Newsletter 5 December 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

Sister Rosello Pepper

It is with great sorrow that we let our community know of the passing of Sister Rosello Pepper, Principal of St Joseph's from 1975 to 1996.

Eternal rest grant unto her , O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. ~Amen~
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Advent has begun; the beginning of our four-week preparation for Christmas in our Church calendar.

Advent is a time of waiting and watching. The word Advent literally means “coming”. We wait for God’s coming into our midst now, just as the world waited so many years ago. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus through prayer, reflection, and action. During our Advent journey, we think about the many ways God comes to be with us. It is a time of preparation and we try to make ourselves more ready to receive God in our day-to-day lives


In light of the recent increase in cases throughout New Zealand, we are closely monitoring case number trends in our community. We currently have between 5 - 10 students/staff self-isolating with COVID.

  • a reminder to stay at home if unwell
  • consider wearing a mask
  • get booster vaccine doses, if eligible
  • let the school know if your child test positive for COVID - 19

If cases appear in your child's class you will be advised by email.

Christmas Carnival - 9 December 4 - 6.30pm

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our upcoming 'Christmas Carnival' on Firday the 9th of December.

This is an opportunity for us to gather together as a community to celebrate our tamariki, make connections and prepare for Advent.

We strongly encourage all our tamariki and whanau members to be present.

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Prizegiving - Tuesday 13 December

2023 Prizegiving will be held on Tuesday 13 December @ 1pm in Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall.
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We welcome enrolments for 2023. If you have a child or know of a child due to start school in 2023 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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Upcoming Events

  • SCHOOL PRIZEGIVING - 13 December
  • GRADUATION MASS - 15 December
  • BOT meeting - 15 December
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - 16 December, school finishes at 1pm


Students are required to wear sunhats during term 1 and term 4. This is to be a navy blue bucket hat or cap.

They are available at 'The Warehouse' in Royal Oak.

Please note: They do not have the school logo on them.

Water ONLY

We are a WATER only school.

Please only provide your child with a bottle of water. Any flavoured drinks will be sent home with your child.

Water fountains are operating and you child is able to access water during the school day.


Every child at St Joseph's is provided a lunch through the Government Ka Ora Ako Healthy School lunch programme.

These lunches align with national food and nutrition guidelines, so your child is getting a good healthy FREE lunch every day.

Please only provide your child with a healthy morning tea (a piece of fruit).

We are very concerned with the amount of food wastage and unhealthy food being sent in school lunch boxes.

School App

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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.