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Mid Year Progress Report Interviews – Thursday 29 July, early finish…

Tue Jul 27 12:49pm

Mid Year Report Interviews – If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please book a time on Thursday 29 July. Bookings will close at midday tomorrow for Thursday 29 July interviews.  Learning Space 6 interviews will now be held on Thursday 5 August.  For families that had booked you will by now have received a notification asking you to rebook.

Bookings are now OPEN. Log onto: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code

Code if required: 5qawq

Please note the school will close at 12.30pm on this day. Nippers will be open, should you wish to make a booking with Nippers please contact them on 021 645 946 or nippers@inspire.net.nz.

Black Caps World Cup Mace tour, Fitzherbert Park, Thursday 29th July from 3.30pm-4.30pm…

Mon Jul 26 03:56pm

The Manawatu Cricket Association would like to invite students, supporters and staff at St James’ Catholic School to join the Black Caps World Cup Mace tour at Fitzherbert Park on Thursday 29th July from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Ross Taylor, Will Young and Doug Bracewell will be at Fitzherbert Park with the WTC Mace and we would love to have you and your school down at Fitz to meet the Black Caps, to have a team photo and celebrate New Zealand being World Test Champions. Your players/students are encouraged to wear school colours and we hope to arrange a photo for all schools with the Mace and the Black Caps, as well as the chance to have individual photos and get signatures.

Thanks again for your support of cricket in the Manawatu, we are all very proud of the Black Caps and know that their success is a direct result of the development they get through schools like St James’ Catholic School.


What you need to know about St James the Greater and Grandparents Day tomorrow.

Mon Jul 26 02:09pm

Just a reminder:  tomorrow we will be celebrating  St James the Greater and Grandparents Day!

This celebration will begin at 1:00 pm with a shared lunch with your learner/s and their classes.   Please take your food items (no nuts please) to your learning space.  After this, we will move into the hall for a whole school Liturgy. We will then finish the day by moving back into our learning spaces to participate in some St James the Greater based learning. 

There is a COVID Tracer Sign In App in the School Office.  Please come to the school office and we can direct you to the appropraite learning space.

We look forward to seeing you all then, and please remember to invite any Grandparents, or other whanau to join us in this celebration!

Thursday 29 July – School finishes early at 12.30pm. Bookings for Teacher Interviews will cut off at 12noon tomorrow.

Fri Jul 23 04:01pm

Thursday 29 July – School finishes early at 12.30pm for Parent Report Interviews 1.30pm-7.10pm

Please note interviews for Learning Space 6 will now be held on Thursday 5 August 2021.

Mid Year Report Interviews – If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress please book a time on Thursday 29 July, between 1.30 pm – 7.10 pm. Bookings are now OPEN. Log onto: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code

Please note bookings for Teacher Interviews will close off at 12noon tomorrow.

SJS Newsletter – Term 2, Week 10 – 8 July 2021

Thu Jul 08 03:29pm

SJS Newsletter – Term 2, Week 10 – 8 July 2021

Pae Tamariki Kapa Haka Festival

Fri Jul 02 03:31pm

Pae Tamariki Kapa Haka Festival Notice

PTFA Lunch – Tomorrow, Friday 2 July

Thu Jul 01 03:32pm

Our pizza offerings will be Meat Lovers, Hawaiian or Simply Cheese.
$2 a slice.  Order before school tomorrow – at the front of the School office.

Reminder: GALA meeting Wednesday 30 June, 6.30pm in the Staffroom – All Welcome.

Mon Jun 28 03:37pm

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 8 Term 2

Thu Jun 24 03:46pm

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 8 Term 2

Reminder: Early School Closing tomorrow (12.30pm) for Paid Union Meeting …

Thu Jun 24 03:32pm

School Closing for Paid Union Meeting – the NZEI have notified us of a Paid Union Meeting for teachers. Our staff will be attending the meeting on June 25 – therefore school will close on Friday, June 25th at 12.30pm. We ask all children to be picked up at 12.30pm. Nippers will be operating in the hall from 12.30pm should you wish to book in.

Reminder: We have Te Totara Assembly this afternoon and Cross Country Certificates will also be presented, please be seated by 1.45pm.

Wed Jun 23 10:16am

Senior Kapa Haka Roopu Noho – Friday 2 July

Tue Jun 22 03:32pm

Yesterday Senior Kapa Haka would have brought home a note advising we will no longer have the sleepover portion of our Noho on Friday 2nd July. 

We will still be in the hall from 11am but will conclude our programme at approximately 8:30pm.

Your children will need to bring:

*Their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for Friday 2 July.
*Home baking to share for supper (not to contain nuts)

We would like to invite whānau to watch us run through a practice at 8pm and join us for supper afterwards, before taking your children home for the night.

Ngā mihi nui
Whaea Hilary, Whaea Amy & Mrs Cawood
Pa Brent & Whaea Leandra

St James’ Stars Yr5 Girls Netball practice today has been cancelled

Fri Jun 18 01:47pm

The PTFA/Gala meeting planned for tomorrow evening has been CANCELLED

Tue Jun 15 03:32pm

St James led school Mass this Sunday 13 June. 9.30am

Fri Jun 11 03:06pm

St James’ led school Mass, Sunday 13 June, 9:30am at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
* Please join us in celebrating Mass together, as a St James school community.
* Please wear school uniform, as a sign of solidarity and pride.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

God bless
Andrea Cawood – DRS

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 6 Term 2

Wed Jun 09 04:09pm

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 6 Term 2

Te Mahuri Assembly tomorrow will start at 2pm. Te Mahuri (LS7-10), Choir and the Pasifika groups will be performing. All Welcome

Thu May 27 04:27pm

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 4 Term 2

Wed May 26 04:26pm

St James’ Catholic School Newsletter – Week 4 Term 2

Reminder First Communion Starts Sunday 30th May with the 9.30am mass. Followed by combined session for families over in the Diocesan Centre.

Tue May 25 03:34pm

First Communion Starts next Sunday 30th May with the 9.30am mass.  Followed by combined session for families over in the Diocesan Centre

(This is for the Year 4 children who received Reconciliation earlier in the year).

School photo orders will be coming home this afternoon.

Mon May 24 03:34pm

Two pairs of children’s glasses have been handed in from near the swings. Please contact the school office on Monday if these are yours.

Thu May 20 04:41pm

A friendly reminder that School is closed tomorrow (Friday 21 May) as it is a Teacher Only Day. All Staff will be offsite.

Thu May 20 03:37pm

Cross Country tomorrow…

Wed May 19 03:36pm

School Cross country – Thursday 20 May – Hokowhitu Park – 1 pm start 

Learners Require
– jackets
– full sports uniform
– named jersey
– sports shoes (optional)
– named drink bottle
– plenty of food (at school).

We look forward to you joining us to support our SAINTS at this event.

Just a reminder that orders for Scholastic 2021 Issue 3 close this Sunday 23 May.

Wed May 19 03:35pm

Just a reminder PTFA Chocolate Fundraiser Funds are due back to school this tomorrow.

Thu May 13 03:34pm

SJS Newsletter – Term 2, Week 2 – 12 May 2021

Wed May 12 03:50pm

SJS Newsletter – Term 2, Week 2 – 12 May 2021

Reminder Tonight 2021 St James’ Catholic School Gala….

Wed May 05 03:32pm

There will be a 2021 St James’ School GALA MEETING tonight  Wednesday 5 May at 6.00 pm in the Staffroom to set up this year’s Gala organising team.

Please consider supporting this essential work. It is a great way to get involved with the school community – you do not have to be part of the PTFA to be involved.

The Gala this year will be a little different to past years – we are trying to simplify it and make it enjoyable for all. It is a great way to get to know each other and support your children’s learning.

We encourage you all to come along and get involved.


2021 Term Dates & Holidays

Term 1 Monday 1st February – Friday 16th April

Term 2 Monday 3rd May – Friday 9th July

Term 3  Monday 26th July – Friday 1st October

Term 4 Monday 18th October – Tuesday 14th December

Public Holidays
-Waitangi Day – Monday 8th February (Week 2 Term 1)
-Good Friday – 2nd April (Week 9 Term 1)
-Easter Monday –5th April (Week 10 Term 1)Easter -Tuesday –6th April (Week 10 Term 1)
-ANZAC Day – Monday 26th April (Term Holidays)
-Queen’s Birthday – Monday 7th June (Week 6 Term 2)
-Labour Day – Monday 25th October (Week 2 Term 4)

Teachers Only Days
Friday 29th January – Call back day
Monday 26th July (Week 1 Term 3)
Tuesday 26th October (Week 2 Term 4)
1 Day to be confirmed.

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Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

Download the app or open Seesaw here

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Our School App is what we use for general School Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit and absence and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search Te Aroha Primary School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.