Week 7 Term 4
As we would any new year, we can use this time as a time to refocus our lives and make those changes we need to make to help us do things better, especially as
we prepare for the celebration of Jesus' birth at Christmas.
Some reflections questions to ask ourselves as we refocus at this time:
- Do I switch off my joy in the face of the pressure to get things done?
- Do I forget to hope whenever I come up against an obstacle?
- Do I abandon commitment when my faith becomes too hard to sustain?
- Do I close my eyes to neediness (in others or in myself) whenever I don't know how to 'solve a problem' or move forward
What is the challenge of this Advent for me? How am I being called to AWAKEN my life?
Each week we will light a candle on the advent wreath to encourage us to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Week 1: Candle of Hope:
May your light shine brightly.
May the hope in our hearts shine as bright,
so that we may share with others the love and hope that Jesus offers. Amen.
PARENT FORUM MEETING
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.
YEAR 6 SLEEPOVER
Last Friday night a Year 6 Sleepover was held at the School.
Week 7 Highlights that we are truly grateful for:
- Mrs Lorna Stormon and all that she does to
- The SRC for preparing for our last fundraiser to help others.
- Mini Vinnies and Mrs Boyd for all the encouragement to reach out to others who need our help through the Christmas Hamper baskets.
- Our students and the way they care for each other
- Our Parent Forum and parent community for always being there to help us and walk with us.
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 First Sunday of Advent
Jesus warns his disciples to be watchful so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes.
During Advent, we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we also check to see if we are doing all the things that will keep us ready to receive Jesus when he comes again.
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth as our Savior. Many people like to use a special calendar to help them mark the days until Christmas. You can use this Web calendar to remind you to do something each day to share the meaning of the season. Click the date each day of Advent to find an idea to help you prepare for Jesus’ birthday.
School Leaders Thank You Afternoon Tea: Tuesday 8 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?
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers
The 2020 Vinnies Christmas Appeal campaign has commenced. This year, Christmas will be like no other. After the year that no one saw coming, many families are without jobs and under increased financial stress, some for the first time in their lives. With more families facing uncertainty, no one knows what to expect for Christmas Day. Family feasts, presents and festive gatherings with loved ones will all look incredibly different for many people this year as we celebrate Christmas.
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 in this matter.
Please send your donations to school by
Tuesday 7th December as the
St Vincent de Paul members will be collecting the hampers.
St Joseph's Coraki Parish Bulletin
You are now able to access this and other important Parish information by clicking on the link below.
Strategies For Taming Teasing
Each week in the newsletter, for the rest of the term, I will include a different strategy for taming teasing that you can discuss with your child(ren). Learning how to tackle teasing, without the assistance of an adult is so empowering for them. Young children who learn these coping skills at an early age may be better prepared for more significant social challenges and conflicts in their preteen and teen years.
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.
NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM- COMPASS
TERM 4 - WEEK 6
|YEAR 1||Thomas Walsh|
|YEAR 2||Holly Barnes|
|YEAR 3||Johanna Jensen|
|YEAR 4||Jai Barnes|
|STAGE 3||Breanna Moss|
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
|Monday, 30th November
|Wednesday, 2nd December||Angie Butcher|
|Monday, 7th December||Leticia Hull|
|Wednesday, 9th 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!