St Joseph's Newsletter T2 Wk 10
6 July 2022
Kia Ora Koutou
Kotahi haurua ki raro, kotahi haurua te huarahi ki te haere
One half down, one half way to go
We are only a few days away from completing half of the school year. It certainly has been an interesting year to date dominated by Covid and the Flu. On a weekly basis we have dealt with a number of students and staff away. Despite all the obstacles we have managed to keep the school operating and provide some great learning opportunities for the students. My thanks to the staff for their hard work and flexibility in making this possible. Hopefully the holidays will provide an opportunity to rest and refresh as we get ready for the second half of the year.
Last Wednesday, our school celebrated Mass together. What made it extra special was the six students who were Baptised as part of the Mass. Congratulations to Ashton Delany, Mya Delany, Lucy Goodhall, Millie Goodhall, Cade Thorndike and Emma Thorndike. It was really great that the whole school could be a part of this special day. Thank you to Fr Stuart for making this happen.
This week the school farewells Karen Frater who has worked here at St Joseph’s for the last 15 years. As a valuable support staff member, Karen has filled a number of various roles for the school when needed. Karen will start a new job at Te Rapa School next term and goes with our best wishes.
This Friday we have a whole school assembly to end the term. The different teams will be showcasing what they have been learning for RE over the term. Please join us in the Church for this assembly.
Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa
Tumuaki / Principal
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, July 3, 2022
Jesus sends out 72 people to announce the coming kingdom.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel begins immediately after the final verse in last Sunday's Gospel. After strong language about the difficulties of discipleship, Jesus immediately appoints 72 people to go ahead of him to every town and place he plans to visit, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He sends them in pairs. In the Law of Moses two witnesses were needed for a testimony to be credible. It was probably also a safer way to travel.
Jesus admits it will be difficult, that he is sending them out like lambs among wolves. Yet they are to bring nothing with them, not even a money bag or sandals. They are to greet no one on the way so as not to be distracted from their mission. When they enter a house, their message is simply “peace.” The response they will receive may be positive or negative. Either way, they are to know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. They are not to demand special treatment but eat and drink whatever is given them. They are to stay in one house and are not to look around for one that provides better accommodations. They are to heal the sick as a sign that the Kingdom of God is at hand for them. Like Jesus' miracles, healing is a sign of the coming of the kingdom. If the town will not receive them, they are to shake the dust from their feet and move on. Even in the case of such rejection they should know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
When they return from their journeys, they are rejoicing because their mission has been successful. Demons were under their power because of Jesus' name. Jesus may have sent them out as lambs among wolves, but at the conclusion of this passage he assures them that they have been given power over the enemy and nothing will harm them, not even serpents and scorpions.
A key theme of today's Gospel and last Sunday's Gospel is discipleship—its challenges, its difficulties, and its rewards. Sharing in the mission of Jesus is difficult, but everyone is called to do it, not just some professionals trained for ministry. Even for us today, the harvest is plentiful. We should pray to the master of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.
School Board Elections: Nominations from 15 July
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 5 parent representatives to the school board and can be made using this link: www.myschoolelection.nz/mynomination
The returning officer for the triennial board election is Bernardine Vester. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timetable for the election is:
Main Roll closes: Wednesday 13 July
Call for Nominations: No later than 15 July.
Supplementary Roll closes: Monday 1 August
Nominations close: Wednesday 3 August
If there are more nominations than vacancies, then parents and caregivers will receive an invitation to vote either electronically or by post.
Voting starts: Wednesday 10 August
Election day is: September 7.
Voting count: Tuesday 13 September
New board in place: Wednesday 14 September.
Nominations can be made online through an email link provided in the Call for Nominations.
However, a hard copy nomination form can also be obtained from the school office.
If you wish to stand for the board, it is recommended that you provide a candidate statement and photograph.
The electoral roll will be held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.
Board Elections 2022
In early September this year schools across NZ will be voting for their school Board of Trustees (BOT) Members. Here at St Joseph's Catholic School we will have 5 parent positions available. Our BOT is made up of parents or community members who are passionate about their local school as well as the Proprietor’s and staff representatives.
What is Governance?
Governance has an important role to play within a school. The best way we like to describe governance is ‘hands around - not hands on’. We provide the guidance, support and oversight that allows Grant and his team to get on with the mahi.
What are the time commitments?
Guidance, support and oversight do take some time, it is not just turning up to the monthly meetings. Depending on what is happening within the school and the subcommittee of the board you may be a part of, your time commitment can be between 10-15 hours per month. This would include your reading and preparation time for board meetings, responding to emails between meetings and being available every now and then to support.
What skill sets do I need?
The number one skill set you need is a passion for our school, a want for our school to be doing well and a commitment to supporting Grant and the team that work hard for our tamariki.
Outside of this, your own expertise can be of value to support the mahi of the Board. This may be a wide range of backgrounds including property management, finance, human resource, employment and personnel, policy review and implementation, teaching, learning & pastoral care, business experience, diversity, Inclusion, whānau and cultural engagement etc. Please note, that these are not essential.
If I would like to know more, what should I do?
As a board, we would value the opportunity to invite members of our community who are interested in the BOT to join us over the next few meetings to understand how our board operates and works to support Grant and the team at St Joseph’s Catholic School.
If this is something that you would be interested in please make contact with either Pat Peoples the current Board Chair (or Presiding Members as it is now called) via email: email@example.com or Grant Stuart - St Joseph’s Catholic School Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you further information and when our scheduled meetings are.
St Joseph’s Catholic School Board of Trustees.
Lunch Time Gymnastics
Lunch time gymnastics will be held in term 3.
Registrations are open now on enrolmy
Park Safe at the School Gate
Hamilton City Council is committed to working with parents and schools to explore ways to reduce parking concerns when dropping off and picking up children.
Schools in Hamilton face recurring issues around poor parking and driver behaviour, particularly in the winter months, such as parents parking on footpaths, across broken yellow lines, in front of residents’ driveways and double parking.
“This creates an unsafe environment for children, as well as frustration and concern for the schools and the residents that are living next to them,” said Council’s School Travel Adviser Cam Ward.
“With school rolls increasing and many parents wanting to collect their children by car, especially during these colder and wetter months, traffic congestion is inevitable.
“The majority of parents make smart choices, however most schools experience issues with a handful of parents.”
Some helpful tips for school drop-off and pick-up include:
• Park further away, rather than right outside busy school gates.
• Plan to pick up your children on side roads or in safe pick-up areas nearby.
• Encourage the use of active transport (biking, walking, etc) for those children who live close to school.
• Encourage children to have rain jackets and umbrellas for their school commute.
• If you are collecting your children by car, consider arriving five minutes after the bell when more carparks should be available.
“If more families choose to adopt some of these parking behaviours around schools, it will really help ease the congestion issues we see outside of schools,” said Ward.
St Joseph’s Fairfield has opted into the government initiative to provide period products for students. This initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all schools across New Zealand. Periods are a fact of life for half the population. Despite this, young people don’t always have access to the products they need to feel comfortable at school, engage in their learning, and manage what should be a normal and healthy part of life. If you want to know more, click here for a link to the Ministry of Education information.
At St Joseph’s, we have put in place a discreet delivery system so that girls can take home a monthly allocation of period products (two boxes per month). We know that some girls at this age might feel too shy to openly discuss period products with their peers or a staff member, so we want to make access easy and remove any embarrassment for them.
Each girl can fill in this Google Form which lets them select from various products.
COVID 19 - Update
We still have some students showing symptoms of Covid 19 and a number of these children are testing positive. If this is the case with your child, please let us know.
Please email the Principal directly: email@example.com or ring (07) 855 5434.
All students who return a positive test result, and their household contacts, need to self-isolate for 7 days, then they are able to return to school provided they are symptom free.
Past Student Sporting Achievements
Before and After School Care 2022
And with a blink of an eye we are at the end of Term 2.
We have had another fun filled term at Breakfast and Afterschool Club. New activities have been keeping us busy and it's been nice welcoming more new faces.
We wish you all a very safe and warm school break and look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Here is the link to find out more details and to enrol for Term Three:
School Holiday Programmes
Linku2 School Holidays
There are lots of programmes and activities locally and across New Zealand on our Linku2 School Holidays website for the upcoming holidays. This website has some great ideas on holiday things to do and help support our local businesses.
We have listings for all regions of New Zealand but if you specifically wanted to link to Hamilton region you can do so by CLICKING HERE or for the whole of Waikato broken down into districts you can CLICK HERE.
Edventure Young Explorers Camp
July 18th - 22nd, 8-13yr olds, $525
We have an awesome week planned that includes rock climbing, archery, target shooting, bush walks, orienteering, team building and confidence activities.
A typical "Kiwi Outdoors" camp with an emphasis on mountain safety and bush survival skills.
Planned and run by local teacher Todd Burton and based at Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, this one's going to be awesome!
Drop off / pick up Hamilton, Tauranga, or at the venue.
See you on your next EDVENTUREClick here to BOOK NOW!!