Newsletter Week 8 Term 3
6th September 2023
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Peace begins with you!
Ka tīmata tonu te Rangimārie i roto i ā koe!’
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

I wanted to take a moment to share with you some inspiring highlights from my recent attendance at the Association of Integrated Schools Conference in Wellington. It was an enriching event that left me feeling even more motivated and determined to provide the best possible educational experience for our students here at St Josephs.

One of the most notable aspects of the conference was the presence of two outstanding keynote speakers: the Honourable Jan Tinetti, serving as the Minister of Education, and Andre Afamasaga, a member of the Human Rights Commission. Both of these speakers emphasized a common theme that resonated deeply with our school's mission and values – putting our students at the center of our decision-making processes.

Minister Tinetti's address outlined a visionary perspective for our education system. She stressed the importance of inclusivity, consistency, and effectiveness in our educational practices. Collaboration and long-term improvement were key pillars of her vision, which strongly aligns with the direction we are taking here at our school. Her insights reinforced the importance of working together as a community to create an environment where all our students can thrive.

Andre Afamasaga's keynote speech was equally powerful and thought-provoking. He spoke passionately about the concept of 'Faith, Culture, and Family' within the context of school settings. He highlighted the significance of schools becoming sacred, safe spaces for our students as they navigate their identities and personal journeys. Andre's message about providing a space where our tamariki can be everything they want to be deeply resonated with me and reaffirmed our commitment to fostering a nurturing our inclusive environment.

What struck me the most during the conference was Andre's emphasis on the infinite worth of every individual, a sentiment that beautifully aligns with the message we shared in last week's newsletter. It's a reminder that each of our students is unique and holds immeasurable value. We will continue to cherish and celebrate their individuality here at St Joseph's.

As we move forward with our strategic planning process and continue to consult with our community, I am more confident than ever that we are on the right track. The appreciation I continue to have of the complexity of our education system will guide me/us as we work together with wisdom and inspiration to create a learning environment where our students can continue to flourish.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

Social Justice Week
Pope Francis encourages us to look back over the past few years and to consider what we have learnt and more importantly what we can do differently. He reminds us that it is time to build a better world and that we need one another to do this.
When there is unfairness, inequality, or injustice in the world, this leads to conflict, fighting, and at times a sense of hopelessness. Pope Francis asks us to think about how we can make the world a better place.
How do we make sure that everyone is cared for, that everyone is treated fairly, that we live peacefully and care for creation? When can we do this? He reminds us that we will be active participants in building God's kingdom.
2023 marks the beginning of a three-year Social Justice Week program. The overarching theme for the three years is “Imagine Peace For All” and our starting point is understanding that “Peace begins with you!”
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - Mahuru Māori
Next week marks the beginning of Māori Language Week, a week where you will see, hear, and be encouraged to speak Māori. Connected to this week is Mahuru Maori which is a challenge that you can register for. This challenge supports you to speak more Māori. An hour a day, half the day, all day, everyday, or as a beginner just start with greeting and farewells in Māori. Ka mau te wehi!
Here are 2 links to get you started: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2023, Mahuru Māori
Congratulations to our Senior Netballers
This season, due to low numbers, our 4 senior netball players had the opportunity to play in a combined Takapau/Sherwood/St Josephs team that proved to be a very competitive force in this year's Year 7&8 competition. Coached by the experienced Debbie, our girls learned not only new skills and drills but how to work together with teammates they did not know. It was very much like being in their own representative team.
A huge thank you to their coaches and managers from Takapau School, our parents for coordinating the driving of our girls to trainings, and most of all to our players themselves who showed commitment and represented our school with pride. I have to admit it was a bit strange seeing them dressed in black and red! Congratulations to all players who received certificates at last Thursday’s prize-giving and especially to Ruby who received 2 awards for her team. We are all so proud of you all!
He Karakia,
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.  

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


Tena koutou katoa

This week we are having class speeches, we wish you the best of luck with them and hope you all are feeling confident.

This Thursday will be the Rippa Rugby Tournament in Waipawa held at the rugby grounds by the rubbish dump. Make sure to have fun, win some games, and always try your best.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday a few students from CHB College come and teach the Room 5 & 6 students the skills of touch rugby.

Ella and Jayde


Social Justice Week -3-9th September

St Joseph’s Clean Up
On Saturday 23rd @ 10am there will be a working bee to give the church and grounds a spruce up in preparation for the Festival Mass, which is on 1 October. (Rain day will be the following Saturday)
1st October there will be only one Mass at St Joseph’s due to the Ordination of our new Bishop.


Taiana, Brooke, Ashtyne


Congratulations to the following students: Archie, Maisie, Kaiyah, Ehtzio, Shawen, Madison, Tate, Cooper, Moses, and Shanaya who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.
Thank you Mrs Simpson 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
13th - School Speeches - 1:45 PM in our school hall
15th - Student led - Pajama Day - Organised and led by Lucy Craig
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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