Wecome to Term 3!
Dear Parents and Guardians
The recent holidays provided a much needed break for staff here after the events of last term which of course impeded on the previous term break. It felt like a very long term for us and I’m sure it did for you too! However I feel really proud of the way that our school community responded. Students, parents and staff are to be commended for their persistence and maintaining optimism and the spirit of cooperation in the face of such a challenging situation.
I took the opportunity to travel down to Melbourne very early in the holidays, to see family. It has been months since I last sat in a room with my father, who has been in a nursing home since late January. While I have maintained contact with him and my family, thanks to modern technology, I was just so grateful for this window of opportunity to see him face to face. As I raced around trying to see as many of my siblings and their families as I could, being fortunate to hear my younger nieces explain their Lego creations and my nephew speak of his reading interests, having a cuppa and a long talk with my sister and niece, spending time with my mother and daughters, I realised the importance of having connections. I felt re-energised, rejuvenated in spite of also feeling a little sad.
Connections matter. Strong ties with family, friends and the community provide us with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical wellbeing… (Beyond Blue Support Service)
I hope I won’t take these precious relationships for granted in future.
Strong connections are what we strive to build at school- between staff, students and parents. We know it has a direct influence on learning. Remote learning provided an experience of how crucial having those connections are. As Term 3 commences we will continue to foster and nourish these connections with each other and of course with our faith.
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of four new members of staff.
Nicole Buccilli will be working three days a week to teach the specialist subject of STEAM to all classes.
Susan Holmberg and Belinda O'Brien have been employed to provide extra support across the Prep - 6 classes.
Rikki Cant will be working as an Education Support Officer in the Grade 1 /2 area.
We welcome (or welcome back) these new staff members who we know each bring their own knowledge and expertise and are very excited to have them join our enthusiastic team!
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Events for 2020: Excursions, Camps and Swimming
Due to the current circumstances and restrictions we have had to review all events for this year. It is not permissible to run swimming programs, excursions or camps in third term. It is not possible or practical to reschedule all of these events to fourth term.
Therefore we have decided to cancel the swimming program for 2020.
The Grade 5 Camp to Melbourne has also, unfortunately, been cancelled. However at this stage, we hope to take the Grade 5s on camp this year to Forest Lodge (the same venue that the Grade 6s use for their camp) on November 9 and 10 (all being well).
The Grade 6s would attend their camp to Forest Lodge on December 14,15 and 16 (if approved).
We are looking at taking both the Grade 5s and Grade 6s on camp to Melbourne in 2021.
Other incursions and events have been postponed. We are hopeful that the Grade 3/4 camp and events that normally occur in fourth term may proceed with some precautions but we will need to review this at a later date.
School fee reduction or compensation will be arranged in fourth term to reimburse the cost of the swimming program and excursions/incursions that have been cancelled.
Please contact me if you have any queries.
Thanks you for your understanding,
Welcome back to Term 3 and the return of STEAM! We are all so excited to see it’s return!
My name is Nicole Buccilli and I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to begin the teaching of STEAM this term.
I wanted to take this opportunity to reintroduce you all to what STEAM is all about.
STEAM stands for:
These five disciplines all involve important skills that are integrated through the subject of STEAM. Topics are chosen each term that are related to the real world and allow students to investigate, inquire, collaborate, evaluate and reflect.
For the duration of Term 3, STEAM will travel around to each classroom. However, in Term 4, upon completion of building works, we will set up in the STEAM classroom, which will allow the subject to really come to life!
The disciplines of STEAM are all around us and our hope is that this subject, along with our Catholic faith, equips and empowers students to compassionately see the world around them and help make positive changes.
Nicole Buccilli - STEAM Teacher
CareMonkey, will be rebranding as ‘Operoo’ the week beginning Monday August 3rd. How you use the service will remain unchanged.
You can continue using the system, and its mobile application, as usual. Just be aware that, after Monday August 3rd, emails and notifications sent from the system will start appearing under the new name ‘Operoo’. You will also be automatically diverted to the new Operoo website if you go to the old CareMonkey website.
Due to the recent changes to Covid-19 restraints on religious gatherings from Monday 22nd June, 2020, we are now back to 20 being able to attend a Mass at any one time.
Father Darren Howie will now be saying Mass on Weekdays and Weekends for 20 Parishioners. Saturday night at St. Joseph’s, Wonthaggi 6:30 pm and Our Lady Star of the Sea Inverloch on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and St. Joseph’s Wonthaggi at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. If you would like to attend one of these Mass times, please phone Father Darren Howie or Kristine at the Parish Office. We are trying to make these opportunities open to as many parishioners as possible.
Fr. Michael Willemsen has asked that we pass on the sad news of the sudden passing of Sr. Cathy Dean, RSJ. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy’s family and her Josephite Sisters. Cathy is well known in our Diocese, her home Parish of Bairnsdale, as well as Parishes where she happily exercised her religious life at St. Agatha’s, Cranbourne and more recently in the Iona/Maryknoll and Koo Wee Rup Parishes.
Please pray for Sister Cathy Dean RSJ, Anne Harland and Brian Raynor who have passed away recently and the Anniversaries of Bernie Banks, Fr. Martin Hayes, Mgr. John O’Hea, Fr. Michael Murphy, Fr. Reginald (Reg) Wilson, Fr. Francis Feruga S. Chr and our of own loved ones. May God’s merciful love shine on them and on their loved ones left behind.
We need to maintain all the safe distancing measures and record your attendance.
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.
The Vatican has recently published a helpful booklet ‘Strong in Tribulation’,
containing prayers, homilies from Pope Francis, prayers for the sick and other
resources that may be of help to you in your ministry or personal prayer in
this time of pandemic.
Father Darren Howie has been contacting Parishioners and saying a daily Mass on our behalf with Special Intentions. We have been emailing and sending out important communications from the Diocese and if you would like to be involved with this please contact the Parish Office on 56 721 111 or email your details to email@example.com.
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.
Prayer Shawl Group: Our wonderful “creators” of beautiful shawls and rugs, caps & socks have been very busy in lockdown, and our warmest thanks go out to them. Fr. Darren Howie has blessed the items. 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) Watch this space for possible regathering.
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