St Joseph's Newsletter T2 Wk 6

8 June 2022

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

Māna anō e whakamāui ake

He may rally again like Maui

This week’s whakatauki refers to illness and recovery. Over this term we have seen a number of students come down with Covid 19. Now a number of our teaching staff have been affected by the virus. This week we welcome back two teachers who have had Covid and we have another three teachers at home. There are plans in place should we be unable to have a teacher in every classroom. Take care and if you or your child displays any symptoms, even just a runny nose then please test.

This morning I took a group of Year 8 boys to the St John’s College Mass. The college was celebrating 100 years of Marist education in Hamilton and 60 years of the college being open. Both are wonderful achievements for the Marist community in Hamilton. St John’s is a big part of our school community too, with a number of our boys continuing on their education there.

This Friday the PTFA are holding a bake sale. Every child in the school has an opportunity to purchase a cupcake. This can be ordered through Kindo. Each family has been asked to provide some baking to go towards the sale. The bake sale will start at the end of the Choir’s performance.

Coming up in Week 8 and 10 are the Learning Conversations. This is a great opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their learning. The Hero mid year posts will also be available from Friday 17 June. It has been a year since our last round of curriculum reporting like this so it’s important to read the post and have a conversation with your child's teacher.

There are a number of events coming up in the next couple of weeks which is great for our students as we continue to get life back to normal under Orange settings. These events include the rippa rugby tournament, the senior swimming sports, tough guy and tough gal, CIS winter sports tournament and Matariki. Make sure you check out the dates on the school calendar which is available on the school app and the school website.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart

Tumuaki / Principal

Gospel Reflection

Pentecost Sunday, Cycle C

Sunday 5 June

Gospel Reading

John 20:19-23

Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

We previously heard today's Gospel on the second Sunday of Easter. At that time, we also heard the passage that follows, which describes Jesus' appearance to Thomas. In that context, we were led to reflect on belief and unbelief.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, this reading reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.

This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. This reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church's sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are washed clean from sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God in forgiving sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

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Information Session for new families - Digital Reports Friday 17 June 3.00pm in Matatipu (Year 0-1)

If you are a family new to our school (or you just want a refresher!), we will have an information session for parents about our digital reports on Hero. We will cover how to sign in to your parent account and how to understand the curriculum level information in the report.

Learning Conversations: Tuesday 21 June (Year 0-6 students), Wednesday 22 June (Year 7 and 8 students only) and Tuesday 5 July (all students)

Note: School closes at 12.45pm on Tuesday 21 June

Parents can make an appointment to meet with your child’s classroom teacher for a mid year Learning Conversation. This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss academic progress and next steps in learning. It is up to the parents whether children come to these meetings too; we don’t mind either way!

Due to the postponement of the Catholic Interschool Sports tournament we have rescheduled our Parent/Teacher meetings for Year 7 and 8 students to Wednesday 22nd June from 1:30-7pm, which will be separate to the rest of the school whose interviews will still be on Tuesday 21 June. School will remain open for our senior students on Wednesday and those parents who have booked meetings already for Tuesday 21st June will need to rebook for Wednesday instead. You will receive a cancellation email if this affects you.

These appointments will now be held over 3 days. Appointments are 15 minutes long.

Tuesday 21 June: 1.30pm - 7.00pm (Year 0-6 students)

Wednesday 22 June: 1.30pm - 7.00pm (Year 7-8 students)

Tuesday 5 July: 3.00pm - 6.00pm (All students)

To book a Mid Year Learning Conversation Appointment:

Click here - Learning Conversation Appointment Booking Link

Or go to Event Code: 2gvge

For Year 7&8 only: for Wednesday 22 June - the code is different: Event Code: qbbvv

We feel it is important for our seniors to have this experience at the Winter Tournament. We also appreciate that this change to the Learning Conversations date may not suit everyone, so please if you cannot rebook at a time on Wednesday 22nd that suits, email your child's classroom teacher to see what else can be done.

To enable the Learning Conversations to happen, school will close at 12.45pm on Tuesday 21 June, so that teachers can start meeting whānau in the afternoon. Thank you for your understanding.

Supervision Option for 12.45-2.45pm Tuesday 21 June

If you are unable to pick your child up at 12.45pm on Tuesday 21 June, you can book them in to be supervised onsite. This costs $10 for the 2 hours. Book through EnrolMy:

Click on link: ENROLMY Learning Conversation Bookings

Please note that if your child goes to Breakfast Club or After School Care, these need to be booked separately on EnrolMy.

On Wednesday 22 June and Wednesday 5 July, school finishes at the normal time.

The Orange setting public health measures in place for Mid Year Learning Conversations are:

- masks at all times indoors

- social distancing in the meetings

Lucky Book Club Out Now

Issue 4 Brochures are now available. This issue will close for ordering on Thursday 23rd June. Please order on line using LOOP (see details on brochure). Please note that orders are not accepted at the school office. Thank you for your support.

Period Products

St Joseph’s Fairfield has opted into the government initiative to provide period products for students. This initiative aims to provide free period products to children and young people in all schools across New Zealand. Periods are a fact of life for half the population. Despite this, young people don’t always have access to the products they need to feel comfortable at school, engage in their learning, and manage what should be a normal and healthy part of life. If you want to know more, click here for a link to the Ministry of Education information.

At St Joseph’s, we have put in place a discreet delivery system so that girls can take home a monthly allocation of period products (two boxes per month). We know that some girls at this age might feel too shy to openly discuss period products with their peers or a staff member, so we want to make access easy and remove any embarrassment for them.

Click here for more information.

Each girl can fill in this Google Form which lets them select from various products.

Term Two Key Dates

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PTFA BAKE SALE this Friday 10 June

Remember - donations of cakes, slices and biscuits for us to sell can be dropped off on Thursday and Friday mornings. Thank you for your support!

Adults can bring cash to purchase baked goods on Friday afternoon, after our 2.00pm choir performance.

You can pre order a delicious professionally baked cupcake for your child on Kindo - orders open now! Or bring $2.50 on Friday.

Thanks for your support

- St Joseph's Fairfield PTFA

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

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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.

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

Sacred Heart College, Auckland

Due to the restrictions that COVID-19 placed on the college community, it was not possible to hold a “Sacred Heart College Open Day 2022” at the school. The community did, however, produce a video. Please view “Sacred Heart College Open Day 2022” on Vimeo by placing the following link in to your browser

For further information please contact Sean Bristow, Deputy Headmaster - Boarding

Ph: 09 5293660

Mob: 021 620 734

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School Holiday Programme

Edventure Young Explorers Camp

July 18th - 22nd, 8-13yr olds, $525

OSCAR Available

We have an awesome week planned that includes rock climbing, archery, target shooting, bush walks, orienteering, team building and confidence activities.

A typical "Kiwi Outdoors" camp with an emphasis on mountain safety and bush survival skills.

Planned and run by local teacher Todd Burton and based at Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, this one's going to be awesome!

Drop off / pick up Hamilton, Tauranga, or at the venue.

More info and to book now visit, phone 02102241576 or email

See you on your next EDVENTURE

Click here to BOOK NOW!!
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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 3 – Monday, 29 August

Term 4 – Friday, 11 November