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Food for thought:
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
JOHANNES A. GAERTNER

April 19, 2017: ANZAC Day - Tuesday April 25
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 Tuesday morning, 25 April.  Our students will gather as a school group in our Church car park around 8.10am 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.  I hope you can join us.

March 22, 2017: Celebrating Holy Week
We are introducing a new free ap for quicker, hassle-free school payments. As we are becoming a cashless society and the school doesn't carry any cash we are introducing a new school ap called QKR.

Please see the instructions below about how to download it onto your mobile device.
» QKR Payments App

We have set up payments for Marathon Club, House Shirts, Senior Shirts, Bathing Caps and the Year 6 Rite of Passage Celebration Dinner.

March 22, 2017: Celebrating Holy Week
This year, Holy Week will be celebrated in Christian churches while we are on school holidays.  That's okay.  We're just going to celebrate it as a community in our last week of term. We're going to go on a Holy Week Pilgrimage.

Pilgrimages have long been a part of people's faith journeys, as pilgrims travel to strengthen their faith and take time for reflection and prayer in places that are important to their religious beliefs.  Our aim is to provide opportunity for our community to reflect on Jesus' story more deeply, through prayer and ritual, as we journey on to Easter and beyond.

A sacred space is being set up in Nolan Hall each day from Monday to Thursday.  Classes will have time to visit the sacred space each day to share and reflect on the stories, images, symbols and music of different parts of Holy Week... Palm Sunday; Holy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.
» Holy Week Parish Timetable   

March 15, 2017: Zone 6 Swimming
Well down to all the children for putting in their best effort and working as a team at the Zone Swimming Carnival.  Our school came fourth overall.  There were so many “good news” stories from the carnival - the way the children behaved and their positive attitude were a credit to themselves, their parents and their school.  A big thank you to Mr Lee for his 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. 

March 8, 2017: Bullying No Way
Next Friday we will join schools all around Australia in a National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.  Here at St Joseph's the students and teachers will engage in a variety of activities and discussions in their classrooms.

You can help! For tips on how PARENTS can help prevent and respond to bullying and violence, click here. For online games and activities especially for CHILDREN, click here.

 

On Friday the 17th March, children are invited to wear orange to school.   Start thinking now about what they can wear.

March 1, 2017: Project Compassion 2017
During the six weeks of Lent we are all challenged to consider how we might renew and refresh our relationship with our God through reflection, prayer and practical acts of giving to others.

At this time 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 “Love Your Neighbour”.  You might like to click on this web link to see how our small donations can assist the poorest of families. 

March 1, 2017: Swimming Carnvial
Congratulations MacKillop!

Well done to all who were involved in yesterday’s Swimming Carnival.  The MacKillop Team were the overall winners for 2017.  What makes the carnival a meaningful event for me is seeing so many children participating in a positive way by being a great sport, cheering for their team mates, encouraging others, accepting the challenges associated with a swimming competition and facing their fears.

Special thanks to our parent helpers - Ron Grancourt, Catherine Rowe, Nikki Economides, Therese Murdoch, Liesel Higgins, Neil Robertson, Maria Baltazar, Dan Packer, Raechel Goriup, Kristy Patterson & Yunko Dhawan.  We could not have done it without you!  Thank you to the staff, particularly Codey Lee and Kate Campbell for the extra time they have given in the preparation and organization of the event. 

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.

Our school website is updated weekly. We hope you find it a useful source of information about our school community. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our school office.