Welcome Back for 2023

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - January 25th 2023

Principal's Welcome

Tēnā koutou e te whānau of St Joseph's School!

It is with great excitement, that I'm able to wish you all a Happy New Year and the warmest welcome to the new school year for 2023! A very special welcome to any new families to our school. I trust you have all enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break, despite the rainy conditions early January.

As your newly appointed Principal, I am very excited about the journey ahead, which first and foremost, begins with meeting, and getting to know you and your child/ren.

A little about me. I have lived and taught in and around Morrinsville for the past 25 plus years, Our two children, now young adults, attended St Joseph's and during their schooling both my husband and I were actively involved in the St Joseph's school community. Our involvement was fulfilling and has resulted in some wonderful long lasting friendships. St Joseph's School and Parish are certainly places held dear to my heart. I am humbled to have now been given the opportunity to lead St Joseph's School as your Principal, and I call on the guidance of our loving God to give me the strength and courage to lead in a way that epitomises all this school stands for. Of course this starts with the children; ensuring their years at St Joseph's are ones they look back on fondly, and where they all achieve personal excellence.

In order for all children to achieve personal excellence, we at St Joseph's School, firmly believe, that the partnership between families/whanau is crucial. We embark on this partnership with you on Tuesday 31st January; 'Partnership Day' - a chance to connect and share aspirations along with your child. Even if you already feel you know your child's teacher, or if your child has had the same teacher as in the past, this is still an excellent and important opportunity to reconnect and start afresh. If you haven't yet done so, please ensure you book in a time slot asap (see information below).

The team have been working hard these past few weeks preparing for an amazing year ahead and already I am so impressed with their passion and their talent, for teaching and learning! The way the team have also supported us newbies; myself along with our two other teachers - Miss Jess Phayer and Ms Rochelle Taylor, to transition smoothly to St Joes has been greatly appreciated. We have certainly felt warmly welcomed!

Our first day of classroom learning is Thursday 2nd February, and we are looking forward to seeing all our students prepared and ready for learning! That includes having 'tools of the trade' (stationery), and looking 'ship-shape' in correct 'named' uniform, worn in a way that demonstrates how proud they are to be students of St Joseph's School. We appreciate your support in ensuring your child/ren are set up for success for the new year.

We look forward to meeting/seeing you all very soon!

Ngā mihi nui

Andrea Devane, Principal

Please Note : School Buses will continue to run as normal starting February 2nd.

Invitation for Welcoming Powhiri - please RSVP via link below

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Our Teaching Staff and Classes for 2023

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Reminder of School Dates to Start the Year

Start of school is just around the corner with staff busily preparing to start the year.

Staff are involved in a number of Teacher Only Days towards the end of January and the start of February.

Our school year for 2023 begins on....

Tuesday, January 31st for our Learning Partnership Day.

This is where parents/caregivers make a time to meet with their class teacher/s to make connections, share aspirations, and discuss and share any information that you feel will benefit your child in their learning journey. It is also a chance to see the classroom space. You are encouraged to bring your child with you to the meeting.

Please note that school will not be open for usual learning on that day. Bookings are now open with all details being shared in your parent/caregiver letter last year. Please see instructions below for those that may have misplaced them.

Wednesday, February 1st Teacher Only Day. Our staff will be involved in a professional learning day with our Catholic Schools Kahui Ako in Hamilton, therefore, school is not open for instruction.

Thursday, February 2nd School starts for classroom learning for ALL students at 8.50am.

Monday, February 6th is Waitangi Day making it a long weekend and back to school Tuesday, February 8th.

The start to another busy year at St Josephs!

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School Stationery

All stationery lists were sent home last year with your child's report. These can be viewed on our school website www.stjoes.school.nz under school information if required.

Working in conjunction with our school, Paper Plus Morrinsville will have available all your stationery requirements, pre-packed ready to go if you wish.

We want all students to please arrive first day, February 2nd, with their stationery ready for use.

Thank You

Please note: Those students that have already collected their packs for Tumanako / Rm 6

please check. If it contains a Purple - Clever Kiwi Writing Book please return this to Paper Plus for it to be exchanged for a Clever My Writing Book 2. Thank you

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Swimming at School and Olympic Pool

Parents and Students …Swimming Time at St Josephs School

All classes will have swimming everyday, so please ensure your child comes to school prepared.

ALL students are to have their Togs - Towel - Bathing Cap & Goggles optional.

Please have all items well named (including underwear) in a waterproof bag. Thank You

Year 4-8 competent swimmers (who will be advised by their teacher) from

Rooms: Akonga, Whakatipu and Tumanako will be transported by bus at

1.15pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

to the town pool for swimming sessions starting Week 2 for 4 weeks.

This is in preparation for our middle and senior school Swimming Sports on

Tuesday, March 7th. Full details will follow about this day.

Please ensure your child comes prepared for these days. Thank You.

Subway Lunches and School Sausage Sizzle Change


Monday's still sees Subway as an option for your child's lunch. Please see below instructions to access this option if you are not already registered. Due to Waitangi Day falling on a Monday, the

first Subway Lunch will be available on Monday, February 16th.

Weekly Sausage Sizzle Change...

Our weekly Sausage Sizzle will now be on a Friday with the first being Friday, February 10th.

Sausages are $2.00 each and to be ordered from the school hall by 8.55am.

Delivery to students via their classroom.

We are looking for some more chefs, so if you are able to spare some time once a term on a Friday please contact the school office on 889 5306. Look forward to hearing from you.

Pizza Days...

These days are an additional fundraiser for those attending school camps or trips. An order form will be sent home for these when held. Our first one for 2023 is scheduled for Friday, March 24th.

Bus Vests & Lost Property

Bus Vests... Can ALL Bus Vests not returned at the end of 2022 please be returned to the student foyer on Partnership Day. Please wash vests so that they are all ready for allocating Week 3. Thank you.

Lost Property... We have an abundance of lost property - 12 jackets, 8 hats, shorts, shirts and more. Please take the time to check the lost property box in the hall foyer on Partnership Day. Any lost property not claimed by the end of Week 2 will be placed in the second hand uniform section.

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