St Joseph's Newsletter Term Four, Week Three

"Are you angry with someone? Pray for that person. That is what Christian Love is." Pope Francis

Dear Families and Friends

Welcome to Week 3. I will be in Mulan for the beginning of next week. Mrs Laura Christopher and Mrs Jen Rudyard will be leading the school in my absence.

All Saints Day

Our Mass for All Saints Day this Friday will now be held in our School Library. We look forward to welcoming families and friends to this event beginning 8:30am.

Climate Surveys

Staff and students have recently filled out surveys responding to questions concerning the culture of our school. This same opportunity is now being afforded to parents and carers. Tomorrow, a survey will be sent home with the eldest child in each family. We ask that you complete your survey and return it to either your child's classroom teacher or the office. Thank you in anticipation of your participation.


A final reminder that swimming begins for Year 2, 3, 4/5 & 5/6 classes this Monday 4th November. Permission slips should now have been returned to the school. Please ensure that children have the necessary items to participate in these lessons. Thank you to Mr Jamie, Mrs Christopher and Miss Gehrmann who will be facilitating these sessions.

Year 5/6 Camp for 2020

It is with great excitement I can announce that next year's Year 5/6 students will be traveling to Canberra for their camp. A meeting will be held for students and their parents or carers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for further information.

Bottle Caps Wanted

Miss Kris in the canteen is currently collecting plastic bread tags and plastic bottle caps to donate towards very worthy causes. Please follow the link below for further information:

Swimming News continued

Expressions of interest are being sought for MATE seminars. For further information, please speak to one of the friendly team at the Kununurra Leisure Centre.

Adopt a Cop

A number of classes have welcomed members of Kununurra Police into their classes to assist with their learning. Children have enjoyed the opportunity to ask thought provoking questions and engage in conversations about the work they have been completing at school. We look forward to this great initiative continuing over the course of the term.

Neighbourhood House

Congratulations to Sorell Diddams, Alannah Mactier, Dale Polzin and Ella Withey who assisted in a fun morning at Neighbourhood House, raising money for Telethon. These students helped Shelley Polzin and her team raise $276.90 for this worthy cause.

A big thank you to the many families who came along to the Neighbourhood House Family Disco held at our School Library on Saturday night.

Mangoes for Sale

10kg boxes of mangoes can now be purchased from the office for just $20. $10 from every purchase will be donated to the Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.

Year 5/6 World Mission Day

Last Thursday, students in Year 5/6 went without their regular recess and lunch and instead ate a single salada for recess and a bowl of rice for lunch. The total cost of food worked out to be just $0.62 per student. A big thank you to the students and families who donated the money they saved on this day towards our Mini Vinnies Christmas Hampers which will be created for families in need over the coming weeks. Well done to all students for participating in this event with a positive attitude.

Christmas Concert, Wednesday 4th December

Due to the success of our Christmas Concert being held at the Leisure Centre last year, we will hold our concert at the Leisure Centre again this year on Wednesday 4th December. We have also made a decision to hold our annual student awards the following day at school (Thursday 5th December, 1:10pm in the School Library). This decision has been made with the view of finishing the Christmas Concert at a reasonable time of the evening.

Staffing for 2020

Our staffing for 2020 is almost finalised. Information concerning staffing for each year level will be announced over the coming weeks.


  • Friday 1st November: Whole School Mass for All Saints Day in the School Library beginning 8:30am
  • Monday 4th November: Swimming begins for Years 2 - 6 students
  • Tuesday 19th November: Whole school Christmas Concert practice at the Leisure centre, 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Thursday 21st November: 2020 Kindergarten Orientation morning, 8:30am - 10:00am and Whole School Art Show from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December: Whole school Christmas Concert practice at the Leisure centre, 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Wednesday 4th December: Christmas Concert at the Leisure Centre (doors open at 5:00pm)
  • Thursday 5th December: Student Awards Assembly in the Library at 1:10pm
  • Friday 13th December: Final day for students, End of Year and Graduation Mass in the Library beginning 8:30am

Assemblies (Each Friday at 1:20pm)

Week 4: Yr 3

Week 6: Yr 2

Week 8: Yr 1

Term Dates

  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 Dec

Pupil Free Days

  • Term 4: Mon, 14 October

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Year 5/6 News

This is the final term for our Year 6 students, and it is as busy and fun-filled as all the others. Our coding skills are improving, as well as our understanding of rotating, translating and reflecting shapes.

We have also been busy preparing our class dance for the Christmas concert as well as designing a product for our "Bizarre Bazaar" later this term. To help us design a useful product, we will visit the Kununurra Waste Management facility and Revive on Thursday. We will see where all our waste products end up and design something that can be used more than once, while utilising recycled items like they do at Revive.

Our class has been trying to reduce, re-use and recycle. We are collecting plastic pens and markers for recycling, we continue to monitor and encourage the use of the soft plastics recycling bin each week and we are starting to compost food scraps from school recesses and lunches. We have also been shredding paper that has been used on both sides and turning it into recycled paper and decorations.

Miss Marion Gehrmann

Pre-Primary News

Pre-Primary have had a busy start to Term 4. We had six green tree frogs living in an aquarium in the classroom during Week 2, when we were learning about the lifecycle of a frog as part of our unit on informative vs. imaginative texts. The frogs escaped one night, however we were lucky enough to find them all hiding in the classroom pot plants the next morning!

In MAPPEN Pre-primary will practice thinking creatively and using their imagination as they explore fairy tales. They will learn words that describe the properties of different materials and will work in groups to build a puppet theatre to present a modified fairy tale at the Creativity Expo.

We have begun rehearsing our Christmas concert songs! A note will be sent home soon regarding costume and event information for parents.

Pre-Primary will be joining the Year 5/6 class to take part in a classroom liturgy in Week 6 on Friday 22nd November at 11am in the library. All parents and carers are welcome to attend.

Miss Izzy Stewart

Upcoming Events


You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.

Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.

Enrol your children in VacSwim now at:


Leaving Town?

Book Club


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.




When your child sleeps well, he’s more settled, happy and ready for school the next day. Good-quality sleep helps your child concentrate, remember things and behave well. This helps him to be a successful learner.

Getting enough sleep also strengthens your child’s immune system and reduces the risk of infection and illness.

Children aged 3-5 years need around 11-13 hours of sleep a night. Some might also have a day nap of about an hour.

Children aged 5-11 years need 10-11 hours sleep a night. They’re usually tired after school and might look forward to bedtime from about 7.30 pm.

Most teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Some need as little as 7 hours or as much as 11 hours.

· A good night’s sleep is essential for your child’s learning, because it helps him concentrate, remember things and behave well.

· Sleep problems can affect how well your child learns.

· Behaviour strategies can solve some sleep problems. So can a bedtime routine, morning sunlight, regular exercise and a healthy diet.

Some sleep problems that affect learning are caused by medical issues. See your GP if you’re concerned.

For further information, see the Raising Children Network:


Ruth Rummery Hoath, School Health Nurse


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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