Newsletter 4 July 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga


Each year Caritas combines with Catholic schools across New Zealand as together we stand in solidarity and raise funds and awareness for a selected focus school.

YCC Day is the day when thousands of young people across New Zealand gather together in solidarity for a good cause and have fun by wearing non-uniform for the small cost of a gold coin.

We come together to bring about lasting change for a school who may not enjoy the same privileges as ourselves.

For YCC Day in 2022, we are supporting Laura Vicuna School in Bethlehem.

Laura Vicuna School is a small school situated in the Holy Land.

The school began in 1988 and is in dire need of support to fix and repair toilets, purchase a new laptop and projector as well as round tables for small group learning activities.


School Holidays

Forget 'just surviving' the holidays - here are some ideas to help you and your family and whānau have fun and 'thrive'!

Your child needs the holidays to recharge their batteries and refresh themselves, ready for the next term. Holidays are also an opportunity to spend time with your child and have fun together.

Keep it simple, affordable and fun. The key is enjoying time with your child – it doesn’t have to be a chore or cost a lot of money.

Enjoy your break TIME together and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed in Term 3.

For ideas go to this link

For SKiDS Term 2 Holiday Programme please call for more information, call +64-800754377 or +64-224730281 or email


We’re getting a new junior playground but we need your help!

SJS PTFA has organised a fundraiser and forms have been given out to your children. Please ask around your friends and family - there’s heaps of great prizes to be won. Any amount can be donated from $1 to $10 (or more) - people can sponsor as much as you can or wish.

Every sponsor goes into the draw for a prize! Extra forms are available from the office. Don't forget to get your forms in before Thursday 7 July (that means Wednesday at the latest)!!

We can't wait to see the faces of our junior students (and future students) when they are able to enjoy their new playground.

Thank you!

Russia and Naomi (on behalf of the PTFA)

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School Board Elections Parent Election Notice

It’s Board election time again!

Next term we will be electing board members for the next three years.

Nominations are open for the election of Five parent representatives (elected) to the school board.

All eligible voters will receive a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations.

Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Friday 12 August 2022 . You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination. The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 16 September 2022

Mrs Melanie Duarte

Returning Officer


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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Upcoming Events

  • Mufti Day - 8 July
  • Reports go home - 8 July
  • Last day of Term 2 - 8 July
  • First day of Term 3 - 25 July

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.


We respectfully request that visitors wear masks indoors.

Masks will be placed at the Admin entrance if you have left yours in the car.

Sports awards - Acknowledgements

Zion Hatitio Rm 6 - won 1st place - 7 year old boys at Hillsborough Athletics Club

- Player of the Month (May) - Mt Albert Rugby League - U8 Blue Cubs

Jasper Hatitio - Rm 4

Player of the Month (June) - Mt Albert Rugby League - U6 Baby Lions


The impact of COVID to employment has lead to challenging times for many families.

If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some options that might be useful.

Work and Income services centres are closed, however you can apply for assistance via MyMSD or phone the contact centre on 0800 559 009.

If you need some assistance with food these food banks may be able to help out;

  • Auckland City Mission, City 09 303 9200
  • Salvation Army Royal Oak 09 639 1103
  • Vinnies Auckland, Newton 09 815 6122 or 0800 6800
  • Hope Centre, New Lynn 02108048436
  • Vision West, Glen Eden (Mon, Wed, Fri only) 09 818 0716