St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

11 November 2020

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Always was, always will be

Sometimes if a notion is repeated often enough, people believe it, even if their experience says otherwise.  In a conversation with a friend recently, I was surprised when she said that the survival of the fittest was the driving force in our lives and in nature.  I disagreed. I thought cooperation between and within species was more dominant.  Let’s say, we agreed to disagree but since, when I heard Care being described as a primary human drive, I knew that was right.  Care is of the essence of who we are.

This year’s NAIDOC week theme, Always was, always will be celebrates this. It acknowledges the care with which the First Nation peoples have lived on this land.  One doesn’t survive fighting against nature. Rather one thrives living within a web of relationships that honours all: land, water, vegetation, animals, community.  Such care begins with noticing: seeing what happens within the seasons, how nature around us works in together and then discovering our own place in this network.  It sees each of us and all of us within a network of care.  And there we grow to our truest and best self.

In the foundational creation story of the Bible God gives the earth into the care of humanity, for us be fruitful and multiply.  We are made to love where we live and to not only treasure what is around us but to thrive – together.  As we join in the NAIDOC celebrations this week, may each of us cherish where are and realise that we thrive together.

Loving Father, you delight in your creation, making it a place of beauty in which we are to thrive.  May we learn the wisdom of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples so that we may stand together in this great land, caring for and serving each other.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb


From the Principal

Today is Remembrance Day. On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month every year, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation. We also pause to remember all of the men and women of the Australian Defence Force who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Also this week, we celebrate NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC Week celebrations are usually held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, due to COVID-19, it was rescheduled to be celebrated between 8 to 15 November 2020.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Always Was Always Will Be which recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years and are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

Information is available on NAIDOC through the following link:

School Photos have been distributed today, for those families who purchased them.

Welcome new students and families!

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of welcoming our 2021 Prep students to school for an Orientation Day. Our newest students seemed to thoroughly enjoy their first visit to big school and are excited about returning, in their uniforms, next year!

Prep Orientation Day

Final Chamber Music Concert for 2020

On Sunday, the third and final Chamber Music Concert for 2020 was held at St Joseph’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is very special sacred venue for the Chamber Concerts and is always appreciated by the students and their families.

 Congratulations to the following students: Lara G, Sophie B, Kitty T, Elsie T, Mary T, Carlos R, Charli C, Alexander D, Hannah A.


Confirmation of Enrolment for 2021 – *Response is required by every family*

Reminder: We require EVERY family in the school to complete an Confirmation of Enrolment Form which this year, is available on Parent Lounge. Please complete the forms at your earliest convenience so that we can finalise our preparations for classes in 2021 and ensure that  those of you with multiple children in Catholic Education schools, are receiving the correct discounts. The first class to have all of the  forms completed will receive a special treat from Mrs Jenkinson!

Christmas Cards and Candy Canes

 As children begin to write their Christmas cards we ask that you refrain from sending along candy canes or other lollies. Please encourage your children to write thoughtful messages as they spread some Christmas cheer through card giving. Supporting projects in our school and community such as the St Vinnie’s Christmas Hamper Appeal is an alternative way to give, with quite a different message for children.

School Fees

Term Four fees are now overdue. A large number of accounts in arrears can negatively impact on our budgeted plans for the 2021 school year. If you are unable to meet your payment obligations, then please contact the office to make a time to arrange to discuss this with me. 

A plea from the Principal!

I am writing to you now, with a request. As parents of students enrolled at St Joseph’s Wandal, you are automatically part of our Parents and Friends Association. At the conclusion of this school year, a number of positions on our P and F Executive Committee, will be vacated.  I am extending an invitation to you, to become more involved in your children’s school experience by attending our P and F meetings, or by putting your hand up to take on an Executive role in 2021.

Our P and F plan and organise fundraisers and events and determine how funds raised are spent in the school. When we have a substantial group, the workload is greatly reduced and the creative ideas are enhanced!

I would love to see some of our ‘newer’ parents at these meetings and taking on a role in this capacity.  If you feel this is something you may be interested in, please feel free to contact me at school, or just turn up to a meeting! Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 19 November 5.15pm in the staffroom.  I hope to see you there.

Assessment and Reporting

Report cards will be distributed via Parent Lounge on Thursday 3 December. Please ensure you have access to Parent Lounge and know how to access these documents ahead of time. A reminder too, that it is the responsibility of parents to provide copies of these reports and any other requested information (for example NAPLAN data), not the school’s, when filling out applications and enrolment forms for secondary schools.

Important Dates Term 4



Remembrance Day



Prayer Assembly Year 3R



Prayer Assembly Year 3H



Year 6 Graduation Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral 5:00pm



Christmas Concert – cancelled



2021 School Captain Speeches



2021 House Captain Speeches

Wandal’s Got Talent (upper school)



Wandal’s Got Talent (lower school)



Whole School Spelling Bee Final

Report Cards distributed via Parent Lounge



Year 6 Liturgy and presentation of Graduation Certificates

Last Day of Term 4!




Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson

From the Assistant to the Principal: Religious Education (APRE)

3 Minute Online Prayer Retreat

Give yourself 3 minutes to engage in the prayer retreat below. 

©Loyola Press, 2020

Please join 3R for Prayer on Friday at 8.35am

Thank you for supporting Catholic Mission

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal

This year, Christmas will be like no other. After the year that no one saw coming, many families are under increased financial stress, some for the first time in their lives. 

Vinnies is committed to making Christmas a time to renew hope.

Our school community can play an important part in renewing hope for the thousands of people who face an uncertain Christmas. Together, we can continue to bring financial relief, Christmas hampers and smiles of love and laughter to the people who need it most this season. The students at St Joseph's Wandal, and the Mini Vinnies Team, will be engaging in opportunities and events in the upcoming weeks to raise awareness and support for the St. Vinnies Christmas Appeal.

Upcoming Workshops for the Celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist

A reminder to the families who have opted to complete the preparation workshops for the Celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist in 2021.  The workshops will be held at Kevin Castles Centre and are scheduled on the following dates:

- 10 and 11 November Eucharist Workshop #1

- 17 and 18 November Eucharist Workshop #2  

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13 November.  While many of us live a fairly fast paced life, we often do random acts of kindness without actually realising it.  These 7 ways pictured are simple suggestions for you to mindfully take up as we celebrate World Kindness Day on Friday.

Thought of the Week

Have a great week,

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update

Visiting Year One

The Prep students were very excited to visit Year One yesterday. Here are some of our favourite activities.

Evie – We drew some pictures and did some writing about when we are going to be in Year One.

Tiffany – We had to find lots of sight words and colour in the words.

Ivy – We read a book about a dog and the dog had puppies.

Jax – We did some dancing and we were all superstars!

Have a great week,

You can't be a creative thinker if you're not stimulating your mind, just as you can't be an Olympic athlete if you don't train regularly.

Sir Ken Robinson

Janette McLennan

Wandal Vacation Care Program

Please see attached program and booking sheet.

Touch Football - Under 6 Stingers and Under 8 Vipers

The weekly draw can be found at  

Community Announcements

Capricorn Trials


Student Travel Rebates