Newsletter 17 October 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

Mercy Value for Term 4 - Service

Our Mercy values are a unique part of our school. Catherine McAuley chose certain Gospel values that were important to her to help her make decisions and live her life. She also asked her Sisters of Mercy to use these values to help them make decisions.

These Mercy Values can help our students to make decisions too – how can I show Mercy Values when I’m at home, at school, or when I’m playing with my friends?

Term 4's mercy value is service. The mercy value of service is about helping others. You help others because it is what God wants you to do, and you don’t ask for pocket money or some other reward in return.

Service Prayer - Rato/Awhina

Before the Last Supper, Jesus knelt down and washed the feet of his disciples. He said this was an example for them, and that whoever wanted to be first among them must be ready fa be the least and the servant of all. May we learn from Jesus how, to put the needs of others first, and to use the gifts we have received to enrich their lives. We pray in Mercy’s name. Amen.

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A warm welcome to Ms Sarah Coddington to our school. Sarah will be co-teaching with Mrs Carol Sullivan in Room 1.
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PTFA - Playground project

Saturday saw the demolition of our old junior playground by an 'army' of SJS parents and their children. It was a superb effort and wonderful to see our community coming together to support this project.

Many thanks to all the parents involved, your commitment and service to our school is incredibly valued.

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SWIMMING - Water skills for Life

Students in Room 6 - 11 are swimming this term in Week 2 and Week 4.

They will need their togs everyday.

Water Skills for Life lessons aims to teach children how to keep themselves safe in, on and around water. An essential skill for every child in Aotearoa as we are surrounded by water.

These lessons will be delivered at Onehunga Pools and students will be transported there and back in minivans.

We thank Aktive and Sport Auckland for funding this initiative.

Water Skills for Life supported by ACC (30 sec)


Your child is provided a lunch through the Government Ka Ora Ako Healthy School lunch programme.

Please provide your child with a healthy morning tea (a piece of fruit)

Upcoming Events

  • Road patrol training - 19 October
  • Piano lessons - 20 / 21 October
  • PUBLIC HOLIDAY - 24 October - School closed
  • SWIMMING - 25 October - 28 October
  • Piano lessons - 27/28 October

St Joseph's Catholic School Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative

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 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to:

Stan Duarte (Presiding member (chair))

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga Board

125 Church St

Onehunga - 1061

by: 14 November 2022


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

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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.