Newsletter Week 5 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 1st June 2022


‘Whakamaua te pae tata kia tina’

Take hold of your potential so it becomes your reality.

Love one another, contribute to the needs of others, live peaceably with all.

Romans 12:9-18

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Did you know? - Samoa has a unique historical relationship with New Zealand. It is the only nation that New Zealand has a Treaty of Friendship. The Treaty of Friendship between Samoa and New Zealand is about a commitment to partnership, friendship and a mutual endeavour to obtain for Tagata Samoa fuller opportunities for social progress. Language is critical in achieving this. The following link will help you add to your ‘kete of knowledge’ as we continue to ‘love one another, contribute to the needs of others and live peaceably with all’.

Ministry for Pacific Peoples — Samoa Language Week 2022

Leading in Faith - Taitai i le Faatuatua

Led admirably by our school leaders, attended reverently by most of our school community, and enjoyed by our fellow parishioners, is how our first school/parish mass was reflected upon. Father Paul shared how Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration and initiation into the church that was begun by Jesus, who accepted baptism from St. John the Baptist and also ordered the Apostles to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Father reminded us all of the importance parents have in the baptism decision. As we renewed our own baptismal rites I could not help thinking how honored we are as a school to continue supporting our families along their own faith journey’s specifically our children. How by loving one another, seeing a need, and doing something about it helps us live a more peaceful and enriching life.

What does the Holy Spirit mean to us? This is what some of our children in Room 5 are thinking about.

Learning for Life - Aoao mo le olaga


As we look forward and plan for our in school Matariki celebration later this month, we welcome the Kahurangi Dance Company who will be performing the story of Matariki this Friday for our children. We are looking forward to witnessing their talents, participating in 2 post performance workshops and using this opportunity to ignite our own hidden talents.


At Technology, our Year 7&8 students take hold of their potential to embrace their guided talents in textiles and hard materials. Last week we were thankful to Mr. Pierce and Mrs. Malcom For guiding our students to master new skills, take risks, and feel pride in their results.


Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. It is played by people all over the world.

Once you have reached the spot where the GPS points lead you to, you need to search until you find the hidden cache. Sometimes they are big boxes, other times they may be just a small cannister.

There is a log to fill in, you can exchange little knick knacks in the cache, and then you return the cache to its hiding place for others to find.

A group from our school went geocaching around CHB and discovered this:

Netball, Miniball, Hockey

Thank you to our parent coaches and managers. Without you we would not be in a position to enter teams into these awesome opportunities where our children can continue their love of chilly winter evenings/mornings of our iconic Kiwi winter sporting culture.

Health & Safety - Soifua Maloloina & Saogalemu

Lockdown drill

In certain situations, it may be necessary to move or keep, all our students inside. These situations include severe storms, a major accident in the school vicinity, or other dangerous situations. At St Joseph, we have a detailed plan for such events and will be practicing this drill this week in order to ensure we have all scenarios covered. Our reverse evacuation/lockdown plan is not published on the website or made available to the wider school community for safety reasons.

As appropriate to the situation, the school contacts parents and caregivers when it can, using the available communication options. We will NOT be contacting parents this week.

So that you can help ease the anxiety some children may face during this drill, I ask that when you have conversations with your children you a cognisant of the following:

  1. Stay Calm

  2. Be open to questions

  3. Use comparisons

  4. Help them understand the threat

  5. Always be available

The following link will help guide your conversation/support of your child: if needed, and how they will approach and deal with our Lockdown Drill and/or other potentially fearful or uncomfortable situations.

How to Talk to Your Kids about School Lockdown Drills without Scaring Them

Stay safe this holiday weekend, See you all back at school on Tuesday 7th June.

Kia Ora i tenei wiki hararei, Ka kite koutou katoa i te kura hei te Turei te 7 o Pipiri

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Thinking of joining our school whanau in 2023? Please contact Sarah Jackson in the school office for an application packet.


Tena koutou katoa

On Friday the school is having a visit from the Kahurangi Dance Company. They are going to perform a show about Matariki. This dance company was formed to ensure the continuation of Māori performing arts. They are based in Hastings and have links to Ngāti Kahungunu; they travel around New Zealand and have even been invited to perform on cruise ships in the South Pacific. After the show the children will have the opportunity to take part in workshops. It will be fantastic !

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday this coming Queen’s Birthday weekend.


-Bring a positive attitude to school


-Wear the correct winter uniform

Hannah & Molly


Pentecost Sunday 5th June

Pentecost Sunday is a commemoration and celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the early church. John the Baptist prophesied of the first Pentecost when Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus confirmed this prophecy with the promise of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. He showed Himself to these men after His death on the cross and His resurrection, giving convincing proofs that He was alive. Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined in prayer in an upper room. On the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house, tongues of fire came to rest on each of them, and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were given the power of communication, which Peter used to begin the ministry for which Jesus had prepared him. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples did not stay in the room basking in God’s glory but burst out to tell the world. This was the beginning of the church, as we know it.


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


Congratulations to the following students: Greer, Ruby, Quinn, Madeline, Hunter, Lotti, and Hadlee who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Molly, Taiana, Kylie, Jackson and Mason who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!

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


Friday - PIE day Thank you for your support with these. We hope the students are enjoying them! A big thank you to our helping hands - we couldn't do it without you! Order forms will head home on a Wednesday, to be returned Thursday morning with the correct cash to Isla and Ella in room 2. Lunch will then be supplied on Fridays to the students that have ordered. Lunches are a small slow burning fundraiser for the PFG, we organize, supply, sort etc for a small mark up that gets put back into the school in various ways.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 13th June, if you wish to join us or find out more about us, please send an email to the address below.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

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


Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


3rd - Kahurangi Dance Company Performance

6th - Queens Birthday (School closed)

10th - Jumping June

20th - BOT Meeting

24th - Matariki (School closed)

28th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8


1st - School Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee

3rd - Parish Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee

8th - YCC Mufti Day and Mid Year Reports go home

9th-24th - School Holidays

25th - School Art Exhibition, First day of Term 3

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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