St Joseph’s Primary School
26 Coreen Street, Jerilderie, 2716
Phone: (03) 5886 1475, Fax (03) 5886 1786
Principal: Jason Harrison
In keeping with the evangelising mission of the
Catholic Church, the community of
St Joseph’s Primary School, Jerilderie
Is committed to Jesus Christ and his Gospel;
Knows and celebrates our Catholic faith tradi-
Educates the whole person: body, spirit, heart
Promotes education in the service of a better
Provides our children with reasons for living,
hoping and loving.
WISDOM THROUGH TRUTH AND LOVE
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This is expressed through the mis-
The School sion statement of our school, as be-
St Joseph’s Primary School is held ing a committed community of faith,
in high regard in our community. In a community of learning, a commu-
2004 our reputation has continued to nity of care and a community of ser-
grow. This report highlights many vice.
examples of the excellent achieve-
ments of our students, staff and par-
ents. We have the right to feel proud
of our school. As part of our school curriculum, we
use the Diocesan Religious Educa-
St Joseph’s is a Catholic community tion Program called “Sharing Our
school in which staff and parents Story”. Each day the students learn
work together to educate children. about the heritage, commitment and
We recognise and affirm the unique- principles of our Catholic Faith. We
ness of each student, and assist each start each morning with prayer and
to develop his or her full potential prayer has a focus throughout our
through a safe, supportive and chal- day.
lenging learning environment. We
work in an atmosphere built on mu- In 2004 we had a full complement of
tual respect and, through celebrating Sacramental programs for Recon-
Gospel principles, we aim to achieve ciliation, First Communion and Con-
a quality education for all. firmation. Our school co-ordinates
and facilitates the Sacramental pro-
We are a community of learners who grams in our Parish.
strive to achieve in all we do. We are
a community of faith filled people Throughout the year, we raise
who live with the understanding of money for Children’s Mission
the Gospel. We are a community of through special days and during mis-
parents dedicated to our school and sion week. We raised $186 to sup-
students. We are a community of port people outside our country. A
teachers who go above and beyond wonderful accomplishment.
in all that we do. We have a staff of
devoted and loyal people who en- We have a supportive Parish. They
rich our school everyday. assist us in many different ways to
ensure the success of our school.
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 3
all levels and compete in the NSW
The Arts Primary Schools Swimming Carnival
Creative Arts has a prominent place in Sydney, where the best swimmers
in our curriculum. Each classroom in the state compete against each
has a dedicated time for dance, mu- other. We are very proud.
sic, drama and visual arts. We train
our staff each year in new and varied
methods of teaching. This year we
updated the Curriculum Plan for
Creative Arts, which focuses our
learning and teaching in this Key
This year we: We also had:
Attended school plays by Jer- 7 students represent our Deanery
ilderie Public School, St Peters at the Diocesan Swimming Car-
Coleambally & St Joseph’s nival
Finley Harry Stonnill & Ellen Sweeney
Attended a brass band perform- compete at the Diocesan Athlet-
ance by AusBrass ics Carnival
Incorporated the Musica Viva Sammy Conn and Ellen
music learning program into our Sweeney named Aged Champi-
school ons for Deanery Athletics &
Attended a religious musical Grace Rutherford for Deanery
extravaganza by Monica Brown Swimming
Had our K/1/2 students sing at 8 students represent our Deanery
the Flower Show at Diocesan Cross Country
Had an end of year play by our Sammy Conn represented the
K/1/2 students Wagga Diocese in netball
Yr 5/6 Netball team at Lightning
Sport Premiership in Barooga.
We are very proud of our achieve- And we became champion Deanery
ments in sport. This year we had Swimming and Athletic School in
Grace Rutherford and our PP5 swim- 2004.
ming relay team of Ellen Sweeney,
Talliah Zampin, Sam Barlow and
Grace Rutherford progress through
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General and Specific Author Visits
We had visiting authors Sofie La-
School Initiatives guna and Jane Carroll, not to men-
tion a special celebration for Possum
St Joseph’s has enjoyed some out- Magic’s 50th Birthday.
standing academic results through-
out the year. Many students achieved
excellent results in both the Basic Students have contributed to and
Skills and Primary Writing Assess- attended many community events
ment Tests. this year including:
CWA Chile Country of Study
Many of our students also enter the ANZAC Day
University of NSW competitions. ANZAC Day writing competi-
Our outstanding achievements in- tion
clude: Library & Newsagency Easter
Penny Raleigh: Distinction in competitions
Maths, Credit in English and Remembrance Day
Science; Ecumenical Services with Jer-
Emily Raleigh: Credit in Maths ilderie Public School
and English Clean Up Australia Day
Ellen Sweeney: Credit in Eng- Summer Fair
Red Cross Functions
Kimberly Bright: Credit in Sci-
Local Government Week
Public Speaking And in particular, the Jerilderie Let-
Our Year 5/6 students participated in ter Event in which all our students
the Rotary Public Speaking, with 3 sang to the lunchtime crowd.
students attending the night in
Finley. All Year 5/6 students partici-
pated in the Annual Penguin Club
Public Speaking Competition.
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 5
Nestle’ Write We had open classrooms for the
parents and friends, a delicious
Around Australia morning tea, and then Jump Rope
Sammy Conn was selected as a For Heart.
Zone Finalist for this competition.
An amazing achievement. Our School Council served up a
delicious lunch for parents, children
Jeans for Genes Day lead by We concluded with our Showcase
our Yr 6 Leaders Assembly and, as always, this was
Jump Rope for Heart full of great things done by our
Daffodil Day students. We had a terrific day, and
Two Book Fairs we’ll do it all again next year.
Open Day 2004 Peer Support
Open Day 2004 saw our students In 2004, our Year 5/6 students are
and guests to the School welcomed trained to be leaders in this exciting
through a Doorway to the Circus. program that builds self-esteem in
Then we had a wonderful circus all our students. Our leaders have
atmosphere for our Parade. We had the opportunity to develop and prac-
horses with beautiful young ladies tise leadership skills. All students
performing tricks on their back, learn how to support each other,
horse trainers, jugglers, clowns and make safe and healthy life decisions
ringmasters galore, monkeys, to realise their potential and make a
strongmen, tigers, lion tamers, positive contribution to our commu-
tightrope walkers, a popcorn lady, nity. This year we focused on self-
magicians, stilts walker, beautiful esteem.
little princes and princesses, even a
fairy, and the list goes on. PMP—Perceptual
We welcomed Janelle and Sadie, Motor Program
and the Pre-Schoolers who attended This is a daily gross motor program
our parade dined on cupcakes and for our K/1/2 students which de-
cordial, and were entertained in the velop their motor skills whilst using
K/1/2 classroom. both sides of their brain.
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Information on Key School Programs
CSO personnel. They looked
School Policies through our policies, programs and
In 2004, we had our registration re- student work to ascertain whether
view which we passed successfully. we met the requirements.
As a part of this registration all our
policies and curriculum plans were From the report: “St. Joseph’s
reviewed. Catholic Primary School, Jerilderie,
In 2004, the School Council Consti- NSW meets the requirements of the
tution was written and distributed to NSW Board of Studies manual reg-
all the families in our school. istration under the Education Act of
Our Parent Information Booklet was 1990.”
updated and distributed to all our
new enrolments. From this Inspection, there are a
We updated our Maths and Creative number of minor and significant
Arts Policy. These are to be re- commendations and recommenda-
viewed in 2005. tions that will be addressed in our
We wrote our Email and Internet School Renewal Framework in the
Policy and importantly our Student coming years.
Exit Outcomes Policy. These, and
the policies below, are available
from the office: Curriculum Focus
enrolment policy, Our Curriculum Focus for 2004 is
discipline policy, tied into our School Renewal Frame-
complaints & grievance policy work. Using “Today’s Children,
Tomorrow’s Adults” key skills crite-
student welfare policy.
ria, we had a 2004 focus on “Year of
Communication” with Maths and
Educational and Creative Arts being our main cur-
riculum priorities. This resulted in
Management Practice our Country Areas Programs ad-
dressing our Creative Arts needs.
Evaluation We updated our policies, focussed
– School Culture teacher development on these areas
and focussed on the Maths and Crea-
In December 2004, our school un- tive Arts learning of students during
derwent a Registration Inspection. this year.
The report was conducted by two
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 7
Information on Key School Programs
gram. Due to the success of our Year
Programs to Support One students, we have not needed to
Learning offer this support program again in
2004. Mandy Catena also attended
Technology the Reading Recovery Conference in
Our school is very well resourced Sydney.
with technology. We have 4 com-
puters in K/1/2 and 5 computers in
each 3/4 & 5/6 classroom. Most of Difficulties
our computers are networked to a The school is allocated a Special
server which provides efficient and Needs In School Co-ordinator. This
fast internet access whilst ensuring staff member is trained to support
the suitability of internet access. teachers who are ensuring the suc-
cess and supporting the needs of
All our students have an individual students in their class, to co-ordinate
email account which is accessed application forms and to assist teach-
through a browser called MyInter- ers in accessing special services of-
net. This is a Diocesan wide project fered by the CSO. This allocation is
linking all schools and student to- granted on the number of funded
gether. students within the school.
Throughout the year, all students use The school has access to a Deanery
computers as a tool to assist in their Education Officer and Head of Spe-
learning. The students use them cial Services. These people support
daily. the needs of all students in our
school and, in particular, students
At our Graduation and Presentation with learning difficulties and dis-
Night, our Year 6 students created a abilities. These people are accessed
PowerPoint Presentation which was readily throughout the year to meet
displayed to everyone. The students the needs of our students.
created the pages themselves to
highlight their time at St Joseph’s.One highlight in 2004, was our
teacher who worked one-on-one
Reading Recovery with a student, giving up their per-
We have the resources and specially sonal time to ensure the success of
trained staff to complete this pro- this student.
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Information on Key School Programs
hance Literacy and Numeracy
Musica Viva—to provide pro-
In 2004, we started a new personal
fessional development (PD) for
development program for our Year
staff in music skills based
5/6 students, run by Julianne White,
around a performance of Aus-
author of Teachable Moments. This
is a three phase course. The first
Gymnastics—to provide weekly
session aims to equip parents with
the knowledge of puberty changes gymnastic sessions to improve
and how to find the right moment to the skills of our students for 5
discuss and resolve issues with chil- weeks
dren. Then in the second session, Playground Helper—to provide
parents and their children come to- a member of the local commu-
gether to discuss and share changes nity to help all our students in
during puberty, and finally a third interaction and social skills
session with students to talk about through organised lunchtime
the evening, the facts and how to games.
talk to Mum and Dad about these Zart Attack - to provide PD in
changes. It is an exciting and infor- Visual Arts as a method of com-
mative program that was welcomed munication
by all parents & students.
(Country Areas Program)
Aboriginal perspectives are incorpo-
This program is funded by the Com-
rated in all Key Learning Areas of
monwealth Government and is de-
Religion, Maths, English, HSIE,
signed to improve opportunities for
PDH&PE, Science & Technology, &
students living in rural areas.
Through our CAP funding we are
able to offer support for the follow- Multicultural
an additional 1½ hours per week Each year, the students study an
to maintain stage groups to en- Asian Country as part of their HSIE
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 9
Information on Key School Programs
studies. In 2004, the country was the School Counsellor
Philippines. Each fortnight sees our school coun-
sellor attending our school to sup-
Also as part of our community in- port our students and families.
volvement, our Year 3/4/5/6 students
studied Chile and performed an item
at CWA International Day. Student Achievement
Each year our Year 3 and Year 5
Programs to Support students sit for the Basic Skills Test
(BST) and Primary Writing Assess-
Students ment (PWA). The BST assesses as-
pects of literacy and numeracy and
Drug Education the PWA assesses students’ writing
The Life Education Van visits the skills. These results are compared to
school each year. This targets drug all students in NSW.
education for all our students. We
then follow-up using the program In 2004 we had four Year 3 and
provided by Life Education. three Year 5 students sit for the tests
and we received excellent results.
Also the school focuses on drug They will be directing our student
education in term three as part of its learning in the future.
In 2004, we saw our last teacher gain
Disabilities accreditation from the Diocesan Lit-
Students with a disability are given eracy Learning and Teaching in the
additional support by the CSO. They Classroom program. This is a fantas-
have an aide to support their learning tic accomplishment as we are the
and Individual Learning Programs only school in the Diocese fully ac-
are written to meet their particular credited with this program.
needs. The parents of these students
meet on a regular basis with the
teacher, Principal and Special Ser-
vices personnel to discuss and direct
future learning needs.
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Complete all Diocesan Maths
School Renewal training for teachers
Framework for 2004 Implement and review the new
Religious Education curriculum
The School Renewal Framework Complete the Diocesan Creative
(SRF) is a Diocesan accountability Arts training part 1
structure that supports schools in its Update Creative Arts Curricu-
efforts to create an effective school lum Plan
under the areas of : Write an Acceptable use of
1. Vision & Mission Email and Internet Policy
2. School Programs and opera- Complete all compliance and
tions: Policies and Curricula
safety training for staff
3. Leadership: Administration and
Update Uniform Policy with
4. Professional Development School Board recommendations
5. Resources & Facilities. Complete MyInternet and My-
In 2004 our focus was on “The Year Continue with the maintenance
of Communication” and we under- and OH&S plans for our school
took the following successfully: Re-vamp the newsletter
Promotion of vision and mission Continue with the playground
through the newsletter upgrading including bridge con-
Conduct parent information struction and planting
Promote the school in the SRN
and Jerilderie Journal
Write School Council Constitu-
tion joining the Board and P&F
into one body
In-service staff on anti-bullying
Prepare for the Registration
Review in Term 4
Update Maths Curriculum Plan
Ellen Sweeney reading to K/1/2
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School Enrolment and Attendance Profile
In 2004 we had 31 students. We welcomed our 3 new Kindergarten students
into our school community, bringing 3 new families to our school. The en-
rolment numbers for each grade are listed below.
Kinder Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Total
Boys 2 5 2 1 2 1 1 14
Girls 1 3 3 1 3 6 17
Total 3 5 5 4 3 4 7 31
The majority of our students attend school regularly, many with 100% at-
HSIE, Creative Arts and PDHPE.
Structure of Classes Friday afternoons consist of Physical
At our school, there are 3 composite Education and Sport and a Library
classes: Skills Program.
The Kindergarten/ Year 1/
Year 2 class of 13 students all
The Year 3/4 class has 7 stu- The students of St Joseph’s are sup-
dents for Literacy and for Nu- ported by a group of dedicated,
meracy Monday to Thursday. faith-living teachers. They are:
The Year 5/6 class has 12 stu-
dents for Literacy and Nu- Jason Harrison Principal Fulltime
meracy Monday to Thursday. Mandy Catena Teacher 3 days
All students are placed in these 3 Kate Lee Teacher 2 days
smaller groups to ensure the success Trish McKenna Teacher 3½ days
of our students in Literacy and Nu- Julie Conn Admin 20hpw
meracy. Integration Support 2½hpw
All teaching staff are entitled to re-
In the final session of each day, the lease from teaching. To ensure small
students are placed into 2 class class grouping, the staff have agreed
groups with 2 stages in each class to forgo have this entitlement .
for Religion, Science & Technology,
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large amount of funds for the benefit
Parent Involvement of our students. Their contribution of
and Participation $7,000 to our school budget allows
the school to maintain the high stan-
Parental involvement is the key to the dard of faith inspired education. This
success of St Joseph’s Primary year they have targeted additional
School. Parents are the “back-bone” funds to our playground renovation
of our school. as well as a new sound system, CD
players and an infra-red listening post
The School Board, consisting of 5 for the K/1/2 classroom. In June this
parents and Father, the School Princi- wonderful body became a part of the
pal and School Administrative Offi- School Council with all funds kept in
cer, was closed to allow for the for- a separate Parent Funds account.
mation of a new body called the
The Combined Schools Fete/Auction
Committee met on four occasions to
plan and execute the fete/auction at
In June 2004, at the inaugural School
Jerilderie Public School in March.
Council meeting, the School Board in
This year they donated $3400 to the
its current form was dissolved and
the new School Council opened com-
bining both the School Board and The Canteen, under the supervision
P&F into one working body. of Wendy Smith, continues to pro-
Its purpose is to provide advice and vide a valuable service to our stu-
support on matters of education, op- dents, as well as producing a profit
eration, disseminate information, for the School Council Parent Funds.
finance, buildings & equipment, or- All parents are rostered on to “work”
ganisational items, school policy and in the canteen.
procedures, and community issues.
All families are included in the Coun- Our parental participation does not
cil and this allows them to have a stop there. We have a dedicated
direct say in the operation of our group of reading parents who come
school. in once a week into the K/1/2 class
for reading and writing groups.
The P&F (Parents and Friends) Com-
mittee of St Joseph’s are our tireless We have fantastic support in our li-
hardworking parents who raise a brary. Parents accession (catalogue)
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 13
books, cover all the new resources Chairperson are members of the Par-
and re-sort books to their shelves. A ish Council. This ceased in May
parent is our Library Monitor and we 2004.
deeply appreciate all she does for us.
Parents support our working bees,
disco’s, transport students to events
and sporting carnivals – just to name
Without our parents we would not
operate as effectively.
Parish Community 2004 Reconciliation
Links Community Use of
St Joseph’s Parish is an integral part
of our school community. School Facilities
During 2004, the Catholic Women’s
The Catholic Women’s League give League used our library for their
each Year 6 student a parting gradua- meetings.
tion gift of Rosary Beads to assist in
their faith development. We had a parent use our Parish Hall
for after school and evening scrap
The Parish provide an encouragement booking classes.
award for each class recognising ex-
cellence in Religious Education.
They give each graduating Year 6
student a Good News Bible.
The Parish support the Principal by
providing accommodation at a re-
duced rental rate.
The Principal and School Board
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Financial Statement Summary
This data shown below is a summary of Diocese of Wagga School System
income and expense and includes income and expense of all system schools.
Non-salary Expenses, 4.9%
Ot her Fees and
Capit al Privat e
alt h St at e
Recurr ent Recur rent
Gr ant s, Grant s,
Salaries, allowances and
related expenses, 95.1%
The total income and expense of the school, that is included in the above,
is shown below.
Ot her Capi t al
Non - salar y
I ncome, 1. 2%
Fees and Expen ses,
Gov er nment
P r i v at e 13 . 3 %
Capi t al
I nc ome, 18. 9%
Gr ant s, 1. 0%
Salar es, alowan ces
St at e an d r elat ed
Commonweal t h
Rec ur r ent expen ses,
Recur r ent
Gr ant s, 21. 4% 86.7%
Gr ant s , 57. 6%
ANNUAL REPORT 2004 PAGE 15
About This Report
This report was written by Jason Harrison, Principal. It is a requirement of
our registration as a Non-Government School and is aimed at informing
parents and our community about our school.
If you would like any further information about St Joseph’s Primary School,
please contact me using the details on the final page of this report.
Jackson is always full of smiles.
26 Coreen St
Jerilderie NSW 2716
Phone: 03 5886 1475
Fax: 03 5886 1786