Newsletter Week 2 Term 4
18th October 2023
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“Kia mau ki te takonga nui-a-noho”
There is no place like home

In Laudato Si' Pope Francis explores inequality and challenges to the common good by reframing ecology more broadly in terms of “care for our common home,” so issues of environmental degradation and climate change must be understood as tightly connected to those of poverty and inequality.
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,
In this week's newsletter, I would like to begin with highlighting information that adds value to the special character of our school. While I feel many of you may skim over it, my deepest hope is that you take the time to read insights shared by Pope Francis regarding the happenings in our world.
Laudate Deum
Did you know:
  • Pope Francis wrote an Apostolic Exhortation titled Laudato Si in 2015 - Laudato si' (24 May 2015) Francis
  • There is a Laudato Si Action Platform that we have signed up to as a school so that we can look at how we can continue to be informed of how we can engage as a school in our own actions to support taking care of ourcommon home Laudato Si' Action Platform
I am delighted to share with you the news of Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation, "Laudate Deum," that was launched last week. This piece of work is a significant development following his Laudato Si Action Platform and marks an important step in the Church's ongoing commitment to addressing environmental and ecological concerns.

In "Laudate Deum," Pope Francis builds upon the foundation of his 2015 encyclical, "Laudato Si," which emphasized the moral and ethical imperative of caring for our common home. The Apostolic Exhortation reinforces the message of responsible stewardship/kaitiakitanga of the environment while inspiring us to deepen our connection with God's creation.

Two reflective highlights of "Laudate Deum" include Spiritual Connection and Responsibility. I have added wonderings for us as a school community to reflect on as we build our understanding of the part we play in taking care of our common home.

Spiritual Connection: How is our/your faith enhanced through our/your spiritual connection with the environment?

Responsibility: Our/my moral duty is to commit to addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity, and promoting sustainable initiatives. What actions are we/ am I taking?

As members of our Catholic school community, we are encouraged to engage with "Laudate Deum" as a source of inspiration and guidance. Let us reflect on how we can contribute to the well-being of our planet and the welfare of all living beings. I would love to hear your whakaaro/thinking and welcome you to come and have a chat over a cup of tea with me.

I look forward to integrating the principles of "Laudato Si and Laudate Deum" into our educational and spiritual journey while working together to create a better, more sustainable world for future generations through crafting our school Strategic Plan, teaching, and learning.


The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for Christian life. Last week we celebrated the Baptism of Ani and Madison Lorck during our Friday morning mass. What a special occasion. THANK YOU to all our families who sent food for our shared morning tea, what a wonderful treat!
Fun and excitement as we practice our skills in readiness for our school Athletics Day on Friday 10th November.
Hawkes Bay Magpie Jersey
Congratulations to Cooper Tate for winning the Bayleys Real Estate Rippa Rugby Colouring In Competition. With so many excellent entries Cooper was the lucky dip winner. This prize could not have gone to a more deserving rugby enthusiast. Cooper is pictured here being presented with his signed jersey by: Joel Hintz from Hawkes Bay Magpies and Andy Lee from Bayleys.

Yesterday afternoon our Year 7&8’s returned from Waipawa Technology Center with their well designed and crafted Garden chairs. Their design brief for making the Garden Chair was: “We are Kaitiaki”. They made Garden chiars from re-purposed wood (off cuts) which would usually be thrown away or burnt. They were conserving natural resources. Skills of the day were measuring, using power drills, hammering and assembling. Congratulations everyone and thank you Ruby for sharing your creation.
Our Hungry Caterpillars!
It's like they're little caterpillars in the process of becoming full-fledged butterflies, only instead of wings, they're sprouting voracious appetites! So, I have a humble request: please, if you can, send your child to school with a little extra fuel to keep their growing bodies and insatiable hunger in check.
Extra sandwiches, an extra granola bar, or another piece of fruit, anything to make sure they have enough energy to power through the day.

Long Weekend
As we celebrate the many contributions of work and workers, this coming Labour Weekend, we offer a prayer that calls us to slow down and imagine a pace of life that resists prioritizing hurry, grind, stress and production. Jesus did not rush in his ministry but completed every assignment in God’s time which is always on time.

Holy God, we give you praise for journeying alongside us with patience and with a steady tempo during our busy lives. We are grateful for your presence that transcends cultural, religious, economic, political, and social distancing. Thank you for our school and the communities it forms and how you will slowly grow them.

Enjoy this long Hawkes Bay Labour Weekend, Travel safe if you are travelling and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed on Tuesday 24th October.

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown

It is with regret that we have received a resignation letter from Sarah Martin from the Board of Trustees. Sarah joined us in September 2022 after spending a few years on the PFG.
On behalf of St Joseph’s CHB Board of Trustees, we would like to thank Sarah for her contribution to the board and the PFG and wish her well with her new job.

Graeme Fisher
Presiding Chair


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to the second week of school! We hope that everybody had a great first week back at school.

This term our school decks are getting replaced, nearly all of them have been completed. Thank you to the workers who spent time getting our decks fixed.

Rooms 5 and 6 remember to have all your gear ready for your two upcoming camps, (year 8 & 7’s have a different camp than the year 6’s), make sure you have the right gear and clothes to bring, it will be cold where the year 8 and 7’s are going.

We have started doing the Rosary last week too. We will be doing the Rosary until the end October.

Have a great long weekend

Ruby, Lilla, Ella, Jayde


Mission Sunday- 22nd October
World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is first and foremost the celebration that all baptised are missionaries. We participate in the Mission of God – to bring the Good News that God is here and wants to give life abundantly (Jn 10:10). Mission Sunday is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence, and oppression.


Quinn, Carlos, George


Congratulations to the following students: Maisie, Nick, Finn, Mason, George, Fukun, Hudson and Liam who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Columba house won the CBG house points. Reef and Lucy were the winning individuals. Well done!

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

Hi Everyone,

You may have noticed that Jacobs Construction have finished our outdoor learning space and we think it looks pretty awesome. A huge shout out to them for their hard work on this.

Also finished is our new spinner which we are sure the kids will have great fun playing on.

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 Lacie for your Birthday Book!

Omakere School warmly invites you to join them for the Omakere Coastal Hill Country Walk, a fantastic fundraising event taking place on Saturday 28th October. This scenic walk promises to give you your daily dose of fresh air, while enjoying some impressive landscapes of Central Hawke's Bay, with views from ocean to mountain ranges. The walk will start at Blackhead Beach and is a 17km loop across rolling farmland, steep country, and through native bush with a 360-degree vista.
So, gather your friends and family and head to Omakere for a memorable day filled with fun and community spirit. For more information and to purchase tickets, head to

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

19th - Great Shake Out - 9:30
20th - Hawkes Bay Anniversary Weekend - School closed
23rd - Labor Day - School Closed
30 - 1 Nov - Year 7&8 Opouahi Wilderness Camp
30 -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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