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St Joseph's School Paeroa

Saint Joseph's Catholic School
200 Normanby Road
Paeroa 3600

Telephone: (07) 862-8994
Email:  Margaret Brinkmann
              Cath Swney

Curriculum Information
Our teaching and learning programmes are based on the New Zealand National Curriculum which incorporates seven learning areas – English (Literacy), Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Physical Education & Health and The Arts (Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts). AS a Catholic School we have a further learning area, that of Religious Education. Particular emphasis is given to developing children’s skills in Numeracy and Literacy. ICT, including computer work, is a learning area that goes across the whole curriculum.

As our Catholic Faith is the prime reason for the existence of this school, parents are expected to lead and encourage their children in the practices of the faith (morning/night prayers, Sunday Mass attendance and so on), along with supporting the RE programme through the Home pages in the children’s RE books, and attending Masses and other liturgies we have through the term when possible. We teach the New Zealand Religious Education Curriculum for Catholic Schools. Just as parent interest and support in necessary in all other areas of your children’s school life, so it is especially, for uploading of our Catholic Character.

School Led Masses are held on a regular basis at 10.00am every 5th Sunday of the month (dates are included in newsletters). Involvement of the children in these liturgies is encouraged through undertaking the readings, prayers, singing, operating the over-head and so on. Each class attends te Parish Community Mass twice a term.

Children from our school take part in range of sports outside school hours including Saturday netball, rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket, tennis, indoor basketball, touch rugby and gymnastics. Parents and children are advised (usually via newsletters) when the season for these sports is about to commence, along with any other information the school is provided with.

Older students use the town pool, whilst the younger ones now use the Goldfields School pool. Other schools use the town pool too, and so a timetable operates through the swimming season (Week 1-5, Term 1). It is recommended that parents make use of the local swimming club in order to gain extended tuition for their children. All students are expected to participate in school swimming instruction, any change from this requires a note from home. We require parental help to transport the younger children to and from Goldfields School.
Selected place-getters from our Senior Swimming Sports go forward to the Ohinemuri Swimming even. A limited number of Year 7 and 8 students also have the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate Catholic Schools’ Swimming Sports in Hamilton.

Our annual school cross-country even usually takes place in Term 3. The course runs through the school grounds and over the surrounding paddocks. The 5 to 7 year olds run in the school grounds only. The first four place-getters (8/9 yrs and over) go on to the Ohinemuri Schools Cross-Country. This even is normally held at the Paeroa Racecourse.

The school takes part in a number of annual events coinciding with major seasonal sports, including Ohinemuri Swimming (March), Te Aroha Catholic Schools Winter Codes (June), Ohinemuri Cross-Country (August), Catholic Schools Athletics (November). Notification of these events is given to parents as early as possible.

In the third term all the children are involved in our school speeches, poetry and prose competition. Year 6-8 place-getters have the opportunity to compete in the Kaimai Catholic Schools’ competition held in the third term also. There is also an Ohinemuri Schools Speech presentation night late Term 3.

We have a networked computer system. There are eight computers in the library, and computers are also used in the classrooms. All students have regular opportunities to use these computers. Web Marshall is installed on our network, which prevents students accessing inappropriate material when using the internet. Each classroom also has access to IPAD’s with are used as a tool for learning.

Years 7 & 8 go to the College for Technology classes on Tuesday mornings (9.00-11.00am). These classes involve modules of work including cooking, sewing, woodwork, metalwork, computer and art. A bus transports te children to and from the College.

From time to time classes plan excursions generally in the local district, or nearby towns. These invariably link in with a study the class is, or has been, undertaking. The class teacher keeps parents informed, and appropriate supervision and safety guidelines are adhered to.
The Senior Class generally has an annual camp experience of up to four night duration. This is seen as a highlight of the year for children in the senior school and they are encouraged to fully participate through fundraising, planning, camp duties, and school related studies.