Matthew O'Brien, Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students and the wider St. Joseph’s Primary School Community,
We ended last week with the return to onsite learning. St Joseph’s was full of chatter and excitement as the children returned. It was pleasing to see how well the students adapted to their changing circumstances which was an indication of their resilience and flexibility. Although not an ideal situation the continued provision of quality learning was only made possible due to the continued partnership between teachers and families.
As we return to “normal” school life there will be some amendments planned. Confirmation, cross country and winter sport dates all need to be rescheduled. We will keep you informed as information comes to hand.
Covid Safe Arrangements
Health and hygiene protocols continue, including hand washing and sanitation. If you or your child are unwell, please stay at home and consult with your doctor.
QR code sign in is now required for all entry into the school. We have placed a quick drop off desk in the foyer for your convenience.
Our designated school pick up points will continue. Parents are welcome to meet their children outside their classrooms after school.
Sadly, the restrictions around adult gatherings continue. This means that there is little opportunity for parents to get more involved inside the school. I am particularly aware of our Foundation and Year 1 families who have had little opportunity to celebrate and engage with their children inside the classroom. We are all looking forward to welcoming families back indoors as soon as possible.
Virtual Enrolment Information Sessions
Our Enrolment Information sessions have been moved online and will take place on
- Wednesday 9th June at 7pm
- Friday 11th June at 12pm.
Register via the school website to access the link.
This meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday 15th June at the usual time of 7:30pm. At this stage the meeting will be held viz Zoom. See note in this newsletter for Zoom details.
School Advisory Council Meeting and AGM
Our School Advisory Council next meet on Wednesday 16th June at which the AGM will be held.
Matthew O'Brien, Principal.
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Noah Daffy, Neve Ewards, Bethany Moran, Xavier Smith, Hannah Beaumont, Rielle Murfett, Bodhi Harman, Daisy Martin, Sibella Evans, Jack Kitto, Tommy Stuart, Emma Hatfield and Molly McNeil.
We are offering three different ways for you to access our enrolment form this year.
This year we have created an online enrolment form that can be completed and submitted electronically.
For this process go to our school website and select the Enroment tab. Complete the Enrolment Enquiry to add your details for reminders and updates.
Under the Enrolment Tab you will also notice an Online Enrolment Form - select this and away you go. A tip with this one is do not use a phone or ipad to complete the form, any laptop or desktop computer will work fine.
You will also need to make sure you have your child's documentation (birth, immunisation, baptism certificates and any specialist reports) loaded onto your device, either by taking a photo or scanning and uploading as you will be able to upload all of that as well.
Download and print
You can download and print a copy of the enrolment form and then complete it manually.
You can collect a printed form from the school office to complete manually.
If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process please feel free to contact the school office at any time.
Keep in mind that enrolments do close on Friday 18th June to everyone!
Due to the recent Circuit Breaker and increased restrictions imposed on Victoria, we can only go by the following information.
ALL interschool sports are postponed up until 12th June. After this date, School Sports Victoria will hopefully confirm the following proposed dates for the Regional Cross-Country and our Year 5/6 Winter Sports.
Proposed revised dates
- Regional Cross Country - Week 10 Term 2 or Week 1 in Term 3
- District Winter Sports - Friday 18th June
- Division Winter Sports - Thursday 24th June
- Regional Winter Sports - Wednesday 28th July
Once these dates are confirmed we will send out the updated permission notes via PAM.
- Monday - Netball at lunchtime
- Tuesday - Soccer at lunchtime
- Wednesday - Boys and Girls Tee-Ball
- Thursday - Football at lunchtime
Mrs Emily Lloyd (Physical Education & Sport Co-ordinator)
Mr Matthew McMillan.
Year 4 Maths Competition
This week we are focusing on our Year 4 students. 9 children from this level participated in the KSF Maths competition. Some of these children had participated last year, but for the rest it was a new experience. We had some amazing results with Sam Collins earning a High Distinction, Jack Kitto and Oliver Marris a Distinction and Lachlan Walters with a Credit.
The Year 3 and 4 children sit an online test consisting of 24 questions. They have an hour to complete the competition. Questions 1–10 (1–8) are 3 points each, questions 11–20 (9–16) are 4 points each and 21–30 (17–24) are 5 points each. The questions are multiple choice with 5 choices. There are no penalties for incorrect answers.
Here is an example of the kind of questions in the competition:
Susanne is 6 years old. Her sister Lisa is 2 years younger. Brother Max is 2 years older than Susanne. How old are the 3 siblings all together?
(A) 15 (B) 16 (C) 17 (D) 18 (E) 19
Felix the rabbit has 20 carrots. Every day he eats 2 of them. He has eaten the 12th carrot on a Wednesday. On which day of the week did he start eating the carrots?
(A) Monday (B) Tuesday (C) Wednesday (D) Thursday (E) Friday
Congratulations to the following students on outstanding results:
Year 4 outstanding results
High Distinction (top 3%)
- Sam Collins
Distinction (top 15%)
- Jack Kitto
- Oliver Marris
Credit (top 50%)
- Lachlan Walters
- Lenny Buckle
- Cooper Davies
- Brody Dubyna
- Nicholas English
- Billie McDonald
7:30pm, Tuesday 15th June, 2021 Via ZOOM
Parents are invited to join us for our scheduled PSA Meeting via Zoom.
This meeting is going to be held via the ZOOM platform. Please enter your name when prompted upon entering the meeting.
Meeting ID: 924 7114 3184 Passcode: 7FexqG
2021 Meeting Schedule
- Tuesday 1 June, 2021 (postponed to Tuesday 15th June)
- Tuesday 27 July, 2021
- Tuesday 24 August, 2021
- Tuesday 19 October, 2021
- Tuesday 16 November, 2021
- Tuesday 30 November, 2021 (6:30am, Parent Committee Thank you evening)
A big shout out to Archie Gardner and Lennie Bell. On the weekend of 22nd May, these boys participated in a competition for the Ninja Challenge League.
Archie is currently standing 14th in Australia. He has been invited to compete in a national competition later this year in October. Congratulations to you both.