Class News - Year 5

During Term 4, Year 5 have been exploring and composing a number of different poems to entertain their audience. When reading poems, they have identified poetic devices such as simile, metaphor and personification, which help to build a picture for the audience. So far, they have composed a ballad, limericks, blackout, and free verse poems that include these poetic devices. Here are some examples of their free-verse poems. The children had to choose a theme or topic, and then used an online tool called magnetic poems to compose them.

Mrs Senz

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Leaders of Learning

Winding down and Winding up…Practice makes Perfect!

As the year winds down, there is always a big finale that we look forward to each year…The Christmas Concert. Each class is busy polishing, practising and perfecting their items in readiness for the night. Costumes have been planned, and I am sure all families have been given a list of simple requirements for their child’s performance. 

For some students, performing in front of an audience can be daunting, whilst for others, it is an opportunity to shine in the spotlight.  This week we are sharing some photos from each class; Kindy and Year 6 dancing together, Year 5 rehearsing their leadership speeches, S2 reciting poetry,  and S1 doing their dance.

Here are some tips to support your child as they prepare for the night.

  1. Be encouraging - encourage your child to perform their best and engage in the dance/song.  
  2. Be organised - ensure all costumes and props are gathered early and not left to find the day before.
  3. Recruit a cheer squad - invite family and friends to come along and watch. It is always reassuring to see familiar faces in the crowd.
  4. Celebrate -  A special card or a post-performance treat are all great ways to celebrate your child’s efforts and accomplishments.
  5. Talk about the concert - Talk about what your child might expect to see, hear, and do; especially if they are new to the school.

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Mullins

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Pastoral Care - School Chaplain

St Vinnies Christmas Appeal

We are still in need of your generosity as we continue to rebuild strength in the men and women experiencing disadvantage this christmas. 

Thank you for your generous donations so far. 

We are still needing to fill our hampers with non-perishable food, new toys or money. 

Hampers will be located in classrooms for students to place items. These hampers are given to families within Clarence to help make their Christmas a special one. 

SRC Student Representative Council

Our SRC are focusing on our end of year Christmas Carnival. Our wonderful SRC along with our year 6 students will be busy organising the day's activities. In pairs students will rotate the running of selected activities over a two hour period for all the students to enjoy. 

We invite all students to participate and wear Christmas clothes on the day.

Community Connect

A huge thank you to St VIncent De Paul for your generosity that you have given towards our Breakfast club throughout the year. This has provided ongoing work to ensure all students can fully participate in their learning at school and build happy and healthy lives. You have made Thursday mornings such a wonderful time for our students to gather together and serve others. 

Thank you to all our amazing students that have given up their playtime to volunteer in our Breakfast Club. Without your service this would not have been possible. You are so appreciated by our school community.


Thank you so much to our wonderful LAP volunteers for your kindness, time and effort you have shown to our students this year. We are so fortunate to have you as part of our school family and we hope to see you next year. 

We wish you the Merriest Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

A special thankyou to Sue Winter for your expertise in teaching us Spanish every Tuesday at lunch. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning another language with you. You are an absolute treasure. 

Ms Mead

School Chaplain

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Class Awards

Our Principal's Award winners are:

  • Kindy - Phoebe Senz
  • Stage 1 - Oliver Want 
  • Stage 2 - Emily Dahlenburg
  • Year 5 - All of Year 5
  • Year 6 - Emily Upston

Our Class Award winners are: 


Rose Mclennan

Marco Quarello

Tamika Cleary-Walker

Max Cook

Stage 1

Kal-El Randall

Alice Davis

Lawson Bell

Cooper Want

Stage 2

Brock Camilleri

Roo Coulson

Jessika Dalton

Meesha Ellis

Year 5

Alexander Frame

Gabrielle Quarello

Dayla Chapman

Huon Mclennan

Year 6

Makenzee Dahlenburg

Jack Robinson

Xavier Anderson

Tanesha Anderson

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School Sport

Stage 2 & 3 Soccer Gala Day

On Friday, 27th November, Stage 2 and Stage 3 went to Wherrett park for a Soccer Gala Day run by Northern NSW Football.

St Joseph's had the opportunity to play against other schools in a round-robin, five a side format, using Mini Roos rules on a modified-sized pitch.

Despite the very hot weather, the children had a fun-filled day with many goals scored and many laughs had. It's always great to catch up with friends from other schools too!

Mr Hitchings

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Mission & Values

Mercy in Action - Acts of Kindness

As we head into one of the busiest times of the year, I think we can all benefit from some kindness from others. This year, we are posting an Act of Kindness each day on our Facebook and Instagram accounts together with some of our students who are helping to countdown to Christmas.  The kindness suggestions are very simple actions that don’t cost money, just a little bit of your time and effort.  Being kind encompasses all of our Mercy Values;

  • Service, 
  • Compassion, 
  • Respect, 
  • Justice, 
  • Hospitality, and 
  • Courage.

I hope that you can fulfil some of these actions in this season of Advent, and I also hope that you are the recipient of many.

Liturgical Calendar - Advent

What is Christmas really all about?

At this time of year, trying to navigate through and around all the hustle and bustle of gift shopping, meal planning, decorating, concerts and activities, holiday parties, family pictures and greeting cards, boxes, packages, wrappings, and bows, do you ever find yourself wondering the same question — “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

Sometimes we simply need to pause, taking a moment to catch our breath and reflect.

This week for our class prayer the students viewed an animation featuring Linus explaining to Charlie Brown exactly what Christmas is all about.  I hope you enjoy the simplicity of Linus and his response to Charlie.

Mrs Mullins

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Principal's Message

Dear Families and Friends,

It has been a busy couple of weeks to finish off our year, from our Year 5 Leadership Speeches, Kindy Orientation Night, Gala Days to our wonderful Christmas Concert coming up next week and then our Year 6 Graduation & End of Year Prize Giving in Week 10.

2023 School Leaders

A special mention to both Billy Opalnuik & Dayla Chapman who, after conducting Year 5 Leadership Speeches this week, were appointed School Captains for 2023 along with Huon McLennan & Kavanna Corcoran who were appointed as Vice Captains. I look forward to working alongside these students and the rest of our Year 6 leaders in ensuring student voice continues to develop in our school. Please see below our other leadership appointments for 2023. A reminder that SRC Leaders from Year 2-5 will be selected in Week 2 - Term 1 next year.

  • School Captains - Billy Opalnuik & Dayla Chapman
  • Vice Captains - Huon McLennan & Kavanna Corcoran
  • Bundjalung Captains -Reef Crofton & Seth Hausler
  • Gibraltar Captains -  Lachlan Coulter & Reece Marchant
  • Yuriygur Captains - Olive Ardrey & Liam Dahlendburg
  • SRC Captains - Kayla Thomas Hourigan, Tate Anderson & Ezra Grivens
  • Community Captains - Harry Cook, Alexander Frame & Bronx Hickling
  • Mission Captains - Gabbie Quarello & Hudson Ardey

End of Year Events

Just a reminder of a number of our End of Year Events that are upcoming prior to finishing our 2022 School Year:

School Christmas Concert - Tuesday 6th December (6:00pm)

Our classes have been practising and rehearsing their items this term and we look forward to sharing these performances with our school community. All are welcome to attend with our concert beginning at 6:00pm. Parent Forum will be running a BBQ from 5:30-6:00pm for those wishing to purchase a sausage sandwich ($2) for dinner prior to the concert, both cash & eftpos facilities will be available. Please note that the BBQ will not be serving once our Concert begins, as to allow for all parents to be able to watch their children's performances.

End of Year Prize Giving - Tuesday 13th December (12:00pm)

This event is a wonderful time as a school parish community to acknowledge our school leaders and ensure we are centred on Christ. Following our End of Year Liturgy, we will be presenting our End of Year Awards that recognise students in all classes under the following categories: Academic Achievement, Faith in Action, and Learning Begins with Me.  All families are welcome to attend, please be aware that the Front Office will be in contact confidentially to inform parents if their child is receiving an award. Our Year 6 students will also be recieving their Graduation Certificates at this event. 

Year 6 Graduation -  Tuesday 13th December (6:00pm)

Our Year 6 Families will be coming together at the Maclean Pub, to celebrate and recognise the wonderful journey of our Year 6 students prior to heading off to secondary education. Please see Miss Zietsch if you have any queries regarding this event.

END OF YEAR FUND DAYS -  Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th December

To celebrate the end of 2022, the school will be finishing with "Activity Days" on Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th December (Week 10). These days will be fun-filled and a wonderful way to celebrate our school year and build a sense of community.

  • Wednesday 14th - School Christmas Carnival
  • Thursday 15th - Maclean Pool & Class Movie
  • Friday 16th -  Yamba Bowling Club Activities Day

We are conscious of not placing unwanted pressure on families at this time of the year so there is NO COST  for any of these events, we just ask for a Gold Coin donation on the Wednesday for the Christmas Carnival. These events are available in Compass for permission to be given.

Kindy Welcome Night

Thank you to all our Little Joey's & Year 5 familes that were able to attend our 2023 Kindergarten Welcome Night on Tuesday. This was such a beautiful event & due to being conscious of so many new families in our 2023 Kindy cohort, we decided to make sure this night had a focus on "creating a sense of belonging & community". 

Thank you to all our Year 5 families who already had a busy day with Leadership speeches to attend on the night, as this assisted 'building community' with our new families. It was also a wonderful way for the students and their 'future Year 6 buddies' to meet, as well as their parents. After a lovely dinner & drinks, provided by the Parent Forum, the night concluded with our Kindy parents having an opportunity to meet with Miss Lovegrove in an Information Session. After such a fantastic night and great feedback, I dare say, that this night may become an annual event for our new Kindy families.

Kind regards


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Parent Forum

Back to School NSW Voucher Program

The Parent Forum would like to share the news that the NSW government have introduced a 'Back to School' voucher program.

The Back to School NSW Vouchers program will provide 3 x $50 vouchers, totalling $150 for each eligible child. The vouchers can be used:

    • towards the cost of school uniforms, shoes, bags, textbooks and stationery
    • at registered businesses
    • before 30 June 2023.

    Applications open in December 2022.

    Lauren Kirkland

    Chairperson of the Parent Forum

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    Class News - Stage 2

    During term 4, Stage Two explored and examined how to write various poetic forms. We have composed Kenning's and Haiku poems and recently just finished our Ballads based on a time when we were brave. The students have done a tremendous job after co-constructing the criteria and setting themselves high standards to achieve. It was wonderful to see them incorporate a range of poetic devices like rhyme, alliteration and repetition and use similes and metaphors to build a picture for their readers through imagery and comparison. Here are some of the fruits of their labour.  

    We look forward to continuing our work on poetry in the coming weeks. Keep your eye out for some creative verses in your Christmas cards this year! 

    Mrs Mclennan & Miss Ross

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    Leaders of Learning

    Learning in K - 6: A Snapshot of Spelling

    At our school, we aim for consistency in practice and have 'Whole-school approaches' to learning within specific Key Learning Areas. In English, we use the 'Soundwaves' program from Kindergarten to Year 6. This program is written specifically for Australian classrooms. It follows a logical and thorough scope and sequence organised around the 43 phonemes (sounds) of Australian English. The graphemes (a letter or letter combination) are used to represent them in written language. Instruction builds from Kindergarten to Year 6, starting with simple phoneme-grapheme relationships before exploring more complex relationships, morphology and etymology.

    It is informed by research on the best practices for teaching spelling, and the program incorporates four key areas of teaching: 

    1. Phonemic awareness: the ability to work with phonemes.
    2. Synthetic phonics: phonics instruction that involves teaching phoneme-grapheme relationships.
    3. Morphology: knowledge of the meaningful parts of words: prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots.
    4. Etymology: understanding of word origins and history.

    This week our photo gallery shows the various spelling lessons occurring in the English Block.

    Mrs Mullins and Mrs Bailey

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    Pastoral Care - School Chaplain

    St Vinnie's Christmas Appeal

    St Vinnie's continues to rebuild strength in the men and women experiencing disadvantage this Christmas. 

    Thank you for your generous donations so far. We are starting to fill our second hampers in classes and invite families to continue to donate non-perishable food, new toys or money. 

    Hampers will be located in classrooms for students to place items. These hampers are given to families within Clarence to help make their Christmas special.

    Mrs Juana Mead 

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    Class Awards

    Our Principal's Award winners are:

    • Kindy - Max Cook
    • Stage 1 -  Noa Chapman
    • Stage 2 - Oskar Bailey
    • Year 5 - Tate Anderson
    • Year 6 - Beau Green

    Our Class Award winners are: 


    Phoebe Senz

    Alexander Trethowan

    Claire George

    Erin Murtha-Clough

    Stage 1

    Isaak Bailey

    Sophia Wright

    Alexia Dawes

    Dotti Kemp

    Stage 2

    Marlie Cook

    Ta'j Gibbons

    Avah Anderson

    Caide Schlyder

    Year 5

    Kavanna Corcoran

    Liam Dahlenburg

    Lachlan Coulter

    Ezra Grivins

    Year 6

    Josie Chapman

    Emily Upston

    Jai Adamson

    Nathaniel Frame

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    School Sport

    Upcoming Gala Days

    Newcastle Permanent Soccer Gala Day

    In Week 7, Stage 2 and Stage 3 will be attending the Newcastle Permanent School Soccer Gala day in Maclean on Friday, 25th November 2022. The format is 5 a side, so it will be a good opportunity for all students to get involved and develop their skills, as they should get plenty of touches on the ball. It will also be a good chance to interact with students from other schools in the area. 

    Evans River Rugby 7’s Gala Day

    Evans River Rugby Club is proposing to run a 7-a-side rugby gala on Thursday, 8th December, in Evans Head. Rugby development officers will be in attendance on the day to run skills clinics to open the event and then referee the matches throughout the day. If you would like your child to participate in this event, can you please email Mr Hitchings or contact the front office so we can nominate a team if we get enough interest.

    School Sport

    Due to the Newcastle Permanent Soccer Gala Day running on Friday, Week 7, school sport for primary students has been moved back one week. This means our primary swimming program will run until Week 8, and the school surfing program will run until week 9. This will allow us to complete the six weeks for each program.

    Please note infant's swimming will run as normal and finish on Friday, Week 7.

    Congratulations Olivia McIntyre

    We want to congratulate Olivia McIntyre on her wonderful achievement in making the Polding Hockey Team. Olivia travelled to Tamworth to represent the Polding team in the NSW PSSA Hockey, which was held from 31 May to the 3rd June. This is an amazing accomplishment, and we are extremely proud to have a St Joseph’s student performing at this level. Well done, Olivia.

    Mr Hitchings

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    Library News


    Last Wednesday, we had a fun afternoon in the library celebrating all the students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year! Thanks to Mr Layland, who provided the movie ‘DC League of Super Pets’, and IGA for their delicious pizzas, supplied at a discount.

    Borrowing for the year has now ceased, and we ask that all library books be returned ASAP. We have such wonderful resources at St Joeys, and we would like to have them available to future students for many years to come. A stocktake needs to be completed before the end of the year, and we appreciate your assistance.  

    The last Book Club catalogue for the year has been sent home. Issue 8 closes on the 30th Nov. A big thank you to all the parents and families who purchased books from Scholastic Book Club during the year, as funds go towards our school library to buy more resources.

    Mrs Waghorn

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    Mission & Values

    Mercy Value: Courage

    Matthew 14:27  “But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.’ ”

    Courage is one of our Mercy Values and is often the most challenging to enact. Courage means facing hard or scary situations, even when you feel afraid or uncomfortable. Courage helps you face temptations and be strong enough to do the right thing, even when your friends don’t. Courage is also one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

    This week, Year 4 were challenged to act courageously during their faith retreat by interacting with people they don’t usually choose as partners, people they don't usually play with, and people that are not inside their circle of close friends. It takes courage to show ‘Hospitality’ to strangers, and even though the students know each other fairly well, they worked out of their comfort zone to show ‘friendship’ to all...they were courageous!

    Year Four Accendere Retreat

    ‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ (John 13: 34-35)

    This week Year 4 participated in the Accendere faith retreat based on the scripture above from John 13. The theme for the retreat was Friendship, and through games, activities and stories, they learned how to be a good friend.

    Jesus loved his friends, the disciples, but he also loved the poor, the outcast, the sick and the lonely. Through the parable The Good Samaritan, they learned how we can follow His example and show love to others, even those we don't know well. The way we treat people, accepting and including others as Jesus did, especially our friends and the other students in our class and school, is a way we can show kindness.   They learned that all acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, make the world a better place. Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have, and in return,  Kindness makes us strong. 

    Thanks to Miss Ross for assisting with leading the retreat. The kids had a great, busy day, and it was lovely to have a whole day to be with our friends.

    Liturgical Calendar - Advent

    Advent is the start of the Liturgical year, and this week our classes have commenced their Religious Education units on Advent. Advent is the period of four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means 'Coming' in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Catholics use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. There are three meanings of 'coming' that Christians describe in Advent. The first, and most thought of, happened about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now. And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

    Advent is a great way to show kindness to others. Here are some suggestions you may like to encourage with your child/ren.

    • Donate an item for our Vinnies Christmas Appeal
    • Hold the door for someone
    • Let someone go ahead of you in line
    • Write a letter to a friend or relative
    • Make someone laugh

    Parish School Mass - Sunday 20 November

    I warmly invite all families and friends to our Parish School Mass on Sunday, 20th November 8.30 am, at St. Mary’s Church, Maclean.  

    If your child is attending and would like to assist in the Mass, the following roles are available:

    • Readers for Prayers of the Faithful 

    • Welcoming/ Hospitality

    Please let me know by email if you would like your child to assist.

    Mrs Mullins

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    Principal's Message

    Dear Families and Friends,

    2023 Staffing 

    After much thought and consideration, please see below our staffing and classroom arrangements for 2022. I acknowledge there are some changes to our existing structures. Our spaces have been structured based on current student numbers and available staff funding for 2022. It is important to note that there may be some slight adjustments of moving from a Stage-based environment (i.e. Stage 2) to a Year cohort (i.e. Year 3 & 4) if new enrolments occur.

    • Assistant Principal (Learning & Teaching) - Mrs Deb Bailey
    • Leader of Mission - Mrs Deb Mullins
    • Kindergarten - Miss Alex Lovegrove
    • Stage 1 - Mrs Isabelle McMahon & Mrs Amanda Smith
    • Stage 2 - Mrs Carly Mclennan & Ms Phoebe Zietsch
    • Year 5 - Miss Lauren Ross
    • Year 6 - Mrs Louise Senz & Mrs Deb Mullins (Fri)
    • Infants Literacy & Numeracy Intervention & RFF - Mr Luke Hitchings
    • Primary Literacy & Numeracy Intervention & RFF - Mrs Deb Mullins
    • Teacher Assistants - Mrs Bobbie Waghorn, Miss Ava Bowcock, Mrs Juana Mead & Mr Brendan Randall

    Covid Guidelines & increased cases

    We are seeing a rise in COVID-19 transmissions within the community, and a large amount of flu-like sickness in our classrooms, with a peak of cases expected in early December. Please be reminded that students and staff CAN NOT attend school if they are:

    • showing any symptoms of COVID-19. These include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, extreme tiredness, unexplained chest pain or conjunctivitis (eye infection).
    • It is no longer a requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. However, if your child is unwell, displaying any COVID-19 or cold and flu-like symptoms at any time, your child CAN NOT attend school and should undertake a rapid antigen test.
    • If the rapid antigen test is positive and your child is unwell and/or experiencing any symptoms, your child CAN NOT attend school.

    If the rapid antigen test is positive and your child is not feeling unwell and not displaying or experiencing any symptoms, your child CAN attend school under the following conditions:

    • the school office is informed of the positive test result, AND
    • your child (over 12 years old) wears a mask for a period of 7 days in all indoor settings.

    The best place for our students to learn is in the classroom, but the safety and well-being of students and staff is our number one priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and appreciate your understanding & support in following the above guidelines. If you require RAT tests for your children, please don't hesitate to contact School Front Office.

    School Uniform

    I want to ask all families to make a concerted effort with their children around wearing our correct school uniform. I acknowledge at the end of the year, there can be, at times, a battle with some children wearing the correct uniform. However, over the last few weeks, there have been some noticeable lapses in our student's compliance with the uniform requirements as a whole. Please be particularly conscious of the following:

    • Boys black shorts are to be plain black with no emblems, brands or football club shorts.
    • Girls are to wear maroon skorts, not black tights/jeans. If it is cold, maroon stockings or track pants must be worn.
    • Hair attire, i.e. scrunchies, are to be of school colour, i.e. maroon, white or yellow.
    • All students are to wear black school shoes Monday - Thursday (joggers or leather are acceptable).

    Moving forward, I have asked all teachers to be consistent and persist in enforcing our Uniform Policy. 

    End of Year Activity Days

    We will celebrate the end of 2022 with "Activity Days" on Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th (Week 10). These organised days will be fun-filled and a wonderful way to celebrate our school year and build a sense of belonging amongst our staff & students. Separate 'Events' will be published in Compass in Week 8, requesting permission for both Maclean Pool and Yamba Bowling Club. We are conscious of placing unwanted financial pressure on families at this time of the year, and thus there will be no cost involved, with all costs covered by the school.

    • Wednesday 14th -  Christmas Activities & Christmas Carnival 
    • Thursday 15th - Water Activities at Maclean Pool & Movies in classrooms
    • Friday 16th - Yamba Bowling Club (Rock Climbing, Putt Putt Golf, Ten Pin Bowling & Lawn Bowls)


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    Class News - Stage 1

    We cannot believe how this year has flown by and that it is already Term 4!

    In English this term, we are scrubbing up on nour persuasive skills. We have been convincing each other of our favourite pets, convincing Mr. Layland whether we should have cookies or mini pizzas for lunch, and we will be convincing Santa to employ us to work alongside the elves!

    In Maths, we have been working hard learning about volume and capacity. In Year 1 we learnt sand is a better material than marbles to measure the capacity of containers. In Year 2 we learnt to compare the volume of objects by marking the change in water level when they are submerged.

    We also have a lovely Monday this week celebrating our Grandparents for Grandparent’s Day! We learnt how to play marbles, mastered our origami skills and made Tiny Teddy race cars. Unfortunately, they didn’t last long enough to race…

    We hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and New Year.

    Mrs McMahon & Mrs Kinsella

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    Leaders of Learning

    Becoming better learners

    As part of our ongoing Professional Learning, this term, our staff will be given the opportunity to engage in Learning Walks as a reflective tool to improve outcomes for all our students.

    What is a Learning Walk?

    A Learning Walk is a brief visit to the classroom using a researched-based tool that allows the principal and teachers to reflect on what students are learning, whole-school agreed practices, student engagement and interaction with the content.  Staff follow particular protocols and ask students five set questions about their learning.

    Learning walks are used by teachers to give affirmative feedback and share ideas about the best practices of teaching and classroom environments. The purpose of these visits is to focus on the act of learning and what the student is doing in order to reflect and ultimately improve the quality of the learner's school experience, hence, the name…Learning Walks. At St Joseph's, we acknowledge that staff and students are all learners and through collaboration and support, we can all improve.

    Mrs Mullins

    Learning Walks

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    Pastoral Care - School Chaplain

    Catholic Mission Week - Crazy Socktober Day

    There were some crazy socks worn to raise awareness and funds for Ethiopian families.Together we raised $104.25! This will help Catholic Mission provide essential items to families in Ethiopia in need.

    Thank you everyone for your generous donations and getting crazy with your socks.

    St Vincent De Paul's Christmas Appeal

    The generosity of our wonderful families was incredible! Thank you for giving so generously to help make Christmas extra special for our local families in need. 

    Our students' Christmas spirit was felt all the way from the North pole bringing Santa to St Joeys to thank them for their giving spirit. 

    World Teachers Day

    World Teachers’ Day was celebrated at St Joeys on Thursday 27th of October 2022. 

    It was a chance to celebrate teaching and for communities to thank teachers. 

    St Joseph’s showed appreciation to our teachers by presenting them with hand written cards, beautiful Macrame Hat Hanger from The Parent forum, class cards from students and a generous lunch from Dale at Botero. I'm sure our Teachers felt very loved.

    Mrs Juana Mead 

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    Parent Forum

    The Term 4 Parent Forum Meeting was held last week in the library.

    Parent Assembly
    Chrissie Morrison, the Parent Assembly Cluster Coordinator from the Catholic Schools Office, attended the meeting and presented information on the Parent Assembly and why having a few Parent Assembly Representatives would be beneficial for our school including access to Parent Education evenings. Chrissie also shared the Family and School Community Partnership Statement which can be accessed here.

    SAFE ON SOCIAL 8 th Nov
    Don’t forget to RSVP for the Safe on Social Night which will be held on Tuesday the 8th of November. This is such a great opportunity to learn more about how to navigate the digital world with our children. There will be babysitting, pizza available for the evening and there will also be an educational component for children in years 3-6 during the school day.

    We’d like to extend a big thankyou to those who came forward to offer some of their time to help in the Canteen on a Friday after the call for help was put out. Did you know that our Canteen is pretty special?? All the meals are nutritious and are prepared fresh on site. Our chocolate milk is made on site. Our gelato is made from frozen fruit on site! The popcorn is popped fresh made to order. Thanks to Melissa for her ongoing hard work in our school Canteen
    and of course to the volunteers who help Mel. Unfortunately the trivia fundraiser for the Canteen was unable to go ahead due to lack of numbers. The parent forum hope to run further fundraising activities in the future to help with the refurbishment costs of the Canteen.

    Lawrence Rodeo
    The Lawrence Rodeo is being held on the 30th December and our school has been given the opportunity to run the drinks stall. This is a great fundraiser for our school and families will be required to help man the stall. Volunteering to man the stall for an hour or so will get you and your family into the Rodeo for free. If you are interested in helping out on the drinks stall please register with the front office.

    World Teachers Day
    Thankyou to all parents and students for collaborating and sending in lovely messages to our teachers for World Teachers Day. It was a privilege to be able to present all those messages to our wonderful teachers.

    Year Level Messenger Groups
    Most of our year level parent representatives have established a messenger chat group to provide a platform to share information and communications across year levels. If you are not part of a year level messenger group and would like to be included, please get in contact with either your year level rep, the front office or the Parent Forum Chairperson Lauren Kirkland (e:

    Lauren Kirkland

    Chairperson of the Parent Forum

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