Week 5 Term 4 2023
This term is disappearing very quickly. I can't believe that we have already reached the end of Week 5. I was only talking to some Year 6 students this morning about the short time they have left in Primary School. They informed me that it is down to 25 days. Time as always, is moving very fast.
REMEMBRANCE DAY 11 NOVEMBER
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minute’s silence is observed and dedicated to those armed forces members who died fighting to protect the nation.
At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the Allied terms of unconditional surrender.
The conflict had mobilised over 70 million people, leaving between 9 and 13 million dead, and as many as one-third of these with no grave.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. It became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.
Tomorrow let us all take a minute to remember and acknowledge those who fought for our safety.
EVANS RIVER PRIMARY SCHOOL 7's Rugby Cup
STAGE 2 AND 3 RUGBY ATTENDING
The Parents of Stages 2 & 3 students were informed this week via Compass of the Rugby Cup to be held next Tuesday 14 November 2023 at Stan Payne Oval Evans Head. The Parents have been provided with the option of declining their child/children attending this event to partake in the actual games of Rugby.
As the initial part of the day will be spent with NSW Rugby Development Officers conducting skill development it has been decided that all the Stages 2 & 3 students will be taken for the skill development part of the day. Teachers will return to School with those students not partaking in the actual matches as soon as the skill development is completed.
CYBER SAFTEY AND SOCIAL MEDIA AGE LIMITS
FOR OUR CHILDREN
As I have been receiving some feedback from the children about online activity and some concerns, I think it is timely that we revisit some of the resources from the eSafety site.
Teaching your child to be cyber-safe will help them to engage with the online world safely, responsibly and discerningly and can assist in protecting them from online risks.
Sometimes children are faced with online situations that they simply don't know how to handle. At school, we have ongoing campaigns and programs to teach children and young people the knowledge and skills they need to prevent bullying and other inappropriate behaviours they see online, to intervene effectively when incidents occur, celebrate diversity, and promote friendship and positive social behaviours.
Common cyber safety issues for children include cyberbullying, accessing or
sharing inappropriate content and protecting their personal information.
Helping children to stay safe online is something many parents are concerned about. Knowing about the basics of the online world can help parents be ahead of the game should they need to manage a negative situation.
A reminder about the age limit for social media.
The minimum age to open an account on nearly every social media platform—TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Kik, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, and more— is 13.
ST JOSEPH'S CORRECT SCHOOL UNIFORM
All students are expected to have the correct full school uniform and to take pride in it. The uniform is a symbol of the school and what it stands for. When worn correctly it will help students identify with the school and develop a sense of pride in self and the school.
We currently have students coming to school wearing shoes, socks, jewellery and nail polish that are not in keeping with our school uniform. The correct St Joseph's uniform is listed on our school website.
Wearing of accessories should be kept to a minimum for both safety and security reasons. The following items ONLY are acceptable:
- studs or sleeper earrings- silver or gold
- plain, flat ring (no stones).
- Hair band, clips and ribbons in school colours – green and white
Any items of jewellery that are not an accepted part of the uniform will be cared for by the Principal. These items will be returned to the child’s parents.
Hair is to be worn in a tidy fashion with long hair being tied back. Boys’ hair is to be above the collar. If hair is longer than collar length it is required to be tied back. Fringes are not to impede vision.
NOTE TO EXPLAIN INCORRECT UNIFORM
If, on any given day, a student is unable to wear all of the correct uniform, a note from the student’s parent explaining this should be presented to the Principal or Class Teacher.
Over the next few weeks, we will be focussing on the importance of taking pride and respecting our school uniform.
I appreciate your support of the school's expectations in this matter.
NUT AWARE SCHOOL
Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts ( such as cashews and walnuts), sesame, egg, cows milk, shellfish, fish and soy.
At St Joseph's, we are a nut-aware school. This means we request that all nuts and any food containing nuts are not brought to school.
Thank you for your understanding and
compliance with this request.
FAMILY CONNECT WORKER
Just a reminder that we have a Family Connect Worker attached to our school to assist our families. Please see the information below and don't hesitate Cassandra or the School if you require any further assistance.
UPCOMING DATES TO NOTE
|Saturday 11 November||Remembrance Day|
|Tuesday 14 November||
Intensive Swimming K, Yrs 1 & 2
Stage 2 & 3 Gala Rugby Day- Stan Payne Oval- Evans Head
|Wednesday 15 November||Xavier College 2024 Year 7 Orientation,|
|Friday 17 November||Whole School Mass led by Kindergarten|
|Friday 24 November||Assembly Stage 3|
|Friday 1 December||Stage 2 Mass|
|Monday 4 December||Advent Liturgy|
|Tuesday 5 December||Year 5 Leadership Speeches|
|Wednesday 6 December||Leaders Thank You afternoon|
|Thursday 7 December||Music Students Presentation 10am|
|Friday 8 December||St Joseph's Swimming Carnival|
|Monday 11 December||
St Joseph's end-of-year celebration
Christmas Carols and Picnic
|Tuesday 12 December||Step up Day|
|Thursday 14 December||Year 6 Graduation Dinner|
|Friday 16 December||
Year 6 Graduation Mass
LAST DAY OF THE 2023 SCHOOL YEAR FOR ALL STUDENTS
IN WEEK 5 OF TERM 4 WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR:
- Our School and Vice Captains for their leadership and conversations with Year 5 this week.
- Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 for their terrific Assembly
- Our Stage 2 & 3 students for their efforts and practise in lunch and recess to prepare for the Rugby Gala Day
- Our Award Winners for guiding the way in weeks 4 & 5.
Have a wonderful weekend.
GOSPEL REFLECTION: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In Jesus’ time, the bridegroom travelled from his home to the home of the bride to meet the bride and bring her back to his home. The women in this parable were family members and friends of the bride, whose job it was to greet the bridegroom and escort him to the bride. They had to prepare their lamps and meet the bridegroom but some of the women didn’t bring enough oil for their lamps, and when the bridegroom was delayed, they could not meet him. We all acknowledge the importance of being prepared for the important events in our lives. With Christmas fast approaching we can prepare our hearts to celebrate the joy of Jesus' birth.
Mini-Vinnies Christmas Hamper Appeal
This year our school “Mini-Vinnies” members are helping coordinate this appeal.
Christmas can be a very lonely and difficult time financially for many people so we should remember that we all can make a difference by helping others and by showing we care.
Each class are encouraged to help a needy family by students and their teachers bringing along to school items to place in the empty Christmas Hamper baskets.
Suitable items for the Hampers would be non-perishable groceries such as pasta, rice, soft drinks, nuts, puddings, Christmas Cake, biscuits, tinned fruit, breakfast cereal, fruit juice etc.
Please check the use-by dates before donating any items.
The Mini-Vinnies Team thank you for your anticipated support and generosity.
St Joseph's SPIRIT OF JESUS AWARD
At St Joseph's we encourage our students to look for the goodness in others. Our school Vice Captains-Mission this year Charlotte Robinson and Beau Jubber have been given the responsibility of helping to acknowledge students who demonstrate the attitudes and gospel values that show the Spirit of Jesus.
If we have the spirit of Jesus in our hearts, then we are kind, compassionate, welcoming, cheerful, friendly, encouraging, giving, forgiving thankful, and respectful. This week the Spirit of Jesus Award was presented to Nancy Butlrry at the school assembly.
KINDERGARTEN MASS- Friday 17th November 9:30 am in the Evans Head Anglican Church - All Welcome
STAGE TWO MASS - Friday 1st December at 9:30 am - All Welcome
ADVENT LITURGY - Monday 4th December at 9:05 am in the school library
Christmas Carols and Picnic at school - Monday 11th December at 6 pm - All Welcome
Year 6 Graduation Dinner -Thursday 14th December 6 pm
Year 6 Graduation Mass - Friday 15th December 9:30 am - ALL WELCOME
Woodburn Christmas Carols - Saturday 16th December
AWARDS - WEEK 4
|Kindergarten||Lachlan Salmi and Oscar Quirk|
|YEAR 1||Jackson Marsden|
|YEAR 2||Eli Walsh|
|YEAR 3||Amahli Harford|
|YEAR 4||Amelia Hume|
|YEAR 5||Sunni Reese|
|YEAR 6||Leila Bailey|
|Spirit of Jesus||Nancy Butler|
AWARDS - WEEK 5
|Kindergarten||Bonnie Jett and Kai Harford-Coombs|
|YEAR 1||Talen Prodanovic|
|YEAR 2||Olivia Bennett|
|YEAR 3||Indi Stahl|
|YEAR 4||Lotte Duignan|
|YEAR 5||Trinity Cook and Charlee Cook|
|YEAR 6||Cherish Cook|
|Spirit of Jesus|
PIE DAY FRIDAY CONTINUES -
Spinach and Fetta Rolls available
Spinach and Fetta Rolls - $4.50 from Wardell Pies will now be available on Pie Day Fridays. All orders need to be on paper bags with the child's name, class and what they would like to order clearly written on them with the money enclosed.
|Spinach and Fetta Rolls||$4.50|
|Big M Chocolate Milk||$1.50|
|Apple Blackcurrant Popper||$1.50|
ORDERS ARE TO BE IN BY THURSDAY - THANK YOU