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“Anō te ātaahua o ngā waewae o te hunga kawe mai i te rongo whakahari o ngā mea papai” 
Rōma 10:15-17
“How beautiful are the footsteps of those who bring good news” 
Romans: 10:15-17

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

Nau mai haere mai ki te kura ō Hāto Hohepa

Ko Betty Brown tōku ingoa

After 28 years working and leading in International Schools throughout the world, it is a pleasure to return to NZ alongside my family.  I feel privileged to be leading a school whose philosophy is close to my own. A school that provides quality, intentional learning experiences and authentic encounters with Christ.

Like Dr. Ross Greene: Renowned child psychologist, I believe that ‘learners do well if they can’. It is my responsibility to ensure every student under my care does just that. Ensuring they feel safe, supported and make excellent progress in their learning is a shared goal which is achieved by building capacity in our staff.

E hara taku toa i te toa taki tahi, engari he toa takatini” 

“Our strength is not ours alone, but as part of a collective”

In my spare time, I like to get close to nature by walking – My family have been heard saying I must be part ‘Massai’. I treasure every moment I get to spend with my family. 

I look forward to getting to know you and sharing this learning journey with you all.

Mā te Atua e manaaki

Betty Brown

Our Vision

Our school vision encompasses our desire to help develop the whole child during their time at our school. By remaining true to our Catholic faith and Catholic Character we are guided in how we work with students and our community.

We aim to model what it means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in the hope that every child is treated in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity/mana.

In doing so, the pupils will carry this into their daily lives beyond the gates of the school and in all interactions with others.


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Latest Notifications


Fri Dec 02 12:01pm

If your child has played Miniball or Touch this term, can you please make sure their sports tops are returned by the end of next week. We still have a few outstanding tops from the Interschool Cross Country and Athletics. Please check those drawers!

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Dec 02 11:50am


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Newsletter Week 7 Term 4

Wed Nov 30 02:20pm



Movie Night This Friday

Wed Nov 30 12:18pm


A reminder of school accounts

Mon Nov 28 02:32pm

We ask that you please attend to these accounts before the end of the year. Payments can be made at the school office (cash) or by direct credit. If you wish to discuss these, please contact Betty or Sarah J. 

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Nov 25 09:19am


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Touch Finals *No St Joseph’s yr 7 & 8 games as they are away on a school trip

Fri Nov 25 08:26am


Miniball 25.11.22 Yr 5/6 vs Otane Oosh 3.30pm CHB College Yr 3/4 No Game Waipawa defaulted

Fri Nov 25 08:22am

Newsletter Week 6 Term 4

Wed Nov 23 02:17pm



Shearing Fundraiser at the Malcolm’s is all go tomorrow!!

Fri Nov 18 03:47pm

Running from 7am till after midday anyone can drop by anytime for a look, please bring your kids

Miniball 18.11.22 Yr 5/6 vs Omakere 6.00pm CHB College Yr 3/4 vs Terrace Turbos 7.30pm War Memorial

Wed Nov 16 12:23pm

Touch practice is cancelled after school

Fri Nov 11 02:50pm

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Nov 11 09:05am


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Miniball 11.11.22

Fri Nov 11 08:43am

Yr 5/6 BYE
Yr 3/4 vs Waipukurau Magic 8.00pm War Memorial


Thu Nov 10 09:21am


If your child is absent from school for any reason including being late, please notify us either with a phone call or by our School App.

It is most important that parents and staff know of children’s whereabouts at all times.  Each morning and afternoon the roll is taken and absences noted.  If a child is absent without explanation the school will endeavour to contact caregivers to ensure child safety.


Wed Nov 09 02:08pm

Newsletter Week 4 Term 4

Wed Nov 09 01:58pm



School Photos

Tue Nov 08 06:21pm

Parents have been emailed their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos.       ***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 20 NOVEMBER *** 

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Nov 04 10:16am


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Girl School Culottes:

Thu Nov 03 02:09pm

We have the remaining stock of culottes from Storys to sell through the school:

2x 4 $40.00ea
2x 14 $55.00ea
1x 16 $55.00ea

After these have sold out please purchase from: https://www.mainlanduniforms.nz/228-st-joseph-s-waipukurau-school


Athletics Sausage Sizzle

Thu Nov 03 11:49am



Thu Nov 03 11:36am

The raffle tickets have finally arrived.  If you would like some to sell, please see the PFG in Room 2 tomorrow morning from 8.30am to 8.55am and 2.45pm to 3.05pm.  If you cannot make these times please contact us by email at stjosephspfg@gmail.com or through our Facebook page St Joseph’s Parents & Friends Group – Waipukurau and we can make other arrangements.


All the proceeds of this raffle are going towards the upgrade of our playground.

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Miniball 04.11.22 Yr 5/6 vs Terrace Tactics 3.30pm CHB College Yr 3/4 vs Otane Raptors 6.30pm War Memorial

Wed Nov 02 10:36am

Fancy Dress Disco

Fri Oct 28 02:29pm

Tonight in the hall from 4 – 6PM.

Free entry.

A gold coin donation will get you a snack pack that will include a drink and some lollies.


Fri Oct 28 12:42pm


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Miniball 28.10.22 Yr5/6 forfeited due to disco Yr 3/4 see photo

Thu Oct 27 03:54pm


Newsletter Week 2 Term 4

Thu Oct 27 09:09am




Wed Oct 26 01:15pm

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa,
Due to the short week, our newsletter will go out tomorrow – Thursday
Ngā mihi

Yr 1-2 Touch

Tue Oct 25 03:33pm

Due to not enough players and no coach/ref their will not be a year 1-2 touch team this term.


Wed Oct 19 02:17pm


Altar Service Term 4 2022

Wed Oct 19 10:53am



Fancy Dress Disco

Mon Oct 17 03:03pm



Mon Oct 17 12:55pm

Staff will start enforcing the correct summer uniform from next week.
Our school uniform is a statement of belonging to a St Joseph’s Catholic School, Waipukurau. All pupils are required to wear the correct uniform.

Summer Uniform: (Worn Term 1 and 4)


– Navy Short Sleeved Polo Shirt with Logo
– Culottes (Blue check)
– Brown, Black or Blue Sandals
– Navy Polar Fleece Jacket with Logo
– Headbands & Hair ties must be the same colour as the school uniform (blue/black / white) 


– Navy Short Sleeved Polo Shirt with Logo
– Grey Drill Shorts
– Brown/Black sandals
– Navy Polar Fleece Jacket with Logo

 All pupils are required to have Navy Blue P.E. Shorts and a School Uniform House Coloured T-Shirt

Accessories (optional)
Watch – Worn on the wrist
Earrings: Studs/sleepers only
Necklaces/Taonga: Worn inside clothing
Hair ties: Blue, black or white only (school colours)

Hair longer than shoulder length needs to be tied back.

Please note if you need financial assistance for uniforms please contact the principal or speak to your classroom teacher. We are here to help when needed.

School Photos

Mon Oct 17 12:52pm

Photos will be taken this Wednesday 19th October at school during school hours.
A couple of points;
• If you would like to arrange a sibling photo, please send back the form that was issued to your child last term.
• A unique code will be sent home at a later date that will enable you to log in and preview/purchase class photos.
• We will wear our full school summer uniform
• Pop in and have a chat with Sarah J if you need any assistance with this process.

Prizegiving Cups: Could these please be returned to the office ASAP !!!

Mon Oct 17 12:22pm

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Sep 30 09:49am


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CHB Touch Registrations

Thu Sep 29 11:53am

If your child is interested in playing touch next term, please fill in the attached form and hand it into the office tomorrow or email the form to: office@stjosephschb.school.nz

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Back Paddock Multsiport Festival

Thu Sep 29 08:34am

Tri HB is proud to bring you the Back Paddock Multsiport Festival on 16 October, 2022 at Backpaddock Lakes, 10 minutes south of Waipukurau. Registrations are online only and close at 11.59pm on Sunday 9th October.


We have 18 different disciplines on offer including events especially for the kids including triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, mountain biking, solo run, solo swim and so much more. Suitable for complete beginners. As well as receiving a cool finishers medal, all participants will get fed by our sponsor Pure Catering! We even have a “Run the Gauntlet” section for those who dare to get muddy, wet and colourful!  Attendees and supporters are welcome to bring a picnic blanket or marquee and hang out in this stunning location.


We are offering a last minute special of a massive 40% off the entry fee, if you register between now and 9th October. That’s right, 40% off. You must use this link https://events.onetime.sport/event/1017  and the code LASTCHANCEBP2022 and only a limited number are available at this discount, so get in quick.

No Mini Ball tomorrow night!

Thu Sep 29 08:31am

CHBC Yr 9 enrolments 2023

Thu Sep 29 08:22am

If you still need to enrol your child to Central Hawkes Bay College for next year, Lance and Jo will be at school Wed and Thurs, the 2nd week of the holidays, which may be handy for some parents to have their enrolment interviews.

The College is holding the entrance exam on Friday 11th November in the school Hall.  We would like the students to be here by 9am if possible, we will start the exam as soon as possible after that.  The students should be free to go back to their schools or homes at 12pm.  We will be providing them with lunch and the canteen will be open if they wish to use that.

Enrolment Application

Friday Pie Day – Order slips didn’t get sent home today so please get students to bring payment to Room 2 and orders will be recorded.

Wed Sep 28 06:06pm

Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Sep 23 10:00am

The Switch Day for Room 5 tomorrow has been cancelled.

Thu Sep 22 02:48pm

Miniball Draw 23.9.22 Yr 3/4 Rockets vs Onga Wildcats 7.00pm War Memorial Hall Yr 5/6 Ravens vs Waipukurau Bucks 4.00pm CHB College

Thu Sep 22 01:50pm

Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

Wed Sep 21 02:06pm



Pet Day

Wed Sep 21 02:05pm

Pet day is on tomorrow regardless of the weather.

It is a whole school mufti day.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.


Sausage Sizzle

Wed Sep 21 11:16am

As you may be aware we will be running a sausage sizzle at lunchtime (1 pm) tomorrow. If the weather cancels Pet Day, the sausage sizzle will still go forward.  Each sausage sizzle costs $2 each and will go toward lowering the price of leavers hoodies for the year 8 students.

Note: The sausages are cheese flavoured, so if anyone has any allergies please let us know on the day, so we can work around it because there will be very minimal non-cheese sausages.

Also, we will be selling raffle tickets for a grocery hamper full of goodies! So be in to win, only $2 a ticket. We will be selling the raffle tickets alongside the sausage sizzle. Tickets will be sold during lunchtime, and drawn at Friday assembly!

Sincerely: Molly, Kassi & Sariah (on behalf of the year 8 students)

Pet Day

Tue Sep 20 03:00pm

We will make a decision whether Pet day will go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2.30 pm. An alert and an email will be sent tomorrow afternoon.

Check the school newsletter for times etc under Pet day.

The Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Sep 16 10:41am


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Miniball Draw 16.9.22 Yr 3/4 Rockets vs Waipukurau Hornets 6.30pm War Memorial Hall Yr 5/6 Ravens BYE

Thu Sep 15 01:01pm

Free Tickets to the Magpies game this weekend

Thu Sep 15 11:04am

St Josephs School CHB has been selected as one of the winners of 100 tickets for this Saturday’s Magpies game!

To get the tickets, you will need to click this link here https://hbmagpies.flicket.co.nz/events/5916bb39-a047-48b9-b38d-225bba637104 and use the code CHB Schools.

It will be first in first served, where people can purchase up to 4 tickets for themselves.

When you get to the events page from this link, you need to click on Event Information NOT Get Tickets

Newsletter Week 8 Term 3

Wed Sep 14 03:03pm



COVID Update

Tue Sep 13 09:19am


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Holy Trinity Parish Newsletter

Fri Sep 09 11:26am


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Miniball Draw 9.9.22

Thu Sep 08 09:40am

Yr 3/4 Rockets vs Waipawa Ballers 6.30pm War Memorial Hall

Yr 5/6 Ravens vs Waipukurau Bucks 6.30pm CHB College


Tue Sep 06 12:29pm

Miniball Registrations/Permission Slips have been sent out today!!!

Apologies for the quick turn around but I have just received the information as we were missed on the email sent out earlier.

Could permission slips be returned by 9 am tomorrow as I have to register teams by tomorrow for games starting Friday.