Newsletter Week 9 Term 2
21st June May 2023
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“Aroha mai, Aroha atu”
Love received, love given

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22:37

Kia Ora whanau,

Thank you to all our whānau who joined us for our learning journey conversations this week. Our ākonga/learners were full of smiles and positive talking on Tuesday morning, this tells me that they feel good about what they are doing and where they are headed in terms of continuing to set and achieve future goals.

As we reflect on Ms. Noetzli’s last teaching day at St Joseph's, we remember the warm blessing bestowed upon her as our whole school mass and the drawing of the raffle that enabled us to transfer $1,006.00 into her bank account. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and donated prizes. This act of kindness continues to strengthen our bond as a wider parish community which is rooted in our shared values and commitment to the greater good.

On Monday morning, I received a phone call from Jo Stanley, the Principal of St Josephs Cathedral School in Dunedin letting me know that her students, led by their Student Council, created artworks that they sold to their families in order to donate money to our school. WOW! Tu Meke! Ka mau te wehi!

It is therefore, with our collective heartfelt appreciation and deepest gratitude for this remarkable act of generosity that we extend to the school community of St Josephs Cathedral School a huge thank you.

The support they have shown demonstrates the essence of solidarity, one of the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Teaching. By standing together, we exemplify the belief that we are all part of a larger human family, bound by a common purpose to support and uplift one another. This act of generosity serves as a testament to the transformative power of service, reminding us all of the profound impact we can have on the lives of others.

This wonderful donation of $2,100.00 will be spent on teaching and learning resources as collaboratively decided upon by our Student Leaders and staff. I look forward to our tamariki connecting with our colleagues in Dunedin in some form in Term 3.
THANK YOU! St Joseph’s Cathedral School, Dunedin, and God Bless you all.


Cross Country
Congratulations to all our students for the amazing effort they put into preparing and running our annual school cross country event.
Congratulations to the following students who will be attending the Interschool Cross Country event tomorrow with Whaea Sarah.
Morning and lunch time practice hill run training is fun!
Technology Request
Our Year 7 & 8 students will be building Tui Feeders next term and need a 750ml glass or plastic bottle to fit in it. Feel free to drop what you have off to Room 2 and they will take them next time they go to Tech.

Some of our God given gifts and talents on display in the hall - We are ALL Worthy

Please read to the end of this newsletter for information about our upcoming wider community invitations to presentations
  1. Kahui Ako Parent Cyber Safety Evening - Tuesday 15th August
  2. Michael Hempseed presents: Understanding and Recognising PTSD Evening - Monday 21st August
Have a wonderful weekend
Ma te Atua e manaaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

We hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.

Next Tuesday some of the year 6, 7, and 8 s are going over to Russell Park to compete in the Ki o Rahi tournament. They will be facing lots of other schools in the CHB district.
Last week we had school Cross Country, congratulations to the students who made it into the inter-schools which is this Thursday.
We hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and a great weekend.

Lilla, Ruby, Ella, Jayde


Feast of John the Baptist – 24th June
John the Baptist’s parents were Zechariah and Elizabeth. Elizabeth was related to Jesus’ mother, Mary. Elizabeth had no children, so Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed to God to help them. One day, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and Zechariah and told them they would have a son and that they should name him John. The angel told them that John would “be great in the sight of [the] Lord” (Luke 1:15). Mary visited Elizabeth when Elizabeth was pregnant with John. John, filled with the Holy Spirit, leapt with joy in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary greeted her relative. Elizabeth understood that the child Mary carried was to be the Son of God. On June 24, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin, and he baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. John led a simple life. He was only concerned with the Kingdom of God and always spoke of love and truth. He is a model of how to live a life in Christ


Congratulations to the following students: Archie, Ella, Tate, Jackson, George, Aarav, Rory, Jack and Luka who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Lottie, Kaiyah, Chase, Herray and Milly who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


St Peter Chanel house won the CBG house points and Chloe and Chase were the winning individuals. Well done!
Thank you Paige Thomson and Reef Paewai 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

22nd - Interschool Cross Country Event - Flemington
27th - Ki-o-Rahi Tournament - Russell Park 9 - 2:30 PM
30th - Student Mid-Year Reports sent home
30th - Last Day of Term 2.

17th - First Day of Term 3
17th - Board of Trustees Meeting
26th - Onga 7’s

8th - St Mary MacKillop Feast Day
9th - Matariki Engagement for Years 5,6,7,8
14th - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5 PM - Room 2
15th - Parents Cyber Safety Evening 6:30 - 8:30: CHBC Hall: Our Kids Online Parent Evening
21st - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5:30PM
Michael Hempseed Presentation - 7PM
23rd - CHB Science Road Show

7th - Rippa-Rugby
18th - Rotary Speeches
22nd - Last Day of Term 3

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