Newsletter Week 9 Term 1 2022
St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville APRIL 5th
We were so pleased that our year 5 and 6 children were able to attend camp. They had an absolute blast and the weather was stunning. Thanks so much to the parent helpers and staff that attended. A special thank you to Kerry Horan who coordinated the camp. It has been months of preparation, and once again she has done a brilliant job.
You may have heard that NZ remains at red level. Vaccine passes and vaccine mandates have been lifted. We are excited at the prospect of welcoming more people on site next term and vaccination status will no longer be required for helping in school.
To date our community and our PFC have provided 53 care packages for families that have needed to isolate. The packages have been so appreciated by our families and the kindness shown is just amazing. The stock is running low, so we would love for more grocery items (juice, tissues, canned goods, biscuits, chips) to be donated if possible. If you are able to pop an item into your grocery basket to pass on to school, it will be so welcomed!
We have had two confirmed cases over the weekend and we also have some staff isolating as household contacts. Once again, we thank our guest teachers for helping to cover classes during this time.
Next week is Holy Week. It will look a little different in our school than previous years, but Mrs Van Eijk has prepared some great learning for our tamariki. We can't wait to highlight this for next week. As Easter approaches, it is a time for reflection and for gratitude for what we have. The Easter break is also family time and to be with your loved ones.
God bless you and your families. Take care.
Year 5 and 6 Camp Highlights
The best thing that happened at camp was probably when I went on the rocket.
And also when I went down the slide on a bogey board.
The funniest thing that happened was when people fell off the rocket.
The first thing that I had never done in my life before was animal survival.
If I could change anything about camp it would be the cold pool.
For me the best camp memory was the paddle board and the slides.
Something that I learned about myself was that I can give everything a go.
The best bit about camp was the animal survival because I liked running through the bushes and having a good time.
The funniest camp moment was on the Paddleboards and Arran tried to make me fall off the board but Arran fell off instead of me.
I had never done a lot of the stuff we did at camp like Axe throwing, archery, shooting and biscuiting.
If I could change anything it would be more confident.
For me the best camp memory was when I was on the biscuit and I was holding on and somehow I did a jump and landed where I was before.
Something I have learned about myself is that I can do a lot more than I think I can do.
Something I found challenging was facing fears.
The funniest moment was when you and all the parents and teachers April fooled us - Loof Lirpa! - With weetbix in our hand we set off to find it, while everyone else was videoing!
The best thing about camp for me was learning new things and pushing myself out of my comfort zone to try things I had never done before. All the teachers and parents (everyone) that helped us do those things that we were a bit scared of, are true heroes!
There were lots of different things that I had never done before at camp….
I wasn’t quite sure about paddle boarding but I did it and it ended up being one of my favorite things about camp!
For me the best memory about camp would be being able to go to camp and do all the fun activities with my friends and the parents.
Core Value and Learning Certificates. You are shining!
We are pleased to announce the PFC positions for 2022:
Chairperson - Andrea Livingstone
this is Andrea's third year in the role and she is doing an amazing job!
Deputy Chairperson - Lucci Hennah
Lucy has been in this role for two years. Most appreciated Lucci!
Secretary - Casey Hunter
Casey has just been appointed this role for 2022. Thanks so much Casey!
Treasurer- Odette Sommerhalder
this is Odette's second year in the role and once again she has put her hand up to help!
A special thank you to Jemma Van Eijk who is stepping down from the secretary role after three years in the position. We appreciate your time and effort Jemma, and thank you!
Meredith Vowles will continue in the care meal coordinator role and she has been so generous with her time and care with supporting our families.
IMPORTANT - Online parent session for internet safety
Please book Tuesday 12 April into your calendar. The session will be in the evening (for an hour) and it is an ONLINE session. More details to come.
John is also doing an online session during the day with our year 7 and 8 students as well as an online staff session afterschool.
Anzac Day 2022 at School
Next Wednesday April 13th as a school we will be commemorating
ANZAC Day with Poppy Day.
A coin donation would be appreciated from each pupil please in exchange for a poppy.
These donations will go toward Welfare Funds to look after the needs of Returned Service people in this area. We look forward to your support.
A Senior School Commemorative Ceremony lead by Room 3 will be taking place at school.
There is no formal ANZAC Day Ceremony at the Morrinsville Cenotaph this year.
"Lest We Forget"
Teacher Only Day
The last day for students this term is Wednesday 13 April.
Students are welcome to wear a school jacket, a school jersey (or both to school).
Everyone must be in full winter uniform by Monday 16 May (two weeks into term 2). You can wear your winter or summer uniform until then, just not a combination of both.