St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

16 June 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

95% of success is….

Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne longer than I have been alive.  I grew up in a family with a strong leaning towards Republicanism due to the influence of my great great Auntie Eileen who remained true to her Irish background.  But over the years I have seen an appreciation of the Queen grow within the family.  Objectively speaking, Queen Elizabeth is not a remarkably gifted person.  She is not an intellectual, nor of artistic leanings.  Indeed, her personal interest is in horse flesh and she probably would have been a brilliant trainer.  But, in her life as Queen, she is a superb example of the saying, 95% of success is turning up.  

For over 70 years she has turned up, frocked up, smiling and attentive, wherever and in whatever circumstances duty has led her.  In scenes from ‘The Crown’, she often looks pained, but if you look at the newsreels of the time, you can see her wholeheartedly entering into each and every situation.  Even when shot at during the Trooping of the Guard (the shots were blanks but she didn’t know that), she kept on going.  Her genius lies in being present to each situation.

While our lives are so different to the Queen’s in many respects, what we have in common is the need to turn up and be attentive. In parenting, teaching, working, even playing, the primary thing we need to do is to be there and enter into the situation – to give it our best shot.  When we look at the parables of Jesus’, like last Sunday’s, we see that this is what God wants of us.  To be and to grow where we are.  If you want a sense of success in your life, be there, be attentive and then smile, if at all possible. 

Loving God, you desire me to grow in my life and the best way for me to do that is to be attentive in the various situations I am in. Give me the wisdom of your Spirit to truly accept and enjoy the life you desire for me.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

School Photos - tomorrow!

 School photos will be taken tomorrow, Thursday. ALL students must be in correct school uniform including their formal uniform, correct shoes, socks and the SJW jacket, if cool. Please ensure hair is tidied; I thank the families who have made extra efforts to adhere to our expectations regarding hairstyles over the last week or so. It has been noted and appreciated. Any queries relating to the school photos are to be made to MSP Photography by calling 49213355. We have spare photo forms, including forms to order sibling photos in the school office if you require these.

For those families awaiting SJW winter jackets from the uniform shop, I have been informed by  Wearrito that all sizes are now in stock.

Don't forget to check out our SJW second hand uniforms Facebook page too!

Amazing Staff

Congratulations  to Mrs Rheanna Starr (APRE & Year 6 teacher) and Miss Emma Murphy (Prep teacher), who have both been nominated for a 2021 Spirit of Catholic Education Award. These Awards were initiated in 2006 to recognise people who are making an outstanding contribution within their Catholic school communities. We congratulate both Rheanna and Emma on their well-deserved nominations and thank them for the meaningful work they both do within our community.

Congratulations too to Mrs Kristen Jones (Year 3 teacher) who has been nominated for a Queensland College of Teachers' TEACHX Award. These awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of teachers in Queensland. Commencing in 2009, these awards exemplify the significant contribution to schools and early childhood communities across Queensland for teachers who have achieved exceptional outcomes. Congratulations Kristen!

Report Cards

Semester One Report Cards will be available via Parent Lounge next  Thursday, (Thursday, 24 June). It is the responsibility of all parents/carers to ensure that you have access (including your parent code and password) to Parent Lounge before this time. As always, school computers are available for parent use upon request. Paper copies of Report Cards will not be distributed.

SJW Athletics and Field Events Carnival

Congratulations to all students who participated in our Athletics Carnival at Emmaus College last week. We were very proud of the sportsmanship and perseverance that we witnessed. My thanks to all of the parents and staff who volunteered their time in one way or another to ensure the carnival was a success. Upon reflection, we worked out that this was our first carnival since 2018 as we were rained out in 2019 and were impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in 2020. It was also the first carnival we have held as a full two-stream school, and the first time we have held Field Event finals and Track events on the same day. While there are a number of organisational aspects we may seek to improve next year, we were very happy with the day, and I offer my most sincere thanks to Miss Hinz for all of help and assistance – thank you Brittany.

Congratulations to MacKillop House who were the overall champions on the day. A special mention to Tenison House who won the 2021 Spirit Award Trophy.

Our Age Champions werre as follows:

10 years boys:   Zavier B                      Runner up: Henry J

10 years girls:   Rhiannon L                   Runner up: Ella S

11 years boys: James D                          Runner up: Riley C

11 years girls: Charlotte M                    Runner up: Lanhi D

12 years boys: Luke McK                       Runner up: Xander W

12 years girls:   Jayleah D                       Runner up: Aida B

SJW Athletics Carnival

District Athletics

This week, a number of our students have competed in the District Atheltics trials at North Rockhampton High School. A special thanks to Miss Hinz for supervising our students and to Mrs Lau and Mrs Jamieson for assisting. We were very proud of all of our students and offer a special congratulations to the students listed below:

·         James D. 1st 800m 11yrs Boys age championship final

·         Lahni D. 3rd 11yrs Girls 'B' Schools Long Jump

·         Zavier B. 1st 10yrs Boys 'B' Schools Shot Put and High jump. 2nd 10yrs Boys 'B' Schools Long Jump.

·         Olivia G. 2nd 12yrs Girls 'B' Schools High Jump

·         Riley C. 2nd 11yrs Boys 'B' schools Long Jump

·         Henry V. 1st 12yrs Boys 'B' Schools Shot Put

·         Archie T. 2nd 12yrs Boys 'B' Schools Shot Put

·         Nate S. 3rd 100m 11yrs Boys 'B' Schools Final and 5th 100m 11yrs boys age championship final

·         Cooper W. 4th 100m 10yrs Boys 'B' Schools Final.

District Athletics Trials

Vacation Care

 Our Outside School Hours Care staff have been busily preparing some wonderful experiences for our students for the next lot of Vacation Care. If you are wishing to book your child in Vacation Care please do so as soon as possible so that numbers can be finalised.


Vacation Care Schedule


School Banking Update

 We have been advised by the Commonwealth Bank that the Queensland Government decision to ban school banking only applies to government schools, meaning all Catholic and Independent schools can continue banking as normal in Term 3. We have added this topic as an agenda item for tomorrow's  P and F Meeting and will communicate the outcome afterwards.



P and F Meeting –this Thursday

 Our next Parents and Friends Meeting will be held in the staffroom at 5.15pm tomorrow. All are welcome. Come along for a drink, a snack and to see what these informal gatherings are all about. We love welcoming new faces.

The School Board will next meet for a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 23 June. 

In partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection - Gospel Focus

Jesus said, "The Kindgom of God is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it is planted it grows into the biggest shrub of them all. It puts out big branches so that the birds can shelter in it."

Jesus reminds us that every little act of kindness, love and caring grows into a greater presence of God in our world (like a mustard see)

What small act of kindness did you do in the past week?

Prep B Prayer Assembly

Please join Prep B for prayer this Friday as they reflect on the types of clothes Jesus wore and some of the foods He may have eaten.

Year 4B will lead prayer on Friday 24 June.

Term 3 Prayer Assemblies

16 JulyYear 4NAIDOC Week Prayer Reflection
23 JulyYear 1AGrandparents' Day Prayer Reflection
30 JulyYear 3Catholic Education Week Prayer Reflection
6 AugustMassWhole School Mass to celbrate the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
13 AugustYear 2Prayer Reflection
20 AugustYear 6Prayer Reflection
27 AugustYear 1BPrayer Reflection
2 SeptemberPrepFathers' Day Prayer Reflection
10 SeptemberYear 5Prayer Reflection
17 SeptemberStaffStaff to lead prayer reflection

Thank you

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who joined us on Tuesday last week to view the Natural Disaster artwork and written work completed by our very own Year 6 students.

Enjoy the remainder of the school term.  I will be away next week on Long Service Leave as I travel to the Northern Territory with my family.  I look forward to seeing you all next term.

Year 6 Open Night - scroll through photos

Thought of the Week!

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

Report Cards

As you are aware, report cards will be made available via parent lounge next Thursday.  To help you unpack the reports, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • The Australian curriculum is written at a 'C' standard. 'C' (or 'Working With' in Prep or 'Sound' in Year One) means doing what is expected at that level.  Cs are fine.
  • When looking at the work habits, 'consistently' means just that.  This is doing what is identified in the description almost without exception.  'Usually' indicates that your child does this most of the time (not every time, but mostly).  'Needs Improvement' is there for you to look at what you can support us to help your child to work on.
  • Upon request, the school will provide parents with written information that clearly shows achievement in the subjects studied in comparison to that of other children in the child’s year level at the school. This information will show the relative numbers of students in each of the achievement levels. If you would like to see this information, please make a time to see me.

#12 in Australia!

As many of you will know, students in Years 3 -5 competed in the Prime Minister's Spelling Bee this term.  We are so proud of Valerie in Year 4 who reached the national finals, and came in an amazing 12th in the country!  Well done Valerie!  Can we all spell p-h-e-n-o-m-e-n-a-l?

Rockhampton Show Entries

Congratulations to Remi in Year One who received 1st place in her schoolwork section, writing about her favourite show or farm animal and to Ivy also in Year One who received 3rd place in the same section .  Well done Remi and Ivy!

How Can I Keep From Singing?

The Rockhampton Musical Union Choir Inc. (of which I am the conductor) has been delighting audiences since 1888 (I haven't been the conductor for that long).   COVID certainly cramped the local arts scene, but RMU is back with a concert filled with beautiful music that we are holding in the glorious space that is St Joseph's Cathedral.  Come along on 15 August at 1:30 p.m. and listen to Rockhampton's choir sing a repertoire of sacred and classical music.  Cost:  Gold coin donation.

'If there is no wind, row.' 

Latin Proverb

Janette McLennan

Student Awards

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

Friday Sports Draw

Please click on the link for this week's draw.

Calendar Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021

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 2 2021


17 June      School Photo Day

18 June      Prep B Prayer Assembly

                    Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

20 June      Chamber Music Concert 1:00 - 4:00 pm Cathedral

25 June      Year 4B Prayer Assembly

Term 2 Concludes

Parent Lounge Absentee