SJS Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

Newsletter 11 May 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.

Tēnā tātou

We have had a great start to Term 2, this autumn weather we have been experiencing has enabled our learners to get outdoors.

We have missed you coming in during Term 1 and our staff are excited that we can now invite you back into our learning spaces and school grounds under orange traffic light settings and look forward to welcoming you tomorrow at our Open Kura and Mihi Whakatau.

This term our focus is on Traditions, this follows on last term’s enquiry around Belonging. The whole school will visit Te Rangimarie Marae this term. The Aotearoa NZ History Curriculum ensures that all ākonga in our schools and kura learn how our histories have shaped our present day lives. The aim of this visit is to strengthen our understanding of our traditions. Learners will experience a Powhiri and marae tikanga, history and customs.

Some of our staff have joined the Humphries Construction workplace fitness challenge. We are in teams of 4 and most of the challenge involves walking 10,000 steps a day! If you see us out walking and stretching, please encourage us. Hopefully this will help keep us healthy, well and happy.

I was thrilled last week to meet Mr Terry Hemmingsen from the Lions Club who collects the can tabs and bottle tops. Thank you for your support with this initiative.

The Kidney Kids Foundation runs the fundraiser Kan Tabs, which encourages individuals and groups to collect and ring top tabs off soft drink, tuna and even cat food cans. The tabs are sold to a recycler and the funds raised are passed on to the Kidney Kids Support Group.
Founded in 1990, Kidney Kids is a not-for-profit parent driven organisation that assists parents of children who have kidney disorders. Kidney Kids provides regular newsletters, information and resources regarding kidney disorders, and organises annual camps for children who may not be able to attend ordinary school camps because of their medical needs.

Most importantly Kidney Kids offers support for families through regular meetings, social activities and education evenings where parents can meet with a specialist to talk about their child's condition. At the moment there are about 1250 children who require dialysis treatment or additional support from Kidney Kids


Lions Clubs throughout the country regularly collect can tabs, as well as the screw tops off wine bottles, which also contain aluminum and can be recycled in the same way.

We are very impressed with our property repairs and works undertaken in the holidays. The administration area carpet has been replaced, concrete paths have been repaired and the pool fence has been replaced. We would like to acknowledge the financial support for these projects - the one-off EPMP (Essential property Maintenance Package) funding given to state-integrated schools by the government in 2021. Our thanks also go to the Property Manager of the Diocese of Palmerston North.

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

Congratulations - We congratulate Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference Māori Adviser on his recently appointed Co-Chief Executive Māori-Tumu Whakarae of the Sisters of Compassion Group. Danny joins Dr Chris Gallavin (appointed in March 2021) as Co-Chief Executive-Tumu Whakarae of the group.

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Parish resources for this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are now available to download from the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference website. The Week is celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand between Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, so this year's Week is from 29 May to 5 June. The resources are also handy for individuals, especially the Eight Days of Prayer section. The chosen theme for 2022 is "We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him," and is based on Matthew 2:2. Click here for the full resources:

Children's Bibles for Purchase - if you wish to order a Children's Bible, please email the school office and they will place your order and Invoice You:

The Beginner’s Bible suitable for ages 4-7 $29.99

The Lion Read & Know Bible $24.99

The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story $39.99

Freight $6.00

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Storme, Suzie, Sesipā, Ruby and Aaron who have this term started their faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to their family and whānau.

We have appointed a new cleaner Brooke. Welcome Brooke to the St James’ Catholic School community.

Next Wednesday we look forward to the return of St Peter's College Ambassadors. These Ambassadors visit weekly and carry out service in the playground. It is always great to welcome back some past St James’ learners.


Open Kura and Mihi Whakatau - Thursday 12 May 2-4pm - Tomorrow at 2pm we will begin with a Mihi Whakatau to welcome you to our kura and Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Parish. This will take place in front of Learning Space 2 and 5 and then you are invited to come in and visit our beautiful learning spaces, have a cup of tea in the staff room, partake from our sausage sizzle and meet your child/ren’s teacher(s).

We have missed you coming in during Term 1 and our staff are excited that we can now invite you back into our learning spaces and school grounds under orange traffic light settings. We do ask please that when indoors a mask is worn.

You will also enjoy walking around our school grounds and seeing some of the property updates undertaken during the holidays.

If the weather is wet we will have a postponement date of Friday May 13.

Term 2 Te Rangimarie Marae Visits - If you haven’t already please ensure you have returned the Parent Consent Form for our upcoming Marae visit to Te Rangimarie Marae.

Staff Only Day - Friday 3 June (Week 5 Term 2). We have a Staff Only Day on Friday 3 June, learners are not required to be at school this day. Nippers Out of School Care and Holiday Programme will be open for the day and they operate out of our school hall. If you require their services please contact them on 021 645 806 or to make arrangements.


Sign Language Week - NZSL is one of New Zealand’s official languages. The NZSL Week theme for 2022 is NZSL is Essential.

The meaning behind this theme is multifaceted. As you are aware, the word “essential” is well used these days and we are drawing on this to put a spotlight on essential workers who are Deaf.

As well as the fact that NZSL is essential for Deaf people in education, health, workplaces and to be able to participate equally in society.

At St James we use NZSL in our everyday prayers, songs, greetings, and some instructions. Throughout the week we have been learning new signs to communicate, sing and share with you at home.

Hockey Manawatu - We have been so lucky to have a provider (Hockey Manawatu) come to school to take hockey sessions with each class. The children have been developing their skills as well as game sense. This has seen great participation in the winter code with one Year 1 and 2 team, one Year 3 and 4 and one Year 5 and 6 team.

SVDP would like to say a huge thank you to the St James community for all the lovely Easter egg donations, these were a wonderful and much appreciated addition to food parcels over the Easter period.


Winter Hockey - Following on from my earlier alert, there was a problem with Hockey Manawatu Winter Hockey Registrations. If you haven’t heard from me please can you contact me urgently as I am unaware of your child’s enrolment.

Marist Tennis Winter Coaching Programme - Applications are still open for this 14 week development programme for 4-12 year olds. These 1 hour sessions run on Saturday mornings over term 2 and 3 and will focus on improving strokes, footwork and court strategies! This popular winter tennis programme will upskill and develop techniques so you are ready to face challenges on the court in the summer season. All levels catered for and all equipment provided. For more info contact Big John on 0274808808.

Tracey Gunn

Sports Coordinator

Vex Robotics 2022 (Yr 5 & 6) - Information is now available for the 2022 season. Please contact the school office if your child is interested. Scrimmages are held on Saturdays and individual costs are likely to be $80-$95 for the season.

Yummy Apple stickers - Please continue to collect these throughout the year. Collection sheets are also available from the school office.

Cut out Label Collection Sheet
New Variety Sticker Collection
Sticker Collection Sheet

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

The next PTFA meeting will be held in the staffroom on Wednesday 18 May 2022 at
6.30-8.00 pm. All welcome.

Pastoral Care - We are continuing to support our school community when required through this pademic by way of pastoral care, this may be meal or baking. Our freezers are nearly empty, if this sounds like something you might be interested in supporting please contact

Thank you The Egg Project for this donation and supporting your local community. Thanks also to our school community who are eating their way through these eggs. If you want to know more about this school fundraiser please contact the school office.

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Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

St James' Catholic School Board Update

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 30 May 2022 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Michael Fennessy

Chairperson (

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.

2022 Term Dates & Holidays. Please add these to your diary, in particular the Staff Only Days.

Week 2

9-13 May NZ Sign Language Week

Thursday 12 May - Mihi Whakatau and Open Kura

Friday 13 May - Postponement date for Mihi Whakatau and Open Kura

Week 3

Monday 16 May - School Board Sub Committee Meetings

Tuesday 17 May - Marae Trips (AM visit LS5, LS7 and LS10) (PM Visit LS2 and LS8)

Wednesday 18 May - PTFA Meeting, 6.30pm Staffroom - All Welcome

Week 4

Thursday 26 May - Feast of the Ascension

Friday 27 May - Marae Trip (LS1 and LS6)

Week 5

Friday 3 June - Staff Only Day

Week 6

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Friday 10 June - Assembly 2pm in School Hall - Learners Year 1-3 sharing

Getting Involved

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.

School App Advertising - If you are interested in advertising on our School App please make an enquiry to

Red Cross Book Sale coming up!

When - Queen's Birthday weekend, Barber Hall, Waldegrave Street.

When - Friday 3 June to Monday 6 June.

What - Masses of books (Children's to Teens')$2 and less. Plus games, jigsaw puzzles and posters.

For more information go to

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