St Joseph's Newsletter T1 Wk3

17th February 2021

Week 3 Term 1

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

Kaua e rangiruatia te ha o te hoe; e kore to tatou waka e u ki uta

Do not lift the paddle out of unison or our canoe will never reach the shore

On Sunday the country went to different alert levels as the result of a Covid outbreak in Auckland. We must work in unison so that we can return back to Level 1. Our School community has reacted well to the Level 2 restrictions, and we are lucky that we can come to school each day. For our colleagues in Auckland this is a different story, with online learning replacing the classroom programme. The Ministry of Education are providing all schools regular updates on the situation. As a school we are prepared to go to Level 3 should that happen. The school will be allowed to distribute resources such as books and chromebooks in a click and collect way. If we all paddle in unison and follow the restrictions then we will be able to return to Level 1 more quickly.

Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent, a time of preparation and reflection for the coming of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, we replicate Jesus’ sacrifice and time in the desert for 40 days.

The Lenten season provides an opportunity each year to deepen our understanding of our faith by reflecting on the Gospels. During Lent we are called both to turn away from those things that encumber our faith journey with God and to turn towards God. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to open ourselves to changes that God wants to make in us so that we can truly flourish.

On Monday and Tuesday next week are our “Meet the Teacher” appointments. The purpose of these discussions is to build a positive home school partnership to support your child’s learning. We ask parents to share any pertinent information about your child with their teacher, and the discussion will focus on how they are settling in to the year and the best way to support the student to achieve future learning goals. I encourage you to make these discussions a priority and demonstrate their importance by your attendance. Bookings are made on the School Interviews website:

Booking Link: St Joseph's Fairfield Meet the Teacher Term 1 2021

Event code: yw22t

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart


Gospel Reflection

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Gospel Reading

Mark 1:40-45

Jesus cures a person with leprosy, who reports his cure to everyone.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In today’s Gospel, we continue to hear Mark report the miraculous healings that Jesus performed in Galilee. The Gospel begins with Jesus healing a man with leprosy. Leprosy is a disfiguring, infectious skin disease that has been surrounded by many social and religious taboos throughout history. In 1873, the cause of leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, was identified. We now know that leprosy is caused by a bacterial infection. Although it is infectious, modern medical studies have shown that transmission is more difficult than previously thought. Since the 1940s, medical treatments have been available, and the patient no longer needs to be isolated once long-term treatment has begun.

In Jesus’ time, however, religious and social taboos dictated the behavior of those with leprosy and other skin diseases. The Law of Moses provided for the examination of skin diseases by the priests, and if leprosy was identified, the person was declared unclean. People with leprosy lived in isolation from the community. They were instructed to rip their clothes and to announce their presence with loud cries when moving in the community. If the sores of leprosy healed, the Law of Moses provided a purification rite that permitted the person to return to the community.

In today's Gospel, the man with leprosy took the initiative, approaching Jesus and asking for healing. In doing so, the leper violated the religious customs of the day by approaching a person who was clean. His request to Jesus can be interpreted as a courageous and daring act. The confidence of the leper in Jesus' ability to heal him is evident in the words of his request. But his words can also be read as a challenge to Jesus, asking just how far Jesus was willing to extend himself in order to heal someone. While healing the man, Jesus touched him, which also violated established social norms. This is an important sign of the depth of Jesus' compassion for the man and an important statement about Jesus' interpretation of the Law of Moses.

Although Jesus touched the leper, he did not break completely with the Law of Moses. He instructed the man not to tell anyone about the cure and told him to present himself to the priests as prescribed by the Law of Moses. The first instruction sounds nearly impossible to honor. Certainly, the man would want to share the good news of his healing, and his quick improvement would require an explanation. The second instruction honors the Law of Moses.

Mark's Gospel tells us that after this healing, it became difficult for Jesus to travel freely. There are several possible explanations for this. There might have been concern about the repercussions of Jesus' breach of social and religious norms. In touching the man with leprosy, Jesus made himself unclean. Mark's narrative, however, leads to the conclusion that Jesus' movement was hampered by his popularity. Despite his instructions, the cured man spread the word about Jesus' healing power. Even when Jesus was in deserted places, people sought him out in search of his healing.

Value Focus

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Sacramental Programme 2021 for The Parish of the Holy Cross

This programme is for children who have reached the age of reason which is 7 years of age. Reconciliation classes will run for 4 Monday evenings at St Joseph's Church, Fairfield commencing on Monday 22 February at 6pm. Registration forms are available for collection from the Parish office at St Joseph's, 86 Clarkin Rd, Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm, or via email upon request to:


Children’s Liturgy

The Parish is looking for new people to help take Children’s Liturgy on a Sunday. The commitment is two Sunday’s a term. The resources are provided and there is training available. If you are interested in becoming part of the team then please email

Reminder - Teacher Only Day

Monday 8th March - Please make sure you enter this date into your calendar.

Year 4-8 Swimming Sports

  • Level 1 on Friday Swimming will go ahead as planned.

  • Level 2 on Friday then Swimming Sports will be postponed. Fairfield College is not allowing any other schools on site during Level 2.

Meet the Teacher Appointments

Monday 22 February (2.00-6.00pm)

and Tuesday 23 February (3.00-5.00pm)

We invite you to make an appointment to meet with your child’s classroom teacher in Week 4 of this term. This is a time for you to get to know your child’s teacher, discuss how the first few weeks of school have progressed, and let us know anything we need to know about your child. The appointments will be 10 minutes long.

Bookings are now open through the online School Interviews system:

Click on this link, or go to the School Interviews website and enter the booking code:

Booking Link: St Joseph's Fairfield Meet the Teacher Term 1 2021

Event code: yw22t

PTFA Update

First PTFA Meeting for the Year – Tuesday 23rd February

The PTFA (Parent, Teacher and Friends Association) is meeting for the first time next Tuesday at 7pm in the school staffroom. This group meets monthly to discuss and organise various fundraising and social activities. We also run one-off events like the second-hand uniform sales annual family picnic in December. The goal is to raise funds for some of those ‘cherry on the top’ expenses, like camp activity costs, chromebooks and library expenses, as well as build a sense of community. It is a great way to work alongside and get to know other parents. If you would like to find out more or get involved please have a chat to our chairperson (Kirsty Parker), secretary (Monica Holt) and treasurer (Debbie Breen) or just turn up to our meeting. We love seeing new people. You can also message and be added to our Facebook group. . We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in March.

St Joseph’s Annual PTFA Easter Raffle

Yes, as with tradition, the PTFA will be organising our annual Easter raffle this year. It is always a good fundraiser for us. We ask that each family sell a sheet of tickets (10 tickets at $2 each) and also contribute some easter treats for the baskets. The raffle sheets (one per family) will come home in the second week of March. We have some great prizes for our top ticket sellers.

Pizza Lunches

These were successful last year, so we have decided to do them every Friday this term, starting from next Friday, 26 February.

We do need some more parent helpers please (three from 8.15-8.45am; and three from 12.15-12.45pm) so if you can help please have a chat to Kirsty, Monica or Debbie from the PTFA. The pizza are available in Cheese, Pepperoni or Hawaiian flavours and are $2 per slice or $3 for two. We will be introducing the school’s cashless Kindo payment system later this term but until then please pay cash.

Entertainment Book

Buy your Entertainment Membership through the school and we receive 20% of the purchase. Any queries please phone Christine Taylor from our PTFA on: 021 0299 0903. www.entertainment

ICAS Exams

Congratulations to the following students that achieved the mark of Merit, Credit or Distinction in the ICAS Digital Technologies Exam:

  • Zach McLauchlan-Hillary - Merit
  • Oscar Ott - Merit
  • Emilia Shyra - Credit
  • Aidan Pan - Credit
  • Wayde Pan - Credit
  • Bella McLauchlan-Hillary - Distinction

Cultural Committee Meeting

It was unfortunate that Alert Level 2 meant we had to postpone our Cultural Committee Meet & Greet planned for Monday. This will be rescheduled soon. The first Cultural Committee meeting for 2021 will be held in the staffroom on Wednesday 24 February 7.00-8.00pm for anyone interested in joining this Committee.

Online Kindo School Shop


We are very excited to introduce our new online Kindo school shop where you can order lunches, view, and make payments on your personalised account, order uniforms, and much more!

New Users can click here to set up your myKindo account.

Simply enter in the same email address our school has on file for you.

Already have an ezlunch or myKindo account? You can click here to login and update your details.

The myKindo app is also available to download for both android and iPhone once you have registered online.

Need assistance? Our Kindo helpdesk is open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636)


Online support:

Sports News

Swimming Sports Update

  • Level 1 on Friday Swimming will go ahead as planned.

  • Level 2 on Friday then Swimming Sports will be postponed. Fairfield College is not allowing any other schools on site during Level 2.


Over the weekend we had a few students from our school compete in the NZ Junior Aquaknights Swimming Comp which was over 3 days. They competed against swimmers from Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, East Cape, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. It was a huge accomplishment for them representing their club at a high level of swimming. There were some personal bests recorded along with a few placings on the podium but a great achievement for them to qualify and race against the best in their age groups within swimming.

The students Representing St Paul’s Swim Club:

  • Ashley Lander
  • William Riley
  • Gabriella Lovell
  • Tessa Scott
  • Ezra Gower
  • Samantha Alderton

And representing Fairfield Swim Club were:

  • Toby Monsma
  • Samuel McDiarmid

Library News

Lucky Book Club: Issue 1

Issue 1 closes for ordering this Friday 19th Feb. If you missed out on a brochure you can pick up one from the school office.

For every book that is ordered we receive Book Club credits which can be used for purchasing new books for the library or classroom resources.

Thank you to all for your support.

Help Required

Currently there is a large pile of beautiful new hardcover picture books that need to be Durasealed.

We appreciate that Durasealing books is an art mastered by only a few of us. Could this be you?

If you can help out by taking a few books home to cover or if you have some free time during the day to help out in the school library please contact Karen Frater (

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Roller Skating

Hamilton Roller Skating Club Melville Park

The following are all the Public Sessions we are running this term starting 15th February with the Sunday Morning Session.

  • Sunday Morning 10 a.m. to Noon Mums and Dads skate free with their own skates, kids $3 each. Hire Skates available cost $2.00 each.
  • Monday 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Learn to Skate Class including skate hire $25.00 per term, or $3 per night starting 15.2.2021.
  • Thursday 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Speeds skating $2 each.
  • Thursday Night Twilight/Disco Skate 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. $3 each $2 skate hire.

A great way to get out there and get active with your kids

If you would like any further information please ring Kathy Moody on 855 2523.

Community Notices

Eastern Pathways/Te Ara o te Rawhiti Transport Project

Remember to have your say by Thursday 4 March on how we could make safer and easier for your child or family member to bike, walk, take the bus and e-scooter or e-skateboard in east Hamilton. Hamilton City Council want your feedback to help identify the best design approach for both the School Link and the University to City Link. The selected designs will be put forward for funding support from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency mid-year.

The programme aims to deliver better and safer biking, walking and public transport options focused along Hukanui Road /Peachgrove Road, and Clyde Street/Knighton Road. Go and have your say, feedback closes on Thursday 4 March at 5pm

NZ COVID Tracer app

NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

NZ COVID Tracer is a Ministry of Health app that allows you to:

  • scan the official QR codes to create a private digital diary of the places you visit

  • use Bluetooth tracing to keep an anonymised record of the people you've been near

  • register your contact details so contact tracers can get in touch if they need to

  • save your National Health Index (NHI) number to speed up the process if you need a test

  • find your nearest testing centre and access other useful information.

The information we record with the app gives contact tracers a head start whenever COVID-19 re-emerges in the community. By helping contact tracers quickly identify close contacts, we can get ahead of the virus and quickly break the chain of transmission.

You can download NZ COVID Tracer from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.

NZ COVID Tracer December update

2021 Term Dates

Term dates for 2020 are as below:

Term 1: Tue 2nd February - Fri 16th April

Term 2: Tue 3rd May - Fri 9th July

Term 3: Mon 26th July - Fri 1st October

Term 4: Mon 18th October - Thu 16th December

*Please note that School is closed Friday 4 February

The Teacher Only Days are:

· Term 1: Monday 8 March (Week 6)

· Term 2: Tuesday 8 June (Week 5)

· Term 3: Monday 30 August (Week 6)

· Term 4: Tuesday 26 October (Week 2)