Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 18th May 2022


‘Me mahi tahi tātou, Mo te oranga o te katoa’

We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone

‘Love one another, each one always in good or bad, not minding how things seem’

Mary MacKillop, 1873

Nau mai haere mai i te wiki tuarua

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

Speak Up, stand Together, Stop Bullying! - Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora. Love one another, each one always in good or bad, not minding how things seem. Both such powerful messages as we enter into a week of focusing on the wellbeing of everyone in our learning community. As humans, we are consciously aware when we think and self aware when we realize that we are thinking. Our hope is that we do both when we develop friendships, maintain friendships, restore friendships and value friendships. At school, our students are tasked with the responsibility and opportunity to develop caring friendships built on the development of ‘having a voice’ to communicate in a way that is respectful of each other, just as Jesus was as a friend to his disciples.

On Friday, we will acknowledge this whakaaro (thinking) by participating in Pink Shirt Day.

To celebrate this day students are invited to either

  1. Wear a Pink Shirt


  1. Wear their school uniform but with Pink accessories: either/or: pink scarf, pink hair accessory, pink socks, pink jacket, pink shoes

The theme is ‘small ripples create big waves’. We will continue to encourage our students to be consciously and self-aware of the thoughts and feelings of others by celebrating our diversity and welcoming and being inclusive of all people in our school community and Aotearoa

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Learning for Life

Last Wednesday, Room 1 & 3 attended a Road Safety week awareness program run by Sports Hawkes Bay and our local Police department. Thank you to everyone who made this memorable learning engagement possible.

Last Thursday, we all participated in an Innovative Autumn Art engagement that has resulted in some thoughtful clay creations

As part of our unit of inquiry about using our God given talents, we welcomed Whaea Mackie/Nanny to our school. With a focus on using natural resources such as Harakeke/Flax. She taught our children how to collect, prepare, make and teach others the art of making Whetu/Stars and Putiputi/flowers using Harakeke. ‘Me mahi tahi tātou, Mo te oranga o te katoa’ Learning from our elders is an honor and a privilege that ensures our past is treasured and preserved. Kia Ora Whaea Mackie/Nanny.


A Reminder to mark your calendar for our first Whole School Mass. This will be held next Sunday 29th May at 9:30AM at our Holy Trinty Church following the service you will have an opportunity to view your childs classrooms and enjoy a light morning tea.
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Our blessing for Bully Free NZ Week and always:

In our struggle support us

In our loneliness befriend us

In our emptiness fill us

In our friendships confirm us

With intimacy grace us

With lavish love bless us


Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Nau mai haere mai

This week we welcomed Sophia Franklin to Room 1 classroom.


Tena koutou katoa

On Tuesday the Year 7 & 8 Students went to CHB College for Discovery Day. We got to experience some of the classes, new subjects and get an insight into what college life looks like. It was a fun day and we felt very welcome. The Year 8s that are going to be attending CHB College next year, will feel more comfortable about where their classes will be and the subjects that are offered to them.

This Friday is going to be Pink Shirt Day. By taking part in Pink Shirt Day, our school/kura is a part of a powerful movement to spread aroha and kindness and to support anti bullying. Students can wear anything pink with their mufti bottoms. If your child is not going to wear pink, then it is school uniform as usual.

Hannah & Molly


-Bring a smile to School

-Use the school values

-Wear the correct uniform


Sacramental Programme

Term 2 -Baptism

Ways to prepare for and celebrate your child’s Baptism.

1. Pray for them. Place a photograph or memento of your child in your Prayer Space and pray for them each day. Ask family and friends, and especially their godparents, to pray also.

2. Prepare a Baptismal candle. Many parishes and Catholic bookshops sell candles already decorated with baptismal symbols. Some families like to decorate their own candles. (Try fabric paint, use pins to hold ribbons, lace, or decorative paper in place).

3. Prayer that lasts. Write a prayer (or copy one) that expresses your heartfelt longing for your child to know how deeply loved and treasured they are by God. Write it out on a beautiful card or print it and frame it for your child’s room


Last week Bl Suzanne Aubert house won the CBG house points and Andrei was the winning individual. Well done Andrei!


Congratulations to the following students: Ashtyne, Chase, Mack, Henery, Ivy, Cooper, Teddy and Mason who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused learners.

A fantastic effort!


Well done to Lacie, Micah, Denon, and Ezalea who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!

Board of Trustees

Kia ora parents, caregivers and our school whanau

Just a quick update from the Board. Malissa Webster has resigned from her role as a Proprietor Representative on the Board, we would like to thank her for her service and hard work. As we mentioned after our last meeting, we welcome Sue Cullen to the board.

We continue to review our school policies and we encourage feedback from the school community on these.

Nga mihi arohanui
St Joseph’s School BOT

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

Welcome everyone

Friday - PIE day Thank you for your support with these. A big thank you to our extra helping hands - 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 Room 2. 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.

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


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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