St Joseph's Catholic School New Plymouth - Primary School catering for children from new entrants to year 6

Sport, Recreation & Culture


St Joseph's offers a wide range of Extra Curricular Activities including a very wide range of Sporting Activities. Below is just some of what is on offer at St Joseph's.



St Joseph's Soccer Club operates from the school grounds during the winter terms on Saturday mornings.


The school fields teams in Hard Ball, Incrediball and Kiwi Cricket in Term 1 and Term 4. The Marist Cricket Club is also based on the school grounds. The school has an Astroturf cricket pitch and twin Astroturf cricket training nets.


Athletics / Cross Country:

The school holds annual Cross Country and Athletics competitions. Runners are selected for the New Plymouth and Taranaki Cross Country Championships. The whole school competes in the annual Taranaki Catholic Schools Athletics Carnival.

Mini Ball / Basketball:

St Joseph's fields teams in both the mini ball and basket ball competitions which are held in Term 2 and 3.


Each year the school holds a triathlon for Year 3-6 students which leads into the ‘Weetbix Tryathlon' which is part of the ITU World Triathlon Festival.


The Seaside Touch Competition is run on the St Joseph's fields in Term 4. All age groups participate in this competition on Monday nights. St Joseph's usually enter six teams!!


St Joseph's participates in the Future Ferns Netball competitions. In 2009 the netball teams all have very smart new uniforms.



St Joseph's participates in the North Taranaki Junior Hockey competition which runs on Saturday mornings at the Devon Hotel Parl on Hobson Street.  We also have a turf on-site which our students use for training.

Rugby League:

Our senior students compete in the annual Tony Kemp Cup Tournament which is held in the first term.

Rugby / Rippa Rugby:

All students have a go at Rippa Rugby at school. The senior school participates in a one day Rippa Rugby Tournament. St Joseph's also plays in the annual sevens on Queens Birthday Monday and in the Interschool Rugby Competition. Many of our students play Saturday rugby for local clubs. We are proud of our current All Black old boy, Conrad Smith.


St Joseph's has a solar heated swimming pool on site. Teachers take aquatic instruction in the first term. A qualified instructor also takes swimming instruction in the last two weeks of the January holidays and after school during the first three weeks of Term 1. The senior school have swimming sports at the neighbouring Devon Intermediate pool at the conclusion of the swimming season. Supervised swimming is also available at lunchtimes until the end of March. The community can rent keys for out of school use of the pool. We are also famous for our massive water slide which we set up on special occasions

Interschool Sport:

St Joseph's participates in the annual interschool sport competitions. We participate in netball, rugby and soccer. Hosting these events and visiting other schools as part of this competition is a highlight for our students.



Every second year St Joseph's produces a production showcasing the performing arts. We are very lucky to have a team of teachers and parents who are committed to putting on a show of the highest quality. The performance is put on at the Devon Intermediate Hall.


Kapa Haka:

Our Kapa Haka Ropu is tutored by Whaea Raewyn Ashby and supported by Mr Basile.  They perform at both the Puanga and Tatarakihi Festivals.


Dance Extravaganza:

On alternate years with the production the school presents an evening of dance. Each class creates dances to be shared with the community. This is a wonderful evening of vibrant colour and groovy moves!

Art Auction:

Every second year, the school runs an art auction which is used as a fundraising initiative. The children also produce amazing artworks leading up to the art auction. Local artists are invited to come and work alongside the students as they create their masterpieces.

Visiting Performers:

St Joseph's is proactive in providing a variety of opportunities for our students to view and participate in. We have at least one performer per term and regularly involve children in arts related workshops. Each class also makes regular visits to the Art Gallery and Puke Ariki during the year.



Juliette Parker is our choir tutor.  The group sings together every week and performs regularly.