Newsletter Week 2 Term 3 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - August 2nd

Principal's Message

Nau mai, haere mai St Joseph’s Whanau

The first week has been a delight for teachers, students and new Principal !

I think everyone has enjoyed getting back into a learning / working routine.

Grandparents Day: was attended by over 70 grandparents, and the special Mass with Father Mark was the perfect start to the day as we focused on St Anne, the mother of Mary and Grandmother of Jesus. We had a delicious morning tea followed by a rousing kapahaka performance with the rain blessing us and finally visiting classrooms. Thank you to all Grandparents for joining us on this special occasion..

Speech Competition: Today our middle and senior school students (yrs 3-8) performed their speeches in our annual speech competition. A special thank you to Chris May (Principal Tauhei School), Kylie Wells (teacher at Morrinsville Intermediate), Julie Wood (experienced public speaker) who were our judges. Each and every year the judges report that the caliber of speeches is high and makes judging a challenging task. Congratulations to all students who reached the finals and for the very high standard of speeches. Speech topics were all interesting, with creative ideas and fluently presented. Thank you to parents who supported their children to prepare for this occasion (see below for the Speech Competition results).

Coming up:

Star Jam on Friday 12th August: Children will be performing a succession of Jump Jam dances. A gold coin donation is much appreciated and will go to the "Star Jam Charitable Trust" on their 20th anniversary of supporting children with disabilities to enjoy and experience success through dance and music.

Weekly certificates: This last week our certificates focused on the virtue of integrity. I liked the definitions provided by three of the recipients ... one said, "Integrity is 'being honest and telling the truth' " the second said, "Integrity is working hard'", and the third said "Integrity is 'being good, even when nobody is looking' ". Some great understanding there for us all to learn from. (see photo of certificate recipients below).

This week the focus will be on being thankful.

A prayer for the coming week:

Lord, teach us to offer You a heart of thanksgiving and praise in every situation in life. Teach us to be joyful always; to pray continually; and give thanks in all circumstances.

Every blessing and have a great week.

Paul Cooper

Relieving Principal

Our Speech Festival 2022

Today we held our annual St Josephs School Speech Festival.

After a lot of commitment from out students in Year 3-8 writing and practicing their speeches, semi finals were held within their classes, with overall finalists selected for todays Festival.

Well done to finalists: Breah Hunter, Ryan Kuruvilla, Libby Radonich, Gabby Arnephy, Ella Vowles, Charlotte Van Eijk, Finn Wilson, Kali Hyde, Alyse Horan, Delcan Keat, Casey Paki, Tyler NIckalls, Emma Butler, Mia Hyde, Bailee Horan, Sheina Bantugan, Mila Williams and Madison Nickalls.

The judges were given a daunting task, with a high level of speakers in all year groups.

Thank you to organiser Simone Campbell, along with our Judges for the morning

Kylie Wells, Julie Wood and Chris May....thank you.

Special Congratulations to our overall year group winners...

Year 7 & 8... 1st: Bailee Horan 2nd: Sheina Bantugan 3rd: Mila Williams

Highly Commended Madison Nickalls

Year 5 & 6... 1st: Finn Wilson 2nd: Casey Paki 3rd: Tyler Nickalls

Highly Commended Declan Keat

Year 3 & 4... 1st: Gabrielle Arnephy 2nd: Ella Vowles 3rd: Breah Hunter

Highly Commended Ryan Kuruvilla

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2022 Speech Festival trophy recipients : Yr 5/6 Finn Wilson Yr 7/8 Bailee Horan Yr 3/4 Gabrielle Arnephy

Board of Trustees Elections 2022

Our school is undertaking a parent election for our School Board.

This process has started with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community.

This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database. Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close TOMORROW Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is Wednesday 7th September. We look forward to your participation in this process.

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Congratulations to our CORE value certificate recipients. You are Shining !

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Grandparents Day - Smiles All Around...Thank you for joining us at St Josephs

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Hockey 2022 Reminder...

Hockey starts this Friday, August 5th.

Uniforms and notices will be coming home tomorrow Wednesday.

Thank you to all our volunteers who have offered to manage teams.

Wishing everyone all the best for the season.

Sausage Sizzle Helpers

We would like to extend a thank you to the parent/caregivers that join us each week to assist with our weekly school sausage sizzle. The sausage sizzle if a very popular option for a quick lunch which our students seem to enjoy.

With busy terms ahead we are looking for more parents/caregivers to assist with this school fundraiser.

You would be rostered once a term on a Thursday between 11.30 to 12.45 - cooking sausages in the school kitchen, liaising with our student sausage deliverers and kitchen cleanup.

If you are keen to help us out once a term please contact the office at or phone 889 5306.

If we are unable to find additional helpers it may put this weekly lunch offer for students in jeopardy.

Where Does the Fundraising Go....the amount made from our weekly sausage sizzle is divided between our classrooms to help offset costs for trips/camps. If we find ourselves in a position of not having enough manpower (rostered once a term) to be able to continue with the weekly sausage sizzle, then those costs that the funds have offset in the past will be passed back to the parents/caregivers to cover as individuals at the time of the trip/camp.

Fingers crossed we have some keen people out there ready to keep this going for the benefit of all. Thank you

Reflection shared from Jemma Van Eijk, Director of Religious Studies

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ALPHA Course Online

An Alpha Course is starting online,

Monday 22nd August at 8:00pm.

The Alpha Course is an honest space where people can ask questions about faith, life and meaning.

It’s good to explore. We’re built for it.

Find out more at

Upcoming Events

  • Yr 7/8 team to WaiMaths - Wednesday, August 10th
  • STARJAM Spirit Hour - Friday, August 12th
  • Pizza Day - Thursday, July 18th
  • School Photos - Monday, September 5th
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