The Southern Downs Youth Council is an advisory committee whose role is to represent the voice of young people who live, work, study or volunteer in the Southern Downs region and provide input into Council activities and decisions.
As part of the Year of Youth celebrations, the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office arranged for renowned American musician Jesse Manibusan to visit schools to perform and conduct workshops with the students.
Last Saturday night, the Bathersby Stadium was transformed back in time to the 1980s. Over 250 people took the opportunity to dress up in 80s fashion, and turn back the clock to relive this fascinating period. An array of costumes were on display as trivia fanatics gathered for this St Joseph’s P&F Association fundraising event.
Last term, the Year 11/12 Industrial Technology students worked on the final stages of a school community project designed for Early Years children, a cubby house. In 2017, the Year 11/12 Industrial Technology students interviewed the Prep class about what they wanted for their class cubby house.
Last Monday, Prep students were busy making ANZAC biscuits. With ANZAC Day fast approaching, this was an ideal way to kick start the week and communicate to students the importance of ANZAC Day, and why we pay tribute those who have served for our country.
On Tuesday 24th April, St Joseph’s staff, students and special invited guests including Member for Southern Downs, Mr James Lister, and Mr Norm Steele from Stanthorpe RSL, gathered in the Bathersby Stadium for a Prayer Service to commemorate ANZAC Day. The School Band and St Joseph’s Choir led the Service with the National Anthem and participated throughout.
St Joseph’s School has been selected by Toowoomba Catholic Schools to become one of a number of “Lighthouse” Schools for Visible Learning from 2018.
Last term, St Joseph’s Primary student, Kaden Patterson was excitedly speaking with his Dad Matt about what he was learning at school about ANZAC Day. As a soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Matt was thrilled that students were being taught this at school and learning about the history of ANZAC Day. Matt has served a deployment to the Middle East and ensures Kaden understands what the ADF do and the sacrifices that our service personnel make.
As part of her Mercy Value of Compassion, School Captain, Ann-Mary Vincent has been busy promoting Project Compassion. Being an advocate for compassion, particularly through Project Compassion, was one of Ann-Mary’s goals this year.
During this term, the Year 12 students have been crossing the road and visiting the Primary Campus each Monday and Friday from 8:20am. Before school commences, the Year 12s spend time with the primary students, playing handball and taking part in other school activities, before moving into classes.