Newsletter Week 2 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 27th October 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome back to school after the long weekend. I hope everyone made the most of the glorious weather.

October is the month of Mary and each morning the students have been gathering as a whole school to celebrate a mystery and pray one decade of the rosary. As a family, you could say the Hail Mary together each evening this week.

The Hail Mary:

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.

Next week the Senior School is off on camp to Rotarua. They have some amazing activities planned and it will be a great opportunity for the seniors to challenge themselves and learn some new skills.

Tomorrow at 9.30 am we will take part in the great New Zealand shakeout. The students will practice Stop, Drop and Hold in the event of an earthquake. Make sure you talk about what you would do as a family in the event of an earthquake and perhaps put together survival kits incase of any natural disaster. Check out the civil defense website for helpful hints

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.

Class swimming lessons started last week. Please ensure your child/ren come prepared for swimming each week on their class's selected day. Room’s 1, 2, and 3 have swimming every Tuesday and Room’s 4, 5 and 6 every Wednesday.

We are looking at opening up our school pool in about a week's time. On these hot days, it will be nice for the students to be able to have a swim in an outdoor pool.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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School Athletics Under Level 2 COVID

This year due to being in Level 2, unfortunately, parents will not be allowed to attend the school athletics, as we are not allowed to exceed 100.

Students can come to school in their PE uniform and house T-shirt. Athletics will start at 10.30 am. They will need a good packed lunch and a drink bottle of water.

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


Ki Ora, I am sure everyone had a great long weekend and did fun things with their friends and family.

Hopefully, everyone had a great start to the last term of the year.

We started our swimming lessons last week at the Westpac pool.

Room 6 has their school camp next week in Rotorua (so hopefully everyone will have fun). Make sure for this week and the rest of the term to keep following the school values in and out of school.

By Jonty and Riley.W


Next Sunday is Mission Sunday

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday, when the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his charity for world mission. Please support Missio-NZ in helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Join in on this special day, that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer and celebration of our Church’s mission to share God’s love with all people. Please call 09 489 6549 (office hours) or visit MissioNZ’s website to give a single gift, If you want to set up a regular weekly/monthly donation, please use MISSIO-NZ Account ANZ 06 0411 0021447 30


Last week St Peter Chanel house won the CBG house points and Ella and Denon were the winning individuals. Well done!


Well done to the students who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!

Winter Warmers

Once again our school was very lucky to be part of the Winter Warmers programme run by the CHB District Library. This programme was developed to keep children enthused about reading.The children were given an activity book to complete in which they had to record what they have read, and complete an activity related to the read text. Each child that took part received incentives and a free book.

A huge thankyou to CHB District Library for this amazing programme.

PFG Update

Hi everyone! We have an awesome raffle heading home this week with some outstanding prizes. We are super excited to be able to offer this:

1st place $1,200 Helloworld Voucher

2nd place $500 New World Voucher

3rd place $200 MTA Voucher

Each ticket is selling for $5. We need your help to sell them, please have a go by asking family, friends and work colleagues. Once you have finished please return the butts of the tickets and the cash to the school office. Thank you for your help.

We would like to extend our thanks to New World Waipukurau and an anonymous donor for their donations and support with this raffle - thank you!

Quiz night:

Reminder we are holding this evening on Saturday 20th of November at the War Memorial Hall. Holding it at the Hall allows us to safely space tables for the evening under level 2. We still have tables available, if you have been thinking about it, snap one up before they are gone! Further details can be found below on our flyer.

Both the raffle and quiz evening are raising funds for the new playground, we always appreciate your support in helping us achieve our long-term and short-term goals for the students and school.

Have a wonderful week.

PFG Committee

Facebook: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


HB Primary and Intermediate Schools Triathlon/Duathlon 2021 is CANCELLED until 2022 due to covid restrictions.

Sports Achievements:

Congratulations to JD Mananes who competed in the Greendale swimming meet on Oct 17,2021.

Here are his amazing results, well done JD!

12 year old boys

  • Age Group winner 2021

  • 1st 100 meter back
  • 1st 50 meter back
  • 1st 50 meter Fly
  • 1st 100 meter fly

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Upcoming Events


2nd-5th - Room 6 Camp

8th - 12th - Scholastics Book Week

9th - School Athletics

20th - PFG Quiz

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)