Newsletter Week 5 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 17th November 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 5. Last Friday we celebrated book week with “come as your favourite book character”. Everyone got into the spirit of it and dressed up. Thank you to Gayleen for running the Scholastic Bookfair and to all the parents who supported it. What a fabulous effort all the students and staff put into coming in fun and creative costumes.

I am looking forward to the PFG Quiz on Saturday night and hopefully, our team might win some spot prizes - Go the Green Team!

School photos are on this coming Monday, please ensure all students come in the correct summer uniform and you are all looking smart for the photos.

Congratulations to the Year 7/8, and the Year 5/6 Ki o Rahi team who both won 3 out of their 4 games. Well done, what a fantastic effort.

Prize Giving 2021

Unfortunately due to the restrictions around Level 2 COVID and the vaccination mandate we have had to make the hard decision to hold our End of Year Prize Giving with students and staff only. Therefore, we will have the Prize giving on Wednesday the 15th of December at 1.30pm in the Church. We are looking at ways of live streaming this celebration or recording it for you to watch at a later date. We will let you know what this will look like when we have worked out the logistics of it.

On Tuesday the Board sent out a letter to our school families with information regarding vaccinations and coming onto the school grounds or being a volunteer including coaches. Please ensure you have read this letter. If you are a volunteer please show your vaccination certificate at the office where we will keep your information privately in our school database. A reminder that all parents are required to wear a mask when coming into the school grounds.

A Reminder:

Next Friday is our Teacher only day on the 26th of November. The staff will be having our second teacher only day to continue the work on our localised curriculum. The school will be closed for instruction on this day so please ensure you have arranged child care.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Kia Ora, everyone welcome to week 5. Hopefully, everyone had a great book week and enjoyed the people from our community coming to read to the students, their favorite book. Room 6 had their market day on Monday, it went really well as they raised over $300. Room 5 & 6 had a Ki o Rahi tournament last Wednesday up in Hastings. It was an awesome and fun tournament, both teams did really well. On Thursday some of the Room 6 students did Mathletics, they did really well in the competition and they should be very proud of themselves. Make sure to have a fun and exciting week.

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COVID-19 testing

Details for no-appointment COVID-19 testing for the rest of this week:

Wednesday 17th Nov

• Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre9-5pm

• Pukemokimoki Marae 10-3pm

Thursday 18th Nov

• Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre 9-5pm

• Pukemokimoki Marae 10-3pm

Friday 19th Nov

• Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre 9-5pm

• Pukemokimoki Marae 10-3pm

Please get tested if:

1. You are feeling unwell with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild the symptoms.

2. You are feeling unwell and have recently travelled to Taupo, Rotorua, Woodville, Pahiatua, Fielding or Dannevirke.

3. You have travelled to an Alert Level 3 region recently (within the past 14 days).

4. It has been advised by the public health nurse if your child has a sore throat they need to be tested.

5. Strep throat is going around, if left untreated it can lead to further complications.

PFG Update

It's quiz week!!! Busy and exciting times for us making sure everything is ready to go. We can't wait to see everyone there.

Details: This Saturday (20th) at the War Memorial Hall, doors open at 6.30 pm and kick off at 7 pm.

So many exciting prizes up for grabs!! Take a look further down the newsletter to see all those that have supported us, we extend a massive thanks to these businesses for choosing to give to us and helping us achieve our goals for the students - Thank you!!


Due to unforeseen circumstances, lunches have now finished for the year. Thank you for supporting us with buying these.

We will look into bringing them back next year term 2.


You all are amazing sellers! These are super popular, please start to return your sold ticket butts with the money, also please return the unsold so we can send them back out with our waiting list. We are hoping for a fully sold out raffle and to do this we need to keep the tickets circulating. We are heavily relying on your help to sell these as under level 2 we can not stand outside a supermarket to reach a wider audience.

Again thank you for your efforts!

Have a wonderful week.

PFG committee

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Upcoming Events


20th - PFG Quiz

22nd - School Photos

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


30th - 3rd - Room 5 Camp

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

7th - Science Road Show

8th - Leavers Mass / dinner

15th - Prize Giving

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