Newsletter Week 1 Term 3
19th July 2023
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“'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD,
'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. '”
Jeremiah 29:11

‘Ka kitea a Matariki, kua maoka te hinu’
When Matariki is seen, then game is preserved.
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Welcome to Term 3!
Mānawatia Matariki!
‘May God hold you gently in the palm of his hands’ This is a line from this beautiful Irish blessing. Please take the 3.47 minutes to listen, reflect and enjoy this uplifting song as you glide with focus into this second half of this school year: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Mānawatia Matariki
During Matariki, we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatūānuku. Throughout Matariki, we learn about those who came before us. Our history, our family, our bones.
We know that Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change. It’s a time to prepare and a time of action. We acknowledge what we have and what we have to give, we celebrate the diversity of life our culture, language, spirit and people. As shared by Jeremiah 20:11, ‘plans to give us hope and a future’

On Monday, we begun our term with a Matariki Liturgy guided by Mrs. Wagstaff and competently led by student leaders: Jayde and Ella
Student representatives lit candles and, as a school community we shared the following prayers:

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

It really is going to be a great term, a term filled with learning that inspires and ignites curiosity as well as learning that continues to fill our ākonga/learners ‘kete/baskets of knowledge.
Here is a snapshot of what lies ahead:
While writing this term focuses on how to write procedural pieces and scientific observations, our students will also be preparing for end of term ‘speeches’. In reading, our ākonga/learners will, if not ‘learning to read’ will be ‘reading to learn’ and engaging in ‘The Code’ spelling/writing program. We are all very excited to witness the progress they will all make using this new approach that compliments our Structured Literacy program.

In maths, our focus across the school is on ‘Patterns & Relationships’: Statistical inquiry, measurement: using appropriate scales, devices and units of measure for volume, weight, temperature and time. Being able to solve word problems and explain our thinking through the use of different strategies is a goal for us all.

In Physical Health and Development, we will be focussing on team games. Our older tamariki will be engaged in interschool events such as: Onga 7’s, Rippa Rugby, Ki-o-rahi. Thank you to all our families who helped us achieve a 98% swim attendance rate on Monday! Michelle and her coaching staff all commented on how enthusiastic and ready our tamaraiki were, especially as it was the first day back of the term. We will continue swimming each Monday across the term. How lucky are we!
Also, on Monday we welcomed back Brie who put our Year 6,7,8 girls through their paces as part of their Kia Haumaru: Personal Safety, Empowerment Self-Defence for Girls
‘Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini - It is not my strength alone, but the strength of many that contribute to my success.


To Tate and Cooper’s dad, Mr. Doug Tate for planting our donated greenery around our playground. Our playground looks amazing - A super special thank you to Tree Guys in Otane.
Thank you to Archie and Lucy’s dad: Sam Riddell for recovering all the chains in the playground, you can see in the photos just how much our tamariki LOVE playing in their playground while keeping safe at the same time.
Thank you to Madison, George and Mason’s Dads: Garth Tippett and Graeme Fisher for fixing all the doors that were jamming. We are lucky that these repair jobs in the photos have now been repaired.
We are also now enrolling for 2024 - if you have a brother/sister, cousin, or other children or know of a whānau member who is interested in enrolling at St Joseph's CHB next year, please pick up an enrolment pack from Sarah in the school office. Your help in growing our enrolment is hugely appreciated.

Have a blessed term
Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki i nga wa katoa
Betty Brown


Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome back to school. We hope that you all are having a great week and enjoyed your holidays.

On Monday the year 6,7 and 8 girls took a self-defense course with Brie to help keep ourselves safe in scary situations. We have been doing Onga 7ns training this week too.

Have a great rest of your week.

Ella, Ruby, Lilla & Jayde


Prayer beginning of the Term
Lord God, at the beginning of this new term, teach us to be your hands and feet where we are. At the beginning of this new term, teach us to love as you love us. At the beginning of this new term, teach us to pray for those in need. Amen


Chloe, Ruby, Chase


(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to school for Term 3!

The Playground:

Over the holidays we got the plants in finally and they look great. A huge shout out to Tree Guys in Otane for helping us with picking plants for it.

All the chain equipment around the playground also went back up in the holidays. It looks awesome with the new covers on them and we really appreciate the time and effort from Water Force in Waipukurau.

The next stages of improving the playground are happening in the background. We have some great plans underway with the sandpit which will look amazing once completed.

Our next meeting is on Monday 24 July at 7pm in Room 2. Please feel free to join us, we are always looking for new people to join and help us with ideas for the school.

Email: or message the Facebook page.
Facebook page: St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Group – Waipukurau
The PFG Committee.
Thank you Mackenzie Thomson, Charlie Harper and Aarav Gharty for your Birthday Books!

Parent Cyber Safety Evening - AUGUST!

We are pleased to offer, for parents and whānau, a parent evening about cyber safety, presented by Rob Cope on August 15th at CHB College.

Tickets have been allocated based on your school’s roll number. There is no charge but we have limited seating. Parents are asked to book their tickets through their school office. We have 30 tickets on a first-come first served basis. Please let Sarah know in the office if you would like to attend.
Tickets close Monday 7th of August to allow for reallocation.
Please watch this promotional video: Our Kids Online Parent Evening

Michael Hempseed returns to Central Hawkes Bay

Mark your calendars for this wonderful opportunity to hear him speak to our wider community at our school.
Monday 21st August 7PM

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

25th - Parish Leadership Metting
25th - PFG Meeting in Room 2 @ 7PM - All WELCOME
26th - Onga 7’s

7th - 11th - National Library Week
8th - Ki o Rahi Tournament
8th - St Mary MacKillop Feast Day
9th - Matariki Engagement for Years 5,6,7,8
11th - National Library Week - Book Character Dress Up Day
13th - School Mass
15th - Parents Cyber Safety Evening 6:30 - 8:30: CHBC Hall: Our Kids Online Parent Evening
21st - Michael Hempseed Presentation - 7PM
21st - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5 PM - Room 2
23rd - CHB Science Road Show

7th - Rippa-Rugby
8th - Year 6, 7 & 8 Sunrise Ht Expedition
18th - Rotary Speeches
22nd - Last Day of Term 3

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