Newsletter Week 9 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 30th March 2022


“Ka tū tahi tātou ki te kohikohi i te mātauranga, hei oranga tinana, hei oranga wairua,

kia tū tangata ai tātou”

We gather to learn, to nourish, to flourish. Here we stand together.

Being nourished by the words of Faith

1 Timothy 4.6

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki waru.

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

This week we are thankful to have remained open during a national spike in pandemic cases, a major flooding and most importantly, for some of our students, the loss of our community swing bridge. It has been noted that the loss of the community swing bridge is an incomprehensible concept to understand for young children. Students have been provided with opportunities to share their feelings in conversations and in their writing.

But what else can we do to nourish their learning of how to cope with disappointment?

‘Research shows that the benefits for students do not come from just hearing their own voices. It is more about how other people respond to their voices and work with them to understand their feelings and make ideas come to life.

When students believe they are respected and their views are valued, they:

  • feel like they belong

  • feel physically and emotionally safe

  • experience a positive classroom environment 'experience supportive and trusting relationships’.

Why is student voice important? | Bullying Free NZ

What could this look like at home? An example might be:

A dinner table conversation might be helpful in enabling students to voice their thoughts and feelings. It might be just what they need to move forward. You could help facilitate this by using the following conversation starters:

  • I miss the swing bridge because…..

  • This experience has taught me…….

  • If I could say something about…… I would say…..

Remember to listen with curiosity.

Nau mai haere mai! - Welcome

We welcome Ms. Sarah Hemi to our teaching team and school community. Sarah comes to us from Otane where she lives with her family. Sarah is an experienced teacher who’s passion and expertise is in Literacy. Her involvement in dance and drama will be a welcomed addition to our school’s skill set. Sarah will be spending time transitioning into our school over the next 2 weeks. This will give her time to get to know our Year 5 & 6 students in Room 5 and their program before the Easter break in order to plan for the new term ahead.

Kia Ora mō tō mahi pai - Thank you for your great work

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Gayleen Alexander for stepping into the role of Year 5 / 6 teacher for Term 1. The students have meaningfully engaged in a learning program that embraces our local curriculum, connects with subject strands and learning expectations, and has a solid foundation from which to springboard learning for the remainder of the year. Mrs. Alexander will return to her shared teaching position in Room 1 with Mrs. Simpson.

Kakahu Hotoke - Winter Uniform

As we prepare for cooler temperatures. If you want to know where to find a bargain! Please contact Sarah Jackson in the office.

Ako - Learning

Congratulations to all our students who are learning either at school or at home! Their resilience to continue striving to be the best that they can be is a testament to their developing character. At school, students have worked collaboratively together across year levels, engaged in zoom meetings with their class or teacher, coped with change all while continuing to explore learning in different ways.

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: Ashtyne, Alfie, Lacie, Rylee, Fukun, Kyla, Sofia, Lucas, and Genesis who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Charlie and Adilynn who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


Last week St Columba house won the CBG house points and Tane was the winning individual. Well done Tane!


Tena koutou tamariki ma

For Vinnies, Room 6 is hosting an Easter Raffle. The money we raise from the raffle will be used to ship essentials to Tonga, so far we have raised over $130. This will be drawn at the end of term on Monday at assembly. The raffle includes lots of chocolate and also some money. You could win one of two prizes. The tickets will be 50c each and will be sold during morning tea and lunch times at school if you would like to buy any.

For Term 2 Room 5 will be having a new teacher whose name is Mrs. Hemi.

In Room 6 the students have been researching what makes Aotearoa special and they have started to write an informative piece of writing about it.

Here are some reminders;

  1. Please bring a piece of fruit or vegetable for a snack break and what about making your own sandwich.

  2. Please wear the correct school uniform and keep warm.

  3. Please be kind and keep those who are sick in your thoughts.

And have an amazing week

Hannah and Molly

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Lent – Caritas


Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI), Timor Leste

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supports HAFOTI which is run by and for Timorese women. HAFOTI enables Timorese women to rise above their circumstances, both in the home and beyond, having greater confidence as women, wives, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, community participants and leaders. In Timor-Leste 80% of women are not paid for their work. HAFOTI women come from diverse backgrounds and HAFOTI looks for the best in their women so they may reach their potential. Caritas’s focus is on enhancing the dignity of Timorese women. By using a co-operative business model, Timorese women have been able to create a strong network of micro-enterprises. These micro-enterprises allow women to master their individual skills in remote locations, gain access to revolving credit and progress into leadership and mentoring roles. HAFOTI empowers women to be local business leaders who then guide the development of businesswomen across the country. FAITH IN ACTION • What can we do to embody mercy rather than condemnation? • How can we show mercy and compassion to marginalised groups in our community? • Seek an opportunity this week to have a conversation with a person you might normally avoid.

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

Hi everyone

Your order forms for traditional hot cross buns baked fresh the day of delivery are due back in this Friday morning (1st April). Please also ask family and friends if they would like to buy any. $1.50 from each packet gets put aside into our playground account. A thank you to Baker Boy for supporting us with these.

Our email address is available below if it is easier for you to email your order and pay to our bank account.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 4th April via zoom 7.30 pm, 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!

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

Room 6 Easter Raffle - To Raise Money for Tonga

For Vinnies, Room 6 is hosting an Easter Raffle. The money we raise from the raffle will be used to ship essentials to Tonga. This will be drawn at the end of term on Monday at assembly.

You could win one of two prizes. The tickets will be 50c each and will be sold during morning tea and lunchtimes at school if you would like to buy any.

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Upcoming Events


3rd - Daylight saving ends at 3am

7th - Yr 7/8 Immunisations

13th - Last day of Term 1

14th - Teacher Only Day


2nd - First day of Term 2

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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