School Communication

Latest Notifications

OSCAR April 2023 Holiday Programme

Wed Mar 29 10:33am

An OSCAR Holiday Programme will be running during the April School Holidays.  Have you made your bookings using AimyPlus? 


Weetbix Tryahtlon

Tue Mar 28 05:13pm

If your child is joining the group who will be walking down to the Tryathlon as a group on Thursday morning, please ensure they are at school well before 8:45am  This is when we will be leaving school.   We will be meeting the children next to the bike stands.  Hayley O’Neill and Mike Healion will be the adults with them.

Please also make sure they have all of the correct gear and numbering on their bikes/helmets etc and that they are prepared for the event.  

They will need to have warm clothes for before/after their event.  Covered shoes for the biking and running.   Lunch box and drink bottle too.

We will be walking back to school once all of the events are finished.  

Thank you.


Basketball, Miniball and Hockey letters have been sent home today – Tues March 28th.. Please check in your child’s school bag for these.

Tue Mar 28 03:17pm


Tue Mar 28 11:41am

This is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday 29th March, at 7:00pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall.

If you are considering these sacraments for your child this year, please come along and hear what the programme entails.  For more information please email Karen –

Parish Newsletter 26th March 2023

Mon Mar 27 02:02pm




Mon Mar 27 10:28am

The school swimming pool will close for community swimming this Friday, 31st March.  Please return pool keys to the School Office before the end of this term to have a credit applied to your school account.

Yr 3-6 Hockey – we are STILL in need of more players for Hockey – please contact the school office if your child is interested in playing

Sun Mar 26 07:34pm


Fri Mar 24 03:12pm

Team letters have been sent home to all players on Friday 24th March – please check with your child.

It is important you register your child before the 6th of April – it s a requirement from Netball Taranaki.  Please use the link below.



Wed Mar 22 01:03pm

This week is the final week of cricket.  A huge thank you to the parents who have coached and managed teams, as well those who continue to offer their support at each game.  Please ensure children pass on their thanks too.

Next week we require the return of all cricket shirts as soon as possible so that they can be issued to winter sports teams.  Please return these to the office.

Many thanks for your time.  Best wishes for your last game.

Sheryl Firth

Weetbix Tryathlon

Mon Mar 20 05:33pm

In past years St Joseph’s School have taken children down to the Weetbix Tryathlon as a group and returned back to school together. 

If you have registered your child for the Weetbix Tryathlon for Thursday 30th March and you would like your child to be part of this group, please email Hayley O’Neill on –


If the demand for this is high enough we will be able to help out, otherwise parents will need to take their own children to this event.



Mon Mar 20 09:41am

Learning Conferences are being held next week on Monday 27th March and Wednesday 29th March.

For those families that have not already booked their Learning Conference times, please use the following link to do so:

If families do not have access to a computer, or need some assistance with making bookings, please contact the School Office. 

Please ensure all Hockey Registration letters are returned to the school office by tomorrow – Monday 20th March.

Sun Mar 19 04:14pm

Parish Newsletter 19th March 2023

Sun Mar 19 04:12pm



Please make sure all Basketball and Miniball Registration letters are handed in by the end of tomorrow – Friday 10th March. Thank you.

Thu Mar 16 03:17pm

Miniball Y0-2 – parent coaches/managers

Thu Mar 16 08:03am

There are a high number of keen Yr 0-2 players which is great.  However we can not register teams without more parents who are able to support the teams at the game – in coach/managing roles. 

Please email Hayley O’Neill at if you are able to help  Thank you!

School Newsletter 2023 No.3

Wed Mar 15 03:16pm

Please see today’s School Newsletter.


Learning Conferences

Tue Mar 14 02:54pm

Please see the notice regarding this term’s Learning Conferences.


Use the link below to make your bookings:

Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend the Bike Track blessing at 9:00am tomorrow, 14th March.

Mon Mar 13 05:37pm

Parish Newsletter 12th March 2023

Mon Mar 13 08:34am




Fri Mar 10 03:07pm

Please see today’s notice regarding teachers’ strike action on Thursday 16th March.



Fri Mar 10 12:28pm

Next Friday, 17th March, we will be celebrating St Joseph’s Day.  Although it falls on Sunday 19th March, we do not want to miss the opportunity to celebrate our fabulous Patron Saint.  

All children will be travelling by bus to St Joseph’s Church for our liturgy.  Please ensure your child is at school on time, as we will be departing at 9:00am.  We will also be holding the Year 6 Leadership Badge blessing at this event.  Te Hononga will lead our liturgy.

All parents and families are warmly invited to join us at St Joseph’s Church for this very special celebration.  

Ngā mihi

Wendie Hildred, Director of Religious Studies


Fri Mar 10 09:55am

Instructional classroom swimming has finished.

However, the pool will remain open for community swimming, after school and during the weekends, until the weather turns cooler. 

We will advise the community in due course.


BOOK CLUB: Flyers went home with students yesterday. All orders are to be done on the Book Club website. Orders close Monday 20th March.

Thu Mar 09 08:52am


Mon Mar 06 08:37am

We would love to have another volunteer to run the Calvert Road crossing on Tuesday mornings for the rest of the term. If you are able to help, please email Mary Kleinsman-Powell,

Many Thanks

Please make sure all Netball Registration letters are handed in to the office by the end of today – Monday 6th March. Thank you.

Mon Mar 06 07:35am

Year 5&6 Camp Itinerary (Final)

Fri Mar 03 03:02pm

Please see the notice with final itinerary details for the Year 5&6 Camp being held at Te Wera next week.


School Mass & Cake Stall

Fri Mar 03 01:54pm

A reminder that our first School Mass for 2023 is being held at St Joseph’s Church this Sunday, 5th March.  After Mass, the FOSJ, supported by the Young Vinnies, will be running a fundraising cake stall.


Yr 3-6 Hockey Registration Letter

Thu Mar 02 08:14pm


This letter went out to all interested players on Thursday 3rd March


Thu Mar 02 09:38am

Please see the information regarding the 2023 hockey season for Year 1 and 2 children.  


Registration information and details for Year 3-6 children will be available soon.  Please consider helping out with coaching/managing a team.

Basketball Registration Letter Yr 5-6

Wed Mar 01 03:11pm


These were sent home with interested children on Wednesday 1st March

Miniball Registration letter – Yr 0-4

Wed Mar 01 03:08pm


These were sent home with interested children on Wednesday 1st March

Term 1 Update

Tue Feb 28 02:52pm

Please see today’s notice with information on our Mufti Day tomorrow, School Mass next week, and registration for First Reconciliation & Holy Communion.


Year 5 & 6 Camp Parent Support

Mon Feb 27 04:05pm

Please read this notice carefully to check for accuracy.  Contact your classroom teacher if there are any changes required.


Parish Newsletter 26th February 2023

Mon Feb 27 09:47am



Black & White Mufti Day

Fri Feb 24 12:51pm

We are joining schools across New Plymouth in a Mufti Day to support our colleagues and students in the Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti.  The New Plymouth Principals Association will distribute the funds directly to schools.

Wear black & white on Wednesday 1st March and bring a gold coin (or more!) donation in exchange for not wearing uniform.



Thu Feb 23 03:18pm

Please note the change of time from a 1pm start to a 1:30pm start.

The Yr 3-6 width board demonstration swims have been taken out.  This now means not all children are taking part in the swimming sports.  If you are planning to come along and support, please check with your child that they are in an event.

Children who are not swimming will be supporting the swimmers as they compete.

Thank you!

Any queries please email Hayley O’Neill

Netball Yr 3-6

Thu Feb 23 03:05pm


Registration letter for interested Netball players.  

School Newsletter 2023 No.2

Wed Feb 22 03:46pm



REMINDER: Junior School Pukekura Park & Brooklands Zoo Visit

Wed Feb 22 09:42am

Our junior school children will be leaving tomorrow at 9.15am to head to Brooklands Zoo and Pukekura Park for our trip. We will be returning to school at approximately 2.15pm.

Please ensure children have sunblock on, a large water bottle, as well as their packed morning tea and lunch. They need to wear their school polo shirt, school hat, their own shorts or leggings, a light rain jacket or jersey, as well as suitable walking shoes.

Please keep an eye out on the school app the morning of the 23rd in case of any cancellations.

Thank you


Term 2-3 Sports 2023

Mon Feb 20 04:11pm

This letter went home to all families on Monday 20th February regarding the Term 2-3 sports options in school.


Swimming Sports Yr 3-6 2023 – letter home to parents

Mon Feb 20 04:09pm

This letter went home to all families on Monday 20th February regarding the upcoming Yr 3-6l swimming sports


Parish Newsletter 19th February 2023

Mon Feb 20 08:52am




Thu Feb 16 04:32pm

Tomorrow is a mufti day.  All children are asked to please bring a gold coin donation to school in exchange for not wearing school uniform.  Donations will go to those in need in Turkey/Syria and also to those affected in Auckland by the recent flooding.

We are also holding our annual Duathlon/Tryathlon starting at 1:00pm.


CRICKET TERM 1 2023: Team notices went home with students on Monday 13th February, shirts have been distributed today. Please check bags.

Wed Feb 15 12:59pm

School Duathlon/Triathlon Information – letter home to parents

Wed Feb 15 10:03am




Tue Feb 14 03:57pm

Following advice from the Ministry of Education, St Joseph’s School will be open tomorrow and back to normal routines. Our school is safe for students and staff to be back on site.


Mon Feb 13 02:41pm

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the decision has been made to close St Joseph’s School tomorrow, 14th February, due to the worsening weather created by the onset of Cyclone Gabriel.

Due to the MetService red alert strong wind warning and orange alert heavy rain warning currentiy in place for Taranaki, it is considered safer for our students to stay at home for the duration of the cyclone activity. 

We are being updated by the Ministry of Education regularly and will update our families as we receive more information.

Could all families using the OSCAR service this afternoon, please pick up their children as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe. 

God Bless – Mary Kleinsman-Powell

Parish Newsletter 12th February 2023

Mon Feb 13 07:47am



Starting Strong Presentation

Fri Feb 10 02:41pm

For those parents/caregivers who couldn’t attend last night’s Starting Strong Parent Information Evening, please see the attached information.



Fri Feb 10 10:36am

Please see the notice regarding Altar Servers at St Joseph’s Church.


Junior School Pukekura Park Visit

Thu Feb 09 02:56pm

Please see the notice going home with Junior School students today.  It would be lovely to have some parents/caregivers join the children for the day.  Please fill out the form and return it to the classroom teacher if you are able to do this.


Year 5&6 Camp Information 2023

Tue Feb 07 02:27pm

Please see below information for the Year 5&6 Camp at Te Wera.  If you are able to help with transport, please see the Volunteer Transport Agreement form on the Notices Tab.

This information will also be in your children’s school bags.


Starting Strong Parent Evening

Tue Feb 07 12:02pm

All families are warmly invited to attend the Starting Strong Parent Information Evening on Thursday 9th February.  Please see the notice for details.


Parish Newsletter 5th February 2023

Mon Feb 06 04:07pm



Final Cricket Registration

Mon Feb 06 02:55pm

We are still in need of cricket players for our Incrediball teams (Years 3, 4 & 5), as well as our Kiwi Cricket teams (Years 1 & 2). 

Registrations are open for one more day only, till 5:00pm Tuesday 7th  February.  Please follow the links to register on the following letter. 


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




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Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

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