Newsletter Week 5 Term 1
29th February 2024
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“Ko te pito o te māhuri, tēra te tupu o te rakau”
The bend in a young sapling is indicative of how the tree will grow

“Everything is possible for one who believes.”
(John 11:25-26)
Kia Ora e te whānau

Thank you to all our whānau and friends who joined us at last Sunday’s mass. It was a great turnout and the spirit of togetherness was witnessed in the shared abundance of food that added to the joy of the morning for our tamariki. The gospel reading emphasized the importance of believing in our tamariki highlighting the profound impact it has on their attitude towards life and their journey of faith.
As shared by Father Paul: believing in our children is a powerful catalyst for their growth and development. When parents, caregivers, and teachers instill a sense of belief in a child’s potential, it becomes a nurturing force that propels them forward. This unwavering belief serves as a foundation upon which our tamariki build their self-esteem, resilience, and aspirations. Believing in our tamariki is an investment in the future and one in our school that is woven through everything we understand, know, and do.

Attached is an article that elaborates on this concept
Congratulations - Sports Academy
After receiving over 60 applications from athletes possessing a variety of skill levels and sporting involvement throughout the region and further afield, it is with Thanks to Siu, Bec, and Steve for their commitment and passion for supporting sport in our region that I share their selection of successful Athletes.

Successful Athletes
Elaijah Mananes (St Joseph's) Eva Pedersen (Sherwood) Oliver Merridew (Onga Onga) Kairoa Makaore (Takapau) Britta Oliver (Argyll East) Jack Barrett (Flemington) Pippa Natusch (Tikokino) Maija Panins (Omakere) Millie Bell (Elsthorpe) Marli Nielsen (Terrace) Lexi Donnithorne (Waipukurau) Charlie MacKenzie-Smith (Waipawa) Nicholas Kuklinski (St Joseph's) Katie Bibby (Onga Onga) Hori Bartlett (Takapau) Aurora Gregory (Argyll East) Georgia Wilson (Flemington) Sophia Littlejohn (Terrace) Alaric Meiring (Waipukurau) Finn Tennant (Waipukurau) Charlie Slingsby (Waipukurau) Eli Waite (Waipawa) Harry Kittow (Waipawa)

We especially congratulate our own Elaijah and Nick our 2024 School Sports Leaders.
Sun safe - Hats
We all know that it is crucial to ensure the health and safety of our tamariki not only inside the classroom but also when they are outside. Upon enrolment in our school, all students receive, acquire, and inherit a school hat and in Terms 1 & 4 the wearing of these hats is a must. While we have spare hats that have been donated, it is really important that all our tamariki a wearing their own hats. Look at how great our tamariki look in their hats!
Please free to go into our Schools Doc Platform to read our Sun Protection Policy
Also up for review are the following school policies - Have your say
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Thank you - Hawkes Bay Rugby
Today our tamariki in Rooms 1,3 & 4 arrived filled with enthusiasm for their first of 3 introduction to Rugby sessions. Unfortunately, today was rained off, but we will try again.
Kia pai to mutunga wiki - Have a good weekend.
Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


Tena koutou katoa

This week the school started practising for Ngāti Whai. The girls sang waiata in Room 6 while the boys stayed in the hall and practised the Haka.

Room 1 has been learning about the ‘Firewise’ programme and how to keep themselves safe in case of a fire. They will also go for a visit to the fire station with Rooms 3 & 4.

Room 4 has been learning how to plan out there writing using a hamburger chart. They have also been discussing where their safe place is in case of an emergency.

It has been a busy week in Room 3, today they got taught by one of the Magpie Trainer himself about how to do a proper rugby pass, how to catch the ball with W hands, that was until the rain came. Room 3 has also been learning about fire safety. If you get caught in fire yell “ Fire, Fire!!”. If there is smoke you can't get past you crawl under it to get to safety. You then make your way to your fire safe spot.

The students of St Joseph's school are very hard working children and they always try their best and use their listening skills.

I hope you have an amazing week.



Lenten Programme –Week 3
Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Emergency Response - As the world’s second-largest humanitarian network, Caritas Internationalis is often one of the first to respond to major disasters around the globe. In recent years, we have seen tragedies such as the wars in Ukraine and the Holy Land, a volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga, and devastating flooding in Pakistan. In response to these events, we can draw on support from around the world to provide food, water, and shelter to people in need. You can see a video highlighting these
efforts, especially those of Caritas Pakistan, here: Emergency Response - The Caritas Way


Riley, Eliana, Cooper


Congratulations to the following students: Andrei, Braxton, Mackenzie, Georgia, Natasha, Lucy, Moses, and Hiyansh who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.

Easter is fast approaching so don’t forget to ask friends and family if they would like to support our school by purchasing The Baker Boy hot cross buns. Remember $1.50 raised from each packet will be going towards classroom resources. Please return all forms and money to the school office by Thursday 21 March. The hot cross buns will be ready to pick up on Thursday 28 March. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and the school app for pick up location and time.


Bl Suzanne Albert House won the CBG house points. Hadlee and Oliver were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Our hot cross bun forms went out last week so hopefully everyone is asking family and friends if they would like to buy some to support our school. Remember $1.50 raised from each packet will be going towards classroom resources. Please return all forms and money to the school office by Thursday 21 March. The hot cross buns will be ready to pick up on Thursday 28 March. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and the school app for pick up location and time.
Our ice blocks on Friday were such a hit with the kids and they are already looking forward to buying another one on Friday. A big thank you to Room 5 for the amazing posters they have made and also for selling these for us on Fridays. Don’t forget to send along $2 this Friday.
Another big shout out to CHB Automotive who have made a donation to us to go towards the purchase of the ice blocks. We can’t thank you enough as this is a huge help for the PFG to enable us to put extra money towards classroom resources. THANK YOU!
Our AGM is set down for 25 March in Room 5 at 7pm which will then be followed by our usual PFG meeting. Everyone is welcome, so don’t be shy.
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. 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, Georgia, Dani, and Henry for your Birthday 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

1st -Years 1 - 4 Rugby Sessions
19th - St Joseph's Feast Day in Hastings - We will travel by bus to St Joseph's in Hastings for the day
25th - Board of Trustees Meeting
25th - School Swimming Sports: Years 4-8: 9:30 - 11:30, Years 1 - 3- 11:30 - 1:00
29th - Good Friday - School Closed
1st - Easter Monday - School Closed
2nd - Easter Tuesday - School Closed
11th - Interschool Swimming
12th - Last Day of Term

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