Newsletter Week 10 Term 2
28th June 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

Mānawa maieate putanga o Matariki
Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi
Mānawa maiea to Mātahi o te Tau
Mānawatia a Matariki!

Kia Ora whanau,

As we head into the last week of Term 2, we look back at everything we have achieved as a school and look forward to the second half of the school year and specifically in the coming days: Matariki.
Matariki signals Te Tau Hau Māori. The appearance of Matariki heralds a time of remembrance, joy, and peace. It is a time for communities to come together and celebrate.

In Room 4 our tamariki learned about the importance of food in our Matariki Calendar and made Matariki Soup with Mrs. Hamilton, Welcome Back Mrs Hamilton!.
In Room 5, our tamariki read and listened to the purakau/legend of the seven Matariki stars, their mother: Matariki and her six daughters: Tupu-ā-Nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waipunarangi, Waitī, Waitā, and Ururangi, and two connected stars that have been identified: Pohutukawa and Hiwa-i-te-rangi. I am sure that if you have a conversation with your child about Matariki, they will be able to share what they know.
The Seven Kites of Matariki - Picture book read aloud

Hopefully, the weather will play its part and clear up to enable the Matariki star constellation to be seen in the early hours of next week. Mānawatia a Matariki!

Support Staff Week
This week we extend an extra special THANK YOU to our support staff. Their dedication, compassion, and unwavering support for our ākonga/learners and kaiako/teachers is evidenced in their actions as they share a kind word, use a listening ear, or lend a helping hand. The caring relationships they build and the connections they make at every level across the school is appreciated this week and always. Feel free to extend your thanks to our support staff.
‘He waka eke noa’ (A waka we are all on)

Return Library Books
Thank you to all our tamariki who with the support of their whānau have returned their library books. In Term 1, we had all books returned and we are looking forward to the same this term. If your child has a birthday coming up in Term 3, the holiday break may be a good time to go in search of that special book you can donate to our library. So far this year we have had 32 Books donated. Ngā Mihi!
‘He kai kei aku ringa’ - Using our skills to create success

Kia Haumaru: Personal Safety, Empowerment Self-Defence for Girls
We had the privilege of welcoming Brie to school today. Brie is part of the Kia Haumaru team: Personal Safety, Empowerment Self Defence training. It was with excitement our Year 3,4,5 girls participated in this engaging training. Next term our Year 6,7,8 girls will have an opportunity.
‘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.
Youth & Caritas Combined Your Choice of Clothing
Youth Creating Change Young Catholics Care

YCC day s the day when Critas combines with Catholic schools across NZ as together we stand in solidarity for a good cause and raise funds and awareness for a selected focus school. This year's school is Oecusse School in Timor Leste. The school is in dire need of support to repair and replace all broken and unsanitary toilet bowls, repair handwashing stations in the toilet facilities, and to tix water pipes for transporting water to different areas in the school. Our participation in this Mufti Day will show them that we care.
YCC Day 2023 Bishops Promo Video
Looking forward
Term 3 is stacking up to be another busy term! - What term is NOT busy?
Grandparents Day, Onga 7’s, Rippa Rugby, Cross Country (due to poor weather), Ki-o-rahi (due to council closure of fields), Feast of St Mary MacKillop, Science Road Show, Fathers Day, Social Justice Week: Peace and responding to conflict, Te Wiki o te Reo Maori, The Assumption of Mary, Weekly swimming lessons: sponsored by our Kahui Ako at the Centralines Pool, and a term of focussing and working on specific personal academic and social goals

We look forward to celebrating our learning across the term with an end of term Open Session in Week 10 when whānau will be able to come into school and view the work our tamariki have to share as part of their culmination of learning for the term.
If you would like to be part of next terms learning, please let your class teacher know.

School Docs
Just a reminder if you wish to view any of our school policies and
procedures they are available on School Docs.
This Term the Policy for review is Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC).
Please go to this site
Username: stjosephschb and password: russell6
Click on Current Review, then click on one of the policies, then read
and click on the Red Tab Under Review, then fill in the feedback form.

On Friday your child will be bringing home their Mid Year School Report. Information in this report will be no surprise, as it is a confirmation/formalisation of what was shared in your PTC. We look forward to monitoring your child's progress and achievement as we move into the 2nd half of this school year.

I wish you all a safe, enjoyable, and blessed 2 week break and look forward to seeing you all on Monday 17th July, refreshed and ready for a new term.

Haere hauraru, Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

This week is the last week of school for Term Two.
This Friday we will be having a YCC Mufti day to help fundraise for Laura Vicuna School in Bethlehem. Make sure to bring a gold coin and wear anything you like.

Next Term on the first day back the Year 6, 7, and 8 girls are going to be doing a self defense class, we wish them a fun filled day and that they learn new ways to defend themselves around other people. Girls make sure to wear your pe gear because it will be all day in the hall.

Just For Fun
  • What do you call a grandpa rowing a boat?
A Paddle Pop

  • Why did a scarecrow win a Nobel prize?
He was outstanding in his field!

  • ‘What do you call the king of stationary?
The ruler.

Ella, Ruby, Lilla & Jayde


Prayer for end of Term
Dear Lord, Keep us safe in our activities; give us rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents, and a community that cares for us. May we always be conscious of you in our lives. Amen


(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Last week of term! That seems to have flown by. I know we have been very quiet on here lately but things are still going on behind the scenes.

To give you a bit of an update:

The Playground:

Things are still happening with this. We have a large amount of plants to go into the dirt mounds around the playground. Fingers crossed one day soon we might get some sun and be able to get in and plant them.
Our new piece of play equipment has finally arrived for the extension part of the playground that we created at the working bee. Again, we need some sun to get this concreted in.

We have some great plans underway for improving our sandpit, watch this space!

A huge shout out to our local Water Force team who have kindly donated covers (and their time) for all the chain equipment around the playground to make it safer for our children. You may have noticed they had disappeared and they aren’t far from being put back into the playground. We can’t thank Water Force enough for this, it is really appreciated by everyone.

Class Resources:

At our last PFG meeting, we had two room requests for help with funding towards resources for their room.

Room 1 requested funding towards teaching manuals for Numicon Structured Maths which Gayleen and Louise had training on earlier in the year.

Room 6 requested funding towards two digital learning subscriptions “Twinkl” and “Pobble”.

The PFG were very happy to contribute towards these.

We are planning a few more things in the background as well so watch this space for updates when we have them.

Enjoy the holidays – lets hope we get some sunshine for them.

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


Congratulations to the following students: Lilla, Sofia, Fairlane, Liam, Hudson, Maisie, Madison, Rory and Maisie who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Columba house won the CBG house points Ezalea and Esta were the winning individuals. Well done!

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

30th - Student Mid-Year Reports sent home
30th - YCC Mufti Day
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 - 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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