Newsletter Week 2 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 10th May 2022


Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama

Seek and discover. Discover and Know. Know and become enlightened

‘My heart is filled with a peace and joy that I cannot describe’

ST. Mary Mackillop 1870

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki tuarua

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

‘My heart is filled with a peace and joy that I cannot describe’ is how our Monday morning liturgies make me feel. It is a blessing to begin each week as a school community by listening and reflecting on the word of God and celebrating our student's achievements. This week we celebrated and acknowledged the beginning of winter sports season with representatives from each team confidently sharing their wins and losses. We had an opportunity to thank our students who, at Sunday mass, presented our mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, and godmothers with corsages they made with Father Paul last Friday. This feeling of peace and joy is continued across the week as classes engage in prayer on a daily basis. How blessed are we.

As we move forward with our week we continue to build on what we learned last week, we wonder about how things work and why. We discover through a range of different teacher prepared learning activities that the discoveries we are making help us feel more confident and more willing to take a risk. When this happens you can visibly see student's hearts being filled with peace and joy. When we as the adults in their world foster these encounters, our students see their greatness, notice their strengths, identify their inherited traits, value their god given gifts, and believe in their worth. This is what it means to enhance their Mana.

Mana is a core principle of the Māori world view and many other Pacific cultures. Mana can be considered as a spiritual quality that resides in all people: a sacred force existing in the universe. To acknowledge you have Mana is to acknowledge your core value as a human and to realise your intrinsic link to all of creation.

Welcome to New Staff

We welcome Mrs. Charlotte Suttor (Lottie) and Mrs. Betina Barber to St Joseph’s School. Lottie will be working in Room 1 and Betina in Room 4. We are blessed to have found 2 Teacher Aides who are as excited as we are to be working in a learning environment that is focused on supporting our students to be the very best that they can be.

Learning for Life and Leading in Faith

Through the creation of their own version of a Resurrection Garden, our Year 7&8 learners have not only gained knowledge but taken action with what they have learnt in a creative way.

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

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Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Rehmat Sandhu to Room 1 classroom.


Tena kotou katou

Welcome back to the second week of school. I hope everyone had a great first week back at school. It was great to see all the children playing around in the playground, field, and turf with all their friends.

This week is Sign Language Week and also Road Safety Week. Rooms 1 and 3 will be participating in a bike/scooter safety session tomorrow at Russell Park.

This Wednesday the year 7 & 8 Prem Netball team is going up to the sports park in Hastings to play in a netball tournament, they are playing three games and the finals. We wish them good luck.

This week is Friday Pie Day. The order forms will be handed out today. Please bring it back with the correct amount of money to Ella and Isla on Thursday in Room 2.

Molly & Hannah


Sacramental Programme

Term 2 -Baptism

When a person is baptised into the Church he/she enters into a relationship. He or she no longer lives as an individual entity but as a member of the Body of Christ. The baptismal ceremony marks the beginning of this new life of union and ongoing commitment. At the same time, we, the Christian community, pledge ourselves to be in relationship with that person. Some children in our school for a variety of reasons are not baptised. If your child expresses interest in being baptised, or you would like to have them baptised, please feel welcome to contact Fr Paul or Betty Brown to discuss this further. This, of course, applies to any member in your family who wants to become part of the sacramental life of the Church. Everyone is welcome in our Church and their presence would be a great gift to our Church family


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


Congratulations to the following students: Sariah, Xander, Carlos, Rory, Isla, Millie, Kyla, Fairlane, Shawen, and Mackenzie who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused learners.

A fantastic effort!

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

Welcome everyone

Half way through week 2 already!

Friday - PIE day Thank you for your support with these, we have had some great feedback that the kids are happy and the price is on point. A big thank you to our extra helping hands Rob Malcolm, Amanda Austin, Sarah Jackson, Gayleen Alexander, and Isla & Ella - we couldn't have done it without you! Order forms will head home on a Wednesday, to be returned Thursday morning with the correct cash to the school office. Lunch will then be supplied on Fridays to the students that have ordered. Lunches are a small slow burning fundraiser for the PFG, we organize, supply, sort etc for a small mark up that gets put back into the school in various ways.

We are looking forward to bringing our cookies and croissants fundraiser back, we are just waiting for Yarrows to be in a position to start these again.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 13th June, if you wish to join us or find out more about us, please send an email to the address below.

Have a great week and thank you for your support!

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


Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

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Upcoming Events


16th - BOT Meeting

17th - CHBC Discovery Day

20th - Pink Shirt Day

29th - School Mass


6th - Queens Birthday (School closed)

10th - Jumping June

14th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8

20th - BOT Meeting

24th - Matariki (School closed)


8th - YCC Mufti Day and Mid Year Reports go home

25th - School Art Exhibition

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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