School Newsletter

Edition 24: Term 1, Week 8

Join us at Playgroup on Saturday - for all ages

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

  • From the Principal
    • Come and Play Day
    • Canteen Services
    • Uniform Survey
    • St Joseph's Day and Harmony Day
  • From the APRIM - Religious Education News
    • St Joseph's Feast Day - 19th March
    • Holy Week
    • Project Compassion
    • Harmony Week
  • School News & Reminders
    • Last call for After School Soccer players
    • Western SAPSASA Registration
    • Yr 4-6 - SACPSSA Basketball Carnival
  • OSHC News
    • Vacation Care Program: April Holidays

Diary Dates

Term 1

Thursday 21st March🧡 Harmony Day
Saturday 23rd March🛝 Come & Play Day
Friday 29th March✝️ Public Holiday - Good Friday
Monday 1st April🐣 Public Holiday - Easter Monday
Tuesday 2nd April✝️ Mass - Easter
Friday 12th April⏰ Last day of Term 1, finish at 3.00 pm
Monday 15th - 26th April😃 Vacation Care
Thursday 25th April❤️ Public Holiday, ANZAC Day - Vacation Care Closed
Monday 29th April📣 Pupil Free Day, Staff Professional Learning
Tuesday 30th April🏫 First Day of Term 2

Term Dates

Term 1Monday 29th January - Friday 12th April
Term 2Tuesday 30th April - Friday 5th July
Term 3Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September
Term 4Monday 14th October - Wednesday 11th December

From the Principal

Come and Play Day

Families are welcome to attend the Come and Play Day scheduled for this
📆 Saturday 23rd March
🕘 between 10:30am and 1:30pm.

This event provides an opportunity for families who are looking at schools in the area to attend informally and make use of our play space. I will be facilitating two tours for those who wish to join. 

There will be:
🌭 a sausage sizzle available
🧃 some drinks, and
🍦 ice blocks from the canteen.

Maria Apostolou will facilitate some activities also to show case our wonderful playgroup. 🎨 🎉

📣 Please encourage your neighbours and friends who may be considering the benefits St Joseph’s School – a smaller, more intimate school where each child is known by name and where many opportunities are offered, including an excellent preschool and playgroup program. 

Volunteers were invited from the parent community to assist us in this important marketing event.  Thank you to the two parents who put up their hand for this and to many staff who will attend and assist in their own time.

Canteen Services

As you know, our school canteen currently provides a food service for students on Thursdays and Fridays. Prior to last year, our canteen did provide a service for 5 days per week however, upon the resignation of our permanent canteen manager, we took the opportunity to review the services in order to stem the significant loss the school had been incurring by facilitating a canteen service. The reduction of service, particularly relating to staffing, has made a significant impact to the loss we were incurring, however we are not yet quite breaking even. A year on from making these necessary changes the school board will once again be reviewing our canteen service over the coming months. In the meantime, I encourage you to consider utilising the service that is currently provided – there are several lunch order options available on a Thursday and Friday.  See the QKR app to make an order.  Some over the counter items are also available to be purchased on these days at lunch and recess, however we rely upon canteen volunteers to be able to open the canteen at recess time.

Uniform Survey

Based upon feedback received last year in relation to our uniform, the School Board has recently gathered more specific feedback from our Early Years parents as they explore the idea of the full-time sports uniform for our youngest learners.  After considering feedback received from the recent targeted survey, the Board will soon invite the remainder of our families to respond.  Please note that if this significant change was to occur following the Boards exploration of community feedback, it would need to be phased in over period of time, providing plenty of notice to families and thus not causing financial duress to those who have purchased both uniforms.

St Joseph’s Day and Harmony Day

It is fitting that both the feast day of our school’s namesake, St Joseph, and Harmony Day fall in the same week. These two days have some connections in that St Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, is recognised for his humility, his acceptance of others, and his recognition that by raising Jesus as his own son, he is doing God’s will. On Harmony Day we recognise the many gifts that all people bring to our world and acknowledge that, by welcoming and engaging with others who may be different from ourselves, we are answering God’s call to love others as we love ourselves.

Wishing all in our St Joseph’s School community a happy St Joseph’s feast day and Harmony Day!

Religious Education News

From the APRIM

St Joseph’s Feast Day - 19th March

 A big thank you to Father Santhosh and our Year 5/6 Team who led us in celebrating our Feast Day Mass on Tuesday. St Joseph is our patron saint and this week we have been reflecting on the life of St Joseph and how we can live out his teachings in our interactions with others.

One of our colleagues in a local Josephite School shared his reflection after having spent time listening to Sister Catherine Clark. We thank Frank for sharing his insights.

In 1866, a young 24-year old Mary Mackillop together with her Parish Priest Father Julian Tenison Woods began an order of sisters who were to be very different in the sense that instead of being behind the walls of a convent, they were to live amongst people, especially the poor, in groups of 3 or 4, own nothing, ask for donations and do what they could to help others.  

Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods chose the saint of St Joseph to be the patron saint for this order due to the understanding that Joseph, as the chosen earthly father of Jesus, was a humble man. In fact, the scripture they chose to base their order and work was from Micah 6:8 “Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly”. 

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart is an order based on ‘Humility’ and ‘Service’. But what is humility?  

  1. Humility is not being a door mat, but is an expression of truth, a truth of who we are to enable us to acknowledge our strengths and our weakness. To use our strength to help others and seek help when we need others.  
  2. Humility is being down to earth and be aware that without humility we could elbow people aside.  
  3. Humility is boldness and courage.  
  4. Humility allows inner authority of a person to be expressed.  
  5. Humility is needed to have courage and reveal compassionate God.  

Holy Week

Holy Week is a significant time in the Catholic and Christian liturgical calendar. Holy Week holds great importance as it guides us through the last days of Jesus, culminating in his crucifixion and the ultimate celebration of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Throughout the week each year level will present Holy Week stories, to help us reflect on the passion of Jesus. The message for us is that God loves us all – more than we can know. Jesus is alive, living in and through each of us.

You are warmly invited to join us as we gather as a school community to commemorate and reflect on this special time. Please refer to Audiri for the Holy Week event roster.

Project Compassion

A gentle reminder to continue to raise money for Project Compassion. Project Compassion brings thousands of Australian schools, parishes and supporters together to raise funds for people living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The theme for Project Compassion, For All Future Generations, reminds us to support people in our immediate community and in our world. Please return all Caritas boxes by Tuesday 2nd April 2024. Thank you for your support.

Harmony Week

Harmony Week is the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.​ On Thursday, our students are invited to wear something orange – a colour which signifies social connection and meaningful engagement and conversation.  This will help us be reminded of our call to connect, include and respect each other, valuing differences and engaging in dialogue.

School News & Reminders

Last call for After School Soccer players!

We're looking for more players to join our under 6 soccer teams. If you think your child might like to join our after school soccer team in term 2 and 3, 👉 follow this link to sign up.

Western SAPSASA Registration

Our school is a part of the WESTERN SAPSASA District.  School Sport SA provides students with opportunities to compete in their chosen sport by representing their school, their District, or their State.

Students who are in years 5 and 6 have opportunities to compete in the following sports:

🏃‍♂️ Athletics
🏏 Cricket
🏁 Cross Country
🏑 Hockey
⚽️ Soccer
🥎 Softball
🎾 Tennis
🏐 Volleyball

If your child is are keen to play in any of these sports, please register your child today by following this link.

⛹️‍♂️ Yr 4-6 - SACPSSA Basketball Carnival

SACPSSA is offering a new sport carnival this year - BASKETBALL!

Our school can register two teams, 1x girls team and 1x boys team with a min of 7 players each. If your child is interested in playing please complete this form.

📅 Dates: Thursday 13th June (Section 1) and Friday 14th June (Section 2) 

🙂 Who can participate in carnival? Now open to years 4 - 6

🚗 Transport: TBC

More information will be released soon.


Vacation Care: April Holidays

✅ Bookings OPEN: Tomorrow, Thursday 21st March

📆 Vacation Care Dates
Open: Monday 15th April - Friday 26th April
Closed: Thursday 25th April (Public Holiday)

🕘 Operating Hours
Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 6.00pm

💰 Cost per Child
$65 - IN Day

Childcare Subsidy will be applied for eligible families

🤔 How to Book into Vacation Care?

  1. Collect your printed program and consent form from OSHC.
  2. Make a booking for your child/ren using the SPIKE app
  3. Return your signed consent form to OSHC.
    Please note bookings will not be accepted until the consent form has been returned.
  4. Booking confirmation will be sent to families once the consent form has been received and bookings have been made via the SPIKE app.

🤩 These holidays we have lots of FUN activities planned:

🎨 Mon 15th April - Plaster Fun Day
🍿 Tues 16th April - PJ & Movie Day
🧪 Wed 17th April - Excursion to Science Collective
🧁 Thurs 18th April - Baking Day
🎮 Fri 19th April - Electronic & Game Day

⛑ Mon 22nd April - First Aid Training
🏰 Tues 23rd April - Castle Capers (Inflatable Castle)
🦁 Wed 24th April - Excursion to Monarto Zoo
🚫 Thurs 25th April - ANZAC Day, Public Holiday
🎨 Fri 26th April - Craft Day

🆕 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. Come and speak to someone on the OSHC Team to learn more.

😊 If you have any questions please contact the OSHC team in person, via phone on 0408 809 107 or email 

Vacation Care Program - 2024 April School Holidays

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