Newsletter Week 8 Term 4 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - December 13th

Principal's Message

Nau mai, haere mai St Joseph’s Whanau

The second-to-last week of Term 4, how the year has raced by!!

There have been many things happening this last week and more to come.

Morrinsville water issues last week: Thank you to all families who spread the word and supported the school with the decisions which had to be made, including the one day closure because of water safety. A big thank you also to the District Council who provided bottled water to the school making it possible to re-open after just one day.

Visit by Diane Porter from the Diocesan Education Office: We were fortunate to have Dianne Porter on site last week to teach the children about Prayer. Unfortunately this was cut short due to water issues in the town.

Disco Fun: The Junior and Senior Discos were a great hit once again and were a lot of fun for all. A special thank you to the PFC who organiaed these two events.

The Hits Bus: The school welcomed the visit by 'The Hits' Christmas Toy Donation Bus. The laughter, chatter and sense of fun was easy to see as children gave their toys and anticipated the joy with which they will be received on Christmas Day. Well done to 'The Hits', for providing us all this opportunity to be a generous giving community.

Choir/Service: Congratulations to the school choir and to Jemma and Chris who organised a successful choir on Sunday and to the teachers and Mrs Jane Fergusson who provided much appreciated support. The singing was beautiful and a lovely reminder of the special nature of Christmas. Thank you too, to all families who made their children's participation possible.

Coming up:

Leadership Day for Years 6 and 7: will be held at school on Wednesday 7th Dec.

Junior School (Years 1-4) Zoo Visit: will occur on Thursday 8th Dec. We wish them a fine and fun day.

Year 8 Retreat: to be held at school on Thursday 8th Dec

Leavers Dinner: Friday 9th Dec. We are looking forward to a lovely evening with the Year 8s and their families.

Tuesday 13th December - children have a 30 minute meeting with their new teacher for 2023

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 thank you for Your gift of forgiveness

We thank you for the blessing of being part of Your family

We thank you for Your love that we experience every day

Help us to be generous in our hearts

to our family and our friends

Help us to share the joy we have in knowing you

and to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Every blessing and have a great week.

Paul Cooper

Relieving Principal

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Congratulations to Livestock Day & Group Day Students

This year saw 36 of our students enter Livestock Day and 26 of those students then going on to compete at Morrinsville Combined Schools Livestock Group Day. There was a large number of entries at both events, with our students and their much loved animals placing exceptionally well. It was great to see all the hard work put in over a 3 month period being rewarded with a large array of ribbons, and always with a smile.

We wish to acknowledge the following students who received trophies at these events...

Livestock Day...

Calf Leading & Rearing : Mourits Cup - Thomas Van Leeuwen

Calf Highest Points : Aggregate Cup - Thomas Van Leeuwen

Lamb Highest Point : Pigou Cup - Xaveika McLachlan

Lamb Leading & Rearing : Wavertree Farms Cup - Emily Vowles

Kid Highest Points : St Josephs Cup - Hannah Aitchison

Kid Leading & Rearing : Aitchison Cup - Hannah Aitchison

Group Day...

Champion Dairy Type - Light : Austin Cup - Kobe Martin

Champion Rearing Overall : Dairy Goats Co-op Cup - Hannah Aitchison

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Students Making It Happen

Morrinsville Rotary representative Trevor Cooper and Paper Plus sponsor Tracey Waite attended our Monday Hui to present Term 4's awards for significant progress in reading.

Congratulations to Karsen Smith, Eshmeet Kaur and Charlie Livingstone for their outstanding efforts. Thank you Rotary and Paper Plus for this initiative which is gratefully received.

Altrusa Morrinsville Recognising Achievement

The Annual Altrusa Literacy Awards event was recently held. Altrusa offers schools the opportunity to select two of their students to receive Literacy Awards for those that have shown improvement in reading and potential in writing.

We are proud to say that St Josephs Morrrinsville recipients for 2022 are

Nicholas Honatana-Tyssen and Jonathan Watene.

Well done and we are proud of you both for your efforts over the year resulting in this acknowledgement.

Follow the Star

On Sunday a combined Churches Walk for Christmas began at St Joseph’s, Morrinsville, joining with other Morrinsville faith communities, concluding at St Matthew’s Anglican Church. Thank you to the organisers of this event.

We would like to thank the St Josephs school students who came together as a choir, under the direction of Jane Fergusson, for their outstanding singing and playing.

This was a very special occasion and was made even more exceptional with your amazing talents. Well done to you and your supporters.

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Congratulations to our CORE Value Certificate Recipients

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URGENT : Library Books are OVERDUE


Can ALL Library Books please be returned URGENTLY.

Any books not returned will incur a replacement charge.

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.

Thank You and happy hunting

Call All Bus Vests

Can ALL Bus Vests please be returned to the student foyer and placed in the box by Monday, December 12th.

Please wash vests so that they are all ready for allocating in 2023. Thank you.

School Pool Key : Pool Open

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

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.

Reflection shared by Jemma Van Eijk, DRS

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Dec 8th - Junior Trip
  • Friday, Dec 9th - Yr 8 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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