Newsletter Week 4 Term 1
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 22nd February 2023
Kia Ora whanau,
I know our thoughts and prayers are still very much with those schools in our region and diocese who have been severely affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. As shared in Psalm 31:24 ‘Dispite what you may face, God is with you’ and by our school value of ‘community’ we will be holding a ‘Gold Coin’, ‘Non-uniform Day’ on Friday 3rd March. The proceeds will be forwarded to the PNCEO support appeal ‘Unite with our school friends in Hawke’s Bay’ Our Senior Leaders are meeting this week to decide on a theme for the day! Watch this space!
Tō Tātou whakapono - Our Faith
We all want the very best for our tamariki, and therefore across this term, in our weekly newsletter, we will share ways you can help support your child/ren to grow in their own faith. Today we begin. Please have a conversation with your child about why we all went to Mass this morning.
(Today is Ash Wednesday: a holy day of prayer and fasting that marks the first day of Lent, which is the six weeks of penitence before Easter)
In Father’s Homily, he made the connection between the how our recent flood waters washed away natural resources, but how from this distruction, new life will grow, similarly, to a forest being burnt and from the ashes comes new life. We sung the waiata/song by: Michael Mangan ‘Out of Ashes’, the lyrics of which say:
For in the ashes new seeds are sown
From the ashes new life will grow
Leave the past in ashes
Let the old things give way
Start afresh new life right here today
In the ashes, from the ashes, out of ashes.
Out Of Ashes (Feel free to listen and sing this with your child/ren)
We were blessed today to join members of our community in prayer.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
We know that when faced with challenges, like God, our friends are with us.
Try this at home and remember the fitness metaphor – it’s easier when you make it fun. Playful thinking can be a very engaging way of building learning muscles. Games of all types, make believe, imaginary friends, “what if” flights of fancy, and so on all provide opportunities for playful thinking.
Monday 6th March will be our annual swimming sports at the Centralines Sports Complex. (We are hoping restrictions have been lifted and we are able to use the pool)
Whānau are welcome to attend.
Students are to come in their sports uniform dressed in house colours
Thank you for helping your child to pack;
A named towel with togs in a plastic bag
Swimming cap if you have one (named)
A drink bottle (Water only)
We will begin with our Year 4 - 8 tamariki between 9:15 - 11:00.
Our Year 1 - 3 tamariki will swim from 11:00 - 1:00.
If you know anyone who might benefit from this information, please feel free to pass it on.
Community support resources from Ministry of Social Development
To support the All-of-Government response and recovery efforts, we are sharing factsheets from the Ministry of Social Development about Civil Defence payments and the Community Support Package. If your community has been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle or the North Island floods you may want to distribute these factsheets through your school and community networks.
Factsheet: community support package [PDF, 258 KB]
Financial support for Cyclone Gabrille factsheet [PDF, 291 KB]
We would like THANK our CHB District Council for supplying us with drinking water this week.
This act of kindness is greatly appreciated.
Kia pai tō mutunga wiki
Ma te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Welcome back after the Cyclone Gabrielle
We hope you and your families made it out ok during the cyclone and were safe throughout the week.
Today we had an Ash Wednesday Mass.
On the 6th of March we have our school swimming sports which we have been practicing for in our school pool.
Yesterday Room 1 had yummy pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
All living things:
Two weeks ago Room 1 went to Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo in Haumoana and got to see lots of living things and their needs to survive in the wild and captivity eg. like what they eat and drink and what their habitat looks like.
Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and is the first of the forty days of Lent leading up to Easter. The ashes used in the liturgy on Ash Wednesday are traditionally made from the palms used on Palm Sunday the previous year. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. Abstinence from eating meat applies to everyone age 14 and above. Fasting applies to everyone age 18-59. During the season of Lent, Christians traditionally engage in praying, fasting and alms-giving.
Mass -9.15am @ St Joseph’s, Waipukurau and 5.30pm @ St Patrick’s, Waipawa
Sunday Altar Service
Ella, Cooper, Lucy
Board of Trustees - Welcome to 2023!
At our first meeting back last week I was elected Presiding Chair. I am excited to work alongside my fellow board members and our school administration to continue upholding the special character of our school and implementing our schools: mission, vision and values. As a Board, we have subcommittees who meet outside of our monthly meetings to focus on tasks regarding: Property, Finances, Policies, Enrolment/Staffing and Curriuclum. Our Board work plan ensures that our meetings address key issues, major actions, upskilling of us as a team as well as self reviewing how we can best meet the needs of our learners/ākonga.
The BoT would like to put together a list of trades people that we can call on when doing work around the school.
We currently have a tender out for some work inside the classrooms, verandah’s and roofing. This information is sent out by our Diocese property consultants: Tim Nicols @ Timely Consultants. Our preference continues to be to use a local business. Tim asks if we have contacts and we would like to provide your information if you are interested.
If you know of anyone in our wider community outside or would like to be considered for future work then we would like to hear from you.
Our Upcoming Board meetings are as follows:
Graeme Fisher (Presiding Chair)
🛑District Nurse Panui 🛑
Mask use and silt/dust advice
Flood waters have deposited large quantities of silt around Hawke’s Bay. Airborne dust can affect people’s health and cause eye irritations, a cough, exacerbate asthma or lead to other respiratory problems. Silt may also contain other toxic substances.
- If possible, stay indoors when dust levels are high.
- Avoid exercising in the dust.
- If possible, reduce vehicle numbers and speeds (10-15 km/hr) over silt-laden surfaces, to reduce dust generation and subsequent exposure.
- Wear suitable respiratory protection if exposure to dust cannot be avoided. Proper face-fit respirators (P2, N95) provide the best personal protection; however, even surgical masks will still offer some protection.
- Wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and gumboots or sturdy shoes when cleaning up.
- Anyone coming into contact with silt should wash and dry their hands and/or use hand sanitiser.
GP visits for URGENT CARE!!! is free for all ages until 31st March for all Hawkes Bay residents.
🏉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
Chris Hainsworth, Organist extraordinaire….
Concert at St Mary's Church, Waipukurau.
2.30pm, Sunday 12 March
$20.00 per person
FUND RAISER for CHB.
Chris Hainsworth grew up in Wellington, learning the organ from Ernest Jamieson and Maxwell Fernie and studying languages and music at Victoria University before heading for Toulouse to complete his Doctorate. He also studied organ with Jean Ferrard in Brussels. He taught for 15 years at Waikato University and another 15 at the Béziers Conservatoire in the South of France before devoting himself entirely to performance (solo, chamber orchestral) on organ, fortepiano and harpsichord, mainly around Europe, USA and Australasia. Formerly Director of Music at Hamilton Cathedral, Director of the Béziers Conservatoire and Associate Professor of Music at Waikato University, he is currently organist “titulaire” of the Cathedral of Béziers.
Tickets available from
Angela Annear 8589082 / 0272811306 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kath Fletcher 8589802 / 0272066590 dkfletch@xtra,co.nz
22nd - Ash Wednesday
26th - First Sunday of Lent
2nd - Grip Leadership Conference
5th - Second Sunday of Lent
6th - St Josephs School Swimming Comp
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
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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