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What St Joseph’s offers your son and daughter ABOVE the delivery of the National Curriculum… • Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Junior Band, Senior Band, Junior Strings Ensemble and Senior Strings Ensemble. • Access to five instrumental teachers who work weekly on Mondays and Fridays. • Access to a subsidised instrumental music program in Year 4. • Every year in third term, our amazing St Joey’s Arts Showcase Celebration. This is where every child from Prep to Year 6 is on our hall stage, in the spotlight, showcasing his or her individual talent and growth in The Arts. In 2019, at our evening performance this was in front of an audience of over 600 people. • Recognised and established external partnerships with both the University of Queensland and Griffith University in the areas of STEM and Robotics. • Over $55 000 worth of Robotics that are utilised across Prep to Year 6. • In collaborative, positive partnership with our Parents and Friends Association: St Joey’s Netball Club, St Joey’s Athletics Club and St Joey’s KM Club. • Dance Troup where students train and participate in an external eisteddfod.
What St Joseph’s offers your son and daughter ABOVE the delivery of the National Curriculum… • A plethora of extra curricular activities, before and after school on our school site for your convenience as parents: Tennis, Speech & Drama, Chess, Martial Arts, Hip Hop, Basketball, Cricket, Rookies to Reds, ROAR soccer, AFL Auskick, NRL, Go Sports, Physical Culture, Hip Hop….. just to name a few. • Extensive HPE program: Swimming Program for Prep to Year 6, participation in Interschool Zone Events, access to Education Officers, Gala Sports Days, our own carnivals: cross country, swimming, athletics, opportunities to represent at District and Regional level….Did you know that currently, we have both a boys Year 4 and a girls Middle Years Cricket team, both competing at Regional level? • Opportunities to shine at Interschool Initiatives: Reader’s Cup, Debating, Maths Competitions, STEM projects, Tournament of the Minds, Coding as a Language, Brain Raiders….Did you know?….we are one of only two Catholic schools that participate in the University of QLD Young ICT Explorers competition. This representation has been for the past four years.
What St Joseph’s offers your son and daughter ABOVE the delivery of the National Curriculum… • Leadership opportunities where our Middle Years students have the honour and joy of being a buddy for a prep child. This connection and relationship can be an amazing lifelong memory. • Authentic student voice, where our Student Council initiate change for school improvement. This student team meet weekly with our Assistant Principal so they have regular access to the school leadership so we can act quickly together. • Our commitment to Social Action and Justice where we promote humanity. Our students act via education, participation and or fundraising for identified causes or initiatives. For example: We have our Market Day coming up on 1st November to raise money for “Rosies ~ Friends on the Street”. Our students are actively creating a product to sell at their own year level stall to raise money for this charity to help the homeless. Representatives from Rosies will speak to our students on assembly about the important work they do……Another example: Shortly, our Senior Choir will be visiting and performing at the Wesley Hospital to share and spread some joy and sunshine with their gift of singing.
What St Joseph’s offers your son and daughter ABOVE the delivery of the National Curriculum… • A recognised whole school approach to wellbeing and mental health of students ~ acknowledgement each term in Week 7 to highlight this area of importance, educative initiatives and messages on assembly, daily designated time for meditative prayer ~ in silence, stillness and mindfulness. Implemented whole school programs: explicitly teaching “Zones of Regulation”, “Play is the Way”, “Program Achieve” our STAR expectations, our external positive partnership with Autism QLD. A designated place in our school for students ~ Creation Station as our maker space, with our LEGO wall and opportunities to “chill out”. • Year 4 Camp, Year 5 Camp and Year 6 trip to Canberra ~ These are important opportunities for your children to step outside their comfort zone, show independence, develop resilience, confidence and teamwork. • Student leadership representation at Brisbane Catholic Education and wider community events and significant days/celebrations. As a small to medium sized Catholic school, St Joey’s are truly committed to offering above and beyond so all students have the opportunity to shine.
2020 Class Teachers and Projected Student Enrolments Brooke Purse moves to our Middle Years team. Brooke has taught Middle Years (Years 5 and 6) for 4 years in Melbourne and also 4 years in Canberra. She brings this wealth of experience of Middle Years from two southern states to our current context. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding dedication and expertise of our current MY team: Louise, Michael and Annmaree with introducing Middle Years to St Joey’s. We are blessed with such gifted teachers.
2020 Classroom School Officers to support learning and teaching Classroom School Officers will be 20 hours per week. 4 hours per day, 5 days a week. Prep B: Cathy Stagnitti Prep G: Susan Drinkwell Prep W: Deb Brennan Year 1 & 2: Judy Reid Year 2 and 3: Anthony Holland (majority of time in Year 3) Year 4 and Middle Years: Kim Francis (majority of time in Year 4)
2020 Specialist Teachers A change for us in 2020, moving forward, every student will have the following weekly “specialist lesson”: that being ~ 40 minutes per week of each subject from Prep to Middle Years. • Chinese Language and Culture: Ganlo Williams • Physical Education: Christie Lewis • The Arts: Drama, Dance & Visual Arts: Amber Pryor • The Arts: Music: Kathryn Robinson • Information Technology, Digital Citizenship, Literature Studies and weekly book borrowing at our ALC (Active Learning Centre): Josephine Hill (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and Nena Morgante (Wednesdays)
Exciting News and Initiatives coming St Joey’s will be introducing in 2020: • Education Officer STEM: We warmly welcome Claire Byrne to our team. This is a very exciting new role and we are blessed to have the experience of Claire. Claire will be working part-time over two days. Her role is to further strengthen our current engagement with outside agencies such as our partnership with University QLD, Griffith University + CSIRO. Claire will be working with teachers and students with Inquiry STEM projects with a cross curricular priority focus on sustainability. Claire is an experienced primary school teacher who is currently engaged in postgraduate study in STEM at QUT. Spending majority of her career at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, she worked as a junior school classroom teacher (including extension Mathematics classes), Year 7 Mathematics teacher, and was a member of the Technology Integration Support Committee. In more recent years, Claire was responsible for the conception, development and implementation of the successful Enrichment Learning Program at Christ the King, Graceville, which specialised in Gifted and Talented Education. She also has experience planning and teaching the Scientific Inquiry Program at Milton State School. Claire is passionate about providing opportunities for students to be creative, innovative and think critically.
Exciting News and Initiatives coming St Joey’s will be introducing in 2020: • Middle Years Debating Interschool Competitions: Nena Morgante will be leading this initiative on Wednesdays. This is an extension of our current MY debating program that both Annmaree and Louise have led in 2019. The Queensland Debating Union (QDU) organises various competitions for schools during the year, one of which is the Primary Schools Competition for students in Years 5 and 6. There are four debates in this competition, the first held in Term 2 and the final debate in Term 4. Students in this competition must abide by the QDU rules and the debates are judged by adjudicators paid by the QDU. Information on the competition, including rules and fees, can be found by going to the QDU website https://www.qdu.org.au/ • Christie Lewis will further support teachers and students in the area of the Health Curriculum with identified year levels and projects for the last session: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. • Our Education Officer: ICT: Martin O’Brien will continue to co-plan and co-teach with teachers and students every Wednesday in the classroom around working innovatively with technology.
Exciting News and Initiatives coming St Joey’s will be introducing in 2020: • Cecilia De Aguiar will be our Support Teacher: Inclusive Education: focusing only on students in Prep to Year 2 (full time). I am very pleased to announce that in 2020 Annie Donohoe will be a second Support Teacher: Inclusive Education: focusing only on students in Years 3 to Middle Years (full time). This increase in time is significant. It is to further support the class teacher to target students at both the lower and higher end. Cecilia and Annie will manage and support our school officers in literacy and numeracy intervention across our school. Cecilia and Annie will co-plan and co-teach with our class teachers to support both literacy and numeracy intervention as well as extension for high end students. • We warmly welcome in 2020, Jess Delbridge to our team. Jess will be our new Tuckshop Convenor. Jess comes with a professional background in catering and management. We are thrilled she is joining the team. In the coming month, as a school community we will acknowledge and thank Beck Gibbons for her outstanding role as our Tuckshop volunteer.
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Updated 2020 Classroom Plan In 2020, our Year 4 cohort will be relocating classrooms. Year 4B and 4G will move to the classrooms currently assigned as The Arts (above the hall). These classrooms are more contemporary and much larger than the current Year 4 classrooms. Our current Year 4 classrooms will become our new “Specialist Block”. These 4 classrooms will become: 1. Visual Arts classroom (current 4W classroom) 2. Music classroom (current 4B classroom) 3. Dance, Drama and Health classroom (current 4G classroom) 4. To join our existing Languages classroom Beginning 2020 all students in Years 3 and 4 will have brand new contemporary furniture to replace the existing furniture to maximise space in the classroom and for flexible learning.
Did you know? St Joseph’s is one of only two Catholic primary schools on the North side of Brisbane that have a signed agreement by the current 2019 Ambrose Treacey College principal, endorsed by the 2020 principal that if a St Joey’s boy is given a place at ATC to commence in Year 4 the parent may defer this place and is guaranteed a definite place for Year 7. This agreement which is in writing means you as parents can chose for your boy to finish his primary education at St Joey’s if you wish.
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2020 and beyond Student Technology Device Master Plan Our Vision Our goal is to further enhance the engagement of technology at St Joseph’s. Over the past few years, we have reviewed our approach, reflected on contemporary research and strategically chosen and implemented numerous technology tools, including many forms of robotics and coding devices. We acknowledge the rapid pace with which our world is constantly changing in the area of technological devices. Our objective is to always ensure our technology choices are driven by effective teaching and learning across all year levels, while continuing to provide a financially friendly model as we move into the future. At St Joseph’s, we constantly strive to implement our vision of equity and excellence in education to integrate technology in all of our year levels. Technology devices are a pathway to make connections across many subjects of the National Curriculum. Our Current Context We have had continued success with our 1:1 device program in our Middle Years classes, which has seen our students use 1:1 devices to compliment, support and enhance their learning. Over the past few years, we have introduced greater injection of iPads across our Early Years classes. In 2019, our introduction of a 1:1 program in our Year 4 classes and 1:2 program in Year 3 classes. The use of these devices has allowed students to greater increase their engagement in learning and created new, exciting opportunities for both teachers and students. These devices have provided a platform to create, collaborate and connect. Our Plan Moving Ahead 2020 will mark a new era for our 1:1 student device program, and we will be formally implementing a 1:1 iPad Program to cover all students from Years 3 to 6. Years 3 to 4 will be 1:1 “stay at school” devices. Middle Years will be 1:1 “take home” devices.
2020 and beyond Student Technology Device Master Plan Information Session: Wednesday 6th November Time: 7.00pm Presenters: Education Officer: Mr Martin O’Brien, Representative Teachers and Leadership Team Location: Hall Audience: We strongly encourage attendance for all parents of current Year 2, 3 and 4 students, however all parents are welcome to attend. This information session is for Parents. Special Showcase morning: Friday 1st November (combined with Market Day) Time: 8.00am to 9.00am Presenters: Our Year 3 students in partnership with Mr Anthony McGibbon, Mrs De’anne Meagher and Mrs Kim Francis. Location: Year 3 classrooms Audience: We strongly encourage attendance for all parents in every year level to see what our kids are capable of.
Facilities Master Plan 2020 onwards (in no order – will occur when funding becomes available) Stage 2 Rosewood Street Development: planting and mulching of this area, installing playground equipment, grassing a section…. Working towards having this space available in some sort of capacity beginning 2020 Term 1….starting as an entrance and exit from our school. Over time, this exciting area will become a huge Nature Play reserve for students to access for play breaks and as a context for outside learning. Rosewood Street Development Legacy Plan to support funding possibilities. New contemporary furniture for Year 3 and 4. Toilet refurbishment for the current toilets in the under croft to lift student wellbeing – to repeat for Early Years toilet block and Hall toilets. Refurbishment of small brick toilet block between PW and 1B. External multi-purpose courts surface needs replacing with better quality flooring for both courts.
Facilities Master Plan 2020 onwards (in no order – will occur when funding becomes available) STAR room to have shelving installed to house all Early Years home readers, guided readers and big books for greater access for students and staff. Redevelopment of new Specialist centre (previously the Year 4 classrooms) i.e. install wall of mirrors in Drama, Dance & Health room, upgrade lighting and storage, create outdoor zones and outdoor stage/amphitheatre on grassy slope next to roundabout to utilise during specialist lessons and as seating for afternoon pick zone. Shade sails over The Drive entrance and exits. Shade sails between PW/2W and Year 1 & 2 classrooms. Redevelopment of Early Years play area. The artificial turf (not the new soccer pitch) needs to be replaced.
Facilities Master Plan 2020 onwards (in no order – will occur when funding becomes available) Continuation of Concrete Community Space (BBQ area outside Church) to create a bigger outdoor learning space for our Year 4 to access. To fence this area of the side access road. The join this area internally with glass doors to the 4B (current Visual Art) classroom. To extend the roof out to have a space for storage for school bags. To create a concrete path and entrance from the existing stairs to the Year 4 classrooms. Extension and redevelopment of the school oval. Area to the left of 1B classroom to be enclosed as an additional storage space for Early Years equipment. Redevelopment of car park next to multi-purpose courts. Redevelopment of The Drive car park.
2019 Mantra One team, one goal: joy-filled learning Already in Week 3 of this fourth term in 2019 our team have 3 big touch stones on our agenda: 1. Peace ~ How can I be a person of peace? 2. Smiling ~ How do I greet the day? 3. Care for School ~ How do I make choices as a caretaker of creation?
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