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Welcome to Week 8 in what seems like crazy times indeed. Thank you to all parents who have been in contact if your child/ren are unwell and keeping them at home. Regardless of Covid-19 it is sensible and best practice to keep children at home when they are not well, in order to ensure the health and safety of the whole school community. Not getting caught up in the hysteria and crazy behaviours which seem to be around us, can only have positive flow on effects. There is constant communication from Catholic Education and I have distributed this information to all families, and will continue to do so.
The latest advice from government authorities is that schools should remain open and it is learning as usual. Taking away all of the sporting competitions, trials and carnivals as well as any additional events that would normally happen in schools in some ways is quite refreshing as it is purely teaching and learning happening in schools across our nation – which is our core business.
Schools in the Archdiocese are preparing for the event that there may be school closures. Worst case scenarios are if schools were to close – teaching and learning would still occur through remote learning and St Joseph’s would be well set up to do this.
We acknowledge that today is St Joseph’s day and we thank Mrs Murray for preparing some great resources for the children to use today in class. Our patron Saint has many qualities that I constantly see children aspiring to such as using our hands to do good, guiding others and being kind and compassionate.
Have a great week,
Today is the Feast Day of our school patron -St Joseph. While we were not able to celebrate this special day with Mass, each class dedicated time to pray and learn about the life of St Joseph and how he is remembered around the world on his Feast Day.
Saint Joseph is known as the silent, humble servant of God. This is mainly because there is no record of Joseph actually speaking in the Gospels. In John’s Gospel, Joseph is mentioned once when someone calls Jesus “the son of Joseph”. It is through the Gospel readings of Matthew and Luke that we learn about St Joseph.
We know he was a carpenter, a working man, for the Nazarenes ask about Jesus, “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55).
We know he was a compassionate and caring man by the way Joseph cared for Mary and the infant Jesus, and later searched anxiously for three days for Jesus when he stayed behind at the Temple (Luke 2:41-52).
We know Joseph respected God by the way he dutifully followed God’s commands.
St Joseph is the patron saint of the Universal Church, a happy death, families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.
Let us ask St Joseph for his powerful intercession to watch over and protect our families during these uncertain times. To be with us, to help us trust, to help us love, to help us never give up and to be willing to change.
As we prayed it was lovely to hear the workers constructing our new roof... just like St Joseph the Carpenter.
St Joseph, pray for us.
- Liz Murray
|Week 8 - 16th Mar - 20th Mar|
|Fri 20th:||Friday recess canteen.|
|Week 9 - 23rd Mar - 27th Mar|
|Mon 23rd:||Radio - Gypsy & Arthur|
|Thurs 26th:||Counsellor visit.|
|Fri 27th:||FRIDAY RECESS BACK ON DUE TO NO CROSS COUNTRY.|
|Week 10 - 29th Mar - 3rd April|
|Fri 3rd:||Friday recess canteen.|
|Week 11 - 6th April - 10th April|
|Mon 6th:||Radio - Riley & Toby|
|Thurs 9th:||Holy Thursday, end of Term 1|
|Fri 10th:||Good Friday|
PUPIL FREE DAYS - TERM 2
At the start of Term 2 we will have two pupil free days, there will be no pupil free day in Term 4.
Monday 27th April & Tuesday 28th April - both pupil free days.
Students will commence Term 2 on Wednesday 29th April.
Thank you to Lauren Leake who has been coming in on a Monday to cut up the fruit for the children to have a recess. If there are any parents who would like to come in on Monday to help that would be great. Fruit will be served by staff from Monday.
|March||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
|Section A||Section B|
|F Corbett family - mowing||Maher family - mowing|
|Annetts family - whipper snipping||Roots family - whipper snipping|
|P Roche family - mowing||Campbell family - mowing|
The 5/6 Class have had a busy few weeks in the classroom. In Science, we have continued to enjoy watching how mould grows and changes, and what happens when yeast is mixed with water and sugar. We have been looking at the element of colour in Art, including the colour wheel, and warm and cool colours.
This week in Maths, we have been exploring 3D objects, and 5/6 had a great time working out all the nets for a cube, creating and sketching 3D objects, and a bit of fun making other crazy creations.
Year 6 are fundraising for Caritas – Project Compassion by holding an Easter Egg raffle. Tickets will be sold each Friday when the Tuckshop is open. Tickets are 50c and there will be a selection of Easter prizes to win. Students are welcome to purchase tickets each week, but if families would rather send in some money to purchase bulk tickets, please pop the money in an envelope clearly marked Easter Raffle Money, (with your family name) and Year 6 will fill out your tickets for you.
Tomorrow you will have an extra chance to win a prize with a "mini-draw" happening. Three tickets will be drawn and then put back in for the major Easter Egg raffle prize.
Harmony Day is on the 21st March in Australia. We celebrate Harmony Day to promote diversity and acceptance of other cultures. Harmony Day aims to start a conversation about heritage, culture and community. The even coincides with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Australians can choose to wear something orange on Harmony Day to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
At St. Joseph's we will be watching a YouTube clip https://www.ceh.org.au/harmony-day-march-on/ which explains Harmony Day in a child friendly format.
Happy Harmony Day!
- Cath Parker
Contact Teacher for Aboriginal Education
The Relics of St Therese of Lisieux:
|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|
|05.04.20||Trish Roche||B Isaac||Murray Fam||M Reynolds|
|19.04.20||Jean Roche||T Corbett||Corbett Fam||Sue Roche|
|26.04.20||Michael Reynolds||S Murray||Julian Roch Family||Jan Kendall||S Murray|
Confirmation: This year the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in Tumut with students from Batlow, Adelong and Tumut on Saturday 27th June 2020 at the 6.00pm Mass. Please contact Fr George or speak with Mrs Murray if you require information on the dates for the Commitment Masses or need help enrolling. This sacrament is available to students in Year 6. - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
If you have any questions about any of the Sacraments please contact me by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Media leaders Gypsy and Matilda will be interviewing students for the Student Spotlight, where we will learn more about our students at St Joseph's.
This week Ainslie is our Student in the Spotlight.
Who is in your family?
Nicholas, Christopher, Jessica (Mum) and Michael (Dad).
What are five words that describe you?
Friendly, loyal, enthusiastic, loveable and funny.
What is your favourite part about school?
Everyone getting involved and lots of science.
What is your favourite game to play at school?
Playing with the Kindy's up in the sand pit.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
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