St Joseph's Newsletter Term Two, Week Two

Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi

Dear Families and Friends

Through attending the Stronger Smarter Professional Learning days in Broome this week with Mrs Donovan and Miss Garlett, it has been pleasing to learn that a number of approaches and strategies suggested by the Stronger Smarter team are already being implemented by our school staff. Please see last week’s newsletter for information about the Stronger Smarter. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for her terrific leadership at school in my absence.

Mother’s Day

We will celebrate all the wonderful women in children's lives this Friday at 1:15pm. Beginning with a Liturgy in the Library, Mothers and Special Women can then visit their child's class to view their wonderful work. We will conclude with a special afternoon tea for the whole school community.

A Prayer for Mothers

Gracious God, you chose Mary to be the mother of your son Jesus Christ. As you blessed her through her Son, bless all mothers. Grant them patience, wisdom, strength and joy, so that they may care for and love the children you have given to them and placed in their care. Loving Father in heaven, we thank you for the mothers you have given us, whose commitment is so precious that it can never be measured. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. We pray for those mothers who fear or who are in broken relationships, and ask you to bless them with your own special love and the gifts. We pray for children and fathers, that they may appreciate, love and support their mothers and wives.


Last week we welcomed Miss Janine Roach to our staff team. Miss Janine has already been engaging students in their learning across the year levels. This week we welcome Mrs Jo Anderson who will be working as a Teaching Assistant in Year 4/5 Monday-Thursday and teaching Year 1 and Pre-Primary each Thursday. We wish her all the best during her time with us at St Joseph’s.

Autism Awareness Week

Thank you to Mrs Tarma Neal and Mrs Leah Allen who have organised autism awareness activities this week. A reminder that we encourage students to wear blue and bring a gold coin donation this Friday. All proceeds will go towards the Autism Association of WA.


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.

Food Allergy Week

Sunday 13th May - Saturday 19th May is Food Allergy Week. As we have students and staff at St Joseph’s with food allergies, this is a great opportunity to ensure we remain as a ‘nut aware’ school. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support with this matter.

Float Parade

A reminder that the Ord Valley Muster Float Parade on Sunday 20th May is fast approaching and we would like as many St Joseph’s students and families involved as possible. Please make contact with Miss Tara Peters via her email address: tara.peters@cewa.edu.au for further information.

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.


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.

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Curriculum News

Next week students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the NAPLAN testing. Standardised testing can be a very daunting challenge for students. It is a challenge that we must face and whether you agree with it or not, we hope that our students see it as an opportunity to evaluate their learning rather than a burden on their progression. Here is an article that confirms just how special our students are and that they all have many talents that standardised testing cannot assess. It was written by a teacher to her Year 3 students.

This week you will sit your first NAPLAN test. Before you take this test there is something very important for you to know:

This test does not assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.

The people who score these tests don’t know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of you dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They do now know that you participate in sport, help your mum and dad or play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do now know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you do your best. Because these attributes cannot be tested.

The score you get from these tests will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult. They can’t tell you that you brighten up your teacher’s day. They can’t tell you how amazingly special you are.

So come to school ready to do your best for the NAPLAN test and remember there is no one way to ‘test’ all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU.

So remember, whatever your score may be, all of you are special and have the opportunity for greatness. Work hard, live your dreams.

Have a great week!

Mrs Thomas

Sport/Autism Awareness Week

On Tuesday May 8th, students and staff participated in a walk to raise awareness for Autism. Throughout the week students have been learning a lot about Autism. This Friday, May 11th, the staff and students are invited to wear 'BLUE' and bring a gold coin donation to go towards research into Autism. Please be generous with your donations for this very worthy cause.

Now that the cooler weather has arrived we have an action-packed term ahead of us in Sport. Students will soon begin training for the annual Cross Country event which will take place during NAIDOC celebrations in Week 9, the last week of Term 2. This term students in Years 2 – 6 will be focussing on learning the main skills of Football: marking, kicking and handballing, as well as techniques used in the game such as tackling, goal kicking and bouncing. We also have a special visit lined up in the middle of this Term from Tennis WA. Students from Years 4, 5 and 6 will have a few weeks testing their Tennis skills at the town courts during their Sport lessons in the last few weeks of term.

A huge thanks to Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan for the extremely generous donation of the brand new footballs we will be using for our lessons this term. The footballs are a fantastic size for the students to learn football skills, practise their drills and develop their overall confidence in the game.

Mrs Allen


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

Saturday 12th May: Yr 5/6 selling plants at St Vincent Pallotti Church from 8:00am - 11:30am

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

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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