Newsletter Week 5, Term 4 2021

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville November 16th 2021

Principal's Message

Nau Mai Haere Mai,

We are midway through the term and it is flying by! The teachers are busy behind the scenes writing end of year reports and collating learning data. Our students are very busy with their learning and play. At this time of year, often niggles arise in the playground and classroom. It is really important that if you have any concerns, please make a time to chat with the class teacher. There are often lots of versions of events so we really appreciate that you talk with the school directly. This can save a lot of time and extra worry. Thank you.

As of tomorrow, the Waikato region will be in level 2. We are very excited to welcome back some of our families that have had to stay in the level 3 zone. We finally have our school back together. As always, we following the Ministry of Health guidelines. Here is a link for you to view.

We are looking forward to Athletics Day on Thursday. The students have been practising so hard for this event. We will post photos and races on our facebook page for you to view. We know it is difficult not being able to attend, but we thank you for your continued support with this.

Have a great week everyone. Take care and look after yourselves.

God Bless you and your whānau.

Andrea Colebourn, Principal

Whole School Athletics

This Thursday, November 18th we will be holding our Whole School Athletics. An information sheet outlining student requirements and an event programme is being shared with families today. Please ensure your child comes well prepared for the day.

Sausage Sizzle will still be taking place as normal.

Please note that due to COVID Levels and Ministry of Education guidelines, parents/caregivers are unable to attend this event for 2021. We wish all our athletes the best for a great day of participation.

Core Value Certificates - You are shining!

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Covid 19 Vaccination Information for volunteers

Our School is obliged to meet the Public Health Order Requirement regarding Mandatory Covid -19 Vaccinations.

As of Monday 15 November 2021, all persons who volunteer to assist with any school activities both inside and outside of the classroom (reading with children, school trips, school camps, sausage sizzle helpers, class helpers, sports coaches etc) are required to have their first Covid-19 vaccination. As of 1 January 2022, all school volunteers are to be fully vaccinated.

Evidence of your vaccination status can be provided to the school at any time.

A copy of such evidence can be uploaded to this google form, emailed to, cited at the school office, or a copy placed in a sealed envelope sent to the school office. This must be provided prior to school activities taking place.

If you wish, you can request the school keep a copy of the record so that you can maintain ongoing access to volunteer for school activities.

All information is treated as confidential and retained according to the Privacy Act 2020 and the School's Information and Privacy Policy.

If a parent/caregiver is awaiting a result from a Covid-19 test, they must inform the school prior to participating in any school activity.

If you have been granted an exemption, please provide proof of the same.

Nga mihi

Andrea Colebourn


Livestock Day Results 2021

Congratulations to the following students and their animals for their hard workand commitment with outstanding results at Morrinsville School Livestock Dayheld earlier in the term.

All student and their animals participating showed great commitment and should all be very proud of themselves.

Leading & Rearing - Jade Paki and Kruz Martin

Calf Highest Points - Kobe Martin

Lamb Leading & Rearing - Cameron Devaney

Lamb Highest Points - Xaveika McLachlan

Kid Leading & Rearing - Charlotte Van Eijk

Over All Schools…

Kid Highest Points - Charlotte Van Eijk

Champion Lamb - Xaveika McLachlan

Beef Overall Highest Points - Emma Van Vliet

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Christmas Donations

We know that many families in our local community are struggling and we are aware that Christmas time is a really hard time of year for some. St Joes would like to show our support.


On Friday 26 November we are having a Mufti Day . In exchange for wearing mufti, please bring either a food item, Christmas item or supply item. These items will be donated to Morrinsville Community House

On Friday 3 December we are having a Mufti Day. In exchange for wearing mufti, you could do one of the following:

donate food for a Christmas hamper (see attached list), or buy a small gift for a child (3 age ranges to choose from: 0-3yrs, 4-7, 8-10), buy a gift for a Mum or a Dad or a teenager, or donate money either for us to buy food items or maybe in the form of a Warehouse voucher so that a parent can buy a gift for their own children? We are only too happy to accommodate whatever way you wish to contribute. We are so thankful that Morrinsville has such a caring community – and one that knows how to share the love of Jesus at Christmas time.

A couple of points to remember, please:

If buying a gift please do not wrap it. Gifts need to be new (not second hand even if they are in good condition) but please remove the price tag. We have access to a number of helpful youth who delight in wrapping presents and are always looking for ways to help us out, so the wrapping will be done once we have the gifts".

This collection will be donated to Ezekiel Trust, Morrinsville

Below is a list of Food Bank ideas. Kia kaha!

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Photo Orders

Free delivery has now closed. Any photos orders now placed via the Key Code system will incur a postage fee.

Once photos ordered prior to November 14th are received we will send them home via the students. Thank you

School Pool Key

School Pool Key for 2021/22 Swimming Season

School Pool is Now Open for Use

Pool Keys are available for issue from the school office for our school families only and can be obtained by Parent/Caregivers only at a cost $40.00 for the season.

Strict rules and conditions apply with the added restrictions of use under COVID Levels.

Thank You

Free to A Good Home - Wall Covering

We have some sheets of burgundy coloured Autex Wall Covering in varying condition to recycle. These sheets were once on the walls in a classroom and are now excess to requirements and looking for a new home. Great for making pin boards, wall covering, sound proofing, crafting, etc.

You are welcome to take one sheet or more depending on your requirements.

Sheets approx 1.5 x 1.2m or 2.4 x 1.2m

If you are interested please touch base with Robyn - office 8895306

Our Parish

Our Grotto recreating the scene of Our Lady’s visitation to St Bernadette at Lourdes was the inspiration and handiwork of Father Jelo and some very talented Parishioners.

We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful space available to us for reflection, contemplation and prayer (few churches in New Zealand are as lucky as we are!).

Restful for adults (there’s seats!) and enchanting to children the Grotto is for everyone. So you are invited to take a break from the business of life and spend a moment in this peaceful haven.

The stained glass overlay windows depicting our Native forest and wildlife along with the plantings ensures we feel at home here.

We continue to especially pray for our faithful departed loved ones throughout this month.

So if you haven’t already placed their name(s) in the box provided in front of the Altar you are still welcome to do so.


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 18th - Athletics Day
  • TBC Monday, December 6th - Prize Giving
  • TBC Tuesday, December 7th - Leadership Day
  • TBC Wednesday, December 8th - Final Mass/Yr 8 Retreat
  • TBC Friday, December 10th - Leavers Dinner
  • Tuesday, December 14th - last day of term 12.15pm
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