St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 3 Week 8

Sports Day Information included

What you'll find in this week's Newsletter

  • Working Bee
  • Pupil Free Day
  • Class placements for 2023
  • National Child Protection Week
  • P&F Report
  • Upcoming Events
  • School Highlights
  • Preschool News
  • Sport News
  • OSHC News
  • Parenting Ideas
    Article: Is play time dead?
    Video: Mindfulness

Diary Dates

Term 3
Monday 19th September๐ŸŽถ Australian Girls Choir Auditions
Thursday 22nd September๐Ÿ˜ข Public Holiday - National Day of Mourning
Wednesday 28th September๐ŸŽค Catholic Schools Music Festival
Thursday 29th September๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Sports Day
Friday 30th September๐Ÿ‰ Footy & Team Colours Day
โฐ Last day of term 3 - finish at 12.30pm (OSHC Available)
Term 4

Monday 17th Octoberโœณ๏ธ Staff Professional Learning Day - Pupil Free Day
Thursday 27th October๐Ÿ“ธ School Photos
Wednesday 2nd November๐ŸŽจ Art Show
Wednesday 9th Nov - Friday 11th Novโ›บ๏ธ Year 5/6 Camp at El Shaddai

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

Working Bee

We are absolutely blessed here at St Josephโ€™s School to have a wonderful community garden and equally blessed to have Deidre Knight, an educator for sustainability, working with us. On Saturday morning a dedicated crew of school and Parish families, as well as local residents, met to engage in some tilling of the soil.  Much was achieved including tidying of overgrown plants, much needed pruning of our fruit trees and planting of some fresh seedlings, propagated by Deidre. Many of our students choose to work in the garden during lunchtimes with Rose and many others enjoy the tranquil space to reset or calm their senses.

Upcoming Pupil Free Day

Our staff will engage in professional learning as a part of our Clarity project on Monday 17 October meaning this will be a Pupil Free Day.  As you may be aware, we cancelled the Pupil Free Day which was scheduled for the beginning of Term 3 due to the changeover of Leadership personnel.  OSHC will be available on the day for those who would like to access care.

Class Placements for 2023

Thank you to families who have promptly returned their โ€˜Return to School Surveyโ€™.  This information will help us to determine class structures for 2023.  The careful work of structuring classes takes time and is quite complex, taking into account the academic, social and emotional development of each child and balancing this with staffing formulas and personnel. If you have any further information about your childโ€™s educational, social or emotional needs that teachers do not already know, please inform them as soon as possible.

A text reminder was sent last week to families who have not returned their form.  Please do so as a matter of urgency. If you are looking to another school for your child, please contact me for a conversation.

National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week took place from 4-10 September, with the theme of โ€˜Every child, in every community, needs a fair goโ€™.  Here at St Josephโ€™s School, we believe that children and young people thrive when they grow up safe, connected and supported, in their family, community and their culture. We take seriously our part in partnering with families to help children thrive.  This is evident by the way teachers dialogue with families about the learning that is taking place, childrenโ€™s progress and their wellbeing.

As a part of our mandated curriculum, we teach the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum, which provides the framework to teach children and young people from age 3 to Year 12, in an age-appropriate way, to recognise abuse, talk to trusted adults and understand ways to keep themselves safe. Our staff, volunteers, and allied health professionals are all cleared to work with children through stringent processes in accordance with CESA Child Protection Policies.  For more information regarding Catholic Educationโ€™s commitment to Child Safety please visit the CESA website:

Leadership Contact Details

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

Enrolments for 2023/24

We are currently accepting enrolments for Preschool and School for 2023 and 2024. 

Places are limited.

For further inquiries please contact the front office on 8424 6400

P & F Report

The Parents and Friends Committee met on the evening of 12th September. The group reflected on recent events, including the Fatherโ€™s Day Stall and Grandparents/Grandfriends Day.  The Fatherโ€™s Day stall was once again a success and a huge thank you to volunteers who facilitated this event. Food was abundant for the Grandparents/Grandfriends Day morning tea thanks to the generosity of families, however it would have been good to have more parent volunteers to manage the set up and clean up.  In future, we will be more explicit about asking for volunteers.

The Parents and Friends group will facilitate a BBQ at Sports Day and have organised for a coffee van to be onsite. Orders for sausages will take place via QKR.  Volunteers are also working to provide children with the option of purchasing a team colour biscuit to help celebrate our Sports Colour day which is the day after our Sport Day.  Orders for these can also be placed on QKR.

All are welcome to attend any Parents and Friends meeting.  Our committee is currently quite small and any contribution is welcome to help us build strong community at St Josephโ€™s School.

Upcoming Events

Sports Day Information

๐Ÿ“… Thursday 29th September (Week 10)
๐Ÿ•˜ 9.00 am - 1.15 pm
โฐ Students to arrive by 8.45 am
๐Ÿ“ Henley & Grange Memorial Oval - White St, Henley Beach SA 5022

๐Ÿ•› Preschool Time: from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm (early finish)

Head to Qkr! to make these payments (more information below)
๐ŸŒญ Preorder your sausage sizzle - $2.50 each
๐ŸšŒ Make a booking for bus travel to/from venue - $5 per student

๐Ÿ”ด ๐ŸŸก ๐ŸŸข ๐Ÿ”ต

โœ… Things to remember

  • Parents are expected to drop off and pick their child up from the venue, unless a bus booking has been made via the booking request below.
  • Students are asked to meet their teacher at the team shelters from 8:45 am, ready for a prompt 9.00 am start
  • Pack recess and brain food (sausage in bread is available for order), drink bottle, hat and apply sunscreen to your child before they arrive
  • Families are invited to setup their picnic space in the parents area beneath the large tree
  • At the end of the event please see your child's classroom teacher before leaving for dismissal

๐Ÿ‘‰ Complete the form by following this link to register your child/ren's attendance. One form per family.

๐ŸšŒ Transport to/from school and venue

  • Make a booking by following the prompts in the form below
  • Students need to be at school by 8.00 am, to have their names checked off. The bus will depart at 8.15am
  • Bus travel is $5 per student and must be paid via Qkr! to confirm the bus booking
  • If your child/ren are returning to school, they will be supervised by teachers until 3.00 pm finish.  Uncollected children at this time will be placed in OSHC and charged accordingly.

๐Ÿ˜Ž OSHC Available for before and after school care

  • If you need to use Before School and/or After School Care please to make a booking with the OSHC staff
  • If you have permanent OSHC booking please confirm your Before School and After School Care bookings with OSHC Staff
  • Before School Care will run from 7.30 am - 8.15 am (bus departs)
  • After School Care will run from 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm
  • OSHC mobile phone number is 0408 809 107

๐ŸŒญ P&F Fundraiser - Sausage Sizzle

  • Sausages in bread are available via preorder on Qkr!
  • Please place orders for each individual child as P&F representatives will deliver sausages in class groups during the designated recess break.
  • Additional family members can order sausages to be delivered with the class order.

๐ŸŒˆ Preschoolers at Sports Day

  • Preschoolers will be dismissed to their parents at 12:00pm, unless they have made prior arrangements to travel by bus back to school.
  • All Preschoolers are welcome to attend sports day however the Thurs/Fri children will be supervised by staff.
  • The Mon/Tues children are able to attend as well, however they will need to be supervised by their parent/caregivers throughout the day and will be able to join in on all activities.

Order your House Team Cookies!

To celebrate Footy & Team Colours Day the P&F are hosting a fundraiser. Sugar cookies with coloured fondant icing will be available for purchase via Qkr! in the students house team colours.

Head to Qkr! to place your order (Qkr! > School Events tab)๐Ÿช Preorder your cookie today - $3.00 each

School Highlights

Year 5/6 Small Business Websites

During Week 9 and Week 10 of this term, the Year 5/6 students will be operating their 'small businesses' as part of our Business and Economics learning for HASS. In previous years of this project, students have been marketing their businesses with poster advertisements around the school community.

This year, in the interest of trying to limit litter in the yard (and trying to remain ecologically aware) we have instead linked this unit with Digital Tech. and students have created their own WEBSITES to market and advertise their businesses! Our 5/6's have been working with Maria A every Monday using the program WIX to plan, design and create their very own websites. We can't wait to share them with you once they are all completed/have a look at some of the completed websites by clicking the links below!

๐Ÿฉ Munchin Donuts

We started our business this year and are hoping to do well with this. We enjoy baking and cooking, so this lead us to have the idea of doing donuts. We only sell homemade donuts made by us, this means that there is more attention to detail put into the donut. We also put in a lot of effort into this website and overall business. We hope that you can support us.

๐Ÿก Candy Kebab Bros

The Candy Kebab Bros are three year sixes who want their customers to  feel delighted after eating our product, candy kebabs. Our  intention is not only to make our customer happy but also to donate half  of the money we earn  to a charity of our choice. Our motto, is to "make our customers lives sweeter".

๐Ÿช Sweet Bakery

Welcome to Sweet Bakery, a bakery that inspires people to do extraordinary things with our brownies, cookies, chocolate strawberries and a lot more. Explore our website and find something that inspires you.

๐Ÿคฉ LMR Slimes

We are three 5/6 girls and as a group we chose to do slime because it is fun to play with and make, it is fun for all kids and some adults. Another reason why we chose to do slime is because it is soft, stretchy, pretty, and very occupying. We have loved slime ever since we were young and have always wanted to make slime for others, now we have the chance to show everyone what we can do with slime. 

๐Ÿค” Unlucky or Lucky?

We are three year six girls who with inspiration from others built this business with the goal to make our St Joseph's peers happy and see their smiles light up our community. Our business is to encourage our peers to take risks and choose either an unlucky or lucky box. In 2021 our 5/6 unit did small businesses, two of our classmates had created this stall which we thought was a unique idea and it inspired us to continue their business. We have worked hard so we hope you enjoy.

Congratulations 5/6's

Our official 'Wakakirri'  (National Story-Dance Festival) Certificate of Excellence following our Year 5/6 students' (first time) brilliance on stage at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on the 10th August, 2022; a very proud and momentous achievement from our students at St Joseph's Hindmarsh.

Congratulations Chelsea!

๐ŸŒท Spring Art

Flowers blooming in the garden were inspiration for art celebrating the beginning of spring.   Oil pastel drawings washed over with water paints were used for this art activity

Engaging with science starts in early childhood as young children explore and play in their environment and start to make sense of the natural world.

๐Ÿฅ‘ Eat the Rainbow: Green

We introduced the story of the Avocado baby to promote the benefits of eating green fruits and vegetables. We  cut and mashed  avocado, added some lemon juice and invited the children to taste it spread on pita bread. It was great to see so many children eating and enjoying this delicious and healthy snack.

๐ŸŽพ SACPSSA HotShot Tennis Carnival

Last chance to register your child to represent our school in this years HotShot Tennis Carnival!

๐Ÿ“… When: Week 2, Term 4
๐Ÿ“ Who can attend: Year 3 & 4 Students 

More information coming soon! 
๐Ÿ“ Location: TBC
๐Ÿ•• Time: TBC
๐ŸšŒ Transport: TBC

๐Ÿ‘‰ Follow this link to Register your interest Simply follow the link below and select the SACPSSA HotShot Tennis Carnival 'Register' button.

Book Now - Pupil Free Day - Monday 17th October

๐Ÿคฉ Have you made a booking for Vac Care?

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.

๐Ÿ“… Vacation Care Dates: Tuesday 4th October - Friday 14th October

๐Ÿ˜Ž Public Holiday: Monday 3rd October

๐Ÿคฉ These holidays we have lots of FUN activities planned:

๐Ÿฟ Movie Day at Arndale Cinema
๐Ÿšฒ Wheelie Fun & Electronics Day
๐Ÿซ Melba's Chocolate Factory, Big Rocking Horse & Wildlife Sanctuary
๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Mini Sports Day

๐ŸŽณ Zone Bowling
๐ŸŽจ Plaster Fun & Creative Day
๐ŸฆŽ Animals Anonymous
โ›น๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ Mega Courts Indoor Sports
๐ŸŽฉ BINGO Jack Magic Show

๐Ÿ“ 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.

๐Ÿ†• 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.

๐Ÿค” Have a question?
Get in touch with our OSHC team, call 0408 809 107 or email

๐Ÿ‘‡ October Vacation Care Program


Parenting Ideas

Article: Is play time dead?

For anyone driving around their neighbourhoods after school or during the holidays, it might seem as though playtime has vanished from our children's lives. The playgrounds regularly stand mostly empty,...

Video: Mindfulness

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

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St Joseph's School Hindmarsh

At St Josephโ€™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.