Dear Parents, Caregivers and Students,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 school year. I hope that all families have had a wonderful holiday period and are refreshed and energised for the beginning of the school year. I am very excited to be here at St Joseph’s College and I thank the community for the warm welcome that I have received.
At our assembly last Wednesday, I spoke to the students about my educational beliefs and how as educators we should be endeavoring to provide opportunities for our students to experience a QUALITY holistic education; Spiritual, Pastoral, Academic, Cultural and Sporting.
I then explained that it is through the teaching and learning that is embedded in the opportunities provided through a holistic education that we are aiming to move all students along on their personal educational journey. Allowing all students to achieve improved outcomes, achieve to the best of their ability, fulfill their dreams and become active contributors in society.
However, I then highlighted for the students that for them to get the most out of their faith, educational, pastoral, cultural and sporting experiences they must play their part. They must;
- Continually strive to succeed and achieve their personal best!
- Be aspirational and proud of their school and this is demonstrated by always wearing their uniform correctly!
- Attend school as much as possible because everyday counts!
- Ensure that they are prepared for all classes!
- Always engage in respectful and safe behaviours!
We want all students to be in attendance every day participating in learning and special events while supporting each other in respectful relationships as we endeavour to grow a culture of striving to be the best we can be each day. We look forward to working with our students and parents in this endeavour.
As we stand on the threshold of a new year,
we look to the days ahead with joyful anticipation.
As believers in the Gospel,
we are confident that your grace will be with us as we seek to do your will.
Bless us today and during the days to come.
Watch over us and protect us from misfortune.
Through the love that you have given us, may we act righteously.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
New Staff Welcome
As this is the first newsletter for the year, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome back some staff from leave and to introduce and welcome our new staff. We wish these staff all the best for the time they spend at St Joseph’s College and we thank them greatly in anticipation of the commitment and dedication they demonstrate whilst undertaking their roles at our College.
Returning Staff – Mrs Natasha Digweed (Business, Humanities), Mrs Lauren Geldard (Science)
New Staff – Mr Mal Ayuel (School Officer)
Miss Therese Cronin (English)
Mr Joe Cryle (Assistant Principal Students)
Mr Shane Hair (Religion, English)
Miss Aleesha Deegan (Art, Religion)
Ms Dani-L Pickering (Maintenance)
Mrs Emma Tolcher (English, French)
Parent and School Partnerships
At St Joseph’s College we highly value the partnerships we grow with our parents, and our staff will be endeavouring to contact parents over the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, we encourage all parents to contact their children’s teachers if you have any early concerns. This contact can be related to assistance with learning, extension material, pastoral reasons or just for the purpose of building a rapport with the teachers to benefit the students learning. Contact details for our pastoral house leaders, curriculum leaders and program leaders can be found under the respective Deputy / Assistant Principal sections in the newsletter.
Year 12 Academic Interviews
Next week we will begin our academic interview process for 2020 and all Year 12 students and their parents are invited to attend an interview with either Mrs Fellenberg, Mr Cryle, Mrs Barton, Mrs Park-Balley, Mrs Harris, Mrs Davies, Mrs Whiting, Mr Cantwell, Ms Wilson, Ms Masters or myself. The aim of this interview is to support the Year 12 students and their families by providing an up-to-date analysis of where each student lies at this point in time, in terms of academic engagement and performance. Items that will be discussed include;
- the student’s level of attendance, engagement and application
- the student’s current level of achievement in each subject
- the student’s progress toward achieving their QCE
- the student’s position within each of their classes and how this may impact upon their ATAR
- the student’s progress in school-based apprenticeships / traineeships and TAFE
We hope that all families are able to attend these important interviews as we continue to strive to work together to assist the students to achieve their personal best. If parents are not able to attend the interview and would like to still meet with a staff member, please contact the College.
Thank you to Mrs Fellenberg for her efforts in organising and preparing the staff to conduct these interviews and to the staff who are conducting the interviews.
Best wishes for the week.