Newsletter Week 7 Term 4 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - November 30th

Principal's Message

Nau mai, haere mai St Joseph’s Whanau

This week has certainly been different than most with the water restrictions and the challenge of having water that is safe to use.

Safe Water: Our thanks goes out the the District Council for all the work going in to ensure the water supply returns to normal as quickly as possible. A further thank you to the District Council for the provision of bottled drinking water which has made it possible to re-open after just one day closed, and tap water that is now safe to use for handwashing. The school continues to follow updated advice for schools from the District Council and the Ministry of Education.

St Joseph's Choir: This week we have students as part of the St Josephs School Choir, under the leadership of Jane Fergusson and Chris Follett, performing at the Morrinsville Carol Service being held on

Sunday, December 4th at

  • St Josephs Catholic Church : 3.30pm to 4.15pm
  • St Matthews Anglican church : 4.30pm to 6.00pm

We wish them all the best and hope you are able to join these services to hear these talented singers.

Diane Porter visit: Diane Porter from the Diocesan Education Office visist the school to spend time working with out children focusing on imagery prayer. Unfortunately this time was cut short due to the need to close the school because of unsafe water. We will welcome her back in the new year.

New Alarm System instillation: currently a new alarm system is being installed in all classrooms. This new system will enable better emergency processes and communication with classrooms.

This Week:

Thursday 1st December - School Disco run by PFC

  • 5:45 to 6:45pm Junior school Years 1-3 Junior parents are invited to stay to support the event.
  • 7:00 to 8:00pm Senior school Years 4-8

Next Week

  • Girls self defense course - Monday and Tuesday in our school Hall

Further details below

Last Week of Term

Wednesday 14th December - Final Mass and School Prize Giving

Thursday 15th December - Whole school picnic

Friday 16th December 12:00 school finishes.

A prayer for the coming week:

Dear Lord

We pray that in the business of the end of year

- We would be ever mindful of you.

- And we would spend time with you in prayer

We pray that in our interactions with others

- We would be your ambassadors

- And we would radiate your joy and peace.


Every blessing and have a great week.

Paul Cooper

Relieving Principal

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Athletics 2022

The whole school athletics held a few weeks ago saw many of our students achieving outstanding results. It was great to see students out on the field giving it a go

and we are so proud of their efforts.

We wish to make special mention and congratulate our overall

Senior Athletics Winners for 2022

Karla Roskam along with Zion Faaiuaso and Alex Madder.

Well done to you all for this well deserved result.

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School Photo Orders 2022

Great to see so many smiling faces in our Photo Life packs. Last week all school photo orders which were placed before November 13th were issued to students. If you did not receive your order please contact the office urgently. Note that some family orders would have been packed together. Those that placed orders after the cut off date will have them delivered direct.

Many thanks

Congratulations to our CORE Value Certificate Recipients

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Recognising Student Classroom Achievements. Well Done !

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Are You Able to Spare Some Time in 2023?


Calling for Master Chefs for Our Schools Weekly Sausage Sizzle.

2023 sees a day change to Friday and cooking time to 12.30pm for this service.

Master Chefs are required urgently approximately once per term for

1 hour on a Friday to cook sausages and clear away.

All money raised goes towards off setting costs of student class trips or camps.

We would love to hear from you.

If we are unable to get enough volunteers it may result in sausage sizzle being cut as a lunch option. This would be a shame for parents ease of a lunch one day a week and the students missing out. In the long term it will also mean additional costs for trips, etc.

Please email or phone the office on 8895306 to pop your name o the list. Thank you for your support.

Yummy Apple Sticker Results

We are excited to advise that due to everyone's efforts collecting Yummy Apple Stickers we have received $250.00 of sports equipment. Well done everyone.

Our in class competition for the pleasure of holding the title, along with receiving apples as a treat and the winners an ice cream are...

1st : Whakatipu with 579 points

2nd : Room 3 with 479 pojnts

3rd : Room 4 with 443 points

Thank you Everyone for Your Support

Next Week We Have the Bus Coming : Please Support and Share the Christmas Smiles

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Library Books to be Retuned this Week

Can ALL Library Books please be returned by this

Friday, December 2nd.

So please check under the bed, on the book shelves, at the bottom of the wardrobe and anywhere else they may disappear to, then send them along to school.

Any books not returned will incur a replacement charge.

Thank You and happy hunting

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School Pool Key

School Pool Key Hire Agreements and Rules for 2022/23 Swimming Season are now available.

There is a delay on the start date for pool availability due to maintenance and will advise you when the pool is open for use.

Pool Keys are available for issue from the school office for our school families only.

Keys can only be obtained by Parents/Caregivers (not students) at a cost of $40.00 for the season.

Strict rules and conditions apply with regards to the use of the pool. Roll on summer.

Reflection shared by Jemma Van Eijk, DRS

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Dec 5th - Hits Toy Bus is coming
  • Tuesday, Dec 6th - Yr 6/7 Leadership Day
  • Wednesday, Dec 7th - Yr 8 Retreat
  • Thursday, Dec 8th - Junior Trip
  • Friday, Dec 9th - Yr 8 Leavers Dinner
  • Thursday, Dec 1st - PFC Disco
  • Sunday, Dec 4th - Choir at Journey to Christmas
  • Tuesday, Dec 6th - Yr 6/7 Leadership Day
  • Wednesday, Dec 7th - Yr 8 Retreat
  • Friday, Dec 9th - Leavers Dinner
  • Wednesday, Dec 14th - Final Mass & Prize Giving
  • Thursday, Dec15th - Whole School Picnic
  • Friday, Dec 16th - Last day of term 12.00pm Off site by 12.15pm
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