Newsletter Week 10 Term 1 4th April
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Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou
If you follow the path of learning, the world will be your oyster

Jesus appeared to his disciples aftrer his resurrection and proved to them that he was not a ghost by showing them his hands and feet and eating a piece of fish
Luke: 24 35-48
Kia Ora e te whānau,

As we continue to celebrate the season of new beginnings, may the spirit of Easter inspire us to grow in faith, hope and love each day.

Our shortened week began with the sharing of Jesus’ resurrection and the story that inspires us to embody his teachings in our daily lives. Our vision of Leading in Faith, Learning for Life was evidenced across the school as all our tamariki engaged with enthusiasm and focus with some challenges and mahi.
Keeping ourselves safe - ELECTRICITY
As part of our Keeping ourselves safe learning this term our tamariki have engaged in keeping themselves safe in water, in an emergency such as a fire, and last Thursday they engaged in keeping themselves safe around electricity.
Competently delivered by members of the Centralines faults team, our tamariki were allowed to get an up-close look at the safety gear and equipment they use while working around electricity. Thank you to our CHB Centralines team for taking the time to come and share your gifts and talents with our tamariki.
Room 1 learned that we don’t touch electrical things (power sockets, explosed wires) and if we see power wires down we need to get an adult to ring Centralines.

Keeping our tamariki safe - PARKING
A routine reminder to all whānau that extreme care must be taken when parking outside school. We have not had an incident and continue to pray that we do not. Having the following precautionary guidelines in place will help us set the right examples for our tamariki and keep them all safe.
  • You are welcome to use the Church car park or the parking spaces on River Road
  • The Russell Road carpark is for staff parking only
  • Helmets are compulsory when biking
  • Bikes and scooters are to be walked across the cross and to parking spots next to the office
  • All pedestrians are asked to use the school crossing at all times.
Keeping ourselves safe - PROPERTY UPGRADE

Amidst the hum of renovation's embrace,
Wire fencing down, unveiling open space.
Skylights pierce through, inviting rays to dance,
Transforming shadows with each fleeting glance.
Three rooms renewed, with whispers of the fourth,
As TVs find their place, new lessons forth.
In Room 5, the ceiling waits its turn to shine,
So to the hall they go, to knowledge they will find.

Safety strips laid, guardians of the verandah,
Ensuring steps taken are free from drama.
Blinds ordered anew, to filter light's ray’s
New carpets for Rooms 2, 3 will not go astray.

Term 2 beckons, with promises bright,
In learning's realm, where minds take flight.
With each upgrade, a canvas to create,
Our spaces transformed, to elevate.

A reminder that this weekend: Sunday April 7, marks the end of Daylight saving for this year. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on April 7, than the day before. We hope there will be more light in the morning.

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


Tena koutou katoa

Welcome back everyone to Week 10 Term 1 We have had a long holiday celebrating the Easter weekend. I am sure we all celebrated with easter eggs and chocolate.

Congratulations to Mrs Hamilton, Kylie and Kyla for winning the Year 8 Easter Raffle filled with delicious Easter treats and other goodies.

This Week there are only 3 days of school. Make sure to bring your sports clothing back to school before this Friday for Mrs. Hamilton to check you off her list.

Learning in Room 6 is more than just Reading, Writing and Maths. We learn new skills like how to do stitch art. We also did some art around Vincent Van Gogh. In R.E. we are working around Easter activities and have the choice about what we do that fits with our preference.
Make sure to have an awesome week


7th April – Feast Day
Why is the Second Sunday of Easter called Divine Mercy Sunday?
On May 5, 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter, the Octave of Easter, would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. The feast was established by the pope after he canonized Saint Faustina, a humble Polish nun to whom Jesus revealed his message of divine mercy.


Toby, Ashtyne, Korah


We are St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Youth CHB. We are a group of Children who are looking for a way to help others in the community, and other organisations who are also helping people.

Last week lots of the children from Vinnies Youth made 9 lamb cakes each costing twenty dollars to raise money to give to Caritas. Caritas is a Catholic organisation that has lots of people all over the world helping others if they need a little bit of extra help. Caritas looks after children and adults by giving them some extra food and water. We raised one hundred and eighty dollars, then received a donation of twenty dollars. Mrs Alexander says this about the lamb cakes; “The cakes were delicious and I wish I brought another one”. Thank you to all the people who bought a cake, and donated money and ingredients to help make the cakes. Look for Vinnies Youth out in the community and let St Vincent de Paul or Vinnies Youth CHB know if you need any help.


Congratulations to the following students: Siva, Joe, Sehaj, Quinn, Moses, Hudson, Liam, Luka, Millie, and Libby who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Mary Mackillop House won the CBG house points. Lucy, Jed, Fairlane and George were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter. Not long until the school holidays now.
Don’t forget about ice blocks on Friday. Next Friday will be our last one until it warms up again. Watch this space to see what we do with the money we have made from it.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and often mums are the ones behind the camera taking the photos of the kids, so why not come along to our Mother’s Day Photoshoot we are holding on 4 May with Emma Boyd Photography. You can either have a photo with Mum and children or just the children on their own. The cost is $30.00 for one digital image with 5 minute allocated time slots. To book your time slot, a form will be left in the office for you to complete. Payment needs to be made at the time of booking.
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. If you don’t want to committee to being a member, we are always open to any fundraising ideas so please get in touch with us. 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.

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

Thank you Adam for your Birthday Book!


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

9 th - Room 5 field trip to Te Manawa, Palmerston North
10th - Room 1 field trip to Waipawa
11th - Interschool Swimming
12th - Last Day of Term

Term 2
29 April - First Day of Term 2
4 May - PFG: Mothers Day Photo Shoot
10 May - Whānau Open Afternoon
12 May - Whole School Mass - Mother's Day
13 - 19 - May Sign Language Week
28 May - School Photos
31 May - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
3 June - King's Birthday - School Closed
26 June - Whānau Cultural Day - Shared Dinner: Ngati Whai Dress Rehearsal
27 June - Ngati Whai Performance
28 June - Matariki - School Closed
5 July - Last Day of Term 2

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