- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- REMINDER - PARENT PORTAL
- NEWS FROM THE SCIENCE LAB
- NEWS FROM OUR PREP ROOM
- YEAR 6 ENJOYING HOME ECONOMICS
- READERS CUP
- ST JOSEPH'S EISTEDDFOD
- YEAR 11 FIRST AID / CPR TRAINING COURSE
- PREP VISION SCREENING PROGRAM
- STUDENTS ENJOY THEIR TIME AT CAMP
- WORK EXPERIENCE
- BREAKFAST CLUB
- PREP OPEN MORNINGS
- COMMONWEALTH CENSUS DAY
- WINTER SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM
- ART COMPETITIONS
- UPCOMING EVENTS
As a busy Semester 1 comes to an end, I would like to congratulate all the students on their learning and involvement in school life so far this year. It was very pleasing to see the good results and positive comments on so many report cards. I encourage all students to reflect on their successes and the areas they can improve in, and come back prepared to work with their teachers to be the best they can be.
I am pleased with the good work that our staff have put in across the school. Thanks to all staff for their efforts. We are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students. Strong leadership, quality teaching and learning, fair and consistent practices and timely communication are what we are consistently striving to achieve.
I also would like to thank the P&F Committee for their support and contributions this semester. Their work and advice adds significantly to the success of the school.
Similarly, I am very grateful for the advice and direction that the School Board provides to me.
Have a safe and restful semester break.
A huge thank you to the students and staff involved in the Year 7, 8 and 9 camps. In visiting the camps on Tuesday, it was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the students as they engaged in a wide variety of activities. These camps are an important part of what we do as a Catholic school to develop the nurturing relationships amongst the students.
Also, I thank all the employers who hosted our Year 10 students for work experience placements. It is a huge commitment but one that enables our students to engage in an industry of interest and an important first step towards their senior schooling journey. I also thank Brooke Butson and Hayley Pfieffer for their tremendous work in coordinating these work experience placements, and to those staff who conducted on site visits during this week.
A reminder that Semester 1 reports will be distributed electronically via the new Parent Portal. The old paper versions that were mailed home to parents will not be sent this year as a result. If you need assistance in setting up your Parent Portal, please contact the office.
For Secondary parents, Parent Teacher Consultations will occur in early Term 3, providing an excellent opportunity for parents, students and teachers to discuss Semester 1 and collaborate to set academic goals for Semester 2. Further information relating to the online booking system for Parent Teacher Consultations with be sent in a broadcast shortly.
Please stay safe and well over the June/July school holiday break and I look forward to students returning for Semester 2.
Live Jesus in our hearts,
ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
As the semester draws to a close, I would like to acknowledge the work of the students over the past 18 weeks and also that of their teachers and support staff.
The terms have passed quickly it seems any opportunities presented to the students have generally been grasped with enthusiasm, a desire to do their best and to also be of service to others. Whether it has been academic work, sporting competitions, the Eisteddfod or learning how to develop friendships, there has been much learning taking place.
Only last week I was shown some writing by some of our younger students which was a delight to read and showed how much they had grown as writers so far this year. I was also able to visit the Prep classroom after they had just learnt a new strategy for problem solving in Maths and saw the excitement at some of them being able to name and demonstrate the steps. Whilst on playground duty one day last week, I witnessed a tall Year 6 child kneel down to comfort a Prep student who was distressed after an argument over a game he was playing with friends.
I could go on with example after example of such experiences around the Primary Campus because there are so many each day. This is why being a part of the St Joseph's School community is so special.
With God's blessings,
Assistant to the Principal Primary
ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
Collected, Delivered and Stacked.
On Tuesday, a group of Year 12 students were able to collect the Winter Appeal donations and deliver them to our local St Vincent de Paul shop. Students were then able to sort and stack the hundreds of cans, pasta, rice, packet soups and noodles collected over this term. It was wonderful for our students to see how a collective effort makes a huge impact and the difference these everyday items will make to people in our community needing a hand up this winter.
A big thank you to all families for their donations, and to Mini and Teen Vinnies, Mrs Ryan and Mr Mahoney for promoting the campaign. Your contributions are very much appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, feel free to do so. They are always welcomed.
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
Celebrating NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to recognise and learn more about the history and culture of indigenous communities.
NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced back to the Aboriginal rights movement, when on Australia Day 1938, protestors marched through the streets of Sydney to highlight the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Today, it is a week-long celebration held in July that consists of range of traditional and contemporary activities.
NAIDOC Week is an important event that helps build positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It enables a deeper understanding of our differences and similarities. NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all Australians to eliminate bias and discrimination by reflecting and reconciling the wrongs of the past to facilitate hope and build a fairer future. Families are encouraged to join in and support young people in learning the significance of NAIDOC Week.
This Special Report offers suggestions on how families can celebrate NAIDOC Week together. 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-celebrating-naidoc-week
Year 10 Science students demonstrating how natural selection happens in nature….with jelly beans!
This is part of their unit on evolution.
Year 12 Chemistry students working in collaboration on some organic chemistry consolidation work.
We are now on the downhill run to the much-needed break for all the students including the teachers !
Last week we looked at two letters – Vv and Zz. We completed some activity sheets and brainstormed some words with these letters.
We have continued to look at three letter words and sound them out and we have worked hard this week at trying to write what we hear when we break up these words.
Last week in Math, we learnt the new concept of ‘informal measuring’ and we got stuck into so many different ways to measure informally using different types of items and objects. Eg: unifix cubes, paddle pop sticks, dinosaurs, teddys, masking tape and much more. We looked at and used different ways to weigh things and we even used our ‘arms and hands’ as scales to predict before we weighed things. For measuring ‘capacity/volume’ we used coloured rice to fill up cups and containers – it was so much fun!!
We have now completed all our assessments for this term – this is a really tiring effort for all the Preppies – they are so amazing though!
Mrs McNichol & Mrs Charlton
YEAR 6 ENJOYING HOME ECONOMICS
Our Year 6 students have been getting a "taste" of what Secondary next year will be like for them all.
Last week, students enjoyed some time in the Home Economics room, where they were able to cook a batch of cupcakes which we are sure they all thoroughly devoured.
A number of students recently attended and represented St Joseph's School at the 20th anniversary of the Toowoomba Readers Cup.
There were five rounds in the competition and each round had a series of ten questions, where two questions were asked from the following five books :
- Beyond Belief by Dee White
- Everything I’ve never said by Samantha Wheeler
- Firestarter by A.L.Tait
- Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble
- The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
Each question was worth 2 points, meaning there was 20 points up for grabs each round and 120 points up for grabs for the whole competition.
Fairholme College came away with the win with a total of 69 points. St Joseph's School placed ninth overall with only 20 points difference between all the placings.
Erin O’Dea, Patrick Roberts, William Roberts, Cael Armstrong and Chloe Searle were thrilled to meet the author, Samantha Wheeler, who wrote ‘Everything I’ve never said’. They were fortunate enough to even have Samantha sign the school copy of her book.
Congratulations to all students who attended.
The St Joseph's Eisteddfod was held during Week 8 in the Multi-Purpose Room.
It was a very happy and entertaining event and all students are to be congratulated on their impressive Recitation Solos.
We were very privileged to have our Year 11 students as Adjudicators for the various sessions. Thank you to Hannah Widderick, Taryn McCosker, Chloe Britton, David Nemeth, Will Bonner, Sophie Day, Addison Swan, Savannah Hollis, Joshua Petrie, Elizabeth Searle, Belinda Mcintyre and Chelsea Debnam for your valuable advice and comments to the students.
Hannah Widderick said, "We all enjoyed the experience immensely!!!"
Congratulations to Year 6 student, Margaret O'Dea, on being awarded the Most Promising Recitation Award (Years 3-6) at the recent Border District Eisteddfod.
YEAR 11 FIRST AID / CPR TRAINING COURSE
On Wednesday 22nd June of this Term, the Year 11 students completed their First Aid and full CPR course as part of their Pastoral Care Program.
This course was delivered through the Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ).
The First Aid/CPR certification is an excellent qualification for any young person to gain, particularly when applying for jobs as many employers hold this certification in high regard.
The Prep vision screening service aims to give Queensland children the best possible start to their education as they transition into primary school.
Vision screening in early childhood is important for detecting conditions such as amblyopia, or a ‘lazy eye’. Vision problems can cause difficulties in the classroom, including problems with concentration and behavioural issues, which can lead to poor learning outcomes.
The Prep vision screening service, delivered by the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program, provides the opportunity for visual abnormalities to be detected and treated early and, in turn, minimise the impact on a child’s learning.
A Registered Nurse visited St Joseph's School on Wednesday 22nd June to conduct vision screening for our Prep students.
STUDENTS ENJOY THEIR TIME AT CAMP
Students from Year 7, 8 and 9 this week ventured off to the wilderness to enjoy their annual school camps.
As part of the School's pastoral progam, it is important for students to experience other opportunities outside the classroom to develop skills and atributes that will develop them as young adults.
School camps are a great opportunity for students to build leadership, communication, conflict resolution, courage and tenacity skills to grow as individuals and as a cohort.
Year 7 Students
Year 8 Students
Year 9 Students
Year 10 students this week have been out and about gaining real worklife experience through the School's Work Experience Program.
Work experience, sometimes called "work placement", is a program students are placed in a job for a short time so they can find out more about jobs they're interested in, try things out and build job-seeking networks.
Students have been placed at venues such as a Solicitors, Pharmacies, Education facilities, Construction, Land Surveying, Child Care and Physiotherapy just to name a few.
We thank all businesses who have provided this opportunity to our students.
Students and staff alike enjoyed Breakfast Club which commenced last week in Valentes.
Initially, only toast and a hot drink will be offered until funds are increased and they may be able to offer a hot breakfast on occasions. The idea behind Breakfast Club is not only breakfast to commence the day, but also to encourage conversation and social networking for those who attend. Our Year 11 Peer Skills buddies will also be encouraged to attend to offer their skills and friendship.
Breakfast Club is open to all staff and Secondary students every Thursday morning.
The Commonwealth Census Day is Friday, 5 August 2022. This is a Department of Education (DoE) collection of students and staff numbers.
Further information (below) provides details regarding the Census.
The Winter School Music Program is happening again in Tenterfield, from July 04 - 08, 2022. We are so delighted to finally be able to provide this opportunity for students, teachers and interested adults in our district and we are looking froward to welcoming you to the event.
All the information about the program can be found in the brochure :
N.B. There are a number of subsidies which apply to the Winter School Music Program and all school age participants will benefit from this financial support.
Alongside the daily program, there are also wonderful concerts available each evening. We are so proud to be able to include performers of international calibre and we are sure that you enjoy the diversity of performances on offer.
We had planned to offer a cabaret-style show as part of the Peter Allen Festival in May - but sadly the event was cancelled because of the tremendous rain. Happily, the show The Bush, Broadway and Broken Hearts is going ahead with two performances (2pm and 7pm) on Saturday, July 02.
Sunday 3rd July is the day for anyone who wants to sing to come along and participate in The Chilly Sing. This is a day where all members of the community are invited to join us to learn a few songs, to hear some performances and to have a great time. Morning tea and lunch included in the $30 registration!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.
With all best wishes,
Interschool Basketball Grand Final Winners
Congratulations to the Junior Boys who were victorious against Assumption College on Monday 13th June 2022.
Thanks also to our Head of Sport, Damian Petrie and the other staff who have helped out throughout the season.
2022 QISSN Carnival
We wish all students and staff involved in this event all the very best and for safe travels.
|24 June||Term 2 Finishes|
|End of Term Mass & Whole School Assembly|
|24 June - 1 July||QISSN|
|3 July - 10 July||NAIDOC Week|
|11 July||Student Free Day|
|12 July||Term 3 Starts|
|Blue Edge Program Starts|
|18 - 22 July||Expressive Arts Week|
|20 - 22 July||Primary Field Events|
|24 July||Catholic Education Week Mass|
|25 - 28 July||Catholic Education Week|
|25 July||Secondary Field Events|
|28 July||Athletics Carnival (Prep-Yr12)|
|29 July||Student Free Day|