Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
Of late I have been participating in many individual Annual Review Meetings with our wonderful staff (online of course). These meetings are a chance for all staff to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of their practice, identify strengths and achievements and also areas that they want to work on.
It has been a pleasure to converse with each member of staff and I am humbled by their dedication to their work and loyalty to our school.
One of the things that is frequently acknowledged is the importance of building relationships with the students and other members of staff.
Knowing the students, their interests, motivators, strengths, weaknesses and learning needs is pivotal to helping them achieve the utmost success in their learning and ensuring their wellbeing. For teachers and Education Support Officers, initiating and building these relationships is our ‘bread and butter’ and we are overall very adept at it. However at times we can be challenged! Sometimes there is that student who is hard to get to know, maybe they are uncommunicative, withdrawn, troubled.
I know that within my own extended family I have a young relative, who appears quiet and taciturn and is usually very hard to draw into a conversation. He can appear aloof at best, rude at worst- on the surface. You need to be creative and work at it to engage him in conversation and persist to encourage him to open up. However if you put in the work - you do get results! When he finally opens up, a truly unique and gifted person is revealed with extraordinary insights and perspectives.
It is crucial for us as educators to reach all students on some level, whether it is through common interests or by showing empathy and understanding. Sometimes we go to extraordinary lengths to achieve this- and it is so rewarding when it works!
Now is a good time to remember that we are all different and the person that is projected or perceived on the outside may be very different to the person within. Individuals may be coping with this ongoing situation very differently and this can change daily. We need to continue to strive to be loving to our families, thoughtful, considerate and tolerant of others. We also need to be kind, patient and forgiving with ourselves (especially for the times we don’t achieve the former!)
Please see the attached document for information on our phased return in term 4.
Finally, all of you, be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another,
be compassionate and humble.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
A Prayer for Fathers
God, our Father,
We give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation:
may they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith
in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world
Whose children are lost or suffering:
may they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us with
fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers
and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us,
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love.
We hope all our Fathers had a wonderful Fathers Day on Sunday
We pray for Louise Alexander on the loss of her beloved husband Ray. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Louise, Joseph, Sam, Hannah and all their extended family, watch over them as they grieve and give them strength to seek comfort in each other and their faith at this time.
Wednesday September 9 will be a planning day, there will be no new work set for the Remote Learning program on this day. Students may use the time to catch up on unfinished work or pursue their own interests.
We will still need to take the roll, so please click the heart on the teacher's morning message by 9:30am.
With the beginning of Spring all families are reminded that students will be required to wear their hats when they are outside and must adhere to our SunSmart Policy.
Please ensure that your child's school hat is clearly named.
Students who are currently onsite learning have the option of either winter or summer uniform but not a combination of both. Summer Uniform for all students is to be worn from the beginning of term 4. For all our new Prep familes Totally Workwear Wonthaggi is our school uniform supplier for all your uniform needs.
This year National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:
Putting children first…
National Child Protection Week 6-12 September 2020 has moved online, but the message that we all have a part to play is more important this year than ever. We have included tip sheet for talking to children about personal safety and brochure titled Ways to Support and Encourage a Child's Right to Speak and be Heard, click on the image below to find out more information and resources about National Child Protection Week.
We are starting the process of planning for the 2021 school year and as such the process of developing class lists will soon commence. If parents have a genuine reason for class placement requests for next year, you are required to put this in writing and submit it to the School Office. Please be aware that a request has to be made for this current year, we will not be referring to requests made 12 months ago as circumstances change and it is important this is requested and submitted each year. Obviously, we cannot (and will not) accommodate requests for particular teachers; we can only look at the needs of the child.
All requests are to be submitted in writing by Friday, 9 October 2020. It is important to note that once classes are established for the year, no alterations to allocations will be made. While we welcome parent input about your child’s individual learning needs, please be mindful that preferences are requests only and school staff decide the final placement of children based on the learning needs of all students.
Due to the recent changes to Covid-19 restraints on religious gatherings from Wednesday August 5 there will be no masses avaliable in our Parish. Please remember to visit the Diocesan Website to access the masses online. Due to these changes Father Darren Howie will now be saying Mass on our behalf and including special intentions. Please do not hesitate to contact Father Darren Howie on 03 56 722 923 or Kristine at the Parish Office on 56 721 111or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org to pass on your requests.
Please pray for all those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. The anniversary of Fr. John Kavanagh and of our own loved ones. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
SPECIAL COLLECTION: FATHER’S DAY APPEAL FOR THE PRIESTS’ WELFARE FOUNDATION OF THE DIOCESE OF SALE Sunday the 6th September, 2020. Unfortunately in the absence of our Parish Masses today the Special Collection for the Priests’ Welfare Foundation and the proceeds that will go towards the support of the sick or retired priests and deacons of our diocese and the overseas priests in time of sickness cannot be collected in the usual way. By clicking on https://www.cdsale.org.au/priestswelfarefoundation it will make it easy for you to make a donation. All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible and a receipt for tax deduction purposes will be automatically sent if an email address is provided. Your donations may also be made through your local parish.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER ONLINE WEEKEND:
If you are spending time together but feel the distance between you…A great opportunity to spend a weekend improving your communication in the comfort of your own home. This VIRTUAL Weekend gives couples the chance to sleep in their own beds and check-in on kids or animals during mealtimes.
Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend we offer is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. Couples from regional areas may find this option ideal.
The Next weekend is on 9-11th October, 2020. Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or Email: email@example.com Website: wwme.org.au
CATHOLIC CARE: As our parish’s social service agency, CatholicCare delivers family and relationship counselling, refugee and settlement support, education and school programs, and pastoral services. Donations from our parish community will help care for the most vulnerable families in our community.
Please donate to CatholicCare Sunday Appeal. Your support and generosity will help break barriers to social inclusion and strengthen families and communities to live life to the full. You can donate online at www.ccam.org.au/SundayAppeal or call 03 9287 5513. (All gifts of $2 and above are tax deductible) Envelopes are available at the Parish Office during the week.
Please remember that Catholic Care can be contacted on 03 9287 5555 for any emergency financial assistance or video counselling to any parishioners, this is a free telephone contact.
PRAYER FOR 2020 WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS:
Pope Francis has stated that human trafficking is “without any doubt, a crime against humanity”. “Trafficking seriously damages humanity as a whole, tearing apart the human family and the Body of Christ.” (St. Peter’s Square, Rome, April 10, 2019).
Let us pray for all who have been robbed of their God-given dignity: Loving God, may our prayers and actions cast light on this crime and help bring it to an end. May those who suffer know the blessings of true justice and peace. Amen.
Prayer for World Day against Trafficking
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. National Child Protection Week, 6-12 September, 2020
Take care, we are here to help.
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 will take place at the end of August. Thank you for your continuing generosity.
No Meditation or Prayer Group until further notice.
Prayer Shawl Group:
Although we cannot meet, our members have been very busy in lockdown and there is a wonderful assortment of shawls, rugs, caps and socks in the Parish Office, which Fr. Darren has blessed, and Kristine has kindly wrapped for us. Recently, Sr. Helen has sent 3 parcels of items, including rugs etc over to the Parishes of Cobargo/Narooma and Mallacoota. They have been very warmly received, with thank you cards of appreciation arriving here in the post. A great idea Sr. Helen!! If you know of anyone who is struggling with life in any way & who would benefit from a shawl or rug (cap or socks) then please contact the Parish Office (56 721 111) or Kristine (0499 915 784), Maureen Maartensz (0407 055 447) or Philippa Warby(0408 331 340).
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