School Newsletter

CLASS EQUIPMENT LIST FOR 2022
Parents are asked to provide the following items for the class/es that your child/ren are in.
PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS CLEARLY

Kindergarten
Library Bag - must be waterproof
4 x glue sticks (Bostik brand preferred)
2 x boxes of tissues
1 x pkt of playing cards
1 x 4pkt of black whiteboard markers
1 x set of headphones (not earphones/ JBL brand preferred)
1 x roll of paper towel

1 Paint shirt 

Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
Library Bag - must be waterproof
Painting Shirt
4 x HB pencils
4 x glue sticks
1 x wooden ruler with mm markings
1 x set of headphones (not earphones)
1 x pkt Playing Cards

Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)
Library Bag - must be waterproof
Paint Shirt
Coloured pencils in a small pencil case
Textas - thin in small pencil case/ or wind up crayons
4 x glue sticks
3 x rubbers
1 x wooden ruler with mm markings
1 x pencil sharpener with shavings container
1 x set of headphones (not earphones)
1 x roll of paper towel
2 x boxes of tissues

1 x Artline pen 90-Black (fine point)

1X 4 packet of whiteboard markers.

Stage 3 (Years 5 & 6)
Calculator - basic function
Library Bag - must be waterproof
Painting Shirt
6 xHB lead pencils
4 x 2B pencils
1 x 4B pencil
6 x blue pens
6 x black pens
4 x red pens
2 x 4-colour retractable pen (Bic)
Coloured pencils in pencil case
Textas in pencil case
Wind up crayons
2 x Artline pen 90-Black (fine point)
2 x Highlighter pens
2 x eraser
4 x glue sticks
Scissors
2 x dice
1 x pkt of playing cards
1 x set of headphones (not earphones)
Pencil sharpener - with shavings container
1 x roll of paper towel
Dictionary - Mini Oxford Concise Australian
2 x boxes of tissues




COMPETITIVE SWIMMING CARNIVAL

Summer Sport Trials

On Thursday afternoon Beau Jubber attended the Summer Sports Trials for tennis. Beau played some great tennis and is first reserved for the team. This is a great achievement for a Year 4 student. Well done Beau.

St Joseph's Swimming Carnival 2021

St Joseph's annual swimming carnival was held on Thursday 91th December 20120 at Evans Head Aquatic Centre. Due to current COVID restrictions only competitive swimmers, who could swim 50m of any given stroke attended.

Congratulations to all the students who showed great determination, superb team spirit and great sportsmanship. Thanks to the fabulous staff of St Joseph's who worked tirelessly prior to ensuring the carnival ran smoothly.

Sports House Results for 2021 

We announced a progressive point score on Thursday afternoon with Green in the lead, closely followed by blue and yellow colour houses. After the aquatics fun day on Monday 13th December, we will announce the winning colour at the afternoon assembly.

Congratulations to our Champions for 2021:

Senior Boy Champion: Finlay Stevenson - Green

Senior Boy Runner-up: Lucas Hayden - Green

Senior Girl Champion: Jasmine Hayden - Green

Senior Girl Runner-up: Eden Carpenter - Blue

Junior  Boy Champion: Beau Jubber - Green

Junior Boys Runner-up: Thomas Bailey - Blue

Junior Girl Champion: Charlotte Robinson - Green

Junior Girl Runner-up:  Mia McGillivray - Yellow

A special mention to Finlay Stevenson who broke 3 school swimming records

  • Senior Boys 50m Breaststroke
  • Senior Boys 50m Backstroke
  • Senior Boys 100M IM

New Records

Finlay Stevenson Senior Boys 50 m Breaststroke -Record 41.99 2021.

Finlay broke Zac Landrigan 4 year old record by 3.26 seconds

Finlay Stevenson Senior Boys 50m Backstroke - Record 40.98 2021

Finlay broke Zac Landrigan 3 year old record by 0.57 seconds

Finlay Stevenson Senior Boys 100m Individual Medley Record - 1:28.38

Finlay broke Zac Landrigan 3 year old record by 3.23 seconds

Kindergarten Nancy Butler
Year 1  Billie Johns
Year 2 Thomas Bailey
Year 3 Isabella Wagner
Year 4 Beau Jubber
Year 5 Lorena Swanson
Year 6 Sarah Jamroz

SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION: Third Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reading
Luke 3:10-18
John the Baptist teaches the people about repentance

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The season of Advent is a time of joyful waiting as we prepare to welcome Jesus. As we light another candle on the Advent wreath, we remember that Christmas is getting closer. In this week’s Gospel, we hear John the Baptist tell the crowd that there are things they can do to prepare as they wait for Jesus. We can prepare if needed, by being willing to have a change of heart this Christmas – perhaps we could try to heal fractured relationships or be more generous in our giving.

Mini Vinnies - St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers- LAST CHANCE

The 2021 Mini Vinnies Christmas Appeal has commenced. This year’s Appeal reminds us that we all have the capacity to - ”Do something About it” and make a difference, during these COVID times at Christmas. Together we can assist people experiencing disadvantage within our community during the festive season. 

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This year each class will be given an empty basket to fill with Christmas items suitable to give to a needy family in the community. A special request from the Evans Head St Vincent de Paul is that we provide non-perishable food only! For example tinned food, packet food, rice, pasta biscuits drinks, etc (No perishables or out of date food please!) This opportunity is a simple way your child/children can give to others. Thank you for your anticipated generosity and support of this initiative. 

All Class hampers are to be filled before Monday 13th December as the St Vincent de Paul members will collect them on that day!

ADVENT LITURGIES:

Advent_kids.jpgEach Monday during Advent we have gathered as a school family to pray and reflect. During the Liturgies, we light the Advent Candles. This week Ever Brady lead the Liturgy and Kindergarten read the prayers for us. We also listened to the beautiful song, LET EVERY DAY BE CHRISTMAS by Timothy Hart - the link is below. The Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love are reflected in this beautiful song that highlights the importance of Social Justice and respect for others on Christmas Day and every day. I encourage you to take the time to listen to this very meaningful and appropriate song.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas filled with much joy, love and peace
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MAKING JESUS REAL  (MJR)  At St Joseph’s Woodburn we encourage our students to “Make Jesus Real’” and live the Gospel Values by the way they act in our school community, while at home and out in the wider community.MJR at St Joseph’s Woodburn encourages our students to be WEST people - that is WELCOMING, ENCOURAGING, SAY SORRY when needed and be THANKFUl. 
Being more like Jesus is about thinking of others and being generous to others. During ADVENT we all can contribute generously to the Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.
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DATES:

Monday 13th December - Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper last day for items

Year 6 Graduation Mass- Wednesday 15th December 9:30 am (parents)

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Sacrament of Confirmation - Thursday 31st March 2022 at 6 pm

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ROSTER

Monday, 13th December Melissa Handford
Wednesday, 15th December NO CANTEEN

Many thanks to all the parents who have helped out in the Canteen throughout 2021.

THANK YOU LADIES!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday wishes from the school community to Trinity Cook, Charlee Cook, Dylan Harrington, Hazel Johnston, Madison Kirk, Eliana Piccini, Millie Bodley, Lotte Duignan, Ben Moss, Finlay Stevenson, Isabella Wagner, Ollie handfor-King, Travis Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Amahli Harford, Nancy Moran, Shayla Boland, Josephine Jensen, Logan Riddle, Sonny Handford-King, Ms Danielle Nilon and Ms Jeanette Wilkins who are celebrating a birthday this week and over the christmas holidays.

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Dear Families

I recently read this reflection on the Christmas story a and it got me thinking about the way that we look at Christmas. During this Christmas season, I hope that we all take the time to look at others ‘through the eyes of a child’ so that we can see things more openly and empathetically.


The first Christmas that little Linda learned to read, she was allowed to distribute the family gifts on Christmas day. According to family custom, the one who distributed the gifts could open the first package. After all the gifts were distributed with loving care, Linda kept looking around the tree and among the branches. Finally, her dad asked, ‘What are you looking for, dear?’ To which Linda replied, ‘I thought Christmas was Jesus’ birthday and I was just wondering where his present is. I guess everyone forgot him.’


That is the challenge that faces us all this Christmas - to put Christ back into our family Christmas. This is an ideal time for families to focus on the important things that affect their family life - the time they spend together, the quality of relationships within the immediate and extended family group, the willingness to put others first and to forgive one another.

Please remember to include Jesus on your family gift list - make the religious significance of Christmas visible in your home and join with your Church family for this special feast.

And so to another Christmas! The little baby born in Bethlehem serves to remind us of the truth that our God is a God who loves us even to the point of becoming one of us. In becoming human, God has given each of us dignity and importance, and the opportunity to transcend the worries of this world and focus on our eternal destiny.

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AND SO ENDS 2021......

As we come to the end of the year, we look back on 2021 and as in every year, we take the time to acknowledge the learning, the joy, the sorrows and the challenges that the year has brought us. We know that we have much to be grateful for, to celebrate, congratulate and farewell with love, joy and fondness. Our lives have been enriched by many people and events of 2021,  perhaps even more so. 
As we prepare for the joy of Christmas and the wonderful gift of the birth of Jesus, we give thanks for the many gifts  bestowed on St Joseph's throughout 2021
  • To our Parent Forum, under the leadership of Tracey Bodley, I would like to express my sincere thanks for the generous way that you gave of your time to assist our school in so many different ways.
  •  To Fr Peter Jones who supports me in my role and provides faith leadership and guidance to our school community.
  • To the teachers, I would like to express my sincere thanks for everything you do to ensure that quality teaching and learning continues to occur.
  • To  Gayl who works to assist the students, teachers, parents and visitors to our school. 
  • To you, the parents and families of our students, who continue to support and assist us each and every day.
  • And finally to our students, who make us proud to be their teachers by what they do and say, not only when they are ‘on show’ but each and every day they are at school. I believe that we are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderfully supportive school community.
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We are forever grateful
for all of the gifts of
2021! 

STAFF FOR 2022

Kindergarten Mrs Barnes and Mrs Lowrey
Year 1  Mrs Jemiel Jett and Mrs Sophie Denison
Year 2  Mrs Ern Sandral
Year 3  Mrs Jocelyn Reese and TBA
Year 4  Mrs Nikki Cronan
Year 5  Mrs Joanne Spencer and Mrs Michelle Stormon
Year 6  Ms Danielle Nilon
RFF (Creative Arts)  Mrs Anne Lowrey and Mrs Sharon Roxburgh
Literacy & Numeracy Intervention Mrs Megan Boyd
Additional Needs Teacher Ms Danielle Nilon
Teacher Aides  Mrs Michelle Eyre, Mrs Rhonda White, Mr  Len Moran and Mrs Sheree George 
Officer Manager  Mrs Gayl Feros
Indigenous Education Worker  Mr Len Moran
ICT Support  Mr Greg Staader and Mr John Feros 

82447274_3265935100089421_6276889528221302784_n.jpgIt is with sadness but with lots of congratulations and best wishes, that we farewell Miss Maddie Smith and Mr Brad Kliese this year.

Maddie has been with us at St Joseph's for 3 years,  initially as a teacher aide (whilst studying) and then as a committed and quality Year 4 teacher and very reliable casual.  She is moving on to a teaching position at St James, Banora Point from next year.

Brad did his final teaching practicum with us last year and has joined us this year in the many roles of Creative Arts teacher, Year 6 teacher, Kindergarten teacher and casual teacher whenever we called. He is a  creative and quality teacher. Brad will be teaching at St Francis Xavier, Ballina from next year.

Thanks, Maddie and Brad for all that you have been and done for the students, staff and families at St Joseph's, we will miss you but we wish you all the very best for the future. 

BEST WISHES TO OUR FAMILIES MOVING ON...

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I would like to thank those families moving on from St Joseph's this year, for being there to support and work with us throughout your time at St Joseph's and for being a very important part of our community.

  • The Bodley Family (Tracey, Matt, Katelyn and Millie) 
  • The Brady Family (Shelley, Clayton, Jahli and Ever)
  • The Farlow Family (Shane, Russell, Imogen and Luca)
  • The Grissell Family ( Helen, Richard and Jackson)
  • The Harrington Family (Orla, Mark, Eli and Dylan)
  • The Jamroz Family (Tina, Richard, Charlise, Elleigh and Sarah)
  • The Johnston Family (Susie, Ty, Fletcher, Elle and Ruby)
  • The Kinsella Family ( Alanna, Corey and Charlotte)
  • The Lohse Family (Michelle, Ralph, Jarrod and Reily)
  • The O'Neill Family (Gill, Rob, Anna and Ruby) 
  • The Ryan Family    ( Sarah, Scott and Hayley)
  • The Stevenson Family (Dale, Yvonne,  Ian, Ashlyn and Finlay)
  • The Sulit Family ( Annabell, Leony and Lean)
  • The Sullivan Family (Sandy, Ben, Jack and Mia)
  • The Wagner Family (Matthew, Aieutu, Isabella, Moses and William)

On behalf of our school community, I wish each and every one of you all the very best for the future and thank you for the contribution you have made to our community.

STUDENT LEADERS 2022

We congratulate our 2022 Student Leaders and wish them all the best in their final year of primary school as they pave the way forward for our students. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR  2022 LEADERS 
School Captains Lorena Swanson and Caleb Boland
School Vice Captains Kimberly Campbell and Clancy Newman
Burrabi Sports Captains  Eden Carpenter and Max Ferrier
Guruman Sports Captains Tilly Marsh and Boston Long 
Gagun Sports Captains  Jasmine Hayden and Jed Duignan
Student Representative Council Presidents Ariella Mangan, Ella Felsch and Jai Barnes
Mini Vinnies Presidents  Miles Parkinson and Jacob Kirk
Events Management Leaders  Brody Symonds and Brock Lindsay

GOODBYE YEAR 6  

Having named and congratulated our new student leadership team for 2022, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our 2021 leaders for their OUTSTANDING leadership this year. We couldn't have gotten through the year without your efforts, particularly this year.
Next week we will acknowledge, thank and farewell Year 6- 2021. We will start with a joyful graduation dinner Tuesday night and then follow up with the official and moving School farewell next Wednesday morning at their Graduation Mass. A whole-school guard of honour will complete their day.

We wish them well as they journey on! We will truly miss them.
We thank you, parents, for trusting us with your child over the years and for the opportunity to encourage and teach them to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed children of faith. We know that they will make a real difference going forward! 

IT JUST WON'T BE THE SAME AROUND HERE WITHOUT YOU

BEST OF LUCK FOR THE FUTURE!

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM 4

Week 11  Aquatic Fun Carnival (Mon)  Year 6 Graduation Dinner  (Tues) Year 6 Graduation  Mass (Wed)

STUDENT MATHS ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWS (MAI's) 2022

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The students in Years 1-6 will be required to attend the school for a Maths Assessment Interview on one of the first two days of school: Tuesday 1 February 2022 and Wednesday 2 February 2022 . Each student assessment takes approximately 30 minutes. All parents (except those of Kindergarten 2022) will be sent an email with instructions on how to book the MAI assessment online from today. 

The Best Start Testing for 2022 Kindergarten students will occur during the same time,  the MAI is included in that testing.
All students Kinder-Year 6 will commence normal classes on Thursday 3 February.

 2022 
Friday 28  January 2022  Staff Admin Day     Pupil Free
Monday 31 January 2022 Professional Learning      Pupil Free
Tuesday 1 February 2022

Yrs 1-6 MAI'S 

Kinder- Best Start Assessment

Individual students tested
Wednesday 2 February 2022

Yrs 1-6 MAI'S 

Kinder- Best Start Assessment

Individual students tested 
Thursday 3 February Kinder- Year 6  All students return to school 

STUDENT SEMESTER REPORTS 

The Semester 2 Reports will be sent home today through COMPASS.  These reports will contain an English comment,  a Maths comment and a general comment. No grades will be provided this Semester because of the  Blended Learning that occurred in Term 3 with the  COVID 19 school closure. 

SRC CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISER

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Sarah, Lucas and Aiden have asked me to let parents know that the Student Representative Council will hold their last fundraiser next Tuesday 14 December 2021.

The children are invited to wear Christmas themed clothes and bring a gold coin donation.  The students are currently working on a class or stage 'act of kindness to make a difference in the lives of others for Christmas. The money raised will go to St Vincent De Pau's and Kids Cancer. 

IN WEEK 10 OF TERM 4 WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR:

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  • We made it through 2021!
  • Our 2021  outstanding Student Leaders
  • Our upcoming 2022 Student Leaders
  • Our St Joseph's Community
  • Miss Smith and Mr Kliese 
  • Mrs Barnes for organising the Swimming Carnival and Fun Carnival
  • Mrs Piccini for organising the Year 6 fun week and the graduation. 
  • All that the year 2021 brought-  joys, challenges, learning and love. 

 I pray that the peace of Jesus is with you and your families this Christmas and New Year. I encourage all families to celebrate with their Church family. Christmas without Christ just doesn’t make sense.

Wishing all our families a happy and holy Christmas and a New Year filled with love, joy and peace.

Regards

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    Principal 

    COMPETITIVE SWIMMING CARNIVAL

    Summer Sport Trials 

    Last Wednesday, 24th November the Richmond Zone Summer sports trials were held for basketball. St Joseph's has two talented basketballers in Boston Long and Jai Barnes attended. Congratulations to Boston Long who was selected in the Richmond Zone team. The Diocesan trial will be held in early 2022.

    The Richmond Zone trials for touch football, cricket and tennis were cancelled due to the wet weather. Hopefully, they can be held on Thursday 2nd December. Good luck to Jed Duignan - touch football and Beau Jubber -tennis. 

    Competitive Swimming Carnival

    The competitive carnival will be held at the Evans Head Aquatic Centre on Thursday, 9th December 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, limits have been placed upon numbers and no parents, friends or carers will be allowed to attend the carnival. All competitors will travel to the carnival by bus from school at 10 am and return once the competitive carnival is completed - approximately 2 hours. 

    A program is on display at school for the students to check they are entered in the correct races.

    St Joseph’s Aquatic Day

    All notes are due back for the Aquatic Day on Monday 13th December 2020. All students are to change into their swimmers at school. At the completion of their swimming time, all students need to change out of their swimmers. Please ensure you have the appropriate clothing required.

    All students will need to wear sunscreen and a rashie vest for sun protection.


    Mel Barnes

    Sports Coordinator

    Kindergarten Poppy Parkinson & Archie Martin
    Year 1  Maya Jensen
    Year 2 Thomas Walsh
    Year 3 Cooper Bailey
    Year 4 Brett Kelly
    Year 5 Boston Long
    Year 6 Dylan Harrington & Reily Lohse

    SUNDAY GOSPEL REFLECTION: Second Sunday of Advent

    Gospel Reading
    Luke 3 1-6 -  Jesus preaches repentance and baptises in the region of Jordan.

    Advent_2.pngIn this Sunday’s Gospel, we read about John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord.  During Advent, we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth and we do this by making good choices. We should remember that when we make a poor choice, we can choose to turn back to God and ask for forgiveness. When we do this we will have peaceful hearts, and we’ll be ready to welcome Jesus this Christmas.

    Mini Vinnies - St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

    The 2021 Mini Vinnies Christmas Appeal has commenced. This year’s Appeal reminds us that we all have the capacity to - ”Do something About it” and make a difference, during these COVID times at Christmas. Together we can assist people experiencing disadvantage within our community during the festive season. 

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    This year each class will be given an empty basket to fill with Christmas items suitable to give to a needy family in the community. A special request from the Evans Head St Vincent de Paul is that we provide non-perishable food only! For example tinned food, packet food, rice, pasta biscuits drinks, etc (No perishables or out of date food please!) This opportunity is a simple way your child/children can give to others. Thank you for your anticipated generosity and support of this initiative. 

    All Class hampers are to be filled before Monday 13th December as the St Vincent de Paul members will collect them on that day!

    The Mini Vinnies Advent Challenge – During Advent it is important to spread joy and happiness in the World.

    Our Mini Vinnies President Charlotte Kinsella has initiated an action plan for Random Acts of Kindness during the Advent Season. She has designed an informative brochure, poster and recording sheet. She has invited members of the school community to take up this challenge.

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    The following quote is in her brochure:

    “Unexpected kindness

    is the most powerful,

    least costly. and

    underrated agent

    of humankind”

    In the brochure she has included many possible acts of kindness for example: wish someone a good day, tell someone how much that they mean to you, help out your parents. We hope many students, teachers and parents give the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge a go!

    MAKING JESUS REAL  (MJR)  At St Joseph’s Woodburn we encourage our students to “Make Jesus Real’” and live the Gospel Values by the way they act in our school community, while at home and out in the wider community.

    MJR at St Joseph’s Woodburn encourages our students to be WEST people - that is WELCOMING, ENCOURAGING, SAY SORRY when needed and be THANKFUl.  Being more like Jesus is about thinking of others and being generous to others. During ADVENT we all can contribute generously to the Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.

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    DATES:

    Monday 13th December - Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper last day for items

    Year 6 Graduation Mass- Wednesday 15th December 9:30 am (parents)

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    ROSTER

    Monday,6th December Leticia Hull
    Wednesday, 8th December Helen &  Debbie Robertson
    Monday, 13th December Melissa Handford
    Wednesday, 15th December NO CANTEEN

    Many thanks to all the parents who have helped out in the Canteen throughout 2021.

    THANK YOU LADIES!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Happy Birthday wishes from the school community to Rose Quirk, Jackson Grissell and Zoey Campbell who are celebrating a birthday this week.

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