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Message from the Principalhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">Welcome to 2017</h2> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">As we enter into a new school year, our vision moves to ‘Working Together’. Each year we have always prioritised the importance of working as a ‘Community of Learners’ and 2017 is no different. Where we can grow over the next 12 months as a school community is in acknowledging the collective wisdom that exists in our community, provide greater opportunities for partnerships with our families and opening up to/making the very most of the strategic ideas of each member in our community. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">Consistency of practice in learning and teaching is always our greatest strength when supporting the development of every student. How we aim to further develop that practice is to value input more heavily from our parents, staff and wider community.  It is from the solid foundation that we have laid previously that greater influence can be achieved through consultation with all key stakeholders. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">Practically, this looks to sharing student achievement data with staff and parents where better ascertain elements to support their growth. In doing so, allowing teachers to play an active role in nominating specific teaching professional development that will support their teaching practices. With more information on student achievement, greater parent awareness across all aspects of schooling can be created so as to empower them to ask the right questions and seek the best support for their child. I hope to see our parents become even more informed and aware of what is happening our classrooms and our teachers to flourish from the opportunity to bring the child’s first and foremost educators, the parents, into the know so that partnerships can exists for the betterment of the student.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">With the start of the New Year there are always new aspects that are introduced into the school to support the educational experience of your children, the functionality of the school and communication with parents.  Detailed below are some of the initiatives joining St Joseph’s Primary in 2017.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;"><strong>My Chinese Teacher</strong><br>To support the large percentage of students who move to Burnett State College at the end of their time at St Joseph’s, we have employed an online Chinese Language Teacher to assist Mrs Oppermann with the language delivery. It is expected that the interactive lessons with a teacher in China will serve to boost understanding and support classroom based exercises and assessment. The online lessons take place each week and align closely with the Australian Curriculum.  At present the lessons will take place in Years 5 and 6 with the view for expanding the program in years to come.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;"><strong>1 to 1 Laptop and Ipad Systems</strong><br>You may have heard over the Christmas break that NAPLAN is looking to move online. This would mean that students complete all aspects of the testing on a nominated laptop over the internet. This expectation isn’t due to take effect for another two years yet but as a school community we want to stay ahead of expected adjustments and provide the best learning opportunities for our students. To do so St Joseph’s has committed to providing each student in Yrs 3-6 (a new device will be provided to students as they begin Year 3 and it will remain with them as they move each year)with their own laptop that will process with them through their time at St Joseph’s. The device is purely for school and is intended alongside the ICLT benefits to support personal accountability and responsible use of technology. The students will be taken through an Electronic Device Bootcamp in the weeks to come that will unpack essential practices (saving, word processing etc) with Mrs Glisson in preparation for the year ahead. At present there are enough IPads to support every student in Prep -2 which is where their foremost usage occurs. As required, replacement devices will be purchased. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;"><strong>New Digital Sign </strong><br>One key piece of feedback that I receive from new and existing parents is just how appreciative they are of quality communication. One small aspect of this is our school sign. In the next month our current sign will be replaced with a new digital sign as part of funding from Brisbane Catholic Education to support maintenance within schools. A new sign may not seem to fit the maintenance bill but in fact the existing set up is very dated and no longer meets WHS and requirements for Catholic Schools. The new double sided sign will allow us to advertise key events, promote school sponsors and even share image highlights from around the grounds. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;"><br>We always welcome enrolment questions or requests. If you would like to know more about St Joseph’s Primary, Gayndah please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.<br></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P" style="text-align:justify;">Sincerely,</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><strong>Ben Gray<br></strong>Principal</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><br><strong>See Also:  </strong><a href="/About%20Us/Pages/Principal%27s-Vision.aspx"><strong>Principal's Vision</strong></a></p>

 Community News


Sunday 3rd December marks the beginning of Advent, which is the Church’s season to prepare for the birth of Christ. A common practice in the Catholic Church for this season of preparation is the Advent Wreath that includes four candles. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays of Advent. The colour to symbolise Advent is purple, and Advent is seen as a time for preparation, anticipation and hope.

Christmas will be upon us before we know it! While it can be easy at this time of year to get caught up in the hype of Christmas trees, presents, food and parties, it is important to take the time to remember what the Christmas season is truly about – the birth of Jesus. We have captured this in our hay bale outside the school, which features a nativity scene. Thank you to the talented Mrs Colvin and Mrs Roth for their hard work in putting this together.

FETE 2017

fete.jpg fete1.jpg Please find more photos from the Fete in the current newsletter.        


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