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

Phone: 02 6553 4774

6 March 2020

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Principal’s Report

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all the parents who have come along to Parent Teacher Interviews this week. If you didn’t get a chance to make a booking, please contact your child’s teacher to make an alternative time. Parent Teacher Interviews are a valuable time for both parents and teachers and they give us the opportunity to share information and continue to work together in achieving student outcomes.

Catholic Schools Week

We have had a wonderful Catholic Schools week with many events happening during the week. A number of families who are considering our school for next year came and had a school tour. The Cross Country was a great event which saw our Year 2 to 6 students competing to represent our school at the Diocesean trials, thank you to Mr Knoke who coordinated the event. We have finished the week with our Catholic School’s Week Liturgy, open classrooms, picnic and cake stall which has been a great way to celebrate our Catholic School. Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the Cross Country Carnival and donated cakes for our cake stall.

Children’s University

A number of our students have decided to take up the opportunity to be a part of the Children’s University Program. This will be a wonderful experience for our students. Mrs Monkley and I are looking forward to supporting students on this learning jouney. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Monkley.

Our Ukeleles have arrived and we are looking forward to our lessons starting next term. Students will be given an opportunity to have a try during the rest of this term. If your child would like to join this group please return the note.

School Fete News

As you are aware our school fete is coming up on the 28th of March. This is a wonderful school event and I encourage you to consider helping either in preparing for the fete by sending in donated items or giving up some time to set up, help on the day or pack up. This is our event and the success of this day will benefit our students directy. There will be a fete meeting on the 16th of March at 5.15pm for anyone who can come along.

P&F Update

On Monday night we held our P&F AGM. I would like to formally thank the outgoing P&F Committee and Executive. They have been a small but committed group of parents who have generously given up their time to host some fantastic events which have contributed greatly to our school.

Over the past 12 months the P&F have provided us with a fantastic gazebo, tables for the hall, supported our Year 3 – 6 Camp and have provided ongoing technology support when needed.

I wish Elise and Allison and their families all the best on their new adventures and best of luck with their respective moves.

I would like to thank Anne, Anna and Heidi for their work with the P&F and would like to thank the entire committee for their ongoing work towards our upcoming school fete.

I look forward to continuing to work with the Parents of St Joseph’s and to continue to strengthen our partnership which will in turn benefit our children.

During this meeting we discussed the proposed shift to a Parent Engagement Model from the traditional P&F model. The parents that were at the meeting voted unanimously to move to the Parent Engagement Model and trial this model to review in Term 4, I also received a number of emails from parents unable to come who also wished to move to the new model. Details on the first meeting held under this model will come out soon.

Have a wonderful fortnight.

God Bless

will be on Friday 20th March

Making Jesus Real – Values of the week

Week 6 – Stewards of Creation – Limit Waste
Week 7 – Positive Body Language

School News

Prime Minister Award

‘ Being a steward of creation’, ‘trying your best’, ‘speaking with kindness’ and ‘ being a responsible learner’ are some of the qualities that teachers consider when awarding ‘Prime Minister’ at our weekly assembly. It is an acknowledgement of the student’s efforts and they have the privilege of wearing the badge with honour, of suggesting a focus the school can work on, award gotchas to other students at lunch time as well as earning Gotchas for themselves. Congratulations to Mollie Harris (Week 5) and Bohdy Stewart (Week 6).

MJR Awards

As part of our MJR system ,we acknowledge that the following students, Harry Gibbins has reached 100 Gotchas, Maharlia Minns has reached 200 Gotchas , Well Done.

Pancake Tuesday/Ash Wednesday

We sincerely thank Jo McEwen, Tina Nattress and Jeanette Lucas who came last Tuesday to cook pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. The kids loved the pancakes and we were very grateful for your help on the day.

We are now in the Season of Lent which began on Wednesday with our Ash Wednesday Mass. Lent is a time to acknowledge what we are grateful for, pray for others less fortunate than ourselves and prepare for the celebration of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus

School Cross Country

This week, our annual Cross Country was held at the historic Wingham Central Park for Years 2 to 6.

Cross Country running requires speed, stamina, endurance and most of all a positive and strong mind set. Our young students were able to push themselves to achieve a sense of self-pride after completing the gruelling 2 and 3km course. For some students it was about going fast. For others it was about having a go and achieving their personal best. Overall, all students who participated should be congratulated for their individual efforts. Students celebrated their achievement with a well earned Zooper Dooper and a sausage sizzle lunch. Our Diocesan Representatives will be announced soon.

A big thank you to all staff involved and a special thank you to our parent helpers Peter and Anna Macmillan, Brad Campbell, Ann McDermott and David Hunt who assisted with helping make the day a success.

Mark Knoke
Year 2 Teacher

What’s happening in Year 3

Year 3 have had a great start to the year and we have established our work habits, expectations and routines. In English we have been working hard on writing a persuasive text with the correct structure. In mathematics we have been learning about three strategies for addition and subtraction the split, jump and bridging strategies as well as working hard to learn our multiplication facts. In history we have been looking at the time of the Aboriginal people before the First Fleet and how things have changed. We have also been involved in many school wide activities such as Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the Opening School Mass. Well done to Year 3 for a great start to the year in the classroom.

School Calendar of Events

Week 7

Mon 9 Mar

St Clare’s Open Afternoon 4:00-5:30pm

Week 8

Mon 16 Mar

Fete Meeting 5:15pm – all welcome

Thurs 19 Mar

St Joseph’s Day

Fri 20 Mar


Week 9

Tues 24 Mar

Dio Winter Trials

Sat 28 Mar

School Fete

Week 10

Mon 30 Mar

Manning Cross Country

Parents & Friends Association

Farewell Elise Prosser

This term we said goodbye Katelyn in Yr 6 and her mum, Elise Prosser, who has contributed so much to the school over the past few years, particularly in her role as President of St Joseph’s P&F. I’m not sure if our school community fully appreciates the dedication shown by Elise, which extended to housing much of the 2018 Animal Farm in her bathroom leading up to the school fete, to using the slats off her bed to construct the standing frame for the Sponge Toss Christmas Elf! However, we did not want to let the opportunity pass to say a big thank-you and farewell to Elise and the family at assembly. The following is what we had to say:

Elise Prosser, you are one of the most incredible, dedicated mothers I know.

As a single mother, you juggle full-time work, plus part-time study, whilst tearing around the state to various rehearsals, lessons and events for your beautiful, gifted children, meanwhile taking on the leadership role of President of the school Parents & Friends Committee.

You move through life guided with a strong sense of compassion and service to others and all of your seemingly unboundless energy for life comes from selfless motivation and a willingness to get in, have a go and make life better for the people around you.

Since 2017, your work with the P&F has been professional and dedicated, and I have been blessed to have shared your enthusiasm and friendship over that time.

You have worked tirelessly to raise funds for St Joseph’s School and its students, while bringing our community of families together and coordinating fun and successful events, such as the amazing school fete and trivia nights.

In doing this, you not only importantly help to raise funds and create a sense of community, but you set a beautiful example to your children and others of how to live – how life is not all about “me”, but about helping others, together. In this way, your actions have embodied the school motto of “Growth in Unity”.

And so, to honour your amazing contribution to this school and to thank you for all your hard work as President of the P&F, we would like to present you with these flowers as a gift; No gift would be sufficient to thank you for all that you have done, but in the words of a wise woman I know (named Elise), “It is what it is.”

On behalf of all the P&F Committee, we wish you the very best in this next phase of your life. Congratulations to Coffs Harbour in gaining a fine woman and her beautiful family. Thank you, Elise, and best wishes from all of us.

Ann McDermott

Don’t forget to return your raffle tickets for your chance to win some great prizes.

Canteen News

Term 3 Roster




Mon 9 Mar

Candy Pattison/Narelle Barry


Mon 16 Mar

David Hunt/Peter Macmillan

Happy Birthday Wishes!

Sienna Shepherd turns 8 and Robert Duke turns 10; 

Community News