St Joseph's Blayney
News from St Joseph’s, Blayney
Early in February, St Joseph’s Primary School celebrated our Opening School Mass at St James' Church. This was a very special liturgy as we joined together to begin our new school year and acknowledge our new leaders. Our School, Sport and Class Captains were presented with their badges and made their pledge of leadership.
It was lovely to see so many parents, friends and families at this special occasion. Thank you to Father Paul Devitt, Deacon Josh Clayton and the St James' Parish community for celebrating this Mass with us.
Palms and Promises
Father Tim Cahill joined the teachers and students at St Joseph’s to begin our Lenten journey, with a ceremony of burning the palms from last year, with Lenten promises written by our students. The ashes were then used at our Ash Wednesday Mass.
The School and Parish community joined in receiving Ashes at Mass on Ash Wednesday, signalling the beginning of Lent.
Again, it was great to see so many parents and friends. Thank you to Father Tim and Deacon Josh Clayton who celebrated this Mass with us. Thanks also to Mr Windsor, Mrs Sullivan and the Year 3 and 5 students who prepared and led the Mass. Well done!
A very special Grandparents’ Day at St Joseph’s
The students, staff and community of St Joseph’s Catholic School celebrated Grandparents’ Day on Tuesday 24th October. More than 200 seniors from the Blayney Shire and further afield attended the morning tea and luncheon at the Blayney Community Centre. We were very fortunate to have groups of seniors from Lee Hostel and Uralba aged care also attending this special day.
Grandparents’ Day is an important community event. It gives everyone the opportunity to acknowledge the very important role our grandparents and other special seniors play in our lives and the special place they hold in our families and community.
Students from St Joseph’s showcased their talent as they sang, danced or played in the band and the whole of school choir performed beautifully.
During morning tea, we had the opportunity to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Lee Hostel resident, Mrs Monnie Marmion.
The luncheon was served by a group of hard-working St Joseph’s volunteers and students from Blayney High School. These wonderful girls were a credit to themselves, their families and their school. Thank you to Lisa Stevens from Blayney High for supporting us in this initiative.
Our P&F coordinated the catering and we are very grateful to all parents who donated a variety of food or worked in the kitchen. We would also like to acknowledge our sponsors Blayney Supa IGA, Western White Linen Service, Blayney Dairy Farmers and Blayney Foods.
Thank you to teachers for preparing students for this special event. A special thank you to Mr Blair Windsor and Mr Joel Hartmann, who spent many hours working to prepare the performances. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion again next year. Please check out the St Joseph’s Facebook page for more photos.
Jump into Joeys
Jump into Joeys, the Kinder Readiness Program at St Joseph’s, commenced in early August with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The pre-schoolers, who will commence Kindergarten in 2017, bounced into St Joseph’s with their fruit and teddy bears and were greeted by our 2016 Kinder students for a morning of activities, including craft, music, stories and a bear hunt. They were assisted by Y5 students who will be part of the Kinder Buddy Support Program next year.
The program is a great learning experience for students, as they are introduced to some of the school routines such as group work, following instructions and getting used to the school environment. It’s also a great way for the pre-schoolers to familiarise themselves with staff and students, so they transition easily into Kindergarten in 2017.
Grandparents’ Day 2016
St Joseph’s Grandparents’ Day was held recently. Approximately 200 seniors from the Blayney Shire attended the morning tea and luncheon at the Community Centre.
Students from St Joseph’s performed a variety of musical pieces including our School song, sung by the choir. A number of individual, band and dance performances were also prepared.
Grandparents’ Day is an important community event and it is only made possible through the good will and generosity of parents, students and staff of St Joseph’s.
Luncheon was served by a group of hard working St Joseph’s volunteers and Y10 students from Blayney High School. Thank you to Maxine Meek from Blayney High for supporting us in this initiative and also to our P & F for co-ordinating the morning tea and lunch. We are grateful to the parents who made soup or worked in the kitchen. Congratulations to the whole school for this initiative.
Planting the seed of knowledge at St Joseph’s, Blayney
Contemporary learning allows opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning through a variety of learning experiences. With help from the creative Mrs Wills, the Y2 students have been closely looking at the growth and development of plants. The classroom activities have combined both theory and practical lessons that has made learning engaging and fun. The students were surprised to see the growth of our plants in such little time.
Support for Blue Mountians' Bushfire Victims
A hose made of donated coins recently appeared on the asphalt at St Joseph's Primary School - the school's novel way raise funds for people affected by the recent bush fires in the Blue Mountains via charity St Vincent de Paul.
Principal Gerard Davies said the school's 125 pupils were "invited to come dressed in hot colours ie: red, orange or yellow clothing and to remind them of why they are in casual dress, they were asked to bring in a gold coin donation".
The school's 'mini vinnies' organised a Blayney Rural Fire Service uniform, boots, helmet, facemask and part of a hose to be part of the display from which the donated coins were placed.
St Joseph’s School Mural
St Joseph’s Blayney recently received an Indigenous grant to facilitate the promotion and teaching of Aboriginal Culture and Education.
The money is being used to purchase resources to carry out initiatives that will benefit the Indigenous Students in the school as well as Non Indigenous Students.
St Joseph’s is currently in the process of designing and painting a mural on the red brick wall outside one of the primary classrooms. Many of the students have left their mark on this artwork with strategically placed handprints, which help complement the Indigenous flavour of this work.
The name of this work is Minninbah, which is Wiradjuri for “Place of Learning”.
Well-known Aboriginal artist Patricia Freeman is facilitating this project
The artwork reflects aspects of the Wiradjuri culture but also acknowledges the spiritual connection between Aboriginal and Christian stories.
Catholic Schools Week At St Joseph’s Blayney
Catholic Schools Week 2013 provided an opportunity for St Joseph’s to showcase what is done on a day to day basis and to invite the community to experience teaching and learning at its best.
Catholic Schools Week began with a crazy hair day with students bringing in $1.00 to support a Mini Vinnies fund raising initiative.
The money raised was sent to St Vincent De Paul in Coonabarabran to assist the people still recovering from the recent bushfires.
St Joseph’s Catholic Schools Week Ambassador was Mrs Jill May who also visited the school during the week, and spoke to students about her life experience as a Catholic Woman of Faith. Mrs May is also an active member of the parish being President of the Parish Council.
Ex-student Madeline Ewin visited St Joseph’s to share her missionary experience at Luurnpa Catholic School Western Australia. Madeline was a “Share the Mission” volunteer and was sponsored by Brothers of the De La Salle Order and Sisters of Mercy.
Madeline has proven to be an excellent role model for students with her generous commitment to others.
During her school visit Madeline collected over 30 pairs of football boots, which will be sent to the Luurnpa school community.
A barbeque and movie night was a great social and community building experience with many students and families accepting the invitation to watch the movie “Wreck It Ralph” in the school hall. Students were invited to come dressed in their pyjamas and bring pillows, blankets and bring their own comfort.
On Friday 15th March St Joseph’s students and staff organised and participated in the Parish St Patrick's Day mass. They later returned to school for open classrooms, a luncheon for parents and a Special Assembly.
The Catholic Schools Week experience concluded on St Joseph’s Day with a St Joseph’s Day School mass, celebrated by Fr Tim Cahill.
After the mass Y3 and Y4 students visited the Lee Hostel Nursing Home while Y5 and Y6 students visited the Uralba Nursing Home at Carcoar.
Students entertained the residents performing songs, telling jokes, giving out Easter Eggs and chatting with the residents.
The Uralba and Lee Hostel visits provided an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate in the wisdom of our senior citizens while providing an opportunity for students to live out the gospel values.
A very busy but very rewarding week for all involved.
St Joseph’s Blayney Church Hill Fun Run
Around 240 runners entered the St Joseph’s Blayney “Church Hill Climb” fun run which was held recently. The fun run was organised by the St Joseph P and F and was the school’s major fundraiser for the year. Entrants from many age groups were invited to enter into a 3.5km or 8km course. There were many prizes available for the different categories.
Mitchell Williamson was the first male to cross the finish line in the 8 km event while Nicole Williamson was the first lady to finish. Both runners collected $250 for their winning performance. Connor Whiteley was the first male primary school student to cross the 8km finish line, with Danielle Williamson being the first female student to finish the epic event. The pair will both receive $100.
Dean Windsor was the first male teacher to finish the 8km run, while Alysha Booth was the first female teacher to finish. They both received trophies for their efforts.
The Scott family were the first team of four to finish the 3.5km teams event, winning $200. Jessie Dean was the first female student to cross the 3.5km finish line while Thomas Dale was the first male. Both collected $50.
The Church Hill Climb fundraising event raised an estimated $5,000 for St Joseph's Primary School in Blayney.
(Photos: Wayne Cock)
St Joseph's fulfilled its Eisteddfod commitments recently with all classes K-6 entered into the Verse Speaking section of the Orange Eisteddfod. The adjudicator Mrs Olivia Hill reinforced the reasons of why verse speaking is important for children. "It assists students in speaking clearly and confidently and provides an opportunity for students to work as part of a team."
As the dust settled on another Eisteddfod for St Joseph's in 2012 the following results were achieved:
Kindergarten: 2nd Place
Years 1 and 2: Highly Commended
Years 3 and 4: 3rd Place
Years 5 and 6: 2nd Place