Welcome to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Gayndah




 Principal's Welcome



Message from the Principalhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<p> </p><p>On behalf of our school community, welcome to the St. Joseph's Primary School, website.</p><p> </p><p>The school opened on October 6, 1919 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and the hard working members of the St. Joseph's parish community.  We continue to honour the presence of the sisters as we strive to live out the Benedictine charism and values of:</p><ul><li>Community</li><li>Partnership</li><li>Hospitality</li><li>Stewardship</li><li>Peace</li><li>Balance</li><li>Compassion</li><li>Humility</li><li>Healing </li><li>Listening<br><br>These values are underpinned by The Word of God and Prayer.<br> <br><br>Our staff embody these values as they seek to teach, challenge and transform the learners placed in our care.  They are committed to providing quality learning experiences as they support all students to realise their potential. Learners are known holistically and their spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs are catered for.  <br><br><br>As an educational leader, I believe that all learners can succeed, but not in the same way and not on the same day.  I believe in having high expectations on all learners and supporting them to meet those expectations.<br><br><br>We look forward to working in partnership with you, the community of St. Joseph's, as together we grow our learners.  We welcome parents as their child's first educators, to engage in the learning journey of the children.  There are plenty of opportunities for parents to engage with the school and with their child's learning.<br><br><br>We ask God's blessing on us all as we journey together throughout 2018. <br><br>God of the journey, be among us.  We ask this confident of your faithful kindness and in the name of Christ who journeyed before us, and the Spirit who lights the way.<br><br><br>In all things, glorify God<br><br><strong> </strong><br><br><strong>Terese Shephard</strong><br><br>Acting Principal</li></ul> <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



Flexible Learning Spaceshttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Flexible-Learning-Spaces.aspxFlexible Learning Spaces<p>There was great excitement around the school last week, as the new furniture arrived and was delivered to classrooms. Flexible seating creates a learning environment that reflects the ever-changing, hyper-connected world we live in. As more and more BCE schools move towards flexible seating, students are developing life-long skills such as problem solving, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, autonomy and self-reflection. The furniture is designed to support flexible learning and provides options for more student choice. This does not mean the students choose where they sit, the teacher may designate an area for the type of learning and student may choose to sit at a table, on the floor, in a bean bag or an ottoman.​​</p><p><img alt="student1.jpg" src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Flexible-Learning-Spaces/student1.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:318px;" />  <img alt="students2class.jpg" src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Flexible-Learning-Spaces/students2class.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:179px;" />  <img alt="student3.jpg" src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Flexible-Learning-Spaces/student3.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:179px;" /><br><br></p>
Visible Teaching & Learninghttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Visible-Teaching-&-Learning.aspxVisible Teaching & Learning<p style="text-align:justify;">The most important things happening in our school are happening in the classroom. Our teachers are at the cutting edge of finding ways to make the learning more effective for our students. At St Joseph’s we talk about making the learning ‘visible’. When teaching and learning are ‘visible’ - that is, when it is clear what teachers are teaching and students are learning, student achievement increases. There are a number of ways teachers make learning visible. One way is to be explicit about the intention of the learning. You may see the “learning intentions” displayed in your child’s classroom. When this is made explicit prior to the learning (What are we learning today? Why are we learning this?), students are able to make meaning out of what they are learning. We know learning is effective when students are able to articulate the learning intentions. We know it is even more effective when they are able to use the language of the curriculum to do this. <br></p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="KidsThinking.jpg" src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Visible-Teaching-%26-Learning/KidsThinking.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />A second component of highly effective learning is setting clear success criteria. Gone are the days when the purpose of testing was to separate the successful students from the unsuccessful. In our classrooms we want every student to be successful. Students need to know what they are required to do to show that they have achieved the learning intention. To do this, our teachers make the ‘success criteria’ explicit. You may see “success criteria” displayed in the room as well. “How can I be successful” is the question the student must be able to answer to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning objective. </p><p>When learning intentions and success criteria are obvious to the students and effective feedback is provided in a timely fashion, the positive effect on learning is seen to be dramatic. You can help your child make their learning more meaningful. Why not start using the same language at home? </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ask your child, <strong>what are you learning about today? How do you know you are successful? </strong>You may not notice the effect immediately, but with time, as the students become more and more familiar with this language of learning, they might start to surprise you with their understanding of the curriculum. Don’t be satisfied with ‘maths’ or ‘fractions’ as the answer to <strong>“wh​at are you learning about”</strong>. Dig deeper and you will get a better picture of what is happening in the classroom. When students are able to clearly explain their learning, it is helping them clarify and reinforces the concepts. When school and home are working together, using the same language of learning, it is even more effective. <br></p>
Sports Newshttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Sports-News.aspxSports News<p style="text-align:justify;">As we approach the halfway mark of this term, athletics is beginning to take shape through our Athletics Program and PE lessons. Our students were training for High Jump on Monday and they have been thoroughly enjoying the program. A timetable of events for Athletics Day will be coming home this week. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Athletics Carnival is fast approaching and is to be held on Friday 22nd June. You may already notice some changes to this year’s carnival. This year, our school carnival is to be held at St Joseph’s. We will, however, utilise the local football grounds for the 200m, 400m and 800m running events and these events will take place before the carnival (in Week 10). These events will be offered to 9 to 12 year students and by nomination basis only. Whilst we encourage students to enter into these events, they do not need to run in a 200m, 400m and 800m event. We do expect, however, that all students participate fully on our Athletics Day. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Students that are aiming for Age Champion, are strongly encouraged to participate in all events. Discus will also occur before the carnival (in Week 10) as a qualified coach must be present for this event. Families and friends are more than welcome to attend any of these events. Tuckshop will also be available on the day. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Finally, please be aware that this is a school carnival and as such we encourage our students to participate and enjoy the day. We have an amazing team of staff and parent volunteers assisting to ensure our students have a great day. Your support with this is greatly appreciated! We are looking for more volunteers to assist on the day. Please email me at <a href="mailto:rmoconnor@bne.catholic.edu.au">rmoconnor@bne.catholic.edu.au</a>  or phone the school if you can assist with one or any of the following: <br> Set up <br> Event support (e.g. raking the long jump pit, rearranging equipment, scoring, marshalling etc.) <br> Pack down <br>In the meantime, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to ask. <br>Lastly, a BIG thank you to Tiffany and Ryan for organising and preparing our long jump pit in time for our Athletics Day. We really appreciate your support and thank you for your generosity! </p>

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 Upcoming Events



Athletics Dayhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=57Athletics Day22/06/2018 12:00:00 AM
Sacrament of Confirmationhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=47Sacrament of Confirmation23/06/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Day of Term 2http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=62Last Day of Term 229/06/2018 12:00:00 AM
First Day of Term 3http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=63First Day of Term 317/07/2018 12:00:00 AM
Last Day of Term 3http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=64Last Day of Term 321/09/2018 12:00:00 AM
First Day of Term 4http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=65First Day of Term 49/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
Final Day of School Yearhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/Lists/Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=66Final Day of School Year7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM