Newsletter Week 6 Term 3
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 31st August 2022
Ki te Wātea te hinengaro, me te kaha rere o te wairua, ka tāea ngā mea katoa
When the mind is free and the spirit is willing, anything is possible
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,
Did you know that mindfulness opens your mind to new ideas, improves attention and makes it easier to entertain new ideas. Research demonstrates that mindfulness may enhance creativity in a number of ways. By teaching children meditation and mindfulness skills we help them increase their well-being and enable them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion and openness. Through this weeks whakatauki and Psalm we are reminded of the importance of providing our tamariki and ourselves with some time to contemplate, to just be.
Under the guidance of Matua Matt (TA) and Whaea Jordin (EIT Trainee), creativity flourishes as our students continue to engage in learning activities that enable them to think critically through a design process that has them working towards completing a creative task. While this may not be mindfulness in the purest sense it is a time where our learners are able to focus their minds on a particular activity, thereby teaching their brains to feel emotionally calm and gounded.
What does mindfulness look like at home for you and your tamariki?
Thank you Coaches & Managers
We would like to extend a warm welcome to ALL our winter sport coaches and managers: Netball, Hockey, Miniball, to a special morning tea at school tomorrow Thursday 1st September at 11:00 in the hall. If you are an Onga 7’s or Rippa Rugby coach or a supporter and are free, you are also more than welcome to join.
School Cross Country
Thank you Fred, Fiona, Jonty Barrett and Andrew Alexander for providing our students with a super memorable cross-country track. As shared by Whaea Hemi “That would have to go down as the muddiest cross country that I have ever been a part of. Mrs Chesswas and Mrs Wagstaff both looked like they had run the race and fallen over many times but they actually just got muddy on the back of the motorbike. I was very proud of all the children who tried their best. It definitely tested their resilience. The teachers commented on how many smiles there were as people came over the finishing line so it obviously was a great success”
Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at the Inter School Cross Country Event being hosted by Flemington School at Lake Station Road Wanstead on Thursday 15 September. Good Luck Team!
Alfie Kuklinski, Hannah Del Mar, Rylee Hodgetts, Geordie Malcolm, Nick Kuklinski, Maisie Taylor, Gia Dhillon, Flynn O’Brien, Emily Ayto and Sehaj Kaur. The team will be supported and cared for by Whaea Sarah.
We would like to than Jane and Fi for taking the time to introduce our younger school members to the awesome sport of Tennis. Attached to the newsletter is a flyer advertising the upcoming Inter School Tennis tournament.
Celebrating how we are leaders of faith and learners for life
Beginning Friday 9th September our assembly’s will be open to all families who are able to make it to share in celebrating the end of yet another industrious week of learning. Led by our very competent School Leaders you will hear your children singing, witness members of our community be acknowledged for their achievements and feel the warmth of our school values in action as we pray for ourselves and each other.
Teacher Only Day
A reminder that this Friday 2nd September we have a staff only day so that more work can be done on deepening our Structured Literacy practices. Staff will travel to Dannevirke and work alongside our our St Joseph’s counterparts. Therefore, there will be no school for students.
Ma te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
Hopefully everyone had a relaxing weekend after cross country and with no sports. This week is very exciting, we have the Rippa rugby tournament and a teachers only day.
This week on Wednesday there will be a Rippa rugby tournament held in Waipawa. Make sure to bring the correct gear and to play fair and safe. Good luck to all the students who will be participating and have fun.
Last week on Friday was cross country. Although it rained at the start we still carried on and had lots of fun. Lots of students got muddy and wet. When the school finished cross country we hopped on the bus and drove back to school exhausted. Congratulations to the students who made it into the interschools cross country and good luck.
-Wear correct school uniform
-Bring a smile to school
-Teachers only day on Friday
-Rippa Rugby tournament on Wednesday.
Enjoy the rest of your week
Molly & Hannah.
Reconciliation & Holy Communion
We are currently offering the opportunity for our baptised children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must be aged 8 years and over.
Reconciliation dates are - 4, 11, 18 September with the Sacrament made on 25 September.
First Holy Communion dates are 30 October, 6 and 13 November.
Parents and children will be expected to attend the sessions together as well as attending Mass. Please contact the school office for a registration form.
31st - Rippa Rugby
2nd - Teacher Only Day (No school for students)
4th - Fathers Day
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