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Newsletter – Term 4 Week 3, 2022

October 19, 2022


Dear Parents & Guardians

On Monday’s assembly, I congratulated our school community, especially the students, on their behaviour while celebrating the Blessing and Opening of our school buildings last Friday.

Many of our special guests including Bishop Michael and Miss Jeffcoat commented on the way the students participated in the celebration, especially the way they sang and performed actions to the songs.

We were also very lucky to have three Josephite Sisters attend who were very thankful of our acknowledgement of their past works while also honouring our charism with the many elements of our Catholic identity visible around the school.

I also acknowledged the support from the Catholic Education Office who committed to such a big project and dreaming big. This support shows a huge commitment to our school community and the wider Park Avenue area, ensuring a quality Catholic Education for our students well into the future.

Well done to Mrs Carter who put a tremendous amount of work in, over many months to make the day very special.

A reminder that our October P&F Meeting that was due to be held last week has been rescheduled to be a Combined P&F and School Board Meeting tonight, Wednesday the 19th of October at 6:00pm in the school library. During this meeting we will be led by Mrs Mooney and Mrs Crosthwaite while discussing the movement of the Parents & Friends Associations bank accounts under the school umbrella. This is happening Diocese wide and if you wish to hear about these processes, you are more than welcome to attend.

Congratulations to all of our past Joey’s students who were presented with Academic or special awards at Emmaus and TCC last week. It was wonderful to see so many of our students thriving at our Catholic colleges.

Finally, thank-you to those who supported me during my Principal’s Appraisal yesterday. These appraisals are held in the penultimate year of a principal’s 5-year contract and are used to set future goals for the principal in their Leadership journey. Again, thank-you to those who filled out surveys and made themselves available for face-to-face interviews yesterday as this is a very important process for my growth as a catholic leader.

My thirteen years at Joey’s has been a wonderful journey so far and I am humbled to be Principal of this lovely, family-based community.

Don’t Forget….

  • Combined P&F and School Board Meeting. Wed 19th Oct @ 6:00pm in Library
  • Prep 2023 Orientation Day. Thurs 20th Oct
  • Children’s Mass. Sat 22nd Oct @ 6:30pm in OLHC
  • Day for Daniel/Canteen Day. Fri 28th October
  • All Saints Day. Tues 1st Nov
  • All Souls Day. Wed 2nd Nov
  • Remembrance Day. Fri 11th Nov
  • Swimming Carnival @ Southside Pool. Thurs 17th Nov
  • Year 4-6 Intra-school Sport concludes. Fri 18th Nov
  • Children’s Mass. Sat 19th Nov @ 6:30pm in OLHC
  • Semester 2 Performance Arts Assembly. Mon 21st Nov @ 8:35am in MPA
  • Emmaus Year 7 2023 Orientation Day. Thurs 24th Nov. 8:45am – 2:30pm @ Emmaus.
  • SJPA Presentation Night. Thurs 24th Nov
  • Semester 2 Academic Awards Assembly. Mon 28th Nov @ 8:35am in MPA
  • Semester 2 Reports posted to Parent Lounge. Wed 30th Nov
  • Year 6 Graduation Mass & Dinner. Wed 30th Nov
  • Year 6 Fun Day @ Keppel. Thurs 1st Dec
  • End of Year Mass & Leadership Changeover. Fri 2nd Dec @ 9:00am in OLHC
  • Term 4 Concludes. Fri 2nd Dec

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


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