St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

16 October 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Life-Giving Duty.

 There is something to be said for doing one’s duty. We tend to think that if we can choose to do what we want to do, we will be free and have a sense of fulfilment - that can happen.  Conversely, we tend to think that when we have to do something we don’t like, we will not only feel put upon but be diminished as persons – not necessarily.

 In fact, if we accept what has to be done with grace and get on with it, it can be quite a liberating experience.  We are freed from the tyranny of our own likes and dislikes, freed from having to make all the decisions, freed from ourselves to get on with the task at hand.  This situation happens so frequently in family life: walking the floor at night with a sick child, doing the rounds of the doctors with an elderly parent, being patient when the orange juice is spilt – you can think of a dozen instances in each day.  It is in these situations that we experience one of the central teachings of our Christian faith: dying to self leads to life.

 In the Gospels Jesus teaches that we have to die to ourselves to rise to the fullness of life.  In his own life he showed how it was done.  Now he has promised us his Spirit to strengthen and guide us.  When we feel challenged, we can pray for this Spirit to come and help us transform that difficult situation into a place of grace and love.

 Loving God, we often feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life, as though they are killing our spirit.  Send us the Spirit of Jesus to guide us through the difficult and dark moments of our lives that we may bring the love of Jesus into our families and communities. We ask this in his name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

A message from the Principal

This week the Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Most Reverend Adolfo Tito Yilana will be visiting Rockhampton. The Apostolic Nunciature to Australia is an ecclesiastical office of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia. It is a diplomatic post of the Holy See and the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia has the rank of an ambassador. The Nuncio will be presiding at Sunday's 9.30am Mass at St Joseph's Cathedral and as always, it would be lovely to see school community members at this Mass.

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Parents wishing to sign their children in after the morning bell, or out before the 3pm dismissal bell are now required to do this electronically, using the scanner in the school office. This system updates our rolls and your children's attendance records automatically and is very easy to use. As always, our office staff are happy to assist you if needed.

Remember, every minute of the school day counts and we appreciate our teaching and learning remaining uninterrupted.

In the (four) days of learning last week we had:

17 Late Student Arrivals

15 Early Student Departures

65 Whole Day Student Absences

Opportunities for Parent Engagement

Our P and F will next meet on Thursday 24 October at 5pm in the staffroom and all are welcome to attend.  The School Board will meet immediately afterwards at 6pm.

Thank you and Farewell

I am sure you would all be familiar with Linda, our friendly Crossing Supervisor. After supervising the crossing here at St Joseph's Wandal for an amazing twelve years, Linda finished with us last Friday. Linda is cutting back to three days a week, at a school just down the road from her house.  On behalf of the school community, we presented Linda with some flowers and a gift on her last day. I know Linda’s cheery waving will be missed by many and I thank her for her many years of service to our school.


Classes for 2020 *reminder*

There are many events taking place this term and with the end of the year approaching quickly, speculation of the following year’s arrangements for classes and teachers often comes to the fore. I can assure you that these arrangements are currently under discussion with the Catholic Education Office and are some time off being finalised, due to the teacher transfer process and the need to finalise contracts and such. We endeavour to share this information before the end of the school year, while ensuring that the arrangements that are communicated are as firm as possible. I appreciate your patience at this time. This school does not accept requests for particular teachers.

Before School Arrangements

Any students arriving early (before 8.15am) will be expected to be enrolled and signed in by parents/caregivers at Before School Care where formal supervision will be provided. Our OSHC coordinator, Hailey Svensen, can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide you with enrolment paperwork.  Hailey can be reached on 0429316543.

I thank the Music staff of The Cathedral College for altering their morning lesson schedules to accommodate my request that lessons do not start before 8.15am.  

Homework Club is back!

Homework Club is now available one afternoon after school per week. This is supervised by Year 10 & 11 students from The Cathedral College.

When: Tuesday afternoons 3.20- 4.20pm (commencing in Week 2 of Term)

Where: The ‘Be-Hive’ - St Joseph’s Wandal

Who: Years 3-6 students

Parents will be required to book their children into Homework Club by midday Tuesday of each week by contacting the school office via email or phone.

Pupil Free Day

Volunteers' Thank You Morning Tea - *Date claimer*

If you have volunteered in any capacity at our school throughout the 2019 school year, please join us for a Morning Tea on Friday 15 November. This is our way of saying ‘thank you.’ Our Year 5 class will be coordinating this event and more details will be shared over the coming weeks.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

"Are not God's ways wonderful with us all."

Mary MacKillop (1873)

Catholic Mission Fundraising

October is the Month of the Rosary

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary.  Yesterday children honoured Mary by learning about the Rosary.  Each Tuesday for the month of October, students are invited to gather at 8.15am to learn how to pray the Rosary.

Year 1 Prayer Assembly

Please join Year One in the Hall as they prayerfully reflect on Jesus as a refugee and how the Church helps those in need.

Prep will lead prayer next Friday celebrating World Teachers' Day.

Continuing the Journey in the Catholic Faith - Sacramental Dates

2019-2020 Cathedral Parish of St Joseph


Calling all families with children who have reached the age of reason (which is seven years of age) to join the preparation journey 2019-2020 towards the celebration of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist in 2020.

To register please come along to the Information session dates indicated below

Parents only need to attend ONE session

Tuesday 15 October or

Wednesday 16 October

Parent Information Session

(Approximately 1 hour)

(Registration forms will be distributed

during this session)

Kevin Castles Centre5.30pm - 6.30pm

Parenting Ideas

The topic for this week is, "Helping your child avoid being cyberbullied." Martine Oglethorpe, accredited speaker with eSafety Commissioner writes about the importance of children developing resilience in a digital world.

Parent Insight


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

Ready Reading

Would you like to gain some more knowledge and skills about how to support your child’s reading?  Queensland Ready Reading is an initiative of the Queensland Government that aims to improve literacy skills across the State.  The Department of Education is partnering with Volunteering Queensland to recruit and train up to 3000 volunteers to support children’s reading.

An opportunity to attend Ready Reading training at our school has been organised. We invite our parents and our current volunteers to attend.  For parents, there is no obligation to commit to volunteering, but we encourage you to come and learn strategies to support your own child with their reading at home. If you do wish to volunteer in our school, we would welcome your involvement.  

The training involves attending two modules of two hours each.

  • Module 1 – Learning to read
  • how and why reading is taught in particular ways
  • essential components for learning to read: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and text comprehension
  •  building a bank of strategies to support reading and knowing when and how to use them
  • sight words and high-frequency words and how they are used when learning to read.
  • Module 2 – Supporting readers
  • overview of the stages of reading and the behaviours typically displayed during these stages
  • how to support readers before, during and after reading
  • how to use pause, prompt, praise strategy
  • using prompts for reading such as sounding out, reading on, chunking, re-reading and using pictures and visual cues
  •  how to give effective feedback.

You will have opportunities to see strategies modelled, and to practise these in pairs and receive feedback so that you feel confident to support a child’s reading to become a more confident and independent reader.

There is no cost for this training, and support materials will be provided by the Department of Education.

Ready Reading Training

Date and Time

From Tuesday, November. 19th, 9:00 am to Tuesday, November. 19th, 1:00 pm


St Vincent's Parish Hall, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal. Get Directions


An opportunity to attend Ready Reading training at our school has been organised. We invite our parents and our current volunteers to attend. We encourage you to come and learn strategies to support your own child with their reading at home.

Year Four Flipgrid

Year Four parents are asked to complete the e-form (via the skoolbag app) about Flipgrid.  Flipgrid is a great platform that allows students to make video recordings.  It is a fabulous tool for sharing ideas and insights with others.  Flipgrid is a secure platform and the only other people who can see these videos are the other students in the class and the class teachers.

Harold is nearly here!

As you will have read in your class newsletters, the Life Education Van is coming to St Joseph's Wandal.  This will take place in Week Five of this term.  The students do seem to enjoy a visit from Harold (the Life Education Van mascot - a giraffe puppet) and learn important health and safety messages.

A parents' session is free for all interested parents on Monday 4 November   at 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Shameless Advertising

I am sure that many of you have come to expect shameless advertising from me, especially at this time of the year.  Outside of school, I am the conductor of the Rockhampton Musical Union Choir Inc, an organisation that has been in existence since 1888.  The Rockhampton Musical Union Choir has been presenting amazing musicals since its inception.  The choir even had the honour of opening the Pilbeam Theatre in 1979.  This year we are presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera'.  This will be a visually and musically stunning show, and should not be missed.  (Of course I am biased but our cast is fabulous.)  Mrs Hayley Hutchinson is our stage manager for this production, so although you won't see her on stage if you see anything at all it is because Hayley told someone to do it!  Please come along and support this local venture.  Book your ticket at 


Have a wonderful week of learning!


Weekly Awards

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