Welcome back to Term 3. There is somewhat a sense of de ja vu at the moment with covid updates and restrictions coming through on a regular basis and things do have the potential to change rather quickly. With South Gundagai Coles Express being a case contact, now is not the time to become complacent. Emails have been sent to all families regarding what the current restrictions look like at St Joseph’s. I guess the biggest one that I want to emphasise is that if your child is showing any symptoms of COVID 19, whether mild or not they should not attend school and should get tested, returning when they are symptom free.
Advice from NSW Health is that parents and carers should not send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms. Schools will make arrangements for students who are unwell or have flu-like symptoms to be sent home.
Anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms should have a COVID test through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.
In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms a letter from their GP is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative test.
Thank you to those parents who are ringing or emailing the school to check whether they can come onsite. If you need to come and collect your child for an appointment please come to the office and sign them out – adhering to the current covid guidelines.
If in doubt please contact the school.
Have a great week,
Stillness, Silence and Service was the focus for the staff Spirituality Day held on Monday. We were certainly very privileged to have all St Joseph’s staff come together for the day to develop deeper theological understanding of Scripture through prayer and reflection.
In the first session, Finding Silence, we entered into silence through prayer, unpacked Old Testament Scripture and learnt about the traditional Aboriginal practice of Dadirri to engage in deep listening.
During our second session, Seeking Stillness, staff completed an Emmaus Walk and Visio Divina that focused on the New Testament Scripture; ‘Martha and Mary’. We were challenged to reflect on the busyness of our own lives, how God has called us to be of service to others, and how we encounter Jesus in our daily lives.
The third session, Flourishing in Service, Archbishop Christopher spoke of the importance of contemplative prayer as a way of coming to know God rather than just know about God. We completed the day with Journaling and Christian Meditation.
It is often difficult to be still and to get away the noise and activity that is part and parcel of the world we live in. The staff were grateful to be given the time to nourish their spiritual growth and find the silence to allow God to speak silently within us.
Artwork by Ain Vares
- Liz Murray
Religious Education Co-ordinator
|Term 3 - Week 1 - 12th July - 16th July|
|Week 2 - 19th July - 23rd July|
|Mon 19th:||Yr 4/5/6 Parent Teacher Interviews - 1:30pm - 4:00pm.|
|Wed 21st:||Yr 2/3 Parent Teacher Interviews - 2:00pm - 4:15pm.|
|Week 3 - 26th July - 30th July|
Grounds Maintenance Roster
Thank you to all our families who have mowed and whipper snipped the grounds.
|John Corbett family||McMahon family|
|MacDougall family||Pearce family|
|Maher family||Will Reynolds family|
Thank you for letting the buses go first when it is wet weather at pick up time. It is important that the buses are able to access the students first and continue on their bus run, your cooperation is appreciated.
In InitiaLit Foundation this term, all students are working on developing their fluency when reading. The children love using the 'Finger Spies' to help them track the words when reading, spy sight words and find capital letters and full stops in the texts they are reading.
They are also enjoying playing a range of new Lotto activities with Mrs Matthew’s to learn their new Tricky Words for this term. It’s been a great start to the term.
|4th||Jan Kendall||Jan Kendall|
|11th||Doreen Hughes||Lucy Roche||Doreen Hughes|
|18th||Jean Roche||Jean Roche|
|25th||M Reynolds||Trish Roche||Margaret Reynolds||Jim Roche|
|1st||Julian Roche||J Kuhn|
|8th||Fred Roche||Lucy Roche||C Salmon|
|15th||Trish Roche||Trish Roche|
|22nd||Arthur Roche||Liz Murray||Helen Isaac|
|29th||Jan Kendall||Doreen Hughes||Chris Harrison|