St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

2 September 2020

Casting the Net - Weekly Prayer Reflection

Stories of Dad

Everyone loves a good ‘Dad story’, or that should be a ‘good Dad story’. (Think of the programs you watched as a kid.) Jesus knew the power of a ‘good Dad story’ to convey what God was like as a loving father and his stories often began like this, ‘The kingdom of God is like a king who gave a wedding feast…’. His imagery was of a person who combined strength and generosity, who was wise and kind….and who would do anything to bring his children to true happiness.

We all have stories about our own fathers and grandfathers – even being absent is a story – and our children can be keen to know those stories. Some are good stories, some sad and some can be tough and challenging. Each has its place in telling your children their family history and helping them form their own identity. We have to shape and present our stories in ways that respect what our children can process well at the age they are. Start with the funny, tell the good and eventually, when they are old enough, share the challenging. Letting them know how you, or others, have faced people’s failings could be the inspiration they need.

And remember, as you live your life, as you tell your stories, you are creating the stories that your children will pass on to their children. You yourself will become a story. What character do you want to be like?

Loving Father, in the stories he told and the life he lived, Jesus showed us what type of Father you were. Inspired by him, may be the loving parent, grandparent, relative or friend that our child/ren need to grow in love. We ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

This week we are trialling some changes to second break (afternoon tea). Our Years 3-6 students have been given the option of playing straight away, instead of having to sit and eat first. After surveying our classes, we estimated that nearly 90% of our older children do not eat at afternoon tea time. Of course, they still have the option to sit and eat if they choose. Prep- Years 2 children will continue to eat before playing at second break time.

 Welcome to Mrs Natalie Wilkes who will be teaching LOTE (Languages Other Than English) to our Years 3-6 students for the remainder of the year. Some of you may know Natalie as Poppy and Sophie’s mum. Natalie will be teaching Japanese every Wednesday. Welcome, Natalie.

We hope our students enjoy their Pupil Free Day on Friday. Our staff will join with the staff of St Peter's and St Joseph's Park Avenue for a day of professional development. If you require care for your children, our OSHC is open 7am-6pm. You can contact the OSHC staff on 0429316543  for bookings or enquiries.

I wish all of the fathers and grandfathers in our school community, and those who do the work of dads, a lovely Father’s Day this Sunday. 

National Child Protection Week

Putting Children First! is the theme for National Child Protection Week, which is held from 6 – 12 September. NAPCAN have some very useful resources on their website.

Absentees and Collection Arrangements

Please email the front office if your children are absent, not the class teachers. Class teachers have limited time to read and respond to emails, and due to their teaching responsibilities often do not see these emails until later in the day. This is also the case for last minute changes to pick up arrangements. The school email address is


You may have noticed our vigilance with regards to permissions for students walking home and being collected by people other than those listed on your emergency contacts. Please ensure the school office is notified, in writing, of any alternative arrangements.


Prep Acceptances 2021

Our first round of Prep acceptances will be distributed tomorrow, Thursday 3 September.  Confirmations of acceptance are due, in writing, to the school office, the following Thursday, 10 September. This will enable us to work through our waiting list and hopefully offer a second round of offers. Tuesday 10 November has been allocated as the date for our Prep Orientation Sessions for our 2021 ‘preppies’ and their families.

Homework Club

Homework Club operates every Tuesday afternoon in the Be-Hive (3.20-4.20pm). Homework Club is available for children 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 each Tuesday. Students are welcome to bring a small snack and will need to be collected from the Be-Hive promptly at 4.20 pm.

Chamber Music Concert

Last weekend the second Chamber Music Concert for 2020 was held in St Joseph’s Cathedral.  The concert was well attended with 135 people present.

Congratulations to the following SJW students who performed: Kitty T, Sophie B, Mary T, Hannah A, Elise T, Charli C, Lara G and Alexander D. 

Chamber Music Concert Photos

Important Dates


3 SeptemberPrep 2021 Offers Distributed

Prep Prayer Assembly
4 SeptemberPUPIL FREE DAY - OSHC will operate today from 7am-6pm. Bookings essential.


Have a great week,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection - Father's Day

This Sunday is Father's Day. Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide and is a time to rejoice with our fathers (or father-figures) and show them that we care. St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, and the ideal saint to feature for Father’s Day. As the step father of Jesus the Messiah, and the husband of Mary, the Blessed Mother, Joseph stands out as the father above all other fathers in the New Testament. It was an indescribable honour for him to stand in for God the Father to bring up the Son of God. In order to respond to such a high calling, Joseph lived an exemplary life, and set the standard for every father who came after him. 

Prep Prayer Assembly Thursday 3 September

Pen Pal Project

A small group of our Torres Strait Islander and Indigenous students will  participate in a Pen Pal Project co-ordinated by Darumbal Community Youth Services.  The aim of this project is to encourage our youth to connect with elders in our local community.  Students will write letters with the support of Mrs Starr commencing next Friday.

Please remember to return your child's permission form.  Feel free to email or contact Mrs Starr should you have further questions. 

Indigenous Art with Arthur Conlon - Scroll through the photos

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:

·      September 8 and 9 Confirmation Workshop #1

·      October 6 and 7 Confirmation Workshop #2

·      October 27 and 28 October Eucharist Workshop #1

·      November 17 and 18 Eucharist Workshop #2  

Parish Bulletin


Real Talk Information for ALL Years 5 & 6 families


Year 5 and 6 participated in the annual Realtalk Sessions via zoom today

Have a great week,

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our second round of Parent Teacher interviews for the year will be held in the last week of this term. Parent Teacher Interviews are held twice per year and are formal conversations, supported by evidence, of your child’s progress in Key Learning Areas. Interviews will be 20 minutes in duration and will occur in the school hall. Bookings are made through Parent Lounge and will open on Monday 31 August 9am and will close Wednesday 9th September at 4pm.

 Due to social distancing requirements we ask that you arrive only 5 minutes prior to your interview time and that if possible, children are not brought along. If children are in attendance, they will be asked to sit quietly and read outside the hall. There is no supervision provided and therefore no ‘play’ will be permitted. Our After-School Hours will be in operation, as always between the hours of 3.00pm-6.00pm.

 It is strongly suggested that EVERY family in this school books and attends a Parent Teacher Interview.

WHAT: Semester Two – Parent/Teacher Meetings

WHEN: Monday 14 September and Tuesday 15 September

TIMES: 20-minute time slots from approximately 3.10pm

WHERE: The school Hall


Book Week

Don't worry - we haven't missed it!

Every year St Joseph's Wandal celebrates book week and 2020 will be no different.  The Children's Book Council of Australia (organisers of the book awards and more) decided to move this celebration to October this year due to the ongoing pandemic.  The staff at St Joseph's Wandal decided that we would also move our celebration to the new dates (October 17 - 23).  

Book Week 2020 will of course be celebrated at St Joseph's Wandal.  We will of course be holding our traditional book parade dress-up, as well as heaps of other wonderful book themed activities.  Look for further details in the future.

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Have a great week,

Janette McLennan


Congratulations to our award weekly award winners.  Click on the  link for further details

Vacation Care Schedule


Outside School Hours Care Update

Hi, my name is Jacqualine Wagg. I will be the Acting OSHC Co-ordinator while Hailey Svensen is on maternity leave here at Saint Joseph’s Wandal OSHC. I am a mum of two, Lewys (5) and Evie-Lynne (3). I previously worked as a hairdresser for 9 years.  After deciding on a career change, I have enjoyed working here since September 2019 and am currently studying towards my Diploma in Early Childhood and Education and Care.


For any questions or for further information, you are able to contact me through the service’s email address and direct phone number. You are also able to use these details to contact me regarding your children’s bookings and cancellations.

The OSHC email address is and our phone number is 0429 316 543.


Our main room is the OSHC Room (Performing Arts room) in the undercover area.

In the afternoons, prep children are be picked up by a staff member from their classrooms. The children from grades 1-6 meet staff just outside the OSHC Room.


Of a morning parents drop their children to the OSHC room and sign them in, where breakfast is available before school begins.

In the afternoon the children all meet at the OSHC Room and are signed in, beginning the afternoon with some quiet/cool down time before activities begin while getting to know any new faces present in OSHC for the afternoon. We play a variety of indoor and outdoor games and have many opportunities for arts and crafts. The children also have their own designated space to create their own learning journeys.

There are a variety of afternoon tea options provided for the children as well as some quiet reading and homework time for the families who request for this to occur.

Touch Football - Under 6 Stingers and Under 8 Vipers

The weekly draw may be found at  

8:00 am Field 2    (6 years)  (A)  SJW Stingers  v  RGS Broncos

8:40 am Field 8    (8 years)  (B)  St Paul's Panthers  v  SJW Vipers

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