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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)


8th September
Child Protection Liturgy
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Year 2/3 Excursion
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Big Night Out meeting
after Assembly


11th September

P&F Meeting 5.30pm


15th September
Final Day of Term 3


2nd October
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday


3rd October

Classes resume for Term 4


7th October
Big Night Out

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REGULAR EVENTS

Uniform Shop Hours
Wednesday & Friday 8.30am-9.00am

Physical Education
Tuesdays: Prep, Prep/1, Years 3 and 6
Wednesdays: Yrs 1/2, 2, 4 and 5

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St Joseph's School Chinchilla began as a Parish School staffed by the sisters of St Joseph in 1923. The Sisters of St Joseph continued to serve the Parish and children of Chinchilla until 1992 when the school was handed over to a lay Principal and an all lay staff for the first time. These teachers were commissioned to continue the job of service to the Catholic Community of Chinchilla by providing sound Catholic Education.

Our philosophy is to allow for the full personal development of our students. This development embraces their physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual nature. Each child is respected as an individual and every effort is made to cater for the individual needs of each student.

Within the education process at St Joseph's, is the vital place of Christian faith. It is our task to nourish and support the children's own faith journey through the experiences they encounter at school. We teach the Gospel values from the Catholic Tradition, always remaining sensitive to children from other faith families. The total educational program will be directed towards equipping our students with the necessary skills and self-appreciation, so that they can take a positive and fulfilling place in modern society.

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Community News 

Outside School Hours Care
We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our outside school hours care program.
To find out more about the program at our school, including hours of operation, fees and how to register please Click Here

MUSIC CAMP
Last week, 4 talented St Joseph’s Instrumental Music students attended the Darling Downs and South West Region Grades 5 – 7 Music Camp held in Toowoomba. Our students were amongst the 288 students from 42 different schools that participated in this camp. All students worked incredibly hard throughout this 3 day camp preparing repertoire that was to be performed at the end of camp concert. All students are to be commended for the way in which they represented St Joseph’s and their continued commitment to our Instrumental Music Program.

ONE HOUR, ONE DAY – THE AUSTRALIAN READING HOUR
Thursday 14th September. We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. We invite you to pick up a book and read for just one hour on your own or with your children on Thursday 14th September. Read-aloud sessions are perfect times for engaging in conversation because the reader and the listener can chat about the story, the pictures, the words, the values and the ideas. Reading aloud and talking about what we’re reading sharpens children’s brains and helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically, and to express themselves more easily and clearly. The stories they hear provide them with witty phrases, new sentences and words of subtle meaning (extract from ‘Reading Magic: How your child can learn to read before school – and other read-aloud miracles’ by Mem Fox, p14)

BIG NIGHT OUT
The Big Night Out is fast approaching! Save the date for 7th October. This annual event is set to be spectacular, with lots of activities and entertainment for the whole family. The next planning meeting will be Friday 8th September, immediately after assembly. If you can offer your time or assistance, it would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to get involved with the Joey’s community. Don’t forget to register your teams for Bubble Soccer. Spaces are filling fast. It’s sure to be a great event!

2018 PREP ENROLMENT
We are now taking enrolments for Prep in 2018. If your child turns 5 before the 30th June 2018 and you would like them to start at St Joey’s, please contact the school office to pick up an enrolment application (available also on our school website). If you know of any family who is seeking enrolment for 2018 and are not yet connected with the school, please pass on this information. We will be having a Prep Information evening on Wednesday 2nd August at 5.30pm which will give prospective parents a glimpse at the wonderful Prep program that we have to offer.

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