St Joseph's Primary School West Kempsey
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36 Kemp Street
West Kempsey NSW 2440

Phone: 02 6562 5501

Message from the Principal

Guy_Campbell_2021.jpgDear Parents, Caregivers and Families,

Well, we have almost made it through another year of your children receiving a years’ worth of growth from a year’s learning, and how fast has this year gone!

I have to thank everyone, students, staff and families who have supported the School throughout the Year. While this has not been the smoothest of years, like last year, I suggest we take as many positives from it as possible.

Our students had a great and focussed year of learning, and while they did miss some face-to-face learning time, I feel that overall, with the highly professional blended learning packages that our staff ensured were interactive and engaging, along with the support that you gave at home, for most students, very minimal learning time was lost.

Moreover, while it is no secret that our children missed opportunities that they would have normally experienced, I believe that they have done a great job of showing their resilience, as they too, understand that everybody in the World has been affected by the COVID pandemic, not just them. And, the few losses we have experienced at St Joseph’s, have been minimal when compared to the losses that some people have experienced, and are still experiencing.

Around the Grounds

The Lower Primary Toilet block demolition is now complete and internal fitting is occurring, and while this project has been hindered by COVID lockdowns, we will see its completion and opening at the beginning of the 2022 school year. The Hall has had more external cladding replaced and painted, and has had its roof power washed in readiness for the final areas of cladding to be fixed. This week, the new maintenance shed and driveway area has had the driveway to the road concreted.

With the removal of a playground tree due to floodwater root rot, we have ordered more shade sails to be installed to fill in areas of sun that have raised a concern in regards to sun safety in both the Lower Primary sandpit area, and the Primary softplay, play area.

As always, I thank you for your support in regards to your child’s ongoing learning.

Guy Campbell

‘Driving Education in the Macleay’




The word Advent is from the Latin word adventus translated simply as “coming”. It is the Season that prepares us liturgically for the coming of the joy of Christmas. However, the reading of this week’s Gospel from Luke paints a fairly grim picture of the future time. Christmas joy is certainly not found in people “dying of fear as they await what menaces the world”.

The narrative in Luke this week is about being awake and watchful too. It like Jesus giving his disciples “the heads up” on the future. However, when destruction arrives, the followers of the Son of Man can stand erect with heads held high as their liberation is at hand. This news would have been comforting for the Disciples who still yearned for the foretold Messiah to raise up the chosen ones.

This reading calls us today into a time of advent, a time of the coming and to be watchful. Advent too is the promise of abundance. And that is what we prepare for over this season – a God so abundant that God takes on the fullness of our humanity. That fullness of being human is to know how to read signs of God’s action as we have seen over our last years and yet be perplexed and to live with fear. To see healing in treatments and yet sickness that shakes our world and finally to now know that God is amongst us brimming with love for all of our human experience – its fear and hope, its despair and joy; its loss and salvation.

(Reflection from Jack de Groot)


O come, O Wisdom from on high

Who orders all things mightily

To us the path of knowledge show

And teach us in her ways to go.



O come, O come Emmanuel



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