Week 6 Term 4
Last Wednesday we had our final meeting for the parents of our Kindergarten 2021 students. It was well-attended and the perfect time for a conversation about a child’s first year at school. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Melissa Barnes for all her work with Junior Joey’s this year. A sentiment echoed from the parents at the meeting that day. She has done a wonderful job and is very excited about welcoming our new Kindergarten students in 2021. Thanks also to Mrs White for supporting Mrs Barnes and our new Kinders throughout the orientation and Mrs Shandell Parkinson for your support and assistance under the new Kindergarten guidelines.
PARENT FORUM MEETING
We are finally able to have Parent Forum meetings again, out of school hours.
Out first and final 2021 Parent Forum meeting post COVID restrictions will be held on Monday 30 November 2020 at 6 pm in the School Library.
We'd love to welcome as many parents as possible to the meeting. Agenda items will include setting a date for our 2021 Community Fair (restrictions permitting) and decisions about 2020 Class art auctions. All are welcome and invited to attend.
ST JOSEPH'S 2020 ART EXHIBITIONS AWARD RECIPIENTS: Mrs Sharon Roxburgh
Thank you to all students and families who completed the voting for our St Joseph's Art Exhibition held during Book Week/Naidoc Week celebrations. Although every student was a winner simply by entering an art piece, the People's Choice votes have now ended and winners for each section received their Award and Prize at Wednesday's morning Assembly.
ES1: Indi Stahl
ST: 1 Huntah Edwards
ST 2: Lorena Swanson
ST 3: Jahli Brady
ST 2: Cherish Cook
ST 3: Lean Sulit
Week 5 Highlights that we are truly grateful for:
- Our budding artists
- A Year 6 sleepover!
- Our Junior Joeys who have been absolutely amazing this year. We look forward to catching up next year.
- The State of Origin!
- Our notes coming in for the Swimming Carnival.
- Mrs Roxburg for the organisation of the Art Exhibition and awards
- Mrs Piccini and Mrs Wilde for organising the Year 6 Sleepover
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.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King:
Jesus teaches that when the Son of Man comes in glory, and he will judge the nations.
Jesus came to teach us how to live good lives and to be happy. He gave us the keys to live in right relationships, to be people of justice and compassion, and to be loving peacemakers. There is nothing else we need – just the right key.
Jesus says the key to happiness is:
- looking after those who are hungry and thirsty.
- welcoming and accepting of people whom you don’t know very well, or are new to you.
- * forgiving others and show mercy to them.
- * looking after those who are sick and care for them.
- * working hard at showing compassion and understanding for others.
Celebrating Christ The King - School Mass
27th November at 9:30 am
The Feast of Christ the King ends the Liturgical and then we will celebrate the Liturgical Season of Advent. Our Year Three and Five students and teachers will attend a Mass on Friday 27th November. The theme for this Mass is Christ the King -Jesus is the Key to Happiness.
SCHOOL LEADERS THANK YOU AFTERNOON TEA: Tuesday 8th December
School Captains, Vice Captains, Sports Captains, SRC members, Events Management Leaders, Mini Vinnies Presidents and Vice Presidents, Parish Altar Servers and Year 6 are invited to a special thank you afternoon tea and reflection time on Tuesday 8th December from 3.30 pm- 5 pm.
If your child is eligible and able to attend can you please return the reply slip sent home?
DON'T MISS THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
WITH FATHER ROB GALEA
Tuesday 24th November 2020 7-8 pm
The Catholic Schools Parent Assembly has organised a special Christmas treat for all the family - so save the date:
Fr Rob Galea is an international renowned Maltese-Australian priest and a Christian singer-songwriter. At present he is an assistant priest serving the Catholic community of Bendigo. He has devoted his time to his passion for Christian ministry and contemporary music.
Father Rob has even featured in national newspapers and magazines as well as on TV Channel 10's The Project. He was even a contestant on Australia's THE X Factor.
St Joseph's Coraki Parish Bulletin
You are now able to access this and other important Parish information by clicking on the link below.
Donut Thinking: Are you Looking At The Hole or The Donut-y Goodness?
A few months ago the Parent Assembly organised a wonderful webinar with child psychiatrist, Dr Kaylene Henderson. She had lots of great advice on bringing out the best in our children. One thing in particular that stood out to me was ‘donut thinking’. When we look at a donut, we think about the donut-y goodness. We don’t think ‘Oh no, it’s got a piece missing in the middle’. This is a really useful analogy that we can use with our children to keep their problems in perspective and to have an attitude of gratitude.
Example 1: I don’t want to do my homework (hole). Donut-y goodness = as soon as I finish my homework, I can do something fun.
Example 2: One of my classmates said something unkind today (hole). Donut-y goodness = My friend stood up for me.
Example 3: It’s raining and now we can’t go to the park (hole). Donut-y goodness = Mum said we can play board games together instead.
A useful question we can ask our children is “Are you looking at the hole or the donut-y goodness?” You might find this particularly useful over the school holidays!
If you’re interested in getting more great tips from Dr Kaylene Henderson, her website is www.drkaylenehenderson.com
Richmond Zone Summer Sports Trials
School Swimming Carnival
We have had to change the School Swimming Carnival date due to unforeseen circumstances. The new date is 11 December 2020 (Week 9- Friday) at the Evans Head Aquatic Centre. Unfortunately, our carnival will be held without spectators this year. The nomination entry form will be issued today Friday the 13th November 2020. Notes will need to be returned by 20th November 2020.
YEAR 6 SLEEPOVER
Escape Room challenges,
A Movie, and
A sleepover in the library.
HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT YEAR 6!
TERM 4 - WEEK 5
|YEAR 1||Ollie Handford-King|
|YEAR 2||Ayla Stahl|
|YEAR 3||Madison Kirk|
|YEAR 4||Whole Class|
|STAGE 3||Brad Felsch|
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: email@example.com
|Monday, 23rd November
|Wednesday, 25th November||Angie Butcher|
|Monday, 30th November||Rebecca Perry|
|Wednesday, 2nd December||Angie Butcher|
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!