Newsletter Week 4 Term 4
3rd November 2023
facebook email website 


Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou
One's success is due to the support and contribution of many.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16

1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

This week, as a result of 2 amazing Education Outside the Classroom camping experiences I reflect on what our school vision and values look like as we put our faith into ‘action’ Through our acts of kindness, we teach our students that their faith should inspire them to make a positive impact on themselves, others and their community and that by living by our gospel values we will be sure to make the right decisions. The following are a few of the ways our tamariki have shown our values during camp: They have supported their peers who experienced sleeping away from home for the first time, encouraged their peers to try something new, supported their friends to take a risk, waited their turn, greeted and interacted with the adults who were there to supervise and ensure their safety, being ready on time and taking responsibility of their belongings and cleaning chores.

It really is a privilege to be part of this vibrant and caring Catholic community, and I thank you for entrusting your children to us.


Years 5 & 6 Ranui Farm Camp

Mrs. Gayleen Alexander

This week 31 eager kids, with parents in tow, set off for Ranui Farm for a 3 day camp. This year we were in the cabins – which was lucky because the weather meant there was no chance of a drought! But this didn’t stop us! Kayaking (the favourite activity), archery (Maisie Malcolm got 6 bullseyes or maybe it was 8!), axe throwing (watched by one very apprehensive teacher); golf (Kuba, Geordie, Hunter among the many who will be in a New Zealand Open one day); flying fox; confidence course; Paintball; indoor hockey and soccer and the infamous waterslide challenge (Piper was the fastest girl and Denon was the fastest boy), an afternoon in the sheds with sheep – all done in raincoats or togs!! What an amazing camp.

The children all met challenges in one form or another – for some, being away overnight was a new experience – for others, falling in a pond with eels and mud was met with squeals and acrobatics as they tried to get back in their kayaks. They celebrated Chloe’s 11th birthday with a morning tea feast and birthday cake – and sun!! A huge thanks goes to all families for providing baking, and ensuring the children had all the gear they needed to be away from home.

An even bigger thanks goes to the parents and helpers at camp who kept the campers’ tummies full about 10 times a day, supported the children in the activities, and kept camp clean – all with very little sleep! Yes, we would all do it again in a heartbeat.
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Alexander for stepping in at the eleventh hour to take on the leadership responsibilities of this camp. Without her unwavering dedication to our school and the education of our tamariki, this camp would not have been possible. Ngā mihi kia koe Mrs. Alexander.

Years 7&8 Te Whanganui-a-Tara Camp

Mrs. Betty Brown

In retrospect, the cancelling of our Guthries camp was a blessing in disguise as this Year 7&8 alternative camp was a wonderful opportunity to connect with who we are as tangata whenua of Aotearoa.
Reflecting on our Year 7&8 camp to Waikanae, Kapiti Island, and Wellington, I can't help but feel a tremendous sense of pride for the incredible memories we made on this year's camp’. One of the standout moments of the trip was our stay at Whakarongotai Marae with Whaea Mackie (my mum). For many of our students, this was their first time staying on a Marae, and it was a truly enlightening and culturally enriching experience. The warmth and hospitality we received from the Marae community left a deep impression on all of us.
The river walk to the beach, where we cooked our dinner, was another highlight. It brought us closer to nature and allowed our tamariki to learn valuable outdoor skills all thanks to Mr. Chesswas. The sense of accomplishment from preparing our own meal in such a picturesque setting was truly special.
The boat ride to Kapiti Island was an adventure in itself, and reaching the top of Rangatira was a challenging climb that tested our students' resilience and determination. It was incredible to see everyone pushing themselves to reach the summit, and the breathtaking views from the top were a well-earned reward for their efforts.
Our journey to Wellington was equally exciting, and the train ride was a unique experience. The students displayed their adventurous spirit by fearlessly taking on climbing walls like spider monkeys. It was a testament to their courage and willingness to step out of their comfort zones.
I am grateful to have been supported by Mr. Mathew Jackson (Ella’s dad) and our very prepared outdoor education expert Mr. Christian Chesswas. I am also grateful for the support provided by all our Year 7&8 whānau who made it possible for me to make last minute changes to ensure this camp still took place. Ngā mihi kia koutou katoa.

The Jungle Book

Whaea Sarah Hemi

The school has all worked really hard to put on this play and we hope that you all come to help us celebrate this student led initiative.

Here are a few reminders:
  • All black clothing (named and in a bag) should already be with your child's classroom teacher
  • ALL tamariki are expected to be back at school on Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 to get ready
  • All tamariki are to be collected after the Wednesday afternoon show at 7:30 pm from their classrooms if you are not attending the 6 pm show.
  • Tickets can be booked through the office
    • Wednesday 1 pm - 25 seats left
    • Wednesday 6 pm - no seats left
    • Thursday 1 pm - 45 seats left


Mrs. Hamilton

We are looking forward to celebrating our student's Athletic skills next Friday 10th November
Junior 11:00 - 12:30 at school
An exciting program of races and tabloid activities will be set up
Students will be in their house teams and are all asked to wear their house t-shirts and sport shoes

Seniors 9:00 - 1:00 at Central Hawkes Bay College
We will begin with the 800m open boys and girls and conclude with our rotation of field events.
If you would like to volunteer support for an event please let Mrs. Hamilton know prior or see her on the day.

Thank you Brooke, George, and Nick for re-marking the athletics track for our practices.
With this whakatauki deeply embedded in the culture of our school, I wish you all a restful weekend.
Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou
One's success is due to the support and contribution of many.

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

This week the Year 7 & 8’s went to camp. We were meant to go to Tutira but it got cancelled because of the bad weather. We were lucky enough to go to Waikanae instead. Thank you to Mrs Brown and Whaea Mackie for letting us stay at their family Marae.

The years 5 & 6’s went on their camp to Ranui farm. They did water activities and were lucky enough to try archery, axe throwing, and orienteering. We are sure they had a great time at camp trying new things.

Our school production is next week in our school hall. There are 3 showings of the play. The play dates are on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Our school Athletics is also next week on Friday.

Lilla, Ruby, Ella & Jayde


1st November - All Saints Feast Day- What is All Saints Day?
All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, is a Christian holiday that is observed on November 1st in Western Christianity. All Saints' Day is a Christian memorial day celebrating the honour of all church saints, whether known or unknown. It is a day set aside to honour all the saints who have lived righteous and holy lives in accordance with Christian teachings. All Saints' Day is part of a broader tradition that includes All Hallows' Eve (Halloween) on October 31st and All Souls' Day on November 2nd


Gia, Lilla, Geordie

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

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who brought the calendar artwork. There were some great pictures and I am sure you can’t wait to receive them all. The money we raised from this went towards the extra costs of activities and accommodation for the year 5 and 6 camps.

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 sellout. 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, or any unused vouchers that you would like to donate. All will be gratefully received.
  • FOOD - we are also looking for a couple of roasts, sausages, meat patties 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 being sent home today! This fundraiser always brings in lots of money for our school so please try your hardest to get as many tickets sold as possible. There may even be a prize for the most tickets sold!!!! If you don’t sell all your tickets, please don’t throw them out, return them to the office so we can sell them, there is always people looking for more to sell. We will also be selling them at the A&P Show next weekend, so send people our way to buy tickets.

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

Thank you Liam and Lucy for your Birthday Books!

Warning - Scam Calls Posing as our Priests
It has come to our attention that scam calls are being made where they have pretended to be one of our diocesan parish priests. Using the priest’s name, they ask for help in the form of gift cards or money. Note that none of our priest’s will ask for any money or gift cards and if in doubt ring the parish phone number. If you receive any such calls or texts, that are requesting such, please ignore and do not reply. Text’s often say, “they are in a meeting, so do not phone, but text back and that your help is critical and highly appreciated”. - Do not reply.

You can report their phone number to Department of Internal Affairs, by forwarding the text to 7726, then send in another text the scammers phone number. Then block the scammer’s number immediately.
If you receive a text/email which seems strange, always check the phone number (or email address). If it is a scam, the details will be slightly different. If in doubt, please do not respond to the text but delete it.

If you have been scammed, it’s important that you contact the police on 105.

See below a Stuff article about it happening in Auckland.
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

8th - The Jungle Book Play - 1PM 25 Tickets available
8th - The Jungle Book Play - 6PM SOLD OUT
9th - The Jungle Book Play - 1PM 45 tickets available
10th - School Athletics - Juniors at school, Seniors at CHBC
17th - Teacher Only Day - No instruction/School Closed for students
21st - Interschool Athletics
28th - Year 8 CHBC Transition Day
29th - Road Safety Patrol Team - Splash Planet Day Out

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

Proudly Sponsored by