ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL
PĀRONGO MĀTUA - PARENT INFORMATION
Absences: If your child is absent from kura (school) please contact the school office through an email or phone call before 9am. This is also to let accurately check that your tamariki (children) has made their way safely to kura.
Activity Donation: The Board of Trustees have joined the Government Donations Scheme, where the government contributes to the school, so whānau do not need to pay school activity fees. This money is used for additional sporting opportunities, visiting performers, transport for class trips etc.
Assembly: These are held every second Friday at 2.15pm. Whānau are very welcome and encouraged to attend. The purpose of assemblies is to bring the kura together for prayer and share classroom learning. Presentations of class certificates are also celebrated.
Attendance Dues: Attendance Dues are set and paid to the Palmerston North Diocese to assist with the servicing of the debt on Catholic Schools. At the time of enrolment, whānau arrange to have these Dues paid by direct credit.
Dental Services : Whānau are directly contacted by the dental service to organise appointments. During these visits parents are also asked to attend the Clinic to ensure their tamariki (children's) safety.
Enrolment: Click here for more information.
Food at School: Please provide your tamariki with a healthy brain food snack to eat during class time. Most classes allow fruit, vegetables or sandwiches to be eaten for brain food. Morning tea is at 11-11.30am and lunch is at 12.45pm. Tamariki can order their lunches from the office on Wednesday which is ordered from a local cafe, KR's. These orders must be in at the office before 9am.
Lost Property: A box of lost property is kept in the administration block. Please remember to name all of your uniform and it will be directly returned to your tamariki.
Mufti Days: We hold a mufti day usually once a term. A gold coin donation is asked on these days, often to support local community needs, Lenten appeals or the Missions.
Road Patrols: Senior akonga are trained as road patrollers. In the morning, the crossing on Derby Street has patrollers from 8.30-8.55am and in the afternoon 2.55-3.15pm. We would appreciate if both adults and children use the pedestrian crossing.
Stationery: At the start of the year, stationary packs are available to be downloaded from the OfficeMax myschool.co.nz website. Sometimes during the year, your tamariki may require replacement stationary. We keep a supply in the office to be purchased and we can forward you the invoice.
Uniform: Click here for more information.
Vehicle Access: Parking is available for staff cars only inside the school grounds. The mobility parking spaces are available beside the Community Hall. This area is where our before and after school service providers drop off and pick up our akonga. However, we also understand there are certain situations where whānau may need to use this car park, e.g., a sleeping child, injuries etc. Ample parking is available on Monmouth Street beside the Church. Whānau are encouraged to use this area as well.
The Spiritual Dimension
We will preserve the special character of the school:
to foster Catholic values and beliefs;
to liaise with the Parish; and,
to reach children’s faith needs.
The Social Dimension
We will build positive relationships within the school and the wider school community:
to communicate effectively;
to respect cultural diversity;
to foster the children’s self-esteem; and,
to encourage responsibility for one’s own actions.
The Intellectual Dimension
We will provide learning programmes of the highest quality:
to design programmes that are inclusive and meet individual needs;
to challenge and motivate children;
to develop the essential skills for learning; and,
to provide opportunities for professional development of the staff.
The Physical Dimension
We will promote good health and physical well being:
to encourage participation in a variety of sporting and recreational activities;
to maintain a safe and stimulating physical environment; and,
to foster good health practices.
Our Mustard Seed Room
We have a fantastic cooking facility for our tamariki to use. Inside our Mustard Seed room we have three kitchenettes that the teachers can access anytime with the class throughout the year. During Terms 2 and 3, each class is provided explicit cooking lessons with an expert. This experience is very much a highlight for our akonga.