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Tihei Mauri Ora, Whaikororia ki Te Atua i runga rawa. Maungārongo ki runga ki te
whenua. Whakaaro pai ki nga tāngata katoa. Tēnā rā koutou ki ngā hau e wha.
Nau mai haere mai ki te whānau o Hato Hohepa.

Behold the breath of life. Glory to God on high. Peace on earth. Goodwill to all people.
Greetings to everybody. Welcome to the St Joseph’s School, New Plymouth Website.

St Joseph’s is a Contributing State Integrated (Catholic) Primary School catering for
children from new entrants to year six. We are a very well resourced school that
provides a broad and rich curriculum built around Christian living, creativity and
knowledge and skills essential for the future. These skills are embedded in the school
Eight Competencies (8 C’s) and through our Gospel Values of Tika, Pono & Aroha. An
emphasis is given to achievement in the core learning areas of literacy and numeracy
as well as developing and fostering an appreciation of the arts, digital and scientific
skills, social, outdoor and leisure skills.

St Joseph’s School continues to benefit from strong community support. Children and
staff feel a strong sense of belonging and we enjoy an ongoing association with past
and present students and families.

We encourage you to explore our website and we look forward to hearing from you and
meeting you in the future.

Fiona Hopkirk : Acting Principal

We are currently recruiting for a new Principal/Tumuaki.  For more information, or if you wish to apply for the position, please email for our application documentation.  Applications close 30th March 2022.

This months events

Latest Notifications


Mon May 16 04:27pm

You may have seen several news articles recently regarding literacy in New Zealand schools.  Our school, along with a number of NZ schools, has committed to the Structured Literacy approach.  

We are holding a parent information evening this Wednesday, 18th May, at 7.00pm in the Scout Hall for those parents/caregivers who would like to know more about the science of learning to read and how you can support your children at home.

To register please use this link:


School Newsletter 2022 No.5

Thu May 12 03:55pm

Please see below our first school newsletter of Term 2.


Structured Literacy Parent Evening

Thu May 12 11:09am

Please see the notice below for details regarding our Structured Literacy Parent Information Evening.  This is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to learn about the Structured Literacy Programme at St Joseph’s and how you can help your children at home.


Principal Appointment Update

Tue May 10 04:21pm

Please see the notice with an update on the appointment of a Principal for our school.



Tue May 10 03:28pm

We have a limited number of RAT Tests available to give out to our school community free of charge.  If you would like to receive some, please use the link below:

Yr 0-2 Miniball Draw 2022

Thu May 05 04:20pm



Yr 3/4 Miniball Draw 2022

Thu May 05 04:13pm



Yr 5/6 Basketball Draw 2022

Thu May 05 04:07pm



RE Newsletter Term 2, 2022

Wed May 04 04:21pm

Please see below the RE Newsletter which has been distributed to students today.


Junior & Middle School Scooter Skills

Tue May 03 04:27pm

Please see below for information on the Junior & Middle School Scooter Skills sessions next week.


Miniball/Basketball Coaches – Reminder

Fri Apr 29 01:14pm

There is a coaching clinic for all Miniball/Basketball coaches on Wednesday 4th May at 4pm at TSB Stadium.  

Mouthguards for your teams will be given out at this session.

Please wear you masks into the stadium.

Thank you!


Fri Apr 29 11:08am

As you will be aware, we have now moved to Covid-19 level Orange.  This means at school we are asking the community to observe the following:

* Adults if entering the buildings, please wear a mask.

* Adults if entering the buildings, please sign in at the office.

* Adults please do not congregate and try to maintain 1-2 metre distancing.

* Students Year 4-6 are encouraged to wear a mask when inside.

* Students are not to be on-site until 8:15am.

* Afternoon pick-ups from 2.45pm please.

Students Years 4-6 will be asked to wear a mask when we meet as a school in the hall for assembly, because of the close proximity to one another during this time. 

If there is a high number of Covid cases happening at school, we may ask that masks be worn in the classrooms by all students again, for a time. 

We will continue to keep all other health measures in place at school.. maintaining good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, physical distancing where practical and if students are sick.. please stay home.

Assemblies/School Prayer/Certificates for Term 2 will be held as a whole school together, on Friday mornings at 9.00am in the Scout Hall.  Parents/caregivers are welcome but we ask that masks are worn.


Tue Apr 26 01:42pm

We have spaces available for Year 6 students to attend NYLD in Palmerston North on 25th May.  This is a day trip to Palmerston North by bus at a cost of $90.00 per student.  Please email Michael Healion at if your child  is interested in attending.


Thu Apr 14 09:07am

Have you completed your OSCAR Holiday Programme bookings?  

If you are intending on using this service during the holidays, it would be much appreciated if you make your bookings sooner rather than later.  The OSCAR team are currently organising resources and staffing, etc, and accurate booking numbers make their job a lot easier.  Thank you.

Lunchtime Rugby Session

Wed Apr 13 04:18pm

Tomorrow (Thursday) lunchtime is the last rugby session with Ben Siffleet. This will be for both Yr 3/4 and 5/6 ages.  Please remember a change of clothes for those children involved.

Thank you!


School Newsletter 2022 No.4

Wed Apr 13 04:01pm

Please see today’s school newsletter.



Wed Apr 13 12:46pm

The team lists and tops have been given out.  For those that are playing:

There is a new platform called PlayHQ that Taranaki Hockey is going to be using.  It will be great and has many uses, however we need you to register your child.  We will deal with the costs at school but please follow the link and register so I can assign the teams within PlayHQ when you do this.  If you could do it by the end of the holidays that would be great… it doesn’t take too long! 

Here is the link: 

Basketball/Miniball Online Registrations -for all players and coaches

Tue Apr 12 01:25pm

Member Registrations.

Basketball New Zealand requires everyone involved in basketball in 2022 to be registered to an association or a club. A database with details of members will enable the sport to approach key funding agencies and tell them about who we are and how many are involved in the game. This should help ease the way forward for future funding in the sport.

NPBA therefore asks everyone involved in the game – player, coach, manager, referee, volunteer – to please complete the BBNZ registration form in the following link. All players will be required to complete the form to be eligible to play in the NPBA Junior Leagues so we ask that you complete this form as soon as possible.

Please refer to the entry form for details regarding the registration. 

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact John Carley (0277566726) or Pam Moss (0273371415)

The link to registration is here:

Thank you
NPBA Committee

Yr 5/5 Interschool Sports -Term 2

Fri Apr 08 01:20pm

Please contact Hayley O’Neill if you are interested in coaching/managing the Yr 5/6 Football, Netball or Rugby team this year.  Games will be during Term 2 during school hours.  

Please email –

Thank you!


Wed Apr 06 05:20pm

We have been advised that work will be undertaken tomorrow, Thursday 7th April, near the intersection of Moulton Street and Calvert Road.  

Moulton Street will be reduced to one way traffic although parking will still be available on Moulton Street.

We ask that our families take care during this time and are mindful of workers in this area.


Wed Apr 06 11:43am

A reminder that school is finishing early at 12.40pm tomorrow, Thursday 7th April, for Learning Conferences to be held during the afternoon.

If you are requiring OSCAR care, please make contact with the either the OSCAR team or the School Office as soon as possible to make manual bookings.

YR 3-6 Netball Registration Details

Mon Apr 04 04:38pm

All Yr 3-6 Netball players must register with Netball Taranaki by Monday 11th April.  Please use the link below.

Coaches/managers of teams also need to register.

Netball team lists have been sent home today.  They are also on the app for those who are unable to attend school at the moment.





Basketball and Miniball team letters have been sent home today. Letters are also on the app for those who are unable to attend school.

Mon Apr 04 04:28pm

Young Leaders Trip 2022

Mon Apr 04 03:22pm

Last call for registration forms for the Year 6 Young Leaders Day in Palmerston North.


Learning Conferences Term 1 2022… next week

Thu Mar 31 10:13am

We still need some parents to book in for their child’s Learning Conference next week. Please see the information below to book your Term 1 Learning Conferences and/or use the second button to link you directly to the booking site.



Basketball Registration 2022 – please have these filled out and returned to school by tomorrow 31st March

Wed Mar 30 10:31am



CRICKET SHIRTS; Please return your cricket shirts to school this week so that they can be re-issued for winter sports.

Wed Mar 30 06:56am

Yr 3 & 4 Miniball – parent help needed!!

Tue Mar 29 03:45pm

We have enough Yr 3/4 miniball players for 2 teams, however there has not been enough offers for parent managers/coaches.  Please contact Hayley O’Neill if your child has returned their Yr 3/4 Miniball form and you are able to support one of the teams on game day.

PLEASE email by this Thursday 31st March.  Teams need to be confirmed asap.



April 2022 OSCAR Holiday Programme

Mon Mar 28 01:08pm

Please see details of our April OSCAR Holiday Programme.  Please note there is no OSCAR on Easter Monday and ANZAC Day as there are public holidays.  


School Newsletter 2022 No.3

Fri Mar 25 03:42pm

Please below our latest school newsletter.



Wed Mar 23 12:08pm

This coming Friday and Saturday marks the end of our Term 1 cricket season.  We are grateful to all coaches, managers and scorers for their hard work in making cricket happen for our keen, young cricketers.  Please pass on your thanks as well.

After your final game please may we have a parent collect up the shirts, wash them, and return them to school next week.  Coaches please check gear and return it to the office next week as well.

Many thanks for your time.

Sheryl Firth

Yr 5/6 Netballers Wanted!!

Mon Mar 21 03:22pm

We are low on Y5/6  players.  If there are any Y 5/6 children who are interested in playing Netball in Term 2 and have not yet returned a registration letter, please fill one out and return to school by Friday 25th March.



Thu Mar 17 04:18pm

If your child is unable to play cricket this weekend, could you please contact the team coach/manager by Friday morning.  If your team needs to default, the school would like to communicate this to the opposition sooner rather than later.


Thu Mar 17 12:11pm

Book Club information will be in children’s school bags today.  Please note that we are taking online orders only.  Orders close on Friday 1st April.

Reconciliation and First Communion Programme 2022

Thu Mar 17 09:41am

The Catholic Parish of New Plymouth is now taking registrations for these Sacramental programmes.  While firm dates have been set due to the disruption that Covid is causing in our school communities, we are hoping to deliver the Reconciliation programme in Term 2. 

If you have children who are seven years or older (Year 3 upwards) who you wish to register for these programmes can you please fill in the online form that is attached in the link below.  Please have these registrations in by 14th April – which is the last day of Term 1.  We also require a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate.  This can be scanned and emailed to or dropped into the Parish Office.  

Please email me if you have any further questions before completing the form.  I am looking forward to guiding your child on the next step in their faith journey.

God Bless you and your families always.

Karen Maclean – Young Families Minister 

Caritas Mufti Day

Wed Mar 16 03:37pm

We are holding a mufti day on this Friday, 18th March.  Please bring along a gold coin donation to support the Caritas Tonga Appeal.



Wed Mar 16 12:15pm

There is an increasing number of students required to isolate at home.  We have prepared packs for home learning.  If you would like your child to have a learning pack delivered to you during this period of isolation, please email

Please be mindful of your child’s return date to school before requesting a pack i.e, how many more days will they be away from school?


The Year 5 & 6 students are on their way back to school from camp. They are expected to arrive at school at about 2.00pm.

Fri Mar 11 01:41pm


Fri Mar 11 12:04pm

A reminder that Monday 14th March is Taranaki Anniversary Day and on Tuesday 15th March school is also closed for students as we have a Teacher Only Day.  OSCAR is available on Tuesday only – please book using AimyPlus.  Enjoy your long weekend!

Netball & Hockey Registrations

Wed Mar 09 02:06pm

Registration for both netball and hockey close this Friday, 11th March.  Please ensure that:

+ Netball forms for Years 3-6 are handed into the School Office.

+ Hockey registrations are completed online for Years 1 & 2.

+ Hockey registrations are completed via google forms for Years 3-6.

All registration information is available on the School App.

Year 5 & 6 Camp – No Visitors Allowed

Wed Mar 09 10:52am

Our Year 5 & 6 students, staff and parent helpers have headed off to camp this morning.  Vertical Horizon Camp have advised that only parents/caregivers who have already volunteered their help and are rostered on to assist over the next three days are able to be on site. 

No parents/caregivers/extended family are able to be on site as visitors.  This is Vertical Horizon’s track and trace management system that they request we follow as part of their Covid Level Red protocols.

Year 5 & 6 Camp

Tue Mar 08 09:39am

Our Year 5 & 6 camp at Vertical Horizon is going ahead tomorrow. 

+ Students need to be at school as usual in time for the 8.50am morning bell. 

+ Students will gather in their classrooms with their camp gear.

+ Parents assisting with transport to be at school for a briefing in the Scout Hall at 10.00am.

+ Please park on the school field if assisting with transport.

+ Departure time from school is 10.30am.

Update Notice 7th March 2022

Mon Mar 07 05:21pm

Please see the attached notice for an update on happenings at our school.


Term 2 Hockey 2022

Fri Mar 04 04:18pm

Please see the notice for details of Winter Hockey registration, etc.


Yr 3/4/5/6 Netball Registrations

Fri Mar 04 03:44pm

Letters have been sent home with interested Netball players today.  Please return these by Friday 11th March if your child wants to be part of the Term 2 season.  Thank you


Year 5 &6 Camp Parent Support

Fri Mar 04 03:26pm

Please see the attached notice for details of parent helpers for our Year 5 & 6 camp next week.  If there are any changes, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.



Fri Mar 04 02:06pm

Please see the notice for details of Term 2 sports available for St Joseph’s School students.


Yr 5 Netball Sessions – Thursday 3rd March

Wed Mar 02 03:19pm

Some Year 5 children will be involved in a lunchtime Netball session tomorrow.  Please ask your child if they are in this group.  If so, they will need to bring a pair of sports shoes to school.  Thank you.

The FOSJ Meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday 1st March, has unfortunately been cancelled. A new date will be advised in due course.

Tue Mar 01 12:11pm


Tue Mar 01 10:55am

The FOSJ are holding their first meeting of 2022 tonight, Tuesday 1st March, at 7.30pm in the staffroom. Everyone is welcome to attend – we would love to see you there.

Phase 3 Contact Status

Fri Feb 25 12:44pm

Please check out this handy guide to determine your contact status and next steps now that we are in Phase 3 of the Covid response.


Confirmed Covid Case 25/02/22

Fri Feb 25 09:54am

Please see the attached for more information regarding a new Covid positive case at St Joseph’s School.  Please remember that Phase 3 guidelines are now in place .  Only household contacts of a confirmed positive case are required to isolate.


School Newsletter 2022 No.2

Thu Feb 24 03:27pm

Please see our latest School Newsletter.


Year 3&4 Outdoor Experience

Thu Feb 24 10:06am

Please see the correct notice for this Year 3 & 4 activity.


Year 3&4 Outdoor Experience

Wed Feb 23 04:16pm

Please see the attached notice for details of the Year 3&4 Outdoor Experience on Wednesday 9th March.



Wed Feb 23 03:42pm

Tomorrow McKenna, Carroll and Trinity will be visiting the rocky shore leaving school at 9.00am.  Please ensure the children are wearing mufti, have suitable covered shoes,  a sunhat, sunscreen and a drink bottle.  They will be travelling back to school by bus at 11.00am.

Barbier and Mission have their visit on Friday.