Beautiful sunshine this week which followed the wonderful rain, we have much to be thankful for!
The students over the last two weeks have been coming together as a whole school to look at our school rules and devise a new set of ‘ways of being’. The children were given some examples of what this might look like and in groups they came up with some ideas of what they thought the ways of being should include. These ideas were collated and we now have 5 ways of being at St Joseph’s. Our year fives and Sixes did a fantastic job at leading all of the students and getting their ideas down on paper. This week our year 6’s did some role plays and demonstrated what behaviour looks like if we do not follow our ways of being. In groups the students brainstormed what it means at St Joseph’s to live out our ways of being:
- Be responsible
- Be kind
- Be safe
- Be respectful
- Be the best you can be
These ways of being encompass the expectations that are in place for students behaviour, their learning, their relationships with others and how they have a big role to play in maintaining a positive school environment.
The children are now illustrating what it means to ‘be’ these things so every student has an understanding of the expectations at St Joseph’s. I have been really impressed with how everyone has contributed to this process and especially how sensibly our school leaders have led the students.
Next week we will go through the clear consequences that will be in place on the playground or in the classroom if students are having trouble following our ways of being.
Restorative justice practices and philosophy form the basis of these consequences and the processes that will be followed:
- Taking responsibility for the wrong things that we do
- Thinking about why we do the wrong things when we do them
- Understanding how other people are affected by our wrongs
- Fixing things up after we have done wrong
All of these steps are being taken as we update our student welfare policy. This will be shared in next week’s newsletter with all families, and ensures that everyone in our school community is aware of the positive expectations of all students.
Have a great week.
MAKING JESUS REAL
You are the light of the world.
Let Jesus shine through you to others. (Matthew 5: 13-16)
Yesterday the students were introduced to Making Jesus Real in whole school prayer. Making Jesus Real (MJR) is a programme designed to foster a relationship with Jesus that is real to the students and relevant to their daily lives. Making Jesus Real is aimed at helping our students maintain a positive attitude to life through assisting in the development of people skills and life skills. It is centred around the belief that we are the image of Jesus to everyone around us.
The importance of having a positive attitude was the focus of our lesson yesterday. The students discussed people who demonstrated a positive attitude to life and how it felt to be around them. They gave many examples from family members, school staff and students and sporting coaches. The message “You are in charge of your attitude” was the theme of the lesson.
The students split into groups to determine the personality traits and attitudes of ‘A Happy Chappy’, (someone with a positive attitude to life) and a ‘Nastie Pastie’, (someone with a negative attitude to life). Posters will be made from this activity to display around the school to reinforce the choices that students can make to foster positive relationships in the classroom and on the playground.
The session conclude with prayer and the question: What can you do this week to be a Happy Chappy?
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Tennis lessons with Bernadette Cahill will commence tomorrow and will run throughout the term.
Technology and online trends move at a rapid pace and it can be hard for busy parents to keep up. The eSafety Commissioner have loads of tips and advice on online safety for parents and carers, designed so they can learn about the digital environment and how to help their children navigate the online world confidently and safely. https://www.esafety.gov.au/.
This week our media leaders Gypsy and Matilda have interviewed Mrs Dean as part of their Spotlight articles.
Tell us who is in your family?
My husband’s name is Paul, together we have 3 kids, Kaitlyn 15, Sophie 13, and Lucas 9.
Tell us 5 words that describe you?
5/6 described her as - Fun, awesome, amazing, smart and the best teacher in the world
What do you like to do on the weekend?
Relax, playing games with my kids and going for walks.
What’s your favourite subject to teach?
Literacy and art
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Hairdresser when I was little, then I wanted to become a teacher.
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 pack sent home, please contact the office. Dates for Open days, Orientation and Information sessions will be scheduled very soon.
|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|
|Roster - September|
|6th||Jan Kendall||T Corbett||Corbett Fam||Liz Murray|
|13th||Julian Roche||S Murray||Doreen Hughes||Chris Harrison|
|20th||Trish Roche||B Isaac||Julian Roche Fam||Carmen Cribb|
|27th||Jean Roche||T Corbett||Sue Roche||Lucy Roche||N Hughes|