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It has been a great start to the 2021 school year with children settling into their new classes and daily routines.
It is wonderful to see the children running around with big smiles on their faces happy to be back at school, and for our new Kindergarten students also smiling as they get to know all the new and fun things that happen at St Joseph’s. Students like their parents have mixed emotions about returning to school after a big break. It can take a little while to get back into the swing of school – up early, packing lunches etc so go gently!
Remaining positive is key, remember children are quick to pick up and copy negative vibes or if parents are anxious about the new school year children will be very aware of this. Reassuring your child/ren that everything is OK and that they will settle into the routine is a great way to ensure a positive outlook towards school and a great way to start the year. Open communication between parents and teachers can make such a difference, so if you have any concerns at all about your child and how they are settling in, please touch base with them.
The St Joseph’s Community Council is currently planning a ‘meet and greet’, and will be inviting all parents to come along to learn the role of the community council and the support it provides to the school and meet the current representatives. We will let you know a confirmed date very soon.
Each year St Joseph’s has goals and plans in place to ensure that we are continually improving and using our evidence to guide our practice.
In 2021 our Annual Improvement Plan has three goals:
K-2 students have begun the Initial Lit program, which is a Literacy Program that Catholic Education is implementing across the Archdiocese. The program is a research based program that comes from Macquarie University, and uses current strategies and direct and explicit instruction. Yr 1 and Yr 2 students completed a screener at the end of last year and this data pin points where the students need to begin their Initial Lit journey. Children are grouped according to their level of need, and these groups are not fixed and as the children go through the program there is flexibility to change these groupings. The program uses decodable texts which allows children to be explicitly taught to read and to use strategies that will help them decode the text. More information regarding the Initial Lit program will be discussed in the next couple of weeks at our Information Sessions.
Have a great week.
Welcome back! It has been wonderful to meet our Kindergarten students and their families and welcome them as they commence their learning journey at St Joseph’s.
As we begin a new school year, we ask God to bless all our students, staff members and families. We pray that every member of our school community may experience the warmth of welcome and the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ here in our school.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Saint Joseph being named as patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has declared 2021 as ‘The Year of St Joseph’.
In his Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis reflected on the qualities of Saint Joseph whom he described as a strong working man, a beloved, loving father, an accepting, obedient and “creatively courageous” person.
In the eyes of the Pope, Saint Joseph is an extraordinary person who epitomises our own experiences. By reflecting on Joseph’s life, we can appreciate that God calls each of us to love freely, to accept our responsibility to welcome and serve others, to use and develop our gifts and talents, to appreciate the value and dignity of honest work, to overcome our challenges and become “courageously and firmly proactive” in our daily living. A “respectful and sensitive man,” Saint Joseph “did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it.”
Pope Francis encourages each one of us to imitate Joseph’s virtues and zeal as he urges us to:
Discover in Joseph — the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence — an intercessor, a support and a guide.
(Taken from Sr Therese McGarry - Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart: https://www.sosj.org.au/)
As Patron Saint of our school, we ask St. Joseph to intercede for us, to obtain God’s blessing on us as we commence our new school year.
I look forward to celebrating our Opening School Mass with you on Thursday 18th February.
|Week 2 - 1st Feb - 5th Feb|
|Fri 5th:||St Joseph's swimming carnival.|
|Week 3 - 8th Feb - 12th Feb|
|Wed 10th:||Kindergarten rest day.|
|Fri 12th:||Yr 2-6 Swimming Sport session - 12pm-2:30pm|
|Week 4 - 15th Feb - 19th Feb|
|Mon 15th:||WR Swimming - West Wyalong, Radio: Charlie & Culley|
|Wed 17th:||Ash Wednesday Mass - 12:30pm, Kindergarten Rest Day|
|Thurs 18th:||Opening School Mass - 9:30am|
|Frid 19th:||Yr 2-6 Swimming Sport session|
* SWIMMING CARNIVAL GOING AHEAD *
All students will come to school as normal, Yrs 2-6 will walk down to the pool at around 9:15am, with K/1 students walking down at recess time.
Students are encouraged to bring lots of water, a hat and sunscreen. They will also need to bring a rashie, towel, thongs, goggles etc and packed food for the day as we will not be supplying lunch. Students can bring a small amount of money to purchase something at the canteen.
Thank you to our parent helpers who have volunteered to time-keep at the carnival we greatly appreciate your help, we welcome more volunteers if you can spare some time. Grandparents are welcome to come along, we just need to keep under our cap of 100 people.
It is imperative to St Joseph's that we have up to date contact details for each family.
If your email, address, phone numbers, emergency contact person has changed during the holidays, please let us know so we can update our records.
Students need to be dropped off in Gundagai Street and walked to the gate where they can then walk up to the weather shed. In the afternoon students catching buses will walk across the grass area to the bus stop by a teacher and students on pick up will be walked to the front gate by a teacher. Parents need to wait at the gate to collect their child/ren.
If it is raining at morning drop off or afternoon pick up, we ask that parents use the wet weather routine and drive into school grounds via Wyndham St, stopping at the weather shed to drop children off/pick up and leave the grounds via the front entrance. Buses will use this same routine.
Email details of new families
Our new families need to forward their email address through to our Community Council secretary on email@example.com so they can receive any correspondence forwarded out.
Following are further details on how to register a parent account with the Catholic Schools NSW Sport.
We also suggest you like the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Sport on facebook to keep up to date with any upcoming sports.
TUMUT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
I am the owner of Scrappingclearly in Gundagai which is an Art & Craft Store, I am also a Creative Kids Provider, I will be teaching a class on Sunday 14th February 2020 at the Tumut Bowling Club.