Dear Members of the St James Catholic College Community,
St James Catholic College shares its Josephite charism with many schools and colleges across Australia and New Zealand. Last week, I attended the annual AJASS Conference in Sydney, AJASS stands for the Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools. This conference was a great opportunity to learn from other Principals and Leaders who are also working in Josephite schools.
We visited the site of Kincumber where the Sisters of St Joseph have maintained a presence to this day. This site was established by Mary MacKillop and the Sisters as a home for boys in 1887.
As part of the conference, Sr Catherine Mead spoke about the role of Josephite Education. Sr Catherine has worked in a number of Josephite schools in South Australia.
Sr Catherine's research to date indicates that there are 4 key characteristics in Josephite Education:
- Founding Story
- Core Set of Values – Strength in Compassion, Dignity, Charity, Justice & Inclusion
- Symbols and Languages – Use of respectful & inclusive language
- Service to the Community – Belonging is central
Sr Catherine's research has also identified the following key characteristics of a Josephite approach to Leadership:
- Faith-inspired Leadership – integration of faith & prayer, humility and compassion.
- Integrity in Leading Mission – congruency of mission & tradition
- Leadership as Service and Vocation – Integration of Gospel values, Servant leadership built on the development of strong relationships.
- Leadership Formation – Capacity building in faith, spirituality & educational leadership.
I personally found this conference inspiring; listening to how these remarkable women, the Sisters of St Joseph, continue to answer God’s call.
Long Service Leave Notification
For the first three weeks of Term 3, I will be taking Long Service Leave. During this time our Deputy Principal (Primary) Ms Stacey Cooper will be Acting College Principal. During this time, if you have any enquiries please contact the College Office to arrange an appointment.
SMS Absence Notifications
The College accepts SMS absentee notifications. Please SMS: 0488 863 246 with your child's name, grade and absent reason. Please save this number in your phone for future reference.
Important: Student Medical / Contact Detail Changes
It is extremely important that you notify the College Office of any changes to your child's medical or personal contact details. We use this information in a variety of ways, but most importantly to contact you or to assist in the care of your child in the case of an emergency.
If you have supplied medication for your child to the College e.g. EpiPen /inhaler/antihistamine, please consider its expiry or need for replenishment. If your child has a medical action plan please ensure a copy is supplied to the College. Thank you
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NAIDOC Assembly 2019
On behalf of the College, I extend the invitation to our wider community to be a part of this year’s College NAIDOC Assembly. This Assembly is a great way to showcase some of the many opportunities our students are offered as well as the many successes they have achieved.
Primary Disco (Kinder - Year 6) and Trivia Night
Detailed information about our new payment has been emailed and hard copies sent to families. The app is an easy way to order lunches through the Canteen (by 9am daily) and uniform items!
Last week Year 6 and Kinder started our Buddies Program. This will be where we meet every week to work with one another to complete a variety of tasks. We all had a great time and look forward to when we can see each other again!
Year 1 News!
Year 1 has been learning about instructional texts and recipes. Last week, we began the day looking at the sequencing of steps involved in making jam sandwiches. Then we looked at how butter was made in the 'olden days' (as the students say) as part of our past and present social science unit. Using this information we then created butter and made our fairy bread recipes. The students particularly liked seeing (and tasting) the physical changes in the cream-butter as we churned it which is also a focus of our 'marvellous materials' unit in science - what an exciting day in Year 1!
Outdoor Education Camp
Last week our Year 9/10 Outdoor Education class travelled to Fortescue Bay for their Semester camp. The students have been preparing for their camp over the last few weeks, including researching and preparing menu's for the journey as well as reviewing safety skills. As part of the camp, the students completed the day walk to Cape Hauy.
Catholic Parish of the Huon Valley Announcements:
Ticket to Play is a Tasmanian Government initiative designed to reduce the cost of participating in club sporting activities for Tasmanian children.
The key objective of Ticket to Play is to increase the number of young Tasmanians playing sport and supporting the Tasmanian Government’s objective of Tasmania being the healthiest population by 2025.
The Ticket To Play initiative provides students whose parents/guardians/carers have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with a voucher of up to $100 to pay for registration/membership of an approved activity provider/sports club.
To see if you are eligible and to apply visit: https://www.communities.tas.
To view our fantastic program and secure your spot (places will fill fast!) please hop onto our website and complete the Holiday Zone Application Form https://livetasmania.org/
The Holiday Zone programs are funded by the Tascare Partnerships Program. Li-Ve Tasmania also want to acknowledge our highly valued partners from Southern Support School, Young Leaders of Tasmania and Special Olympics plus all of the featured community groups that tutor/facilitate specialist programs.