St Joseph’s  


Catholic Primary School 

“Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”




Term 3 Week 10 20 September 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers   Yesterday Mrs Robyn Green undertook her contract renewal process. It was a very successful, rewarding and affirming day for Mrs Green as various members of our school community including Father John, myself, the Leadership team, staff, parents and students , spoke to the panel of Mrs Green’s achievements over the last three years. I am sure that you will join us in congratulating Mrs Green on a successful contract renewal.

Mary MacKillop

I know that we are all looking forward to the holiday break. We have had quite a bit of sickness amongst both staff and students this term, so hopefully, the two weeks away from school will give everyone the chance to relax and regain their health and energy levels.

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

First Communion and Confirmation Over the last two Sundays we had the privilege of celebrating the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation at our Riverwood and Peakhurst parishes. No matter how many times I celebrate the sacraments with a school community, there is always something very special in the way the children are so well prepared and ready to open their hearts to God’s blessings and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

17th October 2010 HOLIDAY MAINTENANCE WORK During the school holiday break the area between the Administration block and the classrooms and staff room will be pressure cleaned and the archway steelwork along with the concrete, will be painted. The school has ordered panels to fit into the four recesses on the grey wall as you enter the school to celebrate our SPBL principles, ‘Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe’ along with our SPBL Joey mascot.   Joseph’s Catholic Church Riverwood St Mass Times: Sat 9am & 6pm (Vigil), Sun 7.30am & 9.30am, Tues 7.30am, Wed 9.00am, Thurs 7.30am convent) Fri9.00am (except 1st Fri 12pm)   Confession: 5-5.45pm Saturdays

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


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” PRINCIPAL Cont’d There will also be new signage on the arches above the doors as you enter the school. One will be a sign with our school emblem and the other three will promote our school wide pedagogical principles of being ‘Active, Collaborative and Creative’ learners. Ninety new chairs have been purchased for the Parish Centre and we are also re-stocking the toys and games used at Passive Play. Plans are underway to order new furniture for some of the classrooms over the next term.

TALENT QUEST GRAND FINAL Thank you to Mrs Green and the Year 6 students who have done a wonderful job organising the auditions for the St Joseph’s Talent Quest. As with the auditions, the Grand Final will be for the students only and parents are kindly asked not to attend. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. Students will return to school on Monday 9th October for Term 4. All students are to return in full summer uniform. There will be an incursion for Kindergarten and Year One on the first day back next term on Street Safety and my contract renewal will take place on Thursday 12th October.

God Bless  Mrs Kim McCue Principal

Spring Fete Saturday 11 November 2017 29 Heath Road Blakehurst “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL  

CASPA AUDITIONS FOR 2018 CaSPA Student Ensemble auditions are coming soon in Term 4. (Primary 16 October 2017, 5.00-7.00pm and Secondary 17 October SCCVC Burwood). This is a great opportunity to extend the performance skills of your students who will work with a range of industry professionals as well as expert tutors and teachers from our schools in the various art forms. The program is tailored for students from Years 5 and up so your current Year 4's are able to audition for the 2018 program. All they need to do is to go to the CaSPA website to Register online after reading the Rehearsal and performance schedule and the Audition requirements for either VOICE or DANCE or DRAMA. WHEN: Monday 16th October 2017 (Term 4, Week 2) WHERE: Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood TIME: 5:00pm - 7:00pm REGISTRATION: (Cut and paste the below link into a new web browser) h ps:// 




STUDENTS LEAVING ST JOSEPH’S  If your child will be leaving St Joseph’s at the completion of 2017, could you please inform us in writing and include the name of the new school that your child will be attending in 2018. Parents are also required to complete a Cessation of Enrolment Form that can be collected from the administration office. Please note that this request is not for students leaving Year 6 at the conclusion of the year. 

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SAFETY REMINDER - DROP OFF/PICK UP  

A number of parents have brought to my attention that there are some unsafe practices occurring during drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon.  

Please take the time to read this information so we can continue to work together to promote a safer drop off and pick up zone. 

Students are asked NOT to place their bags in the boot of the car. It is not safe for students to stand behind cars in a pickup queue.


Please display the family name in the passenger window.


Please do not park in the queue or ‘No Stopping’ areas and then get out of your car to hold up the sign.


Please be mindful of each other and ensure you use the appropriate ‘channels’ when incidents occur between your child and another student. It is best to encourage your child to speak to their class teacher if they need assistance in class or on the playground. Please do not call parents and discuss the matter yourself. Thank you.     

ICAS 2017  

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the ICAS Writing and Mathematics Competition. The following students obtained a Credit or Distinction.  

2017 ICAS Writing  Marcus Buckley 

Year 5 


Isabella Chen 

Year 3 


David Zhao 

Year 3 


Jessica Zhen 

Year 3 


Thomas Finn 

Year 5 


Orlando Godinez 

Year 5 


Margaret Oszywa 

Year 5 


Vincent Suarez 

Year 5 



“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL ICAS 2017 Cont’d     

2017 ICAS Mathematics  Isabella Chen 

Year 3 


David Zhao 

Year 3 


Nathan Azzi 

Year 3 


Sebastian Curtis 

Year 3 


Jake Gillies 

Year 4 


Thomas Finn 

Year 5 


Kane McCarren 

Year 5 



DATES FOR THE END OF THE YEAR   Term 4 Commences Monday 9 October  Last day of Term 4 for students Friday 15 December     

Holidays are a great opportunity to reflect on and be grateful on a wonderful term of learning and opportunities.

Quote / thought for the Week:


Wishing you all a happy and safe break. 

Hayley Meadley      

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR On Sunday 10 September some of our Year 6 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady of Fatima Church Peakhurst. Congratulations to the following students:Christian Alvaro, Daniel Bortolin, Dylan Brooks, Donovan Brooks, Antonio Caruana, Joshua Crewes, Daniel Crimmins, William De Oliveira, Charlie Fahd, Oliver Farr, Sienna Ferguson, Logan Hill, Daniel Lakiss, Isabella Mandalinic, Rechelle Nagle, Claudia Nguyen, Natasha Santos, Laurel Whale and Daniel Wilding Last Sunday, 17 September, our St Joseph’s school and parish celebrated the First Holy Communion of 52 candidates. Thank you to everyone who was responsible for making the receiving of this sacrament a very special occasion for the children - Father John, the families, catechists, teachers, Sister Mary Ephrim who looked after the beautiful singing, the choir and Alex Stevens, the organist. Thank you also to Mr James Dixon and the altar servers, and everyone else behind the scenes who contributed.  The following children from St Joseph’s received the Sacrament of the Eucharist and are to be congratulated on the reverent way they prepared for and developed their understanding of the meaning of this important step in their faith journey. Rachel Alexander, Olivia Asprea, Nathan Azzi, Jesse Bonaventura, Bob Boulos, Bashir Boulos, Jisla Bravo, Matthew Bui, Isabella Chen, Isabella Clancy, Roy Daylusan, Gaia El Khabbaz, Kane Fullerton, Nathan Hazari, Noah Khoury, Jayden Mahara-Piggott, Michelle Martono, Michael Miller, David Nguyen, Felicia Nguyen, Marceline Oendy, Ava Ost, Albert Pham, Timothy Rosales, Andrew Rustom, Phillip Rustom, Alessandra Sacchinelli, Joshua Shore, Klara Tadic, Zoe Tsaprazis, Emily Zhai, Jessica Zhen and Veronica Zhen  For Catholics, the Sacrament of the Eucharist is a sacred meal where we break bread and share the one cup. It is the paramount sign of our unity with and in Christ. It is described as the ‘source and summit’ of the Church’s life. May the Holy Communion the children participated in last Sunday be the first of many, many celebrations of the sacrament throughout their lives.  

Last Wednesday evening we held the Parent/Carers Information session for families wanting their children to make their First Confession in November. If you have not yet received an enrolment form for First Confession and you would like one for your child, please contact the School Office.  “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR CONT’D    

The last few weeks have been alive with talented performances from many of our students as they participated in or were part of the audience for St Joseph’s Got Talent! This is a wonderful time of year for us as the children thoroughly enjoy showcasing their skills in front of an appreciative audience and all of this contributes to a significant fundraising cause - the Charitable Works Fund.

The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is a centralised fund that supports the charitable and pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Sydney. It is our charity, the charity of the Sydney Catholic community and our local parishes.  CWF funds six agencies:  Aboriginal Catholic Ministry – promoting reconciliation and mutual understanding and providing pastoral care for Catholic Aboriginals and supporting them in the living of their Faith. 

CatholicCare – Formerly known as Centacare, delivers over 100 programs in Ageing, Disability, Children & Youth, Employment Training & Support, and Family Services.


Chaplaincies – Our chaplaincy services in hospital, prisons and universities provide much needed support to the lonely, sick, hurt and suffering in the community.


Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) – provides religious education and Christian formation for Catholic children in public schools.


Ephpheta Centre – provides services to the deaf and hearing impaired including sacramental, counselling, support and advocacy services. “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”


(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR CONT’D 

Seminary of the Good Shepherd - supporting the education and training of future Priests for the Archdiocese.

The generosity of those who contribute financially to the CWF, means that these agencies are able to assist thousands of people each year.   

The St Joseph’s Got Talent fundraiser concludes this Friday afternoon in the Grand Finale performance. Our Year Six leaders and judges have chosen 11 of the best acts to perform in front of the school.  

Congratulations to our Year 6 leaders who have organised and promoted this important fundraiser that has brought a lot of enjoyment to the students and supported a valuable social justice outreach initiative. Special mention must go to Harry Kontrafouris for his leadership and organisation of the Talent Quest. Thank you to our judges; Harry Kontrafouris, Jennifer Lo, Jacob Khoury and Sienna Ferguson. Well done to Lara Tolic for hosting the auditions. Special thanks to Stephanie Korkotidis and Stephanie Vostoganis for their musical direction. Finally Isabella Mandalinic, Peter Govesis and Dimitri Antonio did a fabulous job directing the audience.   AN INVITATION  

We are blessed with a diverse community of believers here at St Joseph’s Riverwood. Father John Doherty has expressed a wish to get to know the parents of our students of the Orthodox faith a little better. He has suggested having an informal gathering and chat where he can answer questions and get to know a broader range of parents and caregivers in our school community. An invitation for our Orthodox families will be coming home early next term for an informative and relaxing get together.  

This week I completed my Contract Renewal process. I would like to express my deep appreciation and thanks for your completion of the Parent surveys and the wonderful support I receive every day in my role as Religious Education Coordinator. I am truly blessed to work in such a generous and caring community.  I wish everyone a safe and relaxing school break, enjoying the company of family and friends.  Peace and best wishes Robyn Green “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” COMING TOGETHER

DIARY DATES Fri 22 September


Kindergarten Prayer Celebration 9.00am


St Joseph’s Got Talent Grand Finale


Last Day of Term 3

Whole School Mass 3.11.17

First Friday Mass

Prayer Assembly Week 1

6 Penola

Week 2

6 MacKillop

Wednesday Mass (9am) 18.10.17

Monday 9 October -

Street Sense Incursion Kindergarten & Year 1

Tues 10 October


St Ursula's Parent Information Evening 6.30pm for Year 7 2018

Wed 11 October


8 Week Swimming Program commences for K-2

Year 3

Wednesday Penance 18.10.17

5 MacKillop

First Day of Term 4

Thursday 12 October

Mrs Kim McCue Contract Renewal

Tuesday 17 October

P & F Meeting 7.00pm

19 & 20 October


Monday 23 October -

Year 6 Overnight Excursion to Canberra Year 6 Transition to High School Session


Years 5 & 6 Presentation Evening - Transition to High School - 6.00pm

Tuesday 31 October -

Kindergarten 2018 Parent Information Evening 7.00pm

Monday 13 November Kindergarten 2018 Orientation Thurs 16 November -

St Ursula's Orientation Day Year 7 2018

Monday 20 November Kindergarten 2018 Orientation

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”  

FROM THE SPORTS COORDINATOR IN SPORTING NEWS Cross Country  Please take the time to open and read the information about the Cross Country that has been attached to this newsletter as it explains the change in procedure that we have adopted.   

Sport Nominations for Year 4 and Year 5  Please note that the green nomination form that was sent home is to be returned by Friday as try outs for some sports will begin in Term 4.   

Sporting Schools Australia  We have received three grants this year through the Sporting Schools Australia grant. In Term 2 as you know Year 5 participated in Rugby League and we purchased new footballs and equipment for the school. In Term 3, Year 4 participated in Basketball and we were able to purchase more balls and equipment.   

In Term 4, Year 3 will be participating in lessons as part of a Netball program and we will again be able to purchase some more equipment for the school. As a result of this program in 2018 we have been able to inject around $7000 into the school through programs and equipment as a result of the grants.   

The Year 3 parents have already received a note with more information about the program.   

Active Kids Rebate Program   

Please use the following link to learn more about the Active Kids Rebate Program. (Cut and paste the link into a new web browser). 

The Active Kids Rebate program aims to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and fitness activities. From 1 January 2018, parents will be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity. These activities could include: traditional sport such as netball, football or basketball; swimming classes or lessons; as well as other fitness or physical activities such as gymnastics or athletics. The voucher will not be means-tested and available to every school child wanting to get active in their community through sport and active recreation. Parents will be able to register online to get their voucher to a sports club or registered provider to receive the rebate. 

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”  


On Monday 18 September Juliet Apostolou, Tiana Petkovski, Capri Tandek, Lara Tolic and Keira Vincent represented the school at the MacKillop Athletics at Homebush. The girls should be very proud of how well they have gone.   

Tiana Petkovski raced in the 8-10 year olds 800m race and came fourth.  Lara Tolic raced in the 12-13 year olds 800m race and placed in the top six.  Keira Vincent raced in the 10 years 100m race coming first in the heat and second in a tight finish and so has made it through to the NSW PSSA State Athletics Championships.     


The junior girls relay team: Juliet Apostolou, Capri Tandek, Tiana Petkovski and Keira Vincent came first in their heat and then third in the finals and have made it through to the NSW PSSA State Athletics Championships in October. We look forward to hearing how they go.                     

Rugby  Congratulations to Oscar Rapata in Kindergarten who was part of the Oatley Rugby Minis for 2017. We love being able to share your sporting achievements with our school community.             

Q. Why are penguins good race drivers? Because they're always in the pole position! 

Have a great holiday! Nicole Cripps  “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”



Dear Parents and Caregivers Each day of the week we continue to acknowledge the students for their respectful and positive behaviour. The class who score the most points for their positive behaviour on the playground are acknowledged as Class of the week. The class of the week select the music to be played over the sound system at the end of recess and lunchtime for the following week.    Congratulations to the following classes for selecting the music on the playground;    6P and 1M for selecting the music for week 7 and 8.  3P, 4P and 5P for selecting the music in week 9 and 10                                    Congratulations to the Green colour house! The children are working together to earn Joeys for their colour housel Joey tokens are counted at the end of each week by our wonderful Year 6 colour house captains.

The Green Colour House received the most points during term 3 and enjoyed a mufti day today. “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”



Bronze awards received Congratulations to the following children for their bronze awards. Year 2

Riley Abel, Miguel Araujo, Milla Cavdarovski, Rebecca Crewes, Bronte Faber, Leah Panagakis, Lachlan Vincetic & Justin Zingovski

Year 5

Alexander Noun & Tiana Petkovski

Each time students collect 10 Joeys they receive a Bronze certificate. They collect Bronze awards during their time at St Joseph’s and work towards receiving Silver awards culminating in a prestigious Platinum award.  

Mindful Parenting   

Thank you to Christine Agha for delivering a practical, relaxing and community building workshop for Mums. It was a special morning for all who were able to attend. Thankyou also to Mrs Fullerton for her help on the day.




Thankyou A huge thankyou to the many “parent volunteers” who so generously volunteer their time to help the students in our school. Your kindness is much appreciated.

Take care and best wishes for the holidays! Elaine Thompson



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”

r/ e b em t p e S er b o t Oc ys a d h Birt

Happy Birthday to the following children who will have a Birthday between 11 September and 8 October 2017

Liam Nolan

Liani Vasiliou

Kate Milic

Leni Tandek

Marcus Buckley

Mikala Ferugson

Seraphine Luka

Anthony Agha

Luca Briskoski

Angela Nguyen

Adrian Fonseca

Savannah Heaney

Zachary Nobrega

Finlay Whitten

Mia Kehagias

Daniel Wilding

Matilda Abraham

Angie Chan

Charlie Kellehear

Lara Tolic

Rebecca Crewes

Daniel Hellyer

Marc Zingovski

Grace Hellyer

Harrison West

Jonathan Dawson

Alexander Lake

Lily Morris

Ava Panagakis

Xavier Peterson

Harrison McKena

Timothy Rosales

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


“Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”

MERIT CERTIFICATES   Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at our assemblies on Friday 8th September and 15th September:-


Luca Briskoski, Maddison Chediac, Elizabeth Forgione, Angelina Georgievski, Lucius Luka, Maxwell O’Neill, Oscar Rapata, Alexander Rossini, Patrick Scott, Margaret Simone, Nicole Stanojoska & Jada Zahri

Year 1

Mia Kehagias, Mabelle Khoury, Alexander Lake, Jayden Lam, Nicola Papaioannou, Xavier Peterson, Kaedis Roebeck & Briar Rowe

Year 2

Matilda Abraham, Mariam Awad, Angie Chan, Diamond Kete, Charlize Krkovski, Kane Morris, Alyssa Stothard & Zhyon Tran

Year 3

Jesse Bonaventura, David Gillies, Shanae Hofman, Nicholas Marta, Albert Pham, Ava Signorelli, Matilda Winter, Jessica Zhen

Year 4

Bob Boulos, Thomas Bourke, Izabel Dawson, Mikala Ferguson, Jake Gillies, Alexia Korkotidis, Julianna Kupresak & Jonathan Skagias

Year 5

Cooper Abel, Elena Cavdarovski, Emmanuel El Azzi, Michael Elazzi, Madison Jarvis, Jack Milic, Nicholas Puckeridge & Sam Ridley

Year 6

Christian Alvaro, Daniel Bortolin, Dylan Brooks, Noah Dixon, Daniel Lakiss, Juliet Luka, Isabella Mandalinic & Claudia Nguyen

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


“Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”

P & F News  

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you to everyone who participated in Team Jersey Day and made a gold coin donation to the P&F

Term 4: Family Movie Night – Friday 13th October – stay tuned for more details

Evening at the Races – Canterbury Night Races - Friday 17th November 6.30pm (stay tuned for more details)

The next P&F Meeting will be at 7pm on Tuesday 17 October in the Library, hope to see you all there.

Copies of the St Joseph Cookbook “Cook, Pray, Eat” are now available for $10, please contact Rebecca Abel on 0414580312 or Yvette Kellehear on 0404856905.

Regards Steve McMahon P&F President 0419770355 [email protected]

Yvette Kellehear P&F Vice President 0404856905 [email protected]

“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  

(Lk 1:49)

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