Newsletter Term 3 | Week 10

Message from Ms D'Aloia

Dear Parents and Community Members,

As I reflect on Term 3 I am heartened to see the community continue to adapt to the current restrictions in place and making every effort to maintain connections with each other, as evidenced in the way we have celebrated Grandparents Day, Liturgies, Assemblies, the Sacramental celebrations and other school events this term.  The P & F committee are steadfast in their endeavours to nurture and strengthen the community by continuing to FUNraise and FUNDraise in creative ways!  Thank you for your persistence, creativity and resilience!!

Footy & Donut Day!

A big thank you to our wonderful Parents & Friends committee for organising this years Footy & Donut Day! 

The students and staff had the chance to dress up and show their support for their favourite football team. There were lots of happy faces when it was time to eat our Port Adelaide Football Club and Adelaide Football Club inspired donuts from Vili's Bakery.

Catholic Schools Music Festival

On Monday, I was fortunate to attend the filming of the Catholic School Music Festival.  Whilst it was not like the spectacular performance at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, I was so impressed with how the organisers have adapted this special event, ensuring students would have the opportunity of performing together with a variety of schools, just as they would have in previous years, and the performance was filmed so parents and community members could witness the talent and spectacular that is the Catholic Schools Music Festival! 

Later in the year the performance will be made available via a link.  More information will be forwarded next term.  Please join me in extending appreciation and thanks to Ms Selina Britz who trained and coached our choir this year.  I am also very proud of our choir, who performed with great passion and zeal.  Please join me in congratulating them on a wonderful performance and being great ambassadors for our school.

School Fee Reduction

In the media recently it was announced that School Fees would be reduced.  Our School Board at  St Joseph’s School, Hindmarsh has met to discuss this and will be reducing fees for 2021.  

At St Joseph’s we are committed to providing greater accessibility and affordability for all families in our community without impacting the quality of education.   

The 2021 Fee Structure that will represent a reduction in fees will be distributed during Term 4.

Embracing every opportunity for each child to — IMAGINE— DISCOVER— CREATE— ACHIEVE

Class Placements for 2021

Preparations are underway for 2021. Thank you to all of you who have completed the 'Return to School' Survey. This information will be used to determine class structures. As soon as class structures are finalised we will begin organising students into classes, which is a very complex task that requires much planning and thought.

Class teachers have a good knowledge of each student's academic development and social and emotional needs. Teachers will take all this knowledge into consideration, together with parent teacher discussions conducted throughout the year when determining class placements.

If there are educational or social emotional issues that you feel need to be considered, please inform me in writing, before Monday 19th October 2020.

This does NOT include teacher requests. Class teachers will have the responsibility of arranging students into respective classes; however, I will meet regularly with teachers throughout the whole process.

Please note: Any late requests or teacher requests will not be considered.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

The Staff and I extend our thanks for your ongoing support and commitment to building strong partnerships throughout Term 3 and wish you a safe and relaxing holiday break.  We look forward to reconnecting with you all on Tuesday 13 October.  

God Bless

Maria D’Aloia

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.

Baby News

It is with great excitement that I announce Mrs Kate Elmendorp is expecting her second child. Please join me in extending our best wishes to Kate, Kristan and Alexander.

Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys 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. 

Student Ambulance Cover

Students of St Joseph’s, Hindmarsh are covered under the school’s ambulance cover for accident or injury if emergency ambulance transportation is required while participating in school events.

Students are not covered for pre existing illnesses or conditions e.g. asthma, anaphylaxis, etc.  In these instances families are required to ensure that they have their own private ambulance cover or they will receive an account from the SA Ambulance Services that will be the responsibility  of the family to pay should ambulance attendance be necessary for pre existing conditions whilst the child is participating in school events.

It is important to understand that the School will call an ambulance in situations that we see necessary under our responsibility to the students regardless of whether it is covered by our cover and this may mean that it is not always possible to contact the parents prior to contacting the SA Ambulance Service.

Nude Food Wednesday

The SRC have reinstated ‘Nude Food Day’ on Wednesdays in Term 3. They are encouraging people to bring a lunch box that has no wrappers in in it.

SRC are keeping a record of the number of nude food lunches. Each nude food lunch box generates a point for the student’s House Team. The point will go towards our Community Team of the Year at the end of the school year.

In Term 4, Nude Food Days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Term 4 Diary Dates

? 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 9 Italian Award Recipients
RM - Freya
RS - Sofia
1/2C - Sienna R
1/2GM - Chloe E
1/2R - Lila
3T - Shayla
4M - Gurveer
4/5C - Cooper
5/6ED - Sanya
5/6TDP - Laurence

Book Week is Happening Next Term!

Sports Day 2020

Inclement Weather

If the weather is predicted to be inclement a decision will be made 24 hours prior as to whether the event will be cancelled. This will be posted on school social media sites and email sent to all families.  If Sports Day is cancelled it will be a normal school day. 

As in previous years detailed information will be provided including Sports Day Uniform requirements, Bus Transport for students in OHSC, recess and lunch for all students.

This information is based on current information as of the date of publication.  We will continue to monitor the SA government website and will let you know by email, Facebook or Seesaw if there are any changes to the information provided in this newsletter.

Parent Workshops

CyberSafety Workshop

Next Term there will be two parent workshops.  The first will be held on Wednesday 14th October and will focus on CyberSafety. This workshop will be facilitated by the Carly Ryan Foundation.  I would strongly encourage parents to attend this workshop.  It was apparent at the recent Primary Years student workshops on Cybersafety, facilitated by SA Police that there are many children who have multiple social media accounts, and some are conversing with strangers online which is concerning.  Understanding how to navigate this ‘space’ is so important in keeping our precious and impressionable children safe.

RSVP before 5th October. Fill out this form to secure your place.

A creche will be available.  Please RSVP so the appropriate level of staff can be arranged. 

Bill Hansberry Workshops

On Wednesday 21 October, educational consultant, Bill Hansberry will present two workshops:

Workshop 1: Raising Kids with Grit

Workshop 2: Will you two just leave one another alone?

His presentations are enjoyable and humorous! 

These presentations are possible because of the Parents in Education Grant that the Parents and Friends applied for. 

RSVP before 16th October. Fill out this online form to secure your place.

A creche will be available.  Please RSVP so the appropriate level of staff can be arranged. 

Sacramental Program

Congratulations to Sebastian M, Ruby, Lina-Marie, Maria, Alexander C, Shayla and Luca who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 12th of September.

Thank you to Fr Lancy who officiated the ceremony and to the Parish Sacramental team for all of their organisation

Important Dates

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

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

Week 10 Mass

Year 3-6 students will attend Mass this Wednesday in the St Joseph’s Hall, based on a theme of service, with a particular focus on St Vincent de Paul.

St Vincent de Paul

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of St Vincent de Paul. He was born in a small village in France. St Vincent is remembered for his charity and compassion for the poor and was often referred to as ‘The Apostle of Charity’. He is the patron of charitable societies.

St Vincent became a priest at 19 and was co-founder of the Sisters of Charity. He started and managed charities in and around Paris. He helped all kinds of people, poor, troubled youth, women and children. St Vincent died in 1660 and was canonised as a Saint in 1737.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity which is dedicated to the service of the poor, was founded by Blessed Antoine Frédéric Ozanam in 1833.

St Joseph's Mini Vinnies

St Vincent de Paul Visit

On Monday Sandra and Shirley from our local St Vincent de Paul conference came and talked to our Mini Vinnies group about how they can support the Hindmarsh conference with their charitable works.

They also shared with us how some of the goods and money we collect are used. The Mini Vinnies handed over the cans and clothing that have been collected throughout this term and from our Casual for a Can day last term.

Casual Day - Last Day of Term 3

Prayer of Service

Lord Jesus, in service You washed the feet of Your disciples,
offering us a model of humility, love, and respect. Open our
hearts to Your presence in those we assist. That we may offer
them the same spirit of dedicated service, compassion and
love You showed. May we, through our actions of service
and generosity, lighten their burdens by providing for their
immediate necessities and offering them hope, peace and

God Bless
Helen Clark

Parish Bulletin

ELLA App: At the Circus

The Polyglots at the Circus takes children into a magical space of performers and performance. Combining special lighting, music and costumes, the Polyglots performers entertain as children experience Italian language related to body parts. This app also reinforces vocabulary included in the first four apps. 

‘Childhood is a time to be, to seek and make meaning of the world.’(EYLF) 

The Polyglots at the Circus provides play experiences that parallel children’s own experiences of circuses or other performance events. 

Circus Art Inspiration

The book Smarty Pants has also been introduced. He is a clever circus clown who can swim, ski, fly a plane, play the trumpet and drive a racing car. The accompanying audio has a song that invites the children to act out the story. 

The Circus app and Circus stories have been the inspiration for the creation of colourful clown faces made with a selection of craft materials. 

Receptions: Our Memories

This term we have been exploring our own personal History. Our Inquiry began with a provocation. What is the brain and what is stored in our brain? We learnt that our hippocampus or the 'Elephant' part of the brain is where our memories are stored.

Our memories are what make us who we are today. We thought about our memories from when we were a baby, a toddler and in preschool, and we made a timeline to show our growth over these stages. We drew/painted images of a special memory from our past.

Receptions Inquiry: Memories from the Past

3T - Exploring the World of Pete Cromer

3T has explored the world of Pete Cromer and his artwork this term. We used his signature bursts of colour in painting and then collage as he depicts our Australian wildlife.

“First we looked at designs and Ms Thom helped us make a The Dream Bird, then we looked at some more designs of different living creatures and then we designed our own living thing. We used acrylic paints to paint our paper in different textures and then we cut out our shapes to create our creations.”  – Tishaa, Harleen

“We really enjoyed designing and drawing our own living creature and painting the paper with lots of texture .” – Chase, Nathan and Jack

“We were inspired by our learning about Pete Cromer so we painted our own pieces of paper in lots in different textures. When they dried we cut them into different shapes and used these to make a collage of our own design of a Pete Cromer creature. We loved using the special acrylic paints. We have them up around the classroom and we are really proud of them.” - Shayla, Sophie, Chelsie and Mistir

3T's Pete Cromer Inspired Artwork

5/6 Unit: HASS Inquiry - So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want

Our HASS business and enterprise inquiry this term is called ‘So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want’

In this inquiry, the student have explored the following concepts- What are wants and needs?, what is the connection between demand and supply?, How do wants and demands impact on the allocation of resources?, What factors influence consumers?, Why is it important to be informed when making consumer and financial decisions?, what is a good and service? and ‘what goods and services do we have here at St Joseph’s?

From unpacking the concepts from above, the students asked if they could create and run their own small business at school selling a good or service. They have excitedly created a business name, logo, budget, advertising, as well as their good and/or service.

5/6 Unit Business Stalls

4/5C HASS Business Projects

OSHC Pupil Free HALF Day

? School finishes at 12.30pm this Friday 25th September. If you need OSHC please don't forget to book your child in before Wednesday.

OSHC Gate - After School Pick Up

When picking up your children from OSHC after school please use the new OSHC gate on Albemarle Street in front of the Preschool.

The Front Office Hours are from 8.30am - 4.00pm which means the Front Office gate will be closed from 4.00pm.

We ask that parents use the new OSHC gate for pick up from 4pm onwards. If the gate is not open by this time it would mean that no one is in the Hall. If you have any trouble please call the OSHC Mobile (0408 809 107) to get in touch with an OSHC Staff Member.

Vacation Care - Term 3 Holidays

OSHC is now taking bookings for Vacation Care. Please make sure all forms are returned to OSHC by Monday 21st September. 

Forms are available from OSHC or you can view it on our website.

Bookings will only be accepted when a deposit of $20 per day for each child has been paid.

If you have any queries please contact Catherine, our OSHC Director.

Vacation Care Program

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.

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Community Notices

St Joseph's Old Scholars

ST. JOSEPH'S OLD SCHOLARS SPRING LUNCHEON  -  Wednesday October 7th 2020.

Lockleys Hotel - 493 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys. 11.45a.m. for 12 noon start.

SENIORS MENU - $17.90 (includes complimentary drink). BOOKINGS with Josie (8295 3667) or Joyleen (8337 9500) by FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER. Seating will not be allocated. Invitation for ALL students/teachers/staff (male and female) who have ever had a connection with a Josephite School/College and/or St. Mary MacKillop. 

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