Newsletter Week 4 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 10th November 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 4. Yesterday we held our school athletics. We were really lucky with the weather as it was a great day. The students all took part in track and field events. Please see the results below.

The seniors had a fantastic time at camp last week although they did get a bit wet doing some of the activities, they all came back buzzing about what they did.

Goodluck to the team from Room 5 and Room 6 who are taking part in the Ki o Rahi tournament today, I look forward to hearing how you went.

It is with great joy and sadness that I inform you all, that Miss Girvan has accepted a position at St Mary’s in Hastings. She will be starting there next year. Miss Girvan joined our team in 2020 as the DRS and Room 5 teacher. I know she will be missed, however, I feel very blessed that we have had the chance to work alongside her and share in her passion and enthusiasm for life, learning, and faith. We wish you all the very best for your future and may you be blessed with joy.

This week is Scholastic Book Week (8th Nov to 12th). Books will be on sale for parents to purchase from Monday to Friday before and after school. Parents must wear a mask coming onto school grounds and only enter the hall from the church car park.

Each day teachers are sharing their favourite book from their childhood, and we have special guests coming in to read like Father Paul and Mayor. We will also do a stop, drop and read each day.

The book I shared with the students today is Horses of Dream land by Lois Duncan.

On Friday the 12th November, we will have book character fancy dress day. Come dressed up as your favourite book character. We will have a parade and judge the costumes after morning tea.

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 4, this is going to be a pretty full on week, we had school athletics on Tuesday, well done to everyone who participated for that.

Last week, Room 6 went to Rotorua for camp. We all had a great time even Whaea overcame her fears and jumped off the highest high rope course.

On Wednesday we have our Ki o Rahi tournament that room 6 and room 5 students are competing in. We wish all the teams luck and hope you all have fun.

This Friday you have to dress-up as your favourite book character! You could win prizes for best dressed character. There is a prize for each year group!

This week we have had important members of our community and all our teacher’s read their favourite childhood book for the school which we are very thankful for.

Make sure to be kind and caring at and outside of school!

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


Last week St Mary MacKillop house won the CBG house points and Madison M was the winning individual. Well done Madison!

PFG Update

Another week gone, and another week closer to our Quiz night!

This week is scholastics book week which is open in the school hall 8.30am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm each day. Pop along and stock up on some awesome books for Christmas or just because! Don't forget Friday is book character day - come as your favorite character!!! We can't wait to see what each of you come as! Thank you Gayleen for your hard work organizing and running this.


Just over a week to go!! The 20th of November is fast approaching. We have 4 tables still available, book one asap so you don't miss out! The evening has some wicked prizes up for grabs and it's going to be loads of fun. See flyer for more information.


Woah you guys love these! We are super happy that they are a hit, remember to get your sold ticket butts back into the office and if you have any that you can't sell return those as well please, people are wanting more so we can send them back out.

As always thank you for your support and help! All of this fundraising gets put back into the school in various ways which supports our children.

Have a lovely week.

PFG committee

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Upcoming Events


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

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

7th - Science Road Show

8th - Leavers Mass

15th - Prize Giving

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