Welcome to Term 4. It is wonderful to welcome back our students for the last term of 2021. St Joseph’s is still under Level 3 restrictions as we were at the end of Term 3. This means that students are encouraged to stay in their cohorts, no whole school assemblies or gatherings and parents are still not allowed on site unless it is essential – ie dropping off or collecting your child, or an interview at the request of a teacher.
Our 5/6 students will also have an online ‘speak off’ with Batlow next week in order to see which students will progress to the Western Region Public speaking on Friday 15 October (this is also an online event). Our Year 3 and 4 students – Laura Reynolds, Culley Reynolds and Fred Roche will progress onto the Western Region level as there are no 3/4 students from Batlow who will be participating. We wish Charlie, Ainslie, Arthur and Toby all the best for next week’s speak off.
We welcome Bernadette Cahill into the school for the next six weeks for Tennis on a Friday. The school was successful in gaining a Sports for school grant for this program.
Covid put a stop to the Western Region Athletics carnival as well as the Archdiocesan carnival. This year a virtual Archdiocesan carnival was held, and eligble students could register online to participate, and was done via the results and times of school carnivals.
Our St Joseph’s relay team came 4th in the small schools relay – which was a fantastic effort. Alice came third in the 8 yr old 100 metres and Laura came 6th in the 9 yr old 100 metres. This was out of all the students in the Archdiocese which was a fabulous result. Well done, we are very proud of you all.
Have a great week,
Through the Mysteries of the Rosary, we pray and think about the significant events in Jesus’ life and of His Blessed Mother, Mary. From the ‘Annunciation’ in the Joyful Mysteries, ‘Jesus’ crucifixion’ in the Sorrowful Mysteries to the ‘Coronation of Mary’ in the Glorious Mysteries.
The Church has used three sets of mysteries for many centuries. In 2002 Pope John Paul II proposed a fourth set of mysteries—the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries. According to his suggestion, the four sets of mysteries might be prayed on the following days: the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday, and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday.
The Luminous Mysteries cover the events such as The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, The Wedding Feast at Cana and The Transfiguration of Jesus. As we pray a decade of the Rosary, we offer our intentions and pray for those in need.
Sacrament of First Communion
Please keep Nicholas, Culley, James, Lochie and Laura in your prayers as they prepare to make the Sacrament of First Communion on Sunday 17th October in St James Church.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|MacDougall family||Pearce Family|
|Maher family||Will Reynolds family|
|Jason Miller family||Rieger-Moss family|
Term 4 we will be moving to COMPASS for all attendance communication. Please ensure you have registered via the emails sent out at the end of last term and during the holidays.
Compass is where all parents will be able to add attendance notes, communicate with teachers, view calendar for events and much more.
We strongly encourage the use of the COMPASS app as it is very quick and easy to use for attendance notes and receiving school news items.
The portal is accessible via the web https://schools.compass.education/ and the Compass School Manager App (via the App store on your device). Once you have downloaded the App, you will need to:
- Search for our school. Type Adelong in the search bar and select St Joseph's School - Adelong.
- You will then be required to type in your username and temporary password which were emailed to families yesterday. Once you are logged in you will be prompted to change your temporary password. (Please contact the office if you need the information resent).
- Once you have changed your password, you’ll be prompted to confirm you contact details. This is to make sure that all Compass communications are sent to the correct email address/phone number.
If you have any questions regarding the parent portal or are having trouble logging on please don't hesitate contacting the office via email and we will get back to you.
Yr 5/6 students will participate in the "My Body My Life" workshop in November. Sessions will be run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Marriage, Family and Relationships team. 'My Body My Life' is the Archdiocesan program approved by Catholic Education for Stage 3 Puberty and Personal Development education.
Topics/themes will include:
Puberty, Value of good friendships/relationships/trusted adults, Self-esteem/Uniqueness of each individual, Peer Pressure.
This year due to COVID, the sessions will be run online at this stage. The parent-child evening session will be completed at home by the child, with one of their parents/carers. Following on from these sessions the team will run an online classroom session.
Closer to the date, a parent information letter will be sent home with further information. If you have any questions please don't hesitate contacting the school.
October is Mental Health month and this years theme is ‘Tuning in’. This weeks tip to tune is PRACTICING SELF-COMPASSION
Practicing self-compassion involves treating yourself with care and understanding during difficult times. We can do this by giving the same kindness and compassion to ourselves as we would to a family member or close friend in the same situation. We can tune in to self-compassion by:
- Not judging your situation or experience
- Accepting that it’s okay to feel what you’re feeling
- Understanding that how you feel is temporary
- Being kind to yourself instead of self-criticizing.
This week we encourage you to tune into your thoughts and feelings. Give yourself extra grace and practice self compassion.