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Winter Warmers

We finished winter warmers today.We did a variety of activities like based around nursery rhymes, word finds and phrase finishes.  Then we were presented with our book from the Tararua Library. Thank you Nikki and Alice for coming down to St Josephs....

Welcome

St Joseph's School would like to welcome Rachel Southgate.She is a trainee teacher spending the next 4 weeks in Room 1.Let's all learn, laugh and enlighten each other.

Author Visit

Jennifer Sommervill from "Tales from the Farm" publications came to visit us on Friday.We acted out "A Very Greedy Tale" and she read us "The Eel Hunt".Thank you Jennifer for sharing your amazing stories with us. 

Kapa Haka

Today was the start of the school Kapa Haka.Great rhythm and volume was demonstrated by all...

Daffodil Day

Thank you room 1 for the fantastic effort you put into DAFFODIL DAY!You all looked amazing and you created a sea of colour....

Winter Warmers wind-up

Today we wrapped up the Winter Warmers. All those that completed the Book Reviews and follow-ups received a fess book and goodiebag. Everyone who took part received one of the goodie bags. They had to complete a round of literary activities. the seniors on their own and the juniors working cooperatively with the help of a year 8. Thank you Eastern and Central Trust for your financial...

Social Justice Week and Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori-Kia Ora!-woven together.

We had a rawe(cool) time on Tuesday. First we gathered together for Hui Karakia where we reflected on the theme for this years Social Justice Week-Weaving Bonds of Belonging-Knowing our neighbours.After that we welcomed The parents who had so generosly offered to come and share their knowledge with use of Raranga with harakeke. We all made putiputi. Arent't we clever! Tino pai!Add captionAdd...

Wind Inquiries.

Room 5 are doing an Inquiry around wind. Everyone is choosing different ways to demonstrate their new learning.Kaden, Dylan, and Harry Testing out the "floatability" of their boats...

First Reconciliation

Today Maddie celebrated her First Reconciliation. Congratulations Maddie! May God bless you. I am sure that the Holy Spirit-Te Wairua tapu,  is truly working in and around you.

The Holy Spirit

Room 1 made paper planes to show the Holy Spirit.Holy Spirit of God.  You blow like the wind.  We cannot see you, but we know you are there.  ...

The Feast of the Assumption

The whole school celebrated "The Feast of the Assumption" today. First we had a liturgy and then we all made Rosary rings....

Feast of the Assumption

We celebrated the Feast of the Assumption. We shared a liturgy and then made Chaplets with pipe cleaners and beads to pray a decade of the Rosary with. ...

Reading

Room 2 have been working hard on their reading this week including their winter warmers programme from the Town Library. 

Winter warmers

Great reading being rewarded by some great prizes. Thank you Tararua Library.Her are this weeks reward winners in Room 5. Tu meke!!! AAmy was this weeks weekly Book Prize winner. Way to go Amy!...

POP POP POP

Thank you to our 'tough guy and girl' competitors for winning us some yummy popcorn.We really...

Lions Book Fair

We took a quick trip down the road to visit the 'Lions Book Fair'. We all had an amazing time and we were lucky it come back to school with a book.Thank you....

Flight

Continuing our air investigations... Rocket baloons underway.

Dart flying

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Water Wells

Continuing with our Term theme Water-Wai ...

Boats

While the year 5's were away at the seven aside the year 4's  built a boat using 2 pieces of A4 paper and tape . The requirement was it needed to gloat for 1minute carrying 20 cubes. "It was fun!"said Sophie M. "It was hard but evetually we got it to float," explained Maddie B....

Pentecost- the birthday of the Church

We celebrated Pentecost with an Ethnic celebration. We shared something we knew about that culture or nationality. "Come Holy Spirit,come. Help us to share your message and live peacefully with others." ...

Scripture competition

Congratulationa Amy on your participation in the Year 5 and 6 Palmerston North Catholic schools Scripture Competition. You read your Psalm so brilliantly. Keep sharing your gift with us Amy!Congratulations also to Tessa Higginson on your huge success in winning the year 6 section....

Author Visit- Jennifer Somervell

Today we had a visit from a published author Jenny. ...

Book Character Day

To celebrate "book fair week" we had a dress up day.  Room one had a "Fancy Nancy, Footrot Flats, Spider-Man and Badjelly the Witch to name a few characters.  Well done Room 1 you all look amazing. ...

God in Creation

Today we encountered God when Tina bought her guinea pigs to visit. Mummy and her three babies. God is so awesome! How wonderfully made is all creation! We can see signs of Gods presence in all animals...especially baby ones. ...

Keeping Ourselves Safe

Can we make a difference?

This week we are trying to Make A difference with our Caritas Challenge. We have gegun with our Hui Karakia this morning. Mrs Higginson shared information with us this morning. We are thinking about water and and the world wide issues regarding the availability of clean, safe water and our responsibilies with this.Tomorrow is our School Challenge Day...watch this space!...

Baptism

Water is our term 2 theme. Here is a link to some ideas around Baptism the first sacrament of initiation into  the catholic church.http://catholic-link.org/2017/05/12/catholic-baby-baptized-7-reasons/?utm_content=buffer5099b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Harold

Room 1 enjoyed 2 lessons with Harold this week.We learnt about being a good friend -we need safe hands - ringa manaakiwe use safe words - Kupu paiand we have safe feet - waewae manaaki.We also learnt about using warm fuzzies - saying and doing nice actions.So keep you bucket full room 1....

Life Education Trust

This week we visited the Life Education Bus.Room 5 covered these ideasMobile classroom learning overview:-o    discuss and share what 'feelings' are and where they live in our bodieso     talk about how feelings happen and how we don't have control over what we feel but we do have control on how we act when we have these feelingso     meet '...

St Joseph's Day

Yesterday we celebrated St Joseph's Day by attending Mass. Today for Hui karakia  Mr K taught us how to make Lillies. Lillies are often represented in pictures of St Joseph. ...

ZERO WASTE

Room 5 are learning about composting. We learned about what  we need to build a composting bin using layers and tiger worms.  We all enjoyed this learning and hands on building of their own small composting containers. Mrs Collier learned alot from this aswell. Our next step it to take them home and encourage our whanau to build their own compost bins to use those food scraps and help...

Swimming=last lesson!

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Shrove Thursday

Because of the business of our Tuesday this week we had to delay making our pancakes until today. Traditionally Shrove Tuesday sometimes also called Pancake Tuesday is on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. ...

Buddy reading

Room 1 where lucky to demonstrate their developing reading skills to room 5.  They were working on fluency and phrasing, one to one matching and enjoyment of the story.Thanks room 5 for sharing your time with us....

Wibble Wobble

Room 1 made traffic light jelly this week.  They got some amazing language and made their taste buds dance with excitement..Thank you for being so patient Room 1.Remember to wibble and wobble....

Lent Begins.

After Ash Wednesday Mass we made Harakeke Crosses. We will use them to focus on as we contemplate and pray as we journey through Lent together. ...

Stop, Look and Listen

Room 1 and 2 had a surprise guest on Monday. Ronald McDonald.He had a very important message to tell the children at St Joseph's - Road Safety.We learnt about crossing the road, making it click and keeping safe on the footpath.Thanks Ronald....

Warriors Game

On Saturday Roydam got a t-shirt with signatures from the warriors and on Sunday his team played a game as part of the tournament and build up to the Warriors vs Titans in Palmerston North."I was excited and nervous,"says Roydan.

Weetbix Try Meeting

We have had visitors explaining the Weetbix Tri and giving out information and prizes. Lots of entries from our school :) ...

Groovy

Thanks Visique for the fabulous sunglasses.Room 1 look so good and they are learning about keeping their eyes safe.Thumps up Visique!

Welcome!

Room  1 have fully embraced the start of 2017.  They are settled, focused and challenging themselves with their new learning.  They have been learning about warm colours and using that knowledge to collage one of God's creations.Keep up the great work room 1. ...

Junior School Activity Week

"Yay! The Seniors are gone for the week!"It was sooo quiet and relaxing...It was sooo peaceful and calm...So we decided to PARTY HARD!!!Thanks KIDS CRUSADERS for a FABULOUS week 😍Also, thanks to all of the parents who came along and shared the week with us 👍Tuesday:...

Junior Week - FOUR

Today we attended the ARMISTICE DAY commemorations at the domain.  The children were very engaged and respectful.Thank you to Georgia and Leo for presenting the fabulous wreath that Mrs McIntyre made with some children from room 2.  ...

JuniorWeek - Three

Today we planned for a swim and tent building. BUT!!!!The weather didn't play fairly and we could only do our swim, that was so much fun!!...

Junior Week - TWO

Today we headed off to the lower domain with our bags, hats, lunches and smiles.  We had a fantastic picnic lunch followed by a scavenger hunt.We made lots of discoveries and covered a lot of ground....

Junior Week - ONE

The juniors started their activities off this week with a trip to the Fantasy Cave and then a visit to our public library.WOW we have so many amazing things to do and discover this week.Keep tuned.Look at all of our fantastic readers....

Splash

Splish splashWe were going for a swim. Down at Wai Splash. ...

Nurturing Spirits, Encouraging Excellence, AMDG

We work together.......

“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss...

Our Church.

On Tuesday, Room 2 went for a visit to our Church. We are learning about our special place and had an exciting time exploring it.

Fly Away

Room 1 and 2 have been creating rockets.First we made straw rockets, then we made rockets out of classroom objects and then had the challenge of building a rocket out of paper.We all demonstrated so many skills, we problem solved, we communicated and we created....

Speech Time

Thank you Kiki and Ava for representing room 1 at the St Joseph's School speech competition.You both did an amazing job....

Room 2 R.E.

Forgiveness.We have been talking about times when we've been hurt or hurt others, and what we can do to rebuild relationships.What does SORRY mean?

Room 2's Fitness

Room 2 FitnessIn Room 2 we have been playing tag games. We have played Knee Tag, Bumpers-up Tag, Dragon Tails and Triangle Tag. Here we are playing Statues. As you can see, this bunch of crazies are ruthless!...

Check out these crazies...DANCE - OFF! WHOOP WHOOP! 

The Kapa Haka crew have been practicing hard, preparing for the Matariki festival and also the Catholic Schools Kapa Haka Festival. I can't wait to show you our set... we're going to be A - MA - AAAAZING!!! 

Future Ferns Netball is ROCKING!!! The team have been learning how to catch and pivot by stomping the bugs (poor bugs...lol!) Esmee, Sophie, Ava, Kewa and Marlee are having lots of fun on Saturday mornings. Thanks to;  - the super-coaches (all of the mums)  - the goal posts (all of the dads). 

Descriptive writing

In Room 2, we have been writing descriptions. We are using language that paints a picture in our readers' minds. Here are some examples of our amazing descriptive writing.Red Tastes  like  yummy strawberry.Sounds like good crunchy gala apple.Feels like hot stuff.Looks like STOPSmells like Ready Salted ChipsBy Hudson     Jump like a kangarooAs Awesome as a...

Basketball with Miles

Mighty Miles the Magnificent taught us how to Chest pass and Bounce pass, check out our skills and teamwork ...

Mother's Day Mass

On Wednesday, Room 1 and 2 celebrated mass with Pa Bryan. The theme of our mass was Mother's Day. We invited our mum's to come and Pa Bryan gave them all a special blessing. Pa Bryan also spoke about Jesus' mum, Mary, and took us all to look at and talk about her statue....

Future Ferns

Room 1 and 2's Future FernsAva, Marlee, Esme, Sophie and Kewa had great fun learning some new skills at the Sports Centre on Saturday morning. Congratulations to Marlee and Sophie who received Player of the Day goodies :)p.s. Thanks to our lovely mums for your amazing coaching skills!!...

Self Portraits

Pencil sketching with blended pastels. Aren't our portraits awesome!

Statistics

We are learning to collets data and display it in different ways...check out our tally charts, pictographs and bar graphs....

What does learning look like in Room 2?

We are working together to decide what learning looks like in our room. It's important that we all have a say in this so that we feel comfortable in our environment. ...

Inquiry - Native Birds

We constructed these fantastic fantails as part of our inquiry unit on Native Birds. 

Awesome Athletics

What a wonderful day we have had jumping, throwing and running! We tried our best and showed fabulous sportsmanship! ...

Money, Money, Money!

We are learning about money.  We worked together to solve word problems about money.  We are learning the values of coins.  We need to be able to count up in 10's and 100's. ...

Father's Day Craft!

We have been working with room 1 to make something special for our dads.

Floor Plan

We love our colour scheme!

Will let these pictures speak for themselves! What great colours. Looking very smart....

Check out the new carpet and more!

There is lots of action happening in Block B with more cabinetry going in, carpet being laid, painting on the go. Great job all!...

New Classroom Cabinetry

Some of the new classroom cabinetry has arrived and it looks really smart. Mrs Seatter and Mrs Collier are very excited!...

We love new gib!

Some really great progress has been made over the holidays! Check out these great pictures. We are all loving it. We are running to schedule so won't be too much longer!...

School Tour of Block B

Today we took each class through the refurbishment of Block B and they had the opportunity to ask questions related to the building project.Some of the questions asked were:How do you take the windows out of the walls?How do you remove existing walls?When will you finish?Many thanks to Nick from Morris and Bailey, who handled the big questions well and provided a great summary of the works so far...

Week Four - 2nd Site meeting & Insulation/Lining

This week saw the second site meeting take place between the Project Manager, Architect, Contractor, Quantity Surveyor, Catholic Schools Board and myself. All going exceptionally well. Photos show the site meeting walk through and great progress on insulation and gib. ...

Middle of Week Three

It is really taking shape now. You can see where the breakout room that is accessed by both Room 5 and 6 will be. Visible in these photos also is the wet area and teacher work space. Looking really good!...

Choosing colours was easy!

We have come to the end of the colour choices and working with Mrs Seatter (Rm6) and Mrs Collier (Rm5) was very easy and timely! A smooth process guided nicely by Yvonne from the BSM Group. Many thanks to all. You will have to wait and see where these colours are going! Will look awesome!...

Into the clean stuff!

Thursday Week 2 and nice to see framing going up. Starting to see the picture come to life....

Week One Done

What a great first week. Look at the space!

Ripping into it on Day 4

Building already gutted, what a huge space!...

Well done Team

Mrs Seatter and Room 6 along with Mrs Collier and Room 5 did amazingly well managing to shift and setup their classrooms in such a short time frame. Goodbye old classrooms!...

Exciting....we are underway

Morris and Bailey moved in on Monday 9 June, 2014....fantastic! This building has not been touched for a long time, see bottom photo showing what the school used to look like. Block B bottom left corner....