The staff and students of St Joseph's gather each morning in the lower quadrangle for prayer and general information sharing. On Friday mornings class awards, recognising students efforts in the classroom and the playground are also given out.
Each class also has one formal Assembly each year. These are held in the John O'Brien Hall and all members of the school community are invited to attend. These Assemblies are spread throughout the year, with usually one or two in each term. During these assemblies, students have the opportunity to showcase their work, displaying art, drama, music and sharing learnings from other Key Learning Areas.
Parents and friends are encouraged to join with us during all of these occasions.
Books and Supplies
As part of the School Fees there is a Book Levy. This is used to supply each student with their basic classroom stationary requirements. Books, pens, pencils and rulers are issued by the classroom teachers at the beginning of each year. Students are encouraged to cover their books with contact as soon as possible to make them more durable.
A weekly Newsletter is sent home on Wednesday, consisting of a message from the Principal, updates from the Religious Education and Sports Co-ordinators, Parents and Friends Association, and general information about school
activities and community information. These Newsletters are sent home with the eldest child in each family.
Reporting Pupil's Progress
At St Joseph's, we believe in the importance of the partnership between parents and school. Therefore, parents are encouraged to keep in contact with their child's teacher throughout the year. Appointments may be made with the class teacher at a mutually convenient time. Students also recieve half-yearly and yearly reports. These are inline with Government regulations and incorporate the A-E reporting system. Opportunites for formal Parent-Teacher interviews are provided after the half-yearly report, and are offered, if needed, after the yearly report.
We are very conscious of the need for children to be sun-safe, therefore we have a playground policy of "No hat, no play". School hats are expected to be worn at recess and lunch time. If students do not have their hat, they are required to sit in a shady location under teacher supervision on the playground. No hats other than school hats are accepted. Hats may be purchased from the School Office.
Student supervision begins at 8.30am and concludes after the last school bus, usually at 3.30pm. Teachers are rostered for morning, recess, lunch and bus duties throughout the day and students are expected to remain within the school boundaries. Parents are asked not to allow students onto the school grounds prior to 8.30am, as no supervision is available.
When students attend excursions, extra supervision is required. Teachers may ask for 'parent helpers' to assist with supervising excursions, or activities outside the school.