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Message from the Principalhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<p style="text-align:justify;">Dear Parents/Caregivers, </p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p><p style="text-align:justify;">On behalf of our school community, welcome to the St. Joseph's Primary School website. As you explore our website, we hope you get a sense of a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the exceptional learning community that St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Gayndah offers. We are blessed with a compassionate staff, who are united in their dedication to deliver excellence in learning and teaching. Our school motto - <strong>`In All Things Glorify God' </strong>expresses the centrality of Christ to all that we are and do. St Joseph's Catholic Primary School has a strong faith tradition and a deep attachment to the Benedictine tradition of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, affectionately known as the "Good Sams". The harmonious co-existence of this tradition with contemporary pedagogy, dedicated and professional staff and flexible learning spaces, engender a community where each student has the opportunity to pursue their talents and interests in a caring and supportive environment.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">As an educational leader, I believe the purpose of education is supporting our students to 'become better at learning and better at life' and we must do it, in partnership with parents. I believe we do this well at St Joseph's. We know that a highly effective academic education assists our students to be better at life, and we will use every resource at our disposal to support that academic growth of our individual students…because it helps them become good at life. Jesus came “so that we may live life and live to its fullest". Why would we not want that for our children? Students then become lifelong learners. Similarly, our Religious Education component, along with the values and culture of our Catholic school community and co-curricular offerings, absolutely support our students to be better at learning and to be better at life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">At St Joseph's we inspire a love of learning as we educate the heart as well as the academic mind, of each child. Educating the heart means pursuing passion, living a life that doesn't seem like work. It means interacting and working in groups, solving problems together and knowing what we stand for…and what we won't stand for. An educated heart can bring joy to others, an educated heart gives meaning to the soul and joy to the world. Our students will not leave St Joseph's without knowing what they are good at and what they are passionate about. For this to happen, we provide opportunities for creativity, opportunities to experience and explore the things that excite them.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">I hope you enjoy exploring our website and that you gain an understanding of the happy, exciting and energising place that is St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Gayndah. As you explore the site you will be introduced to the school's history, our approach to learning and how this all works together so that our students are engaged, successful learners who are faith-filled and positively contribute to the world.<br></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:justify;margin-right:0px;"><strong>Bec O'Connor​</strong><br>Principal​<br></p><p><br></p>

 Community News



Library Newshttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Library-News.aspxLibrary News<p>​<br></p><p>Term 2 is certainly a busy month in the library.<br></p><p>​May is Scholastic National Family Reading Month! 2021 marks the 25th year of National Family Reading Month which celebrates and encourages families to read more together.<br></p><p>On Thursday 6 May, we will also hold a Family Reading Morning from 8:30am to 9:00am where all families are invited to join us at the library and on the oval to read with their children.</p><p>And finally, as part of our reading focus, all students will participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 19 May. The book “Give Me Some Space” is the official book chosen for this storytime.<br></p><p><br></p><p>​<img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Library-News/reading3.jpg" alt="reading3.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;" /><br><br></p>
ANZAC Dayhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/ANZAC-Day.aspxANZAC Day<p>​I am pleased that our students understand and appreciate what we have in Australia today, because it also reflects that they have an appreciation of the importance of ANZAC Day. We were the largest represented school in attendance at this year’s Anzac Day service. Not only that, we had students and parents attend services on the outskirts of Gayndah. We owe a great debt to those who have fought and continue to fight for the freedom we enjoy as a nation. There is no better way to show our gratitude than to turn up to ANZAC Day marches as a tangible sign of respect and to promote the value of freedom. Thank you for showing your support, whether it was a dawn service, a march or simply lighting a candle and standing at the end of the drive way at dawn….our students see the significance of this day because of how we value it as a school community. It was a great affirmation of the work parents and staff are doing to both inform and to form the young people who will lead us in the future.</p><p><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/ANZAC-Day/ANZAC2021SJ.jpg" alt="ANZAC2021SJ.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;" /><br></p><p><br></p>
The Good Samaritans of St Joseph'shttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/The-Good-Samaritans-of-St-Joseph's.aspxThe Good Samaritans of St Joseph's<p>​<br></p><p>One of my favourite things to do at St Joseph’s is to organise and attend carnivals…whether they be our swimming, athletics or cross country…I thoroughly enjoy them. Perhaps it because of my competitive nature but often too I get to see and celebrate the achievements of our students outside the four walls of the classroom. It brings community together.<br></p><p>Last Thursday, I witnessed sportsmanship and what it means to be a “Good Samaritan” at its very best. At St Joseph’s and in our present day society, we have come to be acquainted with the phrase “Good Samaritan”, attributing it to a helper in times of need. Of the teachings of Jesus, the parable of the Good Samaritan is undoubtedly the most famous, known to Christians and non-Christians alike. His parable is, of course, about responsibility, about caring for others no matter whom or what they may be.</p><p>At last week’s Cross Country, many staff and parents witnessed our students be not only good sports, but “Good Samaritans”. I heard many stories of students walking with other students while they caught their breath. I witnessed two students run alongside and encourage another student until they completed the race. I saw another student fall over, only for another student to stop, run back and check on them. I saw high fives and heard, “congratulations” and “well done” to fellow competitors. You don’t have to watch the news for Good Samaritan stories, we have them right here in our school community. "Love" can mean many different things, but the "Christian love" that Jesus talked about in the parable of the Good Samaritan means treating others with kindness and respect and helping them when they need it. It is the kind of love we do instead of the kind of love we feel. In a catholic school, the example we set for our students is paramount. Our students should be seeing in staff, fellow peers and parents the integrity, the humbleness, resilience, fairness, truthfulness and joy…..the signs that come from living as Christians who see joy in others. Despite our mistakes and frailties, how we treat others should be a source of inspiration to our children. Last Thursday, our students were a source of inspiration to me and no doubt, many of you.<br></p><p><br></p><p>Check out our Facebook page for some fantastic photos of our great day.<br></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Good-Samaritans-of-St-Joseph%27s/CrossCountry2021StJosephs2.jpg" alt="CrossCountry2021StJosephs2.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;" /><br></p><p>​<img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/The-Good-Samaritans-of-St-Joseph%27s/CrossCountry2021StJosephs.jpg" alt="CrossCountry2021StJosephs.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:630px;" /><br></p>

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 Upcoming Events



NAPLAN Year 3 & Year 5http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=236NAPLAN Year 3 & Year 511/05/2021 12:00:00 AM
P&F Meetinghttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=229P&F Meeting11/05/2021 9:00:00 AM
National Simultaneous Storytimehttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=231National Simultaneous Storytime19/05/2021 12:00:00 AM