- Message from the Principal
- Catholic Identity and Mission in Our School
- Learning & Teaching in Our School
- Parent Information Zoom Session for the Kindergarten Class of 2022
- Student Awards
- The Wellbeing Team
- Sporting News
- News from the Enviro Team
- Lost Property
- St Joseph's OOSH & Vacation Care
- School Canteen
- How to Purchase your child's School Uniform
- School Dates for 2022
- Schedule of School Fees for 2022
- School Travel for 2022
- Newsletter Sponsors
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.
‘Driving Education in the Macleay’
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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
Sourced from; https://www.vinnies.org.au/icms_docs/327245_Spiritual_Reflection_Guide_September_2021.pdfRead Less
WITH MR WILL POLLOCK
What a busy last few weeks we are going to have at St Josephs! On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 3 children (as well as some older children). Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Bishop Greg was unable to attend, so Fr James ably stepped in to lead the children in receiving the Sacrament. It was wonderful to see so many families in the Church. A special thank you to all the St Joseph’s staff who helped on the night, too!
Our Year 5 students had a successful Reflection Day last Thursday. The theme of the day was ‘Exuro’, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about discipleship and leadership. The day included small workshops and some fun games, and concluded with a beautiful prayer service. Thanks to Mr May and Mrs Walters for their support on the day. Following from the Retreat Day the Year 5 children began the process to elect School Captains for 2022.
We now lead into our Giving Mass next week, which unfortunately will take on a different look to normal. Our Year 5 students will present the wonderful donations made by the St Joseph’s community to the Parish, who will then see these donations distributed to Vinnies, who will see they are distributed to the needy in our community this Christmas. At our Giving Mass we will also see the handover of school leadership, with our departing School Captains ‘passing the torch’ to our incoming Captains for 2022.
Year 6 were treated to a performance about the life of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, of whom St Joseph’s has rich links to. The performance was enjoyed by the children, who learnt more about the rich history of the role of Catholic organisations like the Mercy Sisters in promoting education and dignity among the poor and marginalised in our society.
We are also in the process of planning the Farewell Mass for our Year 6 students. This will be held on Monday 13th December at 5.30pm at the All Saints Catholic Church. Year 6 families will receive correspondence about this with more details in the coming days.
As Catholics, we celebrate the season of Advent. It is the period of preparation extending over the four Sundays before Christmas. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolise hope, love, joy and peace. The candles are lit in that order,
Donatons of gifts and food items towards our Christmas Hamper Appeal are greatly appreciated.
WITH MRS KRYSTAL BRADY
KINDERGARTEN 2022 ORIENTATION
Today was our Kindergarten Orientation! It was so exciting to have our 2022 Kindergarten classes at school getting to know their teachers. Students enjoyed story time, making taco dragons and playing with their new friends. We are looking forward to seeing them for their first day of school on Tuesday, 8th February, 2022.
Thank you to Mrs Nicole Edwards for coordinating our Transition Program for 2021.Please continue to contact Mrs Edwards through Class Dojo for any further information.
Prior to the first day of Kindergarten, you will need to book your child's Best Start interview. These interviews are a relaxed opportunity to develop a relationship with your child and to identify their current literacy and numeracy skills. Appointments will be available from Tuesday 1st February to Monday 7th February. These interviews will be held at school for one hour and drop off and pick up will be at the hall gate.
To book your child's Best Start Interview go to www.schoolinterviews.com.au and use event code r4jev
2021 PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. Congratulations to Amailia Brandt in Year One for successfully completing the Premier's Reading Challenge this year.
LEARNING IN YEAR 4
Year 4 students have been looking at local industries and what they produce. Students chose an industry and researched the production process of a product. They then used their newly acquired digital coding knowledge to record the steps of production and create an interactive poster using the Makey Makeys.
SEMESTER TWO REPORTING
Reports for Semester Two learning will be distributed on Friday, 10th December (Kinder to Year 5). Students have been working hard towards their learning goals this semester. Due to COVID-19 interruptions, the report will look different (similar to Semester One, 2020). A detailed comment will be provided for both English and Mathematics which describes your child’s progress in these specific Key Learning Areas. A General Comment and Engagement in Learning indicators are also included in the report. Please contact your class teacher if you have any questions about your child’s report.Read Less
We will be running a Zoom Meeting on the 1st December at 7pm for parents/caregivers of our Kindergarten Class of 2022. The purpose of this session is to provide you with information for your child commencing Kindergarten next year. Topics covered will include:
- Learning & Teaching
- Policies & Practices
- Q & A Time
To register your attendance at this Zoom please scan this QR Code or visit https://forms.gle/x7vQGCGHhdwFBm126
To join the Zoom Meeting scan this QR Code follow this link
STUDENT AWARDS FOR WEEKS 7 & 8, TERM 4
MARY MACKILLOP AWARD
Recognises Catholic attitude, behaviours & helping those in need
Recognises positive actions witnessed within our school community
Recognises a growth mindset & effort in learning
|Brax McManus||Isla McIver||Eden Passmore|
|Flint Barnett||Mariano Abin||Ayva Battle|
|Sophia Downing||Harper Kennedy||Gregory Horgan|
|Ann Theresa Biju||Belinda Rudder||Lacey Drew|
|Leo Coade||Glydel Clarke||Phoenix Berrigan|
|Terrence Liang||Heshma Lingamneni||Hunter McIver|
|Lachlan Betts||Gemma Rayward||Olivia Rutledge|
|Lucy Judd||Bonnie Frewen||Brea Wade|
|Dhanish Lingamneni||Temperance Kuhn||Kye Males|
|Aiden Cheers||Eliza Piggin||Patrick Smith|
|Zarli Kirkman-Dates||Pierson Kemp||Grace Brett|
|Ella Warren||Sybella Eakin||Evannah Osborne|
|Charlotte Latham||Leah Quinn||Bailey Hardie|
Building Resilience in Children
Resilience … it’s a familiar word, isn’t it? But what does it really mean?
Click here for more information and resources.
YEAR 2 INTENSIVE SWIMMING
Congratulations to all Year 2 on completing their Swimsafe Program after a lenghty delay. All made progress over the two weeks and are on their way to being strong swimmers.
RIDE & SCOOT DAYS
Thank you to all parents and children for making Ride and Scoot days possible by delivering bikes and scooters to school and picking up again. It was great to see almost 100% participation.
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
The final count for Jump Rope for Heart was $1,691.57.
Thank you the children for great participation on the day, Year 6 students for helping and all the fantastic fundraising and amazing skipping.
At our St Joseph's Sustainability Hub we recycle many items that you may have at home such as: phones, batteries, oral care, writing instruments, stamps, glasses, printer cartridges.
St Josephs is participating in the Terracycle Colgate Competition and encourages students to log on and vote for our school
COLGATE VOTE FOR YOUR SCHOOL COMPETITON
During Term Four, the Colgate® Vote For Your School Competition is giving your school the chance to level up their recycling efforts in the school yard with a recycling station made from oral care waste!
The TWO schools to receive the most votes and bonus points will win a station, each including:
- One bin for oral care waste
- One bin for a waste stream of our choice
The more votes and bonus points earned, the more chances of winning!
1 vote = 1 point*
1 Kahoot quiz = 10 points
1 Colgate® activity sheet = 10 points
*You can only submit one vote per day, so we encourage our school community to come back and vote multiple times!
All activities can be completed online or in the classroom so they are perfect for either remote or in person learning.Colgate Vote For Your School Competiton
RECYCLING AT ST JOSEPH'S
Listed below are items we currently recycle at St Josephs:
- Printer cartridges
- Used stationary (plastic whiteboard markers, textas etc)
- Mailing bags
- Used Batteries
- Preloved glasses
- Oral care products
- Used stamps
- Mobile phones
- Return and Earn 10c containers
Next Monday, 29th November, all lost property items (eg; clothing, lunch boxes, drink bottles etc) will be placed outside the Hall so that students may look to see if any of the items belong to them.
Joey’s welcomes students from Kindergarten to Year 6 from all schools in the Macleay Valley and surrounding areas. We provide high quality Before School, After School and Vacation Programs.
Joey’s is located in two dedicated classrooms on our St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Campus. The Program is headed by a qualified teacher and is supported by dedicated and experienced staff who plan and manage programs that offer both fun and educational activities.
The Before and After School Care may cost as little as $3 per day after the child care subsidy and Vacation programs as little as $8 per day. You can make both casual and permanent bookings.
To find out more and to explore the enrolment process visit our website at https://www.kmpplism.catholic.edu.au/out-of-school-hours-care
Please find below our Canteen Menu.
Don't forget to order online at Flexischools prior to 9.00am.
See below for instructions.
We need volunteers to help in our canteen once a week, fortnight or month. No special skills required. If you can make a salad wrap, toastie or put some drinks in the fridge, your help will be greatly appreciated. All welcome - mums, dads, nannas, pops, aunts and uncles. Should you be able to spare just a few hours, please contact one of our canteen team members; Angie Hagger or Nadeen Crowe
P: (02) 6562 5501
Order your child's lunch the fun and easy way!
Go to www.flexischools.com.au and click Register Now! Or alternatively, download the new Flexischools App for IOS at https://apps.apple.com/au/app/flexischools/id1420774608 or for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flexischoolsRead Less
Applications for student bus travel in 2022 opened on Tuesday 12 October 2021.
Students who need a travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).
Students who change address, school, campus location, or who have repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should renew or update their details before the end of term 4. This will ensure that schools can endorse applications and current entitlements are updated and remain valid.
NSW CHILD SAFETY HANDBOOK
Click here to view the NSW Child Safety Handbook.Read Less