Newsletter Week 9 Term 3
13th September 2023
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Mahia i runga i te rangimārie me te nagākau māhaki
With a peaceful mind and respectful heart we will always get the best results.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

What a great way to begin Te Wiki o te Reo Māori than with a play performed all in Te Reo for our Room 1 tamariki last Thursday. Taki Rua Productions is a national, kaupapa Māori performing arts organisation based in Pōneke/Wellington. They produce, commission, and develop theatre works through a distinctively Māori lens, while advocating for the wider industry.

Inspired by the beloved children's story The Kuia and the Spider by Patricia Grace, with illustrations by Robyn Kahukiwa.​ Performed completely in te reo Māori, Te Kuia me te Pūngāwerewere is the untold story of the Kuia and her relationship with Pūpai the spider. While in the midst of their daily bickering, Kuia and Pūpai are suddenly transported from their home in Paekākāriki into the world of spiders. There, they must work together to save Spider World from the human world's suburban sprawl.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good.
He mea hanga tatou kia rite ki te ahua me te ahua o te Atua, he pai hoki tatou.

In Health and PE at St Joseph’s School CHB, the focus is on a Catholic understanding of the well-being of students, of other people and of society in a health related and movement context.
As educators, we foster a community of support with whānau and the Catholic Church for children and young people to grow and develop spiritually, morally, socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and in human sexuality from a Catholic perspective.
At St Joseph's School CHB, our Health Education programme aligns with our school vision statement: Leading in Faith, Learning for Life, and with the New Zealand curriculum. Through participating in the Health Education programme students will be given the tools and knowledge to enhance their own wellbeing within a Catholic setting.
Our Health and PE programme is underpinned by the teachings of the Catholic Church so that our ākonga/learners will understand:
  • that they are made in the image and likeness of God and so are very good (Gen 1:31)
  • the purpose of God’s gift of life
  • the tapu and dignity of people
  • that people are unique and gifted
  • that people desire to be in enduring, committed relationships, giving and receiving
  • that life is a journey, Te Wa, in which people are challenged to grow to be their best selves and become more Christ-like
  • that Catholic teachings will assist them to respect the freedom of human persons as God does and to have a deepening understanding of what it means to give and receive free consent, or to withhold consent, to any action.
Next term you will be invited to join us at school to hear ‘kanohi te kanohi’/face to face what our Health inquiry unit will look like next term. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday 19th September - 5PM - We will meet in the school hall.

St Joseph's Health Curriculum Statement 2022
Health Curriculum Topics 2023/24/25

Years 3,4,5,6,7,8 - Rippa Rugby
A huge congratulations to all our players and a special thanks again to our coaches, managers, and supporters. As a result of some faulty ‘rips’ we have purchased 2 new sets for ‘rips’ for our next outing.
Year 6,7,8 - Te Mata Peak Hikoi
What an awesome experience, everyone can tick that off their bucket list! needless to say, there were a few tired legs on their return. A huge thank you to Mr. Christian Chesswas for his pin, point perfect planning, and organization.
Pajama Day
This Friday we will host a Pajama Day. This day is a result of a student proposal to not only have fun but to also raise funds that will go towards miscellaneous expenses connected to our Whole School Production of ‘The Jungle Book’ which will be presented next term. Any leftover funds will go towards the Year 5&6 camping experience to Ranui Farm also in Term 4.
Thank you Lucy Craig for this student initiative and for coordinating 4 fun activities to be enjoyed by everyone on Friday afternoon.

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki i nga wa katoa
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

This week is Te wiki o te reo Maori week. Some of the classes have been learning some Te reo Maori.

In room 6 we have been doing science and learning about fire. Today room 6 made some fires on the field in our house groups.

Today we have our school speech finals that are in the hall.

Lilla and Ruby


Māori Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975. This special week is an opportunity for the concentrated celebration and promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.
“Saint John Paul II reminded New Zealand of the strengths of Māori culture. One of the ways we can all benefit from Māori culture is by embracing the gift of Te Reo Māori in our liturgies…. My plea to you in this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is to do just that.” Embrace the gift of Te Reo Māori.
Cardinal John Dew WelCom 2016

St Joseph’s Clean Up
On Saturday 23rd September @ 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 following Saturday)
1st October there will be only one Mass at St Joseph’s due to the Ordination of our new Bishop.

Congratulations to the following students who are receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Sunday 17th September
Georgia Carver, Emily Ayto, Anjie Dabu, Chase Aati, Rex Malcolm, Maisie Malcolm, Andrei Ramos, McEidref Dabu, Milly O’Donnell


Kuba, Isla-Jane, Sehaj

This week is Social Justice Week and the theme is; Imagine Peace for All

The children drew doves and coloured them in with those colours which make them feel peaceful. They have chosen someone to give their doves to. The children in these two photos chose Father Paul. They handed the doves to him saying “Peace be with you “.


Congratulations to the following students: Lilla, Taiana, Cooper, Denon, Aciacia, George, Herray and Jed who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Taiana, Sophia, Kyla and Madison who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


Bl Suzanne Aubert house won the CBG house points. Sophia, Eva, Tate, and Hudson were the winning individuals. Well done!

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

Hi Everyone,

Our Ambrose Golf Tournament has been a huge hit and 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!!

To make this event successful we need a bit of help with donations of any kind for prizes, maybe something that you were given that you have never used and don’t need, any unused vouchers that you would like to donate. We are also looking for a couple of roasts that you might have in your freezer that we could use for dinner on the night. 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.

Planning is also underway for our end of year raffle. Watch this space.

Our next meeting is on Monday 18 September at 7pm in Room 2. Please feel free to join us, we are always looking for new people to join and help us with ideas for the school.

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

Thank you Mrs Suttor and Fukun 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

13th - School Speeches - 1:45 PM in our school hall
13th - Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Meeting in Room 2 @ 5PM -Everyone is welcome, please let Sarah know in the office if you would like to attend (for catering purposes)
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
19th - Wonderfully Made in Gods Image Hui - for all parents in our school hall at 5PM
22nd - Last Day of Term 3
23rd - Parish Working Bee - All welcome!

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