St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray”

NEWSLETTER Term 1 Week 6 2 March 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers This year from 6 - 12 March 2016 St Joseph’s will join with Catholic schools across NSW and the ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The theme for CSW 2016 is ‘I Belong. You Belong. We Belong.’ which aligns with the Church’s mission to support refugees and asylum seekers at this a time in our world where vast numbers of people are fleeing war and poverty.

Mary MacKillop St Mary of the Cross Australia’s first Saint Born on 15 January 1842 in Melbourne Died 8 August 1909

CANONISED 17th October 2010

Catholic Schools Week is also about forging and strengthening relationships between everyone who has a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community – by showcasing our activities and actions. During Catholic Schools Week, we take the opportunity to highlight not only the best of what we do, but also what happens in our schools every day. For that reason, we invite you and your family to join us at St Joseph’s to celebrate with our school and parish community during Catholic Schools Week 2016. Our celebrations for Catholic Schools Week are: Monday 7th March  Liturgy at 8:50 am followed by presentations from the choir, dance group and students   Morning tea provided for parents at 9:40 am   Open classrooms from 10:00 am - 10:50 am   Parents and families invited to stay for a picnic morning tea on the grass playground from 10:50am - 11:20 am   

Tours of the school for new families from 10:00 am - 11:00 am   

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  

28-32 Thurlow Street Riverwood NSW 2210 Phone: 9533 3341 Fax: 9584 2672 [email protected]


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” PRINCIPAL Cont’d Friday 11th March Open classrooms from 2:10 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to support our community of St Joseph’s and learn more about the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support of St Joseph’s and look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week with you. Kindergarten Enrolments 2017 Catholic Schools Week marks the beginning of the enrolment period for Kindergarten 2017. Enrolment packages will be available from the School Office from Monday 7 March. If you know anyone who wishes to enrol their child in Kindergarten for next year, please encourage them to visit our school and pick up an enrolment package. We will begin enrolment interviews within the next couple of weeks. Parent Volunteer Workshops As you are aware, it is a requirement that any parent or grandparent wishing to help at school, volunteering in the classrooms, canteen, school excursions, Sports Carnivals etc attend a parent volunteer workshop. Our next workshop will be held on Tuesday 8th March at 2.30pm in the school library and again on Tuesday 22nd March at 7.30pm in the school library. The sessions will present the same information (a presentation prepared by the Catholic Education Office). You only need to attend one session. Parents who have already done this course DO NOT need to attend another session. Only parents who are new to the school or parents who have not yet attended a course need to attend.

God Bless

Kim McCue Principal

“Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Around the Classes - Year 6 Year 6 have been honing their mathematical abilities through an integrated unit of work that has helped them to see some real world applications of Mathematics. Their task was to design a Fun Park, calculate wages and running cost and determine if their Park runs at a profit or loss. The students have enthusiastically taken on this challenge and have extended their skills in many areas beyond mathematics. A sample of their work can be found at the following link (please copy and paste into your web browser). Save the date - School Photos This year school photos will again be taken over two days Tuesday 9 August and Wednesday 10 August. Please put these dates in your diaries now! It would assist us greatly if these days are avoided if booking any medical appointments or family holidays.

MINDQUEST 2016 On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April the 78th NSW Talent enrichment Weekend Mindquest will be held for primary students from Years 1-6 at St George Girls High School. These include gifted and talented students, gifted underachievers and students with above average ability with a special interest. Students will have an opportunity to participate in over 37 exciting, fast paced courses in the two day program. These include courses in chemistry, earth sciences, drama, lego robotic, art and much, much more. Many of these highly successful courses have been run in the past and students’ evaluations suggest that they have been challenged and enriched by the experience. The cost of the weekend is $190 (including GST). Brochures are available from the School Office. Contact Shelagh Poray on (02) 4232 2494 with any queries. Closing Date: Friday 4 March 2016

Have a good fortnight Lynda Busuttil “Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” FROM THE SPORTS CO-ORDINATOR

Congratulations Tamara Buckley, Hannah Ridley and Olivia Simone who have been selected to represent the Eastern Region Cluster at the Sydney Netball Trials held on Monday 14th March. These students have demonstrated a high level of skill in Netball and will progress through to the next round. We wish these students the best of luck in their next trial. What a fantastic achievement girls. Well Done! Well done to the following students who competed at their respective sport trial over the past two weeks. They all played with a high level of skill and great sportsmanship.    Lara Tolic, Michael Antonio, Matthew Campos Peterson, Antonio Caruana, Dimitri Antonio, Michael Antonio, Dylan Carr, Rory Little and Liahna Hofman.    CROSS COUNTRY TRIAL  On Tuesday 23rd February, our school ran the Cross Country Trials at Peakhurst Park. 140 students participated with great enthusiasm and did their very best, running a long way on such a hot morning. Special thanks to all the teachers and learning support officers for their organisation and supervision. Thank you to the parents who assisted teachers in walking students to and from the park and helping out at the park. The trials would not have been as successful without your support and assistance. Congratulations groups.    8 Years Boys: 8 Years Girls: 9 Years Boys: 9 Years Girls: 10 Years Boys: 10 Years Girls: 11 Years Boys: 11 Years Girls: 12 Years Boys: 12 Years Girls:

to the following students who placed in the top four in their respective age

Matthew Ippolito, Christopher Marneros, Ben Ridley and Byron Faber  Renee Govesis, Michelle Martono, Isabelle Keeling and Isabella Chen  Adrian Kafetzis, Austin McDean, Noah Khoury and Evan Zafiropoulos  Tiana Petkovski, Lucy Finn, Kira Bourke and Mikala Ferguson  Mitchell Woods, Kane McCarren, Finlay Whitten and James Keeling Angeline Garcia, Patricia Papagianopoulos, India Faber and Margaret Oszywa Antonio Caruana, Dylan Carr, Oliver Farr and Alanson Garcia  Tamara Buckley, Lara Tolic, Teana Bourke and Lucia Mendoza  Matthew Campos-Peterson, Joshua Lopizzo, Marc Anthony Noun & Rory Little  Hannah Ridley, Jordan Coyle and Samara Woods

A squad will be chosen from these placegetters to compete at the St George Cluster Trials held at Gannons Park Peakhurst on Thursday April 28.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  



On Thursday 25th February, nineteen students represented St Joseph’s at the St George Cluster Swimming Trials held at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre, Maroubra. All swimmers did their very best considering the 40-degree weather and supported each other. Congratulations goes to the Junior boys, Senior boys and Senior girls relay teams who have all qualified for the Eastern Region swimming trials held today. A special congratulations goes to Lara Tolic and Kane McCarren. Both of these students did incredibly well and have also qualified for the next level in their individual events. Thank you to Mrs Susan Neill, Miss Kate Ochojski and all the parents who came and supported the students on the day as well as to the St Joseph’s Sports club for supplying the swimmers with swimming caps. Well done to all of our amazing swimmers. A great day had by all! We wish the following children the very best of luck today! Stay tuned for their results. Junior Boys Relay Team: Carter See, Mitchell Woods, Finlay Whitten and Kane McCarren. Senior Boys Relay Team: Luka Cavdarovski, Alanson Garcia, Rory Little and Nicholas Veldekis. Senior Girls Relay Team: Lara Tolic, Hannah Ridley, Samara Woods and Jordan Coyle. Lara Tolic: 11yrs 50m Freestyle & 11 yrs 50m Backstroke Kane McCarren: 10 yrs 50m Freestyle 8-10 yrs 50m Backstroke / 8-10 yrs 50m Breaststroke / 8-10 yrs 50m Butterfly 8-10 yrs 200m Individual Medley Goodluck to the following students who will represent St Joseph’s at the Eastern Region Touch Football trials on Friday 11th April. Lara Tolic, Claudia Nguyen, Emma Harris, Samara Woods, Rory Little, Marc Anthony Noun and Dylan Carr. Always strive to do your best in every field. Jenna O’Donnell  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


“Work and Pray” FROM THE LITERACY CO-ORDINATOR Literacy HINTS/TIPS for Week 6!   SPELLING: How can I help my child with spelling? 

Help your child with those areas of spelling with which you feel confident


Remember that not all English words can be spelt correctly by “sounding out”, e.g. the words you and said


Have your child write at home


Use a dictionary together


Encourage your child to try words, then praise the parts that are correct, and then suggest what else is needed


Encourage your child to look at new words, say them, write them from memory, then check them

What should I do when my child asks how to spell a word? 

Ask if your child can suggest any parts of the word.


Simply tell your child how the word is spelt.

Should I correct my child’s spelling? 

Encourage your child to check his or her own work and find any mistakes.


If your child has made a mistake with a common word, ask him or her to try to fix without your assistance

What should I do if my child finds spelling difficult? 

Continue to encourage your child to have a go when writing, to check words he or she is not sure of, and ask for help.

Mrs Meadley Literacy Coordinator

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR

As you may be aware Catholics throughout the world have been invited by Pope Francis to share in the Extraordinary Jubilee: the Holy Year of Mercy. In Pope Francis’s prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy he prays about how Jesus’ gaze saved Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money. Today in our whole school prayer assembly Year 2 Penola took the theme of the story of Zacchaeus, which they have been learning about in class, to deepen the school community’s understanding of the Holy Year of Mercy. Through the love and mercy that Jesus showed Zacchaeus, he was able to have a change of heart and change his behaviour towards others. During this Holy Year of Mercy we are called to show God’s compassion and mercy to those in need. The Corporal Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbours with their material and physical needs. For example, giving food to the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, giving clothes to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, visiting the sick and giving thanks for those who have died.    

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion when we help our neighbours with their emotional and spiritual needs. They include: forgiving others, having the courage to tell someone when they have done wrong, telling people about God and his goodness, giving hope and encouragement to others, being patient with people who hurt you, and praying for all people, especially those who have died.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR Cont’d

Perhaps some of these examples of mercy strike a chord within you. Especially during this Jubilee of Mercy we can be asking ourselves how can we show love, compassion and forgiveness to those who are a part of our everyday lives and those who are just passing through. You are warmly invited to join us for our First Friday Mass Celebration this Friday, 4th March at 12 noon.

Peace and best wishes Robyn Green

Enrolments - First Holy Communion Our Lady of Fatima Parish Peakhurst The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Peakhurst on 28th and 29th May 2016. Enrolment forms are now available and are due back at the parish office by Friday 11th March. Applications forms were sent home via your child’s school bag, however are also available at the Piety Stall, the Parish House during office hours Tuesday to Friday 9.00am—4.00pm, or can be downloaded from our website: by following the links to ‘Sacramental Program’. The parent information meeting is on Monday 4th April at 7.30pm in the church. If you require any further information please contact Ruth at the Parish Office on 9533 2594.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” DIARY DATES


Thursday 3 March

Whole School Mass 04.03.16

First Friday Mass (12pm)


Celebration Mass at 9.00am -

Mon 7 - Fri 11 March - Catholic Schools Week

St Joseph’s Day

Monday 7 March

Wednesday Prayer Assembly 02.03.16

2 Penola


5 Penola

- Open Day Kindergarten Enrolment 2017 Period commences

Wednesday 9 March - Open Day @ Marist College Penshurst 3.00pm-7.00pm Friday 11 March

- Open Classrooms @ St Josephs from 2.10pm

Friday 18 March

- St Joseph’s Day Celebrations

Wednesday Mass (9am) 09.03.16

- Open Day @ St Ursula's College Kingsgrove 3.45pm-6.30pm

Year 2

Fri 25 - Mon 28 March - Easter Break

Wednesday Penance 02.03.16

6 MacKillop

Friday 8 April

- Last Day of Term 1


6 Penola

Monday 25 April

- Anzac Day

Tuesday 26 April

- Staff Development Day (Pupil Free Day)

Wednesday 27 April

- First Day of Term 2


Has your child been absent from school this week?   

Parents are required to inform their child's teacher in wri ng  of the dates and reason of absence within a week of return  to school or the absence will be recorded as an UNEXPLAINED  absence on their file.  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray”

/ y r a u Febr h Marc ys a d h Birt

Happy Birthday to the following children who will have a Birthday between 29 February and 13 March 2016

Teana Bourke

Stella Araujo

Patrick Campanaro

Mikayla De Leon

Natasha Santos

Lucas Naumcevski

Julianna Kupresak

Alex Ninovic

Alexander Kulchar

Aiden Whale

Matthew Bui

Simonet Di Stefano

Hailee English

Anastasia Lee

Vincent Suarez

Laurel Whale

2nd Hand Uniforms The 2nd Hand Uniform shop will be open fortnightly during the year on Friday mornings before assembly. Items range from $3.00. Term 1 days will be:Friday 11 March and Friday 1 April. If you are unable to attend on these days you can leave a request with the School Office and we will endeavour to help you.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray”


Lily Morris, Jake Porter, Briar Rowe & Jacob Susi

Year 1

Kane Morris, Angela Nguyen, Olivia Tnokovska & Ronin Whale

Year 2

Kane Fullerton, Sonia Hui, Ben Ridley & Veronica Zhen

Year 3

Gwyneth Apostolou, Jerome Estephan, Katerina Papaioannou & Charlotte Poole

Year 4

Cooper Abel, Gabrielle Cook, Patricia Papagianopoulos & Yianni Papagianopoulos

Year 5

Noah Dixon, Harry Kontrafouris, Jennifer Lo & Lisa Ost

Year 6

Michaela Benic, Tamara Buckley, Patrick Campanaro & Emma Harris

WEEK 5 Kindergarten

Asiata Hau, Daniel Ivanovski, Nicola Lucas & Elizabeth Miller

Year 1

Emma Ene, Nicholas Rossini, Brodie Santos & Emily Zafiropoulos

Year 2

Nathan Azzi, Michelle Martono, Elouise McMahon & Domenic Stramandinoli

Year 3

Renee Govesis, Nicholas Laspatzis, Austin McDean & Lincoln See

Year 4

Cooper Cook, Laura Ippolito, Sam Ridley & Talena Saumaitoga

Year 5

Antonio Caruana, Rechelle Nagle, Nicholas Oendy & Christina Vandarakis

Year 6

Matthew Campos-Peterson, Anna Kim, Arc Rosales & Samara Woods

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” P & F News

Dear Parents and Caregivers The P&F had our first meeting for 2016 with a big roll up from parents. This year we are aiming to raise $20,000 which will go towards books, computer equipment and other purchases which directly benefit our kids. Below is a list of events for your diary in 2016. Also a special thanks to year coordinators who stepped up to help. That doesn't mean we won't be tapping you on the shoulder during the year though :-) All help is appreciated. Other matters discussed at the P&F were: - New thicker winter jacket (optional) sample available for inspection in the office. - New electronic sign coming soon - Discussion on uniforms, swimming lessons, cross country, feeder schools and activities - Starting meeting at 7.30pm to allow more parents to attend will be trialled. Term 1  Welcome to Kindy parents (2015 kindy host it for 2016 kindy parents) – Fri 29 January  P&F Meeting 7.30pm Feb 23 and March 22 (Grade Co-Ordinators arranged for February meeting ratification)  Co-Ordinators Drinks @ Oatley Pub Friday early March  Kindergarten Mums Night Out @ club rivers Friday 11 March  St Josephs Day Gelato treat – Friday 18 March  Easter Raffle Thursday March 24  Buying of Mothers Day Stall items  Footy / sporting shirt Friday April 8 Other ideas discussed: Shopping bus tour, photo family day YEAR COORDINATORS 2016: KINDY YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 YEAR 6

Remonda Dawson, Christine Vasiliou Richelle Brownlee, Rebecca Abel Kathleen Asprea, Dianne, Bonaventura, Belinda West, Karen Curtis Marie Antuoni, Remonda Dawson, Nancy Graniero, Lynette Apostolou Richelle Brownlee, Donna Bristow, Dean Lavery Nicolle Whale, Melissa Crewes, Melissa Santos Sarah Coyle, Kate Ridley, Alyson Buckley “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” P & F News

St Joseph's Day - Gelato To celebrate St Joseph's Day the P&F will be providing free Gelato to the children on the afternoon of Friday 18 March. If you can help serve the gelato to the on [email protected] or 0414 580 132






The Joy of Cookbooks Cookbooks are beautiful objects whether you buy one or are fortunate to receive one as a gift. There’s something about opening a cookbook to that recipe page that you use time and time again and find the pages stuck together or even that bit of icing still on the page. Yes, Google has become a great way to source recipes, but there’s something very special about a new or well-used cookbook; the joy of holding it is tactile, it holds sentiment, and is something that you can cherish for the rest of your life and pass down to your children. If you’re lucky enough to own a cookbook that was your mother’s or grandmother’s then you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. With this in mind we have decided to create a St Joseph's cookbook as part of our fundraising effort this year. To make this fundraiser as profitable as possible we are looking at ways to incorporate sponsorship. We are looking for parents who are happy to scout out the local businesses in their area to see if they would be willing to sponsor our cookbook. They will be able to advertise their business in the book and therefore get out to many families in the local area. We will provide you with the all the details that you need to provide to businesses. We are looking for people to approach businesses in a number of suburbs. Alternatively if you, your partner, parents, friends etc own their own business and would be willing to sponsor our cookbook that would be fantastic. If you can help, please contact Bec Abel on [email protected] for details. Remember many hands make light work - we can't do this alone and this is a great way for you to help contribute to the school.

Steve McMahon P & F President

Mobile: 0419 770 355 Email: [email protected]

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  

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