Newsletter Term 4 | Week 2

Message from Ms D'Aloia

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Welcome back to school everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed some ‘down time’ and are re-energised for a fabulous and productive Term 4.   It has been great to visit students in classrooms and witness first hand how they are engaging wholeheartedly with their learning and it is a joy to see them interactively positively with their peers.  Students in Year 5/6 listened with intent to the Carly Ryan Foundation presenters last week and parents who attended the evening information session also considered the information as ‘essential’ in understanding and navigating social media platforms to keep our young people safe. 

God Bless

Book Week Parade 2020

The Book Week parade was enjoyed by all – students and staff alike!  I hope you have had the opportunity of viewing the video produced by Maria Apostolou.  A link is provided here for your enjoyment.  Thank you Maria for capturing the enthusiasm and joy in our community on Friday and always showcasing our school so professionally and capturing our ethos – ‘In all things love’ in all school events.  Thank you!  Thankyou!  Thankyou! 

This week students continue to be involved in a variety of activities to nurture their love of literature and reading!  I take this opportunity of acknowledging the co-ordination of ‘Book Week’ by Kay Carmody and for the Mayoral Make a Book competition and the Premier’s Reading Challenge.  Thank you Kay!

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'New Look' Sports Day 2020

This Friday we come together for a ‘new look’ Sports Day!  Rebecca Keller and Denise Tarrant have been working earnestly on developing a COVID safe environment for our community at the new site:  Henley Grange Memorial Oval - Cudmore Tce, Henley Beach.

I would like to acknowledge the significant work ‘behind the scenes’ that has needed to take place!  Thank you Rebecca and Denise!  It is so important that we all comply with social distancing guidelines at Sports Day.  Thank you in anticipation for your support with this.  We are ALL in this together.

Looking forward to making more wonderful memories together!

Looking forward to seeing you all at sports day Friday even if it will be at 1.5 metres distance! 

Go  Chevalier ,  MacKillop ,  Tenison Woods  and  Joseph 

School Fees

You may have been aware through media reports that following a consultation process with key stakeholders, the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) have reviewed the Fees Policy and decided that Catholic Education needs to be more affordable.

Karyn Burlow and I have met with Finance Team at Catholic Education office to determine the level of fee reduction for St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh, that can be sustained without impacting on the quality of education being offered.

This information has been presented to the School Board and I am happy to report that the fees will be reduced in 2021.  Every family will receive an email with the new fee structure.  (If you have changed your email address recently please provide new email address or if you do not receive the information please contact the school office)

Satisfaction Survey 2020

In the spirit of continuous improvement, feedback is sought each year, from students, staff and parents.    This year Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) is trialing a survey that is aligned to the Living, Learning, Leading framework. 

We have been selected to be a pilot school for the Living Learning Leading Surveys.  This pilot will take place this term. 

The development of the Living Learning Leading surveys is a significant project within CESA.  The data from the survey will be used to inform the school’s strategic plan.

2021 School Board Nominations

This year we are seeking 4 nominations to the School Board.  Nominations close on 1 December. If you are interested please fill out our digital nomination form by following this link.

Role and Function of School Board

Each diocesan School Board has delegated responsibility from the Archbishop for the overall well-being of its school, within South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) and diocesan policies and guidelines. In practice, this means that in a spirit of partnership, the School Board acts to:

  • develop policies that nurture the religious dimension and guide the direction of the school;
  • develop the relationship between the school and the local Church;
  • promote educational excellence within the school;
  • support the administration of the school;
  • foster harmonious and positive collaboration within the school community;
  • protect children;
  • monitor buildings and grounds development and maintenance;
  • exercise financial stewardship of the school; and
  • ensure compliance with legal obligations.

School Boards are important as they bring together, in a formal setting, the significant parties concerned with the provision of education of young people in the school.

The structure of the School Board includes:

  • Parish Representative
  • Chairperson
  • School Principal as the executive officer
  • Elected Parents
  • Staff Representative
  • Parent Voice Representative

The School Board is a partnership between parish and school, parents and staff, the school and Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) as a whole, and between the school community and the broader Church Community and society.

Currently, School Board meetings are held each month.

Membership of the Board will be for a period of two years for elected, nominated and appointed members. Members (other than Ex-Officio Members) should not serve more than six consecutive years.

The Criteria for membership is as follows:

  • possess an enthusiasm for and willingness to promote the mission of Catholic schools;
  • bring to the Board their gifts and skills;
  • desire to give service to their school community;
  • have an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all Members of the Board
  • be prepared to undertake formation;
  • have an ability and desire to uphold confidentiality in Board matters;
  • have sufficient time to devote to Board duties; and
  • have a current police check clearance for the Screening and Verification Authority—Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide.

There are three vacancies. If you are interested in being part of the School Board please nominate. If you are interested in being on the School Board please complete the nomination form. Should there be more than three nominations a vote will take place.

Nominations close on 1 December 2020. An online voting process will also take place along with the voting slip in this newsletter to ensure that everyone has the opportunity of participating in this important decision.

The School Board Manual is available on request or you may wish to have a conversation with me or a current member of the School Board if you would like more information about what the role involves.

Kiss and Drop Zones

We continue to experience traffic congestion!  Parents and members of the local community continue to be exasperated by this.  I remind you all that if your child is not at the Kiss and Drop area on your arrival you are only able to remain in the “kiss and drop’ zone for 2 minutes.  It may be inconvenient, but you will need to move out of the ‘kiss and drop zone and go around the block.  Please note that supervision is provided from 3:10 pm until 3:30 pm.  You may wish to stagger your time of arrival to avoid the traffic congestion.  I have been informed that parents and local community members have expressed their frustration with both the local council and the police.  Please adhere to the time limits to avoid a traffic infringement notice and approach our neighbours respectfully ensuring our vision of 'in all things love' is witnessed by all.

Nude Food Days - Tuesday & Thursday

The SRC have reinstated ‘Nude Food Day’ this term. 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.

This term, Nude Food Days will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Lost Property

Please name containers and uniforms, parents can come and check our lost property baskets in the front office. If items are not collected after a period of time they will be donated.

Book Week 2020 News

Winning Mayoral Make-A-Book

Congratulations to Maya in 1/2GM whose winning Mayoral Make-A-Book was selected to be made into an eBook on the Charles Sturt Councils webpage.

Have a look and read her story "My Cultural Background is Vietnamese".

Well done Maya! 

Book Week Photos

Book Club - Issue 7

Lucky Book Club Issue 7 is out now!

Remember: No Cash Payments. Order online via

Order before Week 3, Friday 30th October by 12pm.

Office Sports Day Handbook

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.

Important Dates

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

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

Mary MacKillop 10 Year Canonisation Anniversary

Saturday, 17 October was the 10th anniversary of Mary MacKillop’s Canonisation. 


The theme of this pre-anniversary time is ‘Take fresh courage’ – words from a letter penned by Mary MacKillop in 1877, as a 25 year-old.   


To help us celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the canonisation of Mary as Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, the Sisters of Saint Joseph have created a commemorative prayer booklet to inspire us all to  ‘take fresh courage…’ as Mary did so often throughout her life.  These prayers focus on ten pivotal moments in Saint Mary’s life, sharing details of her personal journey, highlighting her values and spirit, and offering prayers and blessings for our modern world.

This booklet can be accessed on line at  as a ‘flipping book’.  We hope that you will find it a useful resource.

God wants us to take fresh courage. (Mary MacKillop, 21.5.1877)

Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things. (Mary MacKillop, 10.3.1874)

Mary MacKillop Prayer

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you bless our St Joseph’s Community with love.
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop,
may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Carly Ryan Foundation

Thank you to members of the Carly Ryan Foundation who hosted both a student session for our Yr. 5/6 students and a parent session on Wednesday the 14th of October.

Both the student and parent presentations explored:

Online Safety
Opportunities vs risks
Privacy settings
AwarenessManaging self
Emotional intelligence
Critical thinking
Understanding the law
Image based abuse
Respectful relationships
Connection to support services

Sonya and Cam from the CRF hosted a parent session. Thank you to the parents who came along.

The CRF Website is an incredible resource, packed full of free resources for parents and students.

Student Testimonial - Laurence Yr 5

On Wednesday the 14th of September the members of the Carly Ryan Foundation visited the Year 5/6 students. They educated us mostly about the importance of keeping safe online.

Never meet up with someone you meet online, unless you know them.

When creating a password, SA police recommend you use 3 random words and 3 random numbers.

Don’t put personal information online (Laurence, Yr. 5).

Student Testimonial - Jiyaa Yr 6

Carly was a victim of cyber danger and how somebody can lie about their name and age but somehow earn your trust. That is why it was so important that this foundation came to talk to us so we can be safe. Sonya, Carly’s Mum, started this foundation, so kids like us can be aware of what happens and prevent it from happening. Safety and privacy online are the number one priority (Jiyaa, Yr. 6).

Student Testimonial - Jordan Yr 6

If you’re gaming online with other people or having your social media account on public you have to think before you say, do or post something. Apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Facebook Messenger all have settings that can be changed so what you post isn’t public (Jordan, Yr. 6)

Parent Testimonial - Richard (Chairperson)

“This is the second time I have attended this presentation, four years apart and have been blessed both times to have Sonya present in person. As a parent it truly sinks in when the presenter herself has suffered the loss of a child and I can only encourage you all to access as much information as you can regarding on line safety as it is forever changing and there is so much we can do to protect our innocent sons and daughters.” (Richard, Parent, School Board Chairperson.)

Parent Testimonial - Caterina

“I had the privilege of attending the Carly Ryan presentation on Wednesday evening, it was one of the most heart breaking yet insightful presentations I have ever seen. Sonya opened our eyes about so many online, phone, app & internet safety features that can protect and support our children. If we ever have the opportunity to have Sonya at our school again I will definitely be attending, she is a very brave & strong woman, using the loss of her child to help save other children! God bless her.” (Caterina, Parent)

Parent Testimonial - Stav

Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Carly Ryan Foundation presentation for a second time at our school. I urge all to attend this most valuable and informative session should the opportunity arise again. It is definitely an eye opener and a credit to Sonya Ryan who lost her daughter Carly and continues to educate parents and students through her Foundation. (Stav, Parent)

St Joseph's Mini Vinnies

St Vincent de Paul Cooking

Mini Vinnies will recommence cooking for Fred’s Van this term. Any donations of fresh vegetables will be greatly appreciated.

Early Years Petting Zoo Visit

In term 3 I started reading the Juliet Nearly a Vet series. I loved the books so much that I started my own vet surgery at my house. I made a video asking people if I could interview them about their pets and my mum shared it on Facebook. So many people wanted to be interviewed! To my surprise the author of Juliet Nearly a Vet books, Rebecca Johnson sent me a real life vet kit with a real life vet coat! She appreciated that I liked her books so much.   

Later in the term I visited a real vet with my cat Chloe. I interviewed the vet and he clipped Chloe’s claws. The vet gave me some syringes, some containers and a little blood test tube. When I returned to school I did a show and tell with my vet kit and I wore my new vet coat.  

At school, Manuela and Chiara helped me make a vet play project in our classroom. Everybody brought in their toy pets and our play project was very popular. Everyone loved bringing their pets in for a check-up! 

Last weekend I decided to put on a Bake Sale after church, to raise money for the RSPCA. We registered the event with the RSPCA and with the help of some friends we cooked up a storm! I wrote lists of items and ingredients, made signs, marked the COVID crosses on the ground, served customers, tidied up and at the end counted the money together. We raised $484.10! 

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