Extracurricular Opportunities

St Joseph’s has an amazing range of opportunities for students across a number of curriculum areas that happen outside their regular classroom activities.

If any of the areas below interest you, please get in touch with the school to see how you can support these programmes. 

STEAM Club  – Every Thursday after school a group of students from Years 4-6 that are interested in the Curriculum areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Robotics and Digital Technology gather for an hour to work on special projects using 3D printing, Scratch, Makey-Makey, Spheros, Coding and Mindstorm Robots and more. 

Little Steamers – This club operates every Thursday after school and is for our Yrs 1-3 students. We expose them to the ideas of Computational Thinking and basic programming skills.

 EPro8 Engineering Challenge – Each year a number of teams of 4 students from Years 5-6 compete in the Epro8 Challenge – and InterSchool Science and Engineering Competition. This year the Epro 8 competition will be held in our school hall on Friday 25 October. 





Pasifika Boys and Girls Performance Groups – These groups are open to all students in the school and meet weekly with a tutor to learn a range of performance items that are performed at the Franklin Cultural Festival, local sporting events,  during our Pasifika Week celebrations and for local schools and preschools in the area.  


Kapa Haka – Tuakana and Teina groups – These groups are open to all students in the school and meet once a week with tutors to educate the children in Taha Maori, to learn tikanga and a range of items that are performed within the local community.


School Choir – We have a wonderful school choir of students from Years 5-8 that practice in the mornings for community events such as KidsChoir and regularly at our school-assisted masses.


Mathex – each year teams from Years 5-6 compete at the local Franklin Mathex Competition. They train up to the event in Term 3 where they put their maths skills to the test and work collaboratively in teams of 4 to answer 20 questions in 30 minutes. An exciting event for the local community.


 Otago Maths Challenge – Every year selected students in Year 6 complete a 5 part Problem Solving Challenge created by the Otago University Maths Department.

  Sports – Our school competes in a number of events throughout the year – Swimming, Orienteering, Basketball, Soccer, Netball, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Gymnastics and Athletics

  English – Franklin Speech, Proclaiming the Word and Franklin Writing Competitions

   Art Competitions – such as the Caritas Challenge