Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to our final term. It has been so wonderful to see everyone’s happy faces at school and we are just so blessed to have been able to start Term 4 with minimal disruption to our learning.
Our teachers and students have all returned refreshed and ready for a wonderful and busy term.
We return as a Level 3 school and our operation remain as they finished last term. This morning we had a COVID safe audit from the WHS team from the Diocese and we are compliant in all areas. I can assure you we are doing all we can to keep our students and staff as safe and healthy as possible.
I expect that some of our restrictions will change during the term and will continue to keep you up to date with any changes.
Kinder at Play
One of the most challenging things for our students, has been the transition from school, to home learning and back to school. We have been spending focused time on allowing the students to reconnect with each other and their teacher. Kinder recently got some new construction boxes called Box and Bolts, they have really enjoyed building great creations.
Tell Them From Me Survey
All parents/carers at St Joseph’s are invited to contribute to a community consultation survey. The survey is open from 5 October 2021 to 26 October 2021.
The survey is anonymous, voluntary and easy to use. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and covers parents’ perceptions of the school’s support for learning, positive behaviours, and the promotion of safety and inclusion.
The insights we gain into parent and staff communication, activities and practices at home, and parent voice on the school’s support of learning, faith formation and behaviour will build an accurate and timely picture that schools can use for practical improvements.
This is your chance to provide valuable feedback about your school and support school planning and future direction and we welcome your participation, suggestions and comments. The school community will receive findings and proposed actions for improvement following completion of the survey process.
Parents/carers can access the survey by clicking this http://tellthemfromme.com/f6b2j
This week we welcomed Bradley and his family to Year 4 and our school community. I am always so proud of how welcoming our students are to our new students, it is one of the things that makes our school so special.
Recently several of our students participated in the ICAS assessments. Congratulations to Adena and Nate who received participation certificates for Digital Technology.
Congratulations Jake and Nicholas
Congratulations to Jake and Nicholas who were both presented with their Diocesean Athletics Certificates. Jake placed 3rd in the 13yrs boys 100m and Nicholas placed 3rd in the 11yrs boys shot put. We are very proud of your achievement.
Prime Minister Award
‘ Being a steward of creation’, ‘trying your best’, ‘speaking with kindness’ and ‘ being a responsible learner’ are some of the qualities that teachers consider when awarding ‘Prime Minister’ at our weekly assembly. It is an acknowledgement of the student’s efforts and they have the privilege of wearing the badge with honour, of suggesting a focus the school can work on, award Gotchas to other students at lunch time as well as earning Gotchas for themselves. Congratulations to Jasmine McIntyre (Wk 2) and Axl Barbour-Williams (Wk 3).
Mary Mackillop Award
This award is presented to one student each term that consistently goes above and beyond to put the needs of others first. This award is founded on one of the most motivating and known sayings of Saint Mary MacKillop “never see a need without doing something about it” (1871). We present this award to someone who follows in Saint Mary’s footsteps by reaching out to the most needy and vulnerable in our school community. Congratulations goes to Angus Abbott for Term 3.
As part of our MJR system ,we acknowledge that the following students, Declan Spencer, Austyn Hagarty, Elijah Hillenberg and Ben Raison have reached 50 Gotchas, Aubrey Rees has reached 100 Gotchas, Monique Sternbeck and Mackenzie Wilmen have reached 200 Gotchas, Ella Bos has reached 300 Gotchas and Georgia Hartley and Angus Abbott have reached 400 Gotchas! Well Done!
Today our school held a "Crazy Sock Day" in support of Catholic Mission. Each year, Catholic Mission have a 'Socktober - Sock it to Poverty' campaign where we are invited to raise funds to help people in poverty around the world. Everyone enjoyed coming to school in casual clothes and we saw some fantastic crazy socks. It was a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause!
Year 4 Happenings...........
Year 6 Fundraising
Traditionally, the Year 6 students present the school with a farewell gift to celebrate the completion of their primary school education.
Following is a schedule of planned activities. We ask that you support the Year 6 students by giving your child/ren some spending money on the days nominated.
Dance-a-thon - Wednesday 17th November
A sponsorship note will be sent home soon. We ask that all students raise money by asking people to sponsor them in a 45 minute dance-a-thon. There are always fabulous prices for students who raise sponsorship money. The Yr 6 leaders enjoy organising this event.
Treasure Trove - Friday 26th November
We are keen to collect all of your ‘treasures’ and find new homes for them at a reasonable cost for our annual Treasure Trove. Please find some ‘treasures’ to donate, these could include toys, books, clothes, plants etc. Hopefully your child may be able to bring the treasures into school.
Fun Afternoon- Friday 10 December
The students are looking forward to organising and running a range of fun activities such as face painting, mini golf, lucky dip and more. The cost of activities will range from 20c to $1.