SJS Newsletter Term 1 Week 8

Newsletter 23 March 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

Today we had a visit from Father Jo who is the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit parish priest. We are grateful to Father Jo for his support. He has offered us help from the parish if teachers need help delivering learning to families who are isolating.

Today, LS6, were priviledged to be at the church for the Liturgy to welcome the Te Ara a Maria to our Diocese. This art work was commissioned by our Bishops to be a depiction of Mary that connects her to Aotearoa.

This Friday 25 March we have School Photos. Learners are to come to school in full school uniform (not their PE Uniform) on this day, they are to wear or have their jersey/cardigan and school shoes/sandals.

Once again we very grateful to be in such healthy environment at the moment. Thank you for supporting us with all our Covid protocols.

Blessings on your week
Christine Cosgrove

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Catholic Special Character - Holy Week

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week is an important time for Christians throughout the world.

Holy Week, the final week of Lent, begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. Holy Week is a time when Catholics gather to remember and participate in the Passion of Jesus Christ. The Passion was the final period of Christ’s life in Jerusalem. It spans from when He arrived in Jerusalem to when He was crucified.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with the sixth Sunday in Lent, called Palm Sunday.

This Sunday observes the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for Passover, where we join in with waving Palm branches and proclaiming him as the king.

This Sunday is also known as Passion Sunday to commemorate the beginning of Holy Week and Jesus’ final journey to the cross on Good Friday.

We will celebrate Palm Sunday at school together with a Palm Sunday Liturgy at Gathering time, 12:00pm, on Monday 11th April.

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, when Jesus consecrated bread and wine, and talked to His friends about service and what He wanted them to do in His name once He was gone, illustrating this when He washed their feet.

We will celebrate Holy Thursday, the Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet with a Liturgy at school at 12:00pm, on Thursday 14th April.

Good Friday

Good Friday is the day when we remember Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial.

These events are commemorated in the Stations of the Cross, a 14 step devotion, traditionally prayed during Lent, and especially on Good Friday.

Good Friday is a day of fasting within the Church.

Traditionally, there is no Mass and no celebration of the Eucharist. Instead there is a gathering where we, as a community, hear about Jesus’ arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial.

We will commemorate Good Friday at school with the praying of Living Stations of the Cross on Tuesday 5th of April and Wednesday 6th of April.

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday remembers the day which Jesus spent in the grave resting.

An Easter Vigil is often held in churches in the evening/night of Holy Saturday because the new liturgical day begins at sunset. The vigil often begins outside the Church, where an Easter fire is kindled and the Paschal candle is blessed and then lit.

The Paschal candle will be used throughout the season of Easter, remaining in the sanctuary of the church, and throughout the coming year at baptisms and funerals, reminding all that Christ is our life and light.

After the conclusion of the Liturgy of the Word, the water of the baptismal font is solemnly blessed and any catechumens and candidates are initiated into the church.

Easter Sunday

Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead.

It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday), and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year.

As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.

Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.

Caritas Challenge 2022

Last Friday learners came to school in red and white non-uniform, the colours on the Tongan flag. We raised $230.10.

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

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


Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue 2 - Closing date for LOOP orders for this Issue is Friday 25 March.

Kicking off International Children’s Book Week - Saturday 26 March - FREE EVENT!

Virtual International Children’s Book Day 2022 Launch Event Hosted by IBBY Canada and IBBY New Zealand/Storylines

Join us March 26, 2022 (in New Zealand) for a special online event to kick off a week of International Children’s Book Day celebrations.

Co-hosted by IBBY Canada and IBBY New Zealand/Storylines, this live-streamed event on Bibliovideo features special guests Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador Kaumātua Ben Brown and Edmonton Public Library Elder in Residence Jo-Ann Saddleback and exceptional Indigenous authors and readers from Canada and New Zealand.

This is a global event with participants from around the world! The entire event is approximately two hours long. Families with little ones may want to tune into the storytime only, which starts at 12:45 pm NZDT.

Programme (Times are in New Zealand Daylight Time)

12:00 pm: Opening comments. Special guest to be announced.

12:10 pm: Join us for a special conversation with Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador Kaumātua Ben Brown and Edmonton Public Library Elder in Residence Jo-Ann Saddleback about Māori and Cree children’s storytelling, and blessings for a week ahead.

12:45 pm: Grab your little ones for a one-of-a-kind children’s storytime featuring six exceptional Indigenous picture books read by readers from Canada and New Zealand.

To register go to:

New Entrant Enrolments 2023 - We are now taking enrolments for 2023. A reminder that if you have siblings joining us at St James’ in 2022, please ensure that you have requested an Enrolment Pack and have the Enrolment and Preference Forms returned to the Office.

Before and After School Expectations - We encourage children to arrive at school around 8.30am - 8.45am as the school day begins at 8.50am. Should you need to drop your child off before 8.30am, we ask that you contact Nippers Before and After School service 06-356 7926. After school we ask that children be picked up promptly. These routines establish patterns for your child and will support them to have a successful day at school. If they are late, they are walking into their class in front of their peers and may have missed notices and instruction for the morning activities.

Payment of 2022 School Donation - You should now have received these by email. If you did not please contact the school office We welcome automatic payments throughout the year. Your donations assist us in offering extracurricular opportunities for your children. The donation includes Science, Technology, Education Outside the classroom experiences (except for the Year 5 and 6 Senior Camp), visiting performers transport to sporting fixtures and Masses. Payments can be paid to ASB Bank account 12-3442-0052178-00. Please Reference your ‘child’s Surname’ and ‘Invoice Number’. Online payment is preferred as there are no EFTPOS facilities available at the Office. You are welcome to set up automatic or part payments throughout the School Year. School Donations are Tax deductible. You can claim back 33% of your school donations through IRD.


Pool Keys - We would like ALL Pool Keys from the Summer season returned to the office before the end of this Term please. Thank you to those who have already returned them.

Nippers Out of School Care and Holiday Programme - Need care during the school holidays?

Nippers April Holiday Programme

Nippers April Holiday Booking Information and Sheet

Nippers operates out of our St James’ Catholic School Hall, contact 356 7926, 021 645 806 or for more information.


St James is going into the 3rd and final year for Small Sticks Hockey, in school delivery.

All learners will be involved in hockey sessions Week 10 and 11 of this term and Week 1 and 2 of
Term 2.

Our Hockey provider will be in school on:

Week 10 - Wednesday 6th April

Week 11 - Wednesday 13th April

Term 2:

Week 1 - Wednesday 4th May

Week 2 - Wednesday 11th May

Please remind your child'ren to bring their PE gear and suitable footware to school so learners have what they need! Thank you for your support.

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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

Pastoral Care - We are so lucky to be part of loving a caring community here at St James'.

As part of caring for our new mothers, those who have experienced bereavement, those who have a sick loved one at home to name a few, we offer pastoral care in the form of a meal or baking. If this sounds like something you might be interested in supporting please contact

Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
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St James' Catholic School Board Update

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 11 April 2022 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Policies for Community Consultation

The following Policies are out for community consultation.

Comments are due back to the School Office before 22 April 2022 to

DRAFT Children’s Act 2014 Police Vetting

DRAFT Library Policy

DRAFT Sponsorship and Marketing

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 11 April 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 8

Wednesday 23 March - Photo Forms due to the Office

Friday 1 April - School Photos

Week 9

Friday 1 April - World Autism Awareness Day

Saturday 2 April - Children’s Book Day

Week 10

Tuesday 5th of April and Wednesday 6th of April - We will commemorate Good Friday at school with the praying of Living Stations of the Cross

Sunday 10 April - Palm Sunday

Week 11

Monday 11 April - We will celebrate Palm Sunday at school together with a Palm Sunday Liturgy at Gathering time, 12:00pm.

Thursday 14 April - Holy Thursday. We will celebrate Holy Thursday, the Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet with a Liturgy at school at 12:00pm.

Thursday 14 April - Last day of Term 1

Term 2 Commences Monday 2 May 2022

Getting Involved

Find out more about Triple P and register for programmes. There are three free Triple P online programmes available to help positively support children to reduce anxiety, build emotional resilience and life skills and cope with challenges:

  • Fear-Less Triple P Online – for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers (aged six to 14 years) who have significant anxiety

  • Triple P Online – for parents with toddlers to 12-year-olds

  • Teen Triple P Online – for parents with ‘tweens’ or teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.

These programmes will also provide whānau a toolkit to help them to guide behaviour positively and encourage children’s learning.

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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

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