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

Phone: 02 6248 9818
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Week 3 Term 1 2020 Newsletter

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Week 3 Term 1 2020 Newsletter

Dear parents, carers and the St Joseph’s community,

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.  The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

This week, I have shared parts of the prayer from the Parent Information Night last week. The prayer, inspired by the faithful service of Archbishop Oscar Romero, speaks to the notion that we are only able to do what we can, to bring about change and peace in our lives and in the service of others. In the end, we are only part of the journey.

At the Parent Information Night, I spoke about many strategic and exciting things happening at St Joseph’s in 2020. However, in honesty, we are only planting the seeds and laying the foundations for all that is still to come not only this year, but in the many years to come. As teachers and parents, this is all we can do, give the opportunity to grow, to learn and to experience; the rest is out of our control.

In a snapshot, this is what was shared at the Parent Information Night;

  • Welcome and thank you to our incredible teachers - get to know them and make sure they know your child.
  • Be God’s Love – our theme for 2020. We want to have all in our community, experience God’s Love in many and varied ways across the year.
  • Strategic Priorities:




Our purpose is to deepen our St Joseph’s Catholic identity.

Our purpose is to intensify the focus on improving student learning outcomes.

Our purpose is to promote the growth and wellbeing of the St Joseph’s community.

  • Goals for 2020:
  1. To develop a St Joseph’s pedagogical framework for conceptual inquiry that centres learning around the student.
  2. To introduce open-ended and engaging; investigations, teaching and learning that promotes the application of mathematical thinking and skills.
  3. To use data to inform teaching and learning, identify student achievement and to guide school-wide decisions.
  • Communication is key – please ensure you are using SZapp, and maintain and seek open communication with the school.
  • Building works – 2020 will be a year of building. The new classrooms, refurbishment and playground updates.
  • Parents are wanted and needed in our school – all parents are welcome to be part of the shared responsibility to educate.
  • Engagement at home – ask great questions. ‘What was the best thing that happened today?’ or ‘what mistake did you learn from today?’
  • P&F / School Board­ – great ways to actively be involved in the school. It is a fete year!

Thank you to all those who were able to attend and join the social gathering at the end. It was a great night.

Swimming Carnival

What a great day today! Thank you to all the students for their positive involvement and competitive spirit at the carnival. From the first event through to the very closely contested relay, it was wonderful to see and hear the enjoyment and effort that went into the day. Congratulations to all the students for challenging themselves! Thank you also to all the teachers and parents who made the carnival a success. It is always lovely to have parent helpers. Thank you to Melanie Stratford and the staff for preparing and running a great day. The winner of the carnival will be announced tomorrow morning at Morning Gathering.

Opening School Mass and Leadership Ceremony

Thank you to Fr Paul for sharing Mass with the school community last Thursday, for our Opening School Mass. Our theme, Be God’s Love, was celebrated and visible in the class prayer mats and in the focus Fr Paul made on ‘grounding’ ourselves in the knowledge we are loved. Congratulations to our Year 6 Leaders and Year 5 Leaders in Training, who were recognised on the day and presented with their leadership badges.

Parent / Teacher interviews

In Week 5 there will be an opportunity for all parents to meet with teachers to discuss the start of the school year and to share important information about their child. The focus is on giving teachers an insight into what you know about your child, that will assist the teachers to support them throughout the year. Many parents may have already met with teachers prior to this, so an additional meeting is not necessary. The expectation is that by the end of Week 5, all teachers have had a purposeful conversation will all parents in their class. A link to the booking platform will be shared in the coming days.

Have a great end to the week.

Yours with Christ,

Cameron Tarrant


Religious Life of St Joseph’s

This coming Sunday we farewell Sister Julie with Mass at 9.00 am and afterwards for morning tea in the Parish Hall. This is the end of a long relationship with our community and a final chapter of our close relationship with the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome to attend.

Ethos and Charism

Our strategic priority to deepen our St Joseph’s identity means to deepen our understanding of our Josephite Charism.  We can learn much about our Josephite Charism through quotes from Saint Mary Mackillop.


Prayer and Worship

Student Led Christian Prayer

Each Friday after the first break Year 6 lead classes in prayer.

Liturgical Season: Fifth Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Liturgical Season Colour: Green

This week the focus is on the Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

One day Jesus said: “If someone hits you, do not hit them back;

instead, you must forgive them and try to be their friend. Learn to

love your enemies and to pray for anyone who wishes you harm.

It is easy to love someone who loves you back, but it is hard to

love someone who hurts you. Try to be like God our Father, who

always forgives. If you do this, others will see God’s goodness in

you, and my father in heaven will be very pleased.”

At home, we invite you to sing our focus song for 2020, “Be God’s” by Danielle Rose and discuss how we can Be God’s Love. You can view a version with the lyrics at:


Celebrating Liturgy and Sacraments

Term 1 Prayer Celebrations and Class Masses

Week 3

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3, 2 Magenta and 6 Silver

 Week 4

Wednesday 12.00pm- Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3, 1 Teal  and 5 Orange

 Week 5

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3, 1 Purple and 5 Blue

 Week 6

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3, Foundation Red and 4 Green

 Week 7

Thursday 9.15am St Joseph’s Feast Day Whole School

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3, Foundation White and 4 Gold

 Week 8

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3 and ELC Frogs    

 Week 9

Friday 9.15am Class Mass: Year 3 and ELC Geckos

 Week 10

Monday 9.15am Palm Sunday led by  1 Purple

Wednesday 9.15am Holy Thursday led by 3 Black

Thursday 9.15am Good Friday led by 5 Orange

Sacrament Dates 2020

As we are a growing community we are asking families to help us be as prepared as possible by enrolling now. Please use the following link to enrol in Sacraments for 2020.


Wednesday 11 March 5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation Formation Session 1

Wednesday 18 March 5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation Formation Session 2

Wednesday 1 April: Reconciliation Retreat Day

Wednesday 1 April 6.00pm-7.00pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation


First Holy Communion

Wednesday 13 May5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of First Holy Communion Formation Session 1

Wednesday 27 May5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of First Holy Communion Formation Session 2

Friday 12 June: First Holy Communion Retreat Day

Sunday 14 June 9.00am: Sacrament of First Holy Communion


Wednesday 14 October 5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of Confirmation Formation Session 1

Wednesday 21 October 5.30-6.30pm: Sacrament of Confirmation Formation Session 2

Friday 30 October: Confirmation Retreat Day

Sunday 1 November 9.00am: Sacrament of Confirmation



Yours in Christ,

Melanie Stratford

Religious Education Coordinator

Sustainability in Action!


Year 2 Waste Warriors have completed their first trash audit and training session, with a helpful hand from Mr Tarrant. Waste Warriors discovered many interesting and incorrectly placed items. They were quick to note how destructive one person’s waste can be for an entire bin.

“If we put landfill stuff in the recycling bin, we cannot recycle all the items in the entire bin,” said Tom.

“You have to wash your dirty containers so that the recycling doesn’t get contaminated,” said Hamish M.

“Please take off the lids and put them in the Lids 4 Kids,” said Aidah.

“Bread should not go in the compost because it could attract mice and rats,” said Amaani.

Well done, Waste Warriors!

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”

Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator

Defence School Mentor

This week I met with the Foundation Defence kids. We played games and learned about Defence Kids Club. This year, for Foundation to year 3 Defence kids Club will be Tuesday first break in the library. Second break is for the Defence kids in year 4 – 6. Please bring a friend along and join the fun.


Community News

If you have recently posted to a new location or your ADF partner is transitioning on medical grounds you may be eligible for the Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP). Please check the DCO website for more details.

Soldier On is hosting a free Pathways Networking Event for all current and ex-service personnel and their immediate family. This is particularly for new families where the spouse is looking for employment.  This is an opportunity to meet with veteran-friendly organisations in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Email Carrie Poore, the new Employment and Operations Officer for more details


Sally Adams

Defence Support Mentor 

UNIFORM SHOP - Opening Hours 2020

Tuesday 8:45am to 9:15am

Friday 8:30am to 9:00am

Remember - you can order uniforms via Qkr! and have uniforms delivered to your child's class!

Congratulations to this week's award recipients. 

1 Purple

Chloe R

Sophia T

1 Teal

Harry F

Sophia M

2 Magenta

Mary C

Holly H

2 Yellow

Sophia R

Kathy A

3 Black

Atem M

Hamish McR

3 Navy

Myah A

Lachlan S

4 Gold

Addison W

Jacob H

4 Green

Joseph E

Kinley T

5 Blue

Jaime W

Olivia F

5 Orange

Georgina R

Kristian S

6 Lime

Areesha G

Sam C

6 Silver

Madeline S

Rose W

Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week:

Kinley T
Tom H
Attharva T
Sophie G
Alli P
Alarna N


An Evening with Dr Justin Coulson, Merici College 2 March 6.30pm

Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most respected parenting authors and speakers, will be visiting Merici College on Monday 2 March. As a psychologist, and a father of six girls, he will be sharing his insights into what is really going on in the minds of our teenage daughters, how are they feeling and how we can stay connected with them. He will also be talking about his new book, Miss-Connection. Justin’s presentation will be held in the Merici auditorium from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, $5.00 per person. Please follow the link for bookings. We warmly invite our Merici families, as well as our wider community to come along.