Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 16th March 2022


“Ko te whaea te takere ō te waka”

“Mothers are like the hull of the canoe, they are the HEART of the family”

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:26

Kia Ora e te whānau, Hello, Ni Hao, Malo e lelei, Hallo, Kamusta, Namaste, Talofa,

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki whitu.

Student Risk Takers

Last week we had the privilege of welcoming ‘Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua - Holy Mary, Mother of God to our school church. Congratulations to all our students who participated in this special occasion. Our Year 5-8 volunteers welcomed both the Icon artwork and Korty Wilson from the Palmerston North Diocese to our school and parish with a ‘Karanaga’ that was heartfelt and a warm reflection of our school values in practice.

To celebrate the rededication, our Bishops have commissioned a new piece of art. They wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to Aotearoa. The piece challenges us to see her as a woman of incredible strength and the place she holds in our hearts and our community today. The artwork aims to respect our different cultures and backgrounds. The painting captures details which are unique to our country and Catholic identity. It asks us to celebrate the things we share in our community and to learn more about our different worlds.

Student Leaders

Congratulations to Molly Wagstaff and Hannah Del Mar for leading their peers to coordinate a very successful ‘Vinnies’ charity fundraiser. This action taken by our students strengthens our Catholic Special Character by providing them with an opportunity to be spiritually connected to others in their daily lives. Thank you to all our families for supporting this initiative with your gold coin donation.

Student Learners

This week our Year 7&8 students presented technology projects. While feedback from the CHB Technology team was complimentary to all groups. One group in particular had us developing permission slips that enabled them to drive (By Matua Matt) to tech ‘in’ their ‘Research Project’.

As quoted by Mr. Pierce: CHB Technology Teacher‘

‘An absolutely outstanding lesson as the students presented their favourite tech products to the rest of the class – the level of effort that has gone into most of these presentations was phenomenal!

Keena, Hannah and Jasmine (with the help of Matua Matt) went so far above and beyond with their Tesla presentation – just awesome! Alfie gave an amusing and quirky, well researched presentation.

Sariah and Molly gave a well-rehearsed, entertaining speech, Mariana, Lucy and Neve, Jayde, Pipi, Ruby and Riley all clearly put a lot of time and effort into their research and presented it to a high standard.’

As quoted by Mrs. Smith: CHB Technology Coordinator

‘With our focus on Turangawaewae for this unit, everyone did so well to follow the Tech Process and make a CHB Pasta Bowl with many different vegetables in it. Risks with new flavour were taken and so much pride in presentation. Great kitchen skills retained from Year 8s and emerging ones from Yr 7s. I cannot single anyone out for being tops, as they all were TOPS!’

As a school, we are super proud of our students in that they continue to display quality learning characteristics embedded in our school ethos and curriculum, all of which are supported and learned firstly from home. Ka nui te mihi i ngā whanau kātoa. Haere i runga i ngā tapuwae ō Ihu Karaiti. - Thank you, families, keep walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Student Sporting Achievments

Congratulations to Brooke for placing first in her group at last weekend's Waipukurau Tennis Tournament.

Congratulations to Alfie for placing first in his age group High Jump event at the Hawkes Bay Gisborne Athletic Championship.

Student Celebration Day - The Feast of St Joseph

We are looking forward to celebrating St Joseph’s day at school this Friday 18th March. All students are asked to come to school wearing their PE uniform.

Student Reflection Day - Teacher Only Work Day

There will be no school for students on Thursday 14th April. Our students' last day for this term will be Wednesday 13th April. Instead, staff will be at school engaging in our first Teacher Only Day for this school year. The purpose of this day is to provide staff with time to refresh and deepen our knowledge and practice around student learning and how we will move forward with telling each student's individual learning journey.

Kia pai te mutunga wiki - Have a blessed weekend,

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown


Congratulations to the following students: Cooper, Brooke, Pipi, Keena, Lilla, George, Henry, Natalia, and Madison L who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Isla-Jane, Mariana, Hadlee and Sofia who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


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


Tena koutou katoa

On Monday the School had a mufti day to raise money for Tonga. It was great to see everyone in their cool outfits for mufti day. On that day the school raised $252 dollars. All the gold coin donations will be used to support tonga and to ship essentials to them.

For Vinnies, we have decided to have an Easter raffle to raise more money to transport the containers filled with essentials like water blasters, purifiers, water, food, and a lot of other essentials for Tonga to use.

This Friday is St Joseph's day and to celebrate it the School will be having a fun day. We will be having a water course, Quiz, and challenging games. Room 6 will be running Pals for the whole School. We will also be having our house relays that we couldn't do at swimming sports and we will have some free time for swimming after the house relays. Remember to bring some togs and to come to School in sports gear on Friday.

Remember to wear the correct school uniform and have an amazing week

Molly and Hannah

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Lent - Caritas

Conflict has caused many problems in the Holy Land for a long time. The majority of the population living in the West Bank and along the Gaza strip are living below the poverty line and are dependent on international aid. Caritas Jerusalem has two healthcare centres in the West Bank providing healthcare and education to children and families. In the recent conflict, Caritas Jerusalem again used mobile medical units to bring critical health services to thousands of people where they lived. Youth groups and farmers have also been supported in different ways to help alleviate poverty.

When things are bad, it is easy to lose hope. We can be drawn to the difficulties and feel like there is no way out. It is important to focus on what we have and what can be achieved with God’s help. Sometimes time and changing circumstances provide a fresh perspective.

PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)

Hi everyone It's nearly Easter time! Hopefully, you spied the traditional hot cross bun order form sent home yesterday. Please ask family and friends if they would like to buy any. $1.50 from each packet gets put aside into our playground account. A thank you to Baker Boy for supporting us with these. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 4th April.

Facebook page:

St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


Have a great week!

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

In recognition of St Patrick's Day tomorrow

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Upcoming Events


18th - St Joseph's Day


7th - Yr 7/8 Immunisations

13th - Last day of Term 1

14th - Teacher Only Day

School Term Dates 2022

Term 1: Wednesday 2nd February to Thursday 14th April

Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 7th February, Good Friday 15th April

Term 2: Monday 2nd May to Friday 8th July

Public Holidays: Queen's Birthday 6th June, Matariki 24th June

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Term 4: Monday 17th October to Friday 16th December

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

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