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Welcome to the New School Year

2020 is both a new year and the beginning of a new decade. For our school it is the year of ‘Kaitiakitanga – Guardianship’. A year in which the students develop their understanding as to how they can care for their environment. 

Within this theme students will be experiencing a ‘Year of the Arts’. This will see the students reflecting ‘Kaitiatitanga – Guardianship’ through the arts curriculum; dance, drama, music, visual arts. It is a wonderful curriculum which allows the students to develop the creative side of their many talents.

A special welcome to our new students and new families. It is wonderful to have you join our St Joseph’s Catholic School community.

Below is information for all families for the beginning of the new school year.

Manaakitia e te Atua

Alister Bridgman


Monday 3 February

This is the first day of the 2020 school year for the students. Students begin their day at 8.50am in their 2020 Home Group learning space. We ask parents to bring their children to school after 8.20 am which is the time the learning spaces are opened each day.

New students are asked to visit the school office on their arrival at school. There they will be informed of who their teacher is and their Home Group. Parents of new students may need to do paper work to complete the enrolment process. Please allow yourself time to do this.

Parents need to sign in students arriving after 8.50 am, at the school office.

If your child is not starting on Monday 3 February please complete the ‘Report an Absence’ form which is on the school website located under ‘School Links’.

Office Hours

The school office will be open Tuesday 28 January – Thursday 30 January 9 am – 3 pm.

Monday 27 January is Auckland Anniversary Day and Friday 31 January is Staff Retreat Day.

Through the school year the office is open from 8 am to 4 pm on the days the students are at school.

School Prayers

The first school prayers for the 2020 school year will be Monday 10 February. Parents of students new to St Joseph’s are invited to attend this school prayers as your children will be welcomed to our school community after prayers. Parents of new students are also invited to meet Alister Bridgman, tumuaki, and fellow new parents, for a coffee in the staffroom following the school prayers and welcome.

Every Monday, at 8.50 am the school meets for prayer in the hall. Parents, whanau and friends are welcome to join us for school prayers.


Student stationery can be purchased though the Office Max website. The school is recorded under the name – St Joseph’s School (Takapuna) – Link

The Stationery requirements for 2020 are listed on the Office Max website under the Team names:

Kakariki – Years 5 – 6 – Home Groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Kakapo – Year 3 – 4 – Home Groups 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Kea – Year – 2 – Home Groups 7, 8, 9

Kiwi – Years 0- 1 (these students will have been Year 0 in 2019 and the New Entrants starting in 2020) – Home Groups 15, 16, 17, 18

If you do not know which Home Group your child is in please contact the office. It is open Tuesday 28 January through to Thursday 30 January, between 9 am and 3 pm.


Please ensure your child has the full correct St Joseph’s School uniform – linkThis includes the correct hat and full black sandals or shoes. 

Learning Spaces

Top Floor Left to Right

(looking from the quad)

HG 5 Mrs Shona Douthwaite, HG 1 Miss Hilary Miles, HG 2 Mrs Ingrid Young, 

HG 3 Mr Peter O’Connor, HG 4 Miss Sarah Nicolson / Mrs Fransica Knottenbelt,

Lower Floor Left to Right

(looking from the quad)

HG 7 Miss Annette Woodhead, HG 9 Mrs Jean LinehanHG 8 Mrs Inge Pienaar,  

HG 10 Mrs Rosalind Gould, HG 11 Miss Harriet McPherson,

HG 12 Miss Natasha Luxford / Mrs Holly Welham

Bubble Left to Right

(looking from the quad)

HG 14 Ms Gemma Strother, HG 13 Miss Rachel Leahy

Lower Single Learning Spaces Left to Right

(looking from the quad)

HG 15 Mrs Cate Dunne, HG 16 Miss Maria Ryan, HG 17 Ms Riok Kang,

HG 18 Mrs Debbie Pratt / Mrs Rebekah Saxon

Opening School Mass

Friday 21 February, 9.15 am, St Joseph’s Takapuna Church

Our first school year Mass for the year will be our Opening School Mass on Friday 21 February. All the whanau and friends of our students are welcome to join us for this special Mass. It is celebrated with our St Joseph’s Parish parishioners. It will be followed by a morning tea in the staffroom, which whanau and friends are invited to.

Family Picnic

Friday 21 February, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, school bottom field

We look forward to seeing all the families in our school community at this wonderful annual event

Bring along your family picnic – food and refreshments

Sit with your child’s home group and get to meet the families of our school

Your child will need their togs for the water slide

There will be food trucks on site

Shore to Shore Fun Run

Sunday 5 April


This is a great annual North Shore community day that sees many of our school families participating. It caters for all ages from tots to grandparents. Families walk/run along the beaches from Takapuna Grammar to the Milford Reserve. Our School has a BBQ going at Milford Reserve to provide our families with a free sausage. Each registration for this event provides the nominated school free sports equipment. So keep this date free and  keep an eye out in the school newsletter as to when school registrations are open.

More information is available at – https://harboursport.co.nz/shore-to-shore/

2020 Dates

Term 1:     Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

Thursday 6 February – Waitangi Day – School Closed 

Monday 16 March – Teacher Only Day – School Closed for Students

Friday 10 April – Good Friday – School Closed

Term 2    Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July

Monday 27 April – ANZAC Day – School Closed

Friday 29 May – Teacher Only Day – School Closed for Students 

Monday 1 June – Queen’s Birthday – School Closed

Term 3:     Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September

Thursday 6 August – Teacher Only Day – School Closed for Students

Term 4:     Monday 12 October to Tuesday 15 December (To Be Confirmed) 

Monday 26 October – Labour Day – School Closed

Teacher Only Days 

The Ministry of Education requires schools to have Teacher Only Days through the school year for the purpose of teacher professional development. Each primary school is responsible for determining when their teacher only days will be through the year. We have aligned two of the teacher only days with two of the days we understand Rosmini and Carmel Colleges will be taking.