St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

14 July 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

St John the Baptist

Strange Relatives

Jesus had some strange relatives, or rather at least one of whom we know: his cousin, St John the Baptist. The Church celebrates his birth this week.  John was the only child of parents so elderly that his birth was regarded as a miracle. He must have been quite a handful.  He went bush quite early, lived off the land in the desert and was fiercely religious.  But that didn’t stop the people, high and low, flocking to hear him.  He challenged them all. The despised had their lives transformed by his preaching.  But the influential people in society, religious and political, were too proud to listen with their hearts and ridiculed him.  The king, when challenged for immorality, killed him. Living on the edge of society, John called things as they were.  He was the one who recognised his ordinary looking cousin Jesus, as the Messiah. 

 We all have strange relatives, friends or acquaintances. Often, we just dismiss their views on life because of their strangeness yet they still have something to teach us, even if we don’t agree with them.  They give us a different perspective on life, challenging our easy assumptions. Even if we disagree with them working through why we disagree enriches us.  So long as we are open and listen, God can teach us through them.  Consider one of your strange relatives and ask yourself what can you learn from that person.

 Loving God, you have made us all in your image and likeness and reveal some part of yourself in every person.  Guided by Jesus and your Spirit, make me open to those people I would reject because of their strangeness.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

Welcome back to Term Three! I hope that our students have had an enjoyable two-week winter break and are back refreshed and ready to go for the second semester of the school year! A reminder that certain restrictions are still in place regarding COVID-19, including the expectation that adults socially distance when on the school site  and stay away when unwell. We remind families that children are not to be at school if they are unwell.

We received the sad news over the holidays, of the passing of Blair Grice. A number of staff will attend Blair’s funeral tomorrow, to show our support for past students Milla, Harper and Luca. Some classes may combine for part of the day tomorrow, and we thank you for your understanding. We keep the extended Grice family in our prayers. May Blair rest in peace.

Our Diocesan Director, Miss Leesa Jeffcoat is currently celebrating her 20th anniversary as Director. Leesa is an incredible advocate for Catholic education, and her support for, and interest in our schools is always appreciated. Congratulations Leesa and thank you for all you do for our communities, our staff and most importantly, our students.

Thank you to the many parents who completed our recent satisfaction surveys. We have received the collated results and I look forward to analysing these with the School Board and staff. Results were overwhelmingly positive and for that, we thank you. It is very apparent that the majority of our school parents are more than happy with the educational experience we offer at St Joseph’s Wandal.

While we are proud to be a school of choice for many, we continue to strive for excellence and to continually improve. Some queries and comments in the data responses can be quite easily communicated and over the next few newsletters I will address these.  My first responses are outlined below.

Comment: “We would like swimming lessons.”

Answer: Swimming lessons were planned for students in Term 4 for  Years 1-3 in 2020, but like most things last year these were cancelled due to COVID-19. Lessons are locked in for Term Four this year!

Comment: “Parking in the Church Carpark is a concern.”

I completely agree. The Church Carpark project has gone out to tender for the second time this year. We are greatly looking forward to a carpark which is bigger, better designed and with clear signage.  The area will be fenced for the safety of our children and also includes the provision of a shaded waiting area. If you would like to see the plans for the proposed carpark project, please ask as I am happy to share these with you. This has been a regular agenda topic at P and F and Board Meetings over the last 18 months and we are all very keen to see this project completed.

Friday afternoon sport

Friday afternoon school-based sport, Rugby League, Netball and Hockey will recommence next Friday, Week Two. 

Vacation Care

Thank you to the many families who utilised our Vacation Care services over the break. I heard that lots of fun was had by all! My thanks to the coordinators, Maddy and Anj as well as  their team of OSHC assistants for the wonderful activities and excursions that were organised for the children. 


Yesterday, Mrs Starr, Mrs Priestley, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Prep – Year 6 and I attended the annual NAIDOC Week Mass at The Holy Family Church in Feez Street. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Although NAIDOC Week was officially last week, many of our classes will be learning about and celebrating this special date in the calendar throughout this week.

Prep Parent 2022 Information Night

Our 2022 Prep Parent Information Session will be held this Thursday in our school hall, commencing at 5.30pm. Please sign in at our entrance gates on your way and follow the directions of our Student Leaders. All families who have completed their enrolment paperwork for 2022 should have now received an emailed invitation for this session.

Enrolment interviews will be booked at the session. Due to the high number of enrolment applications received, those who do not attend the information session will have to join a waiting list for an enrolment interview.

 This session is for parents only, and please note that supervision will not be provided for children. Existing families need not attend the session; it is for families new to our school. 

Homework Club

Homework Club will recommence next Tuesday, Week Two for any interested students in Years 3-6. Please remember that your children must be ‘booked in’ to Homework Club by midday each Tuesday.

In partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection - Gospel Focus

'Jesus sent out his disples to summon the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits.

Mark 6:7

Jesus made it plain to the disciples that they were to travel unencumbered by the extras of life. In fact they were to carry next to nothing and rely on the goodness of others. The challenge to travel lightly through life is a difficult one in a world today that is dominated by material possessions. In the race between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ the ‘haves’ are way out in front. The gospel passages challenges us to think about the ‘things’ with which we burden ourselves. What is really necessary to live a good life and follow Jesus?

© Jenny Close, Liturgy Help

Year 4 Prayer Assembly

Please join Year 4 classes as they lead prayer on Friday at 8.35am in the Undercover Area.

Grandparents Day

Disco Fundraiser for Year 6 Camp

On Wednesday 28 July from 5.30 - 7.00 pm we will host a disco in the Quadrangle.  All funds raised will be donated to our Year Six students, who will be attending a Leadership Camp at Chaverim (Bunderberg) in the coming weeks.

Upon arrival, each student's name will be recorded and parents will be required to sign their children out at the conclusion of the disco.  A $2 sausage sizzle will be available for those students who wish to purchase something extra to eat. 

If parents would like to stay and socialise throughout the duration of the disco, the P and F have kindly offered to organise nibblies. Drinks will be available to purchase.  Parents will be required to remain downstairs in the Undercover Area.

To ensure we adhere to the latest COVID requirements, whilst making this an enjoyable and safe event, parents who do stay will be required to check in using the QLD Government App and remain in  the Undercover Area for the duration of the disco.

We are delighted to be hosting a disco this term!

Catholic Education Week - Picnic on the Grass

COVID restrictions are in place for signing in and out of this school event.  Please ensure you have your phone on you to scan the QR code, thus making signing in a much smoother process. 

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 celebrate 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

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

Term Three Class Newsletters

Class newsletters for the term will be sent home this week via skoolbag.  Please ensure you take note of planned learning experiences and important dates.

'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.

Calendar Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021

Term 3       12 July - 17 September - 10 weeks

Term 4      5 October - 3 December -   9 weeks


12 July Term 3 Commences

13 July NAIDOC Mass

14 - 16 July Catholic Schools Challenge Cup

15 July Prep Information night 5:30 pm

16 July Year 4 Prayer Assembly

21 July Year 4 Mt Hay Excursion

23 July Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

23 July Year 1A Prayer Assembly

25-31 July Catholic Education Week

26 July Picnic on the Grass

26 July Father Chris Anniversary

28 July School Disco

30 July Assembly - Catholic Education Week  Year 6

30 July Year 3 Prayer Assembly

30 July Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6


2 August Prep and Year One 'Pete the Sheep' Pilbeam Theatre

6 August Mass

6 August Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

8 August  Feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop

10-13 August  Year 6 School Camp

13 August Year 2 Prayer Assembly

13 August Friday Sport for Years 4 - 5

15 August Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary

18 August Real Talk Year 5 and 6

20 August Year 6 Prayer Assembly

20 August Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

23 August Book Week

27 August Year 1 B

27 August Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

29 August Chamber Music Concert 1:00 - 4:00 pm Cathedral


2 September Prep Prayer Assembly

3 September Pupil Free - Professional Development Staff 

5 September Happy Fathers Day

10 September Year 5 Prayer Assembly

11 September  High Tea

15 September Catholic Schools Touch Challenge

17 September Staff Prayer Assembly

17 September Term 3 Concludes


4 October Public Holiday - Queen’s Birthday

5 October Term 4 Commences (9 weeks)