Newsletter Week 1 Term 2
27 April 2023
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“Hutia te rito o te harakeke kei hea to kōmako e ko?
Kī mai ki ahau: He aha te mea nui o tea o?
Māku e kī atu: He tangata he tangata!
If you pluck out the heart of the flax bush, how can the bellbird sing?
You ask me: What is the greatest reality of the universe?
I reply: The human person!

When asked which commandment was the most important, Jesus said,
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”.
(Matthew 22:37–38)
Kia Ora whanau,

I am delighted to welcome all our whānau back to school for Term 2.

A special welcome back to Riley Foote who returns to Room 6 to complete his Year 8 year of learning amongst a super caring group of ākonga/learners. Riley was reintroduced to our school community following our Easter Liturgy this morning.

As we move into this next phase of the academic year, I want to assure you that our commitment to providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for all our ākonga/learners remains focussed on knowing what our tamariki need to know, do and understand. As the weather gets colder, we will ensure all necessary health and safety protocols are in place to nurture your child’s well-being. That being said, all staff received their ‘flu’ shots on the last day of last term, fingers crossed we also, all remain in good health.

Our dedicated team have been hard at work preparing for this upcoming term which will have a focus across the school on Cultural Identity: ‘How we pass on and sustain culture’. Through this inquiry our ākonga/learners will observe, wonder and be curious about people, places and society. They will take and interest and engage in social issues and ideas. This will enable them to not only share their own stories, but contribute to, and participate in, learning engagements that nurture an appreciation and empathetic attitude towards the wellbeing and identity of everyone in our school community.

As shared in our Kaiako/Teacher Seesaw/Week 1 Class letters, we will also be engaging in some whole school events that will further enrich your child’s educational experience. From: Whole School Mass (Sunday May 14), PFG Working Bee (Saturday 29, May), Gymnastics, Netball, Hockey, Cross Country, Community Service….

As always, I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education and to communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support your child’s learning journey and to work together with you to ensure their success. Mid Year Written Reports will go home on Friday 30th June.

Supporting your child’s spiritual and emotional growth and encouraging them to develop a positive and meaningful relationship with their faith is important and one of the hallmarks of our schools identity. While it is important to keep in mind that prayer is a personal and individual practice, encouraging them to ask questions and express their feelings about prayer creates an open and supportive environment for them to explore their beliefs. You can help your child by asking them to teach you some of the prayers we learn at school.
This is what we say when we make the sign of the cross:
Ki te ingoa In the name
O te Matua of the Father
O te Tamaiti and of the Son
O te Wairua Tapu and of the Holy Spirit
Amene Amen

Here is one of the prayers we say before we eat:
Karakia mō nga Kai
E te Atua Dear God
Whakapaingia ēnei kai, Bless this food
Hei oranga mō ō mātou tinana May it nourish our bodies
Whangaia hoki ō m`atou wairua And feed our spirits with the bread of eternity
Ki te taro o te ora Bless our food in Jesus’ name
K ihi karaiti tō mātou kai whakaora
Ake, ake, ake Forever, and ever
Amine Amen

A sneak peak around the classrooms has the following displays inspiring and celebrating learning

The Whakatauki shared at the beginning of this newsletter will be being taught to the entire school community, with particular focus on Room 5 & 6 as it connected to their inquiry focus.
Communication - Statistics
Seesaw - The purpose of this communication platform is to:
  1. Inform you of your children learning in real time - a digital portfolio
  2. Communicate with your class information, updates, celebrations, and wonderings.
According to our Seesaw data, 58% of our community is currently using this platform, but only 37% of connected whānau are viewing teacher or their child’s posts. This suggests that either you do not have access to Seesaw or that you are not checking in regularly.
A helpful hint might be to:

* Set aside a time: eg: Sunday evening after the kids are in bed to read, reflect and plan your week ahead
* Set a notification on your phone for when you receive a post from your child or your child's teacher
Please contact Louise Simpson if you are having problems/need support
Thank you Father Paul for your donation of AWESOME! Books for our library!
I am pleased to report that all tamariki and kaiako are safe and well following the earthquake this morning. Thanks to our emergency preparedness plans, everyone knew exactly what to do, and we were able to safely return to learning.

Looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday for our PFG working bee!
Ma te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown


Welcome back everyone!

Welcome to Riley Foote who has joinied our awesome Year 8 team.

We would like to thank our school community for your support with our Easter Raffle. With the money we were able to design, order and receive our new Leavers Hoodies. Thank you to Kiri from Personalize it for having them ready for us to wear this Term.

Thank you to our parents who are organising the Working Bee on Saturday, most of us Year 7 & 8’s will be there to help!

Nga mihi

Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde

PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundrasing Group)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you enjoyed the break.

We have a busy two weeks coming up with exciting things happening.


You would have hopefully noticed a few changes to our playground that happened in the holidays. A few large rocks have appeared, plants and topsoil are starting to arrive, a few changes to the play structures and the decking being replaced. Its all go. Our cushionfall is arriving THIS week and all things going to plan should arrive around lunchtime on Wednesday 26 April.

Our playground working bee is this Saturday 29 April from 9am. We have a long list of jobs to get done on this day and would really appreciate any help we can get, an hour, four hours, all day. Please let us know if you can help out in any way. If you can’t make it, any food or drink contributions will be gratefully accepted. The playground won’t be completed on Saturday but you will notice a huge change to it from our working bee.

Keep an eye out on the PFG Facebook page for updates on what we are doing.


Order forms are due into the office on Thursday 27 April by 10am. Please make sure if people have paid by cash that that is handed into the office as well.

Email: or message the Facebook page.
Facebook page: St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Group – Waipukurau
The PFG Committee.

Upcoming Events

29th - PFG Working Bee
3rd - Michael Hempseed Presentation: Understanding and healing the impact of disasters
9th - CHBHS Open Day for Year 8’s
14th - Whole School Mother's Day Mass
22nd - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5PM, Room 2
1st - School Photo Day
9th - School Cross Country Event
22nd - Interschool Cross Country

School Term Dates 2023

Term 1: Monday 30th January to Thursday 6th April
Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 6th February, Good Friday 7th April

Term 2: Monday 24th April to Friday 30th June
Public Holidays: ANZAC Day 25th April, King's Birthday 5th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October to Friday 15th December
Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 20th October, Labour Day 23rd October

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