We have a fantastic term of learning ahead of us and look forward to working with all of our students and families. What an action -packed week we had to begin our term! We started the week with our Easter Liturgy then Parent/Teacher Interviews and ended the week with our Cross Country Carnival and ANZAC Day Service. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed in some way to make our first week back such a successful and happy start to the term.
We have a very busy and important term ahead of us filled with some significant events. This week, we celebrate the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. This is especially important to us as the Catholic Church is celebrating this year as “The Year of St Joseph”. On Wednesday we celebrated with a whole school Liturgy in the morning followed by delicious cupcakes made by Veronica. Throughout the week each class will participate in some fun activities related to St Joseph.
Unfortunately, Fr Dariusz could not be with us this week but on the Monday of week 8 we will be having our ‘Year of St Joseph Mass’. At this Mass we will be inducting our student leaders and giving out the Spirit of St Joseph’s Awards. Invitations will be sent to each family closer to the date.
At Friday’s assembly we will be giving our Weekly St Joseph’s Way Awards and Libby Lange will give out the trophy to the winning team and medallions to the winners of the 3km races. As usual teachers will contact parents of those receiving the awards so that you can attend.
The annual St Joseph’s Cross Country was held last Friday and what a day it was. All students put in a mammoth effort showing persistence and drive in all races. It was a close competition with Embley being the overall champions for the day winning with 103 points. Pine came a close second with 95 points followed by Mission who had 76 points. Thank you to staff and parents, your great teamwork and the support you all gave each other made it such a smooth event. A special thank you to Libby Lange who worked hard to ensure the event was a success. St Joseph’s community have always had a proud tradition of getting in and helping out whenever they see a need and I was so pleased to see that tradition continue.
This year we would like to invite our Mum’s to come into school and celebrate Mother’s Day with us. On Friday 7th May St Joseph’s will be having a Mother’s Day Liturgy presented by Year 1 at 8:40am, followed by a special morning tea supplied by the P&F. Then Mums will participate in an Art and Craft morning with your children till 10:30am.
A Parent Slip will soon be sent to you for you to choose which craft session you would like to attend with your child/children. Please note that spots are limited and some activities may fill up, so get in quick.
We will also be running the Mother’s Day Stall again this year. Gifts will be $5 each. This year gifts have been sourced from some of our local businesses. If you wish for your child to purchase a gift, please send them to school with money in a clearly named bag on Thursday 6th May. The stall will be running in the afternoon from 11.10am till 1.10pm.
The P&F need volunteers to help with the running of the stall and serving morning tea, so come on Dads and sign up. (please let the office know if you can volunteer)
Thank you to the P&F for their support of this event and thank you to the staff and community members who will help to make it a great celebration. We appreciate your ongoing support.
St Joseph’s School Dance
Another special event we will be having this term is our first St Joseph’s School dance. Dance is part of the Art Curriculum and is taught over one term each year. This year we have decided to celebrate with an end of term dance on Friday 18th June. On the night, each class will perform a dance they have learnt throughout the term. I have heard a rumour that there is also a teacher’s dance. We hope this will be a success and become a St Joseph’s tradition.
ANZAC Day: Thank you to Yr 2 and Mrs Michelle Gear who prepared and led the school in a thoughtful, reflective ANZAC Day Assembly. Also a special thank you to Major Michael Finch who gave the ANZAC address at our service. It was great to see so many children and families attend the Dawn service. We can be proud of the way our students represented our school with respect and reverence.