St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 2 Week 8

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • 'Motivate Kids' Professional Development Day Highlights
  • Education Standard Board Visit
  • Uniform Shop - Change of Location
  • Staff News
  • Upcoming Well-being Day Performance
  • Sacramental Program
  • Donations for Vinnies Winter Appeal
  • Reconciliation Week: Learning in the classroom Part 2
  • Community Service Awards
  • Classroom Highlights
  • Preschool News
  • Vacation Care Program
  • Parent Articles: 'Teaching kids to be kind' & 'Parenting introverts and quiet kids'

Diary Dates

Thursday 23rd June✝️ Farewell Liturgy for Ms Clark at 2.30pm
Friday 8th July🧘 Well-being Day
⏰ Last day of term 2, finish at 12.30pm
Monday 11th July - Friday 22nd July🤩 Vacation Care
Monday 25th July🏫 Term 3 begins
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

The professional learning day on 10 June facilitated by Occupational Therapists from “Motivate Kids,” was well received by all staff.  It was an opportunity to continue the professional discussion regarding supporting students to self-regulate and therefore engage more deeply in their learning.

As a school committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, I have summarised the main themes of the day, as it may be of interest to you.   It takes a village to raise a child! 

Following on from the first professional development day an occupational therapist has visited every class, including preschool, to determine the needs of each class and then met with both teachers and education support officers to discuss practical strategies on how to support students. 

On the second professional development day we were inspired to looking at environmental modifications, changes to pedagogical practices and how best to utilise co-regulation strategies in the classroom.  We also delved into understanding behaviour and how the zones of regulation could be utilised to support every child’s engagement in the learning process.

We discussed the work of Dr Ross Greene, ‘Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) which challenged all educators to think about behaviours differently.  Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) is an evidence based approach for understanding and helping kids with regulating their behaviour.   Further information can be accessed at:

We also examined the work of Occupational Therapist, Greg Santucci who believes “that the outside behaviour is a signal that that there is a problem on the inside.”  The challenge presented was not to react to the outside behaviour but to find out WHY the behaviour is occurring.

We then unpacked strategies to promote regulation and sensory safety.  Following this day of learning, exploration and new insights an occupational therapist will continue to visit classrooms.  The purpose of these visits is to further support teachers in implementing and embedding these strategies into their daily practice with the intention of creating harmonious and calm learning environments, that will impact student learning outcomes positively.

Education Standard Board Visit

Last week I had the privilege of showcasing our wonderful school to two members of the Education Standards Board. 

The Education Standards Board is a state government authority that regulates early childhood services and schools. This work is done to ensure high-quality education services and high standards of competence and conduct by providers.  One function of the ESB is to undertake the registration process for schools every five years to ensure the school meets the obligations under the Education Act.  This involves providing evidence in each of the standards:

Standard 1: School Governance

Standard 2: Student Learning and Assessment

Standard 3: Student Safety, Health and Welfare


I highlighted to our visitors that we have a commitment to providing a child safe environment, physical resources and infrastructure to enhance the delivery of the curriculum and teaching programmes.  I am very grateful to School Board members and Staff who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to review all documentation that was required to be submitted!  Thank you!

Uniform Shop – Change of location

The Uniform Shop currently located in the St Vincent De Paul shop on Grange Road will be closed for stocktake from 29 June to 4 July.

From 5 July our Uniform Shop will be re-located to the St Vincent de Paul Shop at Croydon - 449 Port Road Croydon (adjacent to Officeworks) and can be contacted on 8241 5465.

Staff News

Last week we farewelled Mrs Siobhan Frost who commenced maternity leave.  Since commencing Maternity leave Siobhan gave birth to a beautiful baby boy – Ronan - on Friday 17 June.  Please join me in congratulating Siobhan and Benn on the safe arrival of their third child.   A little brother for Nieve and Eylish. 

Ms Clark's Farewell

This week we farewell Ms Helen Clark who will commence a new APRIM position at St Joseph’s Clare next week.  We will gather as a community on Thursday 23 June at 2:30 to farewell Helen at a liturgy.  You are most welcome to attend.  Please note 1.5 metre social distancing.

Please join me in extending our best wishes to both Siobhan and Helen as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.  We are so grateful for their wonderful contribution to our school community.  

God Bless you both.


Maria D’Aloia


Leadership Contact Details

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

School News

🧘 Well-being Day Performance 🎭

Saving Lil & Archie

On July 8, as part of our ‘Wellbeing Day,’ Brainstorm Productions will be presenting their student wellbeing performance ‘Saving Lil & Archie’ for all year levels. ‘Saving Lil & Archie’ is a live educational theatre performance that promotes balance, positive connections and responsible use of technology. Pandemonium ensues on Planet Arkon when two robots, Lil and Zig, are zapped to earth and into the lives of two siblings, Bella and Archie. Bella is being bullied by the girls in her friendship group. With no sleep and too much screen time, Archie finds it hard to connect with other children. He is lonely and confused. Bella learns to be assertive and to ‘report’, ‘log off’ and seek help when her online interactions become negative and nasty. To restore the balance, Archie must learn how to control his impulses, listen and use empathy so that Lil and Zig can return to Arkon.

‘Saving Lil & Archie’ is part of our student wellbeing curriculum and has been developed by teachers and psychologists. This exciting live theatre experience provides students with practical social and emotional skills, and encourages students to build safe and healthy relationships, at school and online.

Brainstorm Productions is one of Australia’s largest and most respected theatre in education companies, performing to over 300,000 students every year. They offer a range of programs to help schools nurture healthy and harmonious environments, addressing issues such as cyber safety, bullying and resilience. They are also endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider. Learn more about Brainstorm Productions by visiting their website ( or following them on Instagram (@brainstormproductions_), or Facebook (@Brainstorm.Productions).

Overseas Born Students

If your child was born in a country other than Australia, the Australian Government require us to hold copies of current VISA’s to confirm eligibility to receive funded education.  If your resident status has changed to ‘citizen’ it is imperative that you provide us with copies of your Australian Passport and Citizen certificate.  

Every August we are required to complete the Australian Government Census which includes reporting VISA status of students born overseas who attend our school and we are subject to regular checks to prove we hold correct information.

If your VISA has expired, conditions have changed or you status is now that of an Australian citizen please bring your original documents into the Office as a matter of priority so we can update our records.  If our records are not current or we are unable to determine your eligibility to access Government funded schooling you may be charged the overseas full fee paying student rate per year.

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

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

On Sunday the 19th June, this sacred feast, also known as Corpus Christi was commemorated. It celebrates the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. In the Gospel, the story of the multiplication of bread was shared. At this gathering, Jesus made all feel welcome and encouraged them to share in a meal regardless of their backgrounds.

We remember Christ at each Mass as we listen to the words ‘This is my body…. This is my blood…. do this in memorial of me.’ We are all invited to celebrate in the feast where we are invited to join at God’s table to be nourished, so that we may share our gifts with the world as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Sacramental Program

Upcoming dates:

Confirmation Preparation at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM) - 95 East Street, Brompton

  • Session 1 - Tuesday 21st June at 6.30 pm
  • Session 2 - Tuesday 5th July at 6.30 pm 

Year 1/2 Pentecost Liturgy

Mini Vinnies News

Vinnies Winter Appeal

Mini Vinnies have a blue Vinnies bin in the chapel foyer. They are collecting donations of clean blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, socks etc, that can be delivered to St Vincent de Paul’s to be distributed by Fred’s Van.

What is World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives. National Refugee Week goes from Sunday the 19th of June until Saturday the 25th of June.


Whoever they are, people forced to flee should be treated with dignity. Anyone can seek protection, regardless of who they are or what they believe. It is non-negotiable: seeking safety is a human right.

Wherever they come from, people forced to flee should be welcomed. Refugees come from all over the globe. To get out of harm’s way, they might take a plane, a boat, or travel on foot. What remains universal is the right to seek safety.

Whenever people are forced to flee, they have a right to be protected. Whatever the threat – war, violence, persecution – everyone deserves protection. Everyone has a right to be safe.

Collection for Adelaide Refugee Support

During Refugee Week, Mini Vinnies will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed by Adelaide Refugee Support to families who have left countries such as Ukraine due to war or feeling unsafe.

These donations can be left in the foyer area of the school office in the baskets provided under the table. Items will be collected by the Support group on Friday June 24th.

A Prayer for Refugees

Loving God,

We pray for the world’s refugees,
They have experienced trauma beyond our imagining.
God of healing, bring them healing.
They endure the most trying of circumstances.
God of strength, bring them strength.
They face an uncertain future.
God of hope, bring them hope.


We pray for the countries from which refugees come,
They are experiencing conflict.
God of healing, bring them healing.
Their people are torn apart by violence & other types of persecution.
God of strength, bring them strength.
They face a difficult future.
God of hope, bring them hope.


We pray for refugees who have resettled in Australia.
They have experienced great loss.
God of healing, bring them healing.
They are building new lives in a foreign land.
God of strength, bring them strength.
They are courageously carving out a future.
God of hope, bring them hope.


We pray for asylum seekers living in Australia.
They have experienced great loss.
God of healing, bring them healing.
They may never see their families again.
God of strength, bring them strength.
They have no certainty about their future.
God of hope, bring them hope.


We pray for asylum seekers in detention
They are experiencing great pain
God of healing, bring them healing.
They live in harsh and difficult conditions
God of strength, bring them strength.
They are losing hope.
God of hope, bring them hope.


We pray for our nation
We have hardened our hearts against refugees
God of healing, bring us healing
We have grown weary of caring
God of strength, give us strength
We need to find a better way forward,
God of hope, bring us hope.

Thank you

Thank you to the St Joseph’s community for making me feel so welcome for the past 3 and a half years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and will miss the staff, students and families of the school and parish. It is a small community with a BIG heart and it has been a pleasure to be a part of it.

Helen Clark

St Joseph's Hindmarsh celebrates 'Reconciliation Week'

This year's theme: Be Brave. Make Change.

Let’s walk through the door of a few more classrooms to see how they celebrated this very significant annual event. Enjoy!

Finding Our Heart

The Year 5/6 T DP class’s response following the story read by the author, Thomas Mayor.

What it represents…

We thought that a heart in the middle would symbolise the respect for and the love between the Indigenous Australians and all Australians in this country.

We have also included both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags (on the right) that represent Indigenous Peoples of Australia and on the left, the Australian flag, that represent all Australians who live on this land.

Our Special Land

The Preschoolers have been reading the book and singing the accompanying song Special Land. It names many animals, seasons and elements of nature that are so unique to Australia. The children have decorated maps of Australia with cotton bud dot art and expressed sentiments linked to their art and our special land Australia.

St Joseph’s School Community Service Award

"Never see a need without doing something about it"

Year 5/6 Leadership Initiative

Each year we encourage and invite our senior students to demonstrate a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to their school community to which they belong. 

In doing so, the Year 5/6 students have the opportunity, to be recognised for their efforts and acts of service as they work to lead and direct others in such a way as to bring credit and ‘positive change’ to self and St Joseph’s School.

During Term 1, we reintroduced a leadership initiative program through the ‘School Community Service Award.’

How does it work?

Commencing from Term 1 this year, students who wish to participate in this initiative, will be required to complete 3 ‘community service acts’ within the school community.

They will also be required to complete each ‘service act’ on 3 different occasions throughout the term.  As evidence, class teachers and/or school staff will be required to date and authorise confirmation and completion of their service. 

In addition to completing 3 different ‘acts of service,’ the Year 5/6 students will also be expected to consistently maintain and uphold a high standard of leadership qualities, skills and behaviour.

Term 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students from the senior unit who have led and are continuing to lead the school community with responsibility, maturity and positive role modelling.

They have met the expectations of the senior unit and have also shown leadership and initiative by serving others in a number of community service activities. 

The students should feel very proud of their achievements and we look forward to their continued service and positive role modelling during the course of the school year.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

Classroom Highlights

🐒🐯 The Receptions visit to the Zoo 🐻🐼

Design Competition

In Design and Technology the students of Year 3/4FB have been designing a Mini Float for the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant Float Design Competition!

The task is to create a float that is light weight and can be pulled by a person, it can’t be too similar to any of the existing floats. Students need to think about the materials that will be required to construct the float and label their drawing accordingly. Wish them luck!

STEM CHALLENGE in the 5/6 Unit

Students have to design a container or lunchbox to stop mould from growing and a secret solid from melting. They have begun constructing their design, can't wait to see the results!

Gardening at Preschool 👨‍🌾

With the change of seasons, it is time to begin planting in the preschool garden bed. Last week, our preschool children helped our wonderful volunteer Mirca Bray to plant celery and broccoli seedlings and seeds such as broad beans and carrots. There was great cooperation as the children prepped and dug the soil and watered the plants once they had been placed in our vegetable garden.

Have you booked in for OSHC this Friday 10th June - Pupil Free Day

Vacation Care bookings are open!

Bookings for Vac Care OPEN Monday 6th July.
Please return printed booking and consent form to secure your place. Bookings will not be available online during Vacation Care.

📅 Vacation Care Dates: Monday 11th July - Friday 22nd July

🤩 These holidays we have lots of FUN activities planned:

🎨 Craft & Sensory Fun Day
🍿 Movie Day at Arndale Cinema
🕺 Footsteps Dance Clinic
🚤 Adelaide Oval Tour, Popeye & Lunch on the Torrens
🌈 Tie Dye Fun & Electronic Fun Day

🏃 Mini Sports Day
🐒 Adelaide Zoo
⚽ Socca Joey's Soccer Clinic
🏁 Rev it up Racing
🥳 Vacation Care Party

📝 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).

Printed copies of our Vac Care program went home with your eldest child on Friday.

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

Vacation Care Program

Parenting Ideas

Article: Teaching kids to be kind

Teaching kindness is key in helping kids lead happy and fulfilled lives and helps offset the challenges of modern society.

Article: Parenting introverts and quiet kids

The world is skewed toward extroverts. Parenting introverts can be a challenge particularly if you are an extrovert yourself.

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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.