Newsletter Week 7 Term 3
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 7th September 2022
Whiria te tangata
Weave the people together
Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,
As we journey through this Social Justice Week we ask ourselves “How are we becoming one in Christ?” - By saying no to racism, we are one in Christ.
This week we pay a special focus to weaving everyone together as one in Christ. We learn more about what social justice means, looks like and how we can take a responsive stance to ensuring we walk in Jesus’s footsteps by working towards protecting and defending those who can’t defend themselves. It's also encouraging to note that God promises that those who pursue justice and extend their heart and hands to the poor, will be blessed and lack nothing.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
At St Josephs we continue to identify and celebrate our own uniqueness. We celebrate special qualities in our friends and neighbors and we actively seek ways of uplifting ourselves and others. In Room 5 this week our learners talked about how we need each other to grow, how we fit together. The following symbolic images created by the students demonstrates their understanding of what this means and how we can build on our beliefs to be aware of and help others.
Keeping our minds and bodies active
I am super proud to share the compliments we received on our Interschool Rippa Rugby day from parents, teachers, referees, bus driver and the organizers about, not only about the skill level and enthusiasm of our players but, also about how well-mannered and respectful our students were. What a awesome day!
Good Luck to our Year 5&6 Mathletic team of Cooper, Elijah and Greer who will be representing our school at the Mathletics Competition at Waipukurau School this afternoon. Have fun!
Thank you to our families who have signed up to support our 2 Miniball Teams who will begin their competition this Friday. Year 3&4 St Josephs Rockets and Year 5&6 St Josephs Ravens
Sept: 9, 16, 23, Oct 28, Nov 11, 18, 25 and Dec 2 & 9 - We wish you a fun season ahead. Thank you Mrs. Jackson for organising our teams and uniforms. Thank you parents for registering your child.
Keeping ourselves safe
This week we are enjoying working with Constable Che to ensure our students know how to keep ourselves safe. The following prompts may help you engage in a conversation with your child and enable them to articulate what they heard, and ask you any questions they may still have wonderings about.
Following family and school safety rules is important, what are some rules you know about that keep you safe?
What does keeping safe mean to you?
What can you do if you feel unsafe?
Your/our children and young people will know: that abuse is never okay and that abuse is never their fault.
Christ has given us new life in himself. His generosity changes everything for us. Now we get to respond to his love with our own generosity. As the church transitions through waves of new growth, the support we can offer becomes critical in our being able to ensure we have a church for our children to attend in the same way our parents did in the past. Getting involved could look like: volunteering to offer music at mass, sharing a reading, welcoming and distributing newsletters at mass, arranging flowers, cleaning the church or just simply attending mass and enjoying your own personal encounter with Christ.
Please open, read and complete the following survey monkey link to get involved in the life of our parish community.
Wishing you all a blessed weekend ahead. Thank you to our PFG for hosting our School Decades Quizz Night this Saturday evening.
“He kokona whare he kitea, he kokona ngakau te kitea”
We have seen the contribution, we know it comes from the heart”
Ma te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
Hopefully everyone had a happy and relaxing weekend with Fathers day and the Teachers only day on Friday.
Last week on Wednesday rooms four, five and six competed in the rippa rugby tornament. All teams did great, and it was great to see all the teams cheering and supporting each other. The overall day was a great experience.
In a few weeks pet day will be held. Make sure to prepare your pet dairies and to hand them in to Ruby and Neve by the 16th of September. Make sure they are one sheet of A4 paper.
-Wear correct school uniform
-Bring a smile to school
Enjoy the rest of your week
Molly & Hannah.
We have some tamariki preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation – please keep them in your prayers.
Ways to prepare for and celebrate your child’s First Reconciliation
1. Talk about it. In the lead up to their First Reconciliation use your family meal time to talk about God’s mercy and love. Talk about people you know who are very forgiving and compassionate. Share a time when you needed forgiveness.
2. Prepare yourself. Forgive someone against whom you hold resentment. Reflect on how your resentment is making you hurt others. Make a decision to let go and forgive.
3. Set an example. Go to reconciliation yourself, at your child’s reconciliation if possible, or immediately before or after. If you are a non-Catholic parent, and it is offered in your parish, go forward for a blessing from the priest.
Ngati Whai i te Matauranga Festival
Date: Wednesday 28th September 2022
Venue: Westpac Stadium - Waipukurau
Mihi Whakatau 9.45am
St Joseph’s School Performance Start time: 10.00am
Parents/Whanau please ensure that you arrive before the mihi whakatau begins as you may not be able to enter the stadium before St Joseph's performs at 10am.
All boys need to wear plain black rugby shorts, with no logos.
Girls will be issued a school dress. Girls must not wear colourful hair ties, headbands or jewellery (including earrings).
Small group Tennis coaching is available for 7-13 yr. old children starting term 4.
Please Ph Jane 0273600834
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Friday - PIE day
Pie lunches are back this week!
ITS HAPPENING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!! One table left, don't be slow to book it, we need a full house. See flyer for details.
Our next meeting is Monday 26th September.
We are not far off begging, we need more helping hands or we will have stop the PFG.
Ever wondered who we are or what exactly do we do?
Do you want to be involved in the school but not sure how?
Are you able to do a meeting once a month? Either in person or via zoom.
Our primary goals this year is putting $300 into each classroom and as much away as we can into our second account for the refurbishment of the playground. We then carry enough in our current account to pre pay for fundraiser items.
This year already we have funded every classroom with their wants/nice to have/much needed teaching resources.
We are in desperate need of new people to help us. We need a minimum amount of people to continue the work we do fundraising to put the extras, the nice to haves or the much needed into the school for our kids.
We need your stunning and helpful personality. You don't have to be full of great idea's - just willing to help build on them, nor do you need to be available for every fundraiser - just as long as we can share the load. You don't need a special skill set, just be you and use your own unique skills. There's many areas of fundraising that will suit people - planning, organizing, doing, fun, friendship and making a difference.
Please make contact to find out more about us and we are sure you will catch the vibe and want to jump on board to make a difference to our children and school.
We really hope to build this committee and this community together.
Email: email@example.com or message the page.
St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau
Thank you for your support!
Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.
CHB College enrolments for 2023 Parents of Year 8 Students
If your child is intending to enrol at CHB College could you please complete the enrolment form online through the CHB College website as soon as possible. The College is currently taking enrolment appointments for next year's Year 9 Students. It is important that enrolments are completed prior to students sitting the Entrance exam which is due to take place on Friday 11th November. (Further information on the entrance exam will be sent out to you nearer the time.). The link is http://www.chbc.school.nz/
4th - 11th - Social Justice Week
15th - Inter School Cross Country
12-18th - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
21st - School Speech Sharing
22nd - Pet Day
26th - Inter school Speech Competition
28th - Ngati Whai
30th - Last day of Term 3
17th - Start of Term 4
19th - School Photos
21st - Teacher Only Day (No school for students)
16th - Last day of term/year - 1PM finish
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