From the Principal

Dear Parents

Welcome to 2016 - the year that St Joseph's is going ...

CONTINUING TO GO M.A.D (MAKING A DIFFERENCE) WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON             CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME.

After our Cyclic Review last year, we have now produced our new Vision and Mission statements that will be our guiding light for the next five year period. Our vision is simple: AT ST JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL WE EMPOWER EACH OTHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Our hope is that as a Catholic community we will all work together to ensure that whatever we do makes a difference not only to ourselves but also to each other. We are educating a group of students that are living in a very rapid paced world where things are continually changing and we need to know how to respond to this and ensure that we keep the mission of Jesus in our hearts and minds.

This year we warmly welcome our new parish priest Fr Jerzy. Fr jerzy has joined us after seventeen years at St Michael's Daceyville. We thank Fr Bob for his twenty-five years of service and and wish him every happiness in his retirement. You have left a wonderful legacy for Fr Jerzy and we look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of our youth. As active disciples we all have the responsibility to carry on Jesus' mission and work together to spread the good news. Let 2016 be the year that St Joseph's Parish community actively demonstrates this to one and other but also the wider community.

Therefore our directions for 2016 include: 

  • developing a school plan that outlines our specific social justice initiatives and how as a community we can respond authentically to them. 
  • ensuring our learning environments support student learning needs through innovative practices, student centred learning approaches and flexible stimulating learning spaces.
  • continuing to develop practices that support student well-being.
  • continuing to focus on ensuring that the school engages in  practices that encourage and promote professional learning and develops leadership of all.
In response to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudto Si, the school has a very specific focus on caring for our common home. We are therefore suggesting no wrap/waste each day where students are asked to look at the way their food is packaged and see if this could be put into reusable containers. We will also be investigating compost bins and/or worm farms that would further educate the students about how to care for their home and how to make good choices that are beneficial for all. This is a long term process and we understand that changing habits and mindsets takes time, but as the Pope has implored us we must take action. " Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a general lack of interests. Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity." (p. 19)

So as we begin our year, I look forward to the journey we will take together and how through our unity we will truly make a difference to the lives of our students and in turn to each other.

Warmest regards

Anna Cindric