St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 1 Week 8

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Our BeYou Learning Community
  • BeYou Family Survey
  • Video: Learn about Harmony Week
  • BYOD Program
  • Sacramental Program Update
  • Project Compassion: Their stories
  • Learning at St Joseph's

Diary Dates

Monday 21st March🧡 Harmony Week begins
Friday 25th March🏊 SACPSSA Swimming Carnival
Wed 30th March - Fri 1st April🏕 Year 5/6 Camp to El Shaddai
Monday 11th April✝️ Holy Week begins
Thursday 14th April✝️ Holy Thursday
⏰ Last day of Term 1, finish at 3.00 pm
Friday 15th April✝️ Good Friday
Monday 2nd May😃 Pupil Free Day - OSHC Available
Tuesday 3rd May

🧑‍🏫 Term 2 begins - Winter Uniform

These dates are subject to change.

Term Dates

Term 1Wednesday 2nd January - Thursday 14th April
Term 2Tuesday 3rd May - Friday 8th July
Term 3Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4Monday 17th October - Thursday 15th December

St Joseph’s Hindmarsh BeYou Learning Community

Our school is a Be You Learning Community. Be You is a national initiative for educators, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people. Our vision is for a learning community that is positive, inclusive and resilient, and where every child, young person, staff member, and family can achieve their best possible mental health.

This is what we call a ‘whole learning community approach’, and it involves working together with all members of our learning community to create change. It’s about building a positive and inclusive environment which promotes resilience and allows every child, young person, educator, and family member to achieve their best possible mental health.

As a Be You Learning Community, we are making a strong commitment to promoting mental health and wellbeing.

Staff are in the process of undertaking training in the following areas.

BeYou Family Survey

As part of improving our commitment to student wellbeing, students form Year 4-6 are undertaking a Be You survey to help guide the direction of any initiatives and future training that we undertake as a school. In order to truly adopt our whole community approach we would also appreciate if any families could complete the family survey.

👉 Survey Link: Click here to complete the BeYou Family Survey

Read the Family Survey Participation Information sheet below 👇

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Leadership Contact Details

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

Leading the Way!

Year 5/6 Senior Leaders - School Captains, House and Vice-Captains

All students have the potential to develop leadership skills over time and they also have the right to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.’

What we encourage at St Joseph’s, is for all the senior students to see ‘leadership’ as a role they play in their commitment to their school community. 

They are encouraged to demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to their school and local community.

Let's Meet our Senior Leaders

🙋🏼‍♀️ Meet Grace

Hi, my name is Grace and I am your House Captain for Joseph. 

I have been actively involved in lots of in and out of school activities across my years at St Joseph’s like, school netball, the netball carnival, athletics and I have been to 5 Sport’s days.

I play piano as a musical instrument, and I have been in the school’s choir. 

This year I would love to participate in many more amazing opportunities. 

A leader is someone who leads the school and demonstrates the school values to others wherever they are e.g. on excursions, in the school yard, at school in class and in lots of other different ways. 

As your House Captain, I will do all of this and more. Don’t be afraid to come to me when you have an idea, question, or comment about anything in the school. 

I will always use my initiative and support you in every way you need.


House Captain

School News

School Interviews

Monday 4th April to Thursday 7th of April

Meetings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Please see Skoolbag for how to book your interview time.

Student BYOD

Due to the inability to secure a definite delivery of BYOD, the board elected to postpone the purchase and implementation of new BYODs in 2022. This was communicated in newsletters last year.

Existing BYODs purchased prior to this year will continue to be supported as per the guidelines in the policy families received when signing on. Please be aware that any devices purchased more than 3 years ago will no longer receive warranty support. If these devices have issues that are beyond the support of our technician, families will need to arrange their own repairs. 

Baby News 🥳

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Mayen on the birth of their beautiful daughter Adau, born on 16/3/2022.

We know Bol (Year 3/4 B) is going to be a great big brother to Adau, Adit and Aluel!

May God bless, guide and watch over you, your baby and your family.

COVID Reminder

Personal hygiene and the hygiene standards in our school is critical to reducing the risk of infection.

All children and staff will need to continue to:

  • wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
  • avoid spreading infections to others by staying home if they are unwell
  • cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • year 3-6 students to wear masks in classrooms

SA Health encourages parents to provide children with their own personal, labelled and named drink water bottles. These can then be refilled at the drink fountains or water taps, rather than children drinking directly from the taps.

Parents will need to maintain social distancing when in the school yard.

Let’s care for each other and be kind!

Religious Education News

Sacramental Program 2022

Enrolments have now closed for the 2022 Sacrament Program and preparation for Reconciliation will begin this week during school time.

Students will receive this Sacrament at school on Wednesday of Week 10.

Lent Week 2: Biru's Story

Biru lives in a rural village in India. He lost mobility in one of his legs, after contracting polio as a child, making it difficult for him to walk.

Over 26 million people who have a disability in India also live in poverty. A further 69 percent of the population living with a disability reside in rural areas, which makes access to support services, education and employment an even greater challenge.

Biru taught himself how to repair bicycles by watching other people, but he never dreamed of using those skills to start his own business. With your generous support, Biru was able to access a training program, run by Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas India.

He gained the support and skills he needed to establish his own bicycle repair business. Participating in the program also helped Biru to apply for government disability and housing schemes.  His resilience and determination to overcome the odds has inspired others in his community who are living with a disability to become independent and self-reliant.  

Lent Week 3: Janice's Story

Janice lives on Jawoyn country in Arnhem Land. Like many remote communities in the Northern Territory, Janice’s faces a range of challenges – low employment and education, financial hardship, poorer health and lower life expectancy.With your help, Caritas Australia supports Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, which operates a centre for traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture, providing employment and generating income for local communities.Elders run workshops and share their knowledge with the younger generation, and with visitors. Local guides run bush cultural tours and architect-designed tourist accommodation is available for visitors.

Caritas Australia Ukraine Appeal

The war in Ukraine is an escalating humanitarian crisis. In a matter of days, over a million people have been forced from their homes and at least 400 civilians have lost their lives.  Many are seeking refuge in Poland and surrounding countries.  Long-standing partner, Caritas Ukraine, is on the ground, supporting people in need during this humanitarian crisis.  Our fundraiser for Harmony Day will focus on Caritas Australia’s Ukraine Appeal.

Donate today at or call 1800 024 413 toll free.

Fundraising to date

Thank you to everyone for your donation for our first Caritas Fundraiser on Shrove Tuesday. We raised over $250.

Learning at St Joseph's

Italian X Visual Arts Integrated Project

This term, students in R-6 have been learning about the Italian festival 'Carnevale'. We have been learning about everything that makes Carnevale so special and relevant to the Italian culture - the food, the music, the characters, the theatrics and of course.. the masks!

The 5/6 students have been fortunate enough to be working on a very exciting project, integrating both their learning in Italian and The Arts - designing and creating their OWN Carnevale masks!

They began with a concept or theme to base their mask on, then moved to sketching, designing, material selection and finally - construction. The 5/6's have incorporated sculpture, bead word, painting, papier mache, clay moulding and more to create their very own masks in the style of traditional Venetian Carnevale masks. Have a look at some of the progress so far... 

👩‍🌾 Gardening Club

For the past few weeks, lsabella and Awut have been collecting seeds from the school garden. These include parsley, fennel and flowers such as calendula and cornflower. Great job girls!

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💻 Webinar: Parenting for Independence

Join Multi-Award Winning Teacher, Author and  Parent, Karen-Tui Boyes, for 60 minutes of engaging information, inspiration and ideas...

Whether you have toddlers, young children, tweens or teens, or even adult children still living at home, the Roots and Wings webinar is for parents looking for practical tips, tools and techniques to create deep roots of confidence & consistency whilst giving your child wings so they can be independent and experience life!

Parenting for Independence

Independence starts early with small steps – having children help you with the daily tasks. Tasks might take longer, they may even mess it up and this is all part of the very important learning process. Even if you are parenting teens - it's not too late!

In this session, you will hear about...

  • ways to encourage helpful helpers,
  • how to let go of perfectionism
  • strategies to foster a 'pitch-in' mindset
  • ways to praise your child to increase responsibility & independence
  • how to put more fun back into parenting.

Your Investment: Webinar $49 per family connection

Date: Thursday 24th March 

Time: Sydney/Melb - 6.00 pm

Online: A Zoom link will be sent after registering

👉 Click here to register! 

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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.