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

NEWSLETTER Term 3 Week 6 24 August 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers

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

Recently a survey was sent to all families asking for responses to questions concerning their child’s education here at St Joseph’s and our commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community. So far we have had 79 families respond and overall the answers are very positive, however, there are a few areas that parents are concerned about, mainly Homework (both too much given and not enough given) and class sizes. I would like to hold a Parent Forum at the end of this term and again in December to create another opportunity for parents to be involved in the life of the school and to contribute their ideas in a positive way. There will be a day time meeting as well as an evening meeting to try to accommodate the needs of all families. The first Parent Forum will be on Monday 12th September at 9:00am in the Library and the evening meeting will be held on Thursday 17th November at 7:00pm. The purpose of the forums will be to work together to clarify some areas and to take on board suggestions from parents as to how we can continue to improve as a learning community.

Kindergarten 2017 Hopefully all families have received notification that we will have three Kindergarten classes in 2017. To accommodate the extra class it will be necessary, in the short term, to have a demountable classroom on site. We have been very fortunate in procuring a demountable that has been used as an Early Childhood Centre and it has enough room for the three Kindergarten classes. I will be discussing this at the P & F meeting to be held next Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the Library. If you are unable to attend the meeting and have some questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either in person or via email.


“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 “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE PRINCIPAL Cont’d Book Week and Book Parade Unfortunately the weather forecast for Friday’s Book Parade is 80% chance of rain. If the weather is fine we will have the Primary Award Assembly under the COLA and then move straight into the Book Parade and class performances. Year 4 Penola will have their Prayer Assembly on Thursday morning under the COLA. If it is raining we will be unable to have the Book Parade but all students will still come to school dressed as their Book Character. Class performances will be held in each classroom and there will be Open Classrooms until 10:30am. Parents are permitted to take their child / children to the Library Book Fair to purchase books. Fine Weather  8:50 Primary Awards - COLA  9:00 Book Parade on the playground  9:20 Choir performances  10:00 Open Classrooms  10:50 Morning Tea - parents welcome to stay with their children 

Wet Weather  All performances to be held in each grade’s classroom 

  9:00 Kindergarten Grade Performance  9:15 Year One Grade Performance  9:30 Year Two Grade Performance  9:45 Year Three Grade Performance  10:00 Year Four Grade Performance  10:15 Year 5 Grade Performance  10:30 Year Six Grade Performance   OPEN CLASSROOMS from 9:00 - 10:30 


11.20 Class Performances

LITTLETON STREET DROP OFF AND PICK UP ZONE  Thank you to the families who have responded to improving the procedures for Car Line. We are asked quite regularly by parents and grandparents why cars are not permitted to line up in Littleton Street from 3:00pm. The dismissal bell rings at 3:05. To alleviate congestion at the gates and in Littleton Street, students whose parents are on the playground are dismissed first from lines. The Car line students then move to the Silver Seats. Realistically and logistically, car line does not commence until 3:10.   Please understand that Littleton St is a public street and that we need to work with the local council and residents to ensure a safe and workable solution to managing the volume of school traffic in the afternoon.    To make the car line procedures more efficient please adhere to the following expectations:     Pick up line cars enter Littleton St at 3:10 and not before that time. If you are waiting in the line up of cars before 3:10 and the parking police are there you will be booked “Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.”  

Matthew 5:7


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

Pick up line drivers need to ensure that they give way to any cars trying to move from their legal parking spot in Littleton Street


Have your family name clearly displayed for the teacher on duty


Please inform any carers, family friends or grandparents who collect your children of the car line procedures


Please be patient and understand that we are trying to provide a safe and workable solution to dismissing over 400 students and that everything we do is for their safety.

FATHER’S DAY BBQ BREAKFAST   We look forward to seeing Dads and Grandfathers at the BBQ Breakfast next Thursday 4th September. God Bless Kim McCue Principal

FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL MATHEMATICS PARENT WORKSHOPS Are you curious about what your children are learning in Maths lessons? Are you wondering how you can help them at home? If you answered yes to either of these questions then please come along to one of our Parent Workshops! The workshops will be held on Tuesday September 6 at 9am and 6pm in the school Library. There's still time to register your attendance by cutting and pasting this link into a new web browser to complete the form to assist with planning :- Enjoy your fortnight! Lynda Busuttil “Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy.”  

Matthew 5:7


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR

Part of our mission as a Catholic School is to teach our students to:   

know, understand and act on Catholic social teaching, in particular the ‘preferential option for the poor’, the obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation, the recognition of universal human rights, and the responsibility to foster peaceful relations among peoples  Archbishop’s Charter #5   

One of our annual social outreach initiatives, which assists us to fulfill our mission, is to support the Gethsemane Community led by Sister Myree Harris, a contemporary Josephite, who is the community leader and coordinator. Gethsemane Community is a community house for a small number of men and women with mental illness and/or intellectual disability, who have no family or friendship support and have been homeless or living in insecure housing. Gethsemane is the only place that helps these residents develop living skills and promotes independence, responsibility and care for each other. The Gethsemane Community also supports many other poor and lonely people living under difficult circumstances throughout Sydney.   

At St Joseph’s we support the Gethsemane Community by providing men’s and ladies’ dress socks which are used as part of Christmas gift packages, and we send Christmas cards at Christmas time, which bring great joy to these people who do not have family support.     

As is tradition, we are having a Crazy Sock Day on Monday 12th September.     

The children may wear crazy socks in any way they would like - on their feet, in their hair, as jewellery etc. however instead of bringing in socks, we are simply asking for a gold coin or pink note donation. The particular ladies’ and men’s dress socks needed can be difficult to source and your donations will enable us to purchase the most appropriate items.         

Our School Leaders and Student Representative Council members will be promoting Crazy Sock Day before Monday 12th September and we thank you in anticipation of your generous support for these lonely people whose Christmas Day you will brighten immensely. 

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


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FIRST CONFESSION AT ST JOSEPH’S PARISH RIVERWOOD   

Registration forms for First Confession at St Joseph’s Riverwood will be coming home next week. If your child is in Year 2 or above and has not yet made their First Confession, you are invited to enrol them for the Sacrament. The following are important dates for your diary:   

Information evening




Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4

Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

16/10/16 23/10/16 30/10/16 6/11/16

8:30am  8:30am  8:30am  8:30am 






We ask that the candidates and their families attend the 9:30am Mass after Sunday School.   

If you have any questions please contact Margaret at the St Joseph’s Presbytery on 9534 1537 or me, through the School Office.   

Peace and best wishes Robyn Green   MINDQUEST 2016

St George Girls High School (Victoria Street KOGARAH) Saturday & Sunday 17 & 18 September 2016

NSW Talent Enrichment Weekend for gifted and talented students from Years 1-6.

Information Sheets available from the School Office. Cost of weekend $190.00

Closing Date: Friday 19 August. Contact Shelagh Poray - Ph: 4232 2494 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


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


Whole School Mass 02.09.16

Thurs 25 August

- Year 1 Excursion Korean Cultural Experience

22 –26 August

- Book Week

Friday 26 August

- Book Character Parade

First Friday Mass @ 12 noon

Friday Prayer Assembly 26.08.16

4 Penola

Thurs 1 September - Father’s Day Breakfast


1 Penola

Fri 2 September


4 MacKillop

Wed 7 September - Grandparents Mass / Morning Tea  

Wednesday Penance 31.08.16

Year 3 Penola


Year 5 MacKillop


Year 5 Penola

- Father’s Day Stall

Fri 9 September

- Kindergarten Excursion Calmsley Hill City Farm

Sat 10 September - P & F Family Photos St Joseph’s Parish Centre Mon 12 September - Crazy Sock Day Wed 14 September

Year 5 Excursion Hazelhurst Gallery

Fri 16 September - PUPIL FREE DAY Fri 23 September - Last Day of Term 3

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 on the following days during Term 3:Friday 2 September, Friday 16 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.

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


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” Book Week 2016 Week 6 22nd – 26th August  

The theme for this year’s Book Week is Australia: Story Country. We have been celebrating Book Week with lots of exciting activities. On Monday Kindergarten to Year 2 had a great time at the Fair Dinkum performance. Years 3-6 were thrilled to draw with Mathew Lin and to watch him draw Manga, especially the Pokemon characters. There is a Book Fair operating all week before and after school. A big thank you to those people who have already supported our Book Fair. The Book Fair will be on throughout our Book Character Parade morning. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to purchase some books for your children or for the school. If you donate a book to the school your child will be the first person who is able to read the book. We hope to see you in the Library. The finalists for our Poetry Writing Competition are on display in the Library with our winner announced as part of our celebrations on Friday. Congratulations to the following students who are our finalists: Kindergarten: Daniel Ivanovski, Liam Luis, Jake Porter, Briar Rowe, Victoria Vasiliou and Justin Wilkinson Year 1 :

Eloise Barton, Morris Barton, Isaac Evans, Anastasia Lee, Liam Nolan and Kane Morris

Year 2 :

Olivia Asprea, Elouise McMahon, Angelina Tarabo, Liani Vasiliou, Anika Whitten and David Zhao

Year 3 :

Taylor Coyle, Mikala Ferguson, Kate Milic, Hayley Saliba, Thomas Sarafoski and Amelia Simone

Year 4 :

Marcus Buckley, Cooper Cook, Madison Jarvis, Jack Milic, Nicholas Puckeridge and Sam Ridley

Year 5 :

Cecilia Hoang, Stephanie Korkotidis, Jennifer-Tyler Lo, Lisa Ost, Natasha Santos and Kenrick Theodore

Year 6 :

Jordan Coyle, Kayla Ingle-Olson, Anna Kim, Marc Noun, Hannah Ridley and Sheldon Suarez

Parents and grandparents are invited to attend our Book Character Parade morning on Friday 26 August. The parade will begin at 9:10am. The students are invited to come to school on the day dressed up, wearing a mask or hat or simply by bringing their favourite book to carry around during the parade. After the Book Character Parade parents and grandparents will be entertained by our choir. You will then have the opportunity to visit your child’s class. Next, you will be able to share recess with the students. After recess, each grade will be sharing an entertaining item. We hope that you can make it to our celebrations.

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

Matthew 5:7


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

It has been a great season of debating so far. I would like to congratulate the following children: Alanson Garcia Cristina Yazbeck Christian Signorelli Teana Bourke Ella Nicou Daniel Lakiss Joshua Roy Hannah Ridley

Stephanie Korkotidis Nicholas Oendy Claudia Nguyen Harrison Cragg Daniel Crimmins Emma Harris Lara Tolic

Olivia Simone Lia Nikolas Erini Papagianopolous Tamara Buckley Sheldon Suarez Isabella Mandalinic Elena Tnokovska

Timekeeper and Chairperson: Joel Weegen & Jessica-Tyler Lo You have all worked so hard and engaged the audience every week with your strong arguments and even stronger refutes. You should be very proud of yourselves. Thank you to those students who gave up their Tuesday nights to help timekeep and chair the debate and also a huge thank you to the students from Mount St Joseph’s for adjudicating the debates. You were all very fair and we appreciate you volunteering your time to assist us. Also a big thank you to Mrs Fullerton, Mrs Eaton and Miss Streater for giving up their time to help prepare the students and Mrs McCue and Mrs Busuttill for attending all the debates and showing their support. We still have one more week to go and I’m sure it will be a very interesting debate. The topic for the next debate is ‘That there should be tourism in Antarctica’. If you would like to attend the information is as follows: Date and time: Location:

Tuesday 30th August 7pm St Gabriel’s Bexley

Congratulations again to all students who participated and good luck to the students debating next week.

Kind regards, Miss Alanna Tone Debating Coordinator “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7  


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” FROM THE SPORTS CO-ORDINATOR


On Tuesday 6th September, 54 students will represent St Joseph’s at the 2016 NSW Catholic Primary Schools Netball Carnival. This year, we have six teams competing in the Netball Carnival. We wish these students all the best of luck!                            

Junior Boys 

8/9 Girls 

10s Girls 

Marcus Buckley  Adrian Kafetzis  Jeremy Khoury  Nicholas Laspatzis  Kane McCarren  Austin McDean  Thomas Sarafoski  Finlay Whitten  Mitchell Woods 

Mia Antuoni  Gwyneth Apostolou  Kira Bourke  Chanel Chakouch  Annabel Cohen  Taylor Coyle  Izabel Dawson  Hailee English  Capri Tandek 

Sienna Dawson  India Faber  Mikayla Ferguson  Lucy Finn  Brianna Lakiss  Patricia Papagianopoulos  Charlotte Poole  Amelia Simone  Deanna Vasiliou 

12/13s Girls 

12/13s Girls 

Senior Boys 

Tamara Buckley  Kansas Chakouch  Jordan Coyle  Sienna Ferguson  Liahna Hofman  Abbey Hronis  Rechelle Nagle  Claudia Nguyen  Sofia Ninovic 

Teana Bourke  Emma Harris  Erin Marcozanis  Erini Papagianopoulos  Hannah Ridley  Olivia Simone  Elena Tnokovska  Christina Vandarakis  Samara Woods 

Michael Antonio  Dimitri Antonio  Dylan Carr  Oliver Farr  Alanson Garcia  Noah Hagras  Rory Little  Marc Noun  Matthew Campos Peterson 

Congratulations to Alex Ninovic who competed in the 2016 Go-Kart Melbourne City Titles. Alex placed 2nd overall after many practise and qualifying runs! He continues to demonstrate a high level of skill in this sport and is very deserving of all of his achievements. We are incredibly proud of your sporting achievements Alex! 

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


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” K-2 Swimming Program 2016   The Swimming Program for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will take place over 8 weeks commencing each Wednesday from 12th October – 30th November at Max Parker Leisure Centre, Revesby. It is expected that all children will attend this program as it is a vital part of the PDHPE curriculum. The swimming team at Max Parker Leisure Centre, Revesby would like each parent to complete a some medical information and an ability survey on their child so they can group children according to skills to start official swimming lessons on their first day. This will be sent home along with the permission note this week and must be returned by Friday 9th September. Have a good fortnight Jenna O’Donnell Sport Coordinator

t s u g Au ys a d h t Bir

Happy Birthday to the following children who will have a Birthday between 15 August and 28 August 2016

David Gillies

Felicity O’Keefe

Daniel Crimmins

Oliver Farr

Jayden Mahara-Piggot

Jordan Coyle

Nicholas Rossini

Briar Rowe

Jonathan Skagias

Jennifer Lo

Miara Tumang

Jordan Aquilina

Gwyneth Apostolou

Marceline Oendy

Gabriela Scaf

Cara Bristow

Brianna Graniero

Jessica Lo

Hannah Ridley

Dion Vandarakis

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


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

MERIT CERTIFICATES Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Certificates at assemblies on Friday 12th August and Friday 19th August:-


Leon Azzi, Thomas Jury, Alexander Lake, Nicola Papaioannou, Yianna Stergiopoulos, Talia Suteski, Deon Tsekas & Matthew Williams

Year 1

Miguel Araujo, Eloise Barton, Sophia Campanaro, Finn Garland, Josephine Kitoko, Lain Martin, Liam Nolan & Lucas Roy

Year 2

Nathan Azzi, Kiara Briskoski, Richard Campanaro, Jack Maroon, Nicholas Marta, Elouise McMahon, Angelina Tarabo & Veronica Zhen

Year 3

Gwyneth Apostolou, Jordan Aquilina, Izabel Dawson, Alexia Korkotidis, Joshua Lane Chicharo, Nicholas Laspatzis, Katerina Papaioannou & Amelia Simone

Year 4

Lucy Finn, Alexandra Kis, Aisake Korotubuicalevu, Kane McCarren, Alma Moliterno, Talena Saumaitoga, Miara Tumang & Thomas Whiteman

Year 5

Charlie Fahd, Sienna Ferguson, Cecilia Hoang, Harry Kontrafouris, Daniel Lakiss, Jennifer Lo, Ezekiel Paterno & Kenrick Theodore

Year 6

Tamara Buckley, Luka Cavdarovski, Danica Di Stefano, Liahna Hofman, Kayla Ingle-Olsen, Jessica Lo, Samara Woods & Cristina Yazbeck

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


St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School “Inspiring Hearts, Opening Minds” P & F News Dear Parents and Caregivers P&F MEETING The next P&F meeting is being held next Tuesday 30 August at 7pm in the school library. All are welcome and we'd love to see some new faces. There will be wine and nibbles available on the night as well! FATHERS DAY BREAKFAST A reminder that the annual Fathers Day breakfast is being held on Thursday 1 September before school. All fathers, grandfathers & uncles are invited to the breakfast so please invite them along to enjoy breakfast with the kids. What a great way for the children to celebrate the wonderful men in their lives. If you are able to help on the morning please contact Remonda Dawson on 0405 157 871 FATHERS DAY STALL A reminder that the Fathers Day stall is taking place on Friday 2 September. Payment for gifts is due this Friday 26 August. Please remember that you will not be able to send cash on the day. We do not want any children to miss out but if you do not pay in advance your child will not be able to purchase gifts. We require a number of parents to help sell the gifts to the children on the day, if you are able to help on the stall please contact Richelle Brownlee on 0401 623 695 for more details. PROFESSIONAL FAMILY PORTRAITS Bookings for the professional family photos need to be booked in ASAP. If you have misplaced the envelope with booking details please contact Nicolle Whale on 0414 207 201. This is an opportunity for you to have a professionally posed family portrait that will also help us raise funds for the school. For $20 you get a 10x13 photo from the shoot as well as a keyring and the chance to win $1,500!! Plus you will have the opportunity to purchase extra photos in a variety of sizes, black & white printing and digital copies that you can use on canvas. What a great Christmas present to give to your family. The photo shoots will take place on Saturday 10 September. Please book in your spot. SAVE THE DATE - A NIGHT AT THE RACES Our annual night at the races has been booked for Friday 11 November. More details to come but please save the date. Anyone who went last year will tell you what a fantastic night it was, you don't want to miss out! Steve McMahon - P & F President Mobile:0419 770 355 / [email protected] “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  

Matthew 5:7

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