Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award. 

WEEK 9

Stage 1

Alexander Hylton-Cummins for his outstanding improvement in reading and sight word levels.

Pippa Bennett for her outstanding improvement in reading and sight word levels.

Elsie-Maree Harris for her outstanding improvement in reading and sight word levels.

Baden Ballard for his outstanding improvement in reading and sight word levels.

Joy Tough for her outstanding improvement in reading and sight word levels.

Ethan Smith for his outstanding improvement in reading and sight word list.

WEEK 10

Marley Thrupp for using a range of strategies to sound out unknown words during guided reading.

Xavier Alford for his wonderful determination and thoughtful planning during investigations.

David Van der Vlist for his Mathematical explanation on 'quarter turns.'

Vashti Bowman for her improved efforts in following along with the sounds each morning.

Ned Scully for always starting his tasks promptly and setting a great example for his peers.

Eli Woods for his fantastic efforts in writing which pet would make the perfect class pet.



Acting Assistant Principal & Leader of Catechesis-Joe Stewart

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal and Salvation Army Toy Run

What a wonderful responsive and caring community we have here at St Joseph’s. Your generosity and support to help with these causes is amazing. Seeing the children bring in their items for donation with a big smile on their face shows how they already value the gift of giving. Thank you to all our families and the children for your generosity. It will certainly make a big difference for many families in our community.

Transition Classes and Thank you for the Year

Today, all children attended their new rooms for 2022 and where possible, worked with their teachers for next year. It was so exciting seeing the children engage in activities and also set plans for their rooms and lessons next year. I truly thank all the teachers and staff for the wonderful work that they have done this year especially in rising up to meet the challenges that covid 19 has thrown at us. It has been a remarkable year and we are certainly blessed to have such a dedicated team.

On behalf of the staff, parents and children at St Joseph’s, I wish to thank Mrs Anne Forwell for her commitment and for her thorough organisation and planning which ensured a most successful end to our school year. We truly appreciate all the extras and the support you have given us. Thank you.

To our families, I would like to wish you all a peaceful and Holy Christmas holiday. May you all have the opportunity to spend Christmas with loved ones wherever they are. Stay safe and well and enjoy the extra time with your children. They have worked hard this term and deserve the break. We can’t wait to see all your smiling faces again next year.

K-2 Instructional Leader - Carole Reinhard

It was so lovely to finally see parents able to attend the school's award ceremony which is the culmination of the years learning. I would like to thank all the teachers who have worked tirelessly to ensure students are continually making progress in their learning. It is very important for families to continue to encourage students to read in the holidays so that there is no regression in their learning. 

Kindergarten and Stage One have been continuing to work on writing a persuasive text in class. They may even be able to convince their teachers that they deserve a special day on the last day of the school. Learning continues to be the focus with teachers continuing to monitor student growth in reading and phonics skills.

Walker Learning Investigations are continuing with students now able to do some Christmas investigations as well. 

Leader of Evangelisation - Donna Bancroft

Advent

What is Advent?

Advent Season is a very special time of year that sometimes gets lost in the bright lights of the Christmas season it precedes. The first day of Advent is the first day of a new Liturgical or Church calendar and begins a four week period of preparation in anticipation of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advent is the waiting period. The word 'advent' means 'coming'. Purple is the colour of Advent as we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

What is the key message of Advent?

The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ's birth in the world as it is today. It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections, special music, and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus' birth is.

What are the 4 themes of Advent?

The four traditional advent themes for the four advent Sundays are:

  • God's people -The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place. ...
  • The old testament prophets - The Candle of Peace. ...
  • John the Baptist - The Candle of Love. ...
  • Mary the mother of Jesus - The Candle of Joy.


Exuro- Year 5 Student Discipleship Retreat Day

During week 8, the students in Year 5 explored the theme of Discipleship: What it is to be a disciple, having a relationship with Jesus and what it means to be a faith leader. Exuro is a Diocesan Student Discipleship Retreat Day. Exuro is Latin for ‘on fire’.

Students were encouraged not to be afraid to share their gifts and talents and to be themselves as God created. They were reminded of the words from Pope Francis: “Today’s world stands in great need of witnesses, not so much of teachers but rather of witnesses. It’s not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives” and how their friends, family and community need them to be the best people they can be and to follow Jesus’ example of love.

The day began with setting the scene with friends, participating in reflective discussions, prayer and group games. There were a set of activities focused on different aspects of friendship and, at the end of the day, a prayer service to conclude the day together and to go out and set the world on fire, with kindness, leadership, friendliness and love. 

Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, in your conduct, in your love, in your faith and in your purity.

– 1 Timothy 4:12 

Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

- St Teresa of Avila

Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

Giinagay Ngujawiny -Hello You Mob,

What a wonderful year I have had teaching Indigenous classes. It has been an absolute pleasure sharing my knowledge of Indigenous Culture, knowing how much both the students and teachers enjoyed learning about the oldest Indigenous Culture in the world.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Darrundang Ngiinda -Thankyou

Miss Liz Hegedus

IEW  Indigenous Educational Worker

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located in  the  BrewHouse Village.                                           

Opening hours: 

Monday - Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm 

Friday by appointment only

Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com  Ph: 0439434410                                       


Wishing all our families a safe

and holy Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

Acting Principal - Anne Forwell

Classes, Staff Appointments for 2022 and Farewell

It is hard to believe it is almost the end of another school year. In looking forward to 2022 I would like to announce the following staffing positions at St Joseph's. 

We welcome Michelle Vidler as one of our Stage 2 teachers. Michelle joins us with many years of teaching experience. We will also welcome back Rebekah Kelly from Term 1 for 2 days per week and Larissa Deleiuen in Term 3 for 2 days per week. New to the team in 2022 are release teachers Sophie Donohoe and Brooke Donoghue. We also welcome Nerilly Thomas as a teacher assistant. As previously announced we will be led by our new Acting Principal Danny Rankin. 

At the end of this year we farewell some of our teaching staff. We wish Hannah Gorman, Mandy Hughes and Carole Reinhard all the best for their future and thank them for their contribution to St Joseph's. 

Staffing 2022

Kindergarten -Emma Davis 

Stage 1 - Carly Cormick & Donna Bancroft 

Stage 2 - Michelle Vidler & Katherine Davies 

Stage 3 - Nicole Burrows, Rebekah Kelly (Mon, Tue) & Anna Smidt (Wed, Thur, Fri) 

Release teachers - Sophie Donohoe & Brooke Donoghue

Teacher - Larissa Deleiuen (2 days per week from Term 3)

Teacher Assistants -  Liz Hegedus, Sharron Nay, Maree Hickson, Diana Westgate, Nerilly Thomas 

Office -  Cheryl Mawhirt 

Nicole Burrows Leader of curriculum

Emma Davis Leader of school sport

Joe Stewart - Additional needs teacher, EMU (mathematics) teacher, leader of school evangelisation, leader of school catechesis 

Anne Forwell - Assistant Principal, Leader of pedagogy, release teacher 

Acting Principal  - Danny Rankin

What an exciting team!  This week all students have had time in their 2022 classroom and with their teachers as part of transitioning to 2022. 

Last Day of School and Beginning of 2022

Wednesday 15 December 2021 - Last day of school for all students.

Thursday 3 February 2022 - The first day of school for all students in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Monday 7 February 2022 - The first day of school for Kindergarten.

Prior to the above commencement dates in 2022, your child will come to school for their individual assessments. During this time, your child will work with their teacher in a one-to-one setting for approximately 30 minutes. Parents/caregivers remain at school during this time. A note has been sent home with your child indicating your child’s individual assessment time. It is important that you do not miss the appointment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to make contact.

Year 6 Graduation

Last Thursday our Year 6 students had their Graduation evening. This special night marked the end of Primary School and also was a reminder that new beginnings are just around the corner. I would like to thank Mrs Mandy Hughes who carefully prepared a wonderful night for the Year 6 students. It was also wonderful to be able to see so many families come together after the uncertain year we have had.

Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday our awards ceremony recognised the students who have excelled in 2021. As our School Captains, Jason and Isabelle said to the students on the day;

“To today’s award winners we say this: Congratulations and may you continue to work hard to ensure further success.  It is important to remember that success is not guaranteed as effort is important if we want to continue to achieve. To those students that did not receive an award today we say this: Your school is very proud of you.   Your gifts are very much recognised if not rewarded on a day like today. The most wonderful aspect of this school is that everybody is welcome to receive the greatest gift of all – the gift of God’s love and forgiveness.  It is in our friendship with Jesus that we realise we are all winners”. 

Thank you to Jason and Isabelle who have been wonderful School Captains in 2021. 

Thank you

As 2022 is coming to a close I would like to thank all of our wonderful students, families and staff for their support. Particularly in Term 4 while I have been in the role of Acting Principal. It has also been very rewarding to lead such a beautiful community. It would be amiss of me not to thank Mr Joe Stewart who in his role as Acting Assistant Principal has been a terrific support to not only myself, but most importantly all the students in our school. Thanks Joe. 

For those families of Year 6 students who are leaving us at the end of the year we thank you for the many years of support and partnership. As you move on please know that you will be missed and we will cherish your time here with us. 

I wish you all a lovely Christmas and restful holiday.

God’s blessings on you and your family

Anne Forwell

Acting Principal

School Events & Dates

TERM 4

WEEK 11

Wednesday 15 December - Last Day of Term 4 for students

Thursday 16 December - Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) 

TERM 1 2022

WEEK 1

Tuesday 1 February to Friday 4 February - Kindergarten Best Start Assessments

Tuesday 1 February & Wednesday 2 February - MAI Assessments for students Years 1-6

Thursday 3 February - First day for students Years 1 - 6

WEEK 2

Monday 7 February - First day for Kindergarten students

School Notes

School Banking update from Commonwealth Bank

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking 

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

MUSIC TUITION

Maree Hickson tutors in guitar, piano, voice and drama. If your child would like tuition please call Maree on 0421656019 or email maree.hickson@hotmail.com

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award. 

WEEK 7

Stage 1

Max Fraser for improved focus on set tasks.  

Ethan Smith for confidently modelling the jump strategy to the class.

Maverick Buchanan for using expression when reading 'The Three Little Pigs' during guided groups.

Ruby Gray for being an active participant in class discussions about the jump strategy.

Stage 2

Edison McDermott for engaging in literacy and numeracy activities.

Hamish Dentler for engaging in literacy and numeracy activities.

Lara Forwell for making great strides towards loving our four legged class mates.

Koby Hayes for always showing kindness and making Jesus real in our classroom.

Noah Kyle-Robinson for being courageous and sharing his journey with the class.

Alexander Van der Vlist for sustained on task behaviour during all class activities.

Rahni Hummelstad for consistently putting in 100% effort.

WEEK 8

Kindergarten

Finn lihou for sharing his knowledge of the different combinations of notes and coins to make $10.00

Rubin French for his excellent use of reading strategies to sound out unknown words.

Stage 1

Billy Campbell for his outstanding improvement in reading.

Braxton Metcalfe for his fantastic improvement in reading.

Mitchell McCann for being a wonderful 'sound expert' during reflection.

Kamren Singh for locking his eyes in and practising his handwriting.

Stage 2

Pippa Fennessy for actively engaging in all areas of learning.

Sheba Bowman for creating interesting stories during stamina writing.

Aidan Knox for consistently achieving high results in maths and showing problem solving skills.

Eva Davies for creating quality imaginative texts during daily stamina writing.

Kruze Colby for positive application to all tasks.

Sport Coordinator - Emma Davis

School Swimming Carnival 2022

The school swimming carnival in 2022 will follow the same format that was introduced this year. Students who wish to compete to represent the school at the Clarence Zone Swimming carnival will be invited to participate in the school swimming trials on Wednesday 9 February at the South Grafton Pool. The whole school swimming carnival will be held on Tuesday 22 February at Grafton Olympic Pool, where all students will be able to participate in a variety of events.

A note will be sent home with students at the commencement of the school year to collect nominations for the school swimming trials. Students will need to nominate prior to the event, nominations will not be excepted on the day. 

Age champion points will be collected at both the swimming trials and swimming carnival, to determine the age champions.

If you require any further information please contact  emma.davis@lism.catholic.edu.au 

Acting Assistant Principal & Leader of Catechesis-Joe Stewart

St Joseph's Chess Tournament - Let the Games Begin.

Last week, 24 students competed in the annual chess tourament for the coveted title of Chess Champion St Joseph's South Grafton 2021. The competition and standard of play was of an incredibly high standard and all players should be extremely proud of themselves. The finals were such an exciting and tense event. I was most impressed with the manner in which the students congratulated each other after their matches, deconstructed the game, how checkmate was achieved and also the way they praised their opponent on such a great contest. 

Our Chess Champion for 2021 is Kyra Barrett. The Runner up is Nicholas Beard. Congratulations Kyra and Nicholas. You certainly put on a great show demonstaing high levels of skill and very thoughful game plans. 

Library/Book Club Coordinator - Anna Smidt

Premiers Reading Challenge

All participants who completed the Premier's Reading Challenge proudly received their commemorative certificates this week.  A huge round of applause for a job well done!

Book Club Issue 8

The last Book Club for the year is now open for orders and there are some excellent books available. If you wish to order through the school please send your order forms in by Thursday 2nd December. Below is the link to the Book Club website if you would like to order online.

https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/

Student Borrowing

The library will be closed for student borrowing from Monday 29 November for the remainder of the year, however, the library will still be open for browsing, for class visits and at lunch time. Please return any overdue books to the library as soon as possible.

K-2 Instructional Leader - Carole Reinhard

It was wonderful to have our Junior Joey students join us for the first of their three orientation sessions. It will be exciting to work with these students as they have a look at our school and get used to the school routines. Last week they were able to experience a Walker Learning Investigation session, a reading session, a maths activity as well as a cross craft activity. We hope they had a lovely time at school.

In Kindergarten students are learning to write a persuasive text which means they are learning how to convince someone of their point of view. In maths they are learning how to break apart a group of counters into two separate groups.

Stage 1 are also learning to persuade someone to their point of view in Literacy. In maths they have been working on investigating time last week and the area of a shape this week. If you would like to have a phone interview with your child's teacher, please contact the school to arrange a time that is convenient.

Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

Giinagay Ngujawiny -Hello You Mob,

This week Stage 1 revisited how to pronounce the numbers 1 to 10 in Gumbaynggirr language.  It is really hard to learn a new language and to change from what we know to learning a different way of pronouncing a word or number.

Well done Stage 1.

  1. Garlugun           
  2. Bularri            
  3. Guga
  4. Daan                                             
  5. Marla 
  6. Jugu                   
  7. Duwa 
  8. Janya                 
  9. Wagaa    
  10. Ngaal                  

Darrundang Ngiinda -Thankyou

Miss Liz Hegedus

IEW  Indigenous Educational Worker 

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located in  the  BrewHouse Village.                                           

Opening hours: 

Monday - Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm 

Friday by appointment only

Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com  Ph: 0439434410                                       

Acting Principal - Anne Forwell

Semester 2 Reports and Parent Teacher Meetings

Your child’s Semester 2 Reports are now ready to view. These can be accessed via the parent portal at http://parent.lism.catholic.edu.au  Please contact the school office if you have any questions or require support. If you wish to discuss your child’s report with your child’s teachers please contact them directly via email. We encourage you to take up this opportunity as when families and schools work together we achieve far greater outcomes for students. The meetings will need to be via phone as we are still operating under Level 3 restrictions and unfortunately cannot have parents come into the school.  For further information please see the note emailed home to all families last Monday.

Building Grant

It is very exciting that we have received a grant for just under $400,000. This was recently presented to our school by Kevin Hogan MP. We look forward to the improvements this will make for our students as we start building works in 2022. 

 Year 6 Graduation

Our Year 6 graduation dinner will be held at the Golf Club on Thursday 2 December. Information has been sent home to our year 6 families. We look forward to celebrating the end of primary school with the class of 2021.  

Awards Ceremony

Our end of year awards ceremony will be held on the morning of Tuesday 7 December from 9.30 am. If your child is receiving an award you will be contacted shortly by your child's teacher. One family member per award winner will be able to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot have other audience members due to COVID guidelines. 

Last Day of School 

The last day of the school year for all students in 2021 is Wednesday December 15. 

Information regarding the staggered start for 2022 and the first day of school will be communicated in the near future.

School Captains 2022

Congratulations to James Awbery and Noah Brockwell who were voted in as our 2022 school captains. Well done boys and we look forward to your leadership next year. A special thank you to all the year 5 students who nominated this year and presented their speeches to the school community. 

Christmas Dress Up

We are looking forward to a Christmas dress up day. Please see the flyer below. 

God's blessings on all of our families.

Anne Forwell

Acting Principal 

Thank you Year 5

Canteen

School Events & Dates

TERM 4

WEEK 9 

Wednesday 1 December - 9.00am - 12.00pm Kindergarten Orientation Session 3

WEEK 10

Thursday 9 December - Jacaranda Thursday Public Holiday (Pupil Free Day)

Friday 10 December - Christmas Mufti Dress up day

WEEK 11

Wednesday 15 December - Last Day of Term 4 for students

Thursday 16 December - Staff Development Day (Pupil Free) 

School Notes

School Banking update from Commonwealth Bank

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking 

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

MUSIC TUITION

Maree Hickson tutors in guitar, piano, voice and drama. If your child would like tuition please call Maree on 0421656019 or email maree.hickson@hotmail.com