St Joseph's Primary Schofields Newsletter

Term 4 Week 9

Principal's Letter - Mrs Lesley Studans

Dear Parents, 

This is the last Newsletter of the year. We are looking forward to seeing you at our end of Year celebrations. 

A highlight of every year is our Christmas Concert. Its is a great community event and the children love having their families with them, sharing the magic of Christmas. Preparations are well underway. This will be on Monday night in the field at the end of the school- gates open at 6pm. Food trucks will be there to help with catering. 

On Tuesday afternoon we have our final school assembly and this time it will be a combined assembly. This assembly will have Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as our Leap 2 Learn and Gospel Awards. 

On Wednesday we have our final school mass. At this end of year mass we present the Mary MacKillop and Student Excellence Awards for each class. These awards are only presented once a year. At the Mass we also have the St Joseph’s Award which is a shield that goes to one student in the whole school. We also re-present the Mary MacKillop Shield to a Year 6 student who was given the award at the Year 6 graduation mass held last Tuesday. 

Also at the End of Year mass we will celebrate and say farewell to Mrs Val Winckle our wonderful, kind and creative teacher assistant who has worked with many many children at St Joseph’s and made their lives and their learning better. Mrs Bonnici is also leaving the school after touching the lives of our St Joseph’s children and families both as a classroom teacher and reading recovery teacher, always with a smile on her face for the children and her colleagues. Mrs Brennan, our caring Year 2 teacher,  is moving to Brisbane. Mrs Sarah Watson who has worked so well in learning support with our students in Years 4-6 and Mrs Cassin, who gives a friendly greeting to the children at the Nazarene Crescent gate each morning, are going too. Although they have been with us a short time they will be greatly missed.

There will be changes in the school Office too. Lisa is moving to another position in the diocese. I thank her very much for all the assistance she has given to myself, the staff and to our families over the past 3 years. 

Next week we have our orientation to the new teacher and classmates on Tuesday at 11:15. At this time the children will be given their school supply list and booking information for the MAI assessments at the beginning of next year. 

You should have received your child’s reports by now and I was very pleased to give my Principal Christmas Joey awards to over 100 children who have perfect effort grades on their report. 

Everyone is working hard in the run up to Christmas. A special thankyou to the hard working parents who ran the disco and who have organised the food trucks. 

Finally I want to say to our families a very big thankyou for the privilege of educating your children this year. They are truly a joy!

With kind regards,

Lesley Studans

Mrs Joanna Delvecchio - Assistant Principal

St Joseph's - ‘Leap in 2 Reading’ Summer Holiday Challenge

I would like to take this opportunity to express how blessed I feel to be a part of this wonderful school community with all the staff, the students and the parents. The Year 6 students that are graduating this year were in Kindergarten when I started so it will be really sad to see them go as well as their families.  It has been amazing being a part of their whole primary school years and watching them grow.   

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and may Christ’s light shine on you during this festive season and bring you peace and protection as you spend time together as a family and with friends celebrating this special season in the church. 

The community spirit was alive last Thursday when Mrs Bourke organised some parent helpers.  Here are some words of gratitude from her.  

A big thank you to our parent helper Erin Webster, Rebecca V, Carmen Ortado, Jenny Kelly Maryanne Bowman  for lending us a hand with preparing our valuable resources for next year. We know it’s a busy time of the year so we appreciate you giving up some of it to spend time helping us out!

 Also a big thank you to Wendy from Classroom Catering for supplying us a yummy morning tea. It was enjoyed by everyone. There will be more parent helping morning next year. Preschoolers, toddlers and babies are welcomed too. Look forward to our next catch up, Term 1, Thursday week 8 from 8-30


Each year we present our students with class and whole school awards.  Two students from each class are selected to receive one of the following awards: Student Excellence Award and Mary MacKillop Award. At a whole school level, teachers nominate one student from their grade that they believe meets the criteria for the St Joseph’s Award. The leadership team then meets to decide which student across the whole school will receive this award.   These awards will be presented to the students on Friday 19th December after the End of Year Mass.

Below are details of the award selection criteria that teachers use when selecting their students to receive these awards.


Criteria for Student Excellence Awards -  Each teacher nominates ONE student per class

who meets at least 3 of the criteria An “Excellent Student” is someone who has demonstrated:

  • Consistent effort and achievement in any one or more areas of learning;

  • Effective study habits/organization and responsibility for their own learning;

  • Inclusiveness of all class members and helped others in their learning;

  • Awareness of social justice by standing up for or by those excluded;

  • Interest in the whole school not just themselves or their friendship groups;

  • A significant positive contribution to the classroom atmosphere;

  • Sensitivity to the needs of others and actively promoted harmonious relationships;

  • Consistent courtesy and good manners to all;

  • Initiative with ideas and activities that contribute to the life of the school.


Criteria for Mary MacKillop Award: Each teacher nominates ONE student to receive a Mary MacKillop Award .This is the student from your class who regularly demonstrates the following

 “Never see a need without doing something about it”

 St Joseph's Award Criteria and Selection

This Shield will be given to TWO students in the school who regularly demonstrates the following which also reflects the person that St Joseph was.  A student who - Lives justly, loves tenderly and walks humbly with God (Micah 6:8)

There will be an Infants and a Primary St Joseph's Award

The infants focus will be  - A student that” Loves Tenderly”

The primary focus will be - A student that “Lives Justly”m

And both that... “walk humbly with God” 

St Joseph's - ‘Leap in2 Reading’ Summer Holiday Challenge 

Keep up  reading over the summer holiday and participate in two Summer Reading competitions -  the St Joseph's Leap in2 Reading Summer Holiday Challenge  and the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge. 

The St Joseph’s Challenge is to find yourself ‘leap in2 reading’  wherever you are during your Summer holiday. Send your photos to  These will be published on Facebook and a winner will be decided early Term 1 with a $100 family movie voucher to be won.   Please indicate in the email if you do not wish your photo to be published on Facebook.  You will still be eligible for the prize.  

The Executive Director’s reading challenge information and how to enter can be found on the following webpage

Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge

Religious Coordinator - Mrs Anne Watson

Merry Christmas to all our families. May God bless you and keep you safe.

School Calendar

For the full yearly school calendar click this link Important-Dates

Term 4 Ends: 18th December

Term 1 2020 begins: (Yr 1-6) 30th January (Kindy) 31st January


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NO MORE SCHOOL PAYMENTS accepted by the office after 17th December

Please be advised that due to end of year preparations within the financial system at school, the school office will be unable to accept any form of payment after 17th December until the new school year.  BPay and Direct debits are not affected by this.