Newsletter Week 3 Term 1
15th February 2024
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Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua
Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

As we glide into week 3 we reflect on what is the meaning of lent? Why do we set aside forty days each year to voluntarily give up some legitimate enjoyment so as to prepare for Easter? The need for lent is written right into our DNA.

Religiously the richest image we have for lent is the above image of the desert, of Jesus going into there voluntarily to fast and pray. Scripture tells us that Jesus went into the desert for forty days and, while there, he ate nothing. This doesn’t necessarily mean that, literally, he took no food or water during that time, but rather that he deprived himself of all physical supports (including food, water, enjoyments, distractions) that protected him from feeling, full force, his vulnerability, dependence, and need to surrender in deeper trust to God. And in doing this, we are told, he found himself hungry and consequently vulnerable to temptations from the devil – but also, by that same token, more open to God.

This week our tamariki participated in a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass where they sang with growing confidence and passion. In class, they reflected on the ‘special something’ that they will do for Jesus.
School Gospel Value of: RESPECT
As I spend time in our very busy classrooms and in the playground I witness the wonderful ways in which our tamariki demonstrate respect throughout their daily activities.
Morning prayer, attentive listening and thoughtful responses. Teachers often share stories of how our tamariki patiently take turns during discussion, fostering an environment where every voice is heard and valued. Our tamariki will continue to build on their group work collaboration as they begin to realise each others gifts and talents.

During RE we witness our tamariki engaging with the teachings with genuine curiosity and respect for their faith. Their questions, no matter how small, are met with encouragement and thoughtful answers, fostering a sense of spiritual growth.
At lunchtime, the children come together not only to share meals but also to engage in conversations that showcase empathy and understanding. We often see older students guiding the younger ones, setting a beautiful example of respect that transcends age differences.

Participating in sports is both exciting and a valuable opportunity and experience for our tamariki. BUT, without parents volunteering to help manage and/or coach our out-of-school sports teams, they simply won’t be able to happen. Therefore to help our sports programme run smoothly Mrs. Hamilton has prepared a roster of support for our Miniball teams. Good luck to our teams who have their first games next week.

Cyclone Gabrielle
Yesterday we participated in a minute's silence in remembrance of the 1 year anniversary of this devastating event in our beautiful part of Aotearoa. As a school, we pray for those who continue to live with the trauma and the rebuilding of their many businesses and homelives.
Kia pai to mutunga wiki - Have a good weekend
Betty Brown


Welcome to another school year that promises to be filled with connections, challenges, and celebrations.

We are excited to share an update from our first Board meeting for this school year. Mr. Graeme Fisher has been elected as the Presiding Member, and Mrs. Kirsty Taylor as the Deputy Presiding Member. Their leadership promises to bring fresh perspectives and a dedicated commitment to the well-being and progress of our school community.

As part of our strategic plan Strategic Plan 2024-2026, we look forward to a year of increased family participation in the myriad of initiatives being discussed and crafted for implementation. Engagements such as:
  • Whānau participation in whole school mass each term
  • PFG support for upcoming events
  • Parent volunteers for sports team coaching, managing, support, field trip parent helpers, sharing your gifts and talents, support for Ngati Whai, support for our newly established ‘ensemble’ (music playing group) and ‘Choir’ (singing group) or just coming in to listen to our tamariki read.
Our role as Board members includes building our capacity as Board members in order to ensure we are making the best decisions to support our children’s learning.
  • Next week our Board will travel to St John's College in Hastings to participate in a PNCEO training workshop focussing on: A Board's Tools for Decision making - Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • In March our Board will attend a Planning and Reporting workshop at CHBC
  • Our next meeting is Monday 25th March at 5:15 at school - You are welcome to attend.
We would like to congratulate and wish our teaching staff well as they attend the Teachers Mass at Sacred Heart in Hastings next week, where they will be commissioned by Bishop John Adams.

At the end of last year, we offered an opportunity for our local school businesses to sponsor our newsletter. We shared that sponsorship makes a meaningful difference in enhancing the educational experiences we provide to our students. Whether through academic programs, extra curricular activities, or resource purchases, sponsorship would contribute to the success and well-being of every child at St Joseph’s School.

So far we are grateful to have received 6 sponsorships. Our intention is that these will be shared in next week's newsletter.

If you would like to have your business added to our newsletter for distribution across CHB please feel free to contact our school office, a Board member, or myself.

Board Secretary
We would like to thank Mrs. Louise Simpson for her commitment to supporting our school Board as Secretary over the past 8 years. She has decided that it is time to share the load and therefore we offer this opportunity to our community.

Position Available - Board Secretary
We are looking for a member of our community to support our school board as the minute secretary. This position involves attending each meeting (2 per term), accurately recording the minutes of the meeting, and ensuring that a final copy of the minutes is available for public viewing. This is a paid position. The minute taker is not a member of the board and does not have speaking rights, nor can they vote in board meeting decisions. By supporting our board as the minute secretary you will be freeing up our board members to fully participate in the meeting without having to record the minutes. This is a small but by no means insignificant, role in the effective functioning of our school board.
Please send any expressions of interest to receive an application package to: Tumuaki: Betty Brown: or Presiding Member Mr. Graeme Fisher:

“It is the integration of the spiritual and the intellectual in the education that is offered in our state integrated schools that allows so many of our students to fully flourish. We do not need to be apologetic about this as it is what attracts our families to our schools and is a key ingredient to the success of state integrated schools in New Zealand.”
Dr. Kevin Shore

Thank you for your ongoing support
St Joseph's School CHB Board
Mr. Graeme Fisher
Presiding Member


Kia ora

Welcome to week 3 term 1. We hope you are having a wonderful time back at school.
This week we had a whole school mass for Ash Wednesday. We were blessed with ashes on our forehead by Father Paul.

Room 6 has a student teacher Mrs Fergusson. She will be with us across the year at different times. Room 6 also has a new Tuesday morning teacher Mrs. Carter who will be in there every Tuesday morning. Did you know our Year 7 & 8 students go to Technology at Waipawa on Tuesday’s.

Our highlight this week was thinking about having some fun activities during lunch or after lunch for the students in St Joseph's. The sports leaders and school leaders will be asking the students around the school what their preferred activities will be. We are thinking about having different activities for different year levels.

Have a fun weekend.

Ashtyne & Brooke


Lenten Programme –Week 1
Kiribati Health Champions programme We share a strong connection with our local partner in Kiribati, Teitoiningaina (Catholic Women's Association). For over 40 years, Teitoiningaina has been dedicated to enhancing household food security and promoting healthy lifestyles, while also building resilience to face climate change and disasters. Teitoiningaina works with schools, church groups, and various community groups. Through our partnership, Caritas is privileged to support Teitoiningaina's transformative work to enrich the lives of people in Kiribati. Tebora lives in Kiribati in the sector of Rurete in Bikenibeu Parish, with her husband and four-year-old daughter. She has recently enrolled in the Teitoiningaina Health Champions programme and is learning ways to grow nutritional food in the face of a changing climate.


Kuba, George, Keerthana


Congratulations to the following students: Kuba, Acacia, Flynn, Adilynn, Adrisa, Jed, Oliver, Alexa, Henry, and Charlie who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Reef, Moses, Teddy, and Lottie who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


Bl Suzanne Albert House won the CBG house points. Jed and Quinn were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to school for the 2024 year.

We already have a few things in the pipeline for fundraising for 2024, it's set to be an exciting year. If you have been on the fence about joining the PFG now is the time to jump on board. We are always looking for new people and new ideas. Please don’t be afraid to approach one of us to find out more information about what is involved. Most of the committee members are around school at pick up times, see Gayleen Alexander in Room 5, email us at, or contact us through our PFG Facebook page. So many ways to reach out to us, so please get in touch.

Our first meeting of the year is on Monday 19 February at 7 pm at school. You are all more than welcome to come along and see what we do before you make any decisions on joining. We hope to see you there!

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

Thank you, Chloe, Finn M, and Micah for your Birthday Books!


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

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

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