Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 23rd March 2022


‘Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora’

An active soul is a healthy soul

Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God

Micah 6:8

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki waru.

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

We are pleased to share and welcome Indie Peach Foxall to our school community. Congratulations Emma and Cain on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby girl on Saturday 19th March. St Joseph must have been watching over you all as Indie made her appearance on his feast day. What a special gift!

Meanwhile, we celebrated the Feast of St Joseph last Friday. The whole school actively engaged in a day that replenished not only our souls but also our minds, and bodies. The day began with a well organised mass and was followed by a fun day of house team building activities. The first of which was a Quizz.

What would be your responses to the following questions?

  • Who was St Joseph the husband of?

  • Who chose St Joseph to be the protector of Jesus?

  • What did St Joseph do as a job?

  • St Joseph’s day always falls in that liturgical season?

  • What date is St Joseph's feast day?

  • What words, if any, did St Joseph speak in the bible?

  • Name one country that St Joseph is patron of

  • What was St Joseph’s father’s name (as written in Matthew's Gospel?

  • Where do St Joseph and Mary go to be enrolled for the census?

  • Who blessed St Joseph and Mary at the temple?

  • Where does St Joseph go when Herod wants to kill Jesus?

  • How old was Jesus when St Joseph and Mary lost Jesus and found him at the temple?

  • What is the name of the flower that St Joseph is seen holding

  • How did St Joseph get told that baby Jesus was the ‘son of God’?

The House’s team building tasks ensured that cooperation, communication, and creativity were at the forefront of students' thinking as they: completed a puzzle, made a stool, designed an outfit, cracked a code, and crafted out of playdough.

The day ended with a very enjoyable whole school swim at the Centralines Pool, with St Peter Chanel winners of the house swim relay event.

Overall House Points Winner on the day was Bl Suzanne Aubert Congratulations to everyone who made the day such a success and a big thank you to the PFG for the seemingly endless supply of ‘Juices’

Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God

As we start to have more isolating students, we will continue delivering learning in a ‘hybrid’ way. For students who are isolating and not sick, they are able to access learning from home - if your child is sick, please let them rest and recover. An important message from me is to do what you can, make sure you take some breaks, get outside into the sun and return your child to school when they are well.

Meanwhile, we will be combining classes to cover for as long as numbers of students and teachers at school allow.

School Docs

This term, we are 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.


Emergency Evacuation, School Closures, and Visitors Policies

Student Reflection Day - Teacher Only Work Day

A reminder that there will be no school for students on Thursday 14th April. Our students' last day for this term will be Wednesday 13th April. Instead, staff will be at school engaging in our first Teacher Only Day for this school year. The purpose of this day is to provide staff with time to refresh and deepen our knowledge and practice around student learning and how we will move forward with telling each student's individual learning journey.

Kia pai te mutunga wiki - Have a blessed weekend,

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown


Congratulations to the following students: Mariana, Maise T, Kaiyah, Lucy C, Ruby, Esta, Sofia, Ivy, Eva, and Rex who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focussed learners.

A fantastic effort!


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

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Alexa Ramos to our Room 1 classroom.


Tena Koutou Katoa

Last Friday was St Joseph's day. The School had a fun day and we did lots of different fun activities like the children doing a water course that Room 6 set up, plank walking, a House quiz, and a lot of other fun activities that the children enjoyed. In the afternoon on that day, we had House relays because in swimming sports we weren't able to do the relays but luckily we got to do it on St Joseph's Day. For relays, coming in first was St Peter Chanel then Bl Suzanne Aubert came second and St Mary Mackillop came third. After the races the School had some free time to swim in the pool, Rooms 1 and 3 swam in the small pool and the rest of the classes swam in the big pool. Overall it was such an awesome day.

Molly and Hannah

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Lent – Caritas

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand supports Te Roopu Haurongo to accompany and love high needs young people. Te Roopu Haurongo was set up by a group of Māori kaumatua to support and accompany youth to Te Kooti Rangatahi (Māori Youth Court). Te Roopu Haurongo base their work in whanaungatanga (familial relationships) by welcoming wayward youth as mokopuna. Tikanga requires that the youth mihi (Maori way of greeting) upon entering. Mihi place youth in relationship with their history and Te Kooti Rangatahi. Under the current law, youth offenders have the option of going to Te Kooti Rangatahi (Rangatahi Court). Te Kooti Rangatahi apply the same law and are open to anyone. The difference is that Te Kooti Rangatahi follow Māori tikanga and bring whānau into the process. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand always learn a lot from the kaumātua from Te Roopu Haurongo as we develop our Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). The love of the kaumatua for the troubled youth demonstrates mercy and justice. Gospel justice is loving, transformational and restorative.

FAITH IN ACTION • Are there relationships in our lives that need repair? • What can we do to make things right and restore a sense of tika (rightness/justice) in our relationships and in the world around us? • How can we extend welcome and hospitality to others?

Catholics in Aotearoa New Zealand are being asked to visit their churches this Friday 25th March to join with Pope Francis in a special day of prayer for Ukraine. Bishop Steve (Bishop of Auckland and NZCBC Secretary) says: “All over Ukraine, people are having to flee their homes because of the war. Leaving our homes here to go to our local church to pray on this special day would very much be showing solidarity to the people having to leave their homes in Ukraine."

Please see the following link for more information:

BOT Update

Kia ora parents, caregivers, and our school whanau

The school year has started and we are very fortunate to have only a few students having to isolate at home so far. Thank you for keeping your children at home if they are unwell. We would also like to thank our wonderful staff for their continued hard work during these challenging COVID times.

There have been a couple of changes within our Board. We have received Tohu Seeds’ resignation. We would like to thank Tohu for his contribution to the school over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours. We welcome Sue Cullen to the Board as one of our Proprietor Representatives.

Congratulations to Emma Hamilton and her partner Cain on the arrival of Indie Peach Foxall.

Nga mihi arohanui
St Joseph’s School BOT

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

Hi everyone

We hope you are staying dry today!

Just a week and a half left to get your orders in for some tasty, freshly made traditional Easter buns - forms due back Friday 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 next meeting will be held on Monday 4th April.

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.

From the Sports Field

CHB Junior Football Information

The organisation for the CHB Junior Football season will be team-based. Schools will organise coaches for their teams and the draw will be posted on our Sporty website. All children 4+ can take part in this. Children aged 4-6 will have skill-based activities and a game which will be organised by Axel Wakelin. All other players will play games against other teams each weekend. The season will begin on the 14th May. The cost for these students is $30.

Those students who would like to play competitively, across Hawke's Bay, can enter their names for consideration for our Intercity team(s). Students must be Year 6+. The cost for the season for these students is $40. This is due to increased costs from Central Football for these teams. Parents should expect to travel to Napier and Hastings at least 50% of the time for games. Practice will take place during the week at Russell Park.

Parents can register their children through our sporty website:

Parents of children who registered with CHB Junior Football in 2021 will (hopefully) have received an email asking them to re-register their child for 2022.

Junior Rugby

Junior Rugby Registrations are now! Look out for the club's registration date for the 2022 winter rugby season. If you have any queries please contact the club's delegate.

Club delegate's details are:

    • Central – Tim Hamilton – 027 418 2792
    • Waipawa – Pete Burne – 027 303 9081
    • Takapau – Gwynn Edwards – 027 819 4107
    • Onga Tiko – James Butler – 027 405 8930
    • Porangahau / Flemington – Clayton Stoddart – 027 321 0539 OR Rob Tennant – 027 932 1034
    • Otane - Rich Kupa - 021 261 2144

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Upcoming Events


7th - Yr 7/8 Immunisations

13th - Last day of Term 1

14th - Teacher Only 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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