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From the Principal

11.08.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we celebrated the feast day of Mary of the Cross Mackillop with a special prayer service and some fun activities for the students, including a special BBQ lunch. We were able to reflect on her wonderful achievements in establishing the Sisters of St Joseph’s and gain an understanding of the incredible person she was, especially her love for educating children and her love for God. Thank you to all our volunteers who assisted us on the day. It was lovely to have the use of our community kitchen and see how easy it is to use, especially for community events. I would like to remind our families that you are welcome to attend our Monday morning prayer each week in the Parish Hall, starting at 8:45am until 9am, run by our students.  This is a whole school gathering and a lovely way to start the week.

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From the Principal

07.07.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 2 already!

As you would have seen, the Adventure Playspace is taking shape and the Magill Road entry promenade is now accessible.  The parking spaces in front of the school on Magill Road are available for families to use during the school day – please be aware that at 4.30pm this does become a Clearway.  During the term break, work will continue in both the Adventure Playspace and the Multisports space.  We hope to have use of these areas in the near future and we thank you and the students for their patience while the works continue.

Thank you to the families who are using the Kiss and Go area correctly before and after school.  This keeps the area safe for our students.

From the start of Term 3, we have full access to the refurbished Parish Halls and the OSHC/Community Space.  Our OSHC children have had input into the layout of this area and are excited to move in!  Families who use the OSHC service will be contacted about access to the new OSHC entry in the near future.

Community is such an important aspect of our school and we have greatly missed welcoming our families on to the school grounds.  Next term we are delighted that families will be able to come on site at the start and end of the school day to bring and collect your children through both the Magill Road promenade entry and through the double gates on Birkinshaw Avenue.  We look forward to our Birkinshaw Avenue promenade entry opening soon.

We warmly invite you to join us on Monday 25th July for our Whole School Community Prayer starting at 8.45am in the Main Hall followed by a Welcome Morning Tea in the Top Hall.  Please enter through the Birkinshaw Avenue entrance to the Parish Hall.

Over the past three weeks, we have welcomed 9 new Reception students into our Mid-Year intake through our Little STaRS transition program.  We have also welcomed our new Reception teacher, Mrs Shannon Thrift, who is working in RCM while Mrs Winders is on maternity leave.  We wish them all well as they join our school community.

I would also like to thank Mrs Stephanie O’Leary who is now working full time in 1/2SJ while Mrs Hicks is on maternity leave.

Thank you to our school community for all your support this term, it is greatly appreciated.  I wish you and your families a restful break from school and look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th July for the start of Term 3.

Adrian Grbin

Principal

From the Principal

24.05.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

In 2022, as we navigate through COVID and two building projects, I have been discussing with staff and students about the importance of ‘patience’.  Patience can help us achieve our goals and maintain a more positive outlook on life. However exercising patience is not easy, it can take a lot of practice.  I recently read a quote which I liked from an unknown source; it said, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

As a community we have certainly had to learn the art of patience, it seems to bring what appears to be near, that which is far!  I would like to commend all in keeping a good attitude while we have had delays on the building projects.

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From the Principal

01.04.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the end of the term, parents and teachers will have an opportunity to meet next week online to discuss student progress.  While the main focus of parent-teacher conversations should be learning, it is also important to discuss factors that can affect learning, such as students' social and emotional development.  Other topics might include peer relationships, classroom and play behaviour, motivation, self-esteem and work habits, as well as individual strengths and challenges.

With the current restrictions and limited connections for parents with school, it is important to make the time to review and reflect with your child’s teacher(s) to set some future goals for student improvements in all aspects of school life.  I am sure you will be looking forward to meeting the teachers and having a productive conversation.

Please remember to make a booking this week with your child’s teacher(s) by visiting the website: www.schoolinterviews.com.au and follow the simple instructions.  The code you need is 973wk and press “Go”.  The booking system will close on Sunday 3 April 2022.  If next week is challenging, simply contact your child’s teacher and make an alternative arrangement for another suitable time.

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OSHC Fullybooked Registration Information

01.04.22

Fullybooked Registration

If you wish your child/children to attend Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) either After School or Before School Care, you are now able to manage your own bookings. 

We require registration with 'Fully Booked' prior to session attendance.  This system is both user friendly and streamlined ensuring registration is a simple process. 

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From the Principal

10.03.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

How quickly have we reached the half way mark of the term, we trust everyone is travelling ok and looking after each other during these challenging times.

It is lovely to see the learning that is taking place in the classes and the care and support that everyone is displaying.

Student Leadership

Yesterday we held a ‘Jacket Presentation’ for our Year 6 leaders in the middle yard. It was lovely to be able to present our 36 students with their senior jackets, just in time for the beginning of the cooler months. This item of clothing is always a prized possession for our leaders and many do enjoy wearing them no matter the temperature. I encourage you to checkout our Facebook and Instagram pages for some photos. The Jacket and Polo Tops are a great symbol and acknowledgement of their final year at St Joseph’s school.  We look forward to our Year 6 students developing and building their leadership skills over their final year and assisting in the overall running and life of the school.  We hope to share more information soon about our student leadership program and how we foster and develop student leadership throughout the school.

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From the Principal

17.02.22

Dear Parents and Carers,

This very different start to the school year has certainly provided us with many opportunities for growth, to learn new skills and develop a good sense of patience and resilience. Thank you for all your support and understanding as we continue to work our way through the significant restrictions that have been put in place to keep us safe.

This week, parents and carers from our Year 1-6 classes have had the opportunity to be part of an online meeting to hear from the class teachers about the year of learning ahead. This is certainly the new norm (for now) as we look to connect, inform and engage our families. We hope you found this a useful and helpful experience and if you were unable to make any of these online meetings, simply contact your child’s teacher and they will be able to send you the link or the slide presentation.

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From the APRIM - Thanksgiving Mass

18.11.21

This year due to COVID restrictions our Thanksgiving Mass in Week 9 will be a celebration for the children and staff to remember and celebrate the year together. As we really want to also celebrate with our families we are so excited to have immediate families join us for our Christmas Evening on Monday Wednesday 8th December at 6pm. It will be a night of Christmas carols and songs and we invite you bring along your singing voices, a Mask, a chair and enjoy the free sausage sizzle. 

From the Principal

18.11.21

Dear Parents and Carers, 

The year continues to be tricky as we prepare for the next challenge of opening up our borders.  By now you would have read the letter I sent home to families yesterday about the recent Government direction on mandatory vaccinations for school staff.  We are working hard to make certain our school is a safe place for all our staff and students as we continue to navigate the last few weeks of this term.

Just a reminder that the last day for students is Thursday 9th December at 3pm.  Friday will be a pupil free day for staff to finish the year and plan and prepare for 2022. 

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From the Principal

28.10.21

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a very eventful start to term 4 with the commencement of Stage 1 of our building project. The refurbishment of the 1926 Heritage Parish Hall has begun with the internal demolition happening over the coming days.  The builders are planning to start the play space in the coming weeks and manage both builds at the same time.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all our wonderful parents and carers for the way you have adapted to the new arrangements for dropping off and collecting students. I have greatly appreciated how families have done this in a safe and orderly manner, using all the gate options available. The staff have been pleased with the way the pick-up zone is flowing as everyone has become familiar with its operation. We encourage you to keep moving to the end of the pick zone up when possible, with the start of the zone by the brick wall.  The more cars that can fit safely in the collection zone, the greater number of students who can then be collected.

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