- Principal's Report
- Junior News 1/2
- Senior News 5/6
- Parent Teacher Interviews - Term 2
- Parent Access Module - PAM
- Division Cross Country
- Life Education Visit
- Assembly Award Winners
- Dental Van
- St Vincent de Paul - Winter Appeal
- Parenting in the Digital World
- Book Club Issue 4
- Change to Bus Schedule
- School Closure Day
- School Photos
- New Enrolments 2022
- New Jacket's Available
- Parish News
- Ritchies Community Benefits
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
I hope you all enjoyed some of the benefits of spending more time with your children last week. We are very happy and feel fortunate to be back at school!
The school captains introduced a new whole school Learning Intention, at our assembly yesterday, for the coming weeks. In line with our school expectation of “Be Respectful” we are going to focus on using formal language, when appropriate, at school. By this we mean teachers and students greeting each other by name and using our manners at all times. We will be talking about when informal language is appropriate and when it is not. We will explore how using a pleasant and polite tone of voice also contributes to formal exchanges.
This week our Term 2 parent teacher Interviews will be held, by telephone, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. I encourage you to take the opportunity to discuss your child/ren’s progress with their teacher/s. Strong parent-teacher relationships are instrumental to children’s learning and development. In these challenging times it is especially important to maintain communication.
This Friday the staff will be participating in a professional development day with Dom Ryan, who is the manager of Catholic Identity and Religious Education, DOSCEL. He will be informing staff about the Sexuality Education in Catholic Schools resource, which accompanies the Religious education curriculum.
It is with regret that I inform you that Ms Loreena Keane will be leaving our school and community at the end of this, second, term. Loreena and her family are making a move to be closer to family. While we support and understand this decision, Loreena and her children will be greatly missed! We are very thankful to Loreena for her contribution to our school, she has been a wonderfully caring, professional, hardworking member of staff who brings a terrific sense of calm and common sense that is most appreciated.
Grade 3/4T will be taught by Ms Julia Foster for the remainder of 2021. Julia has been working, mostly in the Grade 3 / 4 area, in a supporting role. She knows the students well and is very familiar with the class routines and curriculum therefore we anticipate that it will be a smooth transition for the students.
Grade 1/2 students have been learning about the Sacraments. We learned that Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. After reading about Jesus' Baptism, each student made a dove to represent the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus.
In maths we are learning about 2D shapes. We made different quadrilaterals and triangles on our geoboards. It was lots of fun!
In religion this term the grade 5/6 students have been learning about events that occur after Easter including the road to Emmaus, Jesus appearing to the disciples, the Ascension and Pentecost. Students have worked in groups to read and unpack a reading from the Bible, create a poster and share their learning with the rest of the class. We are going to use our posters to create a timeline of events from Easter Sunday through to Pentecost.
Term 2 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Tuesday June 15 and Thursday June 17 between 3:40pm and 5:50 pm.
In line with the current restrictions they will be held via a telephone call.
Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews are to be made though PAM if you have not setup your account please do so via the email invite previously provided or email the office via email@example.com and we will help you get setup.
It is very important for parents and teachers to be working in partnership for the benefit of the students' learning. PT interviews are a great opportunity to discuss your child's progress.
If you have been involved in PSG meetings, please do not arrange an appointment. These interviews are expected to be of 10 minutes duration.
If you have any queries regarding booking an appointment please contact the office.
As you would have read in correspondence over this past year we have, as directed by DOSCEL Secretariat been making the transition over to SIMON.
All families should have received an email welcoming you to St Joseph's Wonthaggi School's Parent Access Module or PAM and asking you to follow the prompts to setup your account.
If you have not received an email please check your spam / junk folder or contact the office.
It is important that these accounts be established as Parent Teacher Interview bookings and Semester 1 reports will be available for parents to access on PAM.
You will find attached a basic user guide to add your child/rens medical profile and attendance onto your PAM account once you are setup.
If you have any problems please call or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 27 of May, 27 St Joseph’s students headed down to Stony Creek race track to compete at the Division Cross Country Championships. We lucked out and were able to complete the races before we went back into lockdown the next day. Through rain, cold and icy wind the students raced around the 2km or 3km courses and tried their hardest and produced some great results.
Congratulations to everyone who competed and all who cheered on their school mates in their races, it was wonderful to see how excited everyone was for other people’s successes.
Regional Cross Country at this stage is postponed but hopefully will run at some stage this term.
Congratulations to these students who will move on
Finn McNally 1st 12/13 Boys
Jude McNally 2nd 10 Boys
James Dowson 5th 10 Boys
Rhianna Brown 12th 10 Girls
Physical Education and Sports Coordinator
St Joseph’s had a visit from Life Education, these sessions educated students on a wide range of health topics including how the human body works, healthy eating and nutrition, bullying, resilience and social skills. The Life Education sessions are always fun and the students thoroughly enjoyed their interactive lessons, complete with a special appearance by the much loved giraffe, Harold. Life Education will be back later in the year as they didnt get a chance to visit all classes prior to lock down.
We thank Australian Dental Health Victoria for their Dental Van visit. Unfortunately due to the lock down we experienced they were unable to finish all of their examinations, once restrictions change they will make a time to come back and see the students they missed previously.
Each year in the lead up to winter, we assist the St Vincent de Paul society to fundraise for those in need. This year, each level will be asked to donate within a particular category. The Prep-2's are asked to donate non-perishable breakfast goods. Grade 3/4's are asked to donate non-perishable pantry items. Grade 5/6's are asked to donate toiletry items. We will be taking donations in your child's classroom for the remainder of the term. See the images below for donation ideas. We thank you for your generosity and support in this worthwhile cause.
At St Joseph’s we are committed to helping students develop the skills they need to be safe online. We aim to work in partnership with parents to help keep children safe. To assist with this we are hosting an online information session run by esmart schools designed to equip parents with skills and strategies to navigate negative interactions and promote positivity online. The session is on Monday 21st of June from 8.00PM - 8.30PM
If you would like to attend please click the link to the Zoom meeting below on the 21st of June at 8.00PM.
11 Jun 2021
Friday June 11 will be a School Closure Day. Monday June 14 is a Public Holiday. School will resume Tuesday June 15.
Our thanks to Foon's Photographics for another successful School Photo day today. Although some students had forgotten to bring in their photo forms, all students photos were taken and forms / orders can still be returned to Foon's Photographics 72 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi.
If your child was absent you can give Foon's a call to make a time to have a make up appointment made and they will take your child / rens photo for you in store. Contact Foon's on 5672 1411 for further information on booking a time or information regarding photo orders.
Please pray for those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. For the anniversaries of Alberto Coldebella, Rosie Kubale and our own loved ones and the Souls who have no one to pray for them. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
WEEKEND MASS TIMES: SATURDAY: ST. JOSEPH’S WONTHAGGI 6:30PM
SUNDAY: OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA, INVERLOCH 9:00AM, St JOSEPH’S, WONTHAGGI 10:30AM
LITURGY MEETING: THURSDAY 10TH JUNE, 2021 @ 4:15PM FOYER OF ST. JOSEPH’S WONTHAGGI.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal
This annual appeal gives us an opportunity to assist financially with the charitable work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. All donations go directly to assist those who are in need. Donate over the phone using a credit card by calling 13 18 12. You can allocate donations to a specific conference by giving the name of the conference over the phone. Example: St. Joseph’s Conference, Wonthaggi Receipts will be issued by the Fundraising Team. To make an online donation, go to vinnies.org.au Donors can allocate donations to a specific conference by putting the conference name in the comments field. Example: St Joseph’s Conference, Wonthaggi. Receipts will be automatically emailed out to donors. Cash Donations can be placed in the St Vincent de Paul box in the church foyer on the left hand side as you walk in and we ask you to pray for the work of St Joseph’s Conference.
Thank you for your generosity.
PIETY STALL-OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA, INVERLOCH
Thank you to Nell Van Grunsven and Judy Thomas for sharing this important role for so long on our behalf. They would like to now take a well-earned rest and we are seeking 2 parishioners who would be willing to open the stall at least once a month following Mass-the 1st Sunday which coincides with Cuppa Sunday has been a popular time.
Any questions please contact Nell on 56 743072 or 0403 093 886 or The Parish Office 56 721 111. Thank you for considering this request.
MISSAL ON LINE: ‘An App’ which Father Darren Howie finds very helpful is Universalis. This will allow you to follow the Daily Mass.
FAN THE FLAME: Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021
‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many.’ Mark 14:12-16,22-26
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ. And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! [W}e all have a duty to do good. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others…we will make that culture of encounter. (Pope Francis Homily, May 2013) www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/fantheflame/
ST VINCENT PALLOTTI SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care More information and Applications Forms are available on our website https://pallottine.org.au/scholarships/st-vincent-pallotti-scholar-shipfor-lay-ministry.html Closing Date 30 July 2021
BROTHERS WHAT MUST WE DO? 2021 Launching Nationally on Saturday 31st July, 2021
“They were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other Apostles, Brothers-what then must we do?” Acts 2:37
The National Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2021 will be launched online on Saturday 31st July, 2021. Join a diocesan group with your Bishop, or with your Men’s Ministry/Parish group or individually.
Three sessions will be provided online, along with reflection questions for group discussion or individual reflection.
Aim: To inspire and encourage all Catholic men with a vision for personal discipleship, Service and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world.
Program: Available from Saturday 31st July, 2021
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP Further enquiries: Philippa Warby 0408 331 340 and Maureen Maartensz 0407 055 447.
DONATIONS OF 8PLY ACRYLIC WOOL WOULD BE VERY WELCOMED AS STOCKS ARE RUNNING LOW THANK YOU.
A list of live streams across the Diocese is on www.cdsale.org.au/coronavirus page. This page has listed the Mass times which occur regularly, ie. Don’t change from week to week.
We have been emailing and sending out important communications from the Diocese and if you would like to be involved and receive this information then please contact the Parish Office on 56 721 111 or email your details to email@example.com.
We are a Child Safe Parish. Any children, young persons and vulnerable adults have a right to feel safe and be safe. If you are concerned about any form of abuse, or believe that someone is at significant risk, you should immediately raise your concerns with one of our Parish Safeguarding Officers. Contact Kristine McRae via the Parish Office: 03 56 721 111 or St. Joseph’s School Safeguarding Officer 03 56 721 052. Take care, we are here to help.
If you are in need of urgent assistance, please phone eithe Father Darren Howie 0356 722 923 or Kristine on 03 56 72111 or 04999 15 784.
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Father Darren Howie Mrs. Kristine McRae
Parish Priest Parish Secretary
St. Joseph’s Parish Wonthaggi
Our Fundraising Partner Ritchies IGA, program now has an App for both IOS and Android smart devices. For those members who don’t have a smart phone, or would like a physical card, this option is also available and can be linked to the App. For further information please see the attached infomation.