Newsletter Week 1 Term 3
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 27h July 2022
Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui
Be strong, be brave, be steadfast
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13
Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,
Welcome back to Term 3 and what a busy term we have in store.
All staff have returned rested; some more rested than others due to being blessed with COVID, than they would have liked!
At our Monday morning gathering our student leaders led us in prayer. They provided us all with the opportunity to think of loved ones and people they know who are sick. Having time to stop, think, reflect and pray for these people was a wonderful way to begin our term, united in reflection and mindfulness.
We have so many engaging learning opportunities on the horizon for our tamariki this term. These engagements really require us all to be on our guard, to stand strong, to be courageous and firm in ourselves as risk taking, open minded St Joseph’s learners. Please make note of the upcoming event dates that follow so that you are ready to support your children this 2nd half of this school year.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
After reflecting on our students Mid Year Reports it is evident that our students would benefit from developing further their Critical Thinking Skills
We want our students to become metacognitive thinkers “Knowing when they know, knowing when they don’t know and knowing what to do when they don’t know” (Alison Davis 07)
Our students will become critical thinkers, develop inquiring minds to be flexible and adaptable explorers. They will be able to transfer skills to all areas of learning.
Critical thinkers are skeptical, open-minded, value fair-mindedness, respect evidence and reasoning, respect clarity and precision, look at different points of view, and will change positions when reason leads them to do so.
So……. what will we be learning more about?
Big Idea : Christian Witness
Through the stories we hear and the stories we tell, we preserve and pass on our visions, values, understandings and feelings in a way that is meaningful and memorable.
Ko te ako ō Hāto Hohepa - The St Joseph’s Learner
(Year 1 - 3) Ideas and feelings can be shared in a variety of ways
(Years 4 - 6) Understandings are expressed in many ways and our understandings allow
us to have a deeper self awareness.
(Years 7 - 8) Making and building deeper understandings through connections with others.
An inquiry into:
the nature of ourselves: our beliefs, values, social and spiritual selves and what it means to be human.
the ways in which we discover and express beliefs, values, culture, ideas, feelings and how we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity.
Understanding why our school is special: our service, pastoral care and charism and how this impacts who I am as a St Joseph's learner
And……. What are some ways we will be sharing what we have learned?
Ourselves as Authors
Speeches leading up to the CHB Schools Speech competitions
Liturgical Dance opportunities
The Zero Waste Education programme has been educating tamariki about the topic of sustainable resource use since 1993. This programme enables our tamariki to investigate the link between the earth’s natural resources, the products they use and see around them and the resolution waste (natural resources we no longer want) that pollutes our environment. The programme consists of different units each focusing on a specific solution to our waste problem.
We look forward to welcoming Neen Kennedy to school next week! - Neen will be facilitating this much needed program for our tamariki:
Room 1 & 3 - Is that really rubbis?
Room 4 - Reduce
Room 5 - Recycle
Room 6 - Water
Reconciliation & Holy Communion
The church is currently offering the opportunity for our baptised children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must be aged 8 years and over. Some families will have received information about the Reconciliation and Holy Communion programs being offered this term.
Reconciliation dates are - 4, 11, 18 September with the Sacrament made on 25 September.
First Holy Communion dates are 30 October, 6 and 13 November.
Parents and children will be expected to attend the sessions together as well as attending Mass. If your child has not been baptised we can arrange with Fr Paul to help them prepare during school time for their Baptism.
If you would like more information, please contact Sarah Jackson in the school office or Donna at the Parish office.
If you know of other families who would like to join, please spread the word.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thank you to all families who have signed up to meet with your child and your childs teacher on Monday 1st August. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to talk about the progress your child is making. Here are some tips so that you can get the most out of this time.
Before the meeting, make time to talk to your child before you go to the meeting so that you know what they enjoy, find a challenge and are looking forward to achieving.
On the day, make sure your child attends the meeting with you, it is an opportunity for your child to see that there is cooperation and a united support from both home and school for their learning.
You can ask questions and share your thoughts
Share positive things that the teacher said and give your child plenty of praise.
If you do no agree with something that the teacher has to say, it is better to stay positive about the teacher or the school in front of your child. If you have concerns about anything that was discussed, you should arrange a separate appointment with the school to talk about this further.
Before or after your Parent Teacher Conference, please make time to listen to your child share their art work in the Parish Hall. The Art Exhibition will be ready for your to view on Monday 1st August.
Health & Safety
Over the past month you would have heard of a case of Monkey Pox in Auckland. As yet, I have not received any alerts from the Ministry of Education. If there is anything specifically pertaining to ‘next steps’ in schools I will let you know. In the interim, here is what I have found on the World Health website and the NZ Ministry of Health worksite
Monkeypox (who.int) - this is WHO info
Monkeypox (MPX) | Ministry of Health NZ -this is NZ info
Mā te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Kia ora koutou
Welcome to the start of Term 3. We hope everyone had an awesome and safe two weeks off.
It was great to see all the children playing around in the playground, field, and turf with all their friends.
This term is going to be very fun and busy.
We have Cross Country, Onga Sevens, Speeches, Pet day and the Rippa Rugby tornament this term.
For Vinnies Room 6 will be hosting a nacho lunch for the whole school to fundraise money for people in Ukraine. The lunch will be held on Wednesday the 10th of august, a small bowl will be three dollars and a large will be five dollars.
-Wear correct school uniform
-Bring a smile to school
Enjoy the rest of your week
Molly & Hannah.
Sacraments: Our Life in the Church Relationships grow through communication. Communication is more than just words. We also communicate with gestures such as smiles, handshakes, hugs, gifts, cards and flowers. In our relationship with God, we too can connect with him through words and through gestures. But how does God communicate with us? In the same way really; in words and gestures. There are the scriptures which are God’s words to us and there are the sacraments which are gestures of God’s love. The Church has named and formally recognised seven sacraments as the powerful ways God reaches out to connect with his people here and now. Pope John Paul II said that a sacrament made visible the invisible mystery of God. The Sacraments of the Church are visible signs that God’s presence is real and is among us. They are signs that God loves us. This year we are offering the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and watch this space!
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Hello! Welcome to term 3!! We hope you had a relaxing holidays.
Friday - PIE day Lunches are back this week! Please take your order and the correct money to room 2.
At this stage we still are unable to provide the cookie and croissants fundraiser. We are working on bringing another fantastic option along at the end of the term!
Put it in your calendar!!! Saturday 10th September 7pm!! More details to follow, keep an eye out for the flyer.
Our next meeting is Monday 22nd August.
If you would like to know more about us please make contact or come along to our next meeting. We are always looking for more helping hands, you can help out when it fits with your schedule, you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. It's a great way to meet other parents and get involved with the school.
Facebook page: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau
Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.
St Joseph's School’s Pet Day will be held on 22 September 2022. We would like to remind your child/ren to bring back their entries for this to Ruby or Neve in room 6. If you need another entry form, please come and get one off Ruby or Neve. All entries are due by Friday week one Term 3. Some great prizes are being collected ready for the day! Here are some photos from our last pet day cake competition.
Ruby and Neve
1st - Parent Teacher Conferences (school closed for instruction)
3rd - Onga 7's
8th - St Mary MacKillop School Mass
9th - 4 week Tennis program begins for Rooms 1,3 & 4
10th - Nacho Wednesday
14th - Whole School Mass
15th - Board Meeting
26th - School Cross-Country
31st - Rippa Rugby
2nd - Teacher Only Day
4th - Fathers Day
7th - Board Election Day
15th - Inter School Cross Country
12-18th - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
TBC School Speech Sharing
TBC Inter school Speech Competition
22nd - Pet Day
28th - Ngati Whai
19th - School Photos
21st - 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