- Principal's Report
- Religious Education News
- Weekly Upcoming Event
- Mowing Roster
- Opening School Mass
- Yr 4/5/6 Classroom News
- Western Region Swimming
- Library News
- Thank You
- Community Council
- Student Absence
- Working with Children Check
- Student Acceptable Use of Computer Facilities and Networks Policy
- Counsellor News
- St Joseph's Calendar
- Notice Board
Another busy week at St Joseph’s. A big thank you for all the support our wonderful parents have given to our school and students every day so far this week!
Monday – for taking students to West Wyalong for the Western Region swimming carnival. Thank you for making the big drive and assisting with time keeping and making sure children swam in all their races!
Tuesday – attending the Community Council meet and greet and finding out about the roles of our community council and how you can become involved in our small school.
Wednesday - attending Ash Wednesday mass. Baking, making coleslaw and assisting with serving and the bbq at the Yavenvale Bull sale
Thursday – attending our Opening school mass, morning tea and Information sessions
It certainly has been a big week!
On Sunday St Joseph’s is rostered to host the mass – if any students would like to participate please let the office know.
This week we welcome Ms Cat Dawson to the St Joseph’s staff. She will be in the 2/3 classroom every Friday and we are sure that she will love working with 23 at St Joseph’s.
Please keep in your prayers Mrs Cath Parker who has experienced extreme grief and loss over the last few months. Cath lost her son Aaron to a terminal illness just before Christmas and in recent weeks her brother in law who died suddenly from a medical condition. We continue to pray for Cath and her family.
We welcome Mason Miller and his family to St Joseph’s. Mason started in Yr 5 today, and we know that his classmates will make sure he feels very welcome in 4/5/6.
Have a great week.
Lent: The staff and students have commenced their Lenten journey this week, celebrating Shrove Tuesday with the traditional pancakes, and joining the Parish community for Mass on Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday Father George placed a cross made from ashes on our foreheads. The cross reminds us to repent, to think about our actions and to be more like Jesus as we enter the season of Lent. The ashes, which are mixed with holy water or olive oil, are made by burning palm leaves from Palm Sunday the previous year. The ashes are a physical sign that Lent has begun, and that it is time to reflect on how we can prepare ourselves spiritually for Easter.
During Lent we focus on fasting, almsgiving, (giving to those less fortunate than ourselves), and prayer. Traditionally Catholics have ‘given up’ something – in particular food they enjoy such as chocolate or coffee for the 40 days of Lent. While fasting is still a focus of Lent, another goal is to ‘take up’ something, such as doing extra acts of charity or engaging in prayer. These are not just external acts, but reflected as changes in the heart. Lent is a time of self -discipline, generous concern for those in need, and prayerful reflection as we prepare for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sunday Mass: If any families are able to come to Sunday Mass, please contact Mrs Beavan as the school is rostered on for reading and cleaning this weekend. Any children that would like to be trained as Altar Servers please contact Mrs Murray, as Father Namora is happy to complete some training to prepare the children. To be eligible for serving the children need to have received the sacrament of Communion.
Thank you to all the families for coming to celebrate our Opening School Mass today. It was wonderful to share this special time with you. Congratulations to our Year 6 Leaders who are already showing their commitment to leadership in our school and leading us beautifully today. It was delightful to see Mason and the Kindergarten children standing confidently to receive their ‘Welcome’ certificates. Father George complimented the children on their reverent participation during Mass and for their wonderful singing and reading skills. He loves coming to celebrate Mass in Adelong and joining our supportive parent and parish community. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead with all the students at St Joseph’s as we live out the Gospel message from today’s Mass: ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’.
|Week 4 - 15th Feb - 19th Feb|
|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|
|Week 6 - 1st Mar - 5th Mar|
|Mon 1st:||Arch Swimming|
|Fri 5th:||Yr 2-6 Swimming Sport session|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|Bhardwaj family - mowing||Bowden family - mowing|
|Brown family - mowing||Singh family - mowing|
|Campbell family - mowing||Johnson family - mowing|
The 4/5/6 class have settled back into the routine of school really well. In Religion, they have been exploring what makes a good leader and completed a “Diamond 9” activity to discuss and place in order of importance the qualities of a good leader.
For a bit of fun before swimming on Fridays, students have been teaching each other card games, such as “Uno” and “Spit”.
Year 6 received their new t-shirts that they designed themselves, and don’t they look fantastic!
This week on Monday, 9 swimmers went to West Wyalong for the Western Region swimming competition.
Tom Roche, Charles MacDougall, Henry Roche, Toby Roots, Lochie Roots,Arthur Roche, Fred Roche, Nicholas Campbell, Culley Reynolds were all participants on the day.
Charlie, Tom, Toby, and Arthur were in the smalls schools relay team. They placed first and they go straight to the MacKillop trials in Sydney.
Also Tom, Charlie and Nicholas made it to Narooma to swim at Archdiocesan level. Tom made it in freestyle and breaststroke, Charlie made it in breaststroke and Nicholas made it in breaststroke.
All of the swimmers would like to thank all of the parents for driving to West Wyalong swimming competition.
- Harry & Tom
The Community Council wishes to thank all the St. Joseph’s families who baked delicious goodies, chopped coleslaw, cooked the bbq and generously donated their time for the Yavenvale Bull Sale. Your amazing efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Meet & Greet Evening
The aim of the night was to encourage parents to come along, learn about the role of the community council and meet current members, with the hope of more parents becoming involved.
It would be wonderful to have more parents involved with the community council meetings and fundraising activities, which all contribute to the growth of our school community.
The community council provides the opportunity for members of our school and parish to support the catholic education in our school. The community council also has a decision-making role in certain policy areas and an advisory role in other areas. The council works with Mrs Beavan, our principal, the parish priest or representative and school staff, to provide leadership in our school community.
Areas that the community council makes decisions in include
- Supporting the catholic identity, ethos and mission in the school
- Supporting pastoral care
- Promoting the school in our local community
- Assisting with school maintenance and capital development
- School uniform
- Provide input on parent priorities
- Raise funds for school resources
- Provide opportunities for social interactions
Areas that the community council can provide advice in are
- Educational policies
- Student welfare policies
- Parent support processes
The members of the community council include
- The principal, Mrs Beavan
- Parish Priest or Parish Representative, Julian Roche
- Staff representative, Miss Braun
- Chair, Jenna Roots
- Deputy Chair, Frank Corbett
- Secretary, Lauren Roche
- Treasurer, Jess Reynolds
Members are elected for a 2 year term, may hold the same position for 2 consecutive terms, and can be an executive member for 3 consecutive terms.
Community council meets at least once per term. We are looking at holding a meeting in the coming weeks.
In the past, fundraising activities have included street stalls, catering for various activities, raffles throughout the year, golf days, movies by moonlight, just to name a few. We are currently looking at street stall dates for this year, and the possibility of participating in Adelong Winter Bites Festival.
If you have any wonderful or exciting fundraising ideas, the community council would love to hear your plan and assist you in bring it to life.
The community council is very conscious on our family’s time and resources, many hands make light work and it would be truly wonderful to have more family involvement to support the growth of our wonderful school.
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.
If you have a Working with Children Check number we ask that you check it's expiry date. Please send in a copy of your Working with Children Check if you have recently aquired a number of have renewed it. We thank you for your assistance in this matter.
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.
"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"