Newsletter Week 8 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 8th December 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 8. On Sunday we celebrated the second Sunday of Advent. On Monday we lit the Second Advent Candle which represents PEACE.


This year JD Mananes and Riley Winchester took part in the CHB Sports Academy Congratulations to you both on winning a scholarship of $100 each. They were two of the 4 students selected to receive this.

Last week Room 5 went to Napier for the day. We went to the aquarium (penguins are always very cute), Napier museum of Technology ( I really enjoyed the interactive nature of the museum and I think we are all expert bell ringers now), had Mcdonalds for lunch and watched the movie “A Boy Called Christmas'' (this is a great family movie). A very big thank you to the parents who transported the students. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our beach trip as the weather was not the best, but we still had a BBQ lunch and fresh strawberries, icing sugar, and créme fraîche. Please see the photos below.

On Monday the 6th of December the Year 8 students took part in a retreat. Murray Adams from the Palmerston North Diocese ran the day and Father Paul will also support the day's activities. Miss Girvan and I also took part in some of the activities. We all had a lovely day celebrating the time each Year 8 has spent at St Joseph’s School, the legacy they leave behind and their hopes and dreams for the future.

Hopefully, we get some sunshine over the remaining few days of school so that we can use 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.

This evening we have our Year 8 leavers mass due to the COVID restrictions only the year 7 students will be able to sing farewell to the Year 8's at the mass. Following the Mass the Year 8’s, their parents and staff will celebrate with a leavers dinner.

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 Prizegiving on Wednesday the 15th of December at 1.30 pm in the Church. We will be live-streaming the Prizegiving. Please keep an eye out for the link which we will send out closer to the time.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Welcome to week 8, hopefully, everyone has had a good weekend. The year 8’s had their retreat at Ms Laugesen’s farm on Monday. The leaver's mass for the year eight’s is happening this Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their time at St Joseph's.

Make sure to bring some money on Thursday for the school market day. Make sure you make the most out of the last couple of weeks of this school year. Have a great week.

By Jonty and Riley.W


Christmas Mass Times

Vigil Mass 24th December @ St Joseph’s – 5.30pm- Carols

6pm- Mass

Christmas Day Mass 25th December @ St Patrick’s -9.00am – Carols

9.30am- Mass

Vaccine Passports will be required for both Masses


For Mission Day on Thursday 9th December, Room 3 will be making and selling “SANTA HOT CHOCOLATE CONES”.

These have the ingredients required to make 2-3 Hot Chocolates with Jaffas on the side.

The children will be making two each, one for each child in Room 3 to purchase (if you wish for them to).

The extra will be available for the rest of the School to buy on Mission Day.

The cost of these will be $3.50 per Santa Cone.


Final Invoices have been emailed out for outstanding accounts. We ask that you please attend to these accounts before the end of the year.

Payments can be made at the school office (cash) or by direct credit. If you wish to discuss these, please contact Sarah L or Sarah J.

Note: if you wish for a paper copy instead of an email please contact Sarah J.


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


Last week Chloe was the winning individual. Well done Chloe!

Vaccinations for children aged five to 11-years-old

Independent safety regulator Medsafe is currently considering an application to use a child version of the Pfizer vaccine for five to 11-year-olds. We can expect a decision in mid-December.

Pending the decision made by Medsafe, Cabinet may be in a position to consider vaccinations for children before Christmas.

Health officials are therefore planning for a rollout starting early next year. Although timing has not been decided, it is expected it would begin before the end of January.

Current plans are to use the existing health sector infrastructure such as GPs, pharmacies, and vaccination clinics, as well as working with iwi, DHBs, local providers, communities, and the Ministry of Education to ensure a whānau-based approach.

Children and tamariki under 12 years old can only be vaccinated with the consent of their parent or caregiver. We encourage whānau to discuss vaccination so that everyone understands the decision they are making.

From Iona Holsted - Secretary for Education 7/12/21

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Upcoming Events


6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

8th - Leavers Mass / Dinner

15th - Prize Giving

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



2nd - School starts back

7th - Waitangi Day Observed (School Closed)