- PRINCIPAL (ACTING)
- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (ACTING)
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL PRIMARY & TEACHING & LEARNING
- ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL FORMATION & IDENTITY
- TEACHING & LEARNING
- CONGRATULATIONS MRS MEGAN MAHONEY
- TOOWOOMBA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
- TERM 3 SCHOOL FEES
- GENERAL ADMINISTRATION REMINDERS
- 2nd HAND UNIFORMS AND LOST PROPERTY
- PONYTAIL PROJECT
- STUDENTS VISIT VILLA CARRAMAR
- BEANIES FOR BRAIN CANCER
- BREAKFAST CLUB DONATIONS
- ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL ARTS FESTIVAL
- SAVE THE DATE !!
- UPCOMING EVENTS
Welcome back all students, families and staff to Term 3! It was wonderful to see so much excitement and positivity across the school and students engaging in their learning after the much-needed mid-year break. It is important we keep this momentum up and continue to foster this positive engagement with all aspects of school life.
I take this opportunity to wish our Principal Andrew Kendall OAM all the best for his professional renewal leave and much deserved long service leave this term. I also extend a warm welcome to Claire Bugden, who returns full time to the teaching staff after 12 months maternity leave, as well as Michelle Smith, who joins our school community for Semester 2 in her role as Art and Humanities teacher on secondary.
Last week, I was fortunate to attend the installation ceremony for our 7th Bishop, Ken Howell, at St Patrick’s Cathedral with our school captains Hannah Widderick and Taylah Organ. It was a wonderful ceremony, with Bishop Ken speaking enthusiastically about his rich connection to the Darling Downs and wider communities within our diocese. Bishop Ken spoke of his desire to visit each parish and school within the diocese as he begins his time as Bishop. We look forward to welcoming Bishop Ken when he visits Stanthorpe in the future.
Parents and caregivers should have received, via the Sentral Parent portal, a link from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office in relation to a survey, titled Shaping our future. See below a message from TCS:
Every two years we ask staff, parents and students in our schools to share their views, to 'check in' on how each school within our community, and as a group of 31 schools in our Diocese, we are bringing to life our purpose: to enable full and flourishing lives. We do this by asking each of you as parents to complete a perception survey. The Shaping our future-Toowoomba Catholic Schools perception survey was sent via the Sentral Parent Portal on Monday 17th July.
We encourage all of our parents to share their views in the Shaping our future – perception survey. This survey is being completed by parents, staff and students from all 31 schools from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ community. This 15 minute survey closes on Sunday, 6 August, 2023.
Your input in this survey will be highly valued and play an integral role in shaping the future of schools in the Toowoomba Diocese.
The SJS Arts festival commences July 21st, with the performances occurring on July 25th in the Bathersby centre. Please see details of the fantastic event in this newsletter.
Call to be… Christ-Like
Called to live… Mercy
Welcome back for Term Three!
I would like to start by congratulating our QISSN team on a successful endeavour over the holidays. Our team was once again congratulated on their sportsmanship in addition to their game skills. The girls really commit to the QISSN experience. It is more than the week of competition and activities. It is the training and the joint commitment to their team over several months. Well done to the team and to Sandra Ellis and Kaylene O’Dea for another successful year.
We have returned to an eventful term! Term three is always a busy time full of events and opportunities for our students. Over the first two weeks we have had the field events for athletics, a careers expo, Beanies for Brain Cancer and the athletics carnival! Our students competed well, exhibit house and school spirit and wore their beanies with pride.
I would like to thank our senior students who attending the Senior Information Night on Wednesday 19th July. This night is to provide our Year 10 students and families with information regarding senior schooling and pathway options. This year our Year 12 students volunteered to come and share their wisdom and experiences. We are grateful for their time and their insights.
Acting Deputy Prinicpal
Finally, it is the relationships between the members of the community that supports what we are able to achieve at St Joseph's. This week, students from Year 5 assisted those from Year 1 in completing a survey about learning. Listening to their conversations was an absolute delight as the older students sought to put their partners at ease and rephrased the questions where necessary. This really is a special community of learners.
Assistant to the Principal Primary & Teaching & Learning
"Catholic Education Week – A Community of Faith, Hope and Love
Next week we celebrate Queensland Catholic Education Week – an annual event held to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge the great things taking place in Catholic Schools every day.
Catholic education at St. Joseph’s School endeavours to make a difference in one another’s lives. It challenges individuals to live the message of Jesus Christ and embody the Mercy values in all aspects of daily life. Catholic education strives to ensure that all reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.
This year’s theme of Faith, Hope and Love encourages us to use and develop these virtues as we grow in our spiritual lives. Being touched by faith enables us to open ourselves to the gift of faith through right action; being in touch with hope allows us to seek true happiness, placing our trust in God; and a touch of love, encourages us to freely choose to love the other not for our own good, but for the other’s good. When times are difficult or we are overwhelmed by the complexities of life, remember “…we must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet”. (1Thessalonians 5:8)
Assistant to the Principal Formation & Identity
What is Literacy?
Literacy is fundamental to a student’s ability to learn at school and to engage productively in society.
In the Australian Curriculum, students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society. Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.
Success in any learning area depends on being able to use the significant, identifiable and distinctive literacy that is important for learning and representative of the content of that learning area.
Across 2023 and 2024, all secondary teachers are participating in extensive professional learning around developing their capabilities to be more effective teachers of literacy. Regardless of whether your child is in a Mathematics lesson, involved in a chemistry experiment, comparing famous artists from the past with those from the present or any other curriculum area across Year 7 - 12, the teachers will be better placed after this training to assist all learners to make greater meaning across the specific curriculum areas and to develop their literacy skills, particularly in writing. These are skills which, once refined, will be of much use as each student enters the world beyond school. This is an evidence-based program which is being introduced across all secondary schools within the Toowoomba diocese.
What will be the benefits for the learners at St Joseph's School?
- All teachers will be employing the latest research around furthering literacy skills within the secondary school context.
- All teachers across the secondary campus will be implementing a common language and common practices around the development of important literacy skills for learners in school and learners in life. The common focus will allow for connections to be made by learners across learning areas and for skills to be consolidated.
- Where implemented within other secondary contexts, research has shown that the program can lead to significant improvement in students' results.
This week, a second group of teachers will start the intensive training - Mrs Mahoney, Mrs Ryan, Ms Adams and Mr Hurtz. This will mean that by the end of this term, ten teachers will have been trained and will be embedding this into the learning programs in their classrooms.
Congratulations to Mrs Megan Mahoney who has been named as the Toowoomba recipient of the Spirit of Catholic Education Award for her outstanding contribution to Catholic schools over many years.
We are blessed to have had Megan at St Joseph’s School for 33 years. Megan’s story is detailed below. Megan will travel to Townsville with her husband, Mick on July 25 to receive her award, along with the other 5 recipients from around Queensland, during the launch of Catholic Education Week.
At the launch, the Queensland recipient of the Spirit of Catholic Education will be announced.
Congratulations Megan !!
Growing up in a Catholic family, attending Catholic schools and choosing to become an educator and leader of Catholic education – Megan’s faith is strong and her dedication to educating students and developing staff in the Catholic tradition over more than 30 years has been unwavering. Coupling the rigour of quality pedagogy and academic success with the Mercy values and charism of St Joseph’s School Stanthorpe, Megan has brought to life, what it means to be Catholic in a contemporary world.
The school’s Religious Education program has been reimagined through the Illuminate program, under Megan’s leadership. Staff are now more confident and skilled to deliver and students are more engaged in service programs, Masses, Liturgies and assemblies as they share through their voice what it means to live a life based on Catholic values and beliefs.
It is also Megan’s commitment to building connections between people and place that have strengthened the links between parish and school. Megan’s focus is on building a better understanding of and living Mercy values every day.
Megan is a great example of the Spirit of being Catholic and of Catholic education and we thank her for the joy she brings and the change she is making in our world.
Congratulations to the following staff who have been named as finalists for the TCS Excellence Awards.
Excellence in Leadership - Middle Leadership: Sarah Yates
Excellence in Leadership - School/Kindergarten Leadership: Megan Mahoney
Excellence in Teaching & Learning - Secondary Expert Teacher: Mary Roberts
Excellence in Teaching & Learning – eLearning: The TCS Hybrid Learning Program Team (which includes Mary Roberts)
Rebecca Telfer, a parent, is also a finalist in the Excellence in Education Support - Volunteer Support category.
Finalists will be invited to the TCS Excellence Awards Dinner on 27 July where the winners will be announced.
We blessed to have so many exceptional staff and parents at St Joseph’s School.
Invoices & statements were this week emailed to all families from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not receive yours, please check your junk/spam box.
Payments can be paid by direct deposit, EFTPOS by phone, or in person by cash or cheque at the office. All extra activities and events (ie, camps, excursions etc) must be paid in full prior to attendance.
Details for Direct Deposit payments are as follows :
|064 - 431 (Commonwealth Bank, Stanthorpe)
|1018 - 4376
|St Joseph's School
|eg. STA001 SNITH (your payer reference number which can be found on your invoice / statement
Reminder of due dates :
|Year 5 and Year 6 Camp
|Ski Trip (fully paid)
|Term 2 Fees
|International Study Tour
|31.08.2023 (3rd instalment)
If you currently are having financial difficulties and want to arrange a payment plan, please discuss with the school's Bursar, Mrs Megan Hines on 4681 5903.
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.
- All contractors, parents and visitors must sign in and out at the School Office kiosk if they are 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.
- Call ahead to the office if you wish to make an appointment with the Principal, Principal's Assistant or the Bursar.
If your child is absent from school, please advise the school office by :
- using the Sentral for Parents app
- calling the office on 07 4681 5900 and leaving a message. Please clearly state your child's name and their class.
- emailing email@example.com
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.
Change of details
If you have recently changed address, phone number or any other details have changed, please make these changes by using the Sentral for Parents app or advise the school office so we can ensure our records are up to date and we can update any systems that may be impacted.
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.
We always welcome volunteers in our library, tuckshop or at out-of-class activities. If you would like to become a volunteer please undertake the Student Protection and Code of Conduct for 2023. Once completed, you will be required to print and return the Volunteer Declaration form to the School office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Parents/Caregivers cannot volunteer in any capacity without completing the Declaration.
Please ensure your child’s name is written on their school uniforms with a permanent marker.
We have a large quantity of lost property at the moment, therefore please ensure you check your child is not missing any items.
All lost property is currently located in the office or in the lost property box located in the Multipurpose room at Primary and in the staffroom at Secondary – lost or unnamed articles are placed here to await collection. We encourage parents to check these boxes regularly for lost clothing.
We also have a number of good 2nd hand uniforms for sale. There is an assortment of Primary and Secondary clothing in a range of sizes available including jumpers, trackpants, shorts, shoes, trousers, socks and shirts.
- 2 x blazers – 1 of each size: 20 & 22
We believe a clean, neat, uniformed appearance reflects a pride in the individual as well as reflecting well upon his/her family and school. The expectation is that all students are wearing the correct uniform and groomed as per the policy every day.
At lunchtime on Tuesday 25th July, Year 6 student Grace Barker, together with staff members Amanda Thompson, Kim Badcock and Lara Beckett, will be cutting their luscious locks and raising funds for the Cancer Council of Queensland, as well as supporting Sustainable Salons and wigmakers with their hair donations.
Students are invited to support this event which will take place at 12:40pm on the Primary Campus in the lunch area. Zooper Doopers will be on sale for $1 with all money raised donated to St. Joey's Ponytail Project page.
If you would like to make a donation and support those members of our school community who are "rocking the chop" please use the link below
Thank you for your support and we wish Grace and the team all the best as they "rock the chop".
We loved writing them and we’re even more excited to be visiting again!
Thankyou to all families who have so far donated to our Breakfast Club - it is greatly appreciated.
Thankyou to those parents who have already signed up and volunteered in our Tuckshop - your help and assistance is always greatly appreciated !
Primary and Secondary Tuckshop however still requires more volunteers in order to operate, even if only for a short time to assist with serving during morning tea and/or lunch. Neither tuckshop can run efficently with only just one person. It would be a shame to lose this service due to lack of assistance. As we say, you don’t have to be a Super Hero and once you do it once, you will find it enjoyable. We’re happy for parents to work in either Tuckshop no matter which campus your child attends.
Volunteers can be Mums, Dads and Grandparents and we welcome everyone to assist and help out in our Tuckshops. Please note that it is a mandatory requirement that all volunteers complete the Volunteer Declaration Form which can be found on :
The form needs to be completed before the commencement of volunteering and must be handed in to the school office. The link for the form is also provided on SignUp.com.
Please note that Signup Login links change EVERY term.
We hope you enjoy the new extended Primary Tuckshop menu.
Important Tuckshop reminders :
- Primary - tuckshop is to be ordered and cancelled by 8.00am on Monday & Friday’s
- Secondary - tuckshop is to be ordered by 11.59pm Tuesday night for Wednesday.
Our apologies, however orders cannot be placed or cancelled outside of these times
- Please note that students can only purchase tuckshop from their own campus (Secondary are NOT to order from Primary and Primary are NOT to order from Secondary).
- Every individual student is to have their own ordering profile. Orders are not be placed for siblings through the one students profile.
A reminder that the ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL ARTS FESTIVAL 2023 - Celebrating the learning experience: Creative Pedagogy, Creative Performing will be held on Friday 21 July and Tuesday 25 July.
The Arts Festival is to develop, celebrate and showcase the creative talents of our students and creative pedagogy within the school.
Over the two days all students across P-6 will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the different fields of Arts.
Secondary will be involved prior to the concert helping to record and participate in a series of videos highlighting learning at St Joseph's School. They will also assist as stage crew during the concert.
On Tuesday 25 July, we will be hosting a concert for families to experience the wonderful work the students will be doing and already do at St Joseph's School. All families are invited to attend a showcase concert in the Bathersby Centre from 2-3pm.
We are all looking forward to this opportunity to develop and highlight the creative talents of our students and showcase the learning that happens at St Joseph's School.
The attached flyer provides full details about the festival.
Congratulations to our QISSN netball team who won the Division 8 final 25-17 against Blackheath & Thornburgh College on Friday 30 June.
Well done also to Bridgette O'Dea who was voted the St Joseph's School Player of the Carnival. This an outstanding result, our best ever, for a school our size from a small rural community.
A special mention of thanks to our coach, Kayelene O'Dea, and manager, Sandra Ellis, for their tireless efforts and dedication to the team. A wonderful effort too by our Support Squad of families and friends. Our thanks to our fellow Toowoomba Catholic Schools who attended the carnival and gave us great support (thanks particularly to Our Lady of the Southern Cross College Dalby for their support during the finals game.
Well done St Joey's!
Results and photos from the carnival will appear in the next newsletter.
This weekend will see 14 students from St Joseph's travel out to Miles to compete in the Qld Schools Orienteering Championships.
The Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Boys and Senior Girls Championship classes are also selection races for the Queensland Schools Orienteering Team, which will be announced in the week following the events. The Team will compete in Western Australia in the 2023 Australian Schools Championships (part of the 2023 Australian Orienteering Championships).
|Athletics Carnival - P-12
|St Joseph's School Arts Festival
|Catholic Education Week Mass
|24 - 28 July
|Catholic Education Week
|Vinnies Youth Social Justice - Years 5 & 6
|The Ponytail Project
|St Joseph's Schools Art Festival Concert @ 2pm
|Michael Mangan visit
|Border District Track & Field
|TCPSSA Touch & Netball Carnival
|TCS Excellence Awards
|Student Free Day
|GB Track & Field
|Year 7 2024 Open Day & Parent Night
|Year 12 Bingo Night
|Endangered Species Info Arvo - Years 3-5
|Year 6 Camp
|Year 5 Camp
|Year 7 Ekka Visit