Matthew O'Brien, Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students and the wider St. Joseph’s Primary School Community,
A Prayer for the Children Preparing to Celebrate their First Eucharist for the First Time
Through the Eucharist, we recognise you, we remember you and we become one with you.
In the coming weeks of preparation, we pray that these children also know you in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the cup.
We pray that sharing at your table enables them to lead Eucharistic lives in which they work for unity and peace in our community and our world.
We ask God’s richest blessings on them as they journey with you.
Insight SRC Surveys
Last week families were randomly selected to complete the Insight SRC surveys. These families received a letter with a unique password and username. This survey only takes about 10 mins to complete.
This survey data is really taken very seriously by our staff, particularly the leadership team. Along with PAT, NAPLAN and the Enhancing Catholic School Identity survey the Insight data provides feedback to us in our progress in working towards our school improvement objectives i.e. Wellbeing, Teaching and Learning and Catholic School Culture.
So, if you did receive survey information please take the time to complete it as the more families that complete the surveys the more accurate our data will be. If you are unable or unwilling to do the survey please return the note so that we can pass it on to another family.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks to everyone in the PSA who has coordinated and organised this event. There is an air of excitement around the school as posters and song requests have come into the office. Please be patient as you are dropping off and collecting children remembering that people are volunteering and that safety is our number 1 priority.
2023 $10,000 Business Raffle
A big thanks to Cathy Duynhoven who has attracted 41 sponsors who have all contributed towards our raffle for this year. Each family will receive their 4 x 25 tickets this week.
This is our major fundraiser for the year and we are aiming to raise in excess of $30,000.
As the sponsors' donations have contributed to the raffle costs the price of every ticket sold creates 100% profit for our school. We are planning on using the funds raised in upgrading the senior playground in the space where the spider frame once stood.
The other positive in this raffle is that the $10,000 is spent back with our sponsors thus giving back to those who are supporting us.
But Wait! There’s More! The seller of the winning ticket gets their 2024 Family Fee (at least $1,380 based on the 2023 fees) credited off their school fee account.
Wow! Good luck and thanks for your support.
These tickets will come home with your oldest child on Wednesday.
Matthew O'Brien, Principal
Happy Birthday to children celebrating their birthday this week.
Xavier Skevofylakas, Ruby White, Max Bell, Sibella Lewis, Meaux McInerney, Euan McRae, Joe Haberfield, Will Haberfield, Quinn Madigan, Wesley McPherson, Caloway Sicely, Henry Steenhuis-Young, Pippa Main, Toby Parsons, Jackson Senchenko and Henly O’Grady.
A few big dates coming up in the sporting calendar for term 3, with some regional and state finals thrown in the mix!
Goodluck to our Year 6 boys football team who will compete in the state finals in Melbourne on Wednesday 16th of August. The boys have played some excellent team football thus far and we wish them the best of luck when they represent our school at the state level. Go well boys.
Congratulations to our Year 6 boys and girls hockey teams who represented St Josephs at the division finals in Warrnambool on Friday 21st July. From all reports our students showed a high level of sportsmanship throughout the day as well as some great hockey to go with it. Well done and good luck to our girls team who progressed to the regional finals, which are held in Hamilton on Friday 11th August. Good luck girls!
Term 3 in Warrnambool brings the start of basketball at primary school level. Over the next few weeks trials will be held at school for any Year 4’s or 6’s who wish to try out for their respective teams. Dates for trials are as follows:
- Wednesday 2nd August - Girls Year 4 trials
- Thursday 3rd August - Boys Year 4 trials
- Monday 7th August - Girls Year 6 trials
- Tuesday 8th August - Boys Year 6 trials
District volleyball is coming up in week 7 this term, which will be upon us before we know it. Training for this will also be coming up soon. Any Year 5’s or 6’s who would like to try out for volleyball, the trial dates are below:
- Tuesday 15th August
- Monday 21st August
- Tuesday 22nd August
- Wednesday 23rd August
Matthew McMillian, Sports Coordinator
We continue to highlight the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) curriculum so you are able to understand the topics that are covered.
We include an example of an activity for a particular year level so you can see how the topics aim to build on knowledge over time as students mature and develop their social and emotional learning. There are 8 topics in the learning materials.
Parents and children will enter through the middle doors and sign-in their children. No parents, apart from volunteers, are to enter the school hall. Teachers will be available to help any child that is feeling anxious.
Once each disco is over teachers will walk the children over to the school library and classrooms where the children are to be signed-out. Parents will enter through the school office foyer to pick up their children and sign them out.
Food and Drinks
Popcorn, a small bag of chips and a bag of lollies will be the snacks provided this year. The Smiths PLAIN chips (only), the popcorn and the lollies are the Gluten Free options.
Drink bottles are optional this year. Each classroom tub will be set up on the far side of the hall with a classroom sign above it for drink bottles.
Cups of water will also be available from the canteen.
Photography Guidelines for Parents and Carers
Due to child safety rules, no photos are to be taken within the school hall.
The first aid area will be set up in the canteen. All student medication and medical plans will be in this area.
Tickets sales now open via CDFPay, 446 tickets have already been sold.
Thanks to those who have volunteered. The roster has been emailed directly to everyone who completed the registration form.
Pizza Day: Tuesday 22nd August, 2023
Orders Close: 3pm Friday 18th August, 2023
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 school sponsors.
Orders are now open 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.
7:00am - 9:00am
Friday 1st September
Our PSA is once again holding a Father's Day Breakfast for our school Dads (or special person).
Children arrive at school early with their dad and enjoy a breakfast of egg sandwiches, egg and bacon sandwiches or sausages in bread. The PSA will provide some fruit, juice and hot drinks, gluten free bread available. After the breakfast dads can walk their child/ren to the classroom for a visit.
Orders made via CDFPay
Orders will open on Monday 7th August and close on 28th August at 2:00 pm. Sorry no late orders.
We rely on the assistance for volunteers on this day and the afternoon prior.
Please complete the volunteer form if you are able to assist with setup on Thursday after school or on the Friday morning for cooking, serving or cleanup.