St Joseph's Newsletter T4 Wk 4
9 November 2022
Kia Ora Koutou
Nua Mai, Haere Mai!
Yesterday we welcomed the last group of new students for 2022. It was great to see the new students and their whanau in the Church for our liturgy. We have welcomed 81 new students this year. Some new students have older brothers and sisters here, others are joining our community for the first time. Our new student liturgies are a great way to make the new students and their families welcome. Our numbers are looking really good for next year, unfortunately this means we can no longer accept new entrant enrolments for Term 1 2023. There are still limited spaces available for Term 2, 3 and 4. Once all the spaces are full then we will have to start a waitlist for preference students.
This Friday is our last Teacher Only Day as part of the Teacher’s Collective Agreement with the Government. The Government awarded 8 days over the length of the collective agreement to help address teacher workload. It is hoped that this time around the Government will actually give teachers more release time to address the workload so that families don’t have to make alternative arrangements. A big thank you for helping us by keeping the students at home this Friday.
Coming up at the end of November are the Paid Union Meetings (PUMs). Currently teachers and principals are in pay negotiations with the Government as they look to agree on a new contract. Teachers who are part of the union must attend the PUMs to vote on the latest offer from the Government. Our Teachers will be attending the afternoon PUM on Thursday 24 November. If you are able to pick up your children at lunchtime on that day it would be greatly appreciated. The school will provide supervision for those students that can not be picked up at lunchtime.
Tomorrow night we are holding our outdoor disco. We look forward to seeing your children come and enjoy this occasion.
Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa
Tumuaki / Principal
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C Sunday, November 6, 2022
Background on the Gospel Reading
In today's Gospel, we hear about an encounter between Jesus and some Sadducees. The Sadducees were a party of Judaism active in Jesus' time, descended from the priestly family of Zadok. They were literal interpreters of the written Law of Moses, which means that they were in disagreement with the position of the Pharisees, who offered an oral interpretation of the Law of Moses.
The Sadducees are described in this Gospel as opponents to the belief in resurrection. In the dialogue presented here, we see an example of the means of disputation that was common in first century Judaism. The Sadducees use the example of Levirate marriage, found in the Law of Moses, to disprove belief in the resurrection. According to Deuteronomy 25:5-10, if a man died without producing an heir, the man's brother should marry his wife and the offspring of this union would inherit the property and carry on the name of the man who had died. The Sadducees use this as an example to challenge belief in the resurrection.
Jesus argues from the same written Law of Moses to show that there is resurrection. Using the texts from the Book of Exodus (Chapter 3) that describe Moses' encounter with God in the burning bush, Jesus shows that God is the God of the living, not the dead. Here Jesus uses the same method and texts of the Sadducees to counter them. As the Gospel text suggests, he beat them at their own game!
More importantly, in this discourse Jesus shows the limits of our imaginations when it comes to eternal life. The Sadducees argued against resurrection because of the limits of earthly existence. They did not imagine another possibility for existence and relationship with God. Jesus proposes that the possibilities of resurrected life are beyond our imaginations. Jesus' conclusion suggests something else as well: To spend time worrying about resurrected life is to miss the point. The point is eternal relationship with God is possible, for God is the God of the living, “. . . for to him all are alive.”
Teacher Only Day - This Friday 11 November
Thursday 24 November - Teachers Union Meeting - 12.45pm pick up for Year 0-6 students
*please fill in Google form below
NZEI (New Zealand’s largest education union) have announced Paid Union Meetings across the country in November to discuss an offer from the Ministry of Education regarding the Primary Teachers Collective Contract (pay and conditions). All teachers who are union members are entitled to attend these meetings.
For our school, this will be organised as follows:
Wednesday 23 November: Year 7&8 teachers will attend a union meeting with no impact on students at school. Year 7&8 are then on a trip to Waimarino the next day. Year 0-3 Athletics will take place in the afternoon as planned.
Thursday 24 November: Year 0-6 teachers will attend a union meeting in the afternoon of Thursday 24 November. We ask that children are picked up from school at 12.45pm if possible. Those who need to stay at school will be supervised by support staff. Normal learning programmes will not be taking place.
After-school care will still be available and will need to be booked through Enrolmy as normal.
Please fill in this google form for your Year 0-6 children so that we know how many children will need to be supervised. Google form - 24 November - 12.45pm pick up or supervision
After-school care will still be available and will need to be booked through Enrolmy as normal.
BOT Parent Representative
Back in September the school’s Board of Trustees called for registrations of interest from our school community to fill the vacant Parent Representative position on our Board. We received 9 quality registrations and at our November meeting our Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to appoint Tom Barton to fill the vacant position.
Tom’s children currently attend St Joseph’s in years 5 and 7. Tom is a chartered accountant, bringing to the Board a wealth of experience especially in the financial and compliance sector. Tom has also been actively involved in the school through coaching sporting teams, attending school camps and supporting other extracurricular activities.
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the ICAS Writing Exams:
Mass Schedule Term 4
Whanau are welcome to join us in celebrating the Eucharist on Friday’s at 9 am as follows:
Mrs Fitzwater’s Term 4 class 2022 - No Stationery required for the children in 2023
This is just a reminder that when you see notices about buying stationery requirements for your child’s class in 2023, please ignore, as you have bought enough stationery for the end of 2022 and 2023
As part of our commitment to ensure the safety of all students at our school, staff have recently completed an asthma refresher with Asthma Waikato.
Following this we are asking all families who have a child at school who have been diagnosed with asthma or who have been prescribed an inhaler, to please let us know. As part of our school policy we are required to have all known asthmatics on a register and to hold at school for each child:
- An up-to-date Asthma Action Plan (completed by a GP)
- A clean, new spacer and reliever inhaler OR Symbicort if that is the inhaler your child uses as a reliever.
Asthma Waikato accepts self-referrals and their services are free. They provide one-to-one asthma education and support to families of children aged 0-15 with asthma living in the Waikato. They can ensure your child is on the right medications, the right dose, the right device and that you and they understand what asthma is and how to manage it best. For example, did you know that needing to use your reliever (blue or grey usually) inhaler more than twice a week can be dangerous and can also mean asthma is uncontrolled? Or that preventer inhalers have to be given morning and night, every day even when well to be effective?
There have been big changes in the recommendations (both globally and within NZ) for asthma medications for children aged 12+ recently. To ensure your child is on the best regime and the most recommended, please make an appointment to see Asthma Waikato.
We highly recommend all our families with children with asthma get in touch with Asthma Waikato and self-refer for a consultation with them. Self-referrals can be made through their website www.asthmawaikato.org.nz
Students Arriving Early
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.
Message from the Hamilton City Council:
“Now the weather is improving can we please make more of an effort to park appropriately around our school, please do not park on yellow lines and in the bus stop on Clarkin Road. Make a plan with your students to walk a bit further and meet you at safe and appropriate area”.
Waikato Full Primary School Success
Congratulations to Tessa Scott who beat a competitive field to win the Year 8 WFPS Cross Country Competition at Te Aroha recently. Great job Tessa!
Round the Bridges
Entries are now open for Round the Bridges.
We have registered the school for those who would like to enter with us. All race options are available.
Please click the link and use STJOES2022 as the group code. Race bibs will be issued to the school and given to your child once received.
Group code : STJOES2022
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.
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.
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
The Parish of the Holy Cross Sacramental Programme 2023
This programme is for children who are baptised and are aged 8 years and above. Classes will run for 5 weeks at St Joseph's Church, Fairfield commencing mid February 2023. Registration is online at: holycross.cdh.org.nz under Sacramental Preparation.
The link will be live from 1 November to 9 December. Please note you will be required to supply a
copy of the child’s baptism certificate before your registration is complete.
Brain Play teaches online after-school science & technology classes to Kiwi kids aged 5 - 13, from right across the country! Online topics this term include 3D printing, coding, animation, STEM experiments, LEGO & more. Free trials available for new students. Check out our timetable on our website and use the form to get in touch - https://www.brainplay.co.nz/