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 7 Term 1 2021 Newsletter

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Week 7 Term 1 2021 Newsletter

O’ God You create all people in your image. We thank you for the astonishing variety of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever widening circles of friendship and show us your presence in all those around us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; Through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Today we celebrated the rich cultural diversity we have within our school community. It was so lovely to see the brightly coloured courtyard as the students gathered for Morning Gathering, wearing their cultural outfits and orange clothing. Today's celebrations have sparked many conversations about celebrating our students' differences and embracing their cultural heritage. 

We can be very grateful that we are such a multicultural community. Each culture brings such a diverse background and we learn so much from each other. Our students are fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and experience from our wider community. In contrast to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have lived in Australia for thousands and thousands of years, most of Australia’s population is made up of people whose families only arrived in the country within the last 220 years.

All the different cultures that come together in Australia bring many things with them: different foods, ways of dressing, languages, customs and beliefs. Harmony Day is about celebrating these differences and learning about new cultures.

As well as celebrating Harmony Day today, many of our families are celebrating St Patrick's Day. Aidan M in 4 Green and Connor M in 2 Yellow celebrated by wearing green and speaking to their grandparents who will be attending the St Patrick's Day Festival in Ireland.

A theme for this year at St Joseph’s is, a place for everyone, and most certainly we know that today this has been celebrated across our school. Thank you to Miss Bonner and her helpers for the incredible effort that went to recognising this important day and contributing to the newsletter this week.

Try Dara Day

All Year 6 students will attend the Try Dara Day on Tuesday 20 April. This is the first day of next term (Monday 19 April is a Pupil Free day). Year 6 will wear their sports uniform with their leadership shirt and will need to bring their own morning tea. Lunch will be provided. The students will be collected by bus from St Joseph’s at the start of the day and returned ready for normal pick up at 3pm. More information to come.


Our school canteen has been going well, thanks to the effort of our Canteen Manager Katie Jenkin and her helpers. Starting next week, the canteen will be open on Tuesdays for over the counter sales, and Wednesday to Friday for lunch orders and over the counter sales.

We are always looking for more volunteers to help in the canteen. Please email Katie at if you can offer an hour of two each term.

Canteen Drive

One way to support the canteen is to donate to the Canteen Drive. By purchasing simple items, you can help to save some of the operating costs of the canteen. Please see below a list of items you might be able to add to your shopping basket this week.

Wholemeal Self Raising Flour


Oil – Spray or fluid canola oil



Dishwasher tabs

Baking Soda

Canned diced Tomatoes

Bicarbonate of Soda

Rolled oats

Woolworths Apple, orange or Apple Blackcurrant Juice

30% Reduced Sugar milo

Tinned Fruit Salad

Long Life Custard

Scourer Sponges

Spiral Pasta / Macaroni

Cocoa powder

Dishwashing Liquid

There is a donation box in my office at the moment if you would like to drop anything off.

Have a great end to the week.

Yours in Christ,

Cameron Tarrant


St Joseph’s Feast Day Celebrations

Next week we will be celebrating two whole school events; Harmony Day & St Joseph’s Day. Please find the details below regarding both of these events:

Event:  St Joseph’s Feast Day

When:  Friday 19 March

Attendees:  Students only

Attire:  Sports Uniform

Day Outline: Whole School Liturgy

                        Rotational activities including:

  • Art activity exploring Joseph, the creative Father
  • Jump for Joseph; physical activities outside including skipping & sack races
  • Escape from Egypt; virtual interactive problem-solving activities

A hot dog and ice block will be provided for all students on the day.

Please let your child’s teacher know about any dietary restrictions or allergies by 12 pm Thursday

The canteen will be open for over the counter service only.

St Joseph’s - A Place for Everyone!

If you have any free time before or after school, feel free to walk past our new display in the main school hallway. Fitting in with Mr Tarrant’s theme for the year - a place for everyone! See if you can spot your child!


Thank you to Miss Bonner & Miss Cawdron for all your hard work on this display.

Important Term 1 Dates:

  • St Joseph’s Feast Day (Friday 19 March)
  • Holy Week (Monday 29 March - Friday 2 April)

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions and limited numbers we are unable to invite parents to whole school liturgies.


For further information or any questions, please feel free to contact me on via email:

Michelle Vuli

Religious Education Coordinator

Sustainability in Action

Future Horticulturalists Take a Lesson on Climate

After investigating climate change and the effects on the planet, Year 4 explored the National Arboretum to see how trees and plants from around the world could acclimate to the Canberra weather conditions. Along with various examples, Year 4 was also impressed by the earth’s ability to heal itself, despite humans’ expert advice. “They brought in some trees that were being attacked by aphids," said Esmee V. “The tree released a scent that called ladybugs in to save it by eating all of the aphids,” she said.

Following our visit, Year 4 became expert horticulturalists and were asked to perform the tasks of applying new knowledge to bringing in the African Sausage Tree successfully to Canberra. Amani S was able to come up with some strategies learned from the Arboretum’s effort to preserve trees brought in from the Canary Islands. “Because we don’t have the native African animals to break down the seeds, I would use sandpaper. Then I would plant them within walls to prevent frost from killing them,” she said.

“He who plants trees loves others besides himself.” - Thomas Fuller


Ryan McGee

Sustainability Coordinator

Defence School Mentor News

Our School Challenge during the month of March is to walk 1km with 96 students. The significance of 96 students is because the Kokoda Track, an infamous campaign for Australian troops in WW2 was 96km long. 

Over the month of March, we hope to have 96 students sign up for Walking Club during Thursday and Friday break times. If you would like to donate or find out more

Our first March On Challenge had 39 registered students. Well done St Joseph’s.

In the lead up to Anzac Day, I have invited all St Joseph’s families to share a photo of their family members who have or who are serving. We would like to honour all these individuals who will never be forgotten at our Anzac Day service next term. Please send in a photo of your family member to my email. We will put together a slide show with the photos you send in to share at the Anzac Day service.

If you know a little bit about their story, please feel free to share a bio along with the picture. I will invite some interested students to speak about their veteran or current serving member at our service.

Community News – Duntroon Community Centre

Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Afternoon

Duntroon Community Centre and Bricks 4 Kidz are joining together to offer children, ages 9 - 12 years old, an afternoon of Lego building and fun. 

This is a DCC supervised event, allowing parents to drop the kids off for 3 hours of supervised activity while they go and have some well-deserved time for themselves.

A light afternoon tea will be provided and is included in the ticket price. 

Bricks 4 Kidz instructors will be there to assist children in constructing Lego kits as well as offering plenty of time to free build and get creative with Lego.  

This event is for DCC members only. 

For booking follow this link:

If you are not a current DCC member, you can sign up online here, ttps://

Membership is for the whole family and we offer a wide variety of programs and events for kids of all ages, parents, families and adults.

Sally Adams

Defence School Mentor

Congratulations to this week's award recipients. 

Students receive their award at Friday morning assembly at 8.50am. Parents are again welcome to attend this assembly, but photos will continue to be taken each week and shared via SZapp. 

Foundation Red

Ryder W

Fynn A

Foundation White

Poppy Z

Stella M

1 Purple

Rudhra N

Charles P

1 Teal

Beatrice J

Alex B

2 Magenta

Patrick M

Sofia W

Annabelle F

2 Yellow

Gonzalo O-H

Teilo K-J

3 Black

Emily G

Luke D

3 Navy

Maddison D

James J

4 Gold

Georgina G

Janek W

4 Green

Zoe H

Kobe P

5 Blue

Zoe B

Benjamin C

5 Orange

Daniel G

Violet W

6 Lime

Addison F

Ashley F

6 Silver

Jaime W

Angela L

Sustainability Vairaj B

Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week:


Marial W
Juliana L
Angela L
Tihana B
Leilani T
Maggie M
Addison W
Ella S
Isla C
Teilo K-J