School Newsletter

COMPETITIVE SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Summer Sport Trials 

Last Wednesday, 24th November the Richmond Zone Summer sports trials were held for basketball. St Joseph's has two talented basketballers in Boston Long and Jai Barnes attended. Congratulations to Boston Long who was selected in the Richmond Zone team. The Diocesan trial will be held in early 2022.

The Richmond Zone trials for touch football, cricket and tennis were cancelled due to the wet weather. Hopefully, they can be held on Thursday 2nd December. Good luck to Jed Duignan - touch football and Beau Jubber -tennis. 

Competitive Swimming Carnival

The competitive carnival will be held at the Evans Head Aquatic Centre on Thursday, 9th December 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, limits have been placed upon numbers and no parents, friends or carers will be allowed to attend the carnival. All competitors will travel to the carnival by bus from school at 10 am and return once the competitive carnival is completed - approximately 2 hours. 

A program is on display at school for the students to check they are entered in the correct races.

St Joseph’s Aquatic Day

All notes are due back for the Aquatic Day on Monday 13th December 2020. All students are to change into their swimmers at school. At the completion of their swimming time, all students need to change out of their swimmers. Please ensure you have the appropriate clothing required.

All students will need to wear sunscreen and a rashie vest for sun protection.


Mel Barnes

Sports Coordinator

Kindergarten Poppy Parkinson & Archie Martin
Year 1  Maya Jensen
Year 2 Thomas Walsh
Year 3 Cooper Bailey
Year 4 Brett Kelly
Year 5 Boston Long
Year 6 Dylan Harrington & Reily Lohse

SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION: Second Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reading
Luke 3 1-6 -  Jesus preaches repentance and baptises in the region of Jordan.

Advent_2.pngIn this Sunday’s Gospel, we read about John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord.  During Advent, we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth and we do this by making good choices. We should remember that when we make a poor choice, we can choose to turn back to God and ask for forgiveness. When we do this we will have peaceful hearts, and we’ll be ready to welcome Jesus this Christmas.

Mini Vinnies - St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

The 2021 Mini Vinnies Christmas Appeal has commenced. This year’s Appeal reminds us that we all have the capacity to - ”Do something About it” and make a difference, during these COVID times at Christmas. Together we can assist people experiencing disadvantage within our community during the festive season. 

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This year each class will be given an empty basket to fill with Christmas items suitable to give to a needy family in the community. A special request from the Evans Head St Vincent de Paul is that we provide non-perishable food only! For example tinned food, packet food, rice, pasta biscuits drinks, etc (No perishables or out of date food please!) This opportunity is a simple way your child/children can give to others. Thank you for your anticipated generosity and support of this initiative. 

All Class hampers are to be filled before Monday 13th December as the St Vincent de Paul members will collect them on that day!

The Mini Vinnies Advent Challenge – During Advent it is important to spread joy and happiness in the World.

Our Mini Vinnies President Charlotte Kinsella has initiated an action plan for Random Acts of Kindness during the Advent Season. She has designed an informative brochure, poster and recording sheet. She has invited members of the school community to take up this challenge.

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The following quote is in her brochure:

“Unexpected kindness

is the most powerful,

least costly. and

underrated agent

of humankind”

In the brochure she has included many possible acts of kindness for example: wish someone a good day, tell someone how much that they mean to you, help out your parents. We hope many students, teachers and parents give the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge a go!

MAKING JESUS REAL  (MJR)  At St Joseph’s Woodburn we encourage our students to “Make Jesus Real’” and live the Gospel Values by the way they act in our school community, while at home and out in the wider community.

MJR at St Joseph’s Woodburn encourages our students to be WEST people - that is WELCOMING, ENCOURAGING, SAY SORRY when needed and be THANKFUl.  Being more like Jesus is about thinking of others and being generous to others. During ADVENT we all can contribute generously to the Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.

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DATES:

Monday 13th December - Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper last day for items

Year 6 Graduation Mass- Wednesday 15th December 9:30 am (parents)

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ROSTER

Monday,6th December Leticia Hull
Wednesday, 8th December Helen &  Debbie Robertson
Monday, 13th December Melissa Handford
Wednesday, 15th December NO CANTEEN

Many thanks to all the parents who have helped out in the Canteen throughout 2021.

THANK YOU LADIES!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday wishes from the school community to Rose Quirk, Jackson Grissell and Zoey Campbell who are celebrating a birthday this week.

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Dear Families

images_7_.jpgThis weekend we come together to celebrate the second Sunday of Advent. The second candle of Advent is called the candle of peace and we pray that we become people of peace ready to live in harmony with those around
us.

Today we wonder as we listen to the evening news, is peace possible? We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, but we also need peace with others. We can help bring peace to our world one heart at a time.

Gracious Lord,
As we prepare to celebrate the feast of Christ may we seek to live in peace with others. Give us the courage we need to be loving and forgiving, full of mercy and compassion.

We ask this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen

CHRISTMAS PICNIC

Due to the current COVID restrictions for schools, we are unable to finish the year with our usual School Christmas performance and attendance at the local Christmas Carols as a School. However, in order to have some form of celebration of finishing the 2021 School Year we have decided to have a family Christmas Picnic at the  School on  Wednesday 8 December 2021.  
Please accept this as a welcome invitation to attend. It will be held from 5.3opm - 8.30 pm. Families are invited to bring their own food, drinks (NO ALCOHOL), blankets and or seats. There will be Christmas songs and music playing and hopefully, some very jolly person in a red suit will be making an appearance.
At this stage we do have to abide by all the current COVID regulations on the night, that is, everyone must QR code to enter and all who attend must be double vaccinated. 
We hope this will provide a  great opportunity for us to get together, to celebrate that we made it through, and to eat, talk, laugh and say goodbye to 2021. 
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON THE 8TH

LEADERSHIP SPEECHES

Last Monday morning the Year 5 students presented their Leadership speeches to the whole school assembly, successfully explaining what makes a good leader and why each one of them will make great school leaders in 2022.

Congratulations on your courage and effort Year 5!

The elected School Captains and Vice Captains will be announced at the Assembly next Monday morning. 

LEADERSHIP THANK YOU AFTERNOON

A special leadership 'thank you' afternoon was held last Tuesday to acknowledge these wonderful students and the important role their leadership plays in the day to day running of our school. What an amazing group, we are extremely grateful to you all for helping to make 2021 an incredible year.

STEP UP MORNING

Next Tuesday  7 December, we will have a step-up morning. During the first 2 hours of the school day, 9.10 am- 11.10 am, the students will spend 'getting-to-know-you' time with their teacher for next year. The step-up day is an opportunity for students and teachers to get to know each other, their interests, goals and learning style.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARENT FORUM EXECUTIVE 

It is that time of the year when we say thank you to the Parent Forum and in particular the Executive for their continued and consistent effort to be with us and support us yet again, through another very interesting year.  Unfortunately, we were unable to have our meetings in Term 4 due to the COVID guidelines in place. 

This year we sadly say goodbye to three of our Parent Forum Members. Tracey Bodley has been President of the Forum for the last 7 years and a Parent Forum member for 13 years. Gil O'Neill has been an Executive member for the last 7 years in the roles of Treasurer and Secretary and finally Helen Grissell who has been a consistently supportive member working closely with the Executive for the last 7 years.  

On behalf of the St Joseph's community, I thank you all for your tireless support, effort, input and promotion of our school. The last couple of years have been extraordinary years of cancellations, postponements and missed opportunities but through it all, you managed to help make St Joseph's a better place to be.  We truly have been blessed to have you and will remain grateful for all that you have done and given.  WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE. 

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM 4

Week 9 Leadership Speeches (Mon)- Year 5 Leaders Thank You (Tues)- 2.30 pm-3.25 pm
Week 10 

Family Christmas Picnic (Wed)

Swimming Carnival (Competitive)  (Thurs)
Week 11  Aquatic Fun Carnival (Mon)  Year 6 Graduation Dinner  (Tues) Year 6 Graduation  Mass (Wed)

STUDENT MATHS ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWS (MAI's) 2022

ChDj2RXU0AIgZot.jpgOur school is an EMU (Extended Mathematical Understanding) school and as part of that initiative, our teachers will again do Maths Assessment Interviews with each student individually for Years 1-6 over the first two days of the 2022 school year.

The students in Years 1-6 will be required to attend the school for a Maths Assessment Interview on one of the first two days of school: Tuesday 1 February 2022 and Wednesday 2 February 2022 . Each student assessment takes approximately 30 minutes. All parents have been sent an email with instructions on how to book the MAI assessment online. 

The Best Start Testing for 2022 Kindergarten students will occur during the same time,  the MAI is included in that testing.
All students Kinder-Year 6 will commence normal classes on Thursday 3 February.

 2022 
Friday 28  January 2022  Staff Admin Day     Pupil Free
Monday 31 January 2022 Professional Learning      Pupil Free
Tuesday 1 February 2022

Yrs 1-6 MAI'S 

Kinder- Best Start Assessment

Individual students tested
Wednesday 2 February 2022

Yrs 1-6 MAI'S 

Kinder- Best Start Assessment

Individual students tested 
Thursday 3 February Kinder- Year 6  All students return to school 

IN WEEK 9 OF TERM 4 WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR:

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  • Our 2021 Student Leaders
  • The Year 5 students for their terrific leadership speeches
  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS PICNIC!
  • Our 2021 Parent Forum 
  • Mrs Barnes for organising the Swimming Carnival and Fun Carnival
  • Mrs Boyd for organising the Student Leadership 'Thank You' afternoon 

Regards

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    Principal 

    COMPETITIVE SWIMMING CARNIVAL

     Due to the current COVID restrictions, our annual Swimming Carnival will be held differently this year. Only competitive swimmers - students who can competently swim 50m are asked to nominate on the provided form. The competitive carnival will be held at the Evans Head Aquatic Centre on Thursday, 9th December 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, limits have been placed upon numbers and no parents, friends or carers will be allowed to attend the carnival. All competitors will travel to the carnival by bus from school at 10 am and return once the competitive carnival is completed - approximately 2 hours  The pool will also be closed to the general public during this time.  A program will be displayed at school prior to the Carnival.

    Pool entry for competitors will be $4.00 each ( to be paid on the day)  If you have an Evans Head Pool Season Pass or Fitness Passport please inform us on the return slip. You will need to bring your fitness passport or season pass on the day. 

    Champion trophies will be awarded to:-

    • Junior Boy
    • Junior Girl
    • Senior Boy
    • Senior Girl.

     

    The school has organised a Water Fun Day at Woodburn Pool on Monday 13th December 2021 for all students. We will complete the competitive carnival with relays and fun water activities on this fun day.

    Mel Barnes

    Sports Coordinator

    Kindergarten All of Kinder
    Year 1  Konnor Foster
    Year 2 Caleb Doran
    Year 3 Meluca Jett
    Year 4 Lilijoy Walkington
    Year 5 Tilly Marsh
    Year 6 Millie Bodley

    SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION: First Sunday of Advent

    Gospel Reading
    Luke 21:25-28,34-36
    Jesus teaches his disciples to be vigilant so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes in glory.

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    The new Church Year begins with the Liturgical Season of Advent.

    Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. The key themes of the Advent season are watchful waiting, preparation, and justice.

    The season of Advent is the time that we are preparing to celebrate the feast of Christmas. During the coming weeks may we take time to bring hope and joy to others.

    We ask God to give us open hearts and hands so that we may become people of peace and love, generous with all we have and willing to share it with others.

    Mini Vinnies - St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

    The 2021 Mini Vinnies Christmas Appeal has commenced. This year’s Appeal reminds us that we all have the capacity to - ”Do something About it” and make a difference, during these COVID times at Christmas. Together we can assist people experiencing disadvantage within our community during the festive season. 

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    This year each class will be given an empty basket to fill with Christmas items suitable to give to a needy family in the community. A special request from the Evans Head St Vincent de Paul is that we provide non-perishable food only! For example tinned food, packet food, rice, pasta biscuits drinks, etc (No perishables or out of date food please!) This opportunity is a simple way your child/children can give to others. Thank you for your anticipated generosity and support of this initiative. 

    All Class hampers are to be filled before Monday 13th December as the St Vincent de Paul members will collect them on that day!

    MAKING JESUS REAL  (MJR)  At St Joseph’s Woodburn we encourage our students to “Make Jesus Real’” and live the Gospel Values by the way they act in our school community, while at home and out in the wider community.

    MJR at St Joseph’s Woodburn encourages our students to be WEST people - that is WELCOMING, ENCOURAGING, SAY SORRY when needed and be THANKFUl.  Being more like Jesus is about thinking of others and being generous to others. During ADVENT we all can contribute generously to the Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.

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    IMPORTANT DATES:

    School Leaders' Afternoon  Thank You 

      Tuesday 30th November 2:30-3:20 pm

    Monday 13th December - Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper last day for items

    Year 6 Graduation Mass- Wednesday 15th Decemberat 9:30 am (parents)

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    ROSTER

    Monday, 29th November Leticia Hull
    Wednesday, 1st December HELP NEEDED!
    Monday, 6th December HELP NEEDED!
    Wednesday, 8th December Helen

    If anybody is able to help out in Canteen in Term 4 could you please call Gayl on 66822468.

    THANK YOU LADIES!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Happy Birthday wishes from the school community to Jacob Kirk and Miss Madison Smith who are celebrating a birthday this week.

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    Dear Families

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    The continuing conversation this year is about ‘roadmaps’: finding pathways to healthy, safe ways of connecting – for everyone.

    Our Leaders entice us by offering small steps to an opening up, lightening hearts with the hope that all can be ‘home for Christmas’.

    But it is an opening up for which all of us are to engage in preparing – that all might know health, freedom and security.

    The Advent Season, too, is our annual ‘roadmap’, as we wend our way towards the Christmas Manger. The weekly Word unfolds the kind of road God desires to shape, its destination, and our part in enabling it, that God’s desire comes to birth.

    Then, on arriving at the Manger, we will be at one with the Christchild, who modelled the Way for us – in His time, and for all time: the way of light, joy and peace.

    (Liturgy of Ritual Prayer)

    As we begin the journey of Advent leading up to Christmas may we seek to live in peace with others. Give us the courage we need to be loving and forgiving, full of mercy, compassion and understanding. We ask this prayer in Jesus' name. Amen

    CHRISTMAS PICNIC

    Due to the current COVID restrictions for schools, we are unable to finish the year with our usual School Christmas performance and attendance at the local Christmas Carols as a School. However, in order to have some form of celebration of finishing the 2021 School Year we have decided to have a family Christmas Picnic at the  School on  Wednesday 8 December 2021.  
    Please accept this as a welcome invitation to attend. It will be held from 5.3opm - 8.30pm. Families are invited to bring their own food, drinks (NO ALCOHOL), blankets and or seats. There will be Christmas songs and music playing and hopefully, some very jolly person in a red suit will be making an appearance.
    At this stage we do have to abide by all the current COVID regulations on the night, that is, everyone must QR code to enter and all who attend must be double vaccinated. 
    We hope this will provide a  great opportunity for us to get together, to celebrate that we made it through, and to eat, talk, laugh and say goodbye to 2021. 
    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON THE 8TH

    LEADERSHIP SPEECHES

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    As Year 6 2021 get ready to enjoy and celebrate their last couple of weeks at Primary School, we begin to look to the Year 5 students and their potential for leadership for 2022. We are also mindful of how grateful we are to the 2021 School Leaders for their outstanding leadership this year. 
    Next Monday following an Advent Liturgy,  the Year 5 students will present their leadership speeches to the whole school. Students in Years 2-5 will then participate in voting for their 2022 School Captains and Vice Captains. The announcement of the Students chosen for those positions will take place in Week 10. 
    We wish all of the Year 5 students the best of luck with their speeches next Monday. It takes a lot of courage to present to the whole school but it is a great beginning step-up to their roles for next year. We are very proud of their efforts. 

    LEADERSHIP THANK YOU AFTERNOON

    Next Tuesday we will hold a leadership thank you afternoon for our Year 6 Leaders and SRC representatives. It is important to acknowledge their leadership role throughout 2021 and their impact on students and staff.
    This year the afternoon will be held during school time. It includes some games, a snack and reflection and acknowledgement (certificates) of their leadership. 
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    IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM 4

    Week 9 Leadership Speeches (Mon)- Year 5 Leaders Thank You (Tues)- 2.30 pm-3.25 pm
    Week 10 

    Family Christmas Picnic (Wed)

    Swimming Carnival (Competitive)  (Thurs)
    Week 11  Aquatic Fun Carnival (Mon)  Year 6 Graduation Dinner  (Tues) Year 6 Graduation  Mass (Wed)

    IN WEEK 8 OF TERM 4 WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR:

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    • Our 2021 Year 6 Leaders and the SRC reps for their amazing leadership and example.
    • The Year 5 students preparing for Leadership speeches and positions.
    • THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS PICNIC!

    Regards

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      Principal