Newsletter Week 1 Term 4
11th October 2023
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“Ma aro koe ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one”
Pay heed to the dignity and power of women

"She surveys a field and acquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard. She works energetically; her arms are powerful." The Good News: If a woman sets her mind on something, she will get it done — no matter what
Proverbs 31:16-17
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Welcome back to our final term for this school year. We extend a special welcome to our school community the Ogayon family. Wynona Ogayon enjoyed her first day at St Joseph's School on Monday alongside Kaiyah’s sister, Emersyn, and Hunter’s sister Mackenna. We are blessed to have you all join the wonderful learning opportunities you will engage in, in Room 1 with Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Simpson.

Orchestrated by Mrs. Wagstaff and Led by our Student Leaders, we began this term with the Rosary. The Rosary holds a special and profound place in our spiritual journey, as it is a prayer of contemplation. This practice helps our tamariki learn and remember essential prayers and highlights key stories from scripture in a meaningful and memorable way as we gather together as a school faith learning community. This physical engagement helps our tamariki focus their thoughts and intentions during prayer, creating a more immersive and contemplative experience

Thank you for your support and understanding of the value we place on reciting the Rosary with
our tamariki. Together, we are helping them grow in their faith and spirituality.

We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Sport, Education, Community & Cultural Foundation (SEEC) for generously providing both Hockey and Cricket equipment to our school. Their aim of supporting our tamariki to easily engage with sporting activities in order to improve their health and wellbeing through a grant provided to them from Air Rescue and Community Services is most gratefully received.
School Enhancement Projects
Led by our PFG, we are excited to be able to continue using our refurbished playground. We know that there will be seating added to this structure, which our tamariki are super happy about.
Thank you Jakobs Construction
Also inspired by our PFG and painted by Jessie Hart over the holiday break, we have this amazing Mural running along the pool fence. Thank you PFG and Jessie

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

Term 4 Swimming
As soon as the weather heats up we will be all ready to swim - Thank you Alistair from Pool Solutions
Term 4 Athletics
PE this term includes all: running, jumping, and throwing - Mark your calendars for Friday 10th November for our school Athletics morning.
Treasured Keepsakes
Coordinated by Mrs. Alexander, our students have created the most beautiful artwork to be ordered as calendars, diary covers, or gift cards. These will make the perfect gift this holiday season. If you would like to see your child’s creation before placing your order, please come and see their work in the hall.
$14.00 per calendar
$14.00 per pack of 8 cards
$17.00 per diary
All profits from this amazing venture will go towards future PFG initiatives.
Nick and Maisie participated in the Wakely Shield over the holidays and reflecting on their report to the school on Monday morning, they had a blast. Congratulations to you both and to your families for supporting your sporting achievements.
A Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism
Jesus commands us to be baptized on the road to our salvation and to spread His news of love and grace to all nations
Matthew 28:19
This Friday at 9AM, we will be joining as a school community to celebrate the Baptism of Ani and Madison Lorck. This special celebration will be followed by a shared morning tea.

The Jungle Book
Under the directorship of Whaea Sarah, this classic play is being performed by our tamariki on Thursday 9th November - Mark your calendars!
In this living storybook, Mowgli struggles to fit in with the wolves, the monkeys, and even the humans on his journey to discover where he belongs.
I am wondering if you are starting to hear some of the upbeat, fun songs we will be singing! If you have not ‘yet’ I am sure you will soon!

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki


Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome back to Term 4. We hope everybody had a great holiday and did some fun things. Coming up this term is athletics. The classes have been practicing their sprints, shot put, and long jump.

We have recently been kindly gifted cricket gear, sports bibs, and hockey sticks. On some days of the week rooms 5 and 6 have been doing touch practice with some of the year 12 college kids.

Next Weekend is Labour weekend. We have no school on Friday and Monday.

Ruby, Lilla, Ella, Jayde


Prayer for start of Term
Father, I pray that each child knows their strength comes
from You and that You give them the courage to face any
obstacle they may face at school. I pray they know to come
to you with their fears and anxiety and to trust you to watch
over them and guide them throughout the day. Amen.

Anointing Mass is on the 12th of October @1.30pm at St Josephs, Waipukurau,
Afternoon tea will be provided


Chloe, Ruby, Chase

PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to Term 4. We hope everyone had a very enjoyable school holidays.

You may have seen on our PFG Facebook page a few changes to the playground over the holidays. One very awesome change was a beautiful mural of our ranges designed and created by the very talented Jesse Harte, who once upon a time he, and his siblings, attended St Joseph’s School. If you can, follow him on Instagram to see more of his incredible work (

A big shout out also to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and their Creative Communities Scheme that we applied to. They granted us $1,500.00 to go towards this mural.

Jacobs Construction have also been very busy changing our fort into an outdoor learning space. We are sure the kids will have great fun playing in this. They have also concreted in the base of a piece of new play equipment. We are hoping by next week the top can go on for the kids to have lots of fun spinning around on.

We are all extremely grateful to the above people who have helped improve our playground and we can’t thank them all enough. We still have more plans for improving our playground that are underway and the next big project starting in November is our sandpit, so watch this space!

Our Ambrose Golf Tournament is coming up really fast, there are only a few spaces left so if you are considering putting in a team, don’t muck around and get in touch with us today!!
To make this event successful we need a bit of help with donations of any kind for prizes, maybe something that you were given that you have never used and don’t need, any unused vouchers that you would like to donate. 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, we appreciate any help we can get with this tournament, the more money we can raise for school the better.

Planning is also underway for our end of year raffle and will be coming out soon. We know the
prizes for this raffle are always so popular so get ready to sell as many tickets as you can.

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

Thank you Isla-Jane and Kuba 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

12th - Community Annointing Mass in our church at 1:30PM
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

9th - Jungle Book Production
10th - School Athletics
17th - Teacher Only Day - No instruction/School Closed for students
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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