St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 1 Week 2

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Greetings and Welcome back!  I hope that you have had a safe and fabulous holiday and are now eager to commence another positive year of working in partnership with us, to support the ongoing development and success of all students and the school community.

It was a joy to see the smiling faces of children and parents in the week prior to school commencing, as they entered the school grounds to meet staff and reconnect with their friends.

It was wonderful to welcome back many ‘old scholars’ who returned to visit us before highschool commenced, reminiscing about their days at Primary school and recollecting their precious memories. 

I have enjoyed visiting each class and have loved listening to the many and varied experiences the students have enjoyed during their summer holidays!

Students expressed how eager they are to reconnect with their friends, get to know their new teachers and ofcourse immerse themselves in their learning! 

It was also wonderful to see how well the new Preschool, Reception students and other new students to our school have settled in.  The staff and I extend a warm St Joseph’s welcome to our new students and their families.

The staff and I look forward to another positive year where together we witness the growth, development and success of each and every child.

Let us work in collaborative partnership to ensure that St Joseph’s Catholic School vision is proclaimed and lived in word, action and deed and our motto “In all things love” continues to inspire us to achieve our goals and aspirations!  To be who we are called to be!

God Bless

Maria D’Aloia

A Warm Welcome to all our New Students

Welcome to our New Staff

Please  join me in extending a warm St Joseph’s welcome to new staff:

  • Sarah Kostiw (EAL/D)
  • Tasso Bouyessis  (Music/Performing Arts)
  • Reanna Arthur (Reception)
  • Rachael Saint (Year 1)
  • Catherine Batty (Year 1)
  • Emily Revell (Year 2/3)
  • Joseph Colella (Year 5/6)
  • Siobhan Frost (Year 5/6)
  • Raymond So (ESO)
  • Jessica Kariotoglou (ESO)
  • Stephanie Carnovale (Preschool educator)

2021 School Staff List

COVID Update

Personal hygiene and the hygiene standards in our school is 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.

Medical Conditions/Allergies/Intolerances

As there is a greater number of students who have medical conditions, are anaphylactic or have allergies and food intolerances that are very serious, as well as, the need to maintain safe practices regarding COVID  children are not permitted to share food. Therefore, cakes, lollies or other treats for birthday or other celebrations can not be brought to school. Your cooperation and understanding is very much appreciated.  Every child matters!  No nut products please. 

We are a NUT AWARE preschool and school.

Redevelopment Update

Whilst I am still in discussions with the local council we are getting closer to starting the redevelopment of the school grounds!  Hooray!!!  I will continue to keep you informed of any developments.

During the school holidays an upgrade of the early years classrooms was undertaken including: the painting of the external down pipes/doors, painting of the Reception classrooms, the installation of glass doors in the Reception and Year 2 classrooms and new carpet in the Reception classrooms. 

I would like to take this opportunity of extending my heartfelt thanks to Karyn Burlow who worked through the holiday period to co-ordinate all building works to ensure all was in place for the beginning of the year.  Thank you Karyn for caring so much about making our school a wonderful place to be and learn. 

I am also particularly grateful to the teachers (many of whom have moved classroom annually!) for being prepared to work during the holiday period to re-establish their classrooms after the building works or relocating to different areas of the school.  I’m sure you will agree with me that the learning spaces they have created are simply stunning and promote a real sense of curiosity helping our children to:


New Glass Doors in Classrooms

PA System

A new PA/Evacuation system has also been installed which will ensure that all areas of the school are covered with clear, sufficiently loud audio for both paging announcements, warning tones and school bells.

The system will provide warning tones for the conditions of Evacuation, Incursion (lock down) and All Clear.

The bell sound has changed and announcements can now be made externally as well as internally. 

Catholic Church Insurances

We aim to ensure that our school is well maintained and complies with all regulations.  Even so, accidents do occur on occasion.  Our school does provide ‘School Care’ accident insurance for all students who attend our school.  

School Board

We have received the following nominations for the School Board in 2021. 

To ensure that all members of the school community have the opportunity to vote it was decided many years ago, that voting would be conducted online, to decide the members of the school board.  In 2021 four positions are available. 

Click here to vote

Results of the voting will be published in a later edition of the newsletter. 

An AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 February @ 6.00pm celebrating the successes of 2020 followed by the first School Board meeting for the year.  All parents are welcome to attend the AGM.  The School Board meets each month to discuss the Annual Improvement Plan and other matters to ensure the ongoing development of the school. 

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.

School Uniform

The School Board continues to endorse the importance of maintaining a high standard in wearing the uniform. It is important to develop in our students a feeling of pride in themselves and their school, and a sense of personal tidiness and cleanliness.  Our School uniform presents an identity and a public image to the wider community.  Please note that when you enrol your child/ren at St Joseph’s School you agree to accept the School standards with regard to grooming, uniform and personal presentation.  School uniform requirements are set by the School Board.   Parents are therefore asked to ensure that students wear the correct uniform each day, including school socks, school bag and hat. If you require a copy of the uniform expectations relating to hair accessories, jewellery and appropriate shoes please request a copy at the school office.

The uniform is displayed for your information.  Some parents have expressed that they have found it difficult to find white sneakers.   Please note sneakers do need to be predominantly white and therefore coloured sneakers can be worn, however, fluroscent coloured sneakers do not compliment the uniform.  At Primary school we do rely on parents to support the wearing of the correct school uniform and building that sense of pride and responsibility, in preparedness for expectations of High school, and setting high standards throughout life. 
Thank you in anticipation for your commitment throughout the year to ensure your child is dressed in correct school uniform.

Our 2021 School Captains

Buy Your Own Device (BYOD) 2021

As outlined in the School’s Strategic Plan this initiative to improve learning opportunities for our students, was successfully introduced in 2019 with Year 3 and 4 students having joined the programme. 

There are many educational benefits to every child having access to a computer for their own personal use.  It has also ensured that our students have been prepared for the introduction of NAPLAN online - using a device with which they are familiar. 

The school board continue to endorse a ‘buy your own device’ for all Year 3 and 4 students of 2021, which they can use for the remainder of their primary years. The reason these year levels are targeted is due to the average optimal life of a laptop being approximately 3 years.

Purchasing a device is not compulsory and students who do not purchase a laptop will have access to shared school laptops whilst at school, however these cannot be taken home.

Information regarding the device available through the portal and about purchasing non portal devices was posted on SeeSaw last week.

You can also access the information here:


Becoming a Parent Volunteer

Responding to Abuse and Neglect: Education & Care (RAN-EC) Session

Friday 12TH February at 9.00am in the Staffroom

Maria D’Aloia will be running a face-to-face training course on Friday 12th February at 9.00am for anyone who wishes to obtain a RAN Certificate.    

This course will run for approximately 45-60 minutes and is part of the requirements needed to volunteer at St Joseph’s. Please let the office know if you would like to attend and they will book you in. 

If you are unable to attend the RAN course you can do the training online if you follow the following link: 

Parents & Friends

The next Parents and Friends meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday the 16th of February at 2 pm. Depending on rsvps, it will be held in the office tea room or the hall.

If you could let the Front Office know by Monday the 15th if you are able to attend so we ensure adequate cooling and social distancing that would be appreciated.

We would love to see some new faces and enlist some more helpers for the school events this year. To accommodate shift workers and to attract as many people as possible we alternate one 2 pm meeting and then the next meeting is at 7 pm.

Hoping for a big turn out so we can work together to create extra happiness for our little ones and school community.

- P&F Committee

Join our Instrumental Program

Is your child a budding piano, flute, guitar or ukulele virtuoso?

Individual instrument tuition is available to students from year 1 onwards during class time. In year 5, your child can also join our school band.
Our music instructors are highly skilled on their chosen instruments and in their teaching practices.

Lessons Offered:

  •  Piano/Keyboard
  •  Guitar/Ukulele
  •  Flute
  •  Recorder
  •  Saxophone
  •  Clarinet
  •  Drums (TBC)
  •  Violin (TBC)
Unfortunately, both our violin and drum instructors will not be teaching at St Joseph’s this year and we are in the process of organizing replacement teachers. We will let you know as soon as they’re available again.

When will my child have their lessons?
Teaching days for our tutors have remained the same as last year. Lessons will take place during class time, once the Instrumental Form is returned, your child will be issued with a date/time of their instrumental lesson.
Monday - Flute, Recorder, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums (TBC)
Tuesday - Piano
Wednesday - No Lessons
Thursday - Piano, Guitar/Ukulele
Friday - Violin (TBC)

How much does it cost?
Fees per lesson are $30.00 per half hour for 2021. Payments for lessons must be forwarded directly to the tutors providing the service, by week 2 of each term.

Are instruments available for hire?
If you do not already have an instrument, they are able to be hired from Size Music, located in Parkside.Hire costs and terms of hire can be located here >>
*Note: This is a new company the school will be using and the hiring of instruments will now be the responsibility of each individual student. Instrumental tutors can help out with this also.

How to participate? 
If you would like your child to participate in a private Instrumental music lesson, once a week, during school time, please fill in the Instrumental form available to print at home or from the Front Office and return to the Office.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with our new music teacher, Mr Bouyessis -

Instrumental Program Form

Download and return your instrumental Form to the Front Office at your earliest convenience. Alternatively you can pick up a form from the Front Office.

School Sport Nominations for 2021

Please see the flyer below for details and register online using the link: 
Closing Date has been EXTENDED: Friday 5th February

2021 School Fees

Accounts will be posted via the mail to families commencing from Week 3 of this term. The account will reflect the annual charge for Tuition Fees. Extracurricular activities such as school sport, choir, camp etc will be invoiced as the cost is incurred and will be in addition to the annual tuition fee.

Payment Deductions
Authority forms are available from the Front Office or on our website if you wish to pay your account by regular deduction rather than by the due date each term. Payment authorities continue to be processed during holiday periods so when calculating the deduction cycle so please allow for these amounts.

Families who have an existing bank account direct debit or credit card payment authority in place will have the deduction amount varied from the next available deduction after 31 January each year as per our fee structure information allowing for left or new students. Deductions amounts will also vary in line with our reduced fee structure for 2021.

2021 School Card Application
Forms are available from the Front Office. Please note in order to receive the school card discounted rate an application must be completed and submitted to the school for processing to be submitted to the Department of Education for approval.

Please contact our Bursar, Karyn Burlow via email if you require further information regarding school fees.

Annual School & Preschool Fees


Tuckshop Information

Qkr! is available for lunch orders. The tuckshop will also be open for over the counter sales during recess and lunch. (Menu available on Qkr) 

Did you know? The burgers, sausage rolls, lasagne, nacho sauce, cupcakes, muffins and brownies are all homemade and made on site by our talented Tuck-shop ladies! They make sure to include hidden veggies  wherever they can!

Tuckshop Volunteers Needed

Wanting to help in the school, but don’t know where to start? Our tuckshop is looking for volunteers to help prep lunch orders and serve during recess and lunch.

Days Available:

  • Thursday
  • Friday
Shifts Available:
  • Recess Shift: 9.00am - 10.30am
  • Lunch Shift: 11.00am - 1.30pm
If you’re interested please let the front office know 

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 areaFruit 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


Start the chat this Safer Internet Day 2021

Safer Internet Day is one of the most important online safety awareness events of the year. The global campaign brings millions of people from around the world together for a better internet. 

Please join us! Register as a supporter and start planning your online safety activities for Tuesday, 9 February and beyond.

Together, we can make the online world a better place

Sacramental Program 2021

Information and registration forms regarding the 2021 Hindmarsh-Findon Parish Sacramental Program will be distributed this week.

Children who are baptised in the Catholic faith and are in Year 3 or above are eligible to register and be involved in this program.

The sacrament of Reconciliation preparation will be undertaken in Term 1, with children receiving this Sacrament after our School Mass in Week 7.

Masses and Liturgies

Parents are welcome to attend our School Masses and Assemblies. Due to Covid restrictions, parents will need to continue to be seated outside.

Assemblies will be held on Wednesdays this year. In Week 3 and 7 there will be Masses led by Fr Lancy. The Week 3 Mass is our beginning of Year Mass and leadership induction. The Mass for Year 3-6 on Wednesday in Week 7 will be followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Upcoming Masses and Assemblies

Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday Week 4)

Shrove Tuesday, in the Christian calendar, is the day before Ash Wednesday.

“Shrove” comes from the Roman Catholic practice of confessing one’s sins and being absolved of them, or “shriven”.

Shrovetide feasts were designed to use up the food that could not be eaten during the Lenten fast.

Shrove Tuesday is also known as 'Mardi Gras' (French for 'Fat Tuesday'). Many countries around the world hold carnivals on this day. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on Tuesday the 16th of February.

Volunteers Required - Be More

During Lent the St Joseph’s community, led by our Mini Vinnies group raise funds for Caritas Project Compassion. Caritas support communities around the world, including in Australia, to upskill people to create solidarity and dignity of the human person.

On Shrove Tuesday (16th February), we will hold our first fundraiser. Pancakes will be available for a gold coin donation to all students. We are seeking donations of pancake mix, including gluten and dairy free, as well as pancake toppers. We would also appreciate if any parents are able to assist with the cooking and serving of pancakes.

Please let Helen Clark or Judith Bowden know if you are able to help with our first fundraiser.


Loving God, at the beginning of this new school year we ask you to bless us, the students, our teachers and staff of this school, that together we may grow in faith, hope and love as we learn from you and each other how to follow your Son, Jesus.


We ask for Your help as we begin this new school year.

Allow us to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before us.

Open our eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.

Open our heart and minds to new colleagues and new students.

Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our sharing and the courage to accept new opportunities.

Help us to be attentive to one another and let us experience Your presence in our new academic year.

Jesus, inspire us to do our best this year!

Parish Bulletin

Book Club 2021

 Welcome back to another year of Book Club. Orders are placed directly with Scholastic using the very easy to use ‘Loop’ payment system. Orders are processed after the closing date, then posted to the school, being distributed through the classes. 

Order you Lucky Book Club here:

Issue 1 of ‘Book Club’ have been given out today and will close at 9am Monday 22nd February, 2021. 

Any queries please see Ms Carmody 

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.

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The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities SA Presents

February Webinars for Parents and Caregivers with Kirrilie Smout

A Parents Guide: The Challenges and Adventures of Starting Primary School

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

Zoom Meeting Link;

Meeting ID: 874 8611 4180    Passcode: 819527

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

  • The 6 emotional and social learning challenges and needs for children as they start school.
  • Helping children tell us more about their school days and experiences (without pressuring them).
  • Helping children manage friendships and social relationships.
  • Helping children become independent and responsible learners.
  • Helping children manage worry and frustration about school experiences.
  • Working together with teachers and other school staff. 

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