St Joseph's Newsletter Term Two, Week Six

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

Dear Families and Friends

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. A big thank you to Miss Laura Quinn and Mrs Jen Rudyard for leading the school in my absence.

Reconciliation Week

Well done to all of our ATAs who led us in our Reconciliation Week celebrations last week. Following the theme “Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage” students were invited to participate in a variety of activities. Thank you to the families and friends who joined us at school last Friday afternoon.


Forms have been sent home for our school photo day on Wednesday 26th June. A reminder that all students need to be dressed in their full school uniform.

Recycling Visit

Last Friday we welcomed Steve from Coles who shared his wisdom about recycling soft plastics. This was a terrific message for our students to receive as we look forward to developing our recycling program at school and putting our new recycling bin to good use!

Sacrament of Eucharist

We wish Huon Diddams and Mia Davies all the very best as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist this Sunday at St Vincent Pallotti Church beginning 8:30am. All families and friends are most welcome.

Next Week

Students in Years 5 & 6 will be participating in a Life Skills for Life session on Monday morning beginning 8:00am.

On Tuesday, the whole school will be treated to a musical performance by the Musica Viva team in the Library beginning 8:00am.

School Banking

School Banking will return on Tuesday 11th June at 7:40am in the undercover area.


We have already taken a number of Kindergarten enrolments for 2020 and will continue to do so over the remainder of this term and throughout Term 3. To avoid disappointment, we are encouraging all parents and carers who have a child starting Kindergarten next year to see Di in the office and complete the necessary paperwork as soon as possible.

Parent and Friends Committee

Our next P & F meeting will take place on Monday 10th June at school beginning 5:30pm. Prior to this meeting, a gathering will take place at 4:30pm to discuss plans for upgrading our existing playground. New parents and friends are most welcome to attend.

Cross Country

Our Cross Country event will be taking place for all students from Pre-Primary - Year Six on Thursday 20th June from 10:30am - 12:30pm. All families and friends are welcome to attend and cheer on the students!

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal


In Year 1 we show the Spirit of Jesus in all that we do. We are kind, help each other out and include everyone when we play. We have been very busy learning new digital technology skills and creating some great designs. We plan, make, assess and then improve our designs. Our catapults and car ramps were quite ingenious. We have impressed our teachers with our super writing skills to create some great writing pieces. We have been using our mathematics strategies to solve some very tricky subtraction problems. We look forward to sharing with you soon all that we know about recycling. We love to learn and share our journey with all our fabulous friends in Year 1.

Mrs Rudyard

Kindergarten News - What do Children Learn Through Play?

Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise, and imagine. When children play with other children they create social groups, test out ideas, challenge each other's thinking and build new understandings. Play provides a supportive environment where children can ask questions, solve problems and engage in critical thinking. Play can expand children's thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play, can promote positive dispositions towards learning.

Melinda Fitt

Recycling at St Joseph's

Last week Steve and Nate from Coles visited to speak about their partnership with REDcycle, an organisation that recycles soft plastic waste. We practised deciding what plastics can be recycled. Clean plastics that are soft enough to be scrunched up can be taken into Coles and placed in the REDcycle bin (pictured) if they have no labels on them or aren’t made of foil. The recycled plastic can be re-made into benches, roads, plastic containers and more!

Did you know that the meat trays and plastic deli containers at Coles are made from recycled plastic?

St Vincent Pallotti Church Hall for Hire

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Please enquire at the office for more information.

School Fees

School Fees were recently re-issued. Many of our families have either paid all their fees or are well on their way to having them paid in full by the end of Term 3.

School fees make an important contribution to providing your child with the best possible education.

Families who have a Health Care Card are asked to present it at the office for the appropriate discount on their tuition fees. If you are experiencing financial hardship, and are not eligible for the card, please make a time to see the Principal to discuss your individual circumstances.

We accept payment using the Indue Card.


Jackets for Sale

Book Club

Term Dates 2019

  • Term 2: 30 April - 5 July
  • Term 3: 24 July - 27 September
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 December

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 2: Monday, 29 April; Tues, 4 June (Catholic Day)
  • Term 3: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July
  • Term 4: Monday, 14 October


If your child requires prescription medication during the school day, a Student Medication Administration Request must be filled out by parents/carers. These are available from the office. We are unable to administer medications without a signed form, even if verbal permission is given over the phone or to the school bus driver. Thank you for your cooperation.



As you may be aware, head lice are an ongoing problem at the school and it is a continuous battle to keep the problem under control.

Can you please check your child / children's hair for head lice and nits, which are tiny silvery specks, found along the base of the hair shaft near the scalp. It is recommended that all family members have their hair checked and treated as this condition spreads rapidly.


If your child is found to have Head Lice or Nits they need to be excluded from the school until the day after treatment has commenced.

Treatments are available from the Supermarket, and the Chemist – use as per instructions on the bottle.

You can also use Hair Conditioner – cover the hair in conditioner, and comb with a fine tooth comb to remove the nits and lice. Wash out the next morning. Repeat this process for 10 days, to completely remove all nits and kill the breeding cycle.

It is advisable to continue checking your school age children at least twice a week and even more regularly during an outbreak.

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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