St Joseph's Newsletter Term Four, Week Three

Week 2 Students of the Week

Dear Families and Friends

October is World Mission Month and a timely reminder of our call to support those within our community who are in need of additional assistance. We are asking families to purchase some of the following items during their next grocery shop for the hampers we are currently preparing: Tinned fruit, long life milk, pasta and sauce, cereal, dried foods, biscuits, pudding, jelly and savoury treats. In addition to these items, every day necessities such as first-aid and hygiene products are most welcome. Donations can be dropped into the office.

As our plans for 2019 gather momentum, we will soon be in a position to share staffing allocations for each year level. In 2019 there will be one class each for Kindergarten, Pre-Primary, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4/5 and Year 5/6.

We have almost reached our capacity for enrolments for Kindergarten in 2019. If your child turns 4 before the 30th June, please make contact with the office as soon as possible. To assist with class allocations for next year, we ask that families who will not be returning to St Joseph's in 2019 inform the office as soon as possible.

Social Media

Social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Skype. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act states that any organisations or people operating online services (including social media services) are not allowed to collect the personal information of anyone under the age of 13 without parental permission. Children in the senior classes have been educated about social media and we ask for this support to continue at home via parents and carers. Thank you in anticipation of your cooperation.

2019 Kindergarten Orientation Morning

Another event taking place on Thursday 1st November will be an orientation morning for our 2019 Kindergarten students, their parents and carers. The morning will commence at 8am and conclude by 10am. We look forward to welcoming our new families.

Positive Partnerships

On Thursday 22nd November, a St Joseph's staff vs students football match will take place at the town oval to raise awareness and funds for the many Australians who are diagnosed with autism each year. The match will take place from 5 - 7pm and sausages will be available for purchase. We invite all St Joseph's families and friends to come along, kick the footy and support this worthy cause.


Water Bottles

Each week, a minimum of 50 water bottles are sold in our canteen which equates to at least 2000 bottles over the course of the school year. We are encouraging all student to 'reduce' their use of these disposable bottles and bring a drink bottle to school with them each day. Thanks to the generous contribution of the P & F, all students now have access to a fridge (Year 5/6 students share the Year 4/5 fridge) where their lunches and drink bottles can be kept cold all day. Bringing a drink bottle to school each day makes sense from both a financial and environmental perspective.

All Saints Day Mass

We will be having a whole school Mass for All Saints Day in our Library on Thursday 1st November beginning 8:30am. Families and Friends are most welcome to join us for this important liturgical event which will be led by Fr Joel.

Christmas Concert

Our preparations for the Christmas Concert on Thursday 29th November are now in full swing! If you have a particular talent (sewing, making props, etc) that may be useful in the lead up to and during our concert, please contact your child's teacher. We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to assist in selling food on the night. Thank you in anticipation of your support for what should be a wonderful event.

P & F Meeting

Our next P & F meeting will be on Tuesday 6th November at 'The Grande' at 5:00pm. As this will be the second last meeting for the year, we would love to see as many parents, carers and friends in attendance as possible. We will be discussing arrangements for the Christmas Concert as well as the St Patrick's Quiz night in March next year. Again, the more volunteers we have for these events the greater the success they will be!


Congratulations to Gemma Robertson, Toby Stanley and Archie Stanley (Kindergarten) on the safe arrival of a baby girl - 'Poppy' to their family.

Well done to Ange and Kevin Thomson on the successful opening last Friday of Alta-1 College, which provides alternative education for young people who struggle to engage with mainstream schooling. It was wonderful to hear so many people acknowledge the terrific work Ange, Kevin and their team are doing in our community.


As the weather continues to warm up, we are always conscious of the needs of the children. All children must wear a hat during recess and lunch breaks. Those who do not have a St Joseph's School hat need to sit undercover in the lunch shed during recess and lunch breaks. The Library is available for students during lunch breaks, where quiet activities will be provided.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Year 5/6 News

Year 5/6 students are making every day count in Term 4!

We have just started swimming lessons, art for All Saints Day, Scottish dancing, writing and following a variety of procedural texts, and engaging in economics and business lessons through MAPPEN as well as many more activities.

On Friday last week, we were fortunate to have Garnduwa Young Men's Leadership Program help us with our football and basketball skills. Here are some photos to showcase some of our many talents.

Marion Gehrmann

Pre-Primary News

Pre-Primary is in full swing for a jam-packed Term 4. Last week we had an exciting phone call from Santa at the North Pole, who rang to make sure we were all busy with our work.

Our literacy unit this term is focused on writing letters. Our Post Office is currently operating and, through participation in purposeful and playful learning experiences, it provides them with the tools to actively engage in play, and to make sense of the world around them. We look forward to writing and posting our letters to the North Pole next week!

Mrs Carew

Book Club


  • Thursday 1st November: 2019 Kindergarten Orientation Morning, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Thursday 1st November: All Saints Day - Mass in the School Library beginning 8:30am
  • Friday 2nd November: All Souls Day
  • Friday 23rd November: Whole School Christmas Concert Practice at the Leisure Centre, 10:30am - 12:30am
  • Thursday 29th November: St Joseph's Christmas Concert at the Leisure Centre beginning 5:00pm
  • Friday 7th December: Final day for students


Each even week, Friday @ 1:20pm

  • Week 4: Yr 3
  • Week 6: Yr 2
  • Week 8: Yr 1

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.



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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