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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 2, 2022

July 20, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians

I apologise for not being present at the Children’s Mass held at Our Lady Help of Christians last Saturday evening. From all accounts it was a great celebration led by the students who are preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. Thanks to Mrs Carter who organised the mass and is working with the families as they guide their children through the Sacramental program.

It was also my pleasure to attend last week’s NAIDOC Mass with our Joey’s indigenous students at Holy Family Church. With this year’s theme, ‘Get Up, Stand Up and Show Up,’ Year 6 student, Kiara Carpenter read this on behalf of our school:

We are students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Park Avenue.
In 1929 our school was named after St Joseph and established by the Josephite Sisters.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop taught us to, ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’ and to, ‘See the hand of God in all that happens.’
To get up, stand up and show up, we can follow St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s example by never seeing a need without doing something about it and by showing dignity and respect when caring for all God’s creation.

Great words to live by.

For the next few weeks, we will be hosting Prep interviews for our potential new families in 2023. As there are quite a few interviews over the next few weeks, I may not be as accessible as I normally am. If you need to see someone urgently, please catch up with our Assistant Principals Mrs Senini or Mrs Carter.

Well done to our students and coaches who represented Joey’s in Yeppoon at the Challenge Cup 2022 last week. It was a cold few days, but it was dry, which has not been the case for the last few times the event was held.

The netball team came 3rd in the Diocese which is absolutely a massive achievement. They played so well with determination and sportspersonship.

The Rugby League team came 10th overall and although they will be a little disappointed by this ranking, we were only beaten by much bigger schools across the tournament.

A big thanks to all the parents for their support and commitment, especially Sam Conway for transporting our new tents to and from the venue.

Well done and thank you to Mrs Chapman, Mrs Muhling (formally Ms Ward) and Ms Hamilton for not only the last few days but also all the work, organising and training that was put into preparing our teams for this great event.

Challenge Cup Team Award Recipients for 2022


Best & Fairest – Taylor Dives
Coaches Encouragement Award – Lani Duncan

Rugby League

Best & Fairest – Jett Debono
Coaches Encouragement Award – Gabe Maker
Coaches Recognition Awards (NRL Dolphin’s Caps) – Connor Johnson & Kaeleb Harris

This Thursday, 21st July, Year 6 will be organising a school disco in the Multi-Purpose Area. It has been a long time since our last disco so it would be great to see you all there.

The theme is ‘Pyjama Party.’
The disco will start at 5:30 and finish at 7:30. Entry is $2.
Prep to Year 3 will be 5:30pm – 6:30pm, while Year 4 – 6 will be from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

Pizza orders needed to be in on QuickCliq by today, but there will be limited numbers of treats available for sale on the night.

There will be plenty of fun and dancing, and prizes to be won so make sure you come along dressed in your pyjamas and your dancing shoes.

I have tried to compile a list of important dates for the remainder of the school year. Please be aware that we are working on a Swimming Program for Term 4 and if this comes to fruition, I will post the dates as soon as possible.

Have a great Week 2.

Don’t Forget….

  • School Board Meeting. Wed 20th July
  • Year 5 & 6 Excursion to Emmaus Musical. Thurs 21st July
  • ‘Pyjama Party’ Disco. Thursday 21st July
  • Emmaus Musical, Beauty and the Beast. 22nd – 24th July
  • Catholic Education Week. 24th – 30th July
  • NAIDOC Day. Wed 27th July
  • St Mary of the Cross Feast Day. Mon 8th Aug
  • Mr Fitzgerald – Long Service Leave. 15th – 19th Aug
  • National Science Week. 15th – 19th Aug
  • Rescheduled Year 6 Camp @ Chaverim. 22nd – 24th Aug
  • Season B Sport Concludes. Friday 26th Aug
  • 2023 Prep Offers Emailed Out. Fri 26th Aug
  • P&F Trivia Night. Sat 27th Aug
  • Mr Fitzgerald’s Principal Performance Appraisal. Tues 30th Aug
  • SJPA Book Week. 29th Aug – 2nd September
  • Book Fair. 29th Aug – 1st Sept
  • Joey’s in Jamas. Wed 31st Aug
  • Book Week Dress-up Day. Thurs 1st Sept
  • Pupil Free Day, Fri 2nd Sept
  • National Child Protection Week (NAPCAN). 4th – 9th Sept
  • R U OK? Day. Thurs 8th Sept
  • Possible Colour Run Days. 15/16th Sept
  • Last Day of Term 3. Fri 16th Sept
  • Term 4 Commences. Tues 4th Oct
  • World Teacher’s Day. Wed 5th Oct
  • School Blessing and Opening. Fri 14th Oct
  • Prep Orientation Day. Thurs 20th Oct
  • Day for Daniel/Canteen Day. Fri 28th October
  • All Saints Day. Tues 1st Nov
  • All Souls Day. Wed 2nd Nov
  • Proposed Swimming Carnival Date. Thurs 17th Nov
  • Semester 2 Cultural Arts Assembly. Mon 21st Nov
  • Semester 2 Academic Awards Assembly. Mon 28th Nov
  • Semester 2 Reports Posted to Parent Lounge. Wed 30th Nov
  • Graduation Mass & Dinner. Wed 30th Nov
  • Year 6 Fun Day. Thurs 1st Dec
  • End of Year Mass & Leadership Changeover. Fri 2nd Dec
  • Term 4 Concludes. Fri 2nd Dec


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