St Joseph’s students did very well at the recent Crisps Art Awards receiving great achievements, despite the artworks entered being their second choices. St Joseph’s best artworks featured at the St Joseph’s Showcase and didn’t enter into the Crisps Art Awards as the entry period overlapped but Junior Secondary students still won every award for their year levels with no other school receiving any places from Years 8-10.
Last Friday teachers at St Joseph’s School were acknowledged for their efforts, dedication and work as part of World Teacher’s Day. This year’s theme was “Teachers Inspire”. Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teacher’s Day is symbolic of the hard work done by teachers in the classroom. First introduced in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, it is a day on which students, parents and community members are encouraged to show their appreciation. At morning tea on Friday, teaching staff were treated to a special cake and cuppa in acknowledgement for their contributions to St Joseph’s School.
The countdown is on for the Year 12 students as they fast approach the end of their school life. Final assignments and preparation for exams are on the agenda for the next few weeks. The Ancient History class which consists of four girls are busy doing independent research for their upcoming assignment. This will prepare them for their in-class essay where they will be required to discuss how personalities can change the course of history. They can argue points such as how Alexander the Great’s war tactics are still used to this day. Mrs Parakas is the Ancient History teacher and has had assistance from Mr Carlo Di Luca, a student teacher from QUT. “I have three weeks until I’m finished”, Mr Di Luca said. “I have really enjoyed my time at St Joseph’s and am a huge fan of the school. The behaviour is excellent and the students are so on task with what they need to do. I would jump at the chance to work at the school next year.”
Last Tuesday local identity John Cobon visited St Joseph’s school as part of the Spinal Education Awareness Team (SEAT). This program which is run by the Spinal Injuries Association and accredited by Education Queensland has a proud 24 year history having reached more than 1.4 million students.
In July this year the Toowoomba Diocese celebrated the Episcopal Ordination of the new Bishop, Robert McGuckin. As a welcome, the Diocese celebrated with a Mass of Welcome last Friday at St Patrick’s Cathedral Toowoomba. All schools in the Diocese were invited to send students and staff members to help celebrate. Principal Mr Michael McCarthy, APRE Mr Danny Carter, Assistant Principal Secondary Mrs Linda Perrett and Mrs Johanna Campbell together with thirty Primary and Secondary students enjoyed the special Mass celebrated by Bishop McGuckin and then a BBQ lunch which was provided by the Catholic Education Office Toowoomba. Students were excited to meet and chat with our new Bishop.
St Joseph’s Art Students from Years 6-10 recently participated in the ‘Paint a Cow Project’ to show support for Queensland farmers. Two cows were designed on a Granite Belt theme and have been named accordingly. ‘Sugar’ has been adorned with a medley of local fruits and produce and ‘Violet’ sported landscape scenes depicting the Quart Pot Creek, granite rock, gum, conifer, willow and an array of flora local to our region. “Sugar” and “Violet” have been sent to pasture in a paddock on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Alderley Street in Toowoomba along with hundreds of other painted cows.
St Joseph’s celebrated student’s creativity with a ‘Showcase Evening’ held on 20th September to end Term three on a high note. This was the first Showcase for St Joseph’s school, an event that transpired from a long term vision of Art Teacher Mrs Marissa Moncada. In collaboration with Music Teacher Mrs Donna Gerster, the Showcase developed. The contribution of all staff and students is warmly appreciated and made this wonderful event possible.
Staff returned to School last Monday to participate in planning and developing programs for the new Australian Curriculum-History. Wednesday morning saw the hustle and bustle of the usual school routine as all students returned for the final term.
Students and staff finished another busy term last week and ready to enjoy the two week break. A whole School Mass was held last Thursday to celebrate what has been a long and busy term 3. The theme of the Mass was “World Peace Day” and “The Feast of St Matthew”. After Mass a special presentation was made to Granite Belt Support Services. Representative Janet Boan gratefully accepted a cheque for $500 which was proceeds from the Leo bake sale and sausage sizzle held recently at the Piazza.
The annual P & F trivia night was held on Friday 14th September. A huge thank you is extended to the trivia sub-committee members who all worked hard to ensure another successful and enjoyable night was had by all. Also thank you is extended to the many behind the scenes helpers who collected prizes and assisted on the night with the bar, selling raffle tickets and cleaning up. This year a record number of twenty-nine tables took part in what has become a social highlight on St Joseph’s calendar. “Stanthorpe Swamp People” won the prize for best fancy dress, the best team name was awarded to “Fifty Shrewds of Grey” and “The Cruisers” won best dressed table. “It’s a Party” was declared trivia night winners and walked away with $240 plus 8 bottles of local wines as their prize. “Blessed Undressed” from Warwick came second receiving $160 while “The Mad Mob” won third place and received $80.