Newsletter Week 5 Term 2 30 May 2024
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Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te koiroa
Keep connected, maintain relationships, and keep moving forward together

“love one another as I have loved you”
(John 15:12).
Talofa aiga, susu maia ile vaiaso 5 - Welcome families to week 5

The 2024 theme for Samoa Language Week is
'Tautua i le alofa, manuia le lumana’i – Serve in love for a blessed future'.

The Bible teaches that love is the foundation of all relationships, and that love should be characterised by selflessness, kindness, and forgiveness. Mafutanga/Whakawhanaungatanga/Relationships at our school are seen through positive connections among students, teachers, and families. This morning, our tamariki were super-excited to witness first-hand - again!, the much-appreciated relationship we have with our Parents and Friends Group as they presented our tamariki with a generous windfall of playground sporting equipment. We are deeply grateful for their continued support and dedication to our awesome school. - Ka nui te mihi aroha ki a matou
Ongoing review for improvement of practices
We are excited to share that we have re-organized our snack and lunch eating protocols to enhance the overall eating experience for our students. Our goals are to encourage everyone to enjoy all the delicious food families provide, minimise waste in our eating areas, and create valuable time for our tamariki to enjoy shared reading with our kaiako.
Here are the key changes:
  • Read and Feed: The first 10 minutes of the morning tea break will now be spent in-class eating, combined with a shared reading session.
  • Lunchtime Supervision: Tamariki will be supervised by their class teacher in a designated eating area during lunchtime eating and then enjoy the new Playground equipment donated by the PFG
Writing is a fundamental skill that plays a crucial role in the learning journey of our tamariki. In the Early Years, our tamariki begin by learning to write letters, words, and simple sentences, focusing on handwriting and basic grammar, as they move through the school they begin to add paragraphs, learning to structure their writing with a clear beginning, middle and end or within a procedure. By the time they leave our school, they can write more complex essays, and reports, developing their ability to argue a point and support it with evidence.
As a teacher, witnessing the progression of the writing journey of a child in a year, or across the years, is a magical experience, but to witness their sheer joy and pride or humbleness when they are celebrated is even more magical.

This week's Writing Wonders!
Recount Writing in Room 1
Taking the idea from the class read-aloud shared book, Moses used his CVC, and heart words to craft a cool story. If you have an opportunity to look in his book you will notice that: letter formation, spacing between words and inventive spellings are all being used. Moses is particularly proud of his use of exclamation marks! Awesome work Moses.

“It was the king's birthday, his cake was pink with 100 candles. His cake had 2 layers. The king couldn’t blow out the candles. Stop said the queen and the queen huffed and puffed and the queen couldn’t blow the candles out. So the gardener got the garden hose and he sprayed the cake and the king got so angry!.”

Procedural Writing in Rooms 3, 4 & 5
The inspiration for Room 3 & 4’s procedural writing was the making of their Pirate Hats. The inspiration for Room 5’s procedural writing pieces was playing Snakes and Ladders. Following these motivations, each of our tamariki wrote instructions that were very clear to understand and follow. Our tamariki will post their finished pieces in their Seesaw portfolios.

Re-telling Writing in Room 6
The Story of Matariki - The Māori New Year (click on the link to view)- This video about Matariki, was the motivation for writing that was produced by almost all of our Room 6 tamariki this week in just 1 writing session! Their Matariki writing about how the ‘eyes of god’ - mata - ariki or ‘little eyes’ - mata riki came to be. You will be able to read how, according to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūanuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. These written pieces are a great introduction to our upcoming Cultural Celebration and the celebration of the Māori New Year.



At the end of the term, we will be coming together to celebrate Matariki along with the many other cultures in our school with a SHARED DINNER. This School Cultural Celebration on Wednesday 26 June will run from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Our tamariki will be sharing their bracket of waiata in the Church at 5 PM, this is a great opportunity for them to perform for our school community before they perform for our wider Central Hawkes Bays schools Ngati Whai celebration on Thursday 27th June.
This will be followed by a Shared Dinner (you get to bring something to share from your culture that you would like to add to the ‘Feasting Table’ which will be set up in the hall.
Our Board of Trustees will be putting down a Hangi. The Hangi will have a limit to how many they will be preparing, cooking and selling, so we will be locking in order numbers over the next 2 weeks.

There is a ‘behind the scenes crewbeing set up. If you have skills in procuring resources, peeling spuds, packing kai, setting up a feast table and general hospitality it would be great to have your help. Please let Sarah or myself know. We have a growing list of helpers and are feeling excited!
Teacher Only Day
A reminder that TOMORROW Friday 31 May school will be CLOSED
All staff will be at Waipukurau School for a day where we will listen to keynote guest speakers: Vince Ford, Joseph Driessen and Gail Loane. In between we will be networking and attending workshops on teaching and learning.

Have a great weekend - Keep dry and warm!

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki - Faamanuia le atua - God Bless

Betty Brown


Last evening our Board of Trustees either attended in person or via webinar an NZSTA workshop on ‘How to be a good employer’ Going over the information we were already familiar with in terms of the Education and Training Act reinforced our obligations, roles and responsibilities to ensure that our behaviour and decision-making process reflect principles of good faith, public service values, and natural justice.
With over 100 attendees in the online Webinar, there seemed to be a real commitment by all Board members across our region to be awesome employers. It was reassuring to learn about the NZSTA resource centre, Advisory Support Centre and how we can continue to grow with confidence as a board that puts the well-being and safety of our staff and tamariki at the centre.

As a member of our school community, you are welcome to attend our monthly board meetings: BOT Meetings 5.15 pm on Monday: 20 June, 26 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December



Well done to everyone who wore their correct school uniform to our school photos on Tuesday. Everyone had wonderful smiles and great patience waiting for the single photos.
This week was the year 7,8s last week for their first classroom swap at technology for Term 2. The first group made a speaker pillow and the other group finished making a step stool. They learnt a lot of handy tips and tricks on making their project.

Tomorrow there is a teacher-only day therefore there is no school and on Monday there is also no school because of the King's birthday. Make sure not to turn up to school tomorrow and on Monday.

Thank you to the PFG for getting us new sports equipment and earning money to buy the sports equipment for the little students in St Joseph's school.

Manuia le faaiuga o le vaiaso (have a good weekend)
Ashtyne & Brooke


The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Feast Day 2nd June
When we come together for Mass, we still remember what Jesus said and did. We too share that bread and wine which is the very life of Jesus and it brings us all closer together. Jesus knew that just as our bodies need nourishment from the food we eat at home, so do our souls. The bread and wine of Holy Communion is food for our souls and sharing in this special meal helps us to remember that people have been doing what Jesus asked them to do to remember him, for a very long time. Week by week we can feed on this living bread and wine so we may grow in holiness and bring God’s life to all we meet.
There are different times that families gather to share a special meal: Christmas, Easter, birthdays, weddings, and so forth. Certain foods have become symbols of what we are celebrating. When we see and eat certain food, it makes the event real and even brings back memories of past celebrations.


Congratulations to the following students: Nick, Jilliane, Finn, Hadlee, Dani, Lottie, Tate, Edward and Brody who last week demonstrated their commitment to becoming more knowledgeable & skilled in their pursuit of learning.


Well done to Kylie, Jack, Keerthana, Mason and Jasraj who received certificates last week.
A fantastic effort.


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

PFG Update

(St Joseph's Parents and Friends Fundraising Group)

Hi Everyone,

Last term the PFG with the amazing help of Room 5 who made beautiful posters and helped us out on Fridays, sold ice blocks to the children. This was a huge success and we wanted to send out a BIG thank you to CHB Automotive who supported us with this fundraiser. Today the PFG met with all the children and showed them all the sports equipment we have purchased with the funds we raised from selling ice blocks, for them to enjoy and play with. We also have brought two T Ball sets which haven't arrived yet but will go straight into the sports shed as soon as they have.

Thank you all for your support with this fundraiser and we are sure the children will have many hours of fun with these things.

Thank you Acacia for your Birthday Book


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
31 May - Teacher Only Day - School Closed
3 June - King's Birthday - School Closed
26 June - Whānau Cultural Day - Shared Dinner: Ngati Whai Dress Rehearsal
27 June - Ngati Whai Performance
28 June - Matariki - School Closed
3 July - Whacky Wednesday - Young Vinnies Spirit Day
5 July - Last Day of Term 2

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