- Principal's Report
- Assembly Award Winners
- Handwriting Awards
- Junior News 1/2
- 3/4 Neighbourhood
- Book Week 2021
- Canteen Is Back
- eSafety Webinars for Parents
- School Fees
- Enrolments 2022
- Bus Application 2022
- SRC Writing Competition Winners
- Bus Safety Poster Competition
- School Data Collection
- Parish News
- Phillip Island Nature Parks Live Penguin TV
- Fizzics Education
- Ritchies Community Benefits
- Bass Coast Reconciliation Network Bridge Walk
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
It is wonderful to have everyone back at school after the recent lockdown!
I think we are all getting better at adapting quickly to new situations. Thanks to all the parents, staff and students for your work over the lockdown period.
At this time of year all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
- year of schooling
- category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
- level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.
This information assists schools to:
- formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
- consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
- develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information.
Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).
There is also a Fact Sheet attached to this newsletter.
O Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord,
We have been getting into the Olympic spirit in the 1/2 area, creating and coaching our own potato athletes. We then used our maths skills to measure our athletes’ height, width and weight for optimum performance.
Next week we'll be putting our potatoes to the test. They will be competing in long jump, shot put and sprints. Stay tuned for the results, it is going to be spud-tacular!
In Writing, we are learning about Information Reports. We explored a variety of sports in the Olympics and began writing some interesting facts about them. We are looking forward to exploring this further.
In Maths, the 1/2's have been learning about fractions. We have been practicing finding halves, quarters and eighths of a group.
It is great to be back at school, we are looking forward to another wonderful term of learning!
After a very productive two weeks of remote learning, the Grade 3/4 students settled back into learning at school extremely well. There has certainly been a positive and enthusiastic approach to each day, partly attributed to the passion for all things Olympic! The Olympic Games have been integrated throughout all of our learning areas over the past week.
Students have continued working hard on Multiplication in Maths, Fact and Opinion in Reading and Information Reports for Writing. We are all also very excited to begin our CO2 Dragsters as a part of our integrated studies focused on forces and functions.
We will be having our Book Week Dress Up Day on Monday August 23.
Students may choose to dress as their favourite book character,
this may include wearing a mask or a hat if you don't have a complete
costume or if you don't have a costume you may wear your school uniform.
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. The eSafety Commissioner provides opportunities for parents to be more engaged in their children's safety online through information and a series of webinars on specific topics that are challenging for parents to monitor and manage.
Please find below a link to a short video;
The eSafety Commissioner has also published some Online safety basics for parents, click the image below for details.
The eSafety Commissioner is running two upcoming webinars;
eSafety's guide to online sexual harassment and image-based abuse
This webinar will help parents and carers to understand online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, (non-consensual sharing of intimate images).
It is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 13-18.
It will cover:
- the difference between online sexual harassment and image-based abuse
- how to report online sexual harassment to social media companies
- how to report image-based abuse to eSafety and when to report to police
- where to get support if you feel upset or worried about something that has happened online.
You can choose to attend the webinar with your teen or share resources with them afterwards from the webinar package.
Dates (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Tuesday 10 August 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Tuesday 24 August 12.30 to 1.30 pm
National Child Protection Week
Tuesday 7 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm
Thursday 9 September 12.30 to 1.30 pm
eSafety's parent guide to popular apps
Learn how to help young people safely use popular apps including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
This webinar is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8-13.
It will cover:
- an explanation of the popular apps used by young people
- case studies, research, and targeted advice
- ways you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
Dates (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Monday 16 August 12.30 to 1.30 pm
Tuesday 31 August 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Statements for term 3 have been emailed and fees for term 1, 2 and 3 are now due, if you have any queries or have not received your statement please contact the office or email email@example.com
For those families who have chosen to send their child to WSC and require bus transportation, you will need to complete the TR701 form attached for your child to continue to do so when transitioning into Year 7, even if your child already currently catches the bus (Please disregard if you have already returned your form to the office).
If you have any queries please contact the office. Forms can be returned by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please return all applications by Friday August 6.
The SRC writing competition for 2021 was about the word Chill. There were over 70 entries across the school, which was so great to see. The level of writing was fantastic, which meant that the SRC members found it very challenging to decide on the winners.
The SRC Writing Competition Winners for 2021 are:
Prep- Grade 2
1st- Nyah Zun
2nd- Vera Jelisavac
3rd- Daisy Maurizio
Grade 3- Grade 6
1st- Lilah Zun
2nd- Piper Richards
3rd- Maya Newton
Congratulations to anyone who entered, and a special congratulations to these winners. The SRC look forward to running another competition soon which will be an Art competition.
Travis Newton - SRC Leader
Prep – Year 6 have been invited to create a poster promoting safe travel on buses.
Enter for your chance to win exciting prizes!
1st prize: VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch and board games pack including Jumanji, Star Wars Monopoly, Pictionary and more
2nd prize: Art prize pack including water colour pencils, paints, chalk and more
3rd prize: Sports prize pack including AFL football, skipping rope, table top football and more
Journey Maker Award: Crayola Inspiration Art Case
A $200 Rebel Sport voucher will be awarded to the school with the most number of entries from its students.
The competition opens Monday 26 July and entries must be submitted by midnight Sunday 19 September.
Click the link below for further information.
MASSES WILL BE AT THE USUAL TIMES OVER THE WEEKEND, FOLLOWING THE RELEASE FROM LOCKDOWN. ATTENDANCES ARE CAPPED AT 100. MASKS MUST BE WORN AND COVID PROTOCOLS FOLLOWED.
Please pray for those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. For Shirley Moresco, who passed away recently. The Anniversary of Fr. John McGirr and our own loved ones. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
JUST A REMINDER THAT MASS FOR YOU AT HOME IS AN OPTION FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR MASS ON TELEVISION (6am on Channel 10, 10am on Foxtel Aurora Channel 173) or online at www.massforyou.com.au or https://www.youtube.com/massforyouathome anytime from 7a.m. AEST
OUR ANNUAL LADIES LUNCHEON IS ABLE TO TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY AUGUST, 9TH WITH UP TO 40 GUESTS. The annual Parish Ladies Luncheon will be at the Par 3 Golf on the highway between Wonthaggi and Inverloch @ 12:00. All ladies are invited to come along. PLEASE WRITE YOU NAME ON THE LIST IN THE INVERLOCH CHURCH OR PHONE MARY ON 56 741 367 TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE
MEDITATION GROUP: Will Resume on Monday 2nd August, 2021 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Inverloch at 1:30pm. COVID restrictions will apply and masks must be worn.
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP: Shawls have been blessed and wrapped, ready for collection from the Parish Office, if you know of anyone who would like to receive this special form of comfort and connection then please contact the Office on 56 721 111 or Enquiries Philippa Warby 0408 331 340, Maureen Maartensz 0407 055 447.
FAN THE FLAME: Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021
‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’
Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait…We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth…We wait on God, too. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear.
(Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr, “Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness”, Miriam-Rose Foundation, accessed 23 April, 2021, https://www.miriamrosefoundation.org.au/about-dadirri.)
2021 Child Safety Week POSTER COMPETITION:
The Diocese invites all school-age children to participate in a poster competition.
Theme: Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.
Empower young people.
Visit www.cdsale.org.au for details, Entries close Friday 30th 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
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
CATHOLIC CARE: I invite you and the St. Joseph’s Parish Wonthaggi community to once again join us in our mission to help strengthen families and communities by taking part in CatholicCare Victoria’s Sunday Appeal this year on 7 & 8 August, 2021.
It is through the kindness and generous spirit of St. Joseph’s Parish Wonthaggi and other parishes just like yours, that we are able to meet the growing demands for services in our community and help those who are disadvantaged and marginalised.
As the social service agency of your parish, CatholicCare Victoria is the mission-in-action in your community.
Your wonderful support will go towards funding a range of programs. Our services include counselling and mental health programs, support for separating families, refugee and asylum seeker help, specialised support for children and teens, pastoral care, homelessness support, and a variety of courses helping to strengthen relationships and wellbeing.
CatholicCare Victoria Fundraising Team 03 9287 5517 or email@example.com
4-6 Peel Street North, Bakery Hill 3350
There is still time to support our global neighbours as they tackle the challenges of poverty.
Your generosity today can help create a better tomorrow for people living in some of the most remote and marginalised communities in the world.
All donations over $2 are 100% tax deductible.
Caritas Australia: www.caritas.org.au
Aid to the Church in Need Australia: Today, Aid to the Church in Need continues to ensure that spiritual aid and pastoral care reaches areas of need. CAN ensures that tyranny of distance or harsh terrain stand in the way of the spiritual life of the Catholic people. Every year we will finance some 400 cars, 200 motorcycles, 300 bicycles and a couple of boats. aidtochurch.org./transport.
Aid to the Church in Need/ACN Australia
P.O. BOX 335, PENRITH NSW 2751
1800 101 201/ 02 9167 9517
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Live Penguin TV is back! Phillip Island's Nature Park are streaming Little Penguins into your homes once again. Tune in from 6pm AEST to watch.
What is Live Penguin TV?
At sunset (AEST) every night, the world's largest colony of Little Penguins waddle up Phillip Island's floodlit beaches to their homes. Since we aren't able to welcome visitors to enjoy this natural phenomenon in person at the moment, we've decided to bring the penguins into homes across the world instead.
How can I watch it?
Click the image below for further details.
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. Ritchies Stores members also receive special offers and member only specials via the App.