Newsletter Week 9 Term 4
6th December 2023
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E Kitea ai ngā taonga o te moana, me māku koe
If you seek the treasures of the ocean, you’d better get wet.

God responds to faith that manifests itself in taking risks and stepping out by trusting Him. If our risk-taking is faith-full, it cannot be foolish—no matter how incredible the risk or unlikely the outcome.
Matt. 21:21–22.
1 Corihia16:13
Kia Ora e te whānau,

The expression in this week's whakatauki is a metaphorical way of saying that if you want to achieve or experience something valuable or worthwhile, you need to be prepared to put in the effort and face the challenges associated with it. In the context of "If you seek the treasures of the ocean, you'd better get wet," suggests that if you're looking for something valuable or rewarding (the treasures of the ocean), you have to be willing to dive in, take risks, and deal with the difficulties that may arise (getting wet). Essentially, it conveys the idea that meaningful achievements often require effort, determination, and a willingness to face obstacles. Our inaugural Golf Tournament last weekend is a testament to this as is our upcoming Year 8 retreat day this week.

St Joseph’s Ambrose Golf Tournament - Such a super-successful, special day!
Please keep reading to see a special thank you from the PFG to our community and sponsors. Specifically, I would like to thank our hardworking PFG (Parents & Friends Group) led by the ultra organised Sarah Tate, and our committed BoT (Board of Trustees) members led by our Golfing enthusiast Presiding Chair Graeme Fisher. To Mr. Ian Sharp and the Waipukurau Golf Club, we are eternally grateful. To all our sponsors and supporters - He mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Splash Planet Celebration
Congratulations to all our dedicated Road Patrollers who were treated to a wonderful day out hosted by Constable Che and his team last week. Thank you to Whaea Ngatel, Alice, Erica, and Kendall for keeping our tamariki safe and to Lottie for driving the bus.
Inspiration Day for our Year 7’s
Our Year 7’s attended Inspiration Day at the CHB Theater last Friday morning and were treated to some wonderfully inspiring talks and performances shared by ex-CHB College students who are now making their own confident way in life.

Of particular note was Mrs. Jo Baker from CHBC. A perfect example of this week's whakatauki in action is Essentially, it conveys the idea that meaningful achievements often require effort, determination, and a willingness to face obstacles” Jo’s accident 3 years ago and achieving her goal of competing in the world triathlon championships in September this year is a testament that this mindset is not out of our reach.
We are looking forward to supporting this dedicated and growing in confidence group of Year 7’s to set goals and reach for the stars as we move into their final year at Primary School next year.
The Beginning of their Primary Years
Year 1 Writing
This week our Year 1’s demonstrated their readiness for 2024 as they knowledgeably shared their phonological awareness and structured literacy skills in written pieces that were accurately crafted.
The End of their Primary Years
Year 8 Retreat
On Monday our Year 8’s began their retreat journey by visiting Mrs. Gosling (Limestone Carver) at her home in Waipawa. Today, as this newsletter goes our they are hard at work creating reflective pieces that not only address the benefits of a transitional retreat but also engaging in a unique opportunity to design, create and treasure their own symbolic reflection of their time at St Jospeh’s School.
This retreat which is being held at the home of Father Paul will be grounded in deepening our school leavers Catholic identity, spirituality, and vlaues as they prepare for the next chapeter in their educational journey.
Strategic Planning - A Glimpse into 2024 - 2026

This is a one page overview document of what our new school Strategic Plan will encompass.
If you have any wonderings or feedback about our strategic direction, please let me know.
I would love to meet you or you and a group of friends to chat. If a gathering at a park or a coffee shop suits you better than meeting here at school please let me know. I am only too happy to make these important informal chats happen.

Our new Strategic Plan is centered around: Excellence in teaching, a connection with Christ, and a culture of inclusion and continuous improvement
Our tamariki are asked to wear their school uniform for our last mass of 2023
Mass will begin at 10 am and whānau are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.
This is an extra special mass where we will acknowledge, celebrate, and bless our Year 8 leaving students as they head off to Central Hawkes Bay College, Napier Girls High and St Peter's in Palmerston North
Final week of school for this school year.
Kia pai tō mutunga wiki - Enjoy your weekend!
Ma te Atua e manaaki e tiaki - May God bless you all
Betty Brown


On behalf of the BoT, we would like to say thank you to everyone for their support with the inaugural Ambrose Golf Tournament.

It is my pleasure to announce and extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Chrystall Lorck-Paewai as a new member of our St. Joseph's School Board of Trustees. Chrystall is mother to Brooke (Year 7) and Reef (Year 4), she hails from Central Hawkes Bay, where she was born and raised. With a profound familiarity with our local area, district, and, more specifically, our school, Chrystall brings a wealth of passion and understanding.

She aspires to contribute as a valuable team member, ensuring that our tamariki continue to flourish. Chrystall aims to collaborate with the Board to provide the essential resources that directly impact teaching and learning opportunities and experiences for our tamariki. We are blessed to have Chrystall share her gifts and talents with us.

I look forward to seeing you all at school mass on Sunday and Prizegiving next Thursday.

On behalf of the BoT, I would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Graeme Fisher (Presiding Chair)


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome to week 9 Term 4, only one week of school left!

This week we have a Whole School Mass for our 2023 leavers, Ruby, Jayde, Lilla, Ella and Riley. School Mass will be held on Sunday the 10th of December, 10am at St Joseph’s Church. We would love to see all the students and families there supporting our leavers.

Last week on Wednesday all of the Year 6, 7 and 8 students went to Splash Planet for the Traffic Warden Safety Programme. Thank you constable Che for organizing our trip to Splash Planet. We hope that students all had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

Next week is our School Prizegiving. We would love to see all the families there supporting their children after a hard working year. St Joseph’s school prizegiving will be held next Thursday, 14th December at 1:00pm.

Jayde, Lilla, Ruby & Ella


The Second Week of Advent is the week of Peace. This verse tells us that Jesus came to be the Prince of Peace. The word peace is the Hebrew word shalom which means completeness or wellbeing. Jesus did not come just to end wars, but to make us complete by saving us from our sinfulness.
Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Vigil – St Joseph’s @ 6pm, Carols @ 5.30pm
Christmas Day – St Patrick’s @ 9.30am, Carols at 9.00am
Simbang Gabi – Starts 16th December @ St Joseph’s at 8pm


Carlos, George, Sehaj


Congratulations to the following students: Ella, Ashtyne, Kuba, Maisie, Mason, Adilynn, Aarav, Riley, Moses, Emersyn, Millie, and Lottie who last week demonstrated their commitment towards becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.

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

Hi Everyone,

Well where do we start! What a day on Saturday. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the support - from the sponsors, everyone that donated a prize, money, food, to all the helpers we had in the lead up to our golf event, and on the day, to everyone that helped in the kitchen, on the BBQs, selling raffles and drinks, to everyone that played, to the school staff and all our children and families, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

The funds we have raised from this event will be going towards essential resources, infrastructure improvements and additional programs that enrich the educational experiences for our children.

See our PFG Facebook page (St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Group – Waipukurau) to view some photos of the day.

We might have to make this an annual event for St Joseph's School!!

Please make sure all raffle tickets are returned to the office this week – sold or unsold! It will be drawn next week and you don’t want to miss out on one of the awesome prizes.

On Wednesday the PFG is putting on an end of year treat for the children (and staff). Please make sure you send along togs and a towel. Lunch will be provided.

This will most likely be our last update for the year. We wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year and hope you have a nice refreshing break. We will look forward to seeing you all back in the New Year.

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

Thank you, Maisie, Emily, Finn, Lottie, Rex, Mrs Wagstaff, and Herray for your Birthday Books!

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

10th - Whole School Mass and Leavers Lunch - 10am
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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