Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 22nd September 2021


Kia ora koutou

I would like to celebrate Miss Hamilton and her partner's exciting news that she is pregnant and she will be having a baby. The staff and board all wish the best.

A quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta: “That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike!”

Congratulations to all the students who took part in our school cross-country. We were so lucky with the weather on Monday after it was such a wet and cold week last week. It was fantastic to be able to get out and take part. The day ran really smoothly and there was lots of joy to be had. We had our lovely new school house flags flying and they added to the excitement of the day. Please see the cross-country results below.

Over the weekend we did more work on the Sacred Space, we put up the signs with the different world flags that represent where our students come from and on the other side are our school values, and house names. The seating has been put in and some more plants planted.

They are bright and beautiful and bring our environment alive.

At the working bee we also painted the verandah poles with a bright pop of colour, this is to help a student who is visually impaired to see the poles more clearly.

Next week on the 29th of September we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Day. We will have a special liturgy in the morning. The whole school will then take part in a House teams Challenge Quiz and a yummy treat (an ice cream) at lunchtime.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Teacher Only Days this term:

On Friday the 1st of October, we will be having teacher only days (TOD). This means the school will be closed for instruction. Please make arrangements for your child/children to be supervised on these days. We are having the TOD so that the teaching staff can start to work on our localised curriculum with a Ministry of Education Adviser.

School Fun Run 2021

Today the students all took part in our school cross-country which counted as our fun run to raise money for the sacred space.

We have raised $5755.51, great job team - what an awesome effort!

If you collected cash please ensure you return your booklet and money to the school office by the 24th of September.

From the 17th of September to the 24th of September, students can order their prizes online.

Central Hawkes Bay Inter-schools Cross-Country

Central Hawkes Bay inter-schools cross-country is on the 23rd of September. Congratulations to Riley Winchester, Jonty Kohleis, and Chloe Hutchinson who will be representing our school at the interschool cross country on Thursday.

"Never see a need without doing something about it" - St Mary MacKillop


Kia ora everyone, hopefully you all had a great weekend.

On Monday we had our School Cross Country. It was cool to see everyone cheering on their friends and house members when they crossed the line. Everyone who participated in Cross Country did an excellent job. You should be proud of yourself.

We have our School speeches on Friday so good luck to everyone who got into that. Make sure to practice heaps and be ready to present your speech, well done.

Make sure to have an awesome week and follow the school values.

By Riley.W and Jonty


First Holy Communion – we are currently taking registrations for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. If your child is over 8 years of age please register at the office. This is an important part of your child’s faith journey.

Caritas Spring Update - Spring is traditionally a season of renewal. It’s a time for regeneration and the emergence of new life. In the midst of a nationwide lockdown, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook as we persevere through the uncertainties and disruption of life during a pandemic. However, it’s important to also see the signs of hope and renewal that are around us. We reflect on the plight of people in Fiji or India where Covid-19 is rampant, or Afghanistan where civil disruption has raised fears and people are desperate to leave. Haiti - an impoverished nation has been impacted by another large earthquake. For more information go to

MESSAGE FROM THE DRS (Director of Religious Studies)

Catholic Schools Day is celebrated every three years to:

Support pride in our Catholic school and the network of Catholic schools.

Encourage schools to find out more about the network of Catholic schools throughout the country. Invite the wider community to share in and see what Catholic schools are about.

Have fun and enjoyment with our school whānau and if possible with other schools.

Help us to celebrate the taonga of Catholic Education in Aotearoa.

Our 2021 theme of Tūrangawaewae: Catholic Schools-A Place to Stand reminds us that:

It is through our baptism we become te whānau whakapono.

Our school and parish is a place where we feel connected and inspired.

Our school is a place to strengthen our faith and commitment to te whānau whakapono.

Pope Francis calls us to be companions on this journey.

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PFG Update


Reminder that we have postponed this event until level 1. Once the rules are set out for events we will let everyone know what's going on. We are half sold on tables, please book yours pending new date to save disappointment of missing out! We are still looking for donations of items, services, or vouchers to use as prizes on the night. If you can help us out please drop to the school office or contact us through our Facebook page or email (details below). Thank you!


These will start again at level 1.


St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau Email: Have a lovely week. PFG Committee

Attendance Dues Information – September 2021

  • Thank you to all families who have made payment or made contact and organised payment arrangements for Attendance Dues this year.

  • The 4th and final statement for Attendance Dues 2021 and any arrears for this year and previous years will be emailed or posted by the end of this week. Emails will be sent from Diocese of Palmerston North Attendance Dues Team and may appear in your junk/spam folder.

  • We have extended the due date from late September to 15th October 2021 to allow families additional time to make payment. Any questions, please get in touch. We are only a call away.

  • The Attendance Dues team are happy to advise payment options that will help your family to pay your Attendance Dues. Please contact the Dues team before 15th October to discuss this with you.

Our contact details are as follows:

0800 200 208; or

Hot Shots Tennis

Just a reminder the HotShots tennis registrations close this Friday.

This is based at the Waipukurau Club on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.30 to 4.30pm

To register you need to go onto our Waipukurau Tennis and Squash Facebook site scroll down and there you will find a google link to take you to the registration page.

Otherwise phone Jane 0273600834.

No Altar Service until Level 1

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Upcoming Events


Ngati Whai - postponed new date TBC once back in level 1

24th - School Speech Competition

30th - Last day of Term 3


1st – Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)

18th - Term 4 starts

22nd - Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day (School closed)

25th - Labour Day (School closed)


2nd-5th - Room 6 Camp

8th - 12th - Scholastics Book Week

9th - School Athletics

22nd - School Photos

23rd - CHB Athletics

26th - Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)


30th - 3rd - Room 5 Camp

1st - Road Patrol Splash Planet

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

7th - Science Road Show

8th - Leavers Mass

15th - Prize Giving

16th - Last day of 2021 (1pm finish)