Last Thursday night, a group of twenty-five parents and staff enjoyed a special dinner at Valente’s Restaurant. This dinner was part of the Year 10 Home Economics students’ assessment for their unit in Cooking for Celebrations. The small group of students planned their menu and cooked up a storm for their special guests. On arrival the group enjoyed mocktails and antipasto nibbles outside the restaurant in the balmy night air. The main course and dessert were then served inside with chocolate dipped strawberries on offer with coffee. “The students did a great job overall. This was such an important learning experience for them. Everyone seemed to enjoy the meal and some suggested it should be a monthly event,” Home Economics teacher Mrs Yvette Giannake said. “The cost was $20 per head and we decided to donate $5.00 of that to St Vincent De Paul,” she said.
Throughout the year the Year 4/5 students have had two very happy visits to Stanthorpe Blue Care. The visits have entailed singing and dancing performance, recitations and various activities. Wonderful conversations were had between children and adults on topics such as school work, travelling to school, playground games and occupations.
Stanthorpe might be a long way away from the Flemington Race track, but the St Joseph’s Prep class did their best to get into the Melbourne Cup spirit last Tuesday. Using their creative skills, children spent the day making paper jockeys and horses and cheered on their sweep selections for the Cup. Students also looked the part with their beautiful fascinators and colourful ties.
Year Nine and Ten students are working in 3D this term and are producing sculptures based on themes studied in class. The Year Nine students are developing sculptures and writing artist’s statements on the theme “recycling”. Some of the sculptural forms that students are currently producing include: figurative pieces, installations and wearable art using recycled materials. The Year Ten students have been studying patterns in nature with a focus on fractals, and are writing artist statements on the theme and producing a variety of freestanding abstract sculptures from a several materials including air hardening clay, hebel and natural fibres. When viewed together, it resembles the aesthetically pleasing forms of underwater sea life. We look forward to the possibility of securing a site for exhibiting these sculptures during the Christmas holidays.
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.
Granite Belt Maths Team Challenge
- Oct 17, 2018
Warwick State High Maths Team Challenge
- Oct 17, 2018
St Joseph’s goes yellow for ‘R U OK? Day’
- Oct 09, 2018
Workshopping social issues an enlightening experience for St Joseph’s Students.
- Oct 09, 2018
New Signage to Communicate to the Community
- Sep 18, 2018