Principal's Report

Mother’s Day Breakfast Friday 8am

 

​Happy Mother's Day Sunday

Dear Families,   

This weekend, we acknowledge the wonderful mums (and grandmothers) within our community. Their generosity, commitment, unwavering care and unconditional love is never lost at St. Joseph’s.   Like my household over the weekend, we sincerely hope our families celebrate and justifiably spoil their mums on this special day. My children simply love this day, and occasionally need reminding that everyday should be a mum’s day.  We also ask that you please remember those families whose loved ones are no longer with them on this day.

Enjoy some of these beautiful snippets from the classrooms,  reflective of all our mothers.

1G:

Matilda Morgan - I love my mum because she does nice things with me like going for walks.

Alice Webster - I love my mum because she gives really good hugs.

1D:

Sasha Volz- I love mum because she takes me for bikes rides and because she plays games with me. She is a very thoughtful mum!

Mila Morris- I love my mum because she helps me with my reading, and is kind and loving. She is the best mum.

4D:

Mercedes Hard - My mum is the most important woman in the world to me because she is intelligent, supportive, loving and strong, no matter what.

Eva Hatzidimitriou - I love my mother because she is an amazing person and she’s always very generous to me, even if I’m a bit naughty sometimes.

Anthony Sidiropoulos - I love my mother because I can always look up to her, because she is very hard-working and reliable.

4O:

Kristian Taalikka - I love my my mum because she gives me a hug and kiss each night before bed, this makes me feel special and loved.

Ava Frigo - I love my mum because she is delightful, intelligent and helps me when I am faced with challenges.

Annalyse Laveglia - I love my mum because she is a beautiful person, understands me like no one else and makes me feel warm inside.

2M:

Olivia Meszaros - I love my mum because she is caring and loves me very much. She always helps me with my problems and runs me around to all my fun activities.

William Wright - I love my mum because she does all my jobs! She is confident, really nice and funny. I like playing tennis with my mum especially when she lets me win! She is really good at tennis.

2R:

Jane McLennan - I adore my mum because she cheers me up when I am sad and if I have done the wrong thing.

Charlie Hicks - My mum is caring and I love how she helps me when I have a problem. I love how she makes yummy dinners.

6B:

Stefani Rentaris - I love my Mum because she is affectionate and she’s always there when I need her.

Jack Kulesza - My mum always looks after me and is very understanding. She is extremely kind and generous to other people, hardworking and an exceptional cook!

5T:

Sidney Wardlaw - I love my mum because she always takes care of me and does a lot for me. I love my mum because she takes me places and gets me things and when I'm sick my mum always takes care of me.

Graziella Dixon - I love my mum because she is beautiful inside and out and I will love her forever. I also love my mum because she works hard for her family so that she can put food on our plates every day and every night.

5H:

Jack Kennedy- My mum is excellent because she makes the best brownies in the world. She also works really hard to be able to spend time with my siblings and I despite working so hard at her job. She is the best!

Maddi Bird - I love my mum because she takes great care of my brother and I and makes sure that we’re always happy. She provides food all the time and drives my brother and I to all of our extracurricular activities. She is the best mum that anyone could ever have!

Prep S:

Isabella Duart-David: My mum is the best because she buys me things that I like and helps me.

Lucia Zeljko: My mum is the best because she helps me learn things I don’t know.

Prep C:

Marlo Brown: My mum is the best because she makes me laugh by telling me jokes. I tell her jokes too!

James Hicks: My mum is the best because she give me the best hugs.

3D:

Abbie Joyce  - My mum is the best because she makes sure we have everything we need. I love her very much.

Liam Mitchell-Zancanaro - I love my mum because she is unique, she would do anything for us and she is always there to take care of us.

6G

Laeticia Ouizeman - I love my mum because she works very hard but she still has the time to do stuff for us.

Lucy Williams - I love my mum because she is really kind and caring. She loves helping everyone when it is needed.

Mother’s Day Breakfast and Special Yr. 1 Assembly 8am - 9:30am

Great to see so many dads reply  promptly and assist with the very special  Mother's Day breakfast on Friday.   We hope families can stay on for the much anticipated assembly presented by our Year 1s.  Get your tissues ready mums, the rehearsals continue to draw me from my office. 

Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you Betty and the team of the mums for giving up your time on Wednesday to run the stall. In particular, we acknowledge Betty who prepared and organised many of the ‘special' gifts. Our students love this opportunity to purchase something for their mum.  Anne Hart did a great job modelling (selling) some of the options for the children. 

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3 and 5 sat NAPLAN this week. NAPLAN is The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels participated in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

 

NAPLAN is a diagnostic tool, not a high stakes exam. Coupled with many forms of assessment gathered throughout the year, we use this to track growth over a period of time. These specific results generally don’t arrive until October, therefore the school based assessment is key to targeting and identifying a student's point of need i.e. where are they now, where to next. They tells us more.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher.   We hope all  families put these tests into perspective, rested wisely throughout the week and remained calm to ensure the children were not heightened by this experience. It is important to remember that a single test is never a true reflection of how your child is traveling.

 

What a great attitude from one of our students during NAPLAN.  "No, I'm going to get it done, I'm determined to have a go no matter what."  What a great attitude to have in life. 

School Fees

Term two school fees were due last week.  By this time of year the expectation is that half of the school fees have been paid (unless you have organised a regular payment method).   We ask that all families please attend to any outstanding school fees.  Overdue statements will be sent out in coming days. Please contact Moira in the office or by email (mmckinnis@sjelst.catholic.edu.au) if you have not received your statement or have any school fee queries.

Elsternwick Club Carpark

We respectfully remind families that the Elsternwick Club car park is for patrons only.  If required, additional parking can be located at the Elsternwick Library, 200 metres down Sandilands Street. 

Black Shoes & Black Runners

A gentle reminder that black runners or basketball boots (not to be mistaken with the black Clarke styles) are not part of the school uniform policy unless a note has been provided stating a specific medical condition.    Students must change back into the correct school shoes after training sessions or risk missing playground time.  

Rubber Bracelets & Temporary Tattoos

We also have reminded students to remove various rubber wrist bands and temporary tattoos prior to school. From time to time these expectations need reinforcing in line with our policy.  

Prep Prayers and Pyjamas

Thank you families for supporting our very special Prayer and Pyjamas night with the Prep students. These evenings have been a great addition to their faith formation.  Miss Cauchi, Mrs Sargent, Miss Glumac, Miss Dullard and Miss Overbury did a great job supporting the students and families on the evening.

Confirmation Retreat and Preparation

More great feedback, this time from the parent/child Confirmation workshop and the student retreat day on Friday prepared by Miss Guy, Mr Barnhoorn and Miss Overbury. In addition, the students have been preparing a ‘Saints Expo’ to showcase their chosen saint for Confirmation. The students have to identify the traits and attributes of their chosen saint, rather than just connect with the name they might ‘like’.  In doing so this gives greater meaning and importance to their chosen saint.

New Shade Sail - It’s awesome!

Yeah! We finally have the new shade cloth installed.  The feedback from all families has been sensational (they love it and think it looks great), and no doubt this will serve our community well over the years.  Our priority was to provide extensive coverage for our students and we have not been disappointed.  Thanks Miss R for coordinating this impressive sun smart project. Once again this significant investment was generously supported by the P & F. In time we will look further redevelop this area as funds replenish.

Staffing News

This week we warmly welcome Mrs Amanda Bowman on staff. Amanda will work across the classes supporting specific students on Wednesday and Friday.  She joins our invaluable team of support staff who continue make a difference to the learning and wellbeing pathways of our students.

Looking forward to another positive and fun week at St.Joseph’s,

Simon Collis

Important Afterthoughts

Awesome job ‘Team Juniors’ with regards to the recent success of the Lorax film night.  With high 5s a plenty at the close of the evening, I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the effort from the juniors. Thanks Mrs Martin, Miss Ryle, Miss Glumac, Miss Dullard, Miss Cauchi and Mrs Sargent. We also appreciate the time spent cleaning the atrium in readiness for the following day.

After & Before School Supervision

Please keep a close eye of your children upon arrival and dismissal.  Whilst we enjoy and celebrate the social interactions of our families after school each day, we expect all parents to closely supervise their children during these times.  More recently we have noticed this has become a bit loose from some, requiring staff to intervene after observing from either the staff room or school foyer beyond 3:45pm. In addition, we ask parents or guardians to discourage certain physical interactions between toddlers and school aged students e.g. chasing or tackling or poking or tormenting to encourage the toddlers to react and chase them. 'Don't poke the bear or the bear will...' This does not prepare the children for primary school and does not align with our school values of respect for others.