A week all about books, na­ture and what’s go­ing on in the world

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE PRIMARY PONDERINGS -

Out and about

ARE you a se­cret wom­bat?

Can you speak the lan­guage of these amaz­ing creatures?

Do you know just how im­por­tant their poo is to our harsh Aus­tralian en­vi­ron­ment – es­pe­cially af­ter a bush­fire?

You would if you were a Year 3 or 4 stu­dent at St Joseph’s, who spent Septem­ber 6 trav­el­ling to the Bris­bane Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val to hear the won­der­ful Aus­tralian au­thor, Jackie French speak about read­ing, writ­ing and re­spect­ing the na­ture around us.

Jackie’s talk was in­spir­ing and made all who heard it keen to find a book to love. Some lucky Year 3 and 4 stu­dents were even able to have her sign newly pur­chased books.

To round out the cre­ative day, stu­dents made the most of their ex­cur­sion by spend­ing time at GOMA, ad­mir­ing and dis­cussing the amaz­ing indige­nous art­works, de­sign­ing some mas­ter­pieces of their own and tak­ing in the street art that dec­o­rates the blank walls of South Bris­bane.

Thank you to teach­ers Amanda Thomp­son,

Jo­hanna Camp­bell and Phil Irvin for co­or­di­nat­ing such a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the young stu­dents, as well as the par­ent helpers.

So­cial Jus­tice Day

World poverty, the ef­fects of cli­mate change and the chal­lenge of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence were the hot top­ics at the Mini Vin­nies So­cial Jus­tice Day held at Mary McKil­lop State School on Septem­ber 7.

The St Joseph’s Mini Vin­nies ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee trav­elled to Toowoomba, join­ing seven other dio­ce­ses schools to ex­change ideas, share goals and val­ues, as well as take part in three work­shops run by Youth En­gage­ment and De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for St Vin­cent De Paul Queens­land Julie In­skip.

Work­shops in­cluded top­ics such as or­gan­i­sa­tions that sup­port the work St Vin­cent De Paul – Car­i­tas and Catholic Mis­sion; how stu­dents can spruik the im­por­tance of help­ing those less for­tu­nate; and dis­cuss how rel­e­vant the mes­sage of Christ is to­day.

“We had long dis­cus­sions about how cli­mate change is hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the world’s poverty lev­els, that 11% of chil­dren in Uganda are now or­phans and 30 % have no ac­cess to clean wa­ter,” Mini Vin­nies mem­ber Tay­lah Or­gan said.

“We learnt valu­able lessons on how to en­cour­age other stu­dents to act and fundraise to help the or­gan­i­sa­tions,” stu­dent Han­nah Wid­d­er­ick said.

“We are plan­ning to talk to the com­mit­tee about tak­ing part in Soc­to­ber and also ways to fight cli­mate change.”


GREAT EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Years 3 and 4 stu­dents at St Joseph’s trav­elled to the Bris­bane Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val to hear Aus­tralian au­thor Jackie French speak about read­ing, writ­ing and re­spect­ing na­ture.

St Joseph's stu­dents en­gage in talks about cli­mate change and world poverty.

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