Dear Parents and Carers
St Joseph’s College community has done an amazing job supporting each other’s wellbeing and learning during our time in isolation. Each member of our community should be very proud of their efforts. In particular I would like to thank our school officers for their amazing efforts and flexibility in adapting their roles to assist with the checking on the students.
As a College we have learnt a great deal through engaging with online learning and it is our intention to make the most of this improved knowledge to the advantage of our students. We will do this by using our Canvas digital platform to allow for greater differentiation of learning, questioning and feedback provided both to and from students in classes.
However, while online learning has been a unique experience, we all greatly appreciate that schools are just buildings without the students here and we are very excited to now have all the year cohorts returning to school.
Our Year 11 and 12 students have made a successful return to the daily routines and we would like to congratulate them on their efforts. We believe that this has been greatly enhanced by the support we have received from our parents and carers in reinforcing the expectations we have of our students in returning to College life.
We are hopeful that we will receive the same support from our Year 7 to 10 parents and as a gentle reminder, below I have put in dot points the information that was forwarded to parents when our Year 11 and 12 students returned two weeks ago. It is essential that our Year 7 to 10 students meet the same expectations to ensure an orderly and safe environment that is conducive to learning for our community.
- All students who attend St Joseph’s College are expected to demonstrate our College values of Respect, Endeavour, Compassion and Dignity.
- It is expected that all student will; strive to achieve to the best of their ability, attend school and be punctual, be prepared for class, use appropriate manners, always engage in safe behaviours and wear the correct uniform appropriately.
- If a student chooses not to meet one of these expectation then it is not appropriate for the student to be in attendance at St Joseph’s College as they are negatively impacting upon the proud, aspirational, safe and respectful community we are striving to provide for all students and staff.
It is expected that students arrive and depart the College each day in the appropriate College academic uniform worn neatly and with pride. Whilst off campus, students are expected to wear the College uniform to the same standard as expected on campus. Expectations regarding hair, jewellery, nails and cosmetics remain as per the expectations prior to the break.
- Hair must be neat, tidy and clean and kept off the face. If hair needs to be pinned off the face, bobby pins or plain black or brown combs are permitted. Hairstyles must allow for the correct wearing of the College hat. Hairstyles and colour for all students need to be conservative and of one even, natural colour. The use of hair products such as gel, wax or mousse must be minimal. Students with hair touching or below the collar must be tied back with black or brown bands. Navy, purple or gold ribbons are permitted. No shaved styles.
- Cosmetics – minimal cosmetics are to be worn.
- Nails – No nail polish, nail accessories or fake nails are to be worn.
- Jewellery – Students are permitted to wear a plain watch, a small religious symbol worn as a necklace on the inside of the shirt/dress/blouse and one pair of unobtrusive studs or sleepers worn in the lower ear lobe only. No other piercing is permitted.
- Tattoos are considered inappropriate in the school environment.
- Senior jerseys are only to be worn on a Friday.
- All students are to either have the appropriate College hat or be on the waiting list with the uniform shop as this has been transitioned in over the last 24 months (Girls – navy Panama hat / Boys – College Akubra style hat).
Uniform Requirements Flexibility
In response to the stress and financial hardship that has eventuated as a result of COVID-19 the College has made the decision to allow students some flexibility in the wearing of the summer and winter uniform for the remainder of 2020. Students are permitted to wear either their summer or winter uniform and the requirement for students in Years 7,8 and 9 to have a blazer for this winter has been delayed until 2021. Students are also able to wear their College spray jacket for the remainder of 2020 when required.
Supervision and Curriculum Delivery
- If parents choose to keep their student at home to participate in learning at home, the student will be counted as attending school.
- It is essential that parents/carers continue to advise the College of any absence.
- In cases where students remain at home, the classroom teacher is not responsible for providing an alternative home-based learning program for students.
- The classroom teacher will continue to use our CANVAS learning management system.
- The volume and detail of the information in the courses may not be as comprehensive.
St Joseph’s College Deputy Principal Announcement
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Brendon Willocks to the position of Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba, beginning Semester 2, 2020. This appointment follows the Toowoomba Catholic Schools procedure for the recruitment and selection of Deputy Principals which involves advertising, short-listing, interviewing and referee checks. I would like to thank Fr Ray Crowley (College Chaplain), Ms Madonna Sleba (Principal St Saviour’s Primary School) and Mr Paul Herbert (Acting Senior Education Leader) for their involvement and discernment in this process.
Brendon started his career at St Edmund’s College, Ipswich, and since arriving at St Mary’s College has undertaken multiple leadership positions including his current role as Assistant Principal: Curriculum. Brendon’s leadership positions have included Acting Deputy Principal (Term 1 2020, Term 2 2019), Acting Assistant Principal Curriculum (Term 3 2017), Years 5-9 Curriculum Leader and Director of School Improvement and Special Projects (Since 2015), Head of Department E-Technology/Food Technology, 1-to-1 iPad/Laptop Coordinator (2010 – 2014) and Acting Head of Department – Humanities (2009).
Brendon has a Master of Learning and Development – with distinction, and a Bachelor of Education (Senior and Middle Schooling) – with distinction, both from the University of Southern Queensland. Brendon has also attained a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate II in Information Technology. His teaching subjects include Information and Communication Technology and Legal Studies.
During Brendon’s time at St Mary’s College he has played an integral role in working with past and current leadership teams and staff to set, implement and refine a strong strategic direction. This strategic direction has resulted in great outcomes for the students of St Mary’s College.
I am sure you will join with me in wishing Brendon all the best in his new role as Deputy Principal of St Joseph’s College as that community continues with the development and delivery of their exciting future focused strategic plan.
St Joseph’s College Acting Rice House Leader Semester 2 2020
As a result of Mr Scott Edwards taking long service leave for Semester 2 2020, we have undertaken an internal recruitment process to fill his pastoral house middle leadership position. After completing this process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ben Gehrmann to the position of Acting Rice House Leader for Semester 2, 2020.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the other staff members who applied for this position. The quality of the applications was first class and highlighted the outstanding calibre of the teachers and future leaders in our College. I know that you will join with me in congratulating Ben and wishing him all the best for semester two.
Best wishes for the fortnight.