St Joseph's Newsletter Term Three, Week Two

"Be eager in your desires but humbly patient in their accomplishment." Mary Mackillop

Dear Families and Friends,

I have been in Perth for a Leaders Forum and the first day of the Catholic Primary Principal's Association Conference. A big thank you to Mrs Laura Christopher and Mrs Jen Rudyard for leading the school in my absence. I ask all families to please take note of the upcoming events section in the newsletter which will be updated weekly.

Camp Meeting

We will hold a Year 5/6 camp meeting in the Library this afternoon beginning at 4:30pm. This will provide an opportunity for parents and carers to have any questions answered prior to the Year 5/6 camp to El Questro on Monday. Students are also welcome to attend this meeting. All payments and camp forms must be handed to Miss Marion Gehrmann or the office by the end of the week.

National Tree Day

Thank you to Miss Gehrmann for assisting classes with engaging activities for National Tree Day last Friday. Students seemed to enjoy the afternoon working in their buddy groups.

Staff vs Students Football Game - Donate Life

Parents and carers are welcome to join us on Friday as we play a staff vs students football game in recognition of ‘Donate Life Week.’ Students are asked to bring 2 gold coins - 1 for casual clothes and 1 for a cupcake from the canteen. Thanks in anticipation of your support.

Thoughts and Prayers

We keep Miss Tianna Garlett and her family in our thoughts and prayers following the tragic death of a relative during the holidays. Tianna is currently on leave and spending time with her family in Derby.

Year 1 Teacher

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Sophie Waideman will be remaining in her current role teaching Year 1 for 3 days each week over the remainder of the year. We thank Sophie for her commitment to this role.

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.

White Elephant Stall

No School Fete would be complete without a White Elephant Stall! If you have any unwanted items at home which still have some value, please bring them to the office.

Positive Parenting Program Workshops

Our school will be providing Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) workshops which will be led by our School Psychologist Kushca Botha. Triple P offers parents of children 0-12 years of age an opportunity to receive general information about promoting their child's development. These workshops are beneficial to parents with concerns about their child's behaviour or development. Three workshops will be offered, focusing on Positive Parenting: Five key principles, Raising confident and competent children, and Raising resilient children: Building blocks for children to manage their feelings and become resilient in dealing with life stress. It is recommended that parents attend all three workshops to receive the most benefit from the program. Light refreshments will be provided. Please complete this short survey to register your interest for our first workshop by clicking on the button below.

School Banking

School Banking will return for students next Tuesday at 7:40am.


A big congratulations to the Grant family who welcomed ‘James’ into the world over the holidays.

Well done to Mrs Jo Anderson and the St Joseph’s students who won third prize in the Community Group Display at the Kununurra Agricultural Show.

Upcoming Events

Friday 2nd August: 12:00pm Staff vs Students ‘DonateLife’ Football Game, 1:20pm Assembly led by the Student Council and Federal and State Census Collection

Monday 5th August: Year 5/6 Camp (returning Wednesday 8th August @ 2:00pm)

Tuesday 6th August: Parent/Teacher/Child Interviews

Wednesday 7th August: Parent/Teacher/Child Interviews

Thursday 8th August: Mass for the Feast Day of Mary MacKillop at school beginning 8:30am

Parent/Teacher/Child Conferences

On Tuesday 6th August and Wednesday 7th August, parents and carers will be given the opportunity to meet with their child's teacher to raise any questions arising from the Semester 1 report. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to set academic and social goals for students across the remainder of the year.

Have a great week.

Tim Hogan, Principal

Curriculum News

This Term in Mappen, the students will focus on Social Justice. This theme gives students a chance to explore real world problems. Students will use critical examination of themselves, others, institutions and events to find patterns of inequality, bigotry or discrimination, then explore possible solutions to the problems they’ve identified. They will explore how social justice advocates hope to build a society in which individuals have equal access to resources and receive equitable treatment regardless of their race, gender, religion, income level or disability. Enabling conversations about these issues empowers students to voice their concern and question unjust situations in their lives or in the lives of those around them

Pre-Primary will focus on Fairness and Friendship and will practice following classroom and family rules and consider appropriate actions in different places they might visit. Students will learn how to best manage conflict and practice social skills required when working in teams.

The Year 1 and 2 students will explore food, games, music and traditions of different cultures. They will explore the meaning of traditions as they build objects and experience cultural traditions. Students will reflect on their family's culture and share it with their peers.

The Year 3 and 4 classes will use an understanding of social justice to advocate for people in their community who live with a disability. They will appreciate the flexible thinking and courage shown by those with a disability and use them as inspiration to achieve their own goals.

The Year 5 and 6 students will learn about the biggest problems facing children around the world. They will learn some persuasive techniques and work in groups to prepare and deliver a presentation encouraging people to support an aid agency.

We look forward to showing you our wonderful work throughout the term.

Mrs Laura Christopher, Assistant Principal

Sport News

The Athletics carnival is just around the corner; Tuesday 20th August. In the coming weeks classes will be honing their skills and training their bodies and minds in pursuit of new PB’s (personal bests). Parents, carers and families are reminded to dust off the sneakers and limber up in readiness for the novelty events, there will be opportunities to relive the glory days and show your children how it’s done. Keep an eye on the school newsletter and website for the Athletics Carnival schedule and general event information. Did you know it’s only one year until the Tokyo Olympics?

Community Sport

Just a quick reminder to parents and carers that now, at the start of term, is a good time to get your children involved in a sport around town. KidSport grants are still available to eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees. Go to: https://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals/kidsport/apply-for-kidsport to check eligibility and apply.

Mrs Jo Anderson

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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