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

Phone: 02 6553 4774

27 July 2018

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Principal’s Report

Welcome back to school and the beginning of Term 3! I hope that you had a restful and rejuvenating break with your children and families. Term 3 is always a busy and exciting term as we head towards JAFA on 27 September; Book Week dress up on 22 August; Soccer Gala Day (Yr 3-6) in Bulahdelah on 24 August; Pupil free days on 17 August & 7 September; Father’s Day Breakfast on 31 August; Dental visit from ‘Teeth on Wheels’ on 20-21 August. All of these important dates will be made available for you through our online school newsletter and our NEW school website, which you can access via Check it out and the new, vibrant presentation! You can also access both the newsletter and COMPASS through school website as well.

Thank you to parents who have updated their details via COMPASS and we hope that you all received your unique User Name and Password and have had a go at accessing COMPASS. COMPASS is our new student management system that will be supporting communication between school and home. It is important to NOTE that to access COMPASS for the first time it is recommended to do so via a computer and not mobile devices, however once you have logged in, then you can download the COMPASS APP to mobile devices and use as your main entry point. If you don’t have a computer at home please let us know and we can arrange for access to a computer at school. Please also be aware that from Term 3 the SCHOOLSTREAM APP will be phased out and access for absences, news notifications etc. will be via the COMPASS APP. If you need any further guidance please do not hesitate to contact Mary or myself.

At the end of Term 2 we were blessed to have ‘Wandana’ visit our school and join us in celebrating and acknowledging NAIDOC for 2018. From this visit from Brian and Eve our students participated in a traditional smoking ceremony, learnt a traditional song, learnt about different traditions; learnt about different artefacts and contributed to our new school mural depicting our story, our community.

Due to changes in our society, sporting, community and school organisations are having to implement ‘Code of Conduct’ documentation to ensure that they remain safe and supportive environments for their stakeholders. Within the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese we are no different and have taken steps to introduce this through our new enrolment package, known as the ‘School Community Code of Conduct’. This document is attached for your perusal as it is a requirement that all present and future parents of St Joseph’s Wingham read and agree to uphold this code whilst their child/ren is attending our school. As employees of the Diocese, we too have to sign and uphold a professional code of conduct when interacting with students, parents and community members to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Essentially the aim of this code of conduct is to remind us that our goal is to interact with each other in a safe and respectful manner as members of our school community. Therefore, I will be sending home throughout Term 3 the required documents for you to sign for the beginning of the 2019 school year. This is a mandatory request from the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

God Bless
Emma Timmins

School News

PBS Awards

As part of our PBS system we acknowledge that the following students, Lachlan Blanco and Jet Saunders have have reached 100 Gotchas and Charlotte Barry has reached 200 Gotchas. Well Done!

Mary Mackillop Award

We congratulate Rory Byrne (Term 1) and Pippa Guppy (Term 2) who have received the Mary Mackillop Award this year. Staff nominate a student each term who, in their everyday actions follow the example of Mary Mackillop – “never seeing a need without doing something about it”.

What’s been happening in Year 3

Year 3 enjoyed and learnt lots in Term 2. Here’s what they had to say;

  • Kaylla – I’ve enjoyed learning about Fractions and Decimals in Maths and playing tennis for Sport.
  • Angus. A – I’ve enjoyed tennis lessons for Sport and the Athletics Carnival.
  • Ava – I’ve enjoyed doing crafty things, Sport and writing tasks.
  • Maria – I enjoyed playing tennis for Sport.
  • Nayte – I enjoyed the Mother’s Day Liturgy and Sport.
  • José – I’ve learnt that there are two symbols for divided by. I’ve enjoyed playing on top field with my friends.
  • Tristian – I enjoy Art and Science. Making shelters with our friends was fun.
  • Ella – I liked reading at the Mother’s Day Liturgy.
  • Jake – I really enjoyed playing tennis for Sport and improving my forehand and backhand.
  • Charlotte – I enjoyed making our dragon puppets, shelters and Makerspace with Miss Schmitzer.
  • Rowan – I enjoy Art, Science and handball.
  • Georgia – In Maths Groups I’ve learnt how to do long division. I’ve enjoyed all sorts of fun crafts especially learning about Chinese New Year and making dragon puppets.
  • Nicholas – I’ve enjoyed Maths Groups and crafty things.
  • Dillon – I’ve enjoyed everything at school.
  • Jett – I’ve enjoyed Science lessons and Naplan.
  • Angus. M – I enjoyed playing tennis for Sport.
  • Cade – I enjoy Maths Groups because it is challenging and I get to work with different people.

Library News

Term 3, Week 5 is Book Week.

The week where we celebrate the best of Australian books, authors and illustrators!

As usual on Wednesday 22nd August, we will have our Dance-a-Thon and book character parade.

Kate Monkley – Teacher Librarian

Parent News


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 3

Week 3

6 Aug

P&F Meeting – 5:30pm

8 Aug

DIO Athletics Carnival
Feast of St Mary Mackillop

Week 4

16 Aug

Year 5/6 Leadership Day – St Joseph’s Taree
Cybersafety Talk – Dave Russell

8 Aug


Week 5

20 Aug – 24 Aug

BOOK WEEK – “Find your Treasure” theme

20 & 21 Aug

Teeth on Wheels – Dental visit

22 Aug


Week 6

29-30 Aug

Father’s Day Stall

31 Aug

Father’s Day Breaky

P&F News

Next P&F Meeting is on Monday 6th August at 5:30pm. All welcome to attend.

Plate Fundraiser Reminder

One more week to go to get your Plate Products form in. Please see attached flyer with all the information.

Don’t forget to lodge your Favourite Family Recipe/s online via the link below or complete the attached recipe card form and return to office asap. Funds from the sale of this cookbook will go towards a shade sail near the school hall. So, we really hope you will consider supporting this cookbook. See attached flyer with all the information.

Save the Date – School Fete - Saturday 24th November

Canteen News

New Canteen Menu Coming Soon!

A new canteen menu will be launched in Term 3 offering a new, improved menu with heaps of delicious options for hungry kids.






July 30

Narelle Barry

Candy Pattison

Ann McDermott

Lisa Hagarty & Lisa Zibawi


Aug 6

Helen Housen

Sam Foley

Lucy Robinson

Narelle Barry & Candy Pattison

Happy Birthday Wishes!

Jesse Hill and Oliver Shelton turn 6; Tallin and Jhye Higgins turn 13.

Community News

Dirty Dog Trail Run

Little Athletics Flyer