Newsletter Week 2 Term 3

St Joseph's School Waipukurau 4th August 2021


Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to week 2. We had a lovely first week back. It was really nice to see all the students again and chat with them while out on duty.

Thank you to all the parents that made time to attend the parent interviews last week. Please remember you can make a time to speak with your child's class teacher at any time throughout the school year. Speaking with the teachers and parents after the interviews seemed very positive.

On the 8th of August, it is the feast day of Mary Mackillop who is the founder of our school.

“Wishing you blessings as we celebrate Mary MacKillop’s feast day”

‘Let us be joyful and thank God’. Mary MacKillop 1874

I am looking forward to our school mass being held at St Patrick's Church on Saturday the 14th of August. The parish community is excited about the school coming and celebrating mass with them and they are looking forward to the student's beautiful singing.

As you may have noticed we are now doing our school newsletter digitally, however, if you would still like a hard copy please inform the office.

The newsletter will now automatically upload to our school website, go out in the School App and link to our school Facebook page, and will be emailed out each week.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day)

Sarah Laugesen


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School Mass

Our school & community mass is on Saturday, August the 14th at St Patrick's Church in Waipawa at 5.30 pm - please note the change of venue and time.

All students need to attend in full school uniform and arrive at 5.10 pm. Students will be sitting up the front of the church.

Please bring some spare change for the offertory collection (this is when the basket is passed around).

School Cross-Country

The school cross-country is on Friday the 27th of August at 382 Ongaonga Rd. It will be a mixture of some flat ground and hills.

The students will be bused to the event and parents can meet the student there and take them home from the event. Please let their classroom teacher know before you leave.

At the end of the cross-country, we will have a colour fun game between school houses.

School Fun Run 2021

Once again we will be taking part in the online fundraising school fun run. This year we are raising funds for the sacred space and for ongoing costs to maintain it. Last year we received a grant from the Palmerston North Dioceses and were able to make a start but to get it finished we need to make a push and have it completed by the end of the year if not sooner. A letter went home on Friday the last day of term 2 along with the student's fundraising booklet. We will again use the school's cross country on the 27th of August as the run.

How it works: 60% of the funds raised go to the school, the other 30% go towards the student prizes and 10% goes to the organisation for setting up and managing the fundraising page.

So far we have already raised $2500, great job team - keep up the awesome effort!

Only 4 weeks until our school cross-country.

Teacher Only Days this term:

On Friday the 20th of August and Friday the 1st of October, we will be having teacher only days (TOD). This means the school will be closed for instruction. Please make arrangements for your child/children to be supervised on these days. We are having the TOD so that the teaching staff can start to work on our localised curriculum with a Ministry of Education Adviser.

Onga 7’s

A reminder that the Year 4 to Year 8 students will be participating in the Onga 7’s next Wednesday the 11th of August at Onga School. The event starts at 10 am. Students are to wear appropriate sports uniforms which will be sent home next week. Students will need a packed lunch, drink bottle of water, school polar fleece, and a warm jacket. Food is available for purchase on the day. Rugby and hockey players need a mouthguard and soccer players need shin pads.

Students will be bused to and from the event, leaving school at 9 am and returning by 2.40 pm. If you wish to take your child/children directly home from the event please inform your child's class teacher.

"Never see a need without doing something about it" - St Mary MacKillop


Ki Ora everyone, welcome back. The first week of this term was a great start to the term. We did our Ngati Whai practice all last week. Next week on Saturday night we have our school mass which is going to be at the Waipawa church. We have raised $2,528 dollars so far for the fun run. Next week is the Ongaonga 7s. It is a fun day out playing sports. Make sure to have the correct gear for the sport you are playing and play fair. Make sure to have a great week.

By Jonty.K and Riley.W


Feast Day 6th August

The Transfiguration of the Lord - In the New Testament, the Transfiguration of Jesus is an event where Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. ... In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John, go to a mountain (later referred to as the Mount of Transfiguration) to pray.

Interesting facts -The Transfiguration is the last painting by the Italian High Renaissance master Raphael. Commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de Medici, the later Pope Clement VII (1523–1534), and conceived as an altarpiece for the Narbonne Cathedral in France, Raphael worked on it until his death in 1520. From the late 16th century until the early 20th century(Renaissance era), it was said to be the most famous oil painting in the world.

PFG Update

We are proudly running our fundraising quiz again this year, after last year being so much fun! See the attached flyer if this is something you like to do. Save the date!! 17th September. We would also like to ask for donations of items that can be used as prizes for the event please. For us to maximize profits from the event and banking as much as we can into the playground account, we rely heavily on reaching out to our school community/wider community for donations. If you can help please contact us through our Facebook page or email Your help is very much appreciated. Have a fantastic week! PFG COMMITTEE


Well done to the students who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!

Assembly: This Friday @ 2.30pm


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


Congratulations to Elaijah who competed in the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Meet! Hosted by CHB Swim Club Centralines Sports Complex.

Elaijah placed 3rd for 25m backstroke, freestyle, and 50m freestyle, and 5th for 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle. Well done Elaijah!

Altar Service: Jhvarna, Hannah D, Keena

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Upcoming Events


3rd – Community health consultation

11th – Onga 7’s

14th – School Mass 5.30 pm – Waipawa

20th – Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)

26th – School Photos

27th – School Cross Country (postponement 30th)


16th – Inter-School Cross Country

17th – PFG Quiz night

22nd – Ngati Whai


1st – Teacher Only Day (School closed for instruction)