News & Events

From Adam Slater, Principal


Dear Families

The last few weeks have been full of school community events, activities, and learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

Holy Week
Last week, we commenced our Holy Week celebrations with a Palm Sunday liturgy at Bridge Street. The Bridge Street students led us in a prayer and re-enactment of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Later in the week, students met in the Performing Arts Studio to watch our Year 2–5 students share the events of The Last Supper and Good Friday as outlined in the Gospel.

At the end of Holy Week, students visited the Norwood Parish for our Year 5 and 6 students to engage in a prayerful, guided journey through the Stations of the Cross. Students from all classes contributed artwork to depict each station.

Building Update
Everything is on track for the Bridge Street Multi Purpose Room project to be completed and ready for Vacation Care. We can’t wait for students, teachers, and the community to enjoy using the refurbished learning space.

Championship Year 5/6 Netball Team

We are extremely proud of our Year 5/6 netball team, who won the grand final in overtime. They played so well as a team and never gave up. Well done to coach Chelsea, and thank you to all the families who supported the team every week.

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the 17 students who represented our school at the South Australian Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association Swimming Carnival. Well done to our Year 3 student team, who won their age group for Section 4. We also had one Year 4 individual age group champion!

Brisbane Lions visit for Gather Round

Our Physical Education teacher, Mr Dacombe-Bird and School Captain Jack, were very excited to welcome the Brisbane Lions to our school for Gather Round. Students were able to meet the AFL players who led small clinics and get their autographs. Thank you to the SANFL for helping us organise this visit for our school community.

School Picnic

We had an incredible turnout for the school community picnic. I would like to thank our Parents and Friends Committee for organising the event. The weather was perfect, and it was great to see the community gather at the Kensington Gardens Reserve.

Lacrosse sessions in Physical Education

Our William Street students have been fortunate to have coaches from the Redwings Lacrosse team undertake a program in PE lessons.

Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser

Our students (and teachers) relished the opportunity to demonstrate their creative flair for the student-led ‘Crazy Hair Day’ initiative to raise money for Project Compassion.

Pupil-Free Day
Just a reminder that the first and last days of term 2 are pupil-free days to allow valuable time for professional learning for our staff.


Adam Slater


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Dear Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well as we start a new school year. We are excited to welcome both returning and new families to our school community. 

I would like to welcome our Leadership Team for 2024:

* Principal, Adam Slater

* Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission, Grace Vassallo-Wakefield

* Inclusive Education Coordinator, Toni Benci

* Leader of Learning, Aimee Caruso.

Together, we look forward to serving you and your family in the exciting year ahead.

On the first day of school, we welcomed 41 reception children and their families. Many of the children were having their first day at school, joined by students from Years 1 to 6. We also welcomed new staff members who have joined us: Annie Brearley (Year 5), Tania Montin (Preschool Coordinator), and Janice Bataduwage (Educational Support Officer), who is replacing Claire Tienek on long service leave in term 1.


One of my favourite moments each day is going into the classrooms and seeing the wonderful learning that is happening. I also really enjoy speaking with the teachers and students to hand out Principal sticker awards for students who have demonstrated the three school values of kindness, love, and care. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognise students for their daily positive actions and the pride they take in making great choices at school.


It has been an absolute delight to go into the classrooms and see all the wonderful learning that the students and classes have been exploring in the first two weeks. Last week, the year 5 students shared a task in Humanities and Social Sciences where they created Aboriginal artwork to include specific painted features to represent meeting places, such as clapping sticks, rivers, and kangaroo footprints.

The Year 1 students explored learning about sea and beach environments in science. It was great to see the students reading about and investigating the various types of seashells and marine animals.

Our librarian, Mrs Moore, has enjoyed showing the students around the new library spaces in the school. At our William Street campus, the bigger library area is quickly filling with new books, and the students have enjoyed this space being open at lunch time. At our Bridge Street campus, the construction works are well underway for the refurbishment project, with the new flooring, painting and lighting all completed. We are looking forward to the children using these spaces to continue to spark their love of literature and reading.

I hope all families enjoyed the opportunity to meet with their child's teacher(s) this week. The aim of the learning conversation is for you to share with the teacher your child’s needs, strengths, interests, and future goals.


Before the students returned, the school staff undertook three days of professional learning that included a session with Madhavi Parker from Thriving Minds. The staff were able to focus on wellbeing in three ways:

  1. Educator wellbeing
  2. Current wellbeing science and research
  3. Wellbeing curriculum and practice in classrooms to positively impact student learning and achievement

We are now looking forward to implementing the ‘Thriving Minds’ curriculum to focus on student, parent, and staff wellbeing this year. We will share more about this work in the coming weeks.


It has been wonderful that school sports have commenced. Training sessions have started, and our parent coaches have been terrific in their volunteer efforts to help guide our students in their sporting opportunities. Once again, I would like to thank the parents who coach our students for their commitment and passion to benefit our school community.

It has been an amazing start to the school year, and I am grateful that every day I am able to work with everyone in this amazing Saint Joseph's Memorial School community.

Adam Slater

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Dear Families,

How quickly has this term flown by! We have been getting into the Christmas Spirit at SJMS and the Carols last Friday night was a perfect example.

As we draw the year to a close, it is important to reflect on the new initiatives that have been introduced this year, that have made a positive impact within our community:

  • Co-constructing the new school pillars (faith, learning and community) and values (kindess, care and love).
  • New school lunches in collaboration with Louie’s Deli are provided for students on Monday and Friday.
  • Establishing the new interschool sports competition between our school and St Raphael’s, Parkside to provide increased unique opportunities for students to represent the school and play sport from Year 1 to Year 6.
  • Using the Performing Arts Studio for the first time to host two school musicals, written by the students, based on the life of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop. Both performances were sold out and demonstrated an extremely high level of talent from the students.
  • A new Music and Sports assembly to recognise the efforts of parent volunteers and students to share their instrumental talents to the community.
  • Introducing student traffic monitors for students to demonstrate their leadership responsibilities and capabilities.
  • Introducing whole school assemblies to be held in the Performing Arts Studio with both Bridge and William Street classes hosting.
  • Introduction of SEQTA assessment and reporting to be digitally emailed to parents.
  • Introduction of Clarity learning practices for students to know learning intentions, success criteria and improve their work.
  • Opening up more opportunities for students to complete the Children’s University, with more than double the students from 2023 receiving acknowledgement from the University of Adelaide at the graduation ceremony this year.
  • Introducing the new opportunity for families to have a shared picnic celebration after the Christmas Carols at William St.
  • New sporting clinics and opportunities including martial arts, gymnastics and SANFL sessions.
  • New lunchtime clubs for drawing, chess, games and dance.
  • New extension opportunities for students to participate in the G.A.T.EWays program.
  • New social justice initiatives with students working with Catholic Mission for Socktober to raise over $1000 for East Timor.
  • New ICT initiatives whereby the Year 1 and Year 5 students worked collaboratively to created 3D printed objects through Makers Empire.  
  • New Parents & Friends events, including the school stall at the St Peter’s Fair.
  • Introducing the Book Fair for students to purchase new reading materials, held in the Performing Arts Studio.
  • New student-led break time competitions for soccer and netball.
  • A staff retreat to reflect and evaluate on school Catholic Identity.
  • Staff undertaking the Apple Teacher accreditation program.
  • Staff commencing sessions on AITSL accreditation through moving from Provisional to Full registration status and upgrading to Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Status.
  • Introducing new parent information sessions for Mid-Year Reception and William Street transition.

Your child/ren’s reports will be emailed home, on Monday, December 11th.  If you have any changes to your email addresses, please make sure you update these with the front office before this date. On Monday, we will also send out the teacher / class allocations for your child/ren.


I am happy to announce that Tania Montin has been appointed as the Preschool Coordinator commencing in 2024. Tania has led in a range of Catholic and Government Preschools (St Joseph’s Payneham, St Joseph’s Kingswood and St Thomas. Goodwood and we welcome her warmly to our community. I would also like to announce that Izabella Callisto has won a contract to teach in Year 3 in 2024.

As we are approaching the end of the 2023 school year, we have finalised staffing and classes for 2024:

Year level



Zoë Gower


Nickie Palumbo


Aimee Caruso / Mary Piteo


Will Dacombe-Bird / Catherine Devitt


David Holmes


Izabella Callisto


Andrew Merrigan


Annie Brearley


Christopher Heaney 

Mid-Year Reception

Cathy Haddad

Ready for Reception

Courtney Pisaniello




Tania Montin

Maree Raphael

Mary Murray

Japanese / Choir

Oriana Radman

Physical Education

Will Dacombe-Bird

Performing Arts

Jessica Williams

Education Support





Cathy Haddad (replacing Claire Tienek T1)

Erika Petersson

Katie Pederick

Belinda Papuni

Marta D’Ortenzio (Preschool)



Serena Razon
Serena has worked in the Preschool and as our school Chaplain. We wish Serena all the very best as she moves to St Joseph’s Kingswood as a Reception teacher.

Nicola Cuiffini
Nicola has worked at Bridge St in the Junior Primary classes. We wish Nicola well as she moves to St Mary’s Memorial.

Eloise DiSisto
Eloise has worked at William St in the Upper Primary classes.

On behalf of the school, I would like to sincerely thank Serena, Nicola and Eloise for their work in our community.


Currently, we are finalising the timeline to commence with the architects from Design Inc and building company Horizons Construction. on refurbishing the OSHC / Library Space to commence work through the school holiday break and early into next year.


After receiving consensus from the community regarding the selection of the optional sports jacket, Belgravia apparel is organsing samples of the selected soft shell sports jackets for families to view from the start of next year. We are hoping to provide the opportunity for families to order the jackets from the start of next year.

As we wrap up a productive school year in 2023, I want to thank all of our incredible teachers and whole school staff for the amazing work they undertake each and every day to help the students in our school thrive in their faith, learning and wellbeing.

I would also like to thank our sensational 2023 P & F Committee leaders Pina Bria and Rebecca Humphrey for their exceptional leadership throughout the year. I know our community is deeply appreciative for all of your selfless work to help our school.

Just a reminder that in 2024 school resumes on Monday 29 January 2024.


Adam Slater

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Dear St Joseph’s Memorial Families,

As Week 6 of Term 3 draws to a close we can already stop and reflect on the myriad of events and experiences that have taken place so far this term.

Book Week Parade

Last week we celebrated the Book Week, the theme this year was "Read, Grow, Inspire". As a whole school we celebrated with a Book Week Parade at the Performing Arts Studio.

Not only did families and staff enjoy a wonderful morning together, we also got to see the children from Preschool through to Year 6 join the parade.

A very special thank you to all students who participated and to all families for assisting children in organising their costumes. 

Book Week also reminds us about the joy of learning through reading and the important role of reading in developing vocabulary and comprehension.

Quiz Night

Last Saturday night we held a community Quiz Night with close to 100 people who attended the event. Thank you to everyone that came along and all the wonderful sponsors for their kind donations. An enormous thank you to our incredible Parents & Friends team for all their work to ensure the event was a huge success to fundraise to benefit our school community.

Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast

This week we celebrated Fathers and Grandfathers with the Parents & Friends committee hosting the Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast. It was great to see many people out to celebrate the important Father figures in the lives of our community. Thank you again to the Parent’s & Friends team for all of their organisation to ensure all events ran smoothly.

SJMS Extra Curricular

Well done to all our extra-curricular teams and their volunteer coaches who wrapped up an extremely successful season and year of school sports.

Well done to our Year 5 & 6 debating teams for ending their season with great success. Our Year 6 and 5 team finished with a win and congratulations to Lucy for being awarded speaker of the night. Our Year 6 team impressively went undefeated all season! We are very proud of all the students who participated and represented the school so well this year. A huge thank you must go to Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield who coached the teams throughout the year and Ms DiSisto for helping out on the debate nights.

On Thursday, I had the privilege as the Chair of the Catholic School Music Festival to see our choir undertake the whole group combined rehearsal. I was amazed of the exceptional standard of singing by all of the school choir members and we are all looking forward to the event at the Adelaide Festival Centre on Thursday of week 9 at the end of this term.

Clarity Project at St Joseph's Memorial School

We are delighted to announce that as a result of the school's work this year to implement the Clarity project, we have been selected as a Catholic school to host the project founder, Dr Lyn Sharratt in week 9. Our school has been selected for the visit due to the extensive work of all teachers and classes to implement the Clarity parameters and practices including using learning intentions, success criteria, bump it up walls, learning walks and talks, data walls and case management approaches.

In the past few weeks, I have been undertaking learning walks and talks in classes to ask students questions about what they are learning, how they are going, how they know they are going well, how they can improve and where can they go for help. The students have provided wonderfully insightful feedback about their learning in this process.

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Our 2023 Quiz night is fast approaching on Saturday 26th of August and we would like to acknowledge and extend our deep appreciation for the 2023 sponsors:

Platinum – Surreal Hair

Gold – Taarnby, Linden Park Pharmacy & Numberworksnwords

Silver – Sportitude, Astora Handmade & Big Egg Media

Bronze – Adelaide Oval, Switched on Kids & Gin Long Canteen

I would also like to share my appreciation to our hard working Parents and Friends Committee who have been instrumental in the organisation and preparation of the Quiz Night event.


In the past few weeks, we have introduced new activities for the students to undertake during their break times. As a part of National Science Week, Ms DeSisto organised an experiment with slime and making bubbly toothpaste for the students during a break time.

Our new Social Work students from UniSA have introduced drawing and games activities for the students too.

Mr Ryan has also organised lunctime actvities including a paper plane club.


Congratulations to Sienna and Iris for receiving a gold star to recognise their commitment and work towards the Children's University program. Both students have undertaken the most hours and activities so far this year.


Well done to 56 students from years 3 to 6 who attended the SACPSSA Cross Country Carnival. The students had a great experience running against their peers from all different Catholic schools. Congratulations Paris who finished in first place overall in the Division A Boys competition. Well done to all the students for their strong running performances throughout the day. Thanks to all the teachers, and parents who volunteered their time to help, and it was great seeing so many parents spectating on the day.

Each year we run a survey to get parent feedback about our school. This survey helps us keep track of what we have been doing and helps us plan for what we should do in the future. This is your chance to share your thoughts.

Parents go to…

    and enter the code SJMPLLLP


The St Joseph’s Memorial Performance Report, for the 2022 school year, can be accessed via the following link:

The report has a focus on various aspects on our school’s performance.

Wishing you well!

Adam Slater

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Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful break and have enjoyed the return of school for semester two.


After receiving close to 200 community responses from staff, students and parents we have finalised our three school pillars and values that will guide our school moving forward into the future.

Our three pillars that will set the direction for our mission are:


Our values centred on the example of Jesus Christ that will support our daily actions and interactions are:


Thank you to everyone for your input and support throughout the process of constructing our shared pillars and values.



Once again, we have managed to produce outstanding results!


Congratulations to all our Year 3 & 5 students who sat the test. A special thank you to our leaders and teachers who have looked closely at our testing data over the last three years and adjusted teaching practices to achieve such excellent results:

Student results have been sent home to families.


Our mid-year intake consists of 23 children who have enjoyed their first two weeks at school. They are a delightful group of children taking their next step into the wider world under the incredible leadership of their teacher Mrs Haddad.



We welcome Shayla who will be our new OSHC Director. Shayla has worked in various OSHC services as a leader and most recently at St Francis of Assisi in Newton. We look forward to the positive impact she will have on our community.

During Vacation Care, one of the highlights was the excursion to the Hahndorf Farm Barn. The children enjoyed feeding the animals. Thank you to the staff for ensuring the excursion was a huge success.

This week our Year 1 and Year 5 students shared their collaborative buddy project for the ‘Learning by Design’ Showcase event at Stone & Chalk. The two year levels worked together to solve a problem of soccer balls passing through the goal nets at Bridge Street and used Makers Empire technology and 3D printing to resolve. Thank you to both teachers for leading this impactful initiative to enhance student engagement and purposeful learning.


Over the school holidays we organised for maintenance and upgrades works to be undertaken. One specific holiday makeover occurred in the Preschool with the floorboards being replenished.

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Every day at St Joseph's Memorial School is a blessing and it is wonderful to be a part of a vibrant and dynamic community, that offers engaging learning experiences, along with many opportunities and events.

Winter Co-Curricular

Every Monday, I am always delighted to hear the reports from the students who have participated in school sport over the weekend. Last Saturday, I watched the return of the school football team and it was great to observe the enjoyment of each student representing the school. Last week, the school Debating teams had their first competition and the students demonstrated a high-level of confidence to speak and share their arguments with great success. Once again, I would like to thank all the parent and school volunteers who coach and lead their teams.

Year 6 Netball Team

Year 5 Debating Team

Year 4/5 Soccer Team

Year 4/5/6 Football team

Sports Clinics

This year we have organised a range of sports clinics for students in football and lacrosse. Last week the Reception and Year 1 students enjoyed an AFL session held by the SANFL to develop their skills in football.


School assemblies are a highlight of each term and are an opportunity for the community to gather together to share in the learning taken place and to witness the amazing talents of the students. Assemblies are held in the Performing Arts Space and parents are always very welcome to attend. Last week our Year 5 student hosted the assembly and we had leaders from Mary Mackillop College share a dance for our students.

Update of Key Focus Areas

At the beginning of the year and at the Annual General Meeting, I shared key areas for whole school vision and mission for 2023 and beyond:

  1. Relationships & Culture: Currently we are undertaking the process to co-construct three school pillars and values and have received 160+ School community survey responses from students, parents, staff and the wider community.  
  2. Literacy and Numeracy: Our School Quality Performance Team, including our Leader of Learning Nick Ryan and Early Years Leader Aimee Caruso have been working on a whole school strategy to formalise our agreed Literacy and Numeracy practices. This term, the leaders met with Catholic Education consultants to begin the process of aligning our shared practices with the new CESA system Literacy and Numeracy strategy. Recently, the leaders undertook professional development at the Catholic Education Office to learn and work on the construction of the agreed practices to work with our school staff and students.
  3. Wellbeing: We have created a draft of the school wellbeing policy of a whole school shared focus and practices. Our school leaders and teachers have continued to use the CESA Pulse Check In data to inform student support. The students will undertake the Pulse Check In again in week 5 and 6 of this term.
  4. Community Partnership and events: We are currently in the process of creating a yearly event calendar to assist parents knowing in advance the upcoming events.
  5. Infrastructure: We intend to upgrade and refurbish the the OSHC / Hall at Bridge St and front office spaces at both campuses.
  6. Preschool and Ready for Reception Program: This program has created opportunities for our students to help their smooth transition to school. 
  7. Communication: We are currently using SEQTA for teacher planning and reporting. As part of this process, in semester 1 of 2023, CESA is introducing a system-wide school report for all schools. 
  8. Catholic Education South Australia Clarity Project: We have continued our work to make learning visible for all students and have created a ‘Clarity in Action’ document to provide evidence of the practice within all classes in our school. Next term we will be hosting the Eastern regional schools to share our work in this area. 
  9. Graduate Leadership Program – We are currently working on creating a program to extend our students and provide opportunities for all students to enhance their learning and leadership capabilities. 

Child Safety Information and Guidelines

As you are aware, the safety and wellbeing of every student in our school is our priority. All staff, volunteers and allied health providers are required to complete a Working with Children Screening. Our induction procedures ensure that all persons coming onto the school grounds have the required Child Protection documentation. In addition, as part of our Health Curriculum, our students are taught the Keeping Safe – Child Protection Curriculum which aims to help children develop ways to protect themselves and keep themselves safe.

The links below provide further information for your perusal:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (Archdiocese of Adelaide)

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum information for Parents and Carers


In relation to St Joseph's Memorial uniform, our aim is that students always take pride with their presentation. Our school is appreciative of parents supporting their child/children in the correct wearing of the school uniform. Please see our school website for more details if required.

I wish all students every achievement in the Term ahead and as always, please contact the the school wherever we may be able to assist you, your child, or your family. 

Adam Slater


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Dear Families

As we approach the end of the Lenten season and celebrate the pinnacle of the Church’s year, Easter, this week our classes have led presentations to bring to life the significant events of Holy Week. I would like to thank the Ebel family for assisting us in our Holy Week presentations by constructing and providing signs to assist the class performances. 




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Dear Parents and Caregivers


As we journey through the Lenten Season, we are asked to focus on prayer. Have you ever thought of praying the Stations of the Cross as a family during Lent? There are many sites you can go to but here is a link that you might like to use with your family with simple text:


You might like to search for some images on the stations of the cross to reflect on as well or you might like to reflect on the words and ask your children to draw images for each station. You can even visit the Church, when it isn’t being used and pray as you view the images on the wall.



During Holy Week, the school will be coming together to pray and reflect on some significant events for Jesus during this week. Parents and Caregivers are welcome to attend.


Year Level






Palm Sunday

Monday 3 April



Bridge Street

Year 1

Jesus in the Temple

Tuesday 4 April


Bridge Street

Year 2/3

Holy Thursday

Wednesday 5 April


William Street

Year 5 & 6

Stations of the Cross

Thursday 6 April


St Ignatius Church

Year 4


Wednesday 12 April


William Street



St Joseph was the husband of Mary and the father of Jesus. God called Joseph, a simple carpenter, to care for and protect Mary and Jesus. With great faith and trust, he accepted God’s call. You are all warmly welcomed to join us at our School Mass to honour St Joseph on Tuesday 21 March in St Ignatius Church at 9:15am.



There has been some confusion regarding Class Liturgies and Masses for this term. Please find below the dates of masses and liturgies for Term 1.


Thursday 16 March

9am Year 4 Mass (PAS) 

Tuesday 21 March 

9:15am Whole School Mass 

St Joseph’s Day 

Thursday 30 March 

9am Year 5 Mass (PAS) 


Holy Week Reflections TBA 

Thursday 13 April 

9am Year 2/3 Mass (PAS) 




Dates can also be found at the link below:


Prayer to St Joseph the Father


St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and husband of Mary,

you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.

You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.

Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you.

You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.

They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them.

You too knew trial, labour, and weariness.

But amid the worries of material life your soul

was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy.

 Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone.

 Teach them to find Jesus near them and

to watch over him faithfully as you have done. Amen


Pope John XXIII


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Dear Families,

It has been so wonderful to see many families in our school and connecting with our staff and each other. We look forward to a year of reconnection and celebrating our beautiful school and


2023 Vision

At the Annual General Meeting in Week 3, I shared the areas for vision for St Joseph’s Memorial School for 2023 and beyond.

The key areas of focus are:

Relationships & Culture: Co-constructing three school pillars and values.

Literacy and Numeracy School strategy and shared practices to create a shared school curriculum handbook.

Wellbeing Creating a school wellbeing policy of whole school shared practices.

Community Partnership and events.

Infrastructure: Site developments at Bridge St and William St.

Preschool and Ready for Reception Program development.

Communication: SETQA school planning, reports & parent engagement.

Catholic Education South Australia Clarity Project – Making learning visible for all students.

Graduate Leadership Program – Providing opportunities for all students to enhance their leadership capabilities.


Creating shared school values and pillars

This year we will be constructing three school pillars to guide our future direction for growth and three shared school community values that will guide our actions in everything we do. We would like all community members including staff, students, parents and the community to have the opportunity to share in the creation of the three school pillars and three school values, so we have devised a short two question survey to gain your integral input to help us in this process. The survey will ask to you to name the three pillars and three values that you feel best represent the school moving forward with the opportunity for elaboration and discussion. We sincerely appreciate your insights into this process and look forward to sharing the collectively co-constructed school pillars and values with you.

Please feel free complete the short survey by clicking the link below:

SJMS Values and Pillars


Catholic Education South Australia Clarity Project in action at St Joseph’s Memorial

As mentioned above, one of our areas of focus this year is to undertake the Clarity Project to create shared teaching and learning practices that help make learning more visible to students. We have commenced this project with teachers creating and sharing learning intentions for tasks that focus on what students would have learnt by the end of the lesson or activity, such as what is the learning they should retain and take away with them. Then next practice we have introduced involves teachers creating and sharing success criteria for tasks. Success criteria help students to know what's expected of them to know exactly what they need to know or do to be successful with their learning.

Below we have an example of Literacy learning intentions and success criteria used in our classrooms:

Another Clarity practice we have introduced is a ‘Bump It Up Wall’, which consist of linear visual rubrics presented in the classroom that clearly show students how they can progress in their learning for a specific task. The walls can be used for any subject and students use them to gain specific information to help them enhance their learning and work.

Below we have two examples of Literacy ‘Bump It Walls’ used in our classrooms that focus on narrative writing and persuasive writing progression:

I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact that introducing the Clarity practices will have to enhance student learning and achievement outcomes.


Chess Club

In recent weeks our Year 4 students initiated a Chess Club at recess and lunchtime. It has been great seeing students from various year levels play against each other whilst learning more about the game.

School Board

Our School Board has an advisory role in supporting the Principal in planning and implementing the overriding direction of the school. We formulate and approve policies and hear updates from staff. Alongside the School Board sits the School Finance Committee. Some members of the Board also sit on this committee and we discuss the specific financial situation of the school, monitor income and expenditure and plan the annual budget for each year. The Chair of the Finance Committee then presents to the whole School Board. At our Annual General Meeting the group voted in three new parent representatives to the school board. In addition, we have a new staff representative in Mr David Holmes. In future newsletters, we will be sharing information about the members of our school board for you as a community to know them.


School Sports Program

The school sports program is well underway this term with the Cricket, Basketball and Netball. We are appreciative of work the parent volunteers as coaches have been doing to help the afterschool and weekend sports program run smoothly. It brings me great joy to see the positive buzz of energy on mornings that practices are held at the school. 


Southern Cross Article

Recently, I was interviewed by the Southern Cross Newspaper and was featured in the March edition. In the article I shared my passion for education, building positive relationships, and faith. Here is a link to the article if you would like to read it:


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