St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

26 May 2021

Weekly Prayer Reflection

Loving Differences

I love listening to elderly happily-married people talk about their spouses – with the evident love, the delight in the other and the wry humour at the characteristics of the other that after 50, 60 or even more years still annoy them, sometimes intensely. No matter how happy the couple, there are still differences – it seems to be part of the nature of loving another. 


This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Trinity – that is we recognise and celebrate that our God is a community – Three Persons, Father, Son and Spirit, equal, holding all in common except in their differing relationships to each other.  This is hard for us to get our minds around but our hearts know what it is about.  We are made in the image of God and relationship is at the core of our being, relationship that involves both loving union and difference.    Loving union we can cope with, dealing with difference is more of a challenge.  To appreciate it we need to recognise what good ‘differences’ can bring to a relationship.  The attraction of love can be so strong at times that one can run the risk of ‘falling into’ the other – becoming a clone or a slave.  Our differences protect us from that.  Differences also help us define our individuality.  This is important because it is only as free individuals that we can truly love.   So perhaps this Sunday you could name and celebrate the differences in your relationships – with your spouse or partner, your children, your parents – and realise that these, if used rightly, can enhance your loving. 


Loving God, help us to love each other as you love each other within the Trinity, celebrating both what we have in common and the differences between us.  We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us. 

Sr Kym Harris osb


From the Principal

Governor of Queensland Visits St Joseph’s Wandal

Yesterday, we were honoured to host the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency Paul de Jersey AC for a school visit. Also in attendance was the Mayor of Rockhampton Tony Williams, Bishop Michael McCarthy, Diocesan Director Leesa Jeffcoat and a number of other invited guests. We were privileged to hear the Governor speak at our whole school assembly and His Excellency also visited Year 3J to read a book on Gavel, his dog, which was presented to us as a parting gift.

 We were delighted to share our school with the visiting party and were so proud of the respect our children showed them. A significant amount of behind the scenes organisation was required in preparation for the Governor’s visit, as well as adherence to particular protocols, and I thank all who helped prepare for this visit.

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education

On Monday, some of our Year 6 students joined with other representatives from Catholic Schools across our Diocese to celebrate Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral, with Bishop Michael. As well as being the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians, this Mass was a major celebration to mark 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. We joined in prayer to celebrate the gift that Catholic Education has been to Australia for the past 200 years and to pray that God will continue to bless this Ministry and all who serve in it today, tomorrow and into the future.

Letter from the Prime Minster


Friday afternoon sport - Years 4-6

Thank you for having your children so prepared and organised for our first round of Season B sport last Friday. A reminder that phone calls will not be permitted for students who have forgotten their uniforms or equipment and instead, these students will remain at school to work. We would love to see our SJW parents and grandparents at the games to support our students.

The draws for this week’s games  can be found further in this newsletter.

Rugby League Players please note that Mr Joyce will be away this Friday. Mr Ivory will accompany you to football along with Mrs Jenkinson, Mr Wagg and Mrs Lau.

Athletics Carnival *date claimer*

The 2021 Athletics Carnival will be held at Brosnan Oval, Emmaus College for ALL students in Prep - Year 6, on Wednesday,  9 June (please note changed location). Please indicate via the E-form on the Skoolbag App by Friday 4 June, if your children require bus transport to and from Emmaus College. If we do not receive a response from your family, we will assume you will arrange your own transport and the bus will not have seats allocated for your children. Field Events finals for Years 4- 6 students will also be held on this day. Children are to wear their sports uniforms to our Athletics Carnival. A plain, house-coloured polo shirt may also be worn if preferred. 

School Photo Envelopes

Last Wednesday, your children received their school photo envelopes.  These are personalised envelopes with students’ names and details already printed. A pre-paid system requires all online orders to be finalised by midnight on photo day, Thursday 17 June 2021.  Late orders and payments are accepted but will incur a late fee.  

Envelopes are required to be returned on the day (or to the office for safe keeping until photo day).

High Tea - 11 September

Due to a hiatus COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 , our P and F High Tea fundraiser is back! The date has been set, so mark it in your calendars!

Yours in partnership,

Kellie Jenkinson

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

Prayer Reflection - Mary Help of Chritians

Mary Help of Christians patroness of Australia

Almighty God, deepen in our hearts our love of Mary Help of Christians. Through her prayers and under her protection, may the light of Christ shine over our land.  May Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace. Grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens.  Bless especially the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

Year 2R Prayer Assembly

Please join Year 2R for prayer this Friday as they reflect on the events of Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter Season on the Church CalendarPentecost is a good time to stop and acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to reflect upon how we are using our gifts and talents to the very best of our ability.  

2W will lead prayer on Friday 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

National Reconciliation Week occur every year from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. 

For the latest reconcilation news, please click on the link to access the magazine. 

In recognition of National Reconciliation, Week Year 2W will lead a whole school prayer on Friday 3 June and students will participate in classroom organised events to learn about reconcilation.

Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist

This week marks the completion of the Sacramental Journey which for some, commenced in 2019.  We were delighted to welcome more families in 2020. This was a wonderful celebration for our parish, schools and families. Bishop Michael engaged the children by explaining the difference between theHoly Spirit in Confirmation and the bread and wine in the Eucharist. Thank you to our families for participating in this journey and supporting us to build relationships with our parish community.

If you are interested in participating in the Sacramental Journey, please contact the Rockhampton Cathedral Parish of St Joseph on 4927 6744.

Thought of the Week!

With gratitude,

Rheanna Starr

Parish Bulletin


Curriculum Update

Rockhampton Show Entries

Are you or your children bakers, artists, chicken farmers or photographers?  Check out the list of opportunities that can be found at the Rockhampton Show.

Would you like to help us build a scarecrow or two for the scarecow competition?  Please email me if you are keen: 

The Midnight Gang

Today Years 3 and 4 enjoyed an amazing performance of David Walliam's book, 'The Midnight Gang' brought to life at the Pilbeam. 

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Year 2 Science

This term in Science, Year Two students are learning about how living things grow and change. Last Wednesday, a chrysalis arrived and over the weekend a gorgeous female monarch butterfly emerged. Yesterday we made wishes as we released the butterfly into its natural habitat.  

'Imagination is the source of all human achievement'.

Sir Ken Robinson

 Janette McLennan

AEDC information

Playing our part to build a national picture of child health

In early 2021, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).

The AEDC gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families.

Children don’t miss any class time, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level - it isn’t an assessment of individual children.

Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs.

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census.

To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website:

If you have any questions, you can contact Kellie Jenkinson on 49948230 or

Tuckshop Helpers WANTED

Friday Tuckshop helpers required.  Can you spare a few hours between 8:30am to 12 noon to assist Gail and Elise in our tuckshop? Please email the school at if you can assist.

Student Awards

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

Friday Sports Draw

Please click on the link for this week's draw.

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


26 May The Midnight Gang at The Pilbeam Theatre Years 3 & 4

27 May Questacon school visit

28 May Year 2 R Prayer Assembly - Pentecost

28 May Years 4 - 6 Friday Sport

Parent Lounge Absentee


Flu Season Reminder

As you are aware every year Queensland experiences an influenza or flu season. As we enter this season it is timely to remind parents and care-givers not to be complacent about flu. Queensland Health advises that where possible, people need to be vaccinated for the flu every year.

Flu is a virus more serious than the common cold and can be spread through talking, coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include sudden fever, dry cough, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, headache, sore throat and a stuffy or runny nose.

If your child has flu-like symptoms, the following is advised:

·       Keep your child home from school;

·       Ensure your child washes their hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser gel;

·       Encourage your children when coughing or sneezing, to cover their mouth and nose with disposable tissues which should be disposed of immediately;

·       Ensure they drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest;

·       Consult your doctor if you are concerned about their symptoms.

Queensland Health Guidelines advise that individuals displaying flu like symptoms should  stay at home until such symptoms have passed (normally 5-7 days). 

Families should also reinforce the recommended protective actions listed above.

Increased awareness and ongoing attention to prevention and control measures, such as vaccination and good hygiene, are steps that we can all promote to reduce the impact of influenza.