Michael Gray, Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students and the wider St. Joseph’s Primary School Community,
Last week I spoke of the season of Lent; its purpose, it’s call to action and the focus of supporting others. Every year, across the world, countless people turn Lent into this demonstration of faith, love and generosity. The exciting aspect of Lent is we can all be part of this incredible community, those who believe there are simple actions we can all take to “be more” for our world.
Around School Updates
Sports Day, Years 3 to 6 & School Camping Program ‘Extended School Stay’ Years 1 and 2. This Thursday brings our school sports day for the older students, Years 3 to 6 and an extended school day stay for our Years 1 & 2 students.
Both programs will run on our school grounds with the support of extra school staff and volunteer parents with a Working With Children Check (WWC Check). The ‘Extended School Day’ is part of the school camping program and the School ‘Sports Day’ part of the school health, sport and physical education curriculum. Both events won’t have parent on-site access due to our current Covid Safe Plan. Moving forward though, with our Covid safe plan and the weekend easing of gathering/mask wearing restrictions, our St. Joseph’s day Colour Run will allow families on-site in groups for the first time since March 2020! This will be another step in life returning to a more normal feel at St. Joseph’s. (See below for early arrangements for the St. Joseph’s Day school community event).
Note the Junior School Sports day, Foundation to Year 2 will be held on Thursday 1st April, on the school grounds; families will be able to be on-site for this event.
Secondary School Year 7 Experience: Year 6 students will have an excursion experience visiting a Year 7 setting as part of building their personal understanding of secondary schooling. The setting will be Emmanuel College over a morning and will be held on Tuesday 9th of March, 2021. Further information will be shared at the year level.
School Curriculum Closure Day and Victorian Public Holiday: This Friday 5th March is our term one school closure day; followed by Monday 8th March as the Labour Day Public Holiday. There will be no school for students on both of these days. On Friday staff will be working on the school English curriculum with a focus on writing. Under school governance arrangements schools are required to spend one day each term on staff training, curriculum professional development and/or faith formation. A reminder to families that Monday is also a public holiday, no school on this day.
Principal Project Wow!!! What a response. The project is now closed. A very special congratulations to everyone for your support, creative attention to the activities and commitment to learning and fun. A special thanks to Kellie in the front office who has received every entry and organised the files into Year Levels for assessment. Entries dropped off to school have also been included. The local Warrnambool cinema has provided movie passes as prizes. Over the coming week I will review the work and award three passes per year level for creativity, attention to detail and final results.
Michael Gray, Principal.
St Joseph's Primary School, Warrnambool
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Noah Roberts, Jack Walker, Sophie Russell, Maya Furphy, Matthew Bennie, Casey Carlin, Lila Gommers, Aaron Lougheed, Ryder Willoughby, Keilan Lawlor, Sophia McSween, Nina O'Kane and Bradie Rankin.
Thank you to all those who have offered to help out at our Sports Carnival this Thursday 4th March. The children have been out practicing their events during Physical Education lessons and with their Homerooms too. They are looking forward to a great day and the opportunity to challenge themselves to run faster, throw further and jump higher than they did last year! A feat to be proud of.
Good luck to all four House Colour teams and to our House Captains who will gain the opportunity to lead. This year there will be a Senior House circular Relay event as well as a novelty House Ball Relay too. Every single point counts!
Unfortunately, Government guidelines still restrict parents from being onsite at the school. We understand that parents will be disappointed not being able to attend the school sports, however St Joseph's Primary School is guided by State Government guidelines.
Sports Day Practice
On Wednesday 24th February, the St Joseph’s Bowls team participated in the Divisional Bowls competition at Warrnambool Bowls Club in Timor Street in Warrnambool. The team of fifteen learned the skills of bowls under the guidance of “Parky” and many volunteers from the Warrnambool Bowls Club.
We won our first three games against Nullawarre PS, Warrnambool PS and Warrnambool East Primary School. However, Our Lady Help of Christians were too good and beat us in the last game.
Thanks goes to Sharon and Andrew for driving us to practice.
Some photos from last weeks Hockey clinic.
Today we are finally trialling 61 students’ swimming ability at Aquazone. It will be a quick turnaround as the successful students who progress through to the Divisional Competition will be held on Friday 12th March here in Warrnambool.
We would like to thank our parent volunteers who are able to make it to the pool today and also to our Foundation teacher, Ms Georgia Johnstone, a former elite swimmer, who will be assisting our Swimming Team this year.
Upcoming dates for the diary
Please refer to the SZApp for up to date details on upcoming events.
Mrs Emily Lloyd (Physical Education & Sport Co-ordinator)
Mr Matthew McMillan.
- Year 3 - 6 students are running on a modified timetable so it is recommended that students in Years 3 - 6 do not place a lunch order on this day.
- Any students wanting an icy pole will need to order it via the normal online ordering system. Cash sales will not be taken on the day as in previous years.
- Junior School students can still place lunch orders as normal.
Welcome to the Library for 2021! It has been great to see all the students in this term, borrowing and hanging out.
It is wonderful that we can now have our regular lunchtime open Library sessions again (1:45 - 2:15).
This year the students will be borrowing in the Digi Tech lessons (Digital and Information Technology). Please see the information below if you are unsure which day your child has their lesson.
Monday: E3 - Mrs Lloyd C2, C3, C5 - Mrs Hyland
Tuesday: F4, F5, F6 and F7 - Mrs Gercovich, D3 and D1- Mrs McCoy, D5, B1, C4, B8 - Mrs Hyland
Wednesday: D6 and D7, B7, B4 and B3 - Mrs Hyland
Thursday: D4, D2, B5, B6, B3 - Mrs Hyland, E1, E2 and E5 - Mrs Lloyd
Students should have their book bags on these days to put the Library books in as this helps keep the borrowed books away from drink, food dirt etc. Foundation, Year 1 and 2 students are able to borrow up to 4 books each week and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students can borrow up to 6 books. Books can be kept for up to 2 weeks. Each class has a Library Tub for the students to place in any books they are returning.
The Library is open before and after school, as well as lunchtime, for borrowing. If you have any queries about the Library, borrowing or books etc please feel free to come in and see us, or send a note in your student’s diary (Grades 2 - 6).
Some new books in the Library!
Lyn Hyland, Library Co-ordinator
St Joseph's Primary School supports the Aussie Bread Tag for Wheelchairs Project.
We encourage every family (and extended family members) to collect their plastic bread tags and drop them into the collection jars in every classroom or place them in the tub at the sign-in desk.
We take our tags to Baker's Delight (CBD) which are then sent to Robe, SA for recycling.
The recycled tags raise funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people in South Africa.
Below is a photo of the tags we have collected so far this year. Well done St Joseph's. Every little bit counts - let's get recycling!