Panui o te Kura School:News

St Joseph's School, Levin - July 2021

Mai i to Tumuaki - from your Principal

Kia ora e te whānau o te kura. We're back in the news; well the Hato Hohepa news that is! With our newly developed website, we have an online newsletter and a NEW school app - all inclusive and a one-stop-information-shop for our whānau.

Watch this space for updates and next steps.


At Te Kura o Hato Hohepa ki Taitoko, the 'School Vision' includes '...inspiring Catholic hearts to be life-long learners, who love God and serve their community'. This is a priority for ākonga-learners, kaiako-teachers and kaimahi-staff.

This year, Deputy Principal Bronwen Walters, achieved a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language through Massey University. Principal, Maria Lyne completed a Graduate Certificate in Leadership & Catholic Culture through ACU (Australian Catholic University) and TCI (The Catholic Institute, NZ). The knowledge, skills and applied practice in these areas is a tremendous asset to our richly, multicultural school and staff. 'To God, be glory forever. Alleluia, Amen.'

Other examples of life-long-learning at te kura have been:

  • our Teacher Aides (TAs) completed Digital Skills for Learning earlier this year
  • four kaiako, currently completing an Religious Education qualification
  • two TAs completing a TA Masterclass and one TA completing a certificate through HLC

One way that whānau can encourage life-long learning at home, is to actively learn alongside their child through the Home-School, S.E.R.V.E. Mission booklet. This should be completed weekly to enhance whānau connection, social learning, work ethic, hauora-wellbeing, study habits, time-management and excellence-personal best.

If you are already doing your part for the Home-School S.E.R.V.E. Mission - congratulations; and if not; plan to make a start in Term 3. It really will make a difference to your child's learning and their participation will be incentivized in-class and school-wide.

Thank you for all that you provide from home to support your child's learning at school.

Kotahi tātou - we are one!

Term 2 GEM's

Great Educational Moments (GEMs) include, but are not limited to:

  • 'Think Pink' School Disco
  • Pentecost School Mass
  • He Vakamoana visit
  • Samoan Language Week
  • Venerable Suzanne Aubert's birthday celebration
  • Caritas Challenge - Move it; Stop it; Live it; Social action
  • Kiribati Language Week
  • Wānanga Wednesdays
  • Winter Sports
  • Matariki breakfast and BBQ
  • End of Term 2 Thanksgiving Mass
  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
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'With our hearts on fire with the love of Jesus'

Sacramental Celebration - Confirmation

On Sunday - 11 July - 26 members of our parish professed their commitment to their faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Cardinal John Dew presided over the Holy Mass and confirmed each candidate with a special blessing; sharing their chosen Saint's name and anointing them with the Sacred Oil of Chrism. Witnessed by their Catholic sponsor, families, friends and parish whānau, the candidates welcomed this sacrament of initiation with open and trusting hearts and minds.

Cardinal John spoke of St Joseph as a faith-filled leader and role model. He reminded us to have a loving and caring heart like St Joseph; open and welcome to God's wisdom. He spoke of Joseph as the patron Saint of the Universal church and therefore a patron Saint for us all. Joseph received God's messages in his dreams and we too, even in our day-dreams can be open to God, and especially if we turn those dreamtimes into prayer.

The celebration concluded with a veritable feast in the Parish center. Gratitude and thanks to all who helped in the preparation for this special occasion.

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Key Dates

  • Term 3 begins - Monday 26 July @ 8.55am
  • Wānanga Wednesdays (Y6-8 extension) - Weeks 1-8
  • COVID Info' for Pacific Peoples - Wednesday 28 July @ 6pm
  • School Mass 'Grandparents theme' - Friday 30 July @ 12.10pm
  • Social Justice Week & KNZB Week - 13-19 September
  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - 13-19 September
  • Catholic Character Review - 14-16 September
  • Pet Blessing Liturgy - Friday 1 October @ 2.00pm
  • Term 3 ends - Friday 1 October @ 2.55pm

Planning for WellBEing

Heading into Term 3, help your child to 'BE'

  • ON-TIME, at school by 8.45am - tamariki love to arrive at school, with a little time to spare
  • HYDRATED - with a filled water bottle - we are a WATER ONLY school
  • ENERGIZED - early to bed = rested, happy and switched-on for the day ahead
  • FUELED-UP = breakfast on board and HEALTHY SNACKS for Kai Iti
  • UNIFORM-SMART - warm, clean and tidy with hair just right
  • MINDFUL - Pray; Practice 'Pause - Breathe - Smile'; encourage a Growth Mindset
  • HEALTHY & WELL - Keep your child safely 'snuggled up' at home if they are unwell