March 2023 Edition
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SJS Newsletter Term 1 Week 6

8 March 2023

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,
who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus,
and who make a positive difference in their community.

Tuamuki/Principal's Welcome

Kia ora koutou whānau

We are so blessed to live here in Palmerston North and to have been safe from the weather extremes experienced by so much of the North Island. It has been wonderful to see the ways our learners and whanau have responded to Jesus’ call to reach out to others.

We are a welcoming community who respond practically, with compassion, understanding and sensitivity to the needs of others. We participate positively, in service, to contribute to the common good of all.
Our kaiako gave our learners opportunities during literacy to make cards and write letters to the children at St Joseph's School of Wairoa and many of our families dropped off food supplies to the Diocesan Centre three weeks ago.

As part of our non uniform fundraiser, our tamariki and staff wore pango and ma (black and white) and raised $342.70 to send to Hawkes Bay. We respond in this way because the Gospel message calls us to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are in solidarity with our Catholic school communities who are suffering.
Responding to those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle
Last month, Cyclone Gabrielle wreaked havoc across the North Island, significantly affecting many in our diocese. People across the Diocese of Palmerston North have come together to provide much-needed relief efforts to those affected in Hawkes Bay and Wairoa.

This article describes just some of the incredible support that has been offered so far across the Diocese of Palmerston North.

Donate today to help families and communities who have been affected.
Monday evening, Wendy Morgan from the Ministry of Education, gave a presentation about the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme.
Thank you to the parents who attended. I would also like to express a special thank you to all the staff who stayed back and supported the presentation. Your willingness to practise and teach this behaviour and learn more about it, demonstrates your commitment to our school values and vision: We recognise and respect the uniqueness of every individual within the school community as made in the image and likeness of God.
If you were unable to attend last night, please see Claire Dillon or myself for information.

From time to time parents have concerns about their children at school both with learning and play. If you have a concern or need clarification about an event, please contact your child’s teacher.
The Welcome Back picnic is definitely on this Friday, rain, hail or shine. If it's wet, we will spread out in the hall, and the food truck and barbeque will back up there. It will be lovely to see you all somewhere in the school grounds on Friday from 5pm onwards.
This is a chance to mix and mingle with other families, the pool will be open if the weather allows although you will need to supervise your own child. The picnic is BYO (bring your own) takeaways, and beverages, however there will be barbequed sausages available to purchase for $2 and a food truck Tuss's Tucker - Tasty Thai Fusion and an Ice Cream van.

If you are able to assist with the BBQ please pop your name down on the spreadsheet. Together we make a difference.

E te Atua e manaaki ki a koutou katoa
May God Bless you all

Christine Cosgrove

Catholic Special Character

New Families Welcome - You are invited to have a cuppa with Donna Brown, Pastoral Coordinator for the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Christine Cosgrove, and Andrea Cawood, Director of Religious Studies, on Wednesday 15 March at 9am in the school staffroom. Donna will explain our Catholic Schools’ special character and Andrea and Christine will chat about St James’ special character and curriculum. This opportunity will be repeated each term for new families.
Sacramental Programme
Our Sacramental Programme is running during the Lent and Easter season this year (Term 1 and Term 2)!

If you missed the Reconciliation session last Sunday and would like your child to make their Reconciliation, please see Christine.
Lenten Caritas Support - Thank you very much for the wonderful start to our support of Caritas through the Lenten season. Our first week of collecting raised $94.50!
We look forward to your continued support and generous almsgiving throughout Lent.

From our Parish Office
Link to Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Website
Link to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit mass times
Latest Kotahi Ano Parish Newsletter

Celebrations - Celebrating Success

Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Dhruvan who has started his faith and learning journey at Te Kura Katorika o Hato Heemi. We also extend a warm welcome to his family and whānau.

We also welcome back Mrs Trish Symes to Learning Space 9 on Thursday and Fridays. Mrs Claire Dillon will be teaching in Learning Space 8 while Mrs Scott is on parental leave. Mrs Symes will be known to many of our tamariki.

Blessing of new Tumuaki/Principal - Sunday 19 March 2023, 9:30 am at Mass, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, we will be blessing our new Tumuaki/Principal, Christine and blessing for our new School Board Presiding Member Chris. We invite all our family/whānau to join with us and ask that you bring a plate of food to share for morning tea.


Uniform - Academy Apparel have advised that the labels for the shorts/skorts/pants have arrived, which means they have the full uniform available. If you have ordered any items of uniform these are available to collect from them.
If you purchased items without the labels you can return these to Academy Apparel and they will have these labels sewn on.

St James' Uniform Requirements

Learners are to come to school in their full school uniform each day and to bring their Sports Uniform and swimming togs daily.

School Photos - 28 March Photo Order forms will be coming home with your child today. These are to be returned to school by Wednesday 22 March.
Attendance Dues Update


LUCKY Book Club | Scholastic New Zealand - Issue one was sent home with the eldest child of your family and can be ordered online. Closing date for this issue is Friday 24 March.

Year 5 and 6 Senior Camp at YMCA Camp Kaitoke - it is not long to go now. Just a reminder that Camp Payments are now due and please ensure you have completed the Online Medical Consent forms for all participants if you have not already done so. Your attention to this is appreciated.

Hydration - Just a reminder that every learner should be coming to school with a water drink bottle. Reminder that we are a water only school, so please leave the flavoured milk, juice and up & go drinks at home .Please support your child/ren in their wellbeing.

New Entrant Enrolments 2024 - We are now taking enrolments for 2024. A reminder that if you have siblings joining us at St James’ in 2023 or 2024, please ensure that you have requested an Enrolment Pack and have the Enrolment and Preference Forms returned to the Office.

Lost Property - there is a large amount of lost property, please help us to be able to return these to the owner by ensuring your child/ren's items of uniform, swimming togs and towels are named.
Every year on March 21, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. March 21 is symbolic because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. On Tuesday 21 March learners are to come to school in their School Uniform and are encouraged to wear crazy socks on this day.


Year 3-6 Swimming Sports
On Monday 13 March our Year 3-6 learners will be participating in our swimming sports held at the Lido Aquatic Centre, Park Road.
We will be leaving School at 11:35 am
The Year 3 learners will return at 2:00pm
The Year 4-6 learners at 2:30pm

Your child/ren will need:
  • a large named water bottle
  • a large lunch
  • named PE uniform (Named)
  • Swimming togs (Named)
  • Shoes Named)
  • Swimming towels x2 (Named)
We look forward to you joining us.
Basketball - Year 5 and 6
The basketball season gets underway Thursday 4 May and runs through until Thursday 10 August 2023. Fees will be $96.00 per player. If we don’t have enough players to make a team we won’t be able to go ahead with basketball this season. Click HERE to Register for Year 5 & 6 Basketball.
Registrations are due Friday 17 March 2023.

By signing up to a Sports Code run by St James’ Catholic School, children, coaches and spectators will agree to the Fair Play Guidelines for Parents, Spectators & Players. Please read them and familiarise yourself with them. This is available under the links on the School App.

Tabloid Sports - Today we hosted the Year 3 and 4 Tabloid Sports. We were joined with our Catholic colleagues from St Mary’s (Foxton), St Matthews (Marton), St Josephs (Feilding), Our Lady of Lourdes and St Mary’s (PN). Thank you to all those that came along and supported us. We appreciate the efforts of staff to make this day happen, the learners from St Peters College, and our own Year 6 learners who gave Service.

Netball Skills - The Reach for the Stars Junior Skills Programme is split into three sessions and focuses on the development of Tamariki’s fundamental movements and basic Netball skills. Rebecca, Netball Manawatu has made these sessions so much fun and reignited our love of ball skills and games!

School Board

At our most recent board meeting, Analena Siu stepped down as our Presiding Member and I was appointed the new Presiding Member. Analena has led the board through a busy and important period, where we have appointed our new Tumuaki/Principal and introduced a new Uniform. Analena is remaining on the board. Thank you Analena for your Leadership and Guidance.

The following positions are held within the Board:
Chris McPhee - Presiding Member
Geraldine Clear - Deputy Presiding Member
Jo James - Treasurer

The recent Board Meeting was also our first meeting with Christine Cosgrove as our new Tumuaki/Principal. The school is currently in the process of arranging a Powhiri to formally welcome Christine as our new Tumuaki/Principal along with new family/whānau and have our Parish and Community Bless her. More details will be coming on the Powhiri. The blessing will take place at 9:30am Mass on 19 March. We invite all our family/whānau to join with us and ask that you bring a plate of food to share for morning tea and hope you will be able to join us in welcoming Christine to her new role at St James. The Board is now supporting Christine in her process of advertising and appointing a Tumuaki Tuarua/Deputy Principal for our School.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the St James’ Community includes not only our Students, Staff, Whānau, and our neighbours in Hokowhitu. During pick up and drop off times, it can be very hectic outside the school. For the safety of all, please only park in legal parking spaces outside the school, especially avoiding the yellow dotted area in front of the school field.

On Monday the School hosted a session on Positive Behaviour for Learning. This was a very informative session and I wish to thank St James' and the Ministry of Education for providing it. Thank you for those that came to the session and hope to see more of you at future sessions like this.

This Friday is our Welcome Back Picnic. An event in our school calendar that I look forward to each year, as I am sure you and your children do as well. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Policies for Community Consultation
The following Policies are out for community consultation.
Comments are due back to the School Office before Friday 21 April 2023 to

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 3 April 2023 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Chris McPhee
Presiding Member (

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

Juicie Fridays - Juicies will be available for purchase $2.00 after school on Fridays, please contact Kelly if you wish to be part of the helper roster
Pastoral Care - We are so lucky to be part of loving a caring community here at St James'.
As part of caring for our new mothers, those who have experienced bereavement, those who have a sick loved one at home to name a few, we offer pastoral care in the form of a meal or baking. If this sounds like something you might be interested in supporting please contact
Welcome Back Picnic - This will be held on the school grounds on Friday March 10 from 5pm. It is a chance to bring along your family and food, enjoy the pool and picnic with other families.
Are you interested in supporting your School Community fundraising initiatives throughout 2023? If this is something you would like to get involved with please contact Kelly Hoskins or coming along to one of our meetings in 2023.

Kelly Hoskins
PTFA Chairperson
Serving Our Saints with Faith and Enthusiasm

Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website or school App as we are updating this should events be cancelled/postponed. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2023 Term Dates & Holidays. Please add these to your diary, in particular the Staff Only Days.


Week 6
Wednesday 8 March - Year 3 and 4 tabloids, Hosted by St James’
Friday 10 March - Welcome Back Picnic, 5pm on back field.

Week 7
Monday 13 March - Year 3-6 Swimming Sports, Lido Aquatic Centre
Friday 17 March - Year 5 & 6 to bring Camp Gear to School
Sunday 19 March - Blessing of new Tumuaki/Principal 9:30am Mass, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Sunday 19 March - Reconciliation Session 2, 10:30am, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Week 8
Monday 20-27 March - Year 5 & 6 school Camp YMCA Kaitoke
Tuesday 21 March - World Down Syndrome Day - Rock your Socks
Wednesday 22 March - Photo Order Forms Due back to School
Friday 24 March - Scholastic Book Orders due

Week 9
Tuesday 28 March - School Photos
Sunday 2 April - Reconciliation Session 3 and Practice, 10:30am, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Sunday 2 April - Palm Sunday

Week 10
Monday 3 April - School Board Meeting, 6pm, Staffroom
Tuesday 4 April - Stations of the Cross Part 1, 9:30am
Wednesday 5 April - Stations of the Cross Part 2, 9:30am
Wednesday 5 April - 5:30pm Reconciliation Liturgy, Cathedral
Thursday 6 April - Holy Thursday - Washing of the Feet and Last Supper Liturgy and shared food, 9:30am
Thursday 6 April - Last Day of Term 1
Friday 7 April - Good Friday
Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

Getting Involved

Kidney Kids - One small way we can make life easier for others which costs us nothing, is to collect stamps, can tabs, and wine bottle tops!
You will find collection boxes for these in the School Office foyer. If, as a family you don't already set these items aside for Kidney Kids at Starship and the Missions, you may like to start, as a very visible witness to demonstrating Jesus' example of LOVE. Encourage neighbours and family to do the same. There is no deadline.

School App Advertising - If you are interested in advertising on our School App please make an enquiry to

Yummy Apple stickers - Please continue to collect these throughout the year. Collection sheets are also available from the school office or can be downloaded here.

Cut out Label Collection Sheet
New Variety Sticker Collection
Sticker Collection Sheet

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