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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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Mon Mar 27 12:41pm


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Fri Mar 24 09:44am


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Summer Hockey Tonight 4pm vs Flemington/Takapau

Fri Mar 24 08:38am

Reminder: School is CLOSED for instruction tomorrow due to Teacher Only Day.

Thu Mar 23 11:59am

Newsletter Week 8 Term 1

Wed Mar 22 01:00pm



CHB Junior Football

Tue Mar 21 08:27am

Registration link: https://www.sporty.co.nz/chbjuniorfootball/registrations-1. Parents of children who registered with CHB Junior Football in 2022 will have received an email asking them to re-register their child for 2023.

We have our regular Saturday morning offering and also our Intercity competition again this year.
Those students who would like to play competitively, across Hawke’s Bay, can enter their names for consideration for our Intercity team(s). Students must be Year 6+. The cost for the season for these students is $40. This is due to increased costs from Central Football for these teams. Parents should expect to travel to Napier and Hastings at least 50% of the time for games. Practice will take place during the week at Russell Park.

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Fri Mar 17 08:13am


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Attention Netball coaches

Wed Mar 15 10:39am

A notice has gone home about this upcoming netball season. If you are interested in being a coach for one of the school teams please let me know.
Whaea Sarah


Wed Mar 15 10:38am

There have been reporting’s of Head lice, so we ask that
you be vigilant in checking your children’s hair and treat appropriately.

Many thanks

Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

Wed Mar 15 10:24am



NZEI Te Riu Roa – Whakamana tamariki, Whakamana kaiako

Mon Mar 13 05:23pm

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School Closed Thursday 16th March

Fri Mar 10 02:19pm


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Tue Feb 21 09:10am

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.

School is OPEN tomorrow: Monday 20th February

Sun Feb 19 02:37pm

Sunday 19, February 2023

Ka pakeke te haere, kaua e hemo / When things are difficult, don’t give up.

Kia Ora Whānau

Our School will be open on Monday 20th February.

Please send your child to school with a full bottle of water (if you have clean water!), we will have bottled water at school for those who need more.

We will continue practicing for our swimming sports which will take place at Centralines Sports Complex on Monday 6th March

Technology at Waipawa School

Although Waipawa was severely damaged during the storm, Tech for our Year 7 & 8 students will continue this week.


These are the affected routes for CHB College Buses:

Route D050122 Omakere – Pourerere is out, Johnson road Waipawa is the closest stop for this route.
Route D050107 Takapau North – Bridge out at Burnside Road, closest stop SH2 end of Speedy Rd.
Route D050125 Patangata – Elsethorpe Rd Partially open, Route diverts from Racecourse to Elsethorpe to Otane
Route D050105 Tikokino – Tikokino Rd is out so Brow stop will move to Tikokino township
Route D050102 Porangahau – Porangahau Rd unsafe Route canceled

William Pike Challenge

Our planned Year 6,7,8 engagement with William and our WPC program has been canceled. The WPC Trust is investigating other opportunities to host William.

Ka kite apōpō i te ata/See yo tomorrow morning
Mā te Atua e manaaki/God Bless


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

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Fri Feb 17 05:29pm


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Newsletter Week 3 Term 1

Fri Feb 17 10:07am



A Prayer for those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle

Thu Feb 16 08:19pm

Thursday 16, February

Pō marie/Good evening whānau

My thoughts are with you all.

Please find attached a prayer from Fr Craig (Local administrator) and his team from the Diocese of Palmerston North. Feel free to share this with your whanau.

Ma te Atua e manaaki


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School is Closed for the remainder of the week.

Wed Feb 15 12:34pm

Wednesday 15, February

Kia Ora Whānau,

WOW! Now that we have popped out the other side of the storm, the cleanup begins.

The good news is that the school survived and aside from the known leaks in Room 5, we are physically sound.

The not-so-good news is that our town is out of water, Go bus is not operating, some staff and families still do not have power and or internet/cell phone coverage and some families are looking after themselves and others.

After a morning of communication with our Board, Local School Principals, and the Ministry of Education (MoE) St Josephs’s School will remain CLOSED for the remainder of the week. 

I will continue to keep you informed and look forward to seeing you all refreshed on Monday! 

Dear Lord,

Protect all who are in any form of danger: provide practical help to those in need, strengthen the weary, console the grieving heal the suffering, and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of good will respond with compassion and generous hearts. 


Mā te Atua e manaaki


School will remain CLOSED Wednesday 15 February

Tue Feb 14 11:47am

14 February 2023

Morena whānau,

I hope you and your whānau are safe, and warm, and have what you need.

As a collective of Central Hawkes Bay Schools, a decision has been made to remain closed tomorrow.

This again is a safety precaution to protect our tamariki and whānau by limiting travel on our roads which are struggling to keep up with the impact of the storm. This also gives time for our District Council to survey the area, and open roads, and begin to repair the damage.

This decision again is strongly recommended by the MOE who have been advised by NEMA. and Civil Defence.

I will continue to keep you informed. In the interim take some time to breathe and reflect.

Dear Lord, “Speak your Word to calm the winds, rains, and hearts of those who are in its path. Protect them from harm, bring them to safety, and make of us a warm welcome. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who walked on the water, calmed the waves, and is ever-present in the storms we endure. Amen.”

Mā te Atua e manaaki



School Closed Tuesday

Mon Feb 13 01:52pm

13 February, 2023

Kia Ora Whānau

As a collective of Central Hawkes Bay Schools, a decision has been made to CLOSE the school tomorrow. This is a safety precaution to protect our tamariki and whānau by limiting travel on our precarious roads, and ensuring tamariki and staff are safe through the worst of the storm.

This decision is strongly recommended from the MOE and they have been advised by Civil Defence. 

A decision regarding Wednesday will be made tomorrow at 12:30 regarding Wednesday.

I will keep you informed

Ngā mihi



Mon Feb 13 01:51pm

One of our lovely school mums is busy making up beautiful bunches of flowers for the PFG to sell tomorrow in town (location to be confirmed but will be on the main street rain, hail or shine). Come and grab one for your special someone (or just a treat for yourself), $20.00 a bunch from 9.30am until 12.

Travel Safe – School is open

Mon Feb 13 06:31am

Kia Ora whanau,

Haere pai atu, hoki pai mai – Travel Safe!

This is to let you know that school is open today and we will keep you updated should anything change. Go Bus is still operating, but due to high winds expected this afternoon, will reassess this afternoon and tomorrow’s service. You will be notified if there is a change.

I know you will be receiving information on the news but here is an update:

Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle looks set to hit Hawke’s Bay on Monday with heavy falls extending through Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.  

It is important to keep up-to-date with the latest weather information from MetService and with information coming from Civil Defence 

Hawke’s Bay

HB Civil Defence Emergency Management Group | Facebook
The HBCDEM website Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management | New Zealand (hbemergency.govt.nz) or phone 06 835 9200

The most recent advice (9:00 am Sunday 12 February) we have received from NEMA is to:

prepare for road closures in impacted areas
prepare for power outages in impacted areas
do not wait for an evacuation order to move to safety
secure any loose items
clear stormwater drains
avoid unnecessary travel.
Please continue to consult your emergency management plans and keep up to date with weather and emergency management updates, via your local Civil Defence updates, the emergency management web pages listed below, or through regular media updates.

Ma te Atua e manaaki


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Bus students: Please advise the office of which days your child is on the afternoon bus for Term 1 2023. Thank you

Mon Jan 30 10:31am

Welcome back message from Betty Brown

Sun Jan 29 05:08pm


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Your child’s back to school stationery class list is ready to go at:

Fri Jan 06 07:33pm