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 9 Term 2 2021 Newsletter

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Week 9 Term 2 2021 Newsletter

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

This week, I went looking for a prayer about school reports or similar. I happened to stumble across the World Vision website and was reminded of the challenges faced by so many children around the world, and here in Australia, who never have access to an education or constantly face adversity as they strive to become all they can be. It is reported that in 2018, around 260 million children, adolescents and youths were not in school, and COVID 19 has only further impacted education for many around the world. So this week we pray together, for those children who are not blessed with an education.

Dear God,

We pray for children who face an uncertain world,

Unable to hear about the unknown and the new, or to ask questions so as to find a solution.

We pray for those who care for others, while at the same time needing to be cared for themselves.

And we pray for our own children, blessed with the opportunity to learn and be nurtured, that they grow to see others in our community who want for that same opportunity.


Semester 1 Reports

Today your child’s report has been sent home via the new Compass Parent Portal. The new format of the student reports is specifically to provide feedback on your child’s learning progress for Semester 1. The reports are based on achievement in line with the Australian Curriculum, and your child’s engagement with their learning.

I encourage you to view your child’s report as an opportunity to find out how they are progressing, and then to discuss this with them to celebrate successes and to set some goals for Semester 2. The reports do not have written comments this semester, so focusing on the Engagement with Learning statements will give you ways to speak to your child about their learning.

Parent / Teacher Interviews

As part of the reporting and feedback cycle, inclusive of the Semester 1 Reports, Parent / Teacher Interviews will be held next week. All parents are encouraged to use this time to gain a deeper understanding of the growth shown so far this year, and to discuss areas for development next term.

These interviews will run for 15 minutes. Bookings are now open on the Compass Parent Portal, but will close at 3pm on Friday 18 June.

Please click here for information on how to access Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Compass Parent Portal using the Mobile App or a Desktop.

This new approach to Academic Reporting by Catholic Education is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.

School Board

Last Wednesday the School Board met, as we do twice a term, to discuss the progress of the school and to consider ways to further improve and build on the wonderful school community we have. Matters discussed included the continuing efforts to work closely with Camp Australia to ensure they are providing an engaging, effective and safe OSHC service at St Joseph’s. We are pleased that there have been some necessary improvements to date, and look forward to further efforts to build on this in the coming months. Also considered in the meeting was some capital expenditure over the second half of the year. We are looking at installing new school signage on both Boronia Drive and McArthur Avenue, to better direct visitors into our school. In principle approval has also been given for the design and planning stage of a nature-based playground located at the Boronia Drive end of the oval. Further details will be provided to the school community early in Term 3. Thank you to the School Board for their ongoing support of the school.  


We officially congratulate and welcome Mrs Anita Bettell as the new classroom teacher in 2 Magenta from the start of Term 3, replacing Mrs Eloise Wilson who is moving to Sydney. Anita currently works in the school across a number of areas, so will move easily into her new role. We have also interviewed and anticipate appointing a new teacher in 6 Lime for Term 3 and 4 by the end of this week. 

Winter Woolly Day

To help raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal we will be holding a Winter Woolly Day this Friday 18 June. Students are invited to rug up for the day in scarves, gloves, beanies, oodies and the like for a gold coin donation. Our donations will be contributed to the fundraising efforts of members from Catholic Education who will be participating in the CEO Sleepout on 17 June.


From the start of Term 3, the Canteen will be open for lunch orders on Tuesday to Friday. The only difference is that Tuesday will be lunch orders only. There will be no over the counter sales on Tuesday. There will be full canteen services on Wednesday to Friday.

Have a great end to the week.

Yours in Christ,

Cameron Tarrant


St Joseph’s Sacramental Program

Sacrament of the Eucharist

Holy Communion is scheduled for Sunday 15 August. Enrolment in this Sacrament is for Year 4 students who have made their First Reconciliation, as well as any Year 5 or 6 students who were unable to make this Sacrament previously.

Date of Sacrament:                Sunday 15 August

Time:                                    12:00pm

Registrations:                         Opening online at the end of Term 2 on the Parish                                                   website:

Sacrament Retreat Day:          Tuesday 12 August (for all Year 4 students)

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be held on Wednesday 28 October. Enrolment for this Sacrament is offered to students in Year 6, who have made their Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Further information regarding enrolments and preparation for this Sacrament will be provided in Term 3.

Date of Sacrament:                Thursday 28 October

Time:                                    5:30pm

Registrations:                         Opening online at the end of Term 3 on the Parish                                                    website:

Sacrament Retreat Day:         TBA

All enrolments and payments must be done via the St Joseph’s Parish Website (not the school Qkr! account). Workbooks will be provided to each student enrolled and are to be completed at home, with their parents.

 Michelle Vuli

Religious Education Coordinator


Final Call for Long Jump Trials this Friday

We are offering the opportunity for students to compete in long jump on Friday 18 June at Merici College long jump pit. If your child is interested in competing please contact me at The trials will take place between 8am - 8.45am and students will need to make their own way there and then on to school. Once we have conducted the long jump trials, Age Champions will be announced at morning assembly for 10-12 Years age groups.

Koby Allan


Please remember to check for any overdue library books due back to the library.

Please contact me at if you think you have returned your book or if you have lost it.

Have fun reading this week.

Georgina Jaram

Teacher Librarian

Defence School Mentor News

With school holidays just around the corner you may still be looking for some ideas, especially if you are new to Canberra. Please see the link from the Canberra Weekly for some suggestions.

Defence Kids club – Thursdays first break in the library.

Sally Adams

Defence School Mentor

Hi Everyone,

What a great Term 2 we have all had. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all.

With the upcoming holidays, I have organised a bake sale for the last day of term. I would also like to thank all my amazing volunteers - without your constant support, I don’t know how I would do it all, so thank you lovely ladies.

Just a reminder canteen cut off is 8:50am and starting next term the canteen will be doing lunch orders on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and open for over the counter Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Enjoy your Holidays.


Thanks to our lovely new volunteers for making this possible. If you have a spare half-hour each week or fortnight and could help out please email

New stock in now

We've got lots of brand new stock in the shop to make sure your kids are as warm as toast.  Fluffy new polar fleeces, long pants and long-sleeve tops, warm beanies, gloves and even socks are all available now. We've also got a fresh supply of backpacks, lots of hats and PE gear too.

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

Kaley A

Sebastian B

Foundation White

Mira K

Beatrice H

1 Purple

Enoch A

Isla C

1 Teal Xander W
2 Magenta

Annabelle F

Russell G

2 Yellow

Sophia T

Jack D

3 Black

Atticus B

Connor J

3 Navy

Patrick M

James M

4 Gold

Imogen W

4 Green

Louis P

Sophie G

5 Blue

Ben C

Odette S

5 Orange

Oliver A

Lucy P

6 Lime

Addison F

Josh G

Amy D

6 Silver

Frieda C

Thomas F

Sustainability Josie S


Amy D

Happy birthday to these students celebrating their birthdays this week:


Marcos D C
Mia M
Daniel McK
Marnie C
Addison F



See the St Joseph's Entertainment Guide link here