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Food for thought:
Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful.
- BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST



August 15, 2018:
Athletics Carnival

What a great day of sportsmanship, teamwork, persistence, resilience and fine weather to top it all off! Penola won the most points and was named the Champion Athletics Team for 2018. While both the Penola and MacKillop teams showed great team spirit, the cheering efforts of the young MacKillop team members, who took up the challenge of encouraging their team mates while the seniors were competing, gave MacKillop the Team Spirit trophy this year. A very big thank you to the staff for their efforts in ensuring the day ran smoothly. Well done especially to Codey Lee and Jenny Davissen for the preparation and coordination of the carnival. A big thank you to the parents and grandparents who come along to support and encourage the children in their sporting efforts. Our sincerest thanks must go to those wonderful parents who help set up, judge races, help supervise class events along with the staff and then stay to pack up at the end of the day. Thank you - we are deeply appreciative. Special congratulations to our Age Champions.

August 1, 2018: Andrew Chinn Concert
It was a wonderful treat to have internationally-renowned, Australian-grown, religious singer-songwriter, Andrew Chinn, with us for the day yesterday. He workshopped for almost an hour with each age group through the day and then with the choir, before leading an extra-special concert in the afternoon. I'm sure the children came home with stories of their experiences. Andrew was a teacher in Catholic schools in Sydney (teaching all year levels from Kindy to Y6) for 20 years before becoming a full-time musician and story-teller. His talents are many, but we were particularly impressed with his ability to remember (and use!) the names of so many of our students as he inspired them to use their talents, get into the spirit and share the joy of the moment. We've discovered a whole new set of student talents that we hadn't even seen before. Andrew certainly let the Spirit of Jesus shine through him at St Joseph's School yesterday. If you'd like to listen to some of Andrew's music, you can head to iTunes or to Butterfly Music.

August 1, 2018: Celebrating Catholic Education
Catholic Education Week is celebrated across Queensland. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Discovering New Horizons. You may have seen the fence banner out the front of our school. Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. During Catholic Education Week 2018, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate how they are discovering new horizons.

July 18, 2018: Congratulations Fr Damien!
It was such a privilege to join members of the parish, our diocese and beyond at St Stephen’s Cathedral, to bear witness to the ordination of two deacons, Tom Zaranski and our very own Damien Everitt. The evening was a celebration, rich in ritual and tradition. It was great to see so many of the Banyo/Nundah family there to support Damien. On the following evening at Corpus Christi Church, the celebrations continued as Fr Damien presided over his Thanksgiving Mass. We wish Fr Damien every blessing as he now heads off on a well-deserved, four week holiday, before he comes back to continue his work in the Banyo/Nundah Parish for the rest of the year. If you'd like to see more photos and video footage from the ordination, head to our school Facebook page... St Joseph's, Nundah.

June 27, 2018: New Outdoor Learning Space
Our outdoor learning/play space has arrived and what a difference it has made for the school. Classes are already enjoying the peaceful surrounds and making the most of the new space. It has been a pleasure to work with Jeremy Ferrier, our Landscape Architect and Andrew Burns Landscaping and they have delivered a wonderful result for the school. I am deeply grateful for the effort of previous P&F committees for the commitment of $10, 000 to help support the driveway renovation project. These funds have supplemented a school loan. What was once a rarely used space, has now become a place where the children want to be. A name for this space is still being investigated. Thank you to all students who proposed some "interesting" naming options. Next term we will have a special blessing and naming ceremony.

April 19, 2018: ANZAC Day Commemorative Service
We were so honoured to have some serving members of our own community (Sargeant Joseph Rounds & Major Phill Hickey) present at our school ANZAC Day Prayer Assembly last Tuesday. Joseph spoke to us all about what ANZAC Day means to him. The Nundah Northgate Sub-branch of the RSL was once again represented by Ralph Pennington, a retired soldier who was involved in active service across the world as part of UK forces. We prayed especially for those who were not able to join us as they were serving overseas.

It was also an honour to be part of the St Joseph's School contingent as part of the local community ANZAC Day Service at Memorial Park on ANZAC Day. Thank you to everyone who came along. Your children were a credit to you. Special thanks to our Year 6 students for beautifully presenting the Banjo Patterson poem, We're All Australians Now.

March 22, 2018: St Joseph's Day Celebrations
March 19th will long be held as a special day here at St Joseph's School. The feast day of St Joseph is the perfect time to stop to reflect on the namesake of our school and consider how we can develop more of his qualities in ourselves. During whole school rotational activities the children contemplated Joseph's story, collaborated to create Joseph-inspired artworks; and committed to protecting vulnerable people and stand up against bullying. At our feast day mass, Fr Bernie reminded us that St Joseph was hard-working; protective; creative; giving; trusting; faithful & inspiring to others. We took a moment to acknowledge and congratulate the recipients of our 2018 St Joseph's Day Awards for displaying these qualities in our community

March 7, 2018: NAPLAN Online
As you know, after our trial last year, St Joseph’s is moving to NAPLAN Online this year. This means that the Year 3 and 5 testing for NAPLAN will be undertaken on iPads (even though the writing test for Year 3 will still be paper-based). The test assesses the same literacy and numeracy skills as the paper version but in an online format. A bonus for students involved in NAPLAN Online is that the tests are tailored, meaning that the test automatically adapts to a student's performance and asks questions that match a student's achievement level, allowing a student to demonstrate their knowledge. This provides teachers and schools with more targeted and detailed information on students’ performance on the tests.

Year 3 and Year 5 students have already commenced preparation for this online testing through general curriculum activities and regular use of technology for a variety of purposes. They are currently being introduced to the specific look of NAPLAN Online testing and will complete an online practice test on March 22 at the same time as other NAPLAN Online schools to ensure they are familiar with the new way of testing and key staff are also well-rehearsed.

One of the advantages of our students competing NAPLAN Online is that their results are expected to come back within weeks rather than months. While NAPLAN is just one of many assessment methods to track your child’s progress, this quick turnaround will mean the results can better inform classroom practice and help advance your child’s learning here at St Joseph’s.

Students and parents of all year levels who’d like to know more about the move to NAPLAN Online are welcome to visit the public demonstration site, where you can take a practice test and learn more about the features of NAPLAN Online.

February 21, 2018: Swimming Carnival
Well done to all who were involved in yesterday’s Swimming Carnival. The MacKillop Team were the overall winners – that makes it two years in a row! It was heartening to see our students give their best and participate in such a positive way. We love to see them being great sports, cheering for their team mates, encouraging others, accepting the challenges associated with a swimming competition and facing their fears. They certainly made us proud.

February 7, 2018: Project Compassion 2018
Students will also receive a Project Compassion box, in which to collect funds for Caritas Australia during Lent. This year the theme is “A Just Future” and we will be talking with the students about the real meaning of justice and how their choices, their words and their actions can help to make this world a more just place. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering young people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

For Catholics, Lent is a season of penance, prayer, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. You might like to download and print a copy of the Lenten calendar below, to help the members of your family to focus on what’s important during Lent.

You might also like to make this Lenten prayer your own in the weeks ahead…
For the times when I have not loved you, I am sorry.
For the times when I have not loved others, I am sorry,
For the times when I have not loved myself, I am sorry,
Loving God, I ask your forgiveness.
Open my mind and open my heart and fill me with your healing peace.
Amen.

January 24, 2018: Welcome to the 2018 School Year
Greetings one and all! And a hearty welcome to all the new members of our St Joseph’s School community. We look forward to another wonderful year.

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