Newsletter Week 7 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 1st December 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 7. On Sunday we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. Each year, we begin the new liturgical year with a four-week celebration of Advent. Advent is our season of beginning which focuses on waiting. The scripture reminds us to actively wait for the coming of the Lord as king at the end-time. On Monday we lit the first Advent Candle which represents Hope.

What does the wreath and candles symbolize.

Advent wreaths are circular, representing God's infinite love, and are usually made of evergreen leaves, which "represent the hope of eternal life brought by Jesus Christ". Within the Advent wreath are candles that generally represent the four weeks of the Advent season as well as "the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ" although each of the candles can be attributed its own significance as well; in one version of such interpretation, the candles specifically symbolize the Christian concepts of hope (week one), peace (week two), joy (week three) and love (week four). Many Advent wreaths also have a white candle in the centre to symbolize the arrival of Christmastide, sometimes known as the "Christ candle." It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

We had a wonderful whole school mass celebration on Thursday. Thank you to Miss Girvan for organising this. On Friday the staff had a productive Teacher Only Day doing more work on our localised curriculum.

On Wednesday Room 5 is going to Napier and Havelock North for the day and if the weather is nice they are heading out to Mangakuri and Kairakaau Beaches.

Don't forget the school pool is now up and running so on nice warm days teachers will be able to take the students swimming so please bring your togs to school each day and if the weather is nice you’ll be able to go for a swim.

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 1.30 pm 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.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Sacred Space

Fantastic to see the Sacred Space taking shape; the pergola has now been put up above the Library deck. It will be a lovely spot to plant a grape vine or a climbing rose to provide some more shade.

Money Raised for the Waipukurau Food Bank

Earlier this term Room 6 raised just under $400 as part of their Young Vinnies Programme. They have used this money to purchase groceries for the local Waipukuaru Food Bank. What a fabulous effort seniors! Thank you to Donna for organising the delivery of the food.


Kia Ora everyone, welcome to week 7.

Hopefully everyone had a fun and enjoyable long weekend, since we had a teacher only day on Friday.

This week room 5 has day trips for their camp, we hope they have a great time .

We only have a couple of weeks left of the year, so during those weeks keep trying your best. Make sure to have a great week.

By Jonty.K and Riley.W


What Is Advent?

Advent is a call to followers of Christ to remember the birth of the Saviour. The word advent stems from a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival.” The season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and, depending on the year, can range from 22 to 28 days. Its purpose is to help believers remain focused on the birth of Christ and Jesus’ glorious return. The Advent season is divided into four weeks, and each week features a different liturgical theme. Traditionally, the first week remembers the hope and expectation of the Jewish people as they looked forward to the Saviour’s arrival — and it also reminds believers today to wait expectantly for Jesus’ second coming. The second week focuses on preparation: Over many centuries, God prepared the hearts of the Jews for Christ’s coming, just as He is now working in our hearts to prepare us for Christ’s second coming. The third week joyfully celebrates the coming of the Messiah, and the final week celebrates God’s peace and love.

Room 3 have been focusing on Advent for RE. The children made Advent Wreaths as part of their learning. The next lesson takes a closer look at Advent in Aotearoa. They will be able to make comparisons, about Advent, between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

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Back to school stationery 2022

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Upcoming Events


30th - 3rd - Room 5 Camp

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

8th - Leavers Mass / Dinner

15th - Prize Giving

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