SJS Newsletter Term 1 Week 2

Newsletter 8 February 2023

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,

and who make a positive difference in their community.

8 February 2023

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Tēnā tātou o te Whānau

Dear Family/Whānau

To grow Catholic, Christian young people who are CONFIDENT, CONNECTED LIFELONG LEARNERS, inspired by the teachings of Jesus, and who make a positive difference in their community.

It is wonderful to be back at St James' school with our fabulous staff and beautiful tamariki. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Last week we held our Meet the Teacher afternoon. I know all the children enjoyed their free sausage!

If you have any queries about your child, please don't hesitate to speak to their classroom teacher. We believe that we are very much a partnership with you. It's great to have our families back in school again and able to visit classrooms.

From our Vision:

Open communication and ongoing conversations allow family/whānau to contribute to and celebrate their children's learning in a way that is positive and supportive.

We are proud to be a Positive Behaviour For Learning School (PB4L). We use these guidelines to consistently teach the children behaviour that reflects our SAINTS values. If your child is involved in a Major behaviour incident, e.g. physical violence, you will be phoned by their teacher to discuss the incident and a way forward. Our behaviour policy guides what we do to maintain acceptable behaviour and a happy environment for all.

This policy is linked to our website.

Cultural Responsiveness: In the holidays, some of our staff began a 16 week course in Maori language, Te Ahu o Te Reo. The course is total immersion so we needed to show plenty of our SAINTS values such as perseverance, strive, nurture, and integrity! Other staff are enrolled for the term 3 and 4 intake.

On Friday February 17, from 5pm we are holding our annual Welcome back picnic on the back field. This is a chance to mix and mingle with other families, the pool will be open although you will need to supervise your own child. The picnic is BYO (bring your own) takeaways, and beverages, however their will be barbequed sausages available.

We would love to have some other food available. Do you or do you know of anyone who would like to bring in a food truck for the evening? If so please see me.

E te Atua e manaaki ki a koutou katoa

May God Bless you all

Christine Cosgrove

Start of Year Mass - Friday 10 February 2023, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Please join us for our Start of Year Mass, this Friday at 10am at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Learners will be bused to the Cathedral and back to school.

Sacramental Programme

Our Sacramental Programme is running during the Lent and Easter season this year (Term 1 and Term 2)!

If your child(ren) is/are 7 years or older and would like to make their Reconciliation and First Communion, please come to our welcome and information meeting.

When: Thursday 23rd February

Time: 5.30pm

Where: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit gathering area lounge

If you and your child wish to participate in the programme this year please fill in the online form which can be found on both the Parish websites (the link is below). Or alternatively please attend the welcome meeting where we can assist you in filling this in.

We would love to see you there!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Donna Brown, Pastoral Coordinator 0212295753

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Olivia and Kaleb, Rosanne, Zaviour and Leah, Theodore and Charlie, Rayna and Noah, Oakley who have started their faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to their family and whānau.

We welcome Stephen who joined staff as an experienced cleaner and will work alongside Madison.

Thank you - Lyndon and the team at the Lido Aquatic Centre for coordinating the repairs and maintenance to our school pool. This work was carried out before the end of Term 4 and included a repaint of the pool.

Danielle did something very special during the holidays.

While she and her Mum we were walking at the Victoria Esplanade looking for painted rocks, Danielle saw someone carrying a broken cardboard box ahead of us. The next moment a cat ran past us on the path and Danielle spotted four tiny kittens trying to climb up the bank; they were so little and blended in so much with the ground that they were just about impossible to see. The kittens were trying to follow their mother onto the path, away from the rocks and stream where they had all just been dumped.

Danielle and her Mum phoned the Palmerston North SPCA and kept the kittens safe away from the water and took care of them.. When the woman from the SPCA arrived at the esplanade, Danielle was responsible for directing her to where all of the kittens and their mother were and helped to put them safely inside their carrier.

Danielle has been praised for her bravery and kind heart and was told by an SPCA volunteer that if it hadn’t been for her the young kittens would likely not have made it, given that they were barely 2 weeks old. All four of them were sick and had been injured from being thrown down the bank when they were dumped. Each one has now received the medical treatment they desperately needed and are now in foster care. Danielle has been told that she will get to see them again in the next 5-6 weeks.


Parent Handbook - An A-Z Guide for St James’s Catholic School Family/Whānau. Please take the time to read through this, it is a useful guide for our school community.

Uniform - Thank you for your understanding as Academy Apparel coordinate stock and embroidery of our new school uniform. Please ensure you name all items of your child's school uniform.

St James' School Community Pool, Pool Keys - These are still available for purchase from the school office. Please ensure your learners are bringing their named swimming togs and named towel to school each day. We have a tutors from the Lido assisting staff with swimming instruction for the next few weeks.

Swimming is part of the Physical Education curriculum and the pool will also be open for rostered lunchtime swims. If you have concerns about your child swimming please contact me

Te Reo Maori - As a staff, we will be participating in the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori ki te Taiuru programme. This is a Government initiative to develop te Reo Māori in schools and the wider community. This course will require some teaching and support staff to attend weekly meetings off site on Wednesdays. We would appreciate if you could support staff by having your children collected from school by 3.15pm or making after school arrangements so our staff can attend this professional development.

Please diary

2023 Term Dates & Holidays

Term 1 Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 6th April
Term 2 Monday 24th April – Friday 30th June
Term 3 Monday 17th July – Friday 22nd September
Term 4 Monday 9th October – Friday 15th December

Staff Only Days

Monday 24th April (Term 2, Week 1)
Tuesday 24th October (Week 2 Term 4) – Labour Weekend

PNCC Library - Here is a link to their latest newsletter. You may wish to sign up to stay informed with their happenings.

Torpedo7 Friends & Family Offer begins Friday the 17th Feb - "Friends and Family" sale starts on the 17th and it's the perfect opportunity for you to access our commercial pricing on all our products. Whether for work or leisure, enjoy discounts of up to 50% on our Torpedo7 branded gear. Our cost-plus structure makes this offer too good to resist! Check out the attached flier and feel free to share with your networks. If you have any questions, reach out to us directly.

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Carpark - Just a reminder that the school carpark is closed from 8.25 - 8.50 am and 2.30 - 3.10 pm no Entry or Exit during these times. We will be closing access to the carpark during these times as we have had a few near misses with people exiting and reversing out of the carpark. We thank you for your support in keeping our tamariki safe.

YMCA Camp Kaitoke - Year 5 and 6 Camp Monday 20th March to Wednesday 22nd March 2023

This is just a reminder that Camp payment is due to the School Office by 3 March, 2023. These were invoiced in 2022. You can make arrangements for Automatic or part payments through Tracey our Office Manager or if you need assistance to meet this cost, please also contact Tracey. Please ensure you have reviewed the Camp List to ensure your child is prepared with all items.

School App - please remember to update your Alert Subscriptions for your child's 2023 learning space and any other Sport and Extra Curricular information you wish to receive alerts for on the School App. You can access Alert Subscriptions from the menu at the top Left hand corner of your screen. Click on the groups/learning spaces you wish to subscribe to. Quick Link to download School App.

Nippers Before and After School Care will be open on the Staff Only Day - Monday 24 April. For more details or an enrolment pack please contact 06 356 7926 (Nippers Office) or 021 645 806 (on-site) or


Tabloid Sports - Save the Date

Thursday 23 February - Year 1 and 2 tabloids hosted by St Josephs' School, Feilding

Thursday 2 March - Year 5 and 6 tabloids hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes School

Wednesday 8 March - Year 3 and 4 tabloids Hosted by St James’

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

Juicie Fridays - Juicies will be available for purchase $2.00 after school on Fridays commencing next Friday 17 February, please contact Kelly if you wish to be part of the helper roster

Welcome Back Picnic - This will be held on the school grounds on Friday February 17 from 5pm. It is a chance to bring along your family and food, enjoy the pool and picnic with other families.

The PTFA would like to extend their thanks to our school community for supporting their fundraising initiatives throughout 2022. If this is something you would like to get involved with throughout 2023 please contact Kelly Hoskins or coming along to one of our meetings in 2023.

Kelly Hoskins

PTFA Chairperson

Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

St James' Catholic School Board Update

Principal Appointment - Applications closed on 25 January, the ask that our School Community pray as the School Board now works through the shortlisting process.

Analena Siu

Presiding Member (

Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website or school App as we are updating this should events be cancelled/postponed. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2023 Term Dates & Holidays. Please add these to your diary, in particular the Staff Only Days.


Week 2

Friday 10 February - Start of Year Mass, 10am Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, All Welcome

Week 3

Friday 17 February, 5pm onwards - Welcome Back Picnic, Back Field

Week 4

Tuesday 21 February - Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 22 February - Ash Wednesday

Thursday 23 February - Year 1 and 2 tabloids hosted by St Joseph's School Feilding

Thursday 23 February - 5.30 pm Sacramental Programme - welcome and information meeting, Cathedral Gathering Area Lounge.

Week 5

Monday 27 February - Board Meeting, 6pm Staffroom

Friday 3 March - Assembly, School Hall, 2pm

Sunday 5 March - Reconciliation Session 1, 10.30am, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Week 6

Wednesday 8 March - Year 3 and 4 tabloids, Hosted by St James’

Week 7

Sunday 19 March - Reconciliation Session 2, 10.30am, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Week 8

Monday 20-27 March - Year 5 & 6 school Camp YMCA Kaitoke

Week 9

Sunday 2 April - Reconciliation Session 3 and Practice, 10.30am, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Sunday 2 April - Palm Sunday


Monday 3 April - School Board Meeting, 6pm, Staffroom

Wednesday 5 April - 5.30pm Reconciliation Liturgy, Cathedral

Thursday 6 April - Last Day of Term 1

Friday 7 April - Good Friday

Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

Getting Involved

Kidney Kids - One small way we can make life easier for others which costs us nothing, is to collect stamps, can tabs, and wine bottle tops!

You will find collection boxes for these in the School Office foyer. If, as a family you don't already set these items aside for Kidney Kids at Starship and the Missions, you may like to start, as a very visible witness to demonstrating Jesus' example of LOVE. Encourage neighbours and family to do the same. There is no deadline.

School App Advertising - If you are interested in advertising on our School App please make an enquiry to

ACROSS Triple P - “Fear-Less” Anxiety Programme “Reducing your 6- to 12-year-olds anxiety”

ACROSS Te Kotahitanga O Te Wairua

P O Box 1140 | 294A Church Street | Palmerston North

Phone: 06 356 7486




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Children’s Drawing classes with Mike Ryan taking enrolments for Term 1 2023

Does your child love to draw? Mike Ryan is an experienced art teacher and portrait artist, with spaces available this term for children to develop their drawing skills across a range of subjects e.g, people, animals, birds.

Classes are held at the Chinese Association 98 Napier Road, Tuesdays 3.30 – 5.00, $150 per term. For more information or to enroll please contact Rachel Summers on 021 624 892 or Mike Ryan 022 460 7311.

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