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Instruments

Please return Band Program instruments that were hired by Monday 19 February 2024.

More information will be provided in coming weeks around tutors working at the school, purchasing and hiring intruments and information regarding band. 

No more Nuts 

Please review the new policy for Allergy and Nut Aware School

Safe Travel

Road Safety At St Joseph's

Road safety at St Joseph's is important to everyone. This information has been designed to give you an understanding of the traffic management plan which has been implemented by St Joseph's School for the benefit of all, ensuring staff and students can travel to and from school safely.

Please take the time to read this information and please speak to Mr Brendan Kiely, the School Principal, if you have any questions (or suggestions) about traffic management around the school.

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Drop off & Pick up of students

Students at St Joseph's travel to and from school using a variety of modes of transport, including a school bus, private vehicle, on foot and by bicycle.  St Joseph's front entrance is situated on King Street, and our back entry fence/gate is located on Avondale Street.  Both operate a School Zone from 8.00 am to 9.30 am and from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm.  The School Zones help protect our children on their way to and from school at the times and places where they are often in high traffic volume.  Please note the speed limit during these times is 40 kilometres per hour.    

Avondale Street - Kiss and Drop Zone

The Kiss and drop off Zone in Avondale street is only used for picking up or dropping off passengers. 

This area is designed for the convenience of parents and carers and for the safety of children.  This is a non Parking zone, which means drivers can stop for a maximum of two minutes.  This area minimises traffic congestion for all and aims to maximise student safety.

St Joseph's traffic management would prefer you remain in your car at all times. When parents and carers are collecting their children in the afternoon, staff will assist your children into your car.

If the traffic queue has backed up, please do not double park and go around the block again until you can safely drive into Avondale Street.

To use the Kiss and Drop Zone, your child must be able to get themselves in or out of the vehicle and be able to use a seat belt to unbuckle or buckle up.

Seat Belts

School-aged children should always travel in the rear of their vehicles. Each child must be firmly buckled into an appropriate seat belt or child restraint.

Tip: Try to make a rule that every child passenger must be securely buckled into a seat belt or child restraint before you start the car. Assist your young child in buckling up and always check the buckle.

School Bus Zone

Please do not stop or park or drop off any children in the Bus Zone during Bus Zone times. 8.00 am – 9.30 am and again 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm.

Parking

Parking signs with specified time limits allow drivers to park their vehicles for a certain period of time only, e.g. 15-minute parking.

Double parking at any time is illegal and is particularly dangerous around schools. It reduces visibility and blocks the road for other motorists. Children stepping onto the road to get into or out of a double-parked car are not visible to other motorists.

U-Turns

U-Turns are discouraged near the school. The amount of traffic in the vicinity of the school means that U-turn manoeuvres are unsafe and block traffic flow. Please do
not undertake a U-turn anywhere within the school zone.

No Stopping zones

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You cannot stop on a length of road to which a No Stopping sign applies FOR ANY REASON.

An unbroken yellow line painted on the curbside of the road also indicates a No Stopping zone.

Sometimes there is a space close to a corner that might seem like a good spot to park. It's NOT. It is illegal to park less than 10 metres from the corner, even if it is not signposted.

Parking on the corner blocks vision for turning drivers and creates a hazard for all motorists, pedestrians and especially for the children trying to cross the road.

Mobile Phones

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Please do not use your mobile phone in the school zone, as research has proven that it is a dangerous distraction and compromises the safety of your children.

St Joseph's School Traffic Committee

DO

  • Please consider arriving closer to 3.30 pm.
  • When you reach the pick-up zone, drive to the front of the queue so that as many cars as possible can pull in behind you. Don't just park in front of the school gate.
  • Ensure your child's seatbelt is securely fastened before pulling away from the kerb.
  • Please display a clear sign with the family name (don't assume that the teacher will know you or your car).
  • Please use Range Street to access the Avondale Street pick up zone.
  • Please let grandparents and other carers know this information if they are going to collect your children from school.
  • Please consider neighbours.

DON'T

  • You don't need to get out of the car as supervising teachers will assist your children to get into the car. For their safety, children should only get into and out of the car directly onto the kerb. If this is not possible due to baby capsules or other child restraints, please consider how you might organise your children to ensure their safety.
  • Do not jump the queue of waiting for traffic.
  • Do not double park and walk your children across Avondale Street.
  • Do not do a U-turn anywhere in the vicinity of the school.
  • If you are in a queue, do not move into the pick-up zone until you know for certain that space is available. If you end up stopping in the 'No Stopping' zone, by law, you can be booked.

Please delay your arrival until after 3.15 pm (except for Kindergarten) as children do not arrive at the gates until this time.

If your child is not at the gate on your arrival, be prepared to be directed by staff to go around the block.

Do not park across neighbours driveways or garages at any time.

Please be patient

Your patience and cooperation are essential as we work together to make both our school drop off and pick up zones and the surrounding streets safe for children, neighbours and the community.

At all other times, before, during and after school, please do not park across the school driveway and leave your car unattended.

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Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow, develop and feel safe in environments which are free from violence, exploitation and harm. The Catholic Schools Office, Lismore has clear expectations that all students within Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore will be protected from all forms of harm including sexual, physical and psychological harm as well as ill-treatment and neglect.

 

The Catholic Schools Office and Catholic systemic schools within the Diocese have certain responsibilities and expectations to ensure the safety and protection of children in their care, including supporting measures to ensure that children and young people will be taught how to protect themselves, and to seek help if they are concerned about their safety. Consistent with its mission and values, and in compliance with its legislative obligations, the Catholic Schools Office Lismore strives to ensure children in its care are safe and secure. Implementing a variety of practices that reduces potential risk forms part of our strategy to build child safe communities.

This policy sets out the expectations required of employees in the Catholic Schools Office and in Catholic systemic schools of the Diocese. This document is to also inform and remind employees engaged or employed in Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore of the standards of behaviour, duties, obligations and other requirements that must be adhered to when working with children.

A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lismore.

 

Please follow the link to our website to for full information on the CSO Child Protection Policy & Procedures and Mandatory Reporting -  http://www.wauplism.catholic.edu.au/policies

 

For further information, please visit -

https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/child-protection/mandatory-reporting

NAPLAN 2024

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a literacy and numeracy assessment which students in Year 3,  Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9  sit each year.  It is the only national assessment all Australian students have the opportunity to undertake.

As students progress through their school years, it is important to check how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and numeracy.

NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards.

NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process. It does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers regarding student performance, but it can provide teachers with additional information about students’ educational progress.

In 2024, NAPLAN will be held from March 13 - March 25 for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. Attached is a NAPLAN information sheet. If you have any questions, please see your child's class teacher.

 

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Shrove Tuesday 13 February 2024

Kindergarten - Visual Arts 

Kindergarten - First Day 7 February 2024

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First Day - Year 1 to 6 - 5 February 2024

PLACE UNIFORM ORDERS AND PAYMENT VIA FLEXISCHOOL APP -  UNDER 2024 UNIFORMS.

NORMAL OPERATING HOURS RETURN : WEEK 3 -TERM 1, 2024

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 12.00 noon - 12.30 pm

The Uniform Shop is situated on the side of the Administration building.

More Helpers needed on certain days - please check the roster.

If you have time to volunteer please fill in your available days on the Compass form. 

Thank you

Renate Pope

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Dear Parents
This week marks the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Lent like Advent is a time of preparation. During Lent, Christian people often do a few things to help them prepare for Easter. Traditionally, it was seen as a time when people ‘give up’ a particular treat or indulgence. However, it is now seen more as a time of reflection. People are encouraged to take time to think about themselves and their lives. They might ask questions like, "How can I be a better person?" or "What can I do to help others more?"
The number 40 is important during Lent. It represents the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert before he began his ministry. So, Lent is a bit like a mini-adventure where we try to be more like Jesus and ready ourselves to celebrate his amazing story at Easter. Even if you're not part of a Christian tradition, Lent can still be a good time to think about how you can make the world a better place and challenge yourself to be the best person you can be.
As we enter this very special time in our Catholic year, we also look inwards to ways we can connect more deeply with God, through prayer and reflection. We also invite families to attend Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church during this Lenten period.

School Annual Improvement Plan - 2024

Each year our staff articulates a 'School Annual Improvement Plan' or SAIP. This is derived from a range of data, our 'Tell them from Me Surveys', The School Improvement Tool and our progress from last year's School Improvement Plan actioned in 2023.
This year our school will be reviewed by an ACER reviewer and a Review Team from the Catholic Schools Lismore Diocese. This will take place late in Term 2. We will be informing our parent body of the process for feedback and the assistance we would like from you in helping us improve our school further.
The review ends up asssiting us to formalise a 3 year School Improvement Plan. I will be making constant reference to this years SAIP, in order to draw your attention to the goals we have set and are working on, as a school, in 2024.
The two SMART goals that we are working on come from Mission and the Learning and Teaching areas.

School Improvement Plan - Mission Goal

Improve student Religious Education success through the implementation of evidence based pedagogy.

Learning

  • Embed REnew & Project-Based Learning into Stage 3
  • Develop Staff knowledge in Religious Education content and how to apply the ‘Emmaus’ and PBL models in the RE Curriculum
  • Embed - storytelling, scripture, Christian meditation, retreats, and how to plan for authentic experiences.
  • How to create quality differentiated Religious Education assessments (Backward Design PL) 

We want to build upon the work of the Learning Collaborative and implement the Assessment Waterfall framework (LI, SC, Learning Walks and Talks peer and self-assessment).

We want teachers to create Learning Experiences that provide opportunities for students to engage deeply with the Catholic faith that allow them to connect real-life experiences with the gospel teaching (Emmaus).

School Improvement Plan - Learning & Teaching Goal

Improve student Mathematical growth through the implementation of evidence based pedagogy. 

Learning

  • Embedding the Assessment Waterfall framework (LWT, CASW, CMM, Data Walls)
  • How to create quality differentiated Mathematics assessments (Backward Design PL)
  • Visible Learning in the Collaborative Work
  • Create quality differentiated Mathematics assessments
  • Use MAI data and assessment data to inform instruction
Our Future learning will be focused on Mathematics based on data collated from the Maths Assessment Interviews (MAIs) conducted at the start of the term.

Stay Connected

Stay informed about all things St Joseph’s by reading our fortnightly Newsletter and COMPASS reminders as well as following us on social media - Facebook page. These platforms will keep you updated on important announcements, achievements, and the latest happenings within our school community.

Parent/Teacher Communication

The best outcomes occur for our children when school and home, work together. We look forward to continuing to build the strong links between families and school this year. Your child’s teacher is obviously an integral part and there may be times during the year, aside from our scheduled Meet and Greet in Term 1, when you need to contact your child’s teacher.  If so, contact can be made via the Office 6585 1745 or through the classroom's chosen platform.

We request that our teacher's time outside working hours be respected and if a message was to be outside working times it will be attended to during their hours of work or immediately following school hours when time is available. You can also contact your child’s teacher via our Office, by leaving a message. Teachers return your call as soon as possible. As you can appreciate, teachers are very busy during the school day. Any ‘urgent’ day to day messages for your child regarding travel arrangements, medications, lunches etc... must be made by calling the Office.  6585 1745

Change of Routine

Please remember to inform the Office by phone if there is going to be a change in pick up routine. If a parent is running late, please contact the school Office 6585 1745. If you have organised for someone else to collect your child, please inform the Office of this as soon as possible, on the day.  Ideally your child should be informed of going home arrangements prior to leaving home.   

Collecting Children for appointments

If you need to collect your children throughout the day, please keep in mind that it is very hard to locate your children during Lunch 1 and Lunch 2 break times. If you need to collect your child during these times, it would be appreciated if you ring/email the school in the morning and we can organise to have your child in the Office at that time.
Lunch 1-    10.50 am to 11.30 am
Lunch 2 - 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm

Uniform Expectations

At St Joseph’s Primary School, we are dedicated to ensuring our students take pride in wearing their school uniforms. Students are expected to wear their complete uniform neatly, including their sports uniform each Wednesday and Friday. It is important that students adhere to the correct uniform requirements at all times.

Regarding hair - we expect that long hair, regardless of gender, is tied back neatly. Extreme hairstyles such as mullets, steps, undercuts, cut-in designs, and extreme haircuts are not permitted. School-coloured ribbons of blue and gold are acceptable hair accessories. Jewellery, except for small gold or silver studs or sleepers in both ears, is not permitted. Makeup or nail polish should not be worn during school hours. As a SunSmart school, our broad-brimmed hat must be worn for all outdoor activities. Correct black polishable school shoes and complete black joggers for Sport with our SJW socks. Please ensure all clothing is labelled with your child’s name.

Commencing next week, if your child is found wearing the incorrect school uniform, you will receive a notification via COMPASS from the Office. It is necessary for parents to acknowledge this message and rectify the uniform issue promptly. Failure to comply with uniform expectations, despite reminders and Office notifications, will result in the implementation of the School's Behaviour Procedures. This could include your child being sent home or requiring parents to bring in the correct uniform. In severe cases, it may lead to termination of enrolment.

We appreciate your cooperation in maintaining the high standards for uniform wearing at St Joseph’s School, Wauchope.

As we embark on this academic year, let's embrace the challenges and triumphs that come our way. Together, we will create a supportive and engaging environment for our students to thrive. Thank you for being an integral part of the St Joseph’s School community.
Peace be with You
Brendan Kiely
Term 1 –  Last school day 
Thursday 11 April 2024
PUPIL FREE DAY - Staff Development 
Friday 12 April 2024

Canteen 

Reopening

Monday 12 February 2024

 Mini Menu

PLACE UNIFORM ORDERS AND PAYMENT VIA FLEXISCHOOL APP -  UNDER 2024 UNIFORMS.

NORMAL OPERATING HOURS RETURN : WEEK 3 -TERM 1, 2024

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 12.00 noon - 12.30 pm

The Uniform Shop is situated on the side of the Administration building.

Term 1 - 2024 

Year 1 - Year 6 classes begin Monday 5 February 2024

Kindergarten commence  - Wednesday 7 February 2024

Term 1 –  Last school day for Term 1 Thursday 11 April 2024

Term 1 - Week 2
Monday 5 Feb Best Start (Kindergarten)
Monday 5 Feb First Day 2024 School year for Students Year 1 -  Year 6
Wednesday 7  Kindergarten commence
Sunday 9 Feb Our Lady of Sorrows Feast Day

2024 School Uniforms 

New uniforms are now available to order via FlexiSchools App. Thank you to those parents who have already placed an order, this will ensure a smooth transition. Please note the bucket hat design will remain the same, and can be worn 2024. Surf hat design will no longer be part of our uniform once the new uniform becomes compolsory. 

Shoe Requirement

A New Look for St Joseph's Primary Wauchope

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The New School Uniform

The new school uniform will offer several improvements, designed to address the concerns raised by parents and ensure the comfort, ease of care, and affordability of the uniforms. Our new provider will be Team Spirit in Kempsey.  Team Spirit has been contracted by the school to produce our new school uniforms. Although these will be produced and supplied by Team Spirit the purchasing of our school uniforms will be through the Uniform Shop onsite at St Joseph’s School.

Key Elements of the New School Uniform:

  • Navy and Gold Cotton Blend Polo (Monday - Friday wear): A comfortable and stylish polo shirt the students will wear every day to display pride in our school.

  • Choice of Microfiber Navy Shorts with Emblem or Skort with Emblem (Monday - Friday wear): Practical and comfortable options for both boys and girls.

  • Navy Bucket Hat with Emblem (Monday - Friday wear): To protect students from the sun while showcasing their school identity.

  • Navy with SJW Logo Socks (Monday - Friday wear): Completing the look and reinforcing our school's identity.

  • Optional School Bag: Families can choose either the official St Joseph's school bag or one of their own preference.

  • Optional Library Bag: Students can use either a St Joseph's Library bag or choose one of their own liking.

For Cooler Days:

  • Navy and Yellow Track Jacket with Emblem: A warm and stylish option for colder weather.

  • Navy Track Pants with Emblem: Comfortable and practical track pants for added warmth.

  • Navy Sloppy Joe with Emblem: A cozy option to keep students comfortable during the cooler months.

Transition to the New Uniform

To ensure a smooth transition, the new uniform will be introduced in a phased manner. Kindergarten students starting in 2024, and all new enrolments, will be required to purchase the new uniform. Students in Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 will need to purchase the new uniforms when replacing their existing uniforms. As of Monday 22 July 2024 (Day 1, Term 3), it will be expected that all students will be wearing the new uniform in its entirety and no mixing of old and new uniforms will be allowed.

Old uniform stock is not available to purchase.

Year 6 students/families only - we understand the dilemma facing Year 6 families who may not wish to outlay funds for new uniforms.  The transition period for Year 6 students has been extended to the end of Term 4, 2024.   Year 6 Class shirts are to be worn on sport days and either the new uniform or current uniforms on normal school days.

Purchasing the New Uniform

We have simplified the uniform ordering process to make it as convenient as possible for parents. You can continue to use Flexi Schools as the preferred method for ordering. Uniforms will be available for ordering from Week 3, and they will be packaged and sent home with your child during their MAI assessment in Term 1, 2024.  Students will wear their new uniforms on the first official day of school. To assist you in choosing the correct size, a sizing guide will be available on Flexi School and via the Newsletter. Additionally, we will have a display with sample sizes for trying on in our uniform store. Sample sizing will be available to families, as a staggered approach, with regular Uniform Shop hours remaining unchanged. More information will follow once the new stock has arrived.

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Dear Parents
Welcome to the 2024 academic year at St Joseph's Primary School. This year marks our 96th anniversary providing quality Catholic education to thousands of students within the local area of Wauchope.  The students all graduated with our school motto at the forefront of everything they undertook - ‘In God We Trust’.
A very warm welcome is extended to the following staff members who are joining our wonderful school community.

Mrs Alfina Jackson (RFF Teacher & Digital Technologies), Mr Andrew Inman (RFF teacher), Mrs Alison Trezise (Year 1 teacher), Miss Samantha Ryder (Year 3/4 teacher), Ms Josephine Richardson (Year 3/4 teacher), Mrs Lauren Mascord (Maternity Leave returning - RFF teacher)  
A special welcome is extended to all new students and their families commencing their educational journey in 2024 at St Joseph's. - 
Many thanks to all families who availed themselves of the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher/s and bring the children for their MAI or Best Start assessments.
Added in this Newsletter are "2024 Important Dates".We ask that you record these significant dates in your diary. Class communication regarding the Term will be sent shortly by the stage teachers via COMPASS, please keep an eye out for this in the week ahead.

SCHOOL UNIFORM 2024

All students are required to wear full school uniform on the first day at school. Students can return in either the old summer school uniform or the new school uniform, which we rolled out this week. I look forward to seeing the children in the new school uniform and hearing about the benefits to your child when wearing the new uniform during these hot summer days.  
It is important to understand that it will not be acceptable for your child to be wearing a combination of old and new uniforms and that every aspect of the uniform should be adhered to....including the purchasing of our new SJW labelled socks, black polishable shoes and black sports shoes only for sport days.
Students who are not wearing the correct uniform will be required to change into the correct uniform. Parents will be called to the school to bring a change of clothes to the Office or to take the child home to change. Please be aware of all the other forms of uniform compliance from tying long hair back, correct ribbons, small gold or silver ear studs, no nail polish..etc...the uniform policy can be found on the St Joeph's School website. 

HAIRCUTS

I refer, especially, to hair styles which may have evolved over the holiday period. As many styles are not permissible during school time it is important to make sure that your child does not return to school with a Mullet/Lines/Fades/Undercuts/Hawks/Coloured or extreme cuts. I understand the difficulties that come with hairdresser or barber trends and from your child's perspective and requests. I assure you, that if you need my support or the teachers support, we are more than happy to deliver the message to your child. All parents/students are required to adhere to the Uniform Policy which was signed during the enrolment process, before acceptance to the school. 
If you have any questions or concerns, regarding hair styles or the Uniform Policy, please make an appointment at the Office to speak with me.

PICK UPS & DROP OFF

A reminder to all parents to be considerate when parking within proximity to our school. Port Macquarie Council traffic inspectors regularly monitor the surrounding streets.
By adhering to parking signs and Australian Road Rules, it will assist in improving traffic flow around the school and provide a safe environment for our families. It is the responsibility of the driver to read the parking signs each time they park in and around the school before leaving their vehicle.
As well as obeying signs and rules, ensure driveways are not blocked during Pick ups or Drop off times. It is good manners that we show respect to our neighbours and their property.
As we commence the new school year, it is wonderful to see students enthusiastic and eager to take on a myriad of challenges and set goals for themselves. Hopefully over the next few weeks, they will share their goals with you. It is a partnership between home and school that students thrive within their educational environment.
Wishing you a wonderful first week ahead and I look forward to welcoming you back.
Peace be with you
Brendan Kiely
Principal

PLACE UNIFORM ORDERS AND PAYMENT VIA FLEXISCHOOL APP -  UNDER 2024 UNIFORMS.

2024 - Week 1 Special Opening Hours   9.00 AM - 12.30 PM

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY 2024,

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2024,

THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2024   and

FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2024     

COLLECT YOUR UNIFORM ORDER DURING YOUR CHILD'S MAI APPOINTMENT.

 

NORMAL OPERATING HOURS WILL BE COMMENCE FROM WEEK 3, TERM 1, 2024

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 12.00 noon - 12.30 pm

The uniform shop is situated on the side of the Administration building.

Term 1 - 2024 Start

School Administration Day (PUPIL FREE DAY) - Tuesday 30 January 2024

Year 1 - Year 6 commence Maths Assessment Interviews 

Wednesday 31 January 2024 to Friday 2 February 2024

Year 1 - Year 6 classes begin Monday 5 February 2024

Kindergarten Best Start Interviews -

Wednesday 31 January 2024 to Monday 3 February 2024

Kindergarten commence  - Wednesday 7 February 2024

Term 1 last day – Thursday 11 April 2024

Term 1 Week 1
Monday  29/01/2024 School Holidays
Tuesday 30/01/2024 Staff Administration Day (Pupil Free Day)
Wednesday 31/01/2024 MAI Assessing / Best Start (Kindergarten) Compass booking form Coming soon for students in Years 1 - 6 
Thursday 01/02/2024 MAI Assessing / Best Start (Kindergarten) Compass booking form Coming soon for students in Years 1 - 6 
Friday 02/02/2024 MAI Assessing / Best Start (Kindergarten) Compass booking form Coming soon for students in Year 1 - Year 6 
Term 1 Week 2
Monday 05/02/2024 First Day 2024 School year for Students Year 1 -  Year 6
Wednesday 07/02/2024 Kindergarten commence
Sunday 11/02/2024 Our Lady of Sorrows Feast Day

2024 School Uniforms 

New uniforms are now available to order via FlexiSchools App. Thank you to those parents who have already placed an order, this will ensure a smooth transition. Please note the bucket hat design will remain the same, and can be worn 2024. Surf hat design will no longer be part of our uniform once the new uniform becomes compolsory. 

Uniforms purchased will be available at your child's MAI assessment Week 1, ready for their official start of school year 2024 in Week 2 - 2024.

Shoe Requirement

A New Look for St Joseph's Primary Wauchope

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Dear Parents

We are thrilled to introduce an exciting change at St Joseph's Primary School, Wauchope for the upcoming 2024 school year. As a result of your valuable feedback, we have made the decision to update our school uniform to better meet the needs of our students and families. This change will provide a more practical, comfortable, and cost-effective uniform while preserving the school's identity and the high standards we uphold. We are committed to enhancing the overall experience for our students and parents alike.

Background

In September, we reached out to all parents to seek your opinions on the quality and suitability of our current school uniform. Your overwhelming response indicated that the current uniform, particularly for the girls, was impractical and outdated. In response to this feedback, we established a uniform committee comprising Principal, teachers, parents, and members of our Parents & Friends (P & F) Association to address this issue effectively. After much consultation and the wonderful work of the uniform committee, some decisions have been made in relation to the uniforms from 2024 onwards. Student representatives were consulted, and tried the new items during the final stages of the decision-making process.

The New School Uniform

The new school uniform will offer several improvements, designed to address the concerns raised by parents and ensure the comfort, ease of care, and affordability of the uniforms. Our new provider will be Team Spirit in Kempsey.  Team Spirit has been contracted by the school to produce our new school uniforms. Although these will be produced and supplied by Team Spirit the purchasing of our school uniforms will be through the Uniform Shop onsite at St Joseph’s School.

Key Elements of the New School Uniform:

  • Navy and Gold Cotton Blend Polo (Monday - Friday wear): A comfortable and stylish polo shirt the students will wear every day to display pride in our school.

  • Choice of Microfiber Navy Shorts with Emblem or Skort with Emblem (Monday - Friday wear): Practical and comfortable options for both boys and girls.

  • Navy Bucket Hat with Emblem (Monday - Friday wear): To protect students from the sun while showcasing their school identity.

  • Navy with SJW Logo Socks (Monday - Friday wear): Completing the look and reinforcing our school's identity.

  • Optional School Bag: Families can choose either the official St Joseph's school bag or one of their own preference.

  • Optional Library Bag: Students can use either a St Joseph's Library bag or choose one of their own liking.

For Cooler Days:

  • Navy and Yellow Track Jacket with Emblem: A warm and stylish option for colder weather.

  • Navy Track Pants with Emblem: Comfortable and practical track pants for added warmth.

  • Navy Sloppy Joe with Emblem: A cozy option to keep students comfortable during the cooler months.

Transition to the New Uniform

To ensure a smooth transition, the new uniform will be introduced in a phased manner. Kindergarten students starting in 2024, and all new enrolments, will be required to purchase the new uniform. Students in Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 will need to purchase the new uniforms when replacing their existing uniforms. As of Monday 22 July 2024 (Day 1, Term 3), it will be expected that all students will be wearing the new uniform in its entirety and no mixing of old and new uniforms will be allowed.

Please note - Current uniform stock will be available to purchase until the end of Term 4 at a discounted 50%.

Old uniform stock will not be available post 2023.

Year 6 students/families only - we understand the dilemma facing Year 6 families who may not wish to outlay funds for new uniforms.  The transition period for Year 6 students has been extended to the end of Term 4, 2024.   Year 6 Class shirts are to be worn on sport days and either the new uniform or current uniforms on normal school days.

Purchasing the New Uniform

We have simplified the uniform ordering process to make it as convenient as possible for parents. You can continue to use Flexi Schools as the preferred method for ordering. Uniforms will be available for ordering from Week 3, and they will be packaged and sent home with your child during their MAI assessment in Term 1, 2024.  Students will wear their new uniforms on the first official day of school. To assist you in choosing the correct size, a sizing guide will be available on Flexi School and via the Newsletter. Additionally, we will have a display with sample sizes for trying on in our uniform store. Sample sizing will be available to families, as a staggered approach, with regular Uniform Shop hours remaining unchanged. More information will follow once the new stock has arrived.

Updates

We hope that this advanced notice and detailed information will enable you to plan your uniform purchases for the 2024 school year effectively. Thank you for your valuable input, which has played a significant role in this important change for our school. We look forward to enhancing the comfort and satisfaction of our students and the convenience for our parents with this updated school uniform. 

Please stay tuned for further updates through our school's Information Book, Compass, and Flexi Schools. If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the school on (02) 6585 1745. Your partnership in this exciting change is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards 

Brendan Kiely

Principal

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