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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’s 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, and 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.

Mary Kleinsman-Powell: Principal/Tumuaki


This months events

Latest Notifications

RE Newsletter Term 1 2023

Fri Feb 03 02:03pm

Please note a hard copy of this newsletter will come home with your children next week.


School Newsletter 2023 No.1

Wed Feb 01 02:53pm



2023 Term 1 Cricket Registration

Mon Jan 30 08:10am

Cricket Registration for Term 1 is due now.  If your child is interested in playing please register as soon as possible. 

Registration closes on Monday 6th February.  Please read the attached letter for further information.


Parish Newsletter 29th January 2023

Sun Jan 29 02:52pm




Thu Jan 26 09:22pm

School starts this year on Wednesday 1st February.  

Please note the School is closed tomorrow, Friday 27th January.  The School Office will be open from 8am-4pm on both Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st January.

Stationery lists are available on both the Notices Tab of the School App and the School Website.

OSCAR bookings for Term 1 are open.  Please remember to make your bookings before school starts.

We look forward to seeing all students next week.

2023 Term 1 Cricket Registration

Tue Jan 24 09:49am

Cricket for Term 1 starts on Friday 17th February and runs through until Saurday 25th March.  Please see the notice for registration details, etc.


Parish Newsletter 22nd January 2023

Mon Jan 23 10:37am




Fri Dec 16 10:59am

Just a reminder that school finishes today at 12:00pm.  The whole school will gather at about 11.50am for a final blessing and to farewell our Year 6 students.  Hopefully this will take place at the Sacred Space but if it’s raining, it will be in the Scout Hall.


Wed Dec 14 03:23pm

The school community is warmly invited to join us for our final Assembly, Nativity & Year 6 Graduation tonight at 5.45pm at St Joseph’s Church.

The Year 5 students will lead us in the re-telling of the Christmas Nativity story.  We will all join in the Christmas Carols.  All of our children involved in Kapa Haka will be performing on the night.

This is a wonderful occasion for the family and it would be great to see all of the school community there. 


School Newsletter 2022 No.14

Mon Dec 12 02:54pm

Please see our final newsletter forr 2022 which has important information for year end and also the start of 2023. 



Mon Dec 12 12:58pm

Please return all sports shirts to school ASAP. Any outstanding sports shirts not returned by Friday 16th December will incur a $30.00 replacement fee on student accounts.

Thank you to those people who have already returned their sport shirts to school.


Mon Dec 12 11:05am

Tomorrow, 13th December, we are holding our famous Red & Green Mufti Day.  Children can dress up in Christmas mufti colours, wear a Santa hat, etc, and will participate in fun Christmas activities. 

Christmas is a time of great hardship for many families.  Our Catholic Social Teaching of ‘Caring for the poor and vulnerable reminds us of this’.  We are asking families to send along a small monetary donation so that the school can buy food vouchers for struggling families of our neighbouring schools.


Fri Dec 09 09:45am

This weekend is the last weekend of cricket for Term 4.  Please thank your coaches and managers for their support this season.  All sports shirts need to be returned to the office on Monday.

Many thanks in advance.

Sheryl Firth


Thu Dec 08 10:12am

It looks like the weather is going to stay fine this afternoon so … the School Picnic is happening tonight!!

Bring your own food and Mr Tinkle will be on-site,

The school playgrounds and sports equipment will be available.  Bring your togs for the water slide.  Slide times: 

5.30pm-6.00pm = Year 0-2,

6.00pm-6.30pm = Year 3&4,

6.30pm-7.00pm = Year 5&6. 

The pool will be closed.

Looking forward to seeing lots of families tonight.

Graduation & Nativity

Wed Dec 07 03:53pm

Please see this notice for important information for Year 5 & 6 students and Kapa Haka children who will be participating in the Year 6 Graduation and Nativity on Wednesday 14th December.


Sports Uniforms – all sports uniforms need to be returned to the school office before the end of the week. Thank you

Tue Dec 06 10:34am

Year End Reminders 2022

Mon Dec 05 02:43pm

Please see today’s notice for important year end information.


The Photolife School Photos are going home with students today. Please check your children’s school bags.

Mon Dec 05 01:37pm


Mon Dec 05 10:28am

All Year 3-6 students will be attending the St Pius School Production at City West Church this Wednesday 7th December.  They will travel there and back on buses, leaving school at 12.30pm and returning by approximately 2.20pm.

Parish Newsletter 4th December 2022

Mon Dec 05 09:21am



Touch Draw Week 8 – Final Game

Fri Dec 02 02:20pm

City Touch Taranaki will be collecting non-perishable items for the New Plymouth Food Bank.  It would be fantastic if every player could bring an item each to donate.  These can be handed into our HQ Gazebo for collection. 


OSCAR Xmas 2022/January 2003 Holiday Programme

Wed Nov 30 01:47pm

Bookings are now open for the Christmas 2022/January 2023 OSCAR Holiday Programme.  Please make your bookings as soon as possible to assist with staffing and resources, etc.  A late booking fee of $10.00 (per child, per session) applies for bookings made with less than five working days notice.

OSCAR is also open on the afternoon of Friday 16th December as school finishes at 12.00pm.  Please make your bookings manually with the OSCAR team.



Wed Nov 30 11:56am

Our Year 3-6 students will be competing in a fun athletics day at school tomorrow.  Children are to come to school in their uniform but can bring a change of clothes for the athletics.


School Newsletter 2022 No.13

Mon Nov 28 02:53pm

Please see our latest School Newsletter.


Parish Newsletter 27th November 2022

Sun Nov 27 03:33pm




Fri Nov 25 12:56pm

The school swimming pool is now up to a temperature of 26 degrees and is open for use after school and during the weekends, until the school holidays.

Classroom swimming starts on Monday 28th November.  All children are to bring their togs and towel every day.  Individual classroom teachers will make a decision on the day as to whether their class swims.

Keys are offered to the School community at a small cost and are available at the School Office.

This year the fee is $50.00 plus a bond of $20.00 which will be credited to family accounts on return of the key at the end of the season.  Please make all payments for keys online.

Please note that all key holders are required to complete and sign a ‘User Regulations’ form at the office as well as proof of payment ($70.00) before receiving a key. 



Touch Draw Week 7

Fri Nov 25 11:39am



Touch Rugby is cancelled for tonight, 21st November, due to very waterlogged grounds and more rain forecast for today.

Mon Nov 21 11:40am

Parish Newsletter 20th November 2022

Mon Nov 21 08:35am



Touch Rugby Week 6

Mon Nov 21 07:03am



Taranaki Yr 5/6 Surf Championships – Friday 9th December

Sun Nov 20 06:10pm

Please contact Hayley O’Neill for further details if your child is interested in this event.   Participants must: be able to paddle into waves unassisted and bring their own wetsuit and board.

Please note that this is also the day of Yr 6 Activities

Notice 18th November 2022

Fri Nov 18 02:56pm

Please see the attached notice for updates regarding staffing, and key dates for Term 4, etc.



Tue Nov 15 02:57pm

As part of our Catholic Education review, interested parents and caregivers are invited to come to a meeting with the review team tomorrow afternoon, 16th November.

Come along to school half an hour earlier for pick-up and meet in the staffroom from 2.15pm–2.50pm, for coffee and cupcakes; to discuss and celebrate our Catholic Character from a parent and caregiver perspective. We would love to have lots of parents join us.

Please contact Sharon in the office if you are keen to be involved in this.



Tue Nov 15 08:21am

Scholastic Book Club No.8 has been distributed to students.

Online orders will be closed on Monday 28th November so that the books can be delivered to school before the holidays.

Parish Newsletter 13th November 2022

Mon Nov 14 09:54am



Touch Draw Week 5

Fri Nov 11 03:40pm



School Newsletter No.12

Fri Nov 11 03:35pm

Please see today’s School Newsletter.


2023 Year 5 & 6 Camp Meeting

Fri Nov 11 10:28am

Please see the notice regarding the upcoming meeting for parents to discuss the Year 5 & 6 Te Wera Camp in 2023.



Thu Nov 10 12:48pm

Lets get behind the NZ Black Ferns who are facing England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park this Saturday!

Students are invited to wear black to school tomorrow (or uniform as usual) in a show of support for our Black Ferns.  

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Thu Nov 10 10:14am

Photolife have emailed all parents wth their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 school photos. If you haven’t received an email, please check your spam folder or contact the School Office.

To qualify for free delivery, please place your orders with PhotoLife before Midnight Sunday 20th November.  

If parents have any queries, please contact PhotoLife by emailing


Wed Nov 09 01:46pm

Students involved in the Puanga Festival this Friday 11th November, will be leaving school by bus at 10.30am in time for their performance which is scheduled for 12:00pm.

Buses are due to arrive back at school at 1.30pm.  We are aware that the FDMC Orientation Afternoon for Year 6 boys begins at 1.45pm.  This should allow enough time for those boys to attend both events.  Parents are welcome to uplift their sons from the Waitara War Memorial Hall if they wish to do so … please advise Mrs Ropitini if you choose to do this.

Parish Newsletter 6th November 2022

Mon Nov 07 09:12am