School Newsletter

Edition 23: Term 4, Week 4

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

  • From the Principal
    • Celebrating Term 4
    • Classes 2024
    • Uniform Review
  • From the APRIM - Religious Education News
    • Socktober
    • St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
    • Advent
  • From the Assistant Principal of Learning & Wellbeing - Student Wellbeing
    • The importance of a successful transition from primary to high school
  • School News & Reminders
    • Congratulations!
    • Athletics Carnival
    • School Card Applications

Diary Dates

Term 4

Wednesday 8th November🏃‍♂️ SACPSSA Athletics Carnival
🎶 'The Magic of Musicals' School Concert in the Evening
Friday 10th November📸 Preschool 'Gold Group' Photo Day
Wednesday 15th November🗣 2024 Reception Parent Information Session at 9.15am
🎒 2024 Rec/Pre Transition Visit #1
Wednesday 22nd November🎼 Instrumental Evening
🎒 2024 Rec/Pre Transition Visit #2
Sunday 26th November⛪️ Family Mass at Sacred Heart Church at 9am
Wednesday 29th November✝️ Year 3/4 Unit Reconciliation Mass
🎒 2024 Rec/Pre Transition Visit #3
Wednesday 6th December🎒 2024 Rec/Pre Transition Visit #4
🌈 2024 Pre-Entry Meet & Greet at 3.30pm
Thursday 7th December✝️ End of Year Mass at Sacred Heart Church at 6.30pm
Monday 11th December🎓 Year 6 Graduation Dinner
Tuesday 12th December🌈 Preschool 'Blue Group' Graduation
Wednesday 13th December🌈 Preschool 'Gold Group' Graduation
⏰ Last Day of Term 4, 3.00pm finish
Thursday 14th December📣 Pupil Free Day - OSHC Available
Friday 15th December📣 Pupil Free Day - OSHC Available
Monday 18th - Friday 22nd December😃 Vacation Care
25th December - 5th January 2024☀️ School Holidays
🎄 Vacation Care CLOSED for Christmas/New Years Break
Monday 8th January 2024😃 Vacation Care Returns
Monday 29th January🏫 Term 1 Begins

Term Dates

Term 4Tuesday 17th October - Wednesday 13th December

From the Principal

So much to celebrate in Term 4!

Our much-anticipated school extravaganza ‘The Magic of Musicals’ took place last night and I am sure you will agree it was a wonderful event!  A huge thank you and congratulations to Reanna Arthur who has been working tirelessly to organise the logistics as well as prepare all the students for their moment on stage. Thanks must also go to the remainder of the concert committee, Catherine Batty, Rita Garreffa, Celine Grandioso, Kelly Morgan, Cadia Rosato and Maria Apostolou who has been very busy behind the scenes.  Our wonderful Parents and Friends group has also been hard at work to provide refreshments as has Ryan Bailey and the AJS Sound and Lighting and Global Staging teams.

Thank you also to our suppliers for making our concert BBQ possible: 

  • Slape and Sons for donation of sausages 
  • Bakers Delight Welland Plaza for bread

'The Magic of Musicals' End of Year Performance

Many of our students have had cause for recent celebration thanks to the two new initiatives implemented this year – Children’s University and STEM Club. Many thanks to Bianca Annese who has facilitated both extracurricular opportunities.

A great moment of celebration happened on Friday afternoon with our Children’s University Graduation held at Bonython Hall, Adelaide University. Bianca has been working with more than 30 students this year who signed up for this opportunity and it was wonderful to have 29 of them present to graduate on Friday.

Congratulations to our Children's University Graduates! 🥳

On Thursday, our two STEM MAD teams who advanced to the National Finals were also very successful with each team winning a category.  Our Water Saving group won the Best Integrated Technology category and the Zones of Regulation group won the Demonstrating Catholic Ethos category.  Outstanding results and congratulations to all students involved for doing St Joseph’s School proud.

Matthew Baird too has been working away behind the scenes, both to plan the Aquatics Day for Year 4-6 which occurred last Thursday at Port Noarlunga, and to prepare the team selected to represent the school at the Athletics Carnival which took place yesterday. 

Our students have so many opportunities to Imagine, Discover, Create and Achieve thanks to the dedicated work that all staff and volunteers do to make such events happen.

Classes 2024

As Term 4 progresses, teachers are hard at work finalising learning, preparing student reports, and organising class placements for 2023.  At this stage we have not quite finalised our staffing, however, based on our enrolment numbers for next year the class structure are likely to be as follows:

Preschool x 2 groups

Reception x 2 classes with a 3rd Reception class beginning in Term 3

Year 1 /2 x 3 classes

Year 3 /4 x 3 classes

Year 5/6 x 3 classes

Forming class groups is a careful process whereby the teachers consider a number of factors to plan for the best learning environment for each student.  Whilst every care will be taken to consider student friendships and parent/caregiver requests, no guarantees can be made in relation to class placements given the many competing factors that need to be considered and balanced.  Thank you for your trust and patience with this process.

Uniform Review

Thank you for your recent responses to the uniform review survey. Responses were many and varied and were discussed at our School Board meeting last night. It was apparent from your feedback that there is some confusion in relation to our uniform policy and that there are aspects of our uniform that could be improved. The Board will meet again to make some recommendations/clarifications in relation to our uniform and our policy.   

From the APRIM

Religious Education News


This week our Year 3/4s spent Tuesday afternoon making Soccer balls out of old socks, t-shirts and plastic bags.  This is all in preparation for the Socktober Challenge that the unit will be holding in Week 5. This challenge will allow every student from Reception to Year 6 to have a shot at kicking a goal using one of these soccer balls for a gold coin donation. The money raised will go to Catholic Missions so they can continue to support children in Timor Leste with appropriate health and education support. The 3/4s will advertise this fundraising event at assembly on Friday.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

In Week 6 the SRCs will be launching the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. This appeal was a huge success last year at our school with families donating many needed goods, toys and food that will be shared with families who find Christmas a challenging time. Again, we ask for your support and kindness with this appeal and lets aim for at least one item per student being donated. Below is a list of suggestions.


This Christmas we focus on the importance and meaning of Advent.

Beginning the Church’s Liturgical Year, Advent is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical colour for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.

As we prepare for Christmas, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes some differences to the Mass that should be observed during the season. For instance, the priest wears violet or purple during Advent, except for the Third Sunday of Advent when rose may be worn.

Aside from what the priest wears, other aesthetic changes in the Church can include a more modestly decorated altar.

The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, we focus on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. An Advent calendar can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.  These will be shared with you in the next newsletter.

From the Leader of Learning

Student Wellbeing

The importance of a successful transition from primary to high school

“This is a particularly stressful period for both parents and children and it tends to get trivialised. Parents can often transfer their stress onto their child making transitioning unnecessarily more stressful.” Dr Michael Carr-Gregg 

A positive start to secondary school has long-lasting benefits.

Young people who experience a positive transition into their new school are more likely to:

  • feel comfortable, relaxed and valued
  • feel excited and motivated to learn
  • have good relationships with others
  • develop a sense of belonging within the school community. 

This positive start can make a big difference to young people’s school engagement, learning and wellbeing.

The primary to secondary transition involves several changes.

The move into secondary school is one of the most significant transitions in a student’s education. 

It involves various changes, including:

    • changes in the physical environment
    • new rules and procedures 
    • changes in relationships with peers, teachers and family
    • more structured learning, with a variety of teachers and different learning environments to get used to. 

Some students find the transition can be overwhelming and need extra support.

Some warning signs that children may be experiencing difficulty include:

    • withdrawal or difficulty participating in class discussions
    • exhibiting low confidence or self-esteem
    • increased avoidance of tasks
    • having a short temper or behavioural outbursts
    • difficulties with maintaining friendships 
    • being socially isolated.

Learn more here

Download the supporting children's transition to secondary school guidance.

Head to their website to learn more about how you can support your child with the transition from primary school to high school.

School News & Reminders


A big congratulations to Atticus Peek for doing an amazing audition for the Nazareth College music program. He was able to impress the judges and secure the piano/keyboard chair for the "Intermediate Concert Band" in which he will be playing along older students already at the school. His teacher at St Josephs is George Papanaoum and Atticus has been learning and enjoying piano for several years

SACPSSA Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday the 8th of November 36 year 3-6 students attended the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival. The students were super prepared because of all the learning in term 3 based around athletics. We also had a fantastic practice run at our very own Sports Day. This resulted in some fantastic results!

Out of 161 events on the day there were only 20 events in which a St Joseph's Hindmarsh student did not place in the top 4. Mr Baird was an extremely proud teacher watching students compete graciously no matter a win, loss or draw.

Some special mentions need to go to:

  • Orlando Pollice who for the 2nd year straight won the most outstanding male athlete for his year level (year 4)
  • Chace Wallis who won the most outstanding male athlete for year 6.
  • Year 4 boys were recipients of the year 4 championship flag (winning their entire year level on the day. And the year 6 boys were also recipients!
  • The boys won the section SACPPSA athletics shield for section 6. Last year our girls won the section trophy which was an amazing achievement. This year it was the boys turn.

All students who participated throughout the day need to be commended on displaying the St Josephs values, as a school we are very proud of you all!

School Card Applications

School card applications close 24 Nov and must be received at the school office by end of day, 20th November. 

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