Newsletter Week 5 Term 1

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 2nd March 2022


“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou māhi”

“Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work”

"As the scripture teaches,

`Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. '

(Prov. 22:6.)

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

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki rima.

Finding the uniqueness in every child is what opens learning for our tamariki. Providing opportunities for them to be engaged in creative activity helps teachers to learn more about what each child may be thinking or feeling. Creativity fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for them to try out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving.

This week some of our students have begun thinking about and embarking on a creative journey as a result of learning to use ‘skipping ropes for skipping’ and ‘purpose bought ropes for creating’. Through this creative play, many lessons are already being uncovered, such as how to design, plan, communicate, collaborate, share, take risks, negotiate, learn from mistakes and most importantly how to take responsibility for building resources we are acquiring and respect for each other's perspectives.

I am looking forward to seeing how the thinking and design skills of our tamariki develop across the year as they apply these learning skills and attitudes to be creative innovators.

Road Safety

Our school patrollers take on an important responsibility as they help to keep other students and whanau safe on the road by controlling the flow of vehicles and pedestrians at pedestrian crossings. Our road patrollers operate our crossing before school from 8:30am till 8:45am and after school from 2:55pm - 3:05pm.

I am proud to share that our road patrollers demonstrate the following traits:

They are:

  • reliable and punctual

  • comfortable about, and confident in, making decisions

  • demonstrate good judgement

  • can concentrate on their tasks

  • take their responsibilities seriously

  • turn up for duty on time, everytime

  • are willing and physically able to do the job safely

All road patrol team members were trained/retrained by our police school community officer. We would like to thank Officer Che Lind for training our patrollers and for his continued support to keep our children safe.


We are looking forward to celebrating our childrens aquatic talents on Monday 7th March. Please read the attached notice that was shared as a hard copy earlier this week.

Have a restful weekend,

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Henry Hobson to our Room 1 classroom.


Congratulations to the following students Marco, Jayde, Sehaj, Jasmeen, Tate, Andrei, Ezalea, Regan, and Riley for demonstrating some of the attributes of a St Joseph’s learner: principled, open-minded and reflective.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Korah, Isla, Chloe, Millie and Ivy who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


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


Tena koutou katoa

On Monday the 14th of March, St Joseph's School is having a mufti day. If your child/ren is willing to wear mufti, please send them a gold coin. All donations will go towards helping the families in Tonga.

On Monday Room 6 had Vinnies and they started to make toys for the SPCA. We all had a great time making toys.

Sadly no one was accepted into the sports academy this year.

This Week on Wednesday, it is Ash Wednesday and also the first day of Lent. Lent is a time for giving and receiving gifts. Room three has been drawing pictures of their gifts and talents. God gifted us with these and creations. Room three knows how important it is to look after these.

Mrs Chesswas is now working in room 4 for a while.

Make that everyone is wearing the correct School uniform and make sure to have a great week

Hope everyone has a lovely week.

Molly and Hannah

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Lenten Prayers

One Another Nga Mahi a Tetahi ki Tetahi

May Christ inflame the hearts of all people

to break through the barriers which divide them,

to strengthen the bonds of mutual love,

to learn to understand one another,

and to pardon those who have done them wrong.

Through Christ’s power and inspiration

may all peoples welcome each other

to their hearts as brothers and sisters,

And may the peace we long for,

ever flower and ever reign among us.


Prayer of St John XXIII

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

Last Thursday we had another successful day selling flowers to the Waipukurau community. 27 Bunches beautifully put together from local country gardens.

We would like to extend a very big thank you to our parent that donated her time, talent and flowers for this fundraiser - thank you!

Further thanks to the other gardens she gathered from, Story's Clothing for the spot outside their shop, and all our customers who supported us and brightened their day or someone else's with a beautiful bunch.

Our AGM is on the 7th March at 7pm room 2.

This is where we reflect on the year we had and when we elect our officers. The AGM will then be followed by our usual monthly meeting (might be a bit longer than a usual meeting). Anyone is welcome to join us for this meeting and you are welcome to join the committee. Please contact me through our Facebook page if you would like any further information on who we are and what we do.

Please note, as we are meeting on school grounds as per the Ministry of Education, we need to sign in and wear a mask while on school grounds and follow other health recommendations.

Facebook page:

St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau


Have a great week!

Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.

* Open Netball Trails *

Due to the high interest in senior netball this year, we will be holding trials for the Senior "A" Netball team.

Open netball trails for the St Joseph's team/s (yr 5 - 8) will be held on the 8th of March and the 15th of March running from 3.15 pm to 4.30 pm at our school courts.

Hawkes Bay Netball requires Vaccine Passports for everyone aged 12 years 3 months and over to play on their courts.

Please bring PE gear, shoes, and a drink bottle to trails...and most of all a positive supportive attitude.

For more information or clarification please contact:

Chrystall Lorck 0277339055

Amanda Austin 027 325 8350

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Upcoming Events


2nd - Ash Wednesday

7th - School Swimming Sports

9th - Yr 7 Vision Test

14th - Mufti Day

18th - St Joseph's Day


7th - Yr 7/8 Immunisations

14th - Last day of Term 1

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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