Newsletter Week 10 Term 3 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - September 27th

Principal's Message

Nau mai, haere mai St Joseph’s Whanau

The last week of term is upon us, and a short week at that, so a lot must happen in the next 4 days before we hand the children over to you for the two week break.

Road safety: On Friday there was an incident where a child was hit by a car while crossing the road after school. It was a low speed impact, but the child still had to spend a night in Waikato Hospital before being able to return home. It was a dramatic event for all. A special thank you to the parent, who was a trained nurse, who was the first one on the scene and to the teachers involved who actioned the response plan flawlessly. We are thankful it was not a more serious incident.

The school asks all parents to reinforce with their children the safety rules we have at school about crossing the road:

  • Only cross the road with a teacher or parent

    • After school a teacher is on duty at the school gates

    • Only cross the road at the places where the teacher is waiting, which is near the school gates

  • Always look both ways before walking across the road, even when with an adult.

  • Do not walk down the road and then cross without an adult, it is not safe.

Thank you parents for your support in reinforcing this crucial message.

Hockey - Soccer Fun Day: This day was a great success and as the title suggests, a lot of fun. Children in Years 4-6 demonstrated their skills and had fun using them in a shortened game situation. Well done team!

Wearable Arts on Thursday 1pm and 6pm. As it is a planned outside event, if it is raining the event will be postponed to Term 4. All wearable art costumes will be carefully stored at school in readiness for the new date.

The Holiday Programme & Before/After School programmes: These will be happening as usual - same times, same people delivering the same programme, just under a different name. Anna will be in charge of the newly named programme “Kidz Only”

Coming Up This Week

Wearable Arts ... Thursday 1pm or 6pm. Please let the school know your preference so we can arrange enough seating

Last Day of Term 3: School will end at the normal time on Friday, September 30th

Next Term: Term 4: commences Monday 17th October

A prayer for the coming week:

Dear Lord

You have blessed us in so many ways

We thank You and give praise to You.

These holidays we ask:

Each day, help us to be a blessing to others

In all we do and say.


Every blessing and have a great week.

Paul Cooper

Relieving Principal

For Your Information Looking Further Ahead:

Term 4 2022: Monday, October 17th to Friday, December 16th (12.15pm finish)

Term 1 2023:

Tuesday, January 31st ... Parent/Student/Teacher Partnership Day at school

Wednesday, February 1st ... Teacher Only Day for Catholic Partnership Day

Thursday, February 2nd ... Students back to school full time

Monday, February 6th ... Waitangi Day

Kaimai Speech Festival

Last Tuesday St Josephs Catholic School Morrinsville hosted the Kaimai speech festival.

This annual festival involved entrants from Morrinsville, Paeroa, Matamata, Te Aroha and Waihi Catholic schools. The children that represented their schools are those that achieved highly from Year 6, 7 and 8 in their school competition.

The speeches were of a high caliber and a credit to the speech makers, which made the judging quite a hard task. Congratulations to....

Year 8...

1st: Bailee Horan (Mville) 2nd: Mikaere Cull (Paeroa)

3rd: Madison Nickalls (Mville)

Highly Commended: Liam and Anthony Kent (Te Aroha).

Year 7...

1st: Sheina Bantugan (Mville) 2nd: Mila Williams (Mville) 3rd: Janina Kaczon (Waihi)

Year 6...

1st: Finn Wilson (Mville), 2nd: Owen Jones (Te Aroha) 3rd: Marlo Kurger (Waihi).

Overall Kiamai Cup winner 2022 was Sheina Bantugan. (Morrinsville)

Our judges were Thilo Govender from Morrinsville College, Andrea Devane from Morrinsville Intermediate and Brayden Campbell from Westpac Chartwell.

Well done everyone on your outstanding results.

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Well Done To Our Junior Poetry Students

On the Wednesday we held our 2022 Junior Poetry Recital for the Years 1 and 2 students.

A great morning of poetry was heard. Judges Shelly Good and Delwyn McClelland had a hard battle to choose their winners.

Year 1: 1st Jessica Marwick 2nd Lucy Hindman 3rd Abegail Bunao

Highly Commended Lincoln Irwin

Year 2: 1st Layla Gommans 2nd Abbie Radonich 3rd Justin Reyes

Well Done to Our Hockey Teams

Hockey is over for another year. We had a nice quick season this term with a lot of improvement seen by all players.

On Friday we had a St Joes Strikers vs St Joes Hotshots final play off. It was a very good game and awesome to watch. St Joes Strikers being Oliver Livingstone, Bentley Irwin, Jade Paki, Casey Paki, Tristam Corlett, Amelia Kerr, Jack Patten and Trinity Faaiuaso came away with the win 3-2.

Well done and a huge congratulations to our Most Valuable Players for the Season :

All Stars - Elliot Corlett

Strikers - Jack Patten

Hot Shots - Finn Wilson

Rockers - Cameron Devaney

Thanks again to all our managers and parent supporters. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Congratulations to Our Cross Country Runners

Last week a team of Year 7/8 students took part in the Waikato Full Primary Cross Country held in Te Aroha. There were 40 schools participating from local schools, as well as from far afield as Taupo and Taumarunui. The Year 7's course being 3.2km and the Year 8s course being 3.6km.

We are incredibly proud of their results as it was very large event.

Special mention of Emma Butler and Tobias Hotene-Wilson who were both placed 3rd in the Year 8 section.

Our students results:

Year 7 girls: Emma Butler -3rd : Mila Williams - 15th

Year 7 boys: Tobias Hotene-Wilson 3rd

Year 8 girls: Carla Roskam - 9th

Year 8 boys: Charlie Vowles - 12th : Alex Maddever -22nd

Well Done

On Monday evening two of our Year 8 students, Madison Nickalls and Bailee Horan competed at the annual Intermediate Schools Speech Competition hosted by the Morrinsville Rotary Club. Both girls represented the school beautifully in a tough competition and were commended on their mature speech topics and confidence when speaking. Thank you to the Rotary Club for hosting the event and for putting on a lovely dinner for the speakers and their supporters.

Welcome to Kidz Only to Our School

It's with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees and the school have elected "Kidz Only" as their new provider for before school, after school and holiday programs. We aim to provide the exact same quality service as we have always done.

We are jumping straight into a two-week holiday program. We are taking manual bookings for these holidays, enrolment forms can be picked up from the office or pop into the hall and see Anna or alternatively these can be emailed to you, contact or phone 0223502057

Before and After school care will be using the AIMY booking system, this will be up and running by 10th October if you require Before and After School care please email your interest so we can send you our parent portal once it has become available.

Please ad below for further details.

Recognising Students Classroom Achievement from Week 9. Well Done Everyone

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Reflection shared from Jemma Van Eijk, DRS

This week we focus on the Gospel of Luke 16:19-31, the parable of the rich man. When we reflect on this story we can see that it is asking us to help all who needs our help and those who seek justice. The Gospel also teaches us that we should serve others instead of being served without expecting others to do the same for us.

Two very important messages to take out of this weeks Gospel Focus and teach our children as they grow up in this ever changing world.

This term our focus has been Ngākaupono - Integrity. We have had some outstanding examples of this from many of our students as they have represented our school at different events, during morning tea and lunch and within our classrooms. We congratulate all of the students who received a Core Values certificate this term, keep up the awesome mahi.

I hope you all have a safe and refreshing term break.

We thank you Lord, for this term. For our challenges, our successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Amen

Aroha Mai

Mrs Van Eijk

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Unclaimed Lost Property…Please Note

We have an abundance of lost property and please ask that you take the time to come and check if items belongs to your family by the end of the term. Students are just not taking the time to check.

Please Note: Any unclaimed uniform items will be placed in the school second hand section. Unclaimed mufti clothes in good condition will be taken to the Op Shop.

Thank You.

Found In the School Grounds

A woman's dress ring has been found in the playground. If you think it might be yours please pop into the office or give us a call 889 5306. Hopefully we can find the owner.

Free To A Good Home

We currently have some excess shelving...2 sets. Free to a good home.

Made of light metal 1137 high x 71cm wide. One set having slight damage to the top, which probably could be straightened.

Good lightweight storage for the garage or similar.

First in first served. Please phone the office to arrange to view 889 5306.

Please Note: Spring/Summer Spraying

During the term break our whole school grounds will be sprayed by a professional firm on no set date. Should you be on site at the time, we ask that you please remove yourself from the grounds immediately and for up to 2 hours after application.

Please take all precautions to avoid contact and seek appropriate advice should you have a reaction in in way. Thank you


The PFC are once again holding the Annual Scrap Metal Drive on Saturday, October 15th from 8.00am to aid our school.

We can't do it without your help please....

If you are able to help, no matter how small or how large, with any of the following for our Scrap Metal Drive please fill out the form via the link :

  • We need people to help deliver flyers around town (from 19th Sept)
  • We need donations of food / drink so we can feed all of our wonderful helpers
  • We need people to help with collection
  • We need people to help in the yard with offloading and sorting
  • We need support with serving food
  • We need help the week after with clean up

Look forward to hearing from you

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Upcoming Events

  • BOT Meeting - Wednesday, September 28th
  • Wearables Arts Showcase : Whole School - Thursday, September 29th
  • Hotdog Day - Friday, September 30th
  • End of Term 3 - Friday, September 30th
  • Scrap Metal Collection -Saturday, October 15th
  • Term 4 Commences - Monday, October 17th
  • Livestock Day - Wednesday, October 19th
  • Labour Day - Monday, October 24th
  • Livestock Group Day - Thursday, October 27th

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