Matthew O'Brien, Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students and the wider St. Joseph’s Primary School Community,
Faith, Community, Learning and Wellbeing are cornerstones of our school’s vision. Although wellbeing is at the forefront of all of our minds as we navigate this latest lockdown and the safe return to school I would like to acknowledge our school community.
Community implies that we do things with and for each other as opposed to individualism where we do things for ourselves at the expense of others. I am grateful and in admiration of the St Joseph’s Teachers, Learning Support Officers, wonderful Administration Staff and Maintenance Staff who clicked into gear on Thursday to pivot towards remote learning. Their focus was on the wellbeing of the students and their families. Everyone played their role with good humour, professionalism, good will and faith in others.
I am particularly grateful to the parents and carers who have adapted to this complex situation.
We are all a part of a wonderful community here at St Joes which is a small part of the Warrnambool, Victorian, Australian and global communities. All we can do is our little bit with and for each other.
As I write this message there is still uncertainty as to the length of the lockdown. Should it be extended beyond the seven days we will move to online learning next week with video lessons
At this stage I am still thinking of the Merrivale Primary School community as they grieve the loss of Cooper Onyett. On your behalf we have sent flowers along with our thoughts and prayers.
There will be students who may have heightened responses to the latest developments across Victoria. If this is the case at your house please let the classroom teacher know via the “check in” or via email.
ENROLMENT TOURS POSTPONED
Please note that the enrolment tours that were planned for this week (Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday) have been postponed. Those who have booked will receive direct notification of the new dates.
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Grace Densley, Herbie Neagle, Ezra Smith, Niamh Ginely, Lexie Gleisner, Dia Jagad, Levi Wood, Sam Bushell and Sophie Dubyna.
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!
On Thursday 18th March, 2021, 50 children from our school participated in an online Maths Competition run by the AMT - Australian Mathematics Trust. The competition they entered was the Kangourou Sans Frontières (KSF).
What is the KSF?
In 1991, two French teachers inspired by Australian Maths Competition decided to start a similar online competition in France. They called it the ‘Kangaroo’ to pay tribute to their Australian friends.
The competition was a big hit and has since been adopted around the world. It is now known as Kangourou sans Frontières: (Kangaroo without borders). It is now one of the largest international mathematics competitions in the world, with more than 6 million participants annually.
In Australia, Kangourou sans Frontières (KSF) is an online maths competition for Years 3–12.
So 10 brave Grade 3’s gave it a go. There was a mixture of excitement and nerves as they embarked on their very first maths competition. They all did an incredible job and were very proud of themselves. We also were very proud of the way they worked through each question and gave it a go. Here are our outstanding Grade 3 results:
Year 3 Maths Competition
Credit (A credit is for being in the top 50%)
- Oscar Saywell
- Mackenzie Marshall
- Cooper McCosh
- Billy Main
- Stella Monigatti
- Darcy Drummond
- Paddy Ward
- Aramis Skevofylakas
- Joshua Coghlan
St. Joseph’s Sports Report Week 7, Term 2 2021
Cross Country 2021
Well done to all those who competed in the Division Cross Country Finals last Monday. Ten students have advanced to participate in the Regional Cross Country which was scheduled for today, however the current Victorian lockdown has prevented this event from occuring today. Once we receive news on any new sporting dates we will post them on the P.E Google Classroom and on the School Calendar. Special thanks once again to Mr Elhage for his expert coaching and supervision on the day.
Final preparations for Winter Sports - Football, Netball, Tee Ball and Soccer
The Winter Sports Finals were proposed to be this Thursday 3rd June. Unfortunately, the current Victorian Lockdown restrictions have forced our District to reassess these arrangements. We will notify the students of the new proposed date as soon as we have been made aware of one. Special thanks to the following coaches for their time spent training the children: Football, Matthew McMillan; Netball, Michelle McIntyre-Hand; Soccer Jeff Vizon and Kristian Thompson and Tee Ball; Andy McCombe and Michelle Nicolson.
Football Training on the Ovals.
Once we return to school, any students who have been selected to play in the School Football team need to bring long pants, long sleeve tops and boots for footy practice. Students must bring a bag with these named items to participate in any further sessions throughout the term.
Children are also to be reminded that under no circumstances are they allowed to wear their footy gear and boots into the senior building after practice or lunchtime, they are to be left outside the building on the deck so that the rooms stay clean during the winter months.
St Joseph’s Sports Uniforms
We are still asking that students return their St Joseph’s polos and athletics tops for our upcoming competitions this term. If you have them at home please return them to the office . Thanks.
Mrs Emily Lloyd (Physical Education & Sport Co-ordinator)
Mr Matthew McMillan.
2021 Confirmation Groups
Please keep the Confirmation Candidates and the parents in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
May we be models of faith for these children.
7:00pm, Friday 4th June
Sacrament of Confirmation
11:00am, Saturday 5th June
Thursday 3rd June session transferred
As previously advised, due to current Victorian Government restrictions the Mass scheduled for Thursday 3rd June has been cancelled. The children who registered for Thursday evening are asked to select either Friday or Saturday for their celebration of the sacrament
No Celebration following Mass
Unfortunately, there will not be a traditional sharing of food after the Mass.
Parents will have received an iron on Confirmation transfer for their child. The photograph below is an indication of a suggested placement of the next three Sacraments - Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Wear the stole with the Baptism and Diocese transfers on the right side.
Dedy Friebe the executive officer with Warrnambool and District Food Share attended our school on Monday 24th May to talk with the Young Vinnies. Dedy shared with the students the role of 'Food Share' in the community, how many food hampers are needed, what goes into the hampers, where food is sourced from and the difficulties faced by Food Share. Following the discussion, the Young Vinnies are very keen for the school community to help.