St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

22 July 2020

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Why to bad things happen in our good world.

Why do bad things happen in a good world, created by a loving God?  All of us ask that question.  At times, it can even be screamed in tears in the midst of pain.  The question is real.  And God does not answer the question – at least not in a way that is satisfactory to my mind.

Jesus does give a ‘sort of answer’ in last Sunday’s Gospel (Mt 13: 24-43).  In the parable of the Weeds amongst the Wheat, the farmworkers want to get rid of the weeds, the landowner tells them to leave growing in amongst the wheat till harvest.  No real farmer is going to do that.  Laborious as it is, a farmer gets rid of the weeds.  But parables often go against our expectations. They challenge us.  God’s ways are not ours.

In his explanation, Jesus says that the good in the world has come from God but evil has been sown in it by the Evil One.  And God lets both grow together to harvest, the End of Time, when all will be sorted out.  This seems so unfair.  Why do we have to put up with bad?  I don’t know…at least my head doesn’t and mostly my heart objects also.

But the way forward comes in the very life and death of Jesus.  He too asked this question, in his cry on the Cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ He knows what we go through, still he trusted, still he put his life into God’s hands.  And released the fullness of life for us in his Resurrection.   This is at the core of our faith:  God often does not take away the pain and suffering we have in our lives.  Rather, in the person of Jesus, we know God is with us, strengthening us, guiding us and strangely, helping us to grow in love and life.

Loving God, I often do not understand you ways,  often when I am hurt, especially when I suffer.  Give me the faith to know that you are with me.  May your Spirit strengthen and guide me as he did Jesus in his Life.  I ask this in his name confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb


From the Principal

A huge thank you to all staff, but especially Mrs Starr and Miss McLennan who took on extra responsibilities during my absence, due to study leave, last week. It is great to be back at school and I am enjoying catching up with all of our students.  

It is lovely to have some parents and volunteers coming into the school grounds again too. Thank you for using the hand sanitiser at the entrances and for maintaining a distance of 1.5m between adults at all times. Remember, if your children are exhibiting any cold or flu-like  symptoms, then they should not be attending school.

 Visitors must sign in and out at the school office.

Please do not congregate in areas around the school, for example the quadrangle or near classrooms.

All classes have returned to finishing at 3pm. Please display your surname signs in our pickup lines to assist us with getting your children into their cars and safely and as quickly as we can.

Parent Lounge and Report Cards

Semester One Report Cards were distributed via Parent Lounge last Friday, 17 July.  As always, school computers are available for parent use upon request. Paper copies of Report Cards will not be distributed.


Prep Parent 2021 Information Session (for families new to our school)

Emails have been distributed inviting prospective families to attend our Prep Parent Information Session tomorrow, Thursday 23 July at 5.30pm. If you know of anyone interested in enrolling their children at our wonderful school for 2021, please urge them to complete the necessary paperwork as soon as possible.

House Days

This term we will have three House Days. Children will sit in mixed age, house groupings for their lunchtimes. There will be a ‘special’ lunchtime activity for the students to participate in, chosen by the Year 6 House Captains.

Our first House Day is this Friday, 24 July. MacKillop House (led by Sports Captains Marshall and Maia) are organising this day. Instead of the normal Tuckshop Menu, Pizza is available for our students’ lunches. Please order and pay, via Flexischools. Please note that the cut-off for ordering is TODAY Wednesday 22 July at 3pm. A staff vs student ‘dodgeball’ game has been organised for some lunchtime entertainment.

All students, no matter which house or year level they are in, will be able participate in the fun and have the option to order the ‘special’ lunch.

Two more House Days will follow later in the term:

Friday Week 6, 21/8/20 - organised by Tenison

Friday Week 10, 18/9/20 - organised by Penola

Homework Club

Homework Club will operate every Tuesday afternoon in the Be-Hive (3.20-4.20pm.) Homework Club is available for children in Years 3-6 and is supervised by senior students from The Cathedral College. Parents (and students) who wish to take advantage of this service will need to book in by contacting the school office by 10am each Tuesday. Students are welcome to bring a small snack and will need to be collected from the Be-Hive promptly at 4.20 pm.


School Fees - Term Three

School Fee invoices were emailed yesterday, and are due 18 August 2020.

Please do not hesitate to give me a call, or make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns.

Catholic Education Week

Next week is Catholic Education Week. Please refer to Mrs Starr’s section of the newsletter for a comprehensive list of the fun and exciting things planned for our community this week. 

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection - Gospel focus

In the Gospel reading on Sunday according to Matthew, Jesus uses the parable of the darnel in the field to describe what the kingdom of heaven is like.

‘The kingdom of heaven is like . . .’ Jesus describes heaven as risky, paradoxical and expansive. In the paradoxical image of heaven, human values do not always apply because the logic of heaven is outside human logic. Heaven is a place in which the first will come last and the last first, and where an insignificant thing can become the pièce de résistance (most remarkable piece). 

In short this parable tells us that the farmer didn’t want to damage the good crop by destroying the weeds. God is like the farmer. What are the good things God looks for in us? We pray that the Spirit helps the good in us to grow.

© Jenny Close (Liturgy Help)

Friday Prayer Assembly

Spirit of Catholic Education Awards

I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate two staff members who were nominated for a Spirit of Catholic Education award.  A special congratulations to our very own Principal, Mrs Kellie Jenkinson and to our Teacher Assistant, Mrs Selina Pitt.  These two ladies go above and beyond what is expected every day and demonstrate outstanding service to others in our school community.  Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our school and to the wider Catholic Education community.  We look forward to acknowledging your contributions on Friday 31 July, during prayer.

Catholic Education Week Celebrations

The Year 6 students have planed some exciting and thoughtful activities to celebrate Catholic Education Week - Sunday 26 July - Saturday 1 August. 

Next week on Monday, Year 6 students will deliver letters of gratitude to every staff member acknowledging their important and unique contributions to our school.

Other activities led by Year 6 will include:

Chatterboxes which focus on our school Mission Statement

Where is the Spirit in your life? (Craft Activity)

Chess Tournament 

 Paddle pop stick crosses 

 Paper homes/village surrounded by a church 

Book Club – Where is God in my life story and craft.

Shoe Polishing Service – Thursday lunch

“A Spirited Tomorrow” bookmark – Thursday lunch

 Friday Assembly – Celebrating Catholic Education Week

11.00 - 11.30 Friday 31 July Picnic on the grass – All students will decorate a tie or crown to wear to the picnic that is distinctive to our school Mission/Vision, or their experience of life at Saint Joseph's Wandal.

If you are joining us on Friday 31 July for the picnic on the grass please email, so that we can speed up the sign in process for all parents and grandparents joining us.

Prep - Exploring God's creation through play

Making Jesus Real Group- Meets Thursday and Friday at Lunch Time

Free Dress Day

The Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is 8 August, which this year falls on a Saturday. We will celebrate our foundress' Feast Day on 7 August with prayer and guest musician Michael Mangan.  Students are invited to wear free dress on 7 August and donate a gold coin. Funds raised will be going to the MacKillop Foundation.

Fitzroy Basin Survey - a chance for us to win $5000 funding for an environmental project

Fitzroy Basin Association is awarding over $15,000 to be invested towards environmental projects. $5,000+ of this will be given to a local business, $5,000+ to a local education provider and $5,000+ to a local community group. Every time someone completes a survey they get to nominate a local organisation of their choice to win and Fitzroy Basin Association add another dollar to the prize pool.

To increase our chances of winning (and increase the amount of money there is to win), please fill in the survey and nominate St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Wandal.

This survey is Fitzroy Basin residents one in five year opportunity to have a say about the natural assets and how they are managed.

 Follow this link to start the survey –

Parish Bulletin 18 - 19 July


Have a great week,

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update: From the APC

Intraschool Friday Sport for Years Four to Six:

As you would have read in the letter distributed 15 July 2020, Rockhampton Catholic Primary Schools have decided (in consultation with the Catholic Education Office and after consideration of COVID Safe guidelines) to not participate in Rockhampton Primary Interschool Sport in Term Three.  The staff at St Joseph’s Wandal are busy preparing some engaging intraschool activities.  Beginning in Week Three, students will take part in the following activities:

  • Netball Skills  
  • T ball/Softball Skills
  • Hockey Skills
  • Oz tag/Touch Football Skills
  • Dance/Fitness Circuit
  • Yoga/mindfulness

These activities will take place at school (weather permitting) in the afternoon session (2.00 – 3.00p.m.)

After School Pickup Locations

Parents are reminded that the car park and the drive-through are the only places students are to wait for parents.  The bus pickup in Rundle Street is for students who are travelling from school by bus only.

Premier's Reading Challenge - Reader Record form


Have a great week,

Janette McLennan

Outside School Hours Care & Vacation Care Event Schedule


 Please be advised that as of Monday the 12th of July 2020, OSHC fees are scheduled to return to normal (the emergency relief package will no longer be applied to your OSHC fees).

You will then have your statements emailed out to you each Monday of your nominated payment cycle, with your payment being processed on the Tuesday and coming out of your account on your nominated day of the week. We will keep you updated if there are any changes to this information, closer to the date.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our award weekly award winners.  Click on the  link for further details