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Newsletter – Term 3 Week 5, 2023

August 9, 2023


Dear Parents & Guardians

Welcome to Week 5 of Term 3

Well done to our Chess Team who competed at the Rockhampton Grammar School in an interschool tournament last week.  Reports on the sportsmanship and behaviour of our students was very positive with a fun time being had by all.

Our Under 9 & 10 Rugby League players competed at the Capras Cup Invitational event on Saturday with ten local schools taking part.

Our team played well and were competitive in all three of their games and were a little unlucky not to progress into the finals in what proved to be a very tough Pool.  Some fantastic talent was on display, and we look forward to seeing these students compete for Joeys in the next few years.  Well done to Year 5 student, Nate Oliffe who was the recipient of the Capras prize pack for best Joey’s player across the carnival.

A big thanks to Miss Kaitlyn Brosnan who selected, trained and prepared the team all in her own time.  Kaitlyn is a committed staff member who loves her football and the opportunities that sport provides for our students.

Thanks to Mrs Carter and all of the parents who helped with the tents as well as turning up to support our team.

Each year on the 8th of August we celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s beloved first saint. On this day, we celebrate the important role she played in making education accessible for children in our country. Mary MacKillop devoted her life to ensuring a holistic Catholic education for children from rural, poor families.

St Mary MacKillop’s impact on Australian education was remarkable.  She was a trailblazer and a leader who passionately advocated for the education of underprivileged children and children in remote areas where others either would or could not go.  For such children and their families, Mary opened a door of hope into the future.

Mary established the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart otherwise known as the Josephites or Brown Joeys.  This order went on to establish many St Joseph’s Catholic Schools across Australia and New Zealand.  The reason you see so much of Mary’s history present around our school is that the Josephite Sisters opened our school in 1929 and had a physical presence as educators in our school all the way up to the early 1980’s.

This week, we celebrate the life of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the many women she inspired through both her actions and her prolific support through the written word.  Today at Joey’s we still strive towards the ideal of Mary’s most famous words, ‘never seeing a need without doing something about it.’

All are welcome to come along and joinj us in a special mass with the Parish in OLHC Church this Friday morning at 9:00am.

Don’t Forget….

  • Mary MacKillop Feast Day Parish Mass. Friday 11th August @ 9:00am in OLHC.
  • Feast of the Assumption. Tuesday 15th August
  • National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence. Thursday 17th August
  • National Science Week. 12th-20th August
  • 2024 Prep Offers sent out. Friday 18th August
  • National Book Week (Read, Grow, Inspire) 19th-25th August
  • Term 3, Week 7 – Book Character Parade & ‘Joey’s in Jammas’ night.
  • Season B Sport concludes/Grand Final Day. Friday 25th August
  • Term 3, Week 8 – Book Fair in the library.
  • SJAP Kindy’s 10Year Anniversary. Wednesday, 30th August
  • Year 6 Whole School Disco. Thursday, 31st

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


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