Welcome to Week 4! It is a little scary that we have already nearly completed four weeks of the school year already.
A huge thank you to all parents who helped out with the Yavenvale Bull sale yesterday. To our wonderful families that baked, made salads, cooked the bbq, drove all the goodies out and helped out on the day – your help is very much appreciated.
A gentle reminder to families who wish take up the fee remission offer from CE for 12 months, could you please make contact with me by tomorrow. Attached is the note that went out last week for your reference that contains the information about how to determine if you are eligible.
For those who are new to school or may be unfamiliar with the routine when you are picking your child up before the end of the day – perhaps for an appointment please come to the office and sign your child out. Office staff will then go and collect your child, this ensures minimal disruption for the class. Also in regards to absences, classroom rolls are legal requirements and staff need to follow strict guidelines with these. If your child is away a note to the class teacher OR an email to your class teacher or office OR a phone call may be made to the school that tells of your child’s absence. SZapp also has a great tool where you can fill in an absence note. Please make sure that it contains the date your child was away and the reason why they are away. If communication is not received within 7 school days your child’s absence will be marked as unexplained. For those children who are away from school for regular medical appointments or therapist sessions, if you can please contact your child’s teacher with a timetable or schedule of the visits that will happen and how often your child receives such therapy. Whilst we understand that absences are sometimes unavoidable we ask that you be mindful of how much time your child is away from school and the direct impact that this has on their learning.
Next week we welcome two new staff members to the St Joseph’s team which we are very excited about. Mrs Lucinda Clay is the schools new Student Welfare Office (chaplain) who comes with a wealth of experience in this area. Lucinda will work one day a week and at this stage it will be on a Monday. We also welcome Madeleine Jesperson who also comes with great expertise and qualifications in the education sector and a wealth of experience with working with children. Madeline will be mainly working in the 2/3/4 classroom and will work on a Monday and a Friday. We know that they will both be great additions to the St Joseph’s team.
Have a great week,
Tomorrow will be our first assembly for 2020. It will be held in the 2/3/4 classroom at 2:45pm. Kindergarten and Year 1 will showcase their classroom work tomorrow.
We will have assembly in week 6 - Yr 2/3/4 showcase classroom work, wk 8 - Yr 5/6 showcase classroom work and week 10 we will have Open Classroom and Publishing celebration.
Girl's Winter Tunic
Swans of Tumut have some winter tunics for the girls in stock. If you are looking to order a tunic, please call in to see them to organise the size your child will need as soon as possible.
|Week 4 - 17th Feb - 21st Feb|
|Thurs 20th:||Counsellor visit|
|Fri 21st:||Sport swimming session - Years 2-6, Friday recess canteen, Assembly - 2:45pm.|
|Week 5 - 24th Feb - 28th Feb|
|Tues 25th:||Counsellor visit, Shrove Tuesday|
|Wed 26th:||Ash Wednesday, Ash Wednesday Mass - 10am|
|Fri 28th:||Sport Swimming session - Years 2-6, Friday recess canteen.|
|Week 6 - 2nd Mar - 6th Mar|
|Thurs 5th:||Counsellor visit|
|Fri 6th:||Friday recess canteen, Assembly - Yr 2/3/4 presenting classwork.|
|Week 7 - 9th Mar - 13th Mar|
|Tues 10th:||Counsellor visit|
|Fri 13th:||Friday recess canteen.|
Friday recess canteen roster was sent out earlier in the week. Please let me know if you haven't received it.
|Feb 20||Roots Fam., Radford Fam., W Reynolds Fam.||21.02.20|
|F Corbett Fam., Bhardwaj Fam., Carmody Fam.||28.02.20|
|March||J Pearce Fam., Matthews Fam., Webb Fam.||06.03.20|
|J Corbett Fam., MacDougall Fam., M. Pearce Fam.||13.03.20|
|Paul Roche Fam., Robson Fam., Bamblett Fam.||20.03.20|
|A Reynolds Fam., Campbell Fam., Oberholzer Fam.||27.03.20|
|April||J Roche Fam., Brown Fam., Miller Fam.||03.04.20|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Mowing roster will be emailed out today, this year we have broken the mowing and whipper snipping into two sections A and B, attached is a map showing the two areas.
|Section A||Section B|
|Webb family - mowing (completed)||Miller family - mowing|
|W Reynolds family - whipper snipping||Carmody family - whipper snipping (completed)|
|Leake family - mowing||MacDougall family - mowing|
Welcome Isla Brooke Baxter
4th February 2020
Congratulations to Jac, Brad and Izzy.
Isla is a beautiful addition to the Baxter family and we look forward to watching her grow.
We are all super excited here at St Joseph's.
Congratulations to students of St Joseph's last Thursday for such a special mass. We welcomed our new families and staff, inducted our new leaders for 2020 and enjoyed a BBQ dinner afterwards. Thank you to all our families for coming along. We also would like to thank Fr George an Fr Daniel for making our Mass so special.
This week in Maths our Yr 2/3/4 class have been working hard on their 'multiplication' skills, they are playing playing multiplication squares with a partner.
In STEM they are working on an 'upcycling' project, we look forward to seeing the end result.
St Joseph's and Yr 2/3/4 are very lucky to have Ms Soulsby join the team, we look forward to sharing lots more fun classroom news.
Absent are Lily and Laura.
Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities or doing kind deeds for others, especially those less fortunate.
On Tuesday 25th February every class will celebrate Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes prior to recess. If your child has any special dietary needs please contact Mrs Murray.
On Wednesday 26th February Mass will be held in St James Church to mark Ash Wednesday. All families and parishioners are welcome to join us.
The sign of the cross, made with ash from the burnt palms from Palm Sunday, is a reminder for us to think about the choices we are making during Lent. We are encouraged to turn away from sin and to follow Jesus. When Father marks the cross on our forehead he either says “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return,” or “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”.
- Mrs Murray - REC
Community Council AGM
The AGM for our community council will be held next Wednesday 26 February at 6pm, followed by the first general meeting for the year.
The process for electing to the Community Council is that parents nominate to the Council and have another community member to second your nomination. If elected to the council it is then voted on by the executive as to who will hold the various positions.
All of these processes are set out in the Schools Constitution for the Community Council.
All positions will be declared open at the commencement of the meeting. Whilst being a member of the community council is a wonderful opportunity to be involved in your child’s school it is a commitment to be involved and attend meetings and events. In the constitution it does state that being absent from 3 consecutive meetings will see your position revoked.
Please have a look at the roles and what is involved. It is good to note that whilst executive will have specific roles community council members will be involved in all community council events and to take an active role as a valued member of the team!
Community Council Roles
The Chair is responsible for the leadership of the Council. He/she will chair the meetings and liase closely with the Principal and the parish priest or delegate.
The deputy Chair assists the Chair to lead and manage affairs of the Council and will chair meetings in the absence of the Chair.
The Secretary will record accurately the minutes of the meeting. The Secretary in collaboration with the Chair and Principal, will prepare a brief report of each meeting for the school newsletter. The secretary assists the Chair and principal in the preparation of the agenda and ensures that agenda items are advertised prior to the meeting.
The treasurer will ensure that proper accounts are kept by subcommittees and audited in accordance with the CE policies and procedures
The treasurer will ensure that bank accounts or cheque books carry at least two signatories.
The treasurer will ensure that CE Policies and procedures are employed for the handling of cash and that those who are involved in the handling of cash are briefed of these policies.
The treasurer will liase with the school’s finance person and the Principal in the preparation of the annual budget and the reporting of the financial status of the school at each council meeting.
If you would like to nominate to the council please complete the form below or email Kirsty with the person listed who has seconded your nomination.
I would like to nominate to the St Joseph’s community Council
Name : ________________________________________________
I have confirmed that the nominee is willing to run for membership on the School Community Council.
Sport Swimming Sessions
Years 2-6 continue to have swimming for sport on Friday for the next two weeks. They need to bring their swimmers to change into at school and remember to bring a rashie, towel, thongs, goggles etc.
NRL's Roads to Regions!
Students had a great time last week when the NRL Roads to Regions visited St Joseph's. It was great to have Luke and Andre from Canberra Raiders join us, we would like to thank them for their time spent here at the school and also Simon and Dean from the NRL Development team.
|23.02.20||Michael Reynolds||T Corbett||Reynolds Family||Helen Isaac||Julian Roche|
|01.03.20||Kirsty Beavan||S Murray||Corbett Family||Trish Roche|
|08.03.20||Liz Murray||B Isaac||Murray Family||Chris Harrison|
|15.03.20||Julian Roche||T Corbett||Julian Roche Family||Carmen Cribb|
|22.03.20||Doreen Hughes||S Murray||Hughes Family||J Kuhn|
|29.03.20||Jan Kendall||T Corbett||Paul Roche Family||Carmel Salmon||N Hughes|