St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 3 Week 6

Time flies when you're having fun!

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Thanks from Mr Catalano
  • Book Week Highlights
  • Confirmation 
  • Hats are compulsory starting in Week 7
  • Father's Day Fundraiser
  • Vacation Care Program - Book Now!

Diary Dates

? Upcoming Events:

2nd Sept | School Photo Day

21st Sept | Performance: Catholic Schools Music Festival

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

27th Sept | Vacation Care begins

11th Oct |  Term 4 begins

4th Nov | Sports Day

9th Dec | Year 6 Graduation

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

As we enter the mid-way part of Term 3 I am reminded of the many achievements of our children. Last week I was lucky enough to take 17 children to the SACPSSA Cross Country Carnival, we were blessed with a beautiful day. I was extremely impressed with the attitudes and perseverance of each of the runners. A very special mention to Italica (2/3R) who placed 15th overall in a race that include over 150 runners. This week we have two Year 6 Basketball Teams competing in the SAPSSASA Knockout competition and our Yr 6 girls are into the next round of the SAPSSASA Knockout Netball competition. Good Luck to all.

Whilst there have been many celebrations of the children being active this term, I am continually in awe of the learning that the children are engaging in throughout the school. I was in the Pre School room last week and I saw the children being wonderful nurses and doctors to poor Sue who was in need of bandaging (she played a very convincing patient). The Year 1 classes took their learning about Minibeasts outside with an excursion to Morialta Conversation Park, on the hunt for some real-life Beasts! Finally, our Year 5/6 classes have been working extra hard improving their mathematical thinking.

This week we celebrate the wonders of literature in BOOK WEEK. This is one of those special occasions in every child’s primary schooling when we marvel at the power of books. This year there has been the added incentive with the Golden Ticket Challenge. I have been asked every time I leave my office for clues to the location of the tickets, I love seeing the excitement in the children’s faces as they go on the hunt! A very special thank you to Mrs Kostiw for organising another exceptional celebration.

 Thank you to all of our families who continue to ensure they are following the COVID guidelines when entering the school. A reminder that masks must be worn on school grounds and during pick up and drop off times, parents are asked to remain on the oval/court areas and socially distance.

A big ‘thank you’ to our parents who continue to follow the parking laws during pick up and drop off times in the surrounding streets. As I mentioned in a Skoolbag post last week, we have seen an increase in the presence of Council parking inspectors. We certainly understand and appreciate the frustration when the streets become congested during the peak times. We still have a number of parents who are illegally parking, leaving their cars for the ‘quick run in’ to the school to collect their child. Whilst it may only be for a short time, it means others are not able to move safely through the streets and our neighbours are unable to exit their homes. Please follow the instructions of our Kiss and Go areas and take note of the No-Standing and No-Parking areas.

Finally, as this is my last newsletter before I head back to my permanent position at St Martin de Porres School, I would like to take the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to each one of you. My time at St Joseph’s whilst short in time has been big in impact. I have been blessed to have had the chance to lead this wonderful community.

God Bless

Leadership Contact Details

Acting Principal:
Ben Catalano
APRIM & ICT Coordinator:
Helen Clark
Leader of Learning:
Rita Garreffa

School News

Year 1 Excursion to Morialta Reserve

The Year 1's had a fantastic day at Morialta Reserve!! They have been learning about Minibeasts in class and were on the hunt to see if they could discover any more.

They had lots of fun stories to tell their parents/families when they got home.  Thanks to Jacki and Kate for coming along and helping!

Mukanthi "play, celebrate"

?? Happy Book Week! ??

Book Week 2021

Did you enjoy Book Week as much as we did?

? Mr Catalano hid some Golden Tickets around the school, whoever found one, received a book of their choice as their prize!

?? Old, new and other worlds collided during our Parade this week.

? We went on a Book Hunt and followed the clues that were left around the school.

✏️ Years 1-3 participated in the Littlescribe Writing Festival.

We loved searching for Golden Tickets this week!

? Snapshots from our Book Week Parade ?

Mayoral Make-A-Book Winners ??

Congratulations to our Mayoral Make-A-Book Winners this year. We can't wait to read your stories! ?

Our Staff love Book Week just as much as you!

We loved going on the Book Hunt, Thanks Mrs Kostiw!

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program


Congratulations to Agnese, Sophie, Nicholas, Michelina and Adeline who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday morning. It was a lovely celebration led by the Vicar General Philip Marshall and assisted by Father Lancy.

Thank you to Tasso Bouyessis for his musical talents in singing for us on the day.

First Eucharist Preparation

Session 1:Tuesday 24th August 6:30pm at St Joseph’s School Hall
Session 2:Tuesday 7th September 6:30pm at St Joseph’s School Hall

Information about Sacramental Program

Adelaide Diocesan Assembly

We want to hear from you!

Think about:

a) the challenges and opportunities in your community

b) How can we as church best fulfil our mission to be People of God in this place?

Respond to the question:

What do you think are the most important things to be discussed at the Diocesan Assembly?

There are 2 ways that you can share your response

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Fill out the postcard available in the front office and drop it in the mail or leave in the office for us to return to the Parish office

Hindmarsh-Findon Parish Bulletin

School Notices


5/6FD are seeking donations of clean and empty glass jars and small pringle containers. If you can help out, please leave your donations in the basket in the front office. Thanks!

Sunsmart - Hats are compulsory

Hats will become compulsory in week 7 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.

School Photo Day: THURSDAY 2nd Sept

Don't forget School Photo Day is on Thursday 2nd September.

Please make sure students are wearing their correct school winter uniform. 

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. 

Welcome to Preschool

A very special welcome to Arya who started at Pre-School last week.

Book Week Celebrations

On Wednesday a search for golden tickets in the sand inspired imaginative play, creativity and the exploration of ideas. Treasure maps were drawn, and pirate hats were created as children searched for golden tickets they had made.

Incursion: RAA Street Smart

The Preschoolers participated in Street Smart Preschool, a road safety incursion hosted by the RAA that teaches the importance of keeping safe and to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN and THINK and hold an adult’s hand when crossing roads. The children participated enthusiastically and were gifted with a beautiful picture book called YIPPEE that reinforces road safety messages. 

Preschool visits Playgroup

Last Friday the Preschoolers were very fortunate to be invited to participate in the new Playgroup programme LET’S MOVE. Held in the school hall from 10 until 11 am it features a selection of fun activities that enable the children to utilise their gross and fine motor skills.

Thankyou Maria A and Catherine B for facilitating a great, fun session.

Parents & Friends Notices

Father's Day Fundraiser

A special offering for Dad this Father’s Day.

P&F have sourced some unlabelled wine, the perfect gift for Dad, Grandpa & the other wonderful men in our lives.

Only available thru Qkr! Purchases are now available

2020 Sauvignon Blanc, South Eastern Australia
1 bottle - $10.00
6 bottles - $54.00 (includes a $6.00 discount)
12 bottles - $96.00 (includes a $24.00 discount)

2019 Shiraz, South Australia
1 bottle - $10.00
6 bottles - $54.00 (includes a $6.00 discount)
12 bottles - $96.00 (includes a $24.00 discount)

Wine will be available for pick up on Wednesday 1st September at School pick up.

Click here to purchase the wine thru Qkr!

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 available from Week 5, Monday the 16th of August and open until the 10th of September 2021 for families whose child is enrolled at St Joseph's. Spaces available for Vacation Care bookings are subject to staffing, venue availability and may become fully booked prior to the closing date.

From the 6th of September, any remaining spaces will be available for families within the wider community until spaces are full due to staffing arrangements. 

Have you booked OSHC for our upcoming Pupil Free Day?

Monday 11th October is a Pupil Free Day bookings for this day are also available through the Vacation Care program. 

Please speak with our OSHC team if you have any questions. :) 

Credit Union SA's School Community Rewards Program

How do you teach your kids about money when (almost) no one uses cash anymore?

Head to this link and learn how to give them a head start, so they can build good money habits.

Parenting Insights

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.

Article: Prioritising mental health in the digital world

Technology is now a part of all our lives. Blanket statements that suggest screens and social media are to blame for kid's poor mental health aren't helpful.

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