Newsletter Week 11 Term 1 11th April
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Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa
We must work together for the well-being of all

"from [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
Ephesians 4:16
Kia Ora e te whānau,

It is hard to believe that we have already come to the end of our first term. Our tamariki have already shown progress in their academic subjects as evidenced by their written pieces and the number of books they are devouring from their reading boxes and the library.

As we head into the holiday break, we hope that they keep the spirit of learning alive. As whānau and friends you can help, whether it is diving into a good book, exploring the great outdoors, or simply asking those “I wonder” questions that spark curiosity, there are endless opportunities to keep the minds of our tamariki buzzing with excitement. Did you know that the Ministry of Education has a website for families who would like to find out specifically what you can do to decrease the holiday slide and support your child's learning at home?
Click on this link to find out more: Supporting learning at home

We thank you, Lord, for this term.
For our challenges, our successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.

Land of the Long Long Drive
On Tuesday our Room 1 tamariki, Lottie, Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. Brown had the privilege of attending the wonderful performance of a classic road trip story with a kiwi twist. Wētā, Tuna and Kārearea are mates of Gary the Glowworm, and are travelling to attend his rave in the cave birthday party. The friends face a number of trials on the road, and learn that despite their differences, they can achieve their goals by working together. - A perfect example of this weeks whakatauki in action: Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa - We must work together for the wellbeing of all
Writers Workshop
“Books can be mirrors or doorways. You see yourself in them, or you escape into them. Nothing else in life can really offer that…”
It is with appreciation that we thank the Writers WorkShop Team and Mr. Alan Dingley: Te who Rito - Reading Ambassador - Alan Dingley: Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador Q&A - Updates for hosting alongside representatives from our neighbouring CHB schools yesterday.
They reported that they learned about the simple foundations of how stories are constructed: The beginning, the event, the middle, the climax, the resolution, the end and how adding a ‘moral’ of the story is optional. After reading Maisie’s draft, I can see how she has used what she has learned in class to build a story that has depth of detail mixed with excitement. They also enjoyed snacks and lunch provided by the facilitators.
Thank you to Jilliane’s mum, Mary for transporting our future authors.
MiniBall Legends
From ‘being a bit scared to catch the basketball to flying down the court like Michael Jordan’ is how coach: David Lewis (Thomas’ dad), described the progress this awesome team has made during this term's basketball games. Thank you to this team's families for supporting them to sow the seed of working together to become our future Basketball superstars.
Interschool Swimming
For such small team, we really did achieve greatness! Congratulations to all our swimmers who represented our school and their swim club with pride. We know the importance of being able to swim, but to take their swimming to another level requires the support and encouragement of families. Thank you to our families for guiding your children to be confident, humble swimmers. The consistent lunch time and after school swim training by Michelle and her team at the pools is noticeable and appreciated.
While official results are not available at this time, we can share that we did have a number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd finalists, and that Elaijah won the Senior Girls Butterfly Cup.
We would like to thank Mātua Anaru Chesswass: Tumuaki at The Terrace School and the CHB College students for their awesome organization. Ngā mihi nui koutou.
A brief but very welcome visit from Ms. Noetzli
It was smiles and hugs all round when Ms. Noetzli came to visit during her 2 and a half week trip back home. As Ms. Noetzli returns to her amazing missionary mahi in Africa, we continue to offer her our prayers of safety, health and all our love.
Blessing for those who are sick
This week we have experienced a number of members of our community specifically: Father Paul, Ms. Hamilton's daughter Indie, a number of our tamariki who are unwell and, family members. While this may have something to do with the end of term, it may also be the decline of health as we head into winter. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

May the Compassion of God find a home in us.
The forgiveness of Christ transform and heal us, and
May the peace of the Spirit abide in us now and always.

May you all enjoy the 2 week rejuvenation break. We look forward to seeing all our tamariki in winter uniform on Monday 29th April. Travel safe if you are travelling and enjoy your staycation if you are at home.

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown
Open Afternoon
Whole School Mass

The children in Room 3 have created Paper Plate Easter art based on the Reading:
"He is not here . . . He has risen from the dead"
Matthew 28:1-10


Kia ora koutou

Wow! It's already our last week Term 1. Only yesterday it felt like I was just starting school for the year 2024. We have all enjoyed the first 11 weeks of school and I bet everyone will be excited to come back after their two weeks of holiday. Next Term is quite a busy Term. I look forward to having Ashtyne back from her family trip to their homeland. We have Ngati Whai coming up and a lot of other events. Make sure to have a wonderful holiday and enjoy yourselves.



Prayer for Teachers - Almighty God, We come to you today and give thanks for all our teachers. Thank you for the way in which they give of themselves each day in the classroom, serving and instructing the next generation of this land. Father, please fill their hearts with courage now by your mighty Spirit. Fill them with your strength, so they may rise to every challenge and not grow weary. Fill them with your wisdom, so that they may be able to make good judgement when guiding and helping others. Fill them with your peace, so that when stress and anxiety comes it would not overwhelm them. Fill them with your joy, so that the passion they have for their subject may become an infectious passion that spreads. We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus. Amen.


Maisie T and Denon


Congratulations to the following students: Denon, Quinn, Piper, Kaiyah, Hunter, Ezalea, George, Aarav, Mason, Eva, Kylie, Jed, Ellie and Ted who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Georgia, Elaijah, Cooper, Oliver, and Natasha who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


St Columba House won the CBG house points. Jed and Mackeena were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,
This Friday is our last day for ice blocks so don’t forget to send your $2 along. Thanks so much for all the support with this, the kids have loved it. 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.

Winter is just around the corner and we all love a family pie on those cold winter nights. This week forms will be going home to sell Doughboys Family Pies at $10.00 a pie or 3 for $28.00. Forms need to be back to the office (with money) on 7 May for delivery on 15 May. Over the school holidays is a great time to ask friends and family if they want to buy some to support our school.
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 Mason and Keerthana for your Birthday Books and Teddy for you donated books


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

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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