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.

Important things to know about Home Learning at St Joseph’s Catholic School:

Home Learning is not the same as school or homeschooling.  The expectation is that 2 hours of school work be done a day.

Online Learning week  will be through the school website, this is organised for syndicates rather than in classes.  This is based on feedback from both our students and families that learning together with a sibling at home worked better than working individually.

Expectations of St Joseph’s Catholic School Teachers in relation to Home Learning @ Alert Level 4:

  • Teachers will design learning tasks that consolidate previous learning and that enhance your child’s love of learning.

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 should they require support

I hope this explains and outlines what we are planning to roll out over the remainder of Lockdown.  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 maybe 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




The mercy value of  justice is about being responsible for one another and trying our best to be fair by taking our turn and sharing. It is about trying to make sure everyone is treated fairly and justly.

2021 Term Dates

  • Term 1 – 4 February – 16 April
  • Term 2 – 3 May – 9 July
  • Term 3 – 26 July – 1 October
  • Term 4 – 18 October – 16 December

Statutory Holidays 2021 – School Closed

  • 8 February – Waitangi Day
  • 2 April – 6 April – Easter
  • 7 June – Queen’s Birthday
  • 25 October – Labour Day