St Joseph's Primary Schofields Newsletter

Term 4 Week 3

Principal's Letter - Mrs Lesley Studans

Dear Parents, 

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that we are heading into a very busy time of the year. I’m very thankful that so many of you are taking the time to attend meetings organised by the school. This week on Monday we had a meeting for Year 5 and 6 about personal development and our regular Week 3 Parent Group meeting. Last week we had the Kindergarten 2020 orientation meeting and next week we have the Bring Your Own Learning Device meeting for the Year 2 parents, ready for Year 3. We can communicate via Seesaw, Facebook, Skoolbag and this Newsletter but nothing beats a face to face meeting for a chance to personally connect with the teachers, myself and Mrs DelVecchio. 

At the Parent Group meeting we shared information about the new building. We are anticipating the building to finish now in early-mid March. If you are up at school you will see that we are now framing the spaces of the lower floors of the buildings. Both buildings dwarf the nearby demountables which we will be able to demolish at the end of the project to leave more clear playground space. There will also be a large amount of undercover playground space in the new buildings.  Until the new buildings are finished we will be accommodated in the demountables. The long line of demountables in the grass playground will remain, until the new building is finished and 2 grades and K-6 Gold will continue to be accommodated within these demountables until the third building is finished by 2021. 

We are looking forward to seeing parents at the Twilight Markets on Friday November 22 from 5-9pm. This is a great place to buy Christmas gifts and help the school at the same time.

With Kind Regards,

Lesley Studans


To get us ready for Christmas. Jada, in Year 2 has written a beautiful poem about waiting for the birth of a baby.

Baby Crying in Mummy’s Tummy

Pink line leads to the food oh so yummy

It sleeps all day and sometimes kicks

Always playing little tricks

While mum gently sleep I sing.

This is the place where dreams begin

Religious Coordinator - Mrs Anne Watson

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We keep the students who are preparing to make their First Reconciliation at Mary Immaculate Quakers Hill Parish in our prayers.

2019 World Mission Appeal


St Joseph’s Busking Day

On Tuesday, 29th October, the students, staff and families participated in 

a reflective Children’s Mission Liturgy. After the liturgy, many students showed off their varied talents during the busking session. It was wonderful to see how our school community came together to support our buskers to raise $686.15  for the children of Ghana. 

The Purpose of the Fundraising was to raise funds for CATHOLIC MISSIONS 

Thank you for your support

Term 4 Liturgies/Masses

Week 4

  • 4/11 All Souls’ Day In Class Liturgy  

Week 5 

  • 11/11 Remembrance Day Liturgy @11am

Week 7

  • 25/11 Parents’ Thanksgiving Liturgy  8:30am

Week 9 

  •  10/12  Year 6 Graduation Mass @ 6:30pm


  • 16/12  Christmas Concert Picnic 6pm Concert begins 7pm

  • 18/12 End of Year Mass and Award Ceremony @ 10am

Sports Update - Mrs Kimberley Turner

We have a big couple of weeks coming up for sport this term.

Our swimming carnival is rapidly approaching in Week 5. Please ensure all notes are returned by Friday at the latest. If your child’s note is not returned by Friday 3pm it is assumed your child will be attending our dryland carnival back at school.

Congratulations to the 21 gymnasts who made our gymnastics team. They will be competing at Rooty Hill in Week 5. A massive thank you goes out to Riverstone Tumbling for their continued guidance and support.

2020 sport trials have also been announced for early next year, please make sure you read through the additional information for more details. 

Thank you for your continued support in sport.

Kimberley Turner

Year 6 Basketball Team

On Wednesday 30th October, nine Year 6 boys attended the Parramatta Diocesan basketball gala day at Penrith basketball stadium, with Mrs Crane. When the team arrived they were presented with their jerseys. The team were all excited for a fantastic day. Throughout the day the team played hard and everyone tried their best. Eventually working out how to play as a team and have some great wins. With every game the teams passing, movement and ability to score got better and by the end of the day everyone scored a basket.

By - Elijah and Jeizek

2020 school travel applications now open

To assist with any enquiries you may receive regarding student travel applications, we have provided some information below.

 Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

 Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

·       are continuing at the same school

·       are residing at the same address

·       have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

 Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

 Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

 Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

 If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

 Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

 Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2020.

 Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators pay special attention to the information supplied by applicants which come through in the school portal. If the information supplied does not match your records or the student is not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be referred back to the applicant to correct and resubmit.

In the event that school administrators endorse in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.



School Calendar

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


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Second-Hand Uniform Shop

The second hand uniform shop is available each Monday in the community space at 8:30am. Please come to reception to sign in.

Morning Drop Off Thank you

Thank you to parents who have been dropping children off at the Nazarene Crescent gate. We have received very good feedback from the parents that are using this drop off area. If you come from Riverstone,  Marsden Park or Colobee this is a good route to take via Jeralong Drive. 

No Parking in School Carpark

Just a gentle reminder - parents are asked to please not park in the school carpark as access is limited and at peak times the car park is a major thoroughfare for children and parent pedestrians. 

There are a few items of lost jewellery and reading glasses being kept safe in the office. All other lost property such as school clothing is taken to the classrooms from the specific play area of that year where found. There is also lost property left over from children who attend COSHC.