St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

27 January 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

Our School Prayer

God, help us to recognize your presence in all creation.

Joseph, inspire us to love, as you loved.

​Mary MacKillop, teach us to serve, as you served.

​Jesus, give us your spirit of gentle loving care,

Open our hearts to the needs of others

And may everything we do be pleasing to you.


From the Principal

Welcome to the 2021 School Year!

On behalf of the St Joseph’s Wandal school community, I sincerely welcome all of our new children, families and staff members – it is great to have you here. We have begun the school year with 346 students. This includes all of our new Prep students and 12 new students in Years One to Six.

Day One began very smoothly and it was lovely to see so many enthusiastic and familiar faces on my rounds throughout the classrooms. A huge thank you to all of our families who assisted the children in being ready for the beginning of the school year.

The children looked wonderful in their uniforms, had their books sorted and were prepared for the many new experiences that they were about to encounter. Thank you too for adhering to current COVID requirements, which state that adults on site must maintain social distancing at all times. Thank you for your efforts – please know that it assists both staff and students greatly.

I know that starting, or returning, to school is tricky for some families and that some of our students (and their parents) may have been experiencing some nervousness or worry, leading up to the first day of school. Hopefully, now that Day One has concluded, some of the butterflies have settled and worry alleviated. Please do not hesitate to reach out with your concerns or worries, you will find our school staff only too happy to support you however we can. Our School Counsellor, Charmian, is always happy to hear from our families too, and she is looking forward to working with our wonderful kids again this year.


Thank you to the Office, Facilities and Support Staff who ‘officially’ worked last week, (although they regularly popped in and out throughout their Christmas breaks) coordinating tradespeople, answering a mountain of emails, and preparing our school for another busy year. Teachers too, have been busy engaging in professional learning, setting up classrooms and preparing valuable learning experiences for your children over the last couple of weeks.

New Staff

A warm welcome to the following staff members who are joining our school this year: Mr Gregory Ivory (teacher), Mr Geoff Joyce (teacher) and Mrs Melinda Lau (teacher assistant). 

Day One photos

Building and Maintenance News

The hall and library received a fresh coat of paint over the Christmas period. Some of the stencilled concrete was given a fresh coat of colour too and shade sails damaged in last year’s hail storm were (finally) repaired. The Year Three classrooms have been given a total makeover, bringing them in line with other classrooms as open-plan, modern learning spaces which naturally encourage collaboration and inquiry-based learning. Thank you to Boyd, Darryl and the team from BT Builders for undertaking this project and ensuring it was completed for the commencement of the school year.

Access to School Information 2021 - Action required by all families

The School App remains our preferred method of distributing information from school. Whilst our website also has the newsletter available, the school app also pushes out information, letters, reminders and last-minute communications which may need to occur outside of the weekly newsletter. You will need to ensure that you have updated your Skoolbag app for the 2021 year (open the App, click on the school logo, click on 'Groups' and add/remove your children's current classes).

It is VITAL for parents to read the weekly newsletter (distributed each Wednesday) in order to keep up to date with school events and information. If at any time you are having difficulty accessing school communications, please see the office staff. 

Parent Information Sessions

It is recommended that all families attend their Parent Information Session for 2021. Important information about learning opportunities, assessment, homework, use of devices, behaviour expectations and other classroom matters will be shared at these sessions, which are held annually, at the commencement of the school year. Please note, due to social distancing requirements, all sessions will be held in the school hall. There will be no superivison provided for children, however our After School Hours Care Service will be in operation.

Please see the Curriculum section of this Newsletter for dates and times.

Volunteer Induction Sessions & Parent Reading Tips Sessions

We encourage all parents and grandparents to volunteer in our school. Before you commence though, you are required to attend a Volunteer Induction Session. Parents do not need Blue Cards to assist at school, however all other volunteers (including grandparents) must present their Blue Cards to office staff. If you do not have a Blue Card and would like to apply for one, please see the school office staff or download forms from

 The following Volunteer Induction Sessions will be offered this year:

  • 2 February at 9am (Zoom only session – please the office for Zoom details)
  • 4 February at 9am
  • 8 February at 2.40pm



The following ‘Parent Reading Tips’ sessions will also be offered. These sessions will be run by our Learning Support teacher, Mrs Christine Gawne and will of offer practical tips to assist with reading at home.

  • Wednesday, 3rd February at 2.30pm  (this is scheduled immediately before the Prep Parent Information Session – we would love to see lots of our Prep parents at this session!)
  • Wednesday, 10th February at 9.00am


Disruptions during the day

Please be advised that our school day commences at 8.35am and concludes at 3.00pm for all year levels. Children arriving late and leaving early must be signed in/out at the school office. I realise that at times, certain specialist appointments etc. must be attended during the day. Disrupting classes to get children to swimming lessons and the like is not permitted – it not only disturbs your child’s learning but the entire class.

Similarly, children may not be at school before 8.15am. Our Before School Care Service operates each day from 6.30am-8.30am for students requiring supervision before this time. Similarly, supervision is provided until 3.20pm after school. Students who cannot be collected before 3.20pm can enrol in our After School Hours Care Service. For more information on our OSHC, please go to

School Fees - Term One

School Fees will be issued 12th February and will be due 26th February. This statement is defaulted to your email address. We are no longer able to offer a ‘split’ billing service. Your fees can be managed by direct debit, BPay, Eftpos, cash, cheque or via Parent Lounge. School fees brought forward from 2020 are now OVERDUE. If you need assistance, please make an appointment to meet with me.

A reminder that a diocesan concession scheme is in effect, and if you hold an approved pension or health card, you may be eligible for a 70% reduction in your tuition fees once we sight your card. To check your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact Kathy Fishburn (finance secretary) in the office.


Tuckshop days remain on Wednesdays and Fridays and we are always looking for volunteers to assist in our tuckshop. Please contact the school office if you wish to offer your services. The only method of placing a tuckshop order is via ‘Flexischools’.


Parking and Safety Issues

 Please adhere to the 2 minute parking signage along Herbert Street. To make sure our pickup zone is effective PLEASE ensure you are adhering to the parking regulations of this area. PLEASE DO NOT – park your car, get out of your car or hold up the line if your children are late arriving. If you cannot see your child, or if they are not sent out to you immediately, I advise you to drive around the block to ensure the continual flow of traffic. If you need to park or leave your car, then please utilise the parking in the church car park.

There is NO OFFICIAL DESIGNATED PICK UP ZONE along Rundle Street. This pick-up area is for busses only. Because of our duty of care to students and the importance we place on your children’s safety I have instructed all staff not to let children cross roads to reach parents’ cars (other than by way of our fully supervised crossing). I thank you all for your cooperation. 

Names for Cars

New families will receive a laminated name sign to display in your vehicle. Please display these on either the dash of your car, or on the passenger side visor. This will enable us to identify your cars more promptly in our busy pickup lines. Please distribute these to the people who usually pick up your children. If you would like additional signs, please see the school office. Current families, if you require a replacement please contact the office. 

Contact Processes

If you have any questions, concerns or queries, your first port of call should always be the classroom teacher. By making a prior appointment, you can ensure that the classroom teacher will have the necessary focus and time to discuss your child’s progress or any issues – rather than just ‘popping in.’ If you wish to speak to a member of the Leadership team or the Principal, please make an appointment through the school office. Some class teachers may wish to distribute their email addresses. Correspondence via email should be for simple communications only e.g. incomplete homework or misplaced belongings. Teachers have limited time in which to check and respond to emails during a school day and are not required to check or respond to emails outside of their working hours. Therefore concerns or issues regarding more serious matters should be made either in person or via a phone call. Please note that staff members are  not permitted to make or receive contact with students via social media and are not recommended to accept ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ requests via social media from school parents. We thank you for your understanding.


Wishing you a year full of blessings and joy. While we are still under the shadow of the pandemic in some regards, we look forward to a year of ‘COVID-normal’ in which we can, as a school community, with joy and enthusiasm:

Serve God

Accept Responsibility

Seek Justice and

Strive for Excellence


Yours in partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection

On Sunday I had the pleasure of listening to Fr Bryan share his last homily before his retirement.  Fr Bryan’s homily was on the Gospel reading from Matthew, where Jesus calls his First Disciples.  Fr Bryan very simply questioned those present, “How will you answer the call to follow?” Each one of us are invited into a relationship and we are called to follow.  How do you plan to answer that call?

Welcome to the 2021 school year.  In Year 6 we spent some time in prayerful reflection pondering on the things we are looking forward to.

I am looking forward to knowing who my Prep buddy is and to be able to help them settle into school life.  Eden

I am looking forward to school camp to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Kaelan

 I am looking forward to another year of learning at this school. Will

I am looking forward to earning my Leadership Badge. Xander

 I am looking forward to receiving our senior shirts and being able to wear them with pride. Annika


I would like to wish all families a wonderful 2021.  I extend an invitation to families to join us for our first whole school prayer assembly on Friday 29 January at 8.35am in the Under Cover Area, please ensure you sign in via the school office.

Please see the calendar for assembly dates for Term 1.

Prayer Assembly

Each week as a community of believers we celebrate through prayer and ritual what it means to be a Catholic. Prayers and rituals will be led by individual classes to ensure appropriate social distancing requirements are met.  Assemblies for this term will be in the undercover area.  The purpose of our prayer celebration / assembly is not to perform, but to foster the development of our students’ spiritual and faith journey. This may mean that not every child will have a “speaking part” or take an active role in leading the prayer experience. The scripture reference from Matthew highlights and reminds us of the importance and purpose of our school Prayer Assemblies. Jesus said “Where two or three gather in my name, I am there with them” Matthew 18:20.

Our Journey in the Catholic Faith (Sacramental workshop dates)

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 9 or Wednesday 10 February, Workshop 1, commencing 5.30pm at the Kevin Castles Centre in West Street.

Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 24 February Workshop 2, commencing 5.30pm at the Kevin Castles Centre in West Street.

Thought of the Week!

Children's Liturgy

It is wonderful news to share that Children’s Liturgy of the word will recommence on Sunday 6th February at St Joseph’s Cathedral at 9.30am.  Children’s Liturgy of the word is held most Sundays. All students (particularly those preparing for sacraments) are encouraged to attend. 

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Curriculum Update

Parent Information Sessions

This year's information sessions will be held in St Vincent's Hall.  Places will be limited due to Covid - 19 restrictions and we would ask that one parent /caregiver attends.  As this event is outside of school hours, students will be unable to attend due to restricted numbers.  A reminder that OHSC will be in operation. Parents/caregivers will need to sign in by scanning the QR code (which will be displayed in various locations througout the school).


3:30 p.m.

- 4:00 p.m.

Year ThreeYear FourPrepYear Two

4:30 p.m.

- 5:00 p.m.

Year Five
Year OneYear Six

Class Newsletters

Class newsletters will be distributed today  via SkoolBag.  Please take the time to read these important documents and take note of all items for your calendar.

Year Five Chromebook Session

This year the parent session for chromebooks will be a video.  The link to the presentation will be distributed in the coming days.  Thank you for your co-operation.

ICT Code of Conduct

Please find below the ICT Codes of Conduct.  Parents/caregivers of students in Prep - Year 2 will need to read the code below and then complete the eform on the SkoolBag app.

Parents/caregivers of students in Years 3 - 6 will need to read the code with their child and complete two eforms, one for the student and one for the parent/caregiver.

ICT Code of Conduct Early Years - Year 2

Please see attached file, read and acknowledge through eform in skoolbag

ICT Code of Conduct Years 3 - 6

Please see attached ICT Code of Conduct for Year 3 - 6.  Please complete two eforms one for student and one for parents.

 Janette McLennan

Calendar Dates for 2021

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1 27 January - 1 April 10 weeks

Term 2 19 April - 25 June 10 weeks

Term 3 12 July - 17 September 10 weeks

Term 4 5 October - 3 December   9 weeks

Term1 2021


21       Unpacking Day 3 - 4 for Prep, Year 1 and Year 2

27       Term 1 2021 School Year Commences

27       Whole School Assembly at 11:40am


9          Homework Club Commences Years 3-6

12          Year 6 Leadership Building Day Capricorn Caves

16          Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Bake Off

17         Ash Wednesday

19         Bishop’s Inservice Day - Pupil Free Day

Important Information Collection Notice for parent/guardians