We want our students to be life long, connected learners. To achieve this, we encourage all students to lead their own learning, by genuinely inquiring into the world around them. We support them by teaching them the necessary skills to function confidently within, and beyond their current curriculum level. These skills include reading, writing, speaking, listening, calculating, investigating, presenting information, socialising, working collaboratively and independently.

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo na uri whakatipu

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations

Swimming Caps

Swimming starts on Thursday and we have school caps available for sale.

$10 each at the school office.

You're Such an Egg!

In Room 5 this week we have been working on the development of our inquiry skills.

We have learnt to ask questions that we can either find the answers to through research or through conducting an experiment. Our subject of interest was the humble chicken egg.

We had to work in groups, and we were given 3 eggs in which we could experiment with. We also found out about the parts that make up an egg.

One group found out that an egg, when vertical can hold 2.9kg of weight!

Jacob, Isabelle and Crystal found out that an egg would cook on the ground. The ground temperature was 40 degrees. This is the temperature that the enzymes in an egg start to denature (cook).

We had lots of fun learning about eggs and how amazing they actually are!

On our last day we got to make meringues out of the egg whites and enjoyed this treat with whipped cream!

Thanks Mrs Langton for letting us lead our own learning, and thank you to the chickens who worked so hard to give us the eggs to use!

Melah, Holly and Sophie put a raw egg into vinegar. They found that the acid (vinegar) dissolved the shell. It caused the calcium carbonate in the shell to become carbon dioxide. They could see the bubbles forming. They left the egg overnight and the next day they had a bouncy egg. When they cracked the egg it still looked like a normal egg, but you could smell the vinegar inside it. They didn't think eating the 'pickled' egg was a good idea!

When the egg cracked the shell looked like a popped balloon!

Fun Fact: If you look carefully at the top of a yolk you will see a darker coloured circle. This is called the blastodisc. This, when fertilised, develops into the chick. The yolk provides the growing chick with nutrients and the albumen protects the chick by not allowing bacteria to pass through it. The chick gets oxygen through the porous shell!

Daniel, John and Dustin made a Golden Egg! They took a raw egg and put it inside a sock. They tied the egg into the sock using string. They spun the egg around and around for about 15 minutes to 'scramble' the egg inside the shell. They then hard boiled the egg and peeled it to reveal a 'Golden Egg'! The boys thought that the egg tasted yum!

Maddy, Kiarn and Gerald decided the wanted to find out what happened to an egg when you froze it. They found that the egg shell didn't expand when the albumen (white) inside the egg froze. It caused the egg shell to crack. When they peeled the frozen egg and cut it in half they found that the yolk on the inside was solid. When it defrosted the albumen became very watery and the yolk stayed as a solid rubbery mass.

The other frozen egg was allowed to defrost inside the shell. When they cracked it, the egg white was the same as in a normal egg, but the yolk was a perfect sphere! It stayed rubbery and bouncy.


"They were lovely with cream and delicious without cream." Savannah

"They were sticky. They tasted like lollies in the middle." Melah

"The meringues were sticky on the inside. That was a good thing." Joshua

"They were so yum!" James

Wearable Arts

The first day of Spring was full of vibrant colour - not from the spring bulbs that had flowered early - but rather from the stunning outfits on display at this year’s Taranaki Fashion Art Awards. Students from St Joseph’s Opunake were involved in the designing, creating and modelling of outfits in this year’s show. Aria Brophy, Summer Simpson, Mackenzie Gatenby, and Ella Griggs all committed many hours in the making of these designs under the watchful guidance of principal Margaret Duynhoven. Paper flowers, measuring tapes and even old ties were some of the materials used to create the designs.

The girls who modelled, had to travel to New Plymouth to rehearse for the event. Thanks to Rochelle Griggs and Chantal Brophy for transporting them to and from rehearsals. The girls really enjoyed entering the Art awards and learning how to be a part of a larger production. The outfits are on display in Room 3.

The 'Made to Measure' and the 'Miss Monochrome' outfits made the finals in the "Off the Wall" and 'Recycled' categories.

Tatarakihi Kapa Haka Festival

On Friday 24th August our Junior and Senior students competed in the annual Tatarakihi Kapa Haka festival held at the the TSB Hub in Hawera. Our students performed beautifully and looked fantastic in their amazing new Kapa Haka uniforms. A huge thank you to our mentor Matua Lui who has taught us and lead us every Friday afternoon in preparation for festivals like this. Below are some photos from our performances

Space Spectacular Mufti Day

On Friday 17th August St Josephs held a Space themed Mufti day where our students were encouraged to dress up into a space related costume. We did this because our current Inquiry focus we are learning in class in all about Space - Planet Earth and Beyond. This Mufti day was an exciting day as our students really put an effort into their creative outfits for the day. We also had prizes for best and most creative outfits! Well done everyone what a fantastic day!

Colouring Competition - Results

The results are in from the highly popular ANZAC colouring competition! A huge well done to all of the students who completed a colouring in entry, we had lots to look at which made it difficult to pick some winners.

The top 3 placings from the Junior School was as follows:

1st Place - Ellie Lynskey

2nd Place - Molly Stevenson

3rd Place - Greer Guthrie

The top 3 placing from the senior School was as follows:

1st Place - Summer Simpson

2nd Place - Mackenzie Gatenby

3rd Equal - Crystal Jordan and Christine Centeno

A huge congratulations to the winners who all received a prize from the lucky prize box today.


On Wednesday the 4th April 2 Year 5/6 teams and 2 Year 7/8 teams competed at Manaia School in the annual EPro 8 Challenge putting their creativity, problem solving and technology skills to the test. It was an extremely rewarding experience for all involved and an exciting way of working together as a team to problem solve. Thank you to the parents for transporting the kids to and from the event, we as a school hugely appreciate your support.

It was a tightly contested challenge, where the placings were determined on points earned during the challenge itself.

The Year 5/6 teams came in 5th and 6th position overall.

The Year 7/8 Teams couldn't be seperated and finished 2nd equal!

A huge congratulations to the following students for your efforts at EPro 8:

Year 5 and 6s:

Grace Clough, Caitlyn Bradley, John Renz Torres, Crystal Jordan, Eden Lark, James Coogan, Melah Sinclair and Sophie Gatenby.

Year 7 and 8s:

Jerram Sinclair, Aria Brophy, Caleb Neil, Jono Lang, Ella Griggs, Stak Hickey, Charlie Carr, Patrick Bradley.

This is the third year that we have entered the EPro 8 Challenge. We view it as an important part of our school calendar. It gives students an opportunity to problem solve in a collaborative manner, and to challenge their thinking using equipment that is 'new' to them.

Junior Beach Education Day

On Friday 16th February, Rms 1, 2 and 4 walked down to Opunake Beach to take part in the Beach Ed Day. East End Lifeguards Flossie, Mackenzie and Billy did a great job teaching us about how to be safe at the beach, both in and out of the water.

The lifeguards made comment about how well behaved our children were, and how keen they all were to take part in the outside activities. They also couldn't believe how many parents we had come to support us during the swim component of the day.

Thank you to all the parents who did attend - those in the classroom, those on the sand and those who were brave enough to go into the water.

Valentine's Market

Room 6 held their annual Valentine's Day Market on Monday 12th February in Room 3 from 11 am through to 1pm. The stalls were amazing and the Room 6 children went to a lot of effort to create high quality products.

A big thanks must go to all of the parents and family members for supporting the students with their stalls.

All money raised will be to help support Room 6's costs for the year, including Young Leaders and camp.

Valentine's Market Photos