- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (ACTING)
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- SCHOOL NEWS
- JOEY'S FUN DAY!
- WARWICK MATHS TEAM CHALLENGE
- 2019 LIGHT THE NIGHT
- PREPS EMBARK ON LANDMARK WALK
- STUDENTS SAY CHEESE!
- STUDENTS GET HEAD START ON THEIR CAREERS
- AWARDS NIGHT
- NEW STAFF
- THIS MONTH ON SCHOOL TV - RESILIENCE
- STUDENT TRAVEL REBATE
- UPCOMING EVENTS
On Thursday last week we held our Awards Night. As I said on the night, we celebrated a better St Joseph’s, a successful St Joseph’s and most importantly, we celebrated the successes and talents of our students in 2019. We celebrated the best of our students and their journey with Jesus.
Thanks to all who were there to share the students’ Joey’s Journey and congratulate them and the school for a great year.
I would particularly like to congratulate Hannah Debnam for receiving our highest academic honour, School Dux. Hannah has worked very hard throughout her schooling life and is a most worthy recipient.
I also congratulate our School Captains, Vice-Captains, Prefects and Sports Captains elected for 2020. James Humble and Bridgette Kay will make outstanding captains and the group as a whole will be excellent student leaders. I commend them all for the good work they, and the rest of the Year 11s, have already shown this year.
Welcome back to all students and parents for the final Term of 2019. The first few weeks of the Term have gone by quickly, with students working towards the many significant events that still lie ahead for the final weeks of the year.
The St Joseph’s School Awards Night was held last Thursday evening where we recognised a large number of our students who have achieved high academic standards. The evening celebrated the diversity of talents and the pursuit of knowledge that enables our students to reach their full potential. Each year, there is also much anticipation about the election of student leaders. Students are provided with ample opportunities to nominate for leadership positions under a transparent process, with the student voice respected through a preferential voting process. Leadership positions for 2020 were announced at the Awards Night, and I take this opportunity to congratulate James Humble and Bridgette Kay who were elected Student Leaders for 2020, and give thanks to our 2019 Student leaders, along with the Year 12 cohort, for their wonderful work this year.
Recently, six Year 12 students also celebrated the completion of their school-based apprenticeship/ traineeship by attending a luncheon at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism. The lunch acknowledged and thanked the host employers for providing our students with the opportunity to work as a paid employee while gaining an accredited qualification. The lunch was also a fitting recognition of the student’s capacity to cope with the school/work balance and celebrate their hard work and dedication through this excellent vocational program.
With such a short term ahead it is important that students have in place a study program and ensure they are aware of their due dates for assessment. Updated assessment calendars were emailed to parents and students earlier in the Term.
I wish all students a fantastic Term Four and success in their studies as we close in on the Christmas holidays.
Deputy Principal (Acting)
Last week we recognised and celebrated the achievements of the students across the school at our annual Awards Night. Congratulations are extended to all those Primary students who received an award. Much thought has gone into deciding which students should receive an award and naturally there would have been some disappointed people across Years 3 - 6. However, I hope that everyone enjoyed the evening that celebrated our school and all that has been achieved as a community this year.
Awards Night does not mark the end of the school year. Indeed, there is still such a lot on the calendar for Term 4 and many more opportunities for each and every student to make their mark and accomplish great things. The teachers are currently reassessing each student's reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension and already we are seeing expected and above expected growth from some individuals. Before the end of this term I will share with parents our achievement against our school targets in this area of the curriculum. We will also be using two online assessments to measure the growth of each student across the academic year in reading and maths. We will be looking for an effect size of at least 0.4 which equates to one year's growth for one year's teaching. This data will then be used to plan the learning opportunities in 2020.
Other things happening this term include the Year 6 Granite Belt Lecturette Competition, a Year 5 Leadership Day to be held at St Mary's School in Warwick, a campus disco, the Prep Ball, open mornings for the Prep students of 2020 and the highly anticipated Year 6 trip to Wet n Wild. The next few weeks will go very quickly and I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to finish the school year well.
Finally, congratulations to those students who represented the Primary Campus at the recent Maths Team Challenge in Warwick. All three teams finished within the top 8 of 23 teams, with one team consisting of Aryanna Davie, Magnolia Mills, Lily Hyslop and Vayda Heads finishing first! Well done to everyone and thanks to Ms Thompson, Mrs Charlton and the parents who accompanied the teams to the competition.
Assistant to the Principal Primary
Faith in Action
Examples of students living the Mercy values through their service projects within the local community.
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
FROM THE VOICE OF CATHERINE MCAULEY-FOUNDER OF THE SISTERS OF MERCY
On the last day of Term 3, St Joseph's School hosted a Community Fun Day with the aim of promoting health and emotional well-being. The day included a sausage sizzle, as well as a rotation of activities for both young and old including sack races, ball games, a dance contest, a basketball and soccer shoot-out and an inflatable obstacle course!
At lunchtime, four Year 7 students also paricipated in "Shave for Dave", where they shaved their heads as a fundraiser for David Romeo who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Students were invited to wear crazy hair and donate a gold coin for the event, with money raised going directly to the family to assist with expenses.
While Term 3 and the school holidays now seem like a distant memory we thought we would share some of the fun-filled moments captured at the Fun Day last term.
A special thank you also goes to Woolworths for generously donating fruit for the event.
On Wednesday 16th October, twelve students from Years 4 and 5 represented St Joseph's School in the annual Maths Team Challenge held in Warwick! Students formed groups of four to participate in five rounds of timed maths questions and challenges, and had to work together to not only answer the questions correctly, but as quickly as possible!
Overall St Joseph’s School placed first and third, with all three teams placing in the top ten; a fantastic effort for the school!
Whilst it was a competition and the top three teams were recognised for their efforts, the programme also instils skills such as cooperation, sharing responsibility and valuing the opinions and strengths of others. Students also look forward to taking part in these great academic challenges that test their academic abilities and extend their thinking in Mathematics.
A huge crowd gathered on Friday 18th October for the 5th Light the Night Leukaemia fundraiser. The St Joseph’s School Choir were part of the entertainment programme and helped provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Students from Teen Vinnies assisted with assembling of the lanterns and then took part in the inspiring Light the Night walk.
Mrs Angie Sims would like to express her gratitude to Mrs Megan Mahoney and Mrs Jo Barker for their assistance with these students. A huge thank you also to these students for their time and efforts and to their parents in supporting this event!
As part of their Geography unit looking at mapping and places of interest in the district, Prep students recently ventured out of the school gates on a Local Landmark Walk! During the short excursion into town students observed some local landmarks such as the church, fire station, library and art gallery. The group also walked along the creek until they reached Carnarvon Bridge, and then ventured through the main street where they were able to rest and enjoy a tasty treat from one of the local cafes. Along the way we snapped some photos of their adventures!
Year 9 students at St Joseph’s School have been on a journey to discover how cheese is made, where it comes from and the importance of the dairy industry!
In Term 2 the students spent a day making camembert cheese, followed by a week of carefully nurturing their cheeses and turning them daily before wrapping them and leaving them to mature in the fridge for several weeks.
Finally, after weeks of resting, the students unwrapped their mature cheeses and judged them on appearance, aroma and taste.
Another two St Joseph’s School students will complete post-pathway qualifications, with Foxy’s Bakery and McDonalds the latest businesses to offer a Senior student the opportunity to undertake a school-based apprenticeship (SBA).
Year 10 student Teresa Pozzebon commenced her apprenticeship on 17th July with Foxy’s Bakery and will complete a Certificate III in Baking, while Adam Raccanello who is also in Year 10, commenced his apprenticeship on 26th August and will complete a Certificate III in Retail at McDonald’s Stanthorpe.
While Teresa and Adam are just commencing their SBA, six Year 12 students are completing theirs! Congratulations to the below students:
- Nadia Calvisi, Cafe 77 | Certificate III in Hospitality
- Daniel Gasparin, Southern Downs Electrical | Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
- Jared Hitchener, McDonalds Stanthorpe | Certificate III in Retail
- Aaron Kay, HL Joiners | Certificate III in Cabinet Making
- Indiah Loy, St Joseph's School | Certificate III in Education Support
- Nicholas Paget, Red Rooster | Certificate III in Business
To acknowledge and thank the host employers for providing our students with the opportunity to participate in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, an Employer Thank You Luncheon was held on Monday 14th October at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.
The host employers not only provided students with the opportunity to work as a paid employee and obtain a recognised qualification, but also supported the students through navigating ‘the world of work’.
The luncheon also recognised the Year 12 students who have worked diligently to complete their work hours and units of competency in order to obtain their qualification. Congratulations to all our students and thank you to the employers!
Congratulations to those students who received an award at the Awards Night held last Thursday evening. Below is a list of all recipients, with photos to follow in the next newsletter!
McAuley Awards - Primary
|Year 3||Alexander Stefanon, Ted Bonner, Gwen Philip, Luke Maggiolo, Lily Tuvukica & Sasha Kendall.|
|Year 4||Ned Torrens, Olivia Favaro, Emily Robinson, Emily Doyle, Natalie Gasparin & Lily Hyslop.|
|Year 5||Eden Shatte, Ashley Juriss, Magnolia Mills, Billy Gallaway, Brae Einam & Bella Auliff.|
|Year 6||Angus Crome, Darcy Daddow,Taneisha Marino, Ashton Auliff, Dakota Burton & Nathan Lancuba.|
Community Awards - The St Vincent De Paul Recognition of Service
|Mini Vinnies President||William Kay|
|Teen Vinnies President||Lucas Wren|
|The Young Winemakers Award||Teresa Pozzebon & Adam Raccanello|
|Donna Shannon Leadership Award Year 6||Liam Telfer & Alessia Gasparin|
|Caltex All Rounder Year 12||Hannah Debnam|
|Mayor's Medal Year 12||Lara-Jane Biggin|
2019 Student Leader Presentation
|Principal's Recognition: School Captains||Hannah Debnam & Jared Hitchener|
|Principal's Recognition: Vice Captains||Lara-Jane Biggin & Benjamin Manahan|
|Principal's Recognition: Music Leader & Prefect||Nicholas Paget|
|Principal's Recognition: Creative Arts Leader||Jessica Carpenter|
2020 Student Leader Presentation
|School Captains||James Humble & Bridgette Kay|
|Vice Captains||Lachlan Mahoney & Danielle Musumeci|
Rory McDonagh, Naomi McIntyre, Melissa Petroccitto & Franco Pozzebon.
|Sports Captains - Davadi||Rory McDonagh & Danielle Musumeci|
|Sports Captains - McAuley||Lara Beckett & Lindsey Swan|
|Fr Valente Award Year 3/4C||Cheyenne Toohey (Yr 3), Tom Telfer (Yr 4) & Vayda Heads (Yr 4)|
|Fr Valente Award Year 3/4PC||Ella Wren (Yr 3) James Bell (Yr 4) & Cael Armstrong (Yr 4)|
|Fr Valente Award Year 3/4T||Isaak Brown (Yr 3) & Thomas Petrie (Yr 4)|
|Fr Valente Award Year 5/6C||Harry Wren (Yr 5) & Jacob Hennoste (Yr 6)|
|Fr Valente Award Year 5/6F||Jack Brown (Yr 5) & Liam Telfer (Yr 6)|
|Fr Valente Award Year 5/6S||Charlie Chen (Yr 5) & Heidi Favaro (Yr 6)|
|Year 7 Awards Distinction||
Dustin Alldridge, Jordan Cosmo, Samuel Ellis, Mia Everson, Maggie Gallaway, Annaliese McCosker, Kiana Stone, Rylee Vedelago & Ryan Whiticker.
|Year 7 Awards Excellence||Freya Creer, Claire Danzey, Brigid O'Dea, Luke Webb & Claire Williamson.|
|David Littleproud Year 7 Dux||Claire Williamson|
|Year 8 Awards Distinction||Hayley Danzey, Taryn McCosker, Kiara Osborne, Sophie Day, Chelsea Debnam, Bronte Duff, Amelie Gesch & Coen Taylor.|
|Year 8 Awards Excellence||Eloise Knight, Taylah Organ, Eliza Telfer, Belinda McIntyre & Hannah Widderick.|
|David Littleproud Year 8 Dux||Eliza Telfer|
|Year 9 Awards Distinction||Hamish Alldridge, Natasha Brierley, Hamish Alldridge, Natasha Brierley, Caitlyn Hennoste, Nalannah Hollis, Cydney McErvale, Nikolas Petrie, Sara Savakov, Kira St John, Mackenzie Swan & Lucas Wren.|
|Year 9 Awards Excellence||Kirra Daddow, Kaelie Doyle, Caitlin Ellis & Isabel Kay.|
|David Littleproud Year 9 Dux||Kirra Daddow|
|Year 10 Awards Distinction||Mitchell Brunckhorst, Louise Day, Gianna Newman, Adam Raccanello, Eric Richards, Brayden Spiller, Taylah Whiticker & Cooper Wren.|
|David Littleproud Year 10 Dux||Taylah Whiticker|
|Year 11 Awards Distinction||James Humble, Bridgette Kay, Naomi McIntyre, Danielle Musumeci & Melissa Petroccitto.|
|Year 11 Awards Excellence||Rory McDonagh|
|David Littleproud Year 11 Dux||Rory McDonagh|
|Year 12 Awards Distinction||Daniel Gasparin, Aaron Kay, Indiah Loy, Benjamin Manahan & Nicholas Paget.|
|Year 12 Awards Excellence||Lara-Jane Biggin & Hannah Debnam|
|RSL True Spirit Award Year 6||Ashton Auliff|
|RSL True Legends Award Year 11 (Runnerup)||James Humble|
|RSL True Legends Award Year 11||Bridgette Kay|
|University of the Third Age||Nalannah Hollis|
|ADF Leadership Award Year 10||Taylah Whiticker|
|ADF Leadership Award Year 12||Hannah Debnam|
|Excellence in Catholic Awards Years 6-10||Isaac Kay (Yr 6), Brigid O'Dea (Yr 7), Chelsea Debnam (Yr 8), Isabel Kay (Yr 9) & Taylah Whiticker (Yr 10).|
|TCSO SBA||Daniel Gasparin|
|The Sister Ursula Frayne Award Year 12||Hannah Debnam|
|The Betty Yap Excellence Award Year 12||Jared Hitchener|
|Proxime Accessit Award Year 12||Lara-Jane Biggin|
|St Joseph's Dux Year 12||Hannah Debnam|
|Sports Captains Davadi||Jared Hitchener & Benjamin Manahan|
|Sports Captains McAuley||Hannah Debnam & Indiah Loy|
|Champion House Primary||Davadi|
|Champion House Secondary||Davadi|
|Champion House Both||Davadi|
|Crisps Sports Star Primary||Darius Jansink|
|Crisps Sports Star Secondary||Brigid O'Dea|
|Australian Olympic Change-Maker Program Award||Hannah Debnam|
Sporting Awards - Primary
|Granite Belt Representatives - Swimming||Jessica Pradella, Isaac Kay, William Kay, Jaiden Morello, Darius Jansink, Katie-Lee Jansink, Lillian Kendall, Jayden Green & Jacob Hennoste.|
|Granite Belt Representatives - Netball||Sophie Brunckhorst, Heidi Favaro, Eliza Bonner & Erin O'Dea.|
|Granite Belt Representatives - Rugby League||William Kay & Isaac Kay.|
|Granite Belt Representatives - Cross Country||
Eliza Bonner, Erin O'Dea, Alex Waterworth Jaiden Morello, Billy Gallaway, Sonny Fraguas, Jacob Hennoste, Darcy Daddow, Emily Robinson, Harry Wren & Erin O'Dea.
|Granite Belt Representatives - Athletics||
Harry Wren, Claire Danzey, Kael Einam, Alex Waterworth, Jaiden Morello, Addison McCosker, Lily Savakov, Katie-Lee Jansink, Darius Jansink, Akasha Stevens, Eliza Bonner, Lillian Kendall, Aryanna Davie, Darcy Daddow, Jayden Green, Harry Wren, Ted Bonner & Lily Tuvukica.
|Granite Belt Representatives - Soccer||
Sonny Fraguas, Jaiden Morello, Liam Telfer, Darcy Daddow & Alessia Gasparin.
|Darling Downs Representatives - Swimming||Jessica Pradella|
|Darling Downs Representatives - Cross Country||Alex Waterworth & Jaiden Morello.|
|Darling Downs Representatives - Athletics||Katie-Lee Jansink, Darius Jansink & Alex Waterworth.|
|Darling Downs Representatives - Soccer||Alessia Gasparin|
|Queensland Representatives - Athletics||Katie-Lee Jansink & Darius Jansink|
|Queensland Representatives - Cross Country||Alex Waterworth|
Sporting Awards - Secondary
|Border District - Touch Football||Natasha Brierley|
|Border District - Swimming||Isabel Kay & Ashley O'Brien|
|Border District - Football||Jared Hitchener, Brayden Spiller & Eric Richards.|
|Border District - Rugby League||Jack McMeniman|
|Border District - Cross Country||Brigid O'Dea, Jack Bell, Tyler Look & Rory McDonagh.|
|Border District - Athletics||
Claire Williamson, Brigid O'Dea, Eliza Telfer, Kaitlin Carpenter, Kataya McNamara, Luke Taylor, Tyler Look, Chelsea Debnam, Caitlin Ellis & Ashley O'Brien.
|Darling Downs - Cross Country||
Chelsea Debnam, Gregory Zournazidis, Chelsea Debnam, Brigid O'Dea & Rory McDonagh.
|Darling Downs - Athletics||Chelsea Debnam|
|Darling Downs - Football (Shadow Player)||Brayden Spiller|
Mrs Julia Wedderburn joins St Joseph's School this term as a Secondary teacher. She will be taking a number of English classes and an RE class. Julia is a very experienced teacher and has previously taught at St Joseph's School. Welcome back Julia!
Resilience is one of those skills that all kids need and should have. It refers to their ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress. It is essential to their mental health and wellbeing as part of their journey to adulthood. It is a skill that can be learned from an early age through the support of an adult role model.
However, being resilient does not mean your child won't experience any difficulties, but it will better equip them to manage those situations. Over-protective parenting can be viewed as being unhelpful towards the building of resilience. Although this may be a natural instinct, potentially experiencing failure is all part of the process. Encouraging children to take healthy risks will help them trust their capacity to deal with uncomfortable situations and increase their capacity for courage.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain an understanding of how to support their child’s brave behaviour to help them adapt and build resilience. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to this month's edition https://stjosephs.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/resilience
Online parent applications can now be made for student travel assistance – Semester 2, 2019 via the School Transport website below.
- Bus Fare Assistance Program
- Students with Disabilities (SWD)
National Track & Field Championships
Achievements in the sporting arena have certainly been a key memory of 2019!
Brother and sister, Darius Jansink (Year 5) and Katie-Lee Jansink (Year 6) competed in the School Sport Australia 10-12 Years Track & Field Championships in Darwin during the school holidays.
Darius won both his Discus and Shot Put events, throwing 12.81m to win Shot Put and beating the nearest competitor by just under 2m, and throwing 36.02m to win Discus!
Meanwhile, Katie-Lee placed second in her Shot Put event with a personal best of 11.35m. She threw three personal bests on the way to getting this result!
We are very excited and pleased for both students who competed in our school athletics carnival earlier this year to win selection into the Granite Belt team, then Darling Downs and Queensland teams! The Olympics will be next!
Well done Darius and Katie-Lee!