St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 2 Week 2

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From the Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Parents and Community Members

It is wonderful to hear the excitement as students reconnected with their friends and teachers.  We reorientated ourselves back into school at Assembly, focussing on the 5 Respects and following school rules to keep us safe; one of which is playing within designated areas.  We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all in our school community. 

We all have a responsibility of ensuring our school is safe for all. 

Road Safety at St Joseph's

Our neighbours are still expressing their frustration with the traffic congestion after school and have reported that their driveways are being blocked by vehicles, causing them distress and anxiety when they are needing to leave for medical and other appointments. 

Please be respectful of our neighbours and please DO NOT park or hinder their access to their homes. 

Many parents have been dismayed that 3 point turns are still being undertaken which poses significant risk to pedestrians attempting to cross the road and does cause traffic jams!  Three point turns undertaken near the school crossing on Albemarle Street are illegal and do attract a fine if council inspectors are in the vicinity conducting inspections, which they undertake on a regular basis. 

Please do not use our neighbours driveways to turn your car around. 

School Drop Off

I have noticed in the later half of Term 1 a growing number of students are at the school gate before 8:30 am without supervision. 

Please note that students who arrive before 8:30 am will be taken to Before School Care where supervision will be provided. Teachers are on duty from 8:30 am.  

Staff have meetings in the morning which are scheduled to be finished prior to 8:30 but on the odd occasion these may go over and the gate is opened a few minutes later. 

We understand that you need to go to work and every minute counts – on these occasions please leave your children at Before School Care and they will be asked to wait in the hall until the gate is open. 

Welcome to the St Joseph's Community

We also welcomed the following students to our community: 

  • Jacob (RS)
  • Chris (2R)
  • Yohana (3M)
  • Romeo (5/6C)
  • Shagun (5/6FD)


I am also delighted to welcome Matthew Holmes as OSHC Director.  Matthew has already fully immersed himself into his work and is really enjoying getting to know everyone. 

We extend a warm St Joseph’s welcome to you and your families.  May you experience our ethos – In all things love - as you join our community.

Meet our New OSHC Director

Dear OSHC Families,

First of all I would like to welcome back our community to the start of Term 2!

I’ve heard lots of wonderful things the children had the opportunity to do during their school break especially the fun activities during Vacation Care.

My name is Matthew, I am happy to announce that I will be the new OSHC Director for St Joseph’s Catholic School.

A little about me:

I come with a range of experience as a Director in OSHC and Early Childhood services. I have supported centres licensed from 12 places up to 160 place service per session.

I currently hold 3 Diploma’s and one Certificate 3 all relating to providing education and care to children. My most recent Diploma is in Community Services (child statutory, youth and family services).

I have a 6-year-old son and many pets including dogs, cats and birds in my household!

I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know the wonderful families in the community. 

Aboriginal Cultural Residency

The teachers were privileged to be involved in a staff day on Tuesday focussing on Aboriginal Cultural Competency, engaging with our shared history, Identity and culture and placing importance on Our shared future – Reconciliation. 

We are now developing a Reconciliation Action Plan. A RAP is a formal statement of commitment to reconciliation.

The key steps for developing a RAP are to establish a RAP Working Group:

A diverse Working Group ensures the responsibility of implementing reconciliation initiatives.  We are seeking expressions of interest from the community.

We also need to write a Vision for Reconciliation.  There are 40 actions that are recommended – of which 14 are mandatory.  Antoinette DiPaolo is leading this initiative in our school.  Thank you Antoinette for helping us to focus on this very important work.

We have also been successful in receiving an Aboriginal Cultural Residency Program which will be facilitated by Karno Martin.  Karno is a Kaurna dancer, artist and musician.  We look forward to meeting Karno and working with him to develop a deeper understanding about Aboriginal Identity and Culture.

Redevelopment of the School Grounds

A number of you have enquired about the redevelopment of the school grounds!!!  We have received Development Approval for 33 Bertie Street and are VERY close to receiving Development Approval for 35 Bertie Street.  The concept plans are now being developed into working drawings which are near completion and therefore, ready for the tender process very shortly!  We are getting closer to realising our dream of having an interactive and engaging play space!!

A Prayer for Mother's Day

 Lord we prayer for our mothers and grandmothers who love us unconditionally
Care for and nourish us
And help us to embrace our gifts and talents

Lord, we remember the mothers of Scripture who are a part of our story
As we are a part of your story.
For their courage, faith, love and fierceness, we thank you.

Lord, we remember the mothers
Who have gone before us.
For their love, sacrifice, struggle
And joy, we thank you.

Lord, we remember those who have not given birth to us, but are mothers to us. Showing us love and compassion.
For their gift of themselves that they
Have given, we thank you.
In your name we pray.  AMEN

Wishing all mothers, grandmothers and significant females in the lives or our precious children a day of love, acknowledgment and joy!

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Messages from our Preschoolers

Religious Education News

Principal/Leaders Vinnies Sleepout

On Thursday 6 May 2021 school and education sector leaders from across the state will come together to raise important funds and awareness for the most vulnerable people in our local communities.

Each year in South Australia there are more than 6,000 people, including children, who have no place to call home. You might not see them sleeping rough on the street, they may be some of the many who sleep in their cars, or couch surf with family and friends.

At the Principal/Leaders Sleepout, I will swap my comfy bed and home cooked meal for cardboard and a night without the creature comforts of home.

By sleeping out for one night, I aim to experience just a small part of what those facing homelessness and disadvantage do each and every day.

I am hoping to raise $2000 to help provide support to South Australians facing homelessness. Please help me by making a donation through my page.

It only takes a minute and any money you can give (no matter how large or small) will go a long way to helping me reach my target.

Thank you, I really appreciate your support..

Hi there I am hoping to raise $2000 to help provide support to South Australians facing homelessness. Please help me by making a donation through my page. It only takes a minute and any money you can give (no matter how large or small) will go a long way to helping me reach my target. Thank you, I really appreciate your support... Helen.

Where does the money I raise go?

In South Australia, Vinnies will use the money raised from the Principal Sleepout to operate

a variety of services for people who are homeless, or who are at risk of experiencing

homelessness. These services include:

Crisis Accommodation Services

The 20 room Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre and 45 bed Vinnies Men’s Crisis Centre provide year-round emergency accommodation, including for children and pets at the women’s centre. These services also provide meals, laundry facilities, access to other Vinnies services, government and agency services and more.

Vinnies Assistance Visit Program

Vinnies is the only charity to run a home visit program in South Australia. Volunteers meet with those seeking help, to provide compassionate support and material assistance including food, clothing and access to qualified Vinnies financial counsellors and emergency funds. More than 60,000 people are assisted by this service each year.

Fred's Van Meal Services

Vinnies Fred’s Van meal services operate from 10 sites across South Australia, providing hot nutritious meals together with social support. Eight of these operate indoors, meaning our adult and children guests dine in dignity and comfort. Blankets and scarves or beanies are given out in winter and food is often provided to take away. Around 40,000 meals are served each year in SA.

Vinnies Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service

This service provides a range of material assistance and services for recent arrivals who are struggling to make ends meet, including:

    • Emergency funds to help with bill and rental payments
    • English language classes
    • Assistance with Visa renewals, completion of forms and court payments
    • Pathways to employment program

Sacramental Program

May 11th – Parent Information Night 6:30pm in St Joseph’s School Hall

Please note that the date for Confirmation has changed. We have received dates from the Archbishop’s office. Students from SJSH Confirmation Ceremony will now be held at 10am on Saturday 21 August 2021 @ Sacred Heart Church, Hindmarsh.

Parents & Friends

Mother's Day Photo Booth - TOMORROW

Our Parent’s & Friends Committee have organised a professional photobooth in the hall this coming Wednesday 5th May, allowing the kids to make a fun picture of themselves to take home as a gift for Mum (or a significant person) this Mother’s Day (….think fun props and a professional background and border)

 When: this Wednesday 5th May

Cost: $5, order via Qkr! 

Classes will be escorted to the hall throughout the day in an orderly fashion, where individual images can be printed (sorry, time doesn’t permit for sibling/friend shots). 

The cost is $5 per child and should be purchased *now* via Qkr! App, under the P&F tab. Order by end of day, Tuesday 4th May

These images are printed in hard copy only and will not be stored or uploaded anywhere online.

 By purchasing your child’s $5 gift for mum, you are allowing us to take their image. Staff and school volunteers on the day will all hold relevant police clearances.

Please speak to Laura Morris or Jacki Bishop if you have any questions.

School Wishlist

The Parents and Friends are organising a ‘Wish list.”  Teachers and Students are compiling a list of goals/items they'd like to fundraise for! The P & F want to hear from you too!  Please let a member of the P & F, your class representative or send an email to with any suggestions you think need to be considered that would benefit the entire school?

We look forward to hearing from you!

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? Student Sport News

In early February,  Marley was presented with an opportunity to represent St. Joseph’s Hindmarsh and try out for SAPSASA Softball. With no experience at all but a healthy give anything a go attitude Marley tried out and was successful in gaining a place on the Western Metro Team.

Four Friday nights of training have led up to this momentous week. 9 games over 3 days with some amazing girls and talented, patient coaches. Marley has loved every minute and was over the moon to be selected. 



NAPLAN will be held next week scheduled to begin on Tuesday 11th May for students in Years 3 and 5.

Testing will begin at 9.00 am. Please ensure that your children are at school by 8.45 am so they may begin on time.

Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Each year, millions of bread tags end up in landfill – but a concept out of South Africa has inspired an Adelaide charity to collect and recycle them, with the money gained helping the disabled. 

The year 4C class has started collecting bread tags for the organisation and is asking for your support.

Can you please gather and send in your bread tags. We have a collection basket in the Front Office.

For more information on this charity, please click on the link below:

School Uniform

Please note the winter uniform is to be worn in Term 2 and 3. 

  • Sports jackets are to be worn with the sports uniform.
  • The wool jumper is to be worn with the school uniform.
  • Predominantly white sneakers are to be worn with Sports Uniform.
  • Black shoes are to be worn with the school uniform. 

Please refer to the image of our school uniform.

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. Our next workshop will be on Tuesday 13th May at 9.00am in the Staff Room.

Issue 3: Book Club 2021

Issue 3 of ‘Book Club’ will now be going home.  Books can be ordered directly through Scholastic using the very easy to use ‘Loop’ payment process, closing on Monday 17th May at 3pm.

Any queries please see Miss Carmody

Follow this link to start browsing!

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.

Social Netball

A new social netball team has formed made up of mums and friends of St Joseph’s.

Last Wednesday was our first game and great fun. If anyone is interested in filling in from time to time please let Kerrie P know (0422412912).

FREE Kitchen Caddy & Competition

To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, the City of Charles Sturt are offering a free kitchen caddy and compostable bags for each household in the council area. 

♻️Follow this link to get your kitchen caddy.

During International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) every year, we celebrate and encourage the use of compost among local communities to improve or maintain high quality soil, grow healthy plants and protect our natural environment.

Share how you have supported Compost Week this year by sending us a photo of your compost at home or at work. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with the official hashtag #CelebrateICAW.

Alternatively, you can send your photo to between 2nd May and 28th May 2021 and we will be uploading all submitted photos daily onto the International Compost Week website.

All photos that are entered into this competition will be in the draw to WIN great prizes.

Fruit Fly: Restrictions

St Joseph's School Hindmarsh is in the Red Zone

Fruit Fly restrictions are still in place until December 2021. 

Head to the official website to learn more about the outbreak and restrictions >>

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.

Vacation Care Highlights

Thank you to everyone for making our last vacation care a success. The children and staff loved every minute of it. These holidays we were lucky to have a program full of exciting excursions and incursions! 

Here are a few of our favourite moments:

OSHC Bookings

To assist families secure a place for their child and to assist us with rostering adequate staff, we would like to encourage families to please book their children in advance as our service is beginning to become full with permanent bookings.

St Joseph’s OSHC encourages permanent bookings to ensure families can secure a place. Casual bookings are welcomed, however please be aware we cannot always guarantee a place will be available for your children and you may need to make alternative care arrangements in this instance.

Please speak with our friendly staff if you would like to book your child in to one of our sessions!

OSHC Accounts

We experienced a communication connection error with the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system during the Term break. Subsequently we have experienced a delay in providing you with your weekly OSHC accounts because CCS did not process. It appears that the subsidy has now been processed with accounts adjusted accordingly.

We are now in a position to generate your accounts so over the next day you will receive multiple OSHC accounts which represent each week that needed to be caught up. Please check the date range at the top of the statement to see what period of care the statement refers to. Payments and charges outside of the statement date range will appear on previous or subsequent accounts.

Please note our preferred methods of payment to ensure prompt processing are via the Qkr app or Eftpos with terminals located in either the School Front Office or the OSHC Office.

Vacation care and Pupil Free day deposits will be processed to accounts this week and will therefore show up on the statements for the week ending 2nd May which will be issued next week. Please do not contact us at this point regarding the applying of your deposits. If you believe that your account is incorrect we ask that you contact us next week once we can be sure that all CCS adjustments and payments have been applied to accounts.

We thank you for your patience during this time

Reminder for OSHC Cancellations

For Before School Care, families will need to cancel their bookings by 6.00pm the night before to avoid fees being charged.

For After School Care, families will need to cancel by 9.00am on the day to avoid fees being charged. 

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