Newsletter 19 September 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

September is Te Marama Atawhai – Mercy Month

On 24 September, Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand and our ministries celebrate Mercy Day and honour the opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin by Catherine McAuley on this day in 1827.

Kōtahi te hā o te tūpuna me te mokopuna
The hearts of the ancestors and the descendants beat as one

Catherine’s vision of a world transformed by God’s love and mercy was fired by her deep conviction that she and her sisters and friends could make a difference in people’s lives… and they do to this day.

We give thanks for all who join with the sisters in more than 40 countries worldwide to engage in the Works of Mercy.

Click below to join Mercy people across the world in 9 Days of Prayer in preparation for Mercy Day on 24 September.


A warm welcome to Mrs Anne Emery to our school. Anne will be co-teaching with Mrs Carol Sullivan in our new entrant that has opened recently.
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Language week performances

The last two weeks of school have been filled with cultural song and dance as students immersed themselves in Tongan and Maori culture.

Language weeks provides an opportunity to showcase, learn, and promote the diverse languages and cultures in our school, communities, and nation.

Learning was celebrated and shared with two cultural performances, see the videos below.

Tongan language week 2022
Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2022


Your child is provided a lunch through the Government Ka Ora Ako Healthy School lunch programme.

Please provide your child with a healthy morning tea (a piece of fruit)

Upcoming Events

  • Chess - 21 and 28 September
  • Piano lessons - 22 and 23 September
  • School Mass - 23 September @ 9:30am - Mercy Day
  • Daylight Savings - 25 September - turn your clock forward 1hr
  • PUBLIC HOLIDAY - 26 September - School closed
  • St. Annes Shield Tournament - 27 September
  • Board Meeting - 29 September
  • Photolife - 30 September - Class,Portrait & Siblings at school photos
  • Last day of Term 3 - 30 September
  • Term 4 starts - 17 October

Holiday Programme - 3rd - 14th OCTOBER

SKiDS provide a holiday programme at St Joseph's during the school holidays.

If you are in need of childcare during the upcoming school holidays book at;

Sports awards - Acknowledgements

Mt Albert Lions Rugby League Club

Jasper Hatitio - Rm 4 - Player of the year - U6

Zion Hatitio Rm 6 - Player of the Year U8


We welcome enrolments for 2022. If you have a child or know of a child due to start school in 2022 please ensure they are enrolled. It is essential we know who is wanting to join our school whanau and when.

Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

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Follow this guidance to help keep children and whānau stay healthy during the winter months.

Provide children with healthy and nutritious food to eat. Healthy eating supports immunity and helps our bodies to work well and feel good.

Food, activity and sleep – Ministry of Health

Support children to get enough sleep. Sleep is important for restoring energy, maintaining mental and physically wellbeing, learning, and aiding healthy growth and development.

Helping young children sleep better – Ministry of Health

Encourage and create opportunities for children to be active. Being active at home, at school, at play during the weekends and in the community helps children maintain good health and wellbeing.

Activities for children and young people – Ministry of Health

It is a good idea to encourage children to play outdoors – they just need to be dressed warmly during the winter months!

Being outdoors helps to boost children’s immune systems through exposure to fresh air and enables them to make vitamin D from exposure to the sun.


St Joseph's is a Travelwise school. Travelwise is supported by Auckland City Council in partnership with Auckland Transport.

Always use the Crossing

Children copy your example, good or bad. Always use the safe crossing areas, respecting the road patrollers.

Staff Carpark

The school car park is for staff only - it is not a drop off area. Parents are not permitted to drive into the school grounds to drop off their children before school or collect them from there after school.

Onehunga Water Treatment Plant flow Meter Replacement

Work will be carried out along Rowe Street - Princes Street will be effected.

Dates : Wed 21 - Fri 23 September from 7am - 7pm. There will be elevated nose levels during this time.

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School App

Download our school app (which is free) so that you receive announcements and newsletters from school to keep you up to date.

This is what the app looks like on either the PlayStore (for Android phones) or the App Store (for iPhones). Please download it if you haven’t done so already.