St Joseph's Newsletter Term Three, Week Ten

"I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes." Matthew 25:35-36

Dear Families and Friends,

We have come to the end of what has been an extremely busy term for our school. A reminder that Year 5/6 will be leading our assembly this Thursday @ 1:20pm as Friday will be a pupil free day. Students will commence Term 4 on Tuesday 15th October. We wish our school community a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone again next term.

Clean Up Australia Day

Last Friday our Year 5/6 class led students and staff in cleaning up our school grounds. The senior students spoke about the ways in which we can show greater care for our environment. All students then picked up rubbish around the school. It was clear to see that the plastic packaging for straws was an item of rubbish that was found on the ground in abundance. Thanks to the guidance from Miss Gehrmann and her class, I am sure we will improve in putting our rubbish in the correct bins and not leaving or throwing it on the ground.


A reminder of the jewellery students are permitted to wear at school (as stated in the parent handbook): 'No jewellery may be worn other than a functional watch, a cross and chain and a set of sleepers or studs if ears are pierced.' Please see your child's teacher or myself should you have any queries or concerns.


NAPLAN results for students in Year 3 and year 5 were sent home last week. A key purpose of NAPLAN is to provide valuable information to teachers and parents on a student’s literacy and numeracy achievement. Research shows that parents generally keep NAPLAN in perspective and value the objective, national snapshot it provides on their child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.

At St Joseph's, teachers spend considerable time gathering data to make informed decisions regarding the academic progress students are making. Should you have any queries concerning the results your child achieved, please make a time to meet with your child's teacher where additional information collected over the year can be shared with you.

Dockers Shield

Congratulations to the students who represented our school at the Dockers Shield last Thursday. Tremendous effort, endeavour and sportsmanship was displayed by all participants and we thank Mr Roberts, Ms B and Ms Marcia for assisting the students on the day.

Year 4 Camp

It was wonderful to hear the positive stories Year 4 students were sharing following their camp last week. Along with Mr Roberts, Miss B, Mrs Christopher and Mr Jamie, students enjoyed a boat cruise on Lake Argyle followed by a swim in the infinity pool and a BBQ. Mr Roberts and Ms B then returned to school with the students where they were able to participate in more fun activities and make their own pizzas for tea. Students then enjoyed a movie in the Library before settling in for a good night's rest. A big thank you to Mr Roberts and Ms B for organising this fantastic experience for the students.


I would like to congratulate Jen Rudyard on her appointment as Assistant Principal at St Mary’s College Broome commencing at the beginning of next year. We thank Jen for the valuable contribution she has made to our school over the past 2 years and we wish her, Olive and Jamie all the very best for the future. An advertisement for Jen’s replacement will be placed on the CEWA website this week.

Announcements regarding our staffing structure for 2020 will be made early next term.


A number of staff recently participated in a theatresports workshop provided by the team from 'Theatresportsoz.' A number of thought provoking and engaging activities were shared which staff look forward to passing on to students.

Assembly, Week 10

Due to the school closure day on Friday 27th September, our final assembly for this term will be held on Thursday 26th September at 1:20pm. This will be led by our Year 5/6 class.

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


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

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Curriculum News

Why Play Math Games?

There are many fun and motivating ways to engage your child/ren in mathematics at home through the use of math games. Games not only give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies but also offer opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning.

Games are an important tool for learning in mathematics:

• Playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking as students find different strategies for solving problems and deepen their understanding of numbers.

• When played repeatedly, games support students’ development of computational fluency.

• Games present opportunities for practice, often without the need for teachers to provide the problems. Teachers can then observe or assess students and work with individuals or small groups of students.

• Games have the potential to allow students to develop familiarity with the number system and with “benchmark numbers” (such as 10s, 100s, and 1000s) and engage in computation practice, building a deeper understanding of operations.

• Games support a school-to-home connection. Parents can learn about their children’s mathematical thinking by playing games with them at home.

Here are some games to practice at home.

Mrs Laura Christopher

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.



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:


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.



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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