St Joseph's Newsletter

Hindmarsh Edition 22: Term 2 Week 6

Vacation Care Bookings are open!

What you'll find in this weeks Newsletter

  • Staff News
  • National Simultaneous Storytime
  • Thank you P&F!
  • Order your school winter beanie
  • Book Club Issue #4 Out Now!
  • Community Service Awards
  • National Reconciliation Week 
  • World Environment Day
  • Vacation Care - Bookings now open!
  • Parenting Idea Articles: Connecting with your kids & Principles for savvy parenting in a digital world

Diary Dates

Friday 10th June✅ Pupil Free Day - Staff Development Day - OSHC Available
Monday 13th June👸 Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday
Tuesday 14th June📚 Book Club orders due
Monday 11th July - Friday 22nd July🤩 Vacation Care
These dates are subject to change.

Term Dates

Term 2Tuesday 3rd May - Friday 8th July
Term 3Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September
Term 4Monday 17th October - Thursday 15th December

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Term 2 is progressing well with students fully engaged in a variety of learning opportunities.  It is wonderful that as restrictions are easing, parents and grandparents are visiting classrooms, attending assembly, coaching sporting teams and assisting on excursions.  The P & F Committee are also eager to continue their work of FUNraising and FUNDraising all with the intention of building a stronger community.

We invite parents to enter back into the yard at the end of the day to wait for their children socially distanced on the oval area rather than waiting outside the school gates.

Staff News

As Mrs Siobhan Frost prepares to complete her work at the end of next week, before the birth of her third child, her replacement, Mrs Bianca Annese has joined our community, meeting the children and planning with Siobhan and Matt to ensure continuity of learning for 3 /4 FB. 

Please join me and the staff in extending our sincere thanks to Siobhan for her contribution to our school community in 2021 and 2022.  Wishing Siobhan and Benn every blessing on the birth of their third child.

We extend a warm St Joseph's welcome to Bianca as she joins our community.

As mentioned in previous correspondence Helen Clark will leave our community at the end of Week 8 to start her work as APRIM at St Joseph’s School Clare.  Rita Garreffa will be released from teaching duties and take on elements of Helen’s work in Weeks 9 and 10, whilst the recruitment process for a new APRIM is finalised. Reanna Arthur will work full time in Reception GA during Weeks 9 & 10. 

Please join me in extending our heartfelt thanks to Helen for her contribution to our school community from 2019. We wish her every blessing and success as she embarks on this new chapter.  Appreciation and thanks to Rita and Reanna for their flexibility and adaptability.  I will keep you informed of developments in regards to the appointment of an Acting APRIM.

The staff and I look forward to joining with Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady Queen of Peace Schools and Occupational Therapy practice, ‘Motivate Kids,’ for the second day of our professional learning this Friday.

Leadership Contact Details

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

School News

National Simultaneous Storytime

🌱 “It started with a seed, and that seed was me.”

We celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 25th May, along with 30 000 sites around Australia, with over 2 million participants. This year’s book Family Tree is written by Australian singer-songwriter and author Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh. The story explores the themes of family, growth, change and connection.

We enjoyed story time with our buddy classes and then made a leaf, sharing what we love about our St Joseph’s family. The leaves were then added to our strong roots “In All Things Love” on our family tree display. Our preschool children continued the theme with hearts saying ‘love’ in their different home languages.

Families are welcome to contribute to our St Joseph’s family tree. You will find leaves in the front office, Preschool and OSHC.

Thank you P&F!

Our Semester 1 SRC were very excited to unpack some of the new sporting and activity equipment that has been purchased with the generous donations of our P&F committee! These items were carefully chosen by our 2021 SRC representatives, and we look forward to giving this year’s representatives the opportunity to continue adding to our new equipment over the course of this term!

Enjoy the new equipment everyone 😃

🥳 Congratulations Prabhjot!

Prabhjot's submission for the 2023 Year 7 Health and Sciences (STEM) Selective Entry pathway was selected and he has been offered a position at Adelaide Botanic High School next year! 

Order your school winter beanie!

Beanies are now available for purchase via the Qkr! app, look under the 'School Events' menu.

Price: $22 per beanie

ℹ️ How to Order a School Winter Beanie - FAQs

When can I order a beanie?
Families can order their beanies via the Qkr app from Wednesday 25th May.

I've made an order, when can I collect my beanie?
Place your order before Thursday morning each week for Friday pickup. Beanies can be collected by a parent from the Front Office or sent home with the eldest child on Friday afternoon.

How do I tell the school I'd like the beanie to be sent home or collected?
Select the 'Delivery' option when purchasing on Qkr to complete the transaction.  Please remember, if families choose the option of the beanies going home with students the school will not take responsibility for beanies lost in delivery.

📖 Book Club Issue #4

Have you placed an order yet?

It's not too late, orders close on Thursday 14th June.

👉 Ordering is easy, follow this link, create an account and place an order. It's that easy!

Happy reading!

Sibling Enrolments for Preschool in 2023 - Limited Spaces Available

Close contacts

Please ensure that you are familiar with the changes to close contact rules that took effect from 30 April 2022.

Please note that staff and students who are asymptomatic close contacts may continue to attend school. While there is no requirement for schools to keep a record of close contacts, please notify the school.

Further information is available at

To access free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs), close contacts must register at and nominate the collection point from which they will pick up a free pack of RATs.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we adapt to these arrangements in accordance with the SA Health advice to education settings.

Thank you

Nick and I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes for our wedding which we celebrated late last month, they were greatly appreciated. 

- Helen Clark

Sacramental Program

Upcoming dates:

Confirmation Preparation at Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHM) - 95 East Street, Brompton

  • Session 1 - Tuesday 21st June at 6.30 pm
  • Session 2 - Tuesday 5th July at 6.30 pm 


On Sunday the 5th of June, the Church celebrated Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year which concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.

Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven.

In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Jesus, who were together in the Upper Room.

A strong wind filled the room where they were gathered, and tongues of fire came to rest on their heads, allowing them to speak in different languages so that they could understand each other.

The Holy Spirit also gave the apostles the other gifts and fruits necessary to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations. It fulfills the New Testament promise from Christ (Luke 24:46-49) that the Apostles would be "clothed with power" before they would be sent out to spread the Gospel.

The main event of Pentecost takes place in Acts 2:13.

After this Feast we change from the Easter Colour of White to Green for Ordinary time.

Mini Vinnies News

Vinnies Winter Appeal

Mini Vinnies have a blue Vinnies bin in the chapel foyer. They are collecting donations of clean blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, socks etc, that can be delivered to St Vincent de Paul’s to be distributed by Fred’s Van.

What is World Refugee Day?

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

World Refugee Day 2022

Whoever they are, people forced to flee should be treated with dignity. Anyone can seek protection, regardless of who they are or what they believe. It is non-negotiable: seeking safety is a human right.

Wherever they come from, people forced to flee should be welcomed. Refugees come from all over the globe. To get out of harm’s way, they might take a plane, a boat, or travel on foot. What remains universal is the right to seek safety.

Whenever people are forced to flee, they have a right to be protected. Whatever the threat – war, violence, persecution – everyone deserves protection. Everyone has a right to be safe.

Collection for Adelaide Refugee Support

In the lead up to World Refugee Day on Monday the 20th of June, Mini Vinnies will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to be distributed by the Adelaide Refugee Support group to families who have left countries such as Ukraine due to war or feeling unsafe.

These donations can be left in the foyer area of the school office in the baskets provided under the table.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week was commemorated at St Joseph’s Hindmarsh, beginning with a Liturgy on Sorry Day. Classes were involved in a range of activities throughout the following week to acknowledge and learn more about the indigenous culture of Australia.

Acknowledgement of Country

St Mary MacKillop was passionate about supporting and working alongside Aboriginal Australians here in South Australia and across many parts of our country.

As a proud Josephite school, we acknowledge that the land we are on, is Kaurna land. 

We pay our respects to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation for whom this land is sacred. 

We honour the presence of these ancestors who reside in the imagination of this land and whose spirituality flows through all Creation.


Lord, we pray for Reconciliation:

That the wrongs of the past may be recognised,

That our awareness of the journey so far be awakened,

And that the Spirit move us to walk the talk and see through what has been started.

We ask this in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN

St Joseph's Hindmarsh celebrates 'Reconciliation Week'

This year's theme: Be Brave. Make Change.

Let’s walk through the door of a few classes to see how they celebrated this very significant annual event. Enjoy!

Preschool Students

Year 3/4 'Sorry Day' Liturgy

Reconciliation Week in Preschool

The Sea of Hands is a prominent Australian symbol used to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, justice, and reconciliation. Each hand is planted in the ground to show support for First Peoples. Our school have begun to prepare a Sea of hands during Reconciliation Week.

This week we viewed Walking Together- a special Playschool episode fostering children’s early understandings about our shared histories and the role we all play in building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, culture and futures.

The Aboriginal Flag

As we continue to acknowledge the Kaurna people as the original custodians of the Adelaide plains and honour Reconciliation Week, we have been observing and discussing the colours and symbols of the Aboriginal flag. On Friday, children were invited to replicate their unique impressions of the flag with paint at the easels.



‘We are living, learning and playing on Kaurna Land’

is the theme that underpins this year’s ‘Thriving People’ event.

It is a significant opportunity for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students to celebrate and learn about their culture and identity.

The venue is a beautiful parkland of cultural significance to Kaurna people and the centre is run by Corey Turner and Southern Cultural Immersion.

Students and teachers experience a range of activities that celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture, history, and stories.

Students (and brothers) Hudson and Jett, attended this immersive event at the ‘Living Kaurna Cultural Centre,’ Warriparinga Way, Bedford Park on Thursday, 26th May, 2022.

They were accompanied by Year 5/6 Class teacher and key teacher Mrs Antoinette Di Paolo.

What did the boys think of the excursion? Enjoy the photos. 😊

“It was good because of the activities.”

“It was fun because we got to make boomerangs and we had hot dogs.”

“My favourite part was making the boomerangs and the billy camp.”

“I learned how the Aboriginal people lived and made shelters with sticks.”

Welcome to Country - ochre on forehead & smoking ceremony.

Ochre Painting

St Joseph’s School Community Service Award

"Never see a need without doing something about it"

Year 5/6 Leadership Initiative

Each year we encourage and invite our senior students to demonstrate a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to their school community to which they belong. 

In doing so, the Year 5/6 students have the opportunity, to be recognised for their efforts and acts of service as they work to lead and direct others in such a way as to bring credit and ‘positive change’ to self and St Joseph’s School.

During Term 1, we reintroduced a leadership initiative program through the ‘School Community Service Award.’

How does it work?

Commencing from Term 1 this year, students who wish to participate in this initiative, will be required to complete 3 ‘community service acts’ within the school community.

They will also be required to complete each ‘service act’ on 3 different occasions throughout the term.  As evidence, class teachers and/or school staff will be required to date and authorise confirmation and completion of their service. 

In addition to completing 3 different ‘acts of service,’ the Year 5/6 students will also be expected to consistently maintain and uphold a high standard of leadership qualities, skills and behaviour.

Term 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students from the senior unit who have led and are continuing to lead the school community with responsibility, maturity and positive role modelling.

They have met the expectations of the senior unit and have also shown leadership and initiative by serving others in a number of community service activities. 

The students should feel very proud of their achievements and we look forward to their continued service and positive role modelling during the course of the school year.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.”

World Environment Day 🌍

Our classes spent time with their buddies and talked about ways to help make our world a better place, in the afternoon the whole school participated in an environmental quiz through Kahoot!

Congratulations to Reception S who were the winners! 🥳

Learning in the Year 5/6 Unit

The word had got around...Visitors from across the border, arrive at St Joseph’s Hindmarsh! We felt very privileged!!! 😊

Meet Principal Luch

On Thursday, 12th May, Principal Luch (and his wife, Jenny) from Sacred Heart Catholic School, Geeveston, Tasmania, visited our school to learn about our BBB project (Bring Back the Butterflies) and to admire our native garden.

Principal Luch is currently on leave. He has a keen interest in environmental care and Indigenous culture and when he heard about the 2022/23 ‘Kaurna Food & Plant Fibre Project’ and the BBB (Bring Back the Butterflies) project at St Joseph's, he was eager to visit us and hear about our interesting work!!!

We thank Deidre for her efforts in organising the visit!!! 😊

We have also attached a link for you to view the amazing work, around ‘sustainability’ that Luch and his school community are committed to.


What did the Year 5/6 students think about the visit? What did they learn?

Working Towards a Sustainable Future by Shayla

If we all do something to work towards preventing extinction of our natural environment, whether it’s big or small, we as Australians, are capable of changing the world for the better.

We discussed some things that we can do as a school to improve the way we live and take action to prevent climate change for a sustainable future.

Some ideas we discussed were to use natural resources in our school yard such as sticks, rocks, leaves and wood to create our own play huts and games.

The students at a Tasmanian Primary School each planted a couple of trees because they researched and proved that in a few years, there will soon be none left. 

An Inspiring Visit by Mistir

On Thursday, we had visitors called Principal Luch and his wife, Jenny from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Tasmania. They visited St Joseph’s, Hindmarsh because they were INSPRIED by all we did in the garden with Deidre and Steve and were so AMAZED   about the interesting   idea we came up with ‘Bring Back the Butterflies’ project.    I was very INSPRIED AND WOWED   by Luch and Jenny.

They have a forest at their school. They explained and said they have some classes that work outdoors and do barbecues too. They get vegetables from their garden and make salads and food that they give to the canteen and children buy the vegetables and fruits from the canteen.

I learned that Sacred Heart Catholic School, make projects to challenge themselves, they do not waste their vegetables and fruits from the garden, instead, they give it all to the canteen to sell to the kids.

They have also been taking care of their bins by getting 2 or 4 children from each class to clean the bins and to check if food is in the wrong bin. They work as a team by using the plants and growing vegetables and fruits and making their school a better learning space and better school.   Principal Luch gave us a special saying,” if your whole school does something small, it will make a big difference!”

Our school captains, Massimo & Arsema, thank Luch and his wife, Jenny, for visiting St Joseph’s, Hindmarsh and for sharing their knowledge and incredible work around ‘sustainability!

Have you booked in for OSHC this Friday 10th June - Pupil Free Day

Vacation Care bookings are open!

Bookings for Vac Care OPEN Monday 6th July.
Please return printed booking and consent form to secure your place. Bookings will not be available online during Vacation Care.

📅 Vacation Care Dates: Monday 11th July - Friday 22nd July

🤩 These holidays we have lots of FUN activities planned:

🎨 Craft & Sensory Fun Day
🍿 Movie Day at Arndale Cinema
🕺 Footsteps Dance Clinic
🚤 Adelaide Oval Tour, Popeye & Lunch on the Torrens
🌈 Tie Dye Fun & Electronic Fun Day

🏃 Mini Sports Day
🐒 Adelaide Zoo
⚽ Socca Joey's Soccer Clinic
🏁 Rev it up Racing
🥳 Vacation Care Party

📝 Return your Booking & Consent Form to OSHC
Bookings are available by filling in the form and returning it directly to OSHC in person or via email (bookings via our online system will not be available).

Printed copies of our Vac Care program went home with your eldest child on Friday.

Please remember that term time bookings do not roll over into Vacation Care.

🆕 Using Vac Care for the first time?
Families using our service for the first time will need to complete an OSHC Enrolment process before care can be provided or bookings accepted. Haven't created an account yet? Simply follow the step by step information sheet below to enrol your child/ren.

🤔 Have a question?
Get in touch with our OSHC team, call 0408 809 107 or email

Vacation Care Program

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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.