Our first priority is the well-being of our students and our small roll allows us to focus on the individual needs of the children.
At St Joseph’s, all teachers know every student so they can closely monitor students’ safety from the start of school until they are released at the end of the day to specified parents or caregivers. If a student has any issues they are immediately acknowledged and addressed which results in an environment of security and trust. We provide an environment to develop the confidence in our children to lead, guide and support their peers and the school in a manner that leads to very high self-esteem amongst the students.
Our Public Health Nurse visits the school on request to monitor our students’ health.
We are a small country school in the midst of the city, where children play, learn and advance with their peers and friends. At St Joseph’s we foster inquiry through critical thinking. Our children who finish Year Six are resilient and ready for the next stage of life. We balance a mix of traditional and current, we are open to new ideas and ways as we strive to provide the best education for our learners.
St Joseph’s is a safe place where our children flourish and are encouraged to be the best that they can be. Any behaviour which puts this at risk is acknowledged, analysed and resolved with appropriate support and intervention, to allow all to continue safely on their learning journey. We nurture young minds and spirits.
Parents are involved and understand what their children are learning and what to expect next. Our learners set individual, personal goals, feedback is given and achievement acknowledged. The needs of the individual child are planned for using relevant data. Information is readily available in plain language.
We want our children to enjoy their childhood and time with their families so homework at St Joseph’s is not prescribed. Our learners create meaningful inquiry topics shared with home to practise investigation, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Our learners are responsible digital citizens who can also learn without devices in their hands.
> Dental Clinic
The dental clinic is based at Orakei School, 8b Ngaio St, Orakei. Phone 520-0603.
>After School Care
The ASB After School Club is available each day from when school finishes until 6 pm for children aged 5-14 years. Now with Wifi available, children are able to complete any online homework if needed. The After School Club is staffed on a 1:10 ratio, and an afternoon tea snack is provided each day.
When students need to be on medication the class teacher should be informed. Parents whose children need to take medication during school hours are required to inform the office secretary so that they can sign a consent form. All medical supplies will be kept in a secure place.
Quality food enhances your child’s learning potential. For this reason, we discourage sweets, fizzy drinks and highly coloured and flavoured snack foods at school.
Children must wear a school hat at all times they are outside during terms 1 and 4. This includes coming to and from school. An official school bucket-style may be ordered from NZ Uniforms. Children without a hat will be required to stay in the shade areas during breaks and will be unable to participate in outside activities.
In the rare case of serious accidents or head injuries, every effort will be made to contact parents / caregivers immediately. We need to be informed of any changes to your phone number or address. In the case of an emergency your child will be taken directly to hospital.
St Joseph’s is a ‘Litter Free’ school. This means that litter produced by children’s morning tea and lunches is put back into their lunch boxes, along with any uneaten food, and taken home. Please ensure your child brings a lunch box to school each day to assist us with this.
Please ensure your child’s clothing is named. In the event that items of school uniform have gone missing, students are encouraged to look in the lost property box. This can be found in the corridor outside Room 4 – or check with our caretaker – Seti.
There is a school lunch service every Monday. An order form will come home with your child every Friday. The completed order form along with the correct money needs to be returned to the office on Monday morning before 8.55 am. Lunches are delivered to the classrooms at lunchtime.
> Smoke-Free Environment
Under the Smoke-Free Environments Act, St Joseph’s School is smoke-free at all times. Smoking is not permitted in or around school buildings or in any part of the grounds, at any time.
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