Newsletter Week 6 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 8th June 2022


‘Poipoia te kankano, kia puawai’

Nurture the seed and it will blossom.

Let us show love in our acts

ST. Mary MacKillop, 1890

Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,

I hope you all enjoyed a restful long weekend. We ended our week on a high, as we were treated to a performance and follow up workshops by the Kahurangi Dance Company. This talented group planted the seed of thinking, understanding, and engaging with Matariki and we thank them for sharing their god given gifts with us.

Leading in Faith - Treasure our past

A special thank you to our students who ‘showed love in their acts’ over the past 2 weeks as they took the initiative to care for and clean our shrine dedicated to Mary in acknowledgment of the opening of the Parish Hall by His Grace Archbishop S.M. O’Shea in 1930. The original foundation stone was taken from the convent of the Sisters of St Joseph's Waipukurau. This special feature in our school that we share with our Parish was built by J. Winlove, Designed by W.P. Finch, and officiated by Rector: Rev. W.E. O’Donnell. By learning from, and respecting our past, we will be guided to make responsible, informed choices for our future.

Learning for Life - Giving and Receiving

If you would like some mulch for your garden, feel free to come and collect as much as you need from the pile next to the swimming pool. It is free!

If you have any spare fabric or wool at home that you no longer have a use for, please send it to school.

Inspired by Board Member: Matua Marino Tiuka at his CHBC ‘My Kitchen Rules’ challenge, our students were introduced to the many opportunities that could be taken from creating a menu of meals that could be made from a mystery food basket. This learning engagement resulted in our students returning to school to make a delicious vegetable soup. Thank you Matua Matt for supporting our students to be successful in the kitchen.

We would like to share a huge Thank you to the Food Basket CHB for their donation of vegetables. What a wonderful community support initiative.

Primary Teachers Paid Union Meeting

Next week: specific date and time to be decided between the 13th - 17th June, Teachers in our school will be attending paid union meetings in the run up to the re-negotiation of their collective agreement. The meetings will discuss the teachers’ Time 4 Tamariki | Wāwāhi Tahā campaign, which aims to win smaller class sizes, more support for high needs students, better recognition of cultural skills, greater job security for our essential relievers, and to fairly value and recognise teachers’ work.

Our union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, has scheduled online meetings to minimise disruption to teaching and learning. I am excited to be spending time in all classes during this week to enable teachers to participate in their union meetings.

Support Staff Week

To all our Support Staff: Sarah Jackson, Kelly White, Leanne Hutchinson, Pauline Jamieson, Maricel Dabu, Matua Matt, Betina Barber, and Lottie Sutter. We appreciate you all for nurturing our children so that they will blossom.

You are all E.P.I.C: Essential, Phenomenal, Inspiring, and Courageous.

Kia Ora mō tō manaakitanga, kotahitanga, whanaungatanga ki a matou.

Many Blessings

From our St Joseph’s School CHB Whanau

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Thinking of joining our school whanau in 2023? Please contact Sarah Jackson in the school office for an application packet.


Tena koutou katoa

Hopefully everyone had a great long holiday.

Last week on Wednesday Room six walked to the Food Basket which is in town at the Plunket rooms. We asked questions about the organization. If you don't know what the Food Basket is, it is an organization that collects food to reduce food wastage. Room six also watched and participated in making a meal out of the food that was provided. We got to try one of the many foods or snacks they supplied.

Last week a group of seniors brainstormed fun activities to do in Napier or Hastings to celebrate Father Paul’s 60th jubilee. The seniors came up with Three ideas to present to each house on Friday afternoon during house singing. Each student got to vote on which activity they wanted. The votes were counted and the first idea won, it was to go to Ocean spa and Andersen Park.

Last Friday the school had a visit from the Kahurangi Dance Company. They danced, sang and performed a show about Matariki, it was amazing.

This week on Friday all of Room six and some Room five students will be leaving school early to attend The Grip Leadership Conference in Havelock north. There they will learn about leadership.

Molly & Hannah


-Wear the correct winter uniform

-Bring a smile to school

-Friday pie day


Feast of The Most Holy Trinity – 12th June

God is love. There are Three Persons in the Trinity, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Together they represent the fullness of love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit is their love for each other. We are made in the image of a triune God. God the Father, who created us, his Son who saved us, and the Holy Spirit who continues to guide us. Our lives should reflect the Trinity. We should be always creative like the Father, compassionate like his Son, and dispose our talents in the service of others like the Holy Spirit.

Morning Tea – we will be having a shared morning tea after Mass on Sunday at St Joseph’s to celebrate our own Feast Day. Look forward to seeing you there!

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Natasha Monegro and Luka Jacobs to Room 1 classroom


Last week St Mary MacKillop house won the CBG house points and Natalia was the winning individual. Well done Natalia!


Congratulations to the following students: Jayde, Nick, Denon, Korah, Lacie, Sariah, Finn, Madison, William, Sofia, and Shawen who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused learners.

A fantastic effort!

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


Friday - PIE day Thank you for your support with these. We hope the students are enjoying them! A big thank you to our helping hands - we couldn't do it without you! Order forms will head home on a Wednesday, to be returned Thursday morning with the correct cash to Isla and Ella in room 2. 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.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 13th June, 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


10th - Jumping June

20th - BOT Meeting

24th - Matariki (School closed)

28th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8


1st - School Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee

3rd - Parish Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee

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

9th-24th - School Holidays

25th - School Art Exhibition, First day of Term 3

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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