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St Joseph’s Catholic School
“Excellent Education befitting our Catholic Character”

94 Seddon St Pukekohe 2120

Term 3 Week 2                                     05 August 2021                                           Newsletter#12

Principal’s Message

Tena Koutou Katoa    Talofa Lava    Kamusta    Malo el lelei    Mauri    Hello Everyone

In the last week of Term 2, our school celebrated Matariki with a week full of activities promoting tikanga Māori and ending on Friday with a Grandparents Day. Grandparents came from afar (Hokianga, Whakatane and Otorohanga) to spend time with their grandchildren at school in the morning followed by a morning tea organised by our parents. After which, Fr Rodney Smythe celebrated a Mass with a Māori Focus with us in the Church. This was a very successful day and I felt very proud to lead such a wonderful school community. 

Our first week back at school flew by. Where did those holidays go? The end of week discos for the different age groups were enjoyed by all. These discos have been part of a very successful fundraising drive to reduce the cost of our Year 7&8/Te Rōpu Ārahi winter camp coming up in Week 4. The team’s efforts have been amazing and the cost for this four day camp including trout fishing, skiing, white water rafting, and visiting the hot pools, has been greatly reduced. This is one of those events that goes above and beyond expectations of teachers and we are very grateful to have such a dedicated commitment. Special thanks to Mrs Burns, her team, and the parents of these children for their efforts.  

Today we welcomed the Catholic Schools’ Review Team with a powhiri led by our senior students. Mr Philip Mahoney and Mrs Christine Smith from CDA Catholic Education Services, along with Mr Hira Hutchinson (visiting principal from Dargaville) will be in our school for the next two days receiving our  Catholic school. They will talk to our children, staff, board members and Fr Robert during time and give us feedback on our special Catholic character. Every Catholic school is reviewed in a four-year cycle and we welcome their valuable feedback. 

Next Sunday 15th is the Feast of the Assumption. This is a school-assisted Mass so we expect you will come with your children. Nationally, the Feast of the Assumption this year will mark the rededication of Mary as our patron of the Church in Aotearoa. To make it even more special, some older children will be baptised. This will be a very special celebration for all of us and I hope to see you there. 

As you can see, we are moving to a web based newsletter template. This should make it easier for you to open up our newsletter on your mobile devices. We welcome your feedback for this new format. 

Wishing you and your whanau a restful weekend. 

Stay safe and God bless. 

Ursula Hall

Principal – Tumuaki

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  

Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom,
she who bore the Christ in her womb,
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Mon 26 Jul     Term 3  begins

Tue 27 Jul       Snow camp Parent Helper  Night  7.00 – 8.00pm

Wed 28 Jul      Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 29 Jul       School Assembly – Ako1 at 1.45pm

Fri 30 Jul         School Disco Yrs 0 – 5  4.30pm – 6.00pm 
                                              Yrs 6 – 8  6.30pm – 8.00pm

Mon 2 Aug     Franklin Netball Yr 5&6

Wed 4 Aug     Franklin Netball Yr 3&4  
                       Year 7&8 Tech @ Pukekohe Intermediate 8.40 – 11.30am   
team Club 3pm – 4pm

Thur 5 Aug      Franklin Netball Yr 7&8

Fri  6 Aug        Mass – Arahi (Yr 7&8) & Aroha1 (Mrs Wallace, Miss Farrell & Mrs Waru)

Tue 10 Aug     School Cross Country

Wed 11 Aug    Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 12 Aug     School Assembly – Aroha1 at 1.45pm

Fri 13 Aug       No Friday Mass for Ākonga 
                       School Assisted Mass Practice @ St Patricks 12.00 midday 

Sun 15 Aug     School Assisted Mass – Assumption 10am 

Tue 17 Aug      Snow Camp Yr 7&8

Wed 18 Aug    Snow Camp Yr 7&8
                        Steam Club 3pm – 4pm
                        BOT Meeting 7pm 

Thu 19 Aug     Snow Camp Yr 7&8

Fri 20 Aug       Mass – Ako 1 ( Mrs Sokimi, Mr Surrey & Mrs Hartnett)

Special Catholic Character

Sacramental Programme Group A 

Congratulations to these students who received their Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation recently at our parish Church. This is a very special milestone in their Catholic faith journey.

Rupert Archer              Rees Matthews            George Vaughan          Olivia Cha                     Erwann Vincente         Evelyn Watling              Lola Farrell                   Zinzan Johnston            Lucas Kriletich             Flynn Kneebone            Felicity Mangila           Jemimah Rwothomio          Ruben Jimenez Malaver                      

Values Awards from Today’s Assembly

David WaruArahi / Leadership:  For sharing your gifts and talents in the performing arts, speech-making and sports. Thank you for teaching us a new haka.                                                              Byron De Veill, Gavin Israel and Jason Cha – Piripono & Arahi / Loyalty and Leadership: Thank you for doing such a great job of the slides for the Miha Māori, as well as setting up AV and music equipment for all practices.
Akoia Temaiana & Jenna Enriquez – Arahi / Leadership: Thank you for your beautiful duet Kapa Haka performance on Grandparents’ Day.                                                                                              Elizabeth Klavenes & Velolini Puamau- Arahi / Leadership: Stepping up as leaders during Matariki in Kapa Haka and at Massi. Thank you for your service.
Alisa Cha, Grace Fonseca, Maeve Glynn – Piripono / Loyalty: For taking on the responsibility of organising the board games in the library and doing this in your own lunchtimes.      

School Notices

Welcome: To our new school members – William Tilyard-Tini, Natalie Tran, Jake William, Kalolaine Tovi, and Lucy Watling!


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of Attendance Dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary. Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on          09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information. Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:

Franklin Netball: Yr 5&6 and Yr 3&4 competed this week with our Yr 7&8’s competing today. Congratulations to all of our students for their sportsmanship and effort. 

Yr 3&4 Results: Our Yr 3&4 boys placed First, Girl’s A team in A Grade placed 6th , our Girls A team B grade placed 5th and our Girls B team B grade placed 6th

Yr 5&6 Results: Our Girl’s A team placed 8th in the A Grade, the Girl’s B team placed 1st in the B Grade division and our boys’ teams secured 1st (Boys A) and 2nd (Boys B) place in the Boys Grade! Great work Teams, we are very proud of you all!  

A big thank you to Mrs Harnett and Ms Farrell for all their hard work in training all the teams and for their organisation on the day. Parents, as always, we value your support and the children love having you on the sidelines to cheer them on.

Congratulations to Rupert Archer: Recently, Rupert Archer made his debut playing cello with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra at Vodafone Events Centre. He is the youngest ever to be accepted. Rupert has also gained a music scholarship at Strathallan for 2022. We congratulate Rupert and look forward to seeing where his talent takes him in the future.

 Franklin School Gymanstics:  5 of our students represented us at the recent Franklin School Gymnastics.  Sophia Hawke, Keira Jones, Madison Clark, Olivia Hadrup and Meg Noble put in a great effort, with some outstanding results:                       

Olivia Hadrup – 3rd Floor, 3rd Vault
Madison Clark – 1st Floor, 2nd Beam, 2nd Overall    
Sophia Hawke – 2nd Overall

Scholastis Book Club: Issue 5 orders due back Monday 9th August. Thanks

School Disco: The disco held on friday 30 July was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came and had fun dancing and hanging out with their friends.  We had an awesome turnout and the winning class with the most attendees is… Mrs Waru’s kaitiaki. Ka pai! 

Key Dates are attached below

School Events 

We are excited to welcome Jerome Kavanagh on Monday August 9. Jerome is a Grammy award winning soloist and Maori musical instrument specialist who is coming to perform for us at St Joseph’s School. Jerome presents an interactive show which will inspire our children by celebrating culture, pride and self identity. An experience which is inclusive, created for all and combining the ancient with the modern. Whānau and families are welcome to come and enjoy the show with us.  Monday 9 August, 11:25 – 12:55

T3 Key dates                                                           

These are subject to change – please check fortnightly newsletters for changes

Mon 26 Jul     Term 3 begins

Tue 27 Jul      Snow camp Parent Helper  Night  7.00 – 8.00pm

Wed 28 Jul     Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 29 Jul      School Assembly – Ako1 at 1.45pm

Fri 30 Jul        School Disco Yrs 0 – 5  4.30pm – 6.00pm
                                             Yrs 6 – 8  6.30pm – 8.00pm

Mon 2  Aug    Franklin Netball Yr 5&6

Wed 4 Aug     Franklin Netball Yr 3&4Year
                       7&8 Tech @ Pukekohe Intermediate 8.40 – 11.30am
                       Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thur 5 Aug     Franklin Netball Yr 7&8

Fri 6 Aug        Mass – Arahi (Yr 7&8) & Aroha1 (Mrs Wallace, Miss Farrell & Mrs Waru) 

Tue 10 Aug    School Cross Country

Wed 11 Aug   Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 12 Aug    School Assembly – Aroha1 at 1.45pm

Fri 13 Aug       No Friday Mass for Ākonga
                       School Assisted Mass Practice @ St Patricks 12.00 midday

Sun 15 Aug     School Assisted Mass – Assumption 10am

Tue 17 Aug     Snow Camp Yr 7&8

Wed 18 Aug    Snow Camp Yr 7&8 
                        Steam Club 3pm – 4pm 
                        BOT Meeting 7pm

Thu 19 Aug     Snow Camp Yr 7&8

Fri 20 Aug       Mass – Ako 1 ( Mrs Sokimi, Mr Surrey & Mrs Hartnett)

Tue 24 Aug     School Photos

Wed 25 Aug   Year 7&8 Tech @ Pukekohe Intermediate 8.40 – 11.30am
                       Steam Club 3pm – 4pm
                       Epro8 Challenge Yr 7&8 5pm – 8pm

Thu 26 Aug    North Group Cross Country
                       Epro8 Challenge Yr 5&6 9.30am – 12.30pm 
                       Assembly – Ako2 at 1.45pm

Fri 27 Aug      Mass – Ako 2 ( Yr 6) & Aroha 2 (Mrs Wilcox & Miss Sarginson)

Wed 1 Sep     Zone Cross Country 
                      Year 7&8 Tech @ Pukekohe Intermediate 8.40 – 11.30am 
                      Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 2 Sep      Choir Rehearsal Day – Point Chevalier

Fri 3 Sep       Teacher Only Day 
                      No Mass for Ākonga 

Mon 6 Sep     Pasifika Week Activities

Tue 7 Sep      Pasifika Week Activities

Wed 8 Sep     Pasifika Week Activities
Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 9 Sep      Pasifika Week Activities 
                      School Assembly – Arahi at 1.45pm

Fri 10 Sep      Mass – Arahi (Yr 7&8) & Aroha 1 (Mrs Wallace, Miss Farrell & Mrs Waru) 
                       Pasifika Week Assembly
                       Chop Suey Lunch
                       Cans4Christmas Mufti day

Mon 13 Sep   Social Justice Week

Tue 14 Sep     Orienteering Yr 3&4

Wed 15 Sep     Mathex – Pukekohe Town Hall 5.30pm – 8.30pm
                        Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Fri 17 Sep       No Mass for Ākonga 
                        Proclaiming the Word competition 11.30am @ St Patrick’s Church

Mon 20 Sep    Girls Basketball Yr 5&6

Wed 22 Sep    Boys Basketball Yr 5&6 
                       Year 7&8 Tech @ Pukekohe Intermediate 8.40 – 11.30am 
                       Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 23 Sep     School Assembly – Aroha 2 at 1.45pm

Fri 24 Sep       Mass – Ako 1 (Mrs Sokimi, Mr Surrey & Mrs Harnett) & Ako 2 (Yr 6)
                        & Aroha 2 ( Mrs Wilcox & Miss Sarginson) 

Mon 27 Sep    Girls Basketball Yr 7&8

Tue 28 Sep      St Anne’s Shield Day

Wed 29 Sep    Catholic Schools Day 
                        Boys Basketball Yr 7&8 
                        Steam Club 3pm – 4pm

Thu 30 Sept    Choir Practice 8.20am Music Room

Fri  1 Oct         No Mass for Ākonga 
                        END OF TERM 3


Community Notices

The Liturgy Conference, Weaving Together Liturgy and Life
Te raranga ngātahi i ngā ritenga me te oranga

Dear Parents,                                                                                              
Being a parent is perhaps the most challenging of our life’s works. As parents we seek to provide as well as we possibly can for our children; health, education, sport, social responsibility, to name just a few facets of the work of care. 
As Catholic parents, we hope also to offer our children something of the rich life of faith. We are grateful to our Catholic Schools for the richness of opportunities they provide.

This letter is an invitation to you, to consider taking a little time to focus on your own faith journey. The Liturgy Conference, cancelled last year due to Covid-19, is going ahead this year. It promises to be a wonderful moment in the life of the Diocese of Auckland, bringing together people from across the Diocese and beyond.

The Liturgy of the Church and especially the Mass is a sacrament we as Catholics come together to celebrate each week. It is also a mystery, ever ancient and ever new, a mystery that we are called to grow ever deeper in our understanding of. This Conference provides a wonderful and rare opportunity to do just that.

As an event, it will offer something for everyone. It is an opportunity for all Catholics to gather, be enriched in our understanding of the Mass, ponder the wisdom of guest speakers, enjoy great company and build new friendships. It will refresh and renew. I invite you to come and let the deep spirituality of the Catholic Church surround, saturate, inspire and fill you.

To explore the program, guest speakers and the breakout options, please visit

Date – 4.00pm 7th October – 5pm Mass (celebrated by Bishop Dunn), 9th  October                             
Venue – Baradene College of the Sacred Heart, 237 Victoria Ave Remuera                                             
Cost –$120pp for registrations before 18th September                                                                                   
           $150pp for registrations after 18th September                                                                                         
90 for a day registration          

Food included: Thursday night – drinks and nibbles                                                                                                           
Friday – morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea                                                                                                
Saturday – morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea

Ngā mihi nui – Warm Regards                                                                                                           
Judith Courtney – Liturgy Coordinator, Adviser and Music Support,                                                 
Te Kawe Ritenga Tapu – The Liturgy Centre                                                                                 
Catholic Diocese of Auckland NZ                                                                                                         
(09) 360 3042

“Seasons For Growth” is a grief and loss Programme for children, and helps them deal with the challenges of change in their lives e.g separation, divorce, death or other major family changes. The next after-school programme starts on Thursday 5th of August 4pm-5pm at St Andrews Church hall in Pukekohe. A Parent Programme is also running at the same time. An Adult Programme is also available starting soon. The Programmes run for 6-8 weeks during term time. For enquiries or enrolments please phone/text Marisa Skilton on 021 142 5812, office on 238 7228, or contact me at For more info please go to”



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