Newsletter Week 10 Term 1
5 April 2023
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‘Ko ngā pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata - Ko ngā pae tata whakamua kia tina’
The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today

“Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15

Kia ora Whānau,
Welcome to our last and very Holy last week of term 1. I hope you enjoy the Good News being shared this week.
As we continue to celebrate all that is 'Holy Week', we extend our thanks to Cushla Williams for supplying the Palms ahead of time in order for our tamariki to use at our school Palm Sunday Mass last Friday. Thank you Cushla we are blessed.


What is happening in these photos? Have a conversation with your children about what they know and have learned about the meaning of Easter.
Physical Activity Leadership Training
Congratulations to our students who participated in, and achieved PAL training certification this week. These students will be putting their newly acquired skills into action next term when they share what they learned with the rest of our school.
"Never see a need without doing something about it" ST Mary MacKillop
In response to students’ ideas to support flood-damaged schools in Hawkes Bay, a small group of students have been working with Mrs. Alexander to make and present two schools affected: Omahu & Puketapu with outdoor “benches for the students to use on a daily basis. The finished benches will incorporate student-designed and painted scenery motifs.

We are super grateful for the support of the gentlemen at the Menz Shed Waipukurau who shared their skills, gifts, and talents with our students and guided them through this challenging building project. We are also grateful to Carters Waipukurau for donating the timber, nuts, and bolts. Without the support of our local community, this meaningful project would not be possible.
It is hoped that our students will be able to present the benches to both schools when they are done. Here are a few progress snaps.
Chrism Mass - Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Thank you, Mrs. Wagstaff and Whaea Tiuka for taking our student representatives: Elijah, Ashtyne & George to receive on behalf of our parish our blessed oils from the Bishop. What a special occasion, what a beautiful cathedral, what an honor. This morning Elijah, Ashtyne and George presented the oils of Catechumens and Chrism (used during sacramental blessings) and the oil for the sick to Father Paul.
William Pike Challenge Day at Russell Park
How lucky were our Year 6,7,8 tamariki who got to spend the day with William, our community helpers, and our Year 7&8 friends from other Central Hawkes Bay schools. They got to hear firsthand, William's story of survival, bravery, recovery, and his dream.
Communication - Newsletter
The purpose of the newsletter is to:
  1. Inform you of what has, is, or will be happening in school on a weekly basis
  2. Communicate with you about upcoming events: school closures, celebrations, policy updates, procedures, and practices
Did you know that our Newsletter data shows:
Week 7 - 20% of whānau opened the newsletter
Week 8 - 47% of whānau opened the newsletter
Week 9 - 55% of whānau opened the newsletter

While this data shows me that communication is increasing in clicking/opening, this also tells me that either you do not have access to our school APP on your device or that you are not in a habit of checking into our school newsletter or website on a weekly basis.

Even though this data only tells me how many people opened the newsletter, I am still to gauge if you actually read it! - Therefore this little fun task will give me some feedback about how many whānau actually read the newsletter. If you have read this please send your child to the office tomorrow to say “My mum/dad/whanau have read the newsletter and I am here to receive a chocolate easter egg or Lollipop!!”

A helpful hint might be to:
* Set an alarm on your phone for Wednesday evenings to read the weekly newsletter
*. Set a notification on your phone for when you receive an alert from the school office.
Please contact Sarah Jackson if you are having problems/need support
Term 2 Music
We have been blessed to have enjoyed such a motivating Music program this term and we look forward to continuing this journey next term. On offer from Matua Dan:
  • If your child would like to commit to learning guitar in a small group of 3 during lunch time, this opportunity will be provided for 6 students on a first come first served basis (2 sessions). The sessions are $10 per student per lesson. Please contact the office to have your child added to the list.
  • If you miss this first intake we will keep your child’s name on the waitlist.
Term 2 PFG Initiatives that benefit us all
I am looking forward to catching up with you all on Saturday 29th April at 9 AM at school. Not only will we be bringing rakes and wheelbarrows to move cushionfall under our existing playground but we will also be lifting uneven concrete along the swimming pool pathway, moving unwanted/un-needed furniture from the White shed behind the swimming pool to make way for our 2nd hand and much appreciated High Jump mats from the Waipukurau Athletics Association.

Term 2 will commence for instruction on Wednesday 26th April, we look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for a wonderful term ahead.

Ma te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown

Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace of Easter Sunday, every day. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that look upon Your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace and tell your good news to the world.


Tena koutou katoa,

So much has been happening :
  • William Pike Challenge Day was fun because we made lots of new friends from other schools. Congratulations to Sehaj and Gia who represented our school in the swimming race relay against William Pike.
  • We have been leading Liturgy for the whole school every day this week which has been a joy to host
  • We participated in the PAL's training
  • Rooms 3 & 4 visited BeeHaven today
  • Rooms 1,3 and 4 has a Last Supper Meal yesterday
  • We will be celebrating Black and White Day tomorrow.
The Easter Raffle will be drawn tomorrow - Thursday 6th April. Thank you to all of our school community for buying raffle tickets and helping us to raise money for our hoodies. We will send out an alert of who the winners are tomorrow.

As this is the last week of term, we wish everyone a safe and spectacular Easter break, and we look forward to seeing you all back at school in your correct Winter Uniform.

Nga mihi
Ella, Ruby, Lilla and Jayde

Catholic Character

Easter Prayer
God made you and God made me,
He made the world for us to see.
God loves you and long ago,
He sent his Son to tell us so.
Jesus showed us many things,
To love and share and dance and sing.
To learn and pray, to help and care,
He promised he’d always be there.
He died but then came back to life,
let’s celebrate for he’s alive!
— Unknown
Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday - 7PM @ St Joseph's, Waipukurau
Good Friday - 3PM @ St Joseph's, Waipukurau
Easter Vigil - 5:30 @ St Patrick's Waipawa
Easter Sunday - 9:30AM St Joseph's, Waipukurau
Walk with the Cross - Good Friday
All welcome @ 9:30AM at The Green Waipukurau


Congratulations to the following students: Carlos, Mason, Luka, Rory, Emily, Kylah, Kylee, Chase, Kaiya, and Shanaya who last week demonstrated the skills of being caring, organized, and focused


Last week St Columba house won the CBG house points and Madison Tidswell and George Tippett were the winning individuals. Well done!


Well done to Ashtyne who received last week's certificate last week. A fantastic effort!


Winter Hockey will be starting in Term Two. Can those children who are interested in playing please let Whaea Sarah know.


Rā whānau kia koe Mrs. Alexander
Thank you for your birthday books gift

Please visit Paper Plus right here in Waipukurau to choose a book for our Library when it is your birthday - the gift that keeps on giving. Ngā mihi

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Order forms went home last week. 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. Forms and money need to be back by 27 April. The holidays is a great time to sell to family and friends.

This is set for Saturday 29 April from 9 am (see flyer). The cushion fall is being delivered that week and we will need all hands on deck to get it down. There will also be other jobs to be completed around the playground so please, so if you can help out in any way, even just an hour or two, please let a PFG member or teacher know. If you can’t be there on the day to help, any food or drink contributions will be gratefully accepted. Over the school holidays, the PFG will be working around the playground to get things ready before the cushion fall goes down so keep an eye out on the PFG Facebook page for updates on what we are doing.

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

Upcoming Events

6th - Dress in Black and White Day - 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

6th - Understanding and healing the impact of Disasters presented by: Michael Hempseed - Flyer will be sent via our school APP
9th - CHBHS Open Day for Year 8’s
14th - Whole School Mother's Day Mass

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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