Newsletter Week 10 Term 4
15th December 2023
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“Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou”
If you follow the path of learning, the world will be your oyster.

“Seek learning, even by study and also by faith”
(D&C 88:118).
As we seek both spiritual and secular knowledge the Lord will bless us.
Education is a key to opportunity and should become a lifetime endeavor.
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,
As we bid farewell to another school year, I am delighted to present the final newsletter for this academic term. Throughout the year, our students have been immersed in a wealth of opportunities and meaningful experiences, fostering awesome growth and development.

The culminating event of this term was not only our Prize-giving, but also our whole school mass last Sunday, which saw a vibrant congregation filling the church with warmth and joy. It was a special occasion where we not only celebrated the unity of our school community but also took a moment to honor our Year 8 leavers.

The collective enthusiasm and confidence displayed by our Year 8 students during the event was truly heartwarming. Their reflections showcased a profound embodiment of the attributes outlined in our St Joseph's Schools graduating profile. It was a testament to the dedication and guidance provided by our school community in nurturing well-rounded individuals.

As we reflect on our accomplishments, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all parents, teachers, and staff who have contributed to making this school year a memorable journey of learning and discovery.
Celebrating learning right to the end!
In Room 4 our tamariki followed a procedural piece of writing to make their own salt dough in order to create their own Xmas decorations that they will be able to recreate at home. Fortunately their masterpieces survived the cooking process and their work has been posted to their own seesaw portfolio of learning. Yesterday they painted and prepared their decorations ready to take home. Such Joy!
What an awesome season this team has enjoyed! We look forward to next year!
Thank you to all our parent volunteers who have ensured that our school sporting teams are well represented and to Mrs. Jackson for always ensuring kitted out in our school sports uniform.
Thank you PFG
Celebrating with a sausage sizzle and a Mr. Whippy ice cream treat! A great way to round out a year filled with PFG support. Did you know that the PFG through their fundraising efforts provide each class with a sum of money to boost classroom resource acquisition. Teachers purchase added value resources that they know their current students would benefit from. We are super blessed and thank the PFG for everything they have ‘made’ happen this year and look forward to another prosperous 2024.
Prize giving 2023
As shared in my reflection during our Prizegiving ceremony, I acknowledge the identity of each and every student, teacher, kaiawhina, parent, family member, friend and supporter of our school as each having infinite worth. Under the Josephite Charism, guided by our school gospel values, we have and will continue to strive for excellence, inclusivity and cultural responsiveness in our faith and learning life journey.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our tamariki.
Here is a snapshop of photos, please see the attached button for more
Congratulations to our Student Leadership Team for 2024
Student Leader: Brooke Paewai
Student Leader: Ashtyne Ramo
Sports Leader: Nick Kuklinski
Sports Leader: Elaijah Mananes
At this time, we bid farewell to 2 teachers and 9 students:

Mrs. von Dadelszen who has completed her fixed term contract working in Room 6 on Tuesday mornings. Mrs. von Dadelszen will now be working more hours at her children’s school at Flemington. We wish her well, knowing that we still have her as part of our St Josephs whānau.

Mrs. Hemi (Whaea Sarah) who has completed her fixed term contract working in Room 5 will be exploring other opportunities. It is our hope that Whaea Sarah will make her way back to St Josephs CHB in the future and in the interim we wish her every blessing.

Besides our awesome Year 8’s who we have already celebrated and farewelled, we bid farewell to:
Lacie and Lucas Tipene who will be moving to St Josephs Danniverke, Gia Dhillon who will be moving to Woodford in Havelock North and Riley Ryder-Dempsey who has moved to Palmerston North.

We wish each of these awesome tamariki a blessed transition as they settle into their new schools reflecting on the solid foundation they gained at St Josephs: Knowing and being confident in who they are, knowing how to develop caring relationships and knowing that while they have a new ‘village’ of support, we are still all here for them.

Kia kaha, Kia maia, Kia manawanui - Be strong, be brave, be patient.
“Let us show this love in our acts bearing with one another, forgiving and forgetting”

“If disappointed, don’t say hard things. Only think a little, pray a little, and try to remember that God will bring about what is best in God’s own time”.

“Put kind construuctions where you can, and where you cannot: be silent”.

“Be a gift of love and compassion for one another”.

“Find happiness in making others happy”

“A little patience will in the end be rewarded”

“Cling to God’s love and grace”

May the joy that Christmas brings be yours. Keep safe, be merry and live life to the full. If you are travelling, haere haumaru/travel safe.

I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

  • Monday 29th January Open Hour - times to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 30th January First Day of school
Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki - May God bless you all
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to week 9 Term 4, only one week of school left!

This week we have a Whole School Mass for our 2023 leavers, Ruby, Jayde, Lilla, Ella and Riley. School Mass will be held on Sunday the 10th of December, 10am at St Joseph’s Church. We would love to see all the students and families there supporting our leavers.

Last week on Wednesday all of the Year 6, 7 and 8 students went to Splash Planet for the Traffic Warden Safety Programme. Thank you constable Che for organizing our trip to Splash Planet. We hope that students all had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

Next week is our School Prizegiving. We would love to see all the families there supporting their children after a hard working year. St Joseph’s school prizegiving will be held next Thursday, 14th December at 1:00pm.

Jayde, Lilla, Ruby & Ella


Make room
In this busiest of seasons, it is up to each of us to make space for Christ. ​There is plenty that will crowd out God, even as God is coming to us.
Time: What’s a good time in your day when you can sit and be still for a moment?
Place: What’s a comfy seat, in bed, by the window, in the garden? Prepare a space, make a cup of tea, get your Bible, pen and paper ready. Sit and rest with God a while. We all need some solitude, but you can also sit with a child or a friend and read and pray together.
A Welcome Place for Jesus - Find a spot in your home to lay out a ‘welcome place for Jesus’. Lay down a pretty cloth. Set out your nativity set. Add Christmas cards as they come. Each day, find a small simple thing to place there. Maybe a single flower, or a stone, or a treasured gift from the past. Maybe light a candle.
Noticing the little things - Take your camera out for a walk in the park. Look for small beautiful things, take close-up photos.
Slow down and notice.
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Vigil – St Joseph’s @ 6pm, Carols @ 5.30pm
Christmas Day – St Patrick’s @ 9.30am, Carols at 9.00am
Simbang Gabi – Starts 16th December @ St Joseph’s at 8pm


Quinn, Geordie, Chase

Yes you read right! We have vacancies available for 3+ years! Be in quick before these spaces fill!Come and be part of our Launch whānau, we can not wait to see and have the privilege to be part of your child’s early learning years
Contact Sarah Martin at
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 2024

Term 1: Tuesday 30th January to Friday 12th April
Public Holidays: Waitangi Day: 6th February, Good Friday 29th March, Easter Monday 1st April, Easter Tuesday 2nd April

Term 2: Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July
Public Holidays: King's Birthday 3rd June, Matariki 28th June

Term 3: Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September

Term 4: Monday 14th October to Tuesday 17th December
Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 25th October, Labour Day 28th October

Upcoming Events

29th - Teacher Only Day
30th - First day of 2024

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