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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 5, 2022

August 10, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians

We acknowledged a very special part of our school’s Catholic Identity last Monday morning as we celebrated the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. St Mary as we know is Australia’s first Saint and during her life, she dedicated her life’s work to God’s call and the service of others.

Without a young Mary working with her Priest Fr Julian Tenison Woods to begin her first Catholic School in Penola, South Australia in 1866, there would most likely be no St Joseph’s Park Avenue that we love and cherish today.

We also welcomed new Year 1 teacher Mrs Sophie Noake after Monday’s liturgy. Sophie is a past teacher at Joeys and will be taking Michelle Hannah’s Year 1 position full time until the end of the year. It will also be very sad to farewell Mrs Hannah this week as she begins her new role at St Joseph’s Wandal next week.

Congratulations to the first lot of St Joseph’s students who celebrated their First Eucharist in Our Lady Help of Christians Church on Saturday evening.

It was great to witness those students and their families take another significant step in their faith journey.

Last Saturday’s Capras Cup competition for 9-10 years rugby league was contested between several Rockhampton schools and capped off with a tightly contested final between tradition rivals, St Joseph’s Park Avenue and St Anthony’s with Joeys getting the victory 14-6. Congratulations to Ms Hamilton and Miss Brosnan for preparing the team and Mr Hallam for running the water.  Joey’s will now compete against the Capricorn Coast winner in the Rockhampton District Final as a curtain raiser before the final Capras home game at Browne Park on Saturday, 27th of August. Let’s Go Joeys!

It was great to hold our first whole school disco in nearly three years last week. The night was a huge success with much fun and laughter to be had. I sent vision of the final song of the night, ‘Let’s Go Joeys!’ to Josh Arnold who wrote and produced the song for us, and he was chuffed at the response from the kids. Even though the night was a great success, we will still review the event to streamline processes even more for the future. Pizza delivery was very late and out of our hands and getting everybody in the disco while also keeping the area safe has always been a challenge. Thanks to the community for supporting the event so well.

With National Science Week just around the corner, information will be coming home about how we will be celebrating our budding scientists.

We have locked in a date for our Colour Explosion/Fun Run with information coming home this week. We have scheduled the day for the final day of this Term being Friday, the 16th of September. All the details on what is required and how to fundraise have been sent home to all families by P&F Treasurer, Mrs Mooney. Keep an eye out for the details as it looks like a fun day.

Remember the P&F’s Disney themed Trivia Night is fast approaching on Saturday, August 27th. It will be a great event to come dressed up and have a laugh together. I am sure many people have been studying up by watching Disney+ with our Quiz Master, Leonie Mooney thinking of some tricky questions. Hope to see you there.

As a last point, I will be on LSL during Week 6 so if you have any questions or concerns during that time, please contact Mrs Senini who will be Acting Principal for the week.

Enjoy Week 5 as we near the mid-point of the Term.

Don’t Forget….

  • 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
  • Semester 2 Parent/Teacher Interviews. Week 9, 5th – 9th Sept
  • National Child Protection Week (NAPCAN). 4th – 9th Sept
  • R U OK? Day. Thurs 8th Sept
  • Colour Run Day. Fri 16th Sept
  • Last Day of Term 3. Fri 16th Sept

Kindest Regards
Bernard Fitzgerald
Principal – St. Joseph’s Catholic School Park Avenue


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