- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- SchoolTV - THE WELLBEING BAROMETER 2023
- FOUNDATION DAY MASS & STUDENT LEADER INDUCTIONS
- LIONS YOUTH OF THE YEAR
- YEAR 6 VISUAL ART
- YEAR 7 STUDENTS HEAD OFF TO CAMP
- MERCY MEALS & MEALS ON WHEELS
- BOOKFAIR IS COMING !
- P & F WELCOME BBQ
- SCHOOL PHOTOS - MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY
- 2023 ST JOSEPH'S STANTHORPE DEBUTANTE BALL
- UPCOMING EVENTS
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is a priority at St Joseph’s School.
As a school in the Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, we are committed to the protection of children and young people while upholding their right to a safe and secure environment. This occurs through our Student Protection Processes and Guidelines.
Keeping students safe
Our school works in a number of ways to maintain student safety, including:
- Implementing the Student Protection Processes and Guidelines reporting requirements to Child Safety Services and the Queensland Police Service
- Maintaining the knowledge of our staff members and volunteers around their student protection responsibilities
- Promoting clear standards of behaviour through our Code of Conduct
- Following the requirements of Blue Card Services in relation to the Blue Card System and implementing the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
- Education sessions for students around protective behaviours
- Parent information nights and information through the school newsletters
What do I do if I have a concern of harm or abuse?
As a parent or carer, you are able to report any concerns of harm or abuse directly to the Police, and to Child Safety Services if the concern is that there may not be a parent able and willing to protect the child. If you have any questions about school student protection processes or concerns around a situation at a school, please contact me.
School Student Protection Contacts
Our school has four School Student Protection Contacts. These are nominated staff members to whom students can raise concerns of abuse, harm or inappropriate behaviour. School Student Protection Contacts receive additional training and are clearly identified at each school.
Our Student Protection Contacts are:
Andrew Kendall (Principal)
Matthew Brown (Deputy Principal)
Rachel Leslie (Counsellor)
Karen Petrie (Head of House)
Additional child protection information is available from the following websites:
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a query or concern.
It has been indeed a busy start to the year and the term has quickly progressed, with many students and teachers busily preparing for the upcoming drafting and assessment phase in most subjects. Across the school, I have been impressed to see the engagement in the learning environments and the focus on success in their learning from students.
Year 7 camp took place recently, with 6 staff joining our students for 3 days of fun and challenging activities at Redlands. I thank the staff for giving up their time to attend camp. It was wonderful to hear all the positive feedback and rewarding opportunities encountered by the students.
In Week 3, Mrs Butson commenced Academic review meetings with Year 12 students. The purpose of these meetings is to engage each student in conversations around their academic progress across the units studied in Year 11. These reflective conversations will enable us to work with each student around areas of academic strength, where consolidation of excellent progress can be achieved, as well as identifying areas of potential improvement and commence planning around how this improvement could be achieved. Further to this, we will ensure that each student’s academic progress is aligned and on track in terms of potential post-school pathways. I thank Mrs Butson for her wonderful work here.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Called to live, Mercy.
ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY
The familiar saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English language adage meaning that complex and sometimes multiple ideas can be conveyed by a single still image, which conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a mere verbal description. With that in mind, life on the primary campus over the last two weeks is conveyed in the following photos.
Every day on the Primary Campus is a gift and an opportunity to celebrate many successes with the children.
Upcoming events for Primary students include the Ash Wednesday liturgy, the Stanthorpe Busking performance and the Year 6 Leadership Day. Parents of students in Year 3 and 5 are also advised that the NAPLAN assessments will take place over four days across Weeks 8 and 9 of this term. A schedule will be provided closer to the time.
With God's blessings
Assistant to the Principal Primary
ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
The Lenten season is a time of preparation and repentance – a time to prepare ourselves through giving more, praying more and letting go of things which stop us from noticing more. Lent is a time to shift our mindset, to consider what God is asking us to do as we prepare to celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection. So as we prepare for the season of simple living, may we do more, be more and become more of the person God calls us to be.
“A man at work in a harbor saw a little boy fall into the water. He instantly sprang in after him and got him out. He then went on with his work, wet through as he was, until the dinner hour, when he went home to change his clothes and take his midday meal. Both in the street and in his own house he was beset with questions as to how he got his clothes so wet, but he invariably gave an evasive answer. Several days later, on returning from his work, he found awaiting him at his home the boy whom he had rescued from a watery grave, together with his parents. As soon as he crossed the threshold the boy cried out: “That is the man who pulled me out of the water!” Thereupon his parents thanked him with tears for saving their child’s life. On being asked why he had kept his good deed secret, he answered in Our Lord’s words: “Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” That man is much to be commended for his modesty; for not giving way to pride or boastfulness is to walk humbly with God”.With God's blessings,
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
SchoolTV - THE WELLBEING BAROMETER 2023
Because parenting doesn’t come with instructions, SchoolTV is a wellbeing resource implemented at our school to help support you in the challenges of modern-day parenting. Parenting is a learning journey and it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed when faced with raising happy, well and resilient young people today.
Every family has experienced some sort of difficulty or adversity in recent times, some more than others. As mental health concerns continue to rise, there have been some alarming statistics reported in relation to the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Unfortunately, the blueprint for parenting is often based on our own experiences, but this is no longer fit for purpose in raising children as citizens of tomorrow. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in providing the guidance needed to support children and adolescents as they reframe their worries and focus more on the things they can control in their life.
In this Special Report, we are seeking parent participation through a short survey. The survey is designed to provide a barometer to help gauge the state of student wellbeing within our community. We encourage you to take a few moments to complete the survey as this will help our school know the nature and extent of your concerns and determine how best we can support families in the months ahead. Responses remain anonymous and will only be reported on an aggregated basis. You are asked to base your responses on observations made in the last 12 months.
By working together we can continue to build relationships, foster connections, enable understanding and break down barriers as we navigate a pathway towards better mental health and wellbeing for all students. Please reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you or your child, please reach out to the school or seek professional medical advice.
Here is the link to your special report
FOUNDATION DAY MASS & STUDENT LEADER INDUCTIONS
Thursday 9th February saw the students of St Joseph's come together to celebrate St Joseph's School Foundation Day which incorporates the Beginning of Year Mass and the Student Leader Inductions. The celebration of the Eucharist is an integral component of the Catholic tradition and enables us to foster our sense of who we are as part of the Catholic Church.
It was wonderful to gather and celebrate with the students, especially the Year 12 students who received their Leadership badges upon completion of the Mass.
Congratulations and we wish them all the best for 2023.
Congratulations to our Year 12 students - Elizabeth Searle, Eliza Telfer and Taylah Organ who competed in the Lions Youth of the Year on Monday 13th February at the Stanthorpe International Club.
The Lions Youth of the Year program has a proud history in encouraging and fostering leadership skills in Australian students approaching the end of their high school years.
By emphasising qualities like contribution to the community and school, public speaking, academic skills, sporting and cultural involvement, Youth of the Year aims to bring forth the next generation of outstanding young Australians.
Well done, Eliza, Taylah and Elizabeth. You performed extremely well and did St Joseph's School very proud.
YEAR 7 STUDENTS HEAD OFF TO CAMP
Our Year 7 students were up and ready bright and early Wednesday morning in anticipation of their Year 7 Camp.
As part of our pastoral program at St Joseph's School, it is important for students to experience other opportunities outside the classroom to develop skills and attributes that will develop them as young adults.
The camp will aim to build relationships, increase self esteem and work on teamwork as a cohort.
We look forward to hearing all about it when they return on Friday 17th February.
As part of St Joseph's School's "Faith in Action Program", students deliver meals to members of the Stanthorpe community through the Meals on Wheels Program.
This program provides an opportunity for students to offer service, dignity and compassion to people of the local community.
Starting Monday 20th February, students from Year 8 will be participating in this service along with a number of staff.
Another wonderful initiative as part of our "Faith in Action Program" is watching our Senior students along with a number of staff, preparing and cooking our Mercy Meals.
''Mercy Meals'', is a way for our school community to reach out to those who may need a hand.
Sometimes families may be faced with challenging or difficult situations due to illness, accidents or bereavement. Or sometimes face exciting yet stressful times, like the arrival of a new baby! During these times a meal is very welcome and this is where Mercy Meals can assist.
If you know someone who is having a difficult time and would appreciate a meal, please contact the office.
The theme of our Scholastic Book Fair for 2023 is Bookaneer - Where books are the treasure ! It’s a fun reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. In fact, some titles will be under $5.00!
The Book fair also provides an opportunity to pick up some great affordable gifts – and the gift of reading for enjoyment and knowledge is a lifetime one!
Book Fair dates: Mon 13th March – Fri 17th March
Shopping hours: 8.00am – 8.30am and 3.00pm – 3.30pm
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Friday 10th February saw many families attend the annual Parents & Friends Welcome BBQ, held on the Primary Campus.
It was a wonderful opportunity for many families to celebrate the start of the school year and a great way to meet and welcome new families to the school.
SCHOOL PHOTOS - MONDAY 20 FEBRUARY
Family envelopes are available from the School Office and need to be returned prior to the photo day.
2023 ST JOSEPH'S STANTHORPE DEBUTANTE BALL
Please text 0424 182 708 or email email@example.com to get an information pack.
Forms must be completed and returned by MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2023.
Granite Belt Swimming Trials were held on Wednesday 8th February at the Stanthorpe Swimming Pool with again a number of students participating as a result of swimming one of the fastest three times (from Division A or Division B races) at the school swimming carnival last year.
Congratualtions to the following students have been successful in gaining a spot on the Darling Downs teams for their respective sports :
|Thomas Petrie||16 Yrs Basketball|
|Eliza Bonner||15 Yrs Netball|
|Alessia Gasparin & Jessica Pradella||15 Yrs Football (Soccer)|
|Luke Webb & Nichols Jr Gallego||16 Yrs Football (Soccer)|
Congratualtions Elly Petrie
Congratulations also to Year 10 student Elly Petrie who attended the Darling Downs Golf trials at Toowoomba City Golf Club on Tuesday 14 February and was successful in being selected in the DD team to attend the QLD State titles at the Sunshine Coast in May.
Elly shot the lowest score out of all female competitors on the day.
Well done Elly !
Darling Downs Water Polo and Orienteering Trials are just a number of other events in which students will be participating in over the coming days and weeks.
We wish all students the best of luck in all their trials and congratuations to all students participating in these events.
Qld Health & Physical Education Week
|15-17 February||Year 7 Camp|
|16 February||13-19 Yrs DD Sport Cluster Day 2|
|DD Water Polo (13-19yrs)|
|20 February||School Photos|
|20-24 February||HPE Week|
|21 February||13-19 Yrs DD Sport Cluster Day 3|
|22 February||Ash Wednesday Liturgy of the Word|
|24 February||Primary Disco - Farewell to Summer
Years 1-3 : 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Years 4-6 : 6.45pm to 8.00pm
|27 February||NAPLAN Practice|
|28 February||DD Swimming (10-12Yrs)|
|1 March||DD Swimming (10-12Yrs)|
|Southern Downs Border Cricket Competition|
|2 March||Year 10 R& E Excursion|