Newsletter Week 6 Term 3
23rd August 2023
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‘Ko te mahi a te tamariki, he wāwāhi tahā’
The activities of children break calabashes

“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”
He works through our mistakes knowing there is strength in pain that can be gained no other way.
Romans 8:28
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

This week's whakatauki focuses on the importance of allowing our ākonga/learners to
“fall forwards”.
This concept emphasizes the idea that making mistakes and experiencing setbacks are not roadblocks but rather integral steps toward growth and success. Our tamariki have a natural and very real curiosity which can lead to things getting going wrong. While we know our tamariki will make mistakes it is so important that 'we' as their 'village' help them learn and grow from their experiences. “Falling forwards” aligns with the concept of a ‘growth mindset’ (shared in last week's newsletter) We are all working towards supporting our tamariki to believe that their abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, practice, and learning. Sometimes we just need to 'own our actions' and say 'sorry'. Making a different choice next time is 'progress' on this falling forward life-building process.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life
I know that all students in Central Hawkes Bay will be thinking about, crafting, practicing, and preparing their in-school ‘Speeches’ in readiness for the Interschool Speech competition at the end of this term. While this can be an exciting time for some, it is a real challenge for others.

Here is how you as a whānau might be able to support your child to believe in their abilities and intelligence. So that we are all sharing the same message in order to alleviate any anxiety or stress, here are some key points you can use at home in your conversations.

Help your child to:
Science Roadshow

This morning's Science Roadshow experience was not only exciting but very entertaining.
The show, exhibits, and resources on display at CHB College really connected with the learning we have been doing in class for the past 5 weeks. It was a hands-on, minds-on, engagement that had our tamariki fully engaged.
Our tamariki learned about the physical and chemical properties of substances, such as metals, and fabrics, and how these are put to use in everyday life.
They learned about the characteristics of sound such as pitch, volume, and how fast it travels, what substances it travels through, how it travels, and the many effects these have on things we can or cannot hear.
Each of the Exhibits set up around the hall was organized according to themes: Movement, Rocks and Minerals, Helping the senses, Light properties, Observation, and inference, and Pressure.
If your child is in Years 3 - 8 ask them about what they remembered, discovered, or were impressed by.
Victory Shines Bright at the Trevor White Memorial Rugby Tournament
The much-anticipated annual rugby showdown between Dannevirke and Waipukurau brought forth a weekend of intense competition and unwavering team spirit. This year's tournament witnessed a remarkable feat as all 3 Waipukurau teams emerged victorious in all three age group categories, showcasing their skill, determination, and unity on the field.

Guiding the Under 11 team with exceptional leadership was Captain Maisie, whose strategic prowess rallied her teammates to rise to the occasion. Alongside her, the star player Nick's dedication and talent proved instrumental in securing this triumph.

Well done Nick and Maisie.
Understanding and Recognizing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
I would like to thank our community members, teachers, and parents who attended this presentation by Michael Hempseed on Monday night. He shared that the role we play in understanding and supporting your child or a loved one after they have experienced a traumatic event is vital in their recovery journey.
Here are some key ways you can help provide meaningful help and support during this challenging time.
*Create safe spaces at home and school where tamariki feel secure to express their thoughts and emotions
*Let your child know their emotions are valid and accepted, and avoid dismissing or minimizing their feelings
*Let them know you are there to listen without judgment or pressure
*Let them know that what they are feeling is a natural response to what they have been through
*Understand that healing takes time
*Help your child maintain connections with friends and family who provide a positive and supportive network.
*Demonstrate healthy ways of managing stress and emotions in your own life. Your actions can serve as an example for your child.
*Be available
*Keep an eye out for any significant changes in behavior, mood, sleep, and eating patterns.

Please continue to pray for all our families who are coping the best they can with family grief both now and into the future. As shared by Michael on Monday evening, it is wonderful having support immediately, but when everyone leaves and continues with their own lives is when we need the support and warm reassuring check-ins the most.
You might want to pray Prayer with ST. Mary MacKillop.

God, our hope in times of struggle, be a supporting and loving presence with us, especially at this time.
Confident in your generous providence and joining with St Mary MacKillop we ask that you grant our request.
(Name your request)
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Spirit so that like Mary MacKillop, we may live with courage, trust, and openness.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki i nga wa katoa - Have a blessed week
Betty Brown


Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome back to week six, term 3.
This week Rooms 4,5 &6 with the Year 3's, went on a science journey to CHB College to take a look at the new science roadshow. We experienced different sorts of science experiments being shown at the event.

We hope you have been keeping up with your speech and poem work for speeches coming up this term.

Today is Father Paul's birthday so if you are able to, make sure to wish him a happy birthday when you see him. He will be at school on Friday.

Please make sure readers and altar servers do go to church on your day.
Thank you,
Ella and Jayde


Social Justice Week was established by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) in 1997. It serves as an ongoing commitment in the Catholic calendar to consider, reflect and act on a particular current social justice issue through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Our liturgical gathering on Sunday reminds us of the Church as a community and as a family united in prayer. The mercy and compassion we receive from God flows out into the rest of our week and into our relationships in our wider community.

First Reconciliation/Communion
We are taking registrations for our Sacramental programmes. There will be forms in the foyers of St Joseph’s church and St Patrick’s church or please email the parish office for a form. There are also forms available at St Joseph’s school office. Children need to be 8 years or older. Email the parish office at


Jayde, Lacie, Maisie


Congratulations to the following students: Lacie, Jasmeen, Joe, Reef, Chase, George, Micah, Jack, Talia and Charlie who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Columba house won the CBG house points Lacie and Alexa were the winning individuals. Well done!
Thank you Lucy Riddell 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

23rd - CHB Science Road Show

7th - Rippa-Rugby in Waipawa
8th - Year 6,7,8 Te Mata Peak Expedition
15th - Pyjama Day (Student organized spirit day)
18th - Board of Trustees Meeting - 5:30 PM in Room 2
18th - Rotary Speeches
22nd - Last Day of Term 3
23rd - Parish Working Bee - All welcome!

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