Newsletter Term 3 | Week 4

Message from Ms D'Aloia

Dear Parents and Community Members,

On Saturday the 8th of August we celebrate the Feast of St Mary of The Cross Mackillop. This is the day she died in 1909 in Sydney at the age of 67. Mary’s influence on education and bringing God to the people, especially the poor, is one of the most remarkable stories in our Australian story.  She remains our only Australian Saint. Yet she was an ordinary person who had deep love for God, deep love for people, a deep love for the poor. Mary believed that education sets a person free and she believed that Catholic children should learn about their Catholic faith through their parents and in school. Although Mary favoured the poor and the marginalised, she welcomed all and she befriended people at different levels of society.

You and your child (ren) now continue the tradition and what it is to be a member of a Josephite school.

Tradition is the lived expression of the values that inspired St Mary MacKillop and the Josephite sisters in the past and now expressed in today’s world.

Where do these values come from? The values come from the Gospel. Mary MacKillop interpreted the stories of Jesus in the Gospel and applied them in her life in her words and actions. Her determination to do so often at her own detriment is today one of the most amazing Australian stories. A story born in South Australia and a story that has been told over and over and will continue to be a story that will influence generations to come.

Our school community is fortunate to be part of this story and, therefore we are part of the Mary MacKillop’s legacy and the Josephite Tradition is alive amongst us.

So what is the Josephite Tradition?

Being part of a Josephite Tradition means to be a welcoming, inclusive, compassionate community.
Mary MacKillop believed that the compassionate love of God was available to all she met. Mary Mackillop had a compassionate heart, big enough to embrace all of humanity. No one was excluded.

Today in our school community we do the same. We welcome families from all cultures and all religious backgrounds, of all socio-economic backgrounds and, support children with special needs who are considered to have special rights. We promote compassion and empathy amongst our children through the ‘Mary MacKillop Awards’. This award recognizes children who do extraordinary acts in any ordinary day. Children who show compassion towards others. Help a child with a disability, welcome a new student, spends time helping another person.

Being part of a Josephite Tradition means that as a community everyone is treated with dignity.
Mary Mackillop believed that God, in Jesus, called her and her sisters to show reverence for the dignity of all people. Mary MacKillop’s reverence for all people meant she was incapable of ’giving up’ on anyone.

Today in our school community, we support families in a variety of ways including those who are experiencing financial difficulties. We are all in this together.

Being part of a Josephite Tradition means that as a community we most support the people who are poor and marginalized.
For Mary MacKillop those who were the most ‘Needy’ in our world come first. Mary Mackillop and the Sisters established “bush schools” and later as needs arose, orphanages, refuges, and other services for those most vulnerable in the society of their time. Mary MacKillop was an extraordinary woman of action and her response and that of the Josephite sisters was a practical one. Small acts upon small acts

Today in our school community, we teach children to have RESPECT for all. To grow into people who have a sense of the 'common good', in our society. We teach them that we use our gifts and talents to support people who are in need, people who are less fortunate. We do this through Project Compassion, St Vincent De Paul and Mini Vinnies.

Being part of a Josephite Tradition is about serving others.
Mary MacKillop interpreted the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples as an act of service. Consequently, Mary MacKillop and the Sisters were the first order of Sisters who did not live behind the walls of a convent. Instead they lived in groups of 3 or 4 in small houses and lived amongst their community, establishing schools and moving to communities that needed support. Everything that Mary MacKillop did was to benefit and support others.

The staff and I are committed to serving this community.  With a caring heart, to provide the greatest care possible for all of our children, our parents and for each another. Everything we do, educationally, financially, the pastoral care we provide, nurturing the community spirit and improving facilities  is to benefit our children, who are at the centre of all that we do.

Being part of a Josephite Tradition is about having strength, courage and perseverance.
Although Mary MacKillop was a woman of faith and remarkably determined to maintain her core values regardless of the circumstances, it still meant that some people were not pleased with her actions. In fact, at one stage, she was excommunicated from the Church. In the midst of many moments of conflict she never deviated from her core values and never spoke ill of others, even if they were great cause of grief.

Today in our school community we teach children Gospel values of love, justice, forgiveness, compassion, dignity as these will be the values that will be their compass throughout their lives. If these values are embedded in the character of your child, they will act like the strong roots of a tree.  It does not matter what winds or storms will come in their lives, these strong roots will keep them steady and in place. These roots will help them in their conviction of what it means to be a good person and their strength, courage and perseverance will be a light in our world. Characteristics which Mary Mackillop passed onto her Sisters and to those around her. Today we pass them on to our children and within our community and, in turn, these will be passed onto future generations.

With a grateful heart.

God Bless

Learning Conversations

In previous years Learning Conversations were held in Term 1 and Term 3.  With the disruption of COVID-19,  learning conversations took place late Term 2, just before Semester 1 reports were issued, instead.  Learning Conversations in Term 3 can be arranged directly with your child’s class teacher if required.  Staff can be contacted by email, Seesaw or Microsoft Teams.  As always, the staff are available to meet with you at a mutually beneficial time to discuss your child's learning or any issues that may arise.

Learning Journey’s

Learning Journey’s are usually held on the Thursday morning in Week 10 of each term.  Students and teachers alike look forward to showcasing the learning and insights gained throughout the term.  It is certainly a joyous time.  Unfortunately, due to current restrictions we are unable to open the classrooms this term. 

Preparations are underway for 2021!  Can you please return the survey distributed last week by Monday 17 August.

Reminder about Stranger Danger

“Students and families are reminded to be wary of approaches from strangers, especially when they are unaccompanied or travelling to and from school. If they are approached students should not respond and should not accept offers of rides or gifts.

Students should seek the assistance of other nearby adults if they feel unsafe and should report the event to a trusted adult (parent or school staff member) as soon as possible.

SAPOL advises that taking out a mobile phone and calling police can deter the offender and they recommend the student making a formal report to their closest police station.”

Bill Hansberry Workshop

Date and Time

From Wednesday, October. 21st, 7:00 pm to Wednesday, October. 21st, 8:30 pm


56 Albemarle Street, West Hindmarsh SA, AustraliaGet Directions


Join Bill Hansberry for a his workshop on 'Raising Kids with Grit: Will you two just leave one another alone'.

RSVP by 16th October, send an email to

Class Masses and Liturgies

Sacramental Program

Please keep Sebastian M, Ruby, Lina-Marie, Maria, Alexander C, Shayla and Luca in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation over the coming months.

Important Dates

Confirmation Parent Meeting: Tuesday 25th August @ 6:30pm in St Joseph’s School Hall

Confirmation Practice

Confirmation: Saturday 12th September @ Sacred Heart Church, Hindmarsh

First Communion Parent Meeting: 20th October @ 6:30pm in St Joseph’s School Hall

First Communion: 22nd November @ Sacred Heart Church, Hindmarsh

SJSH Hosting Parish Mass

Hindmarsh-Findon Parish have invited St Joseph’s Hindmarsh to host Mass on Sunday 23rd of August, at 9:30am at Sacred Heart Hindmarsh Church (Port Road, Hindmarsh).

I am seeking volunteers to help with readings and singing at this Mass. Mary Hemmings will work with choir volunteers to practice songs.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please fill out the eform on Skoolbag if you are able to attend this Mass.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Mini Vinnies- St Vincent de Paul Cooking

The first group of Mini Vinnies will be cooking up sweet potato soup this week! Thank you to people who have donated items for their cooking.

Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

During the last few weeks I have witnessed classes sharing and learning around the Charism of Mary MacKillop. The feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop fell on Saturday, August the 8th.  We celebrated here at school with a beautiful Liturgy hosted by 4/5C and an Assembly sharing learning, hosted by Year 1/2C. Two students from each class were awarded our annual Mary MacKillop Awards. Thank you to all classes for the way you have celebrated Mary and the Sisters of the St. Joseph.

Mary MacKillop Awards

Two children from each class were chosen who demonstrate similar values to Mary Mackillop.

These children demonstrate values such as: respect, determination, resilience, trust, cooperation, empathy, inclusion and care, underpinned by Mary’s motto of ‘Never seeing a need without doing something about it’.

Recipients were chosen because they display the following qualities:

  • Care and respect for others and our environment (and the other Respects)
  • Respect and prayerful participation during Masses and times of prayer
  • Seeing a need and doing something about it without being asked
  • Putting the needs of others before their own

St Mary MacKillop is a role model to all of us and these are qualities that we can all aspire to.


Let us show love in our acts, bearing with one another. Forgiving and forgetting. Mary MacKillop (1890)

Mary MacKillop Award Recipients

On 8th August we celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. This is the day she died in 1909 in Sydney at the age of 67.

Mary's influence on education and bringing God to the people, especially the poor, is one of the most remarkable stories in our Australian story. She remains our only Australian Saint. Yet she was an ordinary person who had a deep love for God, deep love for people, a deep love for the poor.

Mary believed that education sets a person free and she believed that Catholic children should learn about their Catholic faith through their parents and in school.

Our school community is fortunate to be part of this story and, therefore we are part of Mary MacKillop's legacy and the Josephite Tradition is alive in us.

Mini Vinnies Happenings

Parish Bulletin

? Congratulations!

Congratulations to children who received awards at Assembly recently.

Classroom teachers select students who demonstrate our School Values: Respect, Compassion, Hope, Forgiveness and Service.

Week 2 Recipients
Ruby - RM
Jasraj- RS
Lana - 1/2C
Aker - 1/2GM
Chloe E - 1/2R
Hardik - 3T
Rhys - 4MC
Victoria - 4/5C
Jiyaa - 5/6TDP
Lachlan - 5/6ED

Please remember your child's hat in Week 7

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Book Week 2020 is almost here!

Spending time with our Buddies.

OSHC has a New Home

It's official! OSHC has moved to the Hall. 

We love the new space and we've had great responses from the students too! We're still waiting on some new furniture to arrive but in the meantime we've been creating lots of art and crafts.

Come and have a look at our new space :) We look forward to seeing you!

Eat a Rainbow

This term we will introduce “Eating a Rainbow” where we explore the types of food we eat, the reasons why we eat these foods, their colours, appearance and taste. ‘Eat a Rainbow’ of fruits and vegetables is a simple and effective concept promoting fruit and vegetables to young children and their families. Eat a Rainbow encourages the exploration of a range of fruits and vegetables of many colours in a childfriendly way.

This week our focus on green fruits and vegetables continued. 

Posters and works of art featuring green fruits and vegetables were created by the children. 

 Good nutrition is essential for: 

• growth and physical development 

• healthy brain functioning 

• prevention of illness 

• repair of cells / recovery from illness 

• good concentration 

• maintaining energy 

• overall wellbeing. 

Preschool Engineers: Ramps

Our preschool engineers have been exploring forces and effects and experimenting with ways that sliding, rolling and movement can be improved. This week the addition of balls to our ramps and slides enabled a great deal of problem solving, persistence and design to test and observe speed and movement. 

Building Ramps in Preschool

ELLA App: Learning Italian

Polyglots figurines have been used in the small world zoo play area. The zoo App introduces the names of fruits in Italian and phrases such as “Ho Fame” ( I am hungry) and “Ho Sette” ( I am thirsty). 

 This week we introduced the book and invited the children to use animals and picture cards linked to the story in their play and art. 

We wrote the number name on their train art in English and Italian. 

In the early years, children are encouraged to experiment with writing and drawing to understand that symbols and words have meaning. 

Learning Languages in Preschool

Receptions: My Brain and My Feelings

This week the Receptions learnt about the parts of the brain. They learnt about the Elephant part of the brain (Hippocampus), the Wise Owl (prefrontal cortex) and the Guard Dog (amygdala). They listened to the story ‘Flipping a Lid: My Brain and My Feelings’ and it explained to them when we use each part of the brain.

They discovered that sometimes, our guard dog reacts to a situation (by pushing, hitting, kicking, yelling etc.) before it gives the wise owl a chance to think. Our wise owl helps us control our impulses, focus our attention, and also helps regulate emotions. Therefore it is important to have strategies such as deep breathing, talking and removing ourselves from a situation, in order to access our wise owl more often. This understanding lays the groundwork for learning how to monitor and regulate our own behavior.  By calming ourselves in the face of stress and strong emotions we are better able to access our more thoughtful, compassionate, creative and capable selves.

The Brain by the Reception Students

Mini Teachers

Our students are great 'mini' teachers! Thank you Zev for sharing all the information you know about the brain.

Zev went to the Reception room to teach them all about the brain after he did such a great job teaching his class . He now has an appointment with the year 1/2 Unit next week to teach them all about the brain too! Thank you for bringing your brain book in Zev!

Year 1/2 Unit Play Projects

The Year 1/2's are having so much fun constructing, designing and problem solving during their 'Play Project' time. They have built Ancient Egypt pyramid, a clock shop, a jewellery shop, an antique store, Brunelli cafe and more, as well as, children creating their own PowerPoint quizzes and Scratch Jr coding designs. They have been very busy beavers!!!

Art: Observational Sketching

The Year 1/2's focus for Art this term is observational sketching. Recently, they had two attempts at sketching an apple. Prior to their second attempt they watched a clip on how to draw an apple in detail using light and shadow.

1/2C: Unplugged Coding

Literacy: Persuasive Writing

In Literacy, the year 1/2's have been learning about persuasive writing. In pairs they had to write 3 reasons why they think dogs make good pets and 3 reasons why they don’t make good pets. They then had the opportunity to share their reasons through a debate. The class was separated into 2 groups, the ‘for’ and the ‘against.’ Both groups did an amazing job!

Congratulations! ?

Boys Knockout Soccer

Last week out Year 3-6 students attended the SACPSSA Cross Country Carnival. Students were required to run 2km through a track in the East Parklands. Congratulations to all students for their participation and especially to the winners of pennants and place ribibons! ??‍♀️?

Want to play Baseball?

Parenting Insights

Article: Maintaining strong family traditions

Traditions and rituals make families and parents strong, yet they can be easily pushed aside unless they are prioritised and fiercely defended.

Free Webinar: Teaching young people about healthy relationships

Upcoming Webinar for Parents: 9 September 8-9pm AEST | Valued at $37 per person

In this webinar Collett Smart gives parents the tools to build a strong relationship with their child where no topic is off-limits and they can come to them with any questions.


Child Sleep Clinic Services at Flinders University

Research has found that sleep problems affect up to 40% of Australian children during the primary school years. Sleep problems during the school years have been associated with negative outcomes in many domains, including poorer school performance, difficulties with attention, impulse control, behaviour regulation, cognitive functioning, and emotional difficulties.

The Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University provides assessment and treatment for common sleep problems in childhood and adolescence (including infants from 6 months of age). They have appointments available immediately, allowing families to address their child’s sleep difficulties at the start of the new school term. After obtaining a GP referral, families pay a once-off assessment fee of $300 (reduced for health care card holders), with no further out-of-pocket costs for subsequent appointments.