Newsletter Week 4 Term 2
17th May 2023
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“Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu”
Feathers allow the bird to fly

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:17

Kia Ora whanau,
Mother's Day Mass - WOW! What a wonderful turnout! We are all truly blessed. If we can fill the church like we did last weekend, we will really be showing who we are as a school community. I felt so much pride sitting in our church filled with faithful parishioners and faith-filled families and friends. Thank you!
If life events allow, can we please prioritise practicing our Catholicity by filling our church as often as we can as a community. Tihei Mauri Ora!
Pink Shirt Day - This Friday!
Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusiveness. It is about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued, and respected, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, or cultural background.
By donating a gold coin to Pink Shirt Day, we are supporting the Mental Health Foundation to reduce bullying: by raising awareness about bullying prevention, funding education workshops, and supplying thousands of free resources that promote inclusive workplaces, schools, and communities.
Everyone at St Joseph's is invited to donate a gold coin and wear Pink on Friday!
A separate flyer will be shared via our School App which will have more information about Pink Shirt Day.


CHB Kāhui Ako - CHB Kāhui Ako
I am wondering if you already know that all education centres sprinkled across the districts of: Waipawa, Waipukurau, Takapau Ongaonga, Tikokino, Porangahau, Otane and a number of beach communities along the coast are part of 2 Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako. Although we have two Kāhui Ako, we operate as one community for the benefit of all our tamariki, kaiako and whānau across Central Hawkes Bay.
This notice is to inform you that this Website is up and running and filled with helpful information for you our whānau. Check it out!
Navigate to: Whānau & Community and then to Parents & Whānau.
Here you will find Online Safety information about: Understanding TikTok, Online Safety Parent Toolkit, Online Gaming, as well as Mental Health, Anxiety & Depression links to Nathan Wallis’s - Childhood Anxiety YouTube Talks, as well as other helpful websites and resources.

Here is the first of a number of math videos for whanau, put together by Sam Kordan - who is on the math team for our Kāhui Ako. Following on from my math message last week, you may want to try this simple math game at home.
Maths Games for Whanau - Episode 1.mp4

Sign Language Week
Whether you are learning sign language for personal enrichment, to communicate with a deaf friend or family member, or for professional reasons, it is a valuable skill that can bring joy, broaden your horizons and create meaningful connections. If you would like to continue learning with your children at home, here is a link that we use in school.
New Zealand Sign Language Week / National events and the NZC / Curriculum resources / Kia ora

Inspiring a LOVE of Reading
Engaging in reading at home provides positive role models for children. Our ākonga/learners are more likely to follow your example and develop an appreciation for reading when they see it being valued and practiced by the adults around them. If you know anyone who would like to come into school on a regular or not so regular basis to listen to our tamariki read, please let me know! Mrs. Simpson and our librarians continue to have our library looking inviting and warm. The perfect opportunity to build a passion for reading.

Sports Update

Winter Weekend Wonderland
By: Alice Harper

Year 5-6 (One)
Game Day Captain: Chloe Birdsall
Played against Flemington and won 8-5
Player of the Day: Isla-Jane Harper
Thank you to the families for bringing our girls down to play, they all played beautifully and we look forward to the rest of the season!

Year 5-6 (Two)
Game Day Captain: Kaiyah Tate
Played against Waipukurau and won 5-10
Player of the day: Kaiyah Tate
Awesome first game, team! Working together and bringing the ball home for the Win - special mention to Chloe Birdsall for her transition into shooting - amazing court vision, we are very proud of the whole team!
A special thank you to Isla, Lacie, Chloe, Sehaj and Gia for playing both games and to their parents for allowing and supporting this.
Rugby - Barefoot 7’s - Hastings on Thursday, May 24th.
Thank you Graeme Fisher for coordinating this for our players and Doug Tate for offering to provide Team Management and transport.
You will receive a notice with organisation details this Friday. - Watch this space!

Mark your Calendars: Up Coming Events this term

School Cross Country - Friday 9th June - 326 Mangatarata Road, Waipukurau
On Monday afternoon we ventured out to Ms. Noetzli’s whānau farm to map out this year's Cross Country.
How lucky are we that we get to plan three different trails.
Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC’s) - Monday 19th June
As shared in last week's newsletter you are being invited to come together with your child's teacher to discuss your child’s progress, strengths, challenges, and goals. As a consequence of closing school for these conferences, we will not be holding a Teacher Only Day in Term 3.
Once again we will have a display of student work in the hall for you to peruse prior to or after your meeting.

Good Luck to all our Winter Sporting Teams this weekend.
Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.

Ma te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa,

This term the year 5, 6, 7 and 8s have been doing ki o rahi training every two weeks. The whole school has also been doing cross-country training around the field and the park for practice. All students have been doing amazing training out there and we wish them the best for when it's cross country in June this term.
Remember to bring P.E. gear and wear mouthguards when playing hockey.

This week we had come all the way from South Africa for their mission to spread the word of Jesus. They talked about how it is to live in South Africa and how they’ve been traveling all across the world to spread Jesus’ message.

Nga mihi

Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde


A Prayer for Mothers
We thank you Lord for the great gift of motherhood.
It is within our mother’s womb, that we began life.
It is in her embrace that we have known safety and
It is through her encouragement that we grow and mature.
Lord, bless our mothers.
Draw close to them and hear their prayers for their
Give them the grace of surrendered love –
a love that images the love of our heavenly mother, Mary.
May all mothers find daily
the strength to love generously,
the patience to endure graciously,
and the grace to live their vocation of motherhood joyously.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen


Congratulations to the following students: Sehaj, Brooke, Hunter, Korah, Libby, Reyansh, Jasraj, Luka and Mia who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused


St Columba house won the CBG house points and Shanaya and Charlie were the winning individuals. Well done !


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

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

31st- Gumtree Outdoor Biking Adventure for Year 7&8
1st - School Photo Day
5th - King's Birthday (School Closed)
8th - Interschool Gymnastics - Takapau
8th - Board of Trustees Hui in Hastings
9th - School Cross Country Event
19th - Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed for instruction
19th - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5PM - Room 2
22nd - Interschool Cross Country
30th - Student Mid Year Reports sent home
30th - Last Day of Term.

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