Newsletter Week 4 Term 3
9th August 2023
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Nau te raurau, Naku te raurau, Ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket we will be well.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest
Matthew 11:28
1 Corinthians 16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

This week we came together to celebrate the feast of St. Mary of the Cross/St Mary MacKillop by sharing at Liturgy on Monday morning and by attending mass on Tuesday. We prayed that we continue to follow her example and look for ways to take action, to be generous, to be kind and to always be willing to reach out to those who need our care and support.

As we placed our hands on different parts of our body we prayed:
*God bless my mind so that I may think of others
*God bless my eyes so that I may see the needs of others
*God bless my ears so that I may hear the cries of those in need
*God bless my mouth so that I may speak words of encouragement and support
*God bless my hands so that I may do good deeds that will help others
*God bless my heart so that I may feel love and compassion for those in need.
*God bless my feet so that I may be a person of action willing to go out of my way to help others.
Whole School Mass
Joining together as a whole school community at whole school mass is a point of difference between our school and other schools in Waipukurau. This gathering creates a shared experience that can strengthen your whānau bond. Sharing in mass together helps embed whānau traditions and rituals which helps us all to build on how we ‘walk the talk’ of being a member of our St Josephs School community.
I am looking forward to filling the church this Sunday 13th August at 9:25am
Our tamariki have been asked to wear school uniform and sit together in their houses as practiced. We will meet outside the church at 9:15AM.

First Reconciliation/Communion
We are taking registrations for our Sacramental programmes. There will be forms in the foyers of St Joseph’s church and St Patrick’s church or please email the parish office for a form. There are also forms available at St Joseph’s school office. Children need to be 8 years or older. Email the parish office at

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

D.E.A.R: Drop everything and read! Or Discover, Engage, and Absorb through Reading!
As our tamariki return from their play and sensory breaks, we guide them back into the realm of focused thinking.
By encouraging our tamariki to “Drop everything and read”, we are nurturing a lifelong habit of intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning. You can help us promote a ‘love of reading’ by modeling reading your own interest or work material at home, reading to your children, or celebrating them as readers by listening to them read to you.
Procedural writing plays a pivotal role in primary school science investigations, offering a structured framework that enhances students' understanding, communication, and critical thinking skills. By following clear and systematic steps in procedural writing, our ākonga/learners develop essential scientific competencies that, we hope, extend beyond the classroom, as was evidenced by Micah and his dad coming to school over the weekend to let off their home made rocket!
Can you see the following key aspects of procedural writing in the following first thinking/draft pieces of work?
*Clarity and precision *Logical sequencing *Predictive thinking *Attention to detail *Replicating and reinforcing *Critical reflection *Confidence and owndership
Matific Maths Olympiad Success
Last week most of our ākonga/learners participated in the Matific multi-award winning digital mathematics resource funded by our Board through our operational budget. The content focussed on problem solving and reasoning, with our learners being challenged to apply the concepts they are learning to a range of activities. Overall our school came 38th across all schools that took part. WOW! Just imagine if all our students took part.

Congratulations to all our tamariki who took part and who received certificates this week
Certificate tier
Ruby 100% Platinum 80-99% Gold 50 - 80%
Silver 20 - 50% Bronze >20%

And, a huge shout out to the following students who achieved RUBY status (150/150 stars) We are so super proud of you all!
Tate Murphy 96.31% accuracy
Mason Fisher 88.57% accuracy
Cooper Tate 88.48% accuracy
Lucy Craig 86.83% accuracy
Andrei Ramos 85.83% accuracy
Fukun Hong 85.53% accuracy
Rory Murphy 80.91% accuracy
Reynash Patel 73.33% accuracy
Interschool Ki-o-rahi Tournament
What a fun day out! - Congratulations to our 2 teams who demonstrated our school values by cheering on not only each other but their friends from other schools.
A reminder of the Cyber Safety Presentation in the CHBC Hall next Tuesday evening 15th August at 6:30PM
And, our own Michael Hempseed Presentation the following Monday 21st August in our school hall.

Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday morning at mass.

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


Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome back to Week 4 Term 3, we hope everybody had a good weekend playing sports.

On Tuesday the Year 5, 6, 7 & 8’s participated in a Ki o Rahi Tournament. Each school in CHB participated in the tournament, they all did amazing and were all such a good sport at it.

Book Character dress-up day is on this Friday 11th August. We look forward to seeing the characters that arrive at school!

This Sunday we have a School Mass. Please try your hardest to turn up and if you have a job make sure to show up.

We hope everybody has a wonderful rest of the week and have fun doing your sports.

Ella, Ruby, Lilla, Jayde


Feast Day -8th August –St Mary of the Cross
What did Mary MacKillop do in New Zealand?
The first Josephite sisters arrived in Temuka (the first New Zealand Josephite foundation) in 1883. In the last years of the nineteenth century Mary MacKillop's sisters formed communities throughout New Zealand in response to the needs of education and poverty in our country. To celebrate ten years since St Mary MacKillop's canonisation, these are some lesser-known details about the life of Australia's first saint.
She was born in Fitzroy. Her parents were Scottish immigrants. She was the breadwinner.
She wanted to educate poor children. She was 25 when she started the Josephites.


Geordie, Lilla, Gia


(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Hopefully you have all seen our posters online and popping up around town with our next school fundraiser – an Ambrose Golf Tournament. This is going to be lots of fun and spaces are filling up very quickly so get in touch today to put in a team.

If you can help out in any way, we would be extremely grateful, donations of any kind for prizes, help with organizing anything or help on the day. We are also looking for a couple of roasts that you might have in your freezer that we could use for dinner on the night. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the PFG members.

Our next meeting is on Monday 28 August 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.


Congratulations to the following students: Nick, Rory, Mason, Isla-Jane, Lucy, Paige, Mia, Esta, Eva, and Madison who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to George, Cooper, Tate, and Henry who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


St Colomba house won the CBG house points Kylie and Henry were the winning individuals. Well done!


Thank you for your amazing response to our birthday book initiative, it’s great to see new books in the library which the students are keen to read. Remember I am more than happy to help you choose a book.

Currently, we have on loan for the year 200 non-fiction books from the National Library while we update and purchase new books for our school library. The students are excited and keen to read these new additions.

Next week is Aoteaora NZ School Library Week. We will be celebrating the fact we have a library in our school with various activities in class, including writing a book review, followed by a book character dress-up day on Friday 11th August. We look forward to seeing the characters that arrive at school!

Enjoy reading this week,
Louise Simpson

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
Enrolment for 2024 is a focus
Help us spread the word - We really do offer amazing learning opportunities.
If you have family, friends, or know other children in your area interested in enroling at St Josephs CHB next year please let them know that we would love to welcome them.
Please encourage them to pick up an enrollment pack from Sarah in the school office.
Your help in growing our school community is hugely appreciated.

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

7th - 11th - National Library Week
9th - Atea-a-Rangi - Years 5,6,7,8 (Memorial Hall)
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
15th - Pajama Day
18th - Rotary Speeches
22nd - Last Day of Term 3
23rd - Parish Working Bee - All welcome!

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