Week 9 Term 3
As we begin to wind down from another very different term, we had a wonderful opportunity yesterday to celebrate our fun athletics carnival. Due to COVID, we were unable to run our normal athletics carnival this year.
During our fun carnival, the students rotated in Stages around activities of Hoops (Paper Scissors Rock), Rob the Nest / Ladder Adder, Games- 4 Cones and Cones and softball with a twist over 2 sessions. During recess, they received a surprise Zooper Dooper to cool down. It was such a joy to witness them having fun, trying new things, being competitive and just really enjoying themselves.
On our last day of term, next Friday we will have our SRC fun day. Please see the information below from our SRC Presidents.
SCHOOL CYCLIC REVIEW 2020
This year, at St Joseph's we are taking part in a School Cyclic Review. The process of School Review for improvement has changed within the Diocese. Schools will now undergo a Cyclic Review process in the fourth and seventh year of the school improvement process.
The School Cyclic Review allows the school to focus on four elements of school improvement:
1. Strong leadership that is shared, stable and sustained
a. Christ centered vision
b. Stability over time
c. Capacity is developed in the school
2. High levels of expectation and teacher efficacy
a. All educators have high expectations for all students that they can learn given the
b. Staff believe they have the capacity to make a difference for all their students
3. Ensuring an orderly environment where students are well known
a. Established through positive, consistent staff behaviour
b. Working together towards the Mission
c. Students’ needs are met through a personalized and differentiated approach
4. A focus on what matters most
a. Limit to a few core improvement priorities with high-leverage strategies
b. Evidence and data-informed
c. Targeted resourcing
Along with our consultant, Mr Paul Wilson, the leadership team and staff have been involved in a process of review of the last 3 years around the abovementioned four areas and from there defining the areas of focus for the next three years to continue to improve our school.
On the 15 October 2020 a panel of educators, external to the school will attend to affirm, challenge and report on the improvement journey at the school. As a part of that process, the SCR Panel will be meeting with the Leadership Team, a selection of staff, Administrator Priest and the Parent Forum Executive to assess the outcomes of the School Improvement Process.
Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day
Our final Staff Development Day for 2020 is on Monday 12 October (Week 1) Term 4. The staff will be looking at the Domain Learning Statement (Pedagogy) and Staff Spirituality. This will be a pupil free day.
THE FIRST DAY OF TERM 4 FOR THE STUDENTS WILL BE TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020.
The Student Representative Council met this week and have nominated Friday 25th September (the last day of the term) as their fundraiser day. Farrah Carpenter and Bradley Felsch, the SRC Presidents asked that the following information be forwarded to parents:
- The students are able to wear appropriate casual clothes on the day.
- Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation.
- The free time will happen between lunch and recess.
- The activities will include a movie and outside game time.
- The money will be donated to a cause decided by the students.
COVID 19 Practices Term 3
- Staff and students exhibiting even mild COVID-19 symptoms are to be sent home and required to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school.
- Non-essential adults are not be permitted to enter the school grounds. We ask that no parents enter the school past the front office. All inquiries to the front office, please.
- Pick up and drop off will continue out the front of the school.
- We have resumed our Canteen and will continue to offer this if we are able to get parent volunteers to assist. The Parent helpers will be advised of the mandatory hygiene practices at the front office. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE ON 66822468 IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GO ON TO THE CANTEEN ROSTER FOR TERM 3.
- It is paramount in these times, in particular, that any child who is unwell is kept at home. We appreciate your understanding and consideration for the safety of the other students and the staff.
- Our bubblers will still not to be used and therefore the children require a water bottle.
- Our stringent hygiene practices for our new normal continue with: the washing of hands regularly; sanitiser after eating, no food or drinks to be shared; coughing and sneezing into elbows, tissues discarded immediately, cleaning of the desks between lunch and recess breaks and extra cleaning of the school by our cleaners.
Assistant Principal Appraisal Process:
Next Term on Monday 26 October 2020, Mrs Felicity Wilde will be involved in an assistant principal appraisal as part of her contract conditions with the Catholic Schools Office.
The appraisal process seeks information from a variety of people associated with the parish school. The process aims to highlight the positive aspects of the assistants principal's performance and identify areas for further development.
The full assistant principal appraisal process involves:
- a survey and self-appraisal statement completed by the assistant principal
- surveys of parish school staff, Catholic Schools Office personnel
- an interview with the principal
- input as arranged with the parish priest
- interviews with parish school staff
- interviews with any parents who wish to present
- a formal interview with the assistant principal by the pane
Any parents who wish to make contact with the panel are welcome to do so by contacting the Principal before the appraisal date.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sunday Gospel Reading: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, Jesus teaches about God's generous mercy.
Jesus taught using parables, which were short stories with powerful messages. In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, Jesus tells us that the last will be first and the first will be last. He teaches us that God loves and values each one of us. It does not matter if we are the first or the last in any situation. What really matters is that God gives us his love freely and generously. So our challenge is to love others unconditionally with a spirit of generosity and forgiveness.
Father Michael has updated the St Joseph's Coraki Parish Website and Parish Bulletin. You are now able to access this and other important Parish information by clicking on the link below.
International Dot Day
September 15th is International Dot Day. 'The Dot' is a picture book by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s an inspiring story about having confidence to believe in yourself and to encourage and nurture others. All children struggle at some point and feel like they just can't do something. When the main character of the book, Vashti, is encouraged by her teacher to just "make a mark and see where it takes you" it marks the beginning of Vashti's journey of surprise and self-discovery. The book is about the creative spirit in all of us and that if we take a risk, surprising things can happen. At St Joseph’s we are always reminding the students of how important it is to have a go and be willing to make mistakes because that’s what learners do. If we don’t make mistakes, we don’t learn!
Stage 3 read this book in Term 1 and it led us to a discussion about how they could ‘make their mark’ in 2020 as the leaders of the school. They had a lot of fun creating their dots on Tuesday. The only requirement we gave them was to make a dot, the rest was up to them. It was exciting to see their creative spirits shine through.
TERM 3 - WEEK 8
|YEAR 1||Lotte Duignan|
|YEAR 2||Cooper Bailey|
|YEAR 3||Beau Jubber & Seleste Walsh|
|YEAR 4||Jacob Kirk|
|STAGE 3||Ever Brady|
Australian Dental Health Initiative
All students should have brought home an Australian Dental Health consent form last Friday.
If you would like your child to take part in the Free Dental health program in the week beginning 2/11/2020, please return your form no later than Wednesday 16th September.
If your child has misplaced their form, please contact the office and another one will be sent home. Thank you
Bringing out the Best in Your Child:
An evening with Dr Kaylene Henderson
If you missed our webinar with Dr Kaylene Henderson, Bringing out the best in your child you still have an opportunity to watch the webinar recording until Friday, October 3. Just click on the link https://youtu.be/UKvGzI3MlUw and view at your leisure. Please respect Dr Kaylene's intellectual property and do not share or download the video outside your school community (copyright will be enforced).
In this 90-minute presentation child health expert and mother of three Dr Kaylene shares practical tips on topics such as:
- Developing secure relationships
- Connection and empathy
- Problem solving skills
- Emotional literacy
The handout from this webinar is also available and Dr Kaylene has offered a special "virtual seminar" discount on her 'A Dose of Awesomeness' advice packs. Interested parents can simply print and send a photo of your completed order form to Kaylene's team at email@example.com.
We trust that you enjoy this webinar and find it useful in raising your awesome children.
Family Connect Service
Sometimes families need a helping hand, especially in these challenging times.
St Joseph’s Primary School is pleased to announce that we are introducing the Family Connect Service to our school. Wendy Jansen is our new Family Connect worker who will be able to help any of our school families get the support they need. If you or anyone in your family would like assistance with:
- Parenting challenges
- Accessing housing support
- Accessing welfare supports
- Accessing counselling services
- Linking to domestic violence supports
- Finding culturally appropriate support
Contact Wendy by phone: 0437 179 916 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A canteen helpers note with dates available was sent home this week for Term 4 2020. If you able to help out could you pleasefill it in and return it next week so that Canteen will be able to start from the beginning of Term 4.
|Monday, 21st September
||Angie Butcher/Kath Harford|
|Wednesday,23rd September||Gill O'Neill|
|Monday, 12th October||Pupil Free|
|Wednesday, 14th October||HELP NEEDED!|
Could you please give Gayl a call on 66822468 if you
are able to help out in the canteen during Term 4.
THANK YOU LADIES!