Home Learning explained

“Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen”
We encourage our students to follow the HOME LEARNING TIMETABLE below.  Our Home Learning Programme is made up of a number of activities that involve Devices, Home learning kits, physical activities and School TV.
Important things to know about Home Learning at St Joseph’s Catholic School:
Home Learning is not the same as school or homeschooling.  Our teachers have worked hard to ensure Home learning packs were ready to be delivered prior to Alert Level 4 and that digital platforms are ready for your child to learn online.
Digital Platforms being used are:
  • MANGERE WHANAU (Rooms 1, 3 & 4) – PM ecollection and SEESAW
  • RAROTONGA WHANAU (Rooms 6, 7 & 8) – SEESAW, Google Classroom and Mathletics
  • MAUNGAKIEKIE WHANAU (Room 9, 10 & 11)- SEESAW, Google Classroom and Mathletics
Expectations of St Joseph’s Catholic School Teachers in relation to Home Learning:
  • Teachers will assign about 2 hours work a day that students MUST DO and work through.  They will also provide tasks they CAN DO which are optional depending on the availability of devices and space for students to work through. 
  • Teachers will design learning tasks that consolidate learning from term 1 and that enhance your child’s love of learning.
  • Teachers will provide feedback on student learning.
  • Teachers will create opportunities to engage with both parents and students.
St Joseph’s parents and whanau will contribute to Home Learning for their children by:
  • Parents will provide the support and space needed for their child to carry out their Home Learning activities.
  • Parents are encouraged to engage with their child’s teacher on a regular basis to ensure they have the right information needed to support their child.
I hope this explains and outlines what we are planning to roll out come the start of term 2, further details will come from your child’s teacher.  I am aware that every family will be having a different experience with their isolation. We have families who are essential workers, still working while caring for their family full time, families who are experiencing loss of employment, parents who are working from home and still caring for children.  I encourage you to be flexible and courageous in exploring and navigating this new way of learning for our tamariki.
If you have any questions please contact me on cmassey@sjs.school.nz
Mā te Atua koutou katoa e tiaki, e manaaki.
May God protect and care for you all.
Carolyn Massey


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Home learning packs


Care and Compassion

The mercy value of compassion is about loving and caring for your family and friends, and about showing kindness to people who are feeling sad or upset to help them feel better. The mercy value of compassion is about feeling that you can make a difference.