St Joseph's Newsletter Term Two, Week One

Dear Families and Friends

Welcome to Term 2. It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces returning to school yesterday morning and leaving in the same fashion at the end of the day. Whilst a busy term lies ahead, many opportunities will present themselves for our children and staff to capitalise on the terrific start made to the school term.


Thank you to Edmond, Sanjana, Kaveesha and Shazla who represented the school with a sense of great reverence at the ANZAC Day services during the holidays. Thanks to Mrs Monks for coordinating this event and to Mrs Rudyard, Edmond and Sanjana for leading our school service on Tuesday.

Positive Partnerships

Mrs Thomas, Mrs Neale and Miss Tianna joined staff from St Joseph's in Wyndham and Ngalangangpum in Warmun at the Positive Partnerships workshop in Wyndham this week. The focus was on catering for the needs of students with autism.

Autism Awareness Week

Next week is Autism Awareness Week. The following events will be taking place:

Monday: Mrs Thomas and Mrs Neale will provide students with information about autism at our morning assembly.

Tuesday: Mrs Allen has organised some awareness-raising activities, including running laps of the oval. Please ensure children are wearing sneakers on this day. You may wish to sponsor your child for the event; all monies will be donated to the WA Autism Association.

Friday: Children are invited to dress in blue and bring a gold coin which will be donated to the WA Autism Association.

Thank you in anticipation of your support for this worthy cause.

Mother's Day/Special Women Liturgy

Preparations are under way for our Mother's Day Liturgy in the Library on Friday 11th May at 1:15pm. Following this, Mothers and Special Women are invited to spend some time with their children in their classrooms. Before leaving at 2:00pm, a special afternoon tea will be provided on the front lawn for all our visitors and students. We look forward to seeing you next Friday.

School Banking

Beginning next week, school banking will return each Tuesday from 7:40am in the undercover area.

Library Borrowing

Thank you to Miss Eileen Watkins who will be providing students with the opportunity to borrow books from the Library each Tuesday and Thursday at 12:45pm.


Children in Years 3 and 5 will participate in NAPLAN testing from Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th May. They will be tested on their knowledge and skills in Literacy and Numeracy. Any parents/carers who do not want their child to participate should contact the office and ask for an exemption form.


When children are absent from school learning opportunities are reduced, which can lead to low levels of student achievement. In addition to assisting children's academic progress, school attendance assists in the development of social skills such as building friendships, effective communication and teamwork. We all look forward to benefiting from the children's consistent attendance at school, this term.

Stronger Smarter

Next week, Mrs Meghan Donovan, Miss Tianna Garlett and myself will be participating in Stronger Smarter professional development in Broome. The aim of Stronger Smarter is to directly improve the educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians and beyond them, all Australian school children.

Please see the information overpage about the Stronger Smarter Institute. Mrs Emily Thomas will be leading the school in my absence.

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Year 5/6

In Year 5/6 we have been very busy fundraising for our Canberra camp. We held a sausage sizzle and raffle at the Picture Gardens during the holidays, with the amazing help of Carmen Pitt and others (as seen in photos).

We have a few more fundraising events soon and we would love your support.

At school in the mornings of Weeks 1 and 2 we will be selling raffle tickets for a lovely Mother's Day hamper. Raffle tickets and chocolates will also be sold outside Coles on Sunday 6th May from 1-5pm.

On Saturday 12th May we will be hosting a sausage sizzle and selling plants and other items at St Vincent Pallotti Church from 8-11:30am.

We are also selling food, glow sticks and other items at The Kimberley Moon Experience (19th May) and the Float Parade and Street Party (20th May).

Thanks to all the students, staff and families who have supported us so far.

This term we are focusing "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" and would appreciate donations of unwanted items that can be recycled for our class art such as fabric, t-shirts, buttons, paper, ribbons etc. Thank you in advance.

Miss Gehrmann

Year 3

Welcome back to school, I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled holiday! Firstly, I would like to mention how proud I am of our class for their exceptional efforts and results in Stepping Stones Mathematics last term. Even when challenged the students worked hard and persevered.

All Year 3 and Year 5 students in Australia are about to be challenged again, as NAPLAN testing commences on Tuesday 15th May in Week 3. Throughout Term 1 our class practised and prepared for the NAPLAN Spelling, Writing, Reading and Mathematics assessments. If parents or carers have any questions about NAPLAN please do not hesitate to contact me.

On Sunday the 20th May St Joseph’s school will be participating in the Ord Valley Muster Horizon Power Float Parade. Our classroom has been designated as the lead organisers. This year our float is called St Joseph’s Ohana (family). We will be dressing in a Hawaiian theme, so dig out those Hawaiian shirts and leis! If you have any costumes or ideas that you would like to contribute, please come and see us in Year 3. Mr Hogan has kindly already provided some flowers and hula skirts!

Miss Peters


Friday 11th May: Wear ‘blue’ and bring a gold coin for the WA Autism Association

Friday 11th May: Mother’s Day Liturgy beginning in the Library at 1:15pm

Tuesday 15th - Thursday 17th May: NAPLAN Testing for Year and Year 5 students

Sunday 20th May: Float Parade

Monday 28th May: School Closure day (Brightpath)

Sunday 3rd June: Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Monday 4th June: WA Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 5th June: Catholic Day School Closure day

Monday 25th June: NAIDOC Week

Wednesday 27th June: School Cross Country

Thursday 28th June: Reports go home

Friday 29th June: Final day of Term 2

Assemblies, Friday 1:20pm (even weeks)

Week 4: Year 3

Week 6: Year 2

Week 8: Year 1

Stronger Smarter

At the Stronger Smarter Institute, our aim is to directly improve the educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians and beyond them, all Australian school children.

Our Approach

Every student deserves to feel safe, respected, valued and happy. Every student deserves to dream, believe and succeed.

Unfortunately, this is not the case in Australia. Many children face a culture of low expectations and negative perceptions of who they are. As a result, their self-esteem, achievements and ambitions can be, and so often are, deeply corroded.

The solution and the Stronger Smarter approach unlocks the belief and confidence of teachers and parents to give all children the opportunity to be the best they can be.

We help people uncover and own habitual patterns that impact on their ways of thinking, seeing, talking and doing and ability to meet challenges.

We explain why and how our own beliefs and assumptions impact our relationships and interaction with others in positive or negative ways and how that translates in a classroom environment between teachers and students.

We show how High Expectations Relationships transform classrooms, improve student attendance, deliver positive numeracy and literacy outcomes, and increase engagement of children and their families in learning that really matters.

We provide our school and community partners with the tools and support to address entrenched beliefs and assumptions, embed higher expectation

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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