- Principal's Report
- EVERY DAY COUNTS – SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
- NAIDOC WEEK
- P & F News
- Uniform News
- BOOK WEEK AND BOOK FAIR
- 2021 NEiTA Awards
- LIONS CLUB PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION
- WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH TO POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT (WSAPBS)
- SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
- CODE OF CONDUCT
- Occupational Health and Safety
- MINI VINNIES TEAM
- 2021 SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION UPDATE
- School Calendar
I hope you are all coping well with our extended lockdown. I certainly understand the frustration and worry with the lockdown. I do also see the importance of teaching our children about resilience. Every day (especially in this lockdown) we are showing our kids how to cope and react when things get hard. I say this not to put pressure on us, but to remind us that there are two ways of responding to everything. You can go down the negative track (it’s not fair; I can’t do this; I’m missing out on this…) or you can challenge yourself to be positive (I can’t change it, I can make the best of this, I can help others by…). I’m not saying it is easy but my prayer for all of us is, that we try and make the best of this situation and that we can help and support each other where we can. Stay safe and strong!
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day, when it is of course, safe to do so. In these COVID times, it seems contradictory to be promoting school attendance but the basic premise is, if it is safe to do so, students should be at school in the school term. It is best to have family holidays in school holiday time.
NAIDOC WEEK For thousands of years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, our original inhabitants occupied the land. With so many different indigenous groups as part of our past and present, there is so much to learn and celebrate. One of the times we do this is during NAIDOC Week. It is held in the first week of July. It celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous Australians, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. In NAIDOC week, all around Australia, towns and cities hold events to bring communities together to celebrate indigenous cultures and achievements. You’ll see traditional music, dance, ceremonies as well as celebrations of contemporary indigenous culture too. Schools also get involved. NAIDOC week is a wonderful way to encourage deeper understandings and to develop relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people, right across Australia. It helps to build a bridge between the wrongs of the past and the hope for the future. We have been exploring our indigenous identity in classes by learning about indigenous groups around our area. And we always proudly fly our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in our school yard to recognise and celebrate indigenous identities.
We are supporting local, pie orders are coming from Yarragon Bakery.
Orders to be made on CDF by Thurs 22nd July. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Pies will be ready to collect from school on Fri 30th July from 3.00 pm.
Uniform Shop will be stocking green t-shirts very soon, we are just waiting on stock arrival.
Also, please note some of the uniform items have had a small price increase.
All uniform orders are available on CDF.
Each year the Australian Book Council puts aside a week to celebrate Australian Literacy. This year the theme is ‘Old Worlds, Other Worlds, New Worlds’. We too, like to get into the spirit of things by promoting our Book Week Dress Up Day on Tuesday August 24th. We encourage everyone to dress either to the theme or come dressed as a book character. Let us have some fun!
As part of our Book Week celebrations, we also organise a Book Fair at school. The Book Fair will be earlier in week 4. The students will be able to visit the Fair on Wednesday, August 4th during class time and then the Fair will be open Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August before and after school. The school receives a small percentage of the sales at the Fair and we put that money back into our library resources.
For more than 25 years, via the National Excellence in Teaching Awards, the NEiTA Foundation has been acknowledging exceptional educators in early learning centres, primary and secondary schools, and special schools across Australia and New Zealand.
In fact, these teachers and principals are not just exceptional professionals. They are also talented, committed, caring, innovative, passionate and dedicated to their students, schools and the community.
If you would like to nominate a teacher go to the NEiTA website.
Each year we promote the Lions Public Speaking Competition. We were to hold this event this week but it has now been rescheduled to week 5 (Friday August 13th at 11.30). We are strongly encouraging and supporting the students in Grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 to participate. Remote learning could be a good time to support your child with writing their speech. This competition could be a great opportunity for your child.
St Joseph’s School promotes and values positive relationships. Our Whole School Approach to Positive Behaviour Support (WSAPBS) focuses on this. WSAPBS is inclusive of all members of our school community including teachers, students and families. We have established four School Wide Expectations (SWE) and these are Respect, Resilience, Inclusiveness and Teamwork. We understand that these SWE are expected from all members of our community 100% of the time.
Last year, during Lockdown, we created an amazing banner demonstrating our SWE in The Front Door Project and it stands proudly in the Mary MacKillop room reminding us of the positive community that we have here at St Joseph’s.
This year, in Lockdown, we are inviting you to create your own family poster showing the SWE. We suggest that your poster could include your family name and all 4 of the SWE. Liza Marino has put together a poster showing examples of how the teachers live out the SWE. Her poster includes a combination of photos and writing. You can present your poster however you like.
We invite all families to participate in this activity. We have plain A3 paper and/or a template available at the front office if you would like to use this. We also thought it would be appropriate to include our Japanese focus, so we have included the 4 SWE in Japanese as well.
We are hoping that some of the final results can be used to promote our SWE around our school and would like to have some of the posters printed professionally. Your family might like to do this project during lockdown.
As you are aware, 2021 is our school’s year for Review. This is part of our ongoing 4-year cycle of school improvement. We have completed our 2-day review, where reviewers visited our school and investigated our processes to see where we have had an impact and where we haven’t had an impact. This information drives our Improvement Agenda. I have explained and promoted our 2021 Annual Implementation Plan in a short 2-minute video clip, which has been posted on our website www.trafalgar.catholic.edu.au I hope you can find time to view this brief summary.
Safety is paramount at our school. Each year we ask all parents to read and sign our Code of Conduct. I have attached the Conduct to this newsletter for you to print, sign and send into school, so we can add your name to the register. Alternatively, you could read the copy that is at reception/office and sign the register at the office. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.
We have engaged the services of LV Shade Sails to take down our two sails above the Junior Adventure Playground. They will repair the steel eyelets at the top of the poles and then replace the sails for us. We continue to work at maintaining our safe playground.
We are asking for a gold coin donation to support the Josephite Nun’s work in the Mary Mac Foundation. In our church, we celebrate St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s feast day, the day before on August 8th. Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint.
Unfortunately, our Confirmation Information meetings at St Joseph's Church has had to be cancelled due to the lockdown. This meeting will now take place via Zoom. The information Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday, July 29th at 7.00pm. The invitation link will be sent at 6:50pm on the night. We are asking for Confirmation families to send Therese Meggetto (Sacrament Coordinator) their Candidates name and preferred email address ASAP so login can run smoothly on the night. Please send to Thérèse's Email address: Warragul.firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing you all via Zoom.
Take care and stay safe. Thérèse Meggetto 0499 116 428.