Newsletter Week 1 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 5th May 2022


‘Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu’

Adorn the bird with feathers so it wil soar

‘Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.”

Philippians 2:4

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki kotahi

Kia Ora e te whānau, Hello, Ni Hao, Malo e lelei, Hallo, Kamusta, Namaste, Talofa,

This morning we enjoyed hearing from 2 past pupils: JD and Taylah together with their Principal: Mr. Lance Christiansen they confidently shared what life and learning is like at Central Hawkes Bay High School. Our Year 8’s were left feeling a sense of relief and excitement about opportunities that await them as they begin to think about their transition into their college years. As Mr. Christiansen left he commented about the high caliber of students both academically and socially that they receive from our school. Many move on to be Prefects/School Leaders he said. What a wonderful way to start the term, with such positive affirmation of our student community.

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Thank you to Bridgette and Gavin Winchester who dropped off a gift for our school to celebrate 18 years of being in our school community. Their son Riley, was one of our school leaders from 2021.

Blessings to you all

Learning for Life

This term's unit of inquiry focus is focused on ‘Opportunities’ and how we can use our God given talents to embrace new opportunities. Through this inquiry we will support our students to explore a variety of materials and tools in order to motivate and inspire them to use their imagination and creativity to produce art works: music and visuals which will culminate in a whole school ‘Arts Exhibition’ that will take place in week 1 of Term 3.

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Attendance Dues

Attendance Dues are a compulsory charge for enrolment at a Catholic school. Thank you to all the regular payers and to those who have already made full payment on their Attendance Dues account. For families who have not yet paid; if it is affordable, please consider setting up a small automatic payment so the full amount can be paid by the end of the school year.

Month of May - Month of Mary

May is traditionally dedicated in a special way to honoring and seeking the intercession of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church.

“She is that woman who rejoiced in the presence of God, who treasured everything in her heart, and who let herself be pierced by the sword. Mary is the saint among the saints, blessed above all others. She teaches us the way of holiness and she walks ever at our side. She does not let us remain fallen and at times she takes us into her arms without judging us.” —Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, no. 176

The warmth of the unconditional love of a mother - What a blessing - Have a Happy Mothers Day this Sunday and always.

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Adam Soriano to Room 1 and Flynn O'Brien to Room 5


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to term two of school. We hope everyone had a great Easter holiday.

This week St Joseph’s School had a special Liturgy on Monday to start off the term. We talked about the events in Holy Week leading up to Easter. The school sang some fun songs about Holy Week as well.

Room 3 began to learn TitiTorea-Māori stick games as part of their music and movement focus for the term. The children will be exploring and sharing their gifts and talents with each other.

Room 4 are really excited to discover a range of topics related to the inquiry, ‘Opportunities’. We are excited to explore and discover what our passions are, about different music and art. They have just begun reading their new novel for the term which is Matilda. As a result Room 4 went to the library on Wednesday to find some of the books and authors that Matilda read.

This week we start Friday pie days. Order forms will be handed out on Wednesday and make sure to bring them back with the correct amount of money on Thursday this week (there will be no change given).

During the holidays the Winchester family donated a handcrafted wooden table to the school as a celebration of their involvement with our school community for 18 years. The table is seated in front of Room 6 for the students to use during morning tea and lunchtimes. We would like to thank the Winchesters for their generous donation.

Hope everyone has a great week back at school


-Wear the correct school uniform

- Bring a smile to school

Hannah & Molly

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A School Prayer

Almighty God We give you our school.

We give you all the teachers and staff who work here,

We give you all the tamariki who study here.

We pray our school is a place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.

May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love, A place where everyone is respected and all are deeply valued.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)

Hi everyone

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a nice break.

Friday - PIE day This week we are starting the winter lunches and this year we are offering pies, sausage rolls and muffins from Goodtime Pies. We looked into many options and found this to be the best price wise - thank you to Amanda Austin for connecting us with Goodtime Pies! Order forms will head home on a Wednesday, to be returned Thursday morning with the correct cash to the school office. Lunch will then be supplied on Fridays to the students that have ordered. Lunches are a small slow burning fundraiser for the PFG, we organize, supply, sort etc for a small mark up that gets put back into the school in various ways.

The PFG would like to extend a very big thank you to Jono Craig and his mate Guy for volunteering their time putting marquees up with Sloans. This means we have been very generously donated $250 from Sloans for Jono's and Guy's hard work. Thank you Jono & Guy for volunteering and Sloans for the opportunity.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th May, if you wish to join us or find out more about us, please send an email to the address below.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

Facebook page: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


8th - Mothers Day

16th - BOT Meeting

17th - CHBC Discovery Day

20th - Pink Shirt Day

29th - School Mass


6th - Queens Birthday (School closed)

10th - Jumping June

14th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8

20th - BOT Meeting

24th - Matariki (School closed)


8th - YCC Mufti Day and Mid Year Reports go home

25th - School Art Exhibition

School Term Dates 2022

Term 1: Wednesday 2nd February to Thursday 14th April

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 7th February, Good Friday 15th April

Term 2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

Public Holidays: Queen's Birthday 6th June, Matariki 24th June

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Friday 16th December

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

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