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 3 Term 4 2020 Newsletter

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Week 3 Term 4 2020 Newsletter

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

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.


This Sunday, our faith community will come together to welcome our Confirmation Candidates for 2020. This is a special occasion for those students involved, and I ask that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers. In working with my own daughter in recent weeks to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, there were many questions that allowed me to consider my own faith and how best to share this with her. Often we can become concerned about saying the wrong thing, especially when speaking about our faith, or own questions. As a teacher, and now as a parent, I strongly believe that talking ‘with’ our children about faith, and how we define it for ourselves, gives reassurance as they form their own questions. The Holy Spirit empowers our children to be visible and active examples of Jesus in the world today.


Congratulations to Michelle Vuli on her appointment as Acting Religious Education Coordinator at St Joseph’s for 2021. Michelle has made a wonderful contribution to our school this year and will continue to do so in her new role. An Acting Coordinator for 2021 will be appointed in the coming weeks. All other staffing for next year is being finalised and will be shared before the end of Term 4.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Thank you to all those in our wonderful community who were able to join us last Friday for our Prayer Liturgy. It was great to see so many grandparents and special people in the lives of our students, ‘visiting’ our school, some that would have not been able to attend under normal conditions. I hope all of the handwritten letters written by the students have arrived safely!


2021 Classes   

A priority in coming weeks is to begin placing the students into their new classes for 2021. This is always a very carefully considered process that begins with the current teacher and what they know of each student and, first and foremost, their learning. At the same time, all social aspects of friendships and new opportunities are taken into account. All students in Foundation – Year 5 will be given the chance to consider 3 friends that they would like to be in a class with in 2021. The intention is to ensure that each student is paired with at least one of their friends they nominate. This Sociogram will be sent home Monday Week 6.

If there is specific information that parents would like to advise me of to assist the composition of classes for 2021, then this must be done so in writing to me either via email or letter by no later than Friday 20 November. This does not include requests for particular teachers, nor does it include considerations other than the learning needs of your child. Each year is a new start for all students, and teachers, and therefore only information provided this year is taken into consideration when putting classes together for 2021.

Canteen Manager 2021

Our canteen is now up and running, thanks to the efforts of Sarah and the P&F Canteen Committee. We are now looking for someone to continue this great work in 2021. Please see below a link to the position of Canteen Manager at St Joseph's Primary School. 

Family Photos

Do you want to get a start on your Christmas shopping? What better present to send to family and friends than a family photo of your children! Family photos are available to purchase from the Front Office for a mere $15.

Have a great end to the week.

Yours in Christ,

Cameron Tarrant


Religious Life of St Joseph's

Our St Joseph Charism

Our Week 3 focus is:


Sacrament of Confirmation


This coming Sunday, on All Saints Day, 30 children in our community will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep them in your prayers as they undertake this important milestone in their faith journey.

Abagail Chloe Maxwell
Alarna Christelle Noel
Alec Cindy Rea
Alyssa Isabel Rose
Amelia Lachlan Sam
Andie Laura Sophia
Angelo Liam Thomas
Bridgette Madeleine Tomas
Chelsea Madeline Wylie

Social Justice Mission Market Day

This Friday, we will hold our Mission Market Day to raise money for Riamabana.  All classes have been busy preparing to run their stall.  Each class will visit the market one at a time to ensure that we are COVID compliant.


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Yours in Christ,
Melanie Stratford

Religious Education Coordinator

Sustainability in Action

With Market Day on Friday, Year 1 is preparing their sustainable shop titled The Nature Stall. Watermelon, tomato, strawberry and dwarf beans have been planted in reused berry punnets, making excellent greenhouses for their seedlings. Plants are $1 each, with proceeds going to our Global Partnership School, Rhiamabana.  Save a  space in your garden for a good cause!

“How will you plant seeds of social change?” -Anonymous


Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator 

Defence School Mentor News

I have been visiting all the classes this term talking about The National Anthem. We have been learning about why we sing it and what the words means. I am really looking forward to hearing the students sing with pride and reverence at our school gatherings

You may be interested in this free webinar from the State Library of Queensland, especially with Remembrance Day and NAIDOC week coming up.


Sally Adams

Defence School Mentor 


Hi everyone, 

The canteen is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week for counter service during both lunch breaks and for online lunch orders.  

Volunteers are still very welcome and much needed, particularly on a Friday.  

If you have any time at all, even 30 minutes on those days, anytime between 9am and 2pm, I welcome the help and the company. 

Just let me know via email:, or by text message: 0433844886. 

 Donations are always welcome. This term the canteen is in need of:

 Smart Pasta 

Wholemeal Flour 

Sodium Bicarbonate powder

Dish washing liquid 

Dish cloths

Golden Syrup


Baking paper

 Donations keep the costs of running the canteen just that little bit lower so we can keep the prices as affordable as possible. 

 The kids favourite thing from the new menu so far has been the 20 cent frozen yoghurt cubes. These are simply frozen fruit, blended with yoplait 'For Me' vanilla yoghurt then frozen in an ice cube tray. They're like a mini smoothie and so nice on a hot day. 

 I am looking forward to a fun, and busy, final term of 2020. 

 Yours in healthy food, 


Ms Young

Canteen Manager
St Joseph's School

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

Uniform Shop Prices

This year has been challenging, from home-schooling to playing soccer while (attempting) self-distancing! Our wonderful school and our P&F have not been immune to the effects of 2020: we had to cancel the fete, and numerous other fun events. But rest assured we have some great things on the horizon.

However, we want to ensure that we continue to provide for the kids as best we can. So, for the first time in years, our uniform shop will be altering our prices. We know that this might come as a shock to you, but please know that every cent of profit goes back into our school.

Over the years we have provided play equipment, barbecues, helped fund farewells and even shifted a couple of tonne of mulch! We want to continue to do these things even if we can’t fundraise in the usual way!

Our prices will change on 24 September 2020. The new prices will be available in Qkr! that same day.

Thank you to everyone for your donations of second-hand summer uniform! Prices for these items will remain at $5.


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

Gwendolyn V-F

Emery D

Foundation White

Isla C

Beatrice J

1 Purple

Moira K

Evie McG

1 Teal

Chloe F-S

Sophia M

2 Magenta

Aidan M

Bonnie P

2 Yellow

Scarlett S

Evie P

3 Black

Ugyen P

Stefano V

3 Navy

Scarlett P

Janek W

4 Gold

Daniel A

Carys K

4 Green

Hudson W

Benjamin L

5 Blue

Daniel McK

Ashera D

5 Orange

Amalija S

Frieda C

6 Lime

Andie McF

Kosta V

6 Silver

Alec F

Sophia S


Clementine C

Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week:


Rose W
Aneesh T
Gwendolyn V-F
Olivia O
Jaime W