St Joseph's Portland

Crazy Hair Day for Project Compassion

Congratulations to our Joey’s students who have held a very successful Crazy Hair Day fundraiser, raising $150 for Caritas Australia's Annual Lenten fundraiser, Project Compassion.

Project Compassion brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Thanks to all the students and the wonderful parents who got up early this morning to get creative for a wonderful cause.

Nikki Field

Confirmation 2016

Congratulations to Kealey, Emmet and Thomas who were confirmed by Bishop Michael on Sunday the 3rd April at the Parish Mass.  The whole Mass was beautiful with our three students joined by Lorena Brown from St Patrick’s, Lithgow celebrating this Sacrament and becoming fully fledged members of the Catholic Church.  Bishop Michael spoke to the families about three important aspects of this faith journey including praying together as a family, owning a bible and reading it as a family as well as joining our Parish family on a Sunday for worship.

There was the opportunity to talk Bishop Michael afterwards as our P&F Association catered for a delicious bacon and egg breakfast.  Thank you to Nikki Cutting, Kerena Lampton, Simone Taylor and Nikki Field for their wonderful hospitality skills and thank you to Mal Kearns and Hayden Taylor, our chefs.

Sue Kearns


Book Week Parade 

What a wonderful Book Parade!  Every year we think that the creative genius of our parents cannot be improved upon only to be amazed all over again.  This year was no exception.  The costumes were unbelievable.  Particularly pleasing was the fact that certain books were chosen and the character actually was a favourite one from a novel that the children had read! 

Thank you very much to all parents and children for their efforts this year.  Thankyou also to everyone who came along to share the day, joining us for the Book Parade and the Book Fair. Sincere appreciation is extended to Sue Millmore for presenting every child in the school with a prize and for her donations of items.

We had a great day to end our Literacy/Numeracy Week.  As part of this we will be holding World Maths Day in October.


AFL and NRL Visit Joey's

The students of St. Joseph’s School were fortunate to welcome two football codes into the school. The AFL Development Team spent time with students across the school demonstrating and engaging the students in various ball skills, tactics and even a game of AFL soccer. Later in the day, on the eve of the Cronulla Sharks V’s Penrith Panthers NRL football game in Bathurst, two representatives from the Cronulla Sharks football club, along with Mick Armstrong promoting ‘League in the Bush’, came along and delighted the students with a talk about life at the Cronulla Sharks Club and team training. The students were also fortunate to have some photo opportunities with the players and shared a joke or two.

Shireen Sheehan


NAIDOC Week 2014

NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week is celebrated around Australia every year in the first full week in July to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a time to celebrate and recognise the contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to our society.

St Joseph’s School celebrated NAIDOC Week with a day filled with a range of indigenous cultural activities.

The day began with the school joining with the community for a special NAIDOC Mass led by Father Owen.

A presentation was given to students on the significance of the NAIDOC Week, understanding the concept of ‘First Footprints’ and exploring Aboriginal Australian dreaming stories. The students were then able to create their very own artwork using indigenous techniques and had their faces painted using traditional indigenous designs.

The school was very fortunate to have a special guest Mr Bob Sutor, musician and artist, who treated the students to traditional aboriginal music and storytelling.

The day concluded with an afternoon of tabloid sports based on traditional indigenous games.

A great day was had by everyone. The school very much appreciates the efforts made by Mrs Leah Bryant who organised the day's activities and Mr Kel Lampton and Mr Sutor whose attendance at the school generated much excitement.

Nikki Field


WRAS (Western Region Academy of Sport) Visit to St. Joseph’s School Portland

Recently, WRAS visited the students at St Joseph’s. The students engaged in a variety of activities where they participated in basic sporting skills such as warm up, stretch, jumping, running, passing, throwing and foot work skills as part of the WRAS Sports Play Program. The staff and students would like to thank the facilitators from WRAS for a fun morning and for visiting our school.

Shireen Sheehan


Farmers Day

Recently, the students and staff at St. Joseph's held a 'Farmers Day' mufti-day to help provide assistance to our country farmers badly affected by drought. 

This was a great opportunity for the students at St. Joseph's School to promote awareness of those affected by drought by dressing up like farmers and raising some much needs funds at the same time to help our farming community.

A massive $261.55 was raised by the students on the day, with all funds being donated directly to the "We're for the Bush - NSW Farmers Appeal". All donations will help provide "Food and Fodder" to NSW Farmers badly affected by drought. 

Catholic Schools Week 

Last Week St. Joseph’s School joined Catholic schools across NSW and the ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week (CSW).

The theme was ‘more than a great education’, which encourages schools to showcase to their local community, the opportunities available to students, raise awareness, and celebrate the distinctiveness of Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools Week is about strengthening relationships between all those who have a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community, by show-casing what happens in our classrooms every day.

Grandparents, families and friends joined the students and staff at St. Joseph’s School Portland to celebrate with the school and parish community Catholic Schools Week 2014.

St. Joseph’s had a very busy and exciting week celebrating, by holding activities such as: Contemporary Learning Tabloid Games, inviting families and friends into the Kinder and Year 1 classroom for a Reading afternoon, a Grandparents’ Mass combined with Morning Tea and Open Classrooms and finally, completing the week with a fun CSW Tabloid sports day afternoon.

Catholic Schools Week was an ideal opportunity to support the community of St. Joseph’s School and learn more about the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.

Our school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, P&F, clergy, parishioners and support staff who work together to focus on giving students the best education possible, encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion.

St. Joseph’s School would like to thank everyone for supporting our school and we look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week again in 2015.

Shireen Sheehan


School Musical

It was lights, camera, action for the students of St Joseph’s who recently held their biennial School Musical. This year’s musical was “Kids in Paradise”, an Island Musical by Lynne Bartlett, Mark Leehy and Kevin O’Mara. The storyline follows the exploits happening on a beautiful tropical island paradise, untouched by the western world until one the day the natives are disturbed by a landing party of corporate executives, ready to take full advantage of the richness of the island and its naïve native inhabitants.

The audience was captivated by the on stage antics of the cast and treated to the angelic voices of the K/1/2/3 Choir.

The commitment by students to the many months of rehearsals and all of the hard work required to put on such a show has been unwavering.

A big congratulations to all of the students. The families and friends in the audience were all very proud of the children’s talents. Thank you also goes to Musical Director Mrs Simone Taylor, Costume Designer Mrs Leah Bryant and the staff of St Joseph’s School.

It is also important to recognise the parents, families and the wider Portland community for their support of this project. The amazing turnout of people allowed the children to experience the thrill of performing to an enthusiastic “full house”.

Well done Portland St Joseph’s!!

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