Dear Parents and Carers,
I want to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over the past week and for your quick collection of children last Friday. We have been very busy this week working with NSW Health to contact trace and to provide support and advice to our families on the sometimes-confusing information that is provided.
I would also like to thank Mary and Mrs Lapi-an who worked all weekend with me to collect and then provide data to NSW Health and then organise letters and man phones, I could not have done the massive amount of work required alone. I would also like to thank our teachers who have been touching base with students that are self-isolating and either teaching from home or at school. Their ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of every student has been outstanding.
Farewell Fr George
This week we farewelled Fr George as he moves to his new Parish in Newcastle. We have been blessed to have Fr George as our Parish Priest and he has always been such a wonderful supporter of our school, his genuine care of our students and staff and his friendship will be missed. Our Year 6 students hosted a beautiful farewell liturgy for Fr George, and we wish his all the best in his new Parish. We are looking forward to welcoming Fr Kevin Corrigan to our school as soon as we are able.
St Clare’s Bus
This week our new direct bus to and from St Clare’s started. Over the past few years, I have been working closely with Peter Nicholls, the Principal of St Clare’s to provide a bus which allows our students from outlying areas to be able to catch a bus to St Clare’s. The bus allows families the opportunity for their children to experience a K-12 Catholic Education. I would like to thank the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle for their support in this exciting initiative. The bus leaves the front of St Joseph’s at 8.38am and leaves St Clare’s at 3.27pm.
Last week we welcomed Tommy and his family to Year 1 and our school community. Tommy’s classmates were very excited to welcome a new friend to their class.
Building Works Update
Our building works are continuing at a rapid rate. Our new sick bay is taking shape as well as the new uniform shop and filing area. The back verandah is almost complete, and it is looking beautiful. We are very excited to watch the wonderful improvements that are being made.
Please join me in saying a prayer for those members of our school community who are currently being affected by COVID.
Making Jesus Real - Values of the Week
Week 8 - I care for my appearance and wear my uniform with pride
Week 9 - I wash my hands correctly at the right time
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 Tristian Minns (Week 6) and Bryson Blanch (Week 8).
As part of our MJR system ,we acknowledge that the following students, Tyla Eakin, Delilah Barbour Williams, Kaii MacMillan and Nayte Foley have reached 200 Gotchas, Lily Mateer and Scarlet Sheather have reached 300 Gotchas. Well Done!
What's been happening in Year 2.......
This Year has absolutely flown, and this period been extremely busy for the kids. Like all classes at St Joseph's Year 2 have been busy working on their JAFA play The Snow-White Rap. The kids demonstrated some wonderful acting and dancing skills and are enjoying show casing their creative sides. In English Year 2 have been working on creating information tests, spelling and reading with expression. In Math students are learning to multiply and divide by 2, 5 and 10.
Last week students participated in PAT assessments in Reading, Punctuation, Spelling and Math on the computers in the library. The assessment data is used for a variety of purposes to assist teacher's planning. This has been a wonderful experience and great preparation for next year's NAPLAN. Thank you Mrs Monkley for assisting Year 2 complete these assessments.
On Thursday Year 2 led the school in a Remembrance Day liturgy. In preparation for the day students learnt a lot about what service men and women did for our great nation and are really beginning to understand the sacrifices they made. Students demonstrated respect and dignity when leading the school on this special day.
The final day of school will be an out of uniform day. (Wednesday 15th Dec).
The purpose of this day is to help Year 6 and (any other students) "Pay it Forward" by donating unwanted or outgrown uniforms and hats to the office.
These items can be in any condition as they will be washed/ soaked as necessary and sorted for the school clothing pool. Items with small holes or stains will be treated and repaired. (These items would otherwise be destined for landfill)
This will greatly help some of our younger students and new families in the new year. This is also a great opportunity to re-use items and promote sustainability which aligns with one of our main school rules "I am a Steward of Creation."
Thank you for supporting our students and for "paying it forward".
Congratulations to Brandon and Ashleigh Xuereb on the safe arrival of "Noah", born 15th November. A baby brother for Shianne (Yr 3), Izac (K), Edward and Chloe.