St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 3 Week 6

What you'll find in this week's Newsletter

  • Sacramental Celebrations
  • Grandparents & Grandfriends Day Highlights
  • Classroom Pulse Check-In Survey
  • Motivate Kids Partners in Practice Project
  • Father's Day Mass
  • Upcoming Events
    • Sports Day
    • Footy Colours Day
    • Working Bee
  • Book Week 2022
  • Sport News: Register for HotShot Tennis Carnival
  • Vacation Care Program
  • Parenting Ideas Articles
    • Article: Why dads matter
    • Article: The science of connection

Diary Dates

Thursday 29th September🏃‍♀️ Sports Day
Friday 30th September🏉 Footy Colours Day
⏰ Last day of term 3 - finish at 12.30pm (OSHC Available)
Thursday 27th October📸 School Photos
Wednesday 2nd November🎨 Art Show
These dates are subject to change.

Term Dates

Term 3Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4Monday 17th October - Thursday 15th December

From the Principal

Sacramental Celebrations

Dear families,

Several our students completed their initiation into the Catholic Church on Sunday 28 August, with the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist at our 9am Parish Mass celebrated by Archbishop O’Regan. The Sacramental program has taken place in the Hindmarsh/Findon Parish over several months with children and their families, and I thank Helen Clark (our previous APRIM), Rita Garreffa and Diana Comitogianni for leading children and their families through this period of preparation.

Congratulations to the following children:

Lucas L, Jada A, Zoe L, Chelsea K, Nikolai B, Rocco I, Jake B V, Joey A, Emily C and Chiara V  

As Archbishop O’Regan explained to the children, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are now theirs, not to keep, but to give away and share with others to help make the world a better place. May God continue to bless these children and their families.

Grandparents and Grandfriends Day

It was wonderful to meet so many grandparents and friends last Tuesday. We gathered together in our hall to welcome our VIP visitors, pray with them, sing with them and ultimately to celebrate the beautiful gift that our grandparents are. The video compilation of our students’ thoughts about their grandparents was heart-warming if not a little surprising at times!  Luckily our senior visitors also had a grand sense of humour!

Thank you to our generous community for their donations of food – I can assure you no one went hungry at our morning tea and our children loved welcoming their visitors into their learning spaces.

Swipe through our Photo Album

Classroom Pulse Check-In Survey

Each term all our students participate in a CESA survey designed to check in with how they are feeling about their experience of school. Students are asked about identity, learning, relationships and belonging by responding to statements such as:

  • My teacher cares for me
  • I enjoy school
  • I am learning at school
  • I have a say in my learning
  • I feel safe
  • I feel I belong

These surveys give us important insight into children’s perceptions and feelings and ultimately help us to identify where we need to improve as a school. Any student who has selected an answer as ‘Not very often’ are followed up by the teacher in order that we can get a clearer picture of what is happening for them and respond accordingly. The Classroom Pulse Check-In Survey is just one way we ensure students have agency in their schooling experience.

Motivate Kids Partners in Practice Project

This year, St Joseph’s School has been working in a project with two other schools to engage the services of Motivate Kids Occupational Therapy services.  Over the year, staff have engaged in targeted professional learning looking at management of the learning environment to best support children’s behaviour and learning. More recently we have been focussing on the Zones of Regulation and Jordan has been working with teachers to ensure we have a consistent language and approach across the school. As children learn to identify which zone they are in, they can also build a repertoire of tools to help them manage their zones and, ultimately to self-regulate, helping them manage big feelings, engage with others, and be ready for learning. A key first step to making sense of our own zones is to begin to understand how our brain works. Dr Dan Siegal’s Hand Model of the Brain is a simple way to help us with this.

Go well in God’s grace,

Marianne Farrugia

Leadership Contact Details

Marianne Farrugia
Assistant to the Principal
Rita Garreffa
Leadership Support
Diana Comitogianni

Religious Education News

Father's Day Mass

Thank you to 3M, 3/4B and 3/4AB for hosting a lovely Mass around Father’s and father figures in their lives.

Fathers show us how to love.
Help us to love others.
Fathers take care of us.
Help us to take care of others in need.
Fathers always listen to us.
Help us to listen to others.
Fathers are people who give.
Help us to share with others.
Loving God hear our prayer

Upcoming Events

School Highlights

A visit from the Mayor of Charles Sturt

This week 3M, 3/4B and 3/4AB welcomed Mayor Angela Evans to our school for a presentation to all 3 classes. She shared her experiences of being Mayor and the roles and responsibilities of local, state and federal government. Students enjoyed asking many questions and have come away much more knowledgeable with a wealth of information to assist with our current inquiry into Rules & Laws.

Did you see our billboard at the Brickworks?

Book Week 2022

Our community has enjoyed a fun-filled week celebrating books and reading! 

We started Book Week with everyone reading the shortlisted book Blue Flower by Sonya Hartnett. This wonderful story explores self-acceptance and acknowledges that being different is also beautiful. Working together with their buddy class, students made their own flower to create a field of flowers celebrating their individuality. 

Throughout the week students were excitedly searching for the elusive ‘tickets to dream’. Aptly titled in connection to this year’s theme Dreaming with Eyes Open. Students lucky enough to find a ticket now have a new book to take home and enjoy. 

On Wednesday, students once again connected with their buddy class to share the joy of books and reading, including stories written by some of our own budding authors. 

To end our week, students participated in the highly anticipated Book Week parade! We had a lot of fun dressing up as much loved literary characters and shared our favourite shortlisted books from the week. Thank you to our SRC who organised a photo booth as part of the day’s events. 

Preschool joining in on Book Week!

For Book Week, every class from Preschool to Yr 6 read the shortlisted picture book Blue Flower. Blue flowers have been created for a class display.

A young child describes her qualms about going to school and how hard she finds asking the teacher for help; how she feels shy about making friends, not being funny or a fast runner. But through her love of art, a conversation with her mother and her observations about nature she comes to see that being different might not be a bad thing after all. 

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🎾 SACPSSA HotShot Tennis Carnival

Register your child's to represent our school in this years HotShot Tennis Carnival!

📅 When: Week 2, Term 4
📝 Who can attend: Year 3 & 4 Students 

More information coming soon! 
📍 Location: TBC
🕕 Time: TBC
🚌 Transport: TBC

👉 Follow this link to Register your interest Simply follow the link below and select the SACPSSA HotShot Tennis Carnival 'Register' button.

🤩 Vacation Care Program Oct Holidays - Out Now!

Bookings for Vac Care OPEN Monday 5th September.
Please return printed booking and consent form to secure your place. Bookings will not be available online during Vacation Care.

📅 Vacation Care Dates: Tuesday 4th October - Friday 14th October

😎 Public Holiday: Monday 3rd October

🤩 These holidays we have lots of FUN activities planned:

🍿 Movie Day at Arndale Cinema
🚲 Wheelie Fun & Electronics Day
🍫 Melba's Chocolate Factory, Big Rocking Horse & Wildlife Sanctuary
🏃‍♀️ Mini Sports Day

🎳 Zone Bowling
🎨 Plaster Fun & Creative Day
🦎 Animals Anonymous
⛹️‍♀️ Mega Courts Indoor Sports
🎩 BINGO Jack Magic Show

📝 Return your Booking & Consent Form to OSHC
Bookings are available by filling in the form and returning it directly to OSHC in person or via email (bookings via our online system will not be available).

Please remember that term time bookings do not roll over into Vacation Care.

🆕 Using Vac Care for the first time?
Families using our service for the first time will need to complete an OSHC Enrolment process before care can be provided or bookings accepted. Haven't created an account yet? Simply follow the step by step information sheet below to enrol your child/ren.

🤔 Have a question?
Get in touch with our OSHC team, call 0408 809 107 or email

👇 October Vacation Care Program


Parenting Ideas

Article: Why dads matter

Father's Day can be a tricky occasion for some families but the reality is that dads, when present and safe, take different shapes and forms. And research shows that kids thrive when dad is that positive, safe presence in their lives.

Article: The science of connection

Understanding the science of emotion and connection can help you transform times of conflict into opportunities to build stronger relationships.

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At St Joseph’s Hindmarsh, learning is co-constructed and dynamic.  Learners are encouraged to IMAGINE, DISCOVER and CREATE and to make meaningful connections with their world.  

As capable learners they are given opportunities to develop capabilities that build their confidence and skills to engage with the curriculum and ACHIEVE excellence.