Newsletter Week 2 Term 2 9th May 2024
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Ka Ora pea au i a koe, ka ora koe i a au
Perhaps I survive because of you, and you survive because of me
Nga Pepeha a Nga Tipuna - Meed 1981:13

All created things give us ideas and glimpses of the beauty of the infinitely beautiful Creator.
Julian Tenison Woods 1881
Kia Ora e te whānau,

A special welcome this week to Savannah-Rose Wright and her family. Savannah joins us in Room 6, Zoe Lorck: sister to Braxton in Room 4 and Brody Martin: Brother to Liam & Finn in Rooms 3 & 5. We look forward to nurturing your faith journey where each day is an opportunity to grow academically and spiritually.

Actually, together we form a strong support system for the growth and development of all our tamariki. The words in our whakatauki and quote from Julian Tenison Woods this week encapsulate the essence of our collaboration. As parents, your support, encouragement, and active involvement in your child’s education are essential. Your dedication ensures that our tamariki thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Let us continue to work hand in hand, fostering a community where every child feels supported, valued and inspired to excel. This looks like helping them get to their sporting fixtures on the weekend, ensuring they have a full, healthy lunch, are read to or heard to read every day to name a few. Most importantly, and as part of our commitment to being a member of our school faith community we are looking forward to seeing as many whānau as we can at mass this Sunday to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven and of course our Mothers.

What follows is a ‘glimpse of the beauty’ that is alive and well in our the learning of our tamariki this week. A big ‘shout out’ to our teachers who are planning engaging, relevant and meaningful learning experiences for all.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

Faith is alive in our classrooms
In Room 1 our tamariki know that to be in the family of God means that we are accepted for who we are: loved, cherished, celebrated and fully forgiven. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away: behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Rugby is alive during lessons and at playtime
Thank you to the Hawkes Bay Rugby Union for always ensuring our tamariki have the opportunity to foster their love of the game by sharing members of their talented team. Thank you Jack Gay for some valuable skills lessons.
Netball is alive in Waipukurau and features our Year 7 & 8 Team
Luckily our team had their new hoodies to wear as part of their winter kit last week.
Good Luck to all teams this week for another round of exciting games. Win or Loose, we play with passion.
Swimming is alive as we celebrate Elaijah in Hastings
Congratulations to Elaijah who represented our school in the Hawkes Bay Year 7 & 8 Interschools Swimming Championships 2024, and thank you to her family for taking, supporting and celebrating her success at the event.
Technology is alive in Waipawa with our Year 7 & 8’s
It is always heartwarming to hear from our Technology Teachers in Waipawa that our tamariki are actively walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Mrs Rachel Smith: Tech Coordinator often shares how our tamariki ‘really fly the flag well for our school’ Specifically, our tamariki have reflected on the needs of our kaumatua/elders in our community and in response are sewing pillows/cushions inserts and learning more about the physical and functional attributes of the sewing machine. In hard materials, our tamariki have designed, prepared and are seen here cutting, rounding and sanding the edges of the treads and rails to make their step stools.
Service is alive at St Joseph’s thanks to our Young Vinnies Team
Thank you to Mrs Sue Cullen who worked with our Young Vinnies team to prepare afternoon tea for our families who will be joining us tomorrow for our OPEN AFTERNOON
Next Friday is PINK SHIRT Day - Wear a Pink shirt with your uniform and bring a gold coin to donate to Aotearoa’s annual event focused on raising awareness against bullying. 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.

Have a great weekend everyone - See you either at the netball courts, on the sideline at rugby or at mass on Sunday.
Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


This week the year 8s received their leavers hoodies. They look awesome and are very snug to wear for winter.
On Friday there will be the Whanau open day at St Joseph's school, you can take a look at your kids' classrooms throughout the day. The Vinnies Youth group will be selling afternoon tea for the adults (bring cash).

This week on Sunday the whole school will attend the Mother's Day whole school mass, bring your mum to celebrate Mother's Day with us. You can also wear your mufti clothes to church.

Have a good weekend

Ashtyne & Brooke


Mother’s Day prayer
Dear God, Please bless my mum with good health, joy, and hope. May she know your love and presence in a special way, and may she feel your nearness and comfort when she is facing difficult times. In your precious name I pray, Amen.


Congratulations to the following students: George, Isla-Jane, Emily, Rex, Genesis, Finn, Tommi, Mackenna and Lucy who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


St Peter Chanel House won the CBG house points. Mackenna and Emersyn were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,
Thanks to everyone who supported our pie fundraiser. These will be arriving at school on WEDNESDAY 15 MAY. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and the School App for pick up time and location.
We will be a little bit quieter this term with not much planned but we will be all go again next term. You may have seen some posts have popped up around our sandpit. Jacobs Construction has started the new covered area for our sandpit and will carry on when they are back in town. Once this has been completed it is going to look amazing and will mean the children no longer have to try and put the cover over the sand each day and will have protection from the sun in summer. Keep an eye on the space to see progress.

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 commit 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 the 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 Brody 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
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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