Week 2 Term 4
Welcome to Term 4, I hope you had an enjoyable break with your children.
As always it was a true joy to welcome our children back on Tuesday morning, with their enthusiasm and the absolute need to share all their wonderful holiday stories. A timely reminder to us as staff, of how blessed we are in our job.
JUNIOR JOEYS ORIENTATION DAYS ARE BACK!
We have now been given permission to run 4 Junior Joeys orientation days this term.
The Junior Joeys 2020 Transition Program will be run on Wednesday mornings, beginning Wednesday 28 October 2020 from 9.15 am until 11 am, and continue for 4 consecutive Wednesday mornings. The last session will be held on 18 November 2020.
During the 4 visits preschoolers will become familiar with the following:
- School boundaries
- School and class routines
- Outside play skills
- Play as part of the curriculum
- Working as part of the class
- School values and classroom expectations
- Class teachers and class learning environment, including outdoor learning areas.
With the current COVID-19 guidelines in place, we ask that parents sign their child in outside the Library each Wednesday morning. The children will clean their hands with sanitiser and then be taught our COVID safety strategies as the day progresses.
We are so excited to finally be able to welcome our Kindergarten 2021 students to our beautiful school.
As we begin our final term for 2020 we are aware of the many events and activities that will keep us busy and focussed (COVID adapted)- lots of learning, Junior Joeys, Swimming awareness, Exuro, assessments, reports, the swimming carnival, School Captains and Leaders elections for 2021, Advent, Masses and Liturgies, Year 6 Graduation and the list goes on. Before we know it, we will be at the end of another year and saying goodbye to Year 6 2020. What a wonderful term we have ahead!
- Our students and staff for a terrific start to the term!
- Our School Cyclic Review. Thanks to the parents who were available to speak to the panel via phone.
- Our Consultant- Mr Paul Wilson for his support throughout the process.
- We can have Junior Joeys.
Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day
We had a terrific staff learning day the first day back. We unpacked the Pedagogy dimension of the Diocesan 'Fullness of Life Framework' and participated in 2 Spirituality Modules.
We thank you for your support and understanding of Staff Development Days.
We learn so that we will be better teachers for our students.
COVID 19 Practices Term 4
- Staff and students exhibiting even mild COVID-19 symptoms are to be sent home and required to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school.
- Non-essential adults are not be permitted to enter the school grounds. We ask that no parents enter the school past the front office. All inquiries to the front office, please.
- Pick up and drop off will continue out the front of the school.
- Canteen for lunches only is continued to be offered if we are able to get parent volunteers to assist.
- It is paramount in these times, in particular, that any child who is unwell is kept at home. We appreciate your understanding and consideration for the safety of the other students and the staff.
- Our bubblers will still not to be used and therefore the children require a water bottle.
- Our stringent hygiene practices for our new normal continue with: the washing of hands regularly; sanitiser after eating, no food or drinks to be shared; coughing and sneezing into elbows, tissues discarded immediately, cleaning of the desks between lunch and recess breaks and extra cleaning of the school by our cleaners.
School Cyclic Review
It was a process in which we were rated highly across all areas. It clarified our current practices and gave justification to our goals and initiatives going forward. Well done St Joseph's!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sunday Gospel Reading:
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Pharisees send their disciples to test Jesus with a question about taxes.
In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds us of the necessity of giving things their proper importance. The Pharisees were giving too much importance to the issue of the payment of taxes. Jesus reminds them that loving and honouring God is of greater importance. Using our gifts to respect and value life is one way that we can do this.
ROCKTOBER SOCKTOBER DANCE PARTY
This term on Friday, 30 October our students are invited to a Rocktober Socktober Dance Party fundraiser, and to come to school wearing colourful socks in a creative way - eg. socks in their hair, on their arms or in whatever way they can think of, and to bring a gold coin donation.
October is World Mission Month. Our focus country this year is Cambodia, where the Catholic Mission seeks to provide shelter, food, education, and life-fulfilling opportunities for children in need, especially those with disabilities.
Students across Australia are encouraged to learn about Cambodia, and through fundraising, prayer and advocacy, be a part of the life‑changing work of the Church as they support children with disability. Distressingly, in Cambodia, people with disability are not always accepted and given equal opportunity. Children with disability are sometimes not able to go to school and gain an education, and their families may struggle to care for them. The Arrupe Centre, established by Bishop Enrique ‘Kike’ Figaredo Alvargonzalez in 2001, is a home for children with disability,
The Arrupe Centre strives to show the love of God through caring for and empowering those in need. They provide children with support and opportunities to live a fulfilling life. As Bishop Kike says, “We are here for the common good; to be a more inclusive society and to bring also the joy of life everywhere ... we look with a positive vision and, I would say, with hope and joy and happiness”.
We pray for children all over the world who are challenged by disability,
especially those children cared for at the Arrupe Centre in Cambodia.
We pray for Bishop Kike and the staff at the Arrupe Centre:
May they feel blessed in the work they do as they “reach out to give life”.
Please grant all people at the Arrupe Centre the loving touch of Your compassion
as they walk together as the Body of Christ. Amen.
St Joseph's Coraki Parish Bulletin
You are now able to access this and other important Parish information by clicking on the link below.
Due to the changes that came about under COVID regulations, we were unable to hold our Book Week activities at the usual time this year.
We will instead be celebrating Book Week in the week beginning November 2nd 2020. We have many exciting activities planned for the students this year, including our much loved, traditional Book Character Parade.
This parade will be held on Friday 6th November.
Although at this point, parents are still unable to attend this parade, we will organise for this to be filmed and made available for all to see.
We will keep you updated on all other activities, including the arrival of our Book Fair, in the coming weeks.
TERM 4 - WEEK 1
|YEAR 1||Zachary Barratt|
|YEAR 2||Shayla Boland|
|YEAR 3||Zoey Campbell|
|YEAR 4||Caleb Boland|
|STAGE 3||Aiden Doran|
|Monday, 26th October
|Wednesday, 28th October||Angie Butcher|
|Monday, 2nd November||Rebecca Perry|
|Wednesday, 4th November||Helen Grissell|
Could you please give Gayl a call on 66822468 if you
are able to help out in the canteen during Term 4.
THANK YOU LADIES!
Family Connect Service
Sometimes families need a helping hand, especially in these challenging times.
St Joseph’s Primary School is pleased to announce that we are introducing the Family Connect Service to our school. Wendy Jansen is our new Family Connect worker who will be able to help any of our school families get the support they need. If you or anyone in your family would like assistance with:
- Parenting challenges
- Accessing housing support
- Accessing welfare supports
- Accessing counselling services
- Linking to domestic violence supports
- Finding culturally appropriate support
Contact Wendy by phone: 0437 179 916 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org