- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- CHECK IN QLD App for VISITING OUR SCHOOL CAMPUS
- IMPORTANT REMINDER TO VISITORS TO OUR SCHOOL
- CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
- NEW STAFF
- MERCY FOUNDATION YOUTH AWARDS
- MERCY MEALS
- MEALS ON WHEELS - WHY NOT CONSIDER LENDING A HAND !
- YEAR 10 SCIENCE
- RAINY DAYS
- DEBATING SUCCESS
- PARENT TEACHER CONSULTATIONS
- BREAD TAGS FOR WHEELCHAIRS
- LOST PROPERTY
- BINGO NIGHT
- GREAT (FASHION) MINDS THINK ALIKE !
- UPCOMING EVENTS
Next week we celebrate Catholic Education Week, an opportunity for all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos.
Catholic Education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
We have a number of events planned for the week including Mass on Sunday, the Athletics Carnival on Thursday and Bishop’s Inservice Day for staff on Friday.
I extend an invitation to all students and families to attend the Catholic Education Week Mass on Sunday (25 July) in St Joseph’s Church at 8.30am.
We all are looking forward to the Athletics Carnival on Thursday. Hopefully we get good weather, and I am looking forward to seeing families there on the day to cheer their children on.
Next week we also celebrate and thank a number of staff for achieving milestones in their service to Catholic Education. My thanks and congratulations to:
- Josephine Gangemi – 40 years
- David Fleming – 35 years
- Andrea Shatte – 20 years.
It is a wonderful effort by these staff.
Finally, I would like to congratulate two staff who have been nominated for awards.
Assistant to the Principal Primary, Sarah Yates, and Year 3 Teacher, Johanna Campbell, were nominated for a Spirit of Catholic Education Award for their service to Catholic Education. Further, Johanna is one of three teachers from across the Toowoomba Diocese who has been shortlisted for the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Expert Primary Award. Johanna will attend the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday night next week where the winner will be announced.
My thanks to all staff for their dedication to Catholic Education and great work at St Joseph’s School.
On the Student Free Day at the start of this term, our Secondary Mathematics team travelled to Toowoomba, along with the primary staff, to engage in the Inspire Mathematics Day with other schools in the Diocese. As part of this, Lisa McPherson and Anna Jones presented a session highlighting the great work we are doing at St Joseph’s around Creative Pedagogies and Data Analytics in Mathematics. The presentation was very well received from staff at other TCS schools and I thank Lisa and Anna for this wonderful contribution to improving the quality of teaching Mathematics not only in our school, but the Diocese.
Further to this, Brooke Butson (Careers Development Practitioner) and I will meet with all Year 10 students and parents across Weeks 2-5 to commence work in developing their Senior Education and Training (SET) plans. This document informs post-school pathways and subsequent curriculum offerings to ensure that the school can work collaboratively with the student to achieve success in their senior schooling and provide the necessary pathways to post-school study and employment.
Welcome back to Term 3 and a special welcome to our new students and their families. Polly and Ella have joined us in Year 2, Archie in Year 4 and Roshini in Year 5. It’s not easy joining a new school but I know that they have already been made to feel very welcome by the children and staff. Welcome also to Ms Sarah Day who has joined us to cover PE in Mr Grew’s absence this semester.
What it means to be an effective learner has already been a part of the conversations this term and I was delighted yesterday to receive a video of three Prep students engaged in true collaborative learning around a Maths task. Effective practices developed early and built upon will serve our learners well as they go into the future. Examples of other practices are evident in all our classes and more will be shared in the Primary Campus Newsletter. All teachers are engaged in further professional learning this term around INSPIRE Mathematics and our ongoing work around Visible Learning.
We are looking forward to a very busy term full of learning, sporting and cultural events. We will also be conducting open mornings and enrolments interviews for Prep students for 2022. As always, we look forward to your ongoing support and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
With God’s blessings
Assistant to the Principal Primary
Enhancing our Catholic Identity
Each year at the conclusion of Catholic Education Week, schools across our diocese gather for Bishop’s Inservice Day to celebrate, reflect and learn. In the past schools met in three different locations across the Diocese. Last year, Covid saw staff remain in their schools, with programs implemented by APREs and this year, with the continuation of Covid precautions, the same procedure will occur.
The day will commence with all staff gathering for prayer, followed by a pre-recorded address from Bishop Robert McGuckin and Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director of Toowoomba Catholic Schools. This is then followed by a workshop which focuses on a particular theme within Catholic Education.
A report gives our school a summary of the qualities and strengths, potential challenges and questions, and importantly recommendations to enable our school to strengthen our Catholic identity. Our ultimate aim being to become a dialogue school where the Catholic faith remains credible, recognisable and meaningful for all. Our staff look forward to working in this space throughout this day.
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
St Joseph's School is using the new Check In Qld app to help keep you COVID safe the next time you visit.
All you need to do is:
- visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld for links to download the app from Google Play or Apple App stores
- enter your details once when you first open the app
- open the app when you next visit us
- select ‘Check in Now’ and scan or enter our code
Using this digital check in means your details will be stored securely by the Queensland Government for 56 days to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing (if needed).
Normal school sign-in procedures in addition to the Check In app will continue for visitors to school grounds through the school's Kiosk. These records are held for purposes other than COVID-19, such as fire evacuation, student protection and contractor records.
The Check In Qld app is safe, secure and private. The benefit of the Check In Qld app is that it allows faster contact tracing, should a person test positive to COVID-19. The app sends a text message to people who have attended an exposure site, in addition to informing the site itself.
There are a 2 Check In Qld apps as follows:
- St Joseph’s School-Office & Primary Campus
- St Joseph’s School-Secondary Campus
The Qld QR code posters have been placed in various areas across both campuses at specific entry areas, ie. School Office, Bathersby Centre, etc.
We appreciate your understanding and assistance with keeping our school safe.
Check in and you’re good to go!
Visitors to our School
An important reminder to all contractors, parents and visitors that you must sign in and out at the School Office kiosk when visiting classrooms or coming into other parts of the school.
This does not apply to parents dropping students off before school and collecting them after school.
Once you have signed in, you will then be assigned a “Visitors” sticker which you must wear at all times within the school.
If you are collecting your child within school hours, please present to the School Office where we will then contact the classroom to have your child come to the office to be collected. Please do not proceed directly to the classrooms during school hours.
Early departure & late arrival slips
A friendly reminder regarding correct procedures for late arrivals, early departures and visitors as follows:
- All late students MUST report to the School Office prior to proceeding to class.
- For early departures, the usual parental permission is required, however, the students sign out at the School Office kiosk. Returning students MUST present this printed slip to the office before heading back to class. Should the student not return to the Office with the slip prior to returning to class, they will be marked as absent for the remainder of the day.
- All students in Prep to Year 11 leaving early, must be collected by a parent / caregiver. Parents are asked to wait at the Office - we will have the child come to the Office. Students are not allowed to depart the school grounds during school hours without adult supervision.
If your child is absent from school, please advise the office by calling on 07 4681 5900 or emailing email@example.com. When leaving a message please clearly state your child's name and their class. Please do not ask your other children to advise the office as often these messages are not passed on. If no advice is received, an SMS will be sent seeking confirmation, followed by a phone call if required.
Parents are reminded that the carpark at the Primary office is strictly for teachers and staff only during school hours. Please do not use the car park to collect your children.
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated in Catholic schools in Queensland from 25 – 31 July 2021.
The theme for this year’s celebrations is: A Spirited Tomorrow.
Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
There are 309 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 154,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
To celebrate the launch of Catholic Education Week, mass will be celebrated in St Joseph’s Church at 8:30am on Sunday 25th July. Students and their families are invited to join in celebrating the liturgy and are asked to wear their formal school uniform. Students will be participating in readings and prayers, as well as the offertory procession.
COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health
The physical impact of the pandemic has mostly spared our young people, however as the nation remains to be on alert and in various stages of lockdown, restrictions continue to be mandated. The pandemic has had a great affect on our young people with many paying a heavy emotional and developmental price. Psychological disorders are on the rise and emergency interventions have skyrocketed.
As hard as it is being a young person today, it's also draining being the parent of one. It has been reported that many parents are struggling to keep their child's mental health afloat, often proving it is difficult to juggle parenting responsibilities whilst at the same time providing much needed emotional support for their children.
Unlike the coronavirus itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic cannot be vaccinated away. Psychologists are seeing more depression and anxiety across all age groups, but in adolescents it seems to be on steroids, with some choosing to self-medicate using alcohol or other drugs. When they look into the future now, they're looking at one that wasn't what they envisioned before.
This report explains the current state of youth mental health in a post-COVID era and offers guidance on how best to support young people today. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If this Special Report raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report https://stjosephs.qld.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-covid-fatigue-youth-mental-health .
We are pleased to welcome Ms Sarah Day and Ms Claire Richardson to the staff at St Joseph's School.
Sarah will be teaching Primary Physical Education for Semester 2, while Mr Grew is on leave, and Year 10 Physical Education. She also is an experienced soccer player and coach and is well known and respected in the Stanthorpe community.
Claire also has qualifications in Design & Technology and experience in the building industry as a designer. She has worked at St Joseph's School previously, having completed her university teaching practicums here. Claire will be teaching Science, Maths and Senior Design.
The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a competition open to high school students across Australia from Years 7 to 12. The competition aims to encourage you to learn more about social justice issues in Australia.
Year 12 students at St Joseph's have spent the last few weeks of Term 2 preparing their entries for this worthwhile competition.
Stayed tuned as over the next few editions of the school newsletter, we will display the entries that our students have been preparing.
Seasons come and go. Just as winter can be bare and lifeless at times our life can sometimes feel the same, we may feel cold and alone as if nothing matters. But just as a tree springs to new life we can also see the joy in life if we search for purpose and ways in which to live life to the full.
A tree standing alone represents that in those times when we may feel isolated and companionless, we can still flourish if we look beyond our immediate despair. We can build and maintain good mental health every day by looking forward to the new day and standing strong in front of things that might want to take away our capacity to live life to the full.
These meals continue to be a wonderful way for our School community to express care for one another. This was a new initiative launched earlier this year by the School's Teen Vinnies.
Last week we were also able to assist the local Cancer Support group working with a young mother of three who is undergoing Radium treatment for Breast Cancer. We provided several home cooked frozen meals to the family for those times when Mum isn’t up to cooking.
Thank you to all who have cooked meals and enable us to be generous and offer hospitality to others.
If you would like to be involved in helping to support families in our school community by making a meal, this would be greatly appreciated. Keep it simple and heartfelt while taking into account the ease for the family. Something that can be simply popped in the oven to rehaeat is ideal.
Meals can be dropped to the main office and will be collected promptly for freezing.
If you know someone who is having a difficult time and would appreciate a meal, please contact the office.
It is a great experience and allows us to perform a simple act of kindness.
Any parents or carers who are able to join the roster for a day and help us deliver this service can contact John Mahoney on 0408 937 828.
Our next Roster is for the week of Monday 16th to Friday 20th August.
We depart the Church Carpark at 10.30am and return by approximately 12pm.
Year 10 Science students are currently engaging in a Physics unit.
Students have been learning about different types of forces, both contact or non-contact forces. Students then had a chance to interact with several types of forces they learned about via various stations around the classroom.
Congratulations to the group who built a buoyant aluminium foil boat strong enough to hold 75 marbles before sinking!
Year 7 and 8 students have been busy preparing for our inter-school debating competition, with their first debate held this week at St Joseph’s School.
These debates see St Joseph’s compete against Stanthorpe State High School and provide students with an excellent opportunity to practice their public speaking and critical reasoning skills.
The Year 7 students argued for the affirmative ‘That violent video games should be banned’ whilst the Year 8 students argued for the negative on the topic of ‘That it should be mandatory for masks to be worn in all public spaces’.
Both teams prepared well and performed fantastically on the day, each coming away with wins. Great work teams!! We’ll now start preparing for round two in three weeks time.
A reminder to all parents that Parent Teacher Consultations bookings are now open for both Primary and Secondary. All parents will have received an email through Parent Paperwork with details on how to book their interview times.
The Parent Teacher Consultations are an important opportunity for parents, staff and students to have collaborative conversations to reflect on the students academic performance in Semester 1 and refine future directions to build upon this success, as well as seek improvement.
If there are any issues with the booking system, please contact the school.
A friendly reminder that we at St Joseph's encourage families to collect their bread tags and bring them into school where they can be dropped off to a number of places.
Each Primary classroom and Secondary PC classroom have been given a container where the bread tags can be collected. Alternatively, bread tags can also been dropped in to the Administration building on the Primary campus. You will see a small pink wheelie bin in the foyer in which your bread tags can be placed into.
You can see more about the organisation at https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/, including pictures of the collection community and wheelchair recipients and the products of the recycling process.
All lost property on the Primary Campus can now be located in a container clearly marked "Lost Property" in the lunch shed during school hours.
Please check there in the first instance of any lost property.
All clothing should be clearly marked with your child's name to avoid loss.
That awkward moment when you arrive at work and see someone else wearing
the same outfit !!
Not the case for Ms Jones, Mr Cook, Ms Coxon and Mrs Roberts who all turned up to work this week with co-ordinated outfits (purely just by chance).
Year 6 student, Georgia Petrie recently competed at the State Cross Country Championships which were held in Ipswich on Sunday 18th July.
Georgia placed 32nd out of field of 64 with her individual entry and also placed 7th with her team in the relay event.
Congratulations Georgia on your fantastic effort and achievement.
The 2021 QISSN Carnival took place on the first week of the June/July holidays in Brisbane.
On Sunday 27th June, 10 budding netballers with Mrs Petrie & Mrs Ellis in tow headed up the highway where they participated in the Opening Ceremony along with over 60 schools from around Queensland.
Day One of competition (Monday) saw games against St John's Catholic School Roma, St Andrew's Lutheran College Tallebudgerra where we narrowly were defeated but we ended the day with a hard-fought win against St Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays.
Just as we were gaining some momentum on Day 2 of competition and with only marginal loses to Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera and St James College, Brisbane - sadly, the competition was cancelled due to a COVID lockdown in Brisbane.
The girl’s effort & dedication in the lead up to the competition and during the QISSN carnival was nothing short of outstanding and I would like to acknowledge & congratulate them for representing themselves & St Joseph’s with pride.
|21-23 July||Primary Field Events|
|22 July||Inter School Debating Yrs 7-10|
|25 July||Catholic Education Week Mass|
|25-31 July||Catholic Education Week|
|26 July||Secondary Field Events|
|28 July||Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews|
|29 July||Athletics Carnival|
|30 July||Student Free Day|
|3 August||Senior Red Lion Soccer|
|4 August||Prep 2022 Open Morning|
|Year 7 2022 Open Day|
|6 August||Bingo Night|
|16-20 August||Book Week|
|26 August||Book Week Dress Up Parade|
|27-28 August||School Musical "Matilda"|