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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

10th September
Joey's Big Night Out

11th September

South West Cricket Trials

12th September

Book Week
2017 Prep Enrolment Interviews

16th September

Book Week Parade
Final Day of Term 3

3rd October

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

4th October

Classes resume for Term 4

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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 

Year 6 CampOur year 6 students had a fabulous time on their recent camp to Canberra and Sydney. It was an action packed week and while the enjoyment levels were high, I am sure there were many tired students (Mrs Gath and myself included) that were happy to get back to their own beds on Saturday night. I encourage you to read some of the student's camp reflections found in the current newsletter. The camp was a great opportunity for students to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia's history, culture, heritage and democracy. This camp fully complemented the student's classwork and provided a richer and more contextualised learning experience. I would like to pass on my gratitude to parents, teachers and the school P&F who made this camp possible. Also I would like to acknowledge the Australian Government who recognise the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the National capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. Through the Parliament and civics Education Rebate Program (PACER) the Australian Government contributed $60 per student towards the cost of the camp. 

I hope all of our fathers were spoilt last Sunday for Father’s Day!!!! Thank you to all our dads who attended our Father’s Day Breakfast last Friday, it was great to see so many of you enjoying a bite to eat, while spending some quality time with your children.

               Father's Day Breakfast

CHILD PROTECTION WEEK 4th-10th September
This week the students at St Joseph’s are participating in learning activities about Child Protection. Including fire safety, road safety, healthy choices, situational awareness, cyber safety and children’s rights. The students are encouraged to apply their learning to their own lives, whilst also developing empathy for other children who may not have the opportunities or protection that they are fortunate enough to experience.

Parents play a huge role in keeping their children safe and guiding them on their journey towards adulthood. In the Bible we read “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3) Children are one of the biggest ministries you will ever have. Our precious little ones are a gift from God, together may we always strive to keep them safe from harm.                                 

Letters will go out this week to families that have made application for Prep in 2017. These letters will have instructions on how to book an enrolment interview time for the week beginning Monday, 12th of September.

If you know of anyone that is still seeking enrolment for Prep in 2017 could you please encourage them to get their applications in as soon as possible.


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