SJS Newsletter Term 4 Week 2

Newsletter 26 October 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.

26 October 2022

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Tēnā tātou

Dear Family/Whānau

Kia ora koutou

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.

I hope you were able to have some family time over the weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Yesterday we had a staff only day and had a fabulous session this morning from Jo Chamberlain from the Ministry of Education about restorative justice which is part of our Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme. We were reminded of the value of relationships, with us, and our learners, to provide a trusting, nurturing environment. It also applies to learners with each other. In the end this supports our learners to be the best learners they can be.

Eric Culshaw supports our kura as an RTLB (resource teacher of learning and behaviour). At times an RTLB will come into a class to support teachers with learning or behaviour. Eric offered to help us with our PB4L behaviour programme so we asked for some ideas to support our junior boys to develop resilience and fair play skills. Eric has offered to come in every Friday and teach some of our junior boys these skills through games in the hall. Last week I was very impressed with the way Eric engaged with these boys and the fun they had. Ka pai Eric.

We acknowledge and accept that there is more than one way to achieve the same goal. We value and encourage the development and sharing of everyone’s unique ideas, talents, skills, passions and culture. We understand the importance of supporting everyone to be the best person God created them to be.

Our date for the next Malayalam morning tea is Monday 31 October, 9am in the staffroom. We will be planning and discussing Malayalam language week that will be held during week 4 of term. We would love as many of you there as possible so we can make this celebration of the language and culture a huge success for our learners at St James. Please feel free to bring friends and grandparents to these morning teas.

Enjoy the blossoms and the promise of spring and especially enjoy your beautiful children.

E te Atua e manaaki ki a koutou katoa

May God Bless you all

Christine Cosgrove

Catholic Special Character

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Prayer and Religious Education Learning - Term 4

This term our prayer focus is on the scriptures that tell the Christmas story, these will be a focus in classroom prayer and in Gatherings.

We will be doing some God learning, as well as Advent and Christmas learning in Religious Education this term.

All of this learning, and our inquiry learning, fall under the Term 4 school wide theme of “Celebration’.

Friday 12:05 Masses at the Cathedral

This term we are celebrating being able to be back at Church again!

We are doing this by reigniting our class visits to the Cathedral for Mass and lunch on Friday’s at 12:05pm. Our learners will be a part of the Mass, and will then have their lunch at the Cathedral after this. We will bus to and from the Cathedral.

We welcome you all to join us for these Masses.

The timetable is as below:

Friday 28 October - LS2 and LS7

Friday 4 November - LS1 and LS6

Friday 11 November - LS5 and LS10

Friday 18 November - LS5 and LS8

Friday 25 November - LS2 and LS7

Friday 2 December - LS5 and LS8

Friday 9 December - LS1, LS6 and LS10

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Ariyah, Te Ana and Xavier who have started their faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to their family and whānau.

Hato Heemi SAINTS Postcards - Congratulations to the following learners who received a Hato Heemi SAINTS Postcard at the end of Term 3.

Strive - Jared L, Layla V, Ella C, Addie J, Mela O, Maxwell H, Ciahro T-M Tammy C, Baxter J, Haru J, Talia A, Luke B, Brandon W, Ruby H, Carlos M, Maksim M, Jack M and Aislinn de-LH.

Acceptance - Adona S

Integrity - Ava O’B, Jordan-Rose P, Riley S and Amelia B.

Nurture - Luke M, Onyx J, Briar E, Sylvie B, Miller R-C, Eli W, Isabelle C and Lily-Raine B.

Talents - Amelia D, Brandon W, Ruby H, Aubrey K, Sika S, Tulia C and Mia F.

Service - Amelia B.

Congratuations Mikyung and Patricia for being received into our Catholic Faith recently.


Please see a revised date for the start of Term 1 2023. Monday 30 January will now be a staff only day as we have had the opportunity to take up some staff professional development on this day.

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

Noel Leeming is delighted to again be supporting KidsCan by raising funds with a Friends and Family Promotion this November. With your help, they hope to make a difference by providing the essentials Kiwi kids need to learn, with 2.5% of the total sales from this event being donated to KidsCan. We are proud to say the event we ran earlier this year (June), together we raised over $8,400 for KidsCan.

Kidscan Friends & Family Flyer

This offer is open to you, your staff, and wider Kura Whanau (including Parents, Students, and your community of friends & family). It gives them the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday October 31st and running through until Sunday November 13th, 2022.

To take advantage of this special offer, people can visit one of our Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on their smartphone (or in printed form) to unlock amazing deals and raise funds for KidsCan.

Read the latest issue of: Kia Manawaroa 21 Hiringa-ā-Nuku 2022. Kia Manawaroa is the Ministry of Education’s pānui for whānau Māori with children in education.


Sun Hats - It is compulsory for the children to wear the approved green school sun hat in terms 1 and 4 per our Health and Safety Policy. St James' Catholic School is an accredited SunSmart school. Children are encouraged to wear sunblock. Sunhats may be purchased from Academy Apparel on Broadway Avenue or call into the school office as we have a limited second-hand supply for sale for $1.00. No hat no play commences from Monday 31 October.

2022 Sports and Group Photos - Tuesday 1 November 2022

Please ensure that if you are in a group photo that you bring along your sports uniform to wear.

See below for Sports Code and Uniform.

Basketball - Wear PE uniform

Netball - Wear Netball uniform

Hockey - Wear PE uniform

All other photos are taken in full school uniform, this includes school jersey.


Issued Sports Uniform - If you have any school issued winter sports uniform, please return these to the school office after your photos.

Sports Assembly (Includes Swimming and Winter Sports), Thursday 3 November, 2pm School Hall.

School Athletics Day - We are having our School Athletics on Wednesday 23 November and need your help! We will begin our day at 9am and be finished by 2pm.

If this is something you can help with please email

Fun in the Sun with the Marist Hotshots Tennis Programme – Beginner skills development programme for 5-12 year olds run by our amazing Hot Shots coaches. These 50 minute sessions run on Saturday mornings over term 4 and will focus on improving strokes, footwork and court strategies! This is our most popular tennis programme which will upskill and develop techniques so you are ready to face challenges on the court this summer season. All levels catered for and all equipment provided. For more info contact Big John on 0274808808.”

Any questions, please contact the Sports Coordinator Tracey Gunn

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

The next PTFA (Parent, Teacher and Friends Association) meeting will be held Wednesday 9 November 2022 in Staffroom, 6.30-8.00 pm.

Do you wish to get involved and assist with fundraising initiates? Together we make a difference and we invite you to come along to this meeting with ideas, new families welcome. It would be great to see some families from each learning space.

PTFA Calendar/Cards/Diaries and Notebooks Order Forms

Teachers have sent photos of artwork home via Seesaw. Order forms are due back to school this Friday. These make excellent Christmas gifts.

The Egg Project - these are the most Eggceptional locally produced Free Range and Certified Organic Eggs. If you want to get involved with this fundraiser while enjoying magnificent eggs please contact the school office. Eggs are to be ordered by end of day Monday and are delivered to the school office ready for you to collect at afterschool pickups on Thursdays. Thank you to our community for the support given to this initiative. If you haven't tried them they truly are eggceptional.

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 14 November 2022 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Principal Appointment Update - I am happy to let you know that work is well underway to find our new Principal. The Board is fortunate to engage Matt Balm who is an education expert who guided the initial appointment process in relation to releasing the advertisement.

We will be advertising the role until the 1st of November 2022 and looking forward to hear from prospective candidates. We’ll then shortlist the candidates, undertake reference checking and complete the interview process.

While we are fortunate to have support from key institution including the Diocese Education office and the community, I’m also delighted to have such a broad range of experience and skill sitting on the School Board. I’m confident that through our faith and this process we will find an outstanding candidate for our kura.

Malo mo e hufaki

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

Please take this opportunity to review and forward any comments to the School Office before 4 November 2022 to

Analena Siu

Presiding Member (

Board Introduction

Shem Otieno (Parent Representative

My name is Shem Otieno, I am a father of two who both attend St James catholic school. We relocated to Manawatu at the beginning of the year from Tauranga. I am a solicitor in public service and I have a lot of involvement with the community through my work. I look forward to helping the board and the staff in serving our tamariki and the entire school community.

Andy Whitson (Parent Representative)

Kia ora school whanau.

My name is Andy Whitson and I have two rangatahi at St James. Jasper is in Year 5 and Grady is in Year 2. I am very proud of them both. Just as I am proud to be representing you as a parent on the school Board.

By day I have fun as the Sales & Marketing Manager at Agri Media business AgriHQ. And by the weekend I look forward to my favourite part of the week - family time!

I’ve enjoyed being involved in school sports and parent helper activities to date (with the odd MC duty thrown in there too!) and am excited to lend my skills and passion to the Board.

Hilary Autagavaia (Staff Representative)

Tena koutou, Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Kia orana, Namaskaram,

Ko Hilary Autagavaia tōku īngoa.

I have been been a teacher since 1984, a mother since 1991 and a besotted grandmother since 2015.

I grew up in Māngere, Tāmaki-makau-rau and moved to Papaioea in 2016.

I am in the St. Mary's parish and also attend mass at the Cathedral often.

My husband, Steve, is a teacher at Hato Paora College and I have 8 children (mostly grown-up) and 4 mokopuna, (Te tau o taku ate. The seat of my affections.) two of them attend St James.

Mā te atua koutou e manaaki e tiaki i ngā wā katoa

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


Week 2

Thursday 27 October - Great NZ Shakeout

Friday 28 October - Sports and Additional Photo Order Forms Due back

Friday 28 October - LS2 and LS7 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Friday 28 October - PTFA Calendar/Cards/Diaries and Notebooks Art Orders Due

Week 3

Monday 31 October - Malayalam Morning Tea, 9 am in Staffroom

Tuesday 1 November - All Saints Day

Tuesday 1 November - Sports and Additional Photos taken

Wednesday 2 November - All Souls Day

Thursday 3 November - Sports Assembly (Includes Swimming and Winter Sports), 2pm School Hall

Friday 4 November - LS1 and LS6 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Friday 4 November - PTFA Lunch

Saturday 5 November - Scrimmage 7 - Freyberg High School

Sunday 6 November - First Eucharist refresher and practice 10.30am

Week 4

Malayalam Language Week

Wednesday 9 November - PTFA Meeting 6.30 pm, Staffroom

Friday 11 November - LS5 and LS10 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Saturday 12 November - Scrimmage 8 at St James’

Week 5

Monday 14 November - School Board Meeting, 6pm, Staffroom

Friday 18 November - LS5 and LS8 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Week 6

Wednesday 23 November - Whole School Athletics Day at Massey University

Friday 25 November - LS2 and LS7 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Sunday 27 November - Advent begins

Week 7

Monday 28 November - 2pm Outside Liturgy to celebrate the beginning of Advent

Wednesday 30 November - 2023 Road Patrol Training

Thursday 1 December - Interschool Athletics

Friday 2 December - 2022 Road Patrol Celebration movie day.

Friday 2 December - LS1 and LS2 Trip to Foxton Wildlife Centre

Friday 2 December - LS5 and LS8 to join 12.05pm Mass at the Cathedral

Week 8

Monday 5 December - Year 6 Celebration Day at the Lido

Tuesday 6 December - Athletics Assembly, 2:15pm

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

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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