Year 5/6 News
The Year 5/6 class is off to a flying start this year! We have been learning about each other's skills and working together to create a welcoming, respectful, hard-working and fun class. On Thursday we will present our leadership speeches to the Year 4/5 and 5/6 classes. Our public speaking confidence continues to improve and we look forward to all being responsible leaders of the school, regardless of a badge or specific title. This term we will learn more about democracy in HASS, and write some excellent narratives and persuasive texts in Literacy. We have each set goals for the term and are aiming to become more confident across all areas of the curriculum and have an enjoyable year ahead with friends.
Miss Marion Gehrmann
The Pre-Primary students have settled in beautifully to their new classroom. They have been enjoying getting to know the different play centres and becoming familiar with the classroom rules and routines. Play-based learning performs a crucial role in the development of literacy and numeracy and as such, will be a key part of our daily group rotational activities. We believe that when children are exposed to literacy and numeracy learning through hands-on, practical and play-based experiences, they are more likely to engage meaningfully and successfully with them. Some of the different centres include the home corner, reading area, tinkering play table, sensory play, literacy and numeracy areas and construction. Explicit instruction for literacy and maths will take place during whole class sessions and group rotations. The Literacy Acquisition for Pre-Primary students (LAPS) program involves age-appropriate explicit teaching of reading and writing in context. This includes interactive writing, reading to students, and small-group teaching such as guided reading and writing. We are looking to a big term of fun and learning in Pre-Primary!
Miss Izzy Stewart
In Term 1 St Joseph's is offering for Years 2, 4 and 6 a very important education program called Seasons for Growth. This weekly program focuses on the following issues: self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. It specifically highlights the importance of social support and skills needed to cope effectively with change and loss in a child's life.
Seasons for Growth
Every family will receive a notice in the near future with more details about the Seasons for Growth program. If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program. St. Joseph's is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved. If you require further information please contact the chaplain Mr Jamie Short by email (Jamie.Short@cewa.edu.au) or phone (91681079).
Mr Jamie Short
St Joseph’s is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
Getting involved in School Banking is easy!
All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:
1. Online Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
2. In branch Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.
If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.
School Banking day is on Tuesday morning from 7.40am in the lunch shed
Lakeside Bus Service
The Lakeside Bus Service (Green Country Holdings) is contracted by the Public Transport Authority to operate the Regional Town Service in Kununurra (morning and afternoon school bus run).
Tickets are available at any time from the bus driver.
A single CASH ticket for one trip on the bus will cost $1.30 (white tickets).
Books of TEN tickets cost $7.00, making each ticket $0.70 (green tickets).
The driver is unable to accept $50 or $100 notes. The correct change is preferred as this helps to keep the bus on time.
Your blue bus stop posts have been marked with the words BUS STOP and a number at the top. This number indicates the TIME in MINUTES PAST 7 o’clock that the bus should depart your stop in the morning. For example a stop shown as 11 BUS STOP would mean that the bus will depart that stop at 7.11 in the morning. The afternoon bus run does not adhere to a timetable.
PLEASE encourage your children to look after “their” bus stop sign. You can talk to Keith or Anne Wright at home (9168 1314) any time.
Term Dates 2019
- Term 1: 4 February - 12 April
- Term 2: 30 April - 5 July
- Term 3: 24 July - 27 September
- Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 December
Pupil Free Days 2019
- Term 1: Thursday and Friday, 31 January– 1 February
- Term 2: Monday, 29 April; Tues, 4 June (Catholic Day)
- Term 3: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July
- Term 4: Monday, 14 October
SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE
Four Year Old Immunisations
Please be advised that the immunisation schedule has changed as of 1st August 2018.
4 year immunisations can no longer be given at 3 ½ years of age.
The child must have turned 4yrs to receive final childhood immunisation.
Any queries –please call Community Health on 91664321
St Joseph’s School is a Nut Awareness Zone
We have a student who has a touch-sensitive, life-threatening nut allergy. Please do not send nut products to school in recess or lunch boxes. This includes peanut butter, Nutella and many muesli bars.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Canteen Volunteers Wanted
Miss Kris is looking for parents or friends of the St Joseph’s community who may be able to lend a hand. As they say, many hands make light work! If you can assist in any way, please have a chat with Kris or the Principal.
St Joseph’s School Uniforms
At St Joseph’s School we take great pride in our appearance. The school uniform is also an important aspect of child health and safety. It is a requirement that all students wear a St Joseph’s uniform (including a hat with our logo) that is purchased from our uniform shop. Similar items bought elsewhere may not be worn to school.
Please note that our “no hat, no play” policy will be enforced.
See our website for a full range of uniform items.
Uniforms may be purchased at any time from our office.
Praying the Rosary
Sr Marcella will lead us in one decade of the rosary each Friday at 7:35am on the grass outside the administration building. Please feel welcome to join us for five minutes of prayer.
New Enrolment Policy
The West Australian School Education Act (1999) stipulates that information about immunisation status and date of birth must be supplied when applying to enrol at school. As of 2018, a child’s birth certificate and immunisation documents must be provided before they can commence their schooling at St Joseph’s.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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