St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 3 Week 10

? Casual Day - Fri 24th Sept, 12.30pm finish ?

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Congratulations to our Sacramental Candidates
  • Staff News
  • Sophie's Mission - Donate to Breast Cancer Research
  • Year 5/6 Small Business Highlights
  • Sport News
  • Vacation Care: Bookings still open
  • Parenting Insight Articles

Diary Dates

? Upcoming Events:

21st Sept | Performance: Catholic Schools Music Festival

22nd Sept | SACA Cricket Clinic: Reception to Year 3

24th Sept | Last day of Term 3, finish at 12.30pm - Casual Day

27th Sept - 8th Oct | Vacation Care

4th Oct | Public Holiday 'Labour Day'

11th Oct | Term 4 begins

29th Oct | Year 4-6 Aquatics Day at Noarlunga Aquatic Centre

4th Nov | Sports Day

8th - 12th Nov | R-3 Swimming Week at Seaton Swim Centre

9th Dec | Year 6 Graduation

24th Dec - 9th Jan | Vacation Care Closed
10th Jan | Vacation Care Reopens

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It was wonderful to join our students and families at both the Confirmation and First Communion liturgies recently.

I extend appreciation and thanks to Helen Clark for all her preparations and Father Lancy and Deacon Michael for officiating.  Both ceremonies were joyous and reflective.

The children shared how special they felt and of their deep sense of connection with their God.

A wonderful occasion for our parish and school and significant moment in their faith journey.

May God Bless them all throughout their lives.

The School Yard has been buzzing with excitement and activity as the Senior Students have completed their ‘Sustainable Business enterprises,” establishing stalls to sell and promote their goods!  Well done everyone!  There was great thinking, creativity and learning evident in each enterprise and lots of fun had by all.


NAPLAN results have been delivered this week and will be distributed shortly.  Helen Clark and I attended a NAPLAN Analysis workshop where we analysed our schools’ data to inform our teaching going forward.

Staff have also had the opportunity of analysing the data and to develop a plan forward to improve teaching and learning.

NAPLAN Highlights

The table above shows the growth of our current Year 5s, from when they completed the test as Year 3s in 2019, to Year 5 in 2021. In the areas of Spelling, Numeracy and Reading, the growth has been approximately 2 band levels.

Percentage in Top 2 Bands or above




Grammar & Punctuation



Year 3






Year 5






National Average

Above the National Average in 3 out of 10 tests (Y5 Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Reading)

% of Students in Top 2 Band exceeds National Average

Over 50% Year 3 in top 2 bands in Reading, Writing, Spelling which is meeting the CESA goal of the majority of students being in the top 2 bands.

Growth Areas

Spelling has been a major growth area for both Year 3 and 5.

St Joseph’s had 81% of Year 5s in the middle and upper level of progress in Reading, compared to 75% of all students nationally in the same level of progress.

Whilst, there is always scope for improvement, there is also reason to celebrate and acknowledge the gains achieved as a school.

A deeper analysis and report will be included in the report to the School Community later in the year. 

Staff News

We farewell and thank Antony Scarfo for his wonderful contribution to our school community during this term. We wish him every success as he embarks on his next adventure at Dominican School Semaphore. Thank you and best wishes.

Mrs Rebecca Keller will continue her leave until the end of the year. We wish her all our best wishes during this time. 

Road Rules ?

Please note that undertaking three-point turns at the school crossing is not only dangerous, unsafe but also illegal and will attract an infringement notice when council officers are patrolling the drop off and pick up times.

All of our children and community members are precious, we need to keep everyone safe! Please adhere to the traffic restrictions around the school. 

As we prepare for holidays, I take this opportunity of wishing you all students, families and staff a well deserved break.  Take time to enjoy the outdoors, stay safe and healthy. 

Looking forward to reconnecting with you all on Monday 11 October. 

God Bless


Leadership Contact Details

Maria D'Aloia
APRIM & ICT Coordinator:
Helen Clark
Leader of Learning:
Rita Garreffa

School News

? Sophie's Mission to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research ?

Earlier this year Sophie's mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Along with her brother Jayden, they wanted to do something to honour their mum and they decided that they would raise money to help with Breast Cancer Research.

Jayden will colour his hair and Sophie will cut and donate her hair because they want a world where there are ZERO deaths from breast cancer. They believe every death from breast cancer is one too many. To achieve this, Sophie and Jayden are raising funds for more research. All donations made to this page will help do exactly that. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. We really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Together we can help them get there.

Click 'Donate' to make a secure online donation and help Sophie and Jayden reach their goal. Every donation, big or small, will help me get there. Please donate today. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a tax-deductible receipt via email as soon as you make your donation.

Thank you so much for your support!

Announcement: Recipe Book Cover Winners!

Congratulations to Chace and Jordina who won the Recipe Book Front & Back Cover Competition from Cultural Week.

Apologies for the delay, recipe books will be available for purchase next term. 

Year 5/6 Small Business

Throughout Term 3, the Year 5/6 students have worked on creating a small business as part of their HASS learning (Economics and Business). Design and Technology has been integrated into this learning with students choosing a food hygiene, attachment technique or sustainability focus for their business. Other learning has been classifying the types of resources businesses use and exploring trade offs and opportunity costs.

The students have developed their ICT skills through creating an Excel workbook, complete with financial forecast, to record the estimated and actual finances of their business. 

During Week 9 and Week 10, the students operated their small businesses with much success! They soon learnt that not only did they need to be organised, but flexible problem solvers with strong communication skills. Their overall profit will be donated to Catholic Charities.

?? Hello Baby! ?

Amelia (1SB) has become a proud big sister to her new baby brother Julian Michael who was born on 16th August weighing 3.2kg.

Logan (1C) also became a proud big brother (again!) to his new baby brother Magnus who was born in July.

Please join us in congratulating Amelia, Logan and their families!

May God bless your family with an abundance of Love and Joy.

Religious Education News

Communion Celebration

Congratulations to Agnese, Nicholas, Sophie, Michelina and Adeline who celebrated the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 12th of September at Sacred Heart Church Hindmarsh.

Jesus shared meals with people to show how much he loved them. Before Jesus died, he shared a special meal with his friends which we call The Last Supper. This is where the traditions of Eucharist began.

It was lovely to go through this program with students from local public schools and Immaculate Heart of Mary School as students got to really experience being in community as they prepared for their Sacraments.

Congratulations also to Alessio, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mater Christi Church.

St Vincent de Paul

On Monday the 27th is the Feast of St Vincent de Paul. He was born in a small village in France. St Vincent is remembered for his charity and compassion for the poor and was often referred to as ‘The Apostle of Charity’. He is the patron of charitable societies.

St Vincent became a priest at 19 and was co-founder of the Sisters of Charity. He started and managed charities in and around Paris. He helped all kinds of people, poor, troubled youth, women and children. St Vincent died in 1660 and was canonised as a Saint in 1737.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity which is dedicated to the service of the poor, was founded by Blessed Antoine Frédéric Ozanam in 1833.

Service in Action at SJSH

I had the pleasure of being with the 5/6 students for the launch of their Sock it to Poverty initiative and listening to their wonderings and journaling of what ‘being Church’ really means. It has been lovely seeing our Year 5/6 students acting out the theme of service and ‘being Church’ over the last few weeks with their small business initiatives. Money raised from this will be donated to charity. I look forward to their kick off day next term on our ‘sock it to poverty’ day, which will be the culmination of their RE topic on Being Church and living out the mission of The Church through action.

Hindmarsh-Findon Parish Bulletin

School Notices

Sunsmart - Hats are compulsory

Hats have become compulsory last week and need to be worn during recess, lunch and p.e lessons as well as during OSHC and after school sport training.

If students don't have a hat during recess they will be directed to play in a shaded area. During lunch, they will be directed to the hall.

COVID-19 Update

Stop the Spread by staying home when sick

Please consider others. Stay home if you, your child or someone living with you us unwell.

Fruit Fly ??

We have contacted the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) and confirmed we are in the red ? zone . 

We have been advised that ? honeydew, ? watermelon, ? pineapple,? rock melon,? cucumber and ? carrot can be brought on to our premises and is also permitted to leave the school if the student has not consumed it during the day.

You can purchase fruit from a green ? or yellow ? zone store and bring to school. However, if the fruit is not consumed it must not leave the school. Please note fruit purchased from a store in the red zone or home grown in a red ? zone are not permitted to be brought to school.

Please refer to website for current maps of zoning as this is regularly updated by PIRSA. If you have any further questions regarding zoning and the various requirements, please contact PIRSA directly. 

Parents & Friends Notices

?⬜️⬛️ Footy Colours Day Highlights ???

?‍? Preschool Bakers

The Preschoolers have been investigating orange fruit and vegetables. They have been busy in the kitchen baking and preparing some delicious treats. These include:
? pumpkin scones
? an orange cake
? a peach and pear cake with tinned fruit
? trying new and familiar fruits like papaya and oranges

The children decided that the papaya tasted a lot like rock melon and that the black seeds were soft and slimey!

? Congratulations Laurence! ?

On the 12th of September our school captain Laurence Andriani played in the U12 Div  1 Central Footy Grand final. 

Laurence plays and captains the U12 SMOSH team that versed Unley Jets, SMOSH beat Unley 56-24. 

Laurence won the award for Best on Ground for the day,  as well as winning the Association medal for his Division. This is awarded to the best player of the whole competition! Congratulations Laurence!!

? Congratulations Archie and Chace! ?

? Vacation Care Closed: 24th Dec 2021 - 9th Jan 2022

✅ Vacation Care Reopens: 10th Jan 2022

Vacation Care Program

Head to our website to read our upcoming Vacation Care Program for the Sept/Oct School Holidays. Click here to view the Program!

Bookings are still open until spaces have been filled. 

Get in touch with Matt or a OSHC team member to discuss available dates :)

Parenting Insights

Article: Everyday resilience lessons for kids

It's the small, everyday behaviours we encourage in kids that have the greatest impact on their behaviour, wellbeing, and resilience.

Article: Building resilience during the COVID pandemic

Resilience-promotion is a crucial part of parenting. This evidenced-based approach from the team at Harvard University shows parents how to build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Credit Union SA's School Community Rewards Program

St Joseph's Hindmarsh has partnered with Credit Union SA on their School Community Rewards program, which provides a regular financial benefit for our school without having to donate any time or money, please see the latest offer for our school community.

➡️ View the Credit Union Home Loan Offer here


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