Newsletter Week 7 Term 1 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville MARCH 22nd

Principal's Message

Kia ora Koutou,

A huge thank you for the support you have given our school over this covid period. The donations of food have been just incredible. Our families who have had to isolate have really appreciated this kindness that you have shown. A special thank you too, to the PFC who have donated time and funding to support this as well.

We currently have 11 active cases in school (where the person has been infectious while on site). We have fifteen families needing to isolate. To date we have had 21 school cases (11 currently active, ten recovered) and 17 household cases (students/staff have tested positive while already isolating as a household contact). Your support has been invaluable!

We are celebrating St Joseph's Day this Thursday 24 March. We had invited all of the smaller St Joseph's schools in our region but alas, red level changed that plan. The children are able to wear red to celebrate St Joseph. The feast day of St Joseph is officially on 19 March.

Next week we are preparing for our year 5 and 6 students to attend camp. We have very strict guidelines to adhere to and pray that everyone will be well and safe to attend.

Have a read over the uniform guidelines and information. We have noticed a wee lapse in the standard, and want to rectify this.

Have a lovely week and take care.

Andrea Colebourn


Covid Update PHASE 3

We are now seven days of self isolation for positive cases and household contacts. Rapid testing is available at the Recreation Grounds, entrance off Avenue Road South , new time of 1 - 3 pm.

Please make sure that you report your RAT results. A reminder that for under 12's, you need to ring 0800 222 478 and choose option 3.

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.

Feast of St Joseph

On 19 March we celebrate the feast of Joseph, the husband of Mary and father to Jesus.

God called Joseph, a simple carpenter, to care for and protect Mary and Jesus.

Joseph showed great faith and trust to do the job God had given him.

We can learn from Joseph to listen to what God asks of us and become faith-filled servants ready to place our trust in God.

What gives you hope in your life when things go wrong?

If you are finding your school work/work challenging what gives you hope?

When things were tough for Joseph, he knew that he could always turn to God. Things were never hopeless for him.

Joseph had the courage to keep going because he was never alone. God was always with him and Joseph had complete trust in God.

When things get tough for us, we are never alone.

God is with us always and we only have to reach out and God is there.

God is our hope.

Thank you for shining your light and displaying our core values

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2022 Swimming Sports Results

Here are the results for St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville Swimming Sports

Senior Girls Swimming:

1st - Carla Roskam

2nd - Kate Mourits

3rd - Emma Butler

Senior Boys Swimming:

1st - Charlie Vowles

2nd - Jaxon Chase

3rd = - Alex Maddever and Jayden DCosta Fernandes

Intermediate Girls Swimming:

1st - Jade Paki

2nd - Casey Paki

3rd - Alena Kampenhout

Intermediate Boys Swimming:

1st - Ryan Mourits

2nd - Jack Paten

3rd = - Brae Horan, Kruz Martin and Declan Keat

Junior Girls Swimming:

1st - Breah Hunter

2nd - Charlotte Van Eijk

Junior Boys Swimming:

1st - Kobe Martin

2nd - Zac Hinton

Overall 3 Stroke Medley: 1st - Jade Paki

2nd - Kate Mourits

3rd - Carla Roskam

Overall 100 Open Freestyle: 1st - Carla Roskam

2nd - Charlie Vowles

3rd - Kate Mourits

House Points

St Patrick - 272

St Joseph - 240

St Bernadette - 148

St Anne - 122

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Church chats with Father Mark

Room 6 made a visit to our Church last week to catch up with Fr Mark. Fr Mark spoke of Saints and the Church and how it all works. This is what the children had to say...

Our class went to visit the church and Fr Mark last Wednesday. He talked to us about saints. He talked about our school saints and other saints like Padre Pio. He also told us about Suzanne Aubert who will hopefully be New Zealand's first saint. He told us lots of creepy stories about saints throughout history. Like Saint Lucy who had her eyes taken out and another saint who had their head chopped off. He told us that one day we could all be saints. - Zac Hinton

Fr Mark taught us about saints and he spoke about all different types of saints both men and women. He told us that Saint Mary is the top saint because she is the mother of Jesus. St Joseph is the 2nd most important because he was the father figure of Jesus. Fr Mark also told us lots of creepy saint stories like saint Lucy who had her eyes burnt out, so now if you see a picture of her she will be holding a tray with her eyes on it. I really enjoyed going to the church and listening to Fr Mark and the stories. - Teigan Riches

Can you support?

We are wanting to organise some care meals for our isolating families and members who are sick. Rather than asking families to provide meals for the freezer, we would love any of the following items:

- orange juice (shelf)

- tissues

- packet of biscuits

- tins of spaghetti/baked beans

Next time you are at the supermarket, and are able to pop one of these items in your trolley, it would be so appreciated! Our amazing PFC are organising some other food items for us.

Please give your items to your children to pass on to their class teacher or pop in the container outside the student foyer.

School Pool Closing - Key Return

The School Pool will be officially closing for outside of hours use from Monday, March 28th. Can all pool key holders please return the pool key to the school office by Friday, April 1st. Thank You
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Prayer to St Joseph

Let us pray …

Loving God, you called Joseph to love and protect Mary and Jesus.

Inspired by Joseph’s devotion to his family, his deep faith and courage and his willingness to always hope in God, may we live as faithful disciples knowing that you will love us and protect us always.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

All : Amen.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 24th - St Joseph's Day celebrations
  • Friday, March 25th - Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord
  • Monday, March 28th order by 9am - Subway Lunch
  • 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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