Newsletter Week 6 Term 2 6 June 2024
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Whakarongo, whakarongo, whakarongo ki te tangi o te manu e karnaga nei, tui, tui, tui, tuia
Listen to the cry of the birds calling for unity
Kia Ora e te whānau,

Did you know that in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee, Pope Francis has declared 2024 as a Year of Prayer, urging the faithful “to intensify prayer to prepare us to live well this event of grace and to experience the power of God’s hope.” The Year of Prayer is focused on “rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer, prayer in personal life, in the life of the Church, prayer in the world.” This video clip shares the message from Pope Francis. Pope Francis inaugurates the “Year of Prayer” in preparation for the Jubilee of 2025

Dear Jesus,
Please inspire and equip those in our schools who love You to be faithful, loving, bold and wise ambassadors for the gospel, through their words and lives wherever they are.

Leading in Faith, Learning for Life - In School

Year 7&8 Technology
Not only did our tamariki craft their own step stool, but they also made one for Father Paul. Their sturdy stool showcased their woodworking skills and teamwork. When our tamariki presented their finished step stool to Father Paul, he was absolutely delighted. He shared a story of what he used to make when he went to technology - back in the day. We are incredibly proud of the manner in which our Year 7 & 8 tamariki show dedication and commitment to the task at hand and how they find equal joy in sharing their efforts. We continue to be grateful for the guidance and support of the Waipawa Technology Center Team.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life - Outside of School
Highland Fling Celebration

The Highland Fling, traditionally performed by men, is now embraced equally by men and women, offering an incredible workout that demands poise, stamina, and well-designed costumes. Emily has embraced this discipline wholeheartedly, practising twice a week for months. Her dedication paid off when she returned from her Highland Fling competition with a trophy and medals.

On Tuesday morning, Emily shared her achievements with us, expressing her love for the sport. "It keeps me busy and gives me something to look forward to," she said. Emily added, "I was proud of myself," and we couldn't be prouder of her too. Congratulations, Emily!
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life - with our community
Matariki is a celebration for all New Zealanders.
It is a time to celebrate whānau and all the precious moments. A time to huddle together and stay warm. We share kai, we share stories, we farewell our loved ones who have gone before us and we give thanks for the year ahead.
Matariki is not one specific day, it is a season heralded by the rise of the Matariki cluster in the eastern sky in winter. The dates that iwi and hāpu use to mark the rise are dependent on where they are in the country and which particular stars in the cluster they give honour to.

At St Josephs we will be celebrating who we are and the Māori New Year with a Shared Feast and performance by our tamariki. We welcome everyone to join us on Wednesday 26th at 5 PM in the Church to enjoy our tamariki’s Ngati Whai performance. On your way to the church please drop off your shared food for the ‘Feasting Table’ Our plan is to lift the Hangi after our tamariki have performed so that we can all be outside under the stars ready to give thanks.
Leading in Faith, Learning for Life - For the rest of our lives
Head lice - Head lice
Head lice, nits, or kutis, are very common in kids and easily spread around school. They can be annoying but are treatable. They shouldn’t affect your child’s education.

Have a great weekend - Keep dry and warm!

Ma te Ātua e manaaki e tiaki
Betty Brown

BOARD OF TRUSTEES - A Call for help!

In readiness for our upcoming ‘HANGI! We are wondering if we have a family in our school community who might have access to Apple Wood, an orchard from which we can get Apple Wood?

We may also have access to some gum wood which we will need to burn the irons in preparation to put the hangi down, however, we need someone with a chainsaw ticket to assist us in collecting this. Is this you, or do you know ‘someone’?

Also, if you have surplus vegetable stock: potatoes, kumara, cabbages (we have donated Pumpkin from the Kuklinski family) we would love to hear from you!

Also, if you know of a good watercress/puha patch, we would also like to know - please :)

If you can assist with any of the above, please contact Sarah in the office and she will put you in touch with Graeme Fisher (Fish) our Presiding Board Chair.

BOT Meetings 5.15 pm on Monday: 17 June, 26 August, 16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 9 December


Tena Koutou Katoa

We hope that you had a good long weekend everybody.

Our Young Vinnies group are organising an upcoming event called Wacky Wednesday. Wacky Wednesday will be held on the 3rd of July two days before the end of Term 2. Wacky Wednesday is when you have to dress up weirdly and bring a gold coin donation for the privilege. We are fundraising money to buy stationery for kids overseas who need it. The more we raise, the more we can give.

We are slowly gaining progress with our Ngati Whai practices and will hopefully be ready to give it all we have when we get out on the stage.

We hope you have a great weekend with all your sports and plans.

Brooke and Ashtyne


The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Feast Day 7th June
What does the most Sacred Heart of Jesus mean?
The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of our call to sacrificial, unconditional and generous love for others, for each member of the Body of Christ and the call for us to be the heart, the hands and the face of Christ to all those we encounter each day
The Sacred Heart of Jesus refers to the actual heart of Jesus. It reminds the faithful of Jesus's love, and it is often depicted in art with a crown of thorns and flames around it.

Thank you, Natasha and Korah

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

Term 2
17 June - BOT Meeting
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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