St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

20 November 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection


Authority Issues.

Authority issues!  We all have them and a lot of them come to the fore when we begin to parent.  Even before the first ‘No!’ of the first child, we are confronted with the enormous challenge of how to be an authority to our precious children. This coming Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, which is a celebration of Christ’s authority.  The way Jesus exercised authority is a good lesson in parenting. 


Firstly, he is God-with-us.  He came down very close to us.  He was not a distant authority but one who has lived in our flesh and known our experience.  ‘Being there’ is the first skill of parenting.  Time is the most important gift we can give and it should be given generously.  But sometimes it can’t.  Work, illness, separation are not excuses for not being there but challenges to find other creative ways. Letters, cards, phone calls can make us present when physical presence is not possible.

 Secondly, Jesus sets clear principles on behaviour.  We all know the ‘Golden Rule’, that we should be compassionate, forgiving etc.  Jesus does not love us and let us do what we like.  We need to love like Jesus, setting clear principles that will allow our children to grow into their best selves with behaviour that makes them fully human, fully alive.


Thirdly, he sets the example.  What behaviour Jesus wants us to do, he himself did first.  You example is your strongest parenting.

 Finally, Jesus loves us no matter what we do.  He may not like or approve of our actions but still he loves.  So it is with our children.  We love not for what they can give us or do back for us, we love because we are created in God’s image…as they are, too.

 Loving God, you author us into life.  Send us your Spirit that, in following Jesus’ example, we may give loving authority to our children.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us. 

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

All SJW families are invited to the Year 6 class’s Graduation Mass, which will be held at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Wednesday 27 November, commencing at 5.30pm. Year 6 students and their families must be seated by 5.15pm. After Mass, invited guests will then move directly to the Cathedral Corso area, for refreshments, and the cutting of the graduation cake. It would be lovely to see other members of the school community at this special Eucharistic celebration. 

Tomorrow, we welcome our new 2020 ‘Preppies’ to school for their Orientation Day. We look forward to welcoming all of our new students and their parents to our school. There will be two orientation sessions tomorrow, and during this time our existing Prep students will be in Year One.

School Fees

Thank you to those families who have addressed their outstanding school fee accounts this week. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, significant outstanding amounts have the possibility to impact on our school budget for the 2020 year, which in turn can result in school and classroom funding cutbacks. If you have not made contact with me regarding your account as yet, please do so as soon as possible.


Ready Reading

Thank you to the small but enthusiastic group of staff, parents and volunteers who participated in the Ready Reading training, held at St Joseph's Wandal on Tuesday. Reading is a powerful tool to help children grow their vocabulary, language skills and imagination. It helps children to develop life-long skills that will support their future growth and learning. Tuesday's program provided training to ensure that our school volunteers are supported in their endeavours to help our students to grow and develop through reading. We hope to be able to offer this training again in 2020.

Assessment and Reporting

Report cards will be distributed via Parent Lounge in the last week of term on Thursday 5th December. Please ensure you have access to Parent Lounge and know how to access these documents ahead of time. A reminder too, that it is the responsibility of parents to provide copies of these reports and any other requested information (for example NAPLAN reports), not the school’s, when filling out applications and enrolment forms for secondary schools. 

End of Year Christmas Concert

**UPDATE** – ‘ One Ride’ Tickets now available! We received feedback that some parents were interested in purchasing individual ride tickets for the Christmas Concert. Individual tickets are now available for purchase via Flexischools, or on the night. The $15 all-you-can -ride tickets are still available via Flexischools; these will be $20 if purchased on the night. Remember, rides will not start until after students’ performances, and will be available until 9.30pm. (*Note* If you have already ordered a multi-ride ticket and wish to swap it for a single-ride ticket you can contact Flexischools to arrange this on 1300361769).

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!

 As always, we will be reliant on parent assistance on this night, please consider giving half an hour of your time to assist in some way. 

Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:

To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.

Thank you for volunteering!

Christmas Card and Candy Canes

As children begin to write their Christmas cards we ask that you refrain from sending along candy cane lollies. Please encourage your children to write thoughtful messages as they spread some Christmas cheer through card giving. Supporting projects in our school and community such as the St Vinnie’s Christmas Hamper Appeal is an alternative way to give, with quite a different message for children.

Staffing 2020

 We have a couple of staffing announcements to share with the school community, as we look ahead to the 2020 school year.

 ·         Miss Kayla Haynes will be joining our teaching staff.

·         Dr Phil Standen will be joining our learning support teaching staff (2 days per week).

·         Mrs Annette Rea will join our teaching staff (1 day per week).

·         Mrs Gail Jamieson will be joining our learning support staff.

·         Mrs Elise Wadsworth will be joining our support staff.

·         Max the Reading Dog will remain on staff in 2020, but is starting his Christmas holidays a little early. Max would love another canine friend to join him with his important work next year to receive pats and be read to. Well-behaved applicants are welcome to apply!

Further details about staffing and classes for the new school year will be communicated next week. 

Library Books

 A reminder from Mrs Westgarth regarding library books. All school library books must be returned by Thursday, 28 November.  Please ensure any books your children have borrowed are returned by this date to avoid being charged a replacement cost. 

Talent Quest

 Please be advised that nominations for “Wandal’s Got Talent” will be taken by our Year 6 students in the coming week. This is an event which is held in the last week of school. All of our students are welcome to showcase their special talents. Please note that this is a very informal event – our priority is our students ‘having a go’ and having fun! All students are welcome to participate. Students in Prep - Year Two will perform on Tuesday 3 December from 11.40am onwards. Years 3 - 6 students will perform on the following day, also from 11.40am. Please feel free to pop along for some entertainment by our talented students!


Vacation Care

 A reminder that Vacation Care is available over the Christmas Holidays, from 7am-6pm daily. The OSHC staff have some exciting activities and excursions planned! Please call Hailey on 0429316543 for enquiries or bookings.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

"More than ever should we be humble and patient, charitable and forgiving."

 Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Prayer Celebration

Please join the Year 4 classes, Mrs Clark, Mrs Lidster and Mrs Starr this Friday in the Hall for prayer.

St Vincent De Paul Society Christmas Appeal

The St Vincent De Paul Society have launched their Christmas Appeal and the community of St Joseph’s Wandal are once again called to live out our school motto, “To love is to serve”. We are collecting donations of non-perishable items, which include tinned vegetables, cereals, long life milk, soft drinks, juice, and snacks such as chips, nuts, biscuits and lollies.  Christmas themed items for donation may include Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, mince pies, bon bons and long life custard.  The hampers will be kept in classrooms.  Thank you in advance, for your generosity to this worthy cause. 

Parenting Ideas

The topic for this week is, "What it means to be an emotionally intelligent parent." The article provides parents with suggested attributes to understand children rather than focus on the visible behaviour.  

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.

Our Community

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr.

From the APC

Homework Club is back!

Next Week is the FINAL Homework Club for 2019. Homework Club will recommence early next year. 

Thank you to those who attended!

Thank you to those who joined us for our Ready Reading Training.  We look forward to seeing some of you in classrooms next year.  For those of you who could not attend this session, we look forward to providing additional training in 2020.

St Joseph's Wandal's Annual Spelling Bee

The grand final of our spelling bee will be held on 5 December at 11:45 a.m.  Join us in the St Vincent's Hall to find out who will be our grand champion for 2019!

Students have been given their word lists and should now be busy studying!  Classes will hold preliminary spelling bees in class and the final two competitors from each class will compete in the final.  We have 4 sections:

  • P to2
  • Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6
  • Overall champion

Join us for the fun.

Parent Lounge Access

Report cards will become available on Parent Lounge on Thursday of Week Nine, 5 December.  This file is a reminder about how to access Parent Lounge.  If you need help with your account details, please contact the school office this week.  


Have a wonderful week of learning!


Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our award winners.  Please click on link.

Tuckshop Supplies

A reminder that all stocks will be limited.  If selections cannot be supplied children will be offered an alternate item.

Qld Fire and Rescue Year One Visit

The year one classes received a visit from the Queensland Fire and Rescue firefighters. They ran a session about fire safety, the jobs that firefighters do for the community as well as practical ways we could keep ourselves safe in an emergency. At the end of the session Year Ones got to investigate the fire truck and even got to use the fire hose. We thank firefighter Ben and his team for their visit to us. 

Term 4 Calendar