St Joseph's Newsletter Term One, Week Three

Quietly await God's own time. Mary Mackillop

Dear Families and Friends

It was terrific to see so many parents and carers at our first assembly last Friday. Our first student of the week recipients were announced along with our student leaders for 2019. Congratulations to:

Head Boy: Matthew Wager Head Girl: Sorell Diddams

Ivanhoe Faction Captains: Thomas Lurda and Tobi Withey

Ord Faction Captains: Zoe Williams and Alannah MacTier

Pentecost Faction Captains: Alakia Paddy and DÁndre Jazyx-Cox

Argyle Faction Captains: Missy Ningamarra and Brianna Thomson

Class Captains - Yr 4/5: Charlotte Hogan and Mia Davies

Class Captains - Yr 5/6: Huon Diddams and Sonaa Baxter

All students who delivered speeches are to be commended on the high quality of their presentations. Further announcements will be made about our Mini Vinnies and Bluearth Leaders over the coming weeks.

School Board and P & F Announcements

Following our AGM last week, it is a pleasure to announce the following positions have been filled:

Board Chairperson: Celeste Hunter P & F President: Emma Walker

Board Treasurer: Jamie Stewart P & F Treasurer: Chris Day

Board Secretary: Laura Quinn P & F Secretary: Sally Dignam

Board Community Representative: Kathy O’Reeri

P&F Representative: Melinda Fitt

Parish Representative: TBC

We wish our Board and P & F Members all the best for the year ahead.

St Patrick’s Day Quiz Night

Thank you to those who attended the Quiz Night meeting on Monday. Keep an eye on the newsletter, Facebook page and office noticeboard for information regarding dates and times for future meetings. Please note the new date and venue: Kununurra Leisure Centre, Saturday 16th March. Thank you to Sally Dignam for the work she has already done and to the parents, carers and friends who have volunteered to assist with the planning and organisation of this event.

Parent Information Sessions

A reminder that our Parent Information Sessions will take place next Thursday 28th February, starting with an afternoon tea in the undercover area at 2:00pm. Information Sessions will then follow in the classrooms. Teachers have put a great deal of time and effort towards planning these sessions. Your attendance will provide you with a clearer picture of the content being taught in your child’s classroom, homework expectations and important dates to add to your diaries. Should you have specific questions concerning your son or daughter, we ask that you make a separate time to meet with your child’s teacher. The sessions will take place at the following times:

¨ Kindergarten and Pre-Primary: 2:30pm - 3:00pm

¨ Years 1-3: 3:00pm - 3:30pm

¨ Years 4-6: 3:30pm - 4:00pm


All is in readiness for our swimming program commencing on Monday 18th March. Please ensure that:

¨ Your child’s swimming permission note has been signed and returned to school (to be sent home by the end of the week)

¨ Your child comes to school with their bathers and a towel.

Thank you to Miss Gehrmann, Mr Jamie and Miss Peters for volunteering their services and ensuring our swimming program goes ahead this year.

Buddy Program

Well done to children in Pre-Primary and Year 5/6 who made a terrific start to our buddy program last week.


Congratulations to Mrs Leah, Nick, Eliza and Maya Allen on the safe arrival of Georgie Rose. All are doing well and we look forward to welcoming the Allen family back to Kununurra later in the year.


Have you liked our Facebook Page? In addition to providing families with information via our weekly newsletter, our Facebook Page is used to provide details about upcoming events and to share information pertinent to students, staff, parents and carers associated with our school. You can like our page by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/stjoknx/.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Religious Education

The students of Saint Joseph’s School have been demonstrating the Spirit of Jesus each day this term. They have shown respect, kindness and inclusiveness within the school community. Their commitment to being a good friend and following in the footsteps of Jesus has been outstanding.

Lord, help us to find the gifts and talents that you have given us.

Help us to ‘search for the hero’ when things don’t go our way or when we need to be reminded of the positives in our lives.

Help us also to recognise the hero in others and to help them celebrate those good qualities


Dates to Remember

  • Ash Wednesday Mass Wednesday 6th March
  • Feast of Saint Joseph 19th March

Lent is a time for moving closer to God. Renew us O Lord… So we live what we believe.

Jen Rudyard


This term we are focusing on self governing, active listening, cooperative play and mindfulness through breathing .

June Blair

Year 2 students engaging in Bluearth activities


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.

School Banking

St Joseph’s is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:

1. Online Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

School Banking day is on Tuesday morning from 7.40am in the lunch shed

School Bus Pick-ups and Drop-offs

For the safety of our children, we would like to remind parents that children catching our white Coaster school bus will be dropped off in the afternoon ONLY at the address from which they are picked up in the morning.

Attempts to accommodate parents who ring during the school day asking that their children be dropped off elsewhere have resulted in a number of confusing situations, whereby children have ended up going home to an empty house or to a house where they are not expected.

Children who do not live in Ranch/Garden/Reserve/old town/Hidden Valley may not catch our bus home to a different address.

Your child cannot be dropped off at a different address unless it is an emergency situation (eg you have an emergency visit to the hospital and an arrangement has been made for your child to be cared by another family member or friend).

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Lakeside Bus Service

The Lakeside Bus Service (Green Country Holdings) is contracted by the Public Transport Authority to operate the Regional Town Service in Kununurra (morning and afternoon school bus run).

Tickets are available at any time from the bus driver.

A single CASH ticket for one trip on the bus will cost $1.30 (white tickets).

Books of TEN tickets cost $7.00, making each ticket $0.70 (green tickets).

The driver is unable to accept $50 or $100 notes. The correct change is preferred as this helps to keep the bus on time.

Your blue bus stop posts have been marked with the words BUS STOP and a number at the top. This number indicates the TIME in MINUTES PAST 7 o’clock that the bus should depart your stop in the morning. For example a stop shown as 11 BUS STOP would mean that the bus will depart that stop at 7.11 in the morning. The afternoon bus run does not adhere to a timetable.

PLEASE encourage your children to look after “their” bus stop sign. You can talk to Keith or Anne Wright at home (9168 1314) any time.

Term Dates 2019

  • Term 1: 4 February - 12 April
  • Term 2: 30 April - 5 July
  • Term 3: 24 July - 27 September
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 December

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 1: Thursday and Friday, 31 January– 1 February
  • Term 2: Monday, 29 April; Tues, 4 June (Catholic Day)
  • Term 3: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July
  • Term 4: Monday, 14 October


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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