ALMOST DONE: St Joseph's School seniors excited for their final four months.
ALMOST DONE: St Joseph's School seniors excited for their final four months. Contributed

St Joey's always looking to improve

PRINCIPAL Andrew Kendall has a vision to revamp, renovate and reinvigorate.

During the past months, St Joseph's has had maintenance and upgrades done on both campuses, which not only make the school more visibly pleasing, but also benefits the learning of students and makes the role of teachers staff easier.

In January, both campuses were decked out with new aluminium outdoor tables and seating, a welcome upgrade.

Both campuses also now have dedicated rooms for staff to meet, plan and record data improvement across the school.

The AV room in the administration building has been given a makeover and is the boardroom, a space for the P&F association, board, leadership and other meetings.

These spaces have also been useful for hosting such events as the Southern Downs Regional Youth Council which was held on the secondary campus recently.

The roofs on all the buildings have been replaced, as well as the side and roller doors on the Bathersby Centre.

To welcome the cold, winter months ahead and reduce the effects hot summer days, the multi-purpose room on the primary campus, an invaluable space for students, has been fitted with reverse-cycle air-conditioning.

Looking forward, the toilets on both campuses will receive a much-needed renovation and the entrance of the Bathersby Centre will be improved.

The cricket pitch on the primary campus will be upgraded and a new playground is planned for the same campus.

A shaded area between the tennis courts and Frayne Building on the secondary campus will be built soon.

The manual arts facility will be upgraded over the next 18 months.

Ongoing painting will continue during the holidays and a large mural reflecting all that is St Joseph's is planned for Semester 2.

The school is in the process of improving the technology available in the classrooms and around the school.

Last year the Bathersbay Centre had a a major upgrade of the AV system.

In classrooms, teachers now have access to better and bigger displays and easy connectivity through the use of Apple TVs in all rooms. The school is doing an evaluation of the suitability and viability of using interactive smartboards around the school.

In the next month the new school website will come on line. This complements to creation of the staff intranet in 2017.

A new learning management system will be phased in to improve student learning in the 21st century.

As a gesture of goodwill, Mr Kendall has provided each staff member with a school staff shirt and hat or cap. These items of clothing are worn by staff at school and in the community.

The community at St Joey's looks forward to the coming years as the school grows, students achieve their best, and staff work to ensure all students are well cared for and succeed.

Year 12s prepare to say farewell

THERE may be four months until Year 12 students have their final day at St Joseph's School, however plans are well under way for their graduation and major end-of-year events.

The Year 12 students will spend their final week of school celebrating the highs and lows of their school life.

In their final week, Year 12s will attend a two-day retreat at Leslie Dam, Warwick, where they will participate in activities including a presentation by Real Talk, an evening Liturgy and reading of affirmation letters.

On their return to school, the next few days will be dedicated to preparations for their graduation, including setting the table for their families.

The graduation Mass and dinner is a memorable evening for the students and their families, always proving to be an unforgettable experience for those involved.

The graduation Mass is beautiful and a fitting way to send off these young men and women after their time at St Joseph's School.

The evening will include dinner, speeches and precious time spent together before these young people begin their journey into adult life.

On their final day, the Year 12s and their families will attend a whole school farewell Liturgy.

This will be followed by a morning tea, shirt signing and final photos.

It will be a wonderful and special final week in the life of our Year 12 students.

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