Wednesday, 18 November 2015


Mmmm! Look at what we have growing in our school garden. Delicious, juicy sweet strawberries!!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Blessing of the new Learning Space

What a beautiful day for the blessing of our newly revamped learning space! Bishop Steve, Bishop Emeritus, Fr Seejo, members of the Chanel Centre, ex teachers and principals all came along to help us to celebrate this special event. After a special liturgy Bishop Steve foloowed us around the different spaces within our new "classroom" and blessed it with holy water. Then we sang a song asking God to bless the teachers, helpers and students.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Fitness Fun with Mrs Ross

Mrs Ross used to go to our school and she is a PE teacher now. Sometimes on a Friday she comes in to take us for PE or Fitness. She taught us a game called Zone ball. We played it in the hall. It was good fun!

These photos are when she took us for fitness. We had skipping activities to do to music and when she stopped the music we all had to do things like make a side plank with our hand in the air.

Daffodil Day - 28 August 2015

Daffodil day is a special day to raise money for those who have cancer. The yellow daffodil was chosen as a sign of hope for those with cancer. The daffodil is yellow – a nice, bright, happy colour. It comes out at the end of winter to show that we have lots of warm weather to look forward to.

At St Joseph’s we dressed up in bright, sunny clothing, created our own collage daffodils and read poems about them.

Let us remember to pray for those with cancer – that they find the strength and hope to keep on fighting.

Friday, 20 March 2015

St Joseph’s Day - 19 March 2015

Yesterday it was St Joseph’s Day. We started the day with Mass and then we sorted ourselves into houses to make our special shared lunch. 

Silk made the Minestrone soup by chopping up celery, onions, zucchini, potatoes and carrots. Then we added tins of tomatoes, cannelinni beans, pasta and beef stock.

MacKillop made the bread in a breadmaker and then kneaded it to make bread rolls.

Joseph made Sfinge cakes.  This was made with flour, butter, water, sugar and eggs. It made a batter that we cooked in the oven and then topped it with riccota cheese mixed with cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate chips and icing sugar

When all the cooking was done and we were ready to eat, we all dressed up like Joseph or Mary or like people did in those days. Bishop Denis came to have lunch with us. We sang our St Joseph’s school prayer and the Bishop said grace. Then we sat down at a long table to eat our lunch. It was amazing. The soup was so yummy. "I liked to dip my bread in the soup" said Chad. "I even had two pieces of cake!" - Joshua

Happy Feast Day St Joseph!!

Excerpts taken from stories by Joshua, Charlotte, Joseph, Talia and Chad

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Catholic Interschool Swimming

On Wednesday 11th March 2015 St Joseph’s hosted an Interschool Swimming competition at the Matamata Town Pools for 16 Catholic Schools from around the Hamilton Diocese. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a wonderful day was had by all. There were 151 children competing in the various events and there were some very tight finishes for some of the races.
St Joseph’s had 3 children who made the finals of their races:
  •  Jackson Donderwinkel – 8 yr old boys backstroke.
  • Esther James – 8 yr old girls freestyle and breaststroke
  • Zanthie Thomas for 8yr old girls breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle

Winning School – Pohlen Memorial Trophy went to St Joseph’s Fairfield

Friday, 6 February 2015

Flying Fox

When we came back to school after the holidays we had something new in the playground... A flying fox. It comes from the Pirate ship and goes across to the fairy tree. We all love going on it. Sometimes we sit on it, sometimes we stand on it. It's great fun! Even the teachers have had a go!