St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

24 July 2019

Catholic Education Week

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Catholic Education Week will be celebrated across Queensland from 28 July – 3 August 2019.

This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.  The theme for this year’s celebrations is:  Many Voices. One Spirit.


Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.


There are 306 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 149,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.

Our school is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us. These activities are outlined further in the newsletter.

I thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you during Catholic Education Week 2019.

Yours sincerely

 Kellie Jenkinson


Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

What do you want to hear in five years time?


“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” So ran the children’s taunt. Christians don’t believe that.  In fact we have a belief in the great power of words. One of the primary images used to describe the coming of God in Jesus is “The Word (of God) was made flesh.”  This gives us a clue to the impact that words can have in our lives.  Loving words can be better than a caress, harsh words worse than a blow and inspiring words can change the direction of a person’s life. 

What would you like your children’s words to sound like in five or ten years time? Watch how you speak now.  Yes, they will be influenced by their peers but your words will have more power in the long run.  Listening to you they could learn that people can be funny, witty, honest, forthright, assertive even passionate without vulgarity, bullying, ridicule or harshness.  Much is being said at present at the lowering of the standard of public discourse- but it can also be raised, one word, one person, one family, one school at a time.  It will take some effort. The cheap vulgar words come out so easily and it takes some thought to be witty, but in the long run it is much more fun.  Instead of being weapons of attack, our words can be a source of joy and delight. 


Loving God, help me to watch what I say and give an example to my child/ren.  In years to come, may I hear my language echoed back to me and may I delight in what I hear.  I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me. 

Sr Kym Harris osb

A message from the Principal

We have had a  very busy start to Term Three!

Congratulations to  our Challenge Cup Rugby League and Netball teams who played three days of competition at St Brendan's College, Yeppoon last week. The students must be commended on their perseverance, sportsmanship and 'have a go' attitude. I saw vast improvements in our teams over the course of the competition, and one of the children actually said to me, "Mrs Jenkinson! I didn't know our team was this GOOD!" Many thanks to Mrs Clark, Mr Lemeki, Mrs Riley and Mrs Pitt for supervising and coaching our teams. Thank you too, to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to either transport children to and from the carnival or stay and cheer our teams on.

I draw your attention to our upcoming feast day celebrations, which will be held at The Rockhampton Heritage Village. Mrs Starr is working hard to organise the activities on this day. We will have a Pizza and Chips lunch on this day. Ordering will only be available via Flexischools and the cut-off for ordering will be 2 August.  Please see further in the newsletter for more details.

This Friday marks the anniversary of our dear friend, Father Chris Schick's passing. Staff will gather for prayer on this day to remember and pray for Father Chris. 

Attendance Matters!

Image courtesy of Jen Davis Paepke.

If your child misses one day of school every two weeks, that equals 20 day per year, which is 4 weeks per year and over 13 years of schooling, that's nearly 1.5 years of school your child has missed.

"But they're only missing 10 minutes per day"......that equals 50 minutes per week, which is nearly 1.5 weeks per year and over 13 years of schooling that is nearly half a year of schooling missed.

Attendance (and punctuality!) does matter.

Year 6 Camp Update

Our Year Six Camp is now only three weeks away! Mrs Fishburn will be contacting families with outstanding paperwork over the next week. Please note, it is an expectation that EVERY child in Year 6 attends the camp. This is an important part of the children's  academic, spiritual, physical and social experience of Year 6. As we outlined at the Parent Information Session held late last term, we are more than happy to discuss any concerns you have, allay any fears and ensure your child has a wonderful experience. Please note that final numbers have now been given to both the transport and accommodation providers. 

As parents would have heard at the information session, I was planning on attending the camp this year. Unfortunately,  some unavoidable work and study commitments have popped up, which are not able to be rescheduled. Mrs Andrea Rutherford has excitedly agreed to attend camp, alongside Mrs Riley and Jourdan Novak.

Community Shout-out!

This week's community shout-out goes to our relief staff, who often step in to take classes (and are awoken dreadfully early sometimes by the principal messaging!) at a moment's notice. Whilst not officially on staff, they certainly are part of our school community and we appreciate their assistance in keeping our teaching and learning continuing when regular staff are unwell or attending off-site training.

2020 Prep Parent Information Session

Our 2020 Prep Parent Information Session will be held TOMORROW , Thursday 25 July at 5.15pm in the Hall. Children are not required at this Parent information Session and supervision will not be provided.

Parent Engagement Opportunities

Our next P and F Meeting will be held in the Be-Hive, next Thursday 1 August at 5pm. The school board will meet immediately afterwards at 6pm.

Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson.

From the APRE

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Excursion

Each year,  we celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop on 8 August.  As the Foundress of the Josephite Sisters, and of our school, 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.  The bus will leave school at 8.45 am and will return at approximately 2.45 pm. Our day's activities will commence with an outdoor Mass, and all are welcome to join us for this Eucharistic celebration. Sports house-coloured polo shirt and sports shorts (including hat) are to be worn on the day.  As communicated last term, due to our cancelled Athletics Carnival, students will have the opportunity to split into their Sports House Teams, sing war cries and play some ball games before commencing a tour of the Heritage Village.  

How to order Pizza for our Feast Day!

If your child would like to order pizza for lunch at the Heritage Village on  8 August, a one off pizza order has been created in Flexischools.  Options include hawaiian, meat lovers or cheese pizza at $5 for a quarter of a pizza (2 slices) with all funds raised going towards the cost of Year 6 Camp.  There is also an option to purchase a packet of chips for $2. Pizza orders close on  2 August at 4pm. We will be unable to take any orders after this date.   

Catholic Education Week Celebrations

Catholic Education Week

Each year, as we celebrate Catholic Education Week, we are encouraged to participate in some “Acts of Kindness” to highlight the values of social justice and compassion that are integral to all Catholic Schools.  This year we celebrate Catholic Education Week from Sunday 28 July to Saturday 3 August.

At St Joseph's Wandal a small group of Mini Vinnies students will visit Blue Care to donate some blankets and share our gifts and talents with some of the residents.  

We also look forward to launching Catholic Education Week with a  prayer celebration led by Year 2B on Monday, a visit from Mini Vinnies Youth Co-ordinator Samara Thompson, a visual display in the Be-Hive of what it means to be a part of Catholic Education, mindfulness sessions, Under 8's Day activities and a community picnic on the oval.

We look forward to many families joining us as we celebrate Catholic Education Week.

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.

Stay Kind - Kind July

Stay Kind is a movement that promotes and encourages more kindness in our everyday life. Research supports the notion that your well-being increases every time you do an act of kindness for someone.  Acts of kindness encourage us to place the values of Jesus at our center as we treat each person with dignity and promote our Catholic Mission and ethos.  For more information on kind July please access - 

Prayer Assembly

Please join Prep, Mrs McKenzie and Miss Murphy this Friday 26 July as they lead a Prayer Celebration for Grandparents' Day.  Prayer will celebrate the Feast Day of Saints Joachim and Anne , the grandparents of Jesus.  Prayer will be held in the Undercover Area at 8.35 am

Please join Year 2 B and Mrs Brightman in the Hall on Monday morning at 8.35 am for a special prayer celebration for Catholic Education Week.  

NED's Mindset Mission

On August 5 Ned’s Mindset Mission will be visiting the school for a performance at 8.35 am in the Hall.

What is Ned’s Mindset Mission?

Throughout the performance, students discover how to activate their growth mindset to overcome social, emotional and academic challenges. Inspiring students to:

N - Never give up  - Understand the Power of Yet

E - Encourage others - Spark Courage in other people

D - Do your best always be learning and growing

NED’s Mindset Mission is a positive behaviour assembly visiting our school!  A performer takes our students on a 45-minute journey filled with storytelling, illusions, yo-yo tricks and humour. The assembly introduces the character NED who is on a very important mission to find his mindset. Our students will be inspired by how NED faces unexpected challenges with a growth mindset. NED’s message and memorable friends inspire students, promote academic achievement, and support our school goals. NED will become a positive role model at both school and at home.

For over 25 years, Ned's Mindset Mission has used yo-yo tricks in their school performances. They  share that while yo-yoing is cool and simple, it’s not always easy. Everyone who learns to yo-yo will make mistakes along the way. Students are told that if they try yo-yoing, it’s important to learn from mistakes and never give up. Teachers and parents often see children practice persistence and find great fulfillment in doing their personal best as they learn to yo-yo with NED. Best of all, this “NED mindset” is infinitely transferable to school subjects!

How it works - A Pay it Forward System:

Yo-yos let schools host the show without using money from their budget. If a school chooses to participate in the Pay it Forward, which St Joseph's Wandal is, they get the performance and follow-up teacher resources for free. Then, they host a Pay-It-Forward sale of NED yo-yos. When families choose to purchase a yo-yo, they don’t just get a tool for helping their child practice persistence, they’re also helping to send NED's Mindset Mission to the next school!

Our school will be having a NED sale of yo yos starting on Monday 5th August, the day of the performance, and will continue until Friday 9th. There will be a designated area in the office. There will also be a NED zone where the children can learn skills and practise with their yo yos. It would be great to support the NED show so that it can continue to spread the positive messages to other schools. More information will be sent home in the next newsletter regarding the sale of yo yos. 

Parenting Ideas

The topic for this week is, "Developing leadership skills in your child."  Please see attached a file.

Multicultural Mass

Each year the children of  St Joseph's Wandal are invited to participate in the Procession of the Flags at the Multicultural Mass, 9.30am, Sunday 25 August. If you would like your child to participate in this procession at Mass, could you please let me know as soon as possible, so I can pass this information onto the parish, and ensure there is a flag available for them.

Insight Leadership skills


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

Emmaus Production

The Year Five class will be attending the final rehearsal of Emmaus' 2019 Musical, 'Cats' on Thursday 25 July (9:30am -12:30pm). The cost of this has been added to school fees.  

Weekly Awards

Congratulations to our Award Winners. Follow this link details 

Teaching and Learning Framework

Our Teaching and Learning Framework is well underway.  One aspect that is currently being considered is 'mindsets'.  What are the mindsets that we all need to make teaching and learning successful for all?  Growth mindsets is a term that has become quite popular in educational literature and discussions recently, and this is definitely part of the mindsets we require.  There are more elements to this however, and the diagram attached outlines the relational mindsets that are required for effective teaching and learning.  Connectedness is the key - we are all in this together and we all need to support each other to achieve.

Calendar Dates

Please follow this link for term dates.



Tuckshop News

Our current meal of the month is homemade Beef Stroganoff. Ingredients are: 

Meals are available for $7 on Wednesday and Friday.

Mrs Brady is in need of more volunteers to assist in the Tuckshop. The Tuckshop's main purpose is to provide a service to our community, not to necessarily make huge profits for the school. Without volunteers, our Tuckshop cannot run effectively, and we may need to consider only opening on one day per week into the future. If you would like to offer your assistance, please contact the school office.

Health Alert

Whooping Cough

Queensland Health has advised Rockhampton Catholic Education that whooping cough is currently prevalent in the wider community.

Whooping cough is a contagious respiratory infection and can affect people of any age.  In some individuals, the infection may only cause a persistent cough, in others it may start like a cold with a runny nose, sneezing and tiredness, and then progress to the characteristic coughing bouts. 

It is suggested that parents remind children of the following hygiene practices:

·         stay home when you are sick;

·         wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser gel;

·         wash your hands before and after touching your eyes, nose and mouth;

·         when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues which should be disposed of immediately;

·         don't share items such as glasses or cups, lipstick, toys or anything which could be contaminated with respiratory secretions;

·         maintain at least one metre distance from people who have flu-like symptoms such as coughing or sneezing

Vaccination, exclusion and early diagnosis is important to limit the spread of whooping cough in our community.  Anyone who displays symptoms of whooping cough is encouraged to seek medical advice.  For further information please contact Queensland Health on or phone 13HEALTH (13 432584).

Junior Touch Football

Thank you to all parents who have responded to the request for coaching and players.  Please see below, which teams are still requiring  players and coaches. Kindly email the school by Thursday 25 July if you would like to offer your assistance.

Under 12 Boys  -  10 Players (Full)             Coach – Kel O’Meara

Under 12 Mixed -  1 Girl and Five Boys – Require 4 Girls 


Under 10 Boys - 7 players – Require 1     Coach - Required

Under 10 Girls – 9 players – FULL     Coach – Ashley Price

Under 10 Mixed – 8 Players – Require 1 Girl and 1 Boy    Coach - Required


Under 8 Boys – 9 players – FULL       Coach - Required

Under 8 Girls – 6 players – Require 4       Coach - Required

Under 8 Mixed – 7 Players – Require 2 Girls and 1 Boy    Coach - Required


Under 6 Mixed – 12 Players FULL               Coach – Rob Lovegrove


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

Please see attached link.

Community Flyers



I would like to send a huge congratulations out to our deadly readers who read extremely well and with pride whilst reading their parts of The Prayers of the Faithful and the Uluru statement from the Heart at our NAIDOC Mass.  This year’s theme for NAIDOC was VOICE TREATY TRUTH “let’s work together for a shared future”. Thank you to all who helped in any way, it definitely did not go unnoticed and it was brilliant to see all those who attended the Mass.  

See you all next year,

Cassandra Burgen 😊