Michael Gray, Principal
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff and our wider School Community
Cyber Safety Update
Some general thoughts for consideration
As the end of the school year approaches, here are timely reminders for families regarding the use of devices and access to social media.
There are recommended ages for users to access the various forms of social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. The minimum legal age for these is 13 years with some 16 years. Please make sure that you keep abreast of the legal requirements for the use of these tools by regularly checking the Government’s eSafety guide for the most current trends in apps and their associated purpose and legal requirements.
Please note that most social media is blocked on school devices for students. While at school we can manage the chrome books many students have phones that require parent/guardian active monitoring and engagement to ensure your child is safe, protected and utilising a powerful tool in a supported manner.
One of the key challenges involved in students of a younger age utilising these tools is the level of responsibility required by the users. Socialising online can be a great way for children to build friendships, but it can also put them at risk. Unwanted contact in any type of online communication that your child finds unpleasant or confronting, may lead them into a situation where they might do something they regret. This can happen even if they initially welcomed the contact. It can come from strangers, online ‘friends’ your child has not met face-to-face, or from someone, they actually know. In fact often the person the child knows can cause angst, worry or concerns.
At worst some of the contact can involve ‘grooming’ a child — building a relationship with a child in order to sexually abuse them. This abuse can happen in a physical meeting, but it increasingly occurs online when young people are tricked or persuaded into sexual activity on webcams or into sending sexual images.
While “grooming” is an issue we need to be vigilant with, a more obvious issue is comments by friends about friends or classmates. This, as we are all aware, can be very harmful. Comments, rumours, murmurs and gossip can be harmful, malicious and often devastating for each of us. Respectful relationships teach us to show care, empathy and consideration of thoughts and feelings. Our students are well aware of our school approach to the importance of valuing each, understanding that young people need to learn about relationships and build skills to be active productive members of our families, school and community.
Many of us have had to negotiate the fallout from hasty comments from friends and work colleagues who, in the heat of the moment, have penned something they now regret. The speed with which such comments are read and shared with others has far-reaching ramifications.
If, as parents, you are considering to allow your students access to these tools; please consider the impact on your child's relationships, safety and learning before going ahead with full access. Please access the following link to get a more informed opinion on the choices of apps.
Total exclusion is no answer in my view. I liken the introduction of freedom to access all things online to a bit like gaining your driver's license. First you sit a test to show you know the rules of using a car, then you get lessons from an expert, you practise under close 1-1 supervision. Finally, you undergo an assessment to be able to drive alone, albeit with limitations. All done in the name of protecting the driver’s physical wellbeing and the community’s safety. A similar approach in the form of early supervision, staged introduction of freedoms and some limitations as children begin to navigate their way in an online environment would be most helpful in order to assist in protecting your child’s emotional and psychological wellbeing and supporting the broader community.
In conclusion, to further support families in this area at school we are constantly improving our programs and support. This year we have had the Warrnambool Community Police support classrooms and have specific contacts of use with our Chromebooks. Online awareness discussions in classrooms and individual follow up with students also provide support in this area.
Michael Gray, Principal
Special News: Wear A Cricket Shirt Day
Congratulations to Lila Wilkinson on making the School Sport Victoria (SSV) State Girls Cricket Team. This is an outstanding sporting achievement. Lila will represent Victoria next week in Adelaide. St.Joseph's have a long tradition of supporting all students who make this elite level of competition. Engagement and participation with this level of sporting achievement have both time and financial commitments.
Our school help supports the student’s uniform and travel costs. To support Lila and her endeavour I invite and encourage all our students to join in and wear, this Friday the 8th of November, a "Wear your Cricket Shirt Day”. This is a voluntary participation program and support is via students wearing the shirt and making a “Gold Coin” donation. If students don't have a cricket shirt they can wear a coloured shirt on this day, again for a gold coin donation.
Regards Senior School, School Sport Victoria and St. Joseph’s Primary School
We wish to remind parents that in Term 4 there will be 2 school closure days, the first being on Monday 11th November as previosly notified to families.
The second day is Friday 22th November which is an additional day resulting from an opportunity for staff to participate in a PD day with Dan Petro.
Congratulations to our Gold Box winners Zara Harrington and Leilani Baulch for picking up rubbish and Jaxon Green for being very responsible by putting sports equipment in the trolley.
Winners of our Gold Box get to go for a swim at the pool.
Welcome to Term 4 in the Library, we are coming up for a big finish.
Round the Rooms
The Foundation students are looking at Non-fiction books and recalling facts, the Juniors are comparing Fiction and non-fiction books, the Middles and the Seniors are familiarising themselves with the Dewey Decimal System and then researching information on their respective Inquiry Units.
End of Year
As it is the last term for this year an Overdue list will be sent out next month. As usual please return any found books, and let us know if you have returned books on the list or, if any have been lost or broken.
If, at any time, you find books from the school please bring them back as we are happy to welcome back any ‘lost ones’!
Over the year Shirley Zanos and Sandy Killen have been helping out in the Library. We are so grateful for their support.
An early reminder that borrowing will be finishing up around Week 8 Friday 29th November, but ‘til then - keep borrowing and reading!
Lyn, Kath and Maureen
On Friday 11th October, some Middle Japanese classes were lucky enough to have five Japanese high school students visit from Toyo High School in Shizouka. They are staying here in Warrnambool for 3 months, whilst attending Emmanuel College. The students’ names are Joh (boy) and girls Sumire, Momoka, Yui and Chia.
AIIU stands for Australian Institute of International Understanding and they are the organisation who facilitate this fantastic exchange program. We would like to extend our thanks to the three St Joseph’s families who are currently hosting a student at the moment.
The middle school students enjoyed introducing themselves and conducting a holiday survey in Japanese, followed by some Origami and games.
Mrs Emily Lloyd
5/6 Regional Basketball Finals
Our boys and girls teams headed to Colac on Friday to compete in the Regional Basketball Finals. Our girls team were dominant in their first two games and had a nail biting final match to come from behind in the second half to win by one point. Winning all three of their matches now gives the team an opportunity to playoff in the State Basketball Finals to be held on Tuesday 19th November at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park. An amazing effort by everyone on the day.
Our boys teams played four games and also had to comeback from behind in their last two matches to also claim a spot in the State Finals to be held on Monday 18th November. They will also head to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park. We hope the winning form continues and we wish both teams the best of luck at the state finals.
Sports Practice this week
No Sports Practice Today
5/6 Schools Blast Cup Cricket Team BOYS and GIRLS @ Lunchtime
5/6 Girls Basketball Training @ Lunchtime
3/4 Boys Basketball Training @ Lunchtime
5/6 Boys Basketball Training @ 11:30am
Andrew McCombe, Physical Education and Sport Co-ordinator
Our families should note these important Year 6 dates on their calendar. Refer to our school calendar via our SZApp for updates.
Tuesday 10th December, Orientation Day
Refer to information provided from your child's secondary school.
6pm, Thursday 12th December, Graduation Mass
St Joseph's Church, full school uniform required. Mass is followed by a celebration for year 6 students and their families. More details to follow.
Friday 13th December, Senior School end of year swim at Terang Pool
More information and permission form to follow via PAM.
11:30 am - 1:30pm, Monday 16th December, Final Assembly
Our final school assembly will be held in the school hall with a Volunteers Morning Tea in the Hall Foyer at 10am. This will be Year 6s final day.
The Young Vinnies would like to thank everyone for taking part in Crazy Sock Day recently.
Together we raised $603.35 for Catholic Mission. This money will go directly towards helping children in Ghana access a quality education.
Thursday 7 November, 2019, Orders close 3pm Tuesday 5 November
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 ordered via CDFPay (Canteen ordering system) and provided by Pinkie’s Pizza who are one of our major school sponsors.
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.
Parents of Year 4 students are required to indicated their requirements for their child in relation to a Chrombebook device for 2020. Please read the attached form and indicate your requirements.
WCC Road Share
Warrnambool Symphony Orchestra
Does your child need help in Maths? There is a new tutoring option to consider that's being offered by Martin, an Emmanuel College student. He is excelling in Maths and Japanese and has future ambitions to become a Mathematics teacher. To gain experience, he is offering tutoring for $15 an hour with the first lesson free to ensure a good fit. The tutoring can take place at his home, your home or another agreed-upon location such as a school library. To arrange to tutor or for more information, please email Martin via: PrimaryMathematicsTutoring101@