- Principal's Report
- Grade 6 Camp
- 1/2 Neighbourhood
- Senior News
- NAIDOC WEEK 2020
- Prep Orientation
- Assembly Award Winners
- Expression of Interest for Enrolment 2022
- School Fees 2021
- Conveyance Allowance
- Parish News
- Children and Youth Art Competition
- Bass Coast Sport Program
- Ritchies Community Benefits
- Wonthaggi Cricket Club
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
As we continue to prepare for 2021, new staff have been appointed.
We would like to welcome three new teachers:
Ms Julia Foster, who is working at St Joseph's Korumburra this year, Ms Hannah Parrett, who currently teaches at Don Boscoe, Narre Warren and Rebecca Nielsen who will begin her teaching career with us.
We also have another Education support Officer joining our team. We welcome Phoebe Methven to our staff as well.
We are excited to have these staff, with their individual expertise, join our community and hope they feel welcome and supported.
Religious Education Curriculum
As a Catholic school, living Gospel values and sharing the story of Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything we do. To Live in Christ Jesus is the Diocese of Sale’s Religious Education curriculum. The emphasis of this curriculum is on inviting all to learn about Jesus’ message and the Catholic story and discover its relevance and implications for us today.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan expressed it best in his forward to the curriculum:
In our cultural context, where Christian truth is continually rediscovered and made real through a continuous search for it, all School community members are encouraged to be open to God’s revelation as something that inspires and shapes a living faith. Through all the activities of a School’s life, in its teaching and through its prayer, ritual and liturgical life, we want School community members to have the opportunity to have their faith shaped and nurtured. In this, Schools are able to draw on the richness and depth of Christian tradition for inspiration and guidance….
Each of us is called to work together to help the students, families and staff of our Parishes and our Schools to learn of this goodness and enter into a living relationship with God that helps to build the Kingdom of God here and now. Indeed, this is at the very heart of our work, bringing every child and young person to know God’s love and to respond in love.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan- (former Bishop of Sale)
On one of our staff professional development days in December we will be focusing on how we can better bring this curriculum to life in our classrooms in a meaningful and poignant way.
Religious Education Leader
As you are aware, Mrs Tracy Allan will continue in her role of Deputy Principal in 2021 and she will also continue in the Learning Adjustment Leader position. So she can better focus on these two roles, she has resigned her position as Religious Education Leader. We thank Tracy for her hard work and dedication in the REL role this year.
Mrs Belinda O’Brien has been appointed to the position of Religious Education Leader for 2021. We congratulate and thank Bel for taking on this responsibility, she is already a much valued staff member and we look forward to her guidance, inspiration and leadership.
Specialist days for 2021
Due to the increase from 11 classes to 13 next year, specialist lessons (STEAM, Performing Arts, Italian and Physical Education) will occur over four days instead of two.
Students will wear their sports uniform on their class specialist day (listed below) and Fridays.
When to wear sport uniform:
Prep: Wednesdays and Fridays
1 / 2: Tuesdays and Fridays
3 / 4: Thursdays and Fridays
5 / 6: Wednesdays and Fridays
These days will be on the school calendar, accessible through our website for your reference.
Operoo / SIMON
In 2021 the school will be transitioning to a different learning management and operation system.
The Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Sale (CEOSale) have decided to implement the SIMON Learning Management System (LMS) in all primary schools in the Diocese.
- This decision reflects the CEOSale’s understanding of the many benefits to be derived from a Diocesan wide approach to Learning Management.
- The experience of Remote Schooling has also highlighted the advantages of an online learning environment as a platform for teachers in supporting student learning.
- The SIMON LMS has the capacity to:
o facilitate the online delivery of learning programs for individual students and student cohorts
o enable schools to track and monitor student progress over time
o facilitate reporting on student achievement
o provide a portal for communication with parents
o record student attendance.
We will continue to use Operoo until we have successfully transitioned to SIMON over the coming months. You will receive more information on this as we take steps towards the transition.
On the 9th of November we went to Forest Lodge for camp. On day one we did the low ropes course, flying fox and the mud run. The mud run was my favourite thing, it's an obstacle course but very dirty and smelly. At night we went on a night walk and watched a movie. On day two we did the giant swing, bush cooking and hut building. The giant swing was my favourite because it was exhilarating and there was a great view at the top. The food was very appetising. During free time there were multiple things to do such as volleyball, playing on hay bales, football, soccer, basketball and seeing the animals.
Eva Brown and Augustus Finsterer
It's been a busy time in the 1/2 Area!
We finished off our persuasive writing by publishing our best persuasive text.
The students have been learning all about maps and locations during mathematics and designed a treasure map. They used directional language to describe how to find their buried treasure.
We are very excited to start building our robots and have started the design process by thinking about the personality traits and look of the robots.
We celebrated NAIDOC week by sharing Indigenous stories, listening to traditional music and considered this year's NAIDOC theme 'Always was, Always will be' through colouring 'Shape of Land' by Tyrown Waigana.
Looking forward to another wonderful week of learning.
The 1/2 Team
The Grade 3/4 students have continued with our busy term. We have been working hard and really making the most of the amazing new learning space. Recent highlights include making movies using Stop Motion, as well as designing and racing CO2 dragsters as a part of our Integrated Studies. The Footstep dance program has also been an opportunity for some students to display their talents.
There has been a focus on handwriting and presentation of classwork this term. Everyone is taking more pride in their work and we continue to have students rewarded for their efforts in this area.
NAIDOC 2020 invited Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. The Preps and 1/2s enjoyed learning new Indigenous games during PE, Emu and Mer Kai from the Yulunga indigenous games resource.
We are now accepting Expression of Interest Application forms for student enrolments for 2022. Current families with students attending in 2022 should also complete and return an application to ensure all details are current and up to date. The application form can be found below. Email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
School fee information for 2021 has been sent out via Operoo if you would like a paper copy sent home with your child please contact the office or email us at email@example.com please remember that all concession and CSEF applications need to be accompanied by a copy of your current concession card. If you have any queries please contact the office. Please return all completed paperwork to the office by Monday December 7th.
WE ARE BACK! As of 11:59pm 27th October, 2020 Regional Areas are permitted to resume Indoor religious ceremonies: permitted with up to 20 people plus one faith leader. Those necessary for the Mass e.g. readers, cleaners etc are included in the number.
We will then not only be offering the opportunity to attend Mass on the weekend for 60 parishioners in total, but we will also be making contact for Weekday Masses as well. That is Tuesday at Our Lady Star of the Sea Inverloch and St. Joseph’s Wonthaggi on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Father Manny Lomagno for making himself available to attend to the sick and for any urgent calls of assistance, during the time Father Darren has been away. Father Manny has also been here for the Funerals in our Parish and we are very grateful for his compassion and understanding when making the arrangements with families, given that he needed to travel from Cowes.
On behalf of everyone thank you Father Manny and God Bless!
Please pray for all who have passed away recently and ALL those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. The anniversaries of Elsa Dean, Fr. James O’Donnell, Mgr. John Cunningham, Fr. Denis O’Callaghan Colin Butcher, Paul Anthony Fitzgerald, Fr. John Gavan, Fr. Daniel O’Reily, Fr. Edward O’Malley, Bishop Jeremiah Coffey, Fr. Maurice McKenna and for our own loved ones. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES: The roll out of envelopes for the next 12 months are now available for collection from the Parish Office, unfortunately in place of the usual collection at the Masses. If you are unable to attend the office and would prefer them to be delivered or mailed please phone the Parish Office on 03 56 721 111 as we have volunteer parishioners who have offered to do this.
The envelopes apply to those who give weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Those who continue to make their contributions by Direct Debit/Credit Card will not be receiving envelopes.
Thank you to ALL for your continued generosity, as in these difficult times it has enabled us to keep the wheels turning.
ALL donations to the 1st Collection, Planned Giving envelopes can be brought to the office, passed through the secure slot into the Presbytery near the front door. The next roll out of Planned Giving Envelopes is now available see notice above. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop. The Sisters of Saint Joseph have created a commemorative prayer booklet to inspire us all to “take fresh courage…”as Mary did so often. These prayers share details of her personal journey, highlighting Mary’s values and spirit, and offering prayers and blessings for our modern world. We invite you to download your free copy of Encountering St Mary MacKillop in Prayer. To order your exclusive copy please go to: www.marymackilloptoday.org.au/prayer-book or call us on Ph: 02 8912 2777.
Theological Study in 2021 Enrolments OPEN (On-line options available): Yarra Theological Union, a Catholic College of the University of Divinity in Box Hill is taking enrolments for study in 2021. New students can make an appointment with the Dean by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Or contacting the Dean directly via email: email@example.com. Further study details are available on our website www.ytu.edu.au.
A list of live streams across the Diocese is on cdsale.org.au/coronavirus page. This page has listed the Mass times which occur regularly, ie. Don’t change from week to week.
We have been emailing and sending out important communications from the Diocese and if you would like to be involved and receive this information then please contact the Parish Office on 56 721 111 or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a Child Safe Parish. Any children, young persons and vulnerable adults have a right to feel safe and be safe. If you are concerned about any form of abuse, or believe that someone is at significant risk, you should immediately raise your concerns with one of our Parish Safeguarding Officers. Contact Kristine McRae via the Parish Office: 03 56 721 111 or St. Joseph’s School Safeguarding Officer 03 56 721 052. Take care, we are here to help.
Bishop-Elect Gregory Bennet: EPISCOPAL ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF BISHOP-ELECT GREGORY BENNET AS TENTH BISHOP OF SALE.
It is with delight that we are able to confirm that Bishop-elect Greg Bennet will be ordained Tenth Bishop of Sale on Tuesday 8th December, 2020 at 11am at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sale. (Please see the attached letter from Rev Fr Peter Slater, Diocesan Administrator) Here is the link to the News story/Diocesan Statement regarding the appointment on the diocesan website. https://www.cdsale.org.au/news/diocese-of-sale-welcomes-the appointment-of-bishop-elect-greg-bennet
No Meditation or Prayer Group until further notice.
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP: Over these past months in lockdown our girls have been busy knitting, crocheting and sewing up squares! There is an amazing assortment of beautiful rugs, shawls, caps and socks on our display table in the Parish Office, ready for distribution. So, if you know anyone who is struggling with life in any way, please let us know or come in and choose an item yourself. For further information or enquiries please contact: please contact Kristine (0499 915 784), Philippa Warby (0408 331 340) or Maureen Maartensz (0407 055 447).
If you are in need of urgent assistance, please phone eithe Father Darren Howie 0356 722 923 or Kristine on 03 56 72111 or 04999 15 784.
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Father Darren Howie Mrs. Kristine McRae
Parish Priest Parish Secretary
St. Joseph’s Parish Wonthaggi
Our Fundraising Partner Ritchies IGA, are launching their new Ritchies Card. The program now has an App for both IOS and Android smart devices. For those members who don’t have a smart phone, or would like a physical card, this option is also available and can be linked to the App. For further information please see the attached infomation.