Welcome to the 2018 school year! On behalf of the St Joseph’s Wandal School community I sincerely welcome all of our new children, families and staff members – it is great to have you here.
We have begun the school year with 292 students. This includes all new Prep students and 7 new students in Years One to Six.
Day one began very smoothly and it was lovely to see so many enthusiastic and familiar faces on my rounds throughout the classrooms. A huge thank you to all of our parents who assisted the children in being ready for the beginning of the school year.
The children looked wonderful in their uniforms, had their books sorted and were prepared for the many new experiences that they were about to encounter. Thank you for your efforts – please know that it assists both staff and students greatly.
OPENING SCHOOL LITURGY - 29th January
The community of St Joseph’s Wandal is invited to attend the Opening School Liturgy next Monday 29th January in the School Hall at 8.35am. All welcome to come and join us in prayer.
PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR ALL 2018 PARENTS -
Instead of the class parent information sessions we have organised for each cohort in the past, this year we are trialling an Open Afternoon on Tuesday 30th January. During this time you will be able to ‘pop in’ at a time that suits you to meet your teacher and gain specific information about the teaching and learning that will occur in 2018. Our Prep classes will be the exception to this revised model; they will have their own Prep session at a specific time.
YEAR OF THE YOUTH
The Year of Youth celebrates 10 years since World Youth Day was hosted in Sydney during 2008. It will focus on the theme, ‘Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment’. The emphasis is on local discussion and dialogue in parishes, schools, youth groups and dioceses. “In 2018, we want to engage with youth in new ways and they with us, helping young people to encounter God in Jesus Christ and his Church. Open your hearts to the life God intends for you and so make a real difference in the world.” © Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops
To celebrate and raise awareness for Year of Youth our popular Mini Vinnies program will continue this year. In 2018, we hope to include students from every year level in our various fundraising and social justice projects. Our first “meeting” will be held next Monday at lunch time in the Library. Parent permission letters will be sent via the school app. Monies raised will go towards this year’s Project Compassion campaign.
We also look forward to the knitting ladies returning next Tuesday to share their knitting talents with our students. The goal for the Mini Vinnies knitting group is to knit enough squares to make a blanket for us to donate.
Homework club will be available for students in years 5 and 6 on a Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Year Five classroom (Performing Arts room). Parents (and students) who wish to take advantage of this service will need to book in by 10:00 a.m. on the day. Numbers will be limited to 20 students, so booking is essential. Students will need to be collected from the Year Five classroom at 3:45 p.m. Homework club will begin in week 2.