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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

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.


Pet Day Update

Thu Sep 01 01:55pm



Fri Aug 26 08:40am

Morena Whanau,

We WILL brave the cold and hopefully beat the weather.

Barrett’s Farm – 425 Hatuma Road


Time: 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Buses will leave school at 9:30AM and returning to school at 12:00 or students go home with parents if they are there in attendance. Please check in with your child’s teacher.

We will eat lunch back at school

Event Details

9:30 Depart school

9:50 Arrive at 425 Hatuma Road

10:00 Junior run

10: 20 Intermediate run

10:45 Senior Run

11:45 Return to school

What do we wear: School PE gear and sneakers are to be worn to and from school. It is muddy so gumboots are preferable for spectators

Anything else we need to bring? Water bottle, a snack and a change of warm clothes as they will get muddy.

Please know:  Parent parking is in the Arena which has a limestone surface and enough space to turn in and out. 

Ngā mihi

St Joseph’s Staff, Students and Support Parents.


Thu Aug 25 10:09am


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.

Cross Country this Friday 26th August

Mon Aug 22 08:44pm

Where – Barrett’s Farm – 425 Hatuma Road

When – Friday, 26th August

Time – 9:30AM – 2:30PM

How do we get there

Leaving school by bus, at 9:30AM and 2:30 return to school or students go home with parents if they are there in attendance. Please check in with your child’s teacher

What do we wear

School PE gear and sneakers are to be worn to and from school.

Anything else we need to bring?

Water bottle, lunch and a change of warm clothes as they will get muddy.

Event Details

9:30am Depart school

10:00am Arrive at farm 

10:10 Assemble at start – Health and Safety overview

10:30 Walk course 

Morning Tea

11:30 Races begin – Courses being confirmed – approximate lengths

5 & 6 Year Olds 600m 
7, 8 & 9 Year Olds 1.4km 
10 & 11 Year Olds 1.7km 
12 Years + 2.4km


2:00 pm Return to school, or students can go home directly with families that are in attendance – the class teacher must be informed if students are leaving with their parents

Please know:  Parent parking is in the Arena which has a limestone surface and enough space to rile in and out. If the event is cancelled, we will send out the alert through our School App. Postponement day is Friday 9th September

Ngā mihi

St Joseph’s Staff, Students and Support Parents.

St Joseph’s Parents & Friends Group – Waipukurau

Fri Aug 19 01:26pm

Ever wondered who we are or what exactly do we do?
Do you want to be involved in the school but not sure how?
Are you able to a meeting once a month? Either in person or via zoom.
We are in desperate need of new people to help us. We need a minimum amount of people to continue the work we do fundraising to put the extras, the nice to haves or the much needed into the school for our kids.
We need your stunning and helpful personality. You don’t have to be full of great idea’s – just willing to help build on them, nor do you need to be available for every fundraiser – just as long as we can share the load. There’s many areas of fundraising that will suit people – planning, organizing, doing, fun, friendship and making a difference.
Please come along to our meeting this coming Monday at 7pm in room 2 at the school. Find out more about us and we are sure you will catch the vibe and want to jump on board to make a difference to our children and school.
We really hope to see some new faces!
The PFG committee.

Whole School Mass

Fri Aug 12 01:30pm

We are excited to be sharing a special Assumption of Mary Mass this Sunday 14th August. You will not want to miss the sensational singing and involvement of our students in this service. We ask that all students be present looking sharp in the school uniform. Following mass, we will enjoy a light refreshment in the hall foyer. If each family can bring a plate of finger food to share that would be most appreciated.


Thu Aug 11 09:30am

Parent and Staff Election Results Declaration

Wed Aug 10 11:20am


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Mon Aug 08 09:23am


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Drop off and Pick up times

Thu Aug 04 09:20am

As the wind swirls and the rain falls heavily from the sky it is super important to be mindful when dropping off and picking up our students. Our drop off time is 8.25 am at the earliest to 8.50 am and pick up time is 2.55 pm. A reminder that children and parents need to use the school crossing on Russell Street if coming along this route. When dropping your child/children off by car please either park on the side of the road or use the church car park. Please keep an eye out for children in the car park. Don’t park on the yellow lines or in the bus zone or use the staff car park. You can drop the student off on River Tce as there is a stile they can use.

Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up students from their classrooms. Keep safe!

Friday Pie Order

Tue Aug 02 11:38am

Pie lunch order forms will be coming home today due to Onga 7’s tomorrow.

Please hand the order form and correct change to Room 2 on Thursday morning.

Parent Election Reminder:

Tue Aug 02 10:41am

A reminder that nominations close tomorrow at noon Wednesday 3rd August.

Rippa Rugby permission slips need to be handed in by tomorrow.

Mon Aug 01 02:03pm

Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

Wed Jul 27 03:51pm



Bus students: Please confirm with the office which days your child is on the afternoon bus for Term 3 2022. Thank you

Tue Jul 26 09:38am

Mask Wearing Term 3

Fri Jul 22 05:17pm


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Mask Wearing Term 3

Fri Jul 22 04:46pm


Grandparents day – Sunday 24th July

Fri Jul 22 09:14am


Board Elections Webinar

Wed Jul 20 08:32am

Webinar for interested parents
Date and time
Thu., 21 July 2022
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm NZST
Online event
Need to register on NZSTA website

Updated Postal Addresses

Mon Jul 11 06:25pm

With the upcoming Board Trustees Election and with the call of nominations letter being sent out soon, could we ask that if you have change addresses and haven’t let the office know,  please email the office asap before letters are sent out.

Thank you

Parent Election Notice

Mon Jul 11 01:39pm


This is just a reminder that there is a mufti day on Friday. This is a fundraiser for the YCC. https://www.caritas.org.nz/ycc-day Every year

Thu Jul 07 08:04am



Wed Jul 06 02:58pm

Please find the draw for this week and the first week for the term 3
We are awaiting a date for another coach training session, which was well received.
Once I know the dates I can update the full draw but we are looking to go mid Term.
From the committee..
We have split the Mini and Kwiks into 2 pools to complete another round.
Thank you to the volunteers that make our hockey such a success each season!
Friendly reminder about the Mini Sticks (Wednesday nights), ALL coaches/supporters must be at the end of the fields, not on the side lines (to make it fair to all).
Please respect our young umpires, there would be no games if they were not there
Under 13’s – LNI (Lower North Island) Tournament is the 8-10th October ’22 and we would like to take a girls (in Manawatu) and boys (in Wanganui) team this year…
Details to come, this will be along the lines of Kwik Sticks, with lead up with training and fundraising (may be required to keep costs down)
Fun Sticks
Please note this will be the last Saturday for Fun Sticks at St Josephs, which has been well supported with up to 30 children a week
Kind regards

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Newsletter Week 10 Term 2

Wed Jul 06 12:30pm



School Interview Booking Link

Tue Jul 05 03:14pm


School Interview Booking Link

Yr 4 & 5 Netball training is canceled

Tue Jul 05 02:51pm

YCC Mufti Day

Mon Jul 04 01:36pm

YCC Mufti Day Friday 8th July

Donate a gold coin to wear mufti