Newsletter Week 8 Term 4
29th November 2023
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“E rere te huata, kapohia!”
Make the most of every opportunity.

“Be careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity”
Ephesians 5:15
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Each new day is a gift, presenting a fresh chance to dedicate our actions to serving God. With the uncertainty of tomorrow, our time on earth is fleeting, underscoring the importance of cherishing each moment.

Taking this truth to heart empowers us to extract the utmost value from every opportunity, ensuring that each day contributes to our larger purpose. Cultivating virtues such as patience, kindness, and care for others is a tangible way to make the most of these opportunities. When our actions reflect genuine love for God and fellow humans, we become living testaments to the love of Jesus.

Small acts of kindness, love, or compassion have the power to profoundly impact those who may be facing hardships. Whether it's dedicating your time to volunteer at the upcoming school Ambrose Golf Tournament this weekend or sharing the teachings of Christ within your family through everyday prayers, these actions contribute to making a positive difference in the lives of others.

“We must teach more by example, than by word” - Mary MacKillop

Let's embrace the opportunity each day brings to embody love and compassion, recognizing that even the smallest gestures can have a lasting impact on those around us.

What is it about these two photos that had our whole school community wearing big smiles on Monday morning?
Inspired by our BoT Presiding Chair: Mr Graeme Fisher and in support of Movember, the annual event that takes place throughout November, our staff shared and demonstrated our support in raising awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. We are all well aware that this is more than just a facial hair fashion statement, it's a movement with a meaningful mission. Fortunately our ‘moes’ did not last the day.

St Joseph’s Ambrose Golf Tournament - This Saturday 2nd December.
This weekend marks a special occasion as we all come together to support our PFG (Parent-Teacher Association) and Board Fundraising event - The St. Joseph's Ambrose Golf Tournament. It's more than just a day on the greens; it's an opportunity for our community to unite, have fun, and contribute to a cause that directly impacts us all.

One of the most awesome aspects of this event is the camaraderie it fosters. As we hit the fairways, we're not just playing a round of golf; we're building connections, strengthening friendships, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. In the spirit of togetherness, let's embrace the joy of this occasion and revel in the shared experience, especially at the 19th hole where we will enjoy raffles, auctions, dinner, and drinks.

Equally important, this fundraising event serves a crucial purpose - supplementing the financial support we receive from the Ministry of Education. We all recognize that the funds provided by the Ministry are not always sufficient to cover the rising costs of education and other essential needs, especially in the face of inflation. By actively participating in our Golf Tournament, we are taking a proactive stance to bridge this financial gap.

Every swing of the club, every shared laugh, and every generous contribution during the event directly contributes to the betterment of our community. The funds raised will go towards essential resources, infrastructure improvements, and additional programs that enrich the educational experience for our tamariki. Everyone is welcome!


First Holy Communion
What a lovely occasion for families, friends, and our parish community to witness and celebrate each of our tamariki as they move forward in their spiritual journey. May the grace of this moment stay with you all always, you are all truly blessed, and we look forward to witnessing the continued blossoming of your faith journey.
Congratulations to our Athletes who represented our school with pride and to our teachers and whānau who were there in support.
Congratulations to our Year 5&6 Miniball team who enthusiastically played a spirited quarter final against Otane School last Thursday afternoon at the Stadium.
Coached by Naomi (Korah’s mum) the team won 26-10. As shared by Korah and Ani “the game was really exciting and we knew it would be a challenge because it was the quarter finals. Everyone deserved to be player of the day.
We all wish the team the best of luck as they play in the semi finals tomorrow.
Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Enjoy your weekend!

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


Titiro whakamua/Looking forward - SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

As we approach the end of the school year, we're reaching out to our incredible community with an exciting opportunity that not only benefits our school but also offers a unique chance for you to promote your businesses.

"Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Our school thrives on the strength of our community, and we believe that together, we can achieve great things. We invite you to consider how you can contribute to the growth and development of our school by sponsoring our school newsletter for a fee/donation/koha of $500 per year.

"Sponsorship is a two-way street. The businesses that give back to their communities often find that it pays dividends in the long run." – Richard Branson

By sponsoring our newsletter, you not only support vital educational initiatives but also gain valuable visibility for your business within our engaged and supportive community. Your contribution will be acknowledged in our newsletter, reaching the desks and inboxes of our school families, staff, and friends.

"Success is not just about making money. It's about making a difference." – Unknown

Your sponsorship will make a meaningful difference in enhancing the educational experiences we provide to our students. Whether through academic programs, extracurricular activities, or resource acquisition, your support will contribute to the success and well-being of every child at St Joseph's School.

Did you know that so far:
  • 109 people are on our email list
  • 465 people follow us on Facebook
  • 156 people receive our School APP
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like more information about the available sponsorship opportunities, please don't hesitate to reach out to Graeme Fisher (Presiding Chair) or Betty Brown (Principal) Let's work together to foster a thriving educational community and showcase the businesses that make it all possible.


What is Advent in simple words?
Advent means "arrival" and signifies the start of an event or the arrival of a person. In Christian communities around the world, Advent refers to a four-week season of remembering and celebrating the arrival of Jesus on Earth.
Advent Ideas for Families
Create and light an Advent wreath.
Read an Advent reflection daily during a family meal time.
Read an Advent story book together.
Decorate a Jesse tree with Bible-inspired ornaments.
Contribute to a Sacrifice manager – like the Giving Manager or similar.
Read aloud from the Gospel.


Ashtyne, Brooke, Taiana


Congratulations to the following students: Jayde, Korah, Ani, Madison, Sehaj, Jilliane, Dani, Rory, Sofia, Charlie, and Jack who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Tate and Ehtzio were the winning individuals. Well done!
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 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

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

29th - Teacher Only Day
30th - First day of 2024

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