St Joseph's Newsletter T2 Wk2

12th May 2021

Week 2 Term 2

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

Ko te Whaea te takere o te waka

Mothers are like the hull of a canoe, they are the heart of the family

On Sunday was Mother’s day. It’s an opportunity to thank our mothers for the little things that they do for us that go unnoticed. We hope that everyone had a lovely Mother's Day, celebrating the special people in our lives that are mothers to us. We know that this can be in so many ways. You do an incredible job and we thank you!

Welcome back to Term 2. With the unusually warm weather we had for our recent holidays I am sure you had lots of pleasant outdoor family activities which helped to recharge us all for the busy term ahead. We are looking forward to an action packed term which includes Museum trips, tennis lesson, production rehearsals, winter sports days and Matariki.

The school website, Facebook, school app and Hero are the main forms of communication from school. You will find calendar dates for the majority of school events on the school app and website. School Newsletters will also be on these communication tools. Please make sure you stay updated by checking the website and school app.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart


Gospel Reflection

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Gospel Reading
John 15:9-17
Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today’s Gospel follows immediately after the Gospel proclaimed last week, in which Jesus taught that he was the vine and that his disciples were the branches. In the example of the vine and the branches, we learned that our union with Jesus will lead to fruitful service. Today’s reading extends this teaching to describe the kind of service that Christians are called upon to offer to others.

When John wrote this Gospel, his community was influenced by a set of religious beliefs called Gnosticism. It appears that one of John’s intentions was to distinguish Christian belief from the beliefs held by the Gnostics. Evidence of this can be found in today’s Gospel.

One of the tenets of Gnostic teaching was the importance of knowledge, or gnosis, as the determining aspect of faith. We read today’s Gospel as a response to this teaching. In John’s Gospel, we hear Jesus affirm that he is known by the Father and that his disciples will know the Father by knowing Jesus. In this passage, however, Jesus reminds his disciples that this knowledge is to be expressed in love. Those who know Jesus well—and Jesus says that his disciples do know him—will love one another. Knowledge leads to love, which leads to action. John reminds his community that Jesus taught that love is the sign of a true disciple and, thus, a true Christian. Even more, a true disciple shows a particular kind of love, sacrificial love.

In the Greek, there are two words for love that are used in this passage. The first is agape. The second is philia. The first word is most often used to describe love for other persons and for God. It is understood as the highest and most perfect kind of love. The second word is used to describe the affection of friendship. In this context, John appears to use these words as synonyms. The root of the Greek word for friend comes from this second term for love, philia. By using this word, Jesus transforms the terms of his relationship with his disciples and redefines for them their relationship with God. In the Hebrew Scriptures, faith in God made one a servant of God.

Here Jesus teaches that his relationship to his disciples is based on friendship, not servitude.

Another aspect of Gnostic belief taught that a believer was an elect person, chosen and set apart from the world. John reminds his community that Jesus also taught that a disciple is one who had been chosen—one who had been chosen by Jesus. To be chosen by Jesus, however, is not to be set apart from the world. Instead, to be chosen by Jesus is to be sent to serve the world as he did. The disciples of Jesus were chosen and were sent into the world to bear fruit by serving others, by sacrificing for others, in love.

This reading, like last week’s, is part of Jesus’ Last Supper discourse. In the context of John’s Gospel, these words are spoken before Jesus’ Crucifixion. We read his instruction to the disciples in light of his death and Resurrection. We know that Jesus himself gives us the greatest example of the kind of love and service that he teaches to his disciples. He has, in fact, laid down his life for his friends, for his disciples, and for us. Through his death and Resurrection, we have received the grace to love others as Jesus has commanded.

Value Focus

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May is the Month of Mary

May is the month of Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of our Church. For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honour Mary, the Blessed Virgin and Mother of God. We welcome the Catholic Women's League who are going to be coming into our school each Tuesday to help our children learn the rosary. The Rosary is a devotion in honour of the Virgin Mary. As we begin to understand and appreciate the Rosary and pray it more frequently, we come to see the true meaning of its meditations. We begin to appreciate how its prayers are reminders not only of Mary the Mother of God but of Christ himself.


Our school joined other Hamilton schools in the ANZAC Day Civic service held at Memorial park.

This was a time for reflection and remembrance for servicemen and women that have been a part of our armed forces through many wars and conflicts around the world right up to those still serving to this very day.

Thank you Erin and Anisha, who laid a wreath with pride on our schools behalf.

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Catholic Schools Lit Quiz

Do you love books? These kids do!

Today 3 teams represented us at the Catholic Interschools Lit Quiz held in Morrinsville. Out of 22 teams we did extremely well securing both 3rd and 4th placings. Thanks for representing us so well!

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Drop Off and Pick Ups

Just a reminder about Drop off and Pick up of students. We are currently see a number of students arriving very early and being picked up very late.

Drop Off - Students are not allowed on site before 8am as there is no supervision available.

Pick Up - Students are to be picked up by 3.15pm as the teachers have meeting after school and can not provide supervision.

Students that are still at school after 3.15pm will be booked-in to SKIDS and charges will apply.


We have had a number of issues around parking at pick up time. We have seen a number of near misses at this time and we are concerned about the behaviour around parking. The residents in Strowan Ave and Clarkin Road get frustrated when parent park over their driveways.

The school is actively working with the Hamilton CIty Council and the Police to ensure that we can keep our students safe.

The Police have advised us to supply registration numbers and details of the offence and they will send a written notice.

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Uniform for Term 2 and 3

Remember this means that plain black leather school shoes are required (no canvas sneakers). Please see below for examples.

Boys are to wear grey socks.

Girls can wear either navy socks to the knees or full-length navy stockings.

Click here for uniform requirements and suppliers

Shoes that are ok

Shoes that are not ok

Sports News

Congratulations to our St Joseph's Orcas Waterpolo Team on a wonderful season. Reaching the final in Division 2 of the Intermediate Competition is a huge achievement, and today they placed a hard-fought 2nd in the competition. We are very proud of you! Thanks to all involved!

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This year we’re proud to have one Year 1&2 team and two Year 3&4 teams representing St Joseph’s in Hockey. The teams started the season a few weeks ago and are enjoying the fun atmosphere down at the hockey turf on Saturday mornings.

If any students are still interested in giving hockey a go this season we’d happily welcome any new players. Please email

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Pastoral Care

Every now and then the school becomes aware of a family who is going through a really challenging time (e.g. bereavement, serious illness). Our PTFA is able to offer support to families to help them through the toughest of times in the form of meals provided for the week. This is a special part of the catholic character of our school and is a long standing tradition.

For this community service to be successful, we need volunteers who would be willing to provide a meal every now and then when requested, to be dropped off at the school office.

Email if you are willing to cook a meal to help a family in need.

Nothing Naughty Bars

The PTFA will be selling Nothing Naughty protein bars this term.

Look out for the flyer with more information coming out soon.

Entertainment Book

Please remember to support our school when buying your next Entertainment Book. Proceeds go to the PTFA.

Staff Vacancies

Teacher Aide Position

One of our amazing Teacher Aides is training to be a teacher, so he is off on a placement for 5 weeks in another school later this term. We are looking for a Teacher Aide as follows:

  • Start Wednesday 7 June until Friday 9 July (end of Term 2)

  • 13.5 hours per week, starting at 9am and finishing at 12.45pm 4 days a week

There are several parts to this role across the day including supporting Year 6 students in class with their learning, supporting a student with physical needs at break time, and taking reading groups in Year 2/3. Please note this is a fixed term position for the dates stated above. The successful candidate will need to undergo police vetting clearance.

Apply by email to stating your suitability for the role by Friday 14 May at 3.00pm.

School Office Assistant

Fixed Term Position

We are currently looking for a motivated Part Time Office Assistant to join our Team

If you're a people-person, who enjoys a busy and varied admin role, this fixed term, part time position at our family-focused school in Fairfield has just what you’re looking for!

This role will be our director of first impressions, based at the school’s front office. The first port of call for whanau, community and visitors this role will support the day to day running of the school, in a friendly, collaborative way and efficient manner. The position will be required to successfully time manage the tasks and interruptions that occur in the daily life of our busy school whilst meeting the administrative requirements of the role. Very strong interpersonal skills with a confident and confidential communication style and the ability to engage with many different people, is essential for this role, as well as a compassionate heart, and a big smile!

Other skills and attributes we are looking for:

  • Previous proven experience in administration or office support roles

  • Excellent computer skills with strong typing and data entry, and Microsoft Office and Google Suite experience including Powerpoint/and or Google Slides

  • SMS or database experience

  • Professional, highly organised and adaptable with a “can do” attitude and a sense of humour!

  • Strong work ethic and optimistic approach to solutions

  • The ability to work effectively both as an individual and team player

  • A reflective learner, willing to grow

  • An interest in students and a desire to see them all achieve to their full potential

Hours of Work

This is a part time position, with hours of work from 11:00am-2:00pm each day, school term time.

This position is fixed term until Friday 1st October 2021.


The role is covered under the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement, Grade B position elements.

The successful candidate will need to undergo police vetting clearance. Apply by email to stating your suitability for the role by Friday 21 May at 3.00pm.

Community Notices

Fairfield EXPO

Fairfield community hall and skate park

235 Clarkin Rd

Friday May 14th


This is a chance to see what services are available in our community and to have your say on what you would like to see happening in Fairfield.

Please contact Maria on 8552728 or if you would like to have a stall or be involved.

Bought to you by Fairfield Enderley Resilience Network (FERN)

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2021 Term Dates

Term dates for 2021 are:

Term 1: Tuesday 2nd February - Friday 16th April

Term 2: Monday 3rd May - Friday 9th July

Term 3: Monday 26th July - Friday 1st October

Term 4: Monday 18th October - Thursday 16th December

The Teacher Only Days are:

Term 2: Tuesday 8 June (Week 5)

Term 3: Monday 30 August (Week 6)

Term 4: Tuesday 26 October (Week 2)