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 3 2020 Newsletter

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Week 8 Term 3 2020 Newsletter

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

Dear God, I pray that we may know we are the apple of your eye. You watch us with delight and joy. You never leave or forsake us. May the only shadows we experience be from your covering as your light shines about us. Help us to trust your goodness and kindness even during the most difficult days, so that we can climb under your wing close to your heart. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who fills us with joy and peace. Amen.

Lunch Time Sports

Yesterday we began our lunchtime Netball and Touch Football round-robin for students in Years 2 to 6. It was wonderful to see the teams engage in friendly competition, with plenty of sweat but even more laughs. Thank you to Mrs Allan for her organisation of this initiative and to Mr Kucher, Miss Moore, Miss Palmer and Miss Taliano for taking the time out of their break times to allow these games to take place.

Walk to School Day

This Friday is National Walk Safely to School Day. Walk Safely to School Day is a reminder for all of us to consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking as part of a healthy, active way to get around. As walking all the way to school isn’t realistic for many in our community, we invite our students to meet at O’Connor Shops at 8:15am this Friday to enjoy the sunshine and walk to school with the supervision of teachers.

Nacho Day

Today our stomachs were blessed with another delicious Nacho Lunch Day. As we have had to cancel this year’s School Fete due to Covid-19, these days are an important fundraising initiative of the P&F. Days like this would not be possible without the tireless (and seamless) work of the P&F and our cooking helpers or without your contributions, so a huge thank you to all who made it possible for us to raise another $1000 today. 


Social and Emotional Learning

As I mentioned in my previous Newsletter, my focus over the past fortnight has been on being a ‘Bucket Filler’. I have given the students a 30-day challenge to make sure they fill someone’s bucket every day. As a mother, my bucket gets filled when my son takes an interest in me by simply asking how my day was. I wonder if you have noticed your child filling your bucket?

This coming fortnight, my focus in classrooms will be on resilience. Resilient children bounce back from adversity, they know that it is okay to fail. They do not see failure as an endpoint, but as an opportunity for new learning. Resilience helps all of us to feel energised to keep going. You may like to get a jump start on me and use some of the below phrases at home to help build resilience in your child when they are faced with a difficult situation.          


I hope you have an enjoyable end to the week.

Yours in Christ,

Assistant Principal

Religious Life of St Joseph's

Our St Joseph Charism

Our Week 8 focus is:



First Holy Communion

We are so excited to share the Sacrament of First Holy Communion with the following children and their families this coming Sunday. Please continue to keep these children in your prayers as they complete their preparation with a Retreat Day in the Parish Centre on Friday.

Violet Hudson Pritika
Adah Bridget Benjamin
Myah Jacob Diego
Georgina Sam Maria
Jack Marnie Troy
Anthony Josephine Benjamin
Anthony James Reese
Hamish Alexander Lottie
Nathan Maggie Zoe
Daniel Joseph Jacob
Lucy Dominic Max
Antonija Erika


Formation for The Sacrament of Confirmation will be a home based program. Formation materials will be sent home at the end of Week 9. Families can choose when to do the sessions and are welcome to join with other families to share the experience. A Retreat Day in the Parish Centre is planned for Friday 30 October. The Sacrament date is Sunday 1 November with separate masses as required with numbers.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are you interested in becoming a Catholic or knowing what the Church teaches and why? Do you know someone who is? Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an easy-to-understand course for all those wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith and for those who are preparing for adult Baptism and Confirmation. It involves studying the Scriptures and Catholic practices and discusses how you can apply these to living your everyday life.

At St Joseph's, this course is brought to you free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend. It is open to people of all faiths or none. Meetings will begin, in person, starting on September 18 at 7:30pm. To find out more, email Alwyn Dantis or call 0467 243 363.

Yours in Christ,
Melanie Stratford

Religious Education Coordinator

Sustainability in Action

Spring is in the air and Joeys are taking sustainable action! These kids were caught taking initiative in making our school environment a clean one.


Year 5s are on duty to make sure drinks are refilled to suit our student needs. This way, we are creating minimal waste with big containers and avoiding individual juice boxes and, most importantly, straw waste!



Year 4 students work eagerly to sort out ineligible Lids 4 Kids.


“You can’t put the twistie yogurt caps in Lids 4 Kids,” said Jacob C. “And they aren't’ recyclable so you have to put them in landfilll.”

“Pop tops can’t go into Lids 4 Kids either. They also go into landfill,” said Troy.




Year 1s have created sustainability action plans, and this group has started up their


own Clean Up Crew. Some members are contributing to clean-ups 4 days a week!






Foundation has transferred their bean sprouts to the great outdoors. They are now responsible for watering and looking after their precious plants.


“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.’”- Robin Williams

Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator 

Defence School Mentor News

It was wonderful seeing so many students dressed up as their Dads on Friday. We love celebrating the great men in our children’s lives. Here is what some of the Defence kids had to say about their Dads!

Fergus (1Teal) - I'm proud of my Dad because he worked to keep us safe.

Jack (1Teal)  – I love my Dad because he always says goodbye when he leaves for work, even if I’m in bed.

Madeline (FW)  – I love my Dad.

Mirabel (1Purple) – I love my Dad because he plays games with me. He takes care of us in the Army.

Amy (5 Orange) – My Dad always makes me feel happy and I’m proud of him because he never says no to a challenge.

Andie (6 Lime) – I love my Dad because he gives the best hugs and he always helps me.

Bridgette (6 Silver) – I love my Dad because he is caring and he likes helping people.

It was muffin magic this week with year 6 in Defence Kids Club. Delicious!


Sally Adams

Defence School Mentor 


Hi everyone, 

Its nearly the end of term 3!! how fast has that been?

As happens in busy spaces the canteen is in need of a good scrub down. So NEXT TUESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER the canteen will be CLOSED for both lunch orders and over the counter service.

I would also really appreciate some extra hands to help me clean, so if you have any time at all available between 9am and 2:30pm on Tuesday 15th please let me know or just pop in.

The Uniform Shop Is Looking For New Members!

The Uniform Shop needs new members! The Uniform Shop provides a uniform delivery service of both new and second-hand uniforms to St Joseph’s school families. Members of the Uniform Shop volunteer some of their time to help organise children’s uniform orders. New team members will get training about how the ordering system on Qkr works, as well as how to organise and deliver uniforms. The uniform shop is open once a week on Thursday, 8:30-9:00 am and supports members to take flexible shifts. Additional help is needed urgently because right now there are only three uniform team members.

Uniform member Kate says, “It is like being in a community.”  Monique says she loves volunteering in the Uniform Shop because, “You get to know the teachers, parents and the kids.”

All profits from the uniform shop go to the P&F and are used to buy school resources, equipment and support the running of the canteen. If you think that joining our team of fun and committed volunteers is something you can do, please contact

Kate Osborn at or on 0423 103 015

Written by Isabelle T and Rea N

Congratulations to this week's award recipients. 

Students are now receiving their Awards at Morning Gathering on Friday, but we are still unable to welcome parents to join us. 

Foundation Red

Tilly McG

Andy S

Foundation White

Ayla A

Adam L

1 Purple

Chloe R

William C

1 Teal

Ajmer S

Liam B

2 Magenta

Atticus B

Madison A

2 Yellow

Zac B

Luke D

3 Black

Lily P

Tom H

3 Navy

Callum A

Sophie G

Zakariah P

4 Gold

Carys K

Erika A

4 Green

Troy T

James A

5 Blue

Knox P

Gracie O'C

5 Orange

Alli P

Ebenezer A

6 Lime

Tom O'K

Cameron J

6 Silver

Chloe C

Sophia D


Jacob C

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Isabelle T
Henry D
Charlee F
Pritika T
Christelle M