What's New 2018

Planet earth and beyond

The last term has seen the whole school participate in a Planet Earth and Beyond unit. We have learnt about the planets, the sun, the stars, the moon and other celestial objects. We have written stories, completed 'space' maths tasks, created colourful and vibrant art and both asked and answered questions around the space idea. All of our work will be on display at Pet Day so please come into the classrooms and have a look around.

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!

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.

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.

Have you had your say?

The government is asking for your input into what education in New Zealand should look like.

Kōrero Mātauranga - is the initiative that Labour has put forward to begin the 'conversation'.

Go to this link to start your own survey. It is confidential, but you can enter an email address if you wish to get a receipt of your submission.

PTA Easter Raffle

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place - Declan Bourke
  • 2nd Place - Simon Drought
  • 3rd Place - Griggs Family
  • Cupcakes - Jasmine Parnell

Thank you to everyone who supported our raffle.

More Cheese please - room 2!

Mrs Langton came and taught in Room 2 for a couple of days. We tasted different types of cheese and chose the one that we liked the best.

We found out that most people in Room 2 liked camembert cheese the best!

We did think it was pretty close though between that and Cheese Slices!

A = Blue Vein Cheese

B = Cheese Slices

C = Edam

D = Parmesan

E = Feta

F = Camembert


Maddie was not impressed!

We read the poem - Little Miss Muffet. We had to work out what a 'tuffet' was. We used a google search to find out it was a small stool or a tuft of grass. Then we had to find out what curds and whey were. Amy O'Rorke and Jayden found out that curds is another name for cottage cheese and that the liquid, that is made in the process of making the cottage cheese, is called whey.


Most of the students liked the cottage cheese. Two thumbs up meant they liked it lots - one up and one down was it was okay, and two thumbs down meant it wasn't good at all.


The students had to write down descriptions of the different cheeses according to what they looked like, what they felt like, what they smelt like and finally what they tasted like.

Liam was our mad scientist!


Frankie was our other mad scientist!


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