Newsletter Week 9 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 15th December 2021


Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Manandang Gagi Magandung gabe

Namaste, swagatam

Manuia le afiafi

Wǎnshàng hǎo, (wan shang how)

Good afternoon everyone

Haere Mai, Welcome.

It is with pleasure that I welcome you all here this afternoon for our end-of-year Prizegiving, although parents and family are unable to attend in person, I hope you have been able to join us virtually.

Parents, teachers, students, relatives, and friends. Here we are again, gathered to celebrate the year and give thanks to our akonga / learners. A warm welcome to those new parents who are joining us for their first St Joseph’s Prize Giving.

It is a pleasure to be able to address you all, for this celebration. We celebrate the many successes of our children today, although not all students will receive an award, I would like to acknowledge all students and their achievements throughout the year whether it was a small success, a milestone reached, a tooth lost, a smile at a friend or an act of kindness which touched the heart of others, you are all deserving and you are all successful in your own right.

As this is my last prizegiving at St Joseph’s I look back and reflect on my journey and time here. I have enjoyed my time at St Joseph's and in particular becoming a part of the catholic community and getting to know the wonderful and delightful students and staff. Part of being a special character school is about providing encounters with Christ for the students, however in my time here I feel that each day I am blessed to have encounters with Christ through the interactions with the students on a daily basis. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and their families and developing new friendships along the way and making new memories, some of my highlights here have been the development of the bike track and sacred space, taking students on camp, doing surf lifesaving, helping out at the PFG fundraiser, in particular, the shearing and watching the students grow and mature over the last three years.

This year I took part in the SpringBoard Leadership programme and part of it required me to unpack and look at our school vision & mission. Through the process we came up with our new vision for the school Leading in Faith, Learning for Life. I feel this reflects who we are as a school and inspires our special character and the students who have the potential to be leaders in our school, parish and community.

Moving forward to 2022 we will be welcoming in a new Principal - Betty Knewstub Brown, I know she will be welcomed warmly into the St Joseph’s School Family.

We also farewell Miss Girvan who has been with us for the past two years. I know she will be missed though I am delighted for her to be taking on new challenges in her teaching career.

I would now like to acknowledge and thank the following,

My Board for their diligence and support throughout the year, their rich conversations and in particular Malissa Webster and Graeme Fisher our co Board Chairs who have done a great job leading and supporting us all.

My sincere thanks to Father Paul for your incredible support and leadership in our faith journey. We value the time and effort you put into the school supporting our students.

To our teaching staff and support staff for all your continued hard work throughout the year. Your passion for the students and their learning is truely valued.

To Mirs Tiuka for you support throughout my time at St Joseph's in your roll as DP, to Mrs Alexander for your outstanding work as SENCO, Miss Girvan for leading our schools faith journey as DRS, and Mrs Jackson for her fabulous work in the office.

And my gratitude to you amazing students who bring enthusiasm, joy and wairua to our school - you are the heart of the school!

To our parents, families, friends and wider parish community for your ongoing support, giving up your time to help with coaching or managing sport teams and being helpers on school trips, it is truely valued.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank the PFG - our school fundraising group who did a fabulous job, with the very successful cookie fundraiser and raffle, and the Quiz night, which our community thoroughly enjoyed.Our whole school community thanks you for your mahi.

Lastly I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, safe travels and adventures.

Kia tūpato

Ka kite ano koutou

Meri Kirihimete

Sarah Laugesen


Staffing update

Dear Parents

We have not been successful in appointing a new DRS and Teacher for Room 5, however, to ensure the school has stability Mrs. Alexander will teach in Room 5, fixed term for Term 1 and the school will re-advertise in the New Year. Mrs. Simpson will be full-time in Room 1 for the first term.

Kind regards,

Ms Laugesen

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Welcome to the last week of the school year. We hope everyone is going to have a special holiday with family and friends. There will only be 3 and a half days of school this week from Monday to Thursday.

Prize giving was today, congratulations to all those who received awards.

We would like to say thank you to everyone this year who helped the school, especially the students during events and special occasions.

We have enjoyed our time as school leaders and we wish everyone the best for next year.

Thank you very much, happy holidays.

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

Prayer to End a School Year

God of wisdom, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people. As we come to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school. We ask that you bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever.



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On behalf of our fellow trustees we would like to extend our gratitude to our teaching staff. It has been another year of challenges and interruptions. We appreciate the way that you have all gone about your job and your teaching our tamariki has been excellent.

To our support staff and Fr Paul, your contribution to the daily life of our school is valued and recognised by the BOT and our parent community. Thank you for the active part you take in our school. We are blessed to have you.

Sarah Jackson. Thank you for keeping everything ticking. Your ability to keep your finger in all things St Joseph’s is an incredible strength to our school.

We would also like to thank our fellow board members, Will Foley, Marino Tiuka, Tohu Seeds, Kirsty Taylor, Michelle Higginson and our teacher representative Emma Hamilton. We have certainly had our challenges this year and a considerable workload. Thank you for your continued hard work and support of our school.

We would also like to acknowledge the amazing job that Sarah Martin and her team on the PFG have done this year. The quiz night was a huge success and we appreciate your work in fundraising for our tamariki.

This year we say a couple of farewells. Firstly Hollie, we thank you for your commitment to Room 5, they have loved having you as their classroom teacher and thrived in your care. Your contribution to the catholic character of our school through your role as the Director of Religious Studies has been immense and you will be missed.

To Sarah Laugesen, We would like to share the board of trustees deep appreciation of your leadership of our school. The immense pressure to perform in areas such as curriculum, finance, legislation, human resources and logistics is a truly a challenging role. Your work on the sacred space has been amazing and we look forward to its completion in early 2022. We are sad to see you leave, and we wish you well with your future endeavors. You will always be welcome back in our school community.

Finally to our students. Thank you for being part of the St Joseph’s family. Congratulations on all of your achievements this year, thank you for being inquisitive and happy learners.

Have a safe and peaceful Christmas we look forward to seeing you all once again in 2022 when we will welcome our new principal Betty Newstubb-Brown.

Malissa Webster and Graeme Fisher
Co-Presiding Members
St Joseph’s School Board of Trustees

PFG end of year wrap up

Hi everyone

Wow what a year it has been! You have seen us run various fundraisers like Shearing sheep, selling cookies, quiz night, school lunches, scholastics and raffles.
We have made numerous applications for funding towards a new playground for the students, knocked on many doors asking for support and/or donations to help us succeed in our goals for 2021.

We are extremely proud to say that this year we have set aside just shy of $10k towards a future playground!!! These funds are locked in for this cause and will continue to build in the account until we reach the $200k + goal either by continuing to fundraise or successful funding grants.

We are also very proud to have fulfilled all 6 of the teacher's wish lists for some extra much needed or nice to have resources for their classes. We were able to jointly with the school shout the students to the movies at the end of term 2 and support both rooms 5 and 6 with their camps this year. This equalling $3500 directly back into our children - their experiences and education.

As the Chair of the PFG I would like to extend my personal gratitude to our committee for the giving of their time as volunteers:
Bridgette Winchester - Treasurer, Gayleen Alexander - Teacher Representative Melissa Colombus - Secretary, Chris Ackrum, Sarah Tate, and LeeAnn Ayto. Without volunteers a committee is unable to succeed - thank you!

The committee would like to thank every person or business that has supported us along the way this year, may it be with time/support, baking, buying or selling, donating, an offer of help, or turning up and participating. This additional support from you and our community along the way is amazing and we ask and hope you can continue to help/support as you can in the coming year.

Another thank you to The School Board for their support and to Sarah Jackson for all the extra you do for us, Miss Girvan & room 5 for your awesome movie making skills, and Father Paul for your continued support & making sure the students and their needs come first.

The PFG would like to wish Sarah Laugesen all the best for her next adventures, thank you for joining us on our journey in helping the students of this wonderful school.

Best of luck for all the year 8's, may the years ahead be full of exciting adventures, we are sure you will look back and smile fondly at your time with St Joseph's School.

Very big Christmas wishes to all, have safe and happy holidays!!!

The PFG Committee
Sarah Martin

P.S. The Christmas Raffle is being drawn today at the police station instead of the school prize giving, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the winner's announcement! Good luck everyone!!
(Winners will also be contacted directly).

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