St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

12 February 2020

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Things I love about you!

This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day, which was also my parents’ wedding anniversary. They were married 50 years before Mum was widowed. I say it that way because she missed Dad very much, every day. He was part of who she was. Both were strong personalities and they had an ‘interesting marriage’. Amongst the things they loved, they loved free and frank conversations – especially with each other, and often to the angst of us children. But that was their way of doing marriage and they loved it. The pretty pictures used to symbolise Valentine’s Day just don’t ring true with Mum and Dad’s relationship – it was far more real than those pictures. Being real, it was also messy, but in the midst of the messiness they knew there were things they loved and admired about each other and they let each other know what they were. I think that was part of their success, recognising and conveying what they loved in the other.

What is successful in marriage can also be successful in our relationship with God. Instead of just drifting in that relationship, each of us can consider what it is we love about God. We each have special things. And we can ask ourselves what it is that God loves about us. God had a unique glorious vision in mind when we were each created. Ask God what it is that is delightful about you.

Loving God, you created us in love and we are made to love. Send us your Spirit to guide our minds and hearts that we may discover and delight in what you have made in us. We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

The first P and F and Board meetings of the year were held last Thursday. I thank each and every person who came along to contribute, offer feedback and suggestions or just to listen.  The position of P and F Secretary has become available for 2020. If you are thinking of how you might become involved in the school, meet new people or hear firsthand what is going on, this may be the task for you! Please see below for details.


Where is our new Outdoor Play Space? As many of you would be aware, we are awaiting the construction of a new outdoor learning area/play space here at St Joseph’s Wandal. You may have noticed the temporary fencing outside Prep; this is where most components of the play area will be constructed. Unfortunately, there has been a significant hold-up with the commencement of the build: there has been a delay sourcing the poles for the Shade Sails and due to engineering specifications, the builder cannot commence building until the poles are cemented in place. The latest timeframe I have been given is that the project will be underway in between the next two to four weeks. Whilst disappointing that we are not playing in our new area just yet, we understand how these things can occur. The positive is that I am sure the children will enjoy seeing the daily progress of the play space coming together….and they might even be able to offer some design tips!


P and F - Position Vacant

Each Catholic school in Queensland has a P&F association.  All parents and carers whose children are enrolled at the school are automatically members of the P&F. The P&F is an integral part of the Catholic school and provides a formal structure and support network for parents to participate in the activities and decision-making processes at the school and to work for the benefit of the school and their children. The position of Secretary is now vacant for 2020.

The Secretary’s main duties and responsibilities are:

·         Prepare the agenda in consultation with the president and principal

·         Notify members of meetings (date, time, venue)

·         Write up the minutes

If you are interested, or would like further information, please contact either myself, or current P and F President, Emma Singleton.

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music lessons will commence tomorrow, Thursday for all Year 4 students and continuing Year 5 and 6 students. Communications regarding instrumental lessons are distributed by the music staff at The Cathedral College; please ensure you are receiving the necessary emails from them and that your contact details are up to date.


Homework Club

Homework Club recommenced this week and will operate every Tuesday afternoon in the Be-Hive,  3.20-4.20pm. Homework Club is available for childen in Years 3-6 and is supervised by senior students from The Cathedral College. Parents (and students) who wish to take advantage of this service will need to book in by contacting the school office by 10am Tuesdays. Students will need to be collected from the Be-Hive promptly at 4:20 p.m.



Names for Cars

 Thank you to those of you who are displaying your Name Signs in the pickup zone during afternoon duty. This enables us to identify your cars more promptly in our busy pickup lines. Please distribute these to the people who usually pick up your children. If you would like additional signs, please see the school office. 

Gift for Prep Families!

The P and F has very generously financed a 12 month Reading Eggs subscription for every 2020 Prep student. For those of you unfamiliar with Readings Eggs, this is a multi‑award winning reading program that uses scientific research to help your child learn to read. Your child will make their way through self-paced, one-on-one lessons that match their ability and feature fun characters, wonderful songs and interactive animations.


I thank the P and F for this considerable ‘gift’ to our new Preppies and their families and hope that you will engage with this resource at home. The Prep teachers will distribute further information, including your child’s individual log on code and password.  In the meantime, if you would like more information, please visit

Prep Photos

The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton will be producing a special publication: My First Year 2020. This feature will feature photographs of Prep students and their teachers from schools across Central Queensland. It will be inserted into The Morning Bulletin on Wednesday, March 25.

 The Morning Bulletin will be visiting our school on Thursday 20th February and will photograph each Prep class separately.

 This publication will be a great keepsake for parents/guardians and students, allowing them to look back with a photographic record of this very momentous time of their lives.

 Please note that only students with prior media consent to have their photograph within the newspaper and on The Morning Bulletin website will have their photograph taken. You may remember choosing to give, or not give media consent when filling out your enrolment forms.

 If you are not sure whether you have given your child media consent, or if you wish for further clarification, please contact the school office.


We have had a number of cases of Head Lice reported in various classes. Please check your child’s hair and treat accordingly. Headlice management is a complex issue. Head lice do not pose any serious health risks but they can be difficult to manage. Early detection helps break the head lice cycle and enables effective management to start as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of parents to detect and treat headlice. Should a staff member discover that a child has headlice, the parents will be notified immediately. As this is a highly contagious condition, parents will be asked to take the child from school in order to treat their hair / scalp. Once treated, the child is welcome to return to class.

Parenting Arrangements

A reminder that families are required to detail their family arrangements and inform the school of any custody arrangements / Parenting Plans, etc. If a custody Court Order or Parenting Plan is in place, the school requires a copy of this which will be placed in the student’s file in order to assist staff and parents and ensure an appropriate duty of care for each child. If there is a change in family arrangements, parents are asked to inform the class teacher and principal, making sure that contact details are always current and ‘pick up and drop off’ arrangements are clear.


School Counsellor

St Joseph’s Wandal engages the services of school counsellor, Charmian Deed, every Tuesday and Wednesday. The role of the counsellor involves supporting the school leadership team and staff to meet the specific needs of students, particularly those who may be experiencing some social or emotional difficulties eg coping with loss, friendship or family issues. Whilst our school counsellor is not in a position to provide long-term support, they are able to provide assistance in the short-term and advise families of community based support should longer term advice be required. Referral forms can be obtained from the school office or by contacting a member of the school’s leadership team.

School Fees

School Fees have now been issued and are due on 14th February. Your fees can be managed by direct debit, BPay, Eftpos, cash, cheque or via Parent Lounge. If you need assistance, please make an appointment to chat with me. A reminder that a diocesan concession scheme is now in effect, and if you hold an approved pension or health card, you may be eligible for a reduction in your tuition fees. Please see Kathy Fishburn (finance secretary) or myself for further information.

Meet the staff - Mrs Annette Rea

I’ve had over 18 years experience teaching across secondary and primary schools, in various parts of Australia and overseas.  My favourite subject is science and I love going camping, enjoying the fresh air and being active. I am very excited to be so welcomed into the St Joseph’s community. 


 For bookings (including bookings for the upcoming Pupil Free Day on Friday, 21st February), please contact the OSHC staff on 0429316543.


Have a wonderful week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner