- Principal's Report
- Assembly Award Winners
- Junior News - 1/2
- Senior News 5/6
- Division Bowls
- Book Club Issue 2
- Winter Pinafore Orders
- Easter Raffle
- Project Compassion 2021 - Be More
- Bullying No Way!
- Grade 3 First Reconciliation - Church
- New Enrolments 2022
- Parish News
- Easter Holiday Events - Wonthaggi Library
- Dalyston Football Netball Club
- Wonthaggi Golf Club
- Wonthaggi Power - Junior Football
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
The importance of being physically active to health and well-being has been extensively researched and well documented- increasing fitness, reducing stress and improving sleep being just some of the effects. Health and Physical Education remains an integral part of schools’ curriculum, with the focus being on ‘students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation’. Playing sports provides a great vehicle for children to partake in exercise, learn team building and social skills and have fun!
We are pleased to offer many opportunities at St Joseph’s for students to be physically active and involved in sporting endeavours. The recent Division Bowls and Regional Swimming events and the preparation that lead up to them are two examples. Next Tuesday we are holding our Senior School Athletics Day. In preparing for the athletics day, Michelle Richards, our Physical Education specialist, along with the support of classroom teachers, has promoted the health and social benefits of physical activity through athletic sports and taught the specific skills for each activity. We encourage students to take risks, have a go and be proud of their efforts.
As well as preparing students for the physical activities on the day, we have also been encouraging students to be ‘good winners’- show humility, encourage teammates and be happy for those who achieve great results. One of the aims of the Health and Physical Education curriculum is for students to ‘develop and use personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills and strategies to promote a sense of personal identity and wellbeing and to build and manage respectful relationships’.
For some students the Athletics day provides an opportunity to learn or practise dealing with disappointment. While it is very hard to see your child/children upset or disappointed it is crucial for their wellbeing that they learn to deal with challenging feelings and emotions and eventually bounce back in a positive manner. Maintaining anger, making irrelevant excuses or blaming others is not productive in helping children move on. It is important that students know that they can’t help what they feel (angry with themselves/upset/disappointed/jealous/envious). However they can help what they think.... (oh well- I tried my best, never mind- there will be other opportunities, well doesn’t....look happy- I’m happy for them!) What they choose to think can change how they feel.
Here’s where we can help! As well as talking with children about this and encouraging the use of strategies to help (take deep breaths, self-talk etc), modelling how to deal with setbacks and disappointments is very powerful. Simple things we do in front of children give us the opportunities. How do we react if we miss out on that parking space? Or when someone cuts in on us in the line at the checkouts? When something goes wrong do we automatically make excuses for ourselves and look for someone else to blame? We can all easily slip up in these areas. Our actions, of course, speak louder than our words. Showing children how to manage and rebound from challenges is one of the strongest lessons we can give.
When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul.
To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy.
The centre of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need.
The centre of confession is Jesus who waits for us, who listens to us and forgives us.
Remember this: In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes.
And let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of Reconciliation with renewed depth,
to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God.
The grade 1/2 students have been learning about the concept of identity. We have been creating mind maps to represent different aspects of our lives, including family, friends, hobbies and interests. The children have enjoyed comparing their mind maps with each other, using venn diagrams, to see what things they have in common and what things make them unique. Students have also been considering how they have grown and changed since they were babies, and presented their ideas on a timeline.
Senior school life has been a busy time developing our routines and good work habits.
In Maths we are focusing on Place Value, including decimals and understanding 24 hour time.
Our Writing time is being spent developing detailed narratives, and learning how to read punctuation with expression. We have read some of our work aloud on Seesaw for our parents to listen to.
This week we completed a narrative Cold Write on the topic “The Mysterious Egg”.
We have started reading Group rotations and one activity has been to write a letter to our teacher, describing the book we are reading. Kids News is another reading group rotation where we are informed about a topic of interest that may be in the news at the moment and answer questions related to the article.
Our Intergraded Studies topic this term is Ethics and Emotions. We are learning to respond to different situations, as well as the different Habits of Mind. We are identifying how they can be useful in our lives.
The grade 6 students have been lucky enough to be invited to the local Lawn Bowls Club to participate in a competition against other schools. We have had a couple of practices with some local experts and on Friday March 12 we participated in the Division Competition, unfortunately we didn't make it through to the Regional Competition but we all had a great day!
Totally Work Wear is currently taking orders for winter pinafores.
Please call 5672 5878 or visit instore if you wish to place an order.
Pinafores will take approximately 4-6 weeks to arrive, Pinafore sizes can be measured by current summer uniform sizes.
Transition to the winter uniform will begin at the beginning of Term 2 and will be compulsory from Monday May 3.
Whilst not compulsory until Monday May 3, it is important that students wear either full Winter uniform or full Summer uniform and not a mixture of both.
The annual Easter Raffle has always been an excellent fundraiser for the students of our school.
It has always been greatly supported by the families and school community, which has contributed to the purchasing of books, sports equipment and much more while benefiting our children.
All families have received a book of raffle tickets to sell if you would like an additional book please contact the office. Could raffle tickets and Easter egg donations all please be sent into the office by Thursday March 25.
Thank you for all donations already received.
Every year, countless people turn Lent into a demonstration of faith, love and generosity. You can be a part of this incredible community, who believe that there are simple actions we can all take to 'be more' for our world. Each family has received a Project Compassion box, Project Compassion runs for the 40 day duration of Lent and we encourage families if possible to contribute to this cause. Boxes will also be available in your child’s classroom if you wish to make a donation via their classroom. We please ask that Project compassion Boxes be returned to school no later than Wednesday March 31.
Caritas Australia share stories about resilient souls trying to ‘be more’ for their families and communities. Read their inspiring tales, and see how your generosity makes a difference. Click the image below to find out more.
Next week St. Joseph's is taking part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which is designed to promote awareness and create environments that foster learning and wellbeing. Each class will take part in age appropriate activities which explore ways to respond to and prevent unsafe behaviour. You can find out more about Bullying No Way! here: bullyingnoway.gov.au
As part of this initiative, the eSafety Commission is running several parent information sessions next week which focus on helping children use technology safely. You can find out more about esafety's "Parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama" or register for a 1 hour parent information session by going to the website of the eSafety Commission. https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars
18 Mar 2021
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Prep 2022 Tours will take place on Wednesday 17, Monday 22, and Wednesday 24 March. All parents with children wishing to commence Prep at St Joseph's next year are invited to book a tour through the link below and use booking code 7qsf2 or via the school office.
Just a reminder that it is hat time, some students have lost or are unable to locate
their school hats could you please check that your child/ren have their hats in their bag.
The NO HAT, NO PLAY policy will be enforced. Thank you for your
Please pray for those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. The anniversaries of Pat Daly, Cristiano Marcolongo, Christopher Prentice, Mgr. Daniel (Dan) McCartan, Fr. Walter O’Connor, Fr. Alexis Dunlop and our own loved ones and the Souls who have no one to pray for them. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
WEEKEND MASS TIMES:
SATURDAY: ST. JOSEPH’S WONTHAGGI 6:30PM
SUNDAY: OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA, INVERLOCH 9:00AM St JOSEPH’S, WONTHAGGI 10:30AM
TUESDAY 16TH March Mass: OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA INVERLOCH 11:00AM (Followed by the Stations of the Cross.)
WEDNESDAY 17TH March, MASS 9:30pm Wonthaggi St. Patricks Day
THURSDAY 18TH March, Rose Lodge Mass 10:15 a.m. (Father Darren & Sacristan only)
FRIDAY 19th March, ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL WONTHAGGI MASS 9:30am
DUE TO COVID THE SCHOOL AND STAFF WILL ATTEND MASS AT 9:30 AND AN ADDITIONAL MASS WILL BE AT 5:30PM FOR PARISHIONERS.
Anointing Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Wonthaggi Friday 26th March 2021 11:00am
(Masks must be carried, social distancing respected and tracking recorded)
LENTEN GROUPS: Will be offered from the week commencing 22nd February,2021. If you would like to be part of a group, please contact the Parish Office 03 56 721 111. Strict COVID practices will be necessary.
Closing Prayer and intercessions from this week’s group: Catholic Diocese of Wollongong (copyright)
When kindness is hard to find,
when light escapes my sight,
when loneliness closes me in,
when reason deceives me,
spread the warmth of your comfort
into my lostness
and let me know you. Amen.
An Upcoming Life in the Spirit Seminar: The Diocesan Service of Communion of the Charismatic Renewal is conducting a Diocese wide Renewal Seminar for everyone in the Diocese of Sale. This follows the advice of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who encourages all Catholics ( and all Christians) to embrace this spiritual renewal program. Bishop Greg has blessed this initiative. It will be an exciting moment with the Holy Spirit, please do not miss this opportunity. Looking forward with great excitement to catching up with you all (Fr. Francis Otobo).
Three seminars will be held in a central location in the Diocese as follows:
Venus: St. Ita, Drouin
Dates: Saturday 17th April, God’s promise of the Holy Spirit
Saturday 22nd May, New Life in God’s Spirit
Saturday 19th June, Community in the Lord; Commissioning Mass with Bishop Greg
Time: 10:30 am each day.
(For other general enquiries please contact: John Duiker (Cranbourne, Diocesan Moderator); Anushka (Berwick, Diocesan Secretary) Julie Powel (Prayer Group leader, Warragul/Drouin,
Fr. Francis Otobo (Chaplain).
“May our Diocesan Life in the Spirit Seminary be an opportunity for us to fan into a flame the gift of God anew (1 Tim 1:6) and renew the gift of our baptism which calls us forth in missionary service.”
(Bishop Greg Bennet, Sale Diocese)
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Aid to the Church in Need/ACN Australia
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Meditation Group: Will recommence following the Lenten Program. Just thought you may be wondering. Such a special activity and will be welcomed back into our Diary.
Catholic Care English Conversation Classes: CatholicCare Pakenham holds English Conversation Classes for people of many cultures to assist them to learn English and enjoy friendship and fun. We are seeking several volunteers who would be willing to give an hour of their time either once a week or once a fortnight. If this interests you, please call Denise Lacey: 56 221188.
Catholic Women to join Consultation: Catholic women are being invited to participate in an online national consultation on March 27th, with the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity and Ministry. The consultation invites women to articulate and celebrate their contribution and vision for the mission of the Catholic Church in Australia.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse (BCELM Chairperson) and Bishop Michael Morrisey (Bishops Delegate for Women) will be present for the meeting to hear the voice of Catholic Women from around Australia.
Consultation Details: Date: Saturday 27 March
Time: 2pm-4pm AEDT Platform: Zoom
Read more and register at https://nce.catholic.org.au/catholicwomen
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP
Well let’s hope we can meet this time….Covid permitting!!
Monday 15th March @ 2:15pm in the Annex of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Inverloch.
Newcomers are welcome. There is a wonderful collection of rugs & shawls (also caps & bed socks) available for anyone who is struggling with life in any way. Come into the Parish Office to choose or contact Kristine or one of our members. With wool donations, 8ply acrylic is preferred.
Further enquiries: Philippa Warby 0408 331 340 and Maureen Maartensz 0407 055 447.
A list of live streams across the Diocese is on www.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.
The Liturgical Press has just released a simple prayer resource for families during the Easter Season.
The Easter season comprises the most important weeks of the liturgical year, but observance of the season in parishes and homes often doesn’t reflect its significance. Easter Mealtime Prayers for the Family brings Easter from the altar table to the family table—an easy, effective step for family observance. This simple prayer resource provides the “domestic Church” with a means to cherish together the living faith we celebrate throughout the Easter season. Available in e-book form
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