Newsletter Week 5 Term 3
16th August 2023
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“Mā te Atua me te wāhi ngaro tātou e tiaki e manaaki”
May God and the origins of which all things come from, bless and keep us.
“May God be gracious to you and bless you and make His face shine upon you”
Psalm 67:1
1 Corinthians 16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,
On Sunday we welcomed half our school community of families to mass, Thank you. We are grateful to our parish community, grandparents, cousins, relatives and friends who supported our Term 3, whole school Mass. As we strive to enhance various aspects of our engagement during mass, it’s important to recognize that the simple act of coming together to worship and cherish one another is a true blessing.
In response to the simple survey we shared at mass, the following statements embrace the essence of what was synthesised.
Why do our families choose St Josephs?
Survey results show that families choose us because:

*We offer a Faith-Based Education: Our families choose our school because they want their children to receive an education rooted in Catholic values and teachings, and traditions. They value the spiritual and moral formation that our school provides.

*We offer Personalized Attention: Small class sizes in our school often mean that students receive more individualized attention from teachers. This leads to a closer student-teacher relationship and a more tailored learning experience.

*We have a Strong Community: Our small school community offers parents and staff a sense of belonging within a supportive and nurturing environment for students

*We provide Academic Rigor: We offer a rigorous academic program that challenges students and prepares them for success on their learning journey.

*We foster Character Development: Virtues such as compassion, empathy and responsibility are key.

*We embrace a Holistic Approach: Continuing to focus on the development of the whole child - academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

As we look towards growing our enrollment, I invite you to share this information with friends and relatives who might also want to choose us as their school of choice for their children.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

How cool is this! - Last week some of our tamariki went to support the All Blacks at their training in Napier and came back inspired not only to be future All Blacks themselves but also to write!: Maybe they had a little encouragement!

All Blacks Rugby Training
On Wednesday 9 August we went to Mclean Park in Napier to watch the All Blacks train. They
trained for an hour. They worked on their passing, tackling and ‘blowing over’. Aaron Smith had to get to the ball before anyone else because he is the half back. After they trained, they had 10-20 minutes ‘signing Time’. We all got some of the All Blacks’ signatures. Some signed our balls, All Blacks jersey and some signed the cards we were given. It was quite hard to get signatures because there were so many people!
The day was amazing, exciting! It was great being able to watch the All Blacks Train. We got to see our favourite players.
Go the All Blacks!!!!

By Tate and Rory Murphy, Ani, Madison and Jack, Lorck, Mason Fisher, Reef and Brooke Paewai.
Book Character Dress Up Day
What a crazy busy, but super fun week which culminated in not only dressing up, but the presentation of prizes for winners of our Book Review write ups and the sharing of a collaboratively written whole school book.
Photos and student work will be on displays in the office and the library this week - Come on in and have a read.

Matua Matt:
This Friday we bid farewell to Matua Matt. Matua Matt has been with us for just over a year and will be remembered for the caring relationships he has developed with not only our tamariki but also with all staff. His sense of humor, artistic and culinary skills will be very sorely missed. Matua Matt will be embarking on a new journey and we wish him all the very best.

Jordin Nepe-Apatu:
Fortunately, we have been able to contract Ms. Jordin Nepe-Apatu to continue the Teaching Assistant role in Room 5. Jordin is no stranger to St Josephs. We were lucky to have Jordin join us for 10 weeks last school year in her capacity as an EIT graduating student specialising in care for children and the elderly. Jordin brings with her a skill set in child development and the Arts. Nau mai, haere mai Jordin.

Christian Chesswas:
This week we welcomed Mr. Christian Chesswas to Room 6, Christian is in his 3rd and final year of his teacher training program and will be spending the next 5 weeks with us completing his in school practicum. Christian has already begun finding out what our students know, need to know in order to plan learning engagements that foster a ‘fun, focussed love of learning’.

Save the Date - Mark Your Calendar - Plan on attending!

One of our primary goals is to provide the best possible environment for our tamariki to learn, grow, and thrive. As parents, you play an essential role in shaping the future of our ākonga/learners.
Last night the Free “Cyber Safety” presentation presented by Rob Cope to a well receiving audience was from my perspective a ‘must’ engagement for everyone. Rob provided insights, strategies, and tools to enhance your parent skills and effecitvely nuture our childrens development.
My take aways were: the importance of setting ‘healthy boundaries’ to grow ‘healthy kids’ with the use of devices and how to filter your child’s devices at home, out and about in order to reconnect as a family.

This coming - Monday 21 August - at 7PM in our school hall you have another opportunity to learn more about how to support our tamariki to learn, grow and thrive as well as learning how the latest neuroscience of how trauma affects the mind and the body, and how this plays out in our children.
Michael Hempseed who is flying up from Christchurch, will share what you might expect to see in our children in the next 1-5 years in the stages of post traumatic recovery.
Your active participation can make a significant impact on your child’s academic, emotional, and social well-being and we would love to fill the hall with our wider community, so bring a friend, a neighbour, a colleague or whānau member.

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


Tena Koutou Katoa

On Thursday the year 5 & 6 netball teams are going up to the Hastings Mitre 10 sports park to play in the primary schools netball tournament. Our year 7 & 8’s are also playing in a netball tournament today.

Room 6 has started doing some calendar art. We used warm and cool colours to create our art showing a split picture of day and night.

On Mondays our whole school has swimming lessons at the AW-Parsons pool complex for all of term three. We are very lucky to have Alonso as our swimming coach.
Nga mihi

Ella, Ruby, Lilla, Jayde


Feast Day –The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary -15th August
How do you explain the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Assumption Day commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was "assumed" into heaven to be reunited with her soul, instead of going through the natural process of physical decay upon death.
Thomas, who was in India, was also transported to the tomb of Mary after her burial. Thomas witnessed the assumption of Mary into heaven and he received the girdle of Mary as a proof. When Thomas narrated the story to the other apostles, they were sceptical. Therefore, they opened the grave of Mary and found it empty.

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


Nick, Elaijah, Adrisa


Congratulations to the following students: Carlos, Madison, Maisie, Libby, Elaijah, Ella, Hadlee, Liam, Sophia, Fukun, and Lottie who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Brooke, Chloe, Gensis, and Moses who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


St Mary MacKillop house won the CBG house points Maisie and Lilla were the winning individuals. Well done!

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

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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