- Principals Message
- Junior News - 1/2
- Senior News 5/6
- Assembly Award Winners
- SRC - Writing Competition
- ANZAC Day
- Senior Athletics House Awards
- Gardening Club
- Project Compassion 2021 - Be More
- Easter Raffle
- Star Wars Competition
- SRC - Kicking Goals!
- 1/2's Say Thanks!
- New Enrolments 2022
- Mothers Day Stall
- Regional Tennis
- Child Safety Webinars for Parents
- School Closure Date
- Winter Uniform
- Book Club Issue 3
- School Fees
- Conveyance Allowance Term 2 2021
- Parish News
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break. It has been wonderful to see all the students return this term with enthusiasm.
Lunchtime clubs have continued with some new choices including knitting, STEAM and skipping. The Gardening and Music Clubs have continued. Last term saw the Music Club singers perform the songs they had been learning for other grades who provided a very appreciative audience. The Gardening Club members planted many plants, kindly donated by Townsends Nursery, on the hill area next to the senior basketball court. Thanks to Kerri for helping Mrs Gin and the students with this big task and special thanks to Townsends Nursery! If any parents would like to assist with these clubs, please contact the school office. There is a process we need to adhere to before any volunteers can commence at the school.
The school captains have organised for new music this term, to accompany the bells in accordance with the students’ suggestions.
The Students Representative Council, with the guidance of Mr Travis Newton, have been busy, already planning a writing competition. The SRC have also consulted with students in all grades about suggestions for some line markings on the asphalt area between the soccer pitch and Senior Playground. We will be following up these suggestions over the coming weeks. This group has also helped to assemble the new soccer goals which we purchased due to their feedback.
The next building project, involving the upgrading and extension of the current 5 /6 building, is also progressing with the architects busy consulting with staff over the details. We hope that this project will be completed over the course of this year and look forward to utilisng the new space to enhance the students’ educational experiences.
We are in consultation with Totally Work Wear to source a water resistant coat/jacket to provide students with an option for added warmth and weather protection. We know these jackets will be very handy in winter and on excursions and camps.
I encourage all parents to keep in contact with teachers if they have any questions or concerns about their child/ren. Thanks again to all parents for their continued support and encouragement. We look forward to an enjoyable and productive term!
Gracious and loving God,
the cross of Christ is the sign of your desire for justice and peace for all.
Open our minds to your vision as we remember all who suffered
through Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in wars,
conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Grant all servicepersons who sacrificed health and life for the good of all,
the gift of your deep peace.
May we who inherit the freedom for which they fought
become instruments of your peace in our homes, workplaces and world.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord,
We have had a wonderful start to the term in the 1/2 area!
In Integrated Studies we are learning all about change, with a big focus on Science! We began the Unit by creating our own erupting volcano and observing the reaction. We can’t wait to conduct more exciting experiments throughout the term.
Here are some of our ideas about what science is:
“Studying the world and animals” - Zeb
“Imagining and creating” - Eden
“Adventuring in your mind” - Patrick
“Messy and interesting” - Ruby
We have also started learning about Narratives in Writing. This week we read the story of The Gruffalo. We listened to the adjectives used to describe him and drew a picture to match.
We are looking forward to another productive and happy Term!
To celebrate ANZAC day the Senior Students created prayer hands. Each student had to trace their hand and write words and prayers that resonated with them. We then collated our prayer hands into class wreaths to display in the 5/6 area.
During this weeks assembly we congratulated Blue House on winning the Senior House Athletics and awarded each age group champion from the athletics their medals.
Under 12/13 Girls Julia Lindsay
Under 12/13 Boys Finn McNally
Under 11 Girls Ruby-Jean Hallam
Under 11 Boys Luciano Finsterer
Under 10 Girls Isla Curtin
Under 10 Boys James Dowson
Under 9 Girls Skyla Garrick
Under 8/9 Boys Cooper Maurizo
Congratulations to all our athletic award winners.
Thank you to Townsend Nursery for their support of our Gardening Club, it was a very popular lunchtime activity for students and lots of great work was achieved to make our school look beautiful.
Thankyou to all our families for their generosity and support
of Project Compassion 2021 - Be More.
We raised a total of $1139.70 for Caritas that will be used for people struggling to overcome poverty and injustice.
Thanks to the fantastic response by families and students there were plenty of chocolate goodies to be raffled and many happy prize winners.
We raised $2045.50 which will certainly benefit our students and be directly used to fund various resources.
Thank-you to everyone for the generosity of spirit and goodwill.
May the force be with you!
Thank you to the parents who helped out making headphone bags for the 1/2 area they have been much appreciated and are being put to great use!
Our other areas are loving these bags and would also like some, if anyone would like to sew some for our 3-6 areas could you please contact the office.
This year our Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Wednesday May 5. The stall will provide
$4 gifts for students to select from. In keeping with our cash free platform we
encourage all parents to pay for their child’s gift via CDFpay before the day.
The CDFpay shop is open now for purchasing.
On Wednesday the 21st of April Jake and I went to Traralgon for the Regional Tennis Championships. There were heaps of courts and it was very fun. I won 3 games and lost 2 but it was great being there with all the other kids. Both Jake and I didn’t go through to the final but we both tried our very best and had lots of fun competing and meeting new people.
Tony Bals 5/6
Just a reminder that it is hat time, lots of students have lost or are unable to locate
their school hats could you please ensure your child/ren have their hats in their bag.
The NO HAT, NO PLAY policy will be enforced. Thank you for your
Transition to the winter uniform has begun. 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.
What is Conveyance Allowance ?
The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance to help families in rural and regional Victoria with the cost of transporting their children to their nearest appropriate school/campus. The conveyance allowance is available to eligible students travelling by public transport, private car and private bus. The conveyance allowance is also available to eligible students whose nearest school is not serviced by a free school bus.
Students attending a government or non-government school must:
• attend their nearest government or non-government school/campus appropriate to their year level at which admission is permissible
• be enrolled at a school/campus outside Melbourne’s metropolitan conveyance boundary
• reside 4.8km or more by the shortest practicable route from that school/campus attended
• be of school age (5 to 18 years old at time of application) and reside in Victoria.
Forms are available at the school office, if you have any questions please contact the office or email email@example.com
Please pray for all who serve in our military services: that their generosity and sacrifices may contribute to lasting peace and a better world. Please pray for those who have died: especially those who gave their lives in service. Please pray for those who have passed due to the Covid-19 Virus. For Nicole Canter who passed away recently and the anniversaries of Fr. Maurice Hoyne, Fr. Timothy (Tim) O’Brien, 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
WEEKDAY MASS TIMES:
WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL: Mass ST. JOSEPH’S WONTHAGGI 9:30am.
Requiem Mass Nicole Canter St. Joseph’s 11:30
THURSDAY 29th April, Father Darren & Sacristan Rose Lodge Mass.
FRIDAY 30th April, Mass at ST. JOSEPH’S WONTHAGGI 9:30am.
(Masks must be carried, social distancing respected and tracking recorded)
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: An opportunity to spend a weekend improving your communication. 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. The next residential weekend is on 21-23 May 2021 in Wantirna South (Book early to avoid disappointment) Information/bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: wwme.org.au
MISSAL ON LINE: ‘An App’ which Father Darren Howie finds very helpful is Universalis. This will allow you to follow the Daily Mass.
Three seminars will be held in a central location in the Diocese as follows:
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) Aid to the Church in Need Australia: Across the world tens of millions of Christian families are in exile following persecution because of their faith. Could you help stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters and help ease their heavy burdens?
Aid to the Church in Need/ACN Australia
P.O. BOX 335, PENRITH NSW 2751
1800 101 201/ 02 9167 9517
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED KALUMBURU MISSION: North Kimberley Region, Diocese of Broome, Western Australia. We need volunteers for a life experience at the remote community of Kalumburu located in the northern region of the Kimberley in Western Australia. This region is home to some of Australia’s oldest indigenous communities and picturesque landscapes. Volunteers play an important role in helping our Parishes continue an active presence amongst the local people, both in Broome and remote indigenous communities like Kalumburu.
Your role as a volunteer will include running the General Store with some assistance from local community members, handy-man maintenance and gardening as required and associated light machinery use and truck and fork-lift driving if you have the required license. This is an opportunity to contribute and apply your range of acquired skills to the Kalumburu Mission and we would love to hear from you whether as couples or singles.
Further information please contact: Diocese of Broome Chancery T: 08 9192 1060 or by email email@example.com
VINCENT de PAUL MEETING: PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME FOR NEXT MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL, 2021. IT WILL BE AT 1:30PM FOR THIS MEETING ONLY.
PRAYER SHAWL GROUP
Well let’s hope we can meet this time….Covid permitting!!
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.
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