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October 19 2016, 2016: Sock It to Poverty - Mission Day
We have much to be grateful for here in Australia and we can at times take it all for granted as our right and entitlement. No wonder so many people from strife-torn countries want those same opportunities for their own family. Australia is truly a blessed country.
I ask all families to please support our Catholic Missions fundraising efforts by helping the children engage in Crazy Sock Day and Coin Line. Children can wear crazy socks and make a gold coin donation as well as bringing along as many coins as possible for the coin line. Their challenge is to see which team – MacKillop or Penola has the longest line of coins.
May we be just and generous as we give to those in need.
October 12 2016, 2016: P&F Association
September 15 2016, 2016: Nundah Village Festival
September 8 2016, 2016: Saint Teresa of Calcutta
August 25, 2016: Zone 6 Athletics Carnival
Well done team!
August 18, 2016: St Joseph's Got Talent
As last year’s show went for nearly three hours, a decision was made to hold heats in Nolan Hall during Tuesday and Thursday lunch times in Weeks 7, 8 and 9. All performers will be given a note this Friday stating when their particular heat is on.
With teacher support we will select the best acts from each Year level for the finals to be held on Thursday 15th September, starting at 11.30am. Finalists will be announced at the end of Week 9 so that they can fine-tune their acts for the big performance.
Please note, this year we are also asking for a gold coin donation from each participating student to help raise funds for charity. Donations can be given to the class teacher in a named envelope at any time before the finals. We are really looking forward to some fantastic performances!
August 11, 2016: Make Mary Matter
Mary MacKillop had a dream to make a difference - to open humble and modest schools where everyone belonged and there was no class distinction. She understood the importance of offering refuge to the most neglected in our society and of bringing practical help to families.
Our school community carries on that dream of an inclusive school where everyone belongs in the small acts of kindness undertaken each day. Never underestimate the power of a smile, a greeting, a thank you or the offer of a helping hand.
August 4, 2016: Athletics Carnival
Well done to all students for showing great sportsmanship, giving their best, congratulating and encouraging one another to have a go, working as a team and continuing to show lots of persistence and resilience.
Thank you to the staff for their efforts in ensuring the day ran smoothly. Well done especially to Codey Lee, Kate Cross and Kate Campbell for the preparation and coordination of the carnival.
Our sincerest gratitude goes to those wonderful parents and grandparents who come and support our Athletics Carnival – those who help set up, judge races, help supervise class events with the teachers, man the long jump pit and pack up at the end of the day. Thank you - we could not have done it without you.
July 19, 2016: Catholic Education Week
The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Opening Doors in the Year of Mercy.
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 2016, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate and share how they are opening doors for others.
There are 300 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 147,000 students and employ 19,000 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.
Our school has organised the Michael Mangan Concert and School Disco as part of this year's celebrations.
June 22, 2016: Mary MacKillop College says "Happy Centenary"
As a bonus surprise, Principal Mrs Christine Clarke presented a special gift... a beautifully framed, hand-made bronze sculpture of the Holy Family that she brought back all the way from Lourdes for us. It will be hung in our Josephite Learning Centre soon.
June 9, 2016: Under 8's Day
Sally Armitage, a parent in our school, has been promoting Barefoot Nature Play for a while in our school newsletters. They are a great holiday program for kids. The Barefoot Nature Play team was here for our Centenary Day watching the kids enjoy the endless possibilities of unstructured play. Now thanks to Sally, our school will be part of a pilot program of providing “Barefoot Boxes” in schools to support imaginative and creative play.
Why is unstructured imaginative play so important for children’s learning? Playtime for children is not just about having fun but essential to help generate a rapidly developing brain. Unstructured play away from TVs, iPads and computers allows for the development of creativity, innovation and problem solving – those fundamental skills needed for an unknown future.
June 2, 2016: Parish "Feastival"
May 3, 2016: A wonderful celebration
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
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
March 24, 2016: Zone 6 Swimming - First Place
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
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
March 10, 2016: Swimming Carnival
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
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
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
A lovely way to end the feast before the famine of Lent!
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