Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

Ginnagay Ngujawiny -Hello You Mob,

Well we made it to the end of the school year.  I have loved teaching the students all about my  Indigenous culture and how important it is  to recognise and acknowledge the Indigenous history of Australia.  

This year we have covered:

  • Aniversary of National Apology
  • National Close the Gap Day
  • National Sorry Day
  • 1967 Referendum
  • National Reconciliation Week
  • Mabo Day 
  • Coming of the Light
  • NAIDOC Week
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day
  • Indigenous Literacy Day
  • Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

All of these events are very important to the Indigenous and TSI people as they recognise and acknowledge past history. We also recognise our Indigenous  culture, achievements and opportunities and the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

I believe by teaching my Indignous culture to the students it helps to develop their ability to respect, coexist and communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds and ethnic groups.  

It has been a pleasure to share my knowledge,  I hope everyone has a wonderful christmas and a happy new year.  I will see you all in 2023.

Darrundang Ngiinda - Thankyou

Miss Liz Hegedus

IEW  Indigenous Educational Worker 

Community Notices

From our Leadership

Welcome

Dear St Joseph's  Community,

Christmas is fast approaching and the end of our 2022 school year is upon us. Christmas, (“Mass on Christ’s day”) is a joyous and family orientated celebration. St Joseph's is also that, a joyous place that celebrates families.

Our school is also very fortunate to have as its patron saint a key character in the Nativity story - St Joseph. Next year the staff will be exploring the life of St Joseph in some detail.

    Awards and Nativity Evening

    Thank you to all the families who joined us last Thursday evening as we celebrated one of our key seasons of the Catholic Church with a Nativity and Carols. 

    We also congratulated Kindergarten on their first year of primary school. We thanked our outgoing school captains Noah and Thomas as they passed the candle on to Rose and Callum, the incoming 2023 school captains. 

    It was also wonderful to acknowledge the wonderful effort and learning from 2022 with student awards. Noah and Thomas reminded us that St Joseph's is very proud of every student regardless of whether they won an award on the night and that the most wonderful aspect of our school is that everybody is welcome to receive the greatest gift of all – the gift of God’s love.

    Congratulations to the following award winners; 

    Kindergarten 

    St Joseph's Award - Mason 

    Academic achievement award - Reuben  

    Most improved - Aylee 

    Most consistent - Daisy 

    Year 1 

    St Joseph's Award - Ruby 

    Academic achievement award - Tyler 

    Most improved - Maddelyn 

    Most consistent - Skyla 

    Year 2

    St Joseph's Award - Chelsea 

    Academic achievement award - David 

    Most improved - Elsie-Maree 

    Most consistent - Pippa 

    Year 3 

    St Joseph's Award - Eli 

    Academic achievement award - Charlotte 

    Most improved - Phoenix 

    Most consistent - James 

    Year 4 

    St Joseph's Award - William 

    Academic achievement award - Nate 

    Most improved - Hunter 

    Most consistent - Botshelo 

    Year 5 

    St Joseph's Award - Jackson 

    Academic achievement award - Callum 

    Most improved - Hugh 

    Most consistent -Rose 

    Year 6 

    St Joseph's Award - Lily 

    Most improved - Thomas 

    Most consistent - Noah 

    Geography and History Award - Rachel 

    Avid Reader Awards

    Year 3 Kevin                        

    Year 4 Alexander                                                                 

    Year 5 Matthew        

    Year 6 Kyle 

    Academic Achievement Award  - Tallon 

    Sportsperson of the Year 2022 - Kyle

    Rotary Literacy & Numeracy Award - Bradley

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    Year 6 Graduation

    Last Wednesday night the Year 6 students celebrated the end of their primary school years. It was wonderful to celebrate with all the families and staff and we wish Year 6 all the best for the future. 

    Thank you volunteers

    St Joseph's would not be successful without all our volunteers. It is only through volunteering that our canteen is open 2 days a week, our library books get covered, our carnivals proceed etc. So thank you grandparents, parents, aunties and uncles for stepping up and helping us out!

    The staff offer their thanks for the many gifts, cards and best wishes for the Christmas season. We extend our thanks also to you. 

    No one is more thankful than Anne and I. Leading this school is a pleasure. The students are delightful and when things seem a little overwhelming we simply head down to the classrooms where your beautiful children are learning and somehow all is well again.

    All Blessings to each and everyone of you.  


    Acting Principal-Danny Rankin       

    Assistant Principal-Anne Forwell     


    Sport Coordinator - Emma Davis

    Sport in 2022

    It has been another great year for sport at St Joseph’s. It was wonderful being able to hold our carnivals and pathway carnivals after the interruptions to these over the previous years, even if the wet weather did make it a little tricky! Thank you to parents for their support with sport at St Joseph's this year, it has been a joy to see students enjoying their sport and being successful. 

    St Joseph’s Swimming Carnival 2023

    Due to the closure of the Grafton pool and the costs involved in transporting students to alternative venues, there will be no St Joseph’s swimming carnival in 2023. Students who wish to trial to be selected to attend the Clarence Zone Swimming Carnival will be able to attend the school swimming trials. These trials will be held at South Grafton Indoor Pool. The date of these trials will be Wednesday, 8 February 2023. Students who are eligible to attend these trials will receive information about these trials at the beginning of the school year.

    Key Sporting Dates for Term 1 2023

    Wednesday, 8 February - School Zone Swimming Sports Trials,  South Grafton Pool

    Monday, 20 February - Clarence Zone Winter Sports Trials for Stage 3 students

    Monday, 27 February - Clarence Zone Swimming Carnival,  Maclean

    Friday, 3 March - Lismore Dioeasan Swimming Carnival,  Kempsey

    Friday, 10 March - Lismore Dioeasan Winter Sports Trials for Stage 3 students

    Wednesday, 29 March - School Cross Country Carnival

    K-2 Instructional Leader -Brooke Donoghue

    2023 Beginning of School Year

    Next year we will not have a staggered start for years 1-6. Therefore our school year will begin for students in years 1-6 on Monday, 30 January. During this week we will still conduct the student assessments that were completed as part of a staggered start in previous years. Thank you to our teachers who have been able to organise this whilst having your children at school.  

    The Assessments: Best Start (Literacy) for Kinder and MAI (Maths Assessment Interview) for K-6 in 2023

    Feeling known and valued in their school community, is a strong contributing factor to making sure that your child’s transition into Kindergarten or their new grade is smooth and positive. Taking the time to engage in Best Start (Literacy) for Kindergarten students and the MAI with every child, allows your child’s teacher to get to know them as an individual, as well as understanding what their learning strengths are. As your child gets time one on one with their teacher, it also encourages and nurtures the special relationship that makes sure that your child feels safe, comfortable and valued at school. 

    Kinder: Students in Kindergarten for 2023 will commence school on Friday, 3 February. Prior to this commencement date, your child will come to school for their individual Best Start (Literacy) Assessment.  During this time, your child will work with their teacher in a one-to-one setting for approximately 60 minutes.  Parents/caregivers remain at school during this time.  

    During the first week of school, your child will complete the Maths Assessment Interview with their teacher.

    Years 1-6

    During the first week of school, your child will complete the Maths Assessment Interview with their teacher.

    What are Best Start (Literacy) and MAI?

    Best Start (Literacy) and the MAI;

    • Show your child’s teacher the early literacy and numeracy skills your child brings with them into Kindergarten
    • Allows your child’s teacher to continue the literacy and numeracy development that has occurred as part of your child’s early experiences
    • Focuses on what your child can do and what their next steps are in learning might look like 

    Do I need to do anything to prepare my child?

    As mentioned above, Best Start (Literacy) and the MAI focus on what your child’s strengths are in literacy and numeracy. It simply allows your child’s teacher to gain a snapshot of their current literacy and numeracy development, so that they can plan for a smooth continuation in your child’s learning. There is no expected ‘result’ or ‘mark’ and your child does not need to do anything to prepare.

    Preparing for Kindergarten is much more about helping your child feel comfortable and confident during this transition. Some ways you could support them are;

    • Regularly sharing picture books together, including nursery rhymes
    • Encouraging lots of conversation, questioning and talking
    • Talking positively about school and learning
    • Allowing lots of time for indoor and outdoor play
    • Talking openly with your child about how they are feeling and answering their questions
    • ‘Practising’ independence to allow them to feel more confident in their new community eg. using their new school bag, asking a friend to play or asking for help when needed

    Uniform Shop

    The uniform shop is located in  the  Brewhouse Village.                                           

    Opening hours: 

    Monday - Wednesday 10.00am to 4.30pm

    Thursday 10 to 3.30pm 

    Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com 

    Ph: 0434 025 493                                     

    Canteen

    CANTEEN CLOSED 

    Reopening in 2023

    Volunteers are always welcome, please leave your details with our School Office.  

    When placing canteen orders please provide a paper bag for your child with their order clearly written on the front. It is also essential that each child has their own bag please - we ask that siblings do not have their orders placed on the same bag. We appreciated your cooperation as this allows our volunteers to smoothly prepare lunches. 

    School Calendar

    TERM 4

    Week 10

    Friday, 16 December - Final day for students

    TERM 1 2023

    Week 1

    Monday, 30 January - Students in Years 1- 6 return 

    Friday, 3 February - Kindergarten's first day

    Week 2

    Monday, 6 February 2.15pm- School Assembly

    Week 3


    Week 4

    Monday, 20 February - School Assembly 2.15pm

    Monday, 20 February - Clarence Zone Winter Sports Trials for Stage 3 

    Week 5

    Monday, 27 February - Clarence Zone Swimming Carnival,  Maclean

    Friday, 3 March - Lismore Dioeasan Swimming Carnival,  Kempsey

    Week 6

    Monday, 6 March - School Assembly 2.15pm

    Friday, 10 March - Lismore Dioeasan Winter Sports Trials for Stage 3 

    Week 7

    Friday, 17 March - St Joseph's Feast Day Celebration

    Friday 17 March - St Patrick's Day

    Week 8

    Monday, 20 March - School Assembly 2.15pm

    Week 9

    Tuesday, 28 March - Polding Touch Football, Parkes

    Wednesday, 29 March - School Cross Country

    Week 10

    Monday, 3 April - School Assembly 2.15 pm

    Wednesday, 4 April - Last day of Term 1 for students

    Thursday, 6 April - Staff Development Day (Pupil Free Day)

    Friday, 7 April - Good Friday

    Sunday, 9 April - Easter Sunday

    School Notes

    COMMUNICATION TO LEAVING PARENTS

    Parents of students who are leaving St Joseph's Primary School at the end of the 2022 school year, and not continuing their education within the Diocese of Lismore will lose their Compass portal on 31 December, 2022. Therefore parents are encouraged to download their child's reports in Compass prior to this date.

    Parents of students who are continuing their education in 2023 within the Diocese of Lismore will still be able to access their child's reports through their Compass portal.

    ABSENCES

    Only full day absences are to be entered into Compass, for partial absences - arriving late or leaving early please phone the School Office to notify.

    Change to afternoon travel arrangements may be emailed to the school if before 12.00pm sjpgraf@lism.catholic.edu.au  After 12.00pm please phone the School Office with any changes.

    REMINDER

    Parents & Caregivers are reminded when dropping off or picking students up, the Staff Carpark is not a designated zone. Exception if you require use of a disabled parking space.

    Please note the speed limit coming into this carpark at other times is 10 klms. Please be mindful of the school speed zones.

    From our Leadership

    Dear St Joseph's Community,     

    Early Edition Newsletter

    Given the busyness of the next few weeks we will have a shortened newsletter on the odd week and a full one for the even week.

    2023 Beginning of School Year

    Next year we will not have a staggered start. Therefore our school year will begin for students in years 1 to 6 on Monday, 30 January. During this week we will still conduct the student assessments that were completed as part of a staggered start in previous years.

    Thank you to our teachers who have been able to organise this whilst having your children at school. Please note that other Catholic Schools in our Diocese continue to have a staggered start.  

    Please see the 2023 school calendar for pupil free dates and other upcoming events. 

    End of 2022 School Year

    The last day of school for all students is Friday, 16 December 2022. On this day we will be conducting a talent quest which will include a mufti day. 

    End of Year Thanksgiving Mass -Friday, 2 December 9:30am at St Patrick’s Church South Grafton. 

    Year 6 Graduation - Wednesday, 7 December from 6:00pm at the Grafton Golf Club.

    Awards and Nativity Evening - Thursday, 8 December from 6:00pm on school grounds.

    Semester 2 Student Reports

    Your child’s Semester 2 Report will be made available via COMPASS on Friday, 9 December. 

    Fundraising Year 5                                                                                                                                                                      For the next few Tuesdays and Thursdays year 5 will be fundraising for their year 6 shirts. They will be selling:

    • Frozen orange quarters for 20 cent
    • Small frozen fruit juice cups for 50 cents
    • Large frozen fruit juice cups for $1.00

    No need to pre order, just have the kids bring along their money.

    Security at School

    There has been a spate of break and enters in South Grafton recently - our school was not immuned. Fortunately our security system worked and minimised any damage inside classrooms.

    We thank the Grafton Police for their swift attendance on both occasions and our ever vigilant cleaners. Please keep vigilant of your own safety by ensuring your house and car are secure.


      Acting Principal-Danny Rankin       

      Assistant Principal-Anne Forwell     


      Uniform Shop

      The uniform shop is located in  the  Brewhouse Village.                                           

      Opening hours: 

      Monday - Wednesday 10.00am to 4.30pm

      Thursday 10 to 3.30pm 

      Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com 

      Ph: 0434 025 493                                     

      Canteen

      CANTEEN OPEN WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY

      Volunteers are always welcome, please leave your details with our School Office.  

      When placing canteen orders please provide a paper bag for your child with their order clearly written on the front. It is also essential that each child has their own bag please - we ask that siblings do not have their orders placed on the same bag. We appreciated your cooperation as this allows our volunteers to smoothly prepare lunches. 

      School Calendar

      TERM 4

      Week 9

      Monday,   5 December 2.15pm - School Assembly

      Wednesday, 7 December 9.00am - Infants Swimming

      Thursday, 8 December 6.00pm to 8.00pm - Carols and Prizegiving 

      Friday, 9 December - Semester 2 Reports available

      Week 10

      Monday,  12 December 2.15pm - School Assembly 

      Friday, 16 December - Final day for students

      TERM 1 2023

      Week 1

      Monday, 30 January - Students in Years 1- 6 return 

      Friday, 3 February - Kindergarten's first day

      Week 2

      Monday, 6 February 2.15pm- School Assembly

      School Notes

      REMINDER

      Parents & Caregivers are reminded when dropping off or picking students up the Staff Carpark is not a designated zone. Exception if you require use of a disabled parking space.

      Please note the speed limit coming into this carpark at other times is 10 klms. Please be mindful of the school speed zones.

      Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

      Ginnagay Ngujawiny -Hello You Mob,

      We are coming to the end of the school year and the christmas festival begins.

      In modern society Christmas is celebrated in many different ways. For some it's a religious holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ, for others it's a holiday to celebrate with gifts. Whether for religious or cultural reasons, the common thread for all that celebrate Christmas across the globe is the coming together to spend time and celebrate with family and friends.

      In traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, Christmas was not celebrated but coming together and celebrating as a mob was, and continues to be, an important aspect of culture. 

      In Gumbaynggirr language we do not have a word for 'christmas' but we acknowledge the word 'gaywa-wunba' which means festival in Gumbaynggirr language.

      On another note Stage 3 have been attempting a different type of art, splat painting with blown up balloons.  Colours are added to the paper and then squashed down with a balloon.

      The effect of the colours pressed into the art paper is absolutely amazing.  After the paint dried they then had to use their imagination and transform their painting into a picture.  Lets just say their imagination is out of this world.  We have the night sky, fire, cyclops in flames, under water coral reef, fireworks, floating jelly fish, fish and friends, christmas baubles and tree decorations, tree branches and vines, sporting equipment, flowers of all sorts, lady bugs and singing flowers.

      I have to congradulate Stage 3 on their fantastic art.  I hope they continue using their imagination, creating amazing art  in the future.

      Darrundang Ngiinda - Thankyou

      Miss Liz Hegedus

      IEW  Indigenous Educational Worker 

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      Community Notices

      Merit Awards

      Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award. 

      TERM 4 WEEK 7                             

      Kindergarten: Mason, Ashton

      Stage 1: Lincoln

      Stage 2: Hunter, Sophie

      Stage 3: Brendan, Robert       

      TERM 4 WEEK 8                             

      Kindergarten:  Esther, Aylee

      Stage 1: Heston, Meliah

      Stage 2: Red, Aleah

      Stage 3:  Pippa, Thomas     

      From our Leadership

      Welcome

      Dear St Joseph's  Community,

      There are 11 days remaining in the 2022 school year! 

      There is a well-known saying that refers simply to the phenomenon that time appears to pass more quickly when engaged in something you enjoy....time flies when you're having fun!

      We've certainly had a fun, busy, and successful year, but the next 11 days will see us engage in Year 6 graduation, water slide fun, end of year Mass, awards, Nativity and Christmas carols, Semester 2 reports, and our academic learning....it's not quite over yet folks!

        On Sunday we enter our second week of Advent; our time of waiting and preparing for Jesus' birth at Christmas.

        I pray that the final few weeks of school pass by positively in a spirit of community, joy, and learning so that everyone can experience a strong sense of belonging to the St Joseph's 'Family in Christ.'

        NAPLAN Silly Season

        The media sometimes does stupid things with data and NAPLAN results are not immuned. Any student growth in any school in the Clarence Valley is a great cause for celebration. We all know that education is one of the essential elements of well being. 

        St Joseph’s does amazing things academically every year and our data proves this. Our growth in normed assessments,  which we do each term, is exceptional. Our small groups of children sitting NAPLAN each year makes averages nonsensical. This is what is being reported in the media this week.

        A big 2023 Year ahead

        Thanks to all our families for sharing the good news about our fantastic little school on the hill. Our 2023 student numbers will be the highest for some years.

        Awards and Nativity Evening - Thursday, 8 December from 6:00pm on school grounds. This will be held on the grass area in front of the hall. Please bring a blanket and low chairs to sit on with your family. Please bring your own snacks and drink. Obviously this is an alcohol free event. 

        Junior Joeys Transition Graduation

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        End of year Mass

        Please join us on Friday for our end of year Mass at St Patrick's church at 9.30am.

        Year 6 Graduation - Wednesday,  7 December from 6:00pm at the Grafton Golf Club.

        End of 2022 School Year

        The last day of school for all students is Friday, 16 December 2022. On this day we will be conducting a talent quest which will include a mufti day. 

        2023 Beginning of School Year

        Next year we will not have a staggered start. Therefore our school year will begin for students in years 1 to 6 on Monday, 30 January. During this week we will still conduct the student assessments that were completed as part of a staggered start in previous years. Thank you to our teachers who have been able to organise this whilst having your children at school. Please note that other Catholic Schools in our Diocese continue to have a staggered start.  

        Please see the 2023 school calendar for pupil free dates and other upcoming events. 


                                             We welcome Heidi Wren Hanson and her family                                        to our St Joseph’s community.

        Semester 2 Student Reports

        Your child’s Semester 2 Report will be made available via COMPASS on Friday, 9 December. 

        Fundraising Year 5

        For the next few Tuesdays and Thursdays year 5 will be fundraising for their year 6 shirts. They will be selling:

        • Frozen orange quarters for 20 cents
        • Small frozen fruit juice cups for 50 cents
        • Large frozen fruit juice cups for $1.00

        No need to pre order, just have the kids bring along their money.

        Is It Possible?

        It is Christmas time and some children are bringing in cards for their classmates. Can we not send in wrapped sweets such as candy canes? Teachers seem to spend an enormous amount of time getting the plastic wrappers off and picking up the non recyclable plastic off the ground. 


        Acting Principal-Danny Rankin       

        Assistant Principal-Anne Forwell     


        Sport Coordinator - Emma Davis

        Congratulations to Callum Tait who has been selected on  the Lismore Diocesan Touch Football team.                   

        Callum will attend the Polding Trials next year in Parkes.