This week it was great to receive such positive feedback about our students returning to face to face teaching from the beginning of Week 3. I would like to sincerely thank all of our families who have all done a fabulous job with remote learning and truly appreciate the impact that this has had on families, whilst this has been the focus of family life. There will be mixed emotions about returning to school for many of our students who have no doubt enjoyed being at home, liked spending additional time with their family, and simply enjoyed a much slower pace. The social, academic and wellbeing benefits of returning to school with their peers we predict will be overwhelmingly positive and provide students with some familiarity and reassurance in what has been an extremely challenging year thus far. All of the St Joseph’s staff are very excited about the return of our students and that we will return to our usual structure and daily routine.
We understand that there will be some students who will not return to school next week and those children will access their work through See-Saw or Google Classrooms as they have recently. This work will not be presented as remote learning, rather classroom tasks and activities that are reflective of the face to face classroom.
St Joseph’s is putting many measures in place to safeguard the health of all staff and students:
- Any staff member or student displaying any sign of illness, cold or flu like symptoms needs to stay at home. If your child presents as being unwell you will be contacted to come and take them home.
- On arrival at school all staff and students will have their temperatures checked as an additional safety precaution (if you would not like your child’s temperature taken please notify the school)
- Physical distancing amongst students is not necessary but will be enforced amongst staff and other adults
- The bubblers will not be accessible, so all students are asked to bring a drink bottle and use the tap to fill it
- Pick up and Drop off will be via the front gate and parents are urged to practise social distancing protocols
- If parents must enter the school it should be only through the school office – email and phone contact is preferred
- There will be no assemblies, masses or excursions
- All students will practise increased hygiene and hand washing with hand sanitizer also readily available in all classrooms
- Increased cleaning of toilets, desks, shared spaces and high traffic areas will be in place
- There will be no Monday fruit or Friday canteen for the term.
Children will be encouraged to practice routine hygiene practices such as sneezing or coughing into their elbow, washing their hands after using a tissue and refraining from physical contact such as a hand shake etc.
There are many new things in place so I encourage you to talk these through with your child/ren. All of these protocols will be explained to all students when they return.
I hope I have answered some questions that you may have, please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss anything further.
I can’t wait to be together as a school community again and look forward to next Monday when this happens.
Have a great week and stay safe.
May the Month of Mary
As we prepare to celebrate mothers for their dedication and importance to our families, we remember Mary, the Mother of God, during May in a special way. In fact, May is known as ‘Mary's month’.
Although Mary is honoured throughout the year, during the month of May, we show our devotion to Mary by praying the Rosary. We recall Mary’s willingness to follow God’s plan and like our own mothers, her love and care for her son Jesus.
Below is an excerpt from a letter written by Pope Francis in April, calling for us to pray the Rosary during May.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.
For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May……………………
Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial. I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those suffering most greatly, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. I thank you, and with great affection I send you my blessing.
Rome, Saint John Lateran, 25 April 2020
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist
- Pope Francis
I wish all our mothers and grandmothers a very happy and relaxing Mothers’ Day.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death
Take care of each other and stay well.
- Liz Murray
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|Section A||Section B|
|F Corbett family - mowing||Campbell family - mowing|
|P Roche family - mowing||A Reynolds family - mowing|
|Bhardwaj family - whipper snipping||J Corbett family - mowing|
If families that are rostered on could check on the grounds at some stage to see if it does need attending to, that would be greatly appreciated.
Understanding Your Feelings - Behind the News
Before Returning Library Books please could parents wipe them down with a disinfectant.
When changing books parents will need to wait in the foyer and staff member will change the book for you.
If you would like some new reading material at home please come and have a look. They will be in boxes in the Weather Shed.
They are yours to keep! Lots of titles to choose from. They will be available over the weekend as well.