Welcome to St Joseph's School
It has been a memorable year with the global Covid-19 pandemic affecting all of us. I am grateful for the courage and strong leadership from our government to lead us through these uncertain times. I feel blessed to be living in New Zealand when we see the struggles around the world other countries are going through to flatten the curve.
I would like to take this time to thank all of you for your support and smooth transition moving into our distance learning programme during this time. I am extremely proud of our staff in how they moved quickly to ensure learning was available through the various digital learning platforms, to ensure the transition was seamless. This was a huge change to their practice and one they embraced wholeheartedly. It was a stressful time for all of us, and I am thankful for you for assisting and supporting your child with their learning. During Level 4 and Level 3 our whole school data shows we had 2,733 posts to Seesaw. That's amazing, the learning was evident through the posts.
Being new to the role of principal there was lots to learn, am I grateful to Di MCCallum who was our interim principal at the end of last year. Di has been a great mentor and support this year and I would like to thank her for being there, in my new role, and for our school this year. It is great she is our new Learning Support Coordinator as she knows our school and tamariki. Thank you Di.
Like any school we are only at our best when we work as a team, using our strengths and drawing on the strengths of others. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their hard work and dedication this year. It has been an interesting year with many challenges that we overcame together as a team.
Distance learning had us engage more with our whanau and tamariki. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success"
I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for the support they have given myself and our team this year and for the time and effort they put into their trustee role of governance for our school. We meet every month and this time away from your whanau. Thank you!
I would like to thank Father Arthur, Father Michael and Father Dave for their support and spiritual guidance this year. Thank you for assisting us with the R.E programme in Room 1 and helping us to develop a closer relationship with God. We must also mention our Whanau o Tawhiti-a-Maru and St Peter's Parish for your support and guidance this year.
Lastly I would like to thank the children for a great year, with all the challenges we have faced they have displayed our school values of faith, love, service and hope. I would like to wish the Year 8's all the best in their new journeys next year. We are proud of you all.
I wish you all the very best for the future and a relaxing and fun filled holiday with family and whanau.
Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātau māhi.
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.
The school office will be open the Monday the 26th of January from 9am to 12pm to purchase uniforms and stationery. We are continuing with selling the stationery packs here at school. Check out the stationery link. Enjoy the break with your whanau and be safe.
Monday 1 February - Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 2 February - Teacher Only Day
Wednesday 3 February - Students start back
Room 1 Yrs 7 & 8 Matua Conan Doyle
Room 2 Yrs 5 & 6 Tanu Kaur
Room 3 Yrs 3 & 4 Caroline Holden (They will be moving into Room 3 2021)
Room 4. Yrs 1 & 2 Debbie Taylor