Essentials

On this page, you will find information on the following; 
Communication, Uniform, also Travel to and From School

Communication
The educational experience we offer for your child is greatly enhanced by quality communication between home and school. Authentic partnerships between school and families result in the best outcomes for each child and an essential part of this partnership is communication.
The school broadcasts information via Google Calendar, Newsletters, email, Facebook, our ‘Skoolbag’ app and occasionally via paper hard copy. Parent-Teacher meetings are scheduled twice per year and the school has various parent partnership information sessions.
All teachers share their email address with parents for communication purposes and are available for meetings after or before school upon request. Alternatively, you may ring the office to arrange an appointment.


Uniform
Summer Uniform
Boys – Short sleeve monogrammed blue shirt. Navy shorts. (No silky football or non-uniform type shorts).
Navy socks.
Black leather shoes or black leather joggers.
Girls – Navy slouch hat (school monogram). Over blouse.
Navy culottes.
Navy socks. Black leather shoes or black leather joggers.
Navy Slouch Hat (school monogram).
Navy Blue Hair tie.

Winter Uniform
Boys – As per summer with the option of Navy Pullover or Zip Cardigan (school monogram).
Navy Tracksuit Pants (school monogram).
Girls – As per summer with the option of Navy Pullover or Zip Cardigan (school monogram).
Navy Tracksuit Pants (school monogram).
Navy cotton/lycra stockings. (not tights)

Sports Uniform
Boys – Navy Shorts.Navy and jade sport shirt. Navy socks.
Plain white joggers or plain black joggers Navy Slouch Hat (school monogram).
Girls – Navy shorts.
Navy and jade sport shirt.
Navy socks.
Plain white joggers or plain black joggers
Navy Slouch Hat (school monogram).

Accessories

Appropriate Jewellery
Appropriate jewellery is a watch and stud earrings. The stud earrings must sit on the ear lobe and not dangle below the ear.   If any other items are worn students are to take these items off and placed in their school bag. This will be considered a uniform breach. Please see the uniform breach section below.

Nail Polish
Children are not to wear nail polish to school. This will be considered a uniform breach. Students attending with nail polish will be asked to attend the office where nail polish remover will be applied.  Please see the uniform breach section below.

Non-Navy, or Jade hair accessories or inappropriately coloured shoelaces
These are not to be worn at school and will be considered a uniform breach. Please see the uniform breach section below.

Any Non-Uniform Items:  shoes, socks, shorts, skirts, blouses, hats, jumpers, tracksuit pants without an explanatory note from parents.
If you are unable to send your child to school on a particular day in the correct uniform, please inform the teacher in writing.

Hair
Children with hair shoulder length or below, or hair obstructing their face, are asked to have it tied back away from their face.  Children are asked not to have non-natural colour hair dyes.

Hats
A “no hat – play in the shade” policy and rule is firmly established at St Joseph’s.  Caps of any description are unacceptable headwear.
The school hat with the full brim is the only acceptable form of headwear.

School Uniforms – Purchase
The uniform is available from U Design which is located in the old brewery building in North St. Grafton. Contact details are 02 66 432989.
The school also has a second-hand store.  Please contact the office for details.


Travel to and from school

Bus Travel
Applications for bus travel are now available online at the Transport NSW website. If you are unsure about which bus company services your area, contact Busways Bus Service on 02 66 422 954.

Pick up and Drop off
There are two areas for dropping off and escorting students into the school.

Firstly: Hyde street parallel with the front of the school, use the crossing provided and then walk down a covered walkway. The children then walk to the pebble Crete area and take a seat until supervision commences at 8.20am.

Secondly: the School car park which is situated directly at the end of Hyde St. Walking from the carpark, use the crossing provided and then walk to the covered entrance. The children then walk to the pebble Crete area and take a seat until supervision commences at 8.20am. The Parent Pick up area is at the western end of the administration block (the opposite end to the front office doors). Parents can access this area from either covered walkway.
All late arrivals and early pickups take place through the office with the Administration staff.