Newsletter 13 June 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

RE learning - The Holy Spirit

Over the last few weeks your child has been learning about the Holy Spirit during Religious Education.

The focus and goals of this strand vary and develop year by year as your child's faith journey evolves; from - The Holy Spirit is God – the Third Person of the Holy Trinity to The Holy Spirit in Scripture.

Some things you can do at home to support your child are:

  • walk in the wind and remember how it is like the Holy Spirit – you cannot see it but can feel it working
  • tell children how you notice the Holy Spirit working in them and helping them to grow into the best person they can be
  • Pray together – and ask the Holy Spirit to remind your family members to be loving, peaceful, joyful people
  • talk about things that cause conflict and hurt in your family and how your family can make peace after conflict
  • Pray together - asking the Holy Spirit for the strength to forgive each other as forgiveness is a great way to show love – aroha for each other
  • listen to the wind and imagine the coming of the Holy Spirit and read Acts 2:1-4
  • recall people you know or have heard of in the media who are advocates, someone who speaks for and stands up for others especially the poor and needy

Family Whanau book

In the life-long process of the Education-in-Faith of a person, many people and groups have a formative role. Each role has a part to play in the whole process. As whanau you have an important role to play. The faith and Gospel values that are first learnt at home are reinforced at school and in the parish. The family-whanau nurtures the development of faith and spirituality within their children as they grow.

All Families are encouraged to use the Family Whanau book which provides information to support the Religious Education programme in the home.


St Joseph's are joining with Mangere Bridge School and Royal Oak Primary School in this Family community event exploring online safety @ home on Monday 13 June 2022 6.00pm

This free online safety evening is a must for all parents, families and whānau who have children and young people online.

Join online safety experts as they unpack the risks, challenges and complexities young people face online.

You'll leave with your eyes opened to the possible risks that come with increased time online, but also with the confidence and practical tips & strategies to provide the support and help our young people need.

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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.


Request for prizes

SJS PTFA is organising a junior playground fundraiser to support our amazing children at St Joseph’s School where participating families and friends will go into the draw to win a prize.

We have some great prizes already – but if you (or your business) would like to donate a prize to go into the pool, it’s not too late! Please contact Russia (PTFA Chairperson) on 0212628180 or via email

All contributions will be gratefully accepted for this wonderful project which will benefit our children


If you require before or after school care for your child we encourage you to enrol your child/children in 'sKids'.

'SKids' want all kids to feel AWESOME about who they are, so their programmes have been designed to grow core capabilities in kids so they flourish in life.

Enrolment details are on our SJS school website, or contact Becca on email

Upcoming Events

  • Maui Show - 23 June
  • Matariki public holiday- 24 June
  • Life Education Van - 4 - 8 June


As part of our Matariki celebrations our tamariki will be travelling to the Aotea Centre on Thursday the 23 of June by bus to view 'Maui'

Fusing Pacific, Māori, hip-hop and contemporary dance, this celebrated production retells Māui's legend using the language of movement, music, poetry and stunning graphic illustrations.

Choreographed by Hadleigh Pouesi, Christopher Ofanoa and Leilani Elliott and featuring an epic cast, MĀUI covers themes of strength, growth, leadership, and vulnerability.

MĀUI captures the stories that have travelled throughout the Pacific for hundreds of years, we know this is an experience our tamariki will treasure.

Please note there is no cost for our students.


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