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St Joseph the Worker Primary School

07 February 2020
Issue One


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
Staffing 2020
Student Leaders 2020
Learning Life Faith
Information Technology at SJW
School Advisory Board
Parents & Friends
Creative Music
School Banking
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 One: January 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have had a wonderful start to the school year. All classes have settled and are working well and
have quickly established their classroom routine. I have been particularly impressed by how well our
students have remembered and been following our school rules.

Congratulations to Stephanie Asdagi on the safe arrival of her daughter Ayla on February 3rd.

Welcome Mass and BBQ
On Wednesday, 19th February we invite all families to a welcome mass at St Joseph the Worker church at 5.30pm. Immediately after mass, we invite families to enjoy dinner on our oval space. Families are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase a sausage and drink. This event is a great opportunity to meet other families from our school and to meet and welcome our new prep families into our community.

Our School Rules
Every member of our school community has a right to fully participate in a Catholic learning
environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. We believe students learn best when they feel safe and happy in a caring, supportive and engaging environment. We foster positive, tolerant and respectful relationships.
At St Joseph the Worker we:
 follow directions
 listen to the speaker
 speak appropriately
 keep our hands and feet to ourselves
 take care of property and the environment and
 move safely.


Effective and timely communication is very important. Our newsletter is online via our website and available for all members of our community to access. We also use our Skoolbag app to keep parents informed regarding events and news related to our school. All school events are listed on the calendar.  From next week, all notes that are sent home will be uploaded to the school app so if you misplace one, it can be easily located on the app.


Working together
Effective home school partnerships rely on positive relationships being established. One way that this happens is 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 24 hours time frame and only within business hours. Teachers will not respond to emails before 8.30am and after 5.30pm.


Curriculum Overview
Next week you will receive a curriculum overview from your child’s teacher via the Skoolbag app.
 We feel it is important that you know what’s happening and exactly what your child is learning
across the curriculum areas so that you can work with us in supporting their learning. We are so
fortunate to have excellent teachers at St Carlo’s who do a wonderful job providing an engaging
curriculum for our students.

Parent Helper Sessions
Our Literacy and Numeracy Leaders, Jessica and Jill be conducting parent helper training sessions in the next few weeks. We encourage any parents who would like to assist in classrooms to attend
these very informative training sessions to assist you in helping in classrooms.


Prep Enrolment 2021
We have had a number of enrolment enquiries for Prep in 2021, so I have included some
information for families who may wish to enrol their child for next year.
 Please collect an enrolment form from the office or download it from the website.
 Our school tours will take place on 24th March and 28th May. Interested families please contact the office to book
a tour.
 2021 Enrolments close at the end of Term 2
 Existing families are guaranteed a place, but please remember to submit an enrolment form.
When submitting your enrolment application, please provide copies of
 Birth Certificate
 Baptism Certificate
 Immunisation certificate (can be provided later if not complete)



Important Dates & Information

February 2020

11th February - School Advisory Board Meeting

19th February - Welcome Mass and BBQ

20th February - First assembly for 2020

25th February - Year 3 ICT Information Session

26th February - Ash Wednesday Mass @ 9.10am

March 2020

9th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

10th March - School Advisory Board Meeting

11th March - School Closure Day

12th & 13th  March - Book Fair

15th March - Bunnings BBQ

18th March - School Photos

20th March - Cross Country @ SJW

24th March - 9.15 am School Tour for Prep 2021

26th March - P & F Fun Run

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


Staffing 2020


Staff Members

Prep 1

Natalie Ferron

Prep 2

Jacqueline Causer


Maureen McArdle (Mon-Wed)

Jackie Hammond (Thur – Fri)


Meg McKenzie


Pauline Turnbull (Mon)

Beth Cilia (Tue-Fri)


Vicki De Leo & Jill Marr (Friday)


Caitllin Rexley


Violet Holcombe (Mon – Thu)

Pauline Turnball (Friday)


Rosa Adorno (Mon - Tue)

 Michael Dean (Wed-Fri)

LLF leader

Vicki De Leo

English Leader

Jessica Milesi (Tue & Wed)

Maths Leader

Jill Marr (Tue & Wed)

Diversity Leader

Christine Hawkins (Mon & Tue)

Wellbeing Leader/Art /Design Thinking 

Connie Bof (Mon – Thur)


Jacqui Causer

 (released by Nadia fortnightly)


Kate Harris (Mon - Tue)


Lina Palumbo (Tue – Wed)


Krystal Warburton (Tue – Wed)


Rosa Adorno (Thur & Fri am)


Holly Moreton

Learning Support

Ange Todaro, Gina Capogreco, Josie Trinchi, Ilaria Poli


Marisa Paras (Mon - Thur)


Anna Amerena (Tues - Fri)

Deputy Principal/ Learning and Teaching Leader

Maria Raso (Tue-Fri)


Maria Barnes

Parish Priest

Fr. Emmanuel Bonello


Student Leaders 2020


Learning Life Faith


As mentioned in previous newsletters, our school is now sponsoring a new student at the School of St Jude. Her name is Vivian. Vivian is a six year old girl who attends the Sisia Campus at the School of St Jude in Tanzania. Recently we received a copy of Vivian's school report. Needless to say she seems to be a very clever and hard working student. Vivian scored an 'A' in Respect, Honesty, Responsibility and Kindness. Here is a copy of her report:

What an honour and privledge it is to be sponsoring such a wonderful student. We wish Vivian all the best in her future and look forward to hearing all about her educational journey.

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday February 26, We will be celebrating Mass for Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent – a time when we ready our hearts for Easter. To mark this time we will be blessed with ashes. These ashes will be used to mark our foreheads with a sign of the cross as a reminder to us to follow Jesus during our Lenten season and every day. The ashes used to mark our foreheads were the remenants of the palm leaves blessed during Palm Sunday last year. We look forward to celebrating Mass with our school and parish community.


West Wall of Fame

Let's not forget about our West Wall of Fame. We should all encourage each other to Make Jesus Real through our words and actions. So let us all keep our eyes and ears open to these God Moments and recognise when someone has demonstrated what they have learnt through the teachings of Jesus.

True to the mission of the Church, learning in a Catholic school seeks out the good in every person.

Horizons of Hope 2017 - Catholic Education Melbourne


Welcome back to a new school year. It is such an exciting time with lots of new ideas, people and learning happening, the urge to pepper your child with questions about their day as soon as you see them is almost impossible to resist. 


Having a conversation with your child about their day shows your interest in them, but also in their learning.  Their has been lots of studies that show that children with engaged families are more motivated, stay in school for longer, perform better academically and adjust more easily into different school environments.


Providing opportunities for oral language through conversation is a great way to engage with you child but also find out what they have been up to all day and how you can best support their learning. Below is a list of possible 'open' questions that may give you a little more information about your child's learning/day rather than a single word answer to the question parents usually ask...  'How was your day?' 


Happy Chatting!

What was the best part of your day?

 Is there a frustrating moment or struggle that you’d like to get off your chest?

 Now that you’re home, is there anything I can do to help you?

 Tell me three good things about today.

What’s something you’re grateful for having seen, heard, or been a part of?

 Did you see anything beautiful where you didn’t expect to?

 What songs/books did you listen to today? What was it about?

 Did you read anything interesting today? What was it about?

Did you learn anything new?

 What’s the best conversation you had today?

What are you most proud of today?

 Did you get the chance to help anyone today?

 Did anyone help you with something today?

 Did you get any compliments today?

Did you make any good connections with your teachers or other students today?

Are there any victories you’d like to share?

 What did you spend most of your time doing/thinking about today?



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

Looking at the year ahead at St Joseph the Worker with regards to Mathematics we will be exploring learning opportunities through a Problem Finding and Problem Solving lens.

We will be exploring problem solving skills and strategies.

To support your child's learning in Mathematics, it is important to talk about Mathematics within a real life context.

- Looking at clocks and times

- Cooking

- Parking and Speed Limit Road Signs

- Using Money

- Estimating (How long do you think it will take? How much do you think it will hold? How tall do you think you are? and following up their answer with Why do you think that?)

It  is also important to discuss any misconceptions or inaccuracies children may use.

ie "It's 300 km to my school" whereas it is actually 3 km.

"When I'm 156 years old I will..." 


Talking to kids about the Australian bushfire crisis
By Michael Grose

This Australian summer is a bushfire season like no other. It feels as if the whole country is burning. Landscapes the size of European countries have been burnt. Evacuees from bushfire zones are measured in the hundreds of thousands; the loss to livestock and native fauna is now in the tens of millions, and the losses to homes and to people’s livelihoods continues to grow by the day. The scale of these fires is difficult to comprehend however their impact is evident for everyone to see – shock, anxiety, sadness, fear and anger are some emotions on display.

Children and young people are not immune to the impact of these fires. As a parent it can be difficult to know how to help your children to process what they are seeing and experiencing. Here are some guiding principles to help ensure your child is not unduly stressed by this bushfire catastrophe:

Ensure feelings of safety

Children can be faulty interpreters of information so be prepared to assist them to process what they see and hear. For instance, some children may see the current smoke haze that’s covering much of our southern cities and believe the fires are close at hand. Alternatively, they may discern through the constant images of fire through the media that the fires are closer to them than they really are. Help children understand the reality of the situation in a level manner without underplaying its impact on others.

Communicate at your child’s level

When talking about the bushfires use language and concepts that are easy to explain and also easy for your child to understand. A six-year-old may be satisfied knowing that a large fire is burning a long way away however a sixteen-year-old may want to know about weather patterns, fire zones, watch and act scenarios are other higher level concepts before they can feel safe and secure.

Listen to what they have to say

Gauge children’s emotional reactions by listening to what they have to say. Sometimes children can feel distressed, unhappy, sad or scared yet they can’t connect it to a specific event. You don’t necessarily need to make a link but understand that their feelings are real.

Monitor the media your children access

Children under the age of six can be frightened by images and stories they see and hear on the TV news so it’s probably best to keep the TV turned off at news time. Older children and teens are more able to cope with disturbing images but they may not fully understand what they see. They also generally want to know what’s happening and can feel more of a sense of control when they can learn first hand the latest fire news. Common sense and sensitivity are your best assets when it comes to monitoring children and the media.

Monitor your own responses

Children and young people usually take their cues from their parents about how they should react to a wide range of events including natural disasters so be aware of your own responses to the fires. Generally, children feel safe and secure when their parents are calm and in control so keep a lid on those high emotions when you’re around kids.

Take action

Helping others overcomes our feelings of helplessness in the face of tragedy or catastrophic events. Look for ways that kids can help whether it’s donating some pocket money to one of the various bushfire appeals, helping one of the many localised action groups that have sprung up everywhere or even assisting you to minimise the possible impact of bushfires in your own community.

Teach anxiety management techniques

The magnitude of the bushfires can be the cause of anxiety for many children. Introduce your child or young person to anxiety management techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness and other simple relaxation techniques. Remember that being close to someone who makes them feel safe can also lower a child’s anxiety.

Times like we are experiencing now, can be difficult for everyone. By using these principles you can help your child feel safe and reduce the likelihood of anxiety and distress in this increasingly difficult summer.


Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson.

Information Technology at SJW

User Agreements

As a timely reminder, all students have signed a user agreement to use the technology at St Joseph the Worker. Please revise these rules that they have signed as we start a new year.



As a school we cannot mandate what children do using social media, however eSmart provides six tips for children to be eSmart when heading back to school.


1. Protect your child's privacy

Lots of kids are going off to school with brand new devices, and it’s important to make sure your child’s privacy is protected. This can mean sitting down with your child, checking the privacy settings on their devices and accounts, and talking to them about the importance of keeping passwords private – including from friends.

You can also examine your own habits online. Are you confident that pictures of your children can only be viewed by people you trust – especially if the picture shows a child’s uniform, school, or street?

Learn about protecting children’s privacy online here.

2. Model respectful use of tech

It’s the first day of school, and proud parents want to take photos! This is a great opportunity to show your kids what communication and consent look like, when using devices.

It’s helpful for your kids to see you asking permission before you take someone’s picture, explaining why you want the picture and what you’ll do with it, and showing it to the person you’ve photographed before you share it.

For example: ‘I’m so proud to see you in your new school uniform! Is it OK with you if I take a photo and text it to Grandma?’

3. Understand your school’s tech rules 

In some states, public schools are restricting students’ use of phones and other devices this year – for example, ‘phone bans’ are starting at state schools in VictoriaTasmania, and Western Australia.

If you’re unsure of the rules about personal devices, check with the school. 

4. Encourage kindness and respect

Check out Dolly’s Dream Parent Hub for tips on how to talk to your kids about showing respect and kindness online and asking for help if something goes wrong.

5. Set reasonable boundaries

Many kids are still enjoying the new devices, games and smart toys they got for Christmas. Who wants to put them down and do homework instead?!

But you can work with your kids to create quiet spaces at home for study, with minimal distractions. You can also read some tips here on how to set house rules with your kids about how everyone in the family uses their devices – what’s OK, and what’s not.

6. Enjoy a good night’s sleep!

Going back to school can be tiring for kids (and parents)! Steps to help your child sleep easy include:

  • Switch off screens an hour before bed.
  • Avoid TV shows or games which are too scary or violent.
  • Keep devices out of bedrooms, especially later in the evening.
  • Make a family rule that everyone charges their device in the living room (or similar) overnight.
  • If checking the time overnight makes your children anxious, talk to them about keeping the clock or watch away from the bed.
  • Set a regular, soothing routine before bed – e.g. bath, books, soft music.
  • Get plenty of natural light and exercise during the day.

School Advisory Board

Message from the School Advisory Board

On behalf of the School Advisory Board, I would like to welcome back all our families to what I’m sure will be a wonderful school year. A special welcome to our new prep families and students who shared their first day of school on Wednesday 29th January. 


Our school community welcomes three new members to our School Advisory Board in 2020, Belinda Calello, Sera De Pace and Jed Nalder. We are looking forward to them sharing their skills and expertise with us.  


The Board will be reconvening on Tuesday 11th February with a key focus on projects that will be a value add to the school and the students. The Board is committed to ensure effective and transparent communication and we look forward to sharing our ideas and receiving community feedback in due course. 


On Wednesday the 19th February at 5.30pm we have our whole school welcome mass followed by a BBQ.  This is a great opportunity for our school community to come together, meet new families and members of the board. 


We wish all families a wonderful start to 2020 and look forward to a productive school year. 


Vanessa Rendina 

Chair School Advisory Board 

St Joseph the Worker Primary School 


Parents & Friends






Creative Music


School Banking


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
SJW Technology Acceptable Use Agreement_Middle_Senior.pdf
SJW Technology Acceptable Use Agreement_Junior.pdf