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Queensland Core Skills Tests

The last two weeks have again been a busy time at St Joseph’s School.

Our two Optiminds teams are to be commended for an outstanding effort in a very challenging competition. Faced with some difficult tasks, both teams displayed great initiative and teamwork to achieve outstanding results. In a competition that had over 90 schools vying for a limited number of awards, both teams picked up an award.  Well done!

Last week we had the annual “Books, Bears and Blankets” picnic and the P-12 Book Week Parade. Both were wonderful and fun community events. Thanks to all the staff, parents and students who were involved. In 23 years of teaching it was my first experience of a Book Week Parade and I really enjoyed my day as “Wally”. 

The last week has also been a significant one for our Year 12s who sat the Queensland Core Skills Test. I congratulate and commend our students for the calm and supportive manner they displayed before and during the test. The senior students here at St Joseph’s School have had great success over recent years, both in terms of their OP’s and their success post school in their tertiary courses and careers. This is testament to a very supportive and well-structured secondary program that is delivered by our staff. The success of our senior students is recognised across the state. 

Many parents and students are currently in the process of making decisions about their schooling for 2018. For Year 10’s it is about where and what to study in Year 11, and for Year 6’s it is about, “What’s best for me for Year 7?” When making your decisions I ask you to consider the success we have here at St Joseph’s School, the advantages of a smaller school where no one should get ‘lost in the crowd’ and the importance of completing your schooling in an environment that is dedicated to producing well rounded young men and women who have achieved the best they can and have the morals, principles and values to go out into the world to make a difference. Our students are our leaders of the future. I strongly believe that St Joseph’s School is the best place in our region to give our students the academic and moral grounding to be the type of leaders and members of our community that we need in a big and ever confusing world. That is, young men and women who achieve their best, and who respect, support and value those around them.

On Wednesday next week (6 September 2017 at 6.30pm) we have our Information Evening for Year 6 into Year 7. I hope to see all current Year 6 students and parents come along to hear what we have to offer in a very successful and supportive secondary school.

Thanks to you all for a great two weeks at St Joseph’s School.

God bless.


Andrew Kendall

Acting Principal

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