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August 25, 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Welcome to Week 7.

It was with a heavy heart on the weekend that we learned that our wonderful Parish Priest, Fr Marcel will soon be leaving us. Fr Marcel has completed his ten years in the Rockhampton Diocese and has been summoned back to his homeland of India.

Fr Marcel has been a wonderful servant and leader of our Parish community. I will personally miss him as my Parish Priest but also as a friend. Fr Marcel has had to endure a tough couple of years with his mother passing away in India, family exposed to COVID and the loss of many personal friends. COVID has also meant that he has been unable to travel back to be with, support and enjoy his own family during these tough times. To celebrate all that Fr Marcel has done for our school community, we will be holding a special Prayer Assembly as a send-off before he returns home in late September. Please, if you get the chance, I am sure kind words of both gratitude and support would be greatly appreciated.

Fr Marcel, we will miss you.

Our Upper Playground has been fully installed and opened on Monday. The kids have had a blast on it, and I thank the school community for their patience in waiting for this project to be completed. Now that this project is in place, we will now explore some sports goals and marking out some sporting fields.

Prep offers for 2022 were emailed out last Friday. If you have a child who is to begin in Prep next year, please respond to the email as soon as possible so that we are aware of the number of acceptances. Responses, whether they be an acceptance, or a decline were due today. Unfortunately, as is the case every year, not everybody who wanted a placement at our school was offered one and some have requested that they be moved onto a waiting list. For us to be able to send out a second-round of offers we need to have all of our first-round responses. If you can please make this a matter of priority if you have not already done so.

For those families that have accepted, our Prep Orientation Day will be held on Thursday, October 21st in Term 4. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

Just a reminder that in Week 8, Friday the 3rd of September is a Pupil Free Day across the entire Rockhampton Region. Staff will be participating in Professional Development at school. Outside of School Hours Care will be operating for the day but the positions may be capped due to a number of staff working across both services and having to attend our school Professional Development Day.

If you need care for your child on this day, please contact Rosie Stevens as soon as possible.

Book Week parade will be held tomorrow in the MPA. Mrs Senini has posted the specifics over the last few weeks. Parents are more than welcome to attend the parade; we just ask that you register on arrival and observe social distancing protocols. As per normal, we ask that if you are unwell and showing any flu like symptoms, please do not attend. We will post plenty of photos.

The Year 6 class are looking for anyone who can volunteer to sell some tickets for their ‘Get Active’ raffle. They are looking to sell their tickets for the rest of the Term and draw the prizes on the last day of Term 3. This raffle is their major camp fundraiser for Term 3. If you are able to sell any tickets on their behalf, please contact the year 6 teachers.

Congratulations to Charlotte Lambert, Lani Duncan and Halle McLaughlin and their families who celebrated the Sacrament of first Eucharist last weekend.

Finally, Good Luck to our Senior A Netball team and our 5C Rugby League team  involved in Grand Finals this week.

Have a great week.

Don’t Forget …

  • Prep 2022 offer acceptances due Wed 25th Aug.
  • Book Week Dress Up Day. Thursday 26th Aug
  • Season B Sport Grand Final Day. Friday 27th August.
  • Pupil Free Day. Friday 3rd September.
  • Father’s Day. Sunday 5th September.
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews Week 9 of Term 3.
  • Primary Inter-school Touch Challenge. Wednesday 15th September.
  • Prep 2022 Orientation Day. Thursday 21st October (in term 4).

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

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