St Joseph's Newsletter Term Three, Week Seven

“The one spirit must pervade all.” Mary Mackillop

Dear Families and Friends

It was wonderful to see so many fathers and special men join us for our Father's Day Breakfast last Friday. Thank you to Miss Kris in the canteen for the delicious food and also to the staff who assisted.

School Review

Last week our school was involved in a cyclic review conducted by representatives from Catholic Education Western Australia. The panel took the time to talk with students, staff, parents and carers to celebrate the great aspects of our school and set some goals regarding our direction. More information will be relayed to families and friends as it becomes available. Thank you to the members of our school community who gave up their time to be a part of this process.

Kindergarten Enrolments

Enrolment interviews for Kindergarten 2020 will take place during the final two weeks of this term. Enrolments need to be completed for by Friday 20th September so that we can begin planning for next year. An open day will be held next Tuesday 10th September from 8:30 - 10:30am. This will be an opportunity for prospective parents and carers to meet with the Kindergarten staff and ask questions.

P & F

The P & F meet on the first Monday of each month. The next meeting is on Monday 14th October at the Kimberley Grande at 5:00pm. New and existing members are invited to attend.


In addition to the 'Seesaw' app, our school's Facebook page is another fantastic way you can keep up to date with the events, teaching and learning occurring at St Joseph's each day.


Our school bus is back on the road! Thank you for your understanding whilst maintenance issues were being addressed.

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Bread bag tags come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Made of high impact polystyrene, they have a good recycling value. It takes 200 bread bags full of tags that are packed into 10 black bags or 200 kg of tags to bring in enough money to buy one wheelchair.

Mary Honeybun founded the organisation Bread Tags for Wheelchairs in 2006 in Cape Town and they provide two to three wheelchairs to adults and children in South Africa every month. A wheelchair gives the recipient independence and mobility and this makes a big difference to their families as well.

Collecting bread tags, even broken ones, makes a difference to our environment too as they are recycled into seedling trays, picture frames, coat hangers and other items.

You too can make a difference to the lives of those in need of a wheelchair. Please drop your tags off to Miss Kris in the canteen, who is supporting this worthy cause.

Mini Vinnies

Well done to the Mini Vinnies, who visited the Juniper Aged Care Facility and led our School Assembly last Friday. It was wonderful to see the students share their gifts and talents which brightened the day of the Juniper residents.

Architect Visit

This week Nicole Croudace visited to formulate a new design for our playground and other outdoor areas. Nicole spoke with students, staff and members of the Playground Committee about features that would add value to learning and play at school. We look forward to receiving her final plan and implementing some of the suggestions she has made.

Year 4 Camp

A date has been set for the Year 4 camp. Students will enjoy a boat cruise and a swim at Lake Argyle on Friday 20th September before returning to school in the afternoon. They will then participate in some fun activities including making their own dinner. Students will spend the night in our School Library before being picked up by parents or carers on Saturday morning. The cost of the camp is $20. Should you have any queries, please contact Mr Luke Roberts.


With sadness we farewell Mrs Sandra Powell who will finish her role as Teacher Assistant in Kindergarten this week. We thank Sandra for the valuable contribution she has made at St Joseph's School and also at our Outside School Hours Care Centre. We wish Sandra and her family all the best for the future.

We also say farewell to Mr Matthew Absalom who has completed his 4th year teaching placement in Year 3. We thank Matt for his great work at our school over the past four weeks.

School Closure Days

A reminder that Friday 27th September and Monday 14th October are school closure days.

Term Dates

  • Term 3: 24 Jul - 26 Sept
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 Dec

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 3: Fri27 September
  • Term 4: Mon, 14 October

Assemblies, Fridays, 1.20pm

  • 13 Sept: Kindy
  • 26 Sept: Year 5/6 (Thursday at 1:20pm)

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal


For their integrated studies unit this term, Pre-Primary have been learning about social justice through the lens of fairness and friendship. This involves learning about following classroom and family rules and considering appropriate actions in different places that they might visit. They have been learning techniques to manage conflict and social skills to use when working in a team. This week we will be going on an excursion to the Kununurra Police Station to further our studies about social justice.

In mathematics Pre-Primary have been doing some wonderful addition and subtraction work. They have been learning the days of the week and all about Australian money. We have incorporated money play during rotations allowing students to further explore the concept and consolidate their understanding through role-play settings. The most exciting learning that we have seen this term is the amazing reading and writing that is taking place during rotations. Keep up the terrific work Pre-Primary!

Specialist Subjects

Pre-Primary Art. Although it’s been a busy couple of weeks the Pre-Primary class has still managed to learn about and produce some awesome art. In recent weeks students have learnt how shapes can be used in art and we focused on the artist Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract art. They made Kandinsky-inspired concentric circles which are now the ‘chandelier’ in the class play kitchen. Currently they’re learning about ‘how things feel’- texture, and how texture might be used to make art, with inspiration coming from Aboriginal art styles and processes using both natural and man made materials e.g. dot paintings, foil embossed Sea Turtles.

Pre-Primary Health. The class has been developing their social-emotional skills by learning how to recognise and react to emotions and about ways to build positive friendships. We studied the lyrics to the song What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and learnt about the benefits of simply stopping every now and then to reflect on what or who you’re grateful for. I’m proud to say that all of the students listed as number one the important people in their lives.

Sport. A big thank you to the St Josephs Staff, without whom the recent Athletics Carnival would not have been the success it was. It was a fantastic day and I think the students not only showed what great competitors they are but that they are a lovely bunch of young people who supported and encouraged each other. Well done everyone.

Special thanks also goes to Mr Dion Cox and Mr Wayne Paul for loaning us the line marking equipment.

Mrs Jo Anderson

Kimberley Writers Festival, September 6-8, 2019

Organised by the Kununurra Community Library, the Festival aims to entertain and inspire the residents of, and visitors to, the East Kimberley with a variety of authors, musicians, songwriters, storytellers and illustrators who share their life stories, expertise and love of the written and spoken word.

The success of the Kimberley Writer’s Festival has only been made possible through the generosity of the Kununurra Community who give of their time and expertise to ensure our guests and visitors enjoy a memorable weekend in Kununurra.

2019 is the 14th year of the Kimberley Writers Festival. Come down and share in this community celebration and help to make this year's Kimberley Writers Festival the most memorable yet!

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.


Jackets for Sale

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.



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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