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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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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.

Gumdrops Desserts – REMEMBER – COLLECTION ON FRIDAY! All orders will be ready to collect from the Staffroom on Friday 1 July 2.00-3.00pm

Tue Jun 28 12:47pm

Enjoy a free coffee in the morning for our Matariki celebration! Our fabulous PTFA are providing a coffee cart at school from 8.30am.

Tue Jun 21 07:49pm

Matariki Celebration tomorrow – updated programme

Tue Jun 21 04:55pm

Kia ora whānau,


We are looking forward to celebrating Matariki with you tomorrow (Wednesday 22 June).


Here is an updated programme – now including a performance from our Junior Kapa Haka!


Remember to bring a plastic cup if you would like some hot  soup (vege & bacon flavour)!


Programme for the morning:
8.30am –  Parents welcome in classrooms


8.45am –  Bell goes: all children inside for roll and karakia . Parents welcome in classrooms to see our Matariki learning


9.05am – 9.30am –  joining in games outside on the turf, soup, fry bread, coffee and enjoying each other’s company!


9.30am – Hand bell will be rung. Back to class. Junior Kapa haka and Choir to shade sails


9.40am – School seated under shade sails:


Junior Kapa Haka perform
Matariki ceremony – karakia and trees to be planted
Choir perform



10.00am – Back to class


Enviro Team plant the trees with Mr Lake


We hope you can join us!

Tough Girl, Tough Guy Challenge – Transport.

Tue Jun 21 02:18pm

Thank you to the 15 of you that have responded to my email regarding transport to the event.
So far I have 10 children who confirm they will require transport to the venue.
If there are still children that require transport please can you confirm this to me at a.bygrave@stjosephs.school.nz by 9am tomorrow (22nd June) to allow me to book a bus etc.
I have had a few parents offer to take children. If this is something you can do again please get in touch.
The venue address is Ngaruawahia Christian Youth Group. 148 Waingaro Road.
Please be there for 8.30-9.30 registration. Races start at 10am. Prize giving will be held at approximately 12 o clock.

Digital Reports Information Session – Cancelled

Thu Jun 16 01:33pm

Due to a number of staff away from school, we have to cancel the Digital Reports Information Session that was due to be held at 3pm tomorrow afternoon. 


If you have any questions regarding your child’s digital report (which will be available from tomorrow) please talk to your child’s teacher at the Learning Conversations on Tuesday 21st June.


Thank you for your understanding.



 

Have you ordered your delicious desserts yet?

Thu Jun 16 12:52pm

Support our PTFA fundraiser by ordering some yummy desserts to eat now or freeze for later (cheesecakes can be frozen once for longevity). Orders need to be in via Kindo or using the attached order form by the end of the day on Monday 20th June (next week). Place as many orders as you like for yourself or friends and family. Desserts will be ready to pick up from the school staffroom on Friday 1 July (from 2pm).



Thank you for your support!



REMINDER – PTFA FUNDRAISER – GUMDROPS DESSERTS – 1 WEEK ONLY!

Tue Jun 14 03:08pm

The PTFA have teamed up with Gumdrops Desserts for this delicious fundraiser!
Treat your family (or just yourself?! ) to these desserts. Just $8.00 for a 440ml serving (that’s more than a single serve). So many scrummy flavours to choose from!
Orders are open now on Kindo – easy! Children are also bringing home an order form today if you want to order for colleagues, extended family or neighbours.
Order now on Kindo, or by returning the order form to the office and paying into the PTFA bank account (see order form). The order form is here in case you collect many orders!
https://drive.google.com/…/1USwjj8QRvP7D4vjlr3o…/view…
Orders close on Monday 20 June, so be in quick!
Thanks for your support,
The St Joseph’s PTFA



Gumdrops Order Form

Rippa Rugby students are now back at school.

Tue Jun 14 03:03pm

We invite you to celebrate Matariki with us!

Mon Jun 13 02:07pm

 



Matariki Breakfast

PTFA FUNDRAISER – GUMDROPS DESSERTS – 1 WEEK ONLY!

Mon Jun 13 01:54pm

The PTFA have teamed up with Gumdrops Desserts for this delicious fundraiser!
Treat your family (or just yourself?! ) to these desserts. Just $8.00 for a 440ml serving (that’s more than a single serve). So many scrummy flavours to choose from!
Orders are open now on Kindo – easy! Children are also bringing home an order form today if you want to order for colleagues, extended family or neighbours.
Order now on Kindo, or by returning the order form to the office and paying into the PTFA bank account (see order form). The order form is here in case you collect many orders!
https://drive.google.com/…/1USwjj8QRvP7D4vjlr3o…/view…
Orders close on Monday 20 June, so be in quick!
Thanks for your support,
The St Joseph’s PTFA



Gumdrops Order Form

Choir performance postponed – Bake Sale still on from 2.15pm!

Fri Jun 10 12:08pm

The weather is too unpredictable for us to set up to perform outdoors today, and there is a funeral in the Church, so we will postpone our Choir Performance.



We will let you know a new date soon!

PTFA BAKE SALE tomorrow!

Thu Jun 09 04:12pm

PTFA BAKE SALE tomorrow!
Please drop off your donations of baked goods in the morning to the Long Room (next to Room 9). Thank you!
Remember to order cupcakes on Kindo, or bring cash tomorrow.

PTFA Bake Sale & Choir Performance – Friday 10 June. Flyer attached.

Fri Jun 03 02:49pm

 



PTFA BAKE SALE FLYER

Teacher Only Day – Friday 3rd June – School Closed

Tue May 31 10:43am

St Joseph’s Fairfield has a scheduled Teacher Only Day on Friday 3 June. School will be closed to students on this day.







Supervision Option for Teacher Only Day:



We have an option for children to be supervised at school on Friday 3 June from 8.45am -2.45pm The cost is $25.00.



 



Please note that if your child goes to Breakfast Club or After School Care, these need to be booked separately on EnrolMy.













 









ENROLMY Online TOD Supervision Booking

Mufti Day tomorrow Thursday 26 May. Gold coin donation please which our Young Vinnies will use to make care packs for those in need.

Wed May 25 07:53pm

Mufti Day Thursday 26th May

Mon May 23 01:12pm

 

Thank you to our community – Staff attending funeral tomorrow – Supervision only day. Google form attached.

Sun May 22 06:34pm

Good evening,


A huge thank you to our community. Many families have indicated that they can keep their child/ren home tomorrow, which means that we can send a large group of St Joseph’s staff to pay their respects at Laurie Henry’s funeral tomorrow. We are truly appreciative of the support that our St Joseph’s community have show for Maureen and our staff at this time.


Please note, if you filled in the form to say you are able to keep your child home, you do not need to notify us of the absence on the app or email, we have it recorded already. 


Some parents of Year 5&6 children have also said they can pick their child up on return from the museum. The bus is due at 12.00pm, so come any time from 12.15 and sign your child out at the office.


If you missed this information, it was sent out on all our platforms on Friday afternoon. Tomorrow Monday 23 May will be a supervision only day across the school to allow staff at to attend a funeral, except for Year 4-6 who should come to school for the museum trip. The google form link is below:


Once again, thank you so much for your support.


– The St Joseph’s Fairfield staff.



Google Form – Staff attending funeral – Supervision Day

Cyclones and Hurricanes hockey practice cancelled this afternoon

Fri May 20 02:51pm

Staff attending funeral on Monday – Supervision Day. Click for more details.

Fri May 20 02:26pm

Kia ora whānau,
Our school staff are mourning the loss of Laurie Henry who passed away on Monday night. Laurie was the husband of our beloved Maureen Henry. Maureen is our longest standing staff member – she has worked at St Joseph’s for over 30 years, and she still teaches our New Entrants every Friday.
Both Maureen and Laurie are so loved and respected by our staff. Laurie had a long career in education; he was a former Waikato Principal and was still relieving in our school and many others just a few years ago.
Many of us would like to pay our respects at Laurie’s funeral on Monday. It is to be held in Cambridge in the middle of the day. This means we will be running a “supervision only” programme across the whole school on Monday so that staff can attend. Year 4-6 are visiting the museum on Monday – this trip will proceed as planned.
If some families are able to keep their children home on Monday, it will allow us to send more staff to pay their respects at Laurie’s funeral. We know there have already been many disruptions due to covid, so this is not something we ask lightly; it is a sign of our love and respect for the Henry’s.
To assist our planning so that we ensure there are enough staff onsite, could you please fill in the google form below to let us know if you can keep your child home on Monday.
Remember: Year 4-6 children should come to school so they don’t miss the Museum visit!
We appreciate your support in this so that staff can say our farewells to Laurie, and support Maureen. Please keep the Henry whānau in your prayers.
Thank you.
Tracy Svendsen – Deputy Principal.


Google form to fill in
Google Form – Supervision Day Monday 23 May

Pizza Day Friday

Thu May 19 02:34pm

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.


Please DO NOT order pizza for the Yr 7/8 students as they will be at Techni.

Pink Shirt Day tomorrow

Thu May 19 11:39am

REMINDER:
Tomorrow we will be joining thousands of other school and organisations nationwide to promote an anti-bullying message through Pink Shirt Day, run by the Mental Health Foundation.
Students can wear mufti, with pink where possible. If they don’t have a pink shirt, how about a headband, a scarf, socks etc!
There is no charge, we will do this for awareness, not a fundraiser.
Year 7&8’s will go to Techni in their pink mufti.

Volleyball

Wed May 18 03:58pm
Volleyball is back for Years 5-6 & Years 7-8 Wednesdays at The Peak Rototuna.

3 x 20 min games starting at 3.45pm Wednesday 15th June going for 4 weeks.

Games start 3:45pm

All teams will require a Manager and a Coach. Please bear this in mind when signing up your child. Without your support these activities cannot go ahead.

Registrations close 28th May.


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