St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

11 May 2022

So, what are we worrying about?

That is a question I have been putting to myself over the past few months.

 There are distresses and challenges that we go through that impact us directly.  In my own circle, we have known the tragedies of the deaths of loved ones who passed far too young, mental illness, bankruptcies, serous character assassination, etc. Real suffering, that all of you know in some form at some stage in your lives.  Responding to these is a great challenge.  For me, my faith has carried me through even in the times when I have been so angry, so distressed at what God has allowed and thrown the question we all ask at some times: how could a good God do that to us?

But now in my mid 60’s, I wonder about many of the other things that we have been expected to worry about, and have worried about: nuclear war, the fate of the Barrier Reef (its imminent death has been asserted since I was seven years old), climate change.  I could go on.  I don’t dismiss these but I question what good my worrying would do.  I am concerned about the war in Ukraine, I have sent a donation* but I have decided that the best I can do about that is to be kinder to those around me. On climate change, I try to live more simply, (but really what can a government do if we are not prepared to change our ways).  Similarly with the Barrier Reef.  I think that too often we are led to focus on concerns over which we have no control and this saps our energy, imagination and love for dealing with the problems that are before directly before us.  Sometimes we need all our wit and energy to deal with them.

We need to do what we can with what is before us.  It is here that God’s grace and wisdom is being offered to us.  One of the mysteries of our Christian faith is that any good act can have an impact through the wider world even though we don’t see it.  Acts of kindness and patience can spread their influence, even to the Ukraine.   Living simply, here, can help the Reef.  This is practical prayer.  As my heart and life are transformed by grace, so it spreads outwards.  It is by good acts, thoughts and prayer that I can influence my world – not by worrying.

Loving Father, you know how easily I can be upset by the mess of my world.  Give me the grace to change what I can: me, and let me be kind and wise with those around me.  I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb

*Through Benedictine channels we sent this to our nuns in the Ukraine but they have asked that any donations be sent to Caritas who they say is doing an outstanding and comprehensive job on the ground. 


From the Principal

Congratulations to the Parents and Friends Association for creating a very successful Mother’s Day stall. The children were very proud of their donations and shopped excitedly to buy a gift for Mother’s. Together, we have been able to pool our resources and share them fairly in this wonderful act of solidarity. Our next P&F meeting is tomorrow night. We would enjoy your company and ideas to continue creating a culture that supports our students, families and community.


School Photo Day is coming up on Thursday 26 May. Child specific ordering envelopes have gone home this week. If your child’s envelope has not turned up, please check your child’s school bag or contact the office. Envelopes for children who have been absent are at the office. If you would like a sibling photo, envelopes for these are available from the office too. In the coming weeks if your child is having a hair cut in preparation for photo day, please ensure the expectations as outlined in the Uniform and Presentation Guidelines as described below are adhered to. Shaved hair (blade one or two) adjacent to long hair is considered extreme and is not acceptable.


**Hair is to be neatly groomed, the student’s own natural colour and, if shoulder length or longer, tied back away from the face with a navy/ yellow or white hair accessory. · There are to be no extremes in style or cut. If doubt exists with a style of hair, parents should check with the Principal before having a style change.


Friday Inter-school Sport starts this week. The weekly draws will be posted to the Skoolbag App. In the event Friday sport is cancelled, or a team forfeits on the day, a notification will be posted to Skoolbag as soon as we are made aware by the Rockhampton Primary School Sports committee. As it’s been a while since the children played and for some this is a new experience, please check in with them on Friday morning to ensure they are prepared and have all the required equipment. All players must have the school hat to leave the school grounds for Friday Sport. No Hat, No Play.


Hockey: School hat, mouthguard, water bottle

Netball: School hat, netball dress & bummers (Year 6 teams only), water bottle

Rugby League: School hat, football boots and socks, mouthguard, water bottle


We have ordered school visors that may be purchased through the office, however these are a few weeks away. Children playing netball, hockey and touch football (later in the year) will be welcome to wear them during game time. They are not compulsory but an alternative and will not replace the school hat as uniform for attending sport.

The Year 3 and Year 5 students continue their NAPLAN tomorrow. The students have shown commitment and persistence in completing this data collection and given me positive feedback of their experiences so far. 

Enjoy this beautiful rain and have a wonderful week.

Bernadette Brennan

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

                                                                                                               Rheanna Starr

Gospel Reflection

Jesus said: ‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’

The passage portrays Jesus as ‘claiming’ his flock; guaranteeing them not only safety but also eternal life. This oath of loyalty and commitment is all the stronger and more remarkable in light of Jesus’ rehabilitation of the status of shepherds.

Reflection: What message of hope for people today can be found in this short passage?

Prayer Celebration - Year 5 Gold

 Please join Year 5 Gold at 8.35am on Friday 13 May as they lead prayer.

Prayer Assembly and Roster

Each week as a community of believers we celebrate through prayer and ritual what it means to be a Catholic. Prayers and rituals will be led by a whole class year level and the purpose is not to perform but to foster the development of our student's spiritual and faith journey. This may mean that not every child will speak or take an active part in leading the prayer assembly. The scripture reference from Matthew highlights and reminds us of the importance and purpose of our school Prayer Assemblies. Jesus said “Where two or three gather in my name, I am there with them” Matthew 18:20.

Year Level Prayer FocusDate
Year 5 GoldPrayer Reflection13 May
Year 4 WhitePrayer Reflection20 May
Year 4 GoldNational Reconciliation Week27 May
Year 3 White and GoldPrayer Reflection3 June
Year 2 White and GoldPrayer Reflection10 June
Year 1 White and GoldPrayer Reflection17 June
Year 6Prayer Reflection24 June

Children's liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is held each Sunday during the school term at St Joseph’s Cathedral 9.30am Mass. It is wonderful to see our students attend. All students (particularly those preparing for sacraments) are encouraged to attend.

Thought of the Week

From the Assistant Principal Curriculum - APC

    “He who laughs most, learns best.” – John Cleese


     Some of our students have been busy creating some very interesting robots.  One task was to build a carnival ride.  I am sure that some of these contraptions would not meet Mrs Hutchinson’s Workplace Health and Safety standards.  Thanks to the P and F for continuing to provide some excellent resources.  These new Lego Spike kits certainly make learning engaging and creative.

    HASS in Year 6

    Last week, Year Six students participated in an online Parliamentary Insider Zoom exploring the function and significance of Australia's democratic system of government.

    During the program, students listened to a highly experienced Parliamentary Educator to understand the work of the Australian Parliament.

    We learnt:

    ●      How laws are made through Parliament

    ●      The responsibilities of representatives

    ●      The formation of government

    ●      How the government is kept accountable

    NAPLAN 2022

    This year, students in years three and five will participate in NAPLAN on the 10 - 12 May.  Information for parents/caregivers can be found at

    PREP 2023

    We are now accepting enrolments for Prep 2023. If you have a child who is eligible to commence Prep next year or know of others who may be interested in enrolling at St. Joseph’s, please visit the ‘Enrol Now’ section of the website to complete the application form.

    Siblings of existing students NEED to apply also and will be required to attend an interview.


    COVID Positive Cases


    We wish to advise you that, during the past week, we have been notified of positive cases of COVID-19 in our school community.

    St Joseph’s regularly consults with the Catholic Education Office and relevant authorities and continues to follow the advice of Queensland Health regarding cleaning requirements.

    Queensland Health has advised that no quarantine of students or staff is required as a result of school-based contact.

    As COVID-19 remains active in our community we ask you to continue to monitor your child’s/children’s health and if they develop any flu-like symptoms:

    ·         Keep your child/children at home

    ·         Seek a PCR or Rapid Antigen test where it is recommended and notify the school of

    positive results.

    ·         Follow the advice of Queensland Health

    As we continue to navigate the pandemic, please remind your child/ren to:

    ·         maintain good hand hygiene at all times

    ·         cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow and dispose of

    tissues in the bin immediately.

    ·         practice social distancing from others where possible

    ·         wear masks when required

    We will continue to work closely with health authorities to keep our school community informed of any developments and advice. Thank you once again for your ongoing support.


    P & F Meeting

    Mother's Day Stall

    The P&F community would like to thank the parents/caregivers for providing Mother's day gift/s to the stall. A special thanks to Mardie Holding, Tamara Kennedy, Carla McDonald and Sharon Kerrisk for donating time to help out at the stall. Also, thanks to those who offered the support to help as well.

    Positive Parenting






    The athletics carnival will be held over two days, June 1 and June 2. Wednesday 1 June will be the field event for children born in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. These will be held on-site at school. Thursday 2 June is the track events for all students. This whole day will be held at Emmaus College. On the day, students will require private transport to and from Emmaus College. More information will be distributed closer to the date.