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Food for thought:
Joy is the happiness that doesn't depend on what happens.
Br. David Steindl-Rast

Febrauary 15, 2017: 2017 School Theme
What makes St Joseph’s a strong school community is our firm belief in making Jesus real in our everyday actions - how we show a welcoming, encouraging, saying sorry and thankful presence to others.  An attitude of gratitude for our many blessings makes a huge difference in our lives.  Our community is only as strong as the willingness of every member to look for the good in others, despite all our differences.  

This year our school theme is “Diversity + Unity = Community” to remind us of the strength in the diversity of our school family and the beliefs which hold us together. 

We are united in working together to provide a quality education which meets the needs of our students today, not an education which reflects our past.  The world is a different place and I don’t believe we fully understand the impact it is having on us or our children. 

 

Recent world events have highlighted some of the fears facing people in a changing world – change that is happening at a pace we find disturbing, impacting on our ability to deal with it and making our feelings of anxiety increase.  Experts tells us to be resilient, which is easier said than done. 

So what can we do?  I resolutely believe in the power of community – a community which works together, listens respectfully to one another, stays calm within the storm, keeps its sense of humour and shows compassion.    A deep belief in the integrity of each person, made in the likeness of God and our willingness to be the face of Jesus to others, despite all that life throws at us definitely makes a difference.  Knowing the loving and forgiving nature of our God encourages us to forgive and show compassion to others. 

Our faith in God is our bedrock – it is what holds us together when sometimes it seems that everything around us is falling apart.  However, our faith needs to be continually nurtured and encouraged and we can do that through our school’s active prayer life and through giving to others rather than always having a “what’s in it for me” attitude.  In these ways we stay more connected to our God and one another.

So let’s celebrate that our diversity and unity equals a strong community.

 

Febrauary 8, 2017: MacKillop Prayer Time
As we all settle back into school routines, our school prayers help us to feel that we are connected.  In the last week, our student leaders have recommenced our school routine of stopping at 11.45am each day for whole school "Mary MacKillop Prayer Time".

 

Wherever anybody is in the school, the expectation is that everyone stops for five minutes of contemplative prayer time.  A tone from the school 'bell' alerts us to the start.  Gentle music plays for the duration.  And we each have the chance to simply sit and be.  Teachers support the children to focus in ways that support them at their stage of development... meditation, focusing on a specific object or image, praying in colour... there are all sorts of possibilities.

This term, we are finishing with the following prayer (complete with actions).  

God, I'm a St Joseph's kid.
I'm trying to...
Listen to Your voice;
Do my bit;
Have an attitude of gratitude;
Be a friend maker;
Make room for all;
and forgive hurts.
God, I'm a St Joseph's kid.
I follow in the footsteps of St Joseph and
St Mary of the Cross
and I want to love you as they did.
Amen

February 1, 2017: Active School Travel - We're in!
This year, our school has been selected as one of 17 new schools joining Brisbane City Council’s Active School Travel (AST) program.

Active School Travel promotes clean and green, active and healthy school travel modes such as walking, cycling, carpooling and public transport. Over the next three years, our school will receive a range of free resources, tools, incursions to enable active travel to and from school. By leaving your car at home, at least one day a week on our active travel day, we can reduce traffic congestion at the school gate, improve our students’ road safety awareness, create a cleaner environment, and improve our health and fitness!

The AST Crew will visit our school assembly to launch the Active School Travel program very soon. We strongly encourage you to be part of this great initiative to change our school environment and culture.

Start thinking how you can use your car less travelling to and from school this year.  Parent volunteers to support this program are needed.  Can you spare a few minutes to walk with the children to school?

January 24, 2016:
Welcome to the 2017 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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