St Joseph's Newsletter Term Two, Week Three

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Wilman

Dear Families and Friends

It was wonderful to see so many Mothers and Special Women at our celebration last Friday. Thank you to Mrs Rudyard for organising our Liturgy and Miss Kris for providing a delicious afternoon tea. Congratulations to our Kindergarten students who participated in their very first whole-school event.

Sacrament of Eucharist

The Sacrament of Eucharist will be taking place for three students on Sunday 9th June. We wish Huon Diddams, Miytia Ningamarra and Mia Davies all the best as they prepare to receive this Sacrament over the coming weeks. Information for families will be sent home this week.


Congratulations to students in Years 3 and 5 who participated in this week's NAPLAN assessments. It was fantastic to see the manner in which they approached the NAPLAN challenges. These assessments will continue into next week. For students who were absent, efforts will be made to provide make-up assessments later in the week.

Navy Visit

Students from Pre-Primary - Year 6 were treated to a visit from a number of Navy representatives last Friday. The students asked a number of thought-provoking questions and enjoyed constructing their own Navy ship. Thank you to Tony and his team for providing this worthwhile experience.


It is with sadness that we farewell Miss Tara Peters this week. Tara has been a dedicated teacher at our school for over three years and has contributed beyond her role as a classroom teacher in many ways. We thank Tara for her valuable service and wish her all the very best with her future endeavours.

School Banking

A reminder that school banking is offered from 7:40am each Tuesday in the undercover area. The number of students utilising this service has been quite low in recent weeks. We look forward to seeing many more students ready with their school banking books next Tuesday.

Health Promotion Morning

Next Tuesday 21st May from 8:00am - 10:00am our school will host a Health Promotion Morning. All families and friends are welcome to attend.

National Simultaneous Storytime

On Wednesday 22nd May, we will join schools across Australia for the annual National Simultaneous Storytime. Our Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 students will be attending the Community Library at 9:00am to join KDHS students in listening to 'Alpacas with Maracas.' After lunch, students from Year 2-6 will participate in a variety of engaging activities in our School Library. Thank you to Miss Janine Roach for organising this event.

Food Allergy Week

Sunday 26th May - Saturday 1st June is Food Allergy Week. As we have students and staff at St Joseph’s with food allergies, this is a great opportunity to ensure we remain as a ‘nut aware’ school.

Canteen News

To help us with our goal of minimising our use of single-use plastics, Ms Kris in the canteen has started providing metal cutlery for student lunches. If you have any spare cutlery to donate to the canteen, it would be greatly appreciated.

A big thankyou to Kununurra Neighbourhood House, which has kick-started our cutlery drive with a large donation.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim Hogan


Religious Education

Special Women: Mother’s Day Liturgy

Our liturgy on Friday afternoon was a lovely way to acknowledge the wonderful work done each day by the special women in the lives of our students. You are strong, deadly, patient, supportive and loving. Thank you to Miss Kris in the canteen for the delicious afternoon tea.

Make Jesus Real (MJR)

  • Live Jesus in our hearts
  • Teamwork makes the dream work
  • Look for the good and God in others
  • We are W.E.S.T.I.E: Welcoming - Encouraging - Say Sorry - Thankful - Interested - Enthusiastic

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.


Jen Rudyard


This term at our Aboriginal Families as First Educators Playgroup we have been able to take our families on outings once a week, thanks to the Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation, who have lent us a bus to make this happen. Our children continue to thrive in Conversational Reading, Enriched Caregiving and Learning games.

Miss Bernice, Miss Melina & Miss Melinda

Healthy Skin Morning

Join us on Tuesday 21st May from 8:00am - 10:00am for what promises to be an informative and engaging event.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Please enquire at the office for more information.

School Fees

School Fees were recently re-issued. Many of our families have either paid all their fees or are well on their way to having them paid in full by the end of Term 3.

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.


Book Club

Term Dates 2019

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

Pupil Free Days 2019

  • Term 2: Monday, 29 April; Tues, 4 June (Catholic Day)
  • Term 3: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July
  • 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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