ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL
Saint Joseph’s School's vision is to provide a caring Catholic environment where tamariki (children) encounter Christ and have a worldview that is underpinned by Ngā Ākoranga Pāpori Katorika (Catholic Social Teaching).
We follow the teaching foundations of Saint Mary MacKillop: inclusion, nurture and growth.
"Never see a need without doing something about it." - Mary MackKillop.
At Saint Joseph's School, tamariki (children) are encouraged to develop a positive relationship with God and to be living witnesses to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ.
Daily Karakia (Prayer): Each day tamariki participate in a spiritual encounter with Christ through karakia. There are times when tamariki will say spontaneous karakia that come from the heart, participate in traditional prayers, reflect on gospel readings, and, engage through creative karakia (visual art, mindfulness, meditation, creativity, STEM challenges etc).
Liturgy: Once a week the whole kura (school) get together to participate in a liturgy. Each week there is a focus such as developing an understanding of a Liturgical event; breaking down our CARE values and making clear links to the bible; exploring Catholic Social Teaching; or, welcoming new members into our kura community.
Religious Education Programme: Throughout the year, we explore different strands for Religious Education. These are: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Church, Communion of Saints, and Sacraments. Each kaiako (teacher) assesses ākonga (student) knowledge of the strand and will teach theological knowledge based on ākonga needs. It is important to us to connect this learning to their culture and lives today.
Wednesday Mass: Classes take turns at attending mass at Saint Brigids Church to pray with our parish community. Twice a year, we host a Sunday Community Mass. It is our hope that everyone in our community will attend this mass and come together as one to rejoice in our love of God.
Sunday Community Mass: Twice a year, we host a Community Mass at St Brigid's Parish. It is our hope that everyone in our kura community will attend this mass as come together as one to rejoice in our love of God.
We hope that by providing these experiences along their faith journey, tamariki will develop a lifelong positive relationship with Christ and live a life of serving the Catholic Church's mission.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Providing a caring environment and welcoming space is an essential focus for our kura (school) to ensure the hauora (wellbeing) in our community. We foster a community of support for our ākonga (students) to grow and develop socially, morally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually from a Catholic perspective. Our kura bases its health programme on Te Whare Tapa Wha health Model: Taha Wairua (Spiritual Health), Taha Hinengaro (Mental and Emotional Health), Taha Tinana (Physical health), Taha Whānau (Family and Social Health), all while connecting to our land and roots (whenua).
Physical Education is a core part of ensuring the hauora of tamariki. Every year we hold swimming lessons (PTFA sponsor the seniors to attend swimming lessons at the Makino with highly skilled instructors; both juniors and seniors have access to the kura pool daily); athletics; cross country; and, explore large and small ball skills, which progress into full sport games. We also alternate years between gymnastics and dance.
We are very lucky to have our own swimming pool, large turf, as well as a fitness track around our field.
We provide many opportunities for ākonga to particpate in a variety of sports: basketball, softball, netball, basketball and hockey. Cricket, rugby and soccer are run by local Feilding clubs.
We are also very lucky to have a close relationship with the St Vincent de Paul Society. They support our kura in many ways, including providing food parcels to our community, running a daily Breakfast Club in the hall, providing supplies to our community in need, such as food parcels, stationery, uniforms, and so much more. They have inspired our tamariki to create a Young Vinnies who fundraise for those in need; and, help prepare and deliver food parcels to the wider community. This has instilled a wonderful sense of service to others.
Take care of our children.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi influences our decisions and actions. We endeavour to provide an environment which is culturally responsive to the needs of our community, having high aspirations for learners, and ensure ākonga (students) have success in their learning and achieve excellent educational outcomes. We are a kura (school) that places a high emphasis on building positive relationships, so whānau (families) have a strong sense of belonging.
We celebrate and commemorate important dates in Aotearoa New Zealand history, such as Waitangi Day, Matariki, Parihaka, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori; and, through our Kāhui Ako are making connections to our local iwi, learning our local history.
We use the Science of Reading to guide our literacy teaching. As a result, we implement a Structured Literacy approach to systematically teach the skills of reading and writing, leaving nothing to chance. This approach follows scientific evidence based research to enable our ākonga (students) to be successful literacy learners to the best of their abilities, building on what they already know.
Saint Joseph's School has a well resourced library that everyone enjoys visiting at least once a week to select books to take home with them or to read in class.
We also have many opportunities for the ākonga to read with others, such as Tuakana/Teina buddy class relationships, Parishioner Pals (junior classes read with the people from our parish), and wonderful Teacher Aides.
This is an important area of learning, where tamariki (children) develop the ability to think creatively, critically, strategically and logically. We believe it is important for our ākonga (students) to apply their number knowledge and strategies into other strand areas (geometry, measurement, statistics) within real life contexts.
Akonga 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.
One of our highlights is our triennial Wearable Arts tradition. We have some very talented ākonga whose creative talents really shine at this event.
Each term, an interesting concept that engages and motivates ākonga (student) learning is implemented through the area of inquiry. This concept could focus on one curriculum learning area (Science, Social Sciences, Health, Technology, including S.T.E.M) or link across multiple of these areas. Ākonga are 'hooked in' to the concept through a carefully crafted experience by the kaiako (teacher). Through robust discussions, ākonga are encouraged to ask questions and to follow an inquiry cycle in an area of specific interest.