Newsletter Week 7 Term 4
22nd November 2023
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“He puna wai, he puna kai, he puna reo, he puna ora, ita-a-ita”
A water spring, a beautiful spring, a language spring, a life spring, hold fast

“For the Kingdom of God is….. Living a life of goodness and peach and joy in the Holy Spirit”
Romans 14:17
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

This week commenced with a heartwarming liturgy that centered around the theme of KINDNESS—a spring that flows through our school community. During this special gathering, we shared a touching video featuring a brother and sister engaging in random acts of kindness in their school, home, and local community.

The video sparked discussions among our students, prompting them to share the various ways they practice kindness in their own lives. It's inspiring to witness how even the smallest acts can have a significant impact, creating a ripple effect of positivity within our school.

Kindness is more than just good manners; it's about embodying the values of compassion and doing what we know is right. These essential life skills are best learned through modeling and firsthand experiences.

As parents and educators, let's continue to work hand in hand in fostering a culture of compassion and goodwill that extends far beyond the school gates. These invaluable life skills will undoubtedly serve our tamariki well as they navigate the future.

"Hold Fast to the belief that, 'For the Kingdom of God is... Living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.'"


First Holy Communion
Our whole school community is invited to to join us at mass this Sunday at 9:30am to celebrate 8 of our St Joseph's School community members: Maisie Malcolm, Rex Malcolm, Millie O’Donnell, Emily Ayto, Ani Lorck, Georgia Carver, Chase Aati, Andrei Ramos and our teacher assistant Maricels children: Anjie and McEidref Dabu.
We are excited to see them receive the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time. This is a joyous occasion not only as it is a significant milestone for the individuals receiving the sacrament but also a moment for our entire community to come together in prayer and support. Your presence will add to the spirit of unity and joy on this special day. Nau mai haere mai!

Thank you to past teacher and sponsor of our ‘Christian Living Award’ achievement board in the office: Kathy Forsyth. Kathy’s kind donation of a set of RE books focussing on Saints was very much appreciated last week.
Thank you to Constable Che for his constant support across the years. This week he spent time refreshing and training our Road Patrollers for the new school year.
We wish all our Road Patrollers an enjoyable day next Wednesday as they head to Splash Planet to enjoy a fun day with all other CHB School Road Patrol teams.

Thank you our PFG and School Baord members who are working tirelessly behind the scenes as well as everyone in our school community who has donated prizes towards our school Ambrose Golf Day which will be held at the Waipukurau Golf Course next Saturday 2nd December.
Even if you are not in a team, come along and join in the fun of the auction, raffle and prizegiving after the event. If you would like to know more information please call the school office or a member of the PFG or Board. Nau mai haeremai!

This is a snapshot of some of the items that are stored at school and will be prepared and presented on the day - you will not want to miss out on these awesome pre-Christmas treats!

Teacher Only Day
Last Friday, our St Josephs kaiako/kaiawhina engaged in a series of activities centered around exploration, creativity, and reflection—precisely what we all needed at this busy culmination end of the school year. The activities were thoughtfully designed to rejuvenate and inspire us, ensuring we are equipped to provide the best possible learning experiences for our tamariki as we move into planning for our new school year.

Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Enjoy your weekend!

Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki - May God bless you all
Betty Brown


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Did you know that so far:
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Tena koutou katoa

We hope everybody had a good long weekend and slept in. We hope that everybody did some fun activities over the weekend and are ready for another week of hard work.

Congratulations to all the students who made it to interschool athletics. We hope they have an amazing time and have lots of fun. Interschool athletics is on Tuesday the 21st of November.

This week there's a Sunday Mass for some special students who are making their first Holy Communion. We would love to see all the students of St Joseph’s school there to show their support.

Tena koe

Ella, Lilla, Ruby & Jayde


Congratulations to the following tamariki who will make their First Holy Communion this Sunday

Chase Aati, Emily Ayto, Georgia Carver, Anjie Dabu, Ani Lork, Maisie Malcolm, Rex Malcolm, McEidref Dabu, Milly O’Donnell and Andrei Ramos.

Many blessings on our candidates and their whanau.


Justin, Riley, Isla-Jane


Congratulations to the following students: Adrisa, Gia, Aarav, Emily, Cooper, Chloe, Oliver, Natasha, Siva, Chase, and Esta who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Brooke, Jasraj, Mackenzie, and Paige who received certificates the last week.
A fantastic effort


Well done to Lacie, Lucy, Maisie, and Chloe who received certificates last week. A fantastic effort!


Atarah, Talia, Shanaya, and Lucy were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update (St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to you all for your support with our sausage sizzle we had after athletics. We raised $480 which is going towards a treat at the end of the year for the children.

We have had lots of raffle tickets sold already which is awesome, keep up the good work, and lets try and sell them all. Don’t forget, any tickets you don’t sell, please don’t throw them out, return them to school so we can pass them on to people that want more. This raffle brings in a lot of money for school so we would love to sell every single ticket this year. The money raised is going towards some things for the school that we desperately need.

Our Ambrose Golf Tournament is two weeks away and there is lots going on behind the scenes getting it ready. It’s a big job, and we are still needing lots of help to make this successful. We have a couple of spots left for teams so get in touch today if you would like to put a team in.

  • PRIZES - maybe something that you were given that you have never used and don’t need, any unused vouchers that you would like to donate. All, will be gratefully received.
  • FOOD - we are also looking for food items such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, potatoes, mayonnaise etc. Maybe your vege garden is overflowing with goodness that we would happily take off your hands.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the PFG members, the Board or the School, every little bit helps and we appreciate any help we can get with this tournament, the more money we can raise for school the better!!

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

Thank you Ms Hamilton 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

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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