St Joseph's Newsletter Term One, Week Four

“Inspired by Mary Mackillop we strive to achieve excellence in education and pastoral care, foster well-being, develop strong values and include all cultures and community members.” St Joseph's School Vision Statement

Dear Families and Friends

It is hard to believe that it is already Week 4! I am currently in Perth for the Leaders Forum - thank you to Miss Laura Quinn for leading the school in my absence. We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to our school tomorrow for afternoon tea and Information Sessions which will be held in each classroom. I trust that you will find these sessions beneficial by gaining a clearer insight into the wonderful work that is being undertaken across the Year Levels. If you are unable to attend, please make a time to see your child's teacher to catch up on any important information you may have missed.

  • Afternoon Tea: 2:00pm - 2:30pm (on the front lawn)
  • Kindergarten and Pre-Primary Information Session: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Yr 1, Yr 2 & Yr 3 Information Sessions: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Yr 4/5 & Yr 5/6 Information Sessions: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Miriwoong Language

Last week we welcomed a film crew from the BBC to our school. Our AFaFE group, Yr 3 students and a selection of Yr 4 students were filmed in the making of this documentary which highlights the terrific work being done by the Language Nest team. We look forward to viewing the finished product in the not too distant future!


Lent provides us with the opportunity to reach out to others. Project Compassion is one way we can respond to the call from Pope Francis to consider those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are currently looking for donations of easter eggs which will go towards making prizes for our Easter Raffle. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased from next week: $1 each or 3 for $2. Visit our friendly Yr 5 & Yr 6 students in the undercover area from 7:30am - 7:50am to support this worthy cause.

No School on Monday

A reminder that there will be no school this Monday 4th March, the Labour Day Public Holiday.

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday will take place on Tuesday 5th March. Students will be enjoying a pancake at recess as we prepare ourselves for Lent.

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday 6th March we will be attending an Ash Wednesday Mass which will be held at St Vincent Pallotti Church beginning 8:30am. Pre-Primary, Yr 1 and Yr 2 students will be driven to and from the Church via our school bus. Yr 3, Yr 4, Yr 5 and Yr 6 students will walk to and from the Church. Families and friends are most welcome to attend.

Children's Safety

Some of our students are affected by food allergies, including anaphylactic reactions to nuts. Thank you for your support in ensuring nuts are not being sent with children's lunches. This includes Nutella and any nuts that may be present in snack bars.


We welcome back Miss Elle Tierney and Mr David Ballingall who spent last week in Broome participating in their induction to teaching in the Kimberley.


Yr 5/6 will be leading our assembly this Friday beginning 1:20pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mini Vinnies

Our Mini Vinnies group for 2019 will be announced at the beginning of next week. We will commence our work in the community by visiting the residents at Juniper on Thursday 7th March from 9:00am - 10:00am.


Icy-poles will be sold in the canteen each Friday to raise money for Caritas.

Parents and Friends Committee

Thank you to those parents and friends who have attended meetings and are assisting with preparations for our Quiz Night. The P & F will be meeting at 5pm next Tuesday 5th March at the Kimberley Grande. All are most welcome to attend.

St Patrick’s Day Quiz Night

There’s not long to go now! Be sure to book your table now to avoid disappointment. We are always on the lookout for volunteers who can assist in the lead up to or on the night. Please call into the office for more information.


All is in readiness for our swimming program commencing on Monday 18th March. Please ensure that:

¨ Your child’s swimming permission note has been signed and returned to school

¨ Your child comes to school with their bathers and a towel.

Thank you to Miss Gehrmann, Mr Jamie and Miss Peters for volunteering their services and ensuring our swimming program goes ahead this year.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Year One News

What an exciting start to the term we’ve had, filled with hands-on activities.

In Literacy, we have been practising our sounds and using kinesthetic tasks to learn our spelling words. In Writing, we are learning about narratives and how to construct sentences. During Reading we have been discussing sequence of events.

In Mathematics, we have been learning about numbers in the teens and ordering numbers from least to greatest.

Integrated Studies has taught us about communities and what businesses make up the community of Kununurra. We have created models of important places in our town, such as the Post Office and shopping centre. We were very excited when Mr Dylan from Triple J Tours came in and talked to us about his business and the service it provides.

We have also been talking about empathy and feelings. We have developed our understanding around being a bucket filler and the importance of filling up other peoples’ buckets by saying kind things and helping them.

Later in the term we will be visited by BOAB Health to engage in healthy eating and the school Health Nurse will be visiting to teach us about hand washing.

Kindergarten News

It has been amazing to see how well our new Kindergarten students have settled in to school life at St Joseph’s. Cooperative play has been a big focus over the first 4 weeks of this term. All students are to be commended on their willingness to interact positively with their fellow classmates as well as their surrounding environment. Stay tuned on SeeSaw for information regarding some upcoming exciting opportunities for our class.

Mrs Melinda Fitt


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 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

School Bus Pick-ups and Drop-offs

For the safety of our children, we would like to remind parents that children catching our white Coaster school bus will be dropped off in the afternoon ONLY at the address from which they are picked up in the morning.

Attempts to accommodate parents who ring during the school day asking that their children be dropped off elsewhere have resulted in a number of confusing situations, whereby children have ended up going home to an empty house or to a house where they are not expected.

Children who do not live in Ranch/Garden/Reserve/old town/Hidden Valley may not catch our bus home to a different address.

Your child cannot be dropped off at a different address unless it is an emergency situation (eg you have an emergency visit to the hospital and an arrangement has been made for your child to be cared by another family member or friend).

Many thanks for your cooperation.

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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