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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

Children’s Mass – Next Sunday Aug 1. –

Fri Jul 23 11:13am

The challenge has been given! We have Children’s Mass next Sunday, and as Mike said on Production night, it would be amazing to see the same response to our Mass as we did to Production.  Let’s lift the Church withour praise and worship, by coming together in song and prayer.  We look forward to seeing you all at St Joseph’s Church 9am Sunday 1st August.




Term 3 Yr 5/6 Basktetball Draw

Tue Jul 20 12:24pm




Mon Jul 12 06:50pm

Bookings are now open for OSCAR After School for term 3.  Please note that the new rate of $8.00 per hour will apply.

Monday 30th August is a Teacher Only Day and needs to be booked as a Special Day.  Holiday Programmes rates apply for this day.

Older Children’s’ Baptism Program

Fri Jul 09 02:22pm

OLDER CHILDREN’S BAPTISM 2021: Preparation sessions for children 7 years+ and their parents, are scheduled for Sunday 15th/22nd/29th August, following 9am Mass. Baptisms will take place in September. To register your interest…contact Michelle at youngfamiliesminister@catholicparishnp.nz

Mufti Mania – Reminder – we have a mufti day tomorrow.

Thu Jul 08 10:54am

On Friday July 9, (last day of the term) we will be holding a mufti day for Kristus Raja School in West Papua.  Many other Catholic Schools around NZ will also join us with this fundraising initiative in conjunction with Caritas.

Children can wear mufti to school and in return bring a donation for Kristus School.  Bring your donation to your classroom on Friday 9 July and then the Young Vinnies will collect it.

This is a wonderful example of how we can make a massive difference for others. 

 Click ‘view’ for full info


School Production Wednesday – Please click view below for full info. Children to arrive at the venue at 6.30pm. Lead characters by 6.15.

Tue Jul 06 04:17pm

Children will come home with their costume tomorrow.  They will wear these to the venue tomorrow night.  Parents will take shoes, jackets etc to their seats.  Please note the evening show is sold out.  There will be no entry without tickets.

Buses will again leave at 9am tomorrow morning so children will need to be at school by 8.50am.

Please, please, please click ‘VIEW’ below to read all of the extra details.

Please sign in the Cocid Tracer App when you arrive at City West Church tomorrow night.


Yr 3/4 and Yr 5/6 Netball

Tue Jul 06 09:18am

Please return your Netball uniform to school this week.  These can be brought to Cullinane.

Thank you!


Reminder = We will be at City West Church tomorrow. Children must be at school by 8.50. All chn to have a named water and bottle and lunch

Mon Jul 05 04:24pm

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our School Mass at 9am tomorrow. Have a great weekend.

Sat Jul 03 11:05am

Pistons and Celtics Yr 5/6 Basketball

Fri Jul 02 03:38pm

Monday 5th July

St Josephs Pistons play 4.00pm court 2,
St Josephs Celtics has a bye

Older Children’s Baptism Enrolment Form:

Thu Jul 01 02:27pm

Baptism for Older Children 2021: The annual Baptism preparation programme for children 7 years and older is scheduled to begin on Sunday 15 August. The course runs for three weeks following the parent’s introductory session. To enrol or for further information please contact Michelle: 7573682 or youngfamilyminister@catholicparishnp.nz

 Click view for enroment form or message the office for a copy.  Note that enrolment forms need to be taken to the Parish Office.


There evening show for the production is sold out – no more tickets available. We have some tickets available for the matinee.

Thu Jul 01 10:36am

Reminder – Production costumes need to be at school today or tomorrow in a named bag. Kapa Haka boys also need plain black shorts.

Thu Jul 01 08:33am

Click view for full production info.  Costume requirements are on page two.


Senior Sports Exchange – Thursday 1st July – Coastal School

Wed Jun 30 11:35am

Thank you to the parents who have offered to take tranport to this event.  A letter has been sent home with your child if you returned the volunteer tranport form.  Please meet att the green seats at 10:45am – we will be lealving at 11am.  We will be leaving Coastal School at approximately 2pm.

All children involved in the exchange can come to school in their sports gear.   Please ensure they come to school with a drink botlle of water and warm clothes.

Rugby – mouthguard, sports shorts, 

Football – shin pads, boots, socks, sports shorts

Netball A & B – uniform, sports shoes

View PDF

Reminder: Students should not arrive at school until 8.10am.

Wed Jun 30 10:35am

Our duty of care begins at 8.10am.  It is important that staff have time to prepare for their day without children on site.  Please make arrangements with before school care providers, family members and friends.  Please take the time to make other arrangements rather than dropping children early to school.  Please help us to keep your children safe.

Please check bags for production tickets:)

Tue Jun 29 03:36pm

School Newsletter 2021 No.6

Mon Jun 28 04:42pm

Please attached for our latest School Newsletter.


School Production Final Update

Mon Jun 28 03:42pm

Please see below for final details regarding our School Production.


REMINDER – Interschool Exchange with Coastal – Rugby, Football, Netball A & B team – – Thursday 1st July. Letter attached

Mon Jun 28 01:47pm

Senior Sport Exchange with Coastal- Thursday 1st July

Mon Jun 28 01:39pm

We are still needing tranport – please fill in and return the transport form if you are able to help out.


Covid 19-Level 1 Update. With the recent alert level change in Wellington it is timely to look at Lev 1 schooling and to be ready for Lev 2

Wed Jun 23 03:33pm

Please be aware if there is a return to Alert Level 2 schooling, adults / parents will not be able to access the school grounds or buildings. Please make sure you are helping your children to be independent with arriving and leaving the school on their own. If we change back to Alert Level 2 schooling, children will need to be able to come up to their classroom and leave the grounds at the end of the day on their own.

Click view for full information regarding Level 1 schooling.


Senior Rippa Rugby Tournament Reminder – on tomorrow – Wednesday 23rd June

Tue Jun 22 07:23pm

Please read letter for further information and reminders about what children should bring.  Please ensure you child is at school on time as we will be leaving just after 9am.  Thank you.

View PDF

Production – TICKETS and Costume Reminder – Reminder for costumes to come in this week. Order tickets with link below.

Tue Jun 22 08:36am

Click ‘view’ below for full notice and info.



Senior Sports Interschool Exchange – Thursday 1st July at Coastal School

Mon Jun 21 03:58pm

A letter has gone home to all children in rugby, football and netball A & B teams about our Interschool exchange next Thursday.  We would appreciate any transport to and from Coastal School.  

OSCAR July Holiday Programme

Fri Jun 18 01:36pm

The July OSCAR Holiday Programme is now available for booking.


The Yr 5 & 6 Kiwi Science Test planned for next Weds has been moved to Thursday to avoid a clash with new rippa rugby date.

Fri Jun 18 10:38am

Senior Rippa Rugby Tournament

Thu Jun 17 04:12pm

The revised date for the Rippa Rugby Tournament is now Wednesday 23rd June.  Other details remain the same.  Please return if the registraton form if your child is not already registerd with a rugby club.


Rippa Rugby Tournament has been postponed until Wednesday 23rd of June

Tue Jun 15 02:02pm

Production – TICKETS and Costume Reminder – Tickets can now be purchased. Note we have limited ticket sales for the evening show.

Tue Jun 15 11:14am

Click ‘VIEW’ for a copy of the full notice and information. (Also in bags today).  Please encourage grandparents and friends to attend the matinee. The link to purchase tcikets is below:



Reminder. We are looking forward to meeting at 7.30 on Tuesday night to plan our Fun Fair in Nov. All welcome

Mon Jun 14 07:57pm


Fri Jun 11 03:50pm

Choir will be required to meet inside the Sacred Heart Events Centre by 1:10pm, Sunday June 13th.

We will be shown to our warmup room and from there will be taken to the stage at 1:35pm for a sound check.

We will be seated in the auditorium at 1:50pm for a 2pm start.

We are scheduled to perform at 2:45pm.

For those children involved in First Holy Communion, you are not required to be early for the sound check, etc. If you can make it by 2:15pm there will be someone to meet you and guide you to the team. Please text on arrival 021 202 7241.

Choir are required to wear tidy school uniform:  Shoes and grey socks. Long hair tidy and off face please.

NB Update!!!There will only be cash sales at the door. Adults $10.00, children are free.

Rippa Rugby letters have been sent home with all Yr 5-6 children. The event is on Wednesday 16th June all day at Sanders Park.

Wed Jun 09 04:27pm



Please be mindful of not parking over driveways at pick up time. We have had complaints this week, particularly on Moulton St.

Wed Jun 09 01:43pm

Last week, cars continued to park over driveways and on yellow lines.  Please be warned that the PDC Traffic Management Team will be on site and have indicated that tickets will be issued.

Consider making plans for children to walk to other streets and be picked up from there.  Staff walk children across Devon St and St Aubyn St daily.  Several parents park at Lynmouth park and they find this works really well.


REMINDER – Sports Exchange against Frankley School Thursday 10th June. Netball A, football and rugby team. 12:45pm start.

Wed Jun 09 09:25am



Friends of St Josephs : Quiz thanks and Fun Fair planning meeting.

Mon Jun 07 03:35pm

Thanks to the Friends of St Joseph’s for organising our Quiz Night last week. $1,900 was raised on the evening. Thanks to our sponsors and to everyone who came along to support the event. The Friends team will now be working hard behind the scenes to organise our Fun Fair in November. We need more people to come along and help prepare the event. Next meeting is Tuesday 15th June 7.30pm in the staffroom.  Please come along and make a difference for your school.

Reminder: Tomorrow (Tues June 8) is a Teacher Only Day. School is closed. OSCAR is available. Please book through Aimyplus.

Mon Jun 07 10:42am

Reminder: Tuesday is a Teacher Only Day – no school. OSCAR care can be booked using the AimyPlus Platform.

Sat Jun 05 02:15pm

Sports Exchange against Frankley School

Thu Jun 03 04:14pm

Our Netball A, rugby and football teams will be playing against Frankley School next Thursday 10th June.  All games will start at 12:45pm.  Please come and support our teams.  Children  involved in the games have brought a letter home today.


Reminder: We are very excited about our cultural dress up day tomorrow. Wear national dress or colours of a nation etc.

Thu Jun 03 10:41am

Apologies, Trinity classroom’s costume details were omitted from yesterday’s production notice. Trinity will wear the same as Pohutukawa.

Thu Jun 03 09:23am

School Production Costumes

Wed Jun 02 01:15pm

Please see the notice regarding School Production costumes.


Kids Sing Choir – Updated Info for June 13. Click ‘view’ for full info.

Wed Jun 02 11:37am



School Newsletter 2021 No.5 – click view to have a read of our latest newsletter.

Tue Jun 01 04:18pm



Internet Health and Wellbeing Event – organised by Life Ed.

Tue Jun 01 09:50am

Life Education Taranaki are proud to be hosting cyber safety expert John Parsons. 

Caregivers are invited to attend the presentation ‘Raising Resilient Capable Children’. There are two presentations to choose between; 7:30pm on Tuesday the 8th of June at Highlands Intermediate and at 7:30pm on Wednesday the 9th of June at FDMC Theatrette. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.co.nz

Click view for further info.


Rugby practice for the Interschool team at lunchtime today. Please bring a change of clothes, mouthguard and drink bottle

Tue Jun 01 08:17am

Quiz reminder tomorrow night. 7pm. The Good Home

Mon May 31 08:20pm

Hi Quizzers!

I hope everyone is well and getting there general knowledge up to scratch!

The Good Home is booked for us from 5pm tomorrow (Tues1st of June) so if you want to head in early for dinner feel free.
The quiz itself starts at 7pm sharp.
The cost is $10 per person on your team and I’ll be collecting the money on the night. This money goes directly to the Friends of St Josephs so thank you in advance for supporting us.

Don’t forget to remind your teammates to bring some change for raffles!


If anyone has spare ice cream containers with lids please drop into the office. Thanks.

Mon May 31 02:07pm

Cultural Dress up and Activities Day – a reminder that this Friday – June 4 we have our cultural dress up and fun day. Click view for info.

Sun May 30 02:49pm

 Parents and friends are welcome to dress up and come along too.  We will start the day with a parade on the courts if fine or in the hall if wet.  Click view for full info.


Teacher Only Day – A reminder that Tuesday 8th June (after Queens BDay) is a Teacher Only Day. School closed. OSCAR Available.

Sun May 30 01:07pm

Class Mass Reminder: Pohutukawa, Trinity and Redwood will be celebrating Mass on Tuesday at 9am in Pohutukawa. Whanau welcome.

Sun May 30 12:45pm

We are looking for some people to help with some sewing tasks for the production. Can you or a family member help us out?

Fri May 28 01:43pm

Please email Fiona Hopkirk if you can help us out.


Kids Sing Yr 4-6 Choir Event June 13 – Updated version of notice with correct date – JUNE 13.

Thu May 27 04:38pm

Please change date on paper copies in bags.  Sorry agin for the error…..the good news is I am picking up new glasses today!!  Mike.  Click view for updated copy.


Choir notice Typo! So sorry everyone. The choir notice front page should say June 13 not June 23. Apologies for the error, Mike.

Thu May 27 04:30pm

Kids Sing Yr 4-6 Choir June 23. We have managed to find a way for our Choir to be in this event. The children are very excited.

Thu May 27 01:19pm

All children have a notice – please return the permission slips tomorrow (Friday 28th May).  A copy is also on the notice TAB – (Click View).


Chess Power Event – June 1 2021. Interested parents are welcome to register their children for this event.

Wed May 26 01:56pm

Please note that parents will have to attend this event with their children as we will not have a staff member attending.  We will be hosting the next Chess Power event at St Joseph’s in September.  Please click view for further info.


The Friends of St Joseph’s meeting planned for tomorrow night is postponed.

Mon May 24 07:45pm

Reminder. We have a few cold and flu bugs around. Please keep children away from school if they have flu /cold symptoms. Thanks.

Mon May 24 03:37pm

BASKETBALL/MINIBALL – there are no games this week on Tues & Wed due to the unavailability of the stadium.

Mon May 24 09:50am

School Mass this Sunday 23rd May, 9am St Joseph’s Church.

Fri May 21 01:17pm

We are looking forward to celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the Church on Sunday as a community.  Children are welcome to come and sit with the choir as you come in on the left on Sunday to bring our praise and worship alive.

Cultural Dress up and Activities Day at St Joseph’s- Fri 4th June. Click view for full information

Thu May 20 11:06am



Info regarding Te Reo Mass – 30th May

Thu May 20 10:37am

Te Reo mass St Joseph’s church, Powderham Street, New Plymouth
9am, Sunday 30th May.
Practice for singing at 5.30pm Friday,28th May in the church.

Thank you
God bless
Patricia Wells Morris
On behalf of the Catholic Parish of New Plymouth

Parents of Yr 6 boys attending FDMC open day. Please advise if you are taking your son out of school tomorrow arvo using the APP.

Tue May 18 06:21pm

Tonight or in the morning will be great so we can pre load the afternoon attendance.  Please collect and sign children out at the office.

The Quiz Night is now full. If spaces become available we will let the community know. Reminder info will be sent to teams next week.

Tue May 18 11:10am

The Yr 5&6 Interschool Sport is on. Bring extra clothes and a towel. Games start at 12.30. Food to hall kitchen please. Bring on the sun

Tue May 18 09:14am

Attention Yr 3-6 Hockey players, Queen’s Birthday Tournament Info. See below.

Mon May 17 04:53pm

There is a hockey tournament on Queen’s Birthday for year 3-6 students that would like to take part. It is a lot of fun!
Where: Stratford
When: Saturday 5th June (year 6) or Sunday 6th June (year 3-5)
Cost: $25 (shirt included)

To register, it is fully run through Taranaki Hockey. Follow this link  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r2H5GZtABxUiL0aXLUp7UDqMY3HcFhKUfwYaA2GRCus/ 

Taranaki hockey will make the teams and give you the information from there.  Register before 9am Thursday 20th May.

For more information, go on the Taranaki Hockey website.


Mon May 17 10:32am

Those families attending SHGC Open Afternoon today, between 2-3pm, please be aware there is no parking in the school grounds. You will need to park on Paynters Ave, or surrounding streets. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you.

Parents of Year 6 girls who are taking their girls to SHGC Open Arvo are reminded to sign the girls out at office. Use app to notify us.

Mon May 17 09:50am

BRENDA BALINGER RUN – Saturday 15th May. For those taking part, please meet at Highlands Intermediate at 2:30pm. Shirts will be supplied.

Fri May 14 03:51pm

Yr 6 Young Leaders about 20 mins away. Will arrive around 6.15 at school.

Thu May 13 06:55pm

Yr 6 Young Leaders have just left Hawera. Will update when they go through Inglewood.

Thu May 13 06:15pm

Year 6 Young Leaders Update. Likely to arrive back between 5.30 and 6pm. Will update after they have eaten in Hawera.

Thu May 13 04:21pm

Yr 6 Young Leaders Update. Due to a power cut the program has finished early. Arrival will be earlier. Will update times. Mike

Thu May 13 02:57pm

Sports Exchange against Oakura – Tuesday 18th May. Letters have been sent home with the children involved in this exchange.

Wed May 12 07:14pm



Yr 0-2 Miniball Draw 2021

Wed May 12 04:20pm



Yr 3-4 Miniball Draw 2021

Wed May 12 04:14pm



Yr 5 -6 Basketball draw 2021

Wed May 12 04:09pm



Basketball and Miniball players will be sent home with shirts/singlets and mouthguards this week. See draws on notices.

Wed May 12 03:10pm




Reminders and key info – Yr 6 Young Leaders Trip to Palmerston North tomorrow.

Wed May 12 02:52pm

Be at school at 5am – carpark.

Bus leaves at 5.15am sharp.

Wear school uniform

Bring Morning Tea, Lunch and Drink Bottle.

If a students is absent please advise via the school app before 5am or tonight.

Arrival time home will be confirmed via the school app in the afternoon, approx 7pm.

St Joseph’s Vs St John Bosco Rugby Game

Tue May 11 05:01pm

Thsi game is being played at St Joseph’s on Friday 14th May at 12pm.  This is not an Interschool competiiont game, just a friendly for the start of the season.  Please come along and support the teams!

Can you help out the Friends of St Joseph’s with some vouchers or raffle prizes for our upcoming Quiz Night?

Sun May 09 03:14pm

Do your own or work for a business who can provide with vouchers or goodies that we can auction or raffle?

If so please email Nikki McCormack with your offers or drop directly to the school office.  nikki.lee.nz@gmail.com 


Reminder – Whanau are invited to the Lawn and Te Hononga class Mass on Tuesday morning at 9am in Lawn.

Sun May 09 03:04pm

Reminder Year 6 students should be enrolled by now at their 2022 school. Open afternoons are on at SHGC and FDMC for any interested families

Sat May 08 02:18pm

 SHGC Open Day – 17 May 2pm

FDMC Open Day – 19 May 1.30pm.  (Click view for more info)


Information regarding Scholastic Lucky Book Club

Thu May 06 11:33am

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 21st May.  Please do not send any money along to the school.  Thanks.  Helen Carswell

We are safe at St Joseph’s. The lockdown has been lifted. This was an issue at Devon Int and is now resolved.

Wed May 05 03:26pm

The school is currently in lockdown . Please do not come to the school or phone the school. We will update as soon as we are able to do so.

Wed May 05 03:19pm

Message from Soniya and Ciciliya John regarding a 41 Day Memorial Service for Julius.

Tue May 04 03:53pm

           *Julius’s Memorial Service*
It is going to be *41* days since Julius left us and we wouldn’t have been able to get through these days of anguish without your support. 
In memory of Julius and with gratitude for all your presence in our lives,
I invite you all for Julius’s *41st  day* memorial service, which will be held on the *10th of May 2021, 4pm, at Awanui cemetery.*
The Holy mass in Malayalam at *5:30pm at St.Joseph’s church*
And a *memorial dinner there after at 7pm at the St.Joseph’s church hall.*

If you are attending please let Soniya know: soniyajohnjohn@yahoo.com
With love and prayers
Soniya and Ciciliya

RE Newsletter Term 2 2021 – see bags today or click view for a digital copy. Make sure you mark the class and school masses in your diary.

Tue May 04 02:54pm



Yr 5 and 6 Interschool Sport Information Letter

Tue May 04 12:36pm



Friends of St Joseph’s (FOSJ) Meeting this Tues May 4 7.30pm, Staffroom. New members welcome, come along and help with Fun Fair planning.

Sun May 02 02:05pm

Save the Date:) Tues June 1 7pm St Joseph’s School Quiz Night- The Good Home. Teams of 4-6. More info to come this week.

Sun May 02 11:49am

The school office is open 9-12 Thu and Fri for families wanting to grab school shoes, socks etc. Football/ rugby boots also available. Mike

Wed Apr 28 05:01pm