Newsletter Week 9 Term 2 27 June 2024
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He Waka eke noa
We are all in this together

“For as the body is one,” reads verse 12, “and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Kia Ora e te whānau,
This week's whakatauki encapsulates the collaborative efforts of our St Joseph’s School community, From the Board of Trustees, Parents & Friends Group, Parents, Friends, Extended Whānau, Teachers, Support Staff and most importantly our tamariki, everyone has once again shown what it means to be a community of learners all heading in the same direction.
He hari taku ngākau - My heart is happy. Thank you to all our families who contributed to the success of our Cultural Celebration last night. Your participation and support have made this event truly special. I am incredibly proud of our tamariki for their perseverance, pride and passion. Together we have demonstrated the strength and spirit of our St Josephs School community.
The Theme of the New Zealand Catholic Education Convention was Tūhono Whakapono: Together - One Community This theme was evident in our school last night and today as we shared our hard work with our extended community.
We are blessed.
Ngati Whai i te Mātauranga Māori Culture Festival - 2024
With grateful thanks to our organisers: Matua Phillip Morris and Matua Conrad Nepe-Apatu and their team of helpers. To all Kaiako and Tumuaki from all schools in Central Hawkes Bay. Ka mau te wehi!
Thank you to our parents who joined us this morning. If you have photos or video footage can you please share these with Sarah in the office, we will attempt to put together a slide show for our tamariki to view and to share in the newsletter next week.
Thank you to Central Hawkes Bay College for the loan of their piupiu - we look forward to the day when we will be able to have our own.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life

NZCEO Convention
Kirsty and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to attend this convention and look forward to journeying alongside you all as we celebrate our new To Tatou Whakapono Curriculum, support our sacramental program and explore different opportunities for family engagement in our school and parish community. We particularly enjoyed our audience with the Pope.
Wacky Wednesday
Young Vinnies - GOLD COIN Day - Wednesday 3rd July:
Funds raised will be shared with a school in the Pacific to buy school stationery supplies - Thank you to our Young Vinnies team for organising this very thoughtful event.
Formal Friday
Caritas: YCC - GOLD COIN Day - Friday 5th July: YCC Day 2024 - promo video
Funds raised will be sent to Caritas in support of the chosen school in Papua New Guinea to renew, refresh and resource their school. Thank you to our school leaders for driving this awesome cause.
Student Reports & Parent Teacher Conferences
Next Friday you will receive your child’s written report. As you read through the report remember to celebrate your child’s successes and efforts. Recognise the hard work and dedication they have put into their studies and acknowledge their perseverance in facing challenges. Each one of our tamariki is a gift from God, blessed with distinct talents, abilities and potential. In their school report and during their upcoming Parent Teacher Conference next term, you will hear about their growth in character, learning, and faith.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday 27 July - Week 1 of Term 3 school will be closed for instruction, but our teachers will be at school ready to engage in conversations about your child's learning journey.
As we prepare to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, I want to extend a special blessing to each of you. Matariki is a time of reflection, renewal, and celebration, a moment to connect with our heritage and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.

Matariki Blessing
May the stars of Matariki guide you and your family through a time of joy and togetherness? As we gather under the twinkling stars, let us remember the importance of community, family, and the bonds that unite us.

May you find peace and inspiration in the stories and traditions of our ancestors. Let Matariki remind us of the cycles of life and the promise of new beginnings.
May this time be filled with moments of reflection on the past, gratitude for the present, and hope for the future. Embrace the opportunity to rest, recharge, and reconnect with loved ones.

As the stars rise in the dawn sky, may they bring blessings of health, happiness, and harmony to your home. Let the light of Matariki shine brightly in your hearts, illuminating the path to a prosperous and fulfilling year ahead.

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori.

Blessings to you and your whānau during this special time. May you take care, enjoy the celebrations, and find meaning in the traditions of Matariki.

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


We look forward to sharing with you a date in the new term when we will sharing the Hangi cooking experience with our tamariki. Thank you for your patience.

BOT Meetings 5.15 pm on Monday: 26 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December


Tena Koutou Katoa

On Wednesday, Room 6 and 4 and a few others from Room 5 got invited to watch the inter-school kapa haka performed by the CHB College house teams. Students who chose to be in their house group got to perform: Rimu, Tortara, Kowhai, and Matai. Overall Tortara was the winning house. While the judges discussed who won Rm 6 and 4 got up and sang 2 songs in front of everyone! We got so much applause and compliments were flying. We actually really enjoyed singing to the crowd. We had an awesome time watching the performances of the CHBC house groups and this really gave us the confidence to perform last night and today.
Today we also got to watch the other schools in CHB perform. We have to say, the standard was super high.
Manawatia a Matariki

Ashtyne & Brooke


Matariki - The new light of Matariki has risen! May it be to you a sign of resurrection and new life. May it be to you a sign of hope in times of darkness. May it be to you a sign of the wondrous mystery of Atua who loves you. May it be to you a sign that the eyes of the Eternal One are ever upon you and that the presence of the Holy One is ever with you. And may this be the cause of your rejoicing. Go in peace. Through Christ and in the perfect unity of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen


Congratulations to the following students: Madison, Joe, Keerthana, Piper, Ivy, Micah, Andrei, Ezalea, Sophia, Hiyansh, Lucy and Karthik who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Tate, Emily, Atarah, Adrisa and Tedd who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


St Mary MacKillop House won the CBG house points. Edward, Ehtzio and Fukun 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
28 June - Matariki - School Closed
3 July - Young Vinnies - Wacky Wednesday - Gold Coin Day
5 July - YCC - Formal Friday - Gold Coin Day
- Reports go home
- Last Day of Term 2

Term 3
26 July - Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed for instruction
31 July - Onga 7's
19 August - School Cross Country
13 September - School Speeches

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