St Joseph's, Tara - Term 4 Week 2 2021 Newsletter
From the Principal
Dear parents and carers,
Welcome back to the final Term of 2021. The year has flown by so quickly as we have focused on the next steps in our learning. When we look back, it is amazing to see how much we have learned. We are pleased to also welcome the Waring and Kerr families into the St. Joseph's learning community.
Many members of the school community shared afternoon tea and blessed Miss Fisher, Mr. Nick and their, soon to be born, baby girl. Miss Fisher is taking maternity leave from this week to the end of Term 2 next year. P-2 have been very lucky to have two wonderful teachers this week. Miss Stoker is very excited to be teaching P-2 during Miss Fisher's leave. Miss Stoker is looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your child.
St. Joseph's Book Week- Other Worlds-21 October
Miss Lee, Mr Smith and the Year 3-6 students have turned the assembly room into Jurassic Park and the library entrance into the rabbit hole from the story of 'Alice in Wonderland'! Please see the Book Week and Book Fair flyers for information about costumes, the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and the activities we have planned. I'm excited and the students are too. The Book Fair is open to all families from 8:15 am to 3:20 pm from 18 - 22 October. Please return your order forms and money for our Mad Hatter's Tea Party, for catering purposes.
Spread the word! Students attending St. Joseph's in 2022 are invited to three transition days. Please bring a sunhat, drink bottle and snacks to all sessions.
- Tuesday 26th October - 8:40 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday 9th November - 8:40 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday 23rd November - 8:40 am - 2:50 pm. Please also include a packed lunch for this all day session.
Last chance to access the 2022 Enrolment Welcome Pack!
2022 Prep interviews are well under way. If you would like your child to attend St. Joseph's in 2022, please arrange an interview time this week. Your enrolment application needs to be in by 1 November, in order to access the Welcome Pack benefits ($105 off the Term 1 fees, a school uniform and school essentials).
Congratulations to Keira Furniss who entered the National Literary Competition and received a certificate for her wonderful narrative writing.
Teachers sharing practice
In Term 3 teachers from Inglewood and Mitchell visited St. Joseph's to learn collaboratively and share their teaching pedagogy and practice. This Term Mrs Smith will visit Inglewood on 13 & 14 October and Miss Stoker will visit Mitchell on 27 & 28 October to learn from, and with, other teachers to deepen their learning to further impact student learning.
Curiosity, Courage, Persistence and Resilience - four learning super powers
Over the next two weeks teachers and students will revisit the four learning super powers explored in Term 3 to imbed their use in daily teaching and learning. Classroom visits show that students are definitely learning to be resilient as they collaborate with other students.
P & F Meeting
All parents, carers and friends of St. Joseph's are invited to attend our P & F meeting this Friday 15 October at 2.30 pm. Come along and do your bit for all students in the school.
Great news! Despite the Tara pool being closed, our students will have nine swimming lessons over three days this term! Students will travel by bus to the pool in Chinchilla where they will be coached by qualified Swimfit instructors. To cater for our morning and afternoon bus travellers, the bus to Chinchilla will depart school at 9 am and return by 2:30 pm. If you are able to help with swimming on any of these dates, please notify the office.
Dates: Mon-Wed 15-17 November - 10am to 1:15pm. Each day we will have three lessons with a 30 minute break between each session.
'May God grant you courage and true wisdom in all you do and say.' Mary MacKillop 21.9.1875
From the APRE
Mission and Mary (Mother of Jesus) Month
On assembly we learned about Mary, Jesus' mother, and a traditional prayer, the Rosary, that prays the events of Jesus' life. The school community prayed the Joey rosary and students in Year 3-6 are learning to pray a decade of the Rosary. P-2 will learn the Hail Mary with actions. Year 3-6 students have commenced an art work to reveal the gift of love inspired by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
October is Mission Month. Students are learning about the lives of the 5 million people in Thailand living in poverty and the work of missionaries in this country. Thank you to everyone who participated in Hoopla with Mrs Porter this week. Students raised $82 and learned about the lives of children in Thailand.
Some examples of what our fundraising efforts can help achieve:
$35 - can help towards the cost of school supplies for a child for 1 year.
$102 - can help towards the meals and snacks for 1 child at the kindergarten for a year.
$260 - can support the cost of school supplies at the kindergarten for one month.
$300 - can help purchase milk for all the children at the kindergarten for 2 weeks.
$915 - can go towards the cost of meals for all children at the kindergarten for a month.
$1500 - could purchase one school uniform each for all 59 girls at the kindergarten for 1 year.
$1650 - can keep the lights on and the water running all year at the kindergarten.
$2290 - can help every child at the kindergarten to have a school uniform each.
The following Mission activities will take place this term:
Friday 15th October: Mr Smith's SLAM DUNK - $1
Monday 25th October: Miss Stoker & Ms Warwick's
CUP CAKE & GINGERBREAD STALL - $1 ea
Wednesday 27th October: Mrs Smith's CRAZY SOCK DAY $1
Thursday 28th October: Mrs Fraser's CRAZY HAIR $1
This week is Queensland Mental Health Week, which is an annual awareness week that aims to shine a spotlight on individual and community mental health and wellbeing. The Theme 'take time for mental health' speaks to the importance of prioritising our mental health by engaging in activities that bring joy and boost mental wellbeing.
For more information go to
From the Parish
St Mary Of The Angels - Tara
Friday: 9am Saturday: 6pm
Parish Priest: Fr Jack MacGinley
Presbytery: 4665 3401
Father Jack's Message
It seems appropriate that during this month of October we consider the issue of mental health.
I was instrumental in introducing the G.R.O.W. (Group Recovery Organisation of the World) programme in Toowoomba, back in 1969.
The programme was formed by Fr Con Keogh in 1954. It's purpose was to assist people who had had a mental breakdown or who were preventing a breakdown. It has many facets.
Below are the 12 steps of the programme.
The Twelve Steps of Recovery.
1) We admitted we were maladjusted.
2) We endeavoured to co-operate with help.
3) We surrendered to the healing power of God.
4) We made personal inventory and accepted ourselves.
5) We made moral inventory and cleaned out our hearts.
6) We endured until cured.
7) We took care and control of our bodies.
8) We learned to think by reason rather than by feelilngs and imagination.
9) We trained our wills to govern our feelings.
10) We took our place in society.
11) We grew daily closer to maturity.
12) We carried the Recovery message to other sufferers.
Fr Jack MacGinley
From the Administration Officer
Fees will be sent out this week. I encourage all families to carefully plan their budget so that outstanding fees are paid by 19th November at the latest.
2022 Term fees will increase by $5 per term, bringing the annual school fee total from $800 to $820. Please note this is the first fee increase in five years.
HOW TO PAY YOUR SCHOOL FEES:
Name: St Joseph’s School
Reference: Your Name.
*Centrelink Centrepay Deduction Payments can be made fortnightly or monthly. The School’s CRN: 555075545A
Not Sure how it’s done? Ask at the office for Assistance.
Thank you to those making regular payments and/or have their account up to date. Could I please ask everyone to check how their account is travelling. If it doesn’t seem to be reducing as quickly as you would like, I recommend increasing or begin making regular fortnightly payments via cash, direct deposit or Centrepay deductions to help manage the fees more comfortably.
Bus Notification Reminder: Please notify the school if your child's bus travel arrangements change by 2:30pm each afternoon.
If your child is being picked up instead of catching the bus home or is required to catch the bus instead of being picked up then the school needs to know before 2:30pm. Our staff have a duty of care to ensure your children get home safely, in accordance to the arrangements you have advised.
ABSENCES: Please notify the school whenever your child is absent.
Could I please ask those families who received an Unexplained Absences Explanation Request Form and have not returned them or notified the office to do so asap. These forms will now be sent out on a fortnightly basis and are to be returned by the Friday of that week please.
We understand that there are valid reasons for your child not to attend school e.g. They are sick. Please be aware that the following examples are not acceptable reasons for keeping them home from school.
If your child:
- Doesn't feel like coming to school
- Thinks it's too wet, cold, hot or the work is too hard or too easy
- Stays home when another sibling is sick or a family member has an appointment or is going shopping out of town
- Had a disagreement with their best friend
- Got into trouble or thinks they might get into trouble at school
- Is embarrassed about something that happened the day before
- Has an activity or subject on that day they don't like
Have fun with the daily activities on our Happiness Calendar. See how many you can achieve. We will also be focusing on a different Key to Happiness (below) each fortnight.
Our Third Key to Happiness is - Exercising.
Our body and our mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as being good for our physical health. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of a depression. We don't all need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to be more active each day. And we can also boost our well-being by unplugging from technology, getting outside and - importantly - making sure we get enough sleep.
From the Learning Environment
Come & Enjoy Our Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The Full Menu Costs
$5 per child or $10 for 2 or more children.
Please return your order forms and money ASAP so catering can be organised.
St. Joseph's Awards
Bronze Award Recipients
Silver Award Recipients
Students Of The Week
Kandice Nystrom & Jaxon Waring
THE 2021 STUDENT PROTECTION CONTACTS: Sue Whelan Mary Porter Susan Rodd (Counsellor)
STUDENT SAFETY INFORMATION
EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE
*Term 3 2021 – Tue 13 Jul - Fri 17 Sep
*Term 4 2021 – Wed 6 Oct - Fri 3 Dec
*Term 1 2022 – Tue 25 Jan - Fri 1 Apr
*Term 2 2022 – Wed 20 Apr - Fri 24 Jun
*Term 3 2022 – Tue 12 Jul - Fri 16 Sep
*Term 4 2022 – Wed 6 Oct - Fri 2 Dec
Wk 2 - 14 Oct: Lesley Truebody & Daniel Cole
Wk 3 - 21 Oct: Anne Furniss & Sara Shields - Mad Hatter's Tea Party Special Menu
Wk 4 - 28 Oct: Annie Stapleton & Craig Riddiford
Wk 5 - 4 Nov: Monica Moran & Lesley Truebody
Wk 6 - 11 Nov: Anne Furniss & Sara Shields
Wk 7 - 18 Nov: Craig Riddiford & Annie Stapleton
Wk 8 - 25 Nov: Monica Moran & Dan Cole
Wk 9 - 2 Dec: Sara Shields & Craig Riddiford - Christmas Tuck Shop Menu
If you are unable to attend on your rostered tuckshop day please contact another person on the roster to arrange a swap of days.
P & F News
All parents, carers and friends of St. Joseph's are invited to attend our P & F meeting on this Friday 15 October at 2.30 pm. Come along and do your bit for all students in the school.
The Awards recognise the role models, talented sportspeople, creative artists, amazing volunteers and community groups in our community. There would be many examples within your school community of people achieving great things and we encourage you to nominate them.
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Local Community Organisation Achievement Award
- Local Creative Arts Award
- Local Sports Award
- Local Volunteer of the Year
Thank you for your support to help acknowledge our wonderful community and its people.
Nominations can be made online through this link: https://www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/living-here/our-communities/public-holidays/australiadayawards2022/. Nominations close Sunday 31 October 2021.
Australia's largest short film festival, returns to four venues across the Western Downs region from 16th to 30th October.