Newsletter Week 2 Term 2
3rd May 2023
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‘He oranga ngakau - He pikinga waiora”
Positive feelings in your heart will raise your sense of self worth

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

Kia Ora whanau,

Welcome to week 2, a week of inclement weather and the beginning of our Winter Sporting Season - Wrap up warm and keep those positive feelings in your heart.

Communicaiton - Newsletters
We all know that reading school newsletters is an important way to stay informed and connected with your child’s education and school life. It is a simple but effective way to stay involved and engaged with what is happening at school.
Please make sure you have uploaded our school APP on your phone, this way you will not need to wade through emails, you can go directly to our school APP and Newsletter. If you need help please either visit our school website or come in and see us, we will be only too happy to help get you sorted.
Communication - Relationships
Keeping communication lines open with your child’s class teacher is essential for a positive and successful learning experience. By building a strong partnership of support with your child’s kaiako/teacher, you will stay informed about their academic and personal growth, and address any issues or concerns early on, before they become more significant problems. This can help to prevent any negative impact on your child’s academic progress or behavior.
Support your child by working together with your child’s teacher to provide your child with consistent support and guidance at home and school. This can help to reinforce their learning and help them to achieve their full potential.
Please do not wait to be invited, make a time to chat with your child’s teacher if you have any wonderings or insights to share. As the popular and widely-known African Proverb states “It takes a village to raise a child”

SHREK Performance
We are excited to announce that next Thursday 11th May, we will be taking our tamariki to watch a play put on by CHBC, led by Tess Tobin. The performance will start at 10:30am, and we will be leaving school at 10:00am to ensure that we arrive on time.
We will be walking to the venue, but in case of rain, we have a bus booked to transport us. Please make sure that your child brings a raincoat or umbrella if the weather forecast suggests it may rain.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our tamariki to engage with the arts and experience the creativity and talent of their peers in the wider community. We hope they will enjoy the performance and come back inspired by what they see.


A snapshot of Math learning in action: How to support learning at home
We are all learning about measurement, weight, and patterns as an essential part of your child’s mathematical education. There are many ways you can help your child at home with these concepts. Here are some tips to get you started
  1. Use real-life like asking your child to help you measure ingredients using measuring cups and spoons. You can ask them to weigh fruits and vegetables on a kitchen scale.
  2. Make it fun. You can make it more enjoyable by incorporating games and activities into your child's learning. Create a scavenger hunt where your child has to find objects that weigh a certain amount or have a specific measurement.
  3. Explore patterns, and encourage your child to notice patterns in the world around them. Patterns in nature, shapes, colors, and arrangements - Look out for a collaborative art piece that will hopefully make its way to the hall for everyone to admire!
Remember, learning about measurement, weight, and patterns is a gradual process. Be patient with your child and provide them with opportunities to explore and share what they are learning at school with you at home.

A snapshot of Religious Education in action: Blessed are those who believe without seeing
Messages shared by Room 4
  • Dear Rory, I believe you are going to be in the All Blacks
  • Jesus loves me and is always with me by: Madison Tip
  • Dear Emily, there might be hard times, but Jesus is always with you through hard times
  • Dear Genesis, God is with you, you can do anything with God
  • Dear Joe, Don’t worry, Jesus loves you
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10

And so, just like that the Winter Sports Season begins!


Senior Netball
Congratulations to: Brooke, Ella, Jayde, and Ruby who have been selected to play in Takapau school's 2 top teams this season. This will ensure they are playing in their age group and skill set teams.
Thank you to our parents and teachers who will be supporting our girls to get to and from training and at all games.

Year 5 /6 Netball
Practice Day: To be decided
Coach: Alice, Dill, Naomi
Players - Gia, Isla-Jane, Chloe, Lucy, Lacie, Sehaj, Jilliane, Adrisa, Ani, Ethzio, Korah, Kaiyah
NB: 2 teams have been registered

Year 3 / 4 Netball
Practice Day: Thursday after school
Coach: Bridie Tippet
Players: Madison Tipp, Danielle, Emily, Aarav, Millie, Adilyn, Lucas

Thank you to our wider school community for your anticipated support and encouragement of our teams across the season. A specific netball notice will go out with all players.
Barefoot 7’s - Hastings on Thursday, May 24th.
Coach: No volunteers - Yet!
Manager: 1 volunteer
Entries for this weight-determined competition closes on Thursday 18th May. In order to have teams practice and be ready, or to give us enough time to contact other schools to see if they would like to join our teams, can I please have all return slips to the office by this Friday.
So far we have the following numbers of interested players in the following categories
Under 43 3 players
Under 40 1 player
Under 35 3 players
Under 25 1 player

Information to be shared as soon as we get information from Kimberly: CHB Hockey. Thank you to those families who have committed, registrations have been submitted and uniforms will be issued on Friday from the school office. As soon as we know the draw we will share it on our school APP.

A reminder: You are all invited to listen to the presentation by Michael Hempseed this evening at 6PM in the school hall.

To let you know: The Year 5&6’s have planned a ‘Kings Coronation’ Celebration this Friday 5th

Festivities (Activities & afternoon tea) This event is for the whole school.

Ma te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

We hope everybody had a good weekend, and thank you to the people who came on Saturday to help build our new school playground and clean up Father Paul's backyard/garden. All the Students absolutely love it.

Room 6 has been doing R.E activities during class. There are some interesting Crucifixion and Resurrection gardens that they have been doing. Others have been doing other activities such as reenacting bible scriptures.

Room 5 has been organizing a fun day on Friday for the King Charles Coronation celebration. We would like everybody to bring just a small plate of food to share around the school.

Remember to bring your P.e. gear for gymnastics. Netball for the Year 5,6 team will be held at lunch time by Brooke and Jayde on Wednesday so make sure you bring your p.e for that too.

Nga mihi

Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde


Baptism - When a person is baptised into the Church he enters into a relationship. They are no longer an individual entity but a member of the Body of Christ. The baptismal ceremony marks the beginning of this new life of union and ongoing commitment. Some children in our school for a variety of reasons are not baptised. If your child expresses interest in being baptised, or you would like to have them baptised, please feel welcome to contact Fr Paul or our principal Betty. This, of course, applies to any member in your family who wants to become part of the sacramental life of the Church. Everyone is welcome in our Church and their presence would be a great gift to our Church family. In Term 3 we will be running the Reconciliation programme and in Term 4 First Holy Communion.


Congratulations to the following students: Lilla, Justin, Korah, Darius, Joe, Shawen, Riley, Riley, Fukun, Natasha, Sophia, Alexa, Adrisa, Kuba, Taiana, Darius, Genesis, Lucas, Ezalea, Finn, Liam, and Lucy who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused


A very special welcome to St Joseph’s School to Hudson Tate.
Hudson has joined the team in Room 1 and we look forward to sharing the wonderful educational journey with him.


St Columba house won the CBG house points and Cooper, Gia and Lucy were the winning individuals. Well done !


Well done to Gia, Chloe, Mackenzie, Ivy and Lucy who received certificates the last week of term. A fantastic effort!

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

Hi Everyone,

Wow! We cannot thank everyone enough for their hard work at our working bee on the weekend. We were amazed at how many turned up to help us out and even the kids were getting right into it. We ticked off more jobs than we expected to and the playground is looking amazing. I am sure the kids have been loving it this week. In the next week or two we hope to get all garden areas around the playground planted up by the children which I am sure they will enjoy helping with. Keeping watching this space over the next few months as we carry on with more changes to it.


Thanks for all the hard working selling these yummy cookies over the holidays. The orders have been placed and we will confirm the delivery date as soon as we know it.

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

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

Upcoming Events

3rd - Michael Hempseed Presentation: Understanding and healing the impact of disasters
9th - CHBC 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
5th - King's Birthday (School Closed)
8th - Interschool Gymnastics - Takapau
9th - School Cross Country Event
22nd - Interschool Cross Country

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