Newsletter 12 April 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Onehunga

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa, Talofa Lava, Malo e Lelei, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Kia Orana, Hola como Estas, Marhaba, Greetings to you all


Holy Week began on Sunday with a celebration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, it goes through the events of the Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, His betrayal and arrest, His trial and crucifixion and ends in the triumph of His resurrection. In the eight days from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, this Church lives in the Liturgy through the events of our salvation as it recalls the last days on Earth of our Founder and Saviour.

On Palm Sunday we lift our palm branches high to greet Jesus' presence among us as we sing the Hosannas.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (in former times know as Spy Wednesday) remembering how Judas looked for ways and times to betray Jesus.

On Thursday Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his friends.

On Friday called Good Friday because of Jesus love for us, we recall his passion, death and burial.

Saturday is a day of waiting as we long for the resurrection. A new fire is lit and carries in the

trimphant procession of light into the Church. The celebration of his victory continues through to Sunday.

These events are at the very heart of our faith. They fill us with God's grace and life and give us the strength and courage to carry on in Him.

Big picture

Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation

Last Sunday we celebrated (online for many of us) our students who made their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. These Sacraments are at the very heart of our faith.

We thank Melanie and Michaela Duarte for the preparation of our students. They have adapted and been responsive to our ever-changing COVID environment, and play a vital role in supporting our children's faith journey.


We welcome enrolments for 2022. If you have a child or know of a child due to start school in 2022 please ensure they are enrolled. It is essential we know who is wanting to join our school whanua and when.

Enrolment packs are available from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website.

Big picture

School Holidays

Forget 'just surviving' the holidays - here are some ideas to help you and your family and whānau have fun and 'thrive'!

Your child needs the holidays to recharge their batteries and refresh themselves, ready for the next term. Holidays are also an opportunity to spend time with your child and have fun together.

Keep it simple, affordable and fun. The key is enjoying time with your child – it doesn’t have to be a chore or cost a lot of money.

Enjoy your break TIME together and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed in Term 2.

For ideas go to this link or scan the QR code.

For SKiDS Term 2 Holiday Programme please call for more information, call +64-800754377 or +64-224730281 or email


St Joseph’s is a Travelwise school. Travelwise is supported by Auckland City Council in partnership with Auckland Transport.


Our school bus runs in the morning and afterschool between Mangere and Onehunga. Public Transport is a sustainable way in which to travel, it has less of an environmental impact than running our cars daily for the school drop off and as petrol prices continue to increase it makes financial sense to catch the bus.


Children will copy your example, good or bad. Always use the safe crossing areas, respecting the road patrollers.


Please stay within the sign posted speed limit. This is for the safety of your young person and their friends.


The impact of COVID to employment has lead to challenging times for many families.

If you or anyone you know wants some advice or support over this time here are some options that might be useful.

Work and Income services centres are closed, however you can apply for assistance via MyMSD or phone the contact centre on 0800 559 009.

If you need some assistance with food these food banks may be able to help out;

  • Auckland City Mission, City 09 303 9200
  • Salvation Army Royal Oak 09 639 1103
  • Vinnies Auckland, Newton 09 815 6122 or 0800 6800
  • Hope Centre, New Lynn 02108048436
  • Vision West, Glen Eden (Mon, Wed, Fri only) 09 818 0716