St Joseph’s   Catholic Primary School 

NEWSLETTER “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds”


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



Term 3 Week 2 26 July 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers   A warm welcome back to Term 3. We have many activities planned for our school community this term including Grandparents Mass, Morning Tea and Open classrooms on Friday 4th August; Feast of Mary MacKillop liturgy and dress up day on August 8th; Book Week parade on Tuesday 22nd August; Father’s Day BBQ Breakfast on Thursday 31st August; Father’s Day Stall on Friday 1st September; First Communion for Riverwood parish and Confirmation for Peakhurst parish. We look forward to seeing you at our school functions throughout the term.    INQUIRY AND REVIEW FINAL REPORT   Last term our school underwent an Inquiry and Review process which involved gathering data from parents, students and staff through the Learning Bar survey; the school compiled a very detailed report of the work undertaken over the last five years following the recommendations of the last Review in 2012; the executive staff met with the Inquiry and Review panel and students, parents and staff were interviewed.   The final report was very positive and congratulated the school on a committed and focussed approach to our school improvement journey. The Review Panel made special mention of the positivity of the parents interviewed and that we were “blessed to have such a friendly and supportive parent community.” I would like to thank all those who took part in the Review process and express my gratitude to our hardworking and dedicated staff who endeavour to provide our students with meaningful and contemporary learning experiences in response to their individual needs.     

  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 Fax: 9584 2672 [email protected]


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” PRINCIPAL Cont’d WHOOPING COUGH   An email was sent to all parents last week informing you that we had two reported cases of Whooping Cough in the school. Late last week two other cases were identified. The classes concerned are Year 6, Year 5, Year 4 and Year 2. Most fortunately the students were immunised and as such, they have not experienced severe symptoms but are absent from school until they have been cleared by their doctor. If your child has a persistent cough or is unwell with a fever please ensure that you have them checked by your local doctor and mention that there have been four cases of whooping cough at our school.  Thank you to our parents who have responsibly immunised their children against these serious and preventable childhood diseases however, unless the wider community is immunised there are still very real risks for our children to contract illnesses such as whooping cough, diphtheria and measles. Please continue to support the government’s guidelines for immunisation and keep your child’s booster shots up to date.    MORNING ASSEMBLIES   As the weather is very cold, particularly in the mornings, we are trying to keep morning assemblies as short as possible. This Friday morning we will have Infants Award Assembly in the Parish Centre followed by the Years 3 - 6 next week.    SCHOOL UNIFORM   

As you are aware, we have a new school vision “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” and a new school crest. This is an opportune time to look at changing some aspects of our school uniform to make them more contemporary. I have had some initial meetings with Yeronga Uniforms CEO Tony Apps and he will attend our next P & F meeting on Wednesday 23rd August to present some samples and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime we will send out a survey to all parents to ascertain your level of satisfaction with our current uniform.  God Bless  Mrs Kim McCue Principal

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


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

Welcome back!. I hope you had a wonderful break and you’re ready to take on Term Three.  LITERACY- Reading & Writing  St Joseph’s has been part of the Quality Literacy Project (QLT) over the last two years. QLT aims to increase student literacy achievement through a research informed, highly effective school-wide approach to literacy acquisition K-6. Although our involvement with Sydney Catholic Schools QLT Project ended at the end of 2016, we have continued and will continue to implement the principles of QLT in English. Our major focus in 2016 was Writing.  At the end of each term, class teachers, Mrs Joseph, Mrs Tuffy and myself meet to discuss the needs of the students, based on a sample of their work, to plan for English for the following term. Depending on the needs, students are catered for during the English block by differentiating the program, with some students being withdrawn to work with Mrs Joseph and Mrs Tuffy. The groups are constantly changing depending on the area of English that is being taught and the needs of the students in that area.  This semester I will be working in K-2 to offer extra support to the students in need.   


In order to protect learning time, classroom teachers and office staff are making a concerted effort to keep interruptions to and from the office / classroom to a minimum. To do so, calls / announcements will not occur until (unless in the case of an emergency):  10.40 am, 1.10 pm and 1.50 pm  We would like to ask for your support in this as well. The office staff receive lots of phone calls from parents asking them to remind their child of something. Please remind your child of pick up arrangements etc in the morning and please try to book appointments out of school hours. The school diary is a great way to communicate with your child and / or class teacher.  Together we can make a difference and keep interruptions to a minimum, ensuring learning time is protected. 


Has your child been away from school the last fortnight? Please remember to send in a note on the first day your child is back at school  PARENT VOLUNTEER WORKSHOPS As you are aware, it is a requirement that any parent or grandparent wishing to help at school, volunteering as a Parent Helper attend a parent volunteer workshop. Our final workshop for the year will be held on Wednesday 2nd August at 6.00pm in the school library. Parents who have already done this course DO NOT need to attend another session. “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)  



The ICAS competitions will begin in Week 4.  Competition 

Competition Date 


Tuesday 1 August 2017 


Tuesday 15 August 2017   


Competition will be held before school, commencing at 8am in the Year 2 classrooms. If your child is taking part in either of these competitions, please meet Mrs Meadley in 2P at 8 am on the day of the competition.   

MARQUEE  A BIG thank you to the P&F for purchasing our new Marquee which we will take with us to sporting events.       

WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN  Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back for 2017. Anyone from the community – staff, parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends - who shop at Woolworths can collect stickers for our school. If our community sticks together and earns Earn & Learn stickers at Woolworths, we can earn our choice of educational equipment & resources.   This year Woolworths will be partnering once again with Modern Teaching Aids, Australia's biggest supplier of educational equipment. This means our school can choose resources based on our needs across every category possible including: Science. Mathematics, English, Sport and Arts and Craft. 

Quote / thought for the Week: It’s OK to make mistakes Have a wonderful fortnight Hayley Meadley “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name”  


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

Welcome back to another busy term filled with great learning and all the things that make Primary School a very special time in our children’s lives.   

We have some significant events coming up this term.   


Invitations have been sent out for our annual Grandparents’ Mass which is taking place on Friday 4th August at 9:00 am. We always celebrate this occasion close to the feast of Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, which is today, 26th July. Our students particularly love having their grandparents sit with them at Mass. Afterwards, grandparents are invited to enjoy a delicious morning tea before a visit to classrooms.   

Please note this important date in your diaries and remember to RSVP by Monday 31st July for catering purposes.   


Tuesday 8th August is our very special feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.   

Mary was born on the 15th January, 1842, in Fitzroy, Victoria, to Alexander and Flora. She was the eldest of eight children. When she was a young woman financial problems hit the family hard, and Mary became a governess in order to support her family.    

At the age of twenty-four, she took the name Sister Mary of the Cross, devoting her life to the education of poor children in outback Australia. She became, with Father Julian Tenison Woods, the co-founder of the Institute of the Sisters of St Joseph, who became known affectionately as the Brown Joeys, because they wore brown habits.   

She died at the age of sixty-seven, surrounded by her Sisters and Cardinal Moran, who said to the Sisters: “I have this day assisted at the death-bed of a saint”.  The Little Brown Book by Sue and Leo Kane   

Sister Mary of the Cross MacKillop was beatified on 19th January, 1995, by Pope John Paul II. She was canonised on 17th October, 2010 at St Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary’s sainthood during the Canonisation Mass. Over 8000 pilgrims from Australia and New Zealand attended the ceremony. 

“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  

To celebrate St Mary’s Feast you are warmly invited to join us in a Prayer Liturgy in her honour, at 9:00 am on Tuesday 8th August, in the church.  

To further enjoy the spirit of this special occasion the children are asked to dress up in olden time clothes, something like the children may have worn in Mary MacKillop’s time of the late 1800’s. Alternatively, the children may like to wear brown, in reference to the Sisters of St Joseph’s nickname - the Brown Joeys.   


The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in St Joseph’s Riverwood Parish on Sunday 17th September at a special 10:30 am Mass. The Parent Information Night which will explain what is involved in order for your child to be prepared to receive their First Holy Communion will take place on Wednesday 2nd August in the Parish Centre, next to the Presbytery.  An enrolment form has been distributed to the children. It would be appreciated if this could be completed and returned to school with the Baptismal Certificate, a wallet sized school photo (not required if these were supplied when your child made their First Confession in 2016) and $20 to cover the cost of the First Holy Communion student booklet before next Wednesday evening’s meeting.   


Alive Youth is on every Friday during this term from 6.00 -7.30 pm in the Parish Centre after Camp Australia. Students in Years 5 and 6 come together to have fun, make friends, and get to know God a little better.   

Please bring $5 for dinner! Call Nick Weir on 0452 208 151 for more details or if you have any questions.   

Information forms about Alive Youth are available in the Office if you are interested and would like to collect one.   

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 Tuesday 1 August

Whole School Mass 4.08.17


Wednesday 2 August

First Friday Mass / Grandparent’s Mass

ICAS English Year 5 Excursion Hazelhurst Gallery Gymea Parent Volunteer Workshop 6.00pm


Parent Information Evening St Joseph’s Riverwood First Holy Communion 7pm

Prayer Assembly Week 2

6 MacKillop

Week 3

6 Penola

Week 4

K Tenison

Thursday 3 August -

Year 1 Excursion Art Gallery of NSW

Friday 4 August


Eastern Region Athletics Carnival @ Homebush


Grandparent’s Mass @ 9.00am Grandparent’s Morning Tea 10.00am-11.00am

Wednesday Mass (9am) 02.08.17

Year 6


Year 2


Year 3

Wednesday Penance

Saturday 5 August -

P & F Family Disco @ Club Rivers 6.30pm-9.00pm

Tuesday 15 August -

ICAS Mathematics


5 Penola

Tuesday 22 August -

Book Week Parade


4 MacKillop

Friday 28 August



4 Penola

Kindergarten Excursion Calmsley Hill City Farm

Thursday 31 August -

Father’s Day Breakfast

Friday 1 September -

Father’s Day Stall

Tuesday 5 September Netball Gala Day @ Penrith Sun 10 September -

Confirmation @ OLF Peakhurst

Sun 17 September -

First Holy Communion @ St Joseph’s Riverwood

Fri 22 September

Last Day of Term 3


“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 Small Steps Presentation 


We had a very strong attendance at our presentation last Tuesday evening. Our presenter Rachel, explained the different types of anxiety disorders and the importance of seeking support and early intervention for the children in our care. The feedback from staff, parents and our presenter was very positive. Thankyou to all those who were able to attend and thank you for your feedback.   

Mindful Parenting Workshop with Christine Agha   

When : Thursday 31st August   Where : St Joseph’s Riverwood between 9:00 and 10:am followed by morning tea.  What:

An interactive workshop to help you learn tools to take care of yourself whilst parenting and taking care of children.  Invitation and more information will be sent to you all soon. 

We are currently working on a positive behaviour matrix for the children as part of our School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning. The “matrix” on the following page may assist you in understanding the language and some of the expectations used when we are teaching and working with the children in regards to safe, respectful and responsible behaviour at St Joseph’s.    

Take care  Elaine Thompson  “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” SPBL Positive Behaviour Matrix — Playground  Areas 

Under the Cola 

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I am being ‘Respectful’  when I 

I am being ‘Responsible’ when I 

show others how to   sit quietly and calmly  wait patiently for directions 

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speak clearly. 


respect the privacy of   others. 

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check I have enough money.  know what I want to buy. 

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only buy items for myself 

Moving around the school 

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leave the area clean and  tidy.  tell the office staff if there  are any problems in the toilet 

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know how I’m getting home.  listen to the teacher's   instructions 

put my bag away properly  and move to the playground straight away  return to my class promptly 

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am quiet under the COLA  listen to the person on the   Microphone 

say please and thank you.  join at the end of the line.  stand aside when I’ve been served. 

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walk to my lines sensibly  sit facing forward, with my legs  crossed in my line  walk back into class quietly in   my line  walk and line up quietly.  wait for my turn.  Stand behind the person in  front of me. 

I put my rubbish in the bin. 

 Pick-Up Line 

I am being ‘Safe’ when I 

listen to the priest and  teachers.  participate in the responses.  are reverent.  take my belongings with me. 

am a problem solver  Place rubbish in the bin 

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go into the cubicle by myself.  lock the cubicle door.  use the toilet / urinal in the   correct way.  use the toilet paper   appropriately.  flush the toilet.  follow the teacher’s I  instructions on the microphone  stand aside for adults.  sit quietly 

am quiet when walking in   walkways and on stairs  keep to the left when walking in   walkways and on stairs 

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walk in the toilet area.  leave food or drink outside the   toilet area.  turn off the tap.  wash and dry my hands.  leave the area straight away. 

walk to my pick up area.  sit and wait for the teacher to   come on duty.  wear my hat.  keep my bag close to me  sit down with my family group  remain seated with my family   group until called.  walk, not run, when I move  around the school  walk facing forward, one step at   a time on stairs 

stand aside for adults  walk into the church in silence.  genuflect before entering the   pew.  keep our feet off the kneelers. 

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walk to church in two lines.  sit on the pew with our feet on  the floor.  kneel on the kneeler.


Look after church property. 

take turns  move to lines on the first bell  use pathways to protect   gardens 

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wear my hat  use equipment appropriately 


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” BOOK WEEK 19-26 AUGUST 2017 The theme for Book Week is Escape To   Everywhere. We would like to dress to the theme this year and are asking students to start thinking about where they could be escaping to. It may be somewhere around the world or even to a fantasy destination. Our parade will be on Tuesday 22 August.    During this week we will be having our BOOK FAIR. It will begin in the morning before school on Monday 21 August and conclude Friday 25 August. It will be open each morning and afternoon. The Book Fair is an opportunity for you to support our Library. You are able to purchase books for yourself and the school earns 15% of the sale to purchase more books. Or of even greater benefit is when students purchase books to donate to the school. In this way we get both a new book and the 15% of the sale. Books that are donated to the school are ready (almost guaranteed) the next day for the student to borrow as a Library book and they are the first person to read that book. Inside the book is a name plate that lets future students who read that book know who donated the book to the school. In addition to this we have already made 130 gift bags which go to the first 130 students who donate a book from the Book Fair to the Library. So get in before they all run out! 


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2017 Congratulations

to the children who have already

completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge for this year.

Don’t forget to bring your completed reading log to your teacher as soon as you have finished so your record can be entered on line. Challenge ends 25 August 2017!

Happy Reading Everyone!  

“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:   Tiana Petkovski represented our school as part of the MacKillop Cross Country Team at the NSW PSSA state championship on 31 July. Tiana Petkovski ran 24th out of a field of about 80 in the girls 10 year olds 2km race. Tiana has raced well throughout the Cross Country carnivals and we congratulate her on her achievements.      Antonio Caruana also represented our school as part of the MacKillop Cross Country Team at the NSW PSSA state championship. Antonio Caruana ran 42nd out of a field of about 90 in the boys 12/13 year olds 3km race. Antonio’s achievements in Cross Country this year have been amazing and we are all proud of his efforts.                        OzTag: If there is anyone interested in joining an OzTag team there are pamphlets available from the office. The St George Dragontag are looking for students aged 4-16 to be part of their competition. There is also more information available from     

Q: Why did the vegetarians stop running cross country?  A: They didn't like the meets!     

Have a great fortnight! 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”


s y a d Birth

Happy Birthday to the following children who will have a Birthday between 17 July and 30July 2017

Maddison Chediac

Dilan Ivanoski

Elena Sorras

Ethan Wards Smart

Tommy Evans

Michael Elazzi

Oliver Curtis

Ben Ridley

Isabella Trovato

Mia Mannah

Catherine Samuel

Daniel Bortolin

Mia Tsekas

Jonathan James

Matthew Williams

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 is open of the following days during Term 2::Friday 4 August, Friday 18 August, Friday 1 September, & Friday 15 September. 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.

“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 30th June & Friday 21st July :-


Maribelle Bashir, Sean Fenerty, Adrian Fonseca, Mika Garland, Judd Hammond, Chayce Mahara, Harrison McKenna, Sophia Papadopoulos, Harrison Perks, Matthew Qin, Catherine Samuel & Ava Vandenheuvel,

Year 1

Daniel Ivanovski, Jake Porter, Yianna Stergioupoulos, Leni Tandek, Monica Tarabo, Kristian Vostoganis, Kiarna Whitten & Justin Wilkinson

Year 2

Morris Barton, Milla Cavdarovski, Blake Cohen, Lucas Fonseca, Anastasia Lee, Caterina Moretti, Liam Nolan & Darren Theodore

Year 3

Jisla Bravo, Kane Fullerton, Angus Graham, Mia Mannah, Jack Maroon, Alessandra Sacchinelli, Liani Vasiliou & Angel-Rose Zakhem

Year 4

Zara Bottaro, Taylor Coyle, Taylah Hill, Nicholas Laspatzis, Alexander Liaskos, Hayley Saliba, Annabel Samuel & Thomas Sarafoski

Year 5

Natasha Alexander, India Faber, Leanna Marta, Kane McCarren, Zachary Nobrega, Carter See, Youstina Gerges & Hunter Solomons,

Year 6

Christian Alvaro, Adam Dixon, Sienna Ferguson, Theano Houdalakis, Harry Kontrafouris, Tiana Kulchar, Lara Tolic & Daniel Wilding

“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 Family Disco Night: The Family Disco Night will be on Saturday 5th August and is always a fun night for everyone! Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 and extended family and friends are welcome to attend. A flyer with payment details has been sent home, we ask that all payments be made by Tuesday 1st August and payment advices returned to the office. Online payments only will be accepted. If you haven’t received a flyer please contact the office or Yvette Kellehear on 0404856905. If any parents are available to volunteer to assist on the night please also contact Yvette Kellehear on 0404856905. Upcoming Events: September 2017   

Father’s Day Stall Father’s Day BBQ Breakfast Family Movie Night

Stay tuned for more details. The next P&F Meeting will be at 7pm on Wednesday 23 August 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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