“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
Father, thank you for a fresh start today. Thank you for the reminder of “renewal” that spring represents to us in the earth. You “spring forth” a new thing! I am excited and expectant of your goodness in this spring season. Thank you, Father! Prepare me for all the new and wonderful things you have for my life. Help me to let go of the old things that hold me back, the things that do not bring me life, the things that keep me living in the past. I will cling to my new identity in Christ! Help me to keep “springing forward” in my journey with you!
I can hardly believe that it is the last week of term 3, how quickly the year seems to be going. I really would like to say a big thank you to all the families for doing an amazing job with remote learning. I want you to know that I am so very proud of all of you. I appreciate how difficult it is and I think you are doing a great job. Remember, be kind to yourself. You don’t have to deliver a full day of schooling at home. If you can get a bit of reading, writing and some number work done in a day, you are doing well. If it is difficult to engage your child, then I suggest that you go with their interests. Perhaps you could do a google search on trucks (or whatever your child is interested in) and find some great pictures, maybe write a few sentences about each one. Perhaps make a book about trucks, you could draw or paint trucks. If your dad has a truck you could take photos in and around the truck. You could sit out the front and count the number of trucks that pass your house. You could do whatever peeks your interest about trucks. As I’m writing this newsletter, I just saw a double carriage, long, lime green truck drive past our school. It definitely caught my eye.
My prayer is that we all have restful and relaxed school holidays.
Remember that students need to wear school hats in Terms 4 & 1. If your child forgets their hat, they will have the opportunity to see if there are any spare hats in Sick Bay that they could use, or they will need to stay under the back verandah area, under cover. The rule is ‘No Hat, No Play’. It isn’t the end of the world if your child forgets their hat, and needs to play on the back verandah area. In fact, I think it is great learning for your child to experience the natural consequences of forgetting their hat and staying on the back verandah area. This helps your child to remember their hat the next day.
We promote Sun protection at school. Slip, Slop, Slap (slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a hat). We have sunscreen in each of the classrooms for students to use on particularly hot days. If your child is sensitive to sunscreens, then you will need to supply your own sunscreen lotion.
St Joseph’s School community asked R U OK? This year the message is R they really ok? In pandemic times this question is even more important.
Because when it comes to our friends, family and colleagues, do we really know how they are doing? As close as we might be, sometimes it is hard to tell. So, stay connected and make asking R U OK? part of your everyday.
That way, if they are struggling with something big or something small or maybe nothing at all, they’ll know you care. Are they really ok? Ask today. Learn how to ask at ruok.org.au because a conversation could change a life.
To acknowledge R U OK? day, staff at St Joseph’s School Trafalgar were presented with care packages. Some staff had their packages delivered to their homes as they were working from home and others participated in the event at school in COVID safe conditions. The care packages included each staff member’s favourite hot and cold drink, chocolate treats and home baked goodies provided by the Parents & Friends Group (special thanks to Lauren, Ruby, Kylee and Narelle).
Child Safety Week is a time for us all to sharpen our focus on the safety and wellbeing of the children in our lives, whether they be in our family, in our classrooms, or in our parish. Ensuring we have child safe communities goes to the heart of our faith and our core purpose. We must listen to our young people, share resources, and work together to prevent and respond to child abuse in all its forms.
Please find 2 mins to view this video message from Bishop Greg Bennet for Child Safety Week.
Our Mini Vinnies team work hard in our school to support the mission work of the church. Recently we have donated $312 to the Assist A Student Program through St Vincent de Paul Society.
Our support has helped a student like Maria.
Maria is in Grade 3 at primary school in Indonesia. She is 8 years old and says she has kind-hearted friends and teachers. She lives with her parents and sibling and studies Religious education, English, thematic learning, Lampung dialect, information and communication technology, and Mandarin. Maria and her family are very grateful for the support from Australia through the AAS Program, and the funds she received were used for books and school fees.
We welcome Mr Gavin Chatelier to our school staff as our new school counsellor. Gavin has produced an introductory clip of himself and how he can help us at school. You could view this on our website www.trafalgar.catholic.edu.au
We say thank you to Vicki Cook who is retiring at the end of this term. We thank Vicki for her hard work over the last 3 years. We will certainly miss her at school. We wish Vicki all the best in this next stage of her life.
We warmly welcome Lucy Martiniano to our school community as Vicki’s replacement. Lucy has extensive experience in admin work at the hospital and we are sure she will be an asset to our school.
Thanks to the families who have sent in a poster showing how the SWE are present in their families. Here is the poster created by the Hicks family. Chaise and Bobby have shown how they live out our SWE in their house. Thank you so much for this gorgeous poster. It is so important that we realise that these expectations are important no matter where we are in our lives eg at home, at school and in the community.
If you have not sent in your family photo or poster displaying the SWE, please know that you are still very welcome to. It is definitely not too late.
Uniform shop is stocking new green school Tshirts.
All uniform orders available on CDFPay.
Upcoming Fundraiser in Term 4 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser
St Joseph's use CDF Pay for accountability & auditing purposes. This includes for P&F fundraising & events. Please see instructions if you do not have access to CDF Pay, or see a committee member for help.
Next P & F Meeting: Thursday October 7th 6pm Thai Restaurant in Traf
All families who are experiencing financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to apply for concession relating to Term 3 2021 school fees.
Parents/Guardians/Carers requesting consideration for fee relief are to contact the school to discuss their school fee obligation.
|Fri Sept 17th||Last day of term 1.00pm finish|
|Mon 4th||First day of term|
|Tues 5th & Wed 6th||Gr 4 Camp to Allambee|
|Thurs 7th||P & F Meeting at Thai Restaurant 6.00pm|
||School Advisory Committee Meeting 5.30pm
||School Concert at Lowanna College
|Fri 29th||World Teachers Day|
|Day for Daniel (wear red)|
||Assessment Day (Pupil Free Day)
||Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45am
||Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45am
|Tues 7th||Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45am
|Fri 10th||End of Year/Graduation Mass 9.00am
|Mon 13th||Last day for Gr 6
|Wed 15th||Gr 6 Graduation
|Last day for students 1.00pm finish