St Joseph's Newsletter Term One, Week Two

"Walk on humbly with the means God has placed at your disposal". Mary Mackillop

Dear Families and Friends

Last Friday, staff, students, parents and carers participated in our opening school liturgy held in the Library. A big thank you to Mrs Jen Rudyard for organising this celebration for our school community.

Thank you to the staff and students who attended the Sacramental Commitment Ceremony and Staff Commissioning Mass led by Fr Joel last Sunday.

Student Leaders

A number of students in Years 4, 5 & 6 are currently practising leadership speeches which they will deliver in front of their peers tomorrow morning. We wish these students all the very best. Announcements regarding our Head Boy, Head Girl, Faction Captains and Student Councillors for 2019 will be made at our assembly on Friday.


Last night we held our AGM. School Board and P & F positions for 2019 will be announced in next week's newsletter.

A gathering will take place at the Kimberley Grande on Monday 18th February beginning 5:00pm. All old and new parents and carers are invited to come along and contribute towards some significant upcoming events such as our Annual Quiz Night. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are now looking for a parent representative for each class. Please talk to myself or your child's class teacher for more information.

Induction Orientation

Miss Elle Tierney and Mr David Ballingall will be spending next week in Broome as apart of their Kimberley teaching induction. We trust that they will find this to be a worthwhile professional experience and we look forward to their return for the beginning of Week 4.

This Friday

To say thank you for their great start to the school year, there will be a special surprise for children who attend school this Friday! It will also be a casual dress day. We ask students to bring a gold coin to donate to Caritas.


Swimming will commence for students in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 on Monday 18th March. A permission note will be sent home with students over the coming weeks. To attend these sessions, students must have their permission note signed and returned to their respective classroom teacher.

Parent and Carers Afternoon Tea and Information Sessions

Please join us for afternoon tea at 2.00pm on Thursday 28th February, in the undercover area. Following afternoon tea, we will conduct our Information Sessions.

· Kindy and PP sessions: 2:30pm-3:00pm

· Year 1-3 sessions: 3:00pm-3:30pm

· Year 4-6 sessions: 3:30pm-4:00pm

We have organised the timetable such that parents can attend multiple sessions if required.

Teachers will outline some of the specific programs in their classrooms and inform you about important dates for the year ahead. Should you have any queries or concerns about your child, we ask that you make a separate time to meet with your child's classroom teacher. If you are unable to attend, please make arrange another time to see your child's teacher.

Student Council Assembly

On Friday 15th February we will have a whole school Assembly to commission our student councillors for 2019. All are welcome to join us for this celebration at 1:20pm in the library.

St Patrick's Quiz Night - Saturday 16th March

Preparations are well and truly underway for what is a fantastic annual event organised by our P & F. Volunteers will be required in the lead up to and during the event. Please contact your child's teacher or a member of the P & F if you would like to be involved. There will be a meeting held at the Kimberley Grande this Monday 18th February beginning 5:00pm. All parents and carers are most welcome to attend.


Have you liked our Facebook Page? In addition to providing families with information via our weekly newsletter, our Facebook Page is used to provide details about upcoming events and to share information pertinent to students, staff, parents and carers associated with our school. You can like our page by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/stjoknx/.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

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

Pre-Primary News

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

School Banking

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


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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