Newsletter Week 3 Term 3

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 11th August 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week three. It was a very fresh start to the week but lovely to see snow on the mountains and to get some much needed rain for the paddocks. Lots of Calves and lambs on the ground already and spring bulbs coming through. Always my favourite time of the year.

Good luck to all the students who are taking part in the Ongaonga 7’s today. I know that you will all do your best and have a great time doing it.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the health consultation evening last Tuesday. Some great questions were asked. Something that came from the feedback was weekly communication about what the students are learning about in their sexuality lessons which have started this term. Each classroom teacher will send home a little blurb in their weekly parent/home communications about what they will be teaching in the lesson so that you are informed and prepared for this, if your child comes home talking about things or has questions they might want clarified.

“We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good - I hangia tātou kia ōrite to tātou āhua ki to te Atua, ā, he pai tātou.” Genesis 1:27

On Friday Miss Hamilton and myself will be attending the Te Ara Whakamana: Mana Enhancement UnConference, at Te Kura o Mangateretere in Hastings. This year our school started on the Mana Enhancement journey to bring a cultural perspective; to recognising and building up students mana, to develop and build strong relationships between students and teachers, to help support students in understanding and self regulating their emotions, and to improve students wellbeing through a holistic approach. Marama Ataera is supporting the staff through this journey.

Strengthening boys writing:

This year one of our strategic goals has been around engaging boys in writing and improving writing outcomes for boys. Throughout the year the staff have been unpacking strategies that support boys in writing and bring these into their classroom practice. The staff have looked at what are the barriers to boys writing and ways in which they can remove these barriers from the classrooms. Our mid point data shows there has been an overall improvement in boys writing and across the school.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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School Mass

School mass is this Saturday at St Patrick's Church in Waipawa. Mass starts at 5.30 pm. Students will need to be at church by 5.10 pm so that they are all seated and ready to start on time.

Students need to wear their school uniform.

Taking part in school mass is an expectation of attending St Joseph’s School as this is part of our Schools's Special Character. It is a beautiful celebration and an opportunity for the students to be part of the wider Catholic community. All the students have a role to play in the mass whether they are doing prayers of the faithful, a reading or being part of the whole school choir.

The Waipawa parishioners are excited to have the students lead the mass and hear them sing. We look forward to seeing you all there.

School Cross-Country

The school cross-country is on Friday the 27th of August at 382 Ongaonga Rd. It will be a mixture of some flat ground and hills.

The students will be bused to the event and parents can meet the student there and take them home from the event. Please let their classroom teacher know before you leave.

At the end of the cross-country, we will have a colour fun game between school houses.

School Fun Run 2021

So far we have already raised $3500, great job team - keep up the awesome effort! We have 2 and half weeks until the run. So if you haven’t created your fundraising account yet there’s time.

Teacher Only Days this term:

A reminder on Friday the 20th August and Friday the 1st of October, we will be having teacher only days (TOD). This means the school will be closed for instruction. Please make arrangements for your child/children to be supervised on these days. We are having the TOD so that the teaching staff can start to work on our localised curriculum with a Ministry of Education Adviser.

"Never see a need without doing something about it" - St Mary MacKillop


Welcome everyone to week 3.

So far we have had a great start to this term.

This Wednesday we have the Onga 7s tournament, make sure to bring the gear you need for your sport, please remember the refs call is final so accept the call they have made so it makes their job easier, and last of all have an awesome day!

This Saturday we have our School Mass, which is going to be at the Waipawa church.

Make sure to have a great week and to follow the school rules.

By Jonty. K and Riley. W


First Holy Communion – we are currently taking registrations for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. If your child is over 8 years of age please register at the office. This is an important part of your child’s faith journey.

Saying ‘sorry’ is different to asking for ‘forgiveness’. When we say sorry to someone, it is an ‘I-centred statement’ expressing sympathy but not necessarily inferring that we take any responsibility. As such it requires nothing from the person to whom we say it. It is always good to say ‘sorry’ but it is nowhere near as hard to do, or as effective, as asking for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is an act of vulnerability; not only does it put us in a position of accepting responsibility for hurting the other, it is also a request to be invited back into unity with the person we have hurt. Full reconciliation can only occur in a relationship when we say sorry and ask for forgiveness. This is the basis of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

PFG Update

Week 3 already!


This week you will have seen changes made to the lunch order from Baker Boy. After listening to feedback we have added larger options to fill those hungry bellies. We hope the students will enjoy!

Quiz night

We are working hard on pulling together a awesome fun filled quiz evening - make sure you don't leave it too late to grab your table. Details on our flyer.

To make the quiz evening a further success we need prizes donated - these can be items, vouchers, experiences etc, if you are able to help us please contact us through our Facebook page - St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group or email -

Thank you for your on going support!

Hawke’s Bay Netball “Intermediate Day” Tournament

On Thursday 5th August, the 11 players from the Senior Netball Team “Jaguars” headed to the Mitre 10 Sports Park in Hastings. We competed in the Hawke’s Bay Netball “Intermediate Day” Tournament.

We only won, 1 game out of 5, but two of the games we only lost by 1 or 2 goals.

Some Schools had boys in their teams which made the games interesting and very fast at times. We all had a lot of fun until Jhvarna badly sprained her ankle. We felt really bad for her.

A big thanks to Naomi and Manda for helping to coach and umpire us. Thanks to Manda for the yummy donuts and for the parents who took the time to travel us there and back.

By Chloe Hutchinson

Tennis Hot Shots

Tennis Hot Shots is about to start up again in term 4.

Parent help is required.

This is a fantastic way for the children to start up with tennis through game based play.

To have a fun and successful time, I do require parents' help to enable small groups. There would be a morning workshop to show you the warm ups and games the children enjoy playing.

The number of coaches I have on the court will determine the number of children I can enrol.

If you are interested please call Jane 0273600834 before August 16th.

Assembly: Next Thursday @ 2.30pm

Altar Service: Jonty, Mia, Lance

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Upcoming Events


11th – Onga 7’s

14th – School Mass 5.30 pm – Waipawa

20th – Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)

26th – School Photos

27th – School Cross Country (postponement 30th)


16th – Inter-School Cross Country

17th – PFG Quiz night

22nd – Ngati Whai


1st – Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)