St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

10 February 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection


What would you do if God gave you a miracle?  No, not winning the lottery but being cured of an illness.  Perhaps, like me, you would let everyone know of the blessing you received.  But is that the best response?  This year, at Mass on Sundays, we are reading the Gospel of Mark.  In this Gospel, Jesus usually stops people from proclaiming the miracles he has done for them.  Why?  Wouldn’t that be the best advertisement for him. Well, it depends on what you want to advertise

In last Sunday’s Gospel, in a tiny story, just three sentences long, we are taught just what response Jesus wants.  In this first miracle told in Mark’s Gospel, we see how the true disciple of Jesus acts.  Jesus is told that Peter’s mother-in-law is ill. He cures her and she begins to wait on them. Jesus gives in loving service to her; she passes on this life in loving service to others.  The story is so small you could almost miss it but it reveals so much about how God acts in our world.  The mother-in-law was by no means an important person in the world, but she would have been important in her family, even if they didn’t realise it.  The healing wasn’t a great dramatic event that would have brought Jesus fame, but it did show his love and care for that one person. 

For us, the message is quite simply, when we receive good blessings, we are to pass them on.  That is the core of a good life, that is at the heart of our Christian faith.  We are never given anything to keep to ourselves.  Consider the people who you regard as wonderful and loving in your community and your families.  Their lives will be characterised by just this generosity.  Catherine of Siena, a medieval saint, said, ‘We have never truly received a gift until we have given it away.’

Loving God, show me how I can be generous with my family and friends this coming week.  Let me appreciate the good things I have so much that I want to share them with others.  I ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear me.

Sr Kym Harris osb

From the Principal


We have had many visitors to our Sick Bay this week. If your children are exhibiting symptoms of illness you will be asked to collect them. Children are required to refrain from returning to school for specific time periods, as recommended by Queensland Health Guidelines:

Secondhand Uniforms

We will no longer be accepting or selling secondhand uniforms here at school.  There are a number of local buy/swap/sell Facebook sites that are now widely used for purchasing, selling or donating used uniforms. If you have already brought in uniforms that you wish to sell, we will be in contact with you shortly asking if you would like to collect these and post them online yourselves or i you wish for them to be donated, as spares, to the school.


Safety Reminders

Please be advised that glass water bottles and lunch containers are not to be brought to school by any of our students, for quite obvious safety reasons.

We ask all community members to be extra vigilant and ensure that you close our school gates behind you when entering or leaving the school grounds. This is for the safety of our children and we thank you for being mindful of this request.

Indigenous School Hearing Health Program

Hearing health workers will be visiting our school on Tuesday 27 April to screen all Indigenous students from Prep - Year 6. A hearing screen requires a consent form to be signed by a parent/guardian and these (paper) forms have been sent home with children today.

Media Permissions and Privacy Requirements

Important! Please be aware that not all children in our school have media clearance. If you choose, you can post images/videos of your children at school events. Do not post images/videos of other children. This includes images taken at school assemblies, masses, sporting events and so on.


St Patrick’s Race Day

Each year the Catholic Primary schools of the Rockhampton region band together to host the St Patrick’s Day Race meeting at Callaghan Park. This year it will be on Saturday 13 March. The Race day provides a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our schools and is a great event for the Central Queensland community. Each of our primary schools takes responsibility for a certain task. St Joseph’s Wandal traditionally provides some Year 6 Irish Leprechauns and Colleens (costumes provided) to welcome patrons and hand out Lucky Gate Dodgers at the main gate.  Students will be required at Callaghan Park on this date from approximately 10.30am-12.30pm. If your child is interested in attending, please email the Year 6 teachers. In the event of much interest, names will be pulled out from a hat!


P and F Meeting

 Reminder: Please feel free to join us for our first P and F Meeting of the year on Thursday 18 February at 5.15pm in the Staffroom. All parents/carers are welcome to attend. This is a great way to meet people, offer suggestions and hear first hand about the goings-on of our busy school.

The 2021 School Board will meet immediatley afterwards at 6.15pm.

School Fees - Term One

School Fees were issued on Monday and are due 19 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 of 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 are 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. Tuckshop orders can be placed via ‘Flexischools’.


Bishop's Inservice Day - Pupil Free Day

 Friday 19 February is a Pupil Free Day.  All Catholic Education staff in the Rockhampton Diocese participate in a day of professional development, supported by our Bishop, on an annual basis. Our Outside School Hours Care Service will operate between the hours of 7am-6pm on this day. For bookings or queries, please call the OSHC staff on 0429316543.

Homework Club - It's back!

Homework Club is held most Tuesdays and is available to all children in Years 3-6. Homework Club, supervised by senior students from The Cathedral College, commences at 3.20pm and finishes at 4.20pm. Students wait under the supervision of staff on afternoon duty until Homework Club commences and they  must be collected from the 'Be-Hive' at 4.20pm by a parent or guardian. Children staying for Homework Club must be ‘booked in’ by midday each Tuesday – please email the office staff if you wish to secure your child’s place. Students are welcome to pack an extra snack to enjoy before they commence their homework. 

Yours in partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection

Jesus serves and is served.

The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another.  (Mk 1:33-34)

Loving Jesus, let me be a channel of your compassion to all I meet who are in need.   


Prayer Assembly

On Friday Year 4B will lead prayer in the Undercover Area at 8.35am. This celebration will focus on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick.  Year 4 will share a story from the Gospel of Mark about how Jesus healed a sick man. 

Did you know...

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses.


Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day!

This year, in keeping with the 'COVID-normal' climate, we have purchased pancakes, rather than requesting parents to donate pancakes cooked from home.

Unfortunately, we are unable to place the order through Flexi-schools as we originally intended, however, we will ensure that each child enjoys a pancake on Shrove Tuesday.  Pancakes will be sold for 50c each, and class teachers will collect this money on the day.  All proceeds are being donated to Caritas, Project Compassion.

If your child has allergies, you may like to send a little treat along in their lunch box for them to enjoy on Shrove Tuesday.

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day), is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Pancakes traditionally became the food of choice on this day, so that rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar could be used up before fasting began.

Our Year 6 House Captains will be participating in a pancake 'bake-off' in front of the school and a special guest judge will determine the best pancakes.  

Ash Wednesday

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.

Thank you to the Prep Classes for adding your artistic flair on our school Acknowledgement of Country

Thought of the Week!

Children's Liturgy

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

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

Queensland School Libraries Week

Come along and celebrate School Libraries Week.  Our Year Six students have selected some books that fit with the theme of 'Unlocking the Future' and Mrs Westgarth has set up a wonderful display.

Science is Alive in Five

Making Slime by Year Five

In Year 5 we are learning about States of Matter. We conducted an experiment to make slime to find out if it was a solid, liquid or gas. To make the slime we mixed cornflour and water together. We tested the mixture to find out its state by putting our fingers in it. If we tapped the slime quickly with our fingers it felt solid and if we put our fingers in it slowly, it felt like a liquid.



From the Fabulous Fives

Safer Internet Day

Yesterday was 'Safer Internet Day' and the office of the e-safety commissioner has a range of resources that can help you to have some of those challenging conversations about internet safety.

Safer Internet Day

 Janette McLennan

Essential Oils in Classrooms


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

Term 1 2021


12          Year 6 Leadership Building Day Capricorn Caves

12          Year 4 B Prayer Assembly

16          Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Bake Off & Pancakes for sale for 50c each

17         Ash Wednesday - Mass in hall at 9am

18         School Performance - Revolting Rhymes

19         Bishop’s Inservice Day - Pupil Free Day

26        Year 6 Leadership Badge Presentation


5            Year 2R Prayer Assembly

12          Year 5 M Prayer Assembly

14         Chamber Music Concert 1:00pm The Cathedral

19         Feast Day of St Joseph - Mass in Hall at 10am

19        Year 3J Prayer Assembly

21        Harmony Day

28         Palm Sunday

29         Parent Teacher Interviews

30         Parent Teacher Interviews

School Banking

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Wandal is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.


School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help teach your child the importance of saving. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.


School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school P&F. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.


Getting involved in School Banking is easy!


All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:  


1. Online

Visit and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. 


2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.


If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet. 


School Banking day is Thursday. Each week you need to deliver your deposit wallet to the office on Thursday morning. It will be processed on Thursday afternoon and your deposit wallet will be available for collection from the office on Friday.


At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Wandal, our School Banking Co-ordinators are Tanya Johnson and Kate Lipke of the P&F. 


If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2021 School Banking program parent guide from the school office or visit




We have had a report of headlice in the school. Please check your child /ren and treat if necessary, as per  Queensland Health Guidelines.

Student Awards

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