The whole school joined together to celebrate the feast of Pentecost in a wonderful liturgy, designed by the Stage 2 team and lead by our Religious Education Coordinator, Mrs Watson. The spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, brings us the gifts of courage and joy. These two gifts alone are needed by children in our modern world.
We have had a busy couple of weeks at school. Last Monday was our first athletics carnival at the new venue of Peel Road. Despite the blustering, icy weather a great time was had by all. Thankyou to Mr Adams and his happy band of helpers, both teachers and parents, who worked hard to make the day run smoothly. We have had over 60 replies to the survey to the school expansion survey. Read more...
The beautiful faces of our students who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday week puts a smile on my face. Thankyou to Mrs Fairclough who supplied me with the picture from the mass I attended with her. Mrs Delvecchio, Mrs Lock and Mrs Watson also attended other First Communions. A very important person to our St Joseph’s community in the photos Fr Reuben. Fr Reuben always welcomes our school as part of the Mary Immaculate Parish and has a warm and friendly relationship with the school when he visits for mass and Reconciliation. We are fortunate to have him as our spiritual leader.
You would have received my note yesterday about the amazing changes to come for our school. We will have three Kinder classes for next year and possibly 3 for Year 1 and Year 2. We need to plan for the future so that our caring Catholic community school grows gracefully.
This week is NAPLAN week. For Year 3 it’s their first grown up opportunity to enter the world of formal assessments. On the whole they were excited to see what the experience would be like. Year 5 seemed a little more relaxed. NAPLAN does give us valuable information but its not useful in the day to day teaching and learning of the students as the results take a long time to come.
Only a few more days to school holidays. A very big thankyou to you all for the support you have shown the school this term. Support shown to the teachers, myself and of course to your child is always very much appreciated and more importantly positive support is an essential ingredient for a good school.
A very Happy Easter! Easter is the highlight of the year in the Catholic church even more than Christmas. This is because of the message of love and hope. Death by Crucifixion is a dreadful death indeed, designed by the Romans to cause humiliation and suffering. It seemed that Jesus’ message of love would be destroyed. This has resonance with us in the world today- our family may be suffering with serious illness, family breakdown and when we look at what’s happening in the world around us so many tragic things happen. Jesus rose from the dead and gave hope to the world- nothing is so bad that good will not come again.
So much great learning happens at St Joseph’s ! Already Kindergarten have been learning through play about school, Year 1 have become paleontologists, studying fossils lent to us from the Australian Museum, Year 2 have been learning about insects from live stick insects and meal worms. Astronomy is happening in Year 3 with a visit from the planetarium on Monday. Year 4 are learning about rocks and soil, Year 5 about earthquakes and Year 6 are preparing for their trip to Canberra by having classroom votes and campaigns.
Do you know what the Joey code is? At the last Assembly of the term our Joey mascot launched, with much Joey mascot jumping, the Joey Code. The children know that it is:
“I am Safe
I am Respectful
I am a Learner”