Week 8 Term 2 - 2021
RECEIVING THE SACRAMENTS-
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
This weekend we look forward to joining together to celebrate our students Charlotte, Madison, Seleste, Sylvie, Ruby, Sasha and Zoey, who will be making their First Holy Communion.
These students and their parents have committed to working together over the last month, attending Saturday meetings followed by Mass as a way of preparing for this exciting day. The preparation is important and is a wonderful journey together as a group of students with their parents. It builds knowledge on the learnings of classwork and allows for discussion and sharing between parent and child on each other's experiences and understandings. It is a commitment that highlights the priority and importance that each of us places on the preparation for these very special Sacraments. It also signals the importance to your child.
My Communion Prayer
Dear God, I know that You give me many gifts.The gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ in Holy Communion is the greatest of all.
As I become more like Him, please continue to
help me. Show me the places and ways that
I can bring Your love, kindness, and peace
in my family,
in my neighbourhood,
in my community,
with my friends.
I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion
The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning ‘thanksgiving’. During the Sacrament of Eucharist program students explore his or her own interaction in their family and in the Church. They further explore the themes of inclusion, ritual, celebration, thanksgiving and meals. They learn that the celebration of the Mass includes the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They learn that those who receive Holy Communion are called to be agents of change and teach others about God through their actions towards others. The celebration of the Eucharist nourishes and nurtures us so that we are enabled to act and live with courage and commitment as disciples of Jesus in our world.
Our Catholic School and Parish are here to help support our students' Faith formation and also your vocation as parents.
We become full members of the Catholic Church when we have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. These Sacraments are the beginning of a life-long journey as Christians. Information about the Sacraments is available at the school. Please contact the school if you require any further information.
UPCOMING STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS
Friday 25 June 2021 ( Friday Week 10 Term 2)-
Spirituality Module, Data Walls (The Learning Collaborative)
Monday 12 July 2021 (Monday Week 1 Term 3)
Spirituality Module, Curriculum- Compliance and Quality Assurance, The Learning Collaborative.
What did Week 8 hold?
- BFF Groups- Mindfulness
- Parent Forum Meeting- Thank you to those parents who were able to attend
- Fitness Activities
- SRC Meeting - Preparations for Fundraiser at the end of term
- Staff Meeting - Evangelisation
- St Joseph's Athletics Carnival- Thanks to the staff and parents for your help
- Student Support Officer Bel in classrooms and running activities during lunch and recess.
- Whole School Mass led by Stage 3- Friday
- First Holy Communion- Saturday 12 June
- Farewell to Fr Jim
Goodbye Fr Jim- we wish you well
A reminder to our current families who would like to enrol siblings for next year, we are enrolling students now. You can collect your enrolment pack from the office or let us know if you would like one sent home. The enrolment forms are live on our website to complete. I am hoping to commence enrolment interviews in the last couple of weeks this term, so letters can be sent out in early Term 3.
Please make sure that you spread the word to friends and relatives who are looking to start their child in Kindergarten in 2022.
Agenda items from the Parent Forum meeting held last Monday 7 June.
- The money raised from the St Joseph's Community Fair is approx $5000 (Art Auction money still to come in.) We are very appreciative and plan to use the money raised to begin to purchase contemporary furniture for the Stage 2 Flexible Learning Space.
- Reflection and review of the Community Fair- considerations for 2022
- Discussion around the current staff review of the Child Protection Policy and the Road Safety Policy available on the School website.
- Enrolments 2022
- Compass- Feedback sought- positives, concerns or issues.
- The Athletics Carnival - the ordering of food etc for the Canteen. Thanks, Helen for your work with this.
- First Holy Communion - Preparation for the supper following the Sacrament- Thank you, Mel, for your volunteering to prepare the food.
- Class Parents- we have had trouble getting a Class Parent for each class this year.
- School Disco- 22 October 2021- further discuss next meeting.
- Pupil Free Days and upcoming dates for Term 3.
eSafety's Guide to Parental Controls Free Webinar
This eSafety free webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13.
It will cover:
- the benefits and limitations of parental controls
- how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
- how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
- using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
- how eSafety can help when things go wrong.
This webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice.
Choose from one of the following dates/ times:
- Wednesday 16 June 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Parents/carers can register at
CURRENT COVID GUIDELINES
- Students and staff with even mild symptoms of COVID 19 are not to attend school. Parents of symptomatic children should provide evidence of a negative result prior to returning to school. In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms, a letter from the GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
- We will continue our regular COVID safe practices of student's hand sanitising on entry to the classrooms and after mealtimes and during the day.
WEEK 8 HIGHLIGHTS THAT WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR
- Our SRC and their efforts to seek student voice and raise money for those in need.
- Our Parent's who continually support the school through the Parent Forum, volunteering to work at or run canteen events, Class Parents.
- Mrs Barnes for all her work with organising and running the Athletics Carnival.
- The parents of our students making the Sacrament of Holy Communion- thank you for supporting your child in their journey by attending the preparation classes and Mass.
- Our students for their willingness to have a go and achieve their best at the Athletics Carnival
- Our staff, who continue to seek ways to improve and grow their teaching.
- Our Stage 3 students for leading us in Mass.
- Fr Jim- thank you for all that you have done and been while you have been with us.
Have a wonderful weekend!
SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION
The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 4: 26-34 The reign of God is like a mustard seed.
it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages three metres, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many.
CELEBRATING FIRST EUCHARIST
Our sacramental preparation students, Zoey Campbell, Sylvie Davis, Sasha Franks, Madison Kirk, Ruby O'Neill, Charlotte Robinson and Seleste Walsh will celebrate their first Holy Communion this weekend, at the parish Mass at the All Saints" Church Woodburn at 5:30 pm. We congratulate them and their families.
During the family sacrament preparation sessions, students have learned that Holy Communion is a very special spiritual food and drink that nourishes us by giving us strength: strength to love God with all our heart and all our might: and the strength to be like Jesus and reach out to others in love.
Please keep our students and their families in your prayers. All are welcome to this special celebration and are invited to supper which will be shared in the school library after Mass.
The supper will also be an opportunity for our parish family to farewell Father Jim.
MAKING JESUS REAL - (MJR)
At St Joseph’s Woodburn we encourage our students to “Make Jesus Real’” by the way they act in our school community and while at home and out in the 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.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Year 3 and other students) - All Saints Church Woodburn WEDNESDAY 20th October 2021 at 6 pm. Parents wanting their children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are asked to contact Megan Boyd or the school office. Children will need to have received the Sacrament of Baptism prior to the Confirmation date.
LISMORE MUSICAL FESTIVAL 2021 31st AUGUST - 3rd September
If any parent would like more information about the Lismore Musical Festival please see Gayl at the Parish Office,
St Joseph’s Athletics Carnival 2021
Congratulations to Gahgan (Green) colour house on their win at the Athletics Carnival yesterday.
- To all the parents who assisted in the canteen or in the field, your help was greatly appreciated.
- To all the teachers for helping organise the students throughout the day.
- To the students for the wonderful sportsmanship and effort throughout the day.
2021 Age Champions
|5 year Old||
Champion: Poppy Parkinson
Runner-up: Olivia Bennett
Champion: Travis BennettRunner up:
|6 year Old||
Champion: Indiana Stahl
Runner-up: Katy Hull
Champion: Archie Martin
Runner up: Eli Walsh
|7 year Old||
Champion: Hazel Johnston
Runner-up: Amahli Hardford
Champion: Ollie Handford-King
Runner up: Konnor Foster
|8 year old||
Champion: Isabella Wagner
Runner-up: Eliana Piccini
Champion: Cooper Bailey
Runner up: Chase Martin
|9 year old||
Champion: Mia McGillivray
Runner-up: Ayla Stahl
Champion: Sonny Handford-King
Runner up: Nick Felsch
|10 year old||
Champion: Cherish Cook
Runner-up: Leila Bailey
Champion: Beau Jubber
Runner up: Brett Kelly
|11 year old||
Champion: Jasmine Hayden
Runner-up: Eden Carpenter
Champion: Jed Duignan
Runner up: Jai Barnes
|12 year old||
Champion: Charlotte Kinsella
Runner-up: Ruby Jonhston
Champion: Lucas Hayden
Runner up: Finlay Stevenson
|13 year old||
Champion: Hayley Ryan
Champion: Jackson Grissell
Richmond Zone Athletics Carnival: - Wednesday 21st July 2021.
|Year 1||Moses Wagner|
|Year 2||Lacey Foster|
|Year 3||Isabella Wagner|
|Year 4||Johanna Jensen|
|Year 5||Jasmine Hayden|
|Year 6||Hayley Ryan|
|Monday,14th June||PUBLIC HOLIDAY|
|Wednesday, 16th June||Helen Grissell|
|Monday, 21st June||Melissa Handford|
|Wednesday, 23rd June||Helen Grissell|
If anybody is able to help out in Canteen in Term 3 could you please call Gayl on 66822468.
THANK YOU LADIES!
WOODBURN TENNIS COURTS have recently acquired new nets, supplied by the Woodburn Business & Community Chamber, the weeds have been removed, and with the recent beautiful sunny weather, the courts are looking good!
The Courts are available for use by residents and visitors to the Woodburn area from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Hire charges are $5 for daytime use, $10 for nighttime use. Racquets and balls are available to borrow also.
Management of bookings is through the Woodburn Business & Community Chamber - phone Pam on 6682 2203 or 0414 953 879.