St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Principal's Reflection

Friday 23rd July 2021 Edition 2, Volume 5

“The strongest trees are the slowest growing”  Julian Tenison Woods 1875

As I sat down to write my message to families this week, I could not help but reflect on Julian Tenison Woods' quote.  It has taken us time but we are growing together to build a strong Catholic School Community and I am viewing the strength of families and how you support your children.

At the end of every day, I sit still, just breathe and think of three things that I am grateful for from that day. There were so many things that I was grateful for this week. Staff stepping up and taking responsibility, showing love and initiative; students giving their utmost and problem solving, giving warm and cool feedback with respect and courage; and parents juggling many hats and taking on additional responsibility, when life is hard and pressured. 

On another note, the Olympic Games begin today and  I am excited! The  motto "Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together"  describes how athletes need to strive in the world arena to reach for their best.  It may not always be a win. I wonder if you will have the chance to capture one of these Olympic moments ?  

An Irish Blessing

Deep peace of the running wave to you.

Deep peace of the flowing air to you.

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

May you be filled with the Holy Spirit taking time to listen, work through challenges and persevere to the end.

Kind regards,



We appreciate the way in which families have managed and supported the school in the Lockdown Extension. Thank you for filling in the survey to allow us to manage staffing and delivery of learning to your children.

We are asking families to provide us with some feedback about the most recent experience of Remote Learning. A Google form has been created asking you to name challenges, successes and improvement, should we experience a continued Lockdown. This will be valuable data for us to improve our practice and ensure we are delivering the highest levels of learning to our students.


Hi there!

Your children continually amaze us with the quality of work they are producing. They take on feedback and apply this to their work, seeking to improve what they are doing. They have been busy with their online learning and one of the tasks was to recreate a famous art piece using objects found at home. Please enjoy a sneak peak of their work and what lies ahead for our celebration of learning/art exhibition at the end of the term. 

It was wonderful to see so many smiles and learning at last Thursday's excursion at the Animal Land Children's Farm in Diggers Rest. Students had the opportunity to have a tractor ride, play tug-of-war, participate in an egg and spoon race, churn and taste some freshly made butter, milk a cow, ride a pony, hold a guinea pig or rabbit or feed one of the many friendly farm animals. It was a jam packed and fun-filled day enjoyed by all.

Please click on the attached link to view more of the wonderful memories of the day.


At the request of our governing body, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) board,  St Joseph’s is establishing a School Advisory Council to support the Principal, Parish Priest and leadership team of the school.  No particular expertise is required except a desire to represent and give voice to the parent body in advising the Principal about important matters related to the school’s ongoing desire to provide the best possible education for our children.

 We are, therefore, calling on you to express your interest in being part of the School Advisory Council.  If you are a member of the Parish or have children in the school and wish to be part of this exciting development, we would welcome your application in writing to Shelley Ryan by Wednesday 28th July, 2021. 

The School Advisory Council will be held on Tuesday 3rd August at 7.00pm. This will be online. Those who have indicated their interest will be contacted prior to the meeting or if you wish to be involved, please email

Members will be required to complete a Fit and Proper document and Code of Conduct which is required by all members. A package will be sent to those attending before the meeting. Part of the role of the council may be to determine and evaluate all aspects of its work or concentrate on some key areas.

Areas for evaluation may include:

·  The Religious Education program

·  Curriculum

·  Enrolments and enrolment policy

·  School resources

·  Improvements in the school

·  Annual Report to the school community

·  Family partnerships

The School Advisory Council is another arm of our Community Leadership Team (CLT). If you would like more information about MACS School Advisory Councils please refer to the following link:



We are looking forward to our Baptised Year 3 students receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Thursday 9th September at 7:00pm.   There will be a Sacramental Information Meeting for Year 3 parents on Tuesday 31st August at 6:30pm.  All our Year 3/4 students will learn about responsibility, saying sorry and forgiveness and how this is enacted in the Catholic tradition.


Our CLT Fundraising Team has pressed go for the first fundraising activity for St Joseph’s.  This term we are running a Billy G’s Gourmet Cookie Dough Fundraiser.  Orders opened on Monday 19th July 2021. Visit  and register to create your child’s cybersafe fundraising profile. Instructions are in your child’s order form. You have until Friday 13th August 2021 to order so make sure you get the dough-rolling and create your online fundraising page today! The School Name is under St Joseph’s Catholic School Werribee


Grace O’Neill, the School Chaplain, will be offering the Seasons for Growth program for Years 3 - 6 this term and Foundation to Year 2 in term 4.  Seasons for Growth is designed to support children who have experienced grief, loss, separation, divorce and trauma. Parents are asked to contact Grace via email if you are interested in your child participating in this program. ( It is limited in numbers and Grace will contact families directly.


SCIENCE EXPO 2021 (Term 2)

In the last week of term 2 our students' Science Inquiry Learning was showcased at our Science Expo. Questions were posed by students and addressed through their presentation.  The students' work was presented in a variety of ways through dioramas, paintings, drawings and  stop motion movies. The children’s dispositions and learning styles were evident in their enthusiastic presentations. What a wonderful celebration of learning!


It has been an exciting process of interviewing families for 2022 enrolment. They have accepted their places and we look forward to the Orientation Program beginning in Term 4. Information will be pushed out to families after Week 6, Term 3.

Over the next few weeks the Year 1-6 families will be interviewed for the available positions. 

Existing families will be sent a letter in the next two weeks, asking if they will enrol in 2022. We ask families to complete this letter and notify us if your children are re-enrolling for 2022.


Deputy Principal and Teaching positions for 2022 have been advertised and can be found on Teacher on Net.


Schools must now complete the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on Students with a Disability every year. Please read the linked article explaining how this applies in Catholic Schools as advised by Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV).


20% Discount on Sports & Co-Curricular Group Photos available until 3/08/2021

Dear Parents,

These school sports and co-curricular groups were photographed on 19/05/2021:

Whole School

You can now view and purchase the group images listed above and if you place your order before 3/08/2021 you will get a 20% early order discount. Just click on the link below. Please note the discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Images can also be viewed by visiting entering the code: E8M KWB RKZ and clicking on “Group Photos”


·  Sports and co-curricular group photos can only be purchased online, PLEASE DO NOT return payment to your school

·  If your child's group or team is scheduled to be photographed at a later date, you will receive an additional email notification when the images are ready to be ordered

·  Photos will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after the discounted early order period has closed

·  Past years' photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups are also available at your school's advancedorder and your child's advancedyou photo sites

advancedlife would like to express our appreciation to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School for placing your trust in us. Please remember we offer a 100% money-back guarantee on our products to ensure your peace of mind. We would also love to receive your feedback or resolve any issues you may experience, to ensure your satisfaction. If you have any questions, comments or feedback relating to your advancedlife experience, please contact us at


Do you have a child currently in Year 5?

Applications for Year 7 Enrolments 2023 are now open and will close on Friday 20 August 2021. Please visit for further information.


Issue 5 is now open and will close on Wednesday 28th July, 2021. Please complete an online order if you are interested in ordering some books and supporting the school. 


Tuesday 3rd August: School Advisory Council 7:00 pm (Online)

Friday 20th August: Year 7 MacKillop Enrolments Due

Thursday 26th August: Museum of Art & Play Excursion

Tuesday 31st August: Father's Day Liturgy 8:45am

Tuesday 31st August: Reconciliation Family Meeting

Thursday 9th September: Reconciliation

Thursday 16th September: Last Day Term 3 (Finish 3:10pm)

Friday 17th September: School Closure Day (RE Reflection Day)

Thursday 2nd December: Year 6 Graduation

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Werribee

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