Newsletter Week 8 Term 2 20 June 2024
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Tūturu Maori, Tūturu Katorika
Authentically Māori, authentically Catholic
Vicar Manuel Beazley (Vicar for Māori in the Diocese of Auckland)

For all people, in all places, in all times
Dr. Sandra Cullen
(Associate Professor of Religious Education and Head of the School of Human Development at Dublin City University)

Kia Ora e te whānau,

The New Zealand Catholic Convention inspires this week's newsletter in Wellington. Kirsty and I are enjoying the privilege of spending these 3 days immersed in reflection and faith, feeling truly blessed. We're excited to share that many inspiring and motivational faith leaders are upholding the sustainability of our Catholic School's Special Character. As shared in the above 2 quotes, research and dedication lead our efforts to provide meaningful ‘encounters with Christ’ for not only ourselves but also our school community upon our return.

When I reflect on what I am hearing and what we are doing in our school I think about our school haka: the history behind it, the message in it and the ‘mana’ it entitles to each of our tamariki. The gift it instils in each of them and the confidence they will have to share wherever they go, whenever they feel the need.
Titiro whakamuri i te re wiki - Looking back on the week
Titiro whakamua i tenei wiki - Looking forward to the Week

Hangi orders are now being taken - Place your order with Sarah in the office

15 left to sell, let’s hope the weather is kind and the Hangi portion of our event can still take place.
Cultural Celebration
At St Josephs we will celebrate who we are and the Māori New Year with a Shared Feast and performance by our tamariki. We welcome everyone to join us on Wednesday 26th at 5 PM in the Church to enjoy our tamariki’s Ngati Whai performance. On your way to the church please drop off your shared food for the ‘Feasting Table’ Our plan is to lift the Hangi after our tamariki have performed so that we can all be outside under the stars ready to give thanks.

We ask that you bring a plate of food from your culture that you can add to the feast table in the hall.

Plates and utensils - feel free to bring your ‘picnic set’: your own plate, knife/fork/spoon, cup for each member of your family, this way you can use and take home and clean, this will help our clean up at the end of dinner. Alternatively, we will have less environmentally friendly paper plates and cutlery if you forget.

Ngā Kotiro - Dresses have been fitted and are ready to change into at school. We would like all hair to be half up and half down, our staff will be on hand to help with this.
Ngā Tane - Black rugby shorts can be sent to school in a name brown or plastic bag. Teachers will keep these stored ready for our boys to get changed into for performances.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
Organisation for next Thursday is as follows: Nau mai haere mai!
Have a great weekend - Keep dry and warm!

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


As part of our Board Formation at our meeting on Monday evening, we engaged in a conversation about our school's Sacramental Program. In our school engagement in the Sacramental Program is a vital part of our faith-based education, nurturing the spiritual growth of our students through key rites such as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Reconciliation. This program fosters a deep connection with God, reinforces moral values, and builds a strong community centered on shared beliefs and traditions. Families play a crucial role in this journey by actively participating in preparation classes, attending services, and engaging in discussions at home, thereby enriching their children's faith experiences and strengthening the school's spiritual environment.
We look forward to sharing upcoming opportunities for our families.

BOT Meetings 5.15 pm on Monday: 26 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December


Kia ora

Next Week is Ngati Whai, our performance is on the 27th of June in the Centralines Stadium. We have been doing 3 practices every day this week and we have been getting better each day. We are so excited to perform for everyone on the 26th of June at our Cultural Celebration. It will be held after school on Wednesday don't forget to bring a plate of kai to share. There will be a Hangi but you have to pre-order it first on your phone or in the office. It will be an in-ground Hāngi at our school!
There will be no school next Friday because of the Matariki. We are excited for Matariki to celebrate the Maori New Year.
On Wednesday 3rd of July, we are excited to have a Wacky Wednesday that our Young Vinnies Youth group are planning. It is a gold coin donation to raise one hundred dollars for a child who needs money for school supplies.

Have a great weekend!!!

Brooke and Ashtyne


Sunday 23 June is the Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants. It is a day for us all to reflect on how we care for those seeking new homes, safety, dignity, and opportunities. This Sunday let’s take the time to pray for refugees and migrants around the world, as well as former refugees and migrants in our communities.


Congratulations to the following students: Sehaj, Eliana, Ashtyne, Hunter, Darius, Moses, Hudson, Archie and Karthik who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Columba House won the CBG house points. Taiana and Lottie were the winning individuals. Well done!


School Term Dates 2024

Term 1: Tuesday 30th January to Friday 12th April
Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 6th February, Good Friday 29th March, Easter Monday 1st April, Easter Tuesday 2nd April

Term 2: Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July
Public Holidays: King's Birthday 3rd June, Matariki 28th June

Term 3: Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

Term 4: Monday 14th October to Tuesday 17th December
Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 25th October, Labour Day 28th October

Upcoming Events

Term 2
26 June - Whānau Cultural Day - Shared Dinner: Ngati Whai Dress Rehearsal
27 June - Ngati Whai Performance
28 June - Matariki - School Closed
3 July - Whacky Wednesday - Young Vinnies Spirit Day - Gold coin dress up day
5 July - Last Day of Term 2

Term 3
26 July - Parent-Teacher Conferences
31 July - Onga 7's

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