Dear Parents, Students, Staff and all associated with St Joseph’s Community
There can be no doubt that the events of the past couple of weeks – widespread
flooding across much of Queensland and devastating fires in parts of NSW, and, thankfully
to a lesser extent, the fires at Grantville which hit close to home - have in some way
touched each of us in a profound way. Through the eyes of the media we have been made
acutely aware of something of the reality that is faced by so many in the wake of such
For those of us who have had the fortune of never having to experience this degree of
loss - loss of homes, livelihoods and in some cases life itself - it is very difficult for us to
comprehend the gravity of such events. It is in the face of such moments, in the
darkest hours of people’s need, however, that the true light and goodness of the human
spirit comes to the fore. The enormous outpouring of prayer, solidarity, goodwill and
tremendous generosity of time, money and materials is always quite incredible. It is
indeed a heartening sign of true hope and a recognition that we are people who are created
in goodness and in love. May we endeavour to be mindful of those who are experiencing
considerable heartache and loss at this time, both individually and collectively.
Week 4 generally brings with it a satisfying relief that the year has begun successfully and
that life within the school has once again settled comfortably into a productive routine.
The hype and anxiety that is often attached to the return to school is now almost a distant
memory, and students are hopefully a little more certain of new expectations, which are
often encountered with new teachers and a changed learning environment. It is important
that as parents you remain recognisably supportive, particularly in these first few weeks,
as students settle into these new routines and accustom themselves with different
expectations and teaching styles which may vary from teacher to teacher, class to class.
A positive working partnership between home and school is absolutely vital in ensuring that
a share sense of responsibility is geared towards always maintaining what is best for each
and every child.
If parents have any concerns about their child’s welfare or progress at any time, their first
point of contact should be their child’s teacher. Parents are asked to make an appointment
to see their child’s teacher and outline to that teacher what the appointment is about.
Teachers are not available during class time, but a message can be left at the School Office.
Staff Meetings are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and therefore teachers are unable to
meet on these days for parent interviews. Parents should avoid approaching teachers to
address important issues close to class time, as this can disrupt the class routine.
Parents are very welcome to telephone, send an email or note to the teacher. Teachers will
then get in contact at their earliest convenience, hopefully within 24-48 hours. Please note
that messages sent on weekends or after 6:00pm will be addressed by staff on the next
Yours in Catholic Education
Thought for the Week
Teaching kids to count is fine; but teaching them what counts is best.