- Principal's Report
- Religious Education News
- Weekly Upcoming Event
- Opening School Mass
- Community Council
- Student Absence
- Rubbish Free
- Lost Property
- Yr 2/3 Classroom News
- St Joseph's Swimming Carnival
- Counsellor News
- Drop off/Pick up
- Mowing Roster
- Student Acceptable Use of Computer Facilities and Networks Policy
- Representing Catholic School Parents and Carers
- Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection
- St Joseph's Calendar
- Notice Board
Welcome to Week 3! A big thank you to all our wonderful parents that helped out at last week’s swimming carnival – or came to cheer on and watch the children swim. It was a great day with only a few showers of rain before the sunshine came. We were so lucky to get our carnival in before the big rain came in the afternoon. All of the children have been congratulated for their efforts and I loved how they were happy to go in as many events as they possibly could. We now have 9 swimmers who are heading off to the Western region carnival in West Wyalong on Monday, and we wish them the best of luck.
Next week is a very busy week at St Joseph’s with something on every day, so please make sure you are checking the calendar.
Our Opening school mass will take place next Thursday 18 February on the school oval where we will officially welcome our Kindergarten students and present our Yr 6 leaders with their badges. After Mass we will have a morning tea and classroom teachers will present a short information session in their classrooms. These sessions will have staggered starting times to allow all parents to be able to attend their child’s information session. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what is happening in your child’s class and an outline of the year ahead. To stick to covid restrictions we ask that just one parent head into their child’s classroom for the session. More detailed information is included in the newsletter of the covid procedures that all parents/family members will need to follow on the day.
Next Tuesday we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday.
Due to covid restrictions we will have premade pancakes for the students to enjoy at lunch time. If your child is not able to eat these, please contact your child’s teacher to make alternative arrangements.
Have a great week.
Staff commenced the new school year with prayer and reflection focused on a Gospel reading from John (13: 34-35)
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus demonstrated his love not only by good deeds, but by feeding people spiritually and laying down his life for others, even for those who had not yet embraced his teachings.
It is easy to love those who love you. It is easy to love your family and friends. It is easy to show goodness to those who are good to you. However, God wants more from us. He wants us to decide to love others, especially those who are unlovable. He wants us to be good to those people who may annoy us. He wants us to treat others with respect and compassion. He wants us to love like Jesus did.
Why is it important to love one another? If we truly love one another, then we will give the very best of ourselves just as Jesus did for us. Second, our love for other Christians will be evident to the world. They will see how we treat each other and they should know that we follow Jesus because of it. May we follow Jesus’ call to love others, the way he loves us.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church even says, “The entire Law of the Gospel is contained in the new commandment of Jesus, to love one another as he has loved us” (CCC 1970).
As we begin another academic year, we ask your Holy Spirit to be with us, that we may always use the gifts you have given us to the best of our ability. We pray for all the students we will be privileged to teach in our classes. We ask that you guide us to show them God’s love through our conversations and actions. May we follow Jesus example as we live out the Gospel - This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.
We make our prayer through Christ, Our Lord.
|Week 3 - 8th Feb - 12th Feb|
|Week 4 - 15th Feb - 19th Feb|
|Mon 15th:||WR Swimming - West Wyalong, Radio: Harry & Preston|
|Tues 16th:||Shrove Tuesday, Community Council Meet & Greet|
|Wed 17th:||Ash Wednesday Mass - 12:30pm, Kindergarten Rest Day|
|Thurs 18th:||Opening School Mass - 9:30am|
|Fri 19th:||Yr 2-6 Swimming Sport session|
|Week 5 - 22nd Feb - 26th Feb|
|Wed 24th:||Kindergarten rest day|
|Fri 26th:||Yr 2-6 Swimming Sport session|
Opening School Mass - COVID-19 requirements
* 100 people (external visitors) are allowed to attend the Opening school mass (this equates to roughly two visitors per student).
* Please RSVP to the office email on email@example.com
* On entry to the school grounds please check in using the Service NSW app (a staff member will be there to assist and check you are signed in).
* Bring your own chair and families may sit together, we ask that there is a 1.5m gap between family groups.
* Whilst having morning tea please adhere to the social distancing rules.
Email details of new families
Our new families need to forward their email address through to our Community Council secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org so they can receive any correspondence forwarded out.
An absence note is a legal requirement, any student who is absent from school is required to have their absence explained.
At St Joseph's absence notes are available via the website, you can email the school office email, phoning the school and via our SZapp. We ask that if you do choose to phone the school, please ask the staff member taking your call to fill out an absence note on your behalf.
It is very important that an absence is explained, if after 7 days a note has not been received by your classroom teacher, your child will be marked with an unexplained absence.
"As part of the pastoral care program for students, St Joseph's have access to a Student and Family Counselling service provided by CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn (CCG). CCG are contracted to St Joseph's to provide a counselling service to students and their families. There is no fee to access this service.
Student and Family Counsellors subscribe to a set of professional ethics that include duty of care and respect for the individual rights to privacy and confidentiality. The counsellors’ obligation is to ensure the safety, wellbeing and confidentiality of the student they are working with. All counsellors are mandated to report any disclosure or sign of abuse (including self-harm) or neglect to Child Protection Services. Outside of our mandated requirements, all counselling sessions are confidential and the details will not be discussed with other parties unless written consent is given by the client.
2021 has seen some changes to the school counselling service. The biggest change relates to consent and permission. Parent consent is now required for all students under 14 years of age, consent will be sought and provided via email. The other major change is how to make an appointment. Referrals and requests can be made by completing the online referral form accessed via https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form"
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.
Thank you to our families who have mowed the grounds this year already, it is much appreciated and the oval and front of the school is looking beautiful.
Please find attached the mowing roster for 2021, if you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the office.
Every student in Canberra/Goulburn Archdiocese schools signs an acceptable use agreement in order to use technology in their school. The student agreement is for children in Kindergarten to Year Six.
A reminder to return your child/ren's Computer Facilities and Network policy.
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.