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St Joseph the Worker Primary School

28 February 2020
Issue Two


Inspired by St Joseph, we strive to be an inclusive faith community that challenges and supports each individual, ignites a passion for learning and empowers each to be a steward of creation.

Let Us Work Together.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of this land.  We pay respect to their elders, both past and present.

Message from the Principal
Important Dates & Information
Learning Life Faith
Book Fair
Information Technology at SJW
Shrove Tuesday in Prep
Parents & Friends
Parish of St Joseph the Worker
St Joseph the Worker Primary School
(03) 9469 7800
79 Wilson Boulevard
Reservoir, Victoria, 3073

Message from the Principal

Issue Two

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was disappointing that we had to cancel our beginning of the year BBQ last week however, l thank the parents and students who braved the cold night to attend mass.  Students enjoyed the sausages yesterday and l thank our hard working P&F group for cooking and distributing them to our eager and hungry students.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.  Lent is a reminder of the importance of sacrifice, prayer and looking after those in need.  Lent is a new beginning, a pathway to the Easter event that is at the centre of our Christian faith.  We can use this time to consider how our actions are defining our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves.  Lent is a time of renewing those relationships based on compassion, truth and justice.

Child Safety

As a matter of child safety, parents are reminded that the school’s duty of care regarding supervision of students begins at 8.30am and concludes at 3.30pm.   No child should ever be left unattended outside the school outside of these times.  If parents need to drop their children at school early, they will need to book their child into our before care program.   Theircare provides before and after care now and parents can access this by registering online at  The gates open at 8.30am and students walk straight into class to get ready for their day.  When the bell goes at 3.15pm, teachers walk outside with the students to meet their parents, guardians and grandparents.   Any student arriving late must be signed in at the school office by an adult.  Then the student will collect a late pass to hand to their class teacher when they arrive in class.  All messages and items to be given to students must be done through the school office.  Parents visiting the school must also sign in at the office.   

Working Together

Thank you to our prep parents who gathered in our library last Tuesday to share their reflections on enrolling their child at our school last year.  I greatly value the insights and discussion we shared regarding how to improve school tours and orientation for prospective families and students.

School Closure Day

On Wednesday, 11th March we have a school closure day where there will be no school for students.  Staff will be continuing their professional learning on the Berry Street model.

Everyday counts

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education.  Students learn new things at school every day and missing school puts them behind.  We all want our students to get a great education and the building blocks for a great education begins with students coming to school each and every day.  If your child is going to be away from school, please contact the office before 9.00 a.m and if intending to take extended leave from school, please email


It is important that l remind parents that we have students in our school who are at risk of having an anaphylactic reaction.  Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is essentially life threatening.  The most common allergens in school aged children are peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (e.g. cashews), cow’s milk, fish and shell fish, wheat, soy, sesame, latex, certain animal stings and medication.  The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge of those students who have been diagnosed at risk, awareness of triggers (allergens) and prevention of exposure to these triggers. Partnership between schools and parents is important in ensuring that certain foods or items are kept away from the students while at school. In the spirit of working together we ask families to be considerate of the foods they pack for their children.


Asthma attacks involve the narrowing of airways making it difficult to breathe.  Symptoms commonly include difficulty breathing, wheezing, dry and irritating cough, tightness in the chest and difficulty speaking.   All students with asthma must provide to the school a fully completed, up to date (annual) Asthma Foundation Victoria’s School Asthma Action Plan developed by their GP. Asthma plans will be provided to classroom teachers and stored in the office for reference.  Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their children have an adequate supply of appropriate asthma medication at school.  We require parents to provide two reliever puffers, one to be kept in the office and one for the classroom.  Parents of students who are at risk of having an asthmatic reaction will be contacted this week to ensure that their plan is current and updated.   Please read our Asthma Policy on the website for further information.

Communicating with teachers

Effective home school partnerships rely on positive relationships being established.  One way that this happens if through good communication between teachers and parents.  The teacher’s main job is to teach the children so they may not always be available to speak with parents.  For minor concerns, parents can ‘catch’ a teacher after school.  However for important issues, it may be necessary to set aside a time to meet.  I encourage parents to communicate with teachers via email or preferably to make an appointment with the teacher so that concerns can be addressed appropriately.  Parents should note that if you are sending an email, teachers may not be able to respond immediately as they will be busy with their teaching responsibilities.  Parents should expect an answer to their email within a 24 hour timeframe and only within business hours. Teachers will not respond to emails before 8.30am and after 5.30pm. 

Protocols for addressing concerns

Here are St Joseph the Worker Primary School we enjoy positive relationships with our parent community.  If parents have a concern regarding their child can they please catch up to discuss this with the classroom teacher as the classroom teacher has the most knowledge of the issue and knows the child best.  If the issue continues to be a concern, then the Principal may need to be involved and an appointment made to meet.  At no point should parents ever approach another child regarding an issue.  This is not appropriate and breaches the Child Safety Code of Conduct which outlines expectations of all in our community. 


We ask St Joseph the Worker to bless us as we work together in our school and parish.


Introducing our School Captains and Vice Captains for 2020



School Captains


Hi, my name is Alessia and I am your new school captain. My hobbies are playing soccer and going on trips with my family.  My favourite subjects at school are LOTE and Sport.  I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to support our school in any way possible, as well as support my friends.  I am looking forward to working with the teachers and students this year.



Hi, my name is Michael and I am your new school captain.  My hobbies are playing tennis, wake and knee boarding and going camping with my family. My favourite subjects at school are Maths and Sport.  I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to help make our school a better place for everyone.  I am looking forward to supporting our school this year. 


School Vice Captains


Hi, my name is Sharla and I am your new school vice-captain.  My hobbies are dancing and going to our farm with my family.  My favourite subjects at school are English and Sport.  I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to learn new responsibilities as a leader in our school. I am looking forward to having a adventurous year with you all. 



Hi, my name is Sam and I am your new school vice-captain.  My favourite subject at school is Maths.  I like to organise events and enjoy learning new things.  I was inspired to apply for School Captain this year because I would like to represent the school and its values.  




Important Dates & Information

March 2020

9th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

10th March - School Advisory Board Meeting

11th March - School Closure Day

12th & 13th  March - Book Fair

13th March - Newsletter

15th March - Bunnings BBQ

18th March - School Photos

20th March - District Athletics @ Meadowglen

24th March - 9.15 am School Tour for Prep 2021

26th March - P & F Fun Run (after lunch)

27th March - End of Term 1 - 1.15pm Dismissal

14th April - Term 2 Begins


Learning Life Faith

Vivian Frank Mollel

Vivian our sponsor child in Tanzania is starting Standard 2C at the School of St Jude. It’s always exciting starting a new academic year and Vivian is prepared to face the new challenges ahead; to excel in her studies with the help of the dedicated  staff at the School of St Jude.

Here is Vivian's school photo:    



Lent is the six week period after Ash Wednesday, leading up to Easter. It’s one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world. Lent is a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday,  traditionally Lent has been a time for fasting or giving something up. Here at St Joseph the Worker and in line with our concept Identity, we encourage our students to take action during Lent,  through acts of generosity, putting others first during preparations for Easter. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or birthday; Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and body resurrection.


Project Compassion

One way we can take action during Lent is through Project Comapssion.  Donating to Project Compassion ensures that those less fortunate than ourselves will receive some much needed funds and resources.  Each year, Project Compassion runs during the six weeks of the Church season of Lent. Starting on Ash Wednesday. Through Project Compasion our school takes action by joining others in building a more just and fair world: a world in balance, at peace, and free of poverty. Project Compassion is an opportunity for students to learn about life in different countries through the personal stories of people. 

If you see a Project Compassion box in and around our school, please model the act of giving to your child by donating.  Every little bit helps.


Our whole school Inquiry concept this term is Identity and Perspective. As part of our learning MLA students explored the wonderful actions of Fire fighters during our recent Bush fires and wrote prayers of thanks and petition.



Parent Helper Course 2020

Thank you to all the people who attended Wednesday's Parent Helper Course. As a school community we are indebted to all the volunteers who give up some of their time to help our students become more independent, motivated and curious learners.


A second course will be run on Tuesday the 10th March at 2.15pm in the library. Both Jill and myself would love to see as many people there as possible. If this date still does not work for you, please contact us and we will endeavor to work out how we can get you volunteering in a classroom asap.


Unfortunately due to new Child Safety regulations all parents must attend the course, sign a code of conduct and have a current Working With Children card. However, if you have attended the parent helper course at St Joseph the Worker in the past, please speak to either Jill or myself as you may not need to attend the course, just sign the relevant documentation and have a chat with either of us about the importance of confidentiality and child safety.


Your child's teacher will be organising a timetable for parent helper's in their classroom within the next fortnight. If you are unable to commit regularly, that is okay, talk directly with your child's teacher about your availability - they will definitely find a time to fit you in.


If you would like to volunteer in another class (all classes need and value your assistance) please talk to either Jill or myself.




Jessica Milesi


Literacy Leader




Welcome back to school.
A new year and a new decade.

In this issue of our newsletter I would like to take the opportunity to promote playing games at home - board games and card games.

I understand that family life can be busy with; school, younger or older siblings, sporting activities and hobbies etc I also appreciate the digital world we are living in and the way digital technologies can support learning.

But think about creating a family time or opportunity to play a board game or cards together. The social aspect is important such as talking, listening, taking turns, making mistakes and winning or losing etc There are many fun board games that integrate deeper mathematical thinking into the game-play. These games help students develop skills such as strategy, multi-step problem-solving, spatial reasoning, logical thinking, pattern recognition, estimating, predicting etc.

Here's a list of board games for engaging children in Maths through games, many of these games play great whether your child(ren) are six years old or seventeen years old.

Chess                    Draughts
Checkers              Monopoly
Battleships          Sequence
Connect 4            Darts


The best games are played with a regular pack of Playing Cards

Uno                       Skip Boo
Phase 10              Top Trumps



Book Fair


Information Technology at SJW

At St Joseph the Worker we have a 1:1 Laptop program for our students in Years 3-6.  The students receive their laptop in Year 3 and payment is made in yearly installments over a 4 year period.  We purchase hardware and licensing in bulk to reduce costs.

The total cost of the package includes:

  • The device

  • Warranty upgrade for onsite warranty

  • Configuration

  • Anti-virus Licence

  • Microsoft Licence

Any accidental damage is not covered under the warranty and will incur an additional cost.

At the end of Year 6 students are given the option to keep the laptop.  This requires decommissioning of the device and will incur a cost between $25- $30.


The school employs an IT specialist one day each fortnight to maintain the Information Communications Technology infrastructure required to run the school.


Students and parents have signed a Technology Acceptable Use Agreement which outlines expectations of safe and responsible use of technology and outlines consequences of breaking the agreement.   This includes the device remaining at school if the student is not using or taking care of the device.


 Please ensure that you and your child have a clear understanding of this agreement.

Shrove Tuesday in Prep

As part of our Learning, Life and Faith unit about Identity and belonging at Saint Joseph the Worker, the Prep students this week learnt about Shrove Tuesday. We learnt about it being the day before Lent starting and we eat pancakes because in the past, people would eat all their rich, delicious food to get rid of it before Lent began. If you ask any of the Preps they will be able to give you examples of this food!


As part of this, we learnt about procedural texts and followed one to cook our delicious pancakes!

Firstly we had to mix the mixture, then we had to pour it into the pan, then we had to flip the pancake. Finally came the best part; eating the pancake!


Parents & Friends










Parish of
St Joseph the Worker

Mass Timetable:

Saturday – 8.30 am English, 6.00 pm English (1st Saturday Maltese Mass at 6 pm)
Sunday – 9.00 am Italian, 10.30am English

Monday – 9.10 am Communion Service
Tuesday – 10.00 am Italian
Wednesday – 9.10 am English
Thursday – 9.10 am English
Friday – 9.10 am English

St Joseph the Worker Primary School