St Joseph's Newsletter T3 Wk 10

28 September 2022

Principal’s Piece

Kia Ora Koutou

Titiro whakamuri Kōkiri whakamua

Look back and reflect so you can move forward

Looking back over the term it has been a busy one for our school. We have seen events like the Junior and Senior Cross Country and the Inter school Cross Country take place. A group of 37 senior students took part in Aims Games in Tauranga. Our Kapa Haka group performed at the Hamilton Catholic School Kapa Haka festival. As a school we celebrated Cultural week as well as Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Week 8. This term the school also held the annual Speech contest for the different year levels from Year 4-8. On the academic front we had a number of senior students take part in the Waikato Science Fair and they did exceptionally well. Our teams placed well at the Cath Maths, the annual math competition involving Catholic schools in and around Hamilton. The Enviro Team visited the Kukutaaruhe Gully with Ms Keep to help plant trees for the Fairfield Project. A large group of students made their First Holy Communion and Confirmation in early August. The PTFA held a very successful readathon and raised over $10,000 to help the school run extra curricular activities.

Yesterday we had the sharing of learning afternoon with a number of parents taking up the opportunity to come into the classrooms to look at their children’s learning.

On Friday we have PTFA bake sale to finish off the term. If you wish to purchase a cupcake or a pack of cupcakes please follow the direction on Kindo.

Moving forward to next term we have Athletics in Week 1, this is due to scheduled maintenance work due on the track during late October and November. In Week 2 the senior students will be part of the school production called ‘The Show’. We also have the Year 4-6 Camp out at Raglan taking place in Week 8. In Week 9 the school will have the end of year events including the prize giving and final Mass. The last day of school for our Year 1-7 students will be Thursday 15 December and like last year the Year 8’s Leavers function will take place on Friday 16 December.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Grant Stuart

Tumuaki / Principal

Gospel Reflection

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, Sept 25, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 16:19-31

Jesus tells the parable of the reversal of fortunes between the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

A major theme in the Gospel of Luke is the importance of the care of the poor in the life of discipleship. In the parable found in today's Gospel, Jesus contrasts the life of a rich man and the poor man, Lazarus, who lives in the shadow of the rich man and his wealth. Both die. Lazarus finds himself in heaven; the rich man in the netherworld. The rich man asks for assistance from Lazarus in his torment. But Abraham reminds the rich man of the good things he had in his life and describes the current situation as a reversal of fortunes. The rich man then asks that Lazarus be sent to warn his family, but this is denied with the reminder that Moses and the prophets have warned of judgment for those who neglect the care of the poor.

In the context of Luke's Gospel, this parable, delivered in the presence of a crowd of listeners, is part of Jesus' response to some Pharisees. These Pharisees are described in Luke's Gospel as “loving money.” (Note: The Pharisees were followers of a sect of Judaism active before, during, and after Jesus' lifetime. They taught an oral interpretation of the Law of Moses as the basis for popular Jewish piety. They put less emphasis on Temple worship and more on applying the law to everyday life. Though they are often portrayed negatively in the Gospels, they shared many of Jesus' and the early Church's concerns about the law.) Jesus observed that the actions of some Pharisees betrayed misplaced priorities: they spoke one way, but acted in another. The story of the rich man and Lazarus demonstrates the importance of the care of the poor and is a reminder to those who would follow Jesus of the unimportance of wealth in the eyes of God.

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ICAS Achievements

Congratulations to the following students For their achievements in the ICAS English Exam:


Alex Johnston

Jo Riley

Emilia Shyra


Laura Barton

Elizabeth Jovanovic

Lucia McLauchlan-Hillary

Chloe Pierard-Joel

Jai Sargeant

Sophia Turno


Theo Johnston

High Distinction

Bella McLauchlan-Hillary

Year 4-8 Athletics: Wedneday 19 October - Transport Options

The School Athletics Sports for our Year 4-8 students will be held at Porritt Stadium the first Wednesday of next term, 19 October. Parents are welcome to take their children straight to Porritt Stadium. Staff will be onsite from 8.15 am. Children who come to school as normal will be taken to the stadium by bus, departing at 9 am.

BOT Casual Vacancy

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 you would like to put your name forward to be considered for the position, please advise the Board Secretary on: by 12 noon Monday 17 October.

Save the Date

Week Two of next term our Senior Choir are presenting 'The Show' over two nights in the Fairfield College Hall. Tickets will be available through Kindo by the end of the week.
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READ-ATHON Sponsorship Money

A huge thank you to all who supported our recent Read-athon. We raised just over $10,600 which will go towards exciting activities for our students later this year. This includes Year 0-6 Swimming Lessons, Year 4-6 camp and the Waimarino Trip for our Year 7&8's.

Thanks for your support,

St Joseph's Fairfield PTFA

Students Arriving Early

We have a number of students arriving at school prior to 8.00 am. As we do not have staff on duty at this time, students arriving before 8.00 am will be sent to Before School Care and parents will be charged.

Parking on Strowan Avenune and Clarkin Ave

When collecting or dropping students off at school, please do not park in the no parking zones or on or across our neighbours driveways. Thanks for your co-operation in helping to keep our students safe.

Student Well Being


Our Counsellor will work more closely with individuals and small groups. If you wish to make a referral to the counsellor for a student please fill in the following form:

Enrolments for 2023

We are currently accepting enrolments for next year. If you have a younger child due to start please complete the online enrolment form on our website. Also, if you know of others who would like their children to attend St Joseph's please encourage them to fill in the form. We would like this done by the end of the term to assist our planning for 2023.


St Joseph’s Catholic School Fairfield PTFA

Christine Taylor



Dance Achievement

Louis 'Aho participated in the Expressions Dance Convention on the weekend and got the award for the most promising junior dancer!

It was a whole day of dance with dancers from around the country with top professional choreographers and the children were split into junior, intermediate and senior. They had five dances to learn from five different genres - musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. Eight hours of solid dancing - 1 1/2 hours on each genre before performing every dance in a showcase Saturday night. Well done, Louis.


Before and After School Care 2022

Here are the links to find out more details and to enrol for Term Four:

Before School Club Term 4

After School Club Term 4

School Uniform

We have some good news regarding our school uniform! All items of the uniform can now be purchased via the school. We are no longer selling any uniform items at NZ Uniforms in Hamilton.

Please use the Kindo app to purchase items and these will then be sent to your child's classroom. If you need to try on items, please come to the school office after 9am and we can help you with this or you can call on 855 5434 to arrange a time.

Please be aware that there may be limited sizes of certain items.

School Uniform Items and Prices

Uniform Returns Policy

Entertainment Book Offers

Entertainment Memberships now more than ever represent value for money with its excellent offers of up to 50% off, 2-for-1 offers on a wide range of restaurants, cafes, movie tickets, shopping and entertainment for the entire family.

Since going digital with Entertainment Book membership, rewards and offers are now

updated live everyday with the latest discounts in every city. Rewards continues to grow and the mobile app keeps customers up to date !

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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.

COVID 19 - Update

New long-term strategy for COVID-19

You’ll be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here: Request a RAT– Ministry of Health

Mask wearing is no longer required.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

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.

Community Notices

OPUS Orchestra Hamilton Concerts

This October, Opus Orchestra presents two one-hour concerts - Storytime, aimed at families, and Made in Aotearoa, an interactive setting with an opportunity to meet NZ composers and the performers.

Concert 1: Storytime

  • Jenny McLeod - The Emperor and the Nightingale
  • Poulenc - The Story of Babar (L’Histoire de Babar)

The renowned actor and comedian Mark Hadlow joins Opus Orchestra to tell two time-honoured stories that the whole family will enjoy. The fairy tale The Emperor and the Nightingale has been given a delightful musical setting by New Zealand composer, Jenny McLeod. Then we have Jean de Brunhoff’s classic The Story of Babar, the little Elephant. Francis Poulenc’s setting is charming, witty and engaging, like the story itself. A. A. Milne (the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh) wrote, “If you love elephants you will love Babar and Celeste. If you have never loved elephants you will love them now.” Children, parents, grandparents: let us transport you to the fairytale kingdoms of the Emperor and the little Elephant.

Concert 2: Made in Aotearoa

  • Ross Harris - Chamber Symphony
  • Lyell Cresswell - Kaea (for Trombone and orchestra)

Two NZ works by Ross Harris and Lyell Cresswell to inspire and engage - see how amazing our NZ composers are and what moves them to write these beautiful works. This is an interactive concert setting where you get to ask the questions! Featuring trombone soloist David Bremner from the NZSO.

Opus Orchestra is the professional orchestra for Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, originally established in 1991. It has played a vital role in the cultural life of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, regularly bringing high-quality performances to audiences in Hamilton, Tauranga, and Rotorua and providing performance opportunities for experienced local musicians and younger players, including talented graduates from the Music Department of the University of Waikato. Opus Orchestra attracts nationally and internationally recognised musicians as soloists.


Concert Chamber, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Knighton Road

Sunday 2 October 2022, 3pm STORYTIME

Friday 7 October 2022, 7.30pm MADE IN AOTEAROA

Tickets: $5-$50 from Ticketek

(Family passes and combined tickets for both concerts are available)

William Pike Event - Thursday 3 November

The Waikato Literacy Association is is running an event with Motivational Speaker - William Pike. William, a 22-year-old school teacher from Auckland, came to the attention of the nation on 25 September 2007 when, while tramping on Mt Ruapehu, he was critically injured during a volcanic eruption. William's inspirational story begins with his trip to Nepal at the age of 12, which awakened his interest in outdoor pursuits of all kinds, and continues through his teens and early twenties as a mad-keen tramper, climber, surf-lifesaver and diver. William then retells his miraculous survival tale and reveals his plans for the future with infectious optimism and an approach to life that has remained intact - Every Day's A Good Day

Every registered adult can bring a young person for free.

William Pike Flyer

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Holiday Programmes

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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

2022 Term Dates

Term Dates

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

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

Teacher Only Day

Term 4 – Friday, 11 November