St Joseph's Newsletter Term One, Week Eleven

“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 School Vision Statement

Dear Families and Friends

I am sure you would agree that it has been an action-packed term at St Joseph's. Thank you for your support over the course of the term and we look forward to working with you again after the holidays.

Parent or Carer/Teacher/Child Conferences

A big thank you to the parents and carers who came along and discovered more about the learning journey their child has been on this term. I trust that you found this to be a beneficial experience. Parents and carers who were unable to attend these meetings are invited to make a time to speak with their respective child's teacher early next term.

Mini Vinnies

At our final assembly for the term, the Mini Vinnies will be presented with their badges. Due to the large number of children interested, we will have 3 groups.

Waringarri Group

Narnie, Marquin, Dale, Ivanah, Rolandra, Bandy, Joy, Margie, Shontaya, Alakia, Zontae, Sorrel, Deegan, Ben and Fletcher

Pastoral Care Group

Kira, Charlotte, Ava-Jayde, Shazla, Edmond, Caib and Sienna

Environmental Group

Molly, Huon, Matthew, Brytiah, Quinaya, Sonaa, Cooper, Tyler, Jayda, Ezra, Jerome, Dean and Rose

It is fantastic to have 35 students who are ready to work hard and make a valuable contribution to our community. Stay tuned for progress reports regarding what is being achieved by each group.

Year 5 & 6 Camp

A big thank you to those parents or carers who have made the necessary financial commitment towards their son or daughter attending camp later this year.

Year 5/6 Expo

Congratulations to Miss Gehrmann, Miss Marcia, Miss Deb and the Year 5/6 children for the wonderful work on display in the Library this week, and to those families who stopped by to view the creations of our talented students!

Coles Sport for Schools Vouchers

Thank you to our families and friends who generously donated Coles vouchers to our Sports for Schools box over the past month. Thanks to Mrs Allen who has packed the vouchers and sent them away to be counted. We look forward to choosing some new sports equipment for our school next term.


At tomorrow's assembly we will take the opportunity to farewell Mr Poutney. During his time at St Joseph's, Mr Poutney has made a significant contribution as a dedicated teacher and committed leader. We wish him and his family all the very best with their future endeavours.

Next Term

The first day of Term 2 will be a pupil free day as staff will be engaging in professional development. The first day back for children will be Tuesday 1st May.

School Banking

Thank you to Mrs Stephanie Hogan for her wonderful efforts in delivering school banking to students each week. After the holidays, school banking will continue to take place each Tuesday at 7:40am.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday - see you next term!

Tim Hogan, Principal


It is hard to believe that it is already Week 11. We have been very busy in Pre-Primary settling in, making new friends and saying hello to friends we already know. Thank you to all the children for trying hard to learn the new routines and rules.

The children have also been demonstrating their ability to write their names, to write the numbers to 10 and to talk about known events. They have also created some amazing artworks which have enlivened our classroom. This term the children have joined in on our class discussions about the story books that have been read to them, sharing their understanding and ideas.

The children have engaged in and extended Literacy practices in personally meaningful ways, and reviewed the single sounds of the alphabet. These are very important because we can use them to start sounding out words for reading and writing, in particular CVC words (three letter words containing a Consonant, Vowel and another Consonant). Pre-Primary have been doing a fantastic job in guided writing by saying a sentence to the teacher and trying to sound out the words and write them down. We do lots of talking about stories we read, things we have done, the way we do something and the things we want to learn.

Mrs Carew


It has been wonderful to see the way in which children have participated in their Bluearth lessons and each class is to be commended on their cooperative spirit. A special congratulations must go to Skye, Tremane and Sonaa who have been assisting some of the younger classes with their activities. The leadership qualities demonstrated by these students has been outstanding. I look forward to seeing St Joseph's students continue to enjoy the benefits of their participation in Bluearth sessions next term.

June Blair


Dates for Term One

Friday 13th April - Final day of Term One

Assemblies, Friday 1:20pm

13th April: Minnie Vinnies


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Kununurra School Dental Clinic

Most school age children are eligible for free dental care in Kununurra School Dental Clinic.

Primary School children become eligible to attend the School Dental Service the year they turn 5.

High School children are eligible to attend the School Dental Service until they complete Year 11 or the day they turn 17 (whichever occurs first).

If you changed your address or phone numbers, please advise dental clinic staff. Missed appointments may result in suspension from the School Dental Service.

If you have not heard from us for over 1.5 years, we have most likely tried getting in touch with you. Please feel free to call us on 0419 939 179 or email on kununurramobile@dental.health.wa.gov.au to organise an appointment for your child.

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

Mr Poutney 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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