Newsletter Term 4 | Week 6

Message from Ms D'Aloia

Dear Parents and Community Members,

For many years the City of Charles Sturt has awarded a student from each school situated in the council boundary, the Josiah Mitton Award.

From this year, the Josiah Mitton prize is no longer being offered by the local council and therefore after discussing this with the School Board and Staff it has been decided to introduce 2 additional awards that align with the School's Houses. 

The criteria for our current awards are: 

Mary MacKillopMary MacKillop was the co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and Josephite schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is awarded to a senior student who exhibits Josephite ideals, fairness, honesty, co-operation and support to the school community.
JosephSt Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and a hard worker. This is awarded to a senior student who is a trusted hard worker and demonstrates persistence and determination when faced with challenges, just as Joseph did.
Tenison WoodsFather Julian Tenison Woods had a great idea and vision to create a Catholic Education system demonstrating innovation, inquisitiveness, leadership and entrepreneurship - thinking outside the square.  This Award will be given to a student who demonstrates these same qualities and capabilities.   

Jules Chevalier was a French Catholic priest and founder of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. His mission was that all would strive to ‘be on earth the heart of God.’ At St Joseph’s we endeavour to educate the heart by developing each child’s unique gifts. This award is given to a student who demonstrates exceptional skill in the co-curricula areas of Art, Dance, Music, Sport, or Languages. 

Staff will nominate students across the school for each of these Awards.  Annual School Awards are presented at the End of Year Liturgy, which is normally held at Sacred Heart Church on Port Road.  This year, with current COVID restrictions in place we are unable to meet as a whole school in the Church on Monday evening. 

A Thanksgiving/Graduation End of Year Liturgy will be held on Wednesday 9 December at school at 9.30am. Each graduating student can have two family members attend. Parents of students graduating or receiving an award will also be invited to attend. Parents will need to assemble outside of the hall at 1.5m distance apart.

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we are unable to have the entire community to attend. If the weather is inclement, parents will not be able to be accommodated.

Thank you for your understanding.

Safety around the school

Our neighbours are continuing to be inconvenienced with parents parking very close or over driveways which impedes them being able to leave their homes to collect their own children, go to work, be on time for medical appointments etc.  Of particular concern, is that when they have requested parents to move their vehicle the responses on occasion, have been disrespectful and do not give witness to our motto or values.  Our children look to us as ‘role models’ and are very impressionable and therefore it is our responsibility to demonstrate appropriate behaviours when interacting with others.  Please help build a positive impression of our school to the wider community. 

P&F Christmas Raffle

Parents & Friends Committee are excited to launch a Christmas Raffle as our last fundraiser for 2020! Classes have been allocated ‘themes’ for raffle baskets and are kindly asked to bring fun suitable donations from November 16th to 30th.

Tickets will be sold for $1 via Qkr app towards the end of November and ticket sales will close on Monday 7th December.

Seven lucky winners will be drawn on Tuesday 8th December 2020.

We are calling for donations of items from all families for our 2020 P&F Christmas Raffle. Each class or year level has been allocated a ‘theme’ for their raffle basket. A collection box has been placed in your child’s classroom.

The ‘themes’ for each class/year level’s basket have been set as follows below and we have outlined some suggestions to assist families with the types of item they could purchase and donate. These are only suggestions, please get as creative as you like within your theme. Please know that your local supermarket, cheap shops, Kmart, Tony & Marks, Office Works etc are all helpful places for some of the different baskets. Foodland are always good for SA made products too! If you are thinking of a bigger ticket item, why not join with another family to make a high quality yet affordable (because you split the cost) purchase? Please don’t bring chocolates or perishable food/beverage products.


 I am very appreciative of the ingenious and creative ways the P & F have continued to FUNraise and FUNDraise during this COVID year!  Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!

God Bless,Maria D'Aloia

Staff News

Vanessa Morelli has been appointed as Reception teacher at St Michael’s College Beverley.  Please join me in congratulating Vanessa and extending our best wishes for the future.

We have loved having Vanessa as a member of the St Joseph’s community for 2.5 years!

No Parents at Assemblies

Thank you for dropping off and picking up your children from the school gate. Please note due to current advice parents will be unable to attend any school events on site until further notice.

Please be assured that as advice is updated we will also review our practices.

All updates will be posted on Facebook and SkoolBag.

Letter from the Principal

Nude Food Wednesday

The SRC have reinstated ‘Nude Food Day’ on Wednesdays in Term 3. They are encouraging people to bring a lunch box that has no wrappers in in it.

SRC are keeping a record of the number of nude food lunches. Each nude food lunch box generates a point for the student’s House Team. The point will go towards our Community Team of the Year at the end of the school year.

In Term 4, Nude Food Days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sacramental Program

Class Masses and Liturgies

Remembrance Day 2020

Mini Vinnies Happenings

Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Suggested items for giving are on tags on our Christmas Tree in the office. You may take a tag from the tree and donate one of those items, or another suitable item.

Parish Bulletin

? Congratulations!

Congratulations to children who received awards at Assembly recently.

Classroom teachers select students who demonstrate our School Values: Respect, Compassion, Hope, Forgiveness and Service.

Week 5 Recipients
Joy - RM
Harry - RS
Evie - RS
Zoe - 1/2C
Orlando - 1/2GM
Massimo - 1/2GM
Peter - 1/2R
Sharuya - 4M
Zara - 4M
Aya - 4/5C
Jaxon - 5/6ED
Dominic - 5/6TDP

Fortnightly Highlights

NAIDOC Week 2020

At St Joseph's we've been celebrating NAIDOC Week! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are regarded as the oldest surviving cultures in the world. NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australian people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to celebrate and honour this culture.

This week our students were involved in activities focussed on the indigenous people and their culture. Artwork was created, stories were shared and we came together for a special assembly and prayer.

Our Preschoolers celebrated NAIDOC Week with a visit from some native Australian animals. These animals are respected and often featured in Dreaming stories of our Aboriginal people. Thanks to Animals Anonymous for visiting and teaching us about these endangered animals.

Prayer of the Aboriginal People

Let us join with Aboriginal people in praying their prayer…
Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming
You have spoken to us through our beliefs
You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus
We thank you for your careYou own us
You are our hope
Make us strong as we face the problems of change
We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture
Meet the knowledge of you grow strong in all people
So that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.
Always was. Always will be. This prayer was composed for the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Aboriginal People

Highlights from NAIDOC Week 2020

Celebrating PE Week!

To celebrate PE Week! Last Friday night (6/11) Achper SA held their annual PE Week Dinner and recognised a range of people who make a significant contribution to Health and Physical Education. Congratulations to Rebecca Keller and Maria Apostolou who were awarded Certificates of Excellence!

Marcus is our Athlete of the Week!

Marcus is our PE WEEK Athlete of the Day!

Marcus has been selected to represent the Western District for SAPSASA State Swimming Day in Term 4.

Marcus trains 5 times per week, sometimes waking at 5am to train before school.

In 2020, Marcus has set new PBs in a range of events which demonstrates his commitment and dedication to swimming.

Marcus hopes to further improve his times in 2020/2021 and be considered for the Bronze Squad. Keep up the good work Marcus!

Miss Comitogianni is our Athlete of the Week!

Today’s PE Week Athlete of the Day is Diana Comitogianni!

Diana plays soccer in the Div 4 FFSA Women’s Competition for BOSA Football Club. Diana is a midfielder and has been playing soccer for 16 years!

BOSA finished second in 2020 and first in 2019 and are being promoted to Div 3 in the 2021 season.

Awesome work Miss Comitogianni!

Clara is our Athlete of the Day

The PE Week Athlete of the Day today is Clara!

Clara recently competed in her first Womens Artisitic Gymnastics (WAG) Competition. Her club Alpha Gymnastics, competed against clubs from all over South Australia. Clara competed in Floor, Bars, Beam and Vault. She was rewarded with 3 silver medals and 1 gold medal and prize for best vault in her division on the day.

Great effort Clara!

Ruby is our Athlete of the Day

Ruby is today’s PE Week Athlete of the Day!

Ruby is a member of the Del Sante calisthenics club. In 2019 she won the 8 year old state Champion for both the Graceful Girl and the Solo competition, an amazing achievement. Ruby was selected for the 2020 national team that was due to compete in Darwin in July- however it was sadly cancelled due to Covid.

Ruby’s goal is to be in future national teams and to represent SA proudly.

Well done Ruby!

Sienna is our Athlete of the Day

Today’s PE Week Athlete of the Day is Sienna!

Sienna dances at Star Academy Adelaide as part of their Elite Team. They train 3 times a week in various types of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary.

At this years Candance Australia competitions she competed in solo, trio and troupe divisions coming away with 6 x 1st place, 6 x 2nd place and 5 x 3rd place medals.Her Trio (which includes Isabella S) won Adjudicators Choice for the whole competition!

Well done Sienna!

Wheels Day

We concluded PE Week with a whole day dedicated to our favourite 'Wheels' - Bikes , Scooters and Skateboards


Our students had an absolute ball on Wheels Day. A day where each child could bring their bike, scooter or skateboard from home. Our students were smiling from ear to ear and we loved that each student embraced just "being a kid".

Thanks to Mrs Keller and Ms Clark for making this happen and creating a new annual event for our school!

Vacation Care - Term 4 Holidays

OSHC is now taking bookings for Vacation Care. Please make sure all forms are returned to OSHC by Friday 4th December. 

Forms are available from OSHC or you can view it on our website.

Bookings will only be accepted when a deposit of $20 per day for each child has been paid.

If you have any queries please contact Catherine, our OSHC Director.

Vacation Care Program

Parenting Insights

Article: The power of sorry

Our boys tend to get into trouble more than our girls. How you react as a parent can significantly impact how your son recovers from mucking up.

Article: Give kids a thumbs up for the right things

Parental recognition on its own is a sufficient driver of children's behaviour most of the time. When children require more, parents can encourage positive behaviours without bribery, rewards and incentives.


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