Newsletter Week 3 Term 4

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 3rd November 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 3. This week the senior class is away on school camp. I hope they have fabulous weather and a great time away.

Congratulations to Miss Girvan who is now Fully Registered as she has completed her provisional registration requirements. This is a huge milestone in her teaching journey. We are all very proud of your achievement.

Our school uniform is an important part of our Special Character. It is what we identify with and also makes us easily recognisable in the wider community. Currently, not all students are wearing the correct uniform, such as shoes, incorrect jewelry, hair not tied up. Please ensure you are wearing the correct uniform and taking pride in your appearance.

Tuesday next week is school Athletics, as you will be aware under level 2 we can not have gatherings of more than 100, so this year parents are unable to attend.

The students (Year 4 to 8) will be walking down to the high school at 10 am ready for a 10.30 am start. Students will need to come to school in their PE uniform wearing their house colours, have a good packed lunch and a drink bottle of water only.

The Year 1 to 3 students will be doing their sprints and tabloid sports at school, so they don’t miss their swimming in the afternoon.

Next week is Scholastic Book Week (8th Nov to 12th). Books will be on sale for parents to purchase from Monday to Friday before and after school. Parents must wear a mask coming onto school grounds and only enter the hall from the church car park. On Friday the 12th November, we will have book character fancy dress day. Come dressed up as your favourite book character. We will have a parade and judge the costumes after morning tea. There is a prize for the best outfit for each year group.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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Teacher only day on the 26th of November

The staff will be having our second teacher only day to continue the work on our localised curriculum. The school will be closed for instruction on this day so please ensure you have arranged child care.

Attendance Dues

Please ensure that you are making regular payments to keep on top of your attendance dues. The end of the year is approaching fast.

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


Ki ora, we hope everyone had an amazing weekend with their family and friends.

This week Room 6 is going to Rotorua for camp. We are really looking forward to it, the weather is looking great.

Next week is going to be a pretty action packed week full of fun activities. Starting with Room 6’s market day on Monday. We have been working on it for the last 5 weeks now in Vinnies. So if you can please bring some money to buy the things we have made, funds raised will go to a charity.

We have our athletics on Tuesday so make sure to bring your P.E gear, water bottle and a packed lunch. We also have the book fair and on Friday you need to come dressed up as your favourite book character. Make sure you have a great and fun week.

By Jonty and Riley.W


November 1st and 2nd

  • All All Saints’ Day celebrates both known and unknown saints.
  • All Saints are those who are believed to have reached heaven.
  • It is a holiday rooted in the belief that the world is spiritually connected to heaven.
  • It is celebrated on November 1 by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and Protestant Churches.
  • It is an official public holiday in Catholic countries.
  • It is not an official public holiday in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia or New Zealand.
  • Other names for it are All Hallows’ Day, Feast of All Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, and Hallowmas.
  • It is the second part of Allhallowtide, which lasts from October 31 to November 2.
  • Hallow means “holy” in Old English.
  • All Saints’ Day is not the same as All Souls’ Day. All Souls’ Day is dedicated to those who still have not reached heaven.

PFG Update


WOW everyone is loving the raffle we currently have running!! We can't thank you enough for all the selling you are doing, we are blown away by how well received this raffle has been!! Thank you!!!

If you still have tickets that you don't think will sell, please drop them off to Sarah Jackson in the office and she will pass them onto families that have asked for more - thank you Sarah for all your help!!


Still, a couple of tables available, get a team of up to 6 together and come join us for an evening of fun and great prizes. A special thank you to Father Paul for your donation for the evening - thank you! (Further details on the flyer).


Thank you to everyone who let us know that the Mitre10 helping hands applications were open. We are very proud to say with the support of Miss Girvan and her room 5 students plus Mrs Alexander and her son Josh, we have been able to put an awesome application together with a video showcasing the existing playground. Thanks, heaps team, it's really made the application outstanding!! We can't wait to hear if we have been short listed at the end of the month for a chance to be 1 in 3 schools who receive a new playground to the value of $140k.

We wish room 6 an amazing time away on their school camp, where adventures will be had and memories made!

Have an outstanding week!!

The PFG Committee

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Upcoming Events


2nd-5th - Room 6 Camp

8th - 12th - Scholastics Book Week

9th - School Athletics

20th - PFG Quiz

22nd - School Photos

23rd - CHB Athletics

26th - Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)


30th - 3rd - Room 5 Camp

6th - Yr 8 Retreat Day

7th - Science Road Show

8th - Leavers Mass

15th - Prize Giving

16th - Last day of 2021 (1 pm finish)