St James' School Term 2 Week 8

Newsletter 24 June 2021

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,

and who make a positive difference in their community.

Kia ora Koutou

Week 8 is nearly complete - staff have been busy completing assessments and writing reports over the last few weeks. This year we will send home reports in Week 10. We ask you to read these through carefully and reflect on the progress your child is making. In addition, we will open interview bookings from next week - we invite you to meet with your child's teacher to discuss the report and ways we can assist you as you educate your child. Please remember we are sending home PaCT Mathematics reports for the first time, so the mathematics reporting will look different to what it has previously.

Ngā Manaakitanga

Tom Sheehan

Catholic Special Character

Baptism - Congratulations and blessings to Min, who was baptised on 11 April and Annabelle, Sophia, and Ruby being Baptised on Saturday 26th of June. May you feel God’s love and support on this wonderful occasion.

First Holy Communion - This coming Sunday, the 27th of June, we have numerous learners who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion. We congratulate these learners and extend to you a welcome to join us on this special occasion at 9:30 am Mass at the Cathedral.

Congratulations to: Xavier, Finn, Katie, Oliver, Thom, Ronan, William, Ruby, Min, Naomi, Jared, Hope, Kate, Eli, Aaron, Finlay, Arwynn, Annabelle, Sophia, Zachary and Jasper.

Job Opportunity - Pastoral Life Co-ordinator - This exciting opportunity in Palmerston North is for Our Lady of Lourdes and the Cathedral parishes. The Pastoral Life Coordinator is a full-time paid position (40 hours per week over seven days. This includes office hours at Lourdes parish Tuesday through Friday). You will be a member of the Kotahi Ano Pastoral Team…

We’re looking for:

  • An individual with strong relationship management skills and a love for people.
  • A person with significant experience in pastoral ministry, parish ministry or pastoral care.
  • An individual who can manage the delivery of pastoral ministries to parishioners and support all forms of lay ministry.
  • An individual with proven relationship management skills and strong written and verbal skills.
  • A person committed to lay ministry and its growth.

A person with a demonstrated pastoral understanding of Catholic theology.

The role holder may also deliver theological training or teaching, but this is not required. The successful applicant must be able to manage the delivery of programmes.

What you’ll do:

  • Coordinate all pastoral ministry delivery to parishioners across the parishes.
  • Manage our sacramental programme delivery.
  • Be the chaplain to St James and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools.
  • Participate in the liturgical and pastoral life of both parishes.
  • Nurture and develop our preference process.
  • Ensure catechesis for children in State Schools is available.
  • Nurture and support lay-ministry and lay ministers and develop a new ministry where necessary.

You will need your own vehicle and full drivers’ license, skills in Microsoft Office and Teams, high proficiency in verbal and written communication. If this is an opportunity for you, please email for a complete job description.

And a prayer for the successful search for the above position:

Holy Spirit of God and Lady of Lourdes, we ask for your guidance and help.

Raise up in our Church, the person we need as our Pastoral Life Coordinator.

Fill our communities with faith and hope in Christ.

Give our communities an ever-deepening sense of mission.

Give us wisdom in our decision-making.

Give us healing to those who are sick.

Give us unity to our Church.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Andrea Cawood

Director of Religious Studies


Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Cheliane, who has recently started her faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to her family and whānau.

Table Tennis
- Congratulations to Henry who recently came runner up in the Table Tennis Manawatu Competition. Henry placed second to the New Zealand Table Tennis coaches son. Henry also competed in doubles with his Dad Jerry. Team Hoskins fought hard against the NZ Table Tennis coach and his son but placed second. We are very proud of these athletes!

Acknowledging staff length of
service - This week as staff, we celebrated two significant anniversaries for two staff members. Anne for 20 years of service and Christine for 24 years of service to Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We truly appreciate their dedication, sharing of their talents and making our Vision real.

Together we take pride in their accomplishment and commitment to excellence and look forward to celebrating more milestones in years to come.

ReaLM (Reading and Literacy in Manawatū) - Nicci our Learning Resource Manager is on the ReaLM Committee and last Friday they had their Annual ReaLM Conference, held at Massey University. ReaLM offer Professional Development and networking opportunities for library staff working with children and young adults to promote reading and literacy in Manawatū. They organise Author Tours of local Manawatū schools, to promote the importance of literacy and the love of reading to students of all ages. Last week we welcomed visiting author Melinda Szymanik who visited our Year 5 and 6 learners.

Next term we will be blessing our new library, in the meantime learners are enjoying this new space.


2021 Term Dates & Holidays

2022 Enrolments at St Peters College - we have been advised that you will be receiving an enrolment pack in the post before the end of this Term. They have asked that you please use these forms rather than downloading off their website.

Nippers School Holiday Programme

Torpedo7 Offer for Catholic school families - Torpedo7 - CLICK HERE to download your event flyer.

Running from Thursday, June 24 to Wednesday July 7, 2021.

There are two ways to take advantage of this special offer,

· In store - please visit one of our Torpedo7 stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on your smartphone (or in printed form) to unlock amazing deals

· Online - simply jump on the T7 website from the comfort of your home or office, use the promo code listed on the flyer at the online checkout: 42AA-A1CF


School Closing for Paid Union Meeting - the NZEI have notified us of a Paid Union Meeting for teachers. Our staff will be attending the meeting on June 25 - therefore school will close on Friday, June 25th at 12.30pm. We ask all children to be picked up at 12.30pm. Nippers will be operating in the hall from 12.30pm.

Senior Kapa Haka Roopu Extended Practice - Friday 2 July - Just a reminder that your participation forms are due back to school this Friday.

We will be in the hall from 11am and will conclude our programme at approximately 8:30pm.

Your children will need to bring:

· Their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for Friday 2 July.

· Home baking to share for supper (not to contain nuts)

Whānau are invited to watch us run through a practice at 8pm and join us for supper afterwards, before taking your children home for the night.

Pae Tamariki Kapa Haka Festival - Monday 5 July
Junior Kapa Haka.
The Junior Kapa Haka roopu will be performing on stage at The Regent at 9.20am. This involves our Year 1-3 learners in Learning Space 1, 7, 8 and 9 Yesterday your child/ren would have come home with a letter with further information.
Senior Kapa Haka - The Senior Kapa haka roopu will be performing at 10.20 am and are asked to be at school by 7.45 am. Girls - please have hair done half up - half down style. Please check with your teacher if unsure.

Change of Clothes - We recommend that learners bring their PE or a change of uniform to school during these winter months. Accidents happen and the fields are quite wet and slippery at the moment.

Teacher Only Day - Monday 26 July 2021. There will be no school on the first day of Term 3 as staff are engaging in professional development in the area of Mathematics. Nippers will be open and are taking bookings or 021 645 806.

Student Absences - The Ministry of Education requires an explanation for student absence so it can be coded accordingly. When you are letting us know your child is absent please give a reason.

Absences Due To Family Holidays During Term Time - Family holidays during term time are discouraged by the Principal and School Board of St James' Catholic School. However, if a family wishes to remove a child during term time, they are expected to write a letter (or email) to the Principal, communicating their intentions at least 5 days before the intended absence. Please note MOE Guidelines state that this is an Unjustified Absence and leave will be coded accordingly.

Jewellery - Necklaces with cultural or religious significance are permitted to be worn tucked underneath shirt. Earrings: Only small, round, plain gold/silver or coloured studs may be worn. Up to one in each earlobe. No sleepers to be worn.

Any other requests will be at the Principal’s discretion.

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

  • PTFA Pizza Lunch - Friday 2 July offerings will be Meat Lovers, Hawaiian or Simply Cheese. $2 a slice. Order before school on Friday 2 July - at the front of the school office.

  • Pastoral Care - Thank you to our current pastoral care providers who have baked and prepared meals for those families in our school community who occasionally need a little bit of extra support.
    If this sounds like something you would like to assist with could you please email me so I can put your name on our list of helpers. Thanks, Tracey Gunn

  • Please Join us - The PTFA is keen to have new members join them this year. Many of the current organisers are nearing the end of their primary school involvement, and it is time to add more members. If you are interested, please contact Kelly Hoskins (

Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

School Board

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 5 July 2021 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Michael Fennessy



At yesterday's Te Totara assembly we presented the Cross Country Cups and Certificates. Congratulations to to all our learners who participated. 2021 Cross Country Results.

Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2021 Term 2

Week 8

Friday 25 June - NZEI Meeting Early School Closure 12.30pm

Week 9
Tuesday 29 June - LS2 Trip to Te Manawa

Wednesday 30 June - Gala Meeting 6.30pm, Staffroom

Friday 2 July - Senior Kapa Haka Roopu Extended Practice

Week 10
Monday 5 July - Pae Tamariki Junior Kapa Haka Roopu will be performing at the Regent Theatre 9.20am. Senior Kapa Haka will be performing at the Regent Theatre at 10.20 am.

Friday 9 July - Last day of Term 2

2021 Term 3

Week 1

Monday 26 July - Teacher Only Day

Tuesday 27 July - Welcome back to the start of Term 3

Friday 30 July - Y6 Orientation day to St Peters

Week 2

Monday 2 August - Cook Island Language Week

Getting Involved

The Yummy Sticker promotion has kicked off again for this year, so its a good time to remind everyone to collect Yummy stickers and bag cut-outs. Shop at your local New World, Pak’n Save and participating Four Square stores. $200,000 of sports gear is available for schools.

Stickers are due in by Friday 17 September.
Click on the links below for your Collection Sheets, or grab one from the School Office foyer.

Cut out Label Collection Sheet
New Variety Sticker Collection
Sticker Collection Sheet

Shining Stars – Preschool Music Group Thursday 9:30am Cathedral lounge. Contact Basia

Stamps, Can Tabs, Wine Bottle Tops - One small way we can make life easier for others which costs us nothing, is to collect Stamps, Can Tabs and Wine Bottle Tops. You will find boxes for these in the Office foyer. If, as a family you don’t already set these items aside for Kidney Kids at Starship and the Missions you might like to start as a very visible witness to demonstrating Jesus example of LOVE. Encourage neighbours and family to do the same. There is no deadline. There is a box in the foyer for used pens, felt tips, highlighters, markers, mechanical pencils, correction tape and fluid pots, fountain pens and ink cartridges for Just Zilch.

Noel Leeming Friends and Family Offer - Get amazing deals on the brands you love storewide

The Noel Leeming Friends and Family offer from 14-27 June 2021 is available to staff, students, families and friends associated with Catholic Schools.

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