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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

HOT LUNCH FUNDRAISER Wendesday 25th May 1 pm

Mon May 23 11:07am

Thai Chicken Curry with Rice $5

Blondie slice $2

Orders (with money) can be made to the office anytime before tomorrow 9am Tuesday 24th May.

Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Wed May 18 03:06pm




Mon May 16 10:06am


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.

Kwik Sticks Hockey is cancelled tonight

Thu May 12 03:38pm

Covid 19 Welfare Support

Thu May 12 12:56pm


Miniball Draw:

Wed May 11 04:00pm

Year 3/4 vs Terrace 6pm War Memorial
Year 5/6 vs Otane 4pm CHB College
Year 7/8 vs Terrace 7.30pm Centralines

Newsletter Week 2 Term 2

Tue May 10 02:57pm



Bus students: Please advise the office of which days your child is on the afternoon bus for Term 2 2022. Thank you

Mon May 02 03:58pm

Year 5 & 6 Netball practice

Mon May 02 11:04am

Year 5 & 6 Netball practice will begin tomorrow Tuesday 3rd May at 3:00pm
Please remember your PE uniform for practice, a drink bottle, and a smile

Thank you
Dil & Kate

PLEASE HELP! We still need at least one more person to help put up tents on 29 April.

Wed Apr 27 10:35am

The PFG, on behalf of Sloan’s, need at least two strong people to help put up tents at Waipukurau Showgrounds on Fri 29 April. (last Friday of the holidays) Time: 11a.m.-2p.m.  Sloans will be there to help rig, and guide us.  If you are able to help, please send an email as soon as possible to Sarah at stjosephspfg@gmail.com

The PFG, on behalf of Sloan’s, need at least two strong people to help put up a marquee at Waipukurau Showgrounds on Fri 29 April.

Thu Apr 21 09:18pm

  (Last Friday of the holidays) Time: 11a.m.-2p.m.  Sloans will be there to help rig, and guide us.  If you are able to help, please send an email as soon as possible to Sarah at stjosephspfg@gmail.com

Moving to Orange

Thu Apr 14 07:02pm



Newsletter Week 11 Term 1

Wed Apr 13 01:45pm



Yr 3 & 4 Netball Practice

Wed Apr 13 10:04am

Practices will start the first week back in term 2.

Thursdays 3 pm – 4 pm

Laptop Chord Amnesty

Fri Apr 08 12:41pm

Kia Ora Whanau,

During Lockdown last year Chromebooks and charging chords were sent home with some students to support home learning. Thank you for returning all laptops.
Unfortunately, we are missing 19 laptop chords at a cost of !$1.092.00 to the school.
If you have a laptop chord at home can you please send it into the school office.
We appreciate your support.

E te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown

Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

Wed Apr 06 12:32pm



Hotcross buns order forms are due in today

Fri Apr 01 08:03am

Boys Winter Shorts -Clearance-

Thu Mar 31 02:34pm

Boys Winter Shorts -Clearance-
(kids sizes 4-22)
Were $35
Now $15ea or $10ea for two or more
Available at Storys Clothing

Reminder: Permission slips for Hockey and Miniball are due back in.

Wed Mar 30 09:28am

The PFG’s traditional Easter buns forms are due back this Friday 1st April.

Mon Mar 28 09:18am

Hockey Notice

Fri Mar 25 03:11pm



Are you able to help?

Fri Mar 25 08:42am

Kia Ora whanau,

This is a bit of an unusual request, 

What we KNOW is that the ceiling, in three spots, in our Room 5 classroom has sprung a leak.
What we WOULD LIKE is for ‘someone’: a builder or roofer by trade to come in and give us some advice about what we need to do moving forward.
What we have also LEARNED is that with the right advice we can get this problem fixed.
If you are able to assist, please contact either Sarah Jackson in the office or myself.

Kia pai tō rā

Betty Brown

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Important Notice

Thu Mar 24 08:42pm

Evening all,


A message from the Central Hawkes Bay District Council to boil all tap water for drinking, washing dishes, cleaning teeth, making ice and preparing food.


Our drinking fountains will be out of use (as they have been during Covid anyway) so it is especially important that your child/ren bring their own drink bottle filled from home.


Stay dry and safe.

Reminder: Yr 7 & 8 vaccination forms are due back

Thu Mar 24 10:52am

Hotshots Tennis is cancelled this afternoon

Wed Mar 23 10:02am

Central 11th & 12th Grade Rugby

Mon Mar 14 09:44am

Training Wednesday 23rd March

4pm @ Central Park

A reminder of Mufti Day tomorrow, please bring a gold coin donation to go towards Caritas to support Tonga.

Sun Mar 13 05:01pm

Newsletter Week 6 Term 1

Wed Mar 09 12:04pm



Positive Case Phase-3 community letter

Thu Mar 03 03:37pm


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* Open Netball Trails *

Wed Mar 02 11:31am

Due to the high interest in senior netball this year, we will be holding trials for the Senior “A” Netball team.

Open netball trails for the St Joseph’s team/s (yr 5 – 8) will be held on the 8th of March and the 15th of March running from 3.15 pm to 4.30 pm at our school courts.

Hawkes Bay Netball requires Vaccine Passports for everyone aged 12 years 3 months and over to play on their courts.

Please bring PE gear, shoes, and a drink bottle to trails…and most of all a positive supportive attitude.

For more information or clarification please contact:

Chrystall Lorck 0277339055

Amanda Austin 027 325 8350

Newsletter Week 5 Term 1

Wed Mar 02 11:00am



Newsletter Week 4 Term 1

Wed Feb 23 02:09pm