St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

21 October 2020

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Stories we need to know.

I was at a recent family gathering when I heard a story about my paternal grandmother that is still affecting me deeply.  Unlike my other grandmother, Nanny Harris was not an ‘interesting’ character.  She was deeply loved but had no need to stand out or to entertain.  The story I heard was that she sometimes had to pawn her wedding ring to feed the family till the next pay check.  She would never have told such a story.  For her it was a source of deep shame, but her children see it as just another instance of her deep and passionate love.  This story not only revealed the depth of her love, it also explained a few other family ‘quirks’ that had baffled me.

Most of the Bible consists of stories – especially of relationships.  Stories are rarely straightforward – they allow for multiple meanings and differing interpretations.  They also can move us into the deep places of the heart and can sometimes explain us to ourselves. 


We recently celebrated Grandparents Day.  With such a celebration, we recognise the where we have come from as people and the complexity of relationships into which we are born.  With such a celebration, we can encourage our elders to tell their stories in our families.  We might be surprised ourselves by what we hear. I know that forty years after her death, I’m still learning about my grandmother, and some of the things that make our family tick.  I do know that the next time I’m in Sydney I’m having a long talk with my aunts and so enter into that stream of life and love that is family

Loving Father, you have given us life within a family.  May we pass on the stories of our families to our children that they may grow that complex web of relationship which can nurture life and love.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.   

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

Book Week

Book Week is very much under way here at St Joseph’s Wandal, with the 2020 theme, ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ very evident in the range of activities occurring throughout the school. It was wonderful to see so many students (and staff) dressed as their favourite book characters today.

 We still have plenty of exciting activities planned to finish out the end of the week, and my thanks go to Miss McLennan for coordinating our celebration of books and reading this week.

Book Week Learning Fun

School Fees

Our Term Four fees have now been distributed via email and are due for full payment by 7 November. EVERY FAMILY in this school should have received an invoice by email. If you have not, please notify the office staff. If you are unable to meet your payment obligations, then please contact the office to make a time to arrange to discuss this with me. 

A gentle reminder too, to our Year 6 families about payment for Camp Days, which been invoiced separately to school fees.

2021 Class arrangements

Teachers have commenced, in conjunction with the Learning Support staff and Leadership team of the school, the complex preparations for class groupings for the 2021 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.

The teaching staff list is not yet finalised for the 2021 year. This will be published in the newsletter once all contracts and other associated arrangements are completed towards the end of the school year. A gentle reminder that this school does not take requests for particular teachers (they are ALL wonderful).

Interschool Gymkhana

Congratulations to Clancie C and Ava L who represented St Joseph’s Wandal at the annual Interschool Gymkhana at Alton Downs Pony Club on Sunday. The girls participated in a range of events including half hitch, barrel, western bend and rider class. Ava and her horse Austin received three 2nd places, two 3rd places, one 4th place and 3rd overall in her class. Clancie also rode very well on her horse, Lucky and showed great improvement across her events to be one of the few riders selected in the final rider class. Both girls represented St Joseph’s Wandal with pride and displayed excellent sportsmanship. Well done Clancie and Ava!  My thanks go to Miss Hinz who supported our competitors on the day.

School Photo Day - THIS FRIDAY

School Photo Day is this Friday  23 October. Order envelopes were dispersed to students at the end of last term and must be returned on Photo Day. Full day uniform must worn on Friday - no sports uniforms or Senior Shirts are permitted.

MSP Photography has implemented new processes for the capturing and production of school photos while the COVID-19 health crisis continues At present, no sibling photos are being taken by MSP. Further, school photos have changed to a composite style. What is a Composite Style? A Composite product is when students are photographed individually, with the group created digitally using a composite template. This eliminates the need for students to be grouped together in close contact with either themselves, or staff.


For more information, you may like to visit MSP’s website, which is

Important Dates Term 4



MSP School Photo Day



Year 3 (2021) instrument testing



Year 6 ‘Camp Days’



Prayer Assembly Year 4E



Prayer Assembly Year 4C



Last lessons for strings students

Instrumental Music Performance on assembly



Year 6 half day visit to TCC

Prep 2021 Orientation Sessions



Remembrance Day



Prayer Assembly Year 3R



Prayer Assembly Year 3H



Year 6 graduation Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral 5:00pm



Christmas Concert – cancelled



2021 School Captain Speeches



2021 House Captain Speeches

Wandal’s Got Talent (upper school)



Wandal’s Got Talent (lower school)



Whole School Spelling Bee Final

Report Cards distributed via Parent Lounge



Year 6 Liturgy and presentation of Graduation Certificates

Last Day of Term 4!




Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson

From the Assistant to the Principal: Religious Education (APRE)

Prayer Reflection - Gospel Focus

 In the parables of the last few weeks Jesus has been critical of the established order, but the establishment tries to get its own back in this week's gospel: some Pharisees try to entrap Jesus in dangerous word play about money and power. Jesus turns the tables on them by taking the argument from the hypothetical to the practical. He uses a real coin to make a concrete and sensible point about relative values. He is both wise and street-smart in his rebuttal, which serves to unmask the hypocrisy of a corrupt hierarchy.

Jesus says that we can serve God and serve our country at the same time.

We can be a good person by respecting others.

How do we show respect for all people?

How can we serve God by being a good person?

©Creative Ministry Resources, 2020

Catholic Mission Month

This year, students across Australia are encouraged to not only learn about Cambodia and the work of the Church there, but to do something extraordinary for Mission through fundraising, advocacy and prayers. As part of Catholic Mission Month, each week students will learn about and pray for those at the Arrupe Centre in Cambodia, which provides vital care for those who would otherwise have limited opportunities or support to lead a fulfilling life.  To assist Catholic Mission with vital fundraising for this project, students are able to wear crazy socks (with their normal full school uniform) on Friday 6 November for a gold coin donation.  Ice blocks will be sold on this day too for 50c, with all proceeds going to Catholic Mission.  

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. All classes have spent time in prayerful meditation reflecting on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

Upcoming Workshops for the Celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist

A reminder to the families who have opted to complete the preparation workshops for the Celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist in 2021.  The workshops will be held at Kevin Castles Centre and are scheduled on the following dates:

·      27 and 28 October Eucharist Workshop #1

·      17 and 18 November Eucharist Workshop #2  

Have a great week,

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update

Learning in Prep


Book Character Parade

Thank you to everyone who prepared for our Book Character Parade.  It was awesome to see such creative costumes and so many books brought in to share.  What a wonderful learning experience for our students.

Book Week Book Character Parade

Book Week Book Swap

To celebrate the conclusion of Book Week we will be holding a book swap on Friday in the Be-Hive. Students can bring in books which they have finished reading and swap these for new books. Students are asked to bring 50c to participate in the swap, which will be donated to the Catholic Missions. The cost is 50c regardless of the number of books that you are swapping.


Song Writing Competition

2020 Spelling Bee

The 2020 Spelling Bee is nearly here.  The finals will take place on 3 December at 12 noon.  Our Spelling Bee is a fun way for our students to focus on spelling and word work.  The aim is to encourage all students to seek personal bests and improve their spelling and English skills.  The competition will have three divisions – Early for Preps to Year 2, Junior for Years 3&4 and Senior for Years 5&6. 

The lists can be found here

Photo by mera nazaria on Unsplash

Book Week Reading Challenge

Have a great week,

Read lots of books,

Janette McLennan


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