Newsletter Week 11 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 13th April 2022


“He mea hanga mīharo, ki tō te Atua Āhua”

Wonderfully made in Gods image

Jesus looked at them and said “With man this is impossible, but not with God. All things are possible with God

(Mark 10:27)

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki waru.

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

Welcome to the last week of this first term. I want to thank you all for being so understanding and supportive throughout this term as we have navigated our way through this pandemic. We feel very lucky that our school has not been widely affected and that we have contained the spread across the school.

We began Holy week with the arrival of fresh bouquets of flowers for each teacher from the Malcolm family - THANK YOU!

A whole school liturgy was held in the hall, led by our competent student leaders: Hannah and Molly. As we moved through the week our students have recalled the events leading up to the death of Jesus’ by crucifixion and his resurrection. Learning has included a variety of engaging activities including practical experiences; eating a Jesus meal, dramatising Gospel stories and dressing up.

Winter Ventilation - Classroom Ventilation During the Winter Terms

Next term as the weather starts to get colder, good ventilation of the classrooms will continue to be key to helping us limit the spread of COVID. We have a CO2 monitor which Sarah J uses on a daily basis to check the air flow in our rooms. Following Ministry guidelines we will open windows and doors on multiple sides of classrooms as much as possible. We will be receiving another C02 monitor as well as a Portable Air Cleaner for our school. I have attached a Ministry brochure about classroom ventilation.

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Looking forward to Winter Sports

With winter sport just around the corner, I thought it would be a timely reminder to refresh our sporting community with support & education around Sideline Behaviour and our Be Part of the Team initiative.

Attached are some images, information and resources that whanau might find helpful outside of our own school Code of Conduct which is centred on our school values: Respect, Responsibility, Community and Spirituality.

You can also find this information and more on the Sports Hawkes Bay website;

A huge thank you to Tony Birdsall - Ground Works Plus Ltd for sponsoring our Senior Premier Netball Team hoodies.

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A huge thank you to Murry Sinclair - Toyota for sponsoring our Senior A Netball Team hoodies

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Today, we are exploring funding options to purchase new uniforms for our Year 5 & 6 and Year 3 & 4 Netball Teams. Thank you to our parent community for your support of our sporting teams.


Thank you Matua Matt for checking in with our Miniball players today and helping to set them up for success.


So far we have 5 St Josephs players signed up to play this coming season. Please visit the website and register to join if you are interested.

Sporting Achievement

Congratulations this week goes to Brooke, Reef, Ani, and Nick.

Brooke won the U10's division for Waipukurau Tennis Club Champs for 2022.

Reef won 1 of the 2 orange ball tennis hotshots end of year, and Ani was runner up after they had to face other because of a tie break.

Nick for winning the TSB Vineyard Trail this past weekend.

Teacher Only Day

Tomorrow, staff will meet to:

  • Engage in a spiritual encounter led by: Mr. Murray Adams

  • Reflect and plan our prayer focus: traditional and devotional prayer for term 2, including the Rosary led by: Mrs. Wagstaff

  • Plan to implement innovative and explicit Math practices led by: Whaea Ngatel

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate our Student Information System: Edge. led by: Mrs. Deborah Sims

  • Collaborate in quality teaching and learning planning led by: Mrs. Brown

We look forward to having the time to focus on how we can best support our students to be the best that they can be. At the end of the day, we will be ready to focus on a well earned break.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 2nd May for the beginning of Term 2. Hopefully in Orange Traffic light, so we can start to plan events and activities that we can all enjoy together as a St Joseph's whanau, especially a whole school mass.

Blessings to you all for the Easter season.

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown


Congratulations to the following students: Kassi, Sariah, Xander, Elaijah, Lilla, Joe, Milly, Ezalea, Teddy, Georgia, and Regan who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Lucy N, Greer, Ehtzio, Genesis, and Fairlane who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


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


Kia ora koutou

This is our last week of school for term one.

On Monday the school had a special Liturgy for the start of Holy Week. The school leaders read out different descriptions about symbols that are related to Holy Week and those symbols were; bread, wine, crown of thorns, a heart, three big nails, a bandage, a bowl, and a towel, a white cloth, a candle, and palm and 10 children from Room six brought them to the prayer table while they were being read out.

At the end of Liturgy the Easter raffle winners were drawn. We raised $239.50 and sold around 500 tickets.

The winners were drawn by a number generator wheel. Thank you Paola for coming to the Liturgy and drawing the winners. The first prize went to Mrs Maricel Dabu and the second prize went to Neve Barrett. Congratulations and we hope you enjoy your prizes.


-Make sure to wear the correct school uniform.

-Bring a smile to school.

-Next Term is term two and we will be wearing winter uniforms.

-Today is the last day of school.

Hope everyone has enjoyed their last week at school

- Hannah & Molly

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Easter Mass Times

Holy Thursday –7pm @ St Joseph’s

Good Friday—3pm @ St Joseph’s

Easter Vigil—5.30pm @ St Patrick’s

Easter Sunday—9.30am@ St Joseph’s


Thank you PFG for funding the purchase of a tuff tray and stand for Room 1. The students are loving it!

It will provide lots of opportunities for the students to explore and investigate the theme set up in the tray. Students' imaginative play will be encouraged, along with turn-taking and collaborative group skills.

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

Hi everyone

We hope you all have been enjoying your hot cross buns!! Again thank you for your support and speedy pick up, we sold 180 packs!!

Next term we are working on bringing back the winter lunches. We are hoping for a Pie day Friday! Please remember this is also a slow burner fundraiser for us, we add a little on top to help fund the money we put into the classrooms/school throughout the year.

All going well Yarrows frozen cookies and croissants will also be back for our next big fundraiser. Yummy!

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th May, if you wish to join us or find out more about us, please send an email to the address below.

Have a wonderful Easter break and a safe school holidays! See you in term 2

Facebook page: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


13th - Last day of Term 1

14th - Teacher Only Day


2nd - First day of Term 2

7th - First game of Netball

8th - Mothers 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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