Newsletter Week 8 Term 1 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville MARCH 28th

Principal's Message

Kia ora Koutou,

We are into week 8 of our ten week term. The weather has cooled slightly in the mornings so it is time for jackets and jumpers. We have a stack of school jerseys (and some jackets) in our second hand uniform area. Make sure you take a look, if you need one.

The last two weeks have been pretty busy with many guest teachers in our classes. This has helped cover teacher absences for sick leave, bereavement leave and release time. We welcome Shelley O'Connor, Kim Callis and Asher Stander who have spent some days in our school and teaching classes. Maree Nicholson and Debra Lautenslager have been simply amazing and have supported our staff and students in so many ways, making sure that class programmes continue to operate smoothly. We want to say a special thank you to our tamariki. It is definitely a proud moment to hear how wonderful and settled our children are in our school. Our guest teachers have raved about the respect and beautiful manners they have been shown. We are very proud, letting our light shine.

Our year 5 and 6 students are off to camp tomorrow until Friday. They are staying at Finlay Park and we know they will have so much fun. Camp is important for a host of reasons, one being that it gives new experiences for the children and adults. A special thank you to the parent helpers, many whom have taken time off work to attend. We couldn't do this without your support and appreciate your time and commitment.

We currently have three new covid confirmed cases over the weekend. All three have been from Whakatipu Hub. Our other cases in the others classes have since recovered.

Our RE programmes have been focused on Lent and how important Lent is in our Catholic Faith. At the end of the term, we celebrate Easter and the importance of what it means to us. The school term finishes on Wednesday 13 April for the children and Thursday 14 April for the teachers. Friday 15 April is Good Friday.

Have a happy and safe week. God bless you and your families.

Andrea Colebourn


COVID updates

As you know, last week the Prime Minister announced some significant changes in the way that we respond to COVID-19. We understand that much of this was based on advice they received from epidemiologists that COVID-19 had peaked (or soon would).

One of the key changes is that the vaccine mandates will be removed. With the very high total population vaccination rates, the need for the mandates could be said to have served their purpose.

From 11.59pm 4 April 2022 the vaccine mandates will be removed for education.
Whilst we can no longer rely on a legal requirement for our staff to be vaccinated, we do still have the ability to put in place conditions which is something that is as priority being worked through.

The last part of our update is around our COVID Protection Framework – Red protocols. Although there is no need to scan in anymore, if you need to enter the classroom for any reason, you must still sign in at the school office. This has always been our procedure (not just for covid times). We do still ask that social distancing continues, and that time in classrooms is still limited. By maintaining some of these protection policies will ensure we continue to help manage the spread of COVID.

Mask are still required to be worn within the Centre for visitors, staff, and students from year 4-8.

Thank you for shining your light and displaying our core values

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Uniform Expectations

We have been speaking to the children about our standard of uniform. We wanted to share this with you so that everyone has the same information
  • full dress uniform is to be worn to and from school (there are times when it is PE gear but that is for events/other activities)
  • footwear must be worn to school and leaving the school grounds at all times
  • hair that is past the shoulders is to be tied back with hair ties (maroon, blue, white, black, natural hair colour ties, tie that is the school uniform colour)
  • hair is to be natural hair colour, no extreme styles
  • earring/s should be either a small hoop, stud or a cross
  • a simple chain necklace, cross necklace or toanga can be worn.
  • no nail polish on fingers or toes
  • PE gear is school PE shirt, school PE shorts (navy blue with the logo) or plain black shorts/bike pants

If an exemption is required for a period of time, please contact the classroom teacher or the principal. We do know there are times when this is needed for various reasons.

Thank you for your support.

What's been happening this week?

There is so much exciting learning taking place within our school. Here are some highlights:

Year 7 and 8 (Room 3) have completed self portraits. If you look closely, you will see tiny dots that give a textured layout to their work. We love seeing the originality of each portrait.

Akonga Hub has been focusing on the Feast of the Annunciation. Being 5 and 6 year olds, they have carefully coloured squares to put the final masterpiece together. Have a chat to them because they can tell you all about the visit from the angel Gabriel to Mary.

Akonga Hub also prayed the rosary for peace between Ukraine and Russia. They spend some time in the Church Grotto reflecting and sending their prayers.

School Pool Closed - Key Return

The School Pool is now officially closed for outside of hours use. Can all pool key holders please return the pool key to the school office by Friday, April 1st. Thank You

Map Designing in Room 6

Room 6 have integrated writing and geometry to create their very own treasure maps. So much skill and effort has gone into creating instructions that match the clues. Happy treasure hunting!
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St Joseph Day

We had a great time dressing up in red last Thursday. St Joseph is important because:

  • he is the Saint of our Church
  • Saint of our school
  • Father of Jesus on Earth
  • was married to Mary


Thank you Mr Bennett for sharing this prayer with us this week. It is a lovely time for us to reflect on what we have.
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Upcoming Events

  • March 30th to April 1st - Year 5/6 Camp
  • Monday, April 4th order by 9am - Subway Lunch
  • Monday, April 11th - Holy Week starts
  • Monday, April 11th order by 9am - Subway Lunch
  • Wednesday, April 13th - Poppy Day recognised at school
  • Wednesday, April 13th - End of Term
  • Thursday, April 14th - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday, April 15th - Good Friday
  • Monday, May 2nd - Term 2 Commences
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