Newsletter 31 October 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

Mercy Value for Term 4 - Service

Term 4's mercy value is service. The mercy value of service is about helping others. One of the many ways in which our students show the value of service through our school is by being a 'peer mediator'. This is a 'cool schools' programme that teaches essential life skills for peaceful conflict resolution. The skills taught in this programme empower individuals to build positive, caring relationships with others, especially in times of conflict.

We are thankful for this and the many other service focused activities our students do.

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World Teachers Day

NZEI Te Riu Roais celebrated World Teachers’ Day in Aotearoa on Friday 28 October. This is an opportunity to celebrate the mahi of teachers, and to highlight the need for greater staffing in early childhood and primary education.

At St Joseph's we are blessed with teachers who make a difference for our tamariki everyday.

World Teacher Day

SWIMMING - Water skills for Life

Students in Room 6 - 11 enjoyed a great week of swimming last week with over 90% of our students participating. We would like it to be 100% in Week 4 as water safety is an essential skill for every child in Aotearoa as we are surrounded by water.

They will need their togs everyday in Week 4 (7 - 11 November)

Water Skills for Life lessons aim to teach children how to keep themselves safe in, on, and around water. Our students gave great feedback on their week of swimming with some great progress being made.

We thank Aktive and Sport Auckland for funding this initiative.

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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.


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • "Loving for life" Year 5/6 parent session - 5.30 - 7.30pm - 1 November
  • All Souls Mass - 9.30am - 2 November
  • Piano lessons - 3 / 4 November
  • SWIMMING - 7 - 11 November
  • Travelwise School Celebration - 8 November
  • Zoo Trip (Room 1 and 2) - 8 November
  • Piano lessons - 10 / 11 November

All Souls Mass - Wednesday 2nd November

We would like to invite all our families to our School Mass this coming Wednesday 2nd November, 9:30am at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. We celebrate All Souls day where we remember our loved ones who have passed away recently especially but also those we know close to our hearts. We come together to pray. The most treasured action we do as Church is to GATHER and as we do, we pray with hope! Please also note that your children have brought home a note with an opportunity for you to record names of loved ones who have passed away so we can pray for them at school and at Mass. We will acknowledge them in our prayers this week and also during this month of November. We pray Eternal rest for them and also that perpetual light shine on them - we pray that they may rest in Peace.

St Joseph's Catholic School Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.

The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.

If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Stan Duarte (Presiding member (chair))

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga Board

125 Church St

Onehunga - 1061

by: 14 November 2022


We welcome enrolments for 2022. If you have a child or know of a child due to start school in 2022 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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School App

Download our school app (which is free) so that you receive announcements and newsletters from school to keep you up to date.

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.