Newsletter Week 9 Term 4
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 16th December 2022
He poipoia te kākano he puawai
Nurture the seed and it will flourish
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
He mihi nui kia koutou kātoa - Greetings to you all,
We have arrived safely at the end of our school year.
To summarise my address at yesterday’s Prizegiving, I would like to reiterate the following ways ‘We’ as a school nurture our tamariki to flourish ‘He poipoia te kākano he puawai’.
Ngā akonga, tamariki: Our leaners
Our tamariki continue to demonstrate what makes our school special. They are excellent ambassadors in the community, whether on trips, community events or on learning excursions. They can all be relied upon to represent the school with pride and dignity. As I look at our tamariki I see a special quality: whether it be their spirit, their faith, their sense of what is right, their caring nature, their inner sense of making decisions that show them walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Our Year 8 students who are leaving us today are testament that the school has impacted and nurtured their future selves to be the best that they can be.
Our tamariki end the year knowing intrinsically how to model our school values and the feeling of accomplishment when you step out of your comfort zone.
Nga kaiako, kaiawhina, kaimahi: Our staff
2022 has been a year of noticing's, collaborations and making sense of what makes our St Joseph's school and learner unique. For me, It has been an exciting time. We have a teaching team who show commitment, passion and focus on not only accelerating our learners knowledge and skills, but a staff who are committed to using current theory and practice to improve their own professional practice. The teaching and learning being enhanced and creatively developed is innovative and engaging. Our goal moving forward is to provide learning opportunities of the highest quality that meet the diverse range of learning needs in our school. From the front office to all our support teachers, Kelly, our Kaitiaki and Donna in the Parish office. I appreciate their expertise and encouragement of all our tamariki.
We are blessed to be able to witness the resilience we are growing in our tamariki.
Nga Matua - Our parents
It has been a pleasure to be part of the BoT and PFG Both teams continue to be proactive in professionalizing their respective committees. Setting clear direction and high expectations, all revolving around supporting and fronteering the future initiatives that directly impact our tamariki’s learning. I look forward to the development of our Holy Trinity: where the Board, the PFG and the Staff role model to our tamariki how to work collaboratively in an informed manner to continue growing our school to reflect our school mission of providing authentic encounters with Christ by living the gospel values, being active in learning and leading the school and community to be the best that we can be together.
As parents you may not see the fruits of our efforts immediately, but rather in your children as they continue their learning journey. In the decisions they make and the adults they become.
Looking forward to the new school year we will continue to Nurture our students, our staff and our whanau so that together we will all continue to grow - He poipoia te kākano he puawai.
Farewell Staff & Students
Mrs. Pauline Jamieson
After 25 years of service to our school, we wish Pauline a blessed retirement. Pauline is looking forward to spending quality time with her whanau and friends. We wish Pauline all the very best now and always.
Mrs. Sarah Chesswas
We congratulate Mrs. Chesswas on the next chapter of her teaching journey at Irongate School in Flaxmere. Over the past few years Mrs. Chesswas has supported and cared for our student providing them with opportunties to learn in different ways. “Thank you Mrs. Chesswass for taking our Dance Troupe, we loved it!” (The Dancers)
Farewell Year 8’s
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
St Josephs School Waipukurau - Prize Giving 2022
Parents and Friends Group - Holiday work
Thank you to our PFG who will be working over the holiday break to ‘refresh’ our playground ready for our tamariki to return to in the new school year - THANK YOU!
School Property - Holiday work
Thank you to our contracted company who will be working over the holiday break to ‘renew’ the concrete entry to our school at the Russell Street entry up to the administration office. - LOOKING FORWARD!
School Care & Security
Thank you Kaitiaki/guardian Kelly who will be monitoring and preparing our school over the holiday break. I also have security camera access on my phone! and will be on the mōtu/island this holiday break. Thank you to our local carpet cleaning company ‘Revive’ who will be making sure all flooring is ready on the 20th January.
Looking back: Thank you to all whanau who have managed to pay in full, in increments or by Automatic payment installments for your childs attendance dues this school year. Your prompt payment of these dues is very much appreciated.
Looking forward: A review has taken place and the Diocese of Palmerston North Proprietors Group have agreed that Attendance Dues for 2023 will increase by 3%. The increase is competitive when compare to inflationary increases in other goods and services which sits around 7%
Primary dues are currently $465.00 and will in crease by $14.00 in the new year. Therefore Attendance Dues for 2023 are $479.00
The voluntary contribution of $30.00 per child will remain unchanged.
Special Treat -Thank you Santa and Santa’s elves: aka: Amanda Austin, Madison Murdoch, Sarah Jackson, Graeme Fisher, Richard Elsworthy and Peter Keenan.
What a wonderful way to end the school year. Blessing to you all.
May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours, and may the coming year be filled with happiness.
Mere Kirihimete me te tau hou.
Back to school stationery 2023
We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Your child’s class list is available now on the OfficeMax MySchool website – https://www.myschool.co.nz/stjosephschb
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
This year has gone by so fast we’re nearly finished with just a few days left until the holidays.
On Monday the year 8 s had their retreat day. They walked up Ngā Ara Tipuna, had lunch with pizza, garlic bread and chips then finished off with a swim at the pools.
This week we have had whole school leavers mass to celebrate the year 8s leaving and our prize giving. Congratulations to the students who received an award and best wishes to the Year 8's leavers.
We have enjoyed our time as school leaders as we made heaps of memories together. We wish everyone the best for next year and good luck to the next school leaders.
Thank you very much and have a good long holiday.- Molly & Hannah
What does the 4th Sunday of Advent represent?
On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This final candle, the “Angel's Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve—5.30pm Carols, 6pm Mass @ St Joseph’s
Christmas Day—9.00am Carols, Mass at 9.30am @ St Patrick’s
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
We made it! The last week of the school year!
We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for your support over the year! We wish the year 8s all the best for their new journey ahead next year, we are sure it will be full of exciting adventures!
Merry Christmas and safe holidays to you all!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or message the page.
Facebook page: St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau
The PFG committee.
30th - 1st Day of Term 1 2023 - 8.55am start
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