St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 2 Week 10

Last Day of Term 2, Friday 2nd July - Finish at 12.30pm

Casual Day this Friday - Donate to Vinnies Winter Appeal

Diary Dates

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Cultural Day - Family Recipe Book EXTENDED
  • Classroom Learning Journeys - TOMORROW at 8.50am
  • Staff News
  • Casual Day this Friday - Donate to Vinnies Winter Appeal
  • Vacation Care - Last chance to book!

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It is sometimes hard to believe how ‘fast’ time can go by. I find it so important to take the time to slow down, reflect and ensure you are aware of the present. This was reinforced with me last Sunday when I attended my nephew’s Baptism. I am honoured to be his God Father, sitting there in church I was reminded of the sacredness of Baptism, being welcomed into a faith community with no judgements, just love. Last week we celebrated the diversity of our community, we celebrated what it means to be welcomed into our faith community. With no judgement, just love. I was extremely impressed and proud of the community for the way in which everyone so enthusiastically participated in the celebrations. A very special thank you to Ms Taoramina and Mr Bouyessis for organising a beautiful celebration of our community. The amount of delicious food that was served by the staff in the canteen was overwhelming and certainly something to savour. Congratulations to everyone.

Learning at St Joseph's

This week each class will have an opportunity to showcase their Term 2 learning on Wednesday morning in the Learning Journeys. This is an important aspect to the learning process at St Joseph’s. Please try and make the time to visit your child’s classroom to talk with them about their learning.

When: TOMORROW, Wednesday 30th June from 8.50am - 9.15am

Please note these classes will be having their Learning Journeys on Friday morning, prior to assembly from 8.30am - 8.50am

  • Year 2/3R 
  • Year 3M

Student Reports

Mid-Year Student reports will be sent home during Week 1 next term. This is reporting the progress each child has made so far this year. As parents, the lens we view these reports through is extremely important and will set the scene for how our children view themselves as learners. Progression is the key, as learners there is always the temptation to worry about what we cannot do, it is our human nature. However, ensuring we encourage the growth mindset power of ‘Yet’ will support the children in seeing their learning along a progression. There will be an opportunity to meet with the classroom teacher if you have any questions regarding the report.

Staff News

Congratulations Deidre!

A very big congratulations to Deidre Knight who has been nominated for the Pelzer Prize. It is a new award developed by the State Government recognising excellence in environmental education. The work Deidre has been doing with our community in establishing the Butterfly Garden, in the local neighbourhood is certainly award winning. Yesterday The Advertiser came and photographed Deidre and our students for an upcoming article. We wish Deidre all the best.

Deidre still has several native plants available for free to families in our community. If you are interested, please contact Deidre on

Helen Carter will be taking Long Service Leave during Term 3, this week I wrote to the Year 4 families informing them I have employed Antony Scarfo to the replacement position. Rebecca Keller will also be taking leave during Term 3, Raymond So will be responsible for the Physical Education program during Term 3. Raymond is well known to the community in his work as an ESO this year. I welcome both teachers to our community and I am sure you will too.


Finally, Judith Bowden will be officially retiring at the end of Week 1 next term. We will be holding a special celebration liturgy and presentation for Judith to celebrate a wonderful career and her time here at St Joseph’s school as the face of Mary Mackillop. 

Judith's Special Liturgy: Wednesday 21st July at 2.30pm

I wish you and your family a connected, refreshing and fun term break.

God Bless,Ben Catalano

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Share your Family Recipes - Submission Date EXTENDED

Cultural Day: Book of Family Recipes ??????

Share your favourite family recipe with the community!

We will be collecting ‘family cultural recipes’ to create a special book filled with all of your traditional family recipes for the members of our community to experience in their own homes for years to come!We welcome all recipe submissions - appetisers, meals, desserts, drinks and more! All you need to do is access the link provided and follow the prompts to submit your recipe directly via the publisher’s portal.

1. Access the website
2. Click ‘submit recipe’
3. Select ‘St. Joseph’s West Hindmarsh’ from the drop box
4. Enter details of your recipe!


All recipes will be collated into a book for us by the publisher and then available to purchase! This may take some time to assemble and the final cost of the book will depend on the size once all submissions are entered. We estimate the final cost will be between $20-$30.

We look forward to seeing all of your cultural dishes and thank you all for taking the time to share them with us.

Please note, entering a recipe submission does not mean you are obliged to purchase the book.

Cultural Day Thank You!

I would like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped out in the canteen on Friday.

To Maria F, Maria A, Catherine, Rose, Caterina, Fran, Lori and my regular Friday girl, Louise. My thanks and gratitude for your help and laughter made the day run so smoothly.

We served 184 meals and handed out 200 gelati!

Well done girls! 

Helena - Tuckshop Manager

Cultural Day Recount

Every year our school has cultural day. In cultural day we represent our culture by dressing up in our culture's colours. For example, if you are Italian, you would wear green, white and red clothing. 

This year on the 25th of June we started of our cultural day by doing an Assembly/liturgy and Parade in the morning. At the beginning of the Assembly, students from different cultures came up and said hello my name is... and welcome to the 2021 cultural day in their culture's language. After the students came up and said hello, some other students came up and said a prayer in their culture's language. 

Maria Apostolou made a video with some students saying what their name is, what culture they are from and one fact about that culture. 

After the Assembly/Liturgy and Parade the year 5/6 students did a crossword activity. In the crossword there were 18 questions. The questions were like, what is the capital of Italy, the answer would be Rome. The first table of students to finish the crossword would get a surprise from Mr Colella. Morrissey, Antoni, Mossimo and I Aaron were the first to complete the crossword and get all the answers right. We all got a Kinder Surprise from Mr Colella. Then it was recess time. 

After recess some other classes did other activities but the year 5/6 did independent study. Before you know it was lunch time. For lunch the school were providing special cultural meals like Pasta – Italian, Butter Chicken – Indian and Fried Rice – Chinese. I Aaron had Butter Chicken 

We also had Gelati - ice-cream. We got to choose from Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry and Lemon. I Aaron had Chocolate. The food was very yummy. 

After lunch all the classes gathered in the hall for the concert. In the concert some classes were singing, and some were dancing. The year 5/6 classes sang the prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. At the end of the concert, it was time to go home. 

During the week the year 5/6 students did other activities connecting to cultural day. We traced our hands and coloured it in our cultures colour. For example, if you're from England you would colour your hand in White and Red. The year 5/6 also had an activity to make a traditional Italian meal by craft. We placed our meals in the Italian room and other classes came in to look at them. We also had some year 5/6 students talking about their meal to the classes that came in took look at them. 

Recount by Aaron Z

Reconciliation Week: What's Your Story?

During Reconciliation week, the children had the opportunity to engage in deep reflection to share their ‘truth-telling story’ through Aboriginal art. They used a variety of Aboriginal symbols to express their story. The children appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture through Art. 
Year 5/6 T DP

Thank You Karno!

We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Karno for spending 6 weeks with us at St Joseph’s this term, sharing his cultural story and experiences with us, especially with the children.

St Joseph’s school community, feels very privileged to have been given the opportunity to engage closely with Karno through the ACR Program (Aboriginal Cultural Residency).

Karno’s weekly interactions with the children at St Joseph’s, have certainly strengthened their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and of course, have helped to build positive and respectful relationships.

Thank you Karno, we hope our paths will cross again!!! ?

The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country!

Calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity.

Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect - spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

Healing Country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact on the lives of our people.

Heal Country, heal our nation.

NAIDOC Week 2021 will be held from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July

NAIDOC Week Prayer

Each year NAIDOC week grows in stature and depth of celebrations at community, state and national level.

Is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.

May the God of truth
open our ears and eyes to the wind whistling through the Grasstrees.

May the God of justice
open our minds to the flowing actions of the waters from refreshing rain, to gentle brook, from mighty river to raging sea.

May the God of love
open our hearts to the beat of the Clapsticks calling us into rhythm.

Now go. . . to pursue Jesus, with truth, justice, and love.

Brooke Prentis

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program

Please see the attached PDF that was also emailed to families involved in the Sacramental Program.

Confirmation Parent-Child sessions will begin on Tuesday the 29th June here at St Joseph’s Hindmarsh Sacred Heart Hall from 6:30 pm - 8.00 pm.

Session 1: 29th June 6:30pm
Session 2: 3rd August 6:30pm
Session 3:10th August 6:30pm
Rehearsal:17th August 6:30pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Port Road Hindmarsh

Information about Sacramental Program

Hindmarsh-Findon Parish Bulletin

School Notices

Assembly will be on Friday 2nd July at 9.00 am

Casual for a Cause Friday 2nd July

The SRC are holding a casual day on Friday the 2nd of July. Students may wear casual clothes to school in exchange for donating an item or gold coin to the Vinnie's Winter Appeal.

Items may include; new socks, beanie, gloves, scarf, non-perishable food items eg. pasta, pasta sauces (think of foods that you would enjoy in winter). SRC will also be hosting some fun recess activities on the day.

?‍♀️?Swimming Program - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to a significant shortage of swimming instructors and our ongoing commitment to the safety of every child, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Swimming Program with Adelaide Hydrotherapy.

We share the disappointment in not being able to continue with the program that was sure to be a great experience for all the children. We are currently reviewing alternative possibilities for our Reception to Year 4 children. As soon as a decision is made, we will communicate this to the community.

A letter was sent home to families via Seesaw, SkoolBag and in our Facbeook Group.

Kiss & Drop Zone

Please keep in mind that the Kiss and Drop zone is not for parking.

The two-minute time rule is enforced by the Charles Sturt Council and parents may be fined if they are parked here during school pick up/drop off times.

The Breakfast Club is back!

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

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

If you'd like to help, please let us know and make sure you're registered as an official St Joseph's Volunteer.

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.

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. 

Donate to 'Ride for a Cure' ??

Dear St Joseph’s family,

My name is Glenn Ferguson and I have two daughters at St Joseph’s School in years 3 and reception. I have recently signed up with the Ronald McDonald house, kids with cancer


Is a bike ride from Melbourne to Adelaide 1000km over 7 days. I need to raise $6000.00 by October 10th otherwise I am unable to take part in the ride, any donations will help.

If you wish to help me and donate follow the link and find my name in the list.

Please feel free to help me out, if you wish to and help young children who really need the medical services that they require.


Story: How the Birds got their Colours

How the Birds got their Colours is an Aboriginal story told to children living in Broome and is illustrated by school aged children. We have been reading this story and invited the children to draw, paint and create birds with card, wool, feathers and other materials as a response to the narrative. They have made a colourful display in the room.

Language App: Polyglots at the Zoo

A zoo table has been introduced to support App 4. The children use the Polyglots characters, zoo animals and fruits in this small world play area to practise language from App 4. Picture books featuring zoos and fruits and some challenging puzzles have also been added to the play space.

Upcoming Pupil Free Days

1. Pupil Free Half Day | Friday 2nd July - School Finishes at 12.30pm

Have you booked your child into OSHC on Friday 2nd July? School finishes at 12.30pm.

If you permanently booked your child/ren into After School Care on Friday 2nd July, they will be automatically booked into the early school finish.


Need to cancel your booking for this Friday 2nd July?

Please make sure it’s done by Wednesday 30th June by 9.00am to avoid absent charges. Remember our fee changes for families without CCS is $27.50

Any bookings after this cut off will receive an additional $5.00 casual fee if spaces are available. Your Childcare Subsidy will provide discount from there if eligible. 


2. Pupil Free Day | Monday 19th July - All day

Term 2 starts on Tuesday (20th July), make sure your child/ren is booked into OSHC. Limited spaces, book now to avoid disappointment.

Please speak with our staff if you have any questions. ?

Vacation Care Program out now!

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

Vacation Care starts next week! It's your last chance to book in.

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.

SACPSSA Netball Carnival

On Monday 28th June, 28 students from Year 3-6 attended  the SACPSSA Netball Carnival at Priceline Stadium. Each team played 6 games against Catholic schools from all over Adelaide. The teams had an exceptional day out, winning almost all of their games and demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship. Well done everyone!

Parents & Friends Notices

St Joseph's Merchandise

The P&F are launching St Joseph’s Merchandise. We are currently taking expression of interest on items prior to Pre sales opening.

Click here to put in your vote on our private Facebook group.

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