Newsletter 2019/36 – November 4


2019 / 36 – November 4

Principal’s Message

It was wonderful to wander down to the lower field early last week and see the new play equipment engulfed by the tamariki. Each piece of equipment have very little paint showing. The tamariki are really enjoying the new swings which are two single swings and two lillypad swings. Then there are the parallel bars with the flying fox in the middle. The piece of equipment is the lunar spinner (whirligig) which the tamariki are having an amazing time on. One of the wonderful outcomes to observe is the tamariki demonstrating the school motto courtesy, care, cooperation and courage.  They are enjoying the challenges these pieces of equipment provide. The attraction of that new equipment sees the tamariki taking care to have turns and looking after each other, as all age groups are allowed to play on it. Our sincere thanks to the PTFA, the Board of Trustees and the greater school community for making this addition to our playground possible. The next stage will be the installation of a slide on the bank below the courts.

On Friday our school community celebrated a lovely All Saints Day Mass with the parish. The ākonga sang beautifully and were supported by our amazing choir. It was lovely to see so many of our school community at the Mass being a part of this very special Mass on the church calendar, which our students led with great confidence and skill. Our thanks to Monsignor David Tonks for the wonderful way in which he celebrates the Mass and makes it so relevant to the tamariki.

Yesterday we had the final house mass for the year. Alphonsus House led the 10 am Sunday Mass for the Parish. Our thanks to the Alphonsus House students for their involvement in the Mass and to our choir for their beautiful singing. We are so blessed to be part of such a supportive parish. 

Thank you so much for your support of our October Mission. We have just over one hundred shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to give to Operation Christmas Child. This is outstanding. Thank you for being so generous. If you still have a box at home or items for a Christmas box, you still have time to get it to the school office.

Ka manaakitia e te Atua

Alister Bridgman


Term 4 Week 4

Monday 4 November

8.50 am – School Prayers – School Hall

Lunch Time Clubs – Kapa Haka Group

Tuesday 5 November

HG 2 & 5 Year 5s – Waterwise

Carmel & Rosmini Orientation Day – Year 6s

Football Promo

Lunch Time Clubs – Chess Group

Wednesday 6 November

Lunch Time Clubs – Kidzcan Drama / Pasifika Culture Group

6.30 pm – Parish Sacramental Programme

Thursday 7 November

8.15 am – Choir

7.00 pm – Board of Trustees Meeting – Staffroom

Friday 8 November


Kiwi Ball – Team Kakapo

6.00 pm – Parish Party – Flanagan Lounge

Saturday 9 November

11.00 – 3.00 – St Leo’s Catholic School Devonport Fair

Thank You

Thank you so much for building us a new playground. I went and had a play on it today and it was amazing! I liked the swings. They were really exciting. They went up and down. It took me a little while to get the swings going. My favourite was the swings because they went really high.
From Isla
Thank you so much for building us a new playground. I went and had a play on it today and it was amazing! My favourite part was the whirligig. When Olivia spun it I was dizzy. When I climbed the whirligig it was scary for me. I went through the big holes to the bottom.
From Jonathan
Thank you so much for building us a new playground. I went and had a play on it today and it was amazing! My favourite part was the dizzy swing. I climbed up it to the very top. I also went on the huge swing. It was so amazing because at the end I jumped off.
From Louie

Dear Members of the PTA

On behalf of all the Saint Joseph’s children, I thank you for all the joy and energy you have given us. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have that amazing new playground area. Even when you fundraised the fitness-athon you still managed to make it full of fun, exercise and enjoyment every second. Again, thank you for the playground extension, that all the children rush to play at. 

Best wishes,

Beth and all the children from the Kakariki Team

Christmas Show

Once Upon A Starry Night

Tickets to our Once Upon A Starry Night” Christmas concert are selling like hot cakes!  Only limited tickets are available so be sure to book your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to hear our wonderful students performing with world-famous opera singer Simon O’Neill and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. You can buy your tickets here:

As all our St. Joseph’s children will be performing on the night, you do not need to buy a ticket for them.  The PTFA have prepared an FAQ document about the concert to answer any other questions you have, which is available here:  

We also invite you to follow the St. Joseph’s PTFA Facebook page for regular updates on our concert preparations:

Thank you for your support of this event – it will definitely be a night to remember!

Thank You

Our sincere thanks to Matt and Jess Walsh for providing our school community with the opportunity to attend the NZ Breakers game last Thursday night. It was very generous of them to provide our families tickets to this game which saw the NZ Breakers playing the Cairns Taipans. Many of our families attended the game and were delighted to see our team win 93 – 85. A great evening for all.




This Friday 8 November start 6pm

To thank our winderful volunteers

and to celebrate 

Monsignor David’s 70th Birthday

(No presents but please bring a plate)

Come, enjoy and celebrate at

the Flanagan Lounge




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