School Fees 2024

At St Joseph's we have two categories of fees.  Family Fees which are charged per family and consist of a Family Fee, a Maintenance Levy and a Capital Levy.  The other category is student fees which consists of a curriculum levy, a technology levy and an excursion levy.  The fees for 2024 will be as follows:

Family Fees (per family):                                                 Student Fees (per child):
Family Fee $860                                                                   Curriculum Levy  $210
Maintenance Levy $120                                                     Technology Levy $100
Capital Levy $120                                                                  Excursion Levy  $100 (Prep/1/2)   $125 (3/4/5/6)

Parents with a current Health Care Card or Pension card are eligible for Camps Sports and Excursion funding and Diocesan Fee Assistance.  Please present your HCC or Pension Card to the office.

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School Broadband Initiative


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Project Compassion

Ash Wednesday

14 February

This week, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Please give generously to Caritas Australia this Lenten season and help vulnerable people around the world, now and for all future generations.

With your support, Caritas Australia has been able to assist communities around the world through income generation, water and sanitation, food security, education and disaster risk reduction programs.

Project Compassion 2024 reminds us that the good we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow.


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Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund





The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) applications are now available to
those eligible parents and carers who hold a valid concession card. Primary school students are eligible for $150 The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like:
• school camps or trips
• swimming and school-organised sport programs
• outdoor education programs
• excursions and incursions.
Please email or call the office if you would like an application form.  Existing families who have received CSEF and hold a valid concession card do not need to re-apply, but will need to send a copy of their Concession Card into the office.

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Child Safety - digital images

Taking Photos/Video Footage
As we begin a new year a reminder to parents and family members to please ensure, when at school events, to take photos or video footage of your child/ren only. Please do NOT post photos of children, other than your own, at school events or wearing school uniform, on personal social media pages other than your own. Thank you for your cooperation in using social media respectfully helping to keep everyone in our school community safe online.  

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School Nurse Visit

 Kerrie McCosh, primary school nurse, will be visiting our school on March 8th.

Foundation Grade Health Assessments:  All parents/guardians of Foundation grade children will be asked to complete a Health Questionnaire online, before the day of the visit. A ‘postcard’ will be sent home from school with information about how to do this.  If you do not wish your child to be seen by the school nurse, please go online and indicate the non-consent.  If you need a paper copy of the questionnaire instead, please ask the school, or, phone Kerrie on 0428319636.  Thank you.

Referrals (Grades 1-6): Parents and/or teachers may refer children from any grade for assessments of vision, hearing, basic speech, physical abilities, medical conditions, behavioural and parenting issues.  Please collect a referral form from the school office.  Completed forms are to be handed into the school office prior to March 8th.  Should parents wish to have an interview with the School Nurse, please indicate your request on the form.

Please note: You can talk to the primary school nurse at any time throughout the year. 

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St Joseph's School TV


St Joseph's is very excited to introduce a new initiative to help support the wellbeing of your students and better resource key staff. After all, happy and well supported students are better equipped to learn and succeed.

Because parenting doesn’t come with instructions, SchoolTV is an online wellbeing resource that can support you in the challenges of modern-day parenting. This award-winning resource helps build relationships, foster connections, enable understanding and break down barriers to navigate a pathway towards better mental health and wellbeing for young people. It can assist you in starting conversations on topics that are sometimes awkward or difficult to tackle. 

Parenting is a learning journey and SchoolTV supports families by providing credible information from trusted sources offering practical strategies with a focus to empower confidence when difficulties arise.

We invite you to visit our SchoolTV site and view the content. Discover a host of interesting topics featuring interviews with leading youth wellbeing experts and researchers from around the world offering hours of relevant and practical information. Additionally, each topic includes a compilation of related resources from key organisations providing a comprehensive stream of content. Resources include informative fact sheets, articles, apps, books, podcasts, websites, and other videos - all related to a single topic, in one place for easy access!

Start exploring SchoolTV today!  https://sjcharlton.catholic.schooltv.me/

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Students of the Week


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Principals Report


Hello to Families and all in the St Joseph's School Community,

This week we were certainly reminded of the force and power of nature with the storm event on Tuesday. Thankfully, news of the storm has not included injury to community members. The safety of staff and students was our main priority at St Joseph’s and it was great to have all make it safely home. Showing true St Joseph’s spirit, I thank Brett Schofield, Jake Lanyon & Luke Zagame who spent time yesterday, clearing our school yard of fallen timber and debris. We appreciate your time and effort in making the playground safe for staff and students.

Thank you to those family and community members who were able to attend our opening Mass of welcome last Friday. The school year is well and truly underway, with assessments in action and new routines being established.  We hope our swimming program can continue, if the pool is ready for use, and it will conclude with a water safety focus and our Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 20th February from 12-2:30pm.

This week we celebrated Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday, and the commencement of Lent in the Catholic Liturgical calendar, on Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a time of preparation in readiness for the time of Easter. During Lent, people are challenged to think more of others than themselves, as Jesus showed by his example. Project Compassion boxes were distributed after Ash Wednesday Mass, for students to take home to families. During Lent, options are given to pray more, donate money or items/toys/clothing you no longer use and to fast (go without or reduce) things such as treats and screen time. Of course, these Lenten practices are invitational. At school we focus on supporting Project Compassion. Project Compassion offers us a way that we, as a Catholic school, can follow the example of Jesus and respond with compassion to those who are in need both in Australia and all around our world.

A reminder that staff are available for contact if you have any questions or concerns and don’t hesitate to call in and see me at any time. A journey in faith and education supported by shared communication provides the best outcomes for all students.

I can be contacted via the school phone or on mobile number 0419137966 from 8:00am -5:00pm and after hours as required.

Please note Cate’s Office hours are 8:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Thursday.

Mary Hogan
Principal

RELIGION
The Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation will be offered in 2024 for students in Grades 3&4 who wish to complete the Sacraments of Initiation. This will likely be in May and I will confirm the date as soon as possible.

If any families wish to enquire about the sacraments, including Baptism, please contact myself or Fr Gerry.

Meet Miss Brown
Miss Brown has rescheduled her parent-teacher meeting to Monday 19th February. I hope she is feeling better and ready to meet parents, learn about individual students and set goals for the term. An invitation to attend has been sent via the PAM parent communication app.  Please rebook your preferred time from those provided.

*Please note Grades 3-6 will have parent meetings towards the end of Term One.

Weekly Assembly
Staff and students meet each Monday at 12:40pm for a whole school assembly. We pray together, recognise birthdays, student achievement and sing the National Anthem. Parents, grandparents and friends are most welcome to attend. Our first assembly will be on Monday 26th February, after the Swimming Program concludes. All welcome.

Swimming Lessons
We are hopeful the Swimming Pool will be available for our Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 20th February, from 12:00pm – 2:30pm.

School Attendance
All children are expected to be at school ready to begin by 8:55am. Arriving on time for school is important. The first 10 minutes of school is a vital time of the day when the day's routine and structure is established. It is a time for ‘tuning in’ and focusing on the learning intentions for the day. It is very difficult for children arriving late to ‘catch up on this missed information. Parents are required to phone through to the office the child’s absence on the day, or enter it through our school Parent Access Module (PAM). If there has been no contact from the family before 9:30am on the morning of the absence, you will receive a call or sms from the office to confirm the child’s absence from school. This is a legislated requirement.

DOBCEL Student-Free Guidelines and Procedures
Student-free days are days where students do not attend school within the gazetted attendance period but are designated for staff professional development, school professional development activities, planning and/or report-writing. Each year, the first day of term one and the last day of term four will be a student-free day in all schools. PLEASE NOTE THE STUDENT-FREE DATES FOR 2024.

Friday 22 March                Mental Health and Wellbeing PD
Monday 20 May                Religious Education Cluster
Monday 22 July                 Structured Literacy
Monday 4 November       Assessment & Reporting
Tuesday 5 November       Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Mary Hogan
Principal

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Child Safety

The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic Education. St Joseph’s School is committed to strengthened practice for the protection of children in line with the Victorian Government child safety reforms.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land.  We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We thank them for sharing their cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land, in this place we all now call home.

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Community News


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MHiPS

MHiPS – Mental Health in Primary School
Welcome back to the start of Term 1, 2024. My name is Tamara Wright and I have been appointed into the MHiPS role at St Joesph’s Primary School. I intend to be onsite at the school on a Tuesday and Wednesday. I look forward to learning and implementing different programs that build social and emotional wellbeing within the school/classroom setting.
As part of my role I will be introducing a Breakfast Program from 8.30am to 8.50am both mornings. Breakfast will include juice, Milo, toast or fruit. All students are invited to attend the program. 
Task: Breathing. 
Breathing is a great way to bring your attention to the present time.
Close your eyes – take 1 breath in – hold – release – repeat 10 times.
Tamara Wright

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2024 Term Dates


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School Uniform

All children are expected to be in full school uniform every day.  The following items are available for purchase at the school:


Windcheaters $22.50
School Hats $12.50
 Polo Shirts - short sleeve $20.00
Polo Shirts - long sleeve $25.00
Summer Dress - $40.00
Winter Tunic - $50.00
Navy Pants - $22.50
Navy Shorts - $18.00
  School Bags - $55.00
Black Mesh Sport Shorts - $12.50

Prices can change on re-ordering.  
All socks, and shoes can be purchased by individual families from other locations.
There may be some second-hand items available.

School Hats
2024 will see  the introduction of the  school bucket hat. The hat is a green cloth
 hat. The  school has adopted a ‘No Hat, No Play’ policy during the summer
months. Children  are asked to wear their hats for summer sports and other times
when outside  during the summer months.  Unfortunately the hats haven't arrived yet so we ask that all students wear have a St Joseph's hat to wear at all times whilst outside.  They will be essential next week as the swimming programme begins and the children will be walking to and from the pool.

Sports Days
Prep/1/2 will have PE on Thursday and can wear their sports uniform on this day.
Grades 3/4/5/6 will have PE on Wedenesday and can wear sports uniform on this day.

Jewellery
For safety reasons, the children are not to wear jewellery to school with exception of the
  following:
Sleepers or studs if the child has pierced ears. 

Religious medals worn on a chain around the neck or on a pin. These should
be worn in such a way as to prevent the possibility of injury while the
children  are playing.

Nail polish is not compliant with school uniform.

Hair accessories are to be in the colour of the school uniform.

Naming of Clothing
You are  requested to please ensure that ALL items of clothing that come to school
are  clearly named so that items that ‘stray’ from their owners
can  be promptly returned.

Boys Summer Uniform
Yellow Polo Shirt
Navy Shorts 
Green School Windcheater
School Hat
Black Shoes
Navy Socks

Boys Winter Uniform
Yellow long or short sleeve polo
Navy Pants
Green School Windcheater
Black Shoes
Navy Socks


Boys Sports Uniform
Yellow Polo Shirt
Black Mesh Sports Shorts
Green Windcheater
Green Tracksuit pants
White Socks
Runners
Girls Summer Uniform
Summer School Dress
Green School Windcheater
School Hat
White Socks
Sandals or Black Shoes


Girls Winter Uniform
Winter School Dress
Yellow long or short sleeve polo
Green School Windcheater
Black Shoes
Navy Tights or socks

Girls Sports Uniform
Yellow Polo Shirt
Black Mesh Sports Shorts
Green Windcheater
Green Tracksuit pants
White Socks
Runners
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School Fees 2024

In 2024, our school fees are as follows:

Family Fee - $860
Capital Levy - $120
Maintenance Levy - $120

Student Fees
Curriculum Levy - $210 per child
Technology Levy - $100 per child
Excursion Levy - F/1/2 - $100 - 3/4/5/6 - $125

Families will receive a fee statement at the beginning of each month.  We highly recommend setting up a direct debit so your fees are debited from your chosen account weekly, fortnightly, monthly or whenever best suits your family situation.  We ask that if anyone is having any difficulties paying school fees, that you please contact the Principal sooner rather than later to discuss the situation.

Families who are eligible for CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund) are asked to bring a copy of their Health Care Card into the office as soon as possible.  These families will also be eligible for the family assist package from the Diocese of Ballarat.

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Tuck Shop Menu and Prices 2024


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Principals Report


Hello to Families and all in the St Joseph's School Community,

It is with great excitement we begin the 2024 school year! We warmly welcome four new families to the St Joseph’s School Community – the Power-Hall, Mills, Siju and Watts families – and I know you will join me in making them feel a part of our special community at St Joe’s. It was wonderful to see the children greet staff, and each other, as they returned to school, and to see the guidance and welcome given to our new students. I wish all students an engaging and productive year of learning and growing together.

This year we also welcomed two new staff members – Miss Katie Brown (F-2 teacher) and Miss Claudia Lee (LSO Gr 3-6). Mrs Tammy Wright is also new in the leadership role of Mental Health in Primary Schools (MHiPS). I hope each of these staff members has a rewarding year and enjoy making connections as they get to know everyone in our school community.

As we begin the school year I feel blessed to have a full staff as many schools continue to struggle with staff shortages. I feel doubly blessed that the staff at St Joseph's are dedicated and passionate in their varying roles. At our first staff meeting we worked with an article exploring the difference between a job and a vocation. I feel we are spoilt with staff who feel the call to vocation and give their all each and every day!

The difference between a vocation and a job is the former requires you take your heart to work while the latter just requires you turn up.

A vocation is so much more than merely a job. A job can be performed perfunctorily, well enough to keep middle management happy enough. But a vocation is truly a calling, a compelling, irresistible urge, to go beyond the merely dutiful and prescriptive. Simply, it is the difference between taking your heart to work or simply turning up each day for the pay.

 ‘There are no traffic jams on that extra mile’.
I think those who have a sincere vocation do that extra mile. They volunteer, spend time, encourage, listen, make things happen because they bother.

Next week we commence our annual Swimming Program where we aim to familiarise students with water activity, teach water safety and begin some stroke development. A reminder that all students must swim wearing a sun-smart top (rashie/old T-shirt). Please note the swimming dates to the left.

On Friday 9th February we will attend Mass at 9:30am to celebrate the beginning of the new school year with the theme of WELCOME. All members of the school community are warmly invited to attend – families, grandparents, parishioners and friends. There will be morning tea provided at the school after Mass for those able to join us.

Advanced notice to have ‘best smiles’ at the ready as our professional school photographs will be taken on Thursday 29th February!

This year, staff continue their learning and implementation of Structured Literacy and School Wide Positive Behaviour. We commenced the year with a Structured Literacy professional development day in Hopetoun, which was an invigorating way to start the year. Please note the further school closure days below, which are needed for staff to attend additional learning together.

A reminder that staff are available for contact if you have any questions or concerns and don’t hesitate to call in and see me at any time. A journey in faith and education supported by shared communication provides the best outcomes for all students.

I can be contacted via the school phone or on mobile number 0419137966 from 8:00am -5:00pm and after hours as required.

Please note Cate’s Office hours are 8:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Thursday.

Mary Hogan
Principal

RELIGION
Each term the junior and middle-upper classes explore a concept to access their Religious Education learning. In Term One the juniors are exploring the concept of WELCOME and the Grade 3-6 students are focusing on the concept of HOPE.

Students will attend Ash Wednesday mass on 14th February at 2:30pm. All welcome.

The Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation will be offered in 2024 for students in Grades 3&4 who wish to complete the Sacraments of Initiation. More information to follow.

STAFFING 2024
PLEASE NOTE: All staff will be released for non-teaching preparation time (one day each) and Mrs Hogan for Office Time.

Foundation/One/Two      Miss Katie Brown
Grade 3/4                           Mrs Chloe Armstrong
Grade 5/6                           Mrs Mary Hogan  (3 days)
Grades 3-6 will join together from 12:30pm each day and each Thursday and Friday.
Learning Support Officers     Mrs Naomi Fitzpatrick, Mrs Emily Lanyon & Miss Claudia Lee
Learning Diversity Leader      Mrs Chloe Armstrong
MHiPS Leader                          Mrs Tammy Wright
Business Manager                  Mrs Cate Olive

 Meet Miss Brown
Miss Brown is eager to meet with all parents of the F-2 students. She will be available on Monday 12th February to meet parents, learn about individual students and set goals for the term. An invitation to attend will be sent via the PAM parent communication app very soon.

*Please note Grades 3-6 will have parent meetings towards the end of Term One.

Weekly Assembly
Staff and students meet each Monday at 12:40pm for a whole school assembly. We pray together, recognise birthdays & student achievement and sing the National Anthem. Parents, grandparents and friends are most welcome to attend.

Swimming Lessons
Students will have swimming classes beginning Monday 5th February continuing until 19th February. To conclude the swimming program a carnival will be held on Tuesday 20th February from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. All supporters are most welcome to attend.

Please note students must have a sun-safe top to swim in (a rashie/old T-shirt). No top = no swim!

Students will walk to and from the pool each day with staff members. The Junior students have their bags transported by car each day to make the walk a little easier.

School Attendance
All children are expected to be at school ready to begin at 9:00am. Arriving on time for school is important. The first 10 minutes of school is a vital time of the day when the day's routine and structure is established. It is a time for ‘tuning in’ and focusing on the learning intentions for the day. It is very difficult for children arriving late to ‘catch up on this missed information. Parents are required to phone through to the office the child’s absence on the day, or enter it through our school Parent Access Module (PAM). If there has been no contact from the family before 9:30am on the morning of the absence, you will receive a call or sms from the office to confirm the child’s absence from school. This is a legislated requirement.

 DOBCEL Student-Free Guidelines and Procedures
Student-free days are days where students do not attend school within the gazetted attendance period but are designated for staff professional development, school professional development activities, planning and/or report-writing. Each year, the first day of term one and the last day of term four will be a student-free day in all schools. PLEASE NOTE THE STUDENT-FREE DATES FOR 2024.

Friday 22 March                Mental Health and Wellbeing PD
Monday 20 May                Religious Education Cluster
Monday 22 July                 Structured Literacy
Monday 4 November       Assessment & Reporting
Tuesday 5 November       Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Mary Hogan
Principal

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Child Safety

The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic Education. St Joseph’s School is committed to strengthened practice for the protection of children in line with the Victorian Government child safety reforms.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land.  We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We thank them for sharing their cultures, spiritualities and ways of living with the land, in this place we all now call home.

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