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The main message I would like to give this week is the excitement we shared as a school community in being able to host a Mother’s Day celebration today. In reflection, it has been such a long time since we last did this, that some of our students have never actually experienced an event like this before in our school! Our beautiful Year 1 students, who with their incredible teachers gave us lots to celebrate, were overwhelmed by the number of mums, grandmothers and carers who came to be with us and to see them lead so well. It warmed my heart to see you all and I want to thank you for coming to be with us. This is only the first of many more wonderful events to come, so please keep connected to our communications, so you can come back again for our next endeavour. I wish you all a wonderful day on Sunday, but also to ensure you know just how much you mean to your children and to our community. Happy Mother’s Day.
Signing in to the school
As of Monday 10th May, all parents and visitors entering the school grounds from any entrance in addition to the office will need to sign in using our QR code. This includes dropping off in the morning (if you enter the school grounds beyond the office or gate) but doesn’t include parent pick up in the afternoon, for parents who are using our walk through. If you are coming during the hours of 8:55am to 3:10pm, all gates will be locked and entry is through the office as usual. This is not only a COVID-19 check-in, but a child protection check-in that we are required to have. This is to ensure the safety of every child in our community. We will have QR codes on the pathway entrance walls in the mornings to make this as easy as possible and not to overwhelm the office foyer during the busy first part of the day. Thank you for your support with this important procedure.
Catholic Schools Week - 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia
Our fun photo gallery and video for our students that was posted last week in the newsletter was a real look at life in times past at school. This week I am resharing just the video, so that you can see the lengths that our super staff go to, in efforts to inspire and entertain our students. See if you can pick out our staff among the very Holy sisters and brothers of St Joseph!
Local World Record Attempt!
A reminder that we would love to support The Rotary of Port Macquarie West, to attempt to break the existing world record for the “Longest Washing Line of Socks”! If you would like to drop in any “lonely socks”, well-worn pairs of socks, or socks as presents from family or friends that have never been worn. They don’t need to be new, but please clean. We will collect them and drop them off as we have enough to do so, for the month of May. The event will take place in the first weekend of June.Tess Koning
Staff of Catholic schools across the Diocese of Lismore spent a day engaged in discussions and presentations on the future of Catholic education on Wednesday. The day outlined the challenges of today’s age whilst providing us with faith in the future. We celebrate our Catholic identity within our evolving society and are inspired to continue to be a beacon of hope and joy for our students and families.
Thank you to Year 1 who led the school in a celebration of all mothers and mother figures in our lives. We acknowledge the contributions and vital role they play for our school and more specifically, the children. As teachers, we value the partnership with all mothers and carers of our students and on behalf of St Joseph’s, we wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.
Assistant Principal Mission
CONSUMERS TO CREATORS
This week Mrs Sarah Blundell and Mrs Jeannine Ucdereli presented at the Science Teachers Association NSW K - 10 Conference in Sydney. The conference focused on the global challenges of the 21st century and how they require citizens who are scientifically literate problem-solvers. These are critical and creative thinkers who can seek, interpret and evaluate information and apply solutions that address ethical, personal, social and intercultural dimensions. That is, citizens who possess each of the general capabilities. Sarah and Jeannine focused their presentation on embedding the general capabilities authentically through quality literature, virtual and augmented reality.
Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching
Lunchtime Sporting Skills
Starting this week our Year 5 and 6 students are invited to attend fortnightly training sessions in Rugby League, Netball, Basketball, and Soccer. These training sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Lunch 1. The aim of these sessions is to build a culture of sportsmanship and quality skills with an eye towards our future representative competitions.
Wow what a week of Sport and achievements it has been! Congratulations to all!
Leah Toole and David Lynch
Sports Coordinator and Assistant Sports Coordinator
Positive Behaviour Reward Play
Last year, we introduced ‘Reward Play’. This is our way of acknowledging positive behaviours of children during their lunch times.
We will be having reward play on Monday, which is an additional 15 minutes of play.
|KBC||Elvis Scott||Sienna-Maree Canty||Cody Ylias|
|KSC||Levi Widdison||Conor Grieves||Harriet Clough|
|1B||James Hubbard||Mia Moss||Lincoln Picton|
|1R||Hannah Cooper||Oliver Goodwin||Nyah Watson|
|3H||Chase Mulligan||Jack Slater||Bronte Sprague|
|5S||Jaskaran Saini||Bo Sprague||Elaina Stewart|
Creative Arts Clubs Term 2
Our Creative clubs include our wonderful Glee Club and the new Infants Dance for fun. All new and old members welcome!
Mrs Toole and Mrs Hawkins
Primary Art Club
Infants Dance Club
Primary Drama Club
Infants Drama Club
Infants Art Club
Whole school concert at The Glasshouse
This year our whole school Creative Arts program will run in Term 3, culminating in a whole school concert at The Glasshouse. ALL students in the school will be involved and performing at the Glasshouse on 30th and 31st August. Student participation will be through acting, singing, dance routines, Glee Club and Band.
Dance Eisteddfod - Years 1 to 6
Registrations for the Dance Eisteddfod have now closed. We will email everyone shortly who submitted a registration to confirm whether or not your child has gained a place in an Eisteddfod group for 2021.
All groups will rehearse with Mrs Nicola Jackson beginning on Thursday and Friday of Weeks 8 and 10.
Musica Viva Concert
All grades have been engaging in the Musica Viva program ‘Adventures in Antarctica’ this semester. The program culminates in an exciting live performance at school for the students on Monday 24th May at 12:30pm for Kindergarten - Year 2 and 2:00pm for Years 3-6.
We are excited that our students in Kindergarten to Year 2 will be attending the performance of ‘Magic Beach’ at the Glasshouse on Thursday 13th May.
Alison Lester’s classic book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of text, song, light, shadow and movement. From the team behind The Gruffalo and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78- and 91-Storey Treehouses, this new Australian adaptation from multi-award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the differences that make every child special.
Yours in Creative and Performing Arts,
Creative Arts Co-ordinator
Canteen lunch orders can be placed via Flexischools or by dropping them in the basket on the counter each morning.
Flexischools is our preferred method for submitting lunch orders.
Reminder - Cutoff time for online orders is 8.30am.
- Download the Flexischools app from the App Store or from Google Play.
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notification
- Click “Register Now” to create account
- Top-up your balance
- Start ordering immediately
- Alternatively Go to www.flexischools.com.au or you can find the link on the school website.
Don’t forget you can place your online orders days or even weeks in advance, making the morning rush even easier!
Week 4 - Term 2 2021
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|Tuesday 11th May||
|Wednesday 12th May||
|Thursday 13th May||
|Friday 14th May||
Week 5 - Term 2 2021
|Monday 17th May||
|Tuesday 18th May||
|Wednesday 19th May||
|Thursday 20th May||
|Friday 21st May||
|Saturday 22nd May||
|Sunday 23rd May||
Week 6 - Term 2 2021
|Monday 24th May||
|Tuesday 25th May||
|Wednesday 26th May||
|Thursday 27th May||
|Friday 28th May||
Week 7 - Term 2 2021
|Monday 31st May||
|Tuesday 1st June||
|Wednesday 2nd June||
|Thursday 3rd June||
|Friday 4th June||
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 2021 school term dates are listed below. They are also located on our website. Click on the words “TERM DATES” on the home page.
Kindergarten to Year 6 commence classes Term 2 - Monday 19th April 2021
Proclaim Lismore 2021
Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) - Wednesday 5th May 2021
Limited child minding available
Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) - Tuesday 22nd June
Limited child minding available
Kindergarten to Year 6 last day of classes Term 2 – Friday 25th June 2021
Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) – Monday 12th July 2021
Kindergarten to Year 6 commence classes Term 3 – Tuesday 13th July 2021
Kindergarten to Year 6 last day of classes Term 3 – Friday 17th September 2021
Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) – Tuesday 5th October 2021
NO child minding available
Kindergarten to Year 6 commence classes Term 4 – Wednesday 6th October 2021
Kindergarten to Year 6 last day of classes form Term 4 - Wednesday 15th December 2021
Other Holidays in 2021
ANZAC Day – Sunday 25th April 2021
Queen’s Birthday – Monday 14th June 2021 (Public Holiday)
Labour Day – Monday 4th October 2021 (Public Holiday)
Christmas Day - Saturday 25th December 2021
Boxing Day - Sunday 26th December 2021