Newsletter Week 5 Term 4
8th November 2023
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“Ko te puawaitanga o nga moemoea, me whakamahi”
Dreams become a reality, when we take action

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Romans 12:12

1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,
As a faith-based school, we believe in the power of faith and action working hand in hand to transform dreams into reality. Our Catholic teachings emphasize the importance of faith, but they also underscore the necessity of action. We teach our tamariki that God has bestowed upon them unique talents and gifts, and it is through their actions and the responsible use of these talents that they can fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

The story of the Good Samaritan serves as a poignant reminder of how taking action can make a significant difference. Just as the Good Samaritan took action to help a stranger in need, we encourage our students to actively pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on the world around them.

As parents, you play a vital role in supporting your children in this endeavor. I invite you to engage with your children in meaningful conversations about their dreams and encourage them to take concrete steps toward achieving them. By providing guidance, love, and support, you help them realize that dreams are not mere fantasies, but rather attainable goals.

Together, as a community of faith, we can empower our tamariki to become dreamers who take action, learners who seek knowledge, and individuals who live out the Catholic values instilled in them. Let us continue to work hand in hand to inspire our tamariki to transform their dreams into reality.



Dreams become a reality when we take action. How very proud we can all be of our childrens performance’s this week. What you witnessed on stage is a culmination of a challenging yet, fantastic journey that began with a simple idea sparked by our students’ viewing of ‘Shrek” at the CHB College back in Term 2. Adi, Isla, Lucy, and Lacie were so inspired by what they saw that they approached Whaea Sarah and I with a proposal to put on our very own play. Little did we know that their enthusiasm and determination would lead to such an incredible performance by all our tamariki.
Thank you to each and every one of our school community. Your dedication, hardwork, and unwavering support were instrumental in making it a memorable event. From our talented actors to the behind-the-scenes crew, and the parents who pitched in, we couldn’t have done it without you.

To everyone who made this possible Tina Turner’s song ‘Simple the Best’ sums you all up perfectly.


Dreams become a relaity when we take action and this is very much the case for our school Library. With huge thanks to Mrs. Simpson, our library has had a ‘makeover’ and looks awesome!


We are looking forward to celebrating our student's Athletic skills this Friday 10th November - A big thank you to our PFG for providing us with a Fundraising Sausage sizzle at lunch time.

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 sports shoes

Seniors 9:00 - 1:00 at Central Hawkes Bay College
We will walk to the college, leaving school at 8:55.
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

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Enjoy your weekend!

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena Koutou Katoa

We hope everybody enjoyed their weekend and had fun watching some fireworks.
There are a lot of events happening this week including our school production “The Jungle Book”. We also have athletics this Friday. Athletics will be held at CHB College.

We would like to thank Whaea Sarah for taking time out of her day to host our school play and all of the cast and crew for working hard on learning their lines and knowing when to come on stage.
We would also like to thank Miss Hamilton and Whaea Tiuka for working hard on making our masks for the school play.

We hope that our audience enjoys our School play and has a great time watching it.

Lilla, Ruby, Ella & Jayde


We have some tamariki who are preparing for their first Holy Communion. Here is what this means.
Sacred Meal For Catholics - the sacrament of the Eucharist is a sacred meal where we break bread and share the one cup. It is the paramount sign of our unity with and in Christ. It has been described as the ‘source and summit’ of the Church’s life. When we receive the Eucharist, we believe that we receive Jesus in an extraordinarily intimate way: we take him into our very
beings in the form of food (his body) and drink (his blood).


Nick, Adrisa, Elaijah


Congratulations to the following students: Ruby, Quinn, Ehtzio, Lacie, Darius, Rory, Riley, Chloe, Hadlee, Fairlane, Finn, Talia, and Sophia who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Geordie, Kaiyah, Aciacia, Eva, and Shanaya who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


Well done to Piper, Geordie, Nick, Eva, Esta, Henry, George, Cooper, Micah and Tate who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


St Mary MacKillop House won the CBG house points. Jack and Milly were the winning individuals. Well done!

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

Hi Everyone,

It's athletics day on Friday which I am sure the children are all very excited about. The PFG will be having a sausage sizzle at school, selling sausages and ice blocks and the money raised will be going towards the end of year treat we are putting on for the kids. There will also be a small (free) treat for everyone that we will be handing out. Don’t forget to send money along with your children.

You would have all received our raffle tickets, these are selling really well so far. Don’t forget, any tickets you don’t sell, please don’t throw them out, return them to school so we can pass them on to people who want more. There may even be a prize for the most tickets sold!!!! The PFG will be at the A&P show on Saturday selling these, so look out for us and send people our way. This raffle brings in a lot of money for school so we would love to sell every single ticket this year.

Our Ambrose Golf Tournament is less than a month away and there is lots going on behind the scenes getting it ready. It’s a big job, and we are still needing lots of help to make this successful. We have a couple of spots left for teams so get in touch today if you would like to put a team in.

  • 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, and meat patties that you might have in your freezer that we could use for dinner on the night. Salad items (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions etc, etc), 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, the Board, or the School, every little bit helps and we appreciate any help we can get with this tournament, the more money we can raise for the school the better!!
Email: or message the Facebook page.
Facebook page: St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Group – Waipukurau
The PFG Committee.

Thank you Maisie for your Birthday Book!

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

10th - School Athletics - Juniors at school, Seniors at CHBC
17th - Teacher Only Day - No instruction/School Closed for students
20th - Board of Trustees Meeting
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

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