Jim Guinan, Interim Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students and the wider St. Joseph’s Primary School Community,
I share these thoughts for Mother’s Day and hope all our mothers and carers were looked after yesterday. No-one was more excited than our eager shoppers at the Mother’s Day Stall last week, judging by the looks on their faces and the plans they had to keep the present a secret. See today’s newsletter for an opportunity to complete a survey regarding the Mother’s Day Stall.
Just a couple of notes to get us started this week.
Naplan 2021 gets under way this week for our students in Grade 3 and 5. Any student absent for any of these tests, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be made up on Friday if possible.
School photos will be distributed to students to take home starting today.
A reminder of COVID restrictions still in place effecting parent participation onsite. We are still unable to have parents in classrooms or at assemblies until further notice.
Our preference is for parents to pick up children after school at the designated areas A-G Loop, H-M Queens road and N-Z at the tennis courts. Before making alternative arrangements, parents need to apply in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and wait for this to be confirmed. Unless urgent, daily changes due to weather will not be made.
Jim Guinan, Interim Principal.
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Harrison Greenwood, Jack Hall, Chanel Templeton, Maddox McDermott, William Stewart, Knox Guiney, Amelia Roache, Jhett Tucker, Jay Moloney-Smith, Levi McArthur, Darcy Morrison, Joshua Coghlan, Patrick Farrelly and Diesel Harrington.
NAPLAN is a national assessment plan that normally takes place each year. It is designed to assess students in Grade 3 and 5 in Reading, Mathematics, Grammar, Punctuation and Writing.
It is scheduled to take place this year on 11th, 12th and 13th May. All students in Grade 3 and 5 attending school on those days will complete the supervised test unless school is notified that you do not want your child to participate.
School photos are being distributed to students today.
Please contact Glen at Glen Watson Photography with any queries regarding your order. Glen can be contacted via the Contact button on his website.
Cross Country 2021
A big thank you to the students who participated in the School House Cross Country. Also special thanks to staff, parents and grandparents and the broader school community who turned out in the cool blustery weather to support the event. A special thanks to those parents who offered their support as marshalls and helped out on the day.
11 year old girls - Zeta Kane, Edie Batt, Zoe Benson, Harper McInerney, Poppy Monk, Maya Duynhoven, Maya Furphy, Bellalie Martin, Ella Monaghan and Sadie Main.
11 year old goys - Eamon Cottee, Blake Wood, Leo McMeel, Blair Lyons, Billy Schrama, Tate Jones, Monty Darcy, Fletcher Monaghan, Jameson Nelson and Harry Brooks.
Below is a list of all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters on the day. We wish all the students who have qualified for the District Competition next Monday 17th May, the best of luck.
Our team competed on Friday the 7th May in the Division Athletics Finals at Brauerander Park. We had a very successful day with a large number of PB’s and excellent results overall. Abbey, Hannah, Isla, Blake, Patrick and Zeta all placed first in their individual events. Our 12 year old Girls Relay team came in 1st place and have qualified for the Regional Finals on Friday 8th October in Ballarat, as well as a number of individual qualifiers. Could all students remember to return their Athletics singlets to the school office once it has been cleaned. Thanks.
District Golf Competition
A team of 23 students are representing our school in the District Golf Competition on Friday 14th May. A big thank you to Mrs Saywell for training the students and being a great coach on the day. Also, thank you to Chris Crabbe, Jo Millard and the Warrnambool Golf Club for organising the event. Please ensure all permissions are completed by Wednesday 12th May.
District Winter Sport
The Year 5/6 students have started their trials and training for the upcoming Winter Sports day to be held here at St Joseph’s on Thursday 3rd June. The soccer team will play at East Warrnambool Primary School. We will be selecting one Netball Team, one Football team, one Soccer team and two Tee-Ball teams for the day. Students need to check the daily reminders on Simon for any training times.
Netball - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Soccer - Tuesday
Football - Monday and Wednesday
Teeball - Tuesday (Girls) Wednesday (boys)
Mrs Emily Lloyd (Physical Education & Sport Co-ordinator)
Mr Matthew McMillan.
Congratulations to the children who will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist this weekend on Sunday 16th May at either then 8:30am, 10:00am or 6:00pm Mass. These children prepare for the Sacrament last year during Remote Learning.
Eucharist candidates should sit on an aisle seat.
A Family Prayer
Jesus, we come before you in gratitude as family. We thank you for the gift of uniqueness of each member of our family. Nourish us so we may see the gifts you have given us and so encourage the gifts in those around us.
Response: Jesus, nourish us.
Jesus, we come before you in sorrow as family. We ask you to forgive the times we have hurt you and each other.
Response: Jesus, forgive us.
Jesus, we come before you in need as family. Assist us in our journey with each other. May each of us be a sign of your love by the way we love each other.
Response: Jesus, send us your light.
Jesus, we come before you as community. May the example we live out in our homes be a reflection of the love you have for us all – that we may all be one.
Response: Jesus, make us one.
No Celebration following Mass
Unfortunately, there will not be a traditional sharing of food after the Mass.
Parents will have received an iron on Eucharist transfer for their child.
Wear the stole with the Baptism and Diocese transfers on the right side.
What does PSA stand for?
Primary School Association.
What is the role of the PSA?
It is a forum for all parents to become involved in the life of the School. It’s where we work to provide, improve and maintain the amenities available for the school students, including equipment and maintenance of School Buildings and grounds.
To provide opportunities for social meetings between parents, and promote a spirit of union and good fellowship. The PSA runs and supports several events throughout the year to raise money for the school and to support our school community.
What do we do?
- Annual Fair/Fun Run
- Mother’s Day Stall
- Hot Cross Bun Drive
- Father’s Day Breakfast
- Pizza Days
- Art Activities
- Canteen support
Who can attend?
Anyone and everyone.
How often do they meet?
Tuesday evening, generally Week 3 and Week 7 of each term.
- Tuesday 11 May, 2021 *This week*
- Tuesday 1 June, 2021
- 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)
How can I help?
Come along to the meetings, contribute to the discussion, share ideas, support events that enrich the school community.
We really need our school families to support this group.
Hope to see you there, better still bring a friend!
Happy Mother's Day
We hope that all our Mothers and special friends enjoyed a lovely day for Mother's Day.
Thank you Penny Walsh
Thanks to Penny Walsh and her team of helpers who put together a wide range of gifts for the Mother's Day stall with 516 gifts sold this year.
Penny has coordinated the stall for an amazing 13 years and in that time has helped packaged up over 6,500 gifts and 19,500 chocolates. Thats a lot of happy mothers and children. Thanks Penny!
Mother's Day Stall Survey
It is timely to seek some feedback from parents to assist us with planning for next year's Mother's Day. Please complete the linked survey.
2021 Mother's Day StallThis survey is not active
Thursday 27 May, 2021, Orders close 3pm Tuesday 25 May, 2021
Once per term the PSA run a Pizza Day as a "special occasion" lunch option and to raise money for the PSA.
Children can choose from either Garlic or Hawaiian pizza (Gluten Free options available) which are provided by Pinkie’s Pizza who are one of our major school sponsors.
Orders open on Monday 10th May via CDFPay (Canteen ordering system)
There are no canteen orders on Pizza Days and children not wanting to order pizza should bring their lunch from home.
Sorry, no late orders can be accepted.
Volunteers Needed Urgently
We rely on our volunteers and are also in need of more parents to assist. Canteen can only run 5 days a week if we have sufficient volunteers. Can you help?
Training is arranged by our Canteen Co-ordinator Tania Hughes. Please consider volunteering, even if only once per term, all help most appreciated.