Newsletter Week 6 Term 1
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 8th March 2023
‘Kei te pouri te māramatanga e whiti ana’
Light can only exist within darkness
‘I am the light of the world’
‘Ko ahau te whākamarama ō te ao’
Kia Ora whanau,
Welcome to another week of learning. Learning that provides opportunities for our tamariki to develop skills necessary for success in both the world and relationships of all kinds. Last weeks newsletter referred to the skill of Empathy and how our perspectives on a situation might be different to others. This week we look at Self-Control, a skill necessary to work together collaboratively as a team member.
As teachers we spend a lot of time and energy helping our tamariki to develop self-control. It is ‘normal’ that in every classroom there are students whose performance suffers due to a lack of this essential skill. If we want our tamariki to develop and flex their self-control muscles, we must present them with choices so that they can learn to take resposnibility for their behaviours. Our tamariki are learning to consider alternatives, make different decisions, and accept consequences in a spirit of care. We do this by ensuring our tamariki are aware of why we have specific rules or directions eg: a collaborative agreed ‘Treaty’ has been created and is referred to during learning in all classes. Our tamariki are developing self-control not just by following their class treaty and our school behavior expectations but by resisting temptations eg., playing on their computer rather than for the purpose shared or choosing to chat ‘off topic’ with a friend. As a staff we will continue to support our tamariki to be thoughtful decision makers so that they can respond to stressful situations in ways that keep their integrity in tack.
You might find the following links helpful: Teaching self-control: Evidence-based tips, Teaching Your Child Self-Control (for Parents) - Nemours KidsHealth
LEADING IN FAITH, LEARNING OR LIFE
Congratulations to our Year 6,7,8 students who represented our school with poise, grace and a real sense of community at the Grip Leadership Workshop held in Havelock North last week. At the workshop our tamariki learned that a leader isn’t necessarily about being a leader out in front, it is the everyday little things that can not being seen. Having self-control and empathy as well as being a shinning light.
Whaea Ngatel and Mrs. Jackson commented on how focused and engaged our students were. Rawe!
Mufti Day - Unite Schools in Hawkes Bay - Cyclone Gabrielle Relief Response
What a realy sense of ‘community’ Led by our Year 6 students, excitement, teamwork and fun was the order of the day. As our tamariki enjoyed a day of full sunshine a lunchtime swim, maybe: 1 too many lollipops and a refreshing ice-block to end the day, we still managed to raise $366.60 to donate to our ‘Unite with our school friends in the Hawkes Bay’ Funds have been transferred to the PNCEO to distribute to a more needy school than our own. THANK YOU! Whanau for supporting this very worthwhile cause.
Thank you to all our whanau who supported our tamariki in this weeks Swimming Sports. It felt great being able to have our whanau cheering on all our swimmers after what felt like such a long hiatus.
Interschool Swimming Sports
Congratulations to our team who will be representing our school at the CHB Inter-School Swimming on Thursday 16th March.
Elaijah Mananes, Lilla Malcom, Gia Dhillon, Nicholas Kuklinski, Flynn O’Brien, Carlos Bautista, Rory Murphy, Madison Tippett, Maisie Malcom.
A’Deane’s Bush Scenic Reserve
Our Year 6,7 & 8 students are looking forward to their Outdoor Exprience Day as part of their William Pike Challenge engagements on Friday 10th March
While our Year 6’s will not be experiencing the Guthrie Camp, they are already, along with our Year 7 & 8 students engaging in their own personal Passion Project and Community Service components.
St Joseph’s Day
We are excited to welcome tamariki and kaiako from St Josephs School Dannevirke to celebrate St Joseph's Day with us next Friday 17th March.
The day will include a Mihi Whakatau, Whole School’s Mass, Shared Lunch, Across house activities: swimming, tabloids, waiata, indoor hockey. If you would like to help with our shared lunch please let Sarah know in the office.
Shed Clean out - Free!
We have already offered these items to agencies who might benefit with no takers. Therefore, if you are interested in the following items or know someone who might like them, please contact the office and plan to come and get them before next Friday 17th March. After which they will all be disposed off.
14 old style desks
14 red chairs
Deep freeze (does not work)
Old file cabinet
Thank you to Matua Matt who has repaired and maintained our school bikes. Our tamariki LOVE! Riding them at lunch time and we are super lucky to have Matua Matt on board to ensure they continue to be used. The benefits of fitness, releasing energy and fun is much appreciated by our tamariki and kaiako.
Kia pai tō mutunga wiki
Ma te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
We hope everybody had an amazing week. We have been really busy at school.
On Monday we had our School Swimming Sports that everyone did amazing at. Congratulations to the people who made it into the Interschools and we wish you all the best as you represent our school.
This week Year 6, 7 and 8 students will be going to ADeane park on Friday for their William Pike Challenge outdoor experience with Whaea Marian, her helpers and Whaea. Everyone has to make sure to bring spare clothes, lots of drinking water and a morning tea just in case you don’t like the cooked lunch we will be making.
Thank you to the Year 5 and 6’s for setting up the fun Mufti Friday. We know everybody loved it.
Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde
Lent – Week 2
CARITAS CASE STUDY
When the massive Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano and subsequent tsunami devasted many parts of Tonga on 15 January 2022, it might have seemed that a super-natural event was taking place. Our partner Caritas Tonga provided practical, logistical and social support and assistance to households and communities most impacted since day one of this tumultuous event, while also having deep concern for their own families and fear that it was not yet all over. 16 When it might be hard to see God through circumstances such as these, God will often speak to us through the words and deeds of others. Being at the forefront of responding to communities affected by this event, staff of Caritas Tonga have illustrated ‘love in action’ (Caritas) through their dual commitment to their faith and the communities they willingly and diligently serve.
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Just a reminder that our AGM is on Monday 13 March at 7pm in Room 2. This will then be followed by our usual meeting. Everyone is welcome and we are always on the lookout for new members to join. Please don’t hesitate to have a chat to any of the current PFG members or to Gayleen Alexander in Room 1.
Just a reminder we are still looking for any donations to build a small raised garden outside Room 1. If you have any offcuts of timber you may have lying around, any spare nails or screws, soil, someone to build it etc, etc. If you can help us in any way, please get in touch with the PFG.
PLAYGROUND WORKING BEE
Please keep Saturday 29 April free, we need all hands on deck to get the new cushionfall down on the playground. More details to follow shortly.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or message the Facebook page.
Facebook page: St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Group – Waipukurau
The PFG Committee.
📚THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY BOOK DONATION📚
Sunday Altar Service
Nick, Elaijah, Adrisa
🏉CHB Junior Rugby Registrations🏉
CHB Junior Rugby Registrations are nearly here for all Primary Aged kids!!
If you played rugby last season, you will receive an email shortly to register again for the 2023 season.
If you are new to rugby, you will need to register on www.sporty.co.nz/chbjrc. Choose a club to represent. Club Delegates are:
o Central – Clint Gray 0272319230
o Waipawa – Roger Kittow – 027 857 3842
o Takapau – Gwynn Edwards – 027 819 4107
o Onga Tiko – Tim Mouat – 021 807 873
o Porangahau / Flemington – Clayton Stoddart – 027 321 0539 OR Rob Tennent – 027 932 1034
o Otane – Kelly Graham – 027 230 0611
12th - Third Sunday of Lent
16th - Interschool Swimming Comp
19th - Fourth Sunday of Lent
20th - Board of Trustees Meeting
24th - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
25th - Fifth Sunday of Lent
1st - Palm Sunday
6th - Last Day of Term
24th - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
25th - ANZAC Day - School Closed
26th - First Day of Term 2
29th - PFG Working Bee
School Term Dates 2023
Term 1: Monday 30th January to Thursday 6th April
Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 6th February, Good Friday 7th April
Term 2: Monday 24th April to Friday 30th June
Public Holidays: ANZAC Day 25th April, King's Birthday 5th June
Term 3: Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September
Term 4: Monday 9th October to Friday 15th December
Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 20th October, Labour Day 23rd October
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