St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wandal Newsletter

12 July 2023

Bernadette Brennan - Principal

Welcome back to what is going to be another exciting term filled with a variety of learning experiences and other significant events. I love Term Three. In the first week, we always join with the other Rockhampton Catholic schools and colleges to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the annual mass. Then the week continues with the three-day gathering of all the Catholic primary schools from the diocese for the Challenge Cup rugby league and netball carnival at St Brendan’s College Yeppoon. The rest of this term sees many opportunities to celebrate a variety of elements of school, including Science Week, Book Week, Catholic Education Week and Literacy and Numeracy Week and the Feast of St Mary of the Cross.


As school life is getting busier and calendars are filling up, we are posting a Weekly Notice of events each Friday as a reminder of the following week’s main highlights. This might help to remind children of any extra items they need for school, family members about an upcoming prayer assembly or if some crazy socks need making or buying over the weekend. Calendars fill up, so the aim is to provide a weekly snapshot of what’s coming up soon. The Weekly Notice will be posted on the Audiri App, so families should receive an app notification.


Next Tuesday, 18 July at 5:30 pm, we invite current and prospective new parents to join us for the Prep 2024 Information Evening in the hall. This is a brief overview of Prep at St Joseph’s Wandal and an opportunity to explore the Prep learning spaces and ask questions. If you have a child for Prep 2024 or know someone who is looking to enrol, this needs to be completed as soon as possible. Prep Enrolment Interviews will be booked at the Information Evening and conducted in the following couple of weeks. All the Rockhampton Catholic Schools will send out Prep 2024 offers on Friday, 18 August.


Seminarian Peter Doherty has been in formation at the Holy Spirit Seminary since 2019, and this year has been spending time in our school visiting classes and sharing reflections at assemblies. You may recall from earlier in the year, Peter presented the school with ‘Joseph’, the teddy bear for our students to care for. On the recommendation from the Rector of the Seminary, it has been recommended that Peter receive Diaconate. Bishop Michael will ordain Peter as a Deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday, 20th July at 11:00 am, all Parishioners are invited to this joyous occasion for Peter and our Diocese.


Have a great week.


Mrs Bernadette Brennan

Rheanna Starr - Assistant to Principal Religious Education (APRE)

Term 2 Prayer Assembly Roster

Year LevelPrayer FocusDate
Year 6 NAIDOC WeekFriday 14 July 
Year 2Prayer ReflectionFriday 21 July
Year 4 WhiteCatholic Education Week Monday 24 July
Year 5Prayer Reflection Friday 4 August
Whole School MassMary MacKillop Feast DayWednesday 9 August
Year 3Assumption of MaryFriday 18 August
Year 6Year 6 Camp ReflectionFriday 26 August
Year 1 WhiteFather's Day Prayer ReflectionFriday 31 August
PrepPrayer ReflectionFriday 8 September

What's on in Catholic Education Week 2023

Janette McLennan - Assistant to Principal Curriculum (APC)

Reading Challenge

Don't forget to keep reading to support your house.

Class Letters

Check the app for information about this term of learning.


Prep 2023 Vision Screening

The Vision Screening nurse will be visiting 25 July.  Forms have been previously sent home and are now past due.  If you wish to take part in this free service please lodge an online application with this link.