Newsletter Week 5 Term 2
24th May 2023
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Ko ngā pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata, Ko ngā pae tata whakamaua kia tina
The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today

Let your light shine
Matthew 5:14-16

Kia Ora whanau,

Last Friday there was a sea of pink as we joined the Pink Shirt Day movement and let our lights shine. By taking part in this special day we showed solidarity towards helping to stamp out bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusion. We raised $114.00, which has already been donated to the appeal. THANK YOU!


Our school value of Community says that at St Joseph's, We have a positive and active involvement within the home, school, parish, local and global communities for the benefit of all. How lucky are we that our tamariki and teachers are ‘walking the talk’ and demonstrating the Catholicity of who we are as faith filled people.
Service in our Local Community
It is humbling to receive affirmation from community members of the ‘service’ engagements our tamariki are engaged in. An example of this is a letter I received from Donald and Sereena Parkinson: Civic Theatre Waipukurau, who acknowledged the effort 2 of our students: Ruby & Chloe Birdsall saying: ‘It was heartwarming to witness young individuals actively engaging in acts of kindness and demonstrating a genuine concern for the welfare of the community. Their dedication and selflessness exemplify the values we strive to instill in our future leaders
All our Year 7 & 8’s continue to accumulate service hours towards their WPC Service Award. - Ka pai tō mahi.

Service in our Global Community
It is with pride that we celebrate and support the work of Ms. Noetzli as she prepares to head back to South Africa at the end of this term to continue her incredible missionary work.

We are in the process of organising times when you will be able to come and listen to Ms. Noetzli talk about her work. I will let you know the details of where and when they are confirmed next week. In the meantime please feel free to peruse these two sites which will give you an insight into what she will be
The Ascension of Jesus: Jesus told us he would be with us for all time
We need to carry on his work on earth.

In order for us as a school community to support Ms. Noetzli carry on the work of Jesus on earth ‘We/Staff are reaching out to you with an exciting opportunity for us all as a school community to support her in her work. As a gift from our school community ‘We’ are organizing a raffle fundraising event. We would be immensely grateful if you know anyone who would like to donate prizes for our raffle. These could be gift certificates/Gift Cards, restaurant vouchers, spa packages, meat packs,s or even a round of golf!!, any contribution will be greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate a prize, please contact Sarah in the office.
We will have raffle tickets ready to send home next week, with an intent to draw the raffle on Monday 19th June at our monthly Board of Trustees Meeting.
Kia Ora - Betty, Sarah, Whaea Ngatel, Whaea Sarah, Louise, Gayleen, Kirsty, Lottie, Maricel, Matt, Leanne.

Writers workshop
This week Brooke, Lucy, and Isla-Jane will participate in the CHB Young Writers Workshop at the CHB Municipal Theater. The day will be run by well-known child and young adult author Adele Broadbent. Members of the Between the Lines Festival team will also be present.
How super lucky are our student representatives. Here are a few titles of Adele’s books.
Reading across the Globe
Today our school participated in a National Simultaneous Story Time, led by Award-Winning Author Rebecca Young. She shared her book “The Speedy Sloth” and then Heath McKenzie shared his talent by showing everyone how to draw the main character.
This was a wonderful opportunity to get together as a school community and celebrate the joy of reading.
National Strike Action
As you will already know by the events of the past few months of striking in the education sector, primary and secondary teachers along with principals are determined to send a strong message to the Government. Some key changes include our tamariki receiving a realistic student to teacher ratio, learning support for their tamariki and to be recognised as the professionals they are.

The next round of strike action, IF IT OCCURS, may result in the closure of the school on Wednesday, May 31st. I will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as necessary via our school APP.

Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC’s)
Monday 19th June - School will be CLOSED for INSTRUCTION
Next week you will be invited by your child’s class teacher to sign up for a Parent Teacher Conference Meeting via our School APP.

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

We hope everyone is enjoying their weekend sports and are having lots of fun.
Make sure to bring your P.E gear for our cross country training and gymnastics. Year 5 and 6 netball teams have a practice on Wednesday at lunch times.

Did you know?
  • In room 6 as part of our New Zealand histories curriculum we are exploring the many stories behind harakeke: what it was used for in the past, what it is used for now, and how you can use it to make artwork. You will be able to see our efforts on display in the hall.
  • In room 3 they made Holy Spirit kites
  • In room 4 they learned all about the Ascension and how we are the hands, feet, eyes, ears and voice of Jesus
  • In room 5 they have made harakeke putiputi and whetu
  • In room 1 they have been watching the story of the speedy sloth
  • In lunch time Whaea Sarah works with students who are going to the gymnastics competition
  • We have school photos next Thursday
  • We have all been practicing for our school cross country
Just for fun
  • What do you call a Grandpa rowing a boat?
Paddle pop
  • What did the shark say when he ate the clownfish?
This tastes a little funny
  • What did one traffic light say to the other?
Stop looking Im changing!!

Nga mihi

Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde


Pentecost Sunday – 28th May.
Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples. Last week, during the Ascension, Jesus reassured Mary and the Apostles that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. The liturgical colour for the day is red. You may see many people wearing red, including the priest! Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter. It is the very last day of the Easter season! We consider Pentecost as being the Church’s birthday because this is the day the Holy Spirit came down and filled the Apostles with the gifts they needed to lead the Church.
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit Are: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord

Preparation Prayer for Pentecost this weekend

Whirlwind Spirit

Whirlwind Spirit of God,
Roar through our timidities and fears,
Shake the foundations of our ill-placed securities,
Sweep away the cobwebs of our apathy,
Blow down the walls that separate us, one from another.

Then into all our empty spaces, breathe
re-strengthened courage to challenge injustice,
renewed belief in the urgency of our vocation,
revitalised passion to change our lifestyles,
re-dedication to speak only words that build and unite.

Let gentle breeze and still small voice
become in us today
mighty wind and loud proclamation.
Make of us a Pentecost people!

Kathleen O'Brien/CAFOD

Holy Spirit Kites reflectively made by our ākonga/learners in Room 3 this week.


Congratulations to the following students: Ani, Chase, Joe, Justin, Rex, Denon, Herray, Hudson, Charlie and Micah who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organised, and focused.


Well done to Finn, Reyansh, Lacie and Taiana who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort!


St Peter Chanel house won the CBG house points and Quinn and Charlie were the winning individuals. Well done !

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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