our learning

VISION - Our students will be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners.

Essential Learning Areas

The School offers programmes for all students in the following areas.


To ensure that children have confidence in using mathematical skills in everyday life.

To instill good attitudes in mathematics by encouraging active learning.

To involve children in the process of investigation, problem solving and risk taking in real life situations.


To develop control over the processes associated with using and responding to English language purposefully and effectively through reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting.

To develop an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English.

To develop an understanding of how language varies according to the user, audience and purposes.

To respond personally to and think critically about a range of texts, including literary text.

To use language skills to identify information needs and find, use and communicate information.

To understand and appreciate the heritages of N.Z. through experiencing a broad range of texts written in English.

Religious Education

To enable children to develop a relationship with God and to be living witnesses to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ.

To develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through effective delivery of the R.E. Programme, through culturally appropriate material.

To allow for a free faith response from children.

To provide a systematic way of fulfilling the mission of teaching and learning what the Catholic Church believes, celebrates, lives and prays.

The Arts

Students will be encouraged to explore, challenge, affirm and celebrate unique artistic expressions of self, community and culture.

Learning in, through and about The Arts stimulate creative action and response by engaging and connecting thinking, imagination, senses and feelings.

Children will learn to work both independently and collaboratively to construct meanings, produce works and respond to and value other’s contributions.

Children will gain in confidence to take risks.

Social Studies

Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to better understand, participate in and contribute to the local, national and global communities in which they live and work .

Students will learn about people, places, cultures, histories and the economic world, within and beyond New Zealand.

Students will develop a social inquiry approach to examine relevant current issues, explore and analyse people’s values and perspectives and participate in social action.


To develop an understanding of the world built on current scientific theories.

To use their current scientific knowledge and skills for problem solving and developing further knowledge.

To utilise their scientific knowledge and the implications of science as they relate to their own lives and cultures and to the sustainability of the environment.

Tikanga Māori

To enable children to understand and respect our unique heritage and history.

To provide opportunities to understand, respect and experience Maori attitudes and cultural differences.

To give children the chance to experience Te Reo Maori at their level.

To participate where and when possible, in Maori Cultural activities.

To promote equity by meeting any specific learning needs of Maori children within our School.

To promote within our Christian framework, the understanding of aroha, manaaki, wairua, whanau, mana and other Maori concepts.

Physical Education

Physical Education should help young people to reach their potential in physical growth and development.

Develop a wide range of motor skills.

Participate in physical activities that aid personal and social development.

Acquire knowledge and understanding about movement, themselves and others, and about the contribution of physical activity to a healthy lifestyle.

Develop positive attitudes towards physical activity.


To identify the health needs of our school.

To encourage children to take responsibility for their own health.

To encourage children to have a caring attitude towards the health needs of others.

To create a happy secure school climate conducive to learning.

To develop positive attitudes and self esteem in the children.


All students have cooking lessons on a rotation system in our cooking room, The Mustard Seed.

Reading Recovery

St. Joseph’s has a trained Reading Recovery teacher who identifies students at the end of their first year of school who are in need of additional reading instruction. These students are placed on the reading recovery programme for a specified period of time. Following this time their progress is continually monitored over the next 2 years.

Resource Teacher of Learning & Behaviour

On application, where a need of a student is identified, St. Joseph’s has access to the Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour who will come into the school to observe the student’s learning or behaviour with the view to providing ongoing support for the student and / or teacher to effectively manage the learning or support.

Learning Assistance

This is provided from the B.O.T. through the bulk grant. It is provided through part time teaching hours which are to provide programmes to meet specific learning needs.

The School offers a range of opportunities for students to participate in events outside School. These opportunities may include the following: Sports days, Music Festival, Mathex Competition, Current Events Quiz and Cultural Festivals.

MISSION STATEMENT : St. Joseph’s School provides a Catholic environment where students receive an education that reflects their dignity and individuality and encourages them to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically within the School Community.

St Joseph's School, Feilding. 2019