Welcome to Week 2. I know that I have talked about the wonderful Eddie Jaku before – so it was extremely sad that he passed away this week at the age of 101. Eddie was a Holocaust survivor and during World War Two he was imprisoned in four concentration camps, led a daring escape on a train, broke free from a death march and survived in a forest. His story is simply mind blowing and he dedicated the rest of his life advocating for peace and kindness. To celebrate his 100th birthday he published his memoirs entitled “The Happiest Man on Earth.” If you haven’t had the opportunity to read it I strongly encourage you to. He was such an inspirational man – and his motto to be happy and spread happiness is something we can all take note of.
Thank you again for adhering to Level 3 restrictions when on site – wearing a mask, QR coding in and social distancing. As you know we are encouraging all students to remain in their class groups where ever practical. The recent covid case at Kildare Catholic College appears to have not spread across students in different year levels within the school and this was due to year groups not mingling or mixing cohorts.
Next week we will have an online meeting for our parents where architect Russell McFarlane from McFarlane Architects will do a short presentation of the new buildings – plans and images of what the new classrooms and administration building will look like. Following on from the presentation I would like parent input into the dreams for the school for the next three years which will assist in writing our three year strategic plan for St Joseph’s. All parents are welcome to attend, and if you could just have your three big goals for the school that you would like to put forward, and give a quick outline of what your dreams are that would be fantastic. A link will be sent out to all parents next week for the meeting.
Have a great week,
Staff, that teach religion, appreciated the opportunity to work with the CE Faith and Formation Team yesterday via Zoom sessions. Staff evaluated their Term 3 programs and planned a range of learning opportunities for their programs this term. Staff from CE were extremely impressed with the range of teaching and learning opportunities that allowed for deep engagement with the RE concepts being taught, and the knowledge and skills the staff demonstrated. Staff deserved to be congratulated work they have put into developing their own Conceptual Inquiry Units.
Sacrament of First Communion
Please keep Laura, James, Culley, Lochie and Nic in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of First Communion on the weekend. You are welcome to join us for 10.00am Mass following the current Covid guidelines.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
|Week 2 - 11th Oct - 15th Oct|
|Fri 15th:||Tennis, WR Public Speaking.|
|Week 3 - 18th Oct - 22nd Oct|
|Week 4 - 25th Oct - 29th Oct
|Mon 25th:||Yr 6 Fundraiser.|
|Fri 29th:||Tennis, Socktober.|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|Maher family||Pearce Family|
|Jason Miller family||Will Reynolds family|
|Oberholzer family||Rieger-Moss family|
St Joseph's are using COMPASS Parent Portal for all attendance communication. Please ensure you have registered via the emails sent out.
All student absences will need to be put through COMPASS portal by the parent.
It is ideal that a student absence is put through on the day of the absence, if an absence is not put through after 7 days it will be classed as an unexplained absence.
If you know your child will be away (eg. medical appointments) you can put through an absence for a future date.
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.
COMPASS has many fantastic features as you can see from the information sheet and we will be rolling these out during term 4. It will also be our main way of communicating with our parents.If you haven't received emails regarding registering for Compass Parent Portal please contact the school.
We have quite a few lost property items from end of last term and the start of this term. Please label all clothing or check if names are still visible as some names are becoming faded.
sz 7 navy zip up hoody
sz 12 polar fleece jumper
sz 4/6 school jacket
sz 14 navy sports shorts
2 ties, hat and scarf.
October is Mental Health month and this years theme is ‘Tuning in’. This weeks tip to tune in is GROUND YOURSELF and CONNECT TO THE EARTH
Connecting with nature has long been known to have positive impacts on mental health and can be an excellent way to Tune In to the world. Connection to Country is a huge part of social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and taking time to connect with the Land in ways that are accessible can help build social and emotional wellbeing. Gardening has been shown to increase levels of hormones that improve mood and decrease stress, and even humble indoor plants can help us feel more connected to the earth.
Connecting to nature can reduce self-consciousness and help you feel more relaxed. Ways you can connect with the earth include:
- Sitting or lying on the grass in your local park
- Planting something new in your garden
- Spend time in nature
We encourage you and your children to tune into the world around you. Enjoy some time in nature this week, spring is a wonderful time to garden or enjoy the great outdoors.
Issue 7 Book Club Catalogues have gone out today with students. Book Club is completely optional with no obligation to purchase, if you would like to place an order please place it via the LOOP app.
Orders are due next Thursday 21st October.
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.
|17th||First Communion||Sue Roche|
|24th||Arthur Roche||Doreen Hughes||Judy Kuhn||S Murray|
|31st||Liz Murray||Carmel Salmon|
|14th||Jan Kendall||Liz Murray||Jan Kendall|
|21st||Doreen Hughes||Trish Roche|
|28th||Jean Roche||Sue Roche||Helen Isaac||Jim Roche|