St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 2 Week 6

Cultural Day is almost here! Find out more below!

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Welcome to Mr Catalano
  • Reconciliation Week 2021
  • Cultural Day Information
  • Catholic Schools Music Festival
  • Let's Move at Playgroup

From the Principal

Thank You

Dear Parents and Community Members,

For those of you I am yet to meet, my name is Ben Catalano and I will be standing in for Maria as Acting Principal whilst she is on leave. I am very honoured to be supporting the St Joseph community during the coming months, and thoroughly appreciate the very  warm welcomes I have had this week from the children, parents and staff. I look forward to meeting each of you over the coming weeks and I encourage you to introduce yourself when you see me in the yard.

I come from St Martin de Porres school at Sheidow Park where I have been the Deputy Principal and APRIM for the past 8 years. My wife and I have two beautiful young boys, my eldest is in Year 1 and my youngest is in Pre-school. We love to travel and explore this amazing state of ours in our camper. I am an active person, I really enjoy playing sport (any sport). I am still very surprised my hamstrings are still in tact!

I have had a wonderful introduction to the community of St Joseph’s and you should all be very proud of this beautiful community. I look forward to my time working with you all. 

God Bless,

School PE Sport Uniform

The school board has provided approval for students to wear either their PE shorts or PE tracksuit pants on their designated PE Sport day year-round. There is to be no mismatching of formal and PE Sport Uniforms.

Reconciliation Week 2021

Each year, National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of the first Australians.

2021 marks 20 years of Reconciliation Australia. 

It’s the ideal time for all of us to join the reconciliation conversation and to think about how we can help turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Sorry Day

It is a day of healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

It marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week in Australia which begins May 27th, marking the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in Australia and ends on June 3rd, recognised as Mabo Day, when Eddie Koiki Mabo overturned ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no-one).

National Reconciliation week: ‘It is a day for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to contribute to building a reconciled Australia.’

“Sorry Day”….it is the day on which all Australians are invited to recognise our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original inhabitants of our land. We remember this ‘sorry’ past and pray for a new beginning.

NARRAGUNNAWALI - Reconciliation in Education

 NARRAGUNNAWALI (Pronounced narra-gunna- wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located, meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace.

In late 2020, St Joseph’s Hindmarsh began the journey to commit to ‘reconciliation’ actions and initiatives.  

As a St Joseph’s school community we are planning to prioritise and develop our initiatives, (beyond what we are currently practising in the classroom & around the school) to actively take ‘action’ and work towards a whole-school commitment of Reconciliation through a RAP statement- (Reconciliation Action Plan). This framework enables us to provide a structured approach to advance reconciliation.

In support of our commitment to ‘reconciliation,’ St Joseph’s Hindmarsh, applied for a grant in the Aboriginal Cultural Residency Program. Consequently, we were successfully offered the opportunity to work with Karno Martin, an Aboriginal residency consultant. Karno began his work at St Joseph’s, in Week 4, Term 2.

All the classes will have the opportunity to work with Karno throughout this term, but will focus more of his time with the Year 4C class. Karno is at St Joseph’s on Mondays, for 7 half day sessions, across 7 weeks.

Karno is a Kaurna dancer, artist and musician with a strong connection to culture through his uncle Karl Telfer. He is also an experienced cultural educator, working at Star of the Sea Marine Discovery Centre and Nazareth College.

The 26th May is National Sorry Day

This is the day we remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as 'The Stolen Generations'. 

As part of Sorry Day, the year 4 class took the lead and organised the whole school to be part of creating a 'Sorry' sign. We asked every student in the school to place a handprint around the word SORRY, to represent 'coming together'. 

This is Karno the Indigenous teacher, who was happy to place his handprint on our 'Sorry' sign!!✋?

A huge thank you to, Angela and Jessica for volunteering their time. I would also like to acknowledge, the year 4 students, who worked extremely hard and well together for this to happen. This sign would not have been completed without the parents and students' support. Thank you!

A look into 'Reconciliation Week' around the school and classes

Visits in the classroom with Karno

Year 5/6 T DP Poetic Responses to Reconciliation

We are sorry for taking your family and your rightful land. We thought it was right to take your children but now we have realised we were wrong.

The law at the time was wrong because we should have treated everyone with respect. If I were in your shoes, I would feel shocked, confused, and heartbroken that my family had been taken away from me.

We are sorry for all the lies we have told. If I was you right now, I would feel traumatised; I feel I would have suffered without my children. We will remember that it’s ‘nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’ 
Hiyab & Isabella

We are sorry

We are sorry 

We have taken our time to apologize, that this is something that you all need to recognize. 

We’re sorry for your separation that is why we are here for reconciliation. 

We are sorry for when we came with our guns in our hands, saying this is not Kaurna land. 



We are sorry for taking your sisters and your brothers, at that time, we did not care for others. 

We did what was best for us, and now we realize we lost your trust. 

We are sorry. 
Aaron & Morrissey

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, for their families left behind. 


To the mothers and fathers, to the brothers and sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities  


For the breaking up of proud people and a proud culture 


We came to this land with our weapons and our guns, we are so sorry but now we are all one. 

Aya & Marlie

We feel sorry for those who've lost their mother’s land, 

We feel sorry, we just couldn’t understand, 

We feel sorry, for coming across the seas, 

We feel sorry, for tearing apart your families.

We feel sorry, for those who’ve died, 

We feel sorry, that we have lied.

We feel sorry, for what we’ve done in the past,

We feel sorry, we thought we were first and you were last.

We feel sorry for the children you lost and now we understand your sense of loss.

We are Sorry,

Gurveer and Andre

We are sorry

We’re sorry for all we’ve done; we are still healing as one, giving people time to change in the light of faith. We are sorry to all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people who faced their children being taken. We’re sorry for the lies that were told, it was the wrong decision all along.

We don’t understand your great pain but trust us, people can change. We tore your families apart for being heartless, greedy and rough. Have forgiveness for what we have done, we understood and hope we can overcome. We are sorry for all the people who have died and left their lives behind. It was the wrong decision, your land is your mother, can we please be forgiven?   

Sienna & Victoria

We Are Sorry, 

We know you won’t let go of the past,
Because we took over your land and grass,
We travelled across the seas,
To take away your families.
What we did wasn’t right,
We are sorry for the fight. 


We are sorry.
We are sorry for all those who died,
We know we made you cry.
We are sorry for what we have done,
You felt hopeless
And had a sense of loss,
We came all away across,
Because we thought we were the boss,
We thought you lived wrong on this nation,
But it was just a miscommunication,
It was the wrong decision. 


By Mukund and Laurence 

Author Thomas Mayor reads his new book, ‘Finding Our Heart - A story about the Uluru Statement for young Australians. This book follows Mayor’s first book, ‘Finding the Heart of the Nation - The journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth’ that tells the stories of the author and twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and ultimately, why the Uluru Statement campaign is vital to Australia as it strives to reckon with its colonial past.

Both books can be ordered through Hardie Grant by following this link.

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program: Upcoming Dates

Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education

On Monday 31st May, the Feast of Australia's patron saint, Mary Help of Christians, Catholic schools across Australia commemorated 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia.

Helen Clark, Rita Garreffa and our School Captains, Laurence and Isabella were proud to attend the nations first simultaneous Mass to mark the bicentenary of the first catholic school that opened in Parramatta, NSW in 1820.

Learn more about the event available in the Southern Cross Newspaper.

Hindmarsh-Findon Parish Bulletin

School Notices

Cultural Day at St Joseph's

School Fees

Term 2 accounts have been sent to all families via the post regardless of payment options.  Statements are printed as at 23 May so if you have made a payment after this date it will not be reflected on the printed account. If you have a direct debit, this statement is for information and for you to check that the deduction amount is in line with the School Fee structure to ensure fees are paid by the end of the year.

The due date for all charges up to and including Term 2 is Friday 25 June 2021 unless you are paying via regular deduction or have made prior arrangements with Karyn Burlow, Finance Administrator.  Half of the total invoice (two terms) needs to have been paid by 25 June.  Some families may have adjustments to accounts that are still pending such as after school sport fees. Please refer to the fee structure information available on the school website for amounts payable and regular deduction amounts as they relate to your family circumstances.

School Card approval is currently being processed by the Department of Education and many families may have received letters indicating the status of their application.  We are waiting on our report from the Department and once received all approved discounts will be applied to school fee accounts with adjusted statements posted to families.  We do not need to see a copy of individual approval letters as we receive a detailed report of all applications. 

Reminder that if you are experiencing difficulty and need an extension of the due date please contact Karyn Burlow via email at with details of your circumstances.

The Breakfast Club is back!

Thank you to Jacki Bishop, our friendly parent volunteer and our partnership with FOODBANK, the breakfast club will operate three times a week for students.

Breakfast will be served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 am until 8.45 am. 

We would love to have more VOLUNTEERS assist – Many hands make light work!

Do you want to Volunteer in the School?

Volunteers are truly valued at St Joseph's.

All Volunteers are required to hold:

  1. a valid and current Working with Children's Check (WWCC). This is at no cost to the Volunteer.
  2. CESA Volunteer Application documentation
  3. to complete the Responding to Abuse and Neglect: Education and Care (RAN-EC) online for volunteers. Please use the following link:
    The school also runs a face-to-face training course. Please refer to future Newsletters for dates.


Please note the playground is not supervised by staff BEFORE and AFTER school. Teachers are on yard duty to supervise students entering or leaving the school grounds. 

Students are therefore not permitted to be on the playground before or after school – even if parents/carers are supervising as this confuses other students and on occasion students engage in play rather than go directly out to the ‘kiss and drop’ area.  Students can only use the playground at recess or lunch times or when teachers are supervising outdoor play. 

Your co-operation with this is appreciated.  Our aim to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community.

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. 

Music News

? Catholic School Music Festival

This year our school is involved in the Catholic Schools Music Festival, set to be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in September. We are excited post-COVID, to enjoy once again singing & performing alongside fellow Catholic school students in the creation of a massive stage performance. This is such a special and unique event, and we are excited to be involved. It is more than a performance; it is a learning journey over many months, building skills beyond the stage. 

Music Festival Sponsorship Program

What We Do:

Each year one of the biggest entertainment events on the South Australian arts calendar takes place in a prestigious venue during Term 3. The Catholic Schools Music Festival brings together thousands of students, parents, and the general public to celebrate the extraordinary talents of young people in our schools. The Festival is a not-for-profit event which benefits from the generous support of school communities and volunteers to make it a great success. 

How You Can Support

The Festival Committee invite sponsorship from interested businesses and individuals.





Major Partner 






For application forms and full details regarding support options, please visit the Festival’s website at this link. 

Sponsor Value

Catholic Education SA recognises the important part sponsors play in the success of the Festival. 

More than 5,000 audience members, nearly 1,800 student performers, and countless support staff attend the Festival. 

Corporate sponsors have the opportunity to grow their brand and connect with the community through advertising via CSMF digital & print publications, website & social media, and signage placement at the performance venue, gaining exposure to the Catholic schools’ network of 46,000 students and their families, and 8,000 staff. Sponsors are invited to performances and VIP functions and receive public acknowledgement of their support. 

Enquiries: Samantha Taylor, Music Festival Production Coordinator, 8301 6813  

Literacy News

National Simultaneous Storytime

“Oh no, the book is floating away.” 

Where is the best place to read a book about space exploration? From outer space of course! 

In Week 4, St Joseph’s Hindmarsh enjoyed the beautifully written and illustrated book Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting. The ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime event was recorded from the International Space Station, combining science and literature. The reading experience was shared around Australia with 1,980,280 readers. There are copies in the MacKillop Centre library for students to share the curiosity and wonder of the book with their families. 

Our Preschoolers talked about "what they think Space looks like?"

The Challenge

Students are continuing the Premier's Reading Challenge this term. The challenge is to read 12 books.

Reception to Year 2/3 classes are completing this with support from their class teacher.

Years 3 to 6 have their own individual recording sheets.

Congratulations Year 4C who have already completed the challenge! 

Here are some of their book recommendations:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

The book is about a boy who doesn’t like school that much. I like it because the author is good at writing the character’s perspective. It will make you laugh. I recommend it to you!   

- Shayla

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox is about a fox family trying to run away underground so that they don’t get killed by three farmers. I would recommend Fantastic Mr Fox because it’s funny and the author of the book (Roald Dahl) makes really interesting characters.  

- Chelsea

Humansons’ Time Machine by Knife & Packer

I like the book because they go back to the dinosaur age with a time machine that was made of fruit and vegetables. I would recommend you read the book because it is humorous and it has danger and suspense.     

- Hardik

The 65 Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

 The 65 Story Tree House is about two children named Andy and Terry doing crazy stuff that is hilarious. There is a lot of books in the series. I would recommend it because it’s amusing, crazy and it’s very short. Also, it is very cool!     

- Chaamin

Happy Reading!

School Community Service

Leading the Way!

Year 5/6 Leadership Initiative

‘All students have the potential to develop leadership skills over time and they also have the right to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.’

What we encourage at St Joseph’s, is for all the senior students to see ‘leadership’ as a role they play in their commitment to their school community. 

They are encouraged to demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to their school and local community.

In the words of St Mary MacKillop…

Well done Nayia in Year 5/6 C who has seen a need and is doing something about it!

Are you interested in playing school soccer?

Soccer season has begun! With St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh fielding five teams.

U6, U7, U8, U9, U12.

Unfortunately, we did not have enough players to field an under 10 or under 11 team, however one of our students showed courage and resilience and have joined an U11 team at Lockleys North Primary School. Well done Marco 4C for showing such resilience and playing with a group of students that you have never met before. Everyone from St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh wish you luck and we all hope you have a great season ahead.

Our U12 team are still looking for interested players so that we can complete the team.  School soccer is run through North West Junior Soccer Association (NWJSA). The North West Junior Soccer Association Inc (NWJSA) runs a program designed for children from as young as five years of age through to senior primary school students, enabling them to learn about the sport of soccer. 

The association is a non-competitive organisation, so it is a great fun place to start and learn more about the game.

Please note spots have been filled. (Thanks Nayia for the write up.)

Written by Nayia in 5/6C

Everyone is loving Morning Fitness on Fridays!

ELLA App: Polyglots at the Birthday Party ?

Birthdays are a tradition that often includes cake. Most children have had the experience of eating cake at a birthday celebration. Loose parts play offers the children an opportunity to express their creative thinking. The materials placed on our cake table were carefully selected for their potential to be used with the boxes.

There is problem-solving, the elements of artistic design and mathematical thinking all within this play. As the children collaborate in the design process, they are also communicating ideas and developing social skills.

We introduced this provocation to complement ELLA app 3 Birthday Party.  ℹ️Learn more about the ELLA Apps here: 

Counting in Italian

Learning Italian vocabulary and mathematical concepts from ELLA app 3….the Birthday Party.

The children created birthday cakes. They counted the number of candles on their cake and we wrote the name of the numeral in Italian. As the children made their cakes, they were using the standard number system, quantifying and patterning with a selection of materials.

Year 5/6 Photography

Earlier this term, the Year 5/6s completed a Photography Project for Media Arts. Their task was to photograph the same subject, in four different ways, using a variety of photography techniques. Some of the techniques they experimented with were camera angles, positioning, distance, orientation and creative framing. The learning intentions for this project were for students to: 

  • Develop skills with media technologies to shape space, time, movement and lighting within images. 

  • Make artworks that communicate meaning 

  • Explain how ideas are communicated in artworks they make 

Some of the results were extremely impressive and professional! 

Let's Move at Playgroup!

Last week we hosted a very special session at playgroup called 'Let's Move'. We incorporated movement, dance, singing and making to the day.

We enjoyed making some colourful musical shakers to sing and dance along with! Thanks to everyone who joined us!

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.

July Vacation Care Program is here!

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

Bookings are available from Week 6, Monday the 31st of May and open until the 14th of June 2021 for families whose child is enrolled at St Joseph Catholic School. The number of spaces available for Vacation Care bookings are subject to staffing, venue availability and may become fully booked prior to the closing date.

For any questions about Vacation Care please see our Director Matthew or OSHC staff, alternatively you can email OSHC at 

Download: July Vacation Care Program

Don't forget to book in early, spaces will fill up fast!

Sport Forms: We've gone digital!

Reminder: When using the SkoolBag app please click the School Logo, followed by “eForms” to access the permission forms.

NetSetGO is coming to our school!

We have been successful in securing a grant so that this program can be run free of charge. Places are strictly limited, and nominations will be taken on a first in-basis. 

Parents are expected to attend with their child, and parent participation is encouraged. Students who attend OSHC at this time are allowed to attend and they will be supervised by OSHC staff. If your child is interested in attending, please fill in the form on the SkoolBag app.

 NetSetGo will run on the following days. Details are as follows:

Day: TuesdayTime:Years

25th May

1st June

8th June

15th June

22nd June 

29th June 

3.10 pm - 4.00 pmReception - Year

Cross Country Information

STUDENTS IN YEAR 3-6 wanting to attend the SACPSSA Cross Country on August 5th  are invited to attend Cross Country Training at 8:10am sharp on the school oval in weeks 7-9. Students will need to attend at least one Thursday to be selected to attend. 

The SACPSSA Cross Country Carnival is held each year in the East Parklands, starting on the Prince Alfred College Oval and making its way along a 2km course through Park 15.

SACPSSA Lacrosse Carnival

Last chance to nominate for SACPSSA Lacrosse.
Nominations have been extended to Wednesday 2nd June at 12:00pm.

The SACPSSA Lacrosse Carnival is being held on Thursday 10th June at Barratt Reserve West Beach from 9.30 am - 2.00 pm.

This Carnival is open to all students from Year 3-6. Places are limited, so please fill out the form on  the SkoolBag app which will be available from this Friday.

The cost for this carnival is dependent on the number of parent volunteers who are available to attend. We need at least 8 parent volunteers for this carnival.

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: Common sense strategies for raising girls

Father of six girls Dr. Justin Coulson shares his best tips for raising girls to be happy, responsible and strong young women.

Article: Anxiety requires understanding

Children and young people who experience anxiety need acceptance, understanding and compassion rather than judgement, dismissiveness, and rejection.

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