Newsletter 21st February 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

Welcome to Week 4 in our ever changing landscape. We are seeing a growing number of schools that have had to cope with COVID cases.

Be assured that we have processes and systems in place to identify close contacts and continue with learning. Last week I contacted all parents to say we had a positive case but no close contacts as the positive case was not at school while infectious. If you did not receive that communication please check that your contact details are up to date in the school office.

You will be notified if your child is a close contact.

If you have any questions please contact


In light of recent cases in the local area the following information is to support our families with any Covid-19 queries, and what you need to do.

In advance we know that this will end up in disruptions to your lives and work, and thank you for your understanding and support.

Please also note that this information is subject to change, based on any updated guidelines from the Ministry of Education & Health.

Who do I need to contact and should I keep my child at home?

This flowchart has been designed to help our families understand what is required. For any queries, please contact the or ring the school office 09 6368102.

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LEARNING PACKS for students needing to self isolate

Learning packs have been sent home should your child be instructed to self isolate due to being a ‘close contact’

Please put it aside until such a time. We ask that it only be used for this purpose, and not as additional homework.

We have plans in place if a whole class were to self isolate. Online class would start up for the period of isolation. A survey is attached regarding your childs access to wifi and a device.

(Please fill this out for each of your children)

Tongan Tsunami Fundraiser

Malo 'Aupito to all those that contributed to our Tongan Tsunami Fundraiser 'Red Mufti Day'. Together we have raised $574 which will has been added to our Diocese 'Give-a-little' appeal. Currently, they have raised over $30,000 which will help with drinking water, food and shelter.

If you would like to contribute - the link is here

Welcome Bishop Steve Lowe

This weekend Bishop Steve Lowe was installed as Bishop of Auckland. While many of us wanted to be there we were unable to under the current covid guidelines. Being able to watch online was a blessing.

The following links might help you get to know Bishop Steve a little more.

Bishop Steve Lowe message -

Getting to know Bishop Steve part 1 -

Getting to know Bishop Steve part 2 -

Getting to know Bishop Steve part 3 -

Upcoming Events

  • BOT meeting - 24 - February - 6.30pm
  • ASH WEDNESDAY - 2 - March
  • First Holy Communion Candidates of 2021 - 6 - March

School Lunches

The Government introduced a free, healthy, daily school lunch in some schools for all students.
We were really excited to join the free lunch programme from Term 1, 2021 and are lucky to be continuing to deliver this in 2022.

All parents want to provide their children with a lunch every day. But, as you will know, there are many reasons parents can struggle, often through no fault of their own. We know that some of you will have been particularly affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a lunch for all our children who need it will go some way to helping families and whānau to support their children and rangatahi.

Lunches cater to the diet, health, and cultural needs of our students, and we work with suppliers and the Ministry of Education to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. Our suppliers are required to meet New Zealand food safety standards.

The lunches are available for all our students. While we know there are hungry children in every community, we do not always know who they are. Providing a lunch to every child means we do not need to single-out those who need it more than others.

We ask that you support us in delivering this programme by;

  • encouraging your child to eat them
  • sending only a small snack for morning tea (fruit)
  • send your child with a bottle of water

This weeks menu is:

(note - Lunches also come with a piece of fruit, and yoghurt or muffin)

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Mercy Value for Term 1 - RESPECT

The mercy value of respect is about recognising the gifts and talents of the people around you. It is also about being responsible for our own actions and our own choices.

Respect Prayer
Te Tapu o Te Tangata

E te Afua aroha nui, God of great love: Jesus told us that you Forget no one, and that each person is worth more than hundreds of sparrows. Help us fo remember that we are all special in your sight, and that you call each of us by name. May we treat one another with respect and love because we all belong to you. Amen