St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

7 August 2019

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Mary MacKillop’s Courage


I often wonder how courage works. Because I so often feel like a coward, I marvel at people who can take physical risks or travel through dangerous countries alone.  Too many “what if” scenarios would paralyse me. Yet when I look at the life of Mary MacKillop, I see a different courage in which all of us can share.  In fact, many people we know live that type of courage on a daily basis. 


All of us have dreams and ideals but life has a way of knocking off not only the shine off our dreams but even of dragging them through the dirt. Then we are tempted to give up.  Courage is not just keeping our dreams but also adapting them to the new circumstances.  Mary had that courage.  Through rejection by her Church, problems within her own community, tragedy in her family, illness in her life, she carried on with her belief that simple, good education into the love of God and basic skills could transform the life of the poor.  By the time she died, she and her sisters had become a force for transformation across two countries. 


Most peoples’ dreams revolve around love and making life better for the people they love.  Yet the circumstances of daily life seem to work against our ability to love.  Illness, unemployment or too much work, the stresses of caring for different people or troublesome neighbours can undermine the buoyancy of our hearts. It is then we need the courage of a Mary MacKillop which faces these cares squarely and continues the dream of love.


Ever-loving God, your Holy Spirit inspires the dreams deep in my heart, especially the ones to love deeply my family.  May Mary MacKillop’s example inspire me us into the ways of faithful love, especially when life gets tough.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

Announcement - Before School Care

After much discussion, data gathering and discernment, the Catholic Education Office has announced that Before School Care will commence at St Joseph's Wandal in Term 4, 2019. Before School Care will operate much the same as After School Care and Vacation Care, and will operate Monday - Friday 6.30am-8.30am.  We have determined that many families have a need to be at work before 8.15am and this necessitates dropping their children off before the supervised time of 8.15am. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our school community. Once operational, 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 and can be reached on 0429316543.

In preparation for their increased hours of operation, the OSHC will move to the Performing Arts Room (the classroom near the stage, under the big shed). This will allow the service to remain permanently set up.

Staffing Changes

As of next week, School Secretary, Mrs Suzanne Fisher, will be dropping back to three days a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Suzanne is returning to study and will no doubt be kept very busy with her study commitments on her days 'off.' Mrs Rachel Ganter will be working in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr Stuart Douglas will be taking on Mrs Ganter's Thursday classroom support hours for the remainder of the year. 

Mary MacKillop Feast Day Excursion

 A reminder that tomorrow, 8 August, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross. As the foundress of the Josephite Sisters, Mary MacKillop and her story play an important part in the charism, history and identity of our school. Every second year, the entire school spends the day at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, celebrating mass and joining in a variety of activities to experience life as the early pioneering Sisters of Saint Joseph did. Thanks to our generous P and F, this excursion, and all associated costs, are free of charge to our families. The bus will leave school at 8.45am and will return at approximately 2.45pm. Sport Uniforms or house-coloured shirts may be worn with school hats. Pizza orders closed midday yesterday and unfortunately late orders can not be taken. Parents are welcome to join us for Mass and the ball games, before we move onto our activities.


Wearrable Technologies at School

Our school already has guidelines in place around the use of devices such as phones, however this is a constantly changing environment. The school board met to discuss the school’s position on wearable technology (for example smart watches). A number of concerns were discussed, including issues stemming from privacy breaches, as well as the distraction they pose to students in the learning environment.

 Therefore, we have decided that wearable technology devices are not appropriate for students at St Joseph’s Wandal to wear. If students present at school wearing with these devices, they will be confiscated and returned home at the end of the school day.

 We thank you for your cooperation. As always, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask.


Book Week and Dress up Day Monday 12 August

Next week is Book Week at St Joseph’s Wandal. Please note that MONDAY will be our annual Book Character dress up parade. (Children may come in their costumes to school and remain in these all day if they wish). Whilst all of our students usually love the chance to come dressed in costume, please do not feel that excessive time or money needs to be spent in preparing costumes. Often the most interesting costumes are the ones that children coordinate or make themselves!


Year 6 Camp Update

 Our Year 6 camp is only 6 more sleeps away. Supervision on the camp will be provided by school staff, Mrs Lauren Riley, Mrs Andrea Rutherford and OSHC staff member Mr Jourdan Novak. Additional supervision of activities is also provided by the qualified and trained Chaverim staff. Bunk allocations and another copy of the packing list will be distributed, via the school app, today.


Reminder: Any medication which you send on camp must be accompanied by an Administration of Medication to Student Form and MUST have a pharmacy label attached. These forms should have been handed in last Friday. It would be appreciated if all medications were handed in by Friday 9 August.


Camp payments are due for finalisation. If you are experiencing difficulty meeting this payment  please contact either myself or Kathy Fishburn in the school office as soon as possible.

Tuckshop - changes to Menu

Reminder: As of this week, only a small number of items will be available on Wednesdays from the tuckshop. This is due to the shortage of helpers on Wednesdays. The full tuckshop menu will still be available, as per normal, on Fridays.

If you would like to offer your assistance, please call Mrs Gail Brady on 49362421.

Father’s Day 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

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

Prayer Corner

Have courage and patience and God will help you in all things.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop 1899

Prayer Celebration

This week Year 4S will assist with reading parts during the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Mass at the Heritage Village.  Mass begins at 9.30am.  

Year 2M will lead a Prayer Celebration in the Hall for the Assumption of Mary on Friday 16 August.

NEDS Mindset Mission

On Monday morning students enjoyed a powerful and enjoyable Mindset Mission led by NED.  NED talked about

Never giving up, use the power of yet.   I cannot do my times tables...Yet! 

Encourage Others.  When we encourage others we give them courage to keep going.

Do your best.  

NED Yo-yos will be available Monday 5 August till Monday 12 August in the Be-Hive from 8.15 am - 8.35am

Social Justice - An act of Kindness

As students of St Joseph's Wandal Catholic Primary School, we are fortunate enough to have access to our basic rights and an education.  Each student at this school has the basics (pencils and books) to participate in their own education. Attending school leads to a sense of belonging to a community and remaining engaged. School leads to being educated. Education leads to employment and employment is a pathway out of poverty.

 Caritas Australia's Global Education and Advocacy Program  encourages "each of us to make a stand to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity, and to make choices and engage in positive actions and leadership for a more just and fair world."

To stake a stand to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity we are collecting basic educational necessities such as pencils, coloured pencils, erasers and writing books.  A collection basket will be kept in the Year 6 classroom.  

Thank you for your generosity.

Mass for the Feast of the Assumption

 Next Thursday, 15 August, Years Four and Five students will be travelling to St Joseph’s Cathedral to celebrate mass. Bishop Michael McCarthy will be presiding. We will be joined by students of the other South-side Catholic primary schools as well as the Year 7 students from The Cathedral College.  Students will depart school at 9 am on Thursday and return to school by bus at approximately 12 midday.

Multicultural Mass

If you would like to carry a flag in the Multicultural Mass on Sunday 25 August at 9.30am please let Mrs Starr know.  

Parenting Ideas

The topic for this week is, "How to get the kids to school on time without yelling"  Click the PDF below. 

Parent Insight 7 August 2019


Instrumental Music

On Thursday 8 August no instrumental lessons will occur as we depart school at 8.35 am in preparation for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day.

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

Science Week

10 – 18 August

The theme this year is ‘Destination Moon’.  This theme is a way for teachers and their students to discover past missions to the Moon and space programs that have solved some of the seemingly unsolvable problems—and current and future space programs, operations and missions. Many of these use big picture thinking in science to solve problems, and technology, engineering and mathematics to design new solutions. This will help forge our future paths in the areas of space operations, space science, Earth observations, positioning systems and communications.  Watch for news from classrooms celebrating this important week.



Book Week Character Parade

Join us next week at our Book Week Character Parade on Monday during assembly.  We look forward to seeing our students celebrate their favourite books with inexpensive, homemade costumes (and hopefully a copy of the book that can be shared in classrooms).   

New Resources - "The Grower"

Thank you to Jake and Ava Lucas, and their parents who arranged for us to receive two books, “The Grower, the heartbeat of Australia” and “The Grower, the roots of Australia.”

The set of books is proudly donated by John Nicoletti to enable young Australians to connect with where their food and fibre comes from. As an adolescent, John left home with $200 to his name and carved out a great life for himself in agriculture. John is walking proof that anything is possible and how that, through these books, he can inspire the farmers of tomorrow by highlighting the importance of Australia’s agriculture industry and the amazing career opportunities it provides.

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.

Outside School Hours Care

As Kellie has mentioned already, OSHC are very excited to be announcing that over the September school holidays, we will be relocating from the Hall to the Performing Arts room allowing us to have a permanent, set up space to begin Before School Care (BSC) at the beginning of Term 4!

BSC will operate from 6:30am – 8:30am each morning, Monday to Friday. Our mornings will consist of inside play, outside play, painting, construction and more! Your children will have the option to have breakfast upon arrival at BSC with toast and a variety of cereals available each morning until 8am. At 8am OSHC staff will begin to prepare children for the day ahead, ensuring they have everything packed in their bags. At approximately 8:15am, one staff member will take year students in Years1-6 to their classroom and assist them with the unpacking of bags or carrying of items if required, the other staff member will take the preps to their classrooms at 8:20am, assisting them with unpacking their bags and checking students in with their teachers.

If you require BSC for your child/children, please be sure to fill out a BSC booking form.  These are being emailed out to current OSHC families this week, with hard copies able to be collected from OSHC staff at the hall of an afternoon.



·         This Thursday (8th August 2019) is our ‘Pumped Sports’ incursion. Please ensure you have filled out the permission form that was emailed to you, and hand back to OSHC staff by midday, Thursday the 8th of August at the latest (this can also be scanned and emailed). OSHC staff will accompany the children to the incursion before heading back up to the room for afternoon tea at 4pm.

·         If your child does not attend the service on a regular basis, please remember that with the new CCS system, enrolments are now ceased after eight weeks of non-attendance and you will receive a letter from Centrelink. This is nothing to be concerned about as when your child attends after this has occurred, their enrolment is re-activated by OSHC staff and all you are required to do is to re-confirm their enrolments on your MyGov accounts for your CCS to be applied to your fees.


If you require further information or have any concerns regarding any of the above information, please contact the service coordinator to discuss.


Hailey Svensen

OSHC Coordinator 

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term in Week 6

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!

Pumped Sport Games

Pumped Sport Games Event @ St Joseph’s Wandal

Pumped Sport Games is an action packed 90 minute event coming to St Joseph’s Wandal on Thursday the 8th August from 3.15 to 4.45pm. Children compete in teams in exciting team challenges that range from modified versions of traditional sports like soccer to more Ninja flavoured obstacles. With inflatables ranging from fields, targets and obstacle courses, children have a blast! $20 per child, with $5 of every enrolment being donated to your school P&C. Cash or credit card payments can be made on the day. Limited spots available so be quick to register at

Friday Sports Draw and Training

Please see attached link 

Please be advised there will be no Netball training next week.

Book Week Information


Head Lice

Just a short note to let you know that we are once again experiencing difficulties with head lice.  They have spread throughout your child’s year level so it is timely to check your children’s hair thoroughly and apply the appropriate treatment if necessary.

If all families carry out this task within the next day, we may have some hope of eradicating the head lice.

Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

A helpful resource on treatment: