St Joseph’s Primary School - O'Connor
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Boronia Drive
O'Connor ACT 2602

Phone: 02 6248 9818
Fax: 02 6247 1792

Week 7 Term 2 2019 Newsletter

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Week 7 Term 2 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents and the St Joseph’s Community,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter. A few reminders and information for the coming weeks:


As was mentioned earlier in the term, we have been keeping Catherine Parmenter in our thoughts and prayers in recent weeks. Catherine will now take the remainder of this term and all of Term 3 off to rest and get herself well, ready for the start of Term 4 when the weather is warmer! We all miss Catherine around our school and look forward having her smiling face return to us.

Ms Linley Ellis will continue to work in the Library during Catherine’s absence, preparing for Book Week in Term 3 and ensuring the students continue to foster a love of reading. It is still hoped that the planned Seasons for Growth Program will run, but later in the year once additional mentor training is undertaken.


It is timely to again remind all users of the school carpark that the safety of our students, as well as parents and carers, is paramount. In recent weeks there have been some very unsafe behaviours by drivers and pedestrians alike. A reminder that the drive through lane is not to be used as parking spaces before and after school. Doing so greatly increases the chances of a pedestrian not being seen when crossing at the crossing. When parking in a marked parking spot, parents and carers are asked to walk their child to / from the car via the pedestrian crossing only. We also have disabled access parking that must be left clear for those in our community who require it.

Another concern is the that some members of our school community are parking either on the grass verge at the exit of the school or on the road directly adjacent and along Boronia Drive in front of the school. These vehicles are obstructing the view of drivers leaving the school and also limiting the visibility of students using the crossing. All these areas are no parking and police will issue fines.  There is additional parking at the church if necessary, allowing parents and carers to walk down to collect children from under the trees.

Thank you to most who are aware of the importance of doing the right thing and are patient when using the school carpark. I appreciate that it is busy, but for the safety of all students, parents and carers, please continue to take care and stick to these expectations.



The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability (NCCD) is a process that all schools must complete on an annual basis. It is designed to count the number of students who receive additional adjustments or ‘help’ at school because of a disability. This national data collection helps federal and state governments plan for the needs of students with disability. It is also the way that schools seek and receive funding to support the learning needs of the their students.

Parent / Teacher Meetings

With reports currently being written and prepared to be sent home on Friday Week 9, an important part of the shared communication between school and home is the opportunity to meet with teachers. In Week 10 there will be formal Parent / Teacher Meetings to allow teachers to provide feedback to parents about the progress of their child and to set some goals for the second half of the year. There may be meetings held between now and the end of the term that serve to have these conversations, but it is hoped that by the end of the term that all parents will ensure they do meet with their child’s teacher. This year we are using the new Schoolzine platform to book and manage the organisation of the Parent / Teacher Meetings. Please follow the two links below to access the booking process:

Link to the booking platform:​ 

Link to a guide for the booking process:

House Point System

Following the introduction of our School-wide Positive Behaviour Program based on our House Point System, the students have all contributed to the accumulation of points by making positive choices across the school and lending a hand to others at times. At the start of the term, each House nominated a target to work towards and a benchmark reward when they reached this target – and all Houses very easily reached their reward early in the term!

This Friday, each house will receive their benchmark reward. Students will gather as a house group from 12pm to 1pm for the activity they chose at the beginning of term.

  • Lourdes - Disco 
  • Madonna - Free Play 
  • Loretto - Technology Hour
  • Fatima - Movie 

All students are also invited to wear casual clothes on Friday as part of recognising their efforts.

With 4 weeks remaining in the term, the current House Point leader board stands at:

  • Fatima - 1873 points
  • Lourdes - 1762 points
  • Madonna - 1452 points
  • Loretto - 1309 points

Who will our winning House be for Term 2? 


Have a great end to the week.

Yours in Christ.

Cameron Tarrant


Liturgical Year


As we journey through our liturgical seasons from Eastertide to Pentecost, this week we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. The coming two Sundays are special days. On this coming Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity—one God in three persons.

In the Gospel (John 16:12-15) Jesus assures the disciples that even though he must leave them, he will send the Holy Spirit to help them and that they will not have to face the future alone. This passage on Trinity Sunday reinforces our understanding of the unity shared by the members of the Trinity. Although the idea of one God in three persons remains a mystery, we have the assurance that, as Jesus and the Father share all, Jesus and the Spirit share all.

Student Prayer Focus

Our Student Prayer Focus over the coming month reconnects us with our focus scripture for 2019: Matthew 28:16-20. In our focus scripture, the disciples are commissioned and Jesus tells them that he is with them always.

Just as the disciples were commissioned, we too are invited to  “go and make disciples of all nations” and in doing so are Glorifying Christ with our lives.

How will you Glorify Christ with your life this week?

In classrooms this week you will see that green leaves are once again being added to the trees in each class prayer space. The green leaf symbolises Ordinary Time. On each leaf of a word or phrase is written which symbolise how each class member will work to glorify Christ with their lives during the week.

Sacramental Information

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

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It was wonderful to see many school and parish families come together last Saturday evening for the third  preparation session for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers as they prepare for this important step in the faith journey.

Please contact Father Paul  if you have any questions about sacraments at:

Holy Communion Classes

(Year 4 and older)

5.15pm in the Hall followed by Mass at 6.00pm in the Church

Saturday 15 June (final session)

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Sunday 23 June 9am

Yours in Christ,

Melanie Stratford

Religious Education Coordinator 

St Joseph’s Athletics Carnival 2019

It happened! The 2019 St Joseph’s Athletics Carnival took place on Wednesday 22 May after having to be postponed due to wet weather. This time, we were gifted with great weather and a fantastic new venue -  O’Connor Ovals. Overall the carnival was a huge success, with all students participating in running and novelty events and a selection of students competing in their finals for discus and shot put. A big thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer to help out during the day and for those who came along to cheer the athletes.

Congratulations to all houses for their valiant efforts throughout the day and a special congratulations to Lourdes house for winning the carnival.


Sustainability in Action

Foundation has enjoyed plating on Fridays and exploring how plants grow.



Patrick enjoys the scent of fresh thyme, while Conner and Nevaeh roll up their sleeves and prepare to get their hands dirty.

Josh and Olivia F take on the Canteen! Determined to create a straw-free environment, these two have taken sustainability to the next level. Well done Year 4 leaders!


This week, we are seeking material to help Year 3 design reusable lunch bags. For material donations, please email


Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator 

Defence kids club was on again this week with the usual games and paper planes…the library is a great place to visit on these cold days.

Community News

Please fine below the June Newsletter from Soldier On – it is packed with information about activities and events. Soldier On’s mission is to work side by side with those who serve and protect Australia, and their families, helping them to secure their future.

Duntroon Community Centre is hosting a Daddy and Daughter High Tea June 22nd for Members only.  See the event flyer below for details.


Sally Adams

Defence Support Mentor 

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Tiffany Fletcher

P&F President

Congratulations to this week's award recipients. 

Foundation Red

Amani N

Anna J

3 Silver

Ben L

Max M

Foundation White

Ajmer S

Conor McG

4 Blue

Sophie P

Mary U

1 Purple

Julian F

Patrick M

4 Orange

Alli P

Angela L

1 Teal

Alice P

James M

5 Gold

Alec F

Sophia S

2 Magenta

Lawrence C

Kayla N

5 Green

Isabelle T

Chime D

2 Yellow

Stefano V

Nova S

6 Black

Zoe P

Emmanuel A

3 Lime

Reese McG

Lottie W-B


Olivia F

Joshua O'K


Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week.

Hamish D
Annabella McP
Marcos D C



As part of Merici College’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, a very special concert and fundraiser will be held on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August in the College Auditorium, Wise Street Braddon. The concert starts at 7.00pm (arrival and seating at 6.30pm) on both nights. Walk down memory lane as each decade is revisited through dance, music, drama performances, Alumni reflections and current students highlighting life at Merici College. Tickets and refreshment packages available at All funds raised will be used to improve indoor and outdoor learning spaces for students.


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