This page is to help support parents of children in Catholic schools. It will contain interviews with active parents and programmes we are running for parents at school. It will evolve over time.
At the end of last year we held our first induction meeting for families wishing to enrol at St Joseph's. It was led by Fr Wayne, parishioners Adrienne and Mark Wylie and myself. Here is the format of our meeting. Since then, we held a second one in March 2016 and this has led to the baptism meetings and further interest in the parent sessions for the Sacramental programme.
Monday 16th November 2015 7:00-8:00pm
Welcome AW & MW & Fr Wayne introduce themselves ( we could have name tags for participants)
Prayer - Induction prayer
Share reasons for wanting your children to be part of St Joseph’s school ( this could be done in groups with each of us spread around so that it is less threatening)
School Vision and Values (linked to scripture) & induction cards
What does it mean to be Catholic ?
- We believe in God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit
- We believe in the creator of the universe
- We give thanks to God for everything
- We worship as a community
The school is a Praying Community
Prayer takes place a) in the classroom b) the hall c) the church Special Catholic character permeates the whole day
AW & MW
Ways you can support your children AW & MW
- Talk with children about prayer Family Prayer p13 Family Whanau Book
- Read the weekly special character blog to keep informed
- Support the Religious Education Programme
AW & MW
Religious Education Programme
How can we support you and your children in your faith journey ?
Family Prayer ( from the Family Whanau Book)
Fr Wayne lead
Family meetings with Fr Wayne & JJ for the signing of the enrolment papers while others have a cuppa with AW & MW
JJ - induction cards, name stickers, Family Whanau Book and copies of prayer pages from this resource, vision & values poster
AW & MW - induction prayer
Fr Wayne - Preference Cards & attendance dues book
"A perceived lack of parental support was identified as a concern ....." page 19 The Major challenge Confronting Catholic Schools in New Zealand (Extract from Chapter 45 International Handbook of Catholic Education)