St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 1 Week 6

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

St Joseph’s recognises the primary role of parents and families in the identity development and education of their children.  We welcome the involvement of parents and family members in the school and acknowledge that your involvement enhances learning opportunities and outcomes for all students. 

We also value your feedback and contribution to the development of our school.

There are a myriad of ways in which you can become involved at St Joseph’s: in classrooms, on excursions, in the tuckshop, breakfast club, Preschool Advisory Committee, OSHC Advisory Committee, become a class representative or assist manage or coach a sports team. There are formal ways in which you may wished to be involved.  The School Board and/or the Parents and Friends Committee.

Last week the School Board and the Parents and Friends Committee held their first meeting for the year.  I would like to take the opportunity of introducing you to the two committees for 2021.

School Board

Each diocesan School Board has delegated responsibility from the Archbishop for the overall well-being of our school, within South Australian Commission of Catholic Schools and diocesan policies and guidelines. In practice, this means that in a spirit of partnership our school board:

  • develops policies that nurture the religious dimension and guide the direction of the school;
  • develops the relationship between the school and the local Church;
  • promotes educational excellence within the school;
  • supports the administration of the school;
  • fosters harmonious and positive collaboration within the school community;
  • protects children;
  • monitors buildings and grounds development and maintenance;
  • exercises financial stewardship of the school; and
  • ensures compliance with legal obligations

Office Bearer Positions were organised at the first School Board meeting last week.

If you would like to raise a matter for discussion you can write to the School Board  or contact members directly or via the school email

Please note that School Board meetings are held each month.

Parents & Friends Committee

At St Joseph’s the following 6 pillars describe the important work of the P & F.

  • Build and strengthen the community
  • Support families in their Faith journey
  • Build school enthusiasm & pride
  • Promote effective communication between home, school and community
  • Strive for ongoing positive learning and life outcomes for our children
  • Fundraise for continuous school improvement in a transparent manner and in line with school policy

Please support the work of the P &F throughout the year, as funds raised will benefit all students.

The members of the Parents and Friends Committee are:  

Chairperson - Leath Margrie

Secretary - Laura Morris

Treasurer - Jacki Bishop

Committee Members:  Jessica Pollice, Joseph DelBono, Ali Aldoori, Wasan Kassid, Emma Tan, LiIy, Rachel Cini, Lori Walker, Rosangela Mangano, Nicole Wilkinson and Josephine Spawton.

Class Representatives


Reception CLori Walker
Reception GALinda Arena
Reception SRachel Cini
Year 1CDiana Saad & Helene Ricchetti
Year 1SBJacki Bishop & Rebekah Walton
Year 2RJessica Pollice
Year 2/3RVictoria Karidis
Year 3MHelen Venezelou
Year 4CMichelle Blackburn & Lucia Giannini
Year 5/6CFran Aiossa
Year 5/6FDLaura Morris
Year 5/6TDPSera Altintas

Getting to know our Staff

The School Board and Parents and Friends Committee have been involved in the consultation process for our next Strategic Plan in 2020.  One suggestion was to share information about staff members in the newsletter. Each edition of upcoming newsletters will include some information so you get to know us a bit better and our partnership is nurtured and strengthened.

Judith Bowden

Hi, I am Judith Bowden and I have the privilege of working here at St Joseph’s for many, many years.  My present role is Registrar and PA to Maria D’Aloia.  This means that all our current students and families here today have gone through the school’s Enrolment process with me.  I enjoy meeting and assisting new families into our school community and love getting to know our students.  It is always a delight to welcome back our old scholars with their own children they wish to enrol.  It is a wonderful validation of the great school and community here at St Joseph’s.

Thank you to all the beautiful students, staff and community that make it a pleasure to work at St Joseph’s.

Emily Revell

My name is Emily Revell and I love all things nature: plants, animals, the beach, exploring and going on adventures with my dog Piper! When I am relaxing I enjoy watching movies, listening to podcasts and reading books! I love inquiry learning and the joy of learning together with my students, sharing ideas, testing theories and developing researching skills. So far this year we have researched the brain, understanding how our brain work and what helps us to learn, moving through inquiry are discussions around Lent and Project Compassion and Valentines Day have lead us to discussing the heart. I look forward to continuing to get to know everyone in our Saint Joseph’s community.

Strategic Goals for 2021-2021

The Strategic Goals for 2021 – 2023 are outlined below and reflect the Living Learning Leading Framework. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or recommendations that would assist us achieve our goals.

Welcome to the world Eliza Elmendorp

?It's a girl! ?

A big congratulations to Mrs Elmendorp and her husband Kris on the safe arrival of the newest member of their family, Eliza Katalin Elmendorp. 

Everyone is doing well. Alexander is a doting big brother, she is absolute perfection and the family are totally in love.

We can't wait to meet you Eliza! ?

Welcome to our New Students

A very special welcome to our new students amen, Bailey, Kavin, Dhanvi, Eyob who started at St Joseph's last week.

School Fees

Term 1 school fee statements have been sent out via the post (individual invoices are not issued).  The due date for payment of Term 1 charges is Wednesday 31st March.  Please refer to the 2021 School Fee structure information available on the school website for payment amounts.  

Existing direct debits have been adjusted in accordance with the fee structure.  If you wish to pay your account via regular deduction forms are available on the website or from the Front Office.  To calculate the amount payable per deduction divide the amount owing on your statement by the relevant number of deductions (i.e. weeks, fortnights, months, terms) remaining for the year. 

School Card Approved Lower Income Fee discounts will not be applied to accounts without a completed School Card Application form (available on the school website or from the Front Office) and after approval from the Department of Education has been granted.  Forms are due urgently so we can submit our applications.  The approval process takes several weeks and accounts may not be adjusted until late in Term 2.

Please contact our Bursar, Karyn Burlow at  if you have any questions regarding your school fees.

Upcoming School Events

Learning Conversations

Parent Teacher Interviews

Learning Conversations will take place in week 9, beginning on Monday 22nd March with late meetings on Wednesday 24th March.

An online booking form will be sent by email next week.  Learning Conversations are a wonderful opportunity for students to lead a conversation regarding their learning progress with their parents and teacher (s). Please take this opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher.

Save the Date: Learning Journey's

Learning Journey ‘ s are also another opportunity for students to share their learning with their parents or grandparents in an informal way.  Learning journeys usually take place at the end of each term on a Thursday morning, this year will be a little different.

Term 1 Learning Journey
When: Wednesday 7th April from: 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
More information to follow - please save the date!

This term, Learning Journey's will take place after school with the opportunity for families and staff to meet informally and get to know each other in a social occasion.

Please note Parent Teacher interviews can not be arranged on this evening as it is a social event.

The P & F will be organizing this social event. You will need to book a time to visit the classroom to ensure we are able to maintain social distancing.  The staff and students are looking forward to showcasing their efforts in Term 1!

Student Safety at St Joseph's

School Crossing

It is pleasing to see so many children and families using the crossing to walk safely across the street.  It is concerning to see parents and carers continuing to perform ‘u turns‘ or ‘3 point turns’ so close to the crossing.  Please DO NOT undertake ‘3 point’ turns or ‘U’ turns near the kiss and drop area.  Please note that council infringement officers will be patrolling the area regularly and infringement notices will be issued when vehicles are not following the rules.


Please note that the school gates are open at 8:30 am.  Formal supervision begins at 8:30 am.  Children who arrive before 8:30 am will be directed to Before School Care.  Fees Apply.

Supervision is provided after school from 3:10 until 3:30 pm.  Children not collected from either Bertie or Albemarle Street will be taken to After school care in the school hall.  Fees Apply.

 OHSC has a licence for 60 students.  It is important to book as we can not exceed this limit.

COVID Update

Personal hygiene and the hygiene standards in our school are critical to reducing the risk of infection.

All children and staff will need to continue to:

    • wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
    • avoid spreading infections to others by staying home if they are unwell
    • cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue

SA Health encourages parents to provide children with their own personal, labelled and named drink water bottles. These can then be refilled at the drink fountains or water taps, rather than children drinking directly from the taps.

Parents will need to maintain social distancing when in the school yard or in classrooms. This is subject to change as we follow SA Health regulations.

Enrolment into Preschool & Reception 2022

Please let your family and neighbours know that we are able to offer a few places currently in Term 3 this year for Preschool and School.

Maria D’Aloia, our Principal is now conducting interviews for 

  • Preschool Term One and Three for 2022 
  • Reception Term One and Three for 2023

If you have a child or have a relative or neighbour who will commence in these years and you have not enrolled, please contact the school office to organise an interview.

“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” (St Oscar Romero)

Thank you for your generous donations for our Shrove Tuesday Project Compassion Fundraiser. We raised just over $260.

Second Week of Lent

School week beginning Monday 1st March

This week through Project Compassion we learn about 39-year-old Margret, a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf, so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment. Apart from the difficulties the students all have, the school also faced water shortages, with not enough to supply staff and students with safe water for drinking, cooking, washing and growing vegetables.

Then Tropical Cyclone Harold damaged the school and its vegetable garden, amidst the threat of COVID-19. Staff and students rely on the vegetable garden to provide food for their meals.

With Caritas Australia’s support, the school installed water tanks, provided cyclone-proof building materials and helped to implement COVID-19 prevention measures. Margret’s school now has enough water for its students and the capacity to cater for more, with plans to boost food security, through increased agricultural production.

Did you know?
Around 60% of people in rural areas in the Solomon Islands don’t have access to piped water, while about 80% don’t have access to latrines or toilets. (UNICEF, 2019)

Third Week of Lent

School week beginning 8th March

During the third week of Lent, Project Compassion focusses on the story of Oliva, a 22-year-old woman from Tanzania. She did not have the opportunity to go to school and was embarrassed that she was unable to read, write or count. As an adult, her business was losing money because she couldn’t add up her money and give the right change to customers.

Then Oliva enrolled in Caritas Australia’s literacy and numeracy classes. She also set up a home classroom to teach her neighbours, for free, because they were too shy to attend larger classes.

Oliva has now graduated, attendance at her classes are growing, her kiosk is thriving and she is helping her children with their homework. She aims to become a pastor and run for leadership in the next local election - to help her community to ‘Be More.’

Did you know?
Approximately 260 million children don’t have the chance to go to school (

Sacramental Program 2021

Students have begun their preparations to receive the Catholic Sacraments. Students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the conclusion of Mass on Wednesday Week 7.

Upcoming Masses and Assemblies

School hosted Parish Mass

Palm Sunday, 28th March, 9:30am - Volunteers required

On Palm Sunday (March 28), St Joseph’s will host the Sunday 9:30am Mass at Sacred Heart Church on Port Road at Hindmarsh. It would be lovely to have families come along and join in this celebration with our local parish. We are seeking volunteers for readings and for a small choir.

Parish Bulletin


Soccer Nominations still open

If you have not yet nominated for Term 2-3 Soccer it’s not too late! Soccer games are held on Saturday mornings at St Clair and West Lakes. Please nominate for soccer at the following link


Year 3-6 Swimming Carnivals
This year our school will be entering a team into the SACPSSA Swimming Carnival. The SACPSSA Carnival is being held at SA Aquatic Centre on 18th March at 1:00pm. Students wishing to compete at this carnival will need to attend trials at the Thebarton Pool on Thursday February 25th from 7:30am-8:15am. For more information please see the form which is now live on the SkoolBag app.

SAPSASA Swimming
Students wishing to attend the SAPSASA Swimming trials for selection in the Western SAPSASA Swimming Team will need to attend trials at Immanuel Pool on March 5. Our school will not be sending a staff member to this event so students wishing to trial will need to attend with a parent. Please contact Western SAPSASA Convenor Trevor Hall for more information.

Visiting the School Garden

At weekly visits to the school garden have found ripe tomatoes, apples and citrus. We baked an apple cake on Friday with apples we had picked. Thankyou to families who have donated seeds from the Woolworths giveaways, we have started to plant some of the seed kits.

Story: Who Sank the Boat

While playing with the water tray last week, the children experimented with floating and sinking objects. As a means of extending their thinking we have introduced the story 'WHO SANK THE BOAT' by Pamela Allen.

It brings to life literacy and numeracy thinking and exploring scientific concepts for children in an enjoyable way.

You can listen to the story here >>

What will we build next?

While utilising magnetic shapes and blocks the children have created sophisticated structures and are using the properties of shape to make things fit, balance and transform.

Pupil Free Day: Thursday 1st April

A Full Day Session is being offered to families.

  • Cost: $50.00 per child
  • Session will run from 7.30 am - 6.00pm
  • A non-refundable $10.00 booking fee per child is required
  • Bookings to be returned by Wednesday 24th March
  • The $10.00 booking fee comes off your account for the day
  • Session includes lunch, morning and afternoon snacks

Pupil Free Day: Tuesday 27th April

A Full Day Session is being offered to families.

  • Cost: $50.00 per child
  • Session will run from 7.30 am - 6.00pm
  • A non-refundable $10.00 booking fee per child is required
  • Bookings to be returned by Wednesday 21st April
  • The $10.00 booking fee comes off your account for the day
  • Session includes lunch, morning and afternoon snacks

Vacation Care: April School Holidays

OSHC is not taking bookings for their upcoming Vacation Care for these April Holidays.

Book in early to secure a place, spaces fill fast!

Vacation Care Program - April 2021

There are so many exciting things happening at Vacation Care these holidays! Book in now to secure your place!

Student Supervision

Children are supervised until 3.30pm at the end of the day by the teachers on duty. If they are not collected by this time, children will be taken to OSHC. 

Please note, the OSHC service is licensed for 60 children. Bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. Fees apply.

Volunteers Needed

Breakfast Club

Parent volunteers are needed to help run Breakfast Club in the Community Kitchen. If you're interested please let the front office know.

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (select a day that suits you)

Time: 8.30am - 9.00am

Where: in the Community kitchen (in the Hall)

Chess Club

We would like to set up a CHESS CLUB.  We are looking for any interested parents who may like to be involved with our students at lunchtime or after school coaching and assisting with the games.  If you would like to be involved can you please let us know at the front office.

Day/Time: During lunch or after school (can be negotiated to suit you)

Tuckshop Information

Volunteers are needed to help prep lunch orders and serve during recess and lunch. If you're interested please let the front office know.

Days Available:

  • Thursday
  • Friday
Shifts Available:
  • Recess Shift: 9.00am - 10.30am
  • Lunch Shift: 11.00am - 1.30pm


Fruit Fly: Restrictions

We are in the Red Zone

Much of metropolitan Adelaide and some areas of the Riverland are currently in fruit fly outbreak or suspension areas.

To help South Australia fight fruit fly becoming an established pest, the following movement restrictions apply until at least Thursday 15 April 2021.

If you live in an outbreak or suspension area to Fruit and fruiting vegetables that can be infected by fruit fly (visit must not be packed into lunch boxes or otherwise moved around while restrictions are in place.

You must keep your fresh home-grown fruit or fruiting vegetables on your property. You can eat, cook or preserve your own home-grown produce.

Shop-bought fruit and fruiting vegetables that can be infected by fruit fly must be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or container – and it must then be consumed at home.

What fruit and fruiting vegetables can be infected by fruit fly?
You can view the complete list of what you must not pack into lunch boxes at

What fruit or fruiting vegetables can I pack in lunchboxes as an alternative?
Fresh alternatives include  pineapple, melons ( watermelon, rockmelon, and honeydew),  cucumber,  carrots, lettuce,  broccoli, celery, mushrooms, and asparagus.

Other options include cooked fruit, processed fruit (such as fruit straps), fruit puree, canned fruit or frozen fruit.If parents have any queries as to which fruit or fruiting vegetable are affected, please visit:

Learn more about the Fruit Fly Outbreak


Add a title

Credit Union SA's School Community Rewards Program

Did you know St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh has been part of Credit Union SA’s School Community Rewards program since 2018?
The program brings a direct financial benefit to our school and is available for you to participate in at any time.

Who is Credit Union SA?
Credit Union SA is South Australia's third largest credit union, with over 50,000 members, and unlike the major banks, Credit Union SA’s profits go back to their members and the communities they live in.

How does School Community Rewards work?
 The School Community Rewards program allows you to nominate our school to receive a financial benefit for every product you have with Credit Union SA. So every home loan, car loan, insurance or savings account held by you will generate an ongoing annual benefit for our school.

You’ll get the benefits of Credit Union SA’s great rates and products, while also raising funds for our school without having to donate your time or money!

How will it help our school?
Funds generated through the School Community Rewards program will help us develop and upgrade our facilities, allowing us to further create a fantastic learning environment for all students. 
We have already raised over $2,000 through the program.  We are using this money towards the school grounds redevelopment. So just imagine what we could achieve with greater involvement from our School community.

Where can I find more information?
To find out more about how School Community Rewards benefits our school please talk to our School Community Rewards representative, Lucy Brooks on 0428 787 230.


All members of the school community must consider their own circumstances and obtain their own advice before joining School Community Rewards. The school takes no responsibility for any advice or product offered by Credit Union SA Ltd. This information is general in nature and does not take into account your own personal circumstances. It is important for you to consider the terms and conditions or Product Disclosure Statement before acquiring any of our products or services to help you decide whether they are suitable for you. Conditions and fees apply. Lending criteria apply to all.

Parenting Insights

Article: Grandparents as carers

Increasingly, grandparents and relatives of a grandparenting age are caring full-time for children. While they face unique challenges, grandparents have a great deal to offer children and their communities.

eGuide: Understanding children's behaviour

Parents are often confused about their children’s behaviour. It can be puzzling why a child may be lazy, stubborn or a have an eating problem. 
When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can impact on children's happiness, wellbeing and ability to learn. There's so much parents can do to support children and young people who are anxious.

The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities SA Presents

February Webinars for Parents and Caregivers with Kirrilie Smout

Wellbeing & Success from the Start of Secondary School

To Join the Webinar on the night you need to ensure you have downloaded Zoom Meetings.

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 892 2635 6975     Passcode: 991465

In this free webinar, psychologist and author Kirrilie Smout will cover:

  • The factors associated with higher well-being and academic achievement of students in secondary school.
  • Knowing how to talk with teens (including those who are reluctant to communicate).
  • Knowing how to support teens to get enough sleep and use devices wisely.
  • Helping teens to navigate friendships and interactions with their peers.
  • Knowing how to set boundaries in ways which are respectful and empowering for young people.


Kirrilie Smout is the founder of Developing Minds, a large child and adolescent psychology clinic in Adelaide and Calm Kid Central which provides online support for children who are struggling with worry, frustration or challenging behaviour. She has worked with young people, their families and teachers for 24 years, presented thousands of workshops to school students and authored three books: When Life Sucks, When Life Sucks for Kids and The Years that Count.

March Webinars for Parents and Educators

Webinar: Students who shut down and disengage - What do I do?

Webinar: Children and young people who shut down and avoid talking - What do I do?

Presented by the LBI Foundation in Partnership with the Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities

Ms Kylie Agnew
Registered Psychologist and Teacher

Dr Ivan Raymond
Clinical Psychologist, PhD

We've been asked to advertise the following: