Newsletter Week 7 Term 3
30th August 2023
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He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai
If kindness is sown, then kindness is received

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
(The Good News: We have been forgiven of our own sins, the least we could do is be kind and forgiving to others.)
Ephesians 4:32
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Please take the time to read the following - maybe read it twice!

Everyone is AWESOME
As adults, we all know that our words and actions have a big impact on how others feel, and that being kind means treating everyone with care and making sure no one feels sad or hurt. We know that we are all unique and special in our own ways, and that is something we celebrate.

Unfortunately, this week I have reiterated the message of kindness and respect at our whole school gathering after Litergy on Monday, and am asking you to engage in conversations with your children at home about what kindness and respect ‘looks’, ‘sounds’ and ‘feels’ like to them.
Sometimes our tamariki might not realize that their words can be hurtful, and sometimes they do.
So my message to all our tamariki is to always think before they speak, take a deep breath.
I reminded our tamariki that our school is a place where everyone deserves to feel safe, loved, and respected. I have asked them to be the kind of friends who lift each other up, stand against hurtful words, and show that being different in anyway is awesome.

Everyone has INFINITE WORTH!
At our Board of Trustees meeting last Monday evening we watched the Ted Talk by Kent Hoffman - Link attached: Every Person has Infinite Worth | Kent Hoffman | TEDxSpokane

As part of our commitment to delving deeper into the crucial role we play in guiding our school’s direction, ensuring our success, and upholding our school’s special character through our mission, vision, and values.
We believe in seeing the value in each individual for who they are, embracing their uniqueness, experiences, and backgrounds. Just as a star in the sky contributes to the beauty of the universe, each person adds their own brilliance to our school community.

As a board, we strive to create an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and loved. This understanding of infinite worth guides us in teaching your children not only academic subjects but also the profound importance of empathy, compassion, and acceptance. We want them to know that their actions and words have a powerful impact on others and that their kindness can light up someone's day.

As parents, you play a vital role in nurturing this perspective and as already shared above, encouraging conversations about diversity, by fostering empathy and curiosity about other cultures, and by teaching the power of a kind word or gesture, you help your children grow into caring and open-minded individuals.

Together, we are building a learning community where every child learns the beauty of seeing beyond differences, embracing similarities, and cherishing the worth that resides in each and every person. Thank you for your help.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

Commitment, Coaching, Challenges, Celebrations!
Congratulations to Elaijah Mananes who represented St Joseph's School last Tuesday at the Sundevil’s Race Meet. Elaijah placed:
1st - 50m Freestyle
2nd - 100m Freestyle
3rd - Individual Medley
1st - 50 Butterfly
We are so proud of you!
Hoop Glider Stem Challenge
Engaging children in STEM activities is a fun journey of wonder and discovery. In Room 3, our tamariki made hoop gliders that embarked them on an adventure of crafting and uncovering a world of science at play. Key vocabulary that was learned and shared included: trial and error, aerodynamics, life, drag, thrust, gravity, flight, soar, solutions, persistence and patience.
Getting ready for Rippa Rugby next week
Thankyou to our CHB College students who came and worked with our tamariki today.
Thank you also to the following parents who have volunteered to manage our teams next week: Riley & Pipers mum: Kendal, Chloe and Ruby’s dad: Tony, Archie and Teddy’s dad: Will and Mason’s dad: Graeme. Whaea Sarah, Whaea Tiuka and Mr. Chesswas will also be on deck to support and manage teams.

Thank you to the Smiley whānau

Fairlane and Darius graciously provided our staff with a large box of chocolates for morning tea today!
Perfect timing, needless to say, they were devoured.
Students from a school family will be having their baptism on Friday 13th October.
Anyone else who wishes for their child/ren to be baptized please phone the school office.

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


Tena koutou katoa

This week rooms 5 and 6 have been doing touch rugby coaching with year 12 students from CHB College. We have been learning all of the touch rugby rules as well as some passing techniques.

This term all of the classes have been learning about science. Room 4 is doing science this afternoon, they are doing an experiment with Coke and Mentos, and it will be interesting to see how this experiment turns out.

In room 6 we have been getting taught by Mr Chesswas because he is learning to be a teacher. He is here for five weeks. For procedure writing, we learned how to change a car tire.

Lilla and Ruby


Social Justice Week -3-9th September
Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are Yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you” – please grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.  May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters.  May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.   Amen

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


Isla-Jane, Riley F, Justin


Congratulations to the following students: Ani, Mack, Gia, Emily, Taiana, Jilliane, Ivy, Hudson and Luka who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Charlie, Jackson, Elaijah, and Mason who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


Bl Suzanne Aubert house won the CBG house points Ani and Quinn were the winning individuals. Well done!
Thank you Ella Jackson and Fairlane Smiley for your Birthday Books!
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

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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