Newsletter – 2019/32 October 1


2019/32 – October 1


Principal’s Message

Friday September 27, the last day of Term 3, was a wonderful day of celebration for our school community. The day began with the school attending the Parish Mass at 9.15 am. For the school it was the Mass at which we celebrated our school’s foundation Order, the Sisters of Mercy. The Mass was celebrated by Monsignor David Tonks. Our students led the Mass welcoming parents and parishioners, reading the liturgy of the word, prayers of the faithful, and bring the gifts to the altar. The students sang in full voice supported by our St Joseph’s School choir. It certainly was a wonderful Mass thanks to all to the students and teachers.

Following morning tea for parents, whanau and parishioners, in the staffroom, students met in the hall to share what they had learnt in their culture groups. Each Thursday afternoon over term three the students learnt about a culture that they had chosen. Students, parents and teachers led the twelve cultural groups and the outcome saw each cultural group sharing what they had learnt with the students and their whanau. It was a stunning celebration which began and ended with the Junior and Senior Kapa Haka groups respectively. The various groups shared what they had learnt through a variety of mediums including dance, singing, art, drama, and the presentation of facts. It was wonderful to see so many of our parents and whanau being part of this amazing celebration of some of the many cultures that are a part of our school community.

Our students have had another great term of learning. One of the highlights was the speech competition in which every Year 5/6 student participated. This year they had the choice four styles of speech: Spoken Word, Rap, Flash Talk and Persuasive Speech. Spoken Word and Rap rely on a heavy use of rhythm, improvisation, rhymes, word play, and slang. Flash talk is when students speak to ten slides which are displayed for ten seconds each. A persuasive speech is the traditional speech. Students wrote their speeches and then presented them to their home group. The best of each category from each home group was put forward to the finals. Congratulations to:

Spoken Word: 1st Julia HG1 / Rap: 1st Charlie HG3 / Flash Talk Y6: 1st Mia HG4, 2nd Stella / Persuasive Y5: 1st equal Charlotte HG 2, Meera HG4 / Persuasive Y6: Hunter HG 5

Manaakitia e te Atua

Alister Bridgman


Term 4 Dates


14 – Monday – Day One Term Four

15 -17 – Kakapo & Kakariki Swimming

22 – 24 – Kakapo & Kakriki Swimming

28 – Monday – Labour Day – School Closed


1 – Friday – School Mass 9.15am – All Saints Day

3 – Sunday – Alphonsus House Mass 10am

22 – Friday – Year 3 – 6 Athletics Day

28 – Thursday – Junior Athletics Demonstration – Years 0 – 2


8 – Sunday – School Christmas Concert at Westlake Boys

12 – Thursday – Final School Mass 9.30am

17 – Tuesday – School Closes 1pm

Please regularly check the school calendar and the weekly school newsletter on the school website for all the dates for the term

Summer Uniform

Navy skorts/culottes or navy tunic (GIRLS)

Navy shorts (BOYS)

Short or long sleeved red shirts (monogrammed), 

Hats (Terms 4 & 1) Navy blue sun hat (wide brimmed or bucket – no label)

Black sturdy sandals

Uniform Rules

  • The girls’ skorts/culottes or tunic are worn all year round
  • Parents will be able to choose whether children wear short or long sleeved shirts on any given day
  • Children may only wear the official school polar fleece top or vest or red shirts with St Joseph’s monogram
  • Children will be required to wear sandals in summer and shoes in winter
  • Only culturally appropriate jewellery to be worn, under their shirt
  • Long hair is to be tied back with plain navy, red or black hair ties/headbands
  • Only plain studs or sleepers may be worn
  • It is compulsory for children to wear the sunhat during Term 1 and Term 4

Uniforms can be purdhase at:


Shop 7
408 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay
Phone: 478-3450
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday 9:00 – 3:00pm


School Ski & Snowboard Championships

The Auckland Primary School Ski & Snowboard Championships will be held on Tuesday 22 October at Snow Planet and we are looking to enter a team to represent St Joseph’s. This competition is open to all Year 1 through 6 students who are competent skiers or snow boarders who are keen to gate race. Parents must be responsible for your own child and will need travel with them to this event.
The Entry Fee is $57.50 per athlete and the day will start at 8am with bib pick up.
If your child is interested in competing, please contact by Friday 11 October.


PARISH PLANNING – Our Diocesan general manager has agreed to help us with a planning process to:

  1. Help us to be practical and specific about being missionary disciples of Jesus on the North Shore; and
  2. Help us decide how we can best use our parish resources for our mission

The process will challenge us to consider our properties at Takapuna, Milford and Bayswater; to make decisions about the Takapuna land footprint, which includes the church, St Joseph’s school and the old orphanage and Rosmini College.

We invite as many parishioners as possible to participate in this process.

The first session will happen twice – choose to come to either Sunday October 20 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm or Tuesday October 22 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall.

The second session will be held Tuesday November 26 November 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm.

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