St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

22 May 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Mosaic of Life

Some time ago, I did a mosaic workshop – my first.  I went with a few possible designs, picked one, hoping perhaps to come home with a trivet. Our tutor was excellent but I still didn’t expect it to be easy. It wasn’t but while it wasn’t killingly hard, it was a challenge.  As I went on, I realised that doing mosaics is a pretty good metaphor for much of life.

We start with a good design but as we choose and cut the tiles to fit, we find ourselves hedged by the limitations of the materials.  Tiles are shifted around as we try to capture the sense of the picture and maintain a sense of flow.  While fingers can be caught in the cutters or cut on the sharp edges of the tiles, the most deflating part is that in looking too closely at the work one loses the idea of picture as a whole.  This makes one too critical which then deflates enthusiasm, leading to a sense of defeat and the temptation to give up.  The trick to mosaics is, while giving care to the detail, to let the sense of the whole picture determine the work.

As we live our lives, we can become so swamped by its daily demands and duties that we can feel that we have lost the plot.  When things get tough, this is the time when we most need to step back and try to see things in the big picture, and the biggest and best picture is the way God looks at our life, that is with love.  In the light of that love, we can start to see the design that is being drawn in our lives and we will discover that mess and muddle is often the place of God’s best, creative design.

Loving God, give me a glimpse now and then of the big picture you are drawing in my life and let it give me the confidence to lovingly face my daily challenges.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb

A message from the Principal

Each year, Catholic school communities and Catholic School Authorities in Queensland are encouraged to nominate individuals or who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of the school community in one or more of the following areas:

• Showing outstanding integrity in leading a school community or program

• Implementing change that improves teaching and learning and supports greater equity in education

• Building Catholic education identity and ethos in ways that support exceptionally life-giving relationships and build hope in school communities or Catholic education agencies

• Demonstrating excellence in team work that supports and builds Catholic education

• Demonstrating outstanding service to others in the school education community and beyond.


This year, I am delighted to announce that we have nominated two members of our school community:   Mrs Annette Brightman (teacher Year 2B) and Mrs Ann Schneider (school cleaner).  Both of these staff members demonstrate outstanding service to others in the school community and beyond. Congratulations, Annette and Ann.


Last week, our Years 3 and 5 students successfully completed NAPLAN online. The experience overall a positive one for our students and staff.  Thank you to our teachers for their preparation and especially to Miss McLennan for coordinating the online testing and associate organisation.  NAPLAN Online continues this week in the 'Catch up' phase.  Students who did not complete assessments last week will be able to catch up tests before Friday.  Limited sessions are available for this, and while every effort will be made to ensure participation, time constraints do exist.

Internet Safety Sessions

Yesterday, we welcomed Brett Lee from Internet Safe Education. Brett worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of which was as a detective in the field of Child Exploitation. Brett spoke to our Years 3-6 students on the topics of cyber safety and bullying. He also delivered staff and parent sessions after school. I thank those of you who were able to make it along to this session and once again take the opportunity to thank our P and F Committee for funding this important educational experience.

Free Parent Session - Understanding and Supporting High Potential Learners at Home and at School

Dr Erica Ryan is presenting a Key Note and workshop at the upcoming Learning Support Teachers’ In-Service at the Catholic Education Office. An afternoon session entitled “Understanding and Supporting High Potential Learners at Home and at School” will also be offered, open to parents, class teachers and school leaders. Erica has worked in both the government and Catholic education sectors, with over 40 years’ experience. Her interests include twice-exceptional students, and effective identification and instruction of the gifted, including those who are disadvantaged. Erica was responsible for gifted education in the Broken Bay diocesan school system for 11 years. She completed a Master’s degree in gifted education at Charles Sturt University in 1988 and doctoral studies through Flinders University, which included research into the influence of professional learning in gifted education on teachers and students.


The session will be held at the Kevin Castles Conference Centre on Friday 31 May, 3:15-4:15pm. Please advise the school office if you wish to attend this session so that numbers can be given for catering purposes. You are invited to stay after the session for light refreshments and to converse with Erica and others. 

Car Name Signs

A reminder to please display your Name Signs whilst in the pickup line of an afternoon. This makes it a lot easier for staff, especially when this duty is being covered by staff members not as familiar with families’ cars. We thank you for your patience in the pickup zone and please be assured we do our very best to have your children safely in the cars as soon as we can.

NRL Development Cup

 Well done to the combined Year 5 and 6 Rugby League team who competed in the NRL Development Cup last Friday. Thank you to Mrs Clark and Mr Lemeki for making this event possible for our boys. This was the first footy competition for some of our players and we look forward to seeing their confidence grow throughout the season.

Sporting News - Friday afternoon sport commences this Friday

The draw for the first week of Season B Sport can be found by clicking on this link.

Phone calls will not be permitted for students who have forgotten their uniforms or equipment and instead, these students will remain at school to work. We would love to see our SJW parents and grandparents at the games to support our students.

Second Break for 4-6 (Fridays only)

Students in Years 4 to 6 are reminded to not order second break on Fridays during the sporting season.  Students are not at school at the afternoon tea break, and are unable to collect before or after sport.

Term Two Fees

Term Two fees are due today. Please contact me should you be experiencing any difficulties in meeting your fee commitment.

School Photos

Our School Photo Day is next Thursday 30 May 2019. All students must be in full, correct uniform.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Our Learning Journey in the Catholic Faith - Sacramental News

On Sunday, a small group of students from St Joseph’s Wandal were confirmed by Very Reverend Fr Bryan. The Sacrament of Confirmation builds on what was begun in Baptism and what is nourished in Holy Eucharist. Confirmation completes the process of initiation into the Catholic community.  Thank you to parents and sponsors for preparing our students so well.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia to celebrate indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion activities.

The theme for Reconciliation Week this year is “Grounded in Truth. Walk Together With Courage.” It encourages all Australians to seek out ways to learn more about the true history of this country and more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples, history and achievements in general. (Reconciliation Australia -

Prayer Assembly and School Mass

Each Year on the 24 May, since 1844 we dedicate a special day to Mary, Help of Christians.  Mary is the patron of our own country, Australia. We look to Mary to help, protect and guide us. Please join Year 4 in the Under Covered Area on Friday 24 May at 8.35 am as they lead a special prayer dedicated to Mary.

We invite our school community to attend Mass in the Parish Hall on Wednesday 28 May in the Hall at 9am.

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

Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our Award Winners. Follow this link for details 

National Simultaneous Story Time

Our students participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime today.  Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.  This year's title was 'Alpacas With Maracas'.  

Eisteddfod News

Congratulations to our Year Three and Four Novelty Choirs who competed in the Rockhampton Eisteddfod this week.  Our Year Three students performed 'A Wombat on a Surfboard' and were awarded 3rd place.  Our Year Four choir performed 'Kazoo Koncerto' and were awarded 1st place and the Graff Family Trophy.  Thanks to Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Clark who conducted these choirs.  Thanks also to the mums and dads who organised such amazing costumes.

Premier's Reading Challenge

The reading period for this has begun.  The Premier's Reading Challenge is an annual statewide initiative for  students up to Year 9.  In 2018, more than 2.46 million books were read by more than 180,000 Queensland children and students from 1,012 schools and 388 early childhood centres.  Let's get every child at St Joseph's Wandal involved.  The recording form can be found here.

Calendar Dates

Please follow this link for term dates.



Tuckshop Menu

Macaroni Cheese is our new special and will be available every Friday. Remember, orders are placed online only via Flexischools.  

School Banking

St Joseph’s Wandal School Banking program update.

I would like to thank our students & parents who continue to participate and support our School Banking Program.  I am pleased to announce we now have 49 students registered in our program with an average of 15 students banking every week. 

School Banking is a great fundraiser; Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our students we have raised almost $500 for our school through the School Banking Contributions Program since starting in August 2018.  

Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Congratulations; to our top 10 Consistent Savers for 2019 for Term 1.

Student                         Number of Deposits

Ethan G  10, Evelyn L 9, Isobelle B 10,  Alexandra D 8, Tyla G 9, Hannah D 8, Indie B 9, James D 8, Taylor B 9, Natalie R 8,

 Keep up the great work and remember, School Banking day is every Thursday.

CommBank School Banking Term 2 Update

 Term 2 School Banking Activity

Please visit the The Bean Stalk Activity Centre for a range of activity sheets to help kids of all ages learn about money and finance.

For more information about School Banking, please ask for a 2019 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit

Happy Banking & Kind regards, Mrs Tracey Black St Joseph’s Wandal School Bank Coordinator