Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 6th April 2022


‘Ka mate kāinga tahi, Ka ora kainga rua’

There is more than one way to achieve an objective

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Psalm 20:4

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki waru.

Kia Ora e te whānau, Hello, Ni Hao, Malo e lelei, Hallo, Kamusta, Namaste, Talofa,

A very warm welcome to our families who have spent time at home. You will be aware that last week the Prime Minister announced changes to the mandates that have been part of the COVID-19 response. As we move past the peak of Omicron, we can look toward a more simplified traffic light system to keep us safe.

This is what we are currently working with:


● Medical-grade masks remain a requirement for staff working indoors with children

● Young people in Rooms 4,5 and 6 are still required to wear masks.

● Masks are not required outdoors

● Capacity limits will be removed for outdoor events and activities.

● Indoor capacity limits increase to 200 people.


● There is no change to masks in education settings from the existing Orange setting. Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn when indoors and are required for children aged 12 and over on school transport.

● There will be no mask requirements when outdoors.

● There will be no outdoor capacity limits.

● Indoor capacity limits are also removed.


● There will be no face mask requirements and no capacity or gathering limits in any setting, indoors or outdoors.

School Docs

A reminder that this term, we have been reviewing policies on Emergency Evacuation, School Closures, and Visitors. Please have a read and send any feedback to I have attached copies of these policies to this newsletter but you can also access it through our School Docs site This will allow you to follow the links:

  1. Go to

  2. Click Search for our school

  3. Start typing the school's name and then select it from the dropdown list

  4. Enter the community username:stjosephschb

  5. Enter the school password: russell6

You can also access this information by clicking on our school website, then click school information and choose Policies & Procedures. This will also take you directly to the School Docs Site. Thank you for taking the time to ensure we collectively continue to keep our tamariki safe.

Our COVID-19 documents have been amended and are attached

Healthy Eating

There really is more than one way to achieve an objective, preparing and packing healthy snacks for your child's school lunch box is one way. As shared in last week's newsletter by our 2 Senior Leaders: Snacks make up an important part of our diet and are a great way to boost your child’s intake of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Healthy snacks help to satisfy hunger between meals and boost energy. Learning to eat and enjoy healthy snacks encourages your child to develop healthy eating habits.

Please help us, to help your child, make informed snack choices.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31. When you bring God into your healthy eating, it changes everything. Striving to honor Him in your food and drink choices will bring not only a heart change, but it will also change your choices.

Evacuation Drills

Last week we held an Earthquake drill which was very well executed across the school. Drop, cover and hold on was evident in all classes. If and when there is ever a great shake out, we will be ready.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

Did you know that:

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop can be best understood by looking at her ministry through 6 ‘Ps’. She had Passion. It was a deep passion for God and a passion for supporting people made in His image. Out of these, she believed in Possibilities. In her local and wider community, she saw suffering, injustice, struggles, and pain and she wanted to alleviate these things. This led her to Practical Action – a willingness to get her hands dirty and to walk alongside those who suffered. In this, she was never alone – she embraced Partnership as a means of securing the Common Good. She did not let differences of faith, opinion, or class be a barrier to her mission. She Persevered – facing barriers that were systemic, institutional, and at times personal. Lastly, she was immersed in and believed in Prayer as a means towards transformation, and communion with God.

Our students continue to demonstrate our school vision: Leading in Faith, Learning for Life as they engage in a wide range of learning tasks that provide them with opportunities to be respectful, responsible learners. Just like St Mary McKillop, our students demonstrate aspects of the 6 ‘P’’s that enable us to better understand St Mary McKillop’s ministry: Passion, Possibilities, Practical action, Partnership, Perverance, Prayer.

Kia pai te mutunga wiki - Have a blessed weekend,

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Winter Uniform

Our school uniform is a statement of belonging to a St Joseph’s Catholic School, Waipukurau. All pupils are required to wear the correct uniform.


Congratulations to the following students: Lance, Adrisa, Gia, Madeline, Hunter, Reyansh, Hadlee, Henery, Fairlane, Ani, and Micah who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Tate, Carlos and Izac who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


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


Tena Koutou katou

These past couple of weeks, the raffles that Room 6 has been selling for Vinnies have been going great with heaps of children buying tickets. If you would like to buy any tickets this will be your last full week to buy the tickets. If you forget where you buy them from,St Columba will be selling them in Room 6. So far Room 6 has sold over 400 tickets which is over $200. All the money we raise will go towards supporting Tonga.

Last week Room 6 practiced teaching the younger students how to play different Māori games that they learned from Matua Hogan, Matua Paulie, and Whaea Mahinarangi. So far Room 6 has been enjoying doing the games and getting the opportunity to teach the younger children how to play Māori games.

This is our last full week at School and then next week we only have three days and then a two week holiday


-Wearing the correct School uniform

-Bring a smile to school

-Please be kind to others and keep those who are sick in your thoughts

And have an amazing week.-Hannah & Molly

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

Hi everyone

Thank you so much for your support with the Hot Cross buns!! Delivery day is this Thursday (tomorrow). We will be working hard to sort these to match your order and give you a call to come and pick up. We will be in the school hall from 1 pm until 3.15 pm. If not collected by this time they will go to the school office for collection the next day. Please if you have a larger order bring your own bag to put them in.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 9th May, if you wish to join us or find out more about us, please send an email to the address below.

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


Have a great week and stay safe!

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


13th - Last day of Term 1

14th - Teacher Only Day


2nd - First day of Term 2

7th - First game of Netball

8th - Mothers Day

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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