St Joseph's Primary School Wingham
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Wingham NSW 2429

Phone: 02 6553 4774

16 November 2018

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Principal’s Report

Well, we are half way through Term 4 and rapidly approaching the end of the 2018 school year. Our school fete is on Sunday 25 November and I am excited for a fun filled day. Elise Prosser, P&F President is hopeful for another successful fundraising event but needs some more parent volunteers for different stalls. Even if it is only an hour of time that you can donate, that would be much appreciated.

Parents, we have an exciting competition for prospective and currently enrolled Kinders for 2019. For currently enrolled parents please go to the link below to enter into the chance to win a uniform. If you know of any parents still looking around for a school for their child please tell them about our wonderful school and competition.

To all of our wonderful parent volunteers, firstly a big thank you for all that you do in our school and secondly, if you don’t have a current WWCC can you please ensure that you see Mary for further information. Volunteers must have a WWCC.

I am pleased to announce staffing for next year as follows:

Kinder: Miss Melinda Rego
Year 1: Miss Lisa Schmitzer
Year 2: Mr Adam Buchtmann (Acting AP)
Year 3: Mr Mark Knoke
Year 4: Mr Michael Wickham (Acting REC)
Year 5: Mrs Amanda Green
Year 6: Mrs Shane Cleaver
Leading Teacher (K,1 &2) & Executive Release (Yr 2&4) &Intervention (all years): Mrs Carolyn Long
Learning Support Teacher: Mrs Christie Downie
RFF Teacher: Mrs Sally Anthoney (2 days per week)
Teacher Librarian: Ms Kate Monkley (2 days per week)
Gifted Education Mentor: TBA

The following information is about the upcoming Plenary Council and how you can participate.

Bishops of Australia to hold a Plenary Council for the Church of Australia. This is an important and significant moment for our church and our diocese. The Plenary Council provides us with an opportunity to listen to God and each other, to share our stories, to respect and hold our difference, and to be transformed and expanded by what we hear. The agenda for the Plenary Council will be created through our listening and dialogue in response to the question:

What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?

There hasn’t been a Plenary Council since the early 1900’s so this is significant for us all in this time. Do you have to be Catholic to have your say? No, this council is for anyone to have input so that all voices are being heard. To learn more about the Plenary Council you can go this following link:

There will be opportunities to participate in group responses over the next 6 months or alternatively you can go to the link below and submit your own responses.

In response to the Pope’s encyclical letter on ecology and climate called ‘Laudato Si’ as per last newsletter, our Eco Club has responded by putting up posters around the school to encourage students, staff, parents and visitors to make better choices for our environment. Check them out!

School News


We wish to welcome Yasmin Gaudry and family to our school community. Yasmin started in Year 2 this week.

Aspire Success

Year 4 student, Katelyn Davidson has been successful at the recent Aspire Auditions and has made it into the Vocal Ensemble for the 2019 productions in Newcastle. Congratulations Katelyn on this great achievement.

What’s been happening in Year 2

Creative Arts in Year 2

This term in Creative Arts Year 2 have been focusing on the medium of photography and taking different types of photos in different settings for different purposes. This week we focused on taking portraits of our classmates and looked at aspects such as the orientation of the photo, the positioning of the subject and the focus of the picture. From the portraits below we then compared our work to those of a professional photographer by taking a look at our school photos from earlier in the year. I know, it’s hard to tell which ones are which!

Parent News

Operation Christmas Child - 2018

During term 4 this year, as part of our ongoing commitment towards social justice, our school will once again be supporting the Operation Christmas Child appeal.

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with impoverished kids. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has globally collected and delivered more than 147 million gift filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries. Shoeboxes from the Manning Valley are dispatched to children in seven countries – Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

Each class has a box for a boy and a girl of similar age to your child / children. What we are asking for is donations of goods such as small toys (a bear, doll or something small), school items (pencil case, pens, pencils, colouring pencils, sharpener, eraser, chalk, etc), small things to play with (tennis ball, cars, skipping rope, marbles, musical instrument, yo-yo, slinky, finger puppets, etc.) or personal hygiene products (soap and face washer, toothbrush hairbrush, comb, scrunchies, hair-clips etc). These boxes will then be collected on Monday 26th November to be sent on in time for Christmas.

As a school community we are very aware of just how fortunate we are to live in a country such as Australia. The response and concern that our school community shows towards social justice issues through out the world is very much admired. We hope that you can support with this very worthy cause again.

Important Events



Week 6

19 Nov

Yr 5 Leadership Day

P&F Meeting 5:30pm

21 Nov

Early Birds Program

25 Nov

P&F School Fete

Week 7

28 Nov

Yr 6 Fundraiser – Snow Cone Day

Week 8

4 Dec

Wingham High Orientation Day

Yr 6 Graduation

9 Dec

Choir performing at Christmas Carols

Week 9

10 Dec

Yr 7 Support Day – St Clare’s Taree

Advent Liturgy/Awards Presentation/BBQ

14 Dec

Farewell Liturgy for Mrs Timmins

Week 10

18-19 Dec

Yrs 3-6 camp to Bonny Hills

18 Dec

K,1 & 2 to movies – Taree

19 Dec

Last day of Term

P&F News

Only 1 week to go........

School Fete – SUNDAY 25th November

Christmas Fete Raffle

In the lead up to our Christmas Fete, the P&F are holding our major raffle for the year to help purchase new school laptops to enhance our children’s learning experiences.

The lucky winner will take home, all ready for Christmas:

GRAND PRIZE - $270 worth of spending spree vouchers at local Wingham Businesses including:

$50 TS Travel; $30 Wingham Online Computers; $30 Wingham Takeaway; $25 Ashlea Road; $25 Bent On Food; $20 Sunnside Cafe; $20 Top of the Town Shoes; $25 Wingham Gourmet Butcher; $10 Wingham Nursery; 3Yoga class passes (Yoga With Tahnia)

Plus gift-wrapped prizes: Bottle of wine (Cellarbrations); Coolerbag (Lauder’s Real Estate); Model train (Australia Post); Belt (AshleaRoad); Scarf (Top of the Town Shoes); Toiletries gift set (Amcal Pharmacy);Mug gift set (Australia Post); and the gorgeous GIANT TEDDY!

We would greatly appreciate each family’s assistance in selling a book of 10 raffle tickets. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5

Ticket Seller’s Prize! For the family that sells the most raffle tickets: McDonald’s Voucher + Inflatable World Voucher! Additional tickets may be requested from the school office.

Please ensure that all monies and tickets are returned in the envelope provided (including sold stubs or any unsold tickets) to the school office nolater than Friday 23 November. The raffle will be drawn on Sunday 25 November at the fete and the lucky winner will need to bring their sleigh to get all their booty home!

Good luck and thank you for your support!

Ann McDermott
Vice-President, P&F

Canteen News






Nov 19

Carlee Lulham

Narelle Barry

Crystal Bliss

Marj & Tony Kemp


Nov 26

Narelle Barry


Lucy Robinson

Sam Foley & Candy Pattison

Happy Birthday Wishes!

Adam Rees, Scarlet and Reuby Sheather turn 7; Angus Abbott and Bailey Wilmen turn 10; Lisa Fresen and Hunter Barbour turn 11 and Jackson Barry turns 12.

Community News

Thank you to the following businesses who have generously donated towards our School Fete

Arcadia Takeaway
Ashlea Road Boutique
Australia Post
Chapman & Wood Chemist
Cleaver's Tyres
CLM Hardware
Coles Wingham Crazy Bargain Warehouse
Wingham Family Health Clinic
Holiday Coast Credit Union
Lauder's Real Estate
Little Red Café
Machins Saw Mill
Manning Valley Legal & Conveyancing
Top of the Town Shoes
Sunnyside Café
Sweeny's Pet Grooming Salon
Taree Suburu
Wingham Tobacco Station
TS Travel
Wingham Bowling Club
Wingham Movieland
Wingham Nursery
Wingham Golf Club
Wingham Online Computers Internet Café
Wingham Services Club
Wingham Takeaway
Fay's Twin Cinema
Inflatable World
McDonald's Taree
Snap Fitness
Stack's Finance
Wingham Caltex
Yoga with Tahnia