Maungakiekie whanau

Maungakiekie whanau 2018-08-14T17:23:09+00:00

It is important that we know our place, our land and as such we have gifted you the names of significant geographical landmarks of Onehunga – our maunga; Mangere, Rarotonga and Maungakiekie.

Maungakiekie whanau – Our senior syndicate – Maungakiekie means the mountain with the kiekie vine – our prayer for you, our elders of SJS is that your vine is strong and weaves together many aspects of your journey through St Josephs, and that it carries your through to your future.

Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei. Which means “Aspire to the greatest heights, but should you bow, let it be to the loftiest mountain”

In preparation for our new year in 2018, we believe that we cannot do this alone and so look to working with you and your family to give the best our children deserve.

Feel free to come and see us about our students or make a time if you would like to discuss any successes or concerns you may have.

Elena Figota

It is truly a pleasure to be teaching your child in Room 10.  I am of Samoan descent and was born and and raised here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. I am the youngest of five siblings and both my parents come from the island Samoa 🙂 I am a mother of two crazy, but fun loving teens who keep me grounded and busy.

Mark Weedon

It is a pleasure to be teaching in the senior syndicate this year.  I am a father of two boys, Jack, 8 years and Rory 5yrs. I have had a Catholic upbringing through home and studied at The University of Auckland to become a Primary school teacher after a varied career in sport and coaching.

I have taught at various schools and look forward to my second year at St Joseph’s.

Pata Beazley

As the Intermediate teacher for our ladies this year, I am very much looking forward to working hard to prepare our ladies to be faithful, confident and self-directed learners.
I am of Samoan descent although I was born and raised in New Zealand. In my teaching career, I have taught for 9 years and believe in securing successful outcomes for our children. As a Catholic, it is my duty to support your daughters in their faith development.

Aotearoa Strip showing the journey from Earth to Sky

These inspiring SJS students have enhanced our school environment with their artwork which explores Maori symbols of Journeys.


The Holy Spirit inspires and strengthens us in our daily lives.

Well being is affected by the feelings and choices that we make to contribute to a happy community.

Below are some ways in which we can enhance our feeling of well being.