2024 Week 3 Term 1
School Annual Improvement Plan - 2024
School Improvement Plan - Mission Goal
Improve student Religious Education success through the implementation of evidence based pedagogy.
- 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.
- 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
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
Collecting Children for appointments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
No more Nuts
Please review the new policy for Allergy and Nut Aware School
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.
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
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