SJS Newsletter Term 1 Week 1

Newsletter 2 February 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 the most positive start to our new school year. Thank you for your support with dropping off your children at the gate. It has been a pleasure helping with this each morning and meeting many of you.

Learners have adapted quickly to indoor mask requirements and with this weather we are taking every opportunity to be outdoors.

Please ensure all learners are coming to school daily with:

  • A mask for Year 4, 5 and 6 learners

  • Their sunhat

  • A water bottle (water only)

  • Swimming Togs and Towel every day

  • Sun screened prior to arriving at school

All About Me Information Sharing and How Our Whānau Works - Staff will be sending home an All About Me Family/Whānau Information Sheet. We would like you to sit with your child/ren and complete this with them and return it to school. We use this information as a way of building relationships with you and your family/whānau. If you would prefer to tell your child's teacher, ie, have a phone conversation or a face to face conversation kanohi te kanohi please make contact with them.

LS 1 Yr4/5 Amy Cousins (

LS 2 Yr 4/5 Whaea Hilary Autagavaia (

LS 5 Yr 6 Andrea Cawood (

LS 6 Yr3 Trish Symes (Mon-Thur) and Raymond Bennett (Fri) ( and

LS 7 Yr 1/2 Tracey Gunn (Mon-Wed)/Bronwyn Bateman (Thur-Fri) ( and (

LS 8 Yr 2/3 Naomi Scott (

LS10 Yr 0/1 Claire Dillon (

Christine Cosgrove (

School Office (

I am out at the gate in the mornings, so please take the opportunity to introduce yourself.

Blessings on your week
Christine Cosgrove

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Danielle A, Jackson, B, Francis C, Aislinn de L-H, Mia and Douglas F, Jack M, Chloe McK, Emanuel M, Alexis O and Liam R who have recently started her faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to their family and whānau.


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

Parent Handbook - An A-Z Guide for St James’s Catholic School Family/Whanau. Please take the time to read through this, it is a useful guide for our school community.

Some events this term 1 2022, have been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Staff Only Day - Monday 21 February. School will be closed this day as staff will be undertaking professional development within our Kahui Ako. A Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako is a group of education and training providers that form around children and young people's learning pathways, and work together to help them achieve their full potential.

Seesaw - We are underway with sharing our learning on Seesaw, please make sure you sign up to your child/ren’s learning journal to receive updates. If you haven’t received an email with a link to sign up please let your child’s classroom teacher know.


New Facebook page - you will be aware that St James’ Catholic School has a new Facebook page. Please Like this page so we can continue connecting with you.

Nippers Before and After School Care will be open on the Staff Only Day - Monday 21 February. For more details or an enrolment pack please contact 06 356 7926 (Nippers Office) or 021 645 806 (on-site) or

School App - please remember to update your Alert Subscriptions for your child's 2022 learning space on the School App. You can access Alert Subscriptions from the menu at the top Left hand corner of your screen. Click on the groups/learning spaces you wish to subscribe to. New families please ensure you download the School App as this is an important means of communication with our school community.

Communication Guidelines for Families

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.


Week 2

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day - No School

Week 4

Monday 21 February - Staff Only Day

Week 5

Tuesday 1 March - Shrove Tuesday and Burning of the Palms Liturgy

Wednesday 2 March - Ash Wednesday

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