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 Principal's Welcome



Message from the Principalhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Message-from-the-Principal.aspxMessage from the Principal<p>On behalf of our school community, welcome to the St. Joseph's Primary School, website.<br></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, <br></li><li>Partnership, <br></li><li>Hospitality, <br></li><li>Stewardship, <br></li><li>Peace, <br></li><li>Balance, <br></li><li>Compassion, <br></li><li>Humility, <br></li><li>Healing, </li><li>Listening.  <br></li></ul><div>These values are underpinned by The Word of God and Prayer.<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>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>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>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>In all things, glorify God<br><br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Terese Shephard​</strong><br>​Principal</div> <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



Curriculum Corner - Spelling in Context - So What Does It Mean?http://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Curriculum-Corner---Spelling-in-Context---So-What-Does-It-Mean.aspxCurriculum Corner - Spelling in Context - So What Does It Mean?<p style="text-align:justify;">​​The infamous Friday spelling test. A staple in many classrooms. I can remember practicing my spelling words all week as a child. I even slept with my spelling list under my pillow once or twice, hoping that by osmosis, I’d remember the words better for the spelling test. (Yes, I really did.) And I  don’t remember that I aced a single spelling test. Quite the contrary. I struggled through them more than anything. But, I decided I was a bad speller based on my test scores. And so did my teacher. The opposite could also have been true. If I aced each test, I would have been deemed a good speller. And there are those kids who do. They are considered good spellers because of that perfect score on Friday’s spelling test. Then Monday comes…and the same word they aced on the test is misspelled in their writing. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Some of the questions that swirl around in my brain are:</p><ul style="text-align:justify;"><li>Did the child really learn how to spell each word?</li><li>Do spelling tests really do any good at teaching kids how to spell?</li><li>Just because a child can memorise and regurgitate information, does that mean they have learned it well?</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">And each time I ponder these questions, the answer I always come to is a clear “No.”<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Research has consistently shown that spelling lists don’t provide students with an understanding of why words are spelled certain ways, which would help students figure out how to spell the new words they encounter. English is possibly the most difficult language our students will encounter. Our spelling rules and “sounding out” strategy don’t always work! Take the word “was” for an example. This cannot be sounded out without it sounding absurd nor does it fit the usual spelling rule. This is just one example of hundreds of words in our English language. Lists can easily confuse the young spelling student, making the subject of spelling seem difficult and unlearnable.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Our children need multiple and meaningful exposure to concepts of words for it to “stick”. Just one time through (like memorising words for a spelling test) does not give them multiple, nor meaningful exposure to the words. Most children need to read the words, write the words, and interact with the words, in a context, through hands-on spelling activities or word study to really know the word. When we say “spelling in context”, it means that students are using words within a meaningful context to them which is most often the literature text of which the classroom teacher is using.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​The ability to spell does not develop naturally. Like reading and writing, it needs to be taught explicitly. Based on the assessment and observation of children’s writing and reading, teachers can build a profile of the knowledge and strategies being used by students. In modelled, shared and guided writing contexts, then, teachers demonstrate ways to work out how to spell words, how to use various resources to help with spelling, and how to proofread or check spelling. Students can observe and listen to the teacher, as a model of a proficient writer, as they use the knowledge and strategies necessary to problem solve the spelling of familiar and unfamiliar words.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​So, in our classrooms, you will not see a Friday spelling test. But, you WILL see our students being held accountable for their learning and our students engaging with words constantly within a context that is meaningful to them.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Curriculum-Corner---Spelling-in-Context---So-What-Does-It-Mean/spelling2019b.jpg" alt="spelling2019b.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Curriculum-Corner---Spelling-in-Context---So-What-Does-It-Mean/spelling2019a.jpg" alt="spelling2019a.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p>
St Joseph's Centenaryhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/School-Centenary.aspxSt Joseph's Centenary​<div style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and father to Jesus. Miss ​O’Connor created a beautiful liturgy, which included our new school prayer. It was lovely to hear all students joining in praying the school prayer as symbols were brought in to create the sacred space. </div><div style="text-align:justify;"><br></div><div style="text-align:justify;">Planning is underway for the centenary weekend of 14/15 September. As part of our celebrations we are creating a Centenary Cook Book. Past students, staff and families have been invited to contribute and we need your contribution also.  See details below.​<br></div><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/School-Centenary/CentenaryCeleb1.jpg" alt="CentenaryCeleb1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="text-align:justify;margin:5px;width:250px;" /><span style="color:#0072c6;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><br></span><div><span style="color:#0072c6;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:#0072c6;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Sav</span><span style="color:#0072c6;font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">e the Date:   </span><h2>Centenary ​Celebrations 14/15 September<br></h2><p style="text-align:justify;">St. Joseph’s proudly celebrates a centenary of Catholic education in Gayndah in 2019. Our theme is: <strong><em>Growing the minds, hearts and spirits of learners for 100 years</em></strong>. There will be many opportunities to celebrate throughout the year. If you have any ideas, please come along to the next planning meeting (check the school newsletter for dates).​<br></p><h2>Flashback Fridays<br></h2><div>As part of our centenary celebrations, we will be posting a photo (from the past) each Friday to our Facebook page. Feel free to comment, like and share as we celebrate the centenary of our school in 2019. If you have photos, stories and/or memorabilia please send them through. We would love to hear from you and share your story with our community.<br></div><div><br></div><div><h2>Recipe Book</h2><p>One of ideas for memorabilia is a recipe book from past and present families. Please send along a favourite recipe and perhaps a photo that can be included with the recipe. The recipe book will include photos of the school and students from the past one hundred years. Feel free to share this with family members who are also past families of St. Joseph’s. Please email recipes and photos to <a href="mailto:pgayndah@bne.catholic.edu.au">pgayndah@bne.catholic.edu.au</a> and include your name, child’s name and years they attended St. Joseph’s. Recipe and photos need to be received by the end of Term 1 (Friday 5 April).​​​<br></p></div><div><br></div><div><br></div></div>
Play is Not A Dirty Wordhttp://www.stjosephsgayndah.qld.edu.au/news-events/Latest-News/Pages/Play-is-Not-A-Dirty-Word.aspxPlay is Not A Dirty Word<div>​​Often people try to distinguish between play and learning. If students are seen to be playing, then they are not learning. The ‘real’ learning can obviously only happen when the ‘play’ stops. However, as humans, play is fundamentally how we explore new concepts and try new ideas. Play allows us to ‘have a go’ without worrying about ‘getting it right’.<br></div><div><br></div><div><img src="/news-events/Latest-News/PublishingImages/Pages/Play-is-Not-A-Dirty-Word/mobilephone.jpg" alt="mobilephone.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px 15px;" /><div>Think back to when you bought your last device, phone, tablet or even car. Did any of us read a manual? Or did you start pressing buttons to find out what happened. That’s play!<br></div></div><div><br></div><div>Play allows learners to explore how a word or sentence sounds, to be silly with rhymes and develop a love of reading and writing. Play enables learners to construct number sentences and 3D objects. Play allows room for scientific discovery. When introducing a new text, for example, learners may engage in ‘play’ around the text. This is part of the Familiarising stage of learning, where students are introduced to the vocabulary, type of text and context of the text they are about to engage in. This allows for connections to be made and for all students to be able to access the learning.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Sometimes, course, there is just play as our brains and bodies need a brief respite. But in classrooms of the 21st century, play is often embodied in the learning.<br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>So next you see your child ‘just playing’ in the classroom, stop and observe, or ask the teacher, what is the learning?<br></div><p><br></p>


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