Newsletter 8 August 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

RE learning - Jesus HEHU KARAITI

Over the next few weeks your child will be learning about Jesus during Religious Education.

The focus and goals of this strand vary and develop year by year as your child's faith journey evolves; from 'Jesus – My Friend' to 'Jesus – Saviour and Liberator'.

Some things you can do at home to support your child are:

  • taking turns at finding various books in the Bible
  • inviting your child to show you how to find a Scripture reference in the Bible and encourage your child to explain to you what life was like in the times Jesus lived and to name some of the groups which Jesus had to deal with
  • go as a family to Sunday Eucharist
  • remind your family at meals together about how sharing food is part of Eucharist
  • talk about ways your family shows love and respect for the tapu of people
  • Make a place in children’s bedrooms for pictures of Jesus and his life

Family Whanau book

In the life-long process of the Education-in-Faith of a person, many people and groups have a formative role. Each role has a part to play in the whole process. As whanau you have an important role to play. The faith and Gospel values that are first learnt at home are reinforced at school and in the parish. The family-whanau nurtures the development of faith and spirituality within their children as they grow.

All families are encouraged to use the Family Whanau book which provides information to support the Religious Education programme in the home.


Congratulations to the following students who received a Catholic Caring award for care and compassion at the Diocese Catholic Caring Mass recently.

Daphne Havili Kaufusi
Lanaliha Pepe
'Elisa Losalu
Hope - Neriah Rokeni
Cole Mase
Jordan Vagavao

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Ambury Regional Park Planting day - 10 schools together

There was a hint of spring in the air last Wednesday as some of our SJS students joined nine schools within our Kahui Ako to plant young harakeke and cabbage trees along the coastal foreshore walk.

We sincerely thank Brendon Marshall (Onehunga High School) for his organisation of this event on behalf of Te Iti Kahurangi Kāhui Ako.

Our students will remember the pukeko dance, the pizza lunch and the connections that were made. It was clear that together they were planting to protect and give back to our whenua.

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Winter wellness guide for tamariki

With a rise in COVID-19, seasonal colds, flu and other respiratory infections in our communities, this guidance is to help you manage your child’s illness.


· Healthy young children can have up to 8 to 12 colds or upper respiratory tract infections each year. These are a normal part of childhood.

· A child should stay at home if they appear unwell or if they develop any of these symptoms: new runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, they are off their food and drink or show signs of feeling miserable.

· If a child becomes increasingly unwell and/or you are concerned about them, call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116. A child who is refusing to drink anything is likely to be very unwell.

· If an in-person appointment is required, follow your GP’s processes, which will include everyone wearing a mask if they can safely and practically do so.

· If you or a child you are caring for develops difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.

Find reliable information on how to manage colds and flus on KidsHealth and Health Navigator.


  • If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, the child and anyone in their household with similar symptoms should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If any household members are COVID-19 positive, other household members are at high risk of becoming infected. Everyone should isolate for at least seven days from the day that the first person receives their positive test result or becomes symptomatic (whichever is earliest).
  • All household contacts, including children, should take a rapid antigen test (RAT) on day three and day seven, or sooner if they develop symptoms. A person who has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, does not need to isolate again as a household contact.
  • Anyone who experiences symptoms 29 days or longer after previous COVID-19 infection should test and will need to isolate if they test positive.

If your child:

  • has been isolating with COVID 19 and is feeling well after seven days, they can return to school
  • continues to be unwell and/or has symptoms after their seven-day isolation period has ended, they should remain at home to recover until 24 hours after their symptoms end
  • still feels unwell or their symptoms are worsening after ten days, they should not return to school. Call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for medical advice.

Find detailed information about COVID-19 symptoms on the Ministry of Health and Unite Against COVID-19 websites.


  • If a child has been unwell with an illness other than COVID-19, they can return to their school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • If a child still has a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, they are unlikely to be infectious and could be considered well enough to attend school. They should not be required to provide a doctor’s certificate or clearance to return.
  • Any child who has a runny nose after a change in temperature – for example, moving from outdoors to indoors – or sneezes due to obvious stimuli (such as the sun or dust) does not need to be sent home.
  • Hay fever and other allergies can show similar symptoms to the common cold such as sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose and coughing. If a child has a history of allergic symptoms and shows one or more of these symptoms, or an itchy face (especially around the eyes or throat), consider if hay fever or an allergy could be the cause. You may want to check with the child’s caregiver to confirm.


Follow this guidance to help keep children and whānau stay healthy during the winter months.

Provide children with healthy and nutritious food to eat. Healthy eating supports immunity and helps our bodies to work well and feel good.

Food, activity and sleep – Ministry of Health

Support children to get enough sleep. Sleep is important for restoring energy, maintaining mental and physically wellbeing, learning, and aiding healthy growth and development.

Helping young children sleep better – Ministry of Health

Encourage and create opportunities for children to be active. Being active at home, at school, at play during the weekends and in the community helps children maintain good health and wellbeing.

Activities for children and young people – Ministry of Health

It is a good idea to encourage children to play outdoors – they just need to be dressed warmly during the winter months!

Being outdoors helps to boost children’s immune systems through exposure to fresh air and enables them to make vitamin D from exposure to the sun.


More masks are being provided in the community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You do not need to have COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms to get free masks.

Both medical masks and P2/N95 particulate respirator masks are available (with people at higher risk of severe illness being prioritised for P2/N95 masks).

Find out about higher risk people:

Higher risk people – Ministry of Health

You can get free face masks by:

· picking them up from testing centres and collection points alongside your free rapid antigen tests (RATs)

· visiting a participating pharmacy

· talking to a participating GP or alternative community healthcare provider.

To order RATs online visit the Ministry of Health website.

Rapid antigen testing (RAT) – Ministry of Health

Alternatively, if you’re unable to order RATs online or visit a participating healthcare provider in person, call 0800 222 478 and select option 3.

For a list of testing locations with free face masks visit the Health Point website.

COVID-19 testing – Health Point

How to wear a face mask safely with Dr Anthony Jordan
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School Board Elections Parent Election Notice

It’s Board election time again!

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 would have received a nomination form. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community.

As well as 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- Email your completed nomination forms to

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

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Upcoming Events

  • Catholic review - 9 and 10 August
  • Piano lessons - 11 August
  • Chess - 10 August - No Chess
  • Piano lessons - 11 and 12 August
  • Feast of the Assumption Liturgy - 12 August
  • BOT meeting - 18 August
  • Piano lessons - 18 and 19 August

Scholastic Free Book Offer

Scholastic is giving away FREE books in Issue 5 to help celebrate and spread the love of reading in our school.

Parents you can get up to 3 FREE books in this Issue.


1 Free Book

When you spend over $30

2 Free Books

When you spend over $50

3 Free Books

When you spend over $70

How it works:

Place an order on LOOP and list of free titles to choose from will display before Checkout.


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.


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

Chalice artwork by Room 11

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