Newsletter Week 2 Term 2 2022

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville - MAY 10th

Principal's Message

Kia ora Koutou,

We had a great first week back at school. The children are so settled and learning programmes are buzzing.

A special welcome to Maddox who joins our school. Maddox and his family have moved from the Cook Islands to NZ and have settled in Morrinsville. Maddox is in Room 4. We know you will make his family feel very welcome.

This Friday we are celebrating St Bernadette. She is an incredible saint and one that is very relatable to our children, being so young. St Bernadette is the patron saint of the sick. Our St Bernadette house colour is blue so on Friday we are having a blue mufti day.

Next week we are hosting the Waikato Catholic Schools Literacy Quiz. Mr Jeff Bennett initiated this event five years ago and it is well supported by our Catholic Schools. Thank you for all your mahi Mr B!

Although we haven't had any confirmed cases in school this term, we do have families that are isolating due to being a household contact. Covid is still here, and we have reports of other schools in our town with multiple cases. This means that we too may potentially have a surge over the next few weeks. Thank you for wearing masks on site and keeping us informed when there are cases in your household. We appreciate knowing this so we can continue to be proactive in our school.

Have a fantastic week, take care and God bless.


Andrea Colebourn


Sacred Heart Visit

It was great to have students and Dean Rogers, Deputy Principal from Sacred Heart Girls College Hamilton visit the school last Thursday. This was a wonderful opportunity to introduce Sacred Heart to our students and to take the opportunity to speak one on one with our Year 8 girls. They shared their talents at morning tea with the whole school and expressed that they thoroughly enjoyed interacting with our students at all year levels.

RE in a snapshot

This term our Religious Education focus is To Tātou Whakapono - Our Faith. The key themes for each year level is:

Year 1 and 2

  • Introduce key stories about Jesus

  • Develop an understanding of the context of these Bible stories.

Year 3 and 4

  • Explore what Jesus teaches us through stories that have a message.

  • Recognise that Jesus had messages which help us know what to do and how to be happy.

Year 5 and 6

  • Recognise that the books and stories of the Old Testament were already in existence when Jesus was growing up, and develop understanding of the social, historical and geographical context of that time.

  • Grow in understanding that the Old Testament tells the story of the Jewish people, but it is also important for Christians and Muslims as it tells the story of God’s relationship with humanity.

Year 7 and 8

  • Develop an understanding of how the Bible was formed, cherished and shared.

  • Explore some of the stories and writings and their context and how this influences our understanding of Scripture.


We will be holding a Baptism course for older children shortly in the Parish, early/mid June. Dates and times are still being sorted, and will in part depend on the number of people interested. The program will be for both the children and parents, and will be held over two sessions.

We have sent and invitation home today. If you are interested, just let us know. Names are needed by 20 May 2022.

Congratulations to our core value certificate recipients. You are shining!

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Netball Kick Start 2022

Our Netball 2022 season was underway last week.

Individual details have been shared. REMINDER: Subs to be paid promptly in full please by Friday, May 20th to the Netball account - details as noted in information shared with players. Thank you.

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Our Amazing PFC

Our PFC (Parent Fundraising Committee) work incredibly hard to support our school community. We are so pleased to announce that this year the funds have been allocated to the following projects for 2022.

  • new kapa haka uniforms
  • upgrade of the pool surroundings
  • curriculum resources to support learning
  • contribution to leasing chromebooks
  • contribution towards hall upgrade
  • contribution towards year 8 leavers dinner and purchasing of bibles
  • contribution to camps
  • support with care meals

We are so incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive community. Thank you for all that you do.

PFC Fundraiser - Oxford Pies


Oxford Pies and More

Great for the freezer over the winter months for those quick meals.

Please see order form on Seesaw or copy sent home.

Complete and return by THIS Thursday, May 12th

Please follow payment instructions on form only.

Order collection Friday, May 20th - note details for collection.

Thank You for Support St Josephs School PFC

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REMINDER : Winter Uniform from Next Week

Term 2 and Term 3 is winter uniform time. Just remember that we have lots of gear in our second hand uniform section so feel free to take a look.

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.

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Are You Able to Spare Some Time?

Calling for Master Chefs for Our Schools Weekly Thursday Sausage Sizzle

Master Chefs are required urgently approximately once per term for

1.5 hours on a Thursday to cook sausages and clear away.

When numbers allow, two Chefs usually work together using frypans in the school hall, producing top quality browning on those yummy sausages.

All money raised goes towards of student class trips or camps.

Please email or phone the office on 8895306.


Ko Hāta Maria

"Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven” that has been travelling around the country has arrived in our Diocese, and is presently at the Cathedral. It will be in our parish from Sunday May 15 to Thursday May 19, and we will welcome the image firstly to Te Aroha on Sunday evening, May 15.
The image will be in Te Aroha from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning (May 17), then in Morrinsville for the Tuesday evening Mass and Wednesday morning Mass, and then to Paeroa on Wednesday afternoon for the Thursday morning Mass (May 19). That afternoon, it will be taken to Tauranga.

Commissioned by NZ Catholic Bishops, it was unveiled and blessed on the Feast of the Assumption in 2021 at St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington.

The image is framed like a wharenui, with the Holy Spirit above… our ultimate spiritual home is the House of God. At the conclusion of the tour, the artwork will be permanently housed in a shrine at St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington.

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Upcoming Events

  • May - Month of Mary
  • Footsteps Dance sessions commence
  • Cross Country Training commences
  • Whole School Mass - Wednesday, May 11th
  • PFC Oxford Pies order form back - Thursday, May 12th
  • St Bernadette Feast Day - Friday, May 13th
  • House Spirit Hour - Friday, May 20th
  • PFC Oxford Pies collection day - Friday, May 20th
  • Rugby/Netball Fun Day- Tuesday, May 24th
  • Queens Birthday Weekend - Monday, June 6th

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