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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.

Mike Dowd : Principal

Home, St Joseph's Primary School New Plymouth

This months events

Latest Notifications

Touch Rugby – Reminder – Re-registrations for U10 and U12 touch close at 3pm today. U6 and U 8 please return shirts ASAP

Fri Oct 22 11:16am

Please click view below for full info regarding information for U6 and U8 Teams. All U10 and U12 players will need to register again before Friday 22nd Oct. Please note that the venue has changed to Bell Block. When clicking ‘view’ below, the pop up notice includes a link at the bottom for players to re-register for the U10’s and U12’s.  Link also below if you had trouble yesterday.



RE Newsletter Term 4 2021

Wed Oct 20 03:22pm

Please take the time to read our RE Newsletter for Term 4 which also includes our recently reviewed Health Curriculum Statement.  Please provide feedback on this statement before 27th October.


REMINDER: IMPORTANT SURVEY – Home learning devices required in homes if we have any periods of Level 3 or Level 4 Schooling this term.

Tue Oct 19 10:08am

Please click the link below to record the device needs for your family if we have any periods of learning from home this term.  We want to be prepared so we can act quickly.  Please click the following link:


Yr 1-2 Netball starts this Wednesday 20th at Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts . Please read the Level 2 Guidelines for this venue

Tue Oct 19 09:16am

Level 2 Guidelines for this venue – 

Mandatory mask wearing for all adults
Enter and exit through the same gate
Play on your court.  Do not cross over into other zones. 
If you or members of your household are unwell or awaiting a test/test results, you must not attend games and stay home. 
Appropriate hygiene and sanitation processes in place for participants and equipment
Mandatory contact tracing is required, Ministry of Health QR codes are at each venue.
Physical distancing is required at all times (with the exception of players on court and sideline coaching at breaks)
BYO water bottles, towels and hand sanitiser for frequent use
Sneeze and cough into your elbow
Cleaning and hygiene protocols will be implemented for bathrooms and toilets
Change rooms will be closed
No mingling between groups and supporters.  Get in, play, go home.

Sibling Photo Form – hard copies are in children’s bags today. Please return by Wednesday 27 Oct to class teachers or the office.

Mon Oct 18 03:40pm

The photos will be taken on Thursday October 28 (next wek).  Click ‘view’ for a copy of the form.


Term 4 Update Notice 18 Oct 2021. Click ‘view’ to read.

Mon Oct 18 03:03pm



School Photos are being taken on 28th October, not November as stated in today’s notice. Apologies for the confusion.

Mon Oct 18 02:45pm

Learning Conferences Nov 2 and 4 2021. Click view below for full information.

Mon Oct 18 02:11pm

We are using an online booking system again so that you can book your appointment time. If people do not have access to a computer, bookings can be made by ringing the School Office. The website is https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/5865k You will be guided through three simple steps, and you’ll get an email confirming your bookings. Easy!


Cricket Trainings with Taranaki Cricket. – Yr 3-6 players.

Sun Oct 17 10:50am

The Year 5 and 6 hardball players will have lunchtime trainings on Tuesdays – bring shoes.  The Year 3 and 4 Incrediball players will have Wednesday lunchtime sessions – bring shoes.

Covid 19 – Level 2 – Oct 15 Update

Fri Oct 15 11:16am

We will be starting Term 4 under Covid Alert Level 2. Everyone is doing a great job following our alert level two protocols. Please click ‘view’ for full information.


Summer Uniform Update – Campus clothing has a full range of our uniform at their shop. See below for second hand options at school.

Wed Oct 13 05:30pm

We are back to wearing summer uniform this term. The hall has a large selection of sandals available for those who want to swap or just grab a pair. Lots of variety and they are in good to mint condition. The Hall side door nearest the school will be open. The uniform room will also be available in the main office area. One family at a time, adults to wear masks, use sanitiser and sign in using the QR Codes. 9am-12 Thursday and Friday this week.

Touch Rugby – Revised for Term 4. The City Touch Competition will only run for U 10 and U12 teams this term. Full info below:

Wed Oct 13 05:20pm

Please click view below for full info regarding information for U6 and U8 Teams.  All U10 and U12 players will need to register again before Friday 22nd Oct.  Please note that the venue has changed to Bell Block.  When clicking ‘view’ below, the pop up notice includes a link at the bottom for players to re-register for the U10’s and U12’s.


Grandparents and Friends Day Friday Oct 22 – POSTPONED.

Sun Oct 10 10:09am

The Grandparents and Friends Day planned for the first Friday of term has been postponed.  We have made an early decision due to the changing Covid Level boundaries.  We hope to hold this event later in the term.  Mike


Fri Oct 01 08:36am

Please note that the confirmed dates for Learning Conferences are 2nd and 4th November next term.  Apologies for the incorrect date in the body of yesterday’s School Newsletter.  The correct dates were in the calendar.

Booking information will be shared with the school community early in Term 4.

School Newsletter 2021 No.8

Thu Sep 30 03:30pm



Year 5 and 6 Summer Hockey – Extra Players Needed

Thu Sep 30 08:03am

All year 5 and 6 development hockey teams have been moved up to the half field grade and are in pool B of this grade. This is due to a lack of team entries in the development grade. It will be a great experience and there will be teams of similar levels. This means we are now looking for more players as there are more players on the turf at one time. If you are interested, please email Miss Zarifeh at bridie@stjosephsnp.school.nz and she will put you in a team.

Catholic Schools Day – Theme Info – Click view to learn more about our special day today.

Wed Sep 29 08:11am



Catholic Schools Day 2021 – Reminder we asking children to bring a donation for Mellowpuff Trust tomorrow.

Tue Sep 28 02:05pm

All children will receive a sausage and bread at lunchtime.


Taranaki Tennis Champs and Surf Champs Term 4 (Yr 5-6)

Tue Sep 28 11:01am

Taranaki Tennis Championship (Yr 5-8) Wed Oct 27th

Taranaki Surf Champs (Yr 5/6) Mon 6th Dec

Please contact Hayley O’Neill – hayley@stjosephsnp.school.nz – for more information or if your child is interested in these events in Term 4.

Touch Rugby Term 4 -Important Information

Mon Sep 27 11:12am

City Touch Taranaki are waiting until the Government announcement on Monday 4th October to confirm if Term 4 Touch is able to go ahead. Touch can not go ahead if we are still at Level 2.  A draw for Week 1 will be available as soon as possible if Level 1 is announced.

Team shirts will be given out this week ready for Week 1. Team balls will be given out for the coaches on the first Monday back in Term 4

Devon Intermediate Grounds
During the recent classroom addition the playing fields have been compromised.  Should the fields not be safe to play on by Week 1 City Touch have secured a backup venue in Hickford Park Bell Block.  A call will be made on Monday 4th October along with the Covid update.  If some teams do need to move to Hickford Park then the draw will be sent out with times to allow for everyone to get across town.

Secondhand summer sandals are available for families in the hall.

Mon Sep 27 08:41am

 Please scan in on the Covid Tracing QR Code and wear a mask when entering the hall. Keep at least 2m apart from any other people who may be looking at the sandals. Sanitiser available – please use on arrival and when leaving. Cost – free or a donation or just swap a pair.

Sports Shirts – URGENT – Please return to school tomorrow so we can sort Touch, cricket and summer hockey teams.

Sun Sep 26 02:11pm

We are still missing winter hockey, miniball and basketball and netball uniforms.  Please put in bags now for a Monday check off.

ROAD SAFETY: We need parents to model safe crossing for children on Calvert Road please.

Thu Sep 23 09:32am

The crossing has an adult on site morning and afternoon.  This is the only place to cross children.  Do not call children across the road or get them to cross at other places.  Please do this to keep all of our children safe.  Please model this as parents also.  Mike

Catholic Schools Day 2021 – Please click View below for more information about this special day next Wednesday.

Wed Sep 22 12:50pm




Tue Sep 21 03:31pm

Cricket team notices have been isued today to all children who have registered.  Please look out for these in school bags.  Shirts will be issued at a later date.  Please note, students have not been invoiced at this stage for this activity.

Covid 19 – Level 2 Sept 20 Update

Mon Sep 20 06:20pm

The government has announced that we will remain at level two for the rest of this term.  Everyone is doing a great job following our alert level two protocols.  Please click ‘view’ for full information.


Reminder – children to bring running clothes each day please.

Mon Sep 20 08:53am

REMINDER: St Joseph’s School, NP – Special Catholic Character and Religious Education Survey 2021

Sun Sep 19 02:20pm

The Board of Trustees and staff of St Joseph’s School NP are surveying the community to check in on our Catholic Special Character and on how we are delivering the Religious Education Curriculum. (Survey closes Weds Sept 22 2021)

The survey is very quick, please click the following link.  Mike.


Mufti Day Friday 17th September

Thu Sep 16 01:32pm

Please bring along a non-perishable grocery item in exchange for not wearing uniform.


School Cross Country

Tue Sep 14 03:09pm

Children may be running our school cross country this week, weather permitting.  Please make sure they bring appropriate running gear (t-shirt, shorts, shoes) and a drink bottle to school every day this week.

Due to Covid Level 2 restrictions, we cannot have spectactors.


October Holiday Programme

Tue Sep 14 01:07pm

Please see the attached for the OSCAR October Holiday Programme details.  Bookings are now open.  Please use our online booking system, AimyPlus.


School will remain at Alert Level 2 for another week. The government will review levels again Mon 20th Sept. Click ‘view’ for full info.

Mon Sep 13 07:05pm



Sports letters – Yr 1-2 Netball, Touch, Hockey

Mon Sep 13 04:05pm

Team letters will be sent home with hockey, touch and Yr 1-2 netball over the next few days.  Please check in your child’s bag for these letters. 

Please wait to be invoiced for these sports before paying – due to the possible level changes affecting the seasons.

Remember to return all miniball and basketball shirts to the office asap.


Term 3 Update

Mon Sep 13 03:38pm

Please see the attached notice for an update on Term 3 activities.


Miniball and Basketball

Fri Sep 10 11:27am

Miniball (Yr 1-4) has now finished for the season (due to Level 2 restrictions.

Basketball (Yr 5-6) are having finals on Thursday 23rd September (with restrictions).  Teams will be notified if they have made the finals asap.  

Please return your child’s Miniball/Basketball shirts to school asap.

Thank you.


Tue Sep 07 12:58pm

OSCAR will be up and running at the start of Level 2 (operating from Thursday 9th September). The OSCAR Programme will be using the same protocols as the school.

* Parents do not enter the OSCAR building please.

* A staff member will sign your child out on the iPad.

*Please keep distancing in place from staff, other parents and other children.

* Please use AimyPlus to make bookings for this term. Any cancellations/non-attendance for existing bookings should be emailed to oscar@stjosephsnp.school.nz.

*Pre-existing bookings remain as they were prior to Lockdown.

* We will offer a Holiday Programme at Alert Level 1 or 2. Information for the upcoming holiday programme will be available next week.

Level Two Schooling Info – From 9th Sept 2021. Click view for full information.

Tue Sep 07 12:21pm



The Min of Ed will not be providing full information until the morning. I will provide an update to the community as soon as poss tomorrow.

Mon Sep 06 07:33pm

Lev2 Info and brief – more to come tonight or tomorrow morning when the Ministry of Ed sends us the updated requirements for Level 2 -Delta

Mon Sep 06 06:19pm

NZ (Out of Auckland) moving to Level 2 from 11.59 Tues night.

Zooms and home learning will continue on Tuesday Sept 7.

School will not start again until Thursday 9th Sept.

Children currently in Lev 3 schooling at school will continue. (Tues and Weds) (Email Mike if not attending)

No Zooms on Wednesday Sept 8.  Home learning to continue.

School and OSCAR will start from Thursday Sept 8.


Touch – Re- Registration 2021 – Please fill this Touch Registration Google Form in by Wednesday 8th September.

Mon Sep 06 10:50am



Message from Terry the Cat for the children. Click link below.

Sun Sep 05 02:35pm

Terry says ‘Hi’.

Zoom Schedule Sept 6 -10. Look at for a special Message from Terry the Cat over the weekend.

Sat Sep 04 12:39pm

Click ‘view’ for the Zoom Scedule for this week.


Whanau Support Info – MSD – we have been asked to send this information out on behalf of MSD. Click ‘view’. Mike

Fri Sep 03 10:18am



Reminder: Summer Hockey Term 4 2021 – Rego Info needed by TOMORROW

Thu Sep 02 03:05pm

Registration link is within the notice = click ‘view’ to read full info.


REMINDER: Cricket Registration Term 4 2021 – full info about the season is available by clicking ‘view’ below.

Thu Sep 02 02:35pm

 Registrations due TOMORROW

To register click this link or the link in the notice.



Learning Conferences – Due to time pressures and recent happenings, the Learning Conferences have been postponed until Term 4. Date TBC.

Wed Sep 01 03:17pm

Touch – Re- Registration 2021. IMPORTANT. As many return slips are in bags, missing or in classrooms we are starting the process again.

Wed Sep 01 12:37pm

Everyone must – re -register.

Click view for full season info.  Or click the link below to register – each child needs to be registered separately.  Do not pay until season gets underway.



Touch Rugby Registrations

Wed Sep 01 09:10am

Please do not worry if you have not been able to return your child’s touch rugby registration letter.  The date has been exteneded until next Wednesday 8th September.

Thank you

Hayley O’Neill

Kapa Haka Update: Tatarakihi Festival- Cancelled. Puanga Festival moved to Nov 8.

Mon Aug 30 12:20pm

If you have not completed the Level 3 School survey, please do so as soon as possible. We are still waiting on 40+ families.

Mon Aug 30 10:20am

Please complete by midday today so save us ringing around families.  We need this information so we can sort staffing and the logistics around health and safety for class numbers.  The preferred Government option is for other arrangements to be made for children by increasing bubbles etc.  Please inform your intentions to us by completing the form – click the link below.  Mike Dowd.


Chess Power – Online Chess Tournament Fri 3 Sept. Please register as individuals. Click ‘view’ for full info. Good luck!

Sun Aug 29 06:01pm



Zoom Schedule Aug 30-Sept 3. Click ‘View’.

Sun Aug 29 12:50pm



IMPORTANT SURVEY REMINDER: Covid 19-Moving to Level 3 – very important information. (Zoom schedule for next week also included).

Sat Aug 28 10:43am

Please click ‘view’ below – within the notice there is a link to a survey each family must complete by Monday at midday for our planning and organisation.  Thanks, Mike.


See below re Level 3. I am waiting on a bulletin with key information. I will be in touch later tonight or in the morning with more info.

Fri Aug 27 05:42pm

The Government has announced that we will be moving to Covid 19- Level 3 from 11.59pm Tuesday 31st August. This means that from Wednesday 1st September, our physical school could be available for children who ‘need to be at school’. The Government expectation is that where possible, children who are able to continue their learning from home, should do so – this could also be through extending your bubble to another family/home.

A survey and more detailed information will be sent out over the app and parent emails later tonight or tomorrow morning when I have a full picture from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.

God bless, Mike

Keep ’em Moving Activities – a couple of links fixed up. Thanks again to Mrs Firth.

Thu Aug 26 02:28pm



Hockey Season – Covid info – season cancelled. Please return shirts and gear when we return to school. Click ‘view’ for full info.

Thu Aug 26 11:26am



Keep ’em Moving Activities – click view for a really cool sheet of individual, partner and family activities. Thanks to Mrs Firth for this.

Thu Aug 26 10:08am



Wonderful attendance at our Zooms. Please refrain from taking screen shots or photos of screens from Zoom’s and do not share these. Thanks.

Tue Aug 24 02:39pm

The Prime Minister has announced that we will remain at Level4 for the remainder of this week. We will keep doing what we are doing….

Mon Aug 23 05:55pm

Please note that the Teacher Only Day planned for Monday 30 August has been postponed.

We will be in touch later in the week with any further information regarding a possible change in alert levels.

Wonderful to hear about the amazing engagement in the Zooms today.  The learning packs are with DX Mail and NZ Couriers so keep an eye out for deliveries.

God bless, Mike.

The School production video and photos are available for viewing / download. Please see parent emails for link:) Mike.

Mon Aug 23 12:41pm

Summer Hockey & Cricket info will come out today, Please note that for Yr 5 & 6 the cricket and hockey are both played on Sat mornings.

Mon Aug 23 10:35am

Learning at Home and Lev 4 Update Aug 22 – Click ‘view’ for full information. Mike

Sun Aug 22 01:42pm



Covid 19 level 4 Update 20 Aug 2021 – includes info on devices, learning packs, Zooms and continuation of Level 4 Lockdown. Click ‘View’.

Fri Aug 20 07:59pm



Covid 19 Level 4 Update 19 Aug 2021 – click view for an update and some possible scenarios re next week. God bless, Mike.

Thu Aug 19 04:42pm



Term 3 Kapa Haka Festivals – Important. We need to confirm ticket numbers for these events by 5pm Friday night!

Thu Aug 19 12:01pm

Please click link below to order tickets and volunteer to help out.  You can also click ‘View’ for full Information.



Cross Country Info 26th August. Note – children will wear sport mufti to school. Click view below for full info.

Wed Aug 18 12:35pm

 Please note, this event organisation could change with Covid Level Changes.


School Loan Devices: We would like to be prepared for devices that may be required by children if we have an extended period of lockdown.

Wed Aug 18 10:35am

Please fill in the form below if your child/ren will need devices.  At this stage we do not know when we will be able to access the school to do this.  Please try and complete the form as soon as possible.  Thanks, Mike


Covid 19 Level 4 Lockdown Aug 17 – important information regarding the lockdown. School closed for the rest of this week.

Tue Aug 17 08:35pm

Click ‘view’ for further information.


Term 3 Kapa Haka Festivals – Important info. A paper copy will come home with children. Return slips need to be back by this Friday Aug 20

Tue Aug 17 04:26pm

Click ‘view’ for full info.


Touch Rugby Registration for Term 4

Mon Aug 16 04:14pm

Interested children have been sent home with a letter regarding touch rugby which will be starting in Term 4.   These need to be returned to school by Wednesday 1st September.  Please email any queries to Hayley O’Neill – 


View PDF

Structured Literacy Parent Info Sessions. Weds 18 August. We have two session time available. Click view for full info and to register.

Sun Aug 15 03:39pm

 Reminder to click view below to register using the link in the notice.


Sanitary Product Orders (FREE). St Joseph’s NP is a part of the free sanitary products for students programme.

Fri Aug 13 10:33am

Click ‘view’ for full notice and link to order products.  Please note that this notice will stay on the notices Tab for future orders.


The Toy Library is requesting books for an upcoming book sale. If you have books to donate for this fundraiser there is a box in the office

Fri Aug 13 10:21am

Click view for further info.


Yr 3-6 Netball Break-up – a reminder of the get together on Thursday 12th August

Wed Aug 11 12:05pm

There is a break-up for all Yr 3-4 and Yr 5-6 netball players, coaches, parents/caregivers on Thursday 12th August from 3-4pm which will be held in the school hall.  This is a very informal gathering to celebrate the successful netball season we have had this year. Coaches and players can take this opportunity to formally thank one another for their respective efforts throughout the season. 

Please, all players to provide a small plate of food (One per family only).  Please bring this to the hall kitchen on Thursday morning.

The players can get changed into mufti after school if they wish.

Any students who usually attend Oscar will be walked to the Oscar classroom at 4pm, at the end of the event.

Uniforms should be returned at this time as well.

Yr 0/1/2 Netball

Mon Aug 09 04:18pm

Netball letters have been sent home with interested children.  Please return them to school by Monday August 16th.

Please note that there are no Netball fees for Yr 0/1/2 players this year and netball uniforms will not be needed.  


Chess Power Event – Registration Information – being held at St Joe’s NP. Interested children have taken notices today.

Mon Aug 09 10:24am



Update from the Friends of St Joseph’s. – School Family Fun Picnic Afternoon Nov 14.

Wed Aug 04 01:25pm

Last night a group of keen parents met to plan a fundraising / family event for Term 4.  After discussion we have decided to have a family fun picnic for our school community on the afternoon of Sunday Nov 14.  Some food will be available, families can also bring picnic food if they wish, we will have some activities available and the famous inflatable obstacle course and water slide.  This event will replace the School Picnic and Fun Fair that have been run previously. We will have some of our famous raffles for families to sell later this term and these will be drawn at the school family Fun Picnic on Nov 14. More details and information to come.


It was lovely to have so many whanau at Mass on Sunday. Our next School Mass is on 5th Sept. Pop the date in your diaries.

Tue Aug 03 10:00am

Reminder: FOSJ Fun Fair planning meeting tonight. 7.30 in staffroom. Please come along to support.

Tue Aug 03 09:41am

Reminder: We are looking forward to joining together as a school community for Mass on Sunday morning at 9am at St Joseph’s Church.

Fri Jul 30 03:59pm

Scholastic – Lucky Book Club Information

Tue Jul 27 02:42pm

Book Club notices will be coming home today with your children. To purchase books please visit the scholastic website – scholastic.co.nz/LOOP or download the LOOP app. Closing date for book purchases is 13th August. Please do not send any money along to the school. Thanks. Helen Carswell

Spelling Bee Registration Yr 5 & 6 – interested children have taken a notice today. Please return reg before Weds Aug 4.

Mon Jul 26 01:01pm



RE Newsletter Term 3 2021 – click ‘view’ to read.

Mon Jul 26 12:35pm



Covid 19 – Level 1 Update July 25 – Please click ‘view’ for full information. Regards, Mike.

Sun Jul 25 05:35pm