Newsletter Week 1 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 4th February 2022


Kia Ora Whanau,

“Anō te ātaahua o ngā waewae o te hunga kawe mai i te rongo whakahari o ngā mea papai”

Rōma 10:15-17

“How beautiful are the footsteps of those who bring good news”

Romans: 10:15-17

Good news to share as we begin our new school year includes a special welcome to our new teaching assistant, Matua Matt. Kassi and Alfie from Room 6 had the following to share: “Matua Matt is a talented artist, he is kind and patient and gets into your zone of thinking’ We are all excited to have Matua Matt join our school.

More good news is that we welcomed our new Year 1 students and families to our school. Kyla De Leon, Kylie De Leon, Finn Ayto, Regan Austin, Jasraj Singh and Fairlane Smiley have enjoyed a smooth transition into their classroom. A challenge for us all will be to recognize Kyla and Kylie (identical twins) correctly.

I would like to share a special ‘Thank you’ to Sarah Laugesen for leading and leaving the ‘biking’ legacy at St Joseph’s. The sheer focus and determination on the children’s faces as they release built up energy is a joy to behold.


‘Leading in Faith, Learning for Life”

As a new member of the St Joseph’s whanau I am humbled by the manner in which our school community are modelling the schools vision. Authentic encounters with Christ and the living of the gospel values in every class has been observed in the actions students are taking to be respectful, responsible and spiritually connected to our community. The school year is off to a blessed start.

School Mass

It is our intention to hold our first school mass on Sunday, 27th of February at St Joseph’s Church. This is a special mass to welcome back the students and families and Father will also perform the commissioning of the Staff. Please ensure your child comes dressed in school uniform and is at the St Joseph’s Church at 9.15am. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher. I will let you know if there is a change of plan due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Our students all arrived at school in the correct uniform on the first day and we look forward to maintaining this high standard of respect and pride in who we are as a school. Thank you to all our parents and caregivers for making this happen. A gentle reminder that school hats are compulsory in Term 1.


We are very lucky to have full access to the CHB college bus network. If you move house or new to the school and are unsure about bus routes or have any questions please contact Mrs. Jackson in the office. There is no charge for this service. Please remember to contact Mrs. Jackson in the office if there is a change with your child going on the bus e.g. if they are not on that afternoon.


Thank you to all families who enabled their child/children to arrive at school prepared for the start of the year. Students can get stationary supplies for Mrs Jackson in the office if necessary and it will be then charged to your school accounts.

Structure of the day

Start time 8.55am and finish time 2.55pm.

Morning tea is from 11am to 11.25

Lunch time 1pm to 1.45pm.

Road Safety:

If your child/children walk or bike to school, please highlight with them the importance of using the crossing on Russell Street - Road Patrol monitors will be there from 8.25am to 8.50am. We will be reminding our students to stick to the footpaths as they can’t be seen if they are ducking through the staff car park.

If you are driving your children to school, please use the church car park to drop off and pick up your children (please watch out for children in the car park).

Contact Details:

Please inform Mrs. Jackson in the school office if you have changed your phone number or address. It is really important that incase of an emergency we can get hold of you.


Principal - Betty Brown

Deputy Principal - Ngatel Tiuka

Room 1 - Lousie Simpson

Room 3 - Kirsty Wagstaff

Room 4 - Emma Hamilton

Room 5 - Gayleen Alexander

Room 6 - Ngatel Tiuka

If you are travelling this Waitangi Weekend, travel safe. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th February.

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown


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Welcome to the first day back at school.

We hope everyone has had an awesome time during the holidays. We welcome all the new students that have joined St Joseph's this year as well as the new principal, Mrs Brown.

Hannah & Molly


Mass Times

Saturday St Patricks@5.30pm (Vigil)

Sunday St Joseph’s@9.30am

Vaccine Passes required for Sunday Masses

Scan, wear a mask and physically distance –2m

PFG Update

Welcome back to school for 2022!!

The PFG will next meet on Tuesday 8th February 7pm at the school in room 1.

The PFG meetings are open meetings, which means anyone is welcome to pop along and see what we are all about. There is no commitment to join us, but if it does sound like a bit of you we meet once a month to discuss/plan current and future fundraisers. We are always looking for more helping hands - you don't have to be at everything we do but the ability to be at some fundraisers helping is a bonus!

If you would like to know more, please contact the page and I can answer any questions you may have

Warm regards

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee

Upcoming Events



2nd - School starts back

7th - Waitangi Day Observed (School Closed)\

27th - School Mass