St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition: Term 4 Week 9

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Thank you
  • Meet your 2022 Teacher
  • Save the Date: 2022 Social Gathering
  • Staff Farewells
  • 2022 Staff List
  • School Award Recipients
  • Christmas Carols at Sacred Heart Church
  • School Satisfaction Survey - Have your say!

Diary Dates

Thursday 9th December
? Last day of Term 4 finish at 3.10 pm
?‍? Year 6 Graduation Dinner at 6.00 pm

Friday 10th December
❗ Pupil Free Day: OSHC Available


? OSHC: Vacation Care:

? 13th December - 23rd December: Vacation Care Commences
? 24th December - 9th January: Christmas Break | Vacation Care Closed
 10th January - 28th January: Vacation Care Reopens


 2022 Important Dates:

Thursday 27th January
?‍? Meet your 2022 Teacher
? Book pack collection

Monday 31st January 
? School Begins for Term 1, 2022 - Summer uniform

Wednesday 2nd February
?‍♀️ Meet & Greet for Parents & Staff

Tuesday 22nd February
? AGM: Annual General Meeting

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Community Members

I would like to take this opportunity in the last Newsletter for 2021 to acknowledge, give thanks and express my gratitude for the many blessings on our community this year.

As a Josephite School we are committed to ensuring our vision ‘In all things love’ is expressed in all we do. 

Even though we have continued to be challenged by COVID, resulting in school closures and limiting interactions with the wider community on occasions, we have continued to learn from each other, all journeying together to ‘make a difference’ in the lives of our precious children and focusing on the strategic directions outlined in the school annual improvement plan. 

Learning in 2021

We continue as a school to focus on improving student outcomes by placing importance in delivering a contemporary learning program that encourages greater student agency and helps every student to develop skills and dispositions appropriate for their stage of development. 

We continue to build our our capacity as educators,  with professional learning with Kate Dilger, from Primary Science Association and Lisa-Jane O’Connor from the Primary Mathematics Association, along with literacy consultants from Catholic Education. These professional development opportunities have had a positive impact on further enhancing the quality of the learning programme delivered here at St Joseph’s.  An improvement in student data across the year and the NAPLAN results for Years 3 and 5 would also indicate that we are travelling upward in the right direction.

This year our school started the “Clarity” journey as an early adaptor school, implementing the 14 Strategies of School Improvement, a CESA system wide initiative.   

Our focus this year has been on making ‘Learning visible’. This involved clearly articulating Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in all classrooms. Bump it Up Walls and Learning walls that were co-constructed with students aim to further engage and promote student goal setting and self management, capabilities required for ongoing success.  We will continue this work in 2022, further refining and embedding best practice across the school. 

I am grateful that all staff are committed to the notion of lifelong learning and relish the opportunity of embracing evidence based pedagogical practices that promote best practice.

I would also like to acknowledge the leadership team, Helen Clark and Rita Garreffa for their ongoing commitment to school improvement and leading the school during my absence whilst on leave, together with Mr Catalano.  Thank you!

Meet your 2022 Teacher

It is indeed a privilege to work with parents in a respectful and authentic partnership.  Teachers look forward to meeting with parents and students at the beginning of the year to begin new partnerships. 

Please take the opportunity of meeting with 2022 class teachers on Thursday 27 January, setting goals together for the year, and working towards achieving excellence. 

Information regarding this will be sent out via Skoolbag, early in the new year.

Save the Date: 2022 Social Gathering

In 2022 there will also be another opportunity to meet staff informally at a social gathering on Wednesday 2 February commencing at 6 pm and then venture into classrooms where teachers will provide an overview of the year and share further information, as well as, answering any questions you may have.  More information about this will be communicated next year.

School Board

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the School Board Members who have been integral in the shaping of the school by supporting the staff, financial stewardship and helping to realise the School’s vision and mission.  Their wisdom, discernment and collegiality has been greatly appreciated.

President: Fr Lancy
Chairperson: Richard Ellerman
Chair of Finance Committee: Craig Costello 
Staff Representative: Kathleen Melis
Deputy Executive Officer: Helen Clark

Board Members:

  • Mark Thompson
  • Francis Ben
  • Leath Margrie
  • Laura Morris

Richard has been Chairperson of the School Board for four years, during this time he has represented our school at SACCS forums, been on panel selections for senior staff and offered a listening ear regarding various school initiatives, including monitoring the school crossing on occasions.  Thank you, Richard, for your leadership and genuine interest in making a difference to the development of our school and for always demonstrating a deep appreciation of the staff. 

Thank You P&F

Special thanks also to the members of the ‘Parent and Friends’ committee who have persisted in their endeavours of fundraising and community building, during the pandemic.  Whilst, Leath, Jacki and Laura have been instrumental in leading the team, they have been supported by many enthusiastic helpers.  Thank you P &F for all your efforts with Breakfast Club, Coffee Club and the other school events!    Thank you for your persistence and determination in ensuring the community of St Joseph’s continues to feel a sense of connection during this challenging time.  

 Leath, Jacki and Laura, whilst still wanting to be actively involved in supporting school events in 2022, will not be part of the executive committee. 

Thank you for balancing your commitments with both P & F, School Board and Breakfast club!!! 

Thank You Volunteers

Thank you to all volunteers in our school, those who coach sporting teams, assist in the classroom, transport students to events, and the list goes on – your help ensures that students benefit and are provided with so many possibilities and opportunities. Volunteers are an integral and very important aspect of school life.  Many students benefit from your care and support of the initiatives offered here.   Thank you!

Thanks & Farewell

Thanks, farewell and best wishes to all the Year 6 parents who have been part of this community for a number of years and who have contributed in a myriad of ways to further develop the school.  The staff and I have truly appreciated your ongoing support throughout the years.

Thanks and farewell to those students and families who leave St Joseph’s in 2021.  We wish you every blessing and please know that we have loved having you in our community. 

Congratulations to our graduating students!  It has been wonderful to witness your growth, enthusiasm and participation at St Joseph’s.  The staff extend our best wishes and blessings as you continue your educational journey to high school. 

Coming Soon!

I am grateful that the two properties on Bertie Street were finally demolished in preparation for the redevelopment of the school grounds.  I am delighted to announce that the engineers have completed the detailed stormwater plans requested and these have been lodged with the council.  We have approval from the church office and hope to begin the tendering process soon!  We are getting closer! 

Staff Farewells

Goodbye Miss Revell, Mr So & Mrs Carter

I would like to take this opportunity of acknowledging Emily Revell, Raymond So and Helen Carter's contribution to our school community this year.  We extend our best wishes and hope that your new school communities value you as much as we have!

Staff on Leave in 2022

Best Wishes are extended to following staff who will be on leave in 2022, Kate Elmendorp, Danielle Dedic, Kim Williams, Rebecca Keller and Kay Carmody.

2022 Staff Lists

Enclosed with this newsletter is the staff for 2022.

Thank You Fr Lancy

Appreciation and thanks to Fr Lancy D’Silva for his friendship, support and spiritual guidance throughout the year.  Please note the times in the newsletter for Parish Carols evening and Christmas Masses at both parish churches.

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the staff, I extend best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas.  May it be peace and joy filled.  We look forward to a positive and exciting 2022 school year. 

God Bless,
Maria D’Aloia

Leadership Contact Details

Maria D'Aloia
APRIM & ICT Coordinator:
Helen Clark
Leader of Learning:
Rita Garreffa

School Awards 2021

Mary MacKillop Award

Mary 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.


Awarded to:  Darius Flynn

St Joseph Award

St 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.

Awarded to:  Gianluca Ruffo

Tenison Woods Award

Father 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 any student P – 6 who demonstrates these same qualities and capabilities.   

Awarded to: Laurence Andriani

Chevalier Award

Jules Chevaliers 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 P – 6 who demonstrates exceptional skill in the co-curricula areas of Art, Dance, Music, Sport, or Languages.  

Awarded to: Isabella Staikopoulos

Religious Education News

Advent & Christmas Giving

Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of joyful preparation for the celebration of Jesus' birth as our Saviour. 

The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the everlasting life and love we find in Christ. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolize hope, love, joy and peace.

As decorations go up in shops and our homes, it is important that we remember what the Christmas season is about.  

One way we can help others to prepare during this time is to give to the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal. 

MINI VINNIES: Vinnies Christmas Appeal 

We have a giving tree set up in the office, where donations of new unwrapped presents may be left. Non- perishable food items may also be left in this area as well.

While all donations are gratefully accepted, please think about the types of foods you like to enjoy during Christmas when you are donating items. Please also consider donating supermarket vouchers or gift cards so families can purchase and enjoy fresh meat, fruit and vegetables on Christmas day. Presents for teenagers are also greatly appreciated as these are the most in need.

Prayer for Advent

Loving God, 

We give you thanks for the blessings of this holy Advent season. 

You are the source of life, of hope, and of all good things. 

We look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas. Help us to turn toward that light in our lives. 

We rejoice at the gift of your Son who taught us to love in your name. 

May we be people of peace and justice all the days of our lives. Your kingdom come and your will be done now and forever. 


? Christmas Carols ??

Christmas Celebrations at Hindmarsh-Findon Parish

Have you seen our 2021 Christmas Card?

? Christmas Card Competition Winners ?


Thank you to everyone who entered this years Christmas Card competition!

We had over 150 entries and since I couldn't choose just one, I chose a winner from every classroom. 

A BIG congratulations to all the winners and especially to Maya and Chelsea who's illustrations were chosen for our front and back cover.

Our 2021 Christmas Card

School News

Save the Date: AGM 22nd February 2022

School Community Service Awards

School Board Nominations 2022

 We have received 4 nominations for the School Board in 2022.

As two positions are vacant, there will be an online vote conducted when school resumes.  Included in this newsletter is information regarding each nominee to help you with your discernment.

Nominee 1: Rebekah Walton

I have been raised in a Christian home and schooling environment, attending Lutheran primary and secondary schools which has instilled core values and attributes that underpin the contribution I will bring to the School Board. I currently run a business in the Veteran rehabilitation and disability services space which gives me great insight into risk management, governance and financial management principles.  

In 2020, I completed further study with the Australian Institute of Company Directors to solidify the above skillset, which will enable me to bring a current and contemporary perspective to the school board. 

I welcome the opportunity to work closely with Maria the Principal and the leadership team to oversee the school's growth and development into 2022 and beyond.

I can be reached on 0421 253 010 or at for any questions that you may have.

Nominee 2: Mark Thompson

I have renominated for a second term as I would like to continue to have an active involvement with the redevelopment of the school grounds and I enjoy the interaction with other like minded parents and teachers. I also enjoy volunteering with the kids classes for excursions.  I am very much a hands on dad who enjoys every bit of what my three boys throw at me (well most of it!)  I have two boys at the school, beginning Years 3 and 1 respectively and another son beginning in the pre school term 3 of 2022.

Nominee 3: Liam Parker

Dear St Joseph's School Community,

I am Liam Parker, the proud Dad of Lotye (2R) and Amelie (RGA).

I am currently a House Leader at Cabra Dominican College and have taught in Catholic Education in Adelaide, Victoria and London since 2006. I have also been fortunate to work in leadership roles in both Primary and Secondary School's throughout the last decade, focussed on Student Wellbeing. 

I am hoping to serve on the St Joseph's School Board as a means to actively contribute to the community. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to attend a variety of School events over the nearly 3 years since we joined the School and am aware just how much Lotye and Amelie love coming to St Joe's everyday. I would really appreciate the opportunity to give something back through serving on the School Board.

Thanks for your time.

Nominee 4: Caterina Vignogna

I have been passionately involved in our school community now for the past 11 years, beginning with my son in pre school (he is now in year 9 at Nazareth ) and my daughter, who is currently in year 4.

I have volunteered with St Joseph’s Parents and Friends Committee  for 9 years, was a previous board member for 2 terms until earlier this year when I had to resign my position to care for my Husband who was diagnosed with cancer, thank God he is now in remission.

I am ready, willing and able to come back and give my time to helping make some positive changes to our wonderful school community at St Joseph’s and ensure the path of our children is aligned with our school motto “in all things love”.

School Satisfaction Survey

We are a school committed to School Improvement.  We value your feedback.  Please help make a difference by having your say and completing the survey.

Have your say! Click here to complete the survey

? Drum Lessons

‘Is your child interested in learning the drums? There are now slots available for private tutoring in the new year!

Please contact Andreanna via email or message 0450 972 702. 

Carly Ryan Foundation Resources

Dear parents, 
Please find a link to App facts sheets for a large number of Apps that many of our students are using. Each of the fact sheets provides a guide for parents around age recommendations, how best to set up the permissions for the App and some information regarding the Apps.

Bring Your Own Device 2022

Due to difficulties in the guarantee of delivery of devices in 2022, we will not be offering a portal for the purchase of BYODs. Factory shutdowns due to Covid have led to a worldwide shortage of parts required for devices. All existing BYODs will continue to be supported as per our policy guidelines. We will review our BYOD program in 2022 and inform the community of the process going forward.

Students in Years 5-6 will continue to have 1:1 access to school devices to use during school hours. Years 3-4 students will have access to shared devices during school hours.

Parenting Insights

Article: Parent self-care matters

Taking care of their own wellbeing will help parents become the best parents they can be, providing real-life examples for their children to follow.

Article: Turn your anger around without yelling

Most parents hate yelling, as do their kids. There are some simple strategies that every parent can use to stay calm and yell less.

Credit Union SA's School Community Rewards Program

St Joseph's Hindmarsh has partnered with Credit Union SA on their School Community Rewards program, which provides a regular financial benefit for our school without having to donate any time or money, please see the latest offer for our school community.

➡️ View the Credit Union Home Loan Offer here


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