- Message from the Principal
- End of Year Schedule 2022 & Start of School 2023 Schedule
- Catholic Identity and Mission in Our School
- Learning at Joey's
- Student Awards
- Sports News
- News from the Enviro Team
- Canteen News!
- St Joseph's OOSH & Vacation Care
- 2023 Uniform Shop Open Days
- 2023 School Travel Applications are now open
- Learn more about COMPASS- School Communication Platform APP
- School Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone
- eSafety at Home
- Newsletter Sponsors
Our Year 5 students had a great time at camp this week. It was great to see students heading off for the first overnight trip since 2019. Let’s hope we can re-establish this culture for both our Year 5 and 6 students going ahead.
As we move closer to the final weeks of the Term, we have many events scheduled, including our Year 6 Camp and Farewell Celebrations, Giving Mass, Community Day, and of course Awards Ceremony. St Joseph’s remains a very busy place and looks like it will remain that way up until the last day of the Year, Wednesday 14th December.
Learning for our children remains focused on reaching outcomes, and won’t slow down until the end of Week 9, after which children will be able to let their hair down and enjoy our journey into the Christmas Season.
As always, I thank you for your support in regards to your child’s ongoing learning.
Driving Excellence in the Macleay
This weekend we come to the end of the Liturgical Year, Year C in the cycle of readings, and as always at the end of each year, we celebrate the feast of, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.”
The image of Kingdom that Jesus portrays for us is not one identified with any earthly image of royalty. Rather, it is more than quite the opposite. The Christian image of Kingdom portrayed in today’s Reading is the Cross, with the crucified Jesus hanging on it, seemingly alone, broken and defeated. But in that brokenness, we find the true nature of his Kingdom and what his reign proclaims.
The first reading from Samuel also projects a royal theme as David is anointed as King of Israel and charged with shepherding the people of Israel. And that image of the Shepherd was used many times by Jesus to teach us that God’s Kingdom was not about traditional leadership and rule, but rather it was about a leadership of service, of care and concern. It was about good shepherding.
In the verse preceding today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus, as he is nailed to the cross says, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” At what must have been a time of immense fear, pain and uncertainty for him, Jesus was other centred and forgiving of others, including those who were persecuting him. This compassion was also shown to another crucified with him. A criminal who had broken the law, suffering the same fate as Jesus, and recognising Jesus as Lord in that moment. And with his repentance and acceptance of Jesus, he is welcomed into the Kingdom of God.
So, is there a message, a challenge in this for Vincentians? Yes, I think there is. To follow Jesus and share in his ministry we need to be accepting of others and not be judgemental. We need to take them where they are at in life, accept them and shepherd them with what they need when you meet them. Some will challenge you, so forgive. Some will abuse you, so forgive. Some will try to fool you, so forgive. Be the Good Shepherd in Jesus’ place and care for those who you assist.
(Reflection by Greg Ryan)
Remember the people you assist that challenge you and pray for them.
Lord, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
ALL SAINTS DAY -
- Parish Colouring Competiton
Last week our Church celebrated All Saints Day. Congratulations to the winners of the All Saints Feast Day colouring in competition
NOON OF THE NOTABLES
YEAR 5 CAMP
Term 4 - Weeks 5 & 6
PRINCIPAL AWARD - Quinn Woods
For consistently showing atributes of kindness, respect, care and inclusivity within our school community.
Awards will be presented at our School Assembly on
Monday 21st November at 9.00am.
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
|Colby Duff||Jack Jones||Hudson Woods|
|Tahlia Seam||Kara Miller||Ryda Carroll|
|Ryan Carroll||Eve Hegerty||Sartaj Taggar|
|Anna Prasanth||Camille Pereira||Jessie Atkins|
|Manaia Pereira||Ann Susan Sam||Asher Higley|
|Chelsea Mainey||Ella Frewen||Jamie Pollock|
|Cheyanne Matheson||Lachlan Betts||Lleyton Kemp|
|Spencer Atkinson||Amelia Latham||Jay Preston|
|Ivy Miller||Isabelle-Lee Rayward||Connor McIntyre|
|Lucy Judd||Xavier Whitley-Berrigan||Ryan Reynolds|
|Nell Westerman||Taj Webber||Marcos Scott|
|Aiden Cheers||Lakyah Bell||Ruby McLeod|
WITH MR MICHAEL WATTS
RIDE N SCOOT
Students had a great time with Ride n Scoot and hopefully they will be inspired to get out and about on their wheels in their spare time. Road safety was included in health lessons.
It was noted that some bikes and scooters were in need of some maintenance and some helmets in need of adjusting.
Our Jump Off Day is planned for next Tuesday 22nd November. There will be continuous skipping Grade by Grade for up to 3 hours. Children are encouraged to bring a gold coin donation to contribute to the Heart Foundation.
Thank you for getting involved in Jump Rope for Heart!
YEAR 2 - Remember to send your child prepared for a swim for sport Wednesday afternoons. There is no cost for these extra lessons which will continue each Wednesday for the next two weeks.
Years 3 & 4 are also doing weekly swimming to progress their water safety and Year 5 & 6. Stage 3 Elective Sport has now finished. All students will now participate in swimming for sport each Friday (up until Week 8) $4 per week.
Please note - We would like to continue to send the students to the pool when it is safe to do so, however, with the rain predicted over the term - we are asking that parents/carers pack a rain poncho in your child's bag together with their swimmers to allow them to walk to and from the pool in case of wet weather. If you would prefer your child not to swim in wet weather, please contact your child's class teacher.
BASKETBALL GALA DAY
Two teams from Year 6 travelled to Port Macquarie on Thursday to take part in a Basketball Gala Day. Congratulations to all boys who took part. All have grown in leaps and bounds with their basketball skills. A big thank you to Meghan Kemp who has generously donated her time to help out with basketball training and promoting the game in our school.
- Waste Free Lunchbox
Following on from our Grow Sustainability incursion last week, we will be hosting a competition asking students to share photos of their healthy waste free lunch boxes. All students who share their photos will be placed in a hat. Winner will receive a new waste free lunch box.
RECYCLING WEEK AT ST JOESPH'S
This year, for National Recycling Week, we have been fortunate to have Jacqui Murray from Grow Sustainability come and run Workshops with each class about packaging. The Students may start having conversations with you about ways to change shopping habits, what goes in which bin, putting food in containers instead of plastic.
END OF YEAR CLEAN OUT
ENVIRO BANK BOTTLE RECYLCING
Students are reminded to bring your full bags to the Year 5 classroom to receive a ticket into the draw. Extra bags are available in the Sustainability Hub (canteen breezeway). This term we are encouraging every family to bring in at least 1 bag to help raise funds for our end of year reward day.
Lunch 1 Only
(over the counter sales only - no pre orders)
$1.00 each (choc/vanilla/strawberry)
Don't forget to order online via the COMPASS APP prior to 8.45am.
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
To learn more about the COMPASS Platform please click here
About the Compass Platform
The Compass platform is a web-based system that is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome & Safari) or by using the Compass School Manager iOS or Android App.
Parents have the ability to;
- Receive notifications about school events, news and information
- Enter an explanation for absences
- Communicate with your child’s teachers,
- Update your family contact details (mobile phone & email)
- View your child’s timetable and the school calendar
- Download and view your child’s academic reports
- Book parent-teacher conferences (parent/teacher interviews)
- Pay and provide digital consent for events (No more permission slips)
- Order lunches from the Canteen
- Pay school fees
What is a School Drop-off and Pick-up zone?
- These areas are always on the school side of the road and are designated by “No Parking” signs.
- They provide a safe spot for parents and carers to drop off and collect their children from school by car.
- Drivers may drop off and pick up passengers legally within a two-minute timeframe without leaving their vehicle or turning off the engine.
A reminder to all parents that student drop-off in the mornings and pick-up at the conclusion of school is to occur within the designated School Drop-off Pick-up Zone, adjacent to the Hall. In order to minimise congestion and for safety reasons we ask that parents do not wait for children at this location, it is for quick and safe drop-off and pick-up only.
A reminder of the importance of keeping school and community members safe by:
- Parking safely and legally
- Always turning legally around the school
- Not double parking as it puts children at risk
- Not using manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns
- Making sure your children use the rear footpath side door to get in and out of the car
- Reminding your child to stay buckled up until the vehicle has stopped in the drop-off and pick-up area
- Modelling calm, safe and considerate behaviour.
Please be extra mindful of the Bus Zone, Drop-Off & Pick-Up Zone and Disabled Parking Zones outside of the School and Church. Many parents have been fined for unwittingly entering these zones outside of designated times and/or without the appropriate permit.
The Drop-Off & Pick-Up Zone is for a minimum of 2 minutes.Read Less
- DREAM CAR - ART CONTEST
AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS
- Summer Reading Club
From Thursday 1 December 2022, you can sign your child or grandchild up to the Summer Reading Club. It's a fun, free reading program that runs each summer and is open to children and young adults from ages 3 - 18.
- Help them discover new and exciting ways to keep reading while on break from school
- Stop the 'summer slide' (which isn't as fun as it sounds).
- Register them for interesting, free activities
- Watch them develop their creativity as they complete challenges and go in the running for some fantastic prizes
Your adventure awaits... join at your local library branch in Kempsey, South West Rocks, or Stuarts Point. Click here to access the website.