We are all enjoying being back at school. The excitement around the school with our two calves is just lovely. All students will have the opportunity to bottle feed the calves if they would like to. I’d like to thank Graeme and Louise Paul (local dairy farmers) who supplied the calves for us and Steve Trotman and Melissa Payne (share farmers) who looked after the calves before they came to us. Together they have provided us with expert knowledge and direction.
I’d like to congratulate all our families for the great work you are doing to support our students in returning to school. I acknowledge that these are difficult times and I admire the hope we are all providing for our students. Please know we are here to support your child and your family as always.
May God continue to bless and guide us in our learning together.
We come to you today and give thanks for the Staff of St Joseph’s Primary School, TRAFALGAR.
Thank you for the way in which all staff give of themselves each day in our classrooms, Serving and instructing the next generation of this land.
Father, please fill their hearts with courage now by your mighty Spirit.
Fill them with your strength, so they may all rise to every challenge and not grow weary.
Fill our teachers with your wisdom, so that they may be able to make good judgements when guiding and helping others.
Fill them with your peace, so that when stress and anxiety come, it does not overwhelm them.
Fill them with your joy, so that the passion they have for their class may become an infectious passion that spreads.
We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus.
The 29th of October 2021 marks World Teachers’ Day, and at St Joseph’s we are blessed with some of the best!
This past year has thrown many challenges to both families, teachers, and support staff here in our community, and the collaborative approach by everyone has not gone unnoticed.
On behalf of all our staff here at St Joseph’s, we would also like to acknowledge and thank our families for their enduring support in the remote learning environment. We make a great team!
Our teachers have guided students in both on-site and remote learning whilst juggling their own professional and personal lives throughout this pandemic. Our students are grateful to have such dedicated teachers and tomorrow we would like to take the opportunity to thank them.
This Friday we celebrate our teachers. We will be acknowledging our staff with a certificate and an apple as a symbol of our gratitude. It might be nice to encourage your child to say thank you to the staff as well. Maybe your child could pick some flowers from the garden, or write a letter or make a card. It feels good to be grateful.
Kids are healthier and happier when they’re active every day. Walking to school is a great opportunity to help kids get regular physical activity by walking, riding, scooting or skating to school in the morning and home in the afternoon. This helps kids get regular physical activity, and build their confidence and life skills. It’s also a great way to connect with family and friends. And moving those daily commutes from the roads to the footpath can help make school streets safer, reduce traffic congestion, and contribute to a healthier environment. We are encouraging all families to get involved with Walk to School in the month of November and to share it with your community using the hashtag #WalktoSchoolBawBaw. Teachers will record the students who have walked to school each day for the chance of winning an Intersport Voucher for the school. Get ready, Get set and Go. Encourage our school children to be a part of Walk to School 2021. Please see attached activity to complete with your child/ren on your way to school.
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has expanded the mandatory use of face masks indoors to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the population of school settings to include primary schools. The use of face masks assists in providing an additional physical barrier between people and to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 across all of Victoria.
Students in Grades 3 to 6 at St Joseph’s School will be required to wear a face mask when indoors on school premises, unless a lawful exception applies. There are a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a face mask, including for staff and students who are unable to wear a face mask due to the nature of their disability, medical or a mental health.
At this time, there will be no requirement for students to wear a face mask whilst outdoors during school time.
Whilst not required, it is strongly recommended by the Victorian Chief Health Officer that students in Foundation to Grade 2 wear a face mask indoors at school.
Parents, guardians and carers are required to supply their child(ren) with an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Thank you for your cooperation in this area.
This Friday is the annual Day for Daniel. We are inviting all students to come to school wearing red. This might include wearing a red jumper, red socks, a red ribbon or wearing everything red. If your child does not have anything red to wear that is absolutely fine and they can just wear their normal school uniform
The theme for the 17th annual Day for Daniel is Help-Seeking and Reporting, reinforcing the responsibility of adults to keep kids safe while encouraging kids to report abuse and seek help from an adult safety helper.
Day for Daniel is a great opportunity to start the conversation with children about their personal safety.
We are looking forward to seeing lots of red at our school on Friday.
This coming Monday November 1st is an assessment day for staff, so that it is a pupil free day. Tuesday November 2nd is Melbourne Cup Public holiday, so that families have a four day weekend. ENJOY!
Our concert has had to be rescheduled. The new date is Wednesday December 1st 6pm at school. Family tickets are $10. Upon entry people will need to show evidence of vaccination status. Only people who are fully vaccinated can come onsite.
Brown/black/grey long pants and t-shirt
Wrist bands with streamers
Monkey tails and ears
1/2 and 2/3
Black, white, red, orange pants and t-shirt
Sea creature heads
Boys: Black pants and t-shirts
Girls: Black t-shirt and leggings
Rock n roll skirts
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday night November 13th at 6pm at St John’s church Trafalgar. Bishop Greg will celebrate the Mass together with our new Parish Priest Fr Bernard Buckley. We warmly welcome Fr Bernard to our Parish community.
We pray especially for Liza, Ayla and Justyce, as they prepare for this significant celebration. May this celebration continue to strengthen you on your life journey.
Mini Vinnies has been interrupted due to remote learning. There are a number of fundraisers the team have planned in the coming weeks. Mini Vinnies team members will be selling their hand-crafted goods at the Yarragon Craft Market on Saturday November 27th and there will be a Mission fundraiser on Friday 5th November. This will be a Crazy Hair Day. For the privilege of having crazy hair we are asking for a gold coin donation. This money will go to Catholic Mission Australia.
In addition, Ava Harvey, Summer Parise, Kiarah Shields ad Summer Oldham have organised a homemade lemonade stand fundraiser for Friday 5th November. Small cup of homemade lemonade is 50c and a large cup will be $1. Money raised will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Parents if your child is arriving at school after 9am you need to walk he/she into school and then sign him/her in. Our records need to reflect this.
Please also remember that you need to wear a mask dropping off and picking up your child at school.
Our School Advisory Committee acts to support the overall leadership of the school. This year our Committee consisted of Katie Balfour, Imelda Cathomen, Dan Towb, Ashley Treyvaud, Marja Jamieson, Vanessa Donaldson and myself. Unfortunately, Vanessa needs to step down from her position. We thank Vanessa for her work on this Committee. This means there is a position available on this Committee for 2022. If you are interested in this important role in our school, you are welcome to nominate yourself. If you would like to nominate someone else, then please check with them first, and if they are agreeable, then please nominate them. Nominations can be communicated to the Principal by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 29th World Teachers Day
Day for Daniel (wear red)
Mon 1st Assessment Day (Pupil Free Day)
Tues 2nd Melbourne Cup Holiday
Thurs 4th Foundation Camp Activity at school
Thurs 11th SCHOOL CONCERT 6pm
Thurs 18th Gr 1 Camp Activity at school
Tues 23rd Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45
Thurs 25th Gr 3 Camp Activity at school
Fri 26th Gr 4 Camp Activity at school
Sat 27th Yarragon Christmas Market Mini Vinnies stall
Tues 30th Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45
Wed 1st Japanese Day
Thurs 2nd Gr 2 Camp Activity at school
Tues 7th Foundation Orientation Program 9.15am to 10.45
Fri 10th End of Year/Graduation Mass 9am
Mon 13th Last day for Gr 6
Gr 6 Graduation
Wed 15th Last day for students 1pm finish
Thurs 16th & Fri 17th Planning days for staff