Newsletter Week 6 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 24th November 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 6.

Next week Room 5 was meant to go to Turangi for their school camp but unfortunately due to the uncertainty of COVID we made the decision to cancel this trip. However, we have organised some other fun activities that we can do locally for the students.

A very big thank you to the PFG for running a successful and very fun quiz evening. Thank you to Sarah Martin for your fabulous organisational skills, to Graeme Fisher for doing a great job as MC and all the other parent helpers for making it such a successful night.

The school pool is now up and running so on nice warm days teachers will be able to take the students swimming so please bring your togs to school each day and if the weather is nice you’ll be able to go for a swim.

This Thursday we are having a whole school Mass to celebrate together as we were unable to have our Termly Family Mass due to the COVID restrictions. Hopefully, in 2022 we will have more certainty and be able to celebrate as a whole community again.

Year 8 CHB College Entrance Exam

The Year 8 students who will be going to CHB College next year have their entrance exams on Monday the 29th of November, students are required to report to the college assembly hall by 9.15 am (pen and paper supplied). I will collect the students at 12.15 and walk with them back to school.

Year 8 Transition Day at CHB College

The year 8 students also have their transition day at CHB College on the 30th of November.

The transition days will run to normal College times – 8.40 am to 3.10 pm.

Students are able to travel to the college via the college buses.

Students are to assemble at the wharenui at 8.40 am located at the front gate entrance where they will be met by Conrad.

Students will need to bring with them a drink and morning tea. Lunch will be provided

for them – they will be responsible for any money.

Prize Giving 2021

Unfortunately due to the restrictions around Level 2 COVID and the vaccination mandate we have had to make the hard decision to hold our End of Year Prize Giving with students and staff only. Therefore, we will have the Prize giving on Wednesday the 15th of December at 1.30 pm in the Church. We are looking at ways of live streaming this celebration or recording it for you to watch at a later date. We will let you know what this will look like when we have worked out the logistics of it.

A Reminder:

On Friday is our Teacher only day on the 26th of November, school will be closed for instruction. The staff will be having our second teacher only day to continue the work on our localised curriculum. Please ensure you have arranged child care.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Kia ora everyone, welcome to week 6. Hopefully everyone had a great weekend with their family and friends. We only have 4 weeks left of the school term till the end of the year.

This Friday we have a teacher only day so don’t show up to school on Friday.

Make sure you keep bringing your togs on the day your class swims.

Have a great week and keep trying hard in school.

Jonty and Riley.W


Advent Joy for tamariki

Here are some simple ways to bring Advent joy to children while helping them to learn about, and personalise, some of our rich faith traditions.

Advent Calendars
There are some beautiful religious calendars that can be purchased through Christian book shops – avoid the commercialised chocolate versions that feature toys and reindeers.

Mary, Mary…
If any season belongs to Mary, it is surely Advent. Go to prayer with Mary and ask her to give you her sense of conviction and eager anticipation of Jesus’ renewed presence in the world.
Journey to Bethlehem
Using the pieces of your family Nativity scene, set up the stable in your prayer space. Keep Jesus hidden. Place Mary, Joseph and the donkey in a remote location. Each day, the children move them closer to their final destination. Shepherds, sheep, and angels can all journey to Bethlehem, arriving at the stable on Christmas day when Jesus also appears. The Wise Men take longer, arriving on the Feast of the Epiphany.
Advent Candle
Using a tall candle marked with 24 lines to indicate the 24 days of December leading up to Christmas, light the candle each day for your family prayers. As the candle gets shorter, children can count the number of days left to Christmas by the number of lines visible on the candle.

The Jesse Tree
Each day of Advent, place a new ornament symbolising one of the Old Testament ancestors of Jesus (for example, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah etc

Advent Wreath
The rich symbolism of an Advent Wreath connects families and churches to the sense of anticipation and joy of the season. CathFamily has some great options for your family to get involved with this ancient tradition.


Well done to the students who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


Last week St Peter Chanel house won the CBG house points and Ani was the winning individual. Well done Ani!

PFG Update

Wow what a night we had on Saturday at the quiz!!! The night was quizzed away, prizes given, fun had and the themed dress ups were AMAZING!!! Well done and thank you everyone for coming along and supporting a fantastic event.

Congratulations to all our wonderful teams!

Special thank you to Graham Fisher for being our MC, our extra helping hands on the night and all our wonderful sponsors, who have helped the evening be a big success. Please support these businesses if you can.

Well done to PFG committee for a very successful night.


Not long to go now, keep those sold and unsold tickets coming back into the office. Special mention to New World Waipukurau and an anonymous donater for your support with these prizes - we can't thank you enough!

Have a great week.

PFG committee

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


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Upcoming Events


26th - Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)


30th - 3rd - Room 5 Camp

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

8th - Leavers Mass / Dinner

15th - Prize Giving

16th - Last day of 2021 (1 pm finish)