St Joseph's Primary School Wingham
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Church Cresent
Wingham NSW 2429

Phone: 02 6553 4774

6 April 2018

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Principal’s Report

It is strange to think that we are nearly at the end of an 11 week term, where has that time gone! As a leader of education I am so very proud of the achievements we are making as a community of learners. Students are pushing themselves academically to strive and try new things, as well as staff who are continually upskilling themselves to support student learning. A prime example was when I received a letter from a group of Year 5 students stating that they wanted to make our school better, so I met with them and asked them to propose a plan and bring it to me and so they did just that. They put together a proposal using a ‘green screen’ which I had no clue about until last week. The innovation, care and drive is an amazing thing to witness and as a result of this passion we may see the beginnings of something great. Stay tuned for more information!

Not only have I witnessed the drive of students but that of staff as well. The preparation and time taken to ensure that parents understand how their children are going at school, not only at interview time but throughout the term highlights that we are a lucky community to have such dedicated and supportive staff. I witness staff building relationships and caring for students and families on a daily basis and because of this I am proud to be a part of St Joey’s.

As an educational system we don’t always get everything right but we certainly try our best by being reflective, compassionate and outstanding educators. We hope that you continue to walk with us during this journey and trust that our goals are the same, we want the very best for each and every child in our care; academically, emotionally and spiritually.

Please note that next week is our school Cross Country on Tuesday and then on Friday we have a pupil free day as we prepare to rollout a new Management system with our school. To ensure successful communication I have also included our Flowchart that highlights our procedures and processes for when students have accidents or are injured at school. If you need further clarification please do not hesitate to ask. Have a lovely weekend!

God Bless!
Emma Timmins

School News


Dio Sports Trials

Claire Downie, Bailey Timmins, Drew Cini and Charlie Pereira took part in the diocesan sport trials last week in Soccer and Rugby League. We are delighted to announce that Claire Downie was selected in the diocesan soccer team that will play in the upcoming Polding event at Tamworth. Congratulations – the school community is very proud of you!

AFL Success

Jackson Barry was selected to compete in the AFL Selection Trials in Newcastle last week and was successful in progressing to the next level, however did not make it any further. What a great experience for you Jackson and we’re sure there will be more opportunities for you next time!

School Cross Country reminder

Our School Cross Country is fast approaching and we ask that all permission notes be returned as soon as possible. As in previous years we rely on the assistance of parents to act as official timekeepers. If you can assist, please let Mr Knoke know.

Anzac Day

As you are aware, Wednesday 25 April is the ANZAC day public holiday and, as usual our school will participate in the ANZAC march. Students are strongly encouraged to participate with their school on this morning. The students are asked to assemble outside the church in Farquhar St at 9:15 am. We appreciate everyone’s commitment to this event and take pride in our student’s willingness to be part of this important community event. Students are asked to wear their full school summer uniform.

PBS Awards

As part of our PBS system,we acknowledge that the following student, Nicholas McCarey has reached 200 Gotchas! Well Done

Year 5 Happenings

Year 5 have had a very busy start to the 2018 school year. Students have been studying a text called Dragon Keeper by author Carole Wilkinson as well as looking at Australia’s links with Asia. Maths flexible groups commenced in Week 3 with some pleasing efforts by our students who have also been preparing for NAPLAN. Students have undertaken numerous hands-on Science experiments by observing properties of solids, liquids and gases. I was very proud of the student’s recent liturgy performance and the effort they made in retelling their part of the Easter story.

Maker Space

We have been enjoying Makerspace where we learn to use materials and develop creative projects. This term we have created balloon helicopters and had a great time watching them fly! We are currently using ‘Strawbees’ which involves connecting straws together using the various Strawbees connectors to create almost anything. If you can imagine it… you can create it!

P&F News

Thank you to everyone who supported the Easter Raffle. Winners were: 1st: Nate Bell, 2nd: Kaylla Lulham, 3rd: Claire Miller.

Parent News

Winter Uniform Changeover

Winter uniform change-over is in Week 3 of Term 2. The school uniform shop is taking orders. Below is an outline of the appropriate winter uniform items, parents are reminded that skivvies are not permitted. Girls: have a choice of either a Tartan pinafore or Navy Midford gabardine slacks. Both are worn with a long-sleeved “School Blue” school shirt (stand-up collar). Navy V-neck school jumper with Microfibre jacket (each with school logo) for colder weather. Black leather traditional style shoes. Grey mid-length socks or grey tights.

Boys: “School Blue” long sleeved school shirt stand-up collar, grey Midford permanent-press trousers, navy V-neck school jumper with Microfibre jacket (each with school logo) for colder weather. Black leather traditional school style shoes with mid-length grey socks.

NB: The clothing pool has a large number of jumpers and jackets in stock for only $2.00 each.

School Fees

Term 1 Fees are due and payable by Friday 6 April.


Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle offer a further reduction off Tuition fees for ‘means tested’ low income Health Care / Pension holders. This rate provides a discount for each child of 50% off the Diocesan Tuition Fee full rate. In order to receive this additional discount, you must provide a current copy of your Health Care Card to the office. Once received, your school fees account will be adjusted to reflect the concession.

Term 2 Calendar

Please find attached Term 2 Calendar for your information.

Important Events



Week 11 - 10 April

12 April

13 April

School Cross Country – Central Park

Last Day of Term 1


Term 2

Week 1 – 30 April

2 May-4 May

Term 2 begins

Yr 6 trip to Sydney

Week 2 – 7 May

8 May

10 May

Science & Engineering Challenge (Yrs 5 & 6)

Dio Cross Country

Mother’s Day Liturgy

Week 3 – 15,16 & 17 May

NAPLAN – Yrs 3 & 5

Week 4 - 23 May

National Simultaneous Storytime

Canteen Roster
















Happy Birthday Wishes!

Wil Robinson turns 6; Maharlia Minns turns 8; Jet Saunders turns 8; Dillon McGreal, Leyna Sheather and Nayte Foley turn 9; Rose Nattress, Beau Welch, Emma Letheren and Gabby Swierczynski turn 10.

Community News

School Holiday activities at Taree YMCA