Welcome back to Term 2. I trust the Easter season and holidays were a time of some rest and renewal for you.

Term 2 has brought with it the move to the Winter Uniform. I appreciate the support of families in relation to the requirements which helps to maintain our high standards. It is important that students display pride in themselves and in their College. We trust our students to ensure that they wear the uniform extremely well, both within school and in public.

The Uniform for Term 2 and 3 for students Years 8 – 12 is as follows:
– College Long-sleeved plain white shirt (tucked in and top button done up at all times).
– College Grey trousers or shorts with black leather or leather-look belt.
– College Grey socks.
– College Tie (worn properly with top button on shirt done up at all times).
– Lace up leather or leather-look polished black school shoes (no runner-like shoes).
– College Blazer – This must be worn to and from school as the outer garment. It may also be required to be worn on other occasions.
– College Back Pack and College Haversack.
– College Tracksuit (top and bottom) and College Shorts.
– College Raincoat (optional and can only be worn when raining).
– Scarf (plain dark blue).

Year 7 students are expected to be wearing the new complete winter uniform during Term 2 and 3. It has been on display in the College Reception Area since Term 4 2018.

A reminder regarding the compulsory items:
– New College Winter Shirt with College Logo (tucked in and top button done up at all times).
– New College Tie (worn properly with top button on shirt done up at all times).
– New College Trousers or College Shorts with College Logo.
– New College Jumper with College Logo.
– New College Socks.
– New College Black Belt with College Logo.
– Lace up leather or leather-look polished black school shoes (no runner-like shoes).
– New College Blazer – This must be worn to and from school as the outer garment. It may also be required to be worn on other occasions.
– New College Back Pack and New College Haversack.
– New College Tracksuit (top and bottom) and New College Shorts (with plain sports shoes).
– New College Hat (2 styles).

Additional Items which may be worn with the new uniform (optional):
– New College Vest with College Logo.
– New College Raincoat with College Logo (only worn when raining).
– New College Long-sleeved Sports Top with College Logo.
– New College Charcoal Scarf with College Logo (no other scarves may be worn).

As communicated on a number of occasions, combinations of the old and new uniforms are not permitted. There is a three-year transition period, after which all students are required to be wearing the new uniform. Students in Years 8 to 12 may purchase the new uniform from 2019, but must purchase the entire new uniform e.g. the entire sports uniform; the entire summer uniform; the entire winter uniform. Students remaining in the old uniform can purchase items of the old uniform during the transition phase. The details of the St Joseph’s College Noone Uniform Shop, including the opening times, are located on the College Website.

Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews
Your attendance at Parent-Teacher-Student meetings late last term was appreciated. We value the partnership we share with you. Teachers are always appreciative of the interest you take in the development of your sons in terms of their learning and wellbeing.

Project Compassion
I acknowledge the leadership of Ms Ann Maree Pagon in relation to the activities surrounding Project Compassion. Students and staff worked collaboratively to raise awareness and significant funds. The Project Compassion funds so far are in excess of $12,000. You can be assured that the funds raised will make a difference in our world to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Grandparents/Elders Visit and Morning Tea
The inaugural Grandparents/Elders Visit and Morning and Tea was held in the final week of last term. It was extremely successful.

On the weekend of 3-5 May, OzBosco will take place and is being held at Don Bosco Camp and Centre, Dromana. It is a weekend where students from Salesian schools and young adults from across Australia will be part of a gathering there. OzBosco is a weekend of joy, fun, friends, faith and festivity, with special guest speakers, workshops, Prayer and Liturgy, group sessions and a variety of recreational activities.

Generations In Jazz
A group of approximately 30 students will compete in the Choir and Band sections of Generations In Jazz on the weekend of 3-5 May in Mt Gambier, South Australia. We wish Ms Dean, Ms Maclure and all the students involved every best wish for their performances. Mr James Ferguson, Ms Trea Hindley and Mr Giles Warren have played major roles in preparing the musicians.

Enrolments for Year 7 2021 close on Friday 23 August 2019.

Mother’s Day
We have two significant events coming up for which I encourage your participation – Mother’s Day Breakfast on Wednesday 8 May at 7.30am and the Year 7 Mother/Son Evening on Thursday 16 May at 7pm. Further details have been communicated.

Indigenous Game
The inaugural Indigenous Senior Football game will be held on Wednesday 29 May. We invited Mazenod College to be part of this annual event and we are looking forward to its staging. It will be a twilight game starting at 5.30pm. Further information will be available in coming weeks.

Welcome back to Mr David Vascon who has returned following a period of leave during Term 1. My thanks to Mr Chris Williams who took David’s classes during Term 1.

Community Fundraiser
In the Community section at the end of this Newsletter, you will find further information regarding a fundraiser we are running in partnership with the Entertainment Book. I encourage you to consider purchasing a membership, which is full of great value.

Also, the Woolworths Earn and Learn Competition is about to commence. Please send your stickers along to school with your son and ask him to hand in to his Homeroom Teacher or Student Reception.

All the best for the fortnight ahead.

Ms Cathy Livingston