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St Joseph's Newsletter Term Three, Week Six

"A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just." Pope Francis

Dear Families and Friends

This week we welcome a number of CEWA representatives who are conducting a Cyclic and Principal Review for our school. The School Review Panel have been working in the music room and their work will be completed by tomorrow. Thank you to the staff, students, parents and carers who have assisted the panel during their time at St Joseph's.

Mission Statement

Thank you to those who have provided feedback on our proposed Mission Statement which currently reads:

Following Jesus' example, we support all cultures and needs by building trusting relationships and fostering high expectations that inspire and empower our children to be compassionate lifelong learners.

It is not too late to have your say on our Mission Statement before it is sent to the Bishop for a final review. Should you have any thoughts or suggestions, please email me at: tim.hogan@cewa.edu.au

Confirmation

Congratulations to Margaret Hamilton, Vy Ngyuen, Sorell Diddams, Sonaa Baxter and Mark D'Silva (East Kimberley College) who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday. The Bishop spoke to the students about the significance of them receiving this final Sacrament of Initiation and to answer the call to live their lives in a Christ like manner. Thank you to Fr Joel and Bishop Christopher Saunders for ministering the Sacrament and thank you to Mrs Jen Rudyard for organising what was a memorable celebration.

Book Week

It was wonderful to see so many students go to the trouble of getting dressed up to participate in our Book Week Parade last week. John Budiselik provided music for the event and the students paraded in their costumes with pride (some staff did as well - it appeared that Mr Jamie had been practising his 'Thor' walk for quite some time)! Congratulations to the winners of book awards for the best dressed student from each class. A big thank you to the parents and carers who came along to this event.

New School Building Opening at St Joseph's Wyndham

Last Friday, Sonaa Baxter, Dean Polkinghorne, Miss Eileen Watkins and myself attended the opening of the new school building at St Joseph's School in Wyndham. Congratulations to all involved on producing what looks to be a terrific space for great learning to occur. Thank you to Sonaa and Dean for representing our school so well.

Father's Day

Following the success of our Father's Day breakfast held last year, we are inviting all fathers and special men to join us again this Friday 30th August from 7:00am. A delicious breakfast will be provided and our special visitors can then spend some time kicking the footy with their children or visit the classrooms and view the great work that is being produced by students. A note for this event was sent home with the eldest child in each family last Thursday. Please complete the slip and return it to the canteen by Thursday 29th August so that Miss Kris can make the necessary catering arrangements. We look forward to welcoming a record number of fathers and special men to this event.

Students in Year 5/6 will be selling items before school each morning which can be given as gifts on Father's Day. Soap can be purchased for $4, Pens for $2 or both items for $5. Hurry, only while stocks last!

Mini Vinnies

A number of students from the Mini Vinnies will be visiting the Juniper Aged Care facility on Friday at 9:00am before leading our assembly beginning 1:20pm.

Kindergarten Open Mornings

We look forward to welcoming children and educators from the Ewin Centre who will be visiting our Kindergarten on Wednesday 4th September from 8:30am - 10:30am. Stepping Stones Playgroup will then be visiting at the same time on Friday 20th September. An announcement concerning the date of a public Kindergarten open morning will be made in the near future.

Triple P Session 2

Our next Triple P session will take place on Monday 2nd September beginning 10:30am in our School Library. All parents and carers are most welcome to attend.

Term Dates

  • Term 3: 24 Jul - 26 Sept
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 Dec

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 3: Fri27 September
  • Term 4: Mon, 14 October

Assemblies, Fridays, 1.20pm

  • 30 August: Mini Vinnies
  • 13 Sept: Kindy
  • 26 Sept: Year 5/6 (Thursday at 1:20pm)

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Kindy News

Kindy have been immersed in a sense of wonder with the exploration of the Great Wandjina. We’ve had the privilege of having Kimberley artist Hughie Ahwon as our Artist in Residence. Our children have been delighted with stories of old and new about the Good Spirit Wandjina. We observed Hughie paint and responded to his guidance to just ‘let it flow through us’ and paint our own images. We look forward to his next visit. Thank you Hughie from our hearts to yours.

Miss Melinda Fitt

Year 5/6 News

In Week 3 we went to El Questro for our camp. On arrival we were welcomed to country and over the next three days cruised on the Pentecost river, soaked in the warm waters of Zebedee Springs, walked up Telegraph hill and Emma Gorge, painted boab nuts, drew with charcoal, played some fun games, ate delicious foods, sang songs around a campfire and swam a lot! A special thanks to Miss Marcia, Miss B, Mr Jamie and Miss Di for contributing to our great adventure. We strengthened our social skills, learned how to set up and pack down tents, toasted marshmallows and discovered the amazing spitting power of archer fish!

In Week 4, Mark from the Shire of Wyndham- East Kimberley and Paige and her team from Revive visited our class. We presented what we know about reducing, re-using and recycling a variety of products. Our visitors also shared their knowledge of the topic. We were inspired by some upcycled art and learnt that we will be able to recycle more items in WA by the middle of next year. Did you know that there is about 24,000kg added to our landfill every year in Kununurra? Imagine if we reduced, re-used and recycled more! The soft plastics recycling at school has been successful and we are re-using a lot more items in our classroom, such as jars, paper and tins.

Miss Gehrmann

Kimberley Writers Festival, September 6-8, 2019

Organised by the Kununurra Community Library, the Festival aims to entertain and inspire the residents of, and visitors to, the East Kimberley with a variety of authors, musicians, songwriters, storytellers and illustrators who share their life stories, expertise and love of the written and spoken word.

The success of the Kimberley Writer’s Festival has only been made possible through the generosity of the Kununurra Community who give of their time and expertise to ensure our guests and visitors enjoy a memorable weekend in Kununurra.

2019 is the 14th year of the Kimberley Writers Festival. Come down and share in this community celebration and help to make this year's Kimberley Writers Festival the most memorable yet!

School Fees

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.

ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY 27 SEPTEMBER UNLESS A PAYMENT PLAN HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE PRINCIPAL

Jackets for Sale

Book Club

Medications

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.

SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE

"NIT ALERT"

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.

THE TREATMENT OF THE CONDITION IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT / GUARDIANS, NOT THE SCHOOL.

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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