Balanced approach to education
St Joseph’s Catholic School’s special character will be celebrated at its community event on October 17.
Spring Fashion Soiree organisers feel there is a lack of understanding in the community about what their much-loved school is really about.
There is an opportunity for non-Catholics to attend St Joseph’s, soiree organiser Jane Ewen said.
It was on meeting Suzie Wilcox, another soiree organiser, that Jane was introduced to the idea that she could send her children to St Joseph’s.
Through Suzie being on the Board of Trustees, she was able to tell Jane that the school allows 5 per cent non-preference. ‘‘I don’t think people realise that it’s actually a plus to have a small
‘‘ I wanted to have as small a class as possible because you get a better one-to-one. It’s like having the privileges of a private school on a government budget. ’’
class size,’’ Jane said. ‘‘I came down from Auckland thinking I wanted to have as small a class as possible because you get a better one-to-one. It’s like having the privileges of a private school on a government budget.’’
Another misconception with the school is around technology. The school certainly provides on this front, the trio said, with students placing well at the local Digi Awards each year.
Sport at St Joseph’s is also a point of difference. If a team sport lacks numbers, the school joins with another local school.
‘‘There is not one sport a child would want to play that we wouldn’t do our utmost to get them involved in,’’ fellow soiree organiser Kerry Martelli said.
The school curriculum also covers Catholic values. This is being incorporated into every subject, Kerry said, and is no longer a set period each week on religious education. "It’s a very balanced diet,’’ Suzie said.
Kerry said what attracted her as a parent to St Joseph’s was that students of all ages interact. ‘‘It’s very much a family atmosphere.’’
Ultimately, the women believe there are a lot of pluses. ‘‘The pluses certainly outweigh whatever perception the community has of the school. It’s a great little school. We would love parents to come and investigate what we have to offer,’’ Jane said.
– The St Joseph’s Spring Fashion Soiree, October 17, 3pm-6pm. Tickets, at $40, are available from Inspire Boutique, Kids on Broadway or the St Joseph’s School office.