St Joseph's Newsletter T2 Wk 2

11 May 2022

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

He peka titoki e kore e whati.

A branch of the titoki tree will not break.

(It will endure because it is tough)

I hope that you all managed to have a restful Easter break after what we went through in Term 1. The Covid pandemic made it into our community and affected many of our families. Like the titoki tree we were able to get through tough times and not break. As a community we came out the other side stronger. My thanks to the community for your support and understanding as we navigated through the different challenges that arose.

This term we are looking forward to getting things back to normal. Like many in New Zealand we are very happy to be in the Orange traffic light setting. This means that we can welcome back parents onsite and classroom visits can take place again. It means regular school gatherings such as liturgies, Masses and assemblies can take place. It also means events like swimming sports and productions can go ahead.

This term the school has a range of events, drop in sessions and stay and play opportunities to help with reconnecting our community after the affects of the Covid lockdowns, Alert Level and Traffic light restrictions. It is great to see parents taking up these opportunities and sharing in their child’s learning.

On Monday night the cultural committee held a meeting for the first time since May last year. The hard work from this committee made sure that the cultural week last June was a great success. The group is now busy planning for Matariki which is coming up in Week 8 of the term. If you are interested in joining this committee please let me know.

Last night I attended the PTFA AGM. The PTFA works hard in our community to raise money and create community spirit. My thanks to the team for everything they have done over the last year to ensure that our school is a better place. I want to acknowledge and thank in particular Debbie Breen who stepped down from the treasurer's role after 3 years. It was also great to see some new parents at this meeting. The PTFA is open to all of our community and the committee is very thankful for any offers of help they get.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart

Tumuaki / Principal

Gospel Reflection

Fourth Sunday after Easter, Cycle C

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Gospel Reading
John 10:27-30
Jesus describes his care for his sheep.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. In each of the three lectionary cycles, the Gospel is taken from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John. This chapter of John's Gospel follows Jesus' healing of the man born blind and the rejection of this miracle by Jewish leaders who question Jesus' authority to heal. Jesus responds to this challenge to his authority by calling himself the Good Shepherd. He is criticizing the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders. Already, the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders are so angered that they attempt to stone and arrest Jesus (see John 10:31 and 10:39). This controversy with the religious leaders continues until Jesus' death.

Set in a moment of tension and conflict in John's Gospel, today's Gospel reading is Jesus' answer to the question, “Are you the Messiah?” Jesus responds by saying, in essence, “If you have to ask, then you are not one of my sheep.” Then Jesus asserts his unity with the Father. At the conclusion of these words, John reports that the Jews intend to stone Jesus for blasphemy, but he escapes arrest.

We may be less familiar with the metaphors of sheep and shepherd than those to whom Jesus spoke. The image of Jesus as Good Shepherd and the community of followers as his sheep has endured over the centuries as a primary image in our faith tradition. Its power to describe the relationship between Jesus and his followers transcends direct experience with sheep. The image speaks to us about the protection, security, and care that shepherds represent for their sheep.

Today's Gospel speaks powerfully about the familiarity and intimacy between Jesus and his disciples, expressed as recognizing and knowing another's voice. Today's Gospel also speaks to the relationship between Jesus and the Father. In the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies so closely with the Father that he tells us that they are one—not just close, but actually one. To know Jesus is to know the Father. Jesus doesn't just bring us closer to the Father, Jesus puts us directly into contact with God the Father, removing all distance between us. Our relationship with Jesus is an invitation to share in the life of God.

Jesus does not condemn the woman caught in adultery.

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Liturgy - Flowering of the Cross

On Monday 2 May, we had our first liturgy after returning to school from the school holidays. The liturgy was the Flowering of the Cross to represent Jesus’ resurrection. We made colourful flowers out of tissue paper and attached them onto a wooden cross.

Morning Liturgies are back

God has brought us back together to worship him. This Monday, the school had their first liturgy as a whole school since term 3 last year! Our community is finally able to be together again!

Full School Mass Invitation

Next Wednesday, 18 May, we are having a full school mass at 11.30 am. Parents and whanau are welcome to join us.

Welcoming whānau onsite

Friday 13 May:

12.10-12.45pm - Whole School Assembly in the Church. This will be the first time we have gathered for assembly since Term 3 last year. Parents are welcome to join us.

1.30-2.30pm: Classroom drop in. Pop into your child's classroom any time in the afternoon. Your children would love to show you their learning environment, their artwork, their books etc. There will also be a 2nd hand uniform sale from 2.00pm outside the staffroom.

Sports News

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The St Joseph’s Sea Dragons had their finals for 3rd place in Division 1 in the Waikato Waterpolo Intermediate competition on Sunday afternoon. The team played really well and came away with the win again Cambridge. The final score was 9-1 to the Sea Dragons. Congratulations to those students in the team.

Term Two Key Dates

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Last night the PTFA AGM was held; it was fantastic to hold a meeting onsite together at last. There was great enthusiasm in the room as we discussed opportunities for fundraising and community events. The PTFA will work with the school to create a plan for funds raised to enhance activities for our tamariki and our school environment.

The election of PTFA Officers for 2022 was held:

Kirsty Parker remains Chairperson

Monica Holt remains Secretary

Bridget Robinson was elected Treasurer

Debbie Breen stepped down from her role as Treasurer. We offer her huge thanks for her service in this role.

Upcoming PTFA events:

Pizza Friday's are back! Starting this Friday 13 May!

$2 per slice. Ham & Cheese, Pepperoni or Simply Cheese (gluten free also available in Cheese and Ham & Cheese). Orders are by Kindo only, orders close at 9.00am Friday. Pizza’s will be delivered to students in their classrooms at lunchtime. Orders are open on Kindo now.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale: this Friday 13 May

We have had generous donations of 2nd hand uniforms, thank you. This Friday 13 May we have invited whānau to drop into classrooms anytime from 1.30pm, so it is a good time to also have our 2nd hand uniform sale. We will be set up outside the staffroom from 2.00pm. Bring cash, or you can pay on Kindo at the time of sale.

PTFA Easter Raffle

A huge thank you to all those families who supported our Easter Raffle by selling tickets and donating treats. The raffle was drawn on the last Wednesday of last term and prizes were sent home with the winners. The PTFA raised just over $5,100 for the school.

Support St Josephs Catholic School Fairfield PTFA and purchase your Entertainment Membership from us today!!

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St Joseph's Catholic School Fairfield PTFA

Christine Taylor



COVID 19 - Update

We still have some students showing symptoms of Covid 19 and a number of these children are testing positive. If this is the case with your child, please let us know.

Please email the Principal directly: or ring (07) 855 5434.

All students who return a positive test result, and their household contacts, need to self-isolate for 7 days, then they are able to return to school provided they are symptom free.

Lucky Book Club

Lucky Book Club Issue 3 is out now. This month is Family Reading Month. The last day for ordering online using LOOP is Friday 20th May 2022. Spare copies of the brochure are available at school. Please note that orders are not accepted at the school office.

Thank you for your continuing support and enjoy your family reading.

Past Student Sporting Achievements

We are keen to build a database of former students who have gone on to do great things in their sporting endeavours - they may represent New Zealand or play sport professionally. If you know of former students doing great things, please let us know.

Before and After School Care 2022

Here is the link to find out more details and to enrol for Term Two:

Breakfast Club Term 2

After School Club Term 2

Community Notices

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Waikato Community School of Music

Saturday morning music classes

Enrolments are now open for Term Two 2022 at the Waikato Community School of Music. The first session is on Saturday 7th May. The school caters for all ages (3 to retired) and ability levels, offering group-format and one-to-one music tuition in a range of instruments. Group-format class fees range from $45 to $110 per term (7 lessons in Term Two) depending on student age and the instrument chosen. The enrolment fee for an instrument class includes participation in as many of our ensembles as the student wishes. Enrolment in ensembles only is also an option. One-to-one classes can aid in preparing for exams and earning NCEA credits.

Class times are between 8:00am and 2:00pm on Saturdays during primary school terms. WCSM is located on the University of Waikato campus in Hillcrest. (Note that all those aged 12 or over on University premises must be vaccinated, including students, parents, caregivers and tutors. Those age 8 or over should wear a mask).

Contact us via our website WCSM or on 07 838 4611.

Parenting from Greatness

It is still a bit of a wobbly time out there isn't it? Quite possibly this might be having a huge impact on the dynamics and relationships INSIDE but also OUTSIDE of your home.

If I could take a screenshot of your life right now, would you say you are living and parenting in a way that makes you truly excited and gives you a sense of freedom? Are you parenting with joy?

In other words... Are you Parenting from what I like to call ‘Greatness’?

I wouldn't be surprised after the last two years if your answer was a 'no'. Or a 'not quite'. Or a 'well things are okayyyyy'. Do you feel totally swamped by the responsibilities, just trying to make it through another day and getting to the end of it feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, depleted, and just over it?

I get you. I was once there and it wasn't that long ago. I have two boys aged 9 and 13 and I am in a completely different place to where I thought I would be when I first went into this journey!

In my early years, I found being a parent hard....I wasn't happy, my kids weren't happy and neither was their Dad! We just didn't know how to relate to ourselves or each other very well. We were just doing the old parenting stuff, the old way or reacting to that old way which wasn’t helpful either! I had a car crash entry into becoming a parent which I have no problem sharing because it birthed in me the desire to support others in their journey. I had to dig deep to change the way I parented and the beginning of that change was when I finally put up my hand and asked for help! I began working with my own parent mentor and arrived at a very different place in my parenting journey. One where I learned how to Parent from ‘Greatness’ which truly is an evolution in the way we raise our children.

My boys are getting older now and I tell you things are totally different in my world as a Parent. To be able to navigate the last couple of years with a sense of ease and grace is no mean feat and I know without a doubt that it is because I invested in the way I parent.

When I say, change your parenting - Change your life, I’m not joking!

So what do I mean when I say Parenting From Greatness?

In short - It is an evolution in the way we raise our kids where all parents and children see themselves and each other as powerful.

But to fill you in a bit more... It is the truth and genius that lies in all of us. The gifts, talents, and abilities that are unique to each individual on this planet which make up our unique purpose for being here. Another way of saying that's our heart!

Greatness is being able to see that everyone is powerful and has a heart. Every single person on this planet. You, your partner, your children, your co-parent, your neighbour, your friends. Everyone.

Isn't that what we truly want? So we can deepen our relationships, Parent from a place of compassion for ourselves and others, and no longer be controlled by the negative emotions and 'old stuff' that doesn't serve us or our families.

In June a brand new program is launching to help you do just that!

This program is born from a vision I have, one that lifts parents out of the control and fear that dominated the way most of us were parented. One that is outside of the cycles of the past where so often we as parents find ourselves unconsciously repeating the way our parents parented us or reacting strongly to it.

I'm talking about a new way of parenting where you learn how to connect with your intuition, with your own inner knowing which tells you exactly what to do because only you know what is right for you and your family. Learning the ability to move past what you don't want once you know what is getting in your way. Uncovering what you do want, learning how to focus on it and how to actually create it!


From the 8th until the 12th of June I will be hosting the Parenting From Greatness program for the very first time, LIVE online via Zoom. You don't even have to leave your house to access this incredible Program. It will be a jam-packed 5 days of learning, embodying, applying, and experiencing the shizzle out of a new way of parenting! Are you ready?

You can find more information about the program and reserve your spot, RIGHT HERE >>>

I am offering a once-off, absolutely crazy, ridiculous, discount as a celebration of this work going live, so don't miss out as I definitely won't ever offer it for this price again. Find out more here.

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Waikato Regional Council Notice

All public transport is 50% off from now until the end of June, this means;

  • Buses are super affordable right now, with fares across Hamilton being $1 each way- visit to find out more.

  • This discount applies to Te Huia as well, so families can take the opportunity to travel to Auckland on the train for a fraction of the usual cost. A family pass (for 2 adults and up to 4 youth) is $32.50 each way (nb: under 5’s travel free).Visit to find out more.

Parish Mass Times

St Peter Chanel

Tuesday 9am

Thursday 9am - Liturgy with Communion

Saturday Vigil 5pm

St Joseph's

Wednesday 9am - Liturgy with Communion

Friday 9am

Sunday 9am

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2022 Term Dates

Term Dates

Term 2: Mon 2nd May – Fri 8th July

Term 3: Mon 25th July – Fri 30th September

Term 4: Mon 17th October – Fri 16th December

Teacher Only Days

Term 2 – Friday, 3 June

Term 3 – Monday, 29 August

Term 4 – Friday, 11 November