St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

14 August 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Recently I attended the memorial service of a wonderful man.  During the service, it was said that he wasn’t a religious man, implying that he didn’t know what came after death.  His loving grandchildren did.  Five of the seven wrote poems in which they expressed their love and their belief that his love would continue to be with them and guide them through their lives.  How could it not?  He had loved them so much, so deeply.  Their instinct was right – they had known him in love and his love would go on.  It was the greatest reality that they knew about him. 


This week we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.   The feast concerns another death, that of Mary, but also of the belief that after her death she was taken to heaven, body, soul and spirit to be with her son Jesus, to whom she had been so close here on earth.  There is no direct Scriptural basis for this belief – but it has been an instinct of believers in the Church since its earliest times.  Our belief holds that she, who was mother to Jesus, who shared his joys and sorrows so closely in his life, now shares his glory.  She is a sign of the hope to us who hope to enter into the fullness of love and life with God.  Do we really understand what this means?  No, but like the grandchildren of the friend who died, we have an instinct that tells us that the love we have known will go on…and that God intends to cover us in glory, as he did Mary. 


Loving Father, you have given us Mary as a sign of hope to us when we are fearful about what happens after death.  In her, we see the fullness of life and love that you wish for all of us.  Help us to trust in the glory that is to come.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

TEACHX Awards (formerly known as the Excellent in Teaching Awards) recognise and celebrate the inspiring work of classroom teachers, those in early childhood settings, school leaders, deputy principals and principals across Queensland. I am delighted to announce that two of our staff have been nominated for this year’s awards. These are:

·       Janette McLennan – nominated for an Excellence in Leadership in Teaching and Learning Award, and

·       Melanie Egan - nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Congratulations to both Janette and Melanie.

My sincere thanks to Mrs Starr for organising last week’s feast day at The Rockhampton Heritage Village. It was a delightful day and our students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were pleased to be joined by Father Sijo, Sister Margaret Smith RSJ, Associates of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and a number of parents and grandparents. Thank you for helping us celebrate.


Year 6 Camp

 Our Year Six campers along Mrs Riley, Mrs Rutherford and Jourdan departed for camp yesterday morning. They have settled in well and are having a fantastic time by all accounts. We look forward to welcoming our Year 6 students back on Friday evening. A reminder for parents that the train is due at approximately 6.45pm. The train does occasionally run behind schedule, so I urge parents to keep an eye on updates from Queensland Rail throughout the afternoon and early evening. Thank you to our Year 5 students who have taken on the role of school leaders this week.

Year 6 parents - we have finalised fundraising profits. Each Year 6 family will receive a refund of $60. This amount will be credited to your school fees. If you would rather the amount be transferred back to you, please inform the school office staff by midday Friday.

Father’s Day Stall

This year, Father’s Day will be on Sunday, 1 September. On Friday, 30 August we will have our Father’s Day gift stall. Between now and then please donate a gift to the value to $5-$10 for the stall. On the day, a special gift may be purchased for dad, or other significant person in your child’s life for $5. If your child wishes to purchase two gifts, you will be required to donate two gifts please. 

We are trialing a new way to  organise volunteers for school activities and events. 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! (If you have any queries about this, please email P and F Executive member, Emma Singleton at

Prep Acceptances 2020

Our first round of Prep acceptances will be distributed next Friday, 23 August. Confirmations of acceptance are due, in writing, to the school office, the following Friday 30 August. This will enable us to work through our substantial waiting list and hopefully offer a second round of offers.

Parent Teacher Interviews – *Date Claimer*

Our second round of Parent Teacher interviews for the year will be held at the end of this term. They will be held in the school hall over two days. These sessions will be 20 minutes long. As always, we urge all parents to book a Parent Teacher Interview.

WHAT: Semester Two – Parent/Teacher Meetings

WHEN: Monday 16 September and Tuesday 17 September

TIMES: 20 minute time slots from approximately 3.15pm

WHERE: The school Hall

As per normal, bookings will be made online via Parent Lounge, and will be made available in the next couple of weeks.

Before School Care

We have received a lot of positive feedback about last week's announcement regarding the commencement of daily Before School Care in Term 4, 2019. The OSHC staff have already  received a number of regular bookings for this service.

*Reminder*  - Before School Care will operate much the same as After School Care and Vacation Care, and will operate Monday - Friday 6.30am-8.30am.  We have determined that many families have a need to be at work before 8.15am and this necessitates dropping their children off before the supervised time of 8.15am. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our school community. Once operational, any students arriving early will be expected to be at Before School Care where formal supervision will be provided. Our OSHC coordinator, Hailey Svensen, can answer any questions you may have and can be reached on 0429316543.

In preparation for their increased hours of operation, the OSHC will move to the Performing Arts Room (the classroom near the stage, under the big shed). This will allow the service to remain permanently set up.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

Have courage and patience and God will help you in all things.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop 1899

Prayer Celebration

Year 2M and Mrs Moon will lead a Prayer Celebration in the Hall for the Assumption of Mary on Friday 16 August.

Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism

We congratulate Year 3 student Kiarnie, who celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism at St Joseph's Cathedral on Sunday.

Social Justice - An act of Kindness

As students of St Joseph's Wandal Catholic Primary School, we are fortunate enough to have access to our basic rights and an education.  Each student at this school has the basics (pencils and books) to participate in their own education. Attending school leads to a sense of belonging to a community and remaining engaged. School leads to being educated. Education leads to employment and employment is a pathway out of poverty.

 Caritas Australia's Global Education and Advocacy Program  encourages "each of us to make a stand to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity, and to make choices and engage in positive actions and leadership for a more just and fair world."

To take a stand to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity we are collecting basic educational necessities such as pencils, coloured pencils, erasers and writing books.  A collection basket will be kept in the Year 6 classroom.  

Thank you for your generosity.

Celebrating Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

A very big thank you to our P and F for funding our whole-school excursion to the Heritage Village on Thursday last week, to celebrate the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. It was a beautiful day and our students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks also to Father Sijo who celebrated a lovely outdoor Mass with us to commence the day of celebrations. Sister Margaret Smith and some members of the Josephite Association also joined us.

Mass for the Feast of the Assumption

 Tomorrow, 15 August, Years Four and Five students will be travelling to St Joseph’s Cathedral to celebrate mass.  The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. Bishop Michael McCarthy will be presiding. We will be joined by students of the other South-side Catholic primary schools as well as the Year 7 students from The Cathedral College.  Students will depart school at 9 am on Thursday and return to school by bus at approximately 12 midday.

Multicultural Mass

If you would like to carry a flag in the Multicultural Mass on Sunday 25 August at 9.30am please contact Mrs Starr.  

Parenting Ideas

Michael Grose, parenting educator, writes about the importance of "Letting kids off the leash" in an effort to develop greater confidence and resilience.    Click the PDF below. 

Parent Insight 14 August 2019


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

Science Week

10 – 18 August

The theme this year is ‘Destination Moon’.  This theme is a way for teachers and their students to discover past missions to the Moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems—and current and future space programs, operations and missions. Many of these use big picture thinking in science to solve problems, and technology, engineering and mathematics to design new solutions. This will help forge our future paths in the areas of space operations, space science, Earth observations, positioning systems and communications.  

Prep:  Mr Peter Hielscher came to speak to Prep about the first man on the moon.  Mieke and her Poppy told us about gravity and how the moon travels around the earth.

Year 2:  Mrs Brightman and Mrs Moon have been making paper rockets.

Year 5:  The Year Five students are busy preparing their designs for their Mind@work project.  We are almost ready to build our light dispersal systems.

Year 6:  Year Six are combining art and science to celebrate Science week, creating artworks called 'Looking into Space.'


Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge will soon be coming to a close.  The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning.  The record forms need to be returned to your class teacher or Mrs McKenzie by Friday 23rd August, so why not celebrate Book Week by using your superpowers to complete your forms!

All students who return their completed record forms will receive a certificate signed by the Premier.

Book Week

We looked amazing in our book week costumes on Monday!  It was wonderful to share with students great discussions about favourite characters and books.  Thank you to families who made those great costumes happen, and thanks to those of you who have already patronised our Book Fair.  The  Book Fair will remain open this week.  Come along and see the beautiful books available for purchase.

New Resources - "The Grower"

Thank you to Jake and Ava Lucas, and their parents who arranged for us to receive two books, “The Grower, the heartbeat of Australia” and “The Grower, the roots of Australia.”

The set of books was proudly donated by John Nicoletti to enable young Australians to connect with where their food and fibre comes from. As an adolescent, John left home with $200 to his name and carved out a great life for himself in agriculture. John is walking proof that anything is possible and how that, through these books, he can inspire the farmers of tomorrow by highlighting the importance of Australia’s agriculture industry and the amazing career opportunities it provides.

Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our Award Winners. Follow this link details 

Calendar Dates

Please follow this link for term dates.



Junior Touch Football

Please see follow link for this week's draw.

Book Fair Scoop- Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls

Our school has been given the honour by Scholastic Australia to be one of the first in the country to receive the newest Dog Man book that was only published yesterday 13/08/19 to sell at our Book Fair!

It was sent to us by express post so we would be able to offer it for sale at our Book Fair, so come in and grab your copy, its only $12! 

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term in Week 6

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.

Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started. All students have also received a paper pamphlet today.   

Students will be skipping throughout the term in PE lessons from Week 6 and will have access to ropes during their lunch break. During this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause.

We will hold our school Jump Off Days on September 16 for  Year 3 - 6 students and September 17 for Prep Year 2, during their normal PE lesson times. This will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills.

Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!

Friday Sports Draw

Please see attached link.  

Under 10 Mixed still require a couple of girls to join the team.  Please email or turn up for training on Thursday afternoon to express your interest in playing.