St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

1 December 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

Christmas Calendars

 When I was a child, there were Advent calendars on which doors were opened at each date, to reveal different religious scenes in preparation for Christmas.  It was a simple way of teaching children the mystery of Jesus and the place of waiting for Christmas.  Well some years ago Advent Calendars made a comeback but what in different forms, firstly chocolates behind the doors,  now, lego, money, finger puppets, wine, seemingly anything except Jesus.  A strange one from a few years ago was on The Economist website. It gave graphs and data concerning different countries of the world.  Amongst the data were the following:  Australia has one of the highest rates of well-being and wealth and we have the highest rate of gambling loss in the world – by a long shot.  So how come so many people who are ‘healthy and wealthy’ throw away so much money. 

We don’t live on bread, or wealth or health alone.  Deep in our hearts is a deep passionate need for something more.  Quite simply we are made for God, and if we don’t seek God, we may try to fill that hunger with other needs.  Why don’t people see this readily?  Because love calls on us to transcend ourselves, to put others - whether it is God, a spouse or children - before ourselves and that is not easy.  God knows this and so sent his Son, Jesus to show us how it is done and to be with us on the journey.  As you seek to show love this Christmas, ask Jesus to be with you as companion and guide.  Let each situation be like a little door which you can open and recognise that “God is with us”.

Loving God, send us your Spirit over this coming Christmas so that we may allow Jesus to come into our lives with his love and his life.  We ask this in his name, confident that you will hear us.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal

Thank you and farewell

As we near the end of the school year, which is my eighth year as principal and eleventh on staff here, I am definitely feeling some very mixed emotions. I have been so honoured and privileged to be a part of this wonderful community for so long. I would never have anticipated, when I agreed to a six-month contract over a decade ago, that I would have become so connected to this school, as a teacher, parent, assistant principal and principal.  

While I am excited about the new experiences and opportunities I will have in my role as Assistant Director: Mission for Catholic Education Diocese of Rockhampton, I will greatly miss the St Joseph’s Wandal families, staff and most of all, students. I look forward to working with all kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools throughout our Diocese, as far north as Mackay, west to Longreach and south to Bundaberg, but it goes without saying, that this school will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I continue to be inspired by the extraordinary work that our staff do in encouraging our children to be the very best learners they can be. I have been so lucky to work with a team of such passionate and enthusiastic educators. I have made lifelong friends and have many fond memories.


 I offer to each and every one of you my heartfelt thanks for placing your trust in me, and in this school, allowing me the honour of working with you, in both good and difficult times. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the St Josephs’ Wandal community, albeit in a slightly different way.

In closing, I wish all of you many blessings this Christmas season and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon.     

 With much appreciation,





Secondhand Uniforms

If you are wishing to sell uniforms at the end of the 2021 school year, please remember that a Facebook page exists for the buying and swapping of used uniforms.

Vacation Care

A reminder that Vacation Care is available over the Christmas Holidays. The OSHC staff have some exciting activities and excursions planned! Please call the OSHC staff on 0429316543 for enquiries or bookings.

Vacation Care Program


In partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Christmas Prayer

May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds,

the perseverance of the wise men, the love of Joseph and Mary,

and the peace of the Christ child be ours this Christmas.

And may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, rest upon us and remain with us always.


Please spare a few minutes to view The Christmas Story - a Kid Perspective 

School Leaders 2022

Whilst all of our Year 6 students of 2022 will have special school leadership roles and responsibilities, we offer particular congratulations to the following students:

2022 School Captains: Rhiannon Llewellyn and Harper Jones

Penola House Captains : Cooper McKean and Ella Starr

MacKillop House Captains: Aiden Syphers and Tyla Ganter

Tenison House Captains : Cash Carolan and Evie Geihe  

Congratulations Year 6

Congratulations – to our Year Six students who celebrated their graduation from primary school with Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral, followed by drinks and nibblies last Wednesday.  We look forward to presenting our Year Six students with their graduation certificates on Friday. 


Farewell to the 2021 Year Six classes who have led our school community very well this year. Our very best wishes to each of you as you move onto secondary school. In saying farewell to our Year Six students, we also recognise that it is the end of a long association with St Joseph’s Wandal for some of our families. We sincerely thank those families for their commitment and support and pass on our best wishes for the future.

Rockhampton Christmas Masses

Year 6 Prayer Assembly

Please join us in the Undercovered Area at 8.35am on Friday. Year 6 students will lead prayer and recieve their graduation certificates. 

Year 4 Advent Posters

Year Four have been learning about the season of Advent. We had a class competion to design a poster that depicted the true meaning of Advent. Well done to Gabby and Kristen for your beautiful work.

Thank you Year 6

A massive thank you to the Year Six students who successfully ran a fundraiser for Catholic Mission.  Great initative boys!

Thought of the Week!

Parish Bulletin


Merry Christmas

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update

2022 Spelling Bee

Lots of fun was had this morning at our annual 'Spelling Bee'.  It was amazing to see so many students striving for excellence at this exciting event.  Congratulations to all finalists, and a very sincere well done to our winners.

  • P to 2 winner:  Ella R (Year 1)
  • Years 3 and 4 winner:  Ella S (Year 4)
  • Years 5 and 6 winner:  Lily M (Year 6)

Wandal's Got Talent

As many of you know, my association with Wandal is quite long!  One of the things that we have always been known for was our love of the arts!  Wandal's Got Talent is a great opportunity to celebrate that heritage, and share our skills in a fun and exciting way.  Well done to everyone who competed - you are all very talented!

More 'Wandal's Got Talent'

RMU Choir Inc presents

RMUYC presents

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Janette McLennan

Student Awards

“Striving for Excellence” Award – (for a student who has exhibited academic improvements and/or has been applying themselves to the very best of their ability).

Hudson J - Year 1 - For your excellent Curiosity Project presentation. You were well rehearsed, and engaged your audience with your confidence and clear voice. Well done.

Tyla G- Year 5 - For consistently looking for ways to improve your work and striving for excellence. Keep it up!

Sports News

Rockhampton Cricket School Holiday Bash


Calendar Dates for 2022

17 January      School Office Opens

20 January      School Office Closed for Mandatory Training

20 January      Prep, Years 1 and 2 Unpacking Day from 3:00 - 4:00pm

24 January      First Day of School Year 2022

2022 Calendar Dates

Term 1

 Monday 24 January – Friday 1 April

10 weeks

Term 2              

Tuesday 19 April – Friday 24 June

10 weeks

Term 3

Monday 11 July – Friday 16 September

10 weeks

Term 4

Tuesday 4 October – Friday 2 December

  9 weeks