St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

28 August 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Fathers’ Passion


Mark Webber, a former Formula One driver, stated that he wouldn’t become a father while he pursued his passion for racing as that would have been too unfair to his children.  My father, a petrolhead and excellent rally driver, would have understood that.  But he chose the kids.  As he watched the cars roar round the track, he would moan ‘I could have been an F1 champion’.  And we believed him (of course we did, we were his kids.)  And Mum would put him down with: “or dead,” (of course she did, she was his wife).  Great as Dad’s passion was, we knew we were more important.  I know many men who have given up pursuing passions because it wouldn’t be good for their families.  That is part of the sacrifice and discipline of being a father.


Dad had other passions to share: his love of the surf he passed on to every one of us; his love of the bush, his work ethic.  Finding another passions that can be shared with your children is part of the sacrifice and discipline of being a father.


Passion, discipline, sacrifice – they sound like great words and they are – they are three of the important qualities of being a father.  But when they are lived out they can look very ordinary, like Dad’s moan that he ‘could have been the champion’.   Fathers’ love, like God’s love, usually works very quietly, hidden under the routines of daily life.  This Father’s Day let us take time to recognise and celebrate not just our fathers but all the men who show their passion in simple, ordinary ways.


God our Father, send us your Spirit that we may recognise the people through whom you show your love.  Give our fathers passion, discipline and a spirit of sacrifice that they can truly mirror your love to us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.


Sr Kym Harris osb

From The Principal

Good luck to our three Opti-Minds teams who will compete at the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School this weekend. Mrs Wilson and Mrs Clark are busily assisting our students with their preparations. Please refer to previous communications for times and futher details. Good luck to all involved!

I wish all dads, and those who do the work of dads a very happy Father's Day, for this Sunday. I look forward to seeing many of you at St Joseph's Cathedral, for Mass, at 9.30am. SJW will be assisting with parts of the Mass, and will share morning tea afterwards.


Staff Absences and Training

Miss McLennan, Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Egan are attending Professional Development training in Melbourne for the remainder of this week. We look forward to them sharing their new knowledge and skills when they return.

Congratulations to Mrs Hayley Hutchinson who attended the Queensland Catholic Education Commission’s Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Network Days for Catholic School Authority Assessors in Brisbane last week. Hayley has been awarded a certificate for completion of the National Training program and is now a certified  assessor for this endeavour. Congratulations Hayley.

Interschool Debating Competition

The first round of the Rockhampton Catholic Primary Schools’ Debating Competition was held at St Joseph’s Wandal today. The topics for today's debates were 'Children should not watch television on school nights'  and  'Sports stars are paid too much money'. Two Wandal teams competed in this first round of competition as well as teams from St Mary’s, St Anthony’s and St Peter’s. Congratulations to St Peter's 1 & 2 together with St Joseph's Wandal 2 (Year 6) & 3 (Year 5).

Father’s Day Stall

Father’s Day is this Sunday. A reminder that our Father’s Day stall will be held THIS FRIDAY. Between now and Friday, 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 another 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. We are still looking for parents to help set up and run the stall. If you can assist, please contact the school office PH 49948230. 

Return of Netball and Rugby League Uniforms

Friday Season B sport concludes officially THIS Friday, 30 August. All Netball and Rugby League uniforms must be returned, cleaned, to the school office at your earliest convenience after the last games to avoid paying full replacement costs. Years 4-6 students will now return to wearing their formal unIforms on Fridays, and only wear their Sports uniforms on PE days (Mondays).

Netball Grand Finals

Congratulations to our Junior C and Junior E (Gold) netball teams who will be playing in the grand final for their division this Friday. All netball players have played extremely well this year and should be proud of all their achievements.

All students who played netball during Season B will be walking to Jardine park this Friday to cheer on the teams in the grand finals, and are to wear their uniforms. 

Please follow link for Hockey and Netball draw


Prep Acceptances 2020

Our first round of Prep acceptances will be distributed via email this Friday. Confirmations of acceptance are due, in writing, to the school office by 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 – BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN

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 15 minutes long. As always, we urge all parents to book a Parent Teacher Interview. BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN and will close on Friday 13 September.

Bookings are made online via Parent Lounge:


WHAT: Semester Two – Parent/Teacher Meetings

WHEN: Monday 17 September and Tuesday 18 September

TIMES: 15 minute time slots from approximately 3.00pm

WHERE: The school Hall 

Before School Care and Vacation Care

As of Term 4 this year, 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, provide you with enrolment paperwork  and can be reached on 0429316543.

Bookings are now being accepted for the September Vacation Care period. You can access the planned activities and excursions by clicking on this link.

September Vacation Care Program


Before School Care Form


Year 5 and 6 upcoming dates –

 Parents of students in Year 5 and 6, please keep an eye out for important communication regarding:

·         Upcoming ‘Real Talk’ parent session, Wednesday 4th September at 5pm

·         Upcoming ‘Real Talk’ student session, Friday 6th September, here at school

·         Catholic Schools Touch Challenge (for selected Year 6 students), Wednesday, 18 September

·         Upcoming TCC Transition Program for 2020 TCC Year 7 students, Tuesday 22 October (communication to come directly from the College)


Community Shout-out!

This week's Community Shout-out goes to our Touch Football coaches and managers. These parents are generously giving their time to coach and support our school teams. Thanks to: Robert Lovegrove, Steven Stewart, Jessie Billis, Dan Clarke (Dan has three teams!) and Kel O'Meara.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

Be of good heart.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop 1876

Prayer Celebration

This Friday Year 3, Mrs Rutherford and Mrs Wilson will lead prayer to celebrate Fathers, Grandfathers and Father-like figures.  Families are encouraged to bring a plate of food to share and Morning Tea will be held in the quadrangle after prayer. 

Year 1 M and Miss McDonald will lead prayer Friday 6 September

Catholic Social Teaching Principle - Acts of Solidarity

Acts of solidarity are what makes us human, when we all stand together to make a difference for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Acts of solidarity at St Joseph's Wandal:

We are collecting:

Lids for Kids to 3D print prosthetic limbs for children

Pencils for Fijian schools

10c Bottles, cans or poppers

RealTalk Parent Evening

Parents of Year 5 and 6 students are encouraged to read the letter on the skoolbag app for more information regarding the upcoming Real Talk visit for students.

A reminder for parents to attend an information session held at St Peter's School Library on Wednesday 4 September from 5 - 6 pm.  Your attendance at the information night, will provide you with an understanding of the  topics and important conversations that will be held during the Real Talk student workshops.    

On Friday 6 September Real Talk will lead student workshops at St Joseph's Wandal working with Year 5 and 6 students for the day.   

We look forward to seeing many parents from our school attend this valuable information session.

Parenting Ideas - Helping kids feel good by doing good

Dr Justin Coulson, Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute , provides simple suggestions on how to create opportunities for our children to perform good deeds and the ripple effect it has on their happiness. Click the PDF below. 

Parent Insight 28 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

St Joseph's Wandal's Literature Festival


September 9, 2019 9:30 AM to September 11, 2019 2:00 PM


St Joseph's Wandal, 4 Herbert Street Wandal

More information

This year's learning festival is a celebration of all things literary - reading, writing, story-telling and more!  Look for more details in the newsletter and on noticeboards as our programme is finalised.  Make sure you mark it in your diaries and come along and join in the fun.

The Great Book Swap

Let's be honest, we all have leaps of books lying around at home that no one has read in ages!  Let's find these treasures a new home.  The idea is simple - bring along a book, then swap it for a different book and take that home.  Bring as many as you like, and swap that number.  The Great Book Swap will take place every day of our Literature Festival at lunch time in the Quadrangle.   

2019 Literary Festival Writing Competition

Join in our 2019 writing competition.  Write your text of no more than 300 words describing the book that means the most to you.  Maybe it is the book that made you want to be a writer?  Maybe you love how you became a better reader because of it?  Did it just make you think?

Entries can be submitted at or at the front desk of St Joseph's Wandal, Herbert Street Rockhampton.

Entries close at 4:00 p.m. 5 September 2019.

Category 1:  Prep to Year 2

Category 2:  Years 3 and 4

Category 3:  Years 5 and 6

Category 4:  Our wider community (staff, parents, older brothers and sisters etc.)

An overall winner will also be chosen.

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.

We’re skipping through the term!

Jump Rope for Heart is well underway and it’s great to see so many children out in the playground skipping with smiles on their faces. We have raised $2400 so far!

It’s not long until our Jump Off Day on Monday 16th September for Year 3-6 students and Tuesday 17th for Prep to Year 2 students so keep on practicing those tricks! Please feel free to come along and join in with your child during their normal PE times. 

Andrea Rutherford

Head Lice

We are once again experiencing difficulties with head lice.  They have spread throughout a number of the school's year levels so it is timely to check your children’s hair thoroughly and apply the appropriate treatment if necessary.

If all families carry out this task within the next day, we may have some hope of eradicating the head lice.

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

A helpful resource on treatment: