANGE OF PLANS Tuesday 16 August.

Wed Aug 10 11:29am

Kia ora koutou,


Unfortunately we have to make major changes to our Cross Country arrangements next Tuesday 16 August. We have just been advised that the council has started painting the Grandstand at Porritt Stadium, there is scaffolding up and it is out of action for 6-8 weeks. This means we have no shelter or seating, so sadly it is not possible for us to take the whole school and we have to change our plans. 


Year 0-3 will not be going to Porritt Stadium next Tuesday. They can come to school as normal. We will be holding the Junior Cross Country at school sometime soon, with the date to be advised as soon as we have a chance to organise it.


Year 4-8:


– We will take the Year 4-8 children who want to run the Cross Country to Porritt Stadium next Tuesday. This will allow us to make selections for the upcoming interschool cross country events.


– We will put some tarpaulins down to sit on, and children should bring rain coats and umbrellas.


– There will not be a “non-champs” obstacle course, all the children who go to Porritt Stadium will run the proper Cross Country course. This is because the forecast is for rain, so we will be getting through the races as quickly as we can.


– If it is wet, we will run boys and girls from each year group together to get through the races quickly.


– Year 4-8 children who are not going to Cross Country will be supervised at school. Most teachers will be marshalling the course, so those remaining at school will be combined and supervised together.


– We will talk to the children today about the change of plans. You can talk to your Year 4-8 child tonight about whether they are going to run the Cross Country or stay at school, and we will ask them for an indication before the end of the week so that we know how approximately how many children will be running at the stadium.


Transport:


Year 4-8 children who are doing Cross Country can still be taken directly to Porritt Stadium next Tuesday. As we no longer have the Grandstand to shelter in, we suggest not arriving too early! Staff will be there from 8.30am, and the rest of the children who are doing Cross Country will be arriving from school by bus at around 9.15am. We know some families may now change their plans and drop their children to school rather than straight to Porritt, that is fine, you don’t need to let us know. We will do as many bus shuttles as we need. The class roll will be done at school, and again at Porritt Staduim, and will follow up on absences as normal.


Children who run the Cross Country are still able to go home with their parents after their race, just let us know on the day. We know it is likely to be muddy and they may need a wash!


Year 4-8 Children doing Cross Country need to wear/bring:


P.E. shirt or house-color T-shirt with black shorts (no glitter/face paint etc)
Running shoes are optional.
Warm outer clothing and a jacket/raincoat. Umbrella optional.
Their school bags with lunch and a drink bottle. 
Timetable:


For those Year 4-8 travelling by bus, we depart school at 9am.


Year 4-8 walk the course first, so that everyone knows where they are running. Event will start after this, at approximately 10am, or as soon as we are ready.


Races will be run in the order below:


Year 8 Boys and  Girls – 2500m approx
Year 7 Boys and Girls – 2500m approx
Year 6 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
Year 5 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
Year 4 Boys and Girls – 2000m approx
We are truly sorry that we can’t hold our full Cross Country; it was a great community event last year and we were looking forward to it. We have prioritised giving those competitive students who want to progress to interschool events a good opportunity to do so, and we look forward to getting back to a whole school event for everyone to participate in 2023.


Please communicate with your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.


Thanks for your understanding. 

Aims Games: The hockey girls need to bring their gear today for a practice with St Columba’s.

Tue Aug 09 09:00am

School Uniform Update

Mon Aug 08 11:02am

Kia Ora Koutou
We have some good news regarding our school uniform! All items of the uniform can now be purchased via the school. We are no longer selling any uniform items at NZ Uniforms in Hamilton.
Please use the Kindo app to purchase items and these will then be sent to your child’s classroom. If you need to try on items, please come to the school office after 9am and we can help you with this or you can call on 855 5434 to arrange a time.
Please be aware that there may be limited sizes of certain items.


KINDO SHOP

Pizza Day Friday!

Thu Aug 04 03:07pm

Pizza Day Friday!
A delicious easy lunch option for a Friday!
* $2 per slice*Ham & Cheese, Pepperoni or Simply Cheese (gluten free also available in Cheese and Ham & Cheese).
*Orders are by Kindo only, orders close at 9.00am Friday.


Senior students can order pizza for tomorrow as it is a single techni session.



 

Remember Yr 4-8’s Road Running this morning – bring PE gear and running shoes!

Thu Aug 04 08:14am

Aims Games: Hockey practice today. Students to bring their gear. No soccer practice with Mr B away sick today.

Thu Aug 04 08:04am

Remember Yr 4-8’s Road Running this morning – bring PE gear and running shoes!

Tue Aug 02 08:24am

Exciting Uniform News

Fri Jul 29 04:00pm

Exciting news!
St Joseph’s Catholic School will be selling the school uniform onsite starting very soon!
Uniform can no longer be purchased at New Zealand Uniform in Hamilton.
Please be patient with us while they complete the final stocktake and deliver the uniform to us.
We will let you know as soon as the uniform items are listed for sale on Kindo.

Aims Games: Tomorrow is the last day to order tickets for the opening ceremony through the school. 3pm is the deadline.

Thu Jul 28 08:37pm

Remember Yr 4-8’s Road Running this morning if it’s not raining – bring PE gear and running shoes!

Thu Jul 28 08:18am

AIMS Games: Hockey and Football Practice today. Students to bring their gear.

Thu Jul 28 08:04am

AIMS Games – Hockey and Football Practice tomorrow during school time. Please bring your gear.

Wed Jul 27 06:28pm

Team Newsletters Term 3 2022 attached

Wed Jul 27 03:19pm

Kia ora koutou,


We have had a great start to Term 3!


Attached are the Team Newsletters for this term, with some general information for the whole school, and then a section from each Team.


It’s a long document so settle yourself down for a good read!


Please pay attention to the Cross Country section, as there is a google form we would appreciate you filling in. 


Thanks!


 



Team Newsletters Term 3 2022

Team Newsletters Term 3 2022 attached

Wed Jul 27 03:14pm

Kia ora koutou,


We have had a great start to Term 3!


Attached are the Team Newsletters for this term, with some general information for the whole school, and then a section from each Team.


It’s a long document so settle yourself down for a good read!


Please pay attention to the Cross Country section, as there is a google form we would appreciate you filling in. 


Thanks!


 

Sushi – Subway – Pizza

Tue Jul 26 02:00pm

Pizza lunches are now avavilable to order for every Friday this term! Starting from this week.


Sushi and Subway lunch orders will be starting next week – these are available Monday – Thursday.


Orders via MyKindo only.



MyKindo

Remember Yr 4-8’s start Road Running this morning – need PE gear and running shoes!

Tue Jul 26 08:27am

Reminder – tomorrow is our book/movie character day!

Wed Jul 06 08:20pm

Good evening, 


Just a reminder that tomorrow is our book/movie character day!


What you need to know…


– children are encouraged to come dressed up as a book or movie character – there will be a parade and prizes for best dressed


– gold coin donation on the day for mufti/dress up


– plus $1 lolly bags will be for sale


-each class will be watching a movie at some point during the day


-it will be mufti the entire day so bring some comfortable clothes and warm layers too.


Thank your for supporting our hard-working year 7/8 Student Council.

Reminder – tomorrow is our book/movie character day!

Wed Jul 06 08:16pm

Good evening, 


Just a reminder that tomorrow is our book/movie character day!


What you need to know…


– children are encouraged to come dressed up as a book or movie character – there will be a parade and prizes for best dressed


– gold coin donation on the day for mufti/dress up


– plus $1 lolly bags will be for sale


-each class will be watching a movie at some point during the day


-it will be mufti the entire day so bring some comfortable clothes and warm layers too.


Thank your for supporting our hard-working year 7/8 Student Council.

Reminder – tomorrow is our book/movie character day!

Wed Jul 06 08:11pm

Good evening, 


Just a reminder that tomorrow is our book/movie character day!


What you need to know…


– children are encouraged to come dressed up as a book or movie character – there will be a parade and prizes for best dressed


– gold coin donation on the day for mufti/dress up


– plus $1 lolly bags will be for sale


-each class will be watching a movie at some point during the day


-it will be mufti the entire day so bring some comfortable clothes and warm layers too.


Thank your for supporting our hard-working year 7/8 Student Council.

AIMS Games – Practice tomorrow for both Hockey and Football. Please bring your gear.

Wed Jul 06 06:03pm

Reminder – DAY 2 of LEARNING CONVERSATIONS TOMORROW 3.00-6.00pm for parents who have booked appointments.

Mon Jul 04 05:31pm

Kia ora,
A reminder that some parents have booked Learning Conversations with teachers tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 5 July. We are looking forward to seeing you!
These start at 3.00pm and go until 6.00pm, so there is no change to the school day.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s class teacher directly.
Thanks.

Gumdrops Desserts are ready to be collected!

Fri Jul 01 02:33pm

Gumdrops Dessert orders are ready to be collected from the Staffroom!

REMEMBER – Gumdrops Desserts – COLLECTION TOMORROW!

Thu Jun 30 04:22pm

REMEMBER – Gumdrops Desserts – COLLECTION TOMORROW!
All Gumdrops Dessert orders are in and will be ready to collect from the Staffroom tomorrow – Friday 1st July from 2-3 pm.
Thank you for supporting our PTFA Fundraiser!

School Jackets have arrived!!!

Thu Jun 30 02:58pm

School Jackets have arrived!!!
These have now been delivered to each student. Please name them ASAP.
If your child was absent from school today, their jacket can be collected from the school office.

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