Newsletter Week 9 Term 1
29 March 2023
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‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini’
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

We, Christians, bring peace and grace as a treasure to be offered to the world, but these gifts can bear fruit only when Christians live and work together in harmony. This makes it easier to contribute to building relations of respect and peaceful coexistence with those who belong to other religious traditions, and with non-believers.
Pope Francis
Kia Ora whanau,
It has been heard that: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and that is what learning has looked like at St Joseph's this week. Taking time to reflect on our learning about how all of God’s creation is good and how we care, respect, and take responsibility for all living things has provided an opportunity for our ākonga/learners to demonstrate informative written report pieces about what they have learned across the term and that is a joy to read. Beginning the week in earthy tones definitely had our ākonga/learners noticing and readying themselves for the week ahead, Living and working in harmony.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
Did you know that writing is the fuel that drives communication, and communication serves as a framework for society? Clear communication—and hence, good writing—is critical because it facilitates interpersonal interactions. Writing across the school is a real celebration.

Did you know that mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor? In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social students, and even music and art.

Did you know that math does not always have to be strictly about numbers? When we integrate writing into math we are provided with a deeper understanding of the mind of our tamariki and how we can help them further. Here are some helpful tips you might want to think about at home:
Draw pictures and diagrams to explain thier thinking
Make and share lists of different ways you can solve a problem
Write word math problems
Predict/Answer questions
Define / Describe math terms
Explain a process
Write Directions
Compare and/or Contract thinking, processes or solutions
Justify a process or solution
Write a summary
Reflect on their learning
Creative Writing - create a poem, essay, story
Palm Sunday
The meaning of Palm Sunday is simple: it is the marking of the final days of Christ and his triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. We celebrate this feast because of Jesus Christ and celebrate his life, death, and resurrection. Palm Sunday allows parishioners to bring home their own palm fronds to bless their homes with the same victory the crowds of Jerusalem Christ was blessed with.
The palm leaves used during Palm Sunday can later be used for the ashes that mark the foreheads of Christians for Ash Wednesday. As Palm Sunday is the first day of the Holy Week,
It is the beginning of Christ’s Passion
Easter Mass Times
Holy Thursday – 7pm @ St Joseph’s, Waipukurau
Good Friday – 3pm @St Joseph’s, Waipukurau
Easter Vigil – 5.30pm @ St Patrick’s, Waipawa
Easter Sunday -9.30am @St Joseph’s, Waipukurau
We pray for fine weather as our Room 3 & 4 tamariki venture out to Bee Haven tomorrow and some of our Year 6,7,8 tamariki go to a PAL's (Physical Activity Leadership Training) on Friday. Good Luck to our Hockey team for this week's game and to our tamariki who are playing in the Barefoot rugby tournament in Takapau this weekend.
We look forward to our last week of term which will be filled with Holy Week learning engagements including representatives of our school traveling to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North next Tuesday to attend the Mass of Oils.

Kia pai to rā
Ma te Atua e manaaki
Mrs. Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa,
On Friday some of the Year 6, 7, and 8 students are going over to the stadium with Mrs. Brown to practice and learn different sports games so we wish them a joyful time.
There is an Easter Raffle to fundraise money for the Year 8 leavers hoodies. Raffle tickets cost $2.00 each. The tickets will be sold at lunchtime over the week.
Congratulations to all the students who went to Interschools swimming sports we hope you all had a great day.
Have a great rest of the week
Nga mihi
Ella, Ruby, Lilla, and Jayde

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

Hi Everyone,


Are back up and running!! Order forms will be sent home with the children in the next week or so. Unfortunately, the prices have increased slightly (like most things) and we don’t have croissants this time but we all know how delicious the cookies are.


Please keep Saturday 29 April free, we need all hands on deck to get the new cushionfall down on the playground. More details to follow shortly.

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


Sunday Altar Service

Taiana Tapuala-Anderson, Brooke Paewai, Ashtyne Ramos

Attention Netball Coaches

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

CHB Junior Football

Registration link: 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.

Upcoming Events

1st - Palm Sunday
6th - Last Day of Term
24th - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
25th - ANZAC Day - School Closed
26th - First Day of Term 2
29th - PFG Working Bee

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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