St Joseph's Newsletter Term Three, Week Three

Find happiness in making others happy. mary Mackillop

Dear Families and Friends

It was wonderful to see families in attendance at our 'Donate Life' event last Friday. Thank you to Rowena Alexander for assisting with the organisation and Miss Kris in the canteen for baking cupcakes. Congratulations to the staff and students who participated in the football game which was played in great spirit. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding how the money raised will be used.

Year 5/6 Camp

The Years 5 and 6 students have enjoyed a terrific camp at El Questro. Thank you to Miss Gehrmann, Mr Jamie, Mrs Marcia and Ms Bernie for organising the camp and ensuring the students had a wonderful time. Congratulations to the students who helped each other set up tents and by showing respect and courtesy to everyone.


Welcome to Mr Matthew Absalom who commenced his 4th Year Teaching Placement with the Year 3 class this week.

Parent or Carer/Teacher/Child Conferences

Thank you to the parents and carers who attended these conferences. If you missed an opportunity to speak with your child's teacher, please make an alternate time to discuss the Semester 1 report along with establishing social and academic goals that can be implemented.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Benjamin McClements in Year 4 who recently won an award for boxing at a competition in Darwin.

School Fete

Each class now has a clear sense of the activity they will be responsible for during our School Fete. I encourage parents and carers to make contact with their child’s classroom teacher to see what assistance may be required in the lead up to the 16th August. Sally Dignam is calling on all parents and carers who would be prepared to bake an item which can be sold at the fete. Please contact Sally via her email address: sallydignam2@bigpond.com if you are able to assist.

If you have any resaleable household items that could be donated to our White Elephant Stall, we would be happy to take them off your hands!

Book Fair

Due to events taking place in the Library this week, our Book Fair has been relocated to the Music Room. It is now set up and will be open from 2:00pm - 2:30pm after school each day this week. Be sure to visit Miss Eileen and pick up some terrific bargains.

School Closure Days

There will be two more school closure days for this year: The final day of this term (Friday 27th September) and the first day of Term 4 (Monday 14th October).

School Banking

School Banking will continue for students each Tuesday at 7:40am.

Term Dates

  • Term 1: 4 Feb - 12 Apr
  • Term 2: 30 Apr - 5 Jul
  • Term 3: 24 Jul - 27 Sept
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 Dec

Pupil Free Days 2019

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

Other Important Dates

  • 8 August: Mary MacKillop Feast Day, Mass in the Library 8.30am
  • 13-14 August: Parent/Teacher/Child Interviews Yr 5&6
  • 15 August: Feast of the Assumption, Mass at school 8.30am
  • 19 August: Positive Parenting Program Workshops, Session I 10.30am, Session II 2.30pm, Library
  • 20 August: Athletics Carnival
  • 23 August: Bookweek Parade 9.30am
  • 25 August: Confirmation Mass, 8.30am Church

Assemblies, Fridays, 1.20pm

  • 16 August: Pre-Primary
  • 30 August: Mini Vinnies
  • 13 Sept: Kindy
  • 26 Sept: Year 5/6 (Thursday at 1:20pm)

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Religious Education

Health News

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

Term Dates 2019

  • Term 3: 24 July - 26 September
  • Term 4: 15 Oct - 13 December

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 3: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July and Friday 27th September
  • Term 4: Monday, 14 October


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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