Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 9th March 2022


“Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, Haere whakamua”

“Care for the land, care for the people, move forward”

"The Earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it".

Psalm 24:1

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

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki ono.

We would like to extend our greatest gratitude and appreciation to Matua John Te Amo and his team of workers from Centralines who came to our aid in response to a community request to have our trees on River Terrace trimmed. Not only did they trim our trees, but they left mulch for our gardens, stumps of wood for environmental playground construction but they also provided our students with a life experience that they could write about. These collaboratively written Year 5 & 6 recounts show they have control in organising content, vocabulary, and sentence structures as they record and communicate ideas and experiences relevant to what they observed. Do you know what the key features of a Recount piece of writing are?
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The key features of a Recount piece of writing are: Opening statement, use of past tense, powerful verbs, details to add interest and a conclusion. These students are on track to becoming accomplished writers.


Good ventilation removes air from inside and replaces it with clean air from outside, preventing the build-up of potentially contaminated air. The level of carbon dioxide in a space is a good indicator of the freshness of the air. This week we received our Aranet4 CO2 and temperature monitor. This device along with testing, face covering wearing, good hygiene and physical distancing is important in minimising the risk of airborne transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Swimming Sports

Congratulations to our super swimmers who were all risk takers in the pool this week. A special thank you to our teachers and Sarah Jackson for their organization and to Michelle and Ruby at the pool for ensuring all our swimmers were safe.


Thank you to Amanda and Chrystall for volunteering and ‘getting the ball rolling' heading into what we know will be a fun-filled Netball season. Yesterday, we had 28 interested players, 8 viewing parents, and 1 ex-pupil who worked with our Year 5’s and umpired the game - Thank you, Hannah. Please see the attached Netball notice that outlines our plan moving forward.

Te Ara a Maria

Tomorrow March 10th at 2PM, we will welcome a newly created commemorative art piece into our Parish Church. The art work will be open for student viewing from 2PM - 3PM and for public viewing from 3PM - 4PM.

St Joseph’s School CHB Pandemic Plan

We have developed a simplified St Joseph’s School Pandemic Plan so everyone knows what our response COVID will look like in the coming weeks. We have one positive case of COVID and remain in ‘Phase 1’. Thank you for continuing to keep tamariki who are sick at home. If children are sick, please let them rest and recover, there is no need for them to do home learning if they are sick.

Please inform us if your child needs to isolate or has tested positive so that we can justify their attendance accordingly.

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Have a restful weekend,

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed George Tippett to our Room 1 classroom.


Congratulations to the following students: Ani, Vinnie, Maisie M, Archie, Kawa, Milly, Geordie, and Charlie who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


Last week St Columba house won the CBG house points and Quinn was the winning individual. Well done Quinn!


Tena koutou katoa

This week on Monday the school had their swimming sports across the road at the Westpac Pools. The children had tons of fun and it was really nice seeing everyone cheer each other on. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do the house relays because there wasn't enough time. Everyone had an awesome time competing against each other, sadly this year there won't be any interschools happening except the CHB swim club is hosting a butterfly InterSchool competition.

Next Monday is Mufti day. We are doing it because there was recently an eruption in Tonga that caused a big tsunami that ruined a lot of people's homes and alot of people's families were hurt during the tsunami. If your child/ren is wearing mufti could they please come to school with a gold coin donation to go towards Caritas to support Tonga.

Hope everyone has a great week and make sure people are wearing the correct school uniform.

Molly and Hannah

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Lent - Caritas

Caritas supports Lujan Home for Girls in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. This refuge home run by the SSVM Sisters look after around 30 girls as young as two years old. They operate the Home like a family caring for the girls like they are their own. Security and food are two of the largest expenses, which Caritas supports. Malnutrition is a significant issue in Papua New Guinea, so the Home aims to not only provide the girls with nutritionally balanced and varied diets, but also to teach the girls about nutrition and cooking so that they can bring these skills back to their families and communities when they leave the Home. • Is there something special that you could do during Lent this year? • Can you think of anyone close to you who you could pray for during Lent?

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

On Monday evening we held our AGM and I am very pleased to introduce our 2022 committee to you:

Treasurer - Rachael Riddell

Secretary - Melissa Colombus

Teacher Representative - Gayleen Alexander

Committee Member - Sarah Tate

Committee Member - Chris Auckram

Committee Member - Lee Ann Ayto

Chairperson - Sarah Martin

We farewelled Bridgette Winchester as our Treasurer and we wish her all the best. Thank you for your time given to the PFG and the school.

The committee is very excited with our plans for the year ahead, although it will be another year of taking things as they come and remaining flexible.

Cookies have been delayed until next term as the supplier Yarrows has asked us to wait until then. We now are looking into hotcross buns in time for Easter.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 4th April.

Facebook page:

St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


Have a great week!

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


9th - Yr 7 Vision Test

14th - Mufti Day

18th - St Joseph's Day


7th - Yr 7/8 Immunisations

14th - Last day of Term 1

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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