- Principal's Report
- Religious Education News
- Upcoming Dates
- Mowing Roster
- St Joseph's End of Year Mass & Awards Ceremony
- School Reports
- Parent Teacher Interviews
- Pool Reward Day
- Vinnies Christmas Appeal
- Community Council End of Year Raffle
- Kindergarten/Yr 1 Classroom News
- Awards - Week 8
- Yr 2/3 Classroom News
- Lost Property
- School Fees
- Canberra Goulburn Sporting Events 2022
- Parish News
- Notice Board
Welcome to Week 9 and what is a very busy time of the year.
In 2022 the Class structure will be the same as this year. The K/1 class teacher will be Miss Stacey Braun with Mrs Liz Murray taking Kindergarten literacy four days a week, as well as taking on Instructional leadership and leading the Catalyst program for St Joseph’s. 2/3 will be Miss Jessica Soulsby and 4/5/6 will be Mrs Kerrie Dean. There is still some part time positions that we are hoping to fill before the end of the year. Covid protocols have not allowed students to transition to their new class for 2022, but we are confident that this will be a smooth process for our current Yr 1 and Yr 3 students.
Plan B for End of Year Mass and Awards Ceremony
As you are aware our end of year mass and awards presentation is Wednesday 8th December and is to be held outside on the school oval. We look forward to officially saying farewell to our wonderful Year six leaders, and announcing our School leaders for 2022. It is also a great opportunity to acknowledge all students who have made significant progress, achievement and success in particular Key Learning Areas. Much thought and consideration goes into our awards and is a difficult process, as all staff know that students at St Joseph’s give of their best. Clear protocols follow in the newsletter of how this will run and the steps needed to check in and show vaccination status etc.
In the event of wet weather the only viable option is to hold the mass and awards ceremony at the Adelong showground. All families will be notified early next week if we need to change the venue – all protocols and check in procedures will remain the same. If this is the venue parents will be asked to drop their children to the Showground at the beginning of the school day.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will be held next week and it is a great opportunity to talk to your child’s teacher about their progress and strengths and areas that could be developed in 2022.
Go gently as it is indeed busy times with much to do!!!
Have a great week,
Now that December is upon us, our thoughts turn towards Christmas and the many celebrations associated with this special time of year.
Each class has set up an Advent wreath on their prayer table and the students are learning about the signs and symbols associated with Advent. Advent candles readily demonstrate the strong contrast between darkness and light, which is an important biblical image. Jesus referred to himself as the "Light of the World" that dispels the darkness of sin:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
The Advent candles also reminds us that, as Christians, we're meant to shine the light of Christ in this world. As Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world ... let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
The candle on the Advent wreath this week represents hope.
The children are becoming familiar with the Christmas story through a range of books and drama activities. 2/3 investigated how far Nazareth was from Bethlehem and how long the journey would take. Today by car the trip would take two hours and twenty four minutes (156.7km). Walking would take 31 hours! There are accounts of Joseph and Mary travelling for five to seven days. The 4/5/6 class are deepening their knowledge and understanding of the Christmas story by comparing the Infancy Narratives, the accounts of the birth of Jesus, written by Matthew and Luke.
It is wonderful to hear the discussions and questions that arise from looking deeper into the Christmas story.
I look forward to celebrating our School Mass next Wednesday. Readings or prayers have been sent home for students in Year 6, 4 and 1 to review. I will listen to the students read at school, but I would greatly appreciate if families have any time during the week to practise the readings with your child.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
|Week 9 - 29th Nov - 3rd Dec|
|Fri 3rd:||Swimming K-6|
|Week 10 - 6th Dec - 10th Dec|
|Mon 6th:||Radio - Sam, Lochie & Beau, Swimming K-6|
|Wed 8th:||End of Year Mass/Awards Ceremony - 9:30am, Swimming K-6|
|Fri 10th:||Swimming K-6|
|Sat 11th:||Carols by Candlelight|
|Week 11 - 13th Dec - 15th Dec|
|Tues 14th:||Pool Reward Day|
|Wed 15th:||Last day of Term 4|
2022 - Term 1
|Fri 28th Jan:||Staff PD - Catalyst|
|Week 1 - 31st Jan - 4th Feb|
|Mon 31st:||Staff PD Day - Pupil Free day for students|
|Tues 1st Feb:||Students in K-6 return for 2022|
|Fri 4th:||Swimming Carnival - Adelong Aquatic Centre, Kindergarten rest day|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|Lachlan Roche family||Robson family|
|Roots family||Julian Roche family|
|Matt Miller family||Annetts family|
Next Wednesday 8th December we will join together to celebrate our End of Year Mass and Awards Ceremony. This will be an outdoor event on the oval commencing at 9:30am. Please bring along a chair.
We are extremely lucky to be able to hold this event for our families however due to current Covid restrictions within schools we will need to pay special attention to social distancing, checking in, vaccination requirements and following current health orders in relation to not attending if you feel unwell or have been classed as a contact. Only parents/families who are double vaccinated are allowed to enter the school grounds to attend the event.
Following are the requirements we will need to follow on the day:
- advise attendees if they are unwell they should not attend the event and if they present as unwell they will be asked to leave or are classed as a contact.
- check in via QR code
- hand sanitiser to be used
- proof of vaccination via the Service NSW app/Medicare app or paper copy from Medicare
- seated in family group
- socially distance from other family groups
Below are the different forms of proof of vaccination that will be accepted on the day.
School reports will go out next week via Compass. Paper copies will no longer be available, you will logon to Compass to access your child's school report, a paper copy can be printed at home if you wish.
Parent Teacher Interviews for Semester Two will commence next Tuesday with class teachers.
Bookings will be via the Schoolzine booking link which has been emailed out to parents. Please let the office know if you haven't received an email.
We ask that parents please follow strict Covid protocols by checking in via the QR code, showing proof of double vaccination, sanitise and maintain social distancing.
Our pool reward day will be held on Tuesday 14th December at the Adelong pool.
Online permission note has gone out via Compass and we require permissions to be given as soon as possible. Sausage sizzle lunch order has gone out via paper note and we require orders and money to be returned to school by next Tuesday 7th December.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate contacting the office.
Each classroom has a basket ready to be filled with any non-perishable food or new toys for the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.
The children can bring in their donations any time and pop them in the baskets. The donations will be carried up to the altar during our End of Year Mass, and then donated to St Vincent DePaul Tumut.
Congratulations to St Joseph's students who received Student of the Week and Principal Awards in week 8.
Principal Awards: Om & Braxton.
Student of the Week: Barney, Isabella, Henry, Cody, Lochie, Charlie & Fred.
Happy Birthday: Tessa, Sidonie & Beau.
Recently when St Joseph's held a fundraiser for Backpack Beds for the Homeless, the students formed coin lines. In 2/3 they also used the coin line activity to form different observations.
I used the trundle wheel to measure the length of our money line, it measured about 20 metres - Laura Reynolds
I collected all of the 5 cent pieces and lined them up in value order. It worked out that if you trade your two dollar coin for 5 cent pieces at the bank, your line would be so much longer. You could have 20 coins for one 2 dollar coin! - Alice McDougall
It was very competitive making our lines, the 5/6 kids kept coming over and looking at our line trying to beat us - Henry Roche
The lines tested my maths, with counting by 5s and 10s. Henry counted the 10s and I counted the 5s. There were so many - Cody Johnson
We sorted the coins into their value to make counting easier - Taylor Maher
We sorted the coins into lines, and I think our line was about 15.5 metres - Braxton Bamblett
We were raising money to help homeless people receive backpack beds. It is like a swag, and costs $100. We hope we raised enough to buy one - Grade 2/3
Students who will in be in Yrs 2-6 in 2022 will require their own device.
The requirements that the school suggests are that the device has a good battery life, wireless wi-fi and the preference would be for a laptop or chrome book rather than a tablet. Somewhere in the middle price range – not cheap and nasty but not top of the line as there really is not a need to spend a lot of money. Windows 10 S machines can be troublesome, however it is suggested that Google chrome is the browser for your device.
If purchasing a laptop for your child is going to place financial pressure on the family, we ask that you contact Mrs Beavan to discuss. There will be chrome books available for students to use until such time a laptop can be purchased. Please let me know if you have any queries about this, happy to help out.