SJS Newsletter Term 2 Week 6

Newsletter 8 June 2022

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,

and who make a positive difference in their community.

8 June 2022

Tēnā tātou

Dear Family/Whānau

Talofa lava whānau/fanau

Last week was Samoan language week. Teachers used opportunities to share language and some aspects of the Samoan culture with their learners.

On Thursday Whaea Hilary organised a school-wide Tona’i (Samoan lunch). This was enthusiastically enjoyed by learners and staff. A special fa'afetai to Hilary for sharing her talents with us by sharing her Samoan culture through food and music.

As part of our Special Character this week, we learnt about Pentecost, which occurs fifty days after Easter. This is called the birthday of the Church. We are grateful to the PTFA for coordinating the Pentecost cakes we all enjoyed. A lovely way to celebrate the Church’s birthday.

We were so lucky last Tuesday to have a fabulous afternoon for our annual cross country. Our learners shared their SAINTS values by sharing their talents at running and striving so hard around that big park. Thank you Tracey Gunn for your scrupulous organisation which made this event seamless and fun for all.

On Monday on behalf of Mayor Grant Smith, the City Council planted a Matai tree to commemorate the city’s 150th sesquicentennial year (2021). Councilor Pat Hancock represented the PNCC and LS5, 8 and 10 took part with one of our eldest and youngest learners assisting in the planting. We blessed the tree with a song of prayer.

Health and Safety - Unfortunately we are having a second wave of disruptions through Covid and flu infections among staff and learners. In order to protect us all, we are asking that all adults wear masks on site and also as recommended, year 4-6 learners.

I have had some learners telling me they don’t have to wear masks now. Please support us with this initiative to keep us all safe, and learning to continue with well staff.

If I am unable to have a teacher in a class, my first option is to find a relieving teacher, if this is not possible, the class will be split between other classes. Another option is to have hybrid learning. This is computer based learning organised by the teacher and supervised by a staff member who may not be a registered teacher.

As a last resort some classes would be asked to remain home as has happened in Palmerston North recently. Online learning would be supplied.

We are looking forward to having you at our first assembly this Friday at 2pm.

E te Atua e manaaki ki a koutou katoa

May God Bless you all

Christine Cosgrove

Catholic Special Character

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Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Ariya who has returned from overseas to continue her faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to her family and whānau.

Scripture Reading - Congratulations to Mia Tutaki and Zavier Morton for representing St James’ at the Catholic Schools scripture reading competition. Thank you for practicing so hard and sharing your talents last night. It is daunting to read before an audience. Whaea Hilary and I were so proud of you both for sharing your faith in this way.

Cross Country - Another successful whole school cross country held at Hokowhitu park!

We were blessed with another year of great weather! Thank you to Glenn Maskill for helping with set up and all the parents who came and supported the children in this event!

2022 Cross Country Results

Thursday 16 June at 2.15pm Cross Country Certificates and Cups will be presented.

Interschool Cross Country - We sent 13 children to the Interschool Cross Country event held at Ashhurst Domain. It was a stunning day. Thank you to Hamish, Julia, Caroline and Andy for transporting and supervising the children at this event.

Results will be sent out once we receive them from the organisers.


Scholastic Lucky Book Club - Issue 4 closing date is: 17 June

*** You can get $5 off until Midnight Friday June 10 ***

Issue 4 went home last week. A fabulous way to support our school community library! For every purchase made 20% goes back into rewards for our library. Tu Meke! You can login/ sign up through the Scholastic LOOP Link it will be delivered to St James approximately 2 weeks after the closing date. If it’s a gift you can hit the gift tick box which will let them know. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH ORDERS THROUGH THE OFFICE.

Friday's - Sports Uniform - Just a reminder all learners are to wear their sports uniform to school on Fridays, every week.

Reporting Absences - Absences can be notified in several ways:

Parents/caregivers are asked to notify the school; office 357 9719 before 9:00am to notify us if their will be absent from school, or late to school that day. You will need to do this each day that your child/ren cannot attend school.

Absences can be reported via the School App.

To download the App: Go to the App Store on your Apple or Android Device and search ‘SchoolAppsNZ’ to download the App to your phone or tablet. Now select St James’ Catholic School from the list of schools.

Select the Absentee button and follow the instructions to call, text or email the Office.

or Text an Absence: 027 343 6518

* must have the parent / caregiver name.

* must have the student's name and Learning Space, e.g. Harry Smith, Learning Space 1.

* must have a brief reason for the absence.

For example: Harry Smith, Learning Space 1 will be absent today because he has the flu.

Please note: This number is only used to receive Absence Data.

School Uniform - Please ensure learners come to school with their Sports uniform or spare uniform in their bags in case they get wet or dirty. If learners are wearing a thermal please make sure it is v-neck, either white, grey, navy blue or black and must not be visible under school uniforms.

Nippers Out of School Care and Holiday Programme - Need care during the school holidays?

Nippers operates out of our St James’ Catholic School Hall, contact 356 7926, 021 645 806 or for more information.

School Facebook - have you liked our new page to stay informed?

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

PTFA Pizza Lunches - This Friday $2 per slice for Hawaiian, Meat Lovers or Simply Cheese. Orders taken outside the front office before school.

The next PTFA (Parent, Teacher and Friends Association) meeting will be held in the staffroom on Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 6.30-8.00 pm. Do you wish to get involved and assist with fundraising initiates? Together we make a difference and we invite you to come along to this meeting with ideas, new families welcome. It would be great to see some families from each learning space.

Pastoral Care Baking - We are continuing to support our school community when required through this pandemic by way of pastoral care, this may be meal or baking. If this sounds like something you might be interested in supporting please contact

Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

St James' Catholic School Board Update

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 4 July 2022 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Michael Fennessy

Chairperson (

Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website or school App as we are updating this should events be cancelled/postponed. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2022 Term Dates & Holidays. Please add these to your diary, in particular the Staff Only Days.


Week 6

Friday 10 June - PTFA Pizza Lunch

Friday 10 June - Assembly 2pm in School Hall

Week 7

Wednesday 15 June - PTFA Meeting, 6.30pm in Staffroom

Thursday 16 June - Cross Country Assembly, 2.15pm in School Hall

Week 8

Friday 24 June - Matariki Public Holiday

Week 9

Friday 1 July - PTFA Pizza Lunch

Saturday 2 July - Vex Robotics - Scrimmage 1

Week 10

Mid Year Reports coming home this Friday 8 July

Monday 4 July - School Board Meeting

Friday 8 July - Last Day of Term 2


Week 1

Monday 25 July - First day of Term 3

School Interviews

Week 3

Thursday 11 August - St Peter's Open Night

Getting Involved

SVDP - We are aware that some families may be struggling at this time. For any food parcels or welfare assistance, please phone St Vinnies shop on 357 6779 and a SVDP member will attend to your request.

St Vinnie's Op Shop - Garage Sale at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall 96 Shamrock Street on 18th June 9 am - 1 pm. Clothing and bric a brac bargains.

Yummy Apple stickers - Please continue to collect these throughout the year. Collection sheets are also available from the school office.

Cut out Label Collection Sheet
New Variety Sticker Collection
Sticker Collection Sheet

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