St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

3 March 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

What do you want to end up like?

When I was 42, my 96-year-old grandfather died.  He had lived in his own home until three days before he died.  Once all his grandchildren had come to say good-bye, he was ready to go home to God.  He had never been a prominent community figure: his final job had been as a cleaner in a factory, yet there were so many at his funeral.  Nearly all his children and grandchildren had friends there, and the same words were heard over and over, ‘He was so good to us!’  My Poppy was a pensioner: he had nothing to give, except his time and interest, and those he gave generously. He was loved and treasured.  At 42, I thought if I want to end up life him, I have to start now. 

At last Sunday’s Mass, we heard the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  After telling his disciples about his coming horrendous death, he revealed to three of them, just how he was going to ‘end up’.  He became glorious and radiant, filling them with wonder. For a few fleeting moments, they had a foretaste of his Resurrection.  This was to be for them a sign and inspiration.  They too, like Jesus, would know suffering and humiliation in their lives but they too, if they were faithful, could look forward to living with Jesus in glory.

I haven’t had those such moments of glory but in my grandfather I saw what the love and friendliness of heaven would be like.  I can imagine his deceased loved ones, my Nanny, his family, friends and neighbours rushing to meet him when he arrived in heaven.  I want to be like that and every now and then I remind myself that I have to begin now.

What do you want to be like?  What qualities inspire you?  If you want to end up like that, you need to start today.

Loving God, you have made us for glory.  Give me a glimpse of the type of glory you desire to give me and give me the wisdom to start living it today.  I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me. 

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

Our 2021 School Board members were commissioned during last Saturday evening’s  vigil Mass, by Bishop Michael McCarthy. I again take the opportunity to thank the School Board for the wonderful support and advice they provide and for sharing their insight and wisdom with regards to decision making processes in the school.

Prep Students - The Morning Bulletin feature

The Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton will be producing a special publication: My First Year 2021. This feature will feature photographs of Prep students and their teachers from schools across Central Queensland. The date for publication is yet to be advised.

The Morning Bulletin will be visiting our school on Wednesday, 10 March at 9am and will photograph each Prep class separately.

Please note that only students with prior media consent to have their photograph within the newspaper and on The Morning Bulletin website will have their photograph taken. You may remember choosing to give, or not give media consent when filling out your enrolment forms.

 If you are not sure whether you have given your child media consent, or if you wish for further clarification, please contact the school office. Please note that children’s names will not be provided to The Morning Bulletin.

Prep Enrolments for 2022

We are now taking enrolments for Prep in 2022. If you have a child hoping to commence Prep in 2022 or know of others who may be interested in attending our school, please complete the online enrolment process, through our website at your earliest convenience. Our office staff are happy to help if you have any questions.

Interviews will be held in July, with first round offers being made in August 2021.

Win $100 Voucher - Catholic Identity Surveys

One of the most important things about being a Catholic school in the 21st century is knowing who we are and what purpose we serve. We need to have a clear understanding of our role as a Catholic school.

To assist with this and as an important part of our School Improvement process, St Joseph's Wandal is participating in a Catholic Identity survey which is conducted by Leuven University in Belgium. The research project is aimed at assisting us with understanding how our Catholic identity is expressed in work and practice, as well as supporting plans to further enhance our Catholic Identity for the future. This will be our second lot of data through this project (we first participated in 2016) and we look forward to comparing the growth and changes that have occurrred during the period in between.


All staff at our school, as well as students from Years 5 and 6  will participate in the survey at school. We would also like to give parents a voice by inviting and encouraging you to take part in the survey, which will be conducted online and is not identifiable.

Surveys are now open! Please follow the directions below to access your survey:

1. Access the surveys at

2. Enter the case-sensitive password Ghj654 and click login.

3. If you’re a new user: Click the New user button.

If you wish to continue a previous session: Enter your User-ID and Password.

4. Enter your school’s Survey Access Code f39xa9 so that your input will be linked to our school.

5. You are now logged in. Displayed on the screen is your unique User-ID and Password (case-sensitive).

6. Save this information (write, print, or email it) to access the website at a later time.

7. From this point forward, please follow the on-screen instructions to complete the surveys.

Send evidence of your completed surveys (we don't see your answers), to to go into the draw to win a $100 voucher from The Criterion. The winner will be drawn at 8.35am on Thursday 1 April, 2021!

A reminder

A reminder please, that (hardcopy) birthday invitations, notes regarding playdates and letters containing contact details should be distributed via the classroom teacher. Whilst I am not wishing for our already busy teachers to have extra responsibilities, we do need to be conscious of issues which involve adults communicating through other people’s children. It is best practice for a third party, i.e. the teacher or office staff to be informed. A gentle reminder too, that due to privacy reasons, teachers will not supply lists of students’ names, or other details to families. Thank you for your understanding.

P & F Update

We are well and truly in the swing of things and held our first P&F meeting of the year recently. 

Some exciting news, events were discussed and decisions were made.


  •  We have some exciting goals with regard to our students spelling and maths results and will continue to work with our students to achieve this. 
  • A consultant visited the school in February to work with our teachers around their own development and to write action plans. Just like students, teachers are always learning and developing. 
  • The school purchased STEM resources at the end of last year thanks to funding from the P&F. All of the resources (especially a certain robot friend) are being used in Mrs Rea's classroom and have been very popular with the students. 
  • Our year three (formerly year four) classrooms are now all completed.  P&F will renew Reading Eggs for all Prep students. 
  • The school is no longer taking second hand uniforms to sell. We are hoping to set up a Facebook group where these can be sold (parents to post own listings). Mothers Day & Fathers Day stalls will be back this year! 


Upcoming Projects:

  • The Church car park resurfacing is planned for term 2.


An important reminder - as parents or caregivers to students, you are automatically members of the P&F and we welcome your attendance at meetings.

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 29 April at 5.15pm, we would love to see you there!

From Carla McDonald (P & F Secretary)

Stay and Play - A P & F parent engagement initiative

Yours in partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

From the Assistant to the Principal: Religious Education (APRE)

Lent Prayer Reflection

God of all people’s and nations, as you accompany us on our Lenten journey, may our fasting strengthen our commitment to live in solidarity, our almsgiving be an act of justice, and our prayers anchor us in love and compassion. Through living simply and loving generously, may we care for our global family and our common home as we, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more”. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Feast of St Joseph (Our patron saint!) Friday 19 March

The feast of St Joseph holds significance for us, as St Joseph is our school's and diocese’s patron saint. Friday 19th March is the Feast Day of St Joseph the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To celebrate our school patron saint, we will begin the day with a 9am school Mass. Students have the option to order Red Rooster through Flexischools, for lunch, with a  portion of the lunch order funds being donated to Project Compassion. The Flexischools' Red Rooster lunch order closes on Wednesday 17 March at 12 noon. Late orders cannot be accepted.

Year 2 Prayer Assembly

Please join both Year 2 classes in the Undercover Area on Friday 5 March as they lead prayer, reflecting on their Lenten promises.

Catholic Social Justice Teachings

In Year 4, we have been exploring the Catholic Social Justice teachings. We have looked at the definitions and real life examples of each of the teachings, as well as reflecting on our own choices. On Friday, we designed a superhero to match each one of the Catholic Social Justice teachings to make posters for our school community. Each poster encourages students in our school to join our 'Social Justice League'. Keep an eye out for these around our school!

Year 4 have created Social Justice Superheros - scroll through

Prep’s Shop

We are going to be selling prayer cards at our shop, outside of Prep. The shop will be open on Thursday and Friday this week, before school. It will also be open before school next week. Please bring a donation to give to Caritas to buy a prayer card. We can’t wait to see you at our shop!

Year 1 are holding a disco on Wednesday 10 March to raise money for Caritas. Please bring a silver coin donation for entry.

Our Journey in the Catholic Faith (Sacramental Workshop dates)

If your child is participating in the Parish Sacramental program please add the dates below to your diary. Workshops for families preparing their children to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and the completion of Christian Initiation will be held as follows:

Tuesday 9 or Wednesday 10 March Workshop 3, Sacrament of Conformation 5.30pm at the Kevin Castles Cente in West Street. 

Presentation of Candidates at the St Joseph's Cathedral Church - Saturday 20 March at 6.00pm, or Sunday 21 March at 9.30am or 6.00pm.

St Joseph’s Cathedral is open for the Celebration of Mass.

Trybooking is no longer available. All Mass bookings are now being taken on our new website –  St Joseph’s Cathedral is open for the Celebration of Mass. To meet the Queensland Government’s Legislative requirements, Parishioners will be required to register to attend a Mass. The registration process can be done via our website –  People who do not have access to the Internet or a Smart phone are asked to ring the Parish office during business hours at ph:49276744 to gain a ticket of entry. 

Thought of the Week!

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

2021 Whole School Goals

The staff at St Joseph's Wandal have been working hard to develop our whole school goals for 2021.  We have reflected on last year's goals, as well as our current data, to develop  a literacy, numeracy and mission goal for the year.  We look forward to unpacking these with you over the year, and are always happy to receive feedback on the goals and our progress.

How many books are in your house?

TIMSS is a study that looks at Mathematics and Science achievement over time.  The data gained also gives insights into other aspects of student achievement.  This infographic looks at student achievement in Australia compared to the number of books in the home.

Art Competition

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly."

Buckminster Fuller

 Janette McLennan

Cross Country & Run Club

This year our Cross Country will again be run across two days in Week 10 of Term 1. Prep to Year 2 students will participate in an obstacle course fun run on the school oval in their PE lesson time on Tuesday 30 March. Students in Years 3 to 6 will be walking to Southside Soccer Club to complete their Cross Country run on Thursday 1 April. Students will be chosen from this day to represent our school at the Rockhampton District Cross Country event in Term 2. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 Cross Country Run Club will commence Tuesday next week and occur once a week.

Tuesday morning 7:30am – 8:00am – 23 February, 2 March, 9 March, 16 March, 23 March.

Please meet Miss Hinz outside the Prep rooms with your hat, water bottle and sunscreen on. We will only be in this area and the oval to ensure we are not interrupting OHSC space.

Unfortunately, due to current Covid requirements we will not be offering breakfast after Run Club this year. However, students are encouraged to bring their own breakfast or snack to eat after running.

 Looking forward to seeing you there,


Brittany Hinz

HPE Teacher



District Trial Dates for Term 1

The attached document highlights district trial dates. Forms are to collected and returned to Miss Hinz.

Student Awards

Congratulations to our students on their outstanding achievements.  Please click on the link for details.

Calendar Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1      27 January - 1 April 10 weeks

Term 2      19 April - 25 June 10 weeks

Term 3       12 July - 17 September 10 weeks

Term 4      5 October - 3 December   9 weeks

Term 1 2021


5            Year 2 Prayer Assembly

12         Year 5 M Prayer Assembly

14        Chamber Music Concert 1:00pm The Cathedral

19         Feast Day of St Joseph - Mass in Hall at 9am

19        Year 3J Prayer Assembly

21        Harmony Day

28         Palm Sunday

29         Parent Teacher Interviews

30         Parent Teacher Interviews

30         P - 2 Obstacle Course Run


1           Year 3-6 Cross Country and Term 1 Concludes

Drakes Fundraiser


Thank you for your support of this Fundraiser which resulted in a Donation of $3,707  in a difficult COVID-19 year. Drakes have now donated $44,846 to conservation of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Please continue to shop at DRAKES and benefit from the special service they provide. Keytags available Churches, Schools and Kindergartens.

 Stay Safe

 Shirley Hopkins

Co-ordinator - Drakes Fundraiser for St. Joseph's Cathedral