St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

23 June 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 - the prostitutes, the tax collectors (who were little more than legalised thieves) and the occupying soldiers – 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

Report Cards

 Semester One Report Cards will be available via Parent Lounge tomorrow. It is the responsibility of all parents 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.

Year Five Visit to TCC

 A reminder that our Year Five Students will be travelling to The Cathedral College tomorrow to see first-hand what High School is all about. Students will take part in Hospitality/Catering, Information Technology, Manual Arts, Drama, Art, and Science lessons. Students are reminded to wear full school uniform and bring their school hat, a water bottle and lunch.

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 and staffing can be finalised.


Vacation Care Schedule


School Banking Update

 School banking was discussed at last week's P and F Meeting. School banking will continue at St Joseph’s Wandal, as normal, until we are advised  otherwise. I thank Mrs Kate Lipke and Mrs Tanya Johnson for coordinating this service. Due to other commitments, Tanya can no longer volunteer in this role next term, however Kate is able to continue volunteering in this capacity. Thank you to you both for your time and assistance.


Happy Holidays

This week marks the end of Semester One. If you need to get in touch with the school for an urgent matter over the holiday break, you can reach the Catholic Education Office on 49948000. School emails will not be monitored over the two-week break. Term Three resumes on Monday 12th July.

Term Two has been a busy term and, as always, I am most grateful to everyone for their very generous support. I wish all of our students a safe, relaxing, and refreshing two-week holiday break. 

The return of school will see a busy couple of first weeks.

Week 1:

Monday: Joe Butler visit

Tuesday: NAIDOC Mass

Wednesday: Challenge Cup Day 1

Thursday: Challenge Cup Day 2, Prep 2022 Prep Parent Information Session (for families new to our school)

Friday: Challenge Cup Day 3


Uniform matters

Please take the opportunity over the two-week school break to ensure that your children have the correct uniform for the commencement of Term Three. This includes correct school hats, jumpers, socks, shoes, hair styles. hair accessories and jewellery. If unsure about whether the choice of new uniform items (or hairstyles!) are acceptable, we are only too happy to assist. Alternatively, the Uniform Policy is available on the school website or from the school office.



This Friday we farewell Mrs Lauren Riley (Year 6R) as she commences maternity leave. We wish Lauren and her husband Todd all the best as they prepare to welcome their first child. We welcome Miss Hinz to Year 6R next term, until the end of the year. Mrs Rebekah Hall will be teaching PE to all classes for the remainder of the year. Mrs Hall is an experienced PE teacher and also teaches PE at St Joseph’s Park Avenue. We thank Rebekah for stepping into this role for the remainder of the year and are looking forward to her joining our staff.

We also farewell the following students and their families, as they move to other towns and cities: Jordan, Valerie, Ben and Annalea.

Friday afternoon sport

Friday Afternoon Sport – Friday afternoon Rugby League, Netball and Hockey will recommence Friday, 23rd July (Week Two of next term).


NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC week generally falls over the June/July school holidays. St Joseph’s Wandal will begin NAIDOC week celebrations on Monday 12 July when we welcome artist Mr Joe Butler to work with our students. Our students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will then attend the annual NAIDOC Week Mass at Holy Family Church on Tuesday. 

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?

Continuing the Journey in the Catholic Faith

2021-2022 Cathedral Parish of St Joseph

Calling all families with children who have reached the age of reason (which is seven years of age) to join the preparation journey 2021-2022 towards the celebration of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist in 2022.

 Please call the Cathedral centre 49 276 744 to register your child/children. 

Year 4B Prayer Assembly

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

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

Year One's Book Corner

This week, we read the book, “Koalas like to . . . " by Shae Millard.

We enjoyed reading this book together, we shared a lot of laughter throughout the story.

This book has a mixture of true and false information.

We felt that this book would be entertaining for Prep and young children, and informative for older students if they were learning about animals.

Our favourite parts were the koalas rolling in the mud with the pigs and when the koalas were racing in fast cars. We also loved the fact pages at the end of the book

We give this book 4 stars!

Report Cards

As you are aware, report cards will be made available via parent lounge on 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.

Rockhampton's Catholic Schools Gala Concert

'If there is no wind, row.' 

Latin Proverb

Janette McLennan

P & F Meeting

Last Thursday the P&F met to discuss some exciting plans and decisions.


The P&F voted in favour of contributing $30 toward the cost of each child's year 6 camp costs.

The planning for our High Tea on 11 September is in full swing and we are excited with our progress so far. We have booked the venue, entertainment and photographer.

Our next P&F Meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd July at 5.15pm in the Prep rooms.

We encourage all parents and carers to join us. If you can't make it to the meeting in person, we can arrange a Zoom link.

Carla - P and F Secretary

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 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


25 June      Year 4B Prayer Assembly

Term 2 Concludes


12 July Term 3 Commences

13 July NAIDOC Mass

14 - 16 July Catholic Schools Challenge Cup

15 July Prep Information night 5:30pm

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


6 August Mass

6 August Friday Sport for Years 4 - 6

8 August Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop

10-13 August 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 Father’s Day

6 September REd Ex Conversations

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)

How to access report cards