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.
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Wishing you and your whanau a restful weekend.
Stay safe and God bless.
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.
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 Waru – Arahi / 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.
Welcome: To our new school members – William Tilyard-Tini, Natalie Tran, Jake William, Kalolaine Tovi, and Lucy Watling!
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES
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: https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/acfl-attendance-dues-financial-assistance/
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
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
Thu 9 SepPasifika 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 SepSt Anne’s Shield Day
Wed 29 SepCatholic Schools Day Boys Basketball Yr 7&8 Steam Club 3pm – 4pm
Thu 30 SeptChoir Practice 8.20am Music Room
Fri 1 OctNo Mass for Ākonga END OF TERM 3
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info please go to www.pukekohecommunityaction.co.nz/seasons.”