Newsletter Week 8 Term 2
St Joseph's School Waipukurau 22nd June 2022
‘Tukua kia tū takitahi nga whetu ō te rangi’
Let each star in the sky shine it’s own light
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Kia Ora i te whānau kātoa,
Light of Matariki stars,
Light of Marama - the moon,
Light of Ra - the sun,
Light of worlds and galaxies,
Reflect off us, Shine in us, that we may be light-bearers, love sharers, care-givers, ngā tamariki - children of earth and sky, Caring for our mother the earth, Our father the sky, the atmosphere around us: dreamers and a scatter of stars.
Light, Lightened, Weightless, Enlightened: Let us be light
Let us shine!
Leading in Faith - Learning for Life
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather we have POSTPONED this afternoon’s Matariki Star Gazing gathering at the Alexander Farm. We will keep you informed of a new date. But!
We are looking forward, like the rest of Aotearoa/New Zealand to embracing this special time to celebrate with love ones, and to take the time to reflect on our own place in the world, our culture and heritage.
Just as each of the Matariki stars shine with meaning, so to, do our St Joseph’s learners. We all shine our own internal lights for others to see. Some ways we can be lights to the world include using our skills and talents in the community. Being a light means allowing others to come into contact with your light through service and connection. Over the past week our students have been witnessed shining their lights in a number of different ways.
Inside the classroom
Outside of the classroom
Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee
We are super excited to be joining Father Paul in his 60th anniversary of his ordination. If you are able to make it, you are invited to join us for our weekly school mass on Thursday 30th June at 10AM.
Opportunities to celebrate with Father Paul
Wednesday 29th: Parish Mass 5:30PM
Thursday 30th: School Mass 10:00AM
Friday 1st: Students Day Out with Father Paul to Napier - Information and permission slips have been sent home today and are due back on or before Monday.
Sunday 3rd: Community Mass 10:00AM followed by a community lunch at the Memorial Hall. Some of our students will be sharing a liturgical dance and all students who attend Will be singing.
At mass last Friday Father shared with our students the chalice he uses that was given to him by his Grandmother at his Ordination 60 years ago.
Student Mid Year Reports
On Friday 8th July you will receive your child’s mid year written report. This report is an indication of what your child knows, can do and understands in connection to our NZ Curriculum Framework, Our Catholic Character Curriculum and the expectations we have of our children as St Josephs learners.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Save the date: Monday 1st August
This year our Parent Teacher Conferences will be a student free day. Instead, families will be able to sign up, using our ‘School App’ to coordinate a time to have a conversation with your child and their class teacher about their learning. We look forward to seeing you and also sharing Art Works students have created during this terms inquiry learning.
We would like to thank the Waipawa United Netball Club for their generous donation of $2,500 toward the purchase of much needed netball uniforms and equipment.
Blessing / Mānawatanga
May the blessings of our ancestors be upon us all They set the pathway for us all to follow,
They gave us our heritage, and instilled in our hearts our culture and righteousness to assist us in whatever we do: with honor and a clear mind, and with love for each other.
Let us hold fast to this belief.
Have a safe and reflective long weekend,
Mauri Ora ki a tātou manawatia ā Matariki
Mā te Atua e manaaki
MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL LEADERS
Tena koutou katoa
Next week some year five, six, seven and eight students are going to participate in a ki-o-rahi tournament at Russell Park. They have been practicing for five weeks getting ready, learning new skills and gaining confidence. We wish them good luck next week for their tournament.
Throughout the school, we are learning about Matariki. The children have been listening to stories, watching videos and participating in action songs. There will be some amazing art work produced around Matariki.
We hope you enjoy your long weekend
Bring a smile to school
Wear the correct winter school uniform
Molly & Hannah
At this time of year, the cluster Matariki, also known as Pleiades, The Seven Sisters or M45 reappears above the horizon, after having dipped below the horizon for some weeks. When this cluster, Matariki, reappeared in the very early morning sky, it signified the beginning of the New Year and people knew it was time to prepare the soil and plant crops. Other meanings were also signified in the setting and rising of this star cluster. As the star cluster set, it was a time to remember those who had died during the past year. As the star cluster rose, it was time to consider the rising of the dead who were now joining the stars of the night sky. It was a time to plan for the future, a time to look forward in hopefulness, a time to be with whanau and friends. The advent of the New Year holds an important place in the Māori calendar and is rich with meaning. E te Atua, God of the cycles and patterns of the universe and all living things whose ways we only begin to comprehend, open our hearts to the wonder of the natural world, to your incarnation throughout creation, and to your presence with and in us now
PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)
Friday - PIE day Remember your pie lunches is tomorrow!
Thank you for your support with these. A big thank you to our helping hands - we couldn't do it without you! (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.) Also no PIE day next week with the all the busy celebrations for Father Paul.
Thursday the 30th of June the PFG have the pleasure of shouting/cooking a sausage sizzle for the students and teachers. So if a tasty sausage is your thing don't bring a full lunch that day.
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.
24th - Matariki (School closed)
28th - Ki-o-rahi for Years 5,6,7,8
1st - School Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee
3rd - Parish Mass for Father Paul’s 60th Jubilee
8th - YCC Mufti Day and Mid Year Reports go home
9th-24th - School Holidays
25th - School Art Exhibition, First day of Term 3
1st - Parent Teacher Conferences (school closed for instruction)
2nd - Teacher Only Day
21st - 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