Newsletter Week 8 Term 21st March 2024
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Mana mai, mana atu
Mauri mai, mauri atu
Tapu mai, tapu atu
Tiaki mai, tiaki atu
Haumie e hui e tāiki e!
Protection - taking care of ourselves and others.

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no danger, because you are with me: your rod and your staff, they protect me”
Psalm 23:4
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Celebrating Human Dignity and the Example of St. Joseph
As we delve into the essence of our faith and its teachings, we often encounter profound principles that guide our lives and interactions with others. One such principle is the Catholic social teaching of human dignity. Rooted in the belief that each individual is created in the image of God, human dignity is a sacred and intrinsic quality that every person possesses, regardless of their circumstances. You will have heard me say on many occasions that ‘Everyone has infinite worth’.

Just as Christ sacrificed himself for all humanity, recognizing the worth and dignity of every person, we are called to emulate this example in our daily lives. Whether saint or sinner, powerful or marginalized, each individual is deserving of respect and compassion.

Human dignity forms the cornerstone of our Church's social teaching, guiding us in our interactions with others and shaping our understanding of rights and responsibilities. It is the recognition of this inherent dignity that underpins our commitment to upholding the sanctity of every human life.

In reflecting on the significance of human dignity, we find inspiration in the life of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. Despite his humble origins as a carpenter, Joseph was a man of royal lineage, descended from King David himself. His life exemplifies the values of humility, integrity, and devotion to family.

Scripture provides us with glimpses into Joseph's life, portraying him as a hardworking and compassionate man. He embraced his role as a provider and protector, demonstrating unwavering love and dedication to his family.

As we honour the feast of St. Joseph, let us draw strength from his example and strive to emulate his virtues in our own lives. May we uphold the dignity of every person we encounter, following in the footsteps of St. Joseph and reflecting the love and compassion of our Lord.

Feast Day of St Joseph
WOW! What a day! I am thrilled to share the joyous outcome of our recent Feast of St. Joseph trip to Hastings! Our 114 enthusiastic tamariki joined forces with the 350-strong St. Joseph's Hastings tamariki for a day filled with camaraderie, music, and fun.

At our combined mass, the harmonious voices of our students resonated with reverence and volume, creating a truly uplifting atmosphere. Following this, during our tabloids games, led by our dedicated student leaders, teachers, and Sports Hawkes Bay, our tamariki not only showcased their athletic abilities and the need to learn the rules of ‘4 square’, but also forged new friendships.

We are delighted to report that everyone returned home tired but safe, thanks to the careful coordination of our Go Bus drivers. Despite a brief downpour during lunch, the day unfolded seamlessly, with no interruptions of traffic.

We couldn't have asked for a more stunning day to celebrate our community spirit and the Feast of St. Joseph.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in making this trip a success, from our students and staff from both schools to our bus drivers.

Here's to many more memorable adventures together!
Please view this 1-minute slideshow of photos from our day
Physical Activities Leaders
The PAL’s program instils leadership traits in our primary tamariki and aligns with our school values and our Catholic Social Teaching Principles in that our tamariki are expected to:
• Be respectful and considerate of all
• Treat others with kindness
• Be a positive role model
• Be willing to learn
We congratulate the following tamariki who attended and received certification in becoming a Physical Activities Leader last Thursday: Agustin, Maisie, Denon, Brooke, Geordie, Elaijah, Nicholas, Sehaj, Isla-Jane, George, Lucy, Kuba, Carlos.
Thank you Lottie for guiding our tamariki through their engagements.
School Swimming Sports - MONDAY 25 March
This year the interschool swimming event in Week 11 will be run in Year groups as opposed to age groups. Therefore we will hold our own school swimming sports the same way: Year Groups
We will also be using stopwatches to record times and therefore are in search of 6 volunteer parents. If you are free, can you please let Sarah know.
House relays will be for our tamariki from Years 5,6,7 & 8

Years 3- 6 - 9:30 - 11:00 Years 1 - 2 - 11:00 - 12:30

All swimmers are asked to wear PE gear on Monday and bring their swimmers, drink bottle and maybe an extra snack, we all know how being in water makes us extra hungry.

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

Welcome to Week 8 Term 1. There is only one week left until swimming sports. Swimming sports will be held on Monday 25th of March. You are welcome to come and watch your child compete in their swimming races.

This week St Joseph's School Waipukurau attended St Joseph's School Hastings to celebrate St Joseph’s feast day. We arrived at the school at around about 9.40. From there we walked over to their church and had a service to welcome our school and talk about how St Joseph was such a good man. After that, we returned to the school for some morning tea. Our challenge was to meet 17 new people from the other school. Then after we had finished morning tea we got into groups and played activities around the school.
I'm sure everyone met new friends and had an awesome time.

Have a wonderful rest of your week.


Lenten Programme –Week 6
Lujan Home For Girls, Papua New Guinea - We support Lujan Home for Girls in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. This refuge home is run by a religious order, the Sister Servants of the Lord and the Virgin Matará. They look after around 30 girls as young as two years old. They operate Lujan Home like a family, caring for the girls like they are their own. Malnutrition is a significant issue in Papua New Guinea, so the Home provides the girls with a nutritionally balanced and varied diet and teaches the girls about nutrition and cooking so that they can bring these skills back to their families and communities when they leave the Lujan Home. Bridgith Jene is a 20-year-old resident of Lujan Home for Girls. Her life was marked by considerable hardship before finding refuge at Lujan Home. She used to endure a challenging five to six km trek to school through unsafe and poorly maintained roads, complicated even further by residing in a remote rural area. This often led to her arriving late. At the home, she enjoys the company of the other girls and the sisters, as it provides a safe refuge and access to education. As a result of her time at Lujan Home, Bridgith’s future appears promising and full of opportunities, as she is supported and empowered to follow her dreams and lead a Christian life of purpose and dignity.
Mass Easter Times:
Holy Thursday – 7pm @ St Joseph’s, Waipukurau
Good Friday – 3pm @St Joseph’s, Waipukurau
Easter Vigil – 5.30 @ St Patrick’s, Waipawa
Easter Sunday -9.30am @St Joseph’s, Waipukurau


Ehtzio, Ani, Elaijah


Congratulations to the following students: Micah, Keerthana, Madison, Toby, Quinn, Ted, Talia, Chase, Karthik, and Madison who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Bl Suzanne Aubert House won the CBG house points. Madison and Shanaya were the winning individuals. Well done!

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

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


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

25th - School Swimming Sports: Years 4-8: 9:30 - 11:30, Years 1 - 3- 11:30 - 1:00
25th - Board of Trustees Meeting
25th - Parish Leadership Meeting
25th - PFG AGM
26th - Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
27th - School Easter Mass - Holy Trinity
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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