Newsletter Week 6 Term 1
7th March 2024
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Kei ōu ringaringa te ao
The world is yours

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”
Matthew 6:33
Kia Ora e te whānau

"What do you want to do? What makes you happy? What are your dreams and aspirations in life?" These conversation questions are shared to encourage our tamariki to reflect on their goals and ambitions, instilling a sense of purpose and direction.

In our school the teachings of Jesus often revolve around love, compassion, and finding purpose in God’s plan. Encouraging self-reflection and aspirations aligns with the broader messages of faith, hope, and love found in the Gospel. We encourage our tamariki to dream big and persevere in the pursuit of their passions. This emphasis on self-reflection and pursuing one’s dreams aligns with the theme of Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”. In the book, Dr Seuss inspires readers to dream big, explore their potential, and overcome challenges in the journey of life. We believe that by doing so our tamariki can make the most out of the opportunities the world has to offer.

Here is a snapshot of what our Room 6 tamariki are thinking about at this point in time:

What do you want to do?
Lots of our tamariki want to go to University, to be NBA players, find jobs they like, travel to other countries, work for NASA, be an artist, policemen, writer, firefighter, teacher, model, doctor, lawyer, builder, farmer, hairdresser, actress, truck driver, nurse, professional sports person specifically

What makes you happy?
Family, friends, playing sports, eating, travelling in a plane, drawing doing art, writing, playing games, hanging out with people, reading, school, pets, sleeping music, playing basketball, going to church, being around my whānau, playing sports, having a job to get money, my birthday, nice comments, achieving things I dream of, weekends, being a leader,

What are your dreams and aspirations in life?
To travel the world, To have a nice job to be with my parents and treating them nicely, To meet a famous person or professional athlete, to have a university degree, to be successful, to be able to give money to the poor, to have enough money to make choices.

By supporting and reinforcing these positive messages at home, you are supporting the thoughts and aspirations of our tamariki and helping them to navigate their pathway with love and guidance. Together, let’s inspire and empower our tamariki to reach for the stars.
From "Learning to Read" to "Reading to Learn."

In the early years, we focus on instilling a LOVE for reading and equipping our tamariki with the foundational skills necessary to decode words and comprehend texts. It's a crucial phase where the magic of stories comes to life, laying the groundwork for a lifelong passion for learning. At St Josephs, we use the Little Learners Love Literacy - Structured Literacy Program (Reading) and The Code (spelling) programs to explicitly teach our tamariki from where they are at. We use reading records, probe assessments and the Eastle Reading tool to monitor progress and plan for each child’s next phase of their learning journey.

As our tamariki progress, they enter the transformative phase of "Reading to Learn." Armed with the ability to decipher words, they embark on a journey where reading becomes a powerful tool for acquiring knowledge across various subjects. We guide critical thinking, comprehension, and the exploration of diverse ideas through literature.

I am sure we all believe that by nurturing a strong foundation in reading, our tamariki are not only equipped for academic success but also empowered to explore, question, and learn independently. Together, let's celebrate the joy of reading and the endless possibilities it opens for our children.

This past week, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we pay particular attention to “finding happiness in making others happy” (ST. Mary MacKillop) by reading. Listening to others read to us, reading by ourselves and reading to others. A big thank you to our Librarians and to our audiences who all helped to make this reading experience a success.

Sporting Fixtures: Thank you for your commitment and support

To ensure that our kids can fully enjoy their interschool sporting fixtures, we ask for your support.
It has been noted that there have been instances where players from other schools turn up ready and excited to play, only to find that we do not have all our players or they are missing. This situation not only leads to disappointment for the eager players but also affects the overall spirit of the game. While we understand that schedules can be hectic, and unforeseen circumstances may arise, it is still disheartening for everyone involved – the players, the coaches, and the spectators – when a game has to be canceled due to insufficient numbers or a no show.

I kindly request that you prioritize attendance at the interschool Miniball and Hockey fixtures, and communicate any scheduling conflicts in advance if possible. By doing so, we can create an environment where our kids can thrive, learn, and derive maximum enjoyment from their sporting pursuits.

In an effort to keep communication channels clear, we will:
  • Send game times out on our School App: Alert - Do you have this on your phone? If not, you need to - visit our school website or come in and see Sarah in the office.

  • Send game times out via your child’s Classroom Seesaw - Do you have seesaw on your phone? If you do, you will receive a notification, you can read the message and click the like button to show that you have seen the message.

  • Share a screenshot of game times on our school's Facebook page
St Joseph's School Central Hawke's Bay | Waipukurau

  • Share the Basketball APP: Search ‘Basketball Hawkes Bay’: Upload - Go to Draws & Results, Go to CHB (Year level) either CHB Years 1 & 2 - Thursday: St Jo’s Rippers or CHB Years 5&6: Friday: St Jo’s Dribblers - It will give you the location and time.
Basketball Hawke's Bay

  • Share this Sports APP: Game Day APP: This will enable you to access draws and results in real time.
GameDay App on the App Store

  • Hockey, while still a bit of a mystery will also be shared via our School APP, Classroom Seesaw and Facebook - As soon as we have access to an APP or draw, we will share it with you.
Congratulations to our Year 5 / 6 Combined Team: Argyll East, Takapau & St Josephs on another win this week.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Together, let's make sure our children have the best possible experience this sporting season. If your child will also be involved in Netball you might like to download the Hawkes Bay Netball APP: Hawke's Bay Netball now in readiness.
As a side note, Having the School APP and Classroom Seesaw on your phone and reading these communications is essential.

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

Position Available - Board Secretary

We are looking for a member of our community to support our school board as the minute secretary. This position involves attending each meeting (2 per term), accurately recording the minutes of the meeting, and ensuring that a final copy of the minutes is available for public viewing. This is a paid position. The minute taker is not a member of the board and does not have speaking rights, nor can they vote in board meeting decisions. By supporting our board as the minute secretary you will be freeing up our board members to fully participate in the meeting without having to record the minutes. This is a small but by no means insignificant, role in the effective functioning of our school board.
Please send any expressions of interest to receive an application package to: Tumuaki: Betty Brown: or Presiding Member Mr. Graeme Fisher:


Tena koutou katoa

This week, every morning from 9-9.15 am we have been practicing our Ngati whai songs and the school Haka.
For the students that attended the sports academy their first day was on Wednesday. They left during lunch and went over to Central Lines Stadium for training and then had their presentation last night where they goth Academy T-shirts.

Our classroom renovations are finally finished in Room 3 and Room 2. Rooms 1 and 4 are getting new classrooms as well. Room 4 will be moving into the hall and Room 1 will move to Room 2 while classrooms get painted and set up.

This week in Room 5 they have been learning about static images. They took photos that told a story about the photos they took. Their class has also been doing some persuasive writing. They are trying to persuade others to have one day a week with mufti clothing.

We hope you have a great weekend

Brooke and Nick


Lenten Programme –Week 4
HAFOTI, TIMOR-LESTE - In Timor-Leste, there are few economic opportunities, especially for women, after the country’s history of occupation and colonisation. However, our partner organisation HAFOTI works to provide skills and economic opportunities to women across the country. Mana Gertrudes has been working with HAFOTI for ten years, training rural women as well as learning farming and cooking skills that she uses to feed and provide for her family. This has allowed her five children to attend school, a great example of love in action.


Jasmeen, Sehaj, Nick


Congratulations to the following students: Maisie, Taiana, Atarah, Hadlee, Rory, Dani, Thomas, Sophia, and Paige who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


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

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

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.
Ice block Fridays are still happening, so don’t forget to send along $2 to purchase one. Again, a big thank you to Room 5 for their help selling these for us on Fridays.
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 Cooper and Jilliane 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

12th - Rooms 1,3,4 Firestation Visits
19th - Feast Day of St Josephs - Whole School Field Trip to St Joseph's Hastings
25th - Board of Trustees Meeting
25th - School Swimming Sports: Years 4-8: 9:30 - 11:30, Years 1 - 3- 11:30 - 1:00
26th - Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
27th - St Joseph's School Easter Mass
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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