GREAT YEAR: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Gayndah celebrates a year to remember. Photo: Contributed
GREAT YEAR: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Gayndah celebrates a year to remember. Photo: Contributed

St Joseph’s reflects on successful year

THE principal of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Gayndah says there’s “no slowing down” as her school hurtles towards the end of a successful year.

Principal Terese Shephard did, however, take a moment to reflect on the school’s achievements throughout 2019, the school’s centenary year.

ACADEMIC

  • “Our school goals for Literacy were again achieved this year, which means that the majority of our learners are ‘At’ or ‘Above’ the expected level of the Australian Curriculum. Our Year 3 and 5 students showed significant progress in the Writing aspect of NAPLAN. We are proud of the progress and achievement of all our learners and have been praised by Brisbane Catholic Education for the significant progress over the last couple of years,” Mrs Shephard said.
  • “All students in Years 4 to 6 participated in Wonder of Science learning in Term 3. At the end of Term 3, two teams for St Joseph’s competed in Bundaberg at the Regional Conference. Our Year 5 team came second, and our Year 6 team won their section. Wonder of Science inspires students in Years 5-9 to engage in rigorous, real-world STEM learning and to aspire for excellence in STEM. It encourages students to consider the exciting and diverse career pathways possible through STEM. Last week the four Year 6 students, Georgia Chambers, Zoe Hoskinson, Loucas Sturgess and Oliver Waldock, travelled to Brisbane with Mrs Inge Oppermann and Miss Bec O’Connor to compete at the State Conference held at Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point,” Mrs Shephard said.

SPORTING

  • St Joseph’s held the school swimming carnival on Thursday, November 7, and, as usual, had responsibility for organising the District Swimming Carnival on Thursday, November 28. St Joseph’s ended the day with three district age champions: Leon Slattery, Matilda Doyle and Nathan Banks. Congratulations to all,” Mrs Shephard said.
  • “After participating in the Green Ball Tennis Competition in Hervey Bay earlier this year, the St Joseph’s School team qualified to then play in the 2020 Brisbane International School’s Challenge State Final. The students will play against schools from all over the state in a round-robin competition at Griffith University and the Queensland Tennis Centre on January 10-11, alongside the world’s sporting elite at the Brisbane International. Team members from St Joseph’s are Zoe Baker, Asher Bryant, Hugo Baker, Fletcher Worland and Oliver Waldock. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all the players and their families,” Mrs Shephard said.

CULTURAL

  • “On Thursday, November 21, the school celebrated it annual awards night. This year, rather than individual class performances, Mrs Jen Bryant worked with the whole school to present ‘True Colours’. P&F president Mrs Sarah Webster made a special presentation to Mrs Lisa Baker for her many years of volunteering at St Joseph’s, which comes to an end this year as Zoe graduates Year 6. St. Joseph’s congratulates all its award winners for the 2019 school year,” Mrs Shephard said.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Gayndah 2019 award winners. Photo: Contributed
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Gayndah 2019 award winners. Photo: Contributed

  • “The St Joseph’s Parish Fete was held on Friday, November 29. Students again wowed the audience with their incredible dance moves – there’s no stopping them! Mr Percival entertained us and the four band members, Noah Coulson, Nathan Banks, Angus Parr and Donald MacGregor, are developing their talent at a rapid pace,” Mrs Shephard said.
  • “Our Year 4/5 class organised fundraising for bushfire victims as part of Brisbane Catholic Education’s Hearts Aflame appeal. These aspiring young leaders collected donations at our awards night, at the fete and as part of a free dress day on Tuesday, December 3. Staff have supported the learners by donating funds from their social club. They set a goal of $500 and ended up exceeding this goal,” Mrs Shephard said.
  • “We farewell our Year 6 students who have grown beautifully into their roles as leaders. They have enjoyed this year volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and I have enjoyed the conversations while driving them. Thank you to Mrs Oppermann, Mrs Bec Holden and Mrs Jayne Evans for the wide variety of challenging learning experiences provided in this, their final year at St Joseph’s,” Mrs Shephard said.
  • “Our school centenary remains a major highlight of the year and thanks are again extended to all who supported the celebration in anyway,” Mrs Shephard said.

“We also farewell staff members Mrs Holden, who has been at St Joseph’s for 11 years; Mrs Suze McGregor, who has been part of St Joseph’s school community since her children started in 2004, and Mr Lachlan Tomkins, who joined St Joseph’s for the 2019 school year,” Mrs Shephard said.

“We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

“Finally, thank you to our beautiful students.

“We, the St Joseph’s staff, are blessed every school day working with each of you and we congratulate you all on your progress over this year.

“We love seeing your true colours shining and we are grateful that you allow us to be part of your learning journey.

“We wish all St Joseph’s families, and the wider Gayndah community, every blessing for the Christmas season.”


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