Newsletter Week 10 Term 3
20th September 2023
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Ko te reo Māori mo tātou o te motu, Ma tatou o te motu ko te reo Māori.
Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia I tēnei rā, ia rā, ia rā.
Me whakanui me ako me whakamahi to tātou reo.
Kia kaha te reo Māori.

Māori language is a part of who we are as a nation.
Learn a little, use a little, today and every day.
Let’s celebrate, learn and use our language
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Welcome to the last week of Term 3.
Our St. Joseph’s School Health Curriculum Consultation & Information evening on sexuality was quite an intimate affair, with just one parent and Father Paul in attendance. While it had a cozy charm, it also got me thinking about a few things. Could it be that our school community is so comfortable with our program that there's simply no need for additional input. Alternatively, it's possible that our newsletters are doubling as stealthy ninja scrolls, slipping by unnoticed in your busy lives. Or it could be that the way we're delivering our curriculum information isn't quite hitting the mark for whānau.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! We're always looking for better ways to share curriculum information with you. Starting this holiday break,please consider dropping me an email with your ideas. Together, we can brainstorm a range of options that suit everyone's preferences

Please find attached a link to the handout that was shared: St Joseph’s School

As we close out this term, we plan ahead for a term that see’s our teachers jungling teaching and learning to embrace opportunities and experiences for our tamariki that will see them flourish as we ride this wave through to the end of this very productive and engaging year. Please read to the end of the newsletter to become aware of what is on the horizon so that you and your children do not miss out on any of the planned activities.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

School and Rotary Speeches
I congratulate ALL our tamariki for being risk takers and to the select few who made the whole school finals last Wednesday. They all spoke with clarity and passion about topics that either came from their heart of from research, they were all AWESOME!
Representing us on Monday evening at the CHB Rotary Speech contest were Madison Tippet and Lucy Craig. We are so PROUD to share that both girls represented our school with confidence and pride.
We congratulate Madison Tippet on attaining 3rd place - CONGRATULATIONS!
Ngā mihi
  • Mack Wright Six 60
  • Jayde Tipene My feelings around Lucas
  • Sehaj Kaur Why we shouldn’t have speeches
  • Brooke Paewai Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori
  • Riley Foote Planes
  • Isla-Jane Harper Events that have impacted the world
  • Lucy Craig Police Force
  • Jasmeen Kaur Gymnastics
  • Nick Kuklinski Why motorbikes are better than horses on farms
  • Madison Tippett Brothers
  • Kaiya Tate Sign Language
  • Chloe Birdsall Porangahau
Room 3 Risk Takers Micah, Millie, C, Ivy, Eva, Ezalea
Paper 4 Trees
Did you know that in one year at St Josephs CHB, we have recycled 14,880 litres of paper and cardboard. This means we have saved:
2 tonnes of paper and cardboard from landfill
16 cubic meteres of landfill space
11.04 tonnes of carbon emissions reduced from landfill
As well as earning our school 8 trees!
On Monday we welcomed Kandra who presented us with our trees!
Thank you!
Please join me in thanking our AW Parsons Swim Instructors and our Community of Learners/ Kahui Ako Leadership team for making this term’s swimming possible for all our swimmers. Our swim instructors have been invaluable in ensuring a safe and enriching experiences in the pool was enjoyed by all our swimmers.
Tenei te mihi te Rangatira Michelle me ngā kaiako kaukau katoa, tena koutou, tena koutou, kia ora koutou katoa.
Thank you
Last Friday we shared a fond farewell and thank you to Mr. Christian Chesswas, our dedicated student teacher for his passion, and positive influence in our school.
We want to acknowledge Christians outstanding contributions. Throughout his time with us, Christian exhibited exemplary professionalism and a collegial manner when interacting with adults. His eagerness to engage, ask questions, seek clarification, and provide valuable feedback and support enriched our educational environment.
What truly set Christian apart was his unwavering belief in the infinite worth of every student. His culturally responsive communication and the patience he showed in allowing students ample time to contemplate and respond to questions made a profound impact on our classroom dynamics. Christian's passion for outdoor education was evident in his meticulous planning, execution, and reflective practices. His dedication to this aspect of learning left an enduring impression on both students and staff alike. Christian's willingness to embrace the unique character of our school was particularly notable, as he even dedicated his Sunday morning to join us for a whole school mass, demonstrating his commitment and dedication to our community. We wish Christian all the best for his future endeavors.
SunSmart School
I am happy to share that we have been acknowledged as a SunSmart School.
This means that we adhere to the practices that prioritize educating our tamariki about he importance of sun safety, from a young age. We encourage the use of sunscreen and provide shaded areas for outdoor activities. We also encourage students to stay hydrated by bring water bottles to school to prevent heat-related worries.

Thank you to our whānau for your support in keeping our school community sun-conscious!.

Thank you
If you wander our school grounds you will notice some of the 100 spring bulbs that were donated to us from Kayne - Grower and Manager of Bulbs Direct. Our tamariki had fun planting them, we are now enjoying seeing them bloom into life.
We were also donated a tray of Stock flowers from Madison's mum: Deb, you can see these in all their glory outside my office.

Over the holiday we will begin our school upgrade project. This means that you will see Waipukurau Construction on site from the end of this month. During this holiday break they will be mending and replacing roofing, this will be followed by the re-decking of surfaces outside all classrooms. During the Xmas holidays, they will be upgrading our classroom teaching spaces in rooms 1,2, 3 & 4 and our school will be being painted. Health and Safety is a priority for us all and many lead-up meetings have been held with our project team to ensure plans are in place to minimise disruption and to maximize care. Our tamariki are aware of our upcoming upgrades and together we are all super excited. All project work is expected to be completed by April 2024. I will keep you updated!

May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. - An Old Irish Blessing

Keep safe during the term break
Haere haumaru
Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki


Tena koutou katoa

This week is the last week of term 3 and what a busy term it has been.

A reminder this is the last week of winter uniform and to wear the correct summer uniform and hat next term. If you have lost your hat please order a new one through the office.

Enjoy your holidays and bring on Term 4.



We thank you Lord, for this term. For our challenges, our
successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us
as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and
courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Please
keep us all safe and we look forward to seeing each other in the
new term. Amen


Quinn, Geordie, Chase


Congratulations to the following students: Brooke, Hunter, Reyansh, Adilynn, Natasha, Fairlane, Jasraj, Paige and Riley who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.



Congratulations to the following students: Brooke, Hunter, Reyansh, Adilynn, Natasha, Fairlane, Jasraj, Paige and Riley who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Columba House won the CBG house points. Maisie and Micah were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Fundraiser - just perfect for Christmas gifts!

Order forms will be sent home this Thursday - fill them in (one per child) and pay online - or bring cash and order forms to the school office by 25 October.
Orders will be delivered back to school by the end of Term 4.
These are a great idea for gifts for friends and family!
Samples are displayed in the office.
Thanks for your support.

PFG/BoT fundraiser - Golf tournament 2 December 2023
For our major fundraiser next term, we are holding an Ambrose golf tournament. We require items for prizes - could families please send along items for prizes for this great event to the office. (There are 4 players in a team, so 4 of one type of prize would be helpful too)
Thanks for your support!

Thank you Mrs Hutchinson for your Birthday Books!

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

22nd - Last Day of Term 3
23rd - Parish Working Bee - All welcome!

9th - Welcome back to Term 4 in your summer uniform with a hat
13th - World Teachers Day
17th - Grumpiest kid in the world theatre show - Year 1 - 4 (Waipukurau School)
19th - Great Shake Out - 9:30
20th - Hawkes Bay Anniversary Weekend - School closed
23rd - Labor Day - School Closed
30 - 1 Nov - Year 7&8 Guthrie Smith Camp
31 -1 Nov - Year 5&6 Ranui Farm Overnight Camp

8&9th - Jungle Book Production
17th - Teacher Only Day - No instruction/School Closed for students
10th - School Athletics (TBC)
21st - Interschool Athletics

1st - Year 7’s Inspiration Day
2nd - PFG/Board/School Ambrose Golf Tournament
10th - Whole School Mass and Leavers Lunch
13th - Whole School Picnic
14th - Whole School Prizegiving - 1PM
15th - Last Day of School - Reports go home - Midday finish

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