Newsletter Week 1 Term 4
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 19th October 2022
‘Whaowhia te kete mātauranga’
Fill the basket of knowledge
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Kia Ora whanau,
Welcome back to our final term for this school year.
‘Thoughts of Christmas, pohutukawa and long summer days dare to form and dance, tantalizingly, in our imaginations. God of life and living, could it be that you are leading us on, calling us, whispering “There is light at the end of the tunnel?” the tunnel that is the busy-ness of Term 4’
(Adopted from the Prayer to start Term 4 for teachers).
All class newsletters this week emphasise the ‘busy-ness’ of the term punctuated and delightlfully decorated with school photos, inquiries, athletics, student led initiatives: crazy hair day, sausage sizzle, fancy dress disco, day excursions, holy communion whole school mass, leavers mass, prizegiving and the important learning that fills each child’s basket of knowledge that will conclude with your child’s end of year written report and a well earned summer holiday.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
Our focus of learning this term is wrapped in being able to develop our thinking skills. Our students are learning that when they ‘think’ they ask good questions, use thinking tools and graphic organisers and talk about what they have learned. They are also learning that when we learn to think like Jesus we become our best selves by making choices that are in line with Jesus’ teaching.
Two days into this term and the platform for some super engaging learning has already begun.
Thank you to students from CHBC who continue their teaching of AFL to our Year 5 - 8 students
When we put ourselves and our intentions into God's hands. As we pray, we can let go of any worries we may have and we can choose to completely trust in God, knowing that He is listening to our prayers and that He wants the best for us and those we pray for. This week we pray the Rosary as a school and enjoy the togetherness as a spiritual community.
Our Rising Stars We celebrate and congratulate:
Kassi Bray-Pharazyn - In the second week of the holidays (12-15 October) Kassi and her Hawkes Bay girls rep basketball team competed in the Aon U13 Central Regional Tournament held in Napier. They played against teams from Gisborne, Hutt Valley, Wellington, Manawatu and Taranaki. After 3 days of competition, they made the semi finals and then the finals which they won! An awesome and exciting experience for Kassi! She is now off to Tauranga with teams from CHB Basketball for another tournament, HoopNations Classic, over Labour Weekend.
Jayde Tipene - CHB Rising Star competition, Jayde sung Ruth B's -Dandelions. Her success has led her to be invited to sing with her sister Lacie at this years CHB Xmas Concert, I look forward to sharing more details of Jayde’s journey.
School and Learning Enhnacement
If you have driven past the front of the school on Russell Road you will have seen that our
school building has enjoyed a spruce up over the break. Thank you to our BoT for approving this ongoing maintenance.
If you have driven past the back of our school on River Terrace Road you will have seen our
new fence, vehicle entrance and gate. Thank you to the PNCEO for facilitating this upgrade for our school.
If you have entered into the heart of our school you will have seen our new
Shade Sail and padding that has been supplied by Sloans and kindly paid for from a grant provided to our school from the Waipawa Catholic Trust.
As a result of previous emergency drills this year we have equipped our school with new blinds in Room 5 and with funding from the Waipawa Catholic Trust been able to purchase Emergency Kits for each classroom. These kits will be shared with our students over the coming weeks. It is hoped that your children will come home and inform you about:
What our procedures are at school in the unlikely event of an emergency
How we as a school will keep them safe
How they can help their whanau in their homes to be prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency
How we as a community are here to care for each other.
Whole School Mass & Holy Communion
Please mark your calendars for Sunday 20th November On this day we will celebrate a special whole school mass to celebrate our students who will be receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Ma te Atua e manaaki
SUMMER SCHOOL UNIFORM
Our school uniform is a statement of belonging to a St Joseph’s Catholic School, Waipukurau. All pupils are required to wear the correct uniform.
Summer Uniform (Worn Term 1 and 4)
- Navy Short Sleeved Polo Shirt with Logo
- Culottes (Blue check)
- Brown, Navy or Black Sandals (please see photos of acceptable sandals)
- Navy Polar Fleece Jacket with Logo
- Navy Short Sleeved Polo Shirt with Logo
- Grey Drill Shorts
- Brown or Black Sandals (please see photos of acceptable sandals)
- Navy Polar Fleece Jacket with Logo
Uniforms can be purchased from the below websites.
(Story's will no longer stock our uniform)
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
Welcome back to school we hope everyone had an amazing two week holiday
This week on Wednesday we have school photos and on Thursday we are having wacky hair day plus sausage sizzle held by Ella, Mariana, Kassi, Molly, Pipi and Rylee.
In a few weeks a group of year 7&8 students will be competing in a dance competition held at Havelock North intermediate. They have been practicing in their lunch breaks and thank you very much Mrs Chesswas for taking your time out of her lunch breaks to help us.
-Wear correct school uniform
-Bring a smile to school
Enjoy the rest of your week
Molly & Hannah
We give you our school.
We give you all the teachers and staff who work here,
We give you all the children who study here.
We pray our school would be 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 every one is respected and all are deeply valued.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. www.lords-prayer-words.com
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Welcome to term 4!
We hope you had a lovely school break.
Friday - PIE day
No PIE lunches this week with Hawke's Bay anniversary.
Please see our flyer to find out more. We really need the help of our Shearing community to pull this fundraiser off. Time is ticking by and we are struggling to get helping hands. The Malcolm farm is located 5 mins North of Waipukurau and is a great day for all those involved and those that visit. Please help us out!!! Our next meeting is on the 7th of November 7pm at the school. We are still asking for new members, so please come along and find out more or make contact before. New members is critical to the survival of the PFG and all the wonderful things we are able to provide our children with.
We really hope to build this committee and this school community together.
Facebook page: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau
Thank you for your support!
Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.
19th - School Photos
21st - Hawkes Bay Anniversary Weekend - school closed
24th - Labour Day - school closed
18th - School Athletics
20th - Whole School Mass - First Holy Communion
21st - Teacher Only Day (No school for students)
22nd - Inter School Athletics
14th - Year 8 Mass & Whanau Dinner
15th - Prizegiving - 1PM
16th - Last day of term/year - 1PM finish
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