St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

21 August 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

In Praise of Inadequacy.

I am currently looking after my brother’s family.  He is seriously ill and has gone to the US to receive lifesaving (hopefully) cancer treatment.  His wife is with him. They have six children still at school, and I feel woefully inadequate. I am doing my best, at least I think I am but… Seeking support from a friend, Mary, who has had six children, she assured me that what I feel and think, good parents think and feel on many days. Parenting well is a constant challenge and you can often feel inadequate, even a failure. It struck me that that sense of inadequacy also goes with my vocation as a nun.

I have been a nun for over forty years and ‘praying’ is my job.  And I still feel that I am inadequate to the task, that I am still learning. Yes, but when I take the focus off me, I know that prayer is really God’s love flowing through me and that I have to just be within the dynamic of love.

In its deepest sense, parenting is sharing in the mystery of God bringing another person to the fullness of life.  Babies come so helpless and you as parents nurture them and before you know it they become that restless, difficult adolescent wanting care, but wanting to be beyond care: oh how they can make you feel inadequate. Maybe the source of the inadequacy comes not from being inept but from a sense of the mystery of parenting.  You are like God in their lives and you don’t want to stuff it up.  That is not just a good thing, it is sacred.  You are walking on holy ground, and in the middle of all the mess and muddle you know it.  In those moments, let God be with you: just as you are trying to bring your child to the fullness of life, God, through your child is doing that for you.

Loving Father, you know the challenge of parenting.  Be with me, stretch my mind and heart as I try to love and nurture my child/ren.  Give me the wisdom and love of your Spirit to do my best and then rest in your love.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me. 

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

As of this week, we are trialling having morning assembly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, children will go straight to their classrooms when the bell rings. Whilst this would give us a staggering, additional 20 hours of learning in classrooms over a full school year period, we are very aware of the importance of gathering as a school community to pray, share news, hear reminders and celebrate birthdays and achievements. We will monitor the impact of only meeting three days a week before making any permanent decisions. Feedback, as always, is welcome.

Year 5 and 6 parents will find further in this newsletter, an invitation to a Real Talk Session for parents. This year, we are combining with St Peter's School to provide this parent session. I urge EVERY PARENT to attend this session to hear what will be covered in the sessions with your children at school. Real Talk sessions assist parents and teachers to lay a firm foundation on the important topics of personal identity and development, self worth, good choices, relationships and sexuality. The sessions work as a stepping stone to assist students to developmentally prepare for deeper conversations around topics surrounding sex and relationships when they enter high school.  You may also like to visit the Real Talk website at

Year 6 Camp

 Welcome home to our Year 6 students. By all accounts a wonderful time was had by our students at their school camp last week. Thank you to Mrs Riley, Mrs Rutherford and Jourdan Novak who travelled with and supervised our students.

 Year 6 parents, please keep an eye out for communication regarding ‘graduation’ celebrations for the class which will be distributed via the app today.


Father's Day Stall - have your brought your gift in yet?

Gifts are very slowly trickling in. Here are some samples of gifts being donated to the 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

Book Fair News

The 2019 Scholastic Book Fair was held last week in the library and we sold over $3000 worth of books. A percentage of the profits from these sales will be used to purchase more books for our school library. We thank you for your support. My thanks too, to Mrs Karen Westgarth, our Library Co-ordinator, for her efforts in preparing for and running our Book Fair.


Return of Netball and Rugby League Uniforms

Friday Season B sport concludes officially next 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. 

After School Pickup Procedures

Parents are requested to ensure that all children leave the grounds by 3.20 pm. Should there be a difficulty in arranging for your child to be collected by this time, please phone the school as soon as possible on the day. Each afternoon there are three, teacher supervised collection areas:

 ● Herbert Street – children wait near the entrance gate.

 ● Rundle Street –  This is a BUS ONLY pickup zone.

● Church Car park – children wait inside church carpark. 

Other Variations: If, for any reason, a child is late for school, is required to leave early, or is to be absent for part of the day, the class teacher must be informed and the child ‘signed in/out’ in the Sign Out Register which is located on the front counter in the administration office.

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. 

Before School 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.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

Live in charity and peace.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop 1866

Prayer Celebration

Year 1M and Mrs Egan will lead prayer on Friday 23 August.

Year 3 classes will lead a Prayer Celebration on Friday 30 August.

Celebrating First Eucharist

Congratulations to Dylan, Sophie, Ella and Jacob who celebrated the Sacrament of the First Eucharist at St Joseph's Cathedral on Saturday evening.  

If you are interested in your children joining the Sacramental Journey, please contact me. The next round of learning workshops commence in Term 4,

Social Justice - An act of Kindness

Thank you for your generosity in donating pencils, coloured pencils and erasers.  We will continue to collect stationery until the end of the term.  These donations will support students in Fijian schools by providing them with access to the basic necessities for an education.

Multicultural Mass

All are invited to come along to celebrate unity in diversity at the 9.30 am Mass followed by fine cuisine from: AUSTRALIA, PHILIPPINES, AFRICA, TRADITIONAL PNG, VIETNAM, INDIA AND CHINA

Program for Multicultural Entertainment

11:00 Assembly

11:05 TCC Contemporary Band

11:35 Battle of the Choirs Primary School

12:05 pm Chinese Drum Demonstration


12:15 pm Battle of the Choir Community Group

12:45 pm Filipino Dancers

12:50 pm PNG/ African dancers/ Indigenous Dancers

1:00 pm Announcement of Winners

1:15 Community Dance

1:30 Closing

Come along and enjoy 

RealTalk Parent Evening

Parents of Year 5 and 6 students are encouraged to attend an information session held at St Peter's School in their 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 RealTalk student workshops.    

On Friday 6 September RealTalk 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

Michael Grose, parenting educator, provides simple suggestion on how to stay focused and support children when they experience difficulties at school.     Click the PDF below. 

Parent Insight 21 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

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.

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.

Jump Rope for Heart

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!


Congratulations to Ahliah Bills, who attended the 10 – 12 years, Track & Field State Championships in Brisbane last week, representing Capricornia.

Ahliah competed in the 100m sprint, 800m track event, Long Jump and Shot Put as a Tetrathon Athlete.  She placed 11th overall in Queensland for 10 years girls, competing against 17 other girls in her Category.  Well done Ahliah!

Friday Sports Draw

Please see attached link.