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

NEWSLETTER Term 2 Week 8 15 June 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We were certainly blessed with beautiful weather for our rescheduled Athletics Carnival last Friday. Congratulations to Miss Jenna O’Donnell for her organisation of the day, everything went smoothly and all members of our school community enjoyed the day.

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

POSITIVE PARENTING SESSION Thank you to Mrs Elaine Thompson (Well-Being Coordinator) for organising our very well attended first meeting last night with Sister Jo on Positive Parenting. The presentation was very practical and helpful and there was very positive feedback from the parents who attended the session. If you missed last night’s session, hopefully you will be able to join us for the second session on Tuesday 19th July, first week back in Term 3, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Library. SEMESTER ONE REPORTS Your child’s Semester One Report will be sent home next Wednesday together with the assessment tasks completed in Term 2. We hope that you will celebrate your child’s progress and effort and praise them for the wonderful work they do each day. Please bring the report and assessment tasks to your child’s Parent Teacher interview so that you are able to discuss goals for learning for the remainder of the year. We find it very valuable for your child to attend the Parent/Teacher meeting so that they can explain their work and progress to you as well as be an integral part of planning their learning goals for the next two terms. It is important that every family makes an appointment to see their child’s teacher during the parent teacher interview period.  

God Bless

Kim McCue Principal  

“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” FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held during the week of Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July at a range of times. You are encouraged to bring your child to the interview. You can now book interviews at your convenience on the Internet. PLEASE NOTE: Bookings OPEN Thursday 16 JUNE and CLOSE Friday 24 JUNE

Go to and follow these simple instructions.    

Enter THIS school event code. Then follow the 3 simple steps.


When you click finish, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically - check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately. You can return to at any time, and change your interviews - until bookings close. 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.”  

Matthew 5:7


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

For parents who don’t have access to the Internet at home, at work, or elsewhere, please contact the School Office on 9533 3341 for assistance with bookings. Interviews are strictly 10 minutes. Parents can change their interview bookings, any time prior to the closing date, by re-visiting the website, and using the event code. Remember to use the same name and email address you used when you made your original booking. Parents wishing to change their interview times after the closing date, should contact the School Office on 9533 3341.

MATHS PROBLEM SOLVING COMPETITION Congratulations to the children who attempted the problem in our last newsletter! I hope even more students will have a go at this week’s problem. Remember all correct entries go into a draw at the end of term for some Maths themed prizes. Week 8 Mathematics Challenge is attached to this newsletter.

Have a good fortnight

Lynda Busuttil

Congratulations to Jordan Aquilina who received a Gold Medal in his recent Karate Tournament.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.”  

Matthew 5:7


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

Vinnies Night Patrol I mentioned in our last newsletter that several of the staff were taking part in Vinnies Night Patrol on Sunday evening, 5th June. No one could have known that it was going to be the wettest weekend in a very long time! Nevertheless we were not to be put off, so we braved the weather and we are so glad that we did! We were definitely out of our comfort zone but it was a most eye-opening and rewarding experience and one that the staff are keen to repeat. We were able to offer food, hot drinks and conversation to a vast array of people – young, old, women, men, some highly educated – all who had fallen on difficult times. For some what we offered was the first thing they had eaten all day. We shared many enjoyable conversations and a lot of laughs. It was wonderful to be part of the camaraderie of the evening and observe how people looked out for each other. As Mrs McCue mentioned at the School Assembly the next day, we can assure you that everything you provide during our Vinnies appeals is much needed and greatly appreciated. Please keep your donations coming in. Below are some suggestions for the food we need.


Canned Soups; Cheese and cracker snacks (Le Snak) 

Year One 

Canned Vegetables/Fruit; Poppers- Orange and Orange/Mango 

Year Two 

Baked Beans/Spaghetti; Chewy Muesli Bars 

Year Three 

Canned Salmon/Tuna 

Year Four 

Canned meals e.g. Steak & Vegetables 

Year Five 

Noodles/Pasta & Sauce; Packs of snack size chips 

Year Six 


Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

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



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Work and Pray” FROM THE RELIGIOUS CO-ORDINATOR Sacraments We had a beautiful celebration of Confirmation in the Parish recently and I would like to particularly acknowledge and thank our choir leaders: Mrs Leigh Eaton and Mrs Michelle Fullerton, and our organist, Mrs Maree Kellert for sharing their time and talents, which help make the celebration of sacraments at St Joseph’s Parish truly special occasions. A big thank you to the following Confirmation choir members: Elouise McMahon Zoe Tsprazis, Emma Forgione, Sonia Hui, Matilda Winter, Gabrielle Daggar, Ava Signorelli, Matthew Ippolito, Veronica Zhen, Jessica Zhen, Joshua Lane Chicharo, Kira Bourke, Maryanne El Azzi, Angel-Rose Zakhem, Laura Ippolito, Julianna Kupresak, Isabella Clancy, Jovan Leger, Zara Bottaro, Marceline Oendy, Juliet Apostolou, Gwyneth Apostolou, Maya Lavery, Kiara Briskoski, Michelle Martono, Brianna Lakiss, Anika Whitten, Gaia El Khabbaz, Shanae Hofman, Margaret Oszywa, Elena Sorras, Emily Zhai & Liani Vasiliou. Father John Doherty has made the decision that First Holy Communion will take place for Year 3 students and above. As our current Year 3 students made their First Holy Communion in Year 2 2015, our next celebration of First Eucharist will take place in 2017, on a date to be decided. For your advance information First Confession (Sacrament of Penance) will take place for Year 2 students and above in Term 4. Families wanting their children to make their First Confession at St Joseph’s Parish Riverwood will be invited to an information evening at the end of Term 3. The children will be asked to attend four instructional classes on four consecutive Sunday mornings and the liturgy and Sacrament will then take place in early November. Please mark the following dates in your diaries, although they will be publicised again closer to the time. First Confession Parent Information evening: Wednesday evening 21st September Sunday School classes: Sunday 16 October, 23rd October, 30th October and 6th November. Liturgy and First Confession: Wednesday evening 9th November Registration forms will be provided through the Parish Office and the School Office in Term 3 You are warmly invited to our next whole school First Friday Mass on Friday 1st July at 12 noon. Peace and best wishes Robyn Green  


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


Whole School Mass

Monday 20 June


Wednesday 22 June -

Year 6 IMAX Excursion

Friday 24 June


First Friday Mass (12.00pm)

Friday Prayer Assembly 17.06.16

3 Penola


K Penola


3 MacKillop

Wednesday Mass (9am) 22.06.16




Mon 27-Thurs 30 June

Parents / Teacher Interviews

Friday 1 July


Last day of Term 2

Monday 18 July


School Resumes for Term 3

Friday 29 July


Year 4 Rocks Walking Tour Excursion

Tuesday 2 August


Year 1 Incursion “Alice in Wonderland

Year 3

Wednesday Penance 22.6.16

5 Penola


Wednesday 3 August

Year 2 Excursion Hazelhurst Gallery

9-10 August

School Photos


Tuesday 16 August -

ICAS Mathematics

22 –26 August

Book Week


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 obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


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

The Premiers Reading Challenge 2016    There is big demand for Premier’s Reading Challenge books from the Library. Time is marching on towards the finish of the challenge. Students in Kindergarten - Year 2 are well on the way to completing their 30 books having recorded the titles from classroom reading, library lessons and borrowed books on their personal reading log.

Here’s a reminder of the rules The Challenge opened on 7 March and all participants must have their Student Reading Record handed to their class teacher by 19 August in order to complete the Challenge and receive a certificate from the Premier. Nine weeks to go!


Number  of  Min number of PRC  Max  number  of  PRC Booklists you can  books  you  must  Books  Personal  Choice  read from  read  books  30  25  5  K‐2. 3‐4.5‐6,7‐9 




3‐4. 5‐6, 7‐9 




5‐6, 7‐9 


Kindergarten - Year 2 students will have their reading record entered on line by the class teachers. Years 3 - 6 students will be given their username and password when they have completed the Challenge and will enter their own record at school. (No user names or passwords will be sent home - all entries will be completed at school).

Happy reading everyone!

“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 Our focus in Literacy over the last six weeks has focused on analysing data from our students writing assessments. We have looked at what the students can do and ways in which we can further develop their strengths, but also support them in areas of need.  As a school, we have focused on sentence structure, vocabulary and punctuation and how by improving in these areas can have a positive impact on our writing.  Sentence structure- Types of Sentences   

A simple sentence has a subject and ONLY ONE verb:  The girl sprinted after the tiger.  The cat purred.   

A compound sentence is formed when you join two main clauses with a connective. In a compound sentence the clauses are linked by coordinating conjunctions / connectives (and, but, so, or).  I like bananas and I like grapes.  Zoe can be rude at times but she is a nice girl.   

A complex sentence is formed when you join a main clause and a subordinate clause with a connective. A subordinate clause is one that relies on a main clause to make sense.   

Connectives used in complex sentences include after, although, as, because, if, since, unless, when.  I love roast potatoes, although my mum prefers them mashed.  You need to prepare for the spelling test tomorrow if you want to get all your spellings right.  The big dog barked whenever I knocked on the door.   

In Year 1, children start joining parts of sentences (clauses) using 'and'. For example: There was a monster in my room and he was roaring.   

In Year 2, children start using subordination, which occurs in a complex sentence. So instead of writing: 'I wanted some ice-cream,' they need to expand this using the connectives 'and,' 'or' and 'but,' to something like: 'I wanted some ice-cream but there was none.'    

In Years 3 and 4 they use 'when,' 'if,' 'because' and 'although'.  In Years 5 and 6 they are expected to use 'meanwhile,' 'therefore,' 'however,' 'consequently,' and other connectives.   

Please encourage your child to practise writing different types of sentences appropriate to their grade.   

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 SPORTS CO-ORDINATOR  

Soccer Gala Day  

On Tuesday 7th June, 29 students from Years 5 and 6 represented St Joseph’s at the Eastern Region Soccer Gala Day held at Heffron Park, Maroubra. All three teams showed great sportsmanship and teamwork on the day. Thank you to all of the parents who attended and supported the students by cheering from the sidelines. Special thanks to Mrs Leigh Eaton and Mrs Cathy Truman for assisting the students on the day.     


Athletics Carnival  Our annual school Athletics Carnival was held last Friday and what a fantastic day had by all! We were blessed with the weather as the rain stayed away. All the students enjoyed themselves with the highlight being the health hustle, team songs and coloured relays. Congratulations to the Green team who came first on the day. Thank you to GotGame for preparing the students in the lead up to the carnival along with teachers for their constant support, supervision and patience on what can be quite a stressful day. Special thanks to Mrs Cathy Truman for all of her help and support in the planning and setting up for the day. To the parents who volunteered to assist at the carnival, the day would not have been quite as successful without you.    

Well done to our School Sport Captains, all of the Year 6 students and the Year 6 teachers for their excellent preparation and time to teach the whole school their team songs and health hustle.   

Students have been selected for the Eastern Region Athletics Trials held on Friday August 5 at Olympic Park. A note with more details will go home to those students who qualified by the end of the next week.     

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


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

Oztag Gala Day  

On Tuesday 7th June, 36 students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 represented St Joseph’s at the Catholic Oztag Gala Day held at Gannons Park, Hurstville. The 5/6 Boys and Girls teams played extremely well and won many games throughout the day. Special congratulations to the 3/4 Girls and Boys team who were both undefeated throughout the day and made it through to the Grand Final. All of the students played extremely fair and with good sportsmanship and teamwork. Thank you to all of the parents who attended and supported the students by cheering from the sidelines. Special thanks to Mrs Lynda Busuttil for assisting the students and myself on the day.                                         

Apologies to Noah Khoury who was also part of the 3/4 Boys Team at the Oztag Gala Day but was not mentioned in the last Newsletter.   

GOODLUCK  Goodluck to Tamara Buckley, Antonio Caruana, Tiana Petkovski and Mitchell Woods who will all be competing at the Mackillop Cross Country Championship to held on Friday 17th June at Eastern Creek.   

Aim for the moon. Even if you miss - you’ll land among the stars! Jenna O’Donnell  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


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


June s y a d irth

Happy Birthday to the following children who will have a Birthday between 5 June and 18 June 2016

Isabella Droguett-Bugden

Brodie Santos

Jonny Sorras

Leah Stergiopoulos

Jack Milic

Isabelle Keeling

Sarah Aouad

Charlize Krkovski

Tiana Petkovski

Christopher Trpkovski

Izaiah Da Silva

Jerome Estephan

Lucas Fonseca

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. The Uniform Shop will be open for the last day this term on::Friday 24 June. 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” P & F News Dear Parents and Caregivers

FUNATHON FRIDAY 24 JUNE, 2016 - Help needed! Our biggest fundraiser of the year will be held on Friday 24 June. As usual the children will have a fun packed day full of activities with the chance to win some great prizes.

To make this event successful again this year we need your help and this is how: 1.

Donate a prize for the raffle. Any prizes, vouchers etc will be gratefully received in the office.


Raise as much money as you can and return the card that will be sent home with your child.


Volunteer to help on the day or even part of the day. Please email [email protected]

As a guide we usually divide the day into 4 sessions starting with Kindergarten and finishing with Year 6 but details will go out closer to the day.

Thank you and your assistance is appreciated. Please contact Steve McMahon on 0419770355 if you have any questions.

Next P&F Meeting Our next P&F Meeting is on Tuesday 14 June at 7.30pm in the school library. Come and join us and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles. We look forward to seeing you then.  

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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