- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (ACTING)
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
- THE FUTURE OF STEM EDUCATION - STEM SHOWCASE
- FIERY TEA BAG ROCKETS IN STUDENT SCIENCE CLUB!
- WALKING MEDITATION
- AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION
- CHILD PROTECTION WEEK & SURVEY
- NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK ACTIVITIES
- NEW PARENT POLL
- SCHOOL TV - THE FACTS & RISKS OF VAPING
- ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL MUSICAL - TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
- YEAR 10 VOLUNTEERS WANTED - 2019 DEB BALL
- UPCOMING EVENTS
Last week we celebrated Catholic Education Week, a time to celebrate Catholic education, its many achievements and substantial contribution to the broader community.
The theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Many Voices. One Spirit.’, acknowledges both the vast diversity of our school community, and the one spirit which unites this diversity in purpose and mission.
Our liturgy on Tuesday 30th July was a perfect opportunity to hear from some of the voices of students who have previously attended the school. From stories about the Walkathon to Storm King Dam, to marble challenges and the influence of the Mercy nuns, the school took great delight in hearing the tales of days past at St Joseph’s School from Mr Michael Bathersby, Mr Greg Thouard and Mrs Francesca Moxham. It was wonderful to have these former students share their love of the school.
Photo Left to Right: Mr Greg Thouard, Mrs Francesca Moxham, Hannah Debnam (Year 12), Mr Michael Bathersby & Jared Hitchener (Year 12)
Our staff also enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Mass with staff from schools around the diocese at the Bishop’s In-service Day in Toowoomba on Friday 2nd August.
Congratulations to Angelina Sims
Congratulations to our Principal’s Assistant, Mrs Angelina Sims, who won the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Excellence Award for Excellence in Education Support (Administration, Finance and Facilities Support) last week. Angie was presented her award by Dr Pat Coughlan, TCS Executive Director, and Bishop Robert McGuckin in a gala dinner in Toowoomba. It is a well-deserved honour for a wonderful member of our staff and the Stanthorpe community.
Congratulations to Mrs Johanna Campbell and Mrs Megan Mahoney who recently celebrated 30 years at St Joseph’s School, and Mr Jim Armstrong and Mrs Mary McLucas for 35 years in Catholic Education.
Next week we welcome staff and students from Magodro Secondary School in Fiji. Fifteen Year 10-12 students will accompany their Principal, Mrs Alumita Ciwanacagi, Vice-Principal, Mr Isoa Ciwanacagi, and two other teachers for their 12-day visit. During their stay they will spend time in classes, visit local attractions in Stanthorpe, Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and get to know what life is like in Australia. Thanks to the families that are helping accommodate them and Rotary Club for their support of the tour. We are all looking forward to sharing our culture and goodwill, while also learning a little about their home life.
An incredibly busy term continues to roll on and the last two weeks have been no exception. Catholic Education week was a wonderful celebration of the great opportunities here at St Joseph’s School and it was fantastic to hear the stories from past students about their time at our school. I am sure the students enjoyed the stories of youth rebellion from times gone past, but to me, in listening to the stories, the one theme that stood out from all the past students was their pride in the school. All of them spoke about how proud they were of St Joseph’s School and the treasured memories they have from the opportunities bestowed upon them in their time here. I hope that all our current students speak of our wonderful school in the same way in the years to come.
The Year 5 & 6 transition program commenced in Week 4, with Mr David Fleming’s class participating in a three-day program on the secondary campus. Students participated in a variety of subjects, such as Tech Studies, Digital Technology (robotics), Home Economics, Art, Drama, PE, Agriculture, Maths and Science. The students rotated through classrooms and teachers to get a feel for what secondary schooling is like, as well as sharing time with our fantastic Year 7 cohort as part of normal Pastoral Care lessons. We look forward to Mrs Nardia Stanford’s and Mrs Linda Charlton’s groups visiting in Week 5 and 7.
In Week 3, parent teacher consultations provided an opportunity for parents, teachers and students to reflect on academic progress and collaborate to establish goals and discuss methods to promote improvement in the upcoming units and assessment instruments. I extend my thanks to the secondary teachers for facilitating these positive and informative consultations.
Finally, I congratulate all the students for a positive start to Term 3. They have been very busy and it is great to see so many students involved in all the wonderful opportunities on offer, from debating, science and maths club to Red Lion soccer, the UQ science day in Clifton and volunteering to assist with the Open Day. Keep up the great work!
Deputy Principal (Acting)
Last week I had the opportunity to meet with parents who are considering St Joseph's School in 2020 for their Prep-age children, and this week there has also been an Information Evening for Year 6 into Year 7 students.
Both events provide an ideal opportunity to share what is significant and unique about being at St Joseph's School. I spoke to the parents I met about being within a welcoming and inclusive environment where each individual is valued for their uniqueness, and where values such as compassion, forgiveness, service, dignity and mercy permeate all aspects of school life.
Teachers across the school are also continually looking to refine their skills for the benefit of the students and in relation to the latest research regarding what makes for effective learning. This term, as part of our Visible Learning journey, each of us is undertaking an 'impact cycle' around a question that relates to our own classrooms, collecting evidence and measuring the impact of the strategies used. The third significant reason I mentioned for choosing St Joseph's School is our ability to support each person to be the best version of themselves, through our academic programs, the care and support offered by every member of staff, as well as the focus on Gospel values and the teachings of Jesus.
Last week we were very busy on the Primary Campus. As well as celebrating Catholic Education Week, we started the week by acknowledging Mrs Johanna Campbell’s 30 years at St Joseph’s School as well as Mrs Mary McLucas' 35 years in Catholic Education.
On Wednesday some students attended a STEM Day at St Saviour’s Primary School in Toowoomba and then on Thursday, three teams travelled to Toowoomba for a netball carnival. Congratulations in particular to the netballers who played very well to win the majority of their games. Thank you is extended to all the teachers involved with these excursions – Mr David Fleming, Mr Shane Page, Mrs Kayelene O’Dea, Mrs Bernadette Brunckhorst and Miss Erin Canavan.
We also launched our reading challenge this week, in aid of MS Queensland and the work they do in supporting those with multiple sclerosis and their families. The challenge was made to ‘Read! Read! Read!’ and I thank Mrs Grant, Miss Gangemi and Miss Osborne for their organisation of this event.
Mrs Glenda McNichol and Miss Erin Canavan also visited C&K Kindy to meet the parents and spent some time with the children.
This week we have seen the first of the ‘transition weeks’ where students from Year 5/6F have experienced the Secondary Campus and all it has to offer. They have enjoyed their time sampling lessons from the Secondary curriculum and are looking forward to 2020. Thanks to Mr Matthew Brown and the teachers for organising this.
Finally, a reminder that we have another Prep Open Morning on Thursday 15th August from 11:15am for those parents looking to enrol their child into Prep in 2020. Please share this information with friends and family.
Assistant to the Principal Primary
Faith in Action Continues
The St Joseph’s Faith in Action program enables our students to know mercy, live mercy and be mercy. This program continues throughout the year through structured service activities, as well as awareness and fundraising campaigns in support of organisations including Caritas, Catholic Missions St Vincent de Paul and community needs.
Currently, Year 8 students are preparing to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, whilst Year 10 and 11 students will be assisting with set up and pack down for the monthly Granite Belt Support Services Speaker’s Night.
Next week we are having Fijian students and staff arrive for an exchange program and look forward to offering them our hospitality and friendship as they experience Australia, most for the very first time.
Through service and random acts of kindness we all know that “a little goes along way” and in today’s world this means a great deal.
Here are some thoughts from our student volunteers…
- "I find it fun and rewarding, and good to give back to the community. I enjoy socialising with the elderly and doing it with our school". Bindi, Year 8
- "I find it nice to give back to our community". Eloise, Year 8
- "I feel like I am actively helping the community in different ways. Just knowing that my simple act is helping organisations in making a difference is great". James, Year 11
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
Catholic Education Week was celebrated across Queensland from 28th July – 3rd August, providing an annual opportunity for all Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. This year's theme was Many Voices. One Spirit and was chosen for its promotion and support of inclusiveness.
Several events took place at St Joseph’s School throughout the week to celebrate and reflect what it means to be a member of the St Joseph's School community! On Tuesday 30th July a special prayer liturgy was held at the Bathersby Centre. To tie in with the theme of 'Many Voices. One Spirit' former students of the school, Mr Michael Bathersby, Mr Greg Thouard and Mrs Fran Moxham were invited to speak to the students about what life was like at St Joseph’s School when they attended, symbolising the 'many voices' of the school. A sausage sizzle and special guided tour was also held, along with a history display, showcasing a collection of photos, school uniforms and other memorabilia from the school’s 144-year history.
This year Catholic Education Week enabled students and staff to not only learn about the school’s history, but to reflect about what it means to be part of the Catholic Education community. There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff!
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, has become something of a buzzword in Australian education. As more and more professions become reliant on technology, a sound understanding of STEM, along with critical thinking and problem solving skills will benefit students in almost any career they choose to follow.
Recently St Joseph’s School Primary students joined over eighty other students from St Saviour’s Primary School, St Anthony’s Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in attending the STEM Showcase held in Toowoomba on Wednesday 31st July.
The event brought participating Catholic Schools together to highlight the projects students have been working hard on all year in the areas of STEM.This year students were able to also participate in a number of challenges and projects in robotics, drone coding and Internet Of Things (IOT) in smart farming.
In today’s world, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important, and exposing students to STEM gives them the opportunity to explore STEM-related concepts and potentially develop a passion for the highly sought-after field.
Senior students hosted another successful lunch time Science Club on Monday 29th July with Year 5 & 6 students. In the club, students learned about density and making a hypothesis. Students then applied those concepts and harnessed the temperature-dependence of density to turn ordinary tea bags into miniature rockets!
Year 3 & 4 students were recently given the opportunity to meditate with Mr John Mahoney as part of their religious education curriculum. Students participated in 'walking meditation', during which it started to lightly shower with rain! Students were encouraged to walk slowly and purposefully while concentrating on their breathing. Learning to pay attention and be aware of the sensations in their body is a fun and playful process for students, and can become something your child can do anytime they would like to quiet their minds.
St Joseph’s School students were both challenged and inspired on Thursday 1st August when they took part in the world's largest mathematics competition, the Australian Mathematics Competition. School-based maths competitions don’t get much bigger than this, with students in more than 30 countries entering the competition and attempting the same problems each year!
Participating primary students were tasked with solving 30 problems in 60 minutes, while secondary students were required to solve more complex mathematical problems in 75 minutes.
The Australian Mathematics Competition aims to help students become better problem solvers in school, so they can be creative solution finders in the future! Results from the competition will be released mid-September. Thank you goes to Mrs Sandra Ellis who facilitated St Joseph's School involvement in the competition.
If your child would like to continue testing their problem solving skills, please visit AMT for a range of free problems they can attempt at home!
At St Joseph's School we are committed to making school a safe place for students to learn and thrive. Child Protection Week will be held during Week 8 of Term 3 (1 – 7 September 2019) and provides the opportunity to give focused attention to student safety.
The theme for this year's Child Protection Week will be, "It's OK to Speak Up". In keeping with the theme of speaking up, Toowoomba Catholic Schools are working with the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) to assess the effectiveness of our Student Protection Processes and guidelines. This will involve surveying students, staff and parents. Further information and details about the survey will be provided in coming newsletters.
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E-cigarettes and vaping are quickly gaining in popularity, especially amongst teenagers. Manufacturers of these products are deploying sophisticated marketing campaigns in an attempt to glamorise and promote smoking to young people.
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by the heated nicotine liquid of an e-cigarette or vape pen. Many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking as it is often formulated with flavourings to appeal to younger users. Be aware that e-cigarettes stating 0 mg of nicotine, may still contain nicotine. It is a highly addictive substance that can slow the brain development in kids affecting their memory, concentration, learning and mood. Because vaping is new, the short and long-term health effects remain unknown.
However, studies have shown that kids who have tried vaping, are more likely to smoke tobacco products later in life than kids who have not tried vaping. As e-cigarettes leave little odour, they are particularly easy to conceal and use discreetly in public places, even in schools.
In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be provided with the facts relating to e-cigarettes and vaping, whilst also highlighting the potential dangers and surrounding legislation. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Held on Thursday 1st August during Catholic Education Week, the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival is a key annual sporting event in the Catholic School commuity calendar. This year St Joseph's School enterered two Year 5 teams and one Year 6 team into the competition. Under the supervision of Mrs Kayelene O’Dea, Mrs Bernadette Brunckhorst, Mr David Fleming and Miss Erin Canavan the teams travelled to Toowoomba to compete against various other Catholic schools from across the Toowoomba diocese. This is the first year that St Joseph’s School has entered teams in the competition, with all teams performing extremely well. The Year 6 team were undefeatable, winning all of their games while the two Year 5 teams only lost one game each! Well done to all the players!
RED LION PLATE SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Twenty-five students from Years 7 - 12 were selected to represent St Joseph’s School in either the Open Boys or Open Girls Red Lion Plate Soccer Tournament. Held in Toowoomba on Tuesday 6th August, students played a round robin style tournament at Highfields Sports Precinct against schools and colleges from across the Darling Downs. The Open Girls were undefeated in all of their games with one 3-nil win and two draws, while despite some entertaining soccer unfortunately the boys lost all of their games.
The St Joseph's School music is now only weeks away! School musicals always require dedication, time and effort from all those involved to ensure its success. Many hours of rehearsing and planning go into delivering the best performances for both nights. Under the guidance of Musical Director, Mrs Pauline Leigh, students are eagerly rehearsing and fine-tuning their roles to ensure they deliver an enjoyable and memorable performance.
It must be acknowledged that hosting musicals for St Joseph’s School is not about raising funds for the school. Musicals are a showcase of the student’s talents and recognising what they can achieve. It is the culmination of the commitment and enthusiasm from staff, students and volunteer parents who band together in supporting such projects.
This is a major event for the school, so please come along and support the students involved.
The St Joseph’s Parish Debutante Ball Committee would like to request assistance from suitable Year 10 students at St Josephs School, to act as Ushers for seating guests at the 2019 Deb Ball. Ushers can either be male or female and would be required from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday 12th October at the Civic Centre, and wear suitable dresses/suit and tie. Please contact Dani Hannigan on 0432 044 302 if you are interested.
|9 August||World Indigenous Peoples Day|
|10 - 18 August||National Science Week|
|15 August||Prep Open Day|
|Bears, Books & Blankets Picnic|
|16 August||Year 7 Ekka Visit|
|Year 11 & 12 Legal Excursion Courthouse|
|17 - 23 August||Book Week|
|20 August||Book Week Parade|
|21 August||Year 8 into Year 9 Information Evening|
|23 & 24 August||The Wiz School Musical|