Newsletter Week 3 Term 2 16th May 2024
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Mana mai, mana atu - Mauri mai, mauri atu - Tapu mai, tapu atu - Tiaki mai, tiaki atu
Power inward, outward - Essence inward, outward - Sacredness inward, outward - Protection inward, outward

Kia Ora e te whānau

This week we welcomed back Madison Tidswell and her whānau to Room 5. After a short experience at Sherwood School Madison has slid straight back into learning and Ngati Whai with a calm sense of security knowing she is wrapped in the warmth of love that is St Joseph’s.

Farewell & Welcome
This week we also take the opportunity to farewell Ms. Kelly White our Kaitiaki. After caring and cleaning our school for the past 8 years, Kelly has moved on to a wonderful job opportunity with the CHBDC. We thank Kelly and wish her all the very best on her new pathway. Kelly’s Cleaning / Caretaking position has been split to best serve the needs of our school. As you may already know we secured the services of Crest Clean over the summer holidays. This company have already proven themselves to be a great asset to our school. The successful candidate for the Caretaking position of Kelly’s role has been successfully won by Mr Jim Churchwood. With a solid background in school cleaning/caretaking, we are excited to have Mr. Churchward as part of our St Joseph’s CHB whānau (Mr. Churchwood is Grandad to Ivy, Joe and Quinn)

Open Afternoon
Although a small parent presence last Friday at our Open Afternoon, the sense of occasion was just amazing. Specifically the response from our tamariki and the pride they took in celebrating the blessing of their refurbished learning environments. The impromptu haka and waiata in Rooms 5 & 6 warmed my heart and showed our school culture in action. Followed by a well-orchestrated afternoon tea prepared by our Young Vinnies team and PALS games ably led by our Sports and House Team Leaders, our school learning community demonstrated the very essence of this week's whakatauki. I could not be more proud of our tamariki and our kura/school.
Winter Sports
A special thanks to Mrs Hamilton for all her ‘behind the scenes’ organisation to prepare and support our Netball coaches to provide our tamariki with wonderful sporting experiences. Here are a few snaps from the weekend. Soccer, Hockey, Netball and Rugby.
FYI - St Josephs will not be participating in this year's interschool Gymnastics Festival, but we will be joining next year.
FYI - The Ongaonga 7’s will take place in Week 2 of term 3 and in preparation we will be sharing information for your child to join a school team shortly. This will also give our teams time to practice with volunteer parent helpers.
Whole School Mass
A highlight for me from our mass last Sunday was the feedback from our parishioners. Comments, such as: ‘What lovely singing’, ‘What happy children’, ‘How thoughtful’, ‘What a warm feeling of togetherness’. A comment from Father Paul about the ‘Motherly’ nurturing feeling in our school touched a heartstrung with all our staff, parents and friends. Yet, another occasion to celebrate how we are living our school values and showing just how wonderfully made we all can be and are.
Pink Day - TOMORROW!
Led by our Student Leaders, our engagement in Pink Shirt Day (PSD) is in response to our Health Curriculum Statement about being wonderfully made in God's image. The kaupapa/concept of PSD that we share with our tamariki is about inclusivity. We do not share pamphlets or factsheets with our tamariki but rather our gospel belief that 'We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are good" as well as John 10:10 "I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full".

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


Tena koutou katoa
This week has been a very exciting week with lots of fun experiences. On Tuesday the St Joseph's senior class attended the Terrace school to go up in a HOT AIR BALLOON!
Everyone in Room 6 had a turn going up in the hot air balloon and experienced a wonderful view and a memory they will never forget.
On Tuesday some of the Year 8s went to the CHB College open day/discovery day. We had 7 classes there, the classes we went to were Art, French, P.E., Science, Maori, Food tech, SPD and Musical Drama. We had so much fun at CHB College. And some of us are excited to attend next year.
Make sure to wear a PINK SHIRT tomorrow - Friday the 17th to stand up for bullying.

Have a great weekend
Brooke & Ashtyne


Origins of Pentecost Sunday – Feast Day 19th May
The story of Pentecost features in the Bible and can be broken down into a few key stages:
• Jesus’ disciples meet to pray together and discuss His ascent to Heaven. Then, all of a sudden, a strong gust of wind fills the room.
• The wind turns into a fire, which splits off into tongues and settles above each of the disciples’ heads. Suddenly, they find out they can speak different languages fluently. Amazed at this, they begin to loudly praise God in their new tongues.
• The sound of their multilingual prayers drifts into the street, where a crowd of people gathers in amazement. Peter then addresses the crowd, telling them the Holy Spirit has blessed them. He also tells them stories about Jesus.
• That same day, 3000 people are baptised, so they too could receive the Holy Spirit.


Congratulations to the following students: Justin, Korah, Elaijah, Savannah, Milly, Sofia, Atarah, Fukun, Talia, Emersyn, and Jasraj who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Chloe, Adam, Madison and Mackeena who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


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


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
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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