Newsletter Week 1 Term 1
8th February 2024
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Ko ngā pae tawhiti whāta kia tata. Ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina
The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

We/I could get used to these 4 day weeks!

I hope you all enjoyed taking the time on Tuesday to reflect on our nation's commemoration day in acknowledgment of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the weather certainly blessed us with a fantastic day.

As shared on all media platforms decision-making is key in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi, as it reflects the commitment to partnership, participation, and protection for both Māori and non-Māori communities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Decisions made in relation to the Treaty must honor the principles of equity, cultural sensitivity, and collaborative decision-making.

What this looks like for our tamariki, sets the foundation for responsible and ethical choices in their lives. Adults, especially parents, educators, and community leaders, play a pivotal role in guiding our tamariki through the decision-making process. This involves teaching them about fairness, empathy, and considering diverse perspectives.

With Jesus as our role model, connecting decision-making to the Bible illustrates instances where Jesus made decisions that profoundly impacted the lives of others. For example, in the New Testament, Jesus' decision to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and offer forgiveness exemplifies compassion, empathy, and a commitment to the well-being of others. His decisions were guided by love, justice, and a deep understanding of the needs of the people around him.

Teaching our tamariki about the decision-making process through the lens of Jesus' actions can emphasize the importance of making choices that prioritize the welfare of others, uphold moral values, and contribute to a just and compassionate society. By incorporating these principles into decision-making, our tamariki are not only equipped with practical life skills but also instilled with a sense of responsibility and empathy, mirroring the values of the Treaty of Waitangi in their daily lives.

Classes are in the process of developing their own class ‘Treaty’s’, here is Room 1’s.
‘Walking the talk’ of our school Gospel values:
We have only been at school for 6 teaching days, but our school gospel values are already being demonstrated by our tamariki. How our tamariki embraced and made our new school members feel welcome is an example of whanaugnatanga and manaaki.

This week we welcomed Sophia Patterson and her whānau to Room 1.
Ways we build our community through being inclusive looks like:
Our tamaraiki use their strengths and passions to take on roles of responsibility: Librarians, House Leaders, PAL’s leaders, Road Patrollers, Staffroom monitors, Sandpit monitors, Bike Shed monitors, Sport trolley monitors as well as responsibilities in the classroom. All these opportunities build a collaborative school culture of ‘He mahi tahi tatou’ / working together.
Congratulations Mrs Wagstaff
At our whole school assembly last Friday we acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of Mrs. Wagstaff as she was presented with her ‘Leadership Level Certificate from our Palmerston North Diocese. This achievement is a result of many hours of study in order for her to demonstrate expertise and skills related to the guiding and leading of religious education and our Catholic character and values in our school.

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Philippians 4:13

Music with Mr. Priestley
This week we welcomed back ‘Dan, Dan the Music Man’ as our tamariki affectionately call Mr. Danny Priestley our multi-talented music teacher.

This term our tamariki will engage in learning about music through graphic notation, timbre, volume/dynamics, call and response. They will also have the opportunity to audition to be a member of our school ‘emsemble/band’ and/or ‘choir/singing group’ It is our hope that these 2 performance groups will be able to prepare pieces that can be shared with our local community when they are ready.

This is such an exciting venture as it marks the beginning of a ‘He Waiata Tatou’ / Sing Together initiative that we hope to be generating across our cluster of CHB schools.
Student Teachers
Mrs Emma Furgusson: On Monday we welcomed Mrs. Furgusson to our school. Having already achieved a nursing degree, Mrs. Furgussion is doing her in-school teaching degree through Auckland University. We are fortunate that Mrs. Furgusson will spend several weeks here in our Room 6 class with Whaea Tiuka completing her training. Mrs. Furgusson lives in Waipawa and is already feeling blessed to have this opportunity to learn from our experienced teaching team.
Mrs Leanne Hutchinson: Being able to support Mrs. Hutchinson on her journey to becoming a fully registered teacher is an honor for our school. While Mrs. Hutchinson will continue her TA role at our school, she will also slide into her 2nd year of teacher training through Te Rito Maiaho, an accredited teacher training institution. Mrs. Hutchinson's commitment, confidence, and career-minded approach to filling her ‘kete’ of knowledge with ‘best practice’ teaching and learning strategies she observes in our school will ensure that she will become a successful faith-filled educator with whom we feel super blessed to have supported.
Kia pai to mutunga wiki - Have a good weekend
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to the second week of school. We hope that everyone had a great first week.

As student leaders, our role this year is to lead the school with pride and joy. We are very excited to be working with the sports leaders, Elaijah and Nick, and our house leaders to set up games during our lunch times for the tamariki to play.

Good job to this year's librarians Jasmine, Sehaj, Ani, Brooke, Piper, Maise M, Kaiyah, and Cooper who have committed to looking after our school library.

Our challenge this week is to make sure all the students bring their togs so that they can get out of this scorching hot weather and practice for swimming sports. Enjoy the weather while it lasts !!

Brooke and Ashtyne


Caritas promotes authentic human development. This means development of the whole person. It provides for their economic, cultural, political, social and spiritual wellbeing.

Ash Wednesday is on 14 February. Mass will be at 9.15am @ St Joseph’s and 5.30pm @ St Patrick’s.


Flynn, Quinn, Lucy


Congratulations to the following students: Darius, Chloe, Archie, Keerthana, Eliana, Kyla, George, Macauley, and Ellie who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Mary MacKillop House won the CBG house points. Lucy and Milly were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi everyone

We hope you all had a great break and are getting back into the swing of things for Term 1! Our first meeting of the year is on 19 February at 7pm at school. Everyone is welcome and we are always on the hunt for new members and new ideas for fundraising for our children.

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

12th - Board of Trustees Meeting
14th - Ash Wednesday
22nd - Commissioning of our Teaching Staff in Hastings
25th - Whole School Mass
1st -Years 1 - 4 Rugby Sessions
12th - School Swimming Sports: Years 4-8: 9:30 - 11:30, Years 1 - 3- 11:30 - 1:00
19th - St Joseph's Feast Day in Hastings
22nd - Interschool Swimming
25th - Board of Trustees Meeting
29th - Good Friday - School Closed
1st - Easter Monday - School Closed
2nd - Easter Tuesday - School Closed
12th - Last Day of Term

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