- Prayer Focus
- The Principal's Report
- Learning Together
- Celebrating Our Faith
- Parish News
- School Accounts
- Student Awards
- Sport Spotlight
- Saints Youth Drama Christmas Concert
- Sunshine Cafe
- PBS - The Next Step Moving Forward
- Bust the Dust
- What's On Next Week ...
- Advance Dates for Your Diary
- This Week's Notes
- The Billboard
SCHOOL LEADERS 2020
On Wednesday afternoon, each Sports House Team had the great pleasure of hearing from the nominated candidates from Year 5 for the positions of Year 6 Sports House Leaders for 2020. At St Joseph’s, we have a boy and girl leader for each Sports House for the year and experience the great pleasure of getting to know these students well and see them grow in their leadership. It was a delight to listen to and see the presentations this year, with much thought and effort placed into the task. All nominees should be proud of themselves even if they were not successful in being voted for the positions. We congratulate all candidates who showed courage to stand up in front of their House groups to deliver their speeches and know that we have wonderful leadership to take our school through 2020.
We are pleased to be able to announce:
Term 1 - Erin Little and Jhed Monckton
Term 2 - Savannah Beard and James Hiam
Term 3 - Grace Chuwen and Darcy McHugh
Term 4 - Sophie Pynaert and Jack Banks
Sports House Leaders:
Hastings - Sophie Bentley and Ansh Singh
Macquarie - Charlie Maher and Jesse Cooper
Mitchell - Airlia Matthews and Cruz Rebecchi
Oxley - Zoe Little and Lenox Pearce
PRIMARY STUDENTS TOILET BLOCK REFURBISHMENT
It is with much excitement and relief that I can announce the beginning of our toilet block refurbishment in the Christmas holidays. After much waiting and planning with the amazing support of the St Agnes' Parish staff, I can confirm we will be starting this project once school finishes. Depending on how the process goes, much of it will be completed before we return to school. We will have arrangements in place to manage any short term discomfort in not having these available in the first weeks of school. We know that this will be well worth it once they are completed.
IMPORTANT EVENTS FOR NEXT WEEK…
We have two very significant events next week to be prepared for.
- Class transitions for 2020 - on Friday 13th December at 12:00pm, all students will move to their new classrooms with their new teachers for a session.
- Bust the Dust - also on Friday 13th December at 2:10pm, our school will be supporting St John’s school in Trangie for a raindance. This phenomenon came out of a great video on social media of the school having fun trying to encourage much needed rain to fall! There will be much fun around this event and we encourage parents to join us and make this a real community event! See poster in a later article of this newsletter.
Thank you to all of our families who came along to support our P&F event with the movie night under the stars. What a lovely atmosphere it was and we appreciate those who could come along and celebrate the year. On behalf of the school, I would like to thank our P&F for each event and area of support from this year. While there may only be a small number of P&F members this year, they have worked hard to ensure there were great community events and fundraising opportunities.
Please help us end the year on a high note by coming along if you can to the P&F social night and AGM at 6:00pm on Wednesday 11th December at Zebu. We would love to see some new faces and ideas to add to the great plans we have for 2020.
PDHPE AND THE 5 PROPOSITIONS
There are 5 propositions which underpin the NSW PDHPE K-10 syllabus.
These propositions have been adopted from the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and are informed by a strong evidence-base.
The five propositions are interrelated and offer great potential and focus for the PDHPE key learning area. The propositions guide teaching, learning and assessment.
The following clip will help explain the 5 propositions in greater detail.
Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching
YEAR 4 CATHOLIC CARE OF THE AGED VISITS
Year 4 have concluded their visits to Maryknoll House, St Agnes’ Village and Emmaus for the term. They have shared their science project, poems and crafts with the residents of our Catholic Care of the Aged.
Our students need to be commended for the respect and care they displayed towards our elderly interacting with them with encouragement, enthusiasm and joy.
YEAR 6 YOUTH HUB - ADVENT NON-SACRAMENTAL RECONCILIATION SERVICE
Our Year 6 had an enjoyable day at the Youth Hub participating in a few activities, a shared lunch, and their Advent Reconciliation Service. Thanks to all those students who contributed fully to the day.
ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY MASS FOR THANKSGIVING - ST AGNES’ CHURCH
Our school community will be celebrating Mass on Wednesday 11th December at 12:15pm. Thank you to Father Peter who will preside over our Mass for Thanksgiving.
Assistant Principal Mission
Just a reminder that school accounts were due to be finalised by the end of this week with the exception of 2020 Book Pack costs. Statements have been emailed home. Please ring the school office to organise a payment plan if you are experiencing any financial difficulty.
|K Gold||Ella Roach||Izakk Partridge||Marco Grech|
|K Green||Josephine Yewdall||Elsie Steadman||Nevaeh Fletcher|
|1 Gold||Savannah Loosemore||Layla Porter||Advik Thapa|
|1 Green||Isla Schneider-Smith||Aidan Shoby Alias||Jazmine Taylor|
|2 Gold||Bryce Tickle||Joel Crook||James Riley|
|2 Green||Olivia Austin||Sebastian Bennett-Tonkin||Blake Herbert|
|3 Gold||Lara Hardy||Baxter Matthews||Chelsea Meehan|
|4 Gold||Luke Davies||Jhett Moore||Chaise Winn|
|4 Green||Savanna Cunneen||Tiarna Flack||Jasmine Howell|
|5 Gold||Cruz Rebecchi||Jessica Timperley||Kobi Dixon|
|5 Green||Laura Sturrock||Ansh Singh||Airlia Matthews|
|6 Gold||Kate Ainsworth||Beau Chegwidden||Summer Shafer|
|6 Green||Natalija Kos||Byron Alchin||Indy Shafer|
CONGRATULATIONS INTENSIVE SWIMMERS
Well done to all our swimmers this past fortnight. What wonderful progress you’ve made. Congratulations for participating in your mini-carnival.
CRICKET BLAST AFTERNOONS TERM 1 ST AGNES' PRIMARY
All welcome to participate in after school cricket sessions in Term 1 2020 at St Agnes' Primary School. See flyer below or contact Ms Hatherly for more information.
Yours in Sport
Check out some of our Year 6 Blackout Poetry created this week.
In next week’s final session of Living Positively the children will reflect on what they have learned in Peer Support. They will remember to think optimistically, persevere and use positive self talk. The children will learn about a model - I laugh, I live, I love. This will help them to remember the activities they enjoy, their strengths and to show appreciation to others. Discuss with your child ways they can live positively.
Laura Hatherly, Leah Toole, Kate Mitchell and Holly Hough
Year 6 Class Teachers
As mentioned in my last letter, the Saints Youth Drama Christmas Concert will be held in the school hall on Saturday 14th December commencing at 1:00pm. Entry is free but a donation box will be at the door to help buy more microphones for the school.
We ask that you bring some goodies to share for a party after the concert.
Students are to arrive fully dressed before 12.45pm so that our concert can run on time. I know this is a very busy time of year and I predict that it will end at approximately 2:30pm
A dress rehearsal (for St Joseph’s Primary) will be held on Friday 13th December at 10:00am. All primary and infant students are to bring their costumes and props to school on that day.
Our High School students are asked to bring their costumes to their lesson on Wednesday 11th December.
I am still waiting for the date of the Trinity exams, which unfortunately were cancelled due to the bush fires. As soon as I know, I will inform all participating students.
Our Volunteers for Week 9 Term 4
|Tuesday||You are welcome to join us|
|Thursday||You are welcome to join us|
|Friday||Robyn Hunt and Wendy Fairhall|
We ask that if you are unable to attend on your rostered day it would be very much appreciated if you could organise your replacement and let me know. This would really assist me enormously. Thank you.
Don't forget you can order online by 8:30am- it's so easy!!
The students of St Joseph's have been doing such a great job at responding to the expectations presented at our Monday morning assemblies. The staff reward our student successes and positive choices with an MJR cross and MJR tokens.
Students receive these crosses when they initiate consistent positive, respectful behaviours.
Students who receive 3 MJR crosses will earn themselves a reward coupon and a certificate.
These coupons can be 'cashed' in for an appropriate reward such as:
* Skip the canteen line for a week - straight to the front of the line!
* Skip the bus line for a week - straight to the front of the line!
* Sit at the teacher's desk for the day.
* Lunch with Mrs Koning (or choice of teacher).
* 20 minute computer voucher (appropriate games etc).
* Icy pole.
* Lucky dip choice.
* Sit on a chair at Monday morning assembly for 2 weeks.
KINDER 2020 TEARS 'N' CHEERS WELCOME CUPPA
KINDERGARTEN AFFIRMATION CEREMONY
An important event on the Kinder calendar is our Affirmation Celebration on Monday 9th December at 2.30pm in our Kindergarten classrooms. This is an opportunity to acknowledge how much the children have grown over the year and reflect on the year that has been. We warmly invite you to join with us on this special occasion.
Mrs Laura Stapleton and Mrs Sarah McKinnon
Next Friday, 13th December from 2:10pm to 3:00pm we invite everyone, including our families, to participate in Bust the Dust. This is an initiative inspired by the students and staff at St John’s Parish School, Trangie to support all those affected by the drought. This will be a free out of uniform day, so get your best ‘boot-scootin’ outfit ready and be prepared to participate in praying for rain in a raindance!
Year 4 Teacher
Week 9 - Term 4
Wednesday 11th December
Thursday 12th December
|Friday 13th December||
Week 10 - Term 4
Wednesday 18th December
Week 1 - Term 1 2020
Wednesday 29th January
Thursday 30th January
Friday 31st January
Week 2 - Term 1 2020
Wednesday 5th February
Please note these dates can change from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances and we will endeavour to advise you of any changes at the earliest possible opportunity. Our school Google calendar can be accessed via this link for additional advanced dates -
For your convenience school term dates are located on our website. Click on the words “TERM DATES” on the home page.
Camp 1: Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th December
Camp 2: Thursday 19th - Friday 20th December
Camp 3: MAXI CAMP Monday 23rd December
Camp 4: Tennis Camp @ Wauchope - Monday 6th January
Camp 5: MAXI CAMP - Tuesday 7th January
Camp 6: Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th January
Camp 7: Thursday 23rd - Friday 24th January
Mini 8.30am - 10.00am
Cost: 1 day $25.00, 2 days $40.00 3 days $55.00
Full Morning 8.30am - 11.30am
Cost: 1 day $40.00, 2 days $70.00 3 days $85.00
Maxi Day Camp - Tennis camp & Big Buzz @ Forster
(8 years and above)
Tennis camp (8.30am -11.30am) 11.30am - 5.30pm (travel/Big Buzz)
Cost: $99.00 (includes tennis camp, travel and entry to Big Buzz. Children BYO lunch and snack)
Court hire, privates and semi privates, restrings as well as Monday night social tennis are available during the holidays.
Interested in booking in, please phone 0265849940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org