One of the most challenging and disruptive terms I think I have experienced in my teaching career, is coming to an end. Staff and students will be looking forward to having some down time and a chance to recharge the batteries, which hasn’t really happened this year for many of us.
With parent teacher interviews taking place on most days this week, it has been so refreshing to hear the gratitude and grateful comments that are being passed onto teachers. Not only is it fantastic to hear positive comments about the work our teachers are doing and how well students have progressed through what will probably go down as one of the most unsettled years in recent history, a simple acknowledgement of what the school and staff have done in recent months is definitely uplifting. Staff are grateful for the wonderful kind gestures that many families have been so generous with – from yummy morning teas, coffee vouchers, thankful emails, conversations and phone calls – your positive attitude and grateful nature has been what has kept us going. Your positive attitude is most definitely reflected in your children’s positive attitudes and relationships at school.
Innumerable studies have proven that gratitude makes us happier. It floods our brains with dopamine, the one chemical that has the potential to drown out the negative thoughts and anxious feelings we too often carry throughout the day. If you make an effort to be grateful, you will find that you will be blessed with more things to be grateful for.
It is so easy to focus on the negative, especially in times of crisis and trauma– which I feel our community has had more than its fair share of. Every night before you to go to sleep, even thinking about everything you were grateful for throughout the day. Over time, you will see your list of things becomes much longer!
Having a gratitude attitude is really using the power of positive thinking to it’s highest degree.
I hope that all of our St Joseph’s families have a wonderful break and return safe and sound back to school on Tuesday 21st July.
Have a great week.
As we come to the end of term it is wonderful to reflect and give thanks for the many learning opportunities, we have experienced at St Joseph’s, as well as the friendships we enjoy. We are truly blessed to be part of such a supportive learning community.
Years 2,3,4 invited me to join them in their Religion class this week. They have been learning about the different types of Prayer this term and were going outdoors to pray. The class set up a Prayer space using a prayer mat that they created as part of their unit. Each child was invited to pray for their own intentions, either silently or aloud, as they held a wooden palm cross.
It was so moving to observe the respect and devotion the students demonstrated. The children’s prayers were heartfelt as they asked God to care for their parents, siblings, grandparents and deceased family members and friends. Others said prayers of gratitude for healthcare workers, their teachers and to God for keeping their families safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The students are creating a class prayer book filled with the many prayers they have written and published this term.
A big thank you to Mrs Turnbull who generously offered to sew the Prayer squares together for the class.
Enjoy the holidays.
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|Section A||Section B|
|Bhardwaj family - whipper snipping||J Corbett family - whipper snipping|
|J Pearce family - mowing||M Pearce family - mowing|
|Robson family - mowing||J Roche family - whipper snipping|
Congratulations to our students who received awards in Week 2.
Only a few weeks left to go for the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Congratulations to Ainslie, Matilda, Charlie, Alice and Edward for completing the challenge.
Kindergarten and Year 1 students have also completed the challenge by listening to many great picture books in class.
All student online records must be completed by August 28th. If you are having any trouble adding books, please let Mrs Dean know as soon as possible.
Enrolment forms are available for children attending Kindergarten in 2021. These forms are available online or at our school. There is an option to fill enrolment forms out online and it will be sent through to the school. Please follow the attached link.
If you would like an enrolment packs sent home, please contact the office. Dates for Open days, Orientation and Information sessions will be scheduled very soon.
St Joseph's students have been studying dancing this term.
K/1 have learnt the 'Heel Toe' and the Alphabet song, whilst Yr 2/3/4 and 5/6 have been studying dances from different cultures. They all did a fantastic job!
WORKING BEE: SATURDAY 18th JULY - 2PM
Jobs required are weeding, pruning, cleaning gutters and general maintenance. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
5 simple ways to balance Well-being.
3. Be Present - Pay attention to whatever is taking place in the moment and watch how your mind relates to difficulty.
4. Be Open - You can always learn something new, be open learning something new.
5. Be Kind & Give - Kindness is infectious, offer help and support to others.
St James Parish
10am Mass has resumed. There will be a sign in / sign out book and hand sanitiser available.
|Roster - July
|5th||Jan Kendall||T Corbett||Jim Roche Fam||J Kuhn|
|12th||Julian Roche||S Murray||Sue Roche||Carmel Salmon|
|19th||Trish Roche||B Isaac||Hughes Fam||Jean Roche|
|26th||Jean Roche||T Corbett||Trish Roche||Paul Roche Fam||Sue Roche||Jim R|
|Roster - August
|2nd||Michael Reynolds||S Murray||Reynolds Fam||Margaret Reynolds|
|9th||Kirsty Beavan||B Isaac||Lucy Roche||School|
|16th||Liz Murray||T Corbett||Jim Roche Fam||Jenny Toole|
|23rd||Julian Roche||S Murray||Liz Murray||Helen Isaac|
|30th||Doreen Hughes||B Isaac||Scott Murray||Trish Roche||Julian R|