School Newsletter

Edition 23: Term 3, Week 4

Have you RSVP'd for Grandfriends Day next week?

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

  • From the Principal
    • STEM Mad Challenge
    • STEM Club - Lego Required
    • Traffic/Road Works
    • Drop Off and Pick Up Safety
    • Parents & Friends Supported Events - how can you help?
  • Religious Education News
    • Sacramental Program
    • St Mary MacKillop Feast Day
    • Assumption of Mary Liturgy
    • Southern Cross - Socktober Challenge
  • School News
    • Meet our Semester 2 SRC Reps
    • Grandfriends Day is next week!
    • Children's Book Week is almost here!
    • Catholic Schools Music Festival
    • Australian Girls Choir is visiting St Joseph's
    • Congratulations to our Trivia Teams
  • Reminders
    • School Card Applications
    • Help Needed
  • Preschool News
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book
  • National Science Week
    • Physical Sciences in Year 5/6
    • Chemical Sciences in Year 3/4
    • Earth and Space Sciences in Year 1/2
    • Biological Sciences in Reception

Diary Dates

Term 3

Mon 21st Aug - 25th Aug๐Ÿ™‹ Catholic Schools Open Week
Wednesday 23rd August๐Ÿงก Grandfriends Day & Morning Tea
Friday 25th August๐Ÿง™ Book Week Parade
Sunday 27th Augustโค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Sacraments Mass, Confirmation and First Communion
Wednesday 30th  Augustโœ๏ธ Mass hosted by the 3/4 Unit
Thursday 31st August๐Ÿ‘› Father's Day Stall
Friday 1st SeptemberCatholic Schools Music Festival Rehearsal at Loreto College
Sunday 3rd September๐Ÿ’™ Fathers Day
Tuesday 5th September๐Ÿ“ธ School Photos
Thursday 7th September๐ŸŽถ Australian Girls Choir Workshop
Sunday 17th Septemberโœ๏ธ Family Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 9am
Thursday 21st September๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ Sports Day
Friday 29th Septemberโฐ Last day of Term 3, 3.00pm finish
๐ŸŽค Catholic Schools Music Festival Performance at the Festival Theatre

Term Dates

Term 3Tuesday 25th July - Friday 29th September
Term 4Tuesday 17th October - Wednesday 13th December

From the Principal


Two of our three teams are through to the finals of CESA STEM MAD which is sensational for our first year of involvement. Finals will occur at the STEM MAD Showcase Day on August 17 and successful teams have an opportunity to progress to the National Finals in November. Particular thanks goes to Bianca for working with our three teams and to Maria A for capturing the design thinking process to create the video submissions.

STEM MAD is designed to acknowledge STEM learning initiatives that address real-world problems and demonstrate how students in Catholic schools take action that matters, by designing a service, product, or innovation to Make A Difference (MAD) to others or the environment.

Congratulations to all our STEM MAD participants who utilised the design thinking process to create a solution to a problem identified in our school.  Please take a few minutes to watch the videos which capture the process and showcase each teamsโ€™ solutions! These students are definitely living out our school vision as A Faith Community, Inspired by Love, Empowered by Learning to Make a Difference.

Meet our first team, Alexander, Mitchell, Jack and Ethan who are on a mission to Save Water at our School! They've designed a smart device to stop taps from running for too long, a genius solution that saves water, one innovation at a time.

Meet our next team, Clara, Lotye, Grace and Shayla, the creators of an ingenious device that lets students discreetly communicate their feelings using the Zones of Regulation during lessons. ๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŒˆ Their innovative solution was inspired by their collaboration with occupational therapist Jordan from Motivate Kids.

Jordan introduced our students to the Zones of Regulation, and this sparked an amazing idea! They wanted to create a device that enables them to share what "zone" they're in, making it easier for everyone to understand their feelings. ๐Ÿšฆ

Meet our next team, Maya, Amelia, Brook and Atticus who are on a mission to tackle food waste in our school. ๐Ÿš€ They've embarked on an inspiring journey, collecting donations from our school gardens and wonderful school families, and selling the produce they've gathered. The funds they raise are put to an incredible cause โ€“ planting more fruits and vegetables in our school gardens to be sold throughout the year. ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅ•

Their creative solution has already brought positive change to our community. Although they won't be presenting at the showcase this time, their efforts continue as they gear up to run their stalls again this term.

๐ŸŽฅ Watch the video below to learn more about their initiative and celebrate their impressive contribution to making our school greener and more sustainable.

STEM Club - Lego Request

The STEM Club has been an initiative implemented this year and facilitated by Bianca Annese. Now that the STEM MAD component has completed, Bianca has designed opportunities for all our R-6 students to engage in STEM Club on a Thursday at lunch time. This is proving very popular!  As a further resources for our STEM Club we would like to start collecting some Lego.  If you have some spare at home, or know someone who does, consider donating it to our STEM Club!

Traffic/Road Works

We have been informed by the Charles Sturt Council that significant roadworks will begin on Albermarle Street in the coming weeks.  This project will span 6 months, beginning at the Port Road end of the street and eventually impacting the road and footpath adjacent our school.  Jo Puccetti and I met with the contractors recently to provide information to help them design the project to ensure the least impact as possible for our school families and visitors.  The most significant work will occur during the October and January school holidays, however there will be impact at other times.

We appreciate that the council and contractors have reached out to work with us to achieve as minimal disruption as possible, however, please note that this is council scheduled work and we have little to no control over this process.

Further information to come.

Drop off and Pick up Safety

Teachers on duty in the morning and afternoon at our drop off and pick up points are in place to manage the movement, behaviour and safety of our students. They are NOT responsible for the movement, behaviour and safety of adults whom we expect to be showing courtesy to others, demonstrating patience and to be following the road rules at all times. Thankfully, the majority of our parents/grandparents do use the road respectfully and safely. A few however, do not, impacting the flow of traffic and safety of other road users and students. Our children learn a great deal from what they see and hear.  As a reminder, the following is against the law in our school zones:

  • Exceeding the 25 KM/hr speed limit
  • Stopping on the yellow line to allow children to disembark, particular outside our Albermarle Street gate
  • Crossing the road without using the designated crossing on Albermarle Street
  • Doing a u-turn across the solid white line after exiting the Kiss and Drop Zone or anywhere else that impacts oncoming traffic
  • Blocking oncoming traffic whilst waiting to enter the Kiss and Drop Zone in Albermarle Street
  • Stopping for more than two minutes in the pick up zone in Bertie Street

Our school pick up and drop off spaces are really only congested for 10 minutes at the beginning and end of the day.  Please consider parking in nearby streets and walking with your children. Families should only be using the Kiss and Drop zone if their children are able to get out of the car independently with their belongings.  If you need to assist your child, please park elsewhere and walk with them instead.  Lastly, we ask that you be respectful of our staff carparks on Albermarle and Bertie Street.  These are not available for those picking up/dropping off students with the exception of parents with an access parking permit and this is limited to the Albermarle Street staff parking area. Thank you for ensuring we can all use the roads around our school safely.

Parents and Friends Supported Events โ€“ how can you help?

Did you know that events such as the recent Sports Colours Day, the Motherโ€™s and upcoming Fatherโ€™s Day stalls, School Disco and Kytons Easter Fundraiser are all initiatives of our Parents and Friends group?  Food and refreshments offered at our Come and Play Day earlier this year, our Sports Day each year and our Art Show late last year, were all provided by the same Parents and Friends group.  I know many of our students and our families look forward to and enjoy these special events.

These events and services do not occur without our community members volunteering their time to undergo the planning, purchasing, organising and facilitating. Our Parents and Friends group is chaired by Rebekah Walton and generally meet for 45 minutes a couple of times per term to plan for upcoming events. Currently, these meetings are attended by only two parents who, therefore, are doing the bulk of the planning and coordinating of these events.   

This year, we invited our school families to consider helping at just one event and therefore, attendance would only be required at one meeting for the year as well as the event itself.  This model allows the load and time commitment to be spread across many rather than just the same few.  I acknowledge the assistance at events of several our parents and grandparents who have already lent a hand to support these initiatives.

Upcoming initiatives requiring volunteers are:

  • Grandfriends Day (just the morning tea set up/pack up)
  • Fatherโ€™s Day Stall (selling only โ€“ items are already purchased)
  • Sports Day catering
  • School Disco

If you can spare some time to help with these important community events, please contact Rebekah Walton or Graziella Panazzolo on

Wishing all in our community Godโ€™s blessing,

Marianne Farrugia

Religious Education News

Sacraments Program 2023

Our students who will be celebrating their Sacraments at the end of August continue to meet and prepare. They have completed the preparation for Confirmation and have one more session left to prepare them for Holy Communion. After a long period of preparation, the students are getting excited for the day to come where they will complete the Sacrament of Initiation. We continue to keep these students and their families in our prayers as they go along this journey.

St Mary MacKillop Feast Day

Last Wednesday St Josephโ€™s came together to celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop. Mary MacKillop is very important to our school, St Josephโ€™s, as she founded, along with Father Tenison Woods, the first St Josephโ€™s School in 1866 in a stable in the South Australian town, Penola. This marked the beginning of the Sisters of St Josephโ€™s and established the charism that we as a school is built on today.

Our day started with a whole school Mass celebrated by Fr Santhosh and hosted by the SRCs. At this Mass every year two children from each class are recognised for demonstrating similar values to Mary MacKillop and are presented with the Mary MacKillop Award.  Recipients are chosen because they display the following qualities:

  • Care and respect for others and our environment
  • Respect and prayerful participation during Masses and times of prayer
  • Seeing a need and doing something about it without being asked
  • Putting the needs of others before their own

We congratulate the following students who were awarded the 2022 Mary MacKillop Award โ€“

Reception MLacLeo
Reception CStephanieXavier F
Reception SEleanorXavier V
Year 1/2 BMariaPaul
Year 1/2 RMEvieKanish
Year 1/2 SWMahtubAngus
Year 3/4 AFLotyeJasraj
Year 3/4 GHarlowSahib
Year 3/4 IChelsea KIsaac
Year 5/6 DBAvaAlexander
Year 5/6 TDPChelsea PJake

Mary MacKillop Day Mini-Fete and Stalls

After recess we came together for our mini-fete. Each class had prepared a stall to raise money for the Mary MacKillop Today Foundation. There was a book stall, 2nd hand toy stall, activity stalls and lots of food and lolly stalls. The students had so much fun wandering around to each stall and purchasing what they wanted. The organisation by each class to provide a stall to raise money was excellent. In total the school raised $920.60. This money will be sent to the Mary MacKillop Today Foundation to help provide education opportunities to children in Timor-Leste.

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Assumption of Mary Liturgy

On Tuesday, 15th August we came together again in Liturgy to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. Our Year 1/2s hosted this Liturgy. It was a beautiful celebration of when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken up to heaven, body and soul, to be with her son Jesus. Mary reminds and teaches us that we should live our life just like God in everything we do.

Southern Cross

Last term, some of our Year 3/4 students were invited to participate in a photo shoot with Archbishop Oโ€™Regan and Bishop Karol from the Diocese of Port Pire. The photos are to be used to launch Catholic Missionโ€™s Socktober Challenge in the Southern Cross. The students had a lot of fun participating in different photos and these can be viewed here. Socktober is a challenge held by Catholic Missions every year to raise money for those more marginalised.  Later this term, our 3/4 classes will be meeting with Tony Johnston, Catholic Mission Diocesan Director to participate in the Socktober Challenge. The iconic symbol of Socktober is a tattered, recycled ball made of socks, t-shirts and plastic bags tied with strong, representing the essence of the event.  Our 3/4 students will spend some time making these sockballs and then later hold a Socktober Shoot out where every student will pay a gold coin donation to have a go at kicking a sockball into the goals.  The money raised will be sent to Timor-Leste to support families facing health and wellness challenges.

School News & Reminders

Meet our Semester 2 SRC Reps

Today we presented our Semester 2 SRC Reps with their badges. This was a special moment for these students and the community and we look forward to the leadership they will show in our community. 

Reception CHarper and Loxon
Reception MCharlotte and Oakley
Reception SClaire and Thomas
Year 1/2 BAleah and Sebastian
Year 1/2 RMAmelie and Kris
Year 1/2 SWCaterina and Leo
Year 3/4 AFDelilah and Justin
Year 3/4 GGrace and Sahib
Year 3/4 IFreya and Gurfateh
Year 5/6 DBIsabella and Jake
Year 5/6 TDPLana and Alexander

๐Ÿงก Grandfriends Day

As part of Catholic Schools Open Week, we invite Grandparents and Special Friends to join us at school for a whole school Liturgy and an opportunity to visit the children in their classrooms. This will be followed by a Morning Tea.

 ๐Ÿ“… Date: Wednesday, 23rd August 
๐Ÿ•ข Time: 9.00am โ€“ 11.00am  
๐Ÿ“ Location: in the School Hall 
๐ŸŸฅ RSVP: before Friday, 18th August

๐Ÿ˜Š Help Needed
If you're able to donate a batch of scones (either home made or bought) for our Morning Tea, please let us know below. Jam and cream will be provided on the day. 

If you and your family would like to attend our community event next week, please complete this ๐Ÿ‘‰ RSVP form 

๐Ÿ“– Children's Book Week is almost here!

Next week we will be celebrating Book Week with some fun events across the week to encourage our students to developing a love of books and reading.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Families are invited to join us for our annual Book Week Parade on Friday 25 August at 9:15am. 

Catholic Schools Music Festival

Come along to celebrate and support South Australiaโ€™s talented youth on one of four evenings presented by the Catholic Schools Music Festival. 

Featured soloists, big bands, a cappella vocal groups and more exhibit an astonishing calibre of musicianship and you will be in awe of the 370-voice choir!

In September 2023, the annual Catholic Schools Music Festival will showcase 2000 extraordinary students from the ages of 10-18 years on the stage of the Festival Theatre. 

๐Ÿ‘‰ Our school choir will be performing on Friday 29 September at the Festival Theatre. Book online through Ticketek here

Read more about Catholic Schools Musical Festival Ticket Information


Australian Girls Choir is visiting St Joseph's School

Girls blossom as members of the AGC, both on and off the stage. Your daughter will develop confidence, public speaking and presentation skills resilience and friendships that will last a lifetime.

๐ŸŽถ The AGC will be visiting our school to hold an Assessment Workshop with interested girls. Open to girls in Reception to Year 6.

The group assessment workshop includes singing and movement activities and is designed to be a fun and positive experience. Following our visit, we will post a personalised report and further information about 2023 classes to you.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Register online here or see Mrs Arthur for more information.

Year 1/2 Trivia


On Wednesday afternoon, we had a Mary MacKillop trivia quiz, as part of our Feast Day celebrations. We watched a video about Mary MacKillop and then had two rounds of questions to answer. The winning team, Pokรฉmon (Jaswant, Krithik, Leo and Angus) won the Quiz with a perfect 18/18. They were closely followed by The Big Brainiacs (Lupo, Michael, Sebastian and Callan) on 17/18. Everyone did a great job answering questions and we had lots of fun.


School Card Applications

School Card applications are still open. Please see Jo Puccetti in the Front Office. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Help Needed

If you're free to cover/wrap some of our library books please see Jasmine in the Front Office.

๐Ÿ› The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

Throughout the Term, we have been sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar in class. In Week 3, the Gold Group had a visitor to Preschool, a caterpillar moving through the yard. This caused much excitement amongst the children, who shared their ideas and knowledge with one another.

What do caterpillars eat? Do you think heโ€™s hungry?

๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ Leaves and ice cream - Georgia

๐Ÿ™… Donโ€™t touch him, he might be poisonous - Judd

๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’จ Heโ€™s really fast, caterpillars are supposed to be slow - Dimi

๐Ÿ˜‹ He looks like the hungry caterpillar - Vivien

๐Ÿ˜ฏ Heโ€™s moving to me - Lukas

๐Ÿ˜จ He was coming for me! - Max

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Heโ€™s sniffing for food, thatโ€™s what caterpillars do. - Dimi

๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Heโ€™s trying to untie your shoelace. - Xavier

๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› I have 3 caterpillars in my garden. - Gracie

The visit by the caterpillar sparked an interest in creating craft to represent what we had seen. The children used round paper to create caterpillars, drawing and cutting out legs to add. Outside, children used balloons to create painted caterpillars, drawing on faces, legs and antennae. Later in the week, children created butterflies, experimenting with symmetry, by only painting one side of the paper and folding it together. They also used cellophane to create colourful wings, working together to create one big butterfly.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ”ฅ National Science Week ๐Ÿช๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ

This week is National Science Week. The theme this year is Innovation: Powering Future Industries.

To acknowledge National Science Week, we are taking a look at some of the Science learning happening in our classes!

๐Ÿ’ก Physical Sciences in Year 5/6

The year 5/6's learning in science this term is around Physical Sciences. The students will be learning all about how to make electrical circuits. As part of their learning inquiry, the students are building board games. Each of their board game designs will need with a light function (incorporating their electrical circuit).

๐Ÿ”ฅ Chemical Sciences in Year 3/4

The year 3/4 team have been looking at chemical sciences. We have been experimenting with solids and liquids and how heat changes a state of matter. We explored what a reversible and non-reversible change is and wrote scientific reports for our experiments. We have so far conducted a beeswax wrap experiment and a melting crayons experiment.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Chemical Reactions in 3/4I

The fizzy heart activity is an example of a chemical reaction including states of matter! That is a solid (baking soda) and a liquid (vinegar) reacting together to form a new substance. When they combine together, they form a gas called carbon dioxide which is all the fizzing bubbling action you see! 

๐Ÿช Earth and Space Sciences in Year 1/2

The year 1/2  classes have been learning about Earth and Space Sciences this term. On Wednesday, 2nd of August, the year 1/2 classes visited the Planetarium as part of their Science Curriculum.

Blending the worlds of fun and education, the program included understanding the basic motions of the sun, earth and moon and their effect on everyday life; components of the solar system; and understanding the universe and the nature of space exploration. The students had an amazing experience.

๐Ÿš€ My favourite thing on our excursion was watching a movie about space. It was called โ€˜Tycho going to Marsโ€™. - Makuei  

๐Ÿช I really liked learning about the planets.  We learnt that the planets spin. - Monique 

๐ŸšŒ I really like going on the bus to the Planetarium.  It was a really long ride. - Krithik  

โœจ We got to look at constellations, which are groups of stars. - Dhaksh 

๐Ÿค” Wonder Wall by Year 1/2B

During Inquiry the students were given a provocation about the constellations, and they were asked to record any wondering they had around stars, constellations and space. These were their thoughts.

๐ŸŒŒ Constellation Artwork by Year 1/2RM

1/2RM have been working on their Constellation artwork. The students are designing their own constellations. We have the rainbow, netball, the love heart, the horse and more.

What is a constellation? It is a group of visible stars that form a pattern when viewed from Earth. The pattern they form may take the shape of an animal, a mythological creature, a man, a woman, or an inanimate object such as a microscope, a compass, or a crown.

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿš€ We met an Astronaut

The year 1/2 classes also had the opportunity to talk to a real life female Australian astronaut in training. The students posed questions to ask Katherine and were super excited to find out more about Space. Katherine spoke about her career journey and her advice to others who dare to follow their dreams.

๐ŸŒฑ Biological Sciences in Reception

In the Reception unit, the students have been learning all about the features of plants and animals in Biological Sciences. To help us learn about the parts of seeds and plants we planted our own seeds and observed them closely each day as they grew. We documented how our seeds grew and changed over 3 weeks in our seed diary. Some of our seeds are still growing very strong at home!

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