- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES OF 2021
- SCIENCE AWARDS PRESENTATION
- PREP & YEAR 1 FAIRYTALE BALL
- USQ HEADSTART
- FINAL PRIMARY MATHS LESSON FOR OUR YEAR 6 STUDENTS
- CHESS COMPETITION WINNERS
- BOOK LISTS FOR 2022
- NEXT STEP SURVEY
- GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
- MERRY CHRISTMAS
- UPCOMING EVENTS
As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank all students, their families and the staff for helping to make the year another successful one for the school.
As an indicator of our academic success, I would like to highlight our very positive NAPLAN results this year. NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy, with the data provided used by families, schools and education systems to ensure Australian students are supported in their learning. Our students scored above both the Australian Mean Scale Score and Queensland Scale Score in a significant majority of assessed skills (reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy). In particular, the Year 7 results were outstanding with our students achieving overall highest results for all schools in the Tooowoomba Diocese. In fact, our Year 7 students have outperformed most, if not all schools (state, Catholic, independent) in the Toowoomba region.
Another indicator of our success is the strong enrolment numbers we have for 2022 and the number of students we are retaining from Year 6 in Year 7. Next year our total enrolments across the school will be over 400, a 10+% increase from the start of 2021.
I would like to thank both the P&F Association and the Board for their guidance and contributions throughout the year. Their efforts are very important in helping to set the direction of the school and provide assistance to the students.
The staff as a whole deserve a special mention for their good work to get all students and the school through another challenging year. They are a dedicated and hard-working group who have the interests of the students at heart. I thank Erin Canavan, Carmelo Citrigno, Tanya Bell and Robyn Smith who finish this week. We wish them all the best for the future. Lesley Grant and Cathryn Taylor also finish part-time contracts this week. However, they will continue in casual roles. Lesley has been a valued member of our staff for many years and has taken the final step towards retirement.
Well done to all the students for working towards the best they can be. I hope they all come back to school well rested and ready to continue their Joey’s journey. Congratulations to all the Year 6 students who finish their Primary schooling this week. We wish them the very best in their journey into Secondary. Our thanks to Amanda Thompson and the other staff who have worked so well with them this year, and also those teachers and staff who have shared in their education since they started school. I am confident they have the grounding they need to start and succeed in Secondary.
Finally, I would like to wish all a merry and safe Christmas period.
Thank you to all members of our school community, particularly parents, students and staff, for the wonderful work and support you have given the school through 2021. Whilst we have again experienced our share of challenges, the collective strength of our community, coupled with the quality teaching and learning program, has ensured that our students have enjoyed another successful year, both academically and as a whole.
Shortly, families will receive Semester 2 reports cards. Please take the time to discuss these with your child as they form an important part of how they have progressed academically across the semester. As always, please feel free to touch base with me or any of the teaching staff if you need to discuss the feedback contained in the reports further. I congratulate students on their strong academic results.
I wish each and every member of our school and wider community a safe, happy and relaxing Christmas. May it be a time for all to celebrate they great things in our lives. See you all in 2022!
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
Tonight, we will celebrate the Year 6 of 2021 at the Semper Una service in the church. This is a service filled with symbolism and designed to recognise the unique contributions that these students have made to the Primary Campus during this year and in previous years. We are delighted that almost all of these students will be continuing into the secondary school here and wish those who are leaving St Joseph's the very best of health and happiness in the future. We hope that all of the students will look back fondly on their primary years of schooling and use the lessons learnt to challenge themselves to achieve even more success.
All that remains this year, is to thank sincerely all those who have made this academic year a special one for all the students on the Primary Campus. My appreciation is extended to all the staff who have worked with the students, attended to their needs, shared their joys, felt their frustrations, wiped away their tears, challenged them to the best they can be and made them feel valued. On behalf of the staff, I also thank parents and care givers for your ongoing support throughout this year. And to the students themselves......a big thank you. You make our days special in so many ways.
On behalf of the staff, I wish all our families a very peaceful and holy holiday and trust that everyone has the opportunity to spend some time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school in January.
With God's blessings
Assistant to the Principal Primary
In today’s world, it is common to hear socially offensive language on the streets, on social media channels, streaming services and in some forms of modern music. While swearing is becoming more common and less taboo, the use of derogatory language or the act of swearing at someone, or about someone, is a form of verbal violence. It transgresses the usual rules of social interaction by impinging on an individual’s self-image and sense of dignity.
It is becoming apparent that some young people are being influenced by the language they hear. Proliferating the use of swear words can sometimes normalise, glamorise and desensitise their impact for kids who may misunderstand the true meaning of some derogatory terms. Whilst some students may use swearing or derogatory terms as a misguided attempt at belonging, others may use it simply because they are still learning how to moderate their language and are not accustomed to making adjustments to suit different situations.
Although many schools enforce a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to swearing and derogatory language, parents need to also play an important part in enforcing this approach. Parents and carers can be proactive in monitoring what their children are viewing or being exposed to. Discussing the use of words or the origin of some derogatory terms and gaining insight into the reason behind their child’s use of such language can help prevent inappropriate or disrespectful language filtering into the classroom or the school yard, which in turn helps to build more tolerant, safe and connected communities.
This Special Report offers a number of guidelines to help manage a suitable approach when discussing the importance of respectful language. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this 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-respectful-language
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES OF 2021
Year 12 is bittersweet. There’s stress, late nights and a lot of cramming. But there are also those highly anticipated events like the final athletics carnival, school formal and graduation. On Thursday 18th November, 13 Year 12 students from St Joseph’s School Stanthorpe stepped out of the classroom and on to the red carpet, to celebrate their graduation in a formal affair held at the Bathersby Centre.
Dressed to impress, and with a celebratory tone, the proceedings moved seamlessly from Mass conducted by Fr Gonzo and Deacon Brian at St Joseph’s Catholic Church to a banquet-style dinner catered by Anna’s Restaurant, where students, staff and families could enjoy the evening.
Year 12 Valedictorian, Eric Richards, reflected on the tumultuous circumstances presented to this year’s Seniors through the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, praised his fellow Year 12 students for their resilience, and spoke of the value of friendship and connection between students and staff as the key to success in overcoming adversity.
The evening provided a wonderful opportunity for this year’s graduates to reflect and celebrate their educational journey as individuals, as a community and, most of all, as friends; united together as they graduate, and each preparing to embark on their new chapter of post-school life.
St Joseph’s School would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved in making this year’s graduation such a tremendous success, and to wish our Year 12 graduates the best success and luck for the future.
Photo courtesy of Shane Andersen Photography
Year 6 students Chloe Searle and Vayda Heads were recently awarded $25 each from a BHP Science and Engineering Encouragement Award.
This was awarded as part of a Science contest their Term 1 project was entered into, sponsored by the Science Teacher Association of Queensland.
Congratulations, junior scientists !
Last Friday, the Multi-Purpose Room was transformed into a magical fairytale land full of beautiful princess and handsome princes and some very regal queens. Everyone enjoyed a royal dinner with pink bubbles as well as lots of dancing and palace games. What a very special evening... and everyone was home before the clock struck 12!
Thank you to all who helped with the preparations and on the night: Mrs McNichol, Mrs Charlton, Miss Hollie, Miss Bella and Mrs Wilson.
Thank you also to Isabel Kay, Kira St John, Father Gonzo and Deacon Brian and Mr Kendall who joined in the fun on the night.
St Joseph’s would like to congratulate two of our Year 10 Students for their success in the USQ Headstart program.
This semester, Eliza Telfar and Taylah Organ applied and were accepted into the USQ Headstart program. This program provides the opportunity for Year 10, 11 and 12 students to complete a university subject whilst still at school. Allowing students to complete a subject from a degree whilst becoming familiar with tertiary studies. Upon the successful completion of one of these subjects, students can apply for early entry to a degree with USQ prior to the completion of Year 12.
Taylah Organ studied: LAW1112 (Legal Writing and Research) and achieved a B (credit).
Eliza Telfar studied: STA1003 (Fundamental Statistics) and achieved an A (distinction).
Congratulations to these students on an exceptional achievement!
FINAL PRIMARY MATHS LESSON FOR OUR YEAR 6 STUDENTS
Well that's it !! This week saw our Year 6 students partake in their last ever Primary Maths lesson before they venture into the world of Year 7 on Secondary next year.
Congratulations to all the students in our teams who competed in the Granite Belt Chess Competition. This took place over two Friday afternoons against 8 other teams.
As you can see from the photos belowe, Flynn, Jackson, Cael and Tom were awarded the trophy as winners and also took out second place .
Well done to all those who participated and thank you to Mr Fleming for his support of the students throughout the year.
Please find following, Booklists for 2022. These can also be located on the School's website.
The Queensland Government will conduct its annual statewide survey of Year 12 completers in 2022. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.
Between March and June next year, our current Year 12 students will receive a letter from the Minister for Education or an email or phone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office inviting you to complete the survey. To enable them to reach you, please ensure your contact details are correct in your learning account by logging into the student portal at https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/
Further information on Next Step and results from previous surveys are available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep.
GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Sometimes we all need a kickstart for our holiday cheer. Students and staff on the Secondary campus kicked off their Christmas celebrations by decorting their doors with festive cheer.
Congratulations, well done and Merry Christmas to one and all !
Tuesday 23rd November, saw the Year 9-11 students play in the second game of Volleyball against the Stanthorpe State High School. Students needed to win this game to give them a chance at winning the shield.
The team was competitive and some brilliant rallies took place that even kept the umpire, Mr Damien Petrie, on his toes. Unfortunately, we went down in straight sets 14-25 and 20-25. Congratulations to Stanthorpe State High for winning the shield.
For the third set, teams were mixed up, giving students the opportunity to play in teams with students from the other school. All in all, a fun day was had and hopefully the friendly competition continues annually.
Thanks to Mr Petrie for umpiring and to teachers and students who cam eto watch and support. It created a terrific atmosphere and made the students feel like rockstars.
|2 December||Semper Una year 6 Celebration|
|3 December||Term 4 Finishes - 12pm|
|24 January||Student Free Day|
|25 January||Term 1 Commences for Years 1 - 12|
|26 January||Australia Day Public Holiday|
|27 January||Prep Classes Commence|
|28 January||Stanthorpe Show Public Holiday|