St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

16 February 2022


Good connections with other people are essential to our wellbeing.  Not only our mental health but also our physical health is dependent on a good web of relationships.  Recently, I was told of a study that showed that an obese person who smoked but had good relationships was more likely to live longer than a healthy-weight, non-smoker with poor relationships.

As Covid has continued on its course, I have seen the mental health of a few friends unravel as they have lived with a degree of isolation.  All the more reason for me to continue my contact with them.  I have noticed that at the beginning of a conversation, they have seemed ‘scatty’ or ‘wound up’ but simple chatting made them calmer, and dare I say happier.  We all know how masks make communication more difficult.  All the more reason, to take our time and make the effort to be with others and communicate.  It is tedious, even difficult, but we cannot underestimate how much we need to connect.

Being with others, loving others, is hardwired into the depths of our person – we are made in the image and likeness of God, and our God is a community – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And it is in community, in communion with others that we find our true self.  And it is not easy.  Unlike God, we have our flaws and we encounter other people’s flaws when we have to interact with them.  Loving others is often painful, difficult and even tedious.  That is when we need the grace of God - to do what our poor weak selves cannot do: love beyond our sense of failure, love beyond the difficulties between us, to love so that we bring our best selves into being.

Sr Kym Harris osb

Loving God, you know how much I need to love, and you also know how difficult I find it sometimes.  This day give me your wise Spirit to truly communicate with one person who challenges me.  I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me. 

From the Principal

You may have heard there is a new recycling program up and running in the school. I have introduced a food waste plan that will remove food waste from being in the general waste bins in the school. Each year level has been given a bucket for the disposal of the food scraps collected at Fruit Break. Another bucket has been added at the eating area to collect the lunchtime food scraps and OSHC is also adding to these buckets.

Collecting the food waste reduces the risk of unwanted ‘bin worms’, reduces to the amount of waste going to landfills and removes nasty smells from the school bins. The Year 4 students will spend some time this year learning through the curriculum about sustainability. They have been invited to assist with this waste plan and are happily distributing and collecting the bins each day.

Most days, 17-20 litres of food waste is collected in this school. That’s quite a lot of apple cores, bread crusts, banana peels and other leftover bits and pieces. In the future, this waste may end up in worm farms and compost bins at the school.

Fruit Break is a time during the school day when students can 'refuel' on fruit and salad vegetables and 'rehydrate' with water. Each day, students bring a piece of fruit or salad vegetables to school to eat during Fruit Break. Through the curriculum, we are encouraged to promote healthy eating and well-being messages to our students. Fruit Break often referred to as Crunch&Sip is a school-based vegetable and fruit program designed to increase consumption of vegetables and fruit.

Fresh fruit (for example, whole or chopped fruits) dried fruit (for example, apricots or apple) and all fresh vegetables can be consumed during Fruit Break. So, if it falls from a tree, is pulled from a vine, or plucked from the ground it gets the tick of approval for Fruit Break.

Recently I have had conversations with concerned families about the COVID notifications being communicated. The school follows directions from Queensland Health with regard to these notifications. The purpose of the letters is to alert families a confirmed COVID case has attended the school and serves as a reminder to remain vigilant for symptoms. We respect the dignity of all members of this community and their health status is confidential. To provide details regarding year levels etc will increase the risk of breaking this confidentiality. I understand families are anxious for various reasons and welcome people to contact me directly if they have concerns, or through the school office. Thank you to the many families who have responded promptly to collecting their children when we call to say a child has contagious symptoms.

This week, I am thankful for the virtue of dignity. Dignity is a sense of worthiness and respect for everyone. I value all people in this community and honour everyone’s rights.

I am thankful for the gift of dignity. It helps me remember my purpose and who I truly am.

Bernadette Brennan

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

                                                                                                               Rheanna Starr

Prayer reflection - The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor? – the hungry? – those who mourn? Is this some cruel celestial joke? What is Jesus doing in these Beatitudes? The short answer is that he is trying to create a different world.


How realistic is 'blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh'? In the midst of life's troubles it is difficult to feel the hope that this promise offers. Jesus' life gives witness to this promise, however, and it is comforting to know that he, like us, sometimes wept and lost hope.

©Image by Jenny Close, Liturgy Help

Shrove Tuesday 1 March - Pancake Day!

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day! This year, in keeping with the 'COVID-normal' climate, we will purchase pancakes, rather than requesting parents to donate pancakes cooked from home. Pancakes can be ordered through Flexi-schools for 70c a pancake. All proceeds are being donated to Caritas, Project Compassion. If your child has allergies, you may like to send a little treat along in their lunch box for them to enjoy on Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day), is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Pancakes traditionally became the food of choice on this day, so that rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar could be used up before fasting began. Our Year 6 House Captains will be participating in a pancake 'bake-off' as part of a classroom activity.

Our Learning Journey in the Catholic Faith (Sacramental News)

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 8 or Wednesday 9 March, Workshop 1, commencing 5.30pm at the Kevin Castles Centre in West Street.

Tuesday 14 or Wednesday 15 March, Workshop 2, commencing 5.30pm at the Kevin Castles Centre in West Street.

Thought of the Week!

Parish Bulletin


From the Assistant Principal Curriculum - APC

    “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” - Sir Ken Robinson

    ICT Code of Conduct & Chromebook Contracts

    Please remember to complete the ICT Code of Conduct Agreements that can be found on Skoolbag.  Thank you to those parents who have already completed this.

    Year 4, 5 and 6 Chromebook Contracts were emailed to families again in January. These need to be signed and returned to enable the release of devices to these students.

    I am a Resilient Learner

    I am a Resourceful Learner

    Reading at Home


    Year 6 Leadership Day and Badge Presentation

    On Thursday 17 February all Year 6 students will participate in a servant leadership, reflection, and retreat day.  The aim of this retreat day is to develop teamwork skills, encourage students to identify their individual giftedness, hopes and potential to God, and ask God for help to use these gifts as best we can, so that we can help others.  As part of the retreat experience, students will be provided with a pizza lunch.

     Our Year 6 Leaders will recieve their leadership badges at 2.15pm on Friday 18 February.  This event will take place over Zoom. 


    Before School

    Children should not arrive at school prior to 8.15 a.m. unless approval has been granted by the principal. If it is unavoidable that a child arrives at school prior to 8.15 am they are expected to utilise our Before School Care service. Morning playground duty commences at 8.15 a.m. At this time children move to the basketball court area where they are permitted to play.


    Skoolbag is the communication platform of preference. Notifications are posted to this app, as is the weekly newsletter, class letters and information gathering via EForms. The ‘GROUPS’ in Skoolbag have been updated for 2022. Check that you have requested access to your child’s year level.


    PREP Vision Screening

    The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program is coming to our school.  They are a Queensland Government service that offers Free Vision Screening to all children enrolled in Prep.  If your child is in Prep and you would like their vision screened, you will need to complete a consent form.  Please click on the following link to access the Online Consent Form and Parent Information Letter

    Please note: The consent form link will close on Sunday, 20 February 2022. 

    Instrumental Music

    Instrumental Music starts tomorrow for year 4 students and continuing year 5 and 6 students. TCC is looking forward to rejoining us this year. Don't forget your equipment.


    Rockhampton District School Sport Trials

    Rockhampton District Selection Trials

    Term 1

    Below are the Rockhampton and District Trials (RDS) for the following Primary School sports happening in Term 1.  If your child has the prerequisite skills and you wish for them to trial in the following sports you can contact the school office to obtain the appropriate trial forms. Alternatively, the forms can be downloaded in the Sport Information section of the Skoolbag App.

    *Forms must be returned to the office, at least one day before the trial for processing*








    10-12 years Boys  Girls

    Monday 21 February


    Rockhampton State High

    4pm – 6pm




    10 -12 years Boys & Girls

    Tuesday 22 February


    Hegvold Stadium

    4pm to 5pm



    10-12 years Boys & Girls

    Monday 28 February


    Rockhampton Hockey

    4pm – 6pm


    Touch Football

    10 – 12 years Boys & Girls

    Trial 1:

    Wednesday 23 February


    Shortlisted students:

    Friday 25 February

    Rockhampton Touch fields

    4pm – 5:30




    4pm – 5:30




    10-12 years Girls

    Sunday 6 March


    9am – 12pm TBC

    Rugby League




    10, 11, 12 Years Boys




    Sunday 6 March



    Trial (invite only from muster) Sunday 13 March

    10's -Emmaus College

    11's - Frenchville

    12's - St Anthony's


    9am – 11am


    Rugby League


    11-12 Years Girls

    Thursday 10 March

    Frenchville State School

    4pm - 5:30pm


    10-12years Boys

    Monday 7 March


    4pm - 6pm


    10-12 years Girls

    Monday 7 March

    Bouldercombe State School

    4pm – 5:30pm


    Rugby Union


    11 – 12 years Boys

    Thursday 24 March


    4pm – 6pm

    Cross Country

    10-19 years Boys & Girls

    Wednesday 27 April

    Cyril Connell Touch Fields


     Please be aware that for your child to attend these trials as a 10-year-old student that they would need to be exceptional as they will be competing against students up to 12 years of age.


    Touch Football Under 10 Boys Development Training

    Sessions will commence on Saturday 29th January, 9am to 11am, at the touch fields, and run for 6 weeks. 

    Please email your child’s name and date of birth to if interested in attending. 

    Alternatively call Bryan Gaukroger on 0434 376 730

    The Capricornian Rocky Triathlon

    Park Avenue Hockey Come and Try Day


    Positive Partnerships

    2022 Calendar Dates

    School dates are in the EVENTS tab on Skoolbag