Newsletter Week 4 Term 1
22nd February 2024
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“He oranga ngākau, he hikinga wairua”
When it touches your heart, it lifts your spirit

“Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven”
Lamentations 3:41
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

In Room 1 we welcome Tedd and his parents Vanessa and Peter who join us from the Philippines.
In Room 6 we welcome Agustin and his mum Alejandra who join us from Palmerston North.
I look forward to introducing all our new families to our school community at mass this Sunday and I wish them all a supported, nurtured and blessed time here at St Josephs School, and Central Hawkes Bay.

Whole School Mass
When something touches your heart and lifts your spirit, it means that the experience or sentiment has a profound emotional impact on you. It goes beyond surface-level reactions, resonating deeply with your emotions and bringing about a positive and uplifting feeling. This could be related to joy, inspiration, or a sense of connection, creating a meaningful and heartwarming experience for individuals and families alike.

To me, attending whole school mass creates in me a meaningful and heartwarming experience, and I am hoping you experience the same feeling. A feeling that contributes to the spiritual, moral, and communal development of our tamariki while reinforcing our school’s commitment to our Catholic identity.

Not only will you hear our tamariki singing with passion, you will witness the joy and pride they have in sharing what they know and how they engage in the service they have the privilege of attending across the term.

The following word cloud highlight the key purposes of why it is important to us as a school that we all share in this blessed opportunity.

Strategic goals are statements of what you wish to achieve over the period of the strategic plan. Here is a snapshot of what our 3 strategic goals look like in action during our first 3 weeks of school.
As previously shared, our teaching staff have planned an engaging year of learning for our tamariki. Specifically, this year we are focussing on the roll out of the refreshed curriculum and the ministry mandate of explicit teaching and learning time in the area of Literacy. In this regard, we are pleased to share that all our teachers have received training in the Liz Kane Structured Literacy and The Code Program. In April our Teacher Aids will receive training (they currently receive in school training by observing and supporting our competent teachers in action). Our Literacy program is off to a great start. We are also continuing to roll out our Tō Tātou Whakapono RE Curriculum with focus and commitment.
Added to this is our commitment as a staff to engage in further professional development to align and support or English Second Language Learners.
It is with gratitude that we thank Mrs. Sue Cullen: St Joseph's CHB: Board member, Teacher Reliever, Past Deputy Principal, and St Vicient de Paul Chair for supporting our Strategic Goal of ‘Walking the Talk’ of our School Gospel Values. Last week Mrs. Cullen met with our older tamariki who stepped up to find out how they can support people in our society in need.

I feel there will be many opportunities across the year where this passionate group of tamariki will need our support to ensure the success of their upcoming initiatives and I thank our school community in advance.
I am very happy to share with our community that our Grant application to ‘Creatives in Schools’ a Ministry of Education ‘Arts’ initiative has been successful.

Our Ka Waiata Tātou program proposal was supported, and as a result, our tamariki will have an opportunity to engage actively in their musical educational journey with our creatives specialist: Mr. Danny Priestly, as well as: for some students to be part of our school: Instrumental rōpu and Choir. All our tamariki will also engage in and participate in our Matariki Ngāti Whai performance in June.

Our Ka Waiata Tātou program will support one aspect of our strategic goal in our pursuit of Cultural Competence as we provide collaborative, inclusive learning experiences for our tamariki.
I would like to congratulate our PFG on a successful planning meeting this week. Please read Sarah’s PFG report below which is filled with celebration and forward thinking.

Kia pai to mutunga wiki - Have a good weekend.
Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Kia ora koutou

This week we have been practicing for a whole school mass this coming Sunday. We are hoping to see everyone there dressed in their school uniform.
Our challenge this week is to see everyone attend school mass with their family.

There are a lot of activities/groups that the students can participate in this year.
Including being a member of Vinnies, taking part in the ensemble and singing group, and so much more. We want to inspire the students of St Joseph's School to do what they love.

Have an awesome weekend.
Brooke & Ashtyne


Lenten Programme –Week 2
VOCATIONAL AND RURAL TRAINING CENTRES, SOLOMON ISLANDS- We work in partnership with the Solomon Islands Association of Vocational and Rural Training Centres (SIAVRTC), which oversees more than 70 rural training centres spread out across the Solomon Islands. These training centres offer vital vocational training, including agricultural, carpentry, mechanical, financial literacy, sewing, leadership, and life skills. Together with SIAVRTC, we are striving to uplift and empower communities in remote areas, equipping local people – especially the youth – with essential skills for a brighter future. SIAVRTC serves as a wonderful representation of an organisation that exemplifies the Catholic social teaching principle of participation by enabling both instructors and students to fully participate in society.


Archie F, Hunter, Isla-Jane


Congratulations to the following students: Aciacia, Cooper, Madison, Archie, Mackenna, Hudson, Finn, Jasraj, and Teddy who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


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

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Easter is fast approaching and this year we are bringing back the hot cross bun fundraiser from The Baker Boy. These are $10 for a 6 pack of traditional hot cross buns and $1.50 from each packet will be going toward classroom resources for the year. Watch out for the forms coming home this week. Please return all forms and money to the school office by Thursday 21 March. The hot cross buns will be ready to pick up on Thursday 28 March. Please keep
an eye on our Facebook page and the school app for pick up location and time.
Thanks to a wonderful idea from a school parent, while the weather is still nice
and warm, the PFG will be selling ice blocks at school on Fridays at lunch time for $2.00 an ice block. Please send along cash if your child would like one.
We are also excited to let you all know that $3,500.00 that was raised from our Christmas raffle, is going towards purchasing much needed new microphones and speakers for the school. Thank you to everyone that supported this fundraiser, we appreciate all the work everyone put in to sell the tickets.
I know we sound like a broken record BUT 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.

We had a good productive planning meeting for our first meeting on Monday and have lots planned for the year. Our next meeting is set for 25 March at 7pm in Room 5. The first half of this meeting is our annual AGM which will then be followed by our usual PFG meeting. Everyone is welcome, so don’t be shy.

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

Thank you, Milly and Jackson, 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

25th - Whole School Mass
1st -Years 1 - 4 Rugby Sessions
19th - St Joseph's Feast Day in Hastings - We will travel by bus to St Joseph's in Hastings for the day
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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