Newsletter Week 3 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 16th February 2022


“He aroha whakāto - He aroha puta mai”

“If kindness is sewn, then kindness you shall receive”

Kia Ora e te whānau,

Hello, Ni Hao, Malo e lelei, Hallo, Kamusta, Namaste, Talofa,

Welcome to Week 3.

At the beginning of each term, I will share with whanau an overview of what learning will look like across the school. Each term will focus on a unit of inquiry where your child's learning is connected to a concept. Through this concept, curriculum content is planned and delivered to meet your child’s developmental year level expectations. This term's inquiry focus is: Our local environment is special.

Through this inquiry we will support our students to learn about society and communities and how they function. They will also learn about the diverse cultures and identities of people within those communities and about the effects of these on the participation of groups and individuals. Teaching and learning in each classroom is already showing evidence of these concepts being shared.

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Well done to Izac, Tane, Kylie, Kyla, Teddy, Micah, Flynn, Darius, Kuba and Chloe who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


Well done to Elaijah, Keena, Madison, William and Fukun who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


Last week St Peter Chanel house won the CBG house points and Rex was the winning individual. Well done Rex!

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Tēnā koutou tamariki mā.

Welcome back to our first full week back at school. Last week Mrs Brown visited room 4 and she talked with the students about the Chinese New year since she lived in China for a while. Sadly due to the rain on the weekend, classes were not able to go swimming on Monday.

Room 6 also had their first day of Vinnies. They wrote kind messages and words on cards to put up on the wall.

Room 3 celebrated Valentine's day together.

On Tuesday Room 6 had their second session of technology at Waipawa School.

Room 5 created water towers. Their goal was to make the water tower 20cm high and make it fit 50ml.

We hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day. Have a great week.

Hannah & Molly.


Don’t forget Tonga – they’ve been hammered

Don’t forget Tonga just because it happened a while ago – this is the message of former All Black coach, Wayne Smith. “They’ve been absolutely hammered, a lot of them are homeless”, he told RNZ. The island kingdom was battered by a tsunami after an undersea volcanic eruption last month. Distribution of aid to Tonga is starting to speed up, with forklifts being used in the work to distribute much-needed supplies to families.

Rugby coaching greats Sir Graham Henry and Wayne Smith are among those sending much-needed goods on Matson shipping containers arranged by Sir Michael Jones. Smith said it was outstanding how much people were willing to give and he wants people to keep the situation at the forefront of their minds.

Donations can be made to Caritas online through the Pacific Relief Fund ( or via our bank account 03-0518-0211216-00 (please include first & last name and put Tonga as the code).

PFG Update

Hi everyone!

We had a fabulous Valentines Day selling gorgeous bunches of flowers collected and arranged by one of our very own talented parents. We have had requests for more!! So all going well (available flowers in gardens) we will have another go. Keep an eye out for when this will be.

The PFG would like to extend a big thank you to our flower maker, you are very talented and the raving reviews from buyers were 10/10! THANK YOU

We are holding our AGM on the 7th of March at 7pm, where positions for this year will be elected. Anyone is welcome to attend, this meeting or any other we have. Once the AGM is over we will move onto our normal monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in room 2 at the school.

Have a wonderful week.

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

Upcoming Events



27th - School Mass (Intended)


2nd - Ash Wednesday

18th - St Joseph's Day


14th - Last day of Term 1

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