Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 2nd May
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Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
We will remember them

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”

Kia Ora e te whānau
Nau mai hoki mai: Welcome back

I am delighted to welcome all our whānau back to school for Term 2. A special welcome to Matai Waaka-Ewart and his whānau. Matai joined us in Room 1. It was great that he has already brought his Nana and Koro to see his new class and school.
We welcome Mr Chesswas our new Room 5 Teacher and are excited to for our tamariki to experience the multitude of God given skills, gifts and talents Mr Chesswas has to offer.
We also welcome back Mrs. Emma Furgusson who is completing her teacher training program in Room 6 where she has already demonstrated her ability provide guidance for our tamariki who benefit from small group instruction and support. We wish our new members of our school community all the very best for their St Joseph’s journey.

We began our week with an Anzac Day liturgy confidently presented by our school leaders: Brooke and Ashtyne. The principle of honoring and remembering those who sacrificed their lives for the greater good aligns with biblical teachings about remembrance and gratitude. I continue to be proud of the research and connections our tamariki make with new learnings they build on each year in regards to our NZ/Aotearoa History. Specifically, on Monday we witnessed the discipline of our tamariki as they shared not only in a poignant liturgy but they also in our 1 minute of silence - not an easy task for excited 5 & 6 year olds.
Also at our first whole school gathering our tamariki were very proud to present Father Paul with his new set of wheels. As a school community, we value and appreciate having Father Paul with us on a daily basis. Being able to share their love for Father Paul, by helping him to keep safe when he strolls over to school to visit us across the week and especially at lunchtimes bought smiles to all our faces.
Leading in Faith and Learning for Life
After Litergy our tamaiki cruised back to their refurbished classrooms to delve into some new learning.
When you come to school next Friday 10th May for our Open Afternoon, you will see for yourselves just how awesome our new classrooms look and how focussed on learning our tamariki are.
Winter Sports
As we gear up for the Winter Sporting season I ask that you help us help you by staying in contact with all communication that is shared about games: locations, times and expectations.
Guided by our school values of respect, responsibility, community and spirituality I know we will be awesome sideline supporters, on court coaches and talented players.
Have an awesome season! - Rug up warm!

I hear that we have received sponsorship for one of our netball teams from Nu Look. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Ross Williams: father of two ex St Joseph’s students: Savannah and Storm for supplying our Year 5&6 team with sponsored Hoodies. Thanks also to Mr & Mrs Harper for making this happen for our team. I look forward to sharing photos of our teams as the tournament kicks off this weekend.

Barefoot Rugby - Barefoot Rugby
If you are keen for your child (Years 2 - 8) to participate in the ‘Taste of Rugby’ Barefoot Sevens Primary Schools Funday in Hastings on Thursday 23rd May please contact Mr Graeme Fisher (Presiding Chair & Masons dad) who will, with the support of anyone who would like to help him, coordinate our tamariki. Please contact the office for his contact details.
Staff Wellbeing: Special Thanks Cleva Chiropractic: Cleva Chiropractic
This week our staff were the lucky recipients of a special morning tea provided by Luke on behalf of his team at Cleva Chiropractic. This business is driven to inspire individuals within our community to lead more active lives by simplifying the journey to better Health. Their goal is to empower individuals, making health and well-being enjoyable and available to all.
Thank you Cleva Chiropractic for remembering us and taking care of our staff and their wellbeing as they grow our next generation to be awesome leaders of the future.
Whole School Mass
We look forward to seeing you all at our whole school Mass next Sunday. Not only is it the solemnity of the ascension of our Lord, it is also our opportunity to celebrate our mums, nana’s and aunties. Our Term 1 attendance was the best we have experienced so far, and it really showed that we are fulfilling our commitment to being a member of our school community and living up to our enrolment pledge. In preparation we are practicing some new songs for mass and sharing with our tamariki that school uniform is not required, and we will not be having a shared morning tea after mass. This is so that you can all head home or out to continue to celebrating this special day.
Have a blessed weekend
Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Kia ora koutou

Welcome back to Term 2 Week 1. We hope you have all had an amazing holiday break and are ready to get back to learning. This term is very busy with upcoming events like Ngati Whai, whole school mass, school photos and much more. We are all grateful to see everyone dressed in their correct winter school uniform.

Pink Day
We will be taking part in Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17th May. Us student leaders will be encouraging everyone in our school to bring a gold coin and wear a Pink Shirt with the school uniform. By doing this we will be doing our part to eliminate bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting kindness and inclusion.
Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora - Speak up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying.

Open Day
Our Young Vinnies group will be making and selling (for a koha) afternoon tea next Friday during our open afternoon, please bring cash!

Have an awesome week.

Ashtyne & Brooke


This coming Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 5 – has been designated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference and the New Zealand Lutheran Church as the “Festival of New Life”, an occasion meant to signal hope and confidence in the move towards Christian unity.
It is an initiative of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, highlighting baptism and its significance for Christian unity.
“We have all been baptised in Christ, and realising this provides a starting point for the seeds of unity to take root," says Fr James Lyons of Wellington, on behalf of the Dialogue.
If you would like your child baptised please contact the parish office or contact our principal Betty.


Congratulations to the following students: Korah, Quinn, Carlos, Hunter, Chase, Lucy, Shanaya, Aciacia, Hiayansh, Cooper and Sophia who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


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


Please, if you have not done so already download the Hawke's Bay Netball app. This has all of the up-to-date draws and results.

Alternatively here is a link to Hawke's Bay netball website:

Below is the draw and some reminders for the first week of netball - Saturday 4 May (week 1, term 2).

Year 1-2 - St Jo's Ferns vs Waipawa Magic @ 11.00am on court 4.
Session times are 10 or 11 a.m
Sessions begin with skills and drills followed by a game.
Games are not scored.

Year 4-6 - St Jo's Squad vs Waipukurau Kahurangi @ 9.00am on court 9.
Game times are 9, 10 or 11am.
Games are 4x 8-minute quarters with 2-minute quarters and half-time breaks.
Games are not scored.
Each team is required to supply an umpire for games with their own whistle.

Year 7-8 - St Jo's vs The Terrace Tactics @ 9.30am on court 2.
General reminders:
Games will be 2 x 10-minute halves with 2 minute half-time breaks.
Most teams will have two games so please check the draw carefully.
Games will be scored using the Game Day app. Please contact me if you need the team's score code.
It is compulsory for teams to submit team lists on the Game Day app before each game starts.
Teams are required to supply a Umpire and a Scorer for each game. Scorers should stand together when scoring the games.

Uniforms will be issued by Friday week 1.

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,
Unfortunately due to low numbers we have had to cancel the photoshoot we had planned for this weekend. If you have already paid your money for this, someone will be in touch with you to refund it. Sorry this can’t go ahead, hopefully we can organise it again with a date that suits more people.

Just a reminder that the pie forms need to be back with money by Tuesday 7 May for delivery on 15 May. These are delicious pies from Doughboys and always popular with the family so don’t miss out.
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 Hudson 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

Term 2
4 May - PFG: Mothers Day Photo Shoot - Cancelled
10 May - Whānau Open Afternoon
12 May - Whole School Mass - Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord & Mother's Day
13 - 19 - May Sign Language Week
17 May - Pink Shirt Day - Speak up, Stand together, Stop bullying
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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