St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 3 Week 4

Grateful to be together again!

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Welcome Back
  • Have you seen our Ambassadors around Adelaide?
  • Optional Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • 2022 Bell Times Proposal
  • Book Week is almost here!
  • Purchase your own St Joseph's Merchandise
  • Father's Day Gifts

Diary Dates

✅ Resuming this week:

    ? Breakfast Club
    ? NetSetGO

      ? Cancelled Until Further Notice:

      ⭐️ Playgroup - Resuming in Week 5
      ☕️ Coffee Shop
      ?‍♂️ Morning Fitness

        ? After School Sports:

        School sport training and competitions have been given permission to start again this term. All winter sporting teams (Soccer, Netball and Basketball) have been rolled over to Term 3 competitions.

        ? Upcoming Events:

          15th Aug | Assumption of Mary

          17th Aug | Rehearsal: Catholic Schools Music Festival 

          21st Aug | Student Confirmation at Sacred Heart Church

          26th Aug | Book Week Parade (*Change of Date)

          2nd Sept | School Photo Day

          15th Sept | School Concert

          21st Sept | Performance: Catholic Schools Music Festival

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

          4th Nov | Sports Day

          From the Principal

          Dear Parents and Community Members,

          A belated ‘Welcome Back’ to Term 3! What a challenging way to start a new term, and for our new Pre-School and Reception children, their schooling journey. I am extremely thankful to every person in our school community for the way in which you supported each other during the SA Lockdown and in particular, the way in which everyone has returned to school.

          I would like to publicly acknowledge the tremendous work the staff did in preparing the children for the lockdown (within hours of the announcement being made) and for the genuine care and support they have for each child and their families. For many of our staff this was being done whilst also looking after their own children.

          Welcome to our New Students

          A very special welcome to our new Pre-School children who have started with us this term, Charlie, Charlotte, Claire, Dominik, Eva, Evan, Georgia, Harper, Leo, Stephanie, Xavier F, Xavier V and Zainab.

          In Reception we welcome the following children, Aleah, Amen, Angus, Jett, Leo, Gurfateh, Kanish, Liya, Sam, Tia, Eskadmas, Mahtub, Naanati, Sebastian and Zara.

          We also welcome Hudson, Ethan and Nikolas. It is wonderful to have you all becoming a part of the St Joseph community.

          Message from Ms D'Aloia

          Last week I received some news from Mrs D’Aloia. She is missing everyone here at St Joseph’s and wanted to make sure we were all looking out for each other during these challenging times. Whilst her recovery is progressing well, she needs a little bit more time to fully recover from her surgery. I have accepted the invitation to continue as Acting Principal whilst Mrs D’Aloia is on leave. I am sure you will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery and I am sure she will be back in the school soon.

          Catholic Education Open Week

          This week Catholic Education South Australia celebrates Catholic Education Week. Hopefully you saw the liftout in the Weekend Advertiser promoting the wonderful work we do as a sector in supporting the faith formation and the learning journey of each child in our schools. Unfortunately, due to the COVID restrictions we haven’t been able to host Open Mornings and Principal’s Tours, however I know each one of you is a wonderful advocate for St Joseph’s and I ask you to continue to be positive ambassadors for our school.

          Our School Ambassadors

          Optional Parent/Teacher Interviews

          Next week teachers will be available for formal Parent / Teacher Interviews. Last week a notification was sent out to families to register through the online booking system. If you wish to have a conversation with the Classroom Teacher regarding the progress your child is making I encourage you to use this format to organise the meeting. These meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams or phone calls, at this stage, face to face meetings are not permitted.

          2022 Bell Times - Proposal

          Attached to this week’s Newsletter is a letter from Mrs D’Aloia seeking the community’s feedback on the proposition of altering the Bell Times for the 2022 school year. If you have any feedback for the School Leadership Team and School Board, please forward it to

          Walk a Mile in My Boots Campaign

          Finally, last week was the official Hutt St Centre’s Walk a Mile in My Boots campaign. This is such an important fundraising and awareness campaign for all South Australians. There are over 6000 people living on our streets without adequate housing. The funds raised through this campaign support the Centre’s efforts in providing emergency housing, counselling and a warm meal to our fellow Adelaidians. If you haven’t already been to their website to make a donation, I encourage to do so. The website is


          God Bless

          Leadership Contact Details

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

          School News

          Book Week Parade - New Date: Thursday 26th August

          Book Week 2021

          Have you decided what you'll wear for book week this year? 

          Book Week is right around the corner, our Parade will be on Thursday 26th August at 9.00am. More information about Parents being able to come on site will be announced soon.

          Religious Education News

          Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – August 8th

          St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop, (Mary Helen MacKillop), was born on January 15, 1842 in Melbourne. She died on August 8, 1909 in North Sydney and was canonised on October 17, 2010 becoming Australia’s First Saint.  

          Mary MacKillop's unwavering belief that children should have equal access to education regardless of their family's financial means transformed Australian society. In the mid-1800s, only children from wealthy families were educated and even then, girls often didn't receive the same level of education as their brothers.

          Mary MacKillop, along with Father Julian Tenison Woods founded the order of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. They started their first school in Penola, that was accessible to all children regardless of financial status.

          The order of the Sisters of St Joseph grew and they started a network of schools across the country to give even the poorest children, an opportunity to aspire, learn and achieve. 

          St Joseph's, Hindmarsh was one of those schools.

          You can find out more about Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart at the below websites, or visit the Mary MacKillop Museum on High Street in Kensington.

          Mary MacKillop Awards 2021

          St Mary MacKillop is a role model to all of us and these are qualities that we can all aspire to. Every year two children from each class are chosen who demonstrate similar values to Mary MacKillop.

          Recipients are chosen because they display the following qualities:

          • Care and respect for others and our environment
          • Respect and prayerful participation during Masses and times of prayer
          • Seeing a need and doing something about it without being asked
          • Putting the needs of others before their own

          RCStella and Jaswant
          RGAEvie and Leonardo
          RSMaria and Harrison
          1C Bruktawit and Taylor
          1SBHarlow and Mason
          2RDelilah and Sahib
          2/3RSienna and Archie
          3MManuela and Jack
          4CTishaa and Nicholas
          5/6CNayia and Cooper
          5/6FDMolly and Darius
          5/6TDPHiyab and Antoni

          Mary Mackillop Precinct

          Listening to the Heartbeat of the World

          Mary MacKillop Precinct is a place of pilgrimage, hospitality, spirituality and education, creating a legacy for all who will come after us.

          Mary MacKillop Place

          Following in Mary MacKillop’s footsteps, Mary MacKillop Place is an oasis in the midst of the business district of North Sydney – a place of pilgrimage, inclusion, warmth and welcome. It offers a Chapel, Museum, Cafe and Gift Shop as well as Accommodation and Conference facilities.

          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 3:10th August 6:30pm
          Rehearsal:17th August 6:30pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Port Road Hindmarsh

          Information about Sacramental Program

          Year 5/6 Abraham Institute Visit

          On Monday, as part of their Religion Curriculum, the Year 5/6 students were involved in sessions run by the Abraham Institute. The 3 Abrahamic faiths are Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

          Our presenters were Rachel, Munazza and Daniela and they shared with us information about the Jewish and Islamic traditions and faiths. The students had an opportunity to ask questions about these faiths and learnt a lot about traditions and celebrations and ways that they pray and practice their faith.

          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

          Online: visit 



          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

          Breakfast Club Returns

          Breakfast club will recommence this term and will be served from the window in the hall kitchen. It will then continue to operate as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays and is available to all school students at no cost.

          Thank you to our friendly parent volunteers and our partnership with FOODBANK for making this happen.

          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. 

          Monique & Amelia's Dad is 'Riding for a Cure' ?

          Donate today! Help him raise $6000 so he can participate in the 7 day 1000km bike ride from Melbourne to Adelaide.

          Monique & Amelia's dad, Glenn, has signed up for the Ronald McDonald House, kids with cancer, 'Ride for a Cure'.

          You can help by donating to this special cause by following this link and finding his name, Glenn Ferguson' on the list.

          Donate before 10th October.

          Preschool Graduation

          At the end of last term Preschool farewelled the children who would start Reception in Term 3. They hosted liturgies in their honour and presented them with their school folders, a book about the school, a plant and a certificate. They shared some special afternoon tea treats and also farewelled Ms Stephanie Carnovale who has taken on a full time primary school teaching position. Congratulations and best wishes we will miss you all!

          Congratulations to our Preschool Graduates ?

          Preschool Staff News

          This semester we'd like to introduce a new member to our Preschool Team, Victoria Koufidakis or Miss K. She'll be taking over from Miss Stephanie Carnovale and will be joining the Preschool Community every Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Please welcome Miss K to St Joseph's if you see her. 

          Welcome Back!

          Last Wednesday we welcomed back our Blue group who were keen to further explore learning introduced last week with the counting book 1,2,3 to the Zoo.

          They have created trains and named and counted how many animals are in the carriages and have used picture cards and magnetic numerals just like the book.

          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.

          Parents & Friends Notices

          P&F Meeting

          The next Parents and Friends meeting will be held:

          When: Tuesday 17th August
          Time: 6.00pm
          Where: in the Staff Room

          If restrictions continue the meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

          Please email Laura Morris,, if you will be attending.

          Our new school merch has landed!

          School merchandise is now available for sale.

          You can purchase

            • Large golf style umbrella - $40.00
            • Insulated keep cups - $20.00

          Order via the Qkr! App for Friday distributions. You can select if you'd like your kids to collect and the items will be sent home with them. If you have any questions hop on over to our Facebook Community Group to get in contact with our P&F.

          The merch is not being kept at the school. Please don’t go to the office asking to collect it as it’s just not how it works and won’t be there. Thanks legends. This one is an initiative of the SJSH Parents & Friends Special thanks to Penny, Victoria, Laura and Karyn Burlow.

          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!

          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: Riding the COVID waves

          There's no magic bullet to make living through the pandemic easy. These strategies will help the family stay upright as they ride the COVID waves of uncertainty and change.

          Article: Nurturing young boys' friendships

          Statistically little boys tend to struggle more than little girls in transitioning to big school. Having a friend at school can make a huge difference to our boys, but sometimes...

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