Newsletter Week 7, Term 4 2021

St Joseph's Catholic School Morrinsville November 30th 2021

Principal's Message

Nau Mai Haere Mai,

Well the announcement of the new Covid Traffic Light System was yesterday. Although the orange level for our region comes into effect this Friday 3 December, schools retain the level status until the end of the school year. Our procedures will remain at level 2.

There is lots to do over the next couple of weeks as we prepare for the end of the term. Our class programmes are buzzing and we are organising the last few events to take place. Over the Christmas holidays we are getting a brand new sports shed. It will be almost twice the size of the one we have now. Peter, our caretaker designed this for us and we can't wait until it arrives. A huge thank you to our amazing PFC who have donated the funds for the long overdue shed. We think that the current shed is about 35 years old (give or take).

We are really excited to be able to have parents/caregivers attend our School Prizegiving. To make this work so that you are able to come, we are splitting Prizegiving into three different ceremonies. Year 1 - 6 will be on Monday 6 December 2 pm for Room 4 and Whakatipu Hub and 2.30 pm for Akonga Hub, Room 5 and Room 6. Our seniors Year 7 and 8 will be holding a special Mass followed by Prizegiving on Wednesday 8 December at 11: 15 am. Scroll through our newsletter for more details. Yay! Please make sure that you wear a mask and social distancing rules apply.

Thank you so much for the incredible donations to Community House last Friday. They were overwhelmed with our fantastic response. It is just so lovely to be able to give back to our community.

A special thank you to Madeleine from our Parish who writes the Parish updates for us every fortnight. She has done a great job at keeping us informed. Thanks Madeleine!

Have a great week everyone. Our final newsletter for 2022 will be on Thursday 9 December.

God Bless you and your whānau. Andrea Colebourn, Principal

Prize Giving's 2021 - How they will look under COVID levels

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Words of Farewell

At the end of 2021 we farewell a staff icon - Peter Flynn our Caretaker. Peter first started at St Josephs Morrinsville as a pupil and returned to take up the position of part time caretaker.

For the past 26 years Peter has rescued endless balls off roofs, gardened, mowed, constructed, glued, trimmed, wired, built scenery, put bins out and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes.

If any past or current pupils, parents, staff, BOT or more would like to send a word of farewell to Peter to be added to a card please send it to Thank You

Classes for 2022

We are pleased to announce our class spaces and appointments for 2022.

Year 7 and 8... Mr Jeff Bennett and Supporting person Room 3 and Room 11 space combined

Year 5 and 6... Mrs Kerry Horan and Mrs Emma Hyde Whakatipu Hub

Year 4 and 5... Mrs Jemma Van Eijk. Room 6

Year 3 and 4... Mrs Lee White Room 5

Year 2 and 3... Mrs Chris Follett and Mrs Simone Campbell. Room 4

Year 1 and 2... Mrs Courtney Thomson, Whaia Kirstin Marsh, Mrs Jeanette Lalich Akonga Hub

Release teacher : Mrs Maree Nicholson

Support staff across spaces : Toyah Irwin, Renee Teague, Cathie Peddie and Meredith Vowles

Letters will be coming home tomorrow to inform you of which class space and teacher/s your children will have for next year.

The children and teachers are able to have some time with their new class space and class mates on Thursday 9 December from 10:15 am - 11:00 am.

2022 School Information

The last day of the school year for 2021 is Tuesday 14 December at 12:15 pm.

Our school year opens a little differently next year. Our staff are involved in a number of Teacher Only Days towards the end of January and the start of February. Some of these days are call back days and some are Accord Days.

Our school year for 2022 begins on Thursday 3 February. This day is scheduled to be a Learning Partnership Day. This is where parents/caregivers make a time to meet with the class teacher to discuss their child and share any information that you feel will benefit your child. It is also a chance to see the classroom space. You are encouraged to bring your child with you to the meeting. Please note that school will not be open for learning on that day. Bookings will open on 25 January 2022.

On Friday 4 February, our staff will be involved in professional development and learning.

School officially starts for students on Tuesday 8 February 2021. Our school year will finish on Friday 16 December 2022.

Christmas Donations Mufti Day - December 3rd

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 3 December we are having a Mufti Day. We are collecting for EZEKIEL TRUST. This is their message to us:

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".

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

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Explore Term 3

Another full on Term with Explore, with lots happening on the sports field along with other areas of learning. Our students certainly appreciated these sessions and will definitely be of great help in the future.

Special thanks to our special guests Alesha McQuoid, Cade Rowlingson and Kyra Rowlingson for sharing their time, talent and expertise.

Thank you Kelly Rowlingson

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Yummy Apple Results

Well Done Everyone…

Thank you for collecting stickers for this years promotion.

We are looking forward to receiving our pack of sports gear from

Yummy Apple promotions in the new year.

Special mention to our top collectors…

1st Room 3 - 1718 points .... enjoy your ice cream Room 3

2nd Whakatipu Hub - 682 points ...Yummy Apples coming your way

3rd Akonga Hub - 321 points ...Yummy Apples coming your way

Thank you everyone so much for eating all those apples.

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, Principal

Library Books Return

Time to Return Library Books please.... as we get closer to the end of term the library is preparing for an end of year stock take.

This is the time to check under the bed, in the wardrobe, on your book shelves and any other hiding places for library books belonging to St Josephs.

Can all Library Books please be returned by Wednesday, December 1st. 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.

Our Parish

The Advent season is our special countdown to Christmas where we are invited to take time from what can be a frenzied period of functions, (maybe not so many this year☹) shopping and cooking to include spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus to keep Christ at the centre of Christmas.

One way to keep Advent alive in our homes is with an Advent Wreath. A great family activity, something that can be created together and shared in each week as the candles, for Hope, Love, Joy and Peace are lit.

However we choose to observe this season let’s take time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

How to light your Advent Wreath:

In the first week, light one purple candle.

In the second week, light two purple candles.

In the third week, light two purple candles and the rose candle.

In the fourth week, light all four candles.


The first candle for Advent represents HOPE. Here is a prayer to pray and reflect on:

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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, December 6th - Yrs 1-6 Prize Giving 2pm & 2.30pm
  • Tuesday, December 7th - Leadership Day
  • Wednesday, December 8th - 11.15am Final Mass
  • Wednesday December 8th - 12.00pm Senior Prizegiving
  • Friday, December 10th - Reports due home
  • Friday, December 10th - Leavers Dinner
  • Tuesday, December 14th - last day of term 12.15pm

Dance Holiday Programme

By popular demand, SA School of Dance is back with another holiday programme workshop on the 15, 16, & 17th of December!

Our Christmas workshops will involve all the fun of dance and stagecraft, with styles including hip hop, jazz, and contemporary. Dance experience is not required, just plenty of energy and a creative mind!

Junior sessions (ages 5-10): 8.30am-12.30pm.

Cost for all 3 mornings: $50pp.

Senior sessions (ages 11-14): 1pm-5pm.

Cost for all 3 afternoons: $60pp (senior cost includes dance T-Shirt)

Text Seren on 020 4090 5362 for more information, or find us on FaceBook or Instagram - limited spaces available!

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