Newsletter Week 3 Term 4
25th October 2023
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Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou
Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

I hope you had a fantastic and rejuvenating long weekend filled with warmth and laughter. These moments of rest and relaxation are vital for recharging our energy and taking a break from our daily routines. As we embark on this short week, I extend a warm welcome back to all our students and kaiako who were all full of smiles yesterday morning during Rosary.

Yesterday morning at staff prayer, we were able to reflect on the message of Pope Francis in last week's newsletter about caring for our beautiful world. A couple of lines that stood out for me from Whaea Tiuka’s prayer that I would like to share with you this week are:

“Pour out on us, God, the power of your love, and teach us to care for life and for beauty. Fill us with peace, so that we do not harm others”
“Show us how even small things matter, help us see that we are all connected to each other and to the earth”
“Help us to work together to share what we have so that everyone has what they need. Help us to build a better world where each of us can become the best person we can be.”


Lionheart support a hit with our tamariki
This week we say thank you to Karin Bothmer Klein and Fortuna from ‘Lionheart’. Together they worked alongside small groups of children helping them to identify and learn coping skills and strategies to deal with anxiety. This specially developed program engaged our tamarik;i through kōrero, creative play, and exercises as well as hands on crafting of how to find a pathway through their big feelings. We are very lucky to have had the skill set of these 2 ladies to support the emotional wellbeing of our tamarki.
All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes. We can not predict when one will happen. Last Thursday 19th October we participated in the Great Shake Out across Aotearoa. Feedback from teachers and Constable Che who was here to support us was that our tamariki knew exactly what to do to keep themselves and others safe.
ST JOSEPHS CHB presents the play ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’
  • Lines have been learned
  • Songs are being sung
  • Costumes are coming together
  • Masks are taking shape
  • A backdrop is being designed
Excitement is mounting as we prepare to share our 2024 school play with our community. We would like to let you know that the school play will take place in our school Parish hall. This decision enables us to provide our tamariki with multiple opportunities to share their gifts and talents by hosting more shows.
As seating is limited to 50 for each show, we will be issuing tickets through the office, please contact Sarah Jackson to reserve your seat. Entry is a koha at the door
Tickets can be booked from Monday 30th October for:
Wednesday 8th @ 1PM
Wednesday 8th @ 6PM
Thursday 9th @ 1PM
Did you know that:
Today is the International Day of Climate Action, a celebration initiated by young people, and we are filled with gratitude for their leadership and yours. Communities across the globe are coming together for our common home to ensure it remains a beacon of hope for all.
We all play a role in caring for our common home, by recycling, reusing, and reducing.

Due to Camps next week, our newsletter will go out on Friday 3rd November

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to week 3. We hope that everybody had a great long weekend and did some exciting things.

Next week on Monday the Year 5, 6, 7 & 8’s are going on their school camp. We hope they have a great time trying new activities.
Thank you to Marion for helping the year 7 & 8’s keep track of their William Pike hours and helping them go to camp.

Jayde, Ella, Lilla, Ruby


Halloween – what does it really mean?
These three days taken together—October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd, which celebrate the major feast of All Saints Day and the smaller feast of All Souls Day—are the “Days of the Dead,” a triduum of feasts also called Allhallowtide, Hallowtide, or Hallowmas (Hallow meaning holy and mas meaning Mass). In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour saints. Soon after, All Saints Day came to incorporate some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later, Halloween.


Ella, Cooper, Lucy


Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.
The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.
If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.
Request for a by-election should be sent to: Presiding member Graeme Fisher: St Josephs's School CHB Waipukurau Board.

Graeme Fisher
Presiding Chair

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

Hi Everyone,

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!! Spread the word and let's see if we can make it a sell out. A huge shout out to all the people who have helped us out with donations towards this day already. We still need lots of help to make this successful.

  • 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. All will be gratefully received.
  • FOOD - 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. Salad items, potatoes, maybe your vege garden is overflowing with goodness that we would happily take off your hands.
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!!

Our end of year raffle tickets are nearly ready and will be sent home with students shortly for selling. Last year a couple of the PFG members stood outside New World to sell tickets, which was a huge hit and lots were sold. BUT as always, we would love some help selling these. In lieu of taking tickets home to sell, if you (and your school child if they would like to help) have an hour or two to spare, we would love it if you could help sell tickets at New World on Saturday 18 November. This year the money is going towards things for the school that they desperately need so please, any help we can get with selling as many tickets as possible, would be awesome!

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

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

30 - 1 Nov - Year 7&8 Opouahi Wilderness Camp
30 -1 Nov - Year 5&6 Ranui Farm Overnight Camp

8th - The Jungle Book Play - 1PM
8th - The Jungle Book Play - 6PM
9th - The Jungle Book Play - 1PM
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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