Newsletter 25 July 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga


This terms Mercy Value is JUSTICE.

The mercy value of justice is about being responsible for one another and trying our best to be fair by taking our turn and sharing. It is about trying to make sure everyone is treated fairly and justly.

Te Tika

E te Atua, rapu i te tika, God, seeker of true justice: you call us to do what is right, especially for the poor and powerless.

Let us to join together to work for the good of all people. May no one be overlooked or left at the margins.

May we look after the Earth, and use well the gifts you have entrusted to us.

Help us to be good stewards of the world you have made, in Mercy’s name.



  • How do you show social justice?
  • Have you seen other people showing justice?
  • What did Jesus say about the value of justice?
  • How did Jesus show justice?
  • What way can you show the value of justice this week?

Masking up for the start of Term 3

In previous years we have found there is an increase in winter illnesses in schools at the start of Term 3 as students bring back infections after travelling and socialising during the holidays. This year cases of COVID-19 are increasing in most parts of the country, and we are also seeing high numbers of other winter illnesses.

For the start of Term 3, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health strongly recommend that all schools and kura amend their mask policy for the first four weeks of term to require mask wearing in all indoor settings (where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning – see below) for students in Years 4 and above.

This recommendation does not include any situation where mask wearing might not be practicable, such as while eating and drinking, playing certain musical instruments, indoor sport, where it will have a significant impact on teaching and learning (for example, students with particular learning needs), certain activities such as singing or drama performance on stage, and PE. In these situations, particular attention should be paid to ensuring there is good ventilation during the activity, and physical distancing where practicable.

Wearing masks can reduce new cases of the virus by as much as 53%. It works alongside other measures including vaccination, good ventilation, staying home when sick, and hand washing and other hygiene measures, to protect our students and staff.

Keep up healthy habits – Unite Against COVID-19

Adult-sized masks can generally be adjusted to fit older children by tying knots in the ear loops. Unite Against COVID-19 shows how to do this:

How to wear a face mask safely – Unite Against COVID-19

Thank you for your support in protecting our school community.

How to wear a face mask safely with Dr Anthony Jordan
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Inquiry Learning

At St Joseph’s Catholic School we aim to enhance and enrich learning experiences through the use of our Inquiry Learning Model.

Inquiry aims to nurture deep, discipline-based way of thinking and doing with students. It involves students tackling real-world questions and issues; developing questioning, research and communication skills; solving problems or creating solutions; collaborating within and

beyond the classroom; developing deep understanding of content knowledge; participating in the society to create and improve ideas and knowledge.

TERM 3 STUDENT INQUIRY IS - Climate Change, "My Faith, My responsibility to Care”

Cardinal Rodriguez: My Faith, My Responsibility to Care

School Board Elections Parent Election Notice

It’s Board election time again!

Next term we will be electing board members for the next three years.

Nominations are open for the election of Five parent representatives (elected) to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations.

Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Friday 12 August 2022 . You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination. The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 16 September 2022

Mrs Melanie Duarte

Returning Officer

Upcoming Events

  • First day of Term 3 - 25 July
  • Chess - 27 July
  • Caring Foundation Mass @ Christ the King - 27 July
  • Piano lessons - 28 and 29 July
  • Chess - 3 August
  • Piano lessons - 4 and 5 August
  • School Mass - 5 August


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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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.


The impact of COVID to employment has lead to challenging times for many families.

If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some options that might be useful.

Work and Income services centres are closed, however you can apply for assistance via MyMSD or phone the contact centre on 0800 559 009.

If you need some assistance with food these food banks may be able to help out;

  • Auckland City Mission, City 09 303 9200
  • Salvation Army Royal Oak 09 639 1103
  • Vinnies Auckland, Newton 09 815 6122 or 0800 6800
  • Hope Centre, New Lynn 02108048436
  • Vision West, Glen Eden (Mon, Wed, Fri only) 09 818 0716