Weekly Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award this week.   

Kindergarten

Heston Tribe for recording the sounds that he can hear in words correctly when writing.

Stage 1

Tyler Colby for using a range of mental strategies to solve addition problems. 

Braxton Metcalfe for his wonderful writing of the reasons Jesus cares for him.

Maddison Hayes for creating a fantastic story from the point of view of Red the kangaroo.

Ned Scully for locking his eyes in and showing improvement in his reading.

Pippa Bennett for showing growth in her reading during guided reading.

Stage 2

Jackson Grieve for accurately telling time to the minute in mathematics.

Sheba Bowman for being a steward of God's reation and taking initative in caring for our environment.

Miranda Scully  for being a steward of God's reation and taking initative in caring for our environment.

Sophie Hewitt for retelling the story through well structered sentences and drawings.

Stage 3

Zylan Dobra Garrett for an excellent research presentation on children of the goldfields.

Emily Hyde for an excellent research presentation on children of the goldfields.

Eve pullen for making a great effort with reading.

Brendan Rielly for making a great effort with reading.

K-2 Instructional Leader - Carole Reinhard

Early Stage One and Stage One are  enjoying their new Walker Learning investigations that align with this term's unit of work. There have been many conversations and discussions during these investigations. Next week Year 1 will be doing a Phonics Screening check which will help us to identify areas that they need to work on as a good phonic knowledge is needed to make improvements in reading. It has been an exciting time as the school has decided to purchase some decodable readers for those students who need to build on their phonic knowledge. After all students’ have been assessed we will use the decodable readers with students who need them.   

Students have also read to their teachers to find  their current reading level. It is lovely to see students making good progress with their reading and that most students are taking part in the Home Reading Program. I cannot recommend this program too highly as it is your chance to make a difference in your child’s reading journey and to work alongside your child’s teacher. 

Some students have also commenced the Star Reading Program which is aimed at improving reading results. We are looking forward to seeing their improvements from this program.

Sport Coordinator - Emma Davis

Olympics Fun Day

To celebrate the Tokyo Olympics, the school will be holding an Olympics Fun Day this Friday 30 July. Ealier in the week students were given the name of the country which they will be representing at the event. Students can either dress up in their country's colours or an outfit that represents that country. Students will participate in an 'Opening Ceremony' and some tabloid activities. Students will be spending time in class creating a flag to hold during the Opening Ceremony. 

Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival

The scheduled Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival that was scheduled for Tuesday 3 August has been postponed due to the continued restrictions. A new date for this event has not yet been set. Parents will be notified once a new date has been set. 

Leader of Evangelisation - Donna Bancroft

Class Masses return to St Patrick's Church

The term is well under way with each class rostered throughout the term to attend the Parish Mass each Wednesday commencing at 9.15am at St Patrick's Church, South Grafton. 

The staff and students would like to sincerly thank Father Joe and Father Emmanuel for this most wonderful experience each week.

This week sees Year 4 travelling to the Church with Miss Davies. The students are reminded to arrive at school on time for a quick departure in the Parish bus to attend Mass.

Parents and families are warmly invited to attend Mass and support their child's faith journey.

Week 1- Years 5 & 6

Week 2- Year 3

Week 3- Year 4

Week 4-Kindergarten

Week 5- Year 2

Week 6-Year 1

Week 7- Years 5 & 6

Week 8- Year 3

Week 9-Year 4 

Week 10-Kindergarten

Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

Giinagay Ngujawiny -Hello You Mob,

This term stage 2 are learning about 'Gumbaynggirr Language.' At the time when 'Aboriginals' were the first Indigenous culture to live on Australian lands, there were over 600 larger Aboriginal groups that shared customs, languages and territory in Australia, and there were about 250 languages. Of that original 250 about 90 still survive, though around 70 are under threat of extinction.  Twenty languages are considered to be in a healthy state (that is they are still spoken by children); all of these are from northern and central Australia.

Here in Gumbaynggirr country we are working very hard to bring back our language.  There is a language centre situated at Nambucca Heads and is known as 'Murraby Language Centre.' The centre trains Gumbaynggirr descandants to learn the language and become teachers, so they can go out and teach the language to adults and children to help  bring the language back to life. 

Gumbaynggirr language is traditionally spoken between the Nambucca River in the South (Southern dialect), the Clarence River in the north (Northern dialect) and west past Guyra (Tablelands region).

The Gumbaynggirr language is very important to our area as it gives us our own language and identity; which helps explain our way of life with how we speak and tell stories. The language belongs to us.

Stage 2 have learnt some 'Gumbaynggirr' words and have discovered the best way to learn the language is to listen to the way the language teacher pronounces the words, as the spelling does not always match how they sound.

Some words learnt by students were: mother-miimi, father-baaba, younger sister-gambirrgan, potato-budidang, dolphin-yugirr and turtle-ngarlaa.

Darrundang Ngiinda -Thankyou

Miss Liz 

IEW (Indigenous Educational Worker)

Leader of Catechesis - Joe Stewart

Celebration of Confirmation

Last Friday our parish community celebrated with Bishop Gregory Homeming the Sacrament of Confirmation. Congratulations Hugh Brotherson, Lara Forwell, Rachael Savins and Miranda Scully. At school on Monday, the children continued their celebration by cutting a cake surrounded by their friends who all congratulated them and wished them well. We are extremely proud of  you all. 

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located in  the  BrewHouse Village.                                           

Opening hours: 

Monday - Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm 

Friday by appointment only

Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com  or  Phone 6643 2989                                       

Assistant Principal - Anne Forwell

Facebook 

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Walker Learning 

What is the role of the focus child?

At St Joseph's Primary School we have now implemented the focus child and tuning in components of the Walker Learning Approach (WLA) from Kindergarten to Year 6. You may have heard your child talk excitedly about being the focus child. Every child is rostered to be the focus child for a whole day once a fortnight. The focus children stand or sit at the front of the class during the tuning in and reflection components and the teacher discusses their interests and learning. The focus child spends additional time with the teacher throughout the day to enhance their learning.

Canteen

Canteen closed on Thursday's in Term 3

Our canteen will be closed on Thursday's in Term 3. This is due to not having enough volunteers to operate three days. 

If you are able to assist us between 9.00 am and  12.00 pm on any canteen day.

Babies in prams are very welcome.  Toddlers, however, can find the canteen an unsafe place so we would recommend that they are not present. 

You may find you cannot volunteer every week - that is fine!  We are grateful for any help you can give us. Please contact the School Office if you are able to help.                 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

There have been many good news stories this week!

I have been very impressed with the great work that Stage 3 have been doing in Mrs Hughes' absence.  Their work on information writing for me and mathematics work with Mr Stewart has been most impressive.  Please continue to keep Mrs Hughes in your thoughts and prayers as her father is very sick.  

Kindergarten have been most impressive in their writing which has shown a great improvement (to Ms Davis' delight).  Stage 2 have shown a welcoming spirit to the new children in their room, which is most pleasing.  Stage 1 have shown a marked improvement in their playground listening skills, responding well to our bells.

Two students in particular have shown great leadership - and they are not even in Stage 3!  Miranda and Sheba have created, and are the leaders of our Litter Committee.  The girls spoke about the importance of looking after our school and their speech is printed below.  This is the speech they gave at assembly on Monday.  I am so proud of their initiative.  Let's see how many children join their Litter Committee.

Building Update

Great news . . . I met with the architect last week and shared some ideas about improvements to the classrooms. The children have been giving me ideas as well. The Year 6 Stage Leaders will be visiting rooms this week to ensure all children's suggestions are heard.

With every good wish

Lee Denton

Principal

Master of Education (Leadership) 

Litter Committee

Hi my name is Miranda and this is Sheba. I am the leader of the Litter Committee. You may have noticed some girls picking up rubbish during lunch and recess. I didn't realise how much people litter until I started the committee. The way I started picking up rubbish was when I saw a piece of rubbish on the floor, I said to Sheba do you want to pick up rubbish at lunch. To be honest I used to litter a little bit. We only have one earth so time to make a difference in the world. It doesn't have to be a big difference it could maybe just be put your rubbish in the bin or picking up rubbish. If you would like to be a part of the litter committee come and see me or Sheba. It would be appreciated if you would be a part of it. You might just want to do it for a day. So go out there and save our planet and our animals!

School Events & Dates

TERM 3 

WEEK 3

  • Friday, 30 July - Olympics Fun Day

WEEK 5

  • Sunday 15 August - Commitment Mass for First Holy Communion



Weekly Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received a Merit Award this week.   



Stage 1

Marley Thrupp for explaining his mathematical thinking during guided groups.

Harrison Light for sharing his mathematical understanding during class discussion.

Alexander Hylton-Cummins for independently writing sentences using the phonics focus for the week.

Chelsea Dentler for settling in well to Stage 1.

Joy Tough for her completion of the STAR program.

Max Fraser for his completion of the STAR program.

Alexander Hylton-Cummins for his completion of the STAR program.

Stage 2

Hugh Brotherson for showing Christ-like behaviours in welcoming our new Stage 2 students.

Aidan Knox for showing Christ-like behaviours in welcoming our new Stage 2 students.

Hamish Dentler for being a welcome new addition to our Stage 2 class.

Callum Tait for his insightful input in our geography lesson, using wonderful Tier 3 words.

Bradley Esterhuizen for his insightful input in our geography lesson, using wonderful Tier 3 words.

Thomas Robb for being a welcome new addition to our Stage 2 class.

Tanveer Kaur for being a welcome new addition to our Stage 2 class.

Stage 3

Annabella fordham for her planning and writing an excellent information report.

Congratulations to Pippa for her wonderful piano performance at assembly.

Library/Book Club Coordinator - Anna Smidt

Book Week

Every week is book week at St Joseph's, however, in Week 7 this term we will join in with the rest of Australia to officially celebrate Book Week. The theme this year is "Old World's, New World's, Other Worlds" which sounds very mysterious!

Watch this space for more information on our Book Week celebrations.

Book Club

Issue 5 of Book Club is now out. If you have misplaced your catalogue, jump online to view at https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/  If you would like to order through school, please have your orders in by Thursday 29 July.

K-2 Instructional Leader - Carole Reinhard

Early Stage One and Stage One are working beautifully in class to develop life long learning habits. They have new Walker Learning investigations that align with this term's units of work and all students are enjoying their opportunities to explore and find out new things. In English Stage One are learning about Hybrid texts which have information as well as an imaginative story. They have been reading and writing about Big Red Kangaroo and sharing which part of the text they enjoy the most. Kindergarten have been working on sounding out words (decoding) and learning the difference between fiction and non fiction texts.

I am enjoying my time working with, and supporting the teachers in their work and getting to know all the students. We are looking at ways to help students to become better readers and we will do some testing shortly to identify areas that we can work on to assist them in making progress.

Sport Coordinator - Emma Davis

Olympics Fun Day

To celebrate the Tokyo Olympics, the school will be holding an Olympics Fun Day on Friday 30 July  (Week 3). This week students were given the name of the country which they will be representing at the event. Students can either dress up in their country's colours or an outfit that represents that country. Students will participate in an 'Opening Ceremony' and some tabloid activities. Students will be spending time in class creating a flag to hold during the Opening Ceremony. 

Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival

The scheduled Clarence Zone Athletics Carnival that was to be held on Tuesday 13 July has been rescheduled to Tuesday 3 August in Coffs Harbour pending the lifting of current restrictions.

Leader of Evangelisation - Donna Bancroft

Confirmation Reflection Day

On Wednesday, the children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation attended a Reflection Day at St Mary's Primary School. This day, culminated their learning and sharing, to reinforce the way the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and works through us every day. The children experienced a wonderful day, making new friends and unpacking the gifts, fruits and symbols of the Holy Spirit. We would like to thank Mrs Myson and the staff at St Mary's for making Mrs Bancroft and the candidates from St Joseph's School feel very welcome. On Friday 23 July, the candidates will attend a Parish Mass at St Mary's Church at 12.00pm and meet Bishop Gregory Homeming. In the evening, at 6.00pm, they will make their Confirmation. We wish the children and their families a joyous and spiritual occasion as they celebrate this wonderful event.

Gumbaynggirr Language - Liz Hegedus

Giinagay Ngujawiny - Hello You Mob,

This term Kindergarten are learning about 'Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories.'

Kindergarten have listened to the story 'Why the Koala has a stumpy tail.'

Why the Koala Has a Stumpy Tail is an Aboriginal Dreamtime Story about two friends, Tree Kangaroo and Koala. Long ago they were very close, but their friendship soured after the events that transpired during a long drought in Australia. Tree Kangaroo was a hard worker and resourceful while Koala was lazy and selfish. Tree Kangaroo had the idea of digging a hole for water in a dry stream bed. Tree Kangaroo started to dig, but Koala kept making excuses about why he couldn’t help dig the hole. Finally, Tree Kangaroo ends up digging the entire hole and when he finally finds water, Koala jumps in and drinks it all. Emblazoned with anger at Koala’s selfish act, Tree Kangaroo grabs Koala by his long, furry tail and pulls so hard that it breaks off at the base. Now Koala is left with a short, stumpy tail.

Kindergarten loved this story and have also learnt the Gumbaynggirr word for koala is Dunggirr.

Darrundang Ngiinda -Thankyou

Miss Liz 

IEW (Indigenous Educational Worker)

Leader of Catechesis - Joe Stewart

MJR - Making Jesus Real. Welcome Mitch!

Last Thursday, our school was incredibly lucky to be able to welcome Peter Mitchell, "Mitch" the author of MJR. Mitch has been working in schools all over Australia for over 20 years supporting staff and the students in creating a visible presence of the Spirit of Jesus in their school. He led our Staff Prayer before school, visited all classes and worked extensively in Stages 2 and 3. He was so impressed with the way the students worked and their understanding of how the Spirit of Jesus works through each and every one of us; shown by the kind ways we greet, treat and speak to each other. He reinforced how important it is to be thankful and set the children the challenge of saying a thankyou to those that help them at least 4 times each day. Hopefully our parents are receiving the gratitude of their children. At the school assembly our Stage 3 Leaders presented  an overview of the work Mitch did in Stage 3 and their message was clear. "If it's meant to be, it's up to me." A video was shared showing how each of us is responsible to help and care for others and when we do this, the spirit of Jesus is working through us. All the little things we do can make a big difference!

Below are some of the responses that Stage 3 wrote during their work with Mitch.

Question 1 WHERE DID YOU SEE THE SPIRIT OF JESUS OVER THE LAST 2 DAYS AND WHAT GOSPEL MESSAGE DID YOU GET FROM YOUR STORY.?

I saw the SOJ in …… and my gospel message was

When I come to school every day and Jason and Emily say “Hey Kyra.” ( WELCOMING)

When I was playing soccer and Mr Stewart and Monique said “Great save.” (ENCOURAGING)

When Issy said “good job “ and smiled 😄to me. ( FRIENDSHIP)

When Eve accidentally hit me with a ball in handball and she said “sorry Rachel.”  (FORGIVENESS)

When my mum paid for a man in front of us for his meat at the butchers, as he didn’t have enough money. ( GENEROSITY )

When Noah stayed back after class and picked up pencils on the floor. ( HELPING)

Question 2 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE OVER THE LAST 2 DAYS TO SHOW THE SPIRIT OF JESUS TO OTHERS AND WHAT GOSPEL MESSAGE DID YOU DEMONSTRATE.?

I saw the Spirit of Jesus in me when I ….. and the gospel message was….

When I feed my sister's dogs as she was late for work this morning. ( KINDNESS)

When I said “Great try” in soccer. (SUPPORTING )

When I thanked my mum  for dinner last night. (GRATITUDE)

When I helped Nannie with her work. (THOUGHTFUL)

When I said thanks to Eve and Mrs Nay when they handed me my book and papers. (THANKFUL).

**** Notice that they are very simple everyday stories with a message. There are 10 gospel messages above Stage 3 picked up.

Question 3 WHAT SMALL THINGS CAN I DO TO BE A BETTER TEAM PLAYER AT HOME?

By being  more grateful for my parents by saying thanks 4 times a day every day at home.

Helping mum more and being more cheerful at home  to make her happy.

Doing as I am asked to do, more cheerfully and less moaning and groaning .

By doing jobs like the dishes without being asked.

Don’t ask for so much stuff when we are shopping.

Question 4 WHAT  SMALL THINGS CAN I DO TO BE A BETTER TEAM PLAYER AT SCHOOL.?

By saying a personal “good morning “and a “personal good afternoon “to the teachers.

Help when I can and include more people in games.

Show more sportsmanship, by saying more encouraging things in games, and when people achieve something .

Thank a person and use their NAME .

Help more people and clean up the mess I make.

Question 5  WHAT WAS YOUR “OH YEAH” MOMENT or THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT YOU PICKED UP FROM THE MJR LESSON .

To feed the positive wolf inside me and not the negative wolf, as that makes you happier. (a few mentioned that)

When you are more of a giver and do more kind things to others it makes you feel good.

Be more “switched on” to the spirit of Jesus around me. (a few mentioned that).

Thank a person and use their name in school and at home.

To be more welcoming to others in the morning and speak to more people.

To be more of a team player at home and be more grateful by saying thanks 4 times a day.

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located in  the  BrewHouse Village.                                           

Opening hours: 

Monday - Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm 

Friday by appointment only

Email: fytexptyltd@bigpond.com  or  Phone 6643 2989