Newsletter Week 7 Term 1
14th March 2024
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Nāu te Rourou, Nāku te Rourou
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another
Romans 12:5
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Metaphorically, this week's whakatauki encapsulates the notion that while working in isolation might result in survival, working together can take people beyond survival and onto prosperity, signifying a commitment to collaboration, community, and shared success. As shared in Caritas: Catholic Social Teaching:

‘Everyone has a part to play. Promoting participation means recognising we each have something unique and important to contribute to society. As human beings we live in community with others, growing together. We are called to be active members of our local, national and global communities to improve the well-being of all people. We have a responsibility to be inclusive in our schools, parishes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.

In our school, we all have a part to play. We hope that experiences and opportunities to explore participation will ignite a flicker of thinking that will impact future decision making of our tamariki to care for the well-being of all people through intrinsic motivations. This week we have ‘walked the talk’ of this Catholic Social Teaching kaupapa/concept in the following ways:

Tamariki helping to set up new learning spaces
Room 1 is temporarily in Room 2, Room 3 is now back in Room 3 and Room 4 is temporarily in the hall. Excitement was high last Friday and on Monday morning as we made the transition.
Tamariki keeping tamariki safe
Thank you Constable Che for ensuring our road patrollers receive ongoing monitoring and training to meet safety standards and grow in confidence.
Tamariki keeping our school clean
Thank you Room 4 tamariki for making the connection between what you are reading ‘ The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ and how you can be active members of our school and our local community by picking up garbage.
Tamariki representing our school in our local community
Congratulations Brooke, Nick and Elaijah for sharing your unique gifts and talents in our community.
Tamariki representing our school in our wider community
Thank you to Sports Hawkes Bay - Mitre 10 Tough Kids Challenge - The Mitre 10 MEGA Tough Kid® was a fun and challenging obstacle course designed for primary (Year 3-6) school children. The aim of the day was participation and fun in a “challenge by choice” philosophy that promotes confidence-building and personal achievement. The course included lots of running with obstacles and our tamariki needed to navigate cargo nets, cable reels, climbing wall, bank climb & slide as well as lots of other challenging and fun tasks.
Thank you to our parents who registered and took our tamariki to the event. Everyone had an absolute blast!
Tamariki engaged in our local community Sports Hawkes Bay Bike Training
A jam-packed program was provided by our knowledgeable, confident, competent instructors: Therese, Mia, Lou, Janine, Grace, Diana, Mrs Alexander and Lottie. Our Room 5 tamariki engaged in an introduction session that covered: helmet fit, clothing, shoes, Bike Check, 5 L’s, Braking and Gears. Followed by: Skills Games: Musical bikes focussing on braking, Balance relay: focussing on looking ahead, cornering and High Five: focussing on taking their hands off the handlebars and riding a butterfly course where they had to apply these skills. A Pathway Ride along the limestone pathway and return to the transfer station was a highlight. Great participation by everyone.
Tamariki learning from our community by visiting our local Fire Station
This informative visit by our Rooms 1,3 & 4 tamariki this week to our local Fire Station has resulted in the most amazing well constructed pieces of writing. We are very grateful to Tommy’s dad David for sharing his skills, knowledge, gifts and talents with our tamaiki not only about the role of the Fire Service but the importance of knowing what our own home fire safety protocols are. To all the staff at our Waipukurau Fire Station - THANK-YOU!


Feast Day of St Joseph - School Trip to St Joseph’s School - Hastings
A reminder that next Tuesday we will travel by bus to St Josephs School in Hastings
Our program for the day includes:
9:00 - Leaving school
10:00 - Combined Mass at Sacred Heart Church
11:15 - Tabloid Games Rotation with Sports Hawkes Bay
12:45 - Lunch
1:20 - House challenges/optional swim (weather permitting)
2:00 - Depart for school
2:55 - End of Day prayer

Can you please ensure your child has:
  • Water bottle
  • Packed Snack and Lunch
  • Togs & Towel
  • School Hat
And, is wearing their school uniform with pride and a smile 🙂

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:

Sport Notices

Winter Hockey Registration is now open
Please click on the link to register your child for winter hockey
Winter Hockey Registration

Winter Netball Registrations are now open
Netball registrations are now open for 2024. For those families who are interested in their child playing netball this winter season please complete the google form attached below.
Once you have registered with the school, more information around teams, coaches and rules will be emailed out. Please read the google form carefully as it has the dates for the season and fee information.
Online Netball Registration Link


Lenten Programme –Week 5
Development Partnership In Action, Cambodia - Our partnership with Development Partnership in Action (DPA) in Cambodia prioritises the wellbeing, productive livelihoods, and climate resilience of Khmer Loeu people in remote locations. Thousands of indigenous farmers and their families have benefited from agricultural training and support protecting their customary land. Families like the Phea family live in Mondulkiri province in Cambodia. They are reliant on growing rice for both their income and food. In 2020, they joined a local rice growing co-operative that is supported by our partner, DPA, and this transformed their lives.


Ehtzio, Ani, Elaijah


Congratulations to the following students: Korah, Rex, Jasmeen, Lucy, Milly, Adam, Emersyn, Jasraj, and Charlie who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Brooke, Aarav, Lottie, Hudson, and Sophia who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


St Columba House won the CBG house points. Lucy and Piper 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 Eva and Esta 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

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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