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 10 Term 2 2024 Newsletter

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Week 10 Term 2 2024 Newsletter

    Dear parents and carers,

    O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others

    Open my ears that I may hear their cries;

    Open my heart so that they need not be without comfort;

    Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong;

    Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.

    Show me where love and hope and faith are needed.

    And use me to bring them to those places.

    And so open my eyes and my ears

    That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for You.


    Several weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day Spiritual Retreat following the theme of Justice. It was a valuable opportunity to be with other Catholic leaders as we strengthened our understanding of Justice from a Christian perspective. It is undeniable that seeking and acting with justice is foundational for discipleship and mission in Christian Leadership. We make all attempts to practice justice within our school community through policies, structures and practices that are consistent with the themes of Catholic Social Teaching which is underpinned by respect for the dignity of the human person. We are committed to nurturing a school community that practices justice in all aspects and we encourage you to join us in this mission by reinforcing these values at home and engaging with our school initiatives that promote justice and dignity for all. Your support and involvement are crucial in helping us maintain a community where justice and respect are lived out daily.

    Parent conferences and reports

    Thank you to our parents for taking the time out of their busy schedules last week to meet with teachers to discuss their children’s academic progress. Reports are now available on Compass via the parent portal.

    Thank you also to our staff for the time and effort that has gone into preparing the reports to go home today, and for giving time last week to meet with parents.

    School Disco

    It is time for the kids to get their groove on and come along to the St Joseph's School Disco on Friday 2 August. 

    There will be two age groups - 

    • ELC to Year 2 - 6.15 - 7.15pm (ELC parents are required to stay for the hour)
    • Year 3 to 6 - 7.30 - 8.30pm

    On the night there will be hotdogs and drinks provided to the children.

    As this is an event supported by the School Community Council, there is no cost involved but it is necessary to 'purchase tickets' via Qkr! so we know numbers for the event. The Qkr! event will be live from Thursday 4 July.



    Can you see yourself behind a hotdog stand or glamming it up with some glitter hairspray? Limited number of disco volunteer spaces available, contact to avoid disappointment. 

    Keeping your Child Safe Online

    Attached to this newsletter is a fact sheet about Sextortion. Sextortion is a form of online blackmail where someone tricks students or adults into sending sexual images and then threatens to share the images unless you comply with their demands. There has been an increase of this type of behaviour targeting children in Australia on their devices through various apps, such as messaging and games. It may be worthwhile having a read through the fact sheet and follow up with an age appropriate discussion with your child these the holidays.

    I hope all families enjoy the upcoming break from school, taking some time to rest and recharge after a busy term. We look forward to seeing all the student on the first day of Term 3, Tuesday 23 July.

    Yours in Christ,

    Beth Hawkes

    Read Less

    Sustainability in Action

    Welcome to the Bee Cafe

    After a semester-long unit on our favourite pollinators, the Year 1s have assembled their Bee Cafe using only upcycled containers. We are hopeful this special space will bring lots of great pollinating for our Kitchen Garden program. 

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    If you are looking to part with any old containers (we have pots, tires, gumboots, watering cans, etc), we would love to incorporate them into our Bee Cafe! 

    “Bees are nature’s magicians” - Unknown


    Ryan McGee

    Sustainability Coordinator


    Book Week is in Week 5 next term and we have lots of amazing book related activities planned. I will send out more information at the start of next term about that, but before that happens, we are going to have a visit from the AMAZING author R.A. Spratt. Rachel is only visiting two Canberra schools and we are one of them (!) and she will be talking  to Years 3-6s on the 7th of August (Week 3).  We have been excitedly looking at and borrowing her books, but if you haven't got your hands on one just yet, a great way to get to know Rachel and her awesome stories is to listen to her Podcast.




    They are short, funny stories, often retells of classic fairytales, myths and legends and are great for car trips with the whole family.

    You also have the opportunity to buy some of her books. Follow the instructions on the following flyer to order through Lamont before the 22nd of July and they will be delivered to the school before the event to be signed by Rachel on the day! You can still order after this date, but they won't be able to be signed. 

    Don't worry if you are in ELC - Year 2 as you will have a visit from Amelia McInerney during Book Week and will have a chance to order signed copies of her great picture books in the lead up. 


    Elizabeth Mihalopoulos

    Library and Technology Teacher

    We finished the term with marshmallow construction fun and an end of term pizza and popcorn party. 

    I hope you all have a restful break over the holidays and stay warm. Thanks for making my first few weeks at St Joseph’s such fun. I look forward to seeing you next term.

    Lisa Bauer

    Defence Support Mentor


    Hello parents and families,

    Just a reminder that orders for the butter chicken close Wednesday.

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    With Term 2 coming to a close, I just want to give a massive shout out to the amazing volunteers that come every week to support me and ensure the kids get their yummy lunch orders. THANKYOU!!! 



      Uniform Shop News

      Congratulations to the Week 10 award recipients. 

      Foundation Red


      Louis N

      Foundation White

      Julian G

      Fox O

      1 Purple

      Maeve G


      1 Teal

      Brianna T

      Matilda S

      2 Magenta Michael H 2 Yellow

      Archie A

      Bridie M

      3 Black

      Melissa B-A

      Sahana B

      Austin F

      3 Navy

      Jackson B

      Mason I

      Nate M

      4 Gold

      Bhavin S

      Ivy S

      4 Green

      Ivy E

      Samphel N

      5 Blue

      Tresa S

      Samuel S

      5 Orange

      Sara S

      William O

      6 Lime

      Allegra R-P

      Luke D

      6 Silver

      Marvin R

      Anna S


      Olivia M

      Happy birthday to these students who celebrated their birthday this week, and over the holidays:


      Emma P
      Rohan B
      Yaanih N
      Amelia S
      Winifred W-B
      Nathan D
      Xavier P-E
      Lueth M
      George H
      Donald M
      Sebastian P
      Amari P
      Audrey B
      Elena S
      Levi I
      Karma L
      Luke D
      Verity L
      Oliver L

      Family-friendly programming at the NFSA

      The NFSA in Acton is screening a selection of sports classics and well-loved family movies during the July school holidays, including A League of Their Own, Cool Runnings, Bend It Like Beckham, Howl’s Moving Castle and Lilo & Stitch. The NFSA building is open daily to explore before or after the screening, including pop culture curiosities on display in The Library and locally roasted coffee available to enjoy in the onsite cafe or sunny courtyard.


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      A League of Their Own | 6 pm, Fri 5 Jul 

      Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and fight to prove that women have a place in sports in this critically acclaimed hit inspired by true events.



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      Cool Runnings | 1 pm, Thu 11 Jul 

      A feel-good family film about striving to achieve your goals – no matter the odds – loosely based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to compete at the Olympics.



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      Bend It Like Beckham | 1 pm, Fri 12 Jul 

      Sporting talent, family expectations and friendship collide in this heartfelt coming-of-age comedy about two young women who bond over their shared love of football.



      Howl’s Moving Castle | 1 pm, Thu 18 Jul 

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      The Wizard of Oz meets anime magic in this heartwarming fantasy adventure from Studio Ghibli. Selling fast!



      Lilo & Stitch | 1 pm, Fri 19 Jul 

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      Extraterrestrial experiment Stitch and young Hawaiian orphan Lilo find unlikely connection (and much chaos) in this treasured Disney animation.



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