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

Phone: 02 6553 4774

10 August 2018

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Principal’s Report

Can you believe we are at the end of Week3 already? Students have excitedly been back into the swing of class life after the break and are enthusiastically revelling in the ‘term of JAFA’. Please remember to save the date for JAFA, 27 September. This will be a night of nights with laughter, bad puns, dancing and elaborate costumes!

During the week, our Year 1 students led us in celebrating the life of Mary Mackillop and acknowleging her achievements and explaining why she is Australia’s first saint. It was with great pride that they shared their knowledge with their peers and they should be so proud of their achievement. Well done Year 1 and Miss Schmitzer!

We certainly lived her motto of ‘never seeing a need without doing something about it’ within our school this week as we raised funds to support farmers affected by drought. Students came in out of our uniform day as ‘farmers’ to show their support and join with the Commonwealth Bank, Hayrunners foundation. Thank you parents for supporting this as well!

Next week our Year 5&6 students will be participating in a leadership day at St Josephs’ Taree by exploring adversity and resilience and then later in the day they will be participating with primary classes to understand more about Cyber Safety from Police Liaison, Dave Russell. In this technological age we live in it is essential that students understand their rights, role and responsibilities to ensure that they are safe, as well as their peers. This would be a great opportunity to reinforce at home the use of devices safely in whichever way this works in your family.

Don’t forget that next Friday, 17 August is a PUPIL FREE DAY. Staff will participating in professional development this day.

Week 5 excitedly brings us BOOK WEEK and the theme this year is ‘Find your Treasure’. If you have been lucky enough to visit the library you will have seen the amazing displays by Ms Monkley. Please remember that Dress up and Dance a thon is on the Wednesday 22 August. Within this week we also have the Dental Van visit and the Soccer Gala Day for Year 3-6, so if you haven’t returned your notes please do so asap.

Students will also be participating in Public Speaking this term and have been working on their skill development within the classroom. How can you help at home? Ask your child/ren to pick a topic and then make an argument to persuade you. Give them tips of how to engage their listeners by voice, gestures and humour. If you need any further ideas please ask your class teacher. Our school public speaking will be on 4 September followed by Regionals on 11 September.

Have a wonderful weekend!

God Bless
Emma Timmins

School News

Maths Challenge

Students in Years 3-6 came together in the hall last week for a Maths challenge – students had a great afternoon solving problems in a fun and engaging way. Thank you Mr Wickham for organising this learning event.

Farmer Appeal

Thank you for your wonderful support towards the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners. Total raised for the day was $644.00! A great effort to help towards Wingham’s target of $15,000.

PBS Awards

As part of our PBS system we acknowledge that the following students, Robert Duke has reached 100 Gotchas and Georgia Hartley has reached 200 Gotchas. Well Done!

What’s been happening in Year 2

In Year 2 this week, for modelled reading we have been looking at the book Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood. Hickory Dickory Dash adapts the old nursery rhyme of Hickory Dickory Dock in many funny ways. As part of this Year 2 have written some of our own ‘Hickory Dickory’ rhymes to share.

By Shane, Harry and Robert:

Hickory dickory punch.
The cat wanted mice to munch.
The cat chased him around,
all over the ground.
But he didn’t get anything for lunch.

By Molly and Taleigha:

Hickory dickory smash.
The cat went for a dash.
But he was too fat,
and tripped on the mat.
Hickory dickory smash.

By Jet and Lewis:

Hickory dickory smash.
The mouse went for a dash.
As the mouse ran into a trap,
it went off with a snap.
Hickory dickory smash.

By Tye and Dulki :

Hickory dickory smack.
The mouse ran into a shack.
He heard a crack,
and hurt his back.
Hickory dickory smack.

By Caitlin and Destiny :

Hickory dickory splat.
The mouse ran into a bat.
The bat’s name was Mack
and he wanted a snack.
Hickory dickory smack.

By Emilia and Lara :

Hickory dickory smash.
The mouse had a crash.
He broke his leg,
then smashed an egg.
Hickory dickory smash.

By Jakayla and Adena :

Hickory dickory smash.
The cat went for a dash.
He had so much cash,
it gave him a rash.
Hickory dickory smash.

By Cooper and Nic:

Hickory dickory smash.
The mouse went for a dash.
He smashed his car,
he couldn’t go far.
When he ran into a tree.

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


NAPLAN Online – 28&29Aug 2019

In May of every year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN was first introduced in 2008 and has become a routine part of the school calendar in Australia.

NAPLAN, which is a part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is how governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.

NAPLAN is moving online. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The transition to NAPLAN online commenced this year. In May 2018, 505 schools in NSW trialled the Online NAPLAN tests. It is hoped that most NSW schools will move to Online testing in 2019.

NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) will be completing Readiness Testing of the platform this September. This is to ensure the system is able to cope with the number of students and schools accessing the system at one time. NESA want to be sure that the system is robust enough for the huge task. Our schools will take part in this Readiness Testing. Year 5, 7 and 9 students will do two 40 minute tests, a mixed omnibus test (made up of literacy and numeracy questions) and a writing task. Year 3 students will just complete an omnibus test. NESA is using current year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students because their data is already in the system, so less administration is required by schools. Schools will not receive results from these trial tests.

Moving NAPLAN online brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are limited by or not possible with paper-based tests.

The benefits of online assessments

Some of the main benefits of students taking part in NAPLAN Online include:

  • Better assessment – and more precise results. NAPLAN Online uses a tailored test or adaptive design, where the test automatically adapts to a student's performance and asks questions that match the student achievement level, allowing the student to demonstrate their knowledge. This provides teachers and schools with more targeted and detailed information on students’ performance on the tests. Tailored testing also provides an opportunity to broaden the scope of the assessments.
  • Faster turnaround of results. Delivery of assessments online significantly reduces the time it takes to provide feedback to schools, students and parents, so teachers can respond more quickly to learning needs.
  • More engaging. ACARA research into online assessment has shown that students have engaged well with electronic tests.

As technology develops, ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) aims to further refine the delivery of the tests to best use the available technology to provide increasingly sophisticated assessments and valuable feedback to teachers, parents and education authorities.

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 4

16 Aug

Year 5/6 Leadership Day – St Joseph’s Taree

Cybersafety Talk – Dave Russell

17 Aug


Week 5

20 Aug – 24 Aug

BOOK WEEK – “Find your Treasure” theme

20 & 21 Aug

Teeth on Wheels – Dental visit

22 Aug


24 Aug

Soccer Gala Day (3-6) Bulahdelah

Week 6

30& 31 Aug

Father’s Day Stall

31 Aug

Father’s Day Breaky

Week 7

4 Sep

School Public Speaking Competition

7 Sep


P&F News

P&F Recipe Book

Thank you for supporting our CookBook. To date we have received over 70 recipes. Just one more request please;

If you have any good Chutney Recipes or similar, these would be greatly appreciated. To lodge your Favourite Family Recipe/s on line at 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.

Father’s Day Stall

The P&F will be holding their annual Father Day Stall on Thursday 30th August from 2pm and Friday 31st August from 9am. Items for sale are priced at 50c - $5.00.

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.






Aug 13

Carlee Lulham

Candy Pattison



Aug 20

Helen Housen

Sam Foley

Lucy Robinson

Narelle Barry & Candy Pattison

Happy Birthday Wishes!

Nate Bell turns 7; Evie O’Neill and Kai Linton turn 10.

Community News

Aussie Hoops

Aussie Hoops is coming to Saxby’s Stadium during Term 3, commencing on Saturday August 4 from 9-9:50 am.

Aussie Hoops will be presented by our American professional basketballer/coach, Lonnie Funderburke with assistance from Taree Tornadoes junior representative players.

Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official introductory program, which provides a fun and inclusive basketball experience for 5-10 year old girls and boys.

The cost for this eight week program is $100.00 and this includes an Aussie Hoops bag, a basketball and a reversible singlet. If you haven’t claimed your $100 voucher from the government’s Active Kids Program, you can use this to cover the cost.

You need to pre-register your child at the Aussie Hoops website:

For more information phone Miranda on 0403590073.

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