St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

30 October 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

You….a saint in the making.

This Friday, we celebrate one of the most important feasts in the Church’s year - the Feast of All Saints.  We remember all the holy people who have existed – especially those whose holiness was never recognised publicly. Think of the good, generous people whom you have known who have died.  This is the day to celebrate their holiness.  There have been all sorts of saints – gentle and calm people, outgoing and vivacious people, quiet followers and outstanding leaders.  There have also been cranky people who mellowed and outrageous sinners who repented.  They followed all sorts of careers - mothers, fathers, sailors, nurses and possibly some careers we wouldn’t recommend to our children!   Each had a unique personality, a distinctive story.

 As you celebrate the saints you have known, you can be inspired to own the type of saint you could be. With your unique personality, you too can reflect the glory of God’s love to those around you.  What is it that you do well that you can offer in love?  Some show love by listening, others by cracking a joke, some show love by being there, others by working hard. We can’t do everything but we can embrace the person God has made us to be and offer that in love.  No matter how small we may think our gifts are, when we use them with love, they become great in the eyes of God.  When each of us, does his or her part, we become a loving community glorifying God with joy.

 Loving Father, your Spirit draws us together into a family of love.  With the help of Jesus our brother may we truly embrace the gifts you have given us and show your love to the world in the way we use them.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

Some messages from the Principal

Special Visitors - This Wednesday I look forward to welcoming our Diocesan Director, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat to our school. Leesa is hosting former Labor Senator and current Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission, Jacinta Collins. As always, we look forward to showing our visitors the quality teaching and learning that is occurring here at St Joseph's Wandal.

Thank you – for spoiling us last week, when we recognised World Teachers’ Day. Our generous P and F provided us with coffee and a Subway lunch. Many of our teachers also received messages of thanks and other tokens of appreciation. Thank you!

 Chookas! – Best of luck to our school staff  members, Miss Janette McLennan (Vocal Director) and Mrs Hayley Hutchinson (Stage Manager), who are busily involved in last minute rehearsals for this weekend’s performance of The Phantom of the Opera. Opening night is this Friday evening and tickets are still available. Good luck to all involved.

News from the P and F and School Board

Our P and F and School Board both met last week. A date was determined for the P and F Annual General Meeting, where all current Executive roles are vacated and then appointed for the new school year. Some of our current Executive Committee members have completed two years in their positions, and therefore, according to our newly adopted constitution, must step down. If you think you may be interested in joining the P and F Executive Committee next year and would like to have a chat or ask for some further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Of course, anyone is welcome to attend these meetings - please do not feel obliged to take on a role.


P and F Annual General Meeting: 21 November, 5pm in the Staffroom. All welcome.

A School Board Pre-Service Meeting for 2020 will follow at 6.30pm.


The P and F acknowledged the wonderful work Tracey Black has done in coordinating our School Banking Program since its inception last year. Sadly for us, the Black family is moving towns at the end of the year. We would like to keep our very successful school banking program continuing but can only do this with volunteer help. This requires between 1-1.5 hours, on school premises each week (days are flexible) and Tracey is willing to train a new person this term, so that the transition process is smooth. If you have a little spare time to offer and would like to assist the school in a voluntary capacity, please let the school office know, and we can pass your details onto Tracey.

(Please click on the link to access further information regarding duties of a banking volunteer)

End of Year Christmas Concert

Plans are underway with regards to our end-of-year Christmas function which will be held on Friday, 29 November. Our P and F organizes the food and bar on this night and it is always a lovely, informal way to finish off the school year as a community.


Each class prepares a small item to perform on the night and we count on the majority of our students and families attending. Please inform your child’s teachers if they will be absent on the night as this may interfere with plans for ‘performances.’ Class items will commence at 6pm sharp. Please be advised that food will not be served until after the children’s performances. Children are to wear ‘Christmassy’ type clothes. Towards the end of the night, we often have a special, very jolly guest pop in to say hello to the children!


This year, as well as the volunteer-run BBQ and Bar, we will have Bill’s Amusements on site to keep your children occupied, after they perform. Unlimited ride tickets for the night, to be used between 6.30-9.30pm, will be available for purchase via Flexischools for $15 per child. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night for $20 per child. For catering purposes, it is essential that you pre-order and pay for the BBQ via

Tuckshop Survey

The St Joseph’s Wandal Tuckshop Policy is due for revision by the School Board. To assist us with this process, and to provide us with some feedback about the Tuckshop, please complete the very quick survey (it will take two minutes of your time!) on the school app, listed under “e-forms."

Confirmation of Enrolments for 2020 – *Response is required by every family*

Please complete the Confirmation of Enrolment eform (on the Skoolbag App) after first confirming that your current information on Parent Lounge is correct or updated. Completing this form on an annual basis is a requirement of the Catholic Education Office of Rockhampton and ensures your child/ren a place at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Wandal in 2020. This information is also used to calculate discounts if you have more than one child at a Catholic Diocesan School.


We require EVERY family in the school to complete this e-form, even if you plan on leaving St Joseph’s at the end of the school year (Year 6 students excluded). Please complete the forms at your earliest convenience so that we can finalise our preparations for classes in 2020.


Classes for 2020 – *Reminder*

Shortly our teachers, in conjunction with the Learning Support staff and Leadership team of the school, will commence preparations for class groupings for the 2020 school year. If you feel you have information that teachers may not be already aware of, and which may be useful for this process, please ensure you notify your class teachers at your earliest convenience. 

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Remember, every minute of the school day counts and we appreciate our teaching and learning remaining uninterrupted.

Last week we had:

 30 Late Student Arrivals

 26 Early Student Departures

 78 Whole Day Student Absences

Before School Arrangements

Any students arriving early (before 8.15am) are expected to be enrolled and signed in by parents/caregivers at Before School Care where formal supervision is provided. Our OSHC coordinator, Hailey Svensen, can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide you with enrolment paperwork.  Hailey can be reached on 0429316543.

School Fees

Please be aware that your Term Four school fees are now due. If you are having difficulties meeting your fee commitment, please ensure you contact me at your earliest convenience.

Homework Club is back!

Homework Club is now available one afternoon after school per week. This is supervised by Year 10 & 11 students from The Cathedral College.

When: Tuesday afternoons 3.20- 4.20pm 

Where: The ‘Be-Hive’ - St Joseph’s Wandal

Who: Years 3-6 students

Parents are required to book their children into Homework Club by midday Tuesday of each week by contacting the school office via email or phone.

Volunteers' Thank You Morning Tea - *Date claimer*

If you have volunteered in any capacity at our school throughout the 2019 school year, please join us for a Morning Tea on Friday 15 November. This is our way of saying ‘thank you.’ Our Year 5 class will be coordinating this event and more details will be shared over the coming weeks.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

"We are so little, so imperfect, and God is so great, so good."

Mary MacKillop (1898)

October is the Month of the Rosary

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary.  Thank you to Mrs Egan, who yesterday in my absence led a small group in praying the Rosary. 

On Monday I visited the Prep and Year One classes and we reflected on the Joyful Mysteries. Year One were very enthusiastic and seized the opportunity to ask me some interesting questions about the Church.

1. Why is the tabernacle gold?

2. How does the priest turn the wine into the blood of Jesus and the bread into the body of Jesus?

3. Why is the sanctuary lamp red?

School Mass - Sunday at St Joseph's Cathedral

Prayer Celebration lead by Year 2

Year Two will lead prayer next Friday to celebrate All Saints' Day.  All Saints' Day is celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died.  

Continuing the Journey in the Catholic Faith - Sacramental Dates

Last weekend we acknowledged a small group of children from St Joseph's Wandal who participated in a ritual of remembering their Baptism at St Joseph's Cathedral Parish.  

On Tuesday 12 November or Wednesday 13 November parents are required to attend one of the information sessions at Kevin Castles Centre from 5.30 - 7pm.  This session will assist parents to prepare their children to receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

Mass in the Hall

Please join us on Wednesday 6 November at 9am for Mass in the Hall followed by Morning Tea.  Year 5 will assist with parts of the Mass.  During this Mass we look forward to witnessing one of our Year 6 student being Confirmed and receiving their First Eucharist.  

Crazy Sock Day

Catholic Mission Prep Fundraiser

Parenting Ideas

The topic for this week is, "Help kids develop impulse control." Psychologist Michael Hawton

Parent Insight


Children's Liturgy of the Word

A reminder that Children’s Liturgy is held most Sundays at St Joseph’s Cathedral at 9.30am during the school term.   Please click on the link to access Mass times.

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr.

From the APC

Ready Reading

Click here to register to attend!

Would you like to gain some more knowledge and skills about how to support your child’s reading?  Queensland Ready Reading is an initiative of the Queensland Government that aims to improve literacy skills across the State.  The Department of Education is partnering with Volunteering Queensland to recruit and train up to 3000 volunteers to support children’s reading.

An opportunity to attend Ready Reading training at our school has been organised. We invite our parents and our current volunteers to attend.  For parents, there is no obligation to commit to volunteering, but we encourage you to come and learn strategies to support your own child with their reading at home. If you do wish to volunteer in our school, we would welcome your involvement.  

The training involves attending two modules of two hours each.

  • Module 1 – Learning to read
  • how and why reading is taught in particular ways
  • essential components for learning to read: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and text comprehension
  •  building a bank of strategies to support reading and knowing when and how to use them
  • sight words and high-frequency words and how they are used when learning to read.
  • Module 2 – Supporting readers
  • overview of the stages of reading and the behaviours typically displayed during these stages
  • how to support readers before, during and after reading
  • how to use pause, prompt, praise strategy
  • using prompts for reading such as sounding out, reading on, chunking, re-reading and using pictures and visual cues
  •  how to give effective feedback.

You will have opportunities to see strategies modelled, and to practise these in pairs and receive feedback so that you feel confident to support a child’s reading to become a more confident and independent reader.

There is no cost for this training, and support materials will be provided by the Department of Education.

Ready Reading Training

Date and Time

From Tuesday, November. 19th, 9:00 am to Tuesday, November. 19th, 1:00 pm


St Vincent's Parish Hall, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal. Get Directions


An opportunity to attend Ready Reading training at our school has been organised. We invite our parents and our current volunteers to attend. We encourage you to come and learn strategies to support your own child with their reading at home.

Reading Project Feedback from Teachers

Year Three have been interviewing teachers about what they learnt at the recent Reading Project Inservice and what book they are currently reading in class.

Prep - We learnt about guided reading, shared reading and assessing reading. We need to read a range of texts to extend learning. Exposing children to as many books as possible per day improves literacy levels therefore, it is important for parents to read bedtime stories everyday.

Year 1- We are currently reading Tashi in class. We learnt that the best strategy to help students is to engage with beautiful and exciting texts.

Year 2- We learnt about a variety of exciting books to engage young readers. We are reading fairy tales and a variety of big books in class. 

Year 3- Each school reflected on their current practice for reading and what they found to work effectively when teaching reading. 

We are currently up to reading our 10th Roald Dahl book in class ‘The BFG’. 

Year 4 -  We learnt about a strategy called close reading. It is where you read a short passage from a book out of context. The passage was from the book 'Wolf Comes To Town’ By Denis Manton. On Friday Year 4 classes had lots of fun discussing and analysing this text.

Year 5 - We learnt some good reading strategies, some we have already tried. We learnt about a new teaching reading strategy called close reading. We received new resources and we are currently reading a series of picture books about natural disasters and ‘Wolf Comes To Town’ By Denis Manton. 

Year 6 - I was given a note-taking proforma to assist students with note taking and summarising information. Year 6 students are going to focus on note taking and summarising this term. We are currently reading ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio


Have a wonderful week of learning!


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Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our award winners.  Please click on link.

Head Lice

We have again had reports of head lice in various classes.  Please check your child's hair, treat if necessary.

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