Not long now for our school musical ‘Aladdin Trouble’. All students will be involved in our production with the Year 1s performing only on Thursday night and our Preps performing only on the Friday night. All other classes will be performing on both nights – Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September. Tickets will become available from school in the next few weeks – stay tuned for information about costing.
A reminder that you are invited to complete the Strategic Resourcing Survey now open through the Parent Portal. Click the message in the Announcements tile and follow the link to participate. Thank you to our parent community for their engagement with both our Parent Portal and our Strategic Resourcing Survey. In the near future, we will be emailing out a link to an important survey that will seek feedback on our annual school goals and the 2015 Master Plan. This reflection of the past six months will help support our External Review.
Feature of the Week: Update Details
The Update Details tile of the Parent Portal will take you to an online form where you can securely update any family details including change of address, phone numbers, emails etc. This information comes directly to the school office to be updated on our administration systems..
LIBRARY LEARNING - YEAR 2 AND 3
As part of Library Learning this term, students are exploring the books of our Book Week author, Peter Carnavas. This week we shared his book 'The Children Who Loved Books' discussed the inferential and inferred meaning of the text. As part of the follow up to this activity, I have sent home a Family Tree today that I would appreciate you helping your child fill in. For each family member on the Family Tree I would like a favourite book and author to be listed. It would be great if these books were ones from the family member's childhood. As a class we will then locate and explore these titles and learn some more about them. Could this work please be returned to school in time for our lesson next Wednesday 5th August so we may follow up. Thank you for your support.
PARENT INFORMATION EVENING
On Wednesday 5th August 2015 from 7.00-8.30pm Jennifer Mason from “Life Work in Progress” will facilitate a Parent Information Evening for parents of students in Years 5 and 6. The purpose of this evening is to allow parents and teachers to have full access to the information and resources that Jennifer will be using during the forthcoming Personal and Social Development Education session’s students will participate in: Year Six – Tuesday 11 and 25 August, Year Five: Friday 21 and 28 August. These sessions will focus on the normal emotional and physical changes that young people go through puberty. Jennifer’s work in schools is endorsed by Brisbane Catholic Education.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
This week we have been celebrating Catholic Education Week - Sunday 26 July - Saturday 1 August 2015. The theme for celebrations this year is: Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others.
For each school day during Catholic Education Week we had a specific focus at St Joseph’s:
On Mindful Monday – our Year Six leaders launched Catholic Education Week with assembly prayer asking God to open our minds, open our hearts and open our hands. During the day, classes participated in a mindfulness or meditation prayer experience.
Together Tuesday saw the entire St Joseph’s student and staff community gather for a whole school lunch picnic on the school oval. It was fun to sit with friends from other year levels including our brothers and sisters. The highlight for Prep was playing with their Year Five and Six buddies who had organised games and music in the hall.
The Spirit was alive on Washing Wednesday when students learnt about the work done by Orange Sky Laundry and then responded to their call to action by bringing in socks to donate to the homeless. With a simple prayer offering, thinking about the person who will one day walk in the socks donated, the socks were pegged onto the washing line (tennis court fence) in a colourful show of solidarity and support. In the coming weeks, a representative from Orange Sky Laundry will come to St Joseph’s and we will proudly handover our donation of over 500 pairs of socks.
Thoughtful Thursday – have negotiated and started to take part in an Act of Kindness showing thoughtfulness for someone else.
Franciscan Friday – Students will come to school dressed as a Farmer for a gold coin donation. They will learn about St Francis and Pope Francis and their message of being stewards of creation and, in particular, our responsibility to attend to the plight of our drought-stricken farmers.