St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 2 Week 4

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Laudato Si' Week
  • National Sorry Day
  • Upcoming P&F Meeting
  • Order your school winter beanie
  • Bookings available for upcoming Pupil Free Day

Reminder: Pupil Free Day on Friday 10th June

Diary Dates

Thursday 26th May🖤💛❤️ Sorry Day
Friday 27th May🖤💛❤️ Reconciliation Week begins
🎭 'Wakakirri' Preparations begin for years 5 & 6
Monday 30th MayParents & Friends Meeting at 7.00pm
Friday 10th June✅ Pupil Free Day - Staff Development Day - OSHC Available
Monday 13th June👸 Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday
These dates are subject to change.

Term Dates

Term 2Tuesday 3rd May - Friday 8th July
Term 3Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4Monday 17th October - Thursday 15th December

Dear Parents and Community Members

This week we celebrate two significant events, Laudato Si Week and National Sorry Day on 26 May.

Laudato Si’ Week

Laudato Si’ Week will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care. This global celebration will unite Catholics to listen and respond together to the cry of creation, rejoice in the progress we have made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life, and intensify our efforts through the dynamic Laudato Si’ Action Platform, walking the “Synodal” path. 

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Let us pray together as community:

Powerful God,

You hold us and everything you have made in your loving care.

You are in the whole universe and in every tiny creature.

Pour out on us, God, the power of your love.

And teach us to care for life and for beauty.

Fill us with peace, so that we do not harm others,

but love them all like sisters and brothers.

God, we know that people who are poor are very special to you

and you want us to love them too, so they are not forgotten.

We ask you to change us so that we protect your world, not destroy it.

Change the hearts of people who only care about themselves and money,

instead of caring about people and the Earth.

Show us how even small things matter,

help us see that we are all connected to each other and to the earth.

We thank you God for being with us each day,

fill us up with wonder and light,

and help us to bring peace to our beautiful world.


Tomorrow is ‘National Sorry Day’ 26th May, 2022

It is a day of healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

It marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week in Australia which begins May 27th, marking the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in Australia and ends on June 3rd, recognised as Mabo Day, when Eddie Koiki Mabo overturned ‘terra nullius’ (land belonging to no-one).

‘It is a day for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to contribute to building a reconciled Australia.’

‘Sorry Dayit is the day on which all Australians are invited to recognise our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original inhabitants of our land. We remember this ‘sorry’ past and pray for a new beginning.

Extracts from Prime Minister Rudd’s Apology Speech

February 13th, 2008

“I move that today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.”

We come together to pray for God’s gift of healing and hope for all Australians, especially our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sorry Day is a special time to remember and pray for the children who were taken away from their families and homes.

Thousands of Indigenous Australians were removed from their family and culture. These are known as the ‘Stolen Generations.’

We cannot understand their great pain but we can stand beside them and help them to find the courage to continue their journey of healing.

We are sorry for what has been done to them.

We are sorry that the children and their families were treated unjustly.

On behalf of the St Joseph’s Hindmarsh community, we would like to say ‘sorry’ to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s children who were taken from their families and to the families who were broken up.

We pray that together we can move forward and build community and relationship based on understanding and respect for the rights and dignity of all people.

May we continue to be committed and enthusiastic for reconciliation and act with justice, tenderness and humility.

God of all the peoples of the earth, your son Jesus cared for all the lost ones.

May all Australians walk together seeking healing and reconciliation.

May all Australians work for a united Australia, where all are welcome and are at home.

We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Leadership Contact Details

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

School News

P&F Meeting

Looking forward to meeting with you all at our next P & F meeting – 30 May @ 7 pm in the staff room or via teams.

Order your school winter beanie!

Beanies are now available for purchase via the Qkr! app, look under the 'School Events' menu.

Price: $22 per beanie

ℹ️ How to Order a School Winter Beanie - FAQs

When can I order a beanie?
Families can order their beanies via the Qkr app from Wednesday 25th May.

I've made an order, when can I collect my beanie?
Place your order before Thursday morning each week for Friday pickup. Beanies can be collected by a parent from the Front Office or sent home with the eldest child on Friday afternoon.

How do I tell the school I'd like the beanie to be sent home or collected?
Select the 'Delivery' option when purchasing on Qkr to complete the transaction.  Please remember, if families choose the option of the beanies going home with students the school will not take responsibility for beanies lost in delivery.

Sibling Enrolments for Preschool in 2023 - Limited Spaces Available

Close contacts

Please ensure that you are familiar with the changes to close contact rules that took effect from 30 April 2022.

Please note that staff and students who are asymptomatic close contacts may continue to attend school. While there is no requirement for schools to keep a record of close contacts, please notify the school.

Further information is available at

To access free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), close contacts must register at and nominate the collection point from which they will pick up a free pack of RATs.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we adapt to these arrangements in accordance with the SA Health advice to education settings.

Bookings now open for Friday 10th June - Pupil Free Day

Parenting Ideas

Article: Explaining scary world events to our children

How do we explain to our children what our world is becoming? Natural disasters. Wars. Health pandemics. It's a lot.

Article: A parenting style for the ages

Effective parents move between two communication styles when they interact with their kids. With awareness and practice this approach can become automatic.

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St Joseph's School Hindmarsh

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.