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Thought of the week:
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein

May 3, 2016: A wonderful celebration
Nothing could dampen the spirits of those who attended our Centenary Celebration day, not even the rain. It was a testament to the joyous and indefatigable St Joey's school spirit. While we, adults, may be averse to being in the rain, the children had an absolute ball.

We have received many accolades about our celebration day, from the beautiful mass to the brilliant historical display, classroom displays and the fabulous community spirit so evident. A day like Sunday could not have taken place without many hours of planning, preparation and hard work. My deepest gratitude goes to the numerous people who helped make our Centenary Celebration day one we will always remember.

April 21, 2016: ANZAC Day Service
As a school community we will join with our local community to participate in the Anzac Day commemorative service organised by the Nundah Northgate RSL on Monday morning, April 25 2016.

Our students will gather as a school group in our Church car park around 8.15am and march with other local community groups down Bage Street before entering Memorial Park. Students attending should wear their formal school uniform and school hat. Our students will be singing a special Anzac song at the ceremony along with local schools. I hope you can join us .

April 14, 2016: Centenary Wall Mural
Congratulations to Anna Maria Antonini, our Visual Arts Teacher on the creation of the centenary mural highlighting both her and her students’ artistic talent. Come and see how your old CDs have been used so creatively to make a stunning wall mural.

March 24, 2016: Zone 6 Swimming - First Place
Our Zone Swimming Team was very excited by their win of the Percentage Trophy at last week’s carnival.

The aggregate points, in which we came second, are divided by the number of students in the school and St Joseph’s came first place. Well down to all the children for putting in their best effort and working as a team. Teamwork certainly made the dream work on Friday. A big thank you to Mr Lee and Mrs Cross for their organisation of the Zone 6 Small Schools Swimming Carnival and to all the St Joseph’s staff who helped on the day – Mrs Bourke, Mrs Woods and Mrs Woodland. A fantastic effort by all!

March 18, 2016: Enrolments for Prep 2017
We are currently processing enrolments for Prep 2017. Children born 1 July 2011 to 30th June 2012 are eligible to start school next year.

Current families who have a sibling starting Prep in 2017 year need to send in all documentation to the school office by the end of March.

Enrolment application forms can be downloaded or by collection from the school office. Should you have any enquiries, please don't hesitate to phone the school office - 3266 2405.

Thank you to those families who have already sent in application forms.

March 18, 2016: Inter-School Chess Competition
The senior chess team participated with great enthusiasm and success in the chess tournament at Nundah State School. They competed against many other school students from the Northside. Team members included Cody Packer, Luigina Castellano, Mikayla Galvin, Sinead Rowe and Macavilli Gallaron. All won a number of their seven games. Macavilli won a ribbon of merit winning 5 out of 7 games, Sinead just missed a ribbon by half a point. Well played all!

March 10, 2016: Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the Champion Swimming Team - Penola!

Well done to all who were involved in last week's Swimming Carnival. It was a great day for the children. Special thanks must go to our parent helpers - we could not have done it without you and also to the staff, particularly Codey Lee, Kate Cross, and Dominique Bourke for their preparation and organization.

The presentation of Junior, Intermediate and Senior Age Champions will take place after this week's Prayer Assembly on Thursday morning. I hope you can join us.

February 25, 2016: Excellence in Teaching & Learning
One of the major strategies our teaching staff is engaged with this year, to ensure we deliver excellent learning and teaching, is the Literacy & Numeracy Collaborative. The Literacy & Numeracy Collaborative enables us to analyse the impact our teaching has on student progress and achievement.

Our staff has a high level of expertise in supporting literacy and numeracy learning and is strongly committed to professional learning, continually refining our practice in line with what are proven and effective teaching and learning practices.

We see ourselves as lifelong learners and already this year our teachers have participated in professional learning in the areas of Numeracy, Writing and Literacy Monitoring Tools. We will also have the privilege of working with Dr Lyn Sharratt, a professor from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in coming weeks. A great learning opportunity for us!

February 18, 2016: Project Compassion
During Lent each year, the St Joey’s School community strives to make a significant contribution to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion – an annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal that aims to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity for the world’s poorest people.

This year’s theme is “Learning More – Creating Change”. You might like to click on the Web link below to see how our small donations can make a big difference to the quality of life for the poorest of families.

Take a look at how your donations to Project Compassion can make a life-changing difference in the lives of those who really need assistance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xbGfmVfV_g

Please donate to Project Compassion 2016 and help people in remote areas of Malawi harness their strengths and pave the way towards a thriving future.

February 18, 2016: Centenary Collection

February 11, 2016: Pancake Breakfast
Being a welcoming community is an important aspect of St Joey’s and thanks to the efforts of our P&F Events Coordinators, Helen Parker, Sarah Mahon and Rachael Goriup and their fabulous band of helpers, the P&F Welcome Pancake Breakfast was a great success and enjoyed by many.

A lovely way to end the feast before the famine of Lent!

February 4, 2016:
Welcome to our Centenary School Year

Greetings one and all! And a hearty welcome to all the new members of our St Joseph’s School community, in this, the 100th year of our school. 2016 is set to be a special year for all of us as we celebrate our heritage, our history and our present, and look with hope to the future. The staff began the school year with a pilgrimage to Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney, to reconnect with our beginnings. The children have started working with their teachers to learn more about where our school started from. As the term progresses you will hear them talking about Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph and the development of the school within the Nundah area. If you or someone you know has any stories or memorabilia that can help us learn more about the school’s history, please get in touch via our staff, our centenary email address (stjosnundah100@bne.catholic.edu.au) or our Facebook page (St Joseph’s, Nundah – Centenary Page). We celebrate the commencement of our centenary year with a whole school mass at 9am in Corpus Christi Church this Friday. Everyone is welcome to join us. Spread the word!