Newsletter Week 4 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 25th May 2022


‘Ka tangi te titi, Ka tangi te kaka, Ka tangi hoki ahau, Tihei Mauri Ora’

The Titi is calling, the Kaka is calling, and I wish to call, behold there is life Blessed Gift of Life

“Gods gift to me is life…… My gift to God is how I use it.

Wonderfully made in Gods Image

Te Kupenga: National Center for Religious Studies

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki tuawha

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

Exploring our God Given Gifts and Talents is how this week has begun. As teachers swapped classes to share their talents, our students got to experience new learning in new environments.

In one room they used a wide range of percussion instruments to discover the concept of soundscapes. The cacophony of styles that erupted definitely made you think they were having lots of fun! It is hoped that the final manuscripts will be more pleasing on the ears.

In another room, Titi Torea (Rakau/Maori Sticks) were being used to keep a 3 beat rhythm. This developing skill set will eventuate into the throwing and catching of the sticks backed by music.

The game of Ki-o-rahi being played iin Rooms 5 & 6 stems from the legend of Rahitutakahina and Tiarakurapekewai. Learning the puurakau (story) is a key element of playing the game. The story demonstrates that the sport, is much more than a game as it is a tribute to our ancestors, our language and culture.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

‘Never see a need without doing something about it’ ST Mary MacKillop was evidenced last week by Isla and Ella as they made a choice to help others by caring for our Pe equipment and making sure all the balls were pumped up ready to use. All without being asked to do so. Kia Ora Korua.

Whole School Parish Mass

As gods gift to us is life…. Our gift to god is how we use it. Taking the time this weekend to come together as a school community will be a blessing. A time to celebrate each other after such a long hiatus for many due to the pandemic.

We look forward to seeing you all this coming Sunday 29 May.

Children are expected to wear school uniform and be at St Joseph’s Church by 9.15.

Weather permitting, the children will line up outside and families and friends may head into the church. Room 1 will line up as a class with their teachers and the rest of the school will line up in House Groups.

Following Mass, there will be a shared morning tea at school either in the hall or outside depending on the weather. It would be appreciated if all families could please provide a plate of morning tea to share.

Classrooms will be open during this time for you to look at the children’s work and have a chat with your childs class teacher.

I am particularly looking forward to meeting many of you for the first time on Sunday. Nau mai haere mai!

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! was celebrated with pride at school last Friday. Thank you to all families for your engagement and acknowledgement of this kaupapa. ‘Ka tangi te titi, Ka tangi te kaka, Ka tangi hoki ahau, Tihei Mauri Ora’

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

On Friday it was pink shirt day. It was really awesome to see all the children wearing pink, the pink made our school stand out.

Today Chef Matua Matt will be making Thai chicken curry and blondie slices to fundraise for sports equipment.

Room 6 and Room 5 have been practicing Ki o Rahi every Thursday, there is a tournament next term and the two Ki o Rahi teams have been decided. Hopefully, we will find out soon.

Room 3 has been exploring their gifts and talents and has been given the opportunity to share these through movement and dance, and poetry writing. The children wrote some wonderful Autumn Senses poems which they will publish to display in our classroom.

This Sunday we will be having School Mass at 9.30 am but all the children please be at the church by 9.15 am. After Mass, we will be having a shared lunch in the hall and all the classrooms will be open for the parents to go and have a look around their child's classroom.

Molly & Hannah


-Wear the correct winter uniform

-Bring a smile to school

-School mass on Sunday


Sacramental Programme

The Gift of Baptism

When it comes down to it, baptism is a gift from God to humanity. Baptism initiates us into the family of God and cleanses us of sin. We do not need to earn this gift. God gives it freely to all who are open to it. For someone who is baptized as an infant, the personal response of faith comes as the child grows to respond to the graces given in baptism. Baptism is connected to faith, and this connection is not lost when an infant is baptized. The Apostolic Tradition (usually attributed to St. Hippolytus) was written in the early third century. It states: Baptize first the children, and if they can speak for themselves let them do so. Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives speak for them.

Today, the Church still recognizes the connection between faith and baptism.


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


Congratulations to the following students: Elaijah, Mariana, Marco, Vinnie, Madison, Emily, Andrei, Aarav, Alexa, Rehmet and Natalia 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 extra 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


29th - School Mass


3rd - Kahurangi Dance Company Performance

6th - Queens Birthday (School closed)

10th - Jumping June

14th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8

20th - BOT Meeting

24th - Matariki (School closed)


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

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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