St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

26 June 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

How do you love me? Let me count the ways.

How many of ways in which you love your child/ren would they consider as loving?  Buying ice-cream on the way home from school, yes; making them eat their vegetables, no.  Taking them to Dreamworld, yes; taking them to the dentist, no.  Letting them do something they really want, yes; setting boundaries on their screen time, NO.  Yet you as a parent know that many of the things they experience as negative are amongst some of the most loving things you do for them.

This coming week, the Church has the Feast of the Sacred Heart, in which we celebrate the Love of God towards us.  If you look at the traditional picture used for this Feast, you see Jesus pointing to his Heart on fire, burning up with love for us.  You also see thorns twisted tight around it, symbolising the suffering he went through in his Death and Resurrection. That is, burning, bright, warming love is mixed with harsh pain. 

Recognising the many ways in which God loves us can be a challenge: we do not see God and more often than not only discover God’s love in reflection. As God’s relationship with each of us is unique, it will be different for each person.  Some of the simplest things can be signs of his love. Silly as it may sound, I find a warm bed on a cold wet morning speaks to me of God’s love, as does sunrise on the Capricorn Coast.  In the love of friends, I feel God’s care.  But I also know God’s love in tough times  when I keep going when I don’t want to and, importantly, when I say or do the right thing when I am confused and challenged beyond myself.  On this coming Feast, I will take the time to count the ways in which God loves me.  And I expect that once I start, I will discover ways I had not expected.

Loving God, let me count the ways in which you love me.  As I discover the simple and the quirky signs of your love, may I be a sign of your love to my family.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris


A message from the Principal

This week we welcome The Cathedral College Year 10 student, William Lewis to our school. William will be undertaking three days of work experience in Mrs Wilson’s Year Three classroom. 

Friday marks the end of Semester One. If you need to get in touch with the school for an urgent matter over the holiday break, you can reach the Catholic Education Office on 4994800. Term Three resumes on Monday 15 July. Term Two has been an extremely busy term and, as always, I am most grateful to everyone for their very generous support. I wish all of our students and their families a relaxing and refreshing two-week holiday break.

 The return to school looks to be busy already, with the following events scheduled: 

 Tuesday 16 July – NAIDOC Mass at Holy Family Church for Indigenous students

 Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 July – Challenge Cup at St Brendan’s, Yeppoon 

Pyjama Disco Fun

Thank you for your wonderful support of last Friday night’s Pyjama Disco. We made over $2000 which will be allocated towards costs of the upcoming Year 6 camp.


Absenteeism, late arrivals and early departures

It goes without saying that every minute at school counts. You may have noticed the posters around the school asking parents to be mindful of this and to avoid whenever possible, arriving late and leaving early. Missing school has a direct correlation to a decline in student achievement. You may be interested in clicking on the following link, which outlines the correlation between reading achievement and student absenteeism.  I read the report cards of every child in this school, and  I couldn't help but notice the number of students with high absenteeism rates and/or comments made by teachers concerned about the amount of learning that students were missing.


Year 5 visit to TCC

Our Year Five Students will be travelling to The Cathedral College tomorrow to see first-hand what High School is all about. Students will take part in Hospitality/Catering, Information Technology, Manual Arts, Drama, Art and Science lessons. Students are reminded to bring their school hat, a water bottle and lunch. 

Free Dress Day

Students are invited to wear sun-safe free dress this Friday, 28 June. A gold coin ‘fee’ will be charged for each student in free dress. Proceeds raised will go to support the costs associated with registering our 2019 Netball and Rugby League teams in the upcoming three day Challenge Cup carnival. Students are to wear their school hats and enclosed footwear.


Sporting News

There is no Friday sport for students in Years 4-6 this week.

Talented athlete and Year 5 student, Ahliah Bills has been asked to represent Capricornia at the State Track and Field Titles in the 100m, 800m, long jump and shot put. Ahliah  also achieved a new personal best time or distance in each event at the Capricornia Trials in Mackay last week as well as coming second in the tetrathon (minimum 4 events) . Congratulations Ahliah!

(Photo: Ahliah on left)


Accessing your Semester One Report Cards on Parent Lounge

  • Semester One Report Cards will be available via Parent Lounge from 4pm this afternoon.  As always, school computers are available for parent use upon request. Paper copies of Report Cards will not be distributed. See below for for step by step instructions.
  • To access the Parent Lounge, open your internet browser and type in the URL for St Joseph's Wandal,
  • Click on the Parent Lounge button on the main page
  • Click on the Logon onto Parent Lounge button
  • Login using your username (6 digit ID Number - found on your school fees documentation) and the password remains the same as previously used.
  • If you have forgotten your password, please click "Forgot Password." Type your username and you will be emailed a link to reset your password to the email address you have provided to the school. 
  • NOTE - Parent Lounge will be unavailable on the 2 July between the hours of 8:00 - 11:00am.

Outstanding School Fee Accounts

It would be appreciated if any outstanding accounts could be finalised before the end of the term. If your payment commitment cannot be met, please make an appointment to see me.

P and F and Board Meetings - POSTPONED

Our next Parents and Friends and Board meetings were scheduled for tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have had to postpone both of these meetings. The next meeting dates will be Thursday, 1 August. My apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Community Shout-out!

This week’s Community Shout-out goes to Charli's (Year 5) mum and dad, Shelley and Tony Campbell, who so generously supply ice for a number of our school events throughout the school year. Thank you Shelley and Tony for your regular contributions to our fundraising and community endeavours. We appreciate your support (and our icy cold drinks)! 

2020 Prep Parent Information Session

Letters have been distributed inviting prospective families to attend our Prep Parent Information Session on Thursday 25 July at 5.15pm. Children are not required at this Parent information Session and supervision will not be provided.

Traditional Indigenous Games Sessions for all students in Prep - Year 2

Jamie Simpson from Darumbal Community Youth Services Inc (DCYSI) will be attending St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to deliver a 5 week “Yimba Bira” Traditional Indigenous Games Program. Commencement of this program will commence Tuesday 16th July – 13th August. During these 40 minute weekly sessions your child will receive a brief introduction of the Darumbal Language as well as participate in learning different traditional games. DCYSI require a permission form to be completed for each child in Prep - Year 2. We have set this up as e-from on our school app - please complete.


Uniform matters

Please take the opportunity over the two week school break to ensure that your children have the correct uniform for the commencement of Term Three. This includes correct school hats, jumpers, socks, shoes, hair accessories and jewellery. If unsure about whether the choice of new uniform items are acceptable, we are only too happy to assist. Alternatively, the Uniform Policy is available on the school website or from the school office. All (unnamed) lost property remaining unclaimed at school on Friday afternoon will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Chamber Music Concert

On Sunday, the second Chamber Music Concert was held in St Joseph’s Cathedral. This beautiful sacred space was appreciated by the students and their families.

 Over 100 people attended the concert. We wish to acknowledge the following students, who represented our school: Sophie B, Lara G, Kitty T, Marcus B, Charlotte C, Ewen L, Zyann S, Mary T and  Elsie T. 

Photos can be sourced via the links below.


St Joseph’s Wandal: 

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Sacrament of First Communion

On Sunday a small group of students celebrated their First Communion, where they received the body and blood of Christ through the Eucharist.  

Congratulations and thank you for supporting your children as they journey and come to know Jesus more deeply.  We look forward to catching up with these families on July 30 at the Kevin Castles Centre from 5 - 6pm.

Prayer Assembly

Please join Mrs Hutchinson, Mrs Jones, Miss McLennan and Year 5 this Friday 28 June as they lead a Prayer Celebration reflecting on the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples. Year 5 are really excited to share with you some of their artwork completed this term.

Prayer Celebrations for Term Three

Week 1 Friday 19 July Naidoc Assembly – Year 5

Week 2 Friday 26 July – Prep

Week 3 Monday 29 July Catholic Education Week – Year 2B

Week 4 Thursday 8 August St Mary of the Cross Feast Day Mass Heritage Village – Year 4S

Week 5 Friday 16 August Assumption of Mary – Year 2M

Week 6 Friday 23 August – Year 1E

Week 7 Friday 30 August Father’s Day – Year 3

Week 8 Friday 6 September - Year 1M

Week 9 Friday 13 September – Year 6

Week 10 Friday 20th September – Year 4C

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

Year 1 Adjective Showcase

Last week, parents of Year 1 students were invited to view the learning celebration of an integrated English and Design Technologies unit. Parents were treated to an exciting, fabulous, amazing, terrific, super, magnificent  ‘Adjective Showcase’ featuring a fashion parade of costumes that students had created. 

Shameless advertising

The Rockhampton Musical Union Choir Inc is performing the hillarious 'Eurobeat:  Almost Eurovision' this weekend.  Come along and see the very talented Miss Hinz in a variety of roles!  Check the poster for details.

Mini Bayton Award

We have been invited to be part of  the Mini Bayton Award. The Bayton Award and exhibition highlights the creativity and variety of artistic endeavour in our region.

The theme or subject content for the Mini Bayton can be anything your students would like! 

The Mini Bayton is an opportunity for young people to not only have their works hung in The Rockhampton Art Gallery but also be judged by the winner of The Bayton Award 2019. The Mini Bayton will be separated into two categories (primary: ages 4-11 and secondary: ages 12-18) with the prizes being a 1 hour workshop at the Gallery for 25 students for the primary category. The secondary category will be awarded a $250 program voucher to be used on programs and events at the Gallery. 

Artworks must be delivered to the front desk of the Gallery, 62 Victoria Pde, between Thursday 20th June - Friday 26 July 2019. All artworks will be displayed on a rotational basis throughout the exhibition timeframe until the 4th August. Please note, unfortunately no artworks are able to be returned. 

All artworks must be on A4 size paper and include the following details written clearly on the back: Name (first name, last initial), age, contact email and phone number, and name of school.

 The winning works will be judged throughout the exhibition timeframe and winners notified by the Gallery in a timely manner. 

Please encourage your students to work on their submissions, we would love to be able to showcase the work of young regional artists alongside our selected The Bayton Award 2019 finalists. 

Contact the gallery for additional details.

Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our Award Winners. Follow this link for details 

Calendar Dates

Please follow this link for term dates.



PE News for Term 3 - Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is a great way to keep our hearts healthy while learning lots of cool skipping tricks, but it’s also a way for us to help the Heart Foundation save lives. 

Students will each receive a sponsorship form. This form has details on how to sign up online and and has space for you to get offline donations. To sign up online visit to set up your very own fundraising page! Once you have it set up you can share it with friends and family asking them to sponsor you. To say thank you for all your hard work and fundraising, the Heart Foundation is giving away some very cool prizes. 

At the end of next term, students will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart with the Jump Off in Week 10. 

More information about the Jump Off will be sent home closer to the date. 

The main focus will be on the skills the students can learn and the fun that we can have together, not the fundraising aspect. Please do not feel obliged to source donations if you do not want to.

Looking forward to learning some cool skipping tricks,

Andrea Rutherford

PE Teacher.

Outside School Hours Care News

The July Vacation Care break commences on Monday.

 For booking or enquiries please contact the OSHC staff  on 0429316543. 

July Vacation Care