St Joseph's Newsletter Term Four, Week Five

“Inspired by Mary MacKillop we strive to achieve excellence in education and pastoral care, foster well-being, develop strong values and include all cultures and community members.” St Joseph’s Vision Statement

Dear Families and Friends

As we are now over half way through Term 4, teachers have been discussing behavioural expectations that will ensure a great finish to our school year. Whilst we will be presented with some obstacles over the coming weeks (such as the humid weather), it is important that we maintain high expectations for children's behaviour inside and outside the classroom. In addition to our BOABS positive behaviour guide, the following three rules will be reiterated to children:

  • Promptly respond to reasonable requests given by adults
  • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • No swearing, teasing or calling others names

If parents and carers reinforce these expectations at home, this will go a long way towards ensuring all members of our school community are treated in a courteous and respectful manner.

Music Count Us In

Thank you to Mrs Monks for coordinating the singing of 'Shine Together' with a number of classes for this year's Music Count Us In celebration.

St Joseph's Has Got Talent

During Week 6, children will be invited to participate in auditions for St Joseph's Has Got Talent. From these auditions, a number of children will be selected to perform at a special St Joseph's Has Got Talent Assembly which will take place on Tuesday 5th December. Children will be notified as to who will be performing at this event following the conclusion of the audition process.

Kindergarten Orientation Day

On Monday we welcomed a number of new families to St Joseph's for our 2018 Kindergarten Orientation Day. Whilst the children were given the opportunity to become acquainted with their new classmates, teacher, teaching assistants and classroom environment, parents and carers were provided with some important information concerning the year ahead. A big thank you to Mrs Donovan for organising the event and Miss Kris for feeding our new families a delicious morning tea.

Care Packages

Recently our Mini Vinnies distributed care packages to a number of community members after receiving generous donations from our parents and friends. We would now like to create Christmas care packages that will be given to some appreciative families prior to the festive season. Please consider the following items: Tinned fruit, dried foods, biscuits, Christmas cake, pudding, jelly, savoury treats, lollies and bon-bons. In addition to these items, every day necessities such as first-aid and hygiene products would be most welcome. Items can be dropped in at the office or given to children's respective classroom teachers. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Christmas Concert

Preparations are now well underway for our Christmas Concert. A big thank you to Mrs Monks for the time and effort she has already put into organising it. On the night of the concert on Thursday 30th November, we ask families to show courtesy towards all performers by staying until the finish. If you need to leave early, please contact your child’s classroom teacher so that they are aware.

Community Christmas Carols

The Community Christmas Carols will be at the Picture Gardens on Sunday 3rd December at 4:30pm. Our school choir will lead the carols and there will be some special performances from our talented students. We look forward to seeing you there!


Swimming will take place for students in Years 2-6 each Thursday for the remainder of the term.

Melbourne Cup

The School Library was buzzing with excitement as staff and students gathered for the running of the Melbourne Cup yesterday. Congratulations to those students who accessorised with a variety of hair accompaniments for the occasion!

School Disco

A note was sent home with children on Tuesday with details of our School Disco on Friday 17th November. Children will be allowed entry to the disco only if the permission slip is returned to their classroom teacher with payment of $5. Children are permitted to bring additional money on the night to purchase extra sausages and drinks. We are still looking for volunteers to assist. If you can help, please contact Amanda Moncrieff via her email address: admoncrieff@hotmail.com.


Teachers are busy compiling children's Semester 2 reports. All teachers are to be commended for the time and effort they are putting into formulating honest and detailed assessments. Reports will be sent home with children during Week 9 - their final week of school for 2017.

Remembrance Day

We will gather this Friday at 9:40am to remember the many men and women who fought and died for our freedom - freedom that we often take for granted. Our service will take place in the undercover area and all carers and friends are welcome to attend.


Advent Assemblies will take place in the Library each Monday morning at 8:00am. Carers and friends are most welcome to attend.

Thoughts and Prayers

Our thoughts are with Miss Eileen who flew to Melbourne with her grandson on the weekend to be with him while he undergoes major surgery. We pray that he will make a full recovery.

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Canteen News

I would like to thank Miss Brianna and Miss Tianna for their valuable input in making our Wednesday Stew Day a huge success. It is important to speak with our staff to gauge what healthy meals our children want. Please remember when ordering that we now have two serving sizes, as we found some children were struggling with the standard serve.

Keep an eye out for our 2018 Canteen Menu. We will make changes to the menu to reflect Lent in Term 1, which means Friday Pie Day will be changed to our Fishy Friday menu. You will see the return of our healthy choices of fish, salads and burgers.

Miss Kris

Gardening News

As we are approaching the end of the growing season I would like to share some happy snaps of the children. For Father’s Day, Year 3 students made a window frame and planted a cactus in a recycled yoghurt pot.

The Year 1 children enjoyed creating a raised garden bed and planting Giant Sunflowers. They learnt to make soil in a bag: just collect some leaves, wet them and place in a black garbage bag, then tie the bag up and let nature take its course.

The children also learnt that when you grind up eggshells and spread them around it protects plants from bad bugs and as it scratches their bellies!

It has been a great experience running the School Garden Program for four years. As this is my last year as the garden specialist I would like to thank the parents, past principals, Mr Hogan and all the teachers for their support. I would especially like to thank the children who participated in the program because you made it so enjoyable and worthwhile and I was very proud of your efforts. I truly believe the program was successful at teaching practical skills, team building, life skills, confidence, self -esteem and caring not only for the school environment but for one another.

Miss Deb



Term Dates

Term 4: 9 October - 8 December

Thursday, 30 November: Christmas Concert

Friday, 8 December: Graduation/Whole School Mass and final day for students

Thursday, 14 December: Final day for staff

Assemblies, Friday 1:20pm

3 November: Year 5/6

17 November: Year 4/5

1 December: Year 2

Praying the Rosary

Miss Leah or Ms Brewer 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.

School Fees

Thankyou to the many families who paid their fees by the end of Term 3.

School fees make an important contribution to providing your child with the best possible education.

Statements have been reissued to those families with outstanding fees. 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.

Leaving town at the end of the year?

If your child will not be attending St Joseph’s School in 2018, please advise us as soon as possible, as this will make our job of classroom planning for next year easier.

Thank you.


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