Newsletter Week 6 Term 4
15th November 2023
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Te amorangi ki mua, te hapai o ki muri
The leader at the front and the workers behind the scenes.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
Psalm 30:4
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

As we glide into the last 5 weeks of term, we take this time to reflect on the profound significance of saints in our spiritual journey. Saints are not only recered figures in the Catholic tradition, but they also serve as inspiring role models who lead us closer to God through their exemplary lives. Saints are individuals who embody special qualities that we, as a school community aspire to live out each day. Saints exhibit profound kindness, compassion, and generosity, illustrating the transformative power of love in action.

At St Joseph's School, we aim to instill these qualities in our students, nurturing them to become compassionate, kind, and resilient individuals. As we delve deeper into the rich tapestry of the lives of saints, let us draw inspiration from their virtues, incorporating these lessons into our daily lives. Together, as a school community, we can cultivate an environment where the spirit of the saints thrives, and our tamariki grow into holiness, leading others toward God through their actions, words, and genuine love for one another.


“Saints are holy people because they lead people to God”
In Room 5, our tamariki are exploring the stories of various saints, understanding the virtues that defined their lives. This research not only enhances their historical and religious understanding but also instills valuable life lessons. Our tamariki are learning to extract information from reliable sources, critically analyze content, and synthesize their findings into meaningful insights which you will be able to read in their class collation of work.

Hunter researched Saint Mary MacKillop and found out that she was born in Australia, worked at St Joseph's School, was born in 1842, and died in 1909.

Denon found out that San Miguel is Saint Michael and he was a warrior who helped protect the Isralies. He was clever and knew lots about money. Saint Michael was the angel who spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai.


Congratulations to all our athletes and thank you to our families who were able to make it to support and cheer on your tamariki.



Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at the Interschool Athletics meet next Tuesday afternoon.
Ashtyne, Nick, Elaijah, Brooke, Lilla, Carlos, Sehaj, Geordie, Milly O, Emily, Joe and Andrei.
Thank you to members of our PFG for helping us celebrate a busy week
Thank you all for your continued support in fostering a holistic and enriching educational experience for our tamariki.

A reminder that school will be CLOSED this Friday 17th November, as our staff embark on a Teacher Only Day experience in Napier.

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Enjoy your weekend!

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to week 6 Term 4.

It has been a busy couple of weeks with the play and athletics.
We hope everybody enjoyed the play and had fun.

It is becoming summertime so we highly recommend bringing your school hats for lunch and morning teas.

This Thursday Whaea Sarah is hosting a shared lunch as a reward to the cast and crew for the amazing work they did doing the play.

It is a teachers only day on Friday, so we hope you all enjoy your long weekend.

Ella, Jayde, Lilla & Ruby


We have some tamariki who are preparing for their First Holy Communion. Here are some suggestions to help prepare your child.
  • Make mealtimes special. Just as the Eucharist is at the heart of the life of the Church, family meals are the heart of your home, the ‘Domestic Church’. In the lead up to the First Communion Day, use your family meals as an opportunity to share memories of your own First Communion or ask your child what they are learning in their preparation classes.
  • Pray for your child. Especially at Grace before meals. Place their photo in your family prayer space or on the fridge to remind you. Invite their Godparents to pray also.
  • Prayer Space. Put symbols of the Eucharist in your family prayer space, like wheat, grapes, or picture of the Last Supper.
  • Shop for a special outfit. The tradition of a white dress and veil for girls or suit for boys comes from the theological links between the Eucharist and the heavenly wedding feast.
  • Organise a godparent date. It takes a village to raise a child and this is a perfect opportunity for godparents to participate concretely in their godchild’s faith journey.


Jayde, Lacie, Maisie

Thank you Libby for your Birthday Book!

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

17th - Teacher Only Day - No instruction/School Closed for students
20th - Board of Trustees Meeting
21st - Interschool Athletics
28th - Year 8 CHBC Transition Day
29th - Road Safety Patrol Team - Splash Planet Day Out

1st - Year 7’s Inspiration Day
2nd - PFG/Board/School Ambrose Golf Tournament
10th - Whole School Mass and Leavers Lunch
13th - Whole School Picnic
14th - Whole School Prizegiving - 1PM
15th - Last Day of School - Reports go home - Midday finish

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