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

Phone: 02 6553 4774

1 June 2018

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Principal’s Report

Well we are half way through the term, can you believe it? Over the past couple of weeks staff have been collaboratively working together to further improve upon practices within classrooms to improve students spelling, reading and writing. Each staff member has been making considered choices to achieve this school strategic goal and the professionalism of each class teacher has been exemplary. We are so proud to have such innovative, dedicated staff members who are putting the needs of students first, each and every time.

St Joseph’s stands out in our community and one way this occurs is through our school uniform. The NEW school policy is available for you to read in this newsletter, so please take the time to understand our requirements. We are extremely lucky to have our own uniform shop on site where costing of uniforms is very reasonable and the P&F work very hard to ensure that it is affordable. Don’t forget that our generous parents donate their uniforms to the 2nds department where you can also source excellent used uniforms for a gold coin donation. We are working hard with students to ensure that they also take pride in their appearance. Thank you for your support in this!

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the St Clare’s Open Day where I got to see firsthand what is on offer academically, socially, physically and spiritually. I was extremely impressed with the leaders who took parents and students on tours and highlighted why they think St Clare’s is an excellent choice for high school education. I also got to see the new building works which will include new classrooms, break out areas, a new library, a dedicated testing area and a wonderful outdoor amphitheatre. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful school available for our students to attend. If you haven’t been to visit St Clare’s please do so as their mission is to outreach to all and instil hope into our future members of society.

Our school choir is getting excited about attending their first eisteddfod representing St Joey’s and we are so proud of them. There has been a date change and we are now performing on the 14th June @10am ish.

Our P&F have put together a wonderful news piece for your reading to highlight what they are doing in ways of raising funds for our students. The goal is to purchase a sail to adjoin the hall near the flag poles so that students and parents can have protection from the sun when in that area. I hope that you can support these activities and trivia nights are always a lot of fun and how great is it that there is FREE childcare for your children. Buy your tickets so you don’t miss out!

Have a lovely weekend!

God Bless
Emma Timmins

School News

2018 National Simultaneous Story Time

Once again, our school joined over 1 million students from Australia and New Zealand to read the same story at the same time as part of Australian Library Week! Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, family homes, and many other places around the country. NSS 2018's book is Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson, illustrated by Laura Wood.

By participating in National Simultaneous Storytime, we promote the value of reading and literacy, the value and fun of books, raise awareness of an Australian writer and offer a variety of fun story time activities. This year students were able to make paper love heart mice, a clock and investigate the swing of a pendulum. I would also like to note that we were able to watch Jay Laga’aia read the story, through the Australian website Story Box Library. If you love stories, consider subscribing to this awesome website.

Jesse Manibusan Concert – St Clare’s

St Clare’s had a little shake-up last Friday, with students from six schools coming together to celebrate the ‘Year of the Youth’ with an internationally renowned Christian musician, Jesse Manibusan. Our Year 5 & 6 students were invited to attend. They were immersed in prayer, ritual, music and drama – all designed to challenge and inspire our youth to celebrate ...the life they’re living NOW!

PBS Awards

As part of our PBS system ,we acknowledge that the following students, Rose Nattress has reached 100 Gotchas and Bohdy Stewart has reached 200 Gotchas! Well Done.


Students are enjoying their tennis lessons for sport each Friday. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to learn a life skill in a fun and encouraging environment. Check out some of our “Hot Shots”.

New Boat

A HUGE thanks to the generosity of the Wingham Men’s Shed for building us a new “pirate boat” for the children to play on and use their imagination. The Shed offers men the opportunity to learn, teach, gain new skills to undertake personal shed and community projects and we are very appreciative for their time and effort in creating a great result.

What’s been Happening in Year 4

Year 4 Term 1 Reflections:

Evie: I have learnt some of my multiplication facts. I have also learnt about British Colonisation and the impact this had on the Aboriginal people.

Bohdy: In Yr. 4, we have done so much Art with Mr Wickham now I want to do more. I really enjoyed the photography distortion activity.

Sam: What I have learnt is the events of Holy Week and what happened after Jesus was crucified. I also learnt about Lent and read a prayer for St Patrick’s Day.

Indianna: What I have learnt in Term 1 is how to plan for persuasive writing, Area in Maths and Characterisation in English.

Cherry: In Science, we have learnt about the sun, the Earth and the moon and how day and night occurs.

Ashton: I have learnt about Holy Week. I have learnt about British Colonisation and how Australia was discovered. I have also completed lots of art. I really enjoyed drawing a caterpillar. I also really liked participating in Go Noodle every day.

Luciana: I have enjoyed the art that Mr Wickham has for us to do and I really enjoyed drawing a caterpillar for Art.

Rose: What I learnt is to recognise fractions and decimals. I also have learnt my six and seven multiplication facts. In Science, I learnt that the earth orbits around the sun and the moon orbits the earth.

Rani: What I have learnt in Term 1 is how to be creative in Art and learning my multiplication facts.

Leyna: In Religion I have learnt about Holy Week and St Patrick’s Day. I have also enjoyed participating in Go Noodle every day.

Mia: I have learnt in Term 1 about the First Fleet and I have learnt most of my multiplication facts.

Riley: Mr Wickham has taught me how to read, spell and lots more.

Winmalee: In Maths, we have learnt about fraction and decimals. I have enjoyed participating in Go Noodle every day. My favourite activity was definitely Art.

Bailey: I have enjoyed Art, English and Spelling.

Emma: I learnt about day and night in Science. I also learnt some more of my multiplication facts.

Dakota: I have learnt all my multiplication facts. I have also learnt about the sun, earth and the moon.

Gabby: In Term 1, I have learnt my multiplication facts and about how day and night occur.

Rhys: I have learnt about the First Fleet and British Colonisation.

Beau: In Term 1, I learnt how to draw lighthouses and learnt some of my multiplication facts.

Katelyn: I have had a terrific time learning with Mr Wickham and I have learnt about the First Fleet. For St Patrick’s Day, we constructed a shamrock with oil pastels and we drew some butterflies with water paint. I have enjoyed listening to the book Nanberry, which is about British Colonisation.

Oliver: I have learnt about the First Fleet and many other things. I think the art I have done is cool. I have enjoyed working at our new desks. I have enjoyed Skoolbo on the computer.

Willow: I have learnt many things like my multiplication facts. I love learning my multiplication facts because now I am better at it. I have enjoyed the Art because it is creative.

Parent News

Free T-Shirt

As part of participating in our “HotShots” Tennis program this term , students can receive a free New Balance Hotshots T-Shirt from Tennis Australia. You just have to register on the link below, enter 2428 in the postcode and use Jamie McDonagh as the name for coach from Forster. Then simply fill out the details and the t-shirt will come to school, via the coach. The turn-around is about 5 weeks, so students should get their shirts by the end of term.


Please note that in Term 3, there will be 2 x Pupil Free Days;

Week 4 - Friday 17th August
Week 7 – Friday 7th September

New Late arrival/Early Departure/Appointment procedure

With our new management system, COMPASS, we are required to enter late arrivals, early departures and appointments on-line and this will be entered by Mary in the office.

However, if the office is unattended, parents are required to fill in the Late Arrival/Early Departure/Appointment slips to hand to class teachers.

Important Events



Term 2

Week 6 - 4 June

P&F Meeting 6pm

Week 7 – 11 June / 12 June / 14 June


School Athletics Carnival

Taree Eisteddfod – School Choir

Week 8 - 18 June / 22 June

School Photo Day

Regional Athletics Carnival – Forster

Week 10 - 5 July / 6 July

NAIDOC Prayer/Wandanna visit

Term 2 ends

P&F News

Canteen News

FREE CANTEEN WORKSHOP -The Healthy School Canteen Strategy

Canteen staff, volunteers and P&C/P&F representatives are invited to come along and learn all about the new strategy, the Menu Check Service and the Healthy Food Finder online database at Club Taree on Monday 25th June. This free workshop will run from 10.00am to 1.30pm (lunch included). If you are interested, please let Mary in the office know.

Term 2 Roster

















Happy Birthday Wishes!

Breanna Swierczynski turns 6; Nic Pereira, Tye Galea, Taleigha Crowe and Jakayla Minns all turn 8; Bohdy Stewart turns 10 and Zaylon Proctor turns 11.

Community News

Wingham Winter Soltice Lantern Walk