Newsletter Week 4 Term 3
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 17th August 2022
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takimano
My strength is not that of an individual but that of the collective
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God and I shall praise him.
Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,
Welcome to week 4, ‘Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words and your faith stronger than your feelings’ together with the whakatauki above we are reminded that our collective strength as a school community is in our commitment to honoring our faith journey at St Josephs. A few examples of having the strength to take action and commit to tasks can be seen in the following acts of service. We celebrate the following:
Our families who joined us for mass on Sunday. It was wonderful to see you, sing with you, pray with you and share morning tea with you all, may god bless you.
Our long standing board member Marino Tiuka who joined our school board after his own children moved on from the school and who was acknowledged and celebrated at our BOT gathering this week.
We welcome to Rachael Riddell and Sarah Martin who are not only adding younger members of their family into our school community but also adding their individual knowledge and talents to join the school BOT.
Our Year 7&8 students who as part of their community service raised $200 By selling Nacho’s for lunch last Wednesday in order to contribute to a wider collective of giving back to the people of Ukraine.
Our teaching staff who sifted and selected an abundance of resources to send to Tonga. We would like to thank Paula from Young Vinnies for helping to facilitate this action.
Fiona and Fred Barrett who are helping us provide a wonderful Cross country event for our students next Friday.
All our sports coaches and supporters who commit weekly to facilitating extra opportunities for our students.
This list is not extensive, I am sure I have missed other acts of service this week!
School Cross Country
Students are practicing, port aloo and buses are booked, tracks are being finalised and excitement is high!
This will be my first St Joseph’s Cross Country event and I am looking forward to celebrating ‘real’ active living as our athletes run through paddocks, up and over hills, around fenced livestock and maybe getting a little wet and muddy!.
School Docs Term 3 Review
This term we are reviewing the following policies. Please follow the link below to respond the the following documents
Care and management of students
Abuse recognition and reporting
Supporting student wellbeing
Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz
Click Search for our school
Start typing the schools name and then select it from the dropdown list
Enter the community username: stjosephschb
Enter the school password: russell6
Health & Wellbeing
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the guidance for returning to schools following vomiting or diarrhoea has not changed. If a child is free of those symptoms for 48 hours, they can attend school again. We have updated the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:
I wish you all the very best of health and wellbeing for the rest of the week. Kia pai tō mutunga wiki.
Mā te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
On Sunday at the School Parish Mass it was wonderful to see the Children and their families. Thank you for the donations made for the food basket that will go to families that are in need.
This coming weekend will be the end of winter sports for most of us. We thank all of our coaches for the time and effort they have put into our training and games. Also a big thanks to all of you who have supported us from the side lines.
- Bring a smile to school
-Wear the correct winter uniform
Feast Day -15 August
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We speak of Mary’s Assumption not her Ascension. Christ ascended via His own power, and Mary was taken up to heaven by the power of God. The Assumption of Mary is something God did for her. It is the result of Christ’s redemptive power applied to His Blessed Mother. The dogma of the Assumption means that the Virgin Mary now experiences in heaven the union of a glorified body and soul, which her Son enjoys. She is no disembodied spirit, but a complete human person, body and soul, matter and spirit, reigning with Christ. Mary’s feast reminds us that we are created for the glory of God and to be with God for all eternity. What we do during this celebration must respect the dignity of every human person and our celebration must mirror this reality.
Reconciliation & Holy Communion
We are currently offering the opportunity for our baptised children to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Children must be aged 8 years and over.
Reconciliation dates are - 4, 11, 18 September with the Sacrament made on 25 September.
First Holy Communion dates are 30 October, 6 and 13 November.
Parents and children will be expected to attend the sessions together as well as attending Mass. Please contact the school office for a registration form.
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Friday - PIE day
Pie lunches are back this week!
Put it in your calendar!!! Saturday 10th September 7pm!! More details on the flyer and on our Facebook page. Be fast to snap a table up.
Our next meeting is Monday 22nd August.
We DESPERATELY need more members to be able to keep going. We have some great goals on the go that we would love to continue with your support. If you would like to know more about us please make contact or come along to our next meeting - we meet once a month on a Monday at 7pm at the school, the meeting is usually an hour long max an hour and a half, we keep in touch between meetings through messenger.
We are always looking for more helping hands, you can help out when it fits with your schedule - you don't have to attend every fundraiser. We work together on each project, so no one is left on their own. It's a great way to meet other parents and get involved with the school. Dads, Mums, Aunties, Uncles, Grandparents or Friends of the school are all welcome.
St Joseph's Parents and Friends Group - Waipukurau
Sarah Martin - Chair and the PFG committee.
17th - 4 week Tennis program begins for Rooms 1,3 & 4
26th - School Cross-Country
31st - Rippa Rugby
2nd - Teacher Only Day ( No school for students)
4th - Fathers Day
7th - Board Election Day
15th - Inter School Cross Country
12-18th - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
21st - School Speech Sharing
22nd - Pet Day
26th - Inter school Speech Competition
28th - Ngati Whai
17th - Start of Term 4
19th - School Photos
21st - Teacher Only Day (School closed)
16th - Last day of term/year - 1PM finish
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