Our school gospel values are interwoven into our teaching and learning along with the values that are found in the New Zealand curriculum. These include faith; excellence; respect; integrity; humility; innovation, inquiry and curiosity; diversity; equity; community and participation; peace, citizenship and manaakitanga; and ecological sustainability. At St Joseph's we respect all cultures and all people. We understand that it is our duty as brothers and sisters in Christ to show love and care for one another.

These are our school gospel values, as decided by our community. These values are explicitly taught through our Health Curriculum.

Leadership Assembly

Last week on Thursday the 24th of May, St Joseph’s held a Leadership Assembly for the Room Six students. As I was one of the students being awarded a badge, it was lovely to know that the hard work we had done and are trying to do is paying off and being recognised.

We opened with a speech from our Deputy Principal, Mr Murfitt. Which was followed by a prayer read by me. This was followed by four of the Opunake High School Prefects, they spoke about things like what they thought a leader was and gave example of their own leadership journey. These speeches were truly inspirational and it was awesome hearing about their journey and hard work. We were then awarded our badges, which Bishop Owen blessed. These were awarded for the following: Environmental, Social, Fitness, Pastoral Committees, the School Council and House Captains. After the badges were all handed out, our staff kindly organised a shared lunch for the students, their families and teachers. This was also to thank us. Which we all agreed that we love and it was nice for everyone to catch up over a coffee or a cup of tea.

By being awarded these badges our class decided that we would try our hardest to be the best leaders we can be for our school and wear our gifted badges with pride.

Thanks to all

Chairperson of the School Council

Aria Brophy.