18 December 2019
Dear Parents and Carers,
It is hard to believe that this is the final newsletter for 2019, the year has gone so fast!
There have been so many events in the last couple of weeks that missed the last newsletter. We have had Year 6 Graduation mass and dinner, End of Year Awards and Liturgy, Swimming Carnival, AFL fun day and BBQ, Wingham Christmas Carnival and Year 3 – 6 school camp. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of some of the fun we have had.
As I said at our End of Year Awards evening, I am truly honoured to be leading St Joseph’s Wingham. The staff, students, parents and entire community have made myself and my family so welcome. It is such a blessing to come to school each day and share in the joy of Catholic Education with you all.
To every member of our school community, staff, parents and parish thank you for all you do to make St Joseph’s Wingham such a special place for our children to learn and grow. We share the common goal of wanting the best possible education for our children and we work actively and constructively towards bringing that goal to reality.
I would like to thank the staff of St Joseph’s for their commitment to this school, they are an amazing staff and work so hard to create an environment that is loving and caring but also providing the challenge for every child to be the best that they can be.
Finally, to our students, you are the reason we are all here. You bring joy, a love for learning and a sense of wonder with you every day you walk through the school gate. You Make Jesus Real and make us all proud of the people that you are. Thank you for helping us to make St Joseph’s great.
I pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas and New Year and I look forward to welcoming you all back in 2020.
Years 1 – 6
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Friday 31st of January 2020
Year 6 Graduation
End of Year School Awards
Educational Award – Yarramundi Hollis
This award has been kindly donated by the Wingham Branch of the CWA. It is awarded to a Year 6 student that has made consistent contributions to all areas of school life over their time at St. Joseph’s Wingham.
Educational Award – Myra Bushell
This award was kindly donated by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Each year they attend many celebrations at our school and admire the wonderful gifts and talents of our students. This award is presented to one Year 6 student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to all aspects of school life.
Growth in Unity Awards
These awards are awarded to two students from each class who have demonstrated growth in all areas over the course of the school year. Our school motto “Growth in Unity” can often be rephrased as together we grow. These students have worked together with their peers, as constructive members of their class groups and have made many pleasing social and academic gains throughout the year. This year our Growth in Unity awards are presented to the following students:
K – Sharmaine Clarke, Ashlea Linehan
1 – Logan Green and Adam Rees
2 – Ella Housen-Helmer and Penny Van Vliet
3 – Lara Prior and Lewis Downie
4 – Ella Bos and Nicholas Blanco
5 – Cherry Burke and Ashton Minns
6 – Myra Bushell and Hunter Barbour
Mary MacKillop Award – Lucas Lyon
This award is presented to one student each term that consistently goes above and beyond to put the needs of others first. This award is founded on one of the most motivating and known sayings of Saint Mary MacKillop “never see a need without doing something about it” (1871). We present this award to someone who follows in Saint Mary’s footsteps by reaching out to the most needy and vulnerable in our school community.
Touchstone Award – Rory Byrne
The Touchstone award is an award given to a Year 6 student who demonstrates Christian leadership and the qualities we see on the stones (love, hope, justice, courage, reconciliation, compassion, service, faith and tolerance). The touchstones symbolise the Gospel Values which we live out here at St Joseph’s.
Art Awards for Rotary – Celeste McDermott, Emily Prior, Shamayah Bliss & Lisa Fresen
Each year our senior students enter an art competition run by Rotary. Ron Hindmarsh donates his time in Terms 3 and 4 to teach the students how to draw. Then he presents our senior students with an award for their achievements.
2020 Swimming Carnival
A big thank you to Mrs Kate Monkley for her work in organising the 2020 Swimming Carnival held last week at Wingham. Also, thank you to those parents for helping as timekeepers. All students performed well and congratulations to the following swimming champions;
Jnr boy and Jnr girl: Cooper
Nowlan and Scarlett Sheather
11yrs girl: Indianna Macmillan
Snr boy and Snr girl: Riley Hill and Gabriela Swierczynski
We are looking for Canteen for volunteers for 2020
The school canteen is a voluntary organisation. Money raised by the canteen is spent on the children at the school. The canteen cannot operate without the generous donation of time by our dedicated volunteers.
The canteen operates on Monday of each week and volunteers are needed once a month for just 3 hours from 9.30am-12.30pm.
Everyone is most welcome to join including dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.
NB: Any volunteer in the school must obtain a Working With Children Check Number.