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 8 Term 2 2020 Newsletter

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Week 8 Term 2 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents, Carers and the St Joseph's Community, 

Loving God

As we enter our Canberra winter, we pray …

For those sleeping under bridges, in abandoned buildings, in doorways or bus stations.

For those who can only find shelter for the night and must wander each day.

For families broken because they could not afford to pay the rent.

For those who have no relatives or friends to take them in.

For those who have no place to keep possessions that remind them who they are.

For those who are cold, afraid and hopeless.

For all these people, we pray that you will provide shelter, security and hope.


Parent-Teacher Interviews

This semester, parent-teacher interviews will be taking place during Weeks 9 and 10. Interviews normally take place over one week but to help with social distancing measures, this term we have spread them over a two-week period. These interviews are an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s classroom teacher to discuss their progress over Semester 1. Please be aware that reports will not go out until Friday 26 June (Week 9). Bookings are now open and can be accessed HERE

Bookings will close this Sunday at 12pm. We realise this is a short turn around, but it is a necessary deadline so that teachers can be prepared for interviews booked on Monday. Please rest assured that we will send plenty of alerts via SZapp to remind you to book your interview.

To help with COVID restrictions we ask that you please follow our interview protocols:

  • Only enter the school just prior to your allocated interview time to limit the number of visitors into the school
  • Be on time for your interview
  • Use the sanitiser provided at the entrance of each classroom. It is also available at the Front Office.
  • We ask that you leave the school immediately after your interview

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us keep our school community safe!

Beanie and Scarf Fundraising Friday

This Friday we will be holding a fundraiser to help raise money to support members of Catholic Education who are taking part in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The sleepout raises money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support the thousands of Australians who experience homelessness every night.

For a gold coin donation, students are invited to wear plain clothes and don a beanie and scarf for the day. All money raised will contribute to Catholic Education’s fundraising efforts. Let’s see if we can raise $1000 for this very worthy cause!!!

Social and Emotional Learning

My focus in classrooms for the coming fortnight is on Emotional Intelligence. I will be teaching explicit skills to help students develop healthy patterns of response to their emotions and those of others. Emotional intelligence includes a range of skills that support children to recognise emotions, manage strong emotions effectively, and respond to complex social situations constructively.


A Couple of Reminders

Please be aware that our school day commences at 8:50 am. If your child arrives at school after this time they need to be signed in at the Front Office by a parent or guardian.

The weather is getting cooler and many children are wearing jumpers, beanies and scarves to school and that means that Lost Property is filling up quickly! At present, there are many items that have not been labelled so cannot be returned to the owner. Please remember to pop a name on all items of clothing, lunch boxes etc so that we can help return them.   

I hope you have a wonderful end to the week.

Yours in Christ,

Amy Doszpot

Assistant Principal

Religious Life of St Joseph’s

Deepening Our St Joseph’s Catholic Identity

On our mission to deepen our St Joseph’s Catholic identity, we are learning about what it means to live our charism and what it means to be a “Joey.” During prayer, led by Year 6 this Friday we will begin to unpack the third of our St Joseph’s Values: A Joey is courageous with Challenges.

Saint Mary Mackillop’s trust in God’s will and loving providence enabled her to embrace challenges with courage. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty. Saint Mary Mackillop faced many difficulties throughout her life from within the Catholic Church, her Josephite community and loss of loved ones. Throughout all these challenges, which included being excommunicated from the church in 1871, Mary was steadfast in her faith to her “Good God.” In 1893 Saint Mary Mackillop said,

“ Let no obstacle deter us from proceeding with courage.”


May our faith in our good God be as steadfast as Mary’s and our courage as strong, as we navigate challenges in our own lives.


Melanie Stratford

Religious Education Coordinator

Defence School Mentor News

You are invited to join a FREE webinar on June 22 to hear from one of Australia’s highest profile adolescent psychologists, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, via Zoom on Building Happy, Resilient Kids during the Corona Virus lockdown, hosted by CWA of NSW Virtual Branch. Please click on the link below to register your interest. Don’t miss out. 

We had a colourful Defence Kids club this week with paint with water (LOL’s being super popular). Time to restock on these ones for next time. It is so wonderful seeing the Defence kids bringing in their friends to join in the fun.

Sally Adams

Defence School Mentor 

Sustainability in Action

What’s faster than the speed of light at sorting rubbish? Sustainability Superheroes! Year 4 demonstrated their understanding of Stewardship of Creation through their creative Stewardship Superheroes. Check out these environmentally friendly and passionate artworks!

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a superhero, then be a superhero.”

Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator 

Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week:

Daniel McK
Amelia M
Marnie C
Kosta V
Addison F


Thank You!

A big thank you to our wonderful families who have dropped off uniforms to go into the second-hand clothing pool. We have a large range of items available at a very cheap price! More donations are always welcome. 

Congratulations to this week's award recipients. 

Students will receive their awards in class on Friday.

Photos will be shared later in the day via SZapp. 

Foundation Red

Xander W

Indie M

Foundation White

Rudhra N

Anne P

1 Purple

Amelia T

Sebastian H

Leo W

1 Teal

Edmund G

Kendryck M

2 Magenta

Julian F

Luerice G

2 Yellow

Evie P

Sophia R

3 Black

Ugyen P

Tom H

Amaani S

3 Navy

Callum A

Santiago K

Faith Y

4 Gold

Diego L

Dominic S

Hamish E

4 Green James A
5 Blue

Josephine S

Daniel McK

5 Orange

Pawel W

Elise M

6 Lime

Kosta V

Areesha G

6 Silver

Wylie A

Isabelle T

Rose W


Emma P

Maths Games/Olympiad

Rachel N

Nellie R

Sophie P

Max G

Amalija S

Ebenezer A

Isabelle T

Cameron J

Thomas O'K