SJS Newsletter Term 4 Week 8

Newsletter 7 December 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.

7 December 2022

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Tēnā tātou

Dear Family/Whānau

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.

If your youngest is graduating from Year 6 or your family is moving on we wish you well in your new school. For those of you returning in 2023 we look forward to welcoming you back at St James’ Catholic School, on Tuesday 31st January at 8.50am.

Our learners and teachers are supported by our wonderful learning Assistants: Mrs Anne Harris, Miss Jess Illingworth, Mr Shawn Kumar, Mrs Kate Puts, Mrs Marietza Walmsley, Mrs Jo Wedlock and Mrs Dale Weston. I would like to express my gratitude for the patience and love they extend to our learners - you are truly valued.

We have also been blessed this year with three teachers from Arahunga school who have worked with four learners. Thank you Kathryn O'Connor, Connie Edmonds, and Penny Horton, we wish you a blessed Christmas.

There are other special support staff here who are like glue that hold us together: Fr Joe Grayland, Fr Brian, Chaplain, Tracey Jenkins, our Office Manager, Nicci Smith, our Library Resource Manager, Conal Hodgetts, ICT Support, Glenn Maskill, our Caretaker and Madison Henn and Cecelia Autagavaia our cleaners.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you our families/whānau who have supported St James’, without your support whether it be assisting with extra-curricular activities, sports coaches classroom support, School Board, PTFA, Whānau -Fanau, Indian and Pasifika groups you enrich your children’s experiences - together we make a difference.

There are two members of our PTFA who are leaving our school at the end of this year. Pauline Balm, and Tash O'Brien,(Treasurer), your contributions to St James' have been immense over the past years. Thank you on behalf of our school community.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my aroha and thanks to our wonderful St James' staff. You have been a wonderful support to me in my roll as Acting Principal this year. Thank you for your encouragement and patience. May you and your families have a blessed Christmas.

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Kia ora koe te kirihimete koa.

E te Atua e manaaki ki a koutou katoa

May God Bless you all

Christine Cosgrove

Catholic Special Character

From our Parish Office

Link to Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Website

Link to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit mass times

Latest Kotahi Ano Parish Newsletter

Nativity Play 2022 - If your child or children are interested in being part of this year's Nativity play, please contact Donna Brown: The Nativity play will take place on Christmas Day during the 9:30am Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

2022 Christmas Mass Times

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Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome We extend a warm welcome to Frederico who has started his faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to his family and whānau.

Hato Heemi SAINTS Postcards - Congratulations to the following learners who received a Hato Heemi SAINTS Postcard at the end of Term 4.

Strive - Douglas F, Juan S, Kate P, Michael G, Alex Q, Alex van W, Xavier B, Liam S, Eli S, Cortez S, Aidan S, Gemma M, Isaiah H, Adeline K-L, Francis C, AJ K, Fletcher C, Charlie H, Storme H, Henry M, Alice A, Ariya S, James B and Aidan S.

Acceptance - Kahn J, Levi G, Sarah B, Chloe McK, Henry M, Alice A, Ariya S and Aidan S.

Integrity - Ariya S, Levi G, Xavier B, Liam S, Eli S, Cortez S, Adian S, Seth C, Elijah S and Henry M.

Nurture - Sarah B, Gemma M, Leona E, Storme H and Henry M.

Talents - Grayson N and Henry M.

Service - Finn B, Dan K, Julian K, Storme H and Henry M.


Farewell - At the end of this year we will be farewelling Miss Jess Illingworth, Mrs Dale Weston and Mrs Marietza Walmsley who's learners have moved onto further education along with Nicci Smith our Library Resource Manager.

We also thank Mrs Sue Lewis who has taught LS6 for 3 terms. We have been extremely blessed to have Sue's skills as a classroom teacher during this period.

St James' School Community Pool, Pool Keys - Did you know that parents can purchase a pool key from the school office and use the pool after hours?

The school pool is available for community use on school days between 3:15 pm and 7.55 pm, and during the holidays and weekends between 10 am and 7.55 pm. Families can purchase pool keys from the School Office and sign the agreements from now until Friday 9 December for $50 per key. A fee of $20 will be incurred for any lost keys. Payments can be made online: 12-3442-0052178-00. Children will not be issued keys, as an adult is required to sign the agreements. The School pool is currently undergoing some maintenance including being painted and we anticipate it will be open from 1 December 2022. We will pop a post on our School Facebook page to inform you all when the pool opens.

Te Reo Maori - As a staff, in 2023 we will be participating in the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori ki te Taiuru programme. This is a Government initiative to develop te Reo Māori in schools and the wider community. If anyone in the community is interested in this course please contact me ( for further information.

This course will require teaching and support staff to attend weekly meetings off site. We will communicate with you what days these will be once confirmed, but if you are unable to have your children collected from school by 3.15pm we do ask please that you make after school arrangements so our staff can attend this professional development.

Situations Vacant - We currently have the following positions available commencing 2023. If you are interested please contact the school office.

  • Cleaner - (11 hours per week)

2023 Term Dates & Holidays

Term 1 Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 6th April
Term 2 Monday 24th April – Friday 30th June
Term 3 Monday 17th July – Friday 22nd September
Term 4 Monday 9th October – Friday 15th December

LS1 and 2 trip to Foxton Wildlife Trust - On Friday 2nd December Learning Spaces 1 and 2 went on a trip to Foxton. They began at the Foxton Wildlife Trust and learnt about native and introduced lizards like Skinks and Geckos. After this they headed down to the Estuary for a STEM Study on estuarine health investigating the prevalence of different species present. This is a culmination of our RE, Science, Inquiry and art learning where we explored Kaitiakitanga and Stewardship over Papatuanuku, God's creation. We had a brilliant day including a play at the playground, chip butties for lunch and an iceblock! Ngā mihi nui koutou to all who came and helped on this trip. It was a huge success!

We also further explored Kaitiakitanga and Stewardship when doing a huge rubbish clean up around the school grounds on Monday 5th December. We were humbled by the amount of litter we found and conducted an analysis of what we collected.


End of Year Mass - This year we return to our tradition of finishing our school year at our church, The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, as a school community on Tuesday 13 December. This Mass begins at 10:15am, and our learners will be bused there with their school bags.

Please join us to celebrate Mass, and to bless and thank our Year 6 learners and our leaving families.

Learners are taken home by their whānau from The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit at the end of Mass, approximately 11:15/11:30am. Learners returning to Nippers will be bussed back to School. Please ensure you advise Nippers if you require this service.

School-wide SAINTS awards and End of Year service, special character and leadership awards - These will be given out at our End of Year Assembly in our school hall on Monday 12th December at 1:45pm. Whānau of those receiving these awards will be contacted by their classroom teacher shortly, so whānau can be present for this occasion.

All welcome.

Library Returns/Stocktake/Accounts - It is that time of the year to get all our books back into the library and do our stocktake. Please assist your child/ren in returning any books that they may have collected over the year and return these to the school library. You will know that these are school library books when you see a ‘St James’ School Library’ Barcode on the back cover of the book. Accounts will be coming home shortly for any unreturned items.

Thanks for your assistance with this.

2023 Stationery - A separate alert will come out later this week with the 2023 Stationery Requirements. You will be able to order this once you know your child's 2023 classroom teacher which will be indicated in their school report.

Lost Property - please take the time to look through the lost property. Any unnamed items remaining at the end of term will be donated to SVDP.

Seesaw - As we come towards the end of the year it is time to start thinking about downloading your child's work from Seesaw if you wishy to keep it before it disappears.

Please support our local community. For the next two months, Cloud9 have identified St James' as one of the schools receiving their School donations. Thank you Cloud9 for supporting your local community.


Yummy Apple Stickers - Look at all the amazing sports gear you got for us by just eating Yummy Apples!!!! Thank you so much for bringing in the stickers and bag labels! Don't forget to keep munching over the summer! Thanks for your support!

Issued Sports Uniform - we still have a number of school issued sports uniform not returned. Please can this be returned to the school office by next Tuesday.

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

Juicie Fridays - Juicies will be available for purchase $2.00 after school on Fridays until the end of the term.

PTFA Lunch Friday 9 December - $2 per slice for Hawaiian, Meat Lovers or Simply Cheese. Orders taken outside the front office before school on Friday morning.

The PTFA would like to extend their thanks to our school community for supporting their fundraising initiatives throughout 2022. If this is something you would like to get involved with throughout 2023 please contact Kelly Hoskins or coming along to one of our meetings in 2023.

Kelly Hoskins

PTFA Chairperson

Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

St James' Catholic School Board Update

Policies for Community Consultation - The following policies were approved at the November Board Meeting for community consultation.

Please take this opportunity to review and forward any comments to the School Office before 31 January 2023 to

The Board wishes to acknowledge the great learning that has occurred across the school this year. The literacy and numeracy reports were presented to the Board at Monday night's meeting.

The Board is working through the next advertisement for a new Principal. As advised, the Board is confident with Christine Cosgrove continuing as Acting Principal during term 1 2023.

Analena Siu

Presiding Member (

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.

2023 Term Dates & Holidays. Please add these to your diary, in particular the Staff Only Days.


Week 8

Friday 9 December - LS1, LS6 and LS10 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Friday 9 December - PTFA Lunch

Friday 9 December - Year 6 End of Year Celebration, 6pm

Week 9

Monday 12 December - 1.45pm Whole School Assembly for End of Year Awards, School Hall

Tuesday 13 December - End of Year Mass at the Cathedral of Holy Spirit 10.15am

Tuesday 13 December - Last day of Term 4 2022. Learners to be collected by their family/whānau from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit after Mass at approximately 11:15/11:30am.

Getting Involved

Kidney Kids - One small way we can make life easier for others which costs us nothing, is to collect stamps, can tabs, and wine bottle tops!

You will find collection boxes for these in the School Office foyer. If, as a family you don't already set these items aside for Kidney Kids at Starship and the Missions, you may like to start, as a very visible witness to demonstrating Jesus' example of LOVE. Encourage neighbours and family to do the same. There is no deadline.

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