School Newsletter

Edition 24: Term 1, Week 2

🏀 ⚽️ 🏐 After School Sports Registration Closes today 🏏 🏐 🏉

What you'll find in this week's Newsletter:

  • From the Principal
    • New Babies
    • New Students and Staff
    • Pupil Free Day Advance Notice
    • Uniform Information
  • From the APRIM - Religious Education News
    • Welcome
    • Social Justice
    • Beginning of Year School Mass
    • Fr Lancy News
    • Sacramental Program
    • Commissioning Mass
    • Class Masses & Liturgy of the Word
    • Shrove Tuesday
    • Ash Wednesday
    • Beginning of Year Prayer
  • School News & Reminders
    • After School Sports - Registration
    • Instrumental Program - Registration
    • ICT Agreement - Consent Form

Diary Dates

Term 1

Thursday 8th February⭐️ Playgroup begins, 9.00am - 10.30am
Monday 12th February🗣️ AGM & Meet the Teacher Evening
Tuesday 13th February🥞 Shrove Tuesday, bring a gold coin donation for a pancake
Wednesday 14th February✝️ Ash Wednesday, Mass at 9am in the School Hall
Monday 19th - 21st February⛺️ Year 5/6 Camp
Sunday 25th February⛪️ St Joseph's School Staff Commissioning Mass, at Sacred Heart Church at 9.00am
Friday 8th March📣 Pupil Free Day - OSHC Available
Monday 11th March🐎 Public Holiday - Adelaide Cup
Friday 29th March✝️ Public Holiday - Good Friday
Monday 1st April✝️ Public Holiday - Easter Monday

Term Dates

Term 1Monday 29th January - Friday 12th April
Term 2Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July
Term 3Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September
Term 4Monday 14th October - Wednesday 11th December

From the Principal

We have had a wonderful start to the school year with students settling into new classes and routines quickly and happily. Whilst it has been a trying start regarding school access, I wish to thank our parent/caregiver community who, on the whole, have been patient and respectful at drop offs and pick ups. We are still getting used to using the full length of the Kiss and Drop zone on Bertie Street, however things definitely run more smoothly with the middle gate used as the main one for entering and exiting the school.

New Babies

Several families in our community have welcomed new additions over the holidays.  We congratulate Ibrahim,  Zainab and family on the birth of a baby boy, Charlotte C and family on the birth of a baby boy and Justin and Francesca and family on the birth of a baby girl. We ask God’s blessings upon these families and their new babies.

New Students and Staff

Welcome to our new Preschoolers and Receptions

Preschool: Alby, Aluel, Angelo, Ariana, Azaiah, Elio, Evelyn, George, Guneet, Hannah, Harrison, Jayden, John, Jugaadh, Michael, Norah, Olive, Valentina, Zane and Zevia.

Receptions: Aaksh, Adit, Anthony, Arthur, Ayaan, Charlotte, Eric, Grace, Henry F, Henry N, Jack, Jacob, Joshua, Judd, Lewis, Malona, Oliver, Owen, Pauline, Sienna, Vivien and Zac.

We also welcome new students joining us in the other classes: Sofia in Year 1, Aron in Year 2, Aurora in Year 3, Sonila in Year 4, Emmaline in Year 4 and Leandra in Year 6.

Joining our staff this year is:

Ms Seva Maitianos – Leader of Religious Education

Ms Jemma O’Neil – Year 5/6 teacher

Mr Zaid Nasser – Year 3 /4 teacher

Ms Leah Wilkey – Classroom Support

Shani Wallace-Groves - Counsellor

Staff Professional Learning Focus

This year our staff have two key focus areas in relation to our school improvement plan. During our professional learning days in January, we began an 18-month commitment to training in the Visible Wellbeing project.  This is a strengths-based approach to building a culture of wellbeing amongst our students, staff and families.  Ultimately, if we can be well in our mind, body and spirit, we can learn well.  This focus has been made possible though a Wellbeing Boost grant that was provided by the Federal Government late last year to every school in Australia.

Our other key focus this year will be Mathematics.  Our NAPLAN Mathematics results have shown a decline over the past few years, and this has caused us to review our approach, routines and interventions.  Again, we started this focus in earnest during our January professional learning days working with Deborah Hansen from the Catholic Education Office who will be supporting us through the year to embed agreed practices and build consistency with the structure and approach of our Mathematics learning across the school.

Pupil Free Day Advance Notice

We know the best way to make an impact in these two areas is engage in professional learning deeply and early enough in the year to make a difference to our teaching and learning programs. To do this, we will require further dedicated learning time, and this will take place on Friday 8 March which will be a Pupil Free Day.  This is the Friday before the Adelaide Cup long weekend and some families may be able to have an extra long weekend at that time.  If not, OSHC will be available for the day.

Uniform Information

As communicated in Term 4 last year, and based upon feedback received from the community in relation to uniform satisfaction, I wish to clarify some aspects of the current uniform that are causing confusion and advise of some slight changes that have been agreed by the School Board. Further review of the uniform, based upon your feedback, will be undertaken by the School Board this year.

  • Sports shoes must be either predominantly white or predominantly black. Fluoro or bright neon colours are not permitted.
  • Either black or navy closed shoe sandals can be worn instead of the black school shoe when wearing the summer formal uniform.
  • Either the school zip up sports jacket or navy woollen jumper may be worn as a part of the formal summer and winter uniform.

By way of reminder, it is our expectation that:

  • The uniform is worn correctly, respectfully, is clean and in good repair
  • The sports uniform, included sports shoes, is only to be worn on the days designated by the class teacher 
  • Shoulder length or longer hair is tied back at all times
  • Nail polish, make up, jewellery, temporary tattoos are not permitted at school. Exceptions are only plain stud or sleeper earrings, subtle religiously symbol worn on a chain around the neck, a medic alert bracelet and analogue or digital watch (no smart watches).

Many thanks,
Marianne Farrugia

From the APRIM

Religious Education News


A warm welcome to the new school year.  I am excited to be a part of the St Joseph’s School community for 2024. It has been delightful to meet and speak with the many children who beam with enthusiasm when telling me what they love about St Joseph’s School. I look forward to meeting the rest of the school community, so please come and introduce yourself.

Social Justice

Celebrating the incredible generosity of our St. Joseph’s School community, we have received heartfelt thanks from St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mary MacKillop Today, and Catholic Mission for your generosity last year for our various fundraising efforts. Your impactful contributions make a difference, embodying the spirit of compassion and kindness.

Beginning of Year School Mass

Today we celebrated Mass as a whole school community. What a privilege it was to be able to gather and welcome in a new year of learning. We prayed that 2024 be a year where our actions illuminate the world, making it a better and brighter place for all and that we may be a source of kindness and joy, spreading the light of love and compassion to everyone we meet.

Fr Lancy News

Fr Lancy will be completing his time as Parish Priest with us at the beginning of February and taking up the role of Dean and Administrator of the Cathedral. We had the opportunity to thank him for his service and dedication to our faith at our Staff Mass earlier in January. His guidance has blessed us all with spiritual fulfilment and love, we wish Father Lancy all the very best in his new role.

Sacramental Program

A gentle reminder that nominations for children to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist are now due. Please email me at or come into the front office to see me if you would like to nominate your child or seek clarification about our Sacramental program. 

Commissioning Mass

On Sunday 25th February at 9.00am our school staff are celebrating our Commissioning Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 252 Port Road, Hindmarsh. This Mass is being celebrated to commission the work that our school staff will undertake this year on behalf of our St Joseph’s School Community. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to continue to strengthen our school and Parish relationship. An invitation is warmly extended to all families to join us for this important mass.

Class Masses and Liturgy of the Word

We are looking forward to celebrating Class Masses and Liturgies. Further information will be shared once details are confirmed.

Shrove Tuesday

On Tuesday the 13th February we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday with pancakes.  Every child from Preschool to Year 6 will receive a pancake if they would like one.  We are asking for a gold coin donation for Project Compassion. There will be a gluten free option available, if your child need’s this option, please email me your child’s name and class at in order that we can cater accordingly. Your support with cooking pancakes will be greatly appreciated. Please refer to the Audiri notification for more details.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of 40 days of Lent.  Ash Wednesday is observed by having the mark of the cross made on our forehead with ashes.  The ashes are made from the blessed and burnt Palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. The sign of the cross symbolises repentance before God and is also a reminder that God is gracious and forgiving to all who seek to open their hearts to change.

Our school community will begin the season of Lent by receiving the ashes at our school Liturgy on Ash Wednesday. You are invited to join us on Wednesday 14th February at 9am in the school hall.

Beginning of Year Prayer

Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.

Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.

Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.

Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.

Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities.

Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends.

Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!


Whether you are an existing student or new to our St Joseph’s School community, there is a great deal of motivating learning taking place this year! “Let us rejoice and thank God for giving us such solid proofs of his love." Mary MacKillop 1877.

Wishing you all a peaceful and rewarding year.

Warm regards
Seva Maitianos

School News & Reminders

After School Sports - Registration

Don't forget nominations close today! Don't miss out! Remember, if there aren'y enough players or a volunteer coach, we can't play 😕

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As the new school year starts so does the 2024 After School Sport Seasons.

If your child is are keen to play in any of the sports below, please click on and complete the consent and permission forms below. 


Click on the links below to sign up to each sport:

Available in Terms 1 - 4
🏀 2024 Basketball Season 1 | Rec - Year 6
🏏 2024 Cricket Season 1 | Years 2-6
🏐 2024 Netball Season 1 | Years 2-6
🏐 2024 Volleyball Season 1 | Years 3-6

Available in Terms 2 & 3

2024 Soccer Season | Rec - Year 6
🏉 2024 AFL Season | Year 2 - Yr 6

✅ Registrations now open
The first game will begin in Week 4 - so to help us with registrations, we ask if families can complete the form by Wednesday 7th February.

Instrumental Program - Registration

For students who wish to continue or sign up for instrumental lessons in 2024, please complete the following form and read through the Instrumental Program Conditions of Learning for further information.

🧑 Open to students in Reception to Year 6
Families who expressed interest late in 2023 with intentions to start in 2024, could we please ask that you complete a new form for our records.

Click here to register for our Instrumental Program

🤔 Have a question?
Contact our Performing Arts Coordinator, Reanna Arthur, 

ICT Agreement Consent Form

This digital form outlines guidelines for responsible and safe technology use within our school.

👉 This consent form needs to be completed for all children in Preschool to Year 6 (incl. students with a BYOD device). Click here to access the consent form.

❗️Important: your child will not be able to use a school device until this form has submitted.

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📤 Submission: Return the signed consent form at your earliest convenience, online form submissions are due by Friday 9th February 2024.

✉️ If you have any questions, please contact Maria Apostolou, 

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