Newsletter Week 10 Term 2 4 July 2024
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Whaowhia te kete mātauranga
Fill the basket of knowledge

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out”
Deuteronomy 28:5-8

Kia Ora e te whānau,
As we glide into the mid-year holiday season, we take the time to reflect on this whakatauki about tapping into the wisdom of our bodies, intuition, hearts, intellect, the earth, the stars, the moon, all of it! This is a perfect time for reflection, growth, and connection.

STAFFING - Farewell
As we close out this term we farewell Mrs. Leanne Hutchinson from our school. After 4.5 years of service, Leanne has made the decision to focus on her studies and work in another school. As a staff, we celebrated Leanne’s last day with us on Tuesday. We wish Leanne all the very best as she spreads her wings and completes her teacher training knowing that her knowledge, commitment and passion for teaching will be welcomed in any learning environment that is lucky enough to secure her services.
‘Kua mate wheke mate ururoa’ - Strive for your goals and be resilient like a hammerhead shark.

STAFFING - Welcome
We are in the fortunate position of experiencing roll growth in our Room 1 classroom and as such have decided to employ a part time Teacher Aid to support learning. We welcome Mrs. Sarah Tate to our team and are excited to share what guiding our new to school learners, learning journey is all about.
‘Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama’ - Seek and discover, Discover and know, Know and become enlightened.


Yesterday was a huge success with 100% engagement. We had fun tapping into their inner creative spirit and shared a million and one laughs as our tamariki and kaiako paraded down the catwalk to show off their Wackiest Wednesday attire and catwalk strut. The fun seemed to go on and on across the day as new discoveries were made in classrooms such as: timetable reversal beginning the day with end-of-the-day prayer, upside-down name labels, letters missing from instructions and, upside-down furniture. Congratulations to our Young Vinnies Team who organized an awesome day! We have raised $194
Click on the link to view our photo reel.
Indispersed with our Ngati Whai practices, Structured Literacy/The Code: Reading and Writing program not to mention all the fractions learning in Maths our tamariki have engaged in learning about Scientific Relationships in our Physical World. They have explored everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces and electricity. Across the school we are molding future: Electricians, Engineers and Designers. Developing an attitude of - perseverance, patience, testing-retesting-refining and crafting has for many been a real challenge. But, when their design works - the jubilation is what learning is all about.


Please check out these wonderful photos that have been shared with us to share with you of our performance last week.
Our Sacramental Program is a vital part of our faith-based education, nurturing the spiritual growth of our students through key rites such as Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Reconciliation. This program fosters a deep connection with God, reinforces moral values, and builds a strong community centred on shared beliefs and traditions. Families play a crucial role in this journey by actively participating in preparation classes, attending services, and engaging in discussions at home, thereby enriching their children's faith experiences and strengthening the school's spiritual environment.

Our Sacramental programme. All classes are held after Mass on Sundays at St Joseph’s – candidates must attend Mass with parents/caregivers and they both go to class. Age 8 years +
8,15 and 22nd September Date of Reconciliation 29th September
Holy Communion
3,10 and 17 November Date of Communion 24th November

Tomorrow, you will receive your child’s Mid-Year School Report. We are incredibly proud of the journey each of our tamariki is on, and we are thankful for your support and guidance in areas where they may need development. We recognise that we are all on a learning journey, and together, we can continue helping our tamariki grow into compassionate, knowledgeable, and faith-filled awesome young individuals.

The following is what you can do to help your child’s learning journey
Praise and Encourage: Offer specific praise for their efforts and achievements. Let them know you are proud of their hard work and growth.
Set Goals Together: Discuss their goals and aspirations for the next term. Encourage them to set realistic and meaningful goals, both academically and personally.
Reflect on Values: Talk about the values they are learning and how they are applying them. Encourage them to continue growing in their faith and living out these values.
Create Special Moments: Celebrate their achievements with a special family activity or a simple gesture that shows your appreciation and pride.
Support and Guide: Offer your support and guidance in areas where they may need improvement. Let them know you are there to help them succeed. Remember the importance of caring for others, keeping healthy, and resting.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, 27th July, and engaging in meaningful conversations about your child’s learning journey. In readiness, think about any questions or concerns you may have regarding their academic performance, social interactions, or general well-being. We are committed to working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our tamariki. - A reminder that school is closed for instruction on this day

Please go into the school APP and then to ‘Links’ and book your Teacher Interview time
Caritas: YCC Day - Friday 5 July - TOMORROW!: Our support will make a difference. - Here is the video link that our tamariki have viewed in class and as a whole school: YCC Day 2024

Father Paul would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the mystery person/s who picks up his morning newspaper from the driveway and places it on his front porch, what a kind and thoughtful gesture - Thank you!

May beautiful moments and warm memories surround you during this holiday break. Travel safe, if you are travelling and keep dry and warm!
See you back at school on Monday 22 July.

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to share how proud we are of the success of our Cultural Celebration and the performance calibre of our tamariki at both performances last week. Thank you to everyone who made both events a memorable occasion.

We are excited to share that the new Hangi date is Thursday 25th July, the first week after the holidays. Please get in touch with either myself, Chystall or Sarah in the office if you can help with the Wednesday preparation and the Thursday cooking. Thank you in advance for your support.

We wish you all the best for this end of term break.
Ngā mihi
Graeme Fisher (Presiding Chair)

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


Wow! It’s already the last week of Term 2. We have had so many exciting things happen this Term like Room 6’s visit to The Terrace school to go up in a hot air balloon, we had our Ngati Whai performance, and we recently had Wacky Wednesday. Great job to the winners from each class for the wackiest outfit and catwalk. Rm 1. Brodie Rm 3. Edward Rm 4. Kylie Rm 5. Dani and Rm 6. Denon, and the Wackiest Teacher was… Lottie!. This Friday is YCC Day which means all the students and Teachers are to wear formal clothes to school.

We wonder how many of our school community are able to swim 50 meters in under 30.8 seconds? - Can you?
Well, Elijah in our class can, and that achievement has seen her be selected for the New Zealand National Swim Champs - We are all so proud of you Elaijah - Good Luck in your upcoming swims from everyone here at St Josephs CHB.

It is also a sad goodbye to Mrs Fergusson as it is her last day as a student Teacher at our school. Here are some pictures of one of the artwork activities we did with Mrs Fergusson. Thank you and all the best.
Make sure to have a great last couple of days this Term.

Brooke & Ashtyne


Loving Father, as we come to the end of another term we turn to you in confidence and place any difficult relationships into the healing hands of Jesus, your Son. Enable us to leave behind any pain of the past and any regrets or bitterness, entrusting the past to your mercy, the present to your love, and the future to your providence. Help us appreciate more the need to keep a good balance in our lives. May the holiday be for us a time of rest and recreation to help restore us and re-create us in your image and likeness, as we enjoy more of the love and presence of our families, on whom we ask your blessing. Amen

Taste of St John’s Day—Wednesday 19 July The day commences with a Pōwhiri at 9.30am. We will conclude the day’s programme at 2.10pm. This event is an opportunity for Year 8 boys to observe St John’s College in action. Coding and Robotics, Science experiments, Culinary Arts and Sport will be offered to reflect life at St John’s. Can you please phone the Office if your son would like to attend this exciting promotion day: 06 878 6853.

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

We have some exciting news to share…..

The St Joseph’s School Ambrose Golf Tournament is back!! Save the date and get it in your calenders now!
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

Term 2
5 July - YCC - Formal Friday - Gold Coin Day
- Reports go home
- Last Day of Term 2

22 July - First Day of Term 3
24 July - BoT Hangi preparation
25 July - BoT Hangi - All hands on deck if you can help
26 July - Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed for instruction
31 July - Onga 7’s
5 - 9 July- Matific Maths Olympiad
8 July - Feast of St Mary MacKillop - School Mass
12 - 15 Aug - SLANZA Book Week & Book Fair
16 August - Book Character Dress Up Day
18 August - Whole School Mass
19 August - School Cross Country
29 August - Inter School Cross Country
1 September - Fathers Day
12 September - Rippa Rugby
13 September - School Speeches
23 September - Interschool Rotary Speeches
27 September - Last Day of Term
29 September - Reconciliation
6 October - Grandparents Day

14 October First Day of Term 4

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