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Message from Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield

03.12.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

On Sunday at Mass we lit the first candle on our Advent Wreath. The main characteristics of Advent, are waiting, hope and renewal.  There are two types of waiting, passive and active.  Passive waiting is a little like being at a bus stop; there’s nothing much you can do except look up every now and again to see if the bus is coming or watch the passing traffic or read a book etc.  Active waiting is a like preparing for a guest to come and visit us in our home.  Our eyes are on the clock as we tidy the house, prepare food and other refreshments, put some flowers into a vase and consider what would please the person coming to visit.

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Message from Mr Harrison

03.12.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

This week we commenced the Season of Advent and a new year in the life of the Church, Year C. Advent usually begins around the last Sunday of November, and is celebrated across four Sundays – each building on the other, inviting us to prepare actively for the feast of Christmas,

 

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Sports Day 2021

08.11.21

Congratulations to Joseph, winners of the 2021 SJMS Sports Day Shield!!
Congratulations to MacKillop, winners of the 2021 SJMS Sports Day Spirit Cup!!
Congratulations to our students, your positive attitude and sportsmanship shone today in a sea of colour and smiles!!
Thank you to the SJMS community for helping make this year’s Sports Day such a success!

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Message from Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield

04.11.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It was wonderful to see some of our students become fully initiated members of the church when they celebrated the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Sunday afternoon. This is a very important moment in the lives of these students as they become full and active members of the Eucharistic community.

On Monday students came together to celebrate All Saints Day with mass for our Years 2 – 6 students and a Liturgy of the Word for our Preschool – Year 1 students.

All Saints Day, has its origins in the Roman Catholic Church of the Middle Ages. Reflecting on the lives and examples of the saints had been a widespread practice for Christians since the earliest days of the church. By the early Middle Ages, the liturgical calendar was filled with the commemorations of hundreds of saints and martyrs. Many of these lesser observances were combined into a joint celebration called All Saints Day.

This was a very special day for our students at William Street as it was the first mass Fr Chris Jenkins celebrated. We welcome Fr Chris to our community and look forward to him joining us at many of our school celebrations.

Parish Assembly / Picnic

An invitation to all families to join the Parish for their Parish Assembly and Picnic after the 10am mass on Sunday.

Building Update

Work on our Performing Arts Studio is certainly coming along. Over the holidays, the electrical work leading to the building was mostly completed while the students were off site. The frame is almost completely up and I look forward to seeing the walls going up soon. It certainly is an exciting time.

School Concert

This term on Thursday 25 November, our students from Preschool to Year 6 will showcase what they have been working on with Mrs Williams. We all look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate their hard work. Details regarding the purchase of tickets has been sent out via the Skoolbag app.

Reports

Semester 2 reports will be sent home on Friday 3 December with your child. If your child is not at school on the day, it will be available for you to collect from the School Office until Wednesday 8 December. Any uncollected reports will be mailed home after this date.

Yours sincerely

Grace Vassallo-Wakefield
Acting Principal

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Message from Mr Harrison

04.11.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As the weather warms up, we commenced November with the celebration of All Saints, recognising all those who chose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Inspired by examples of saints like Mary MacKillop, we pray that we are also open to ways in our own lives we can respond to the needs of others as Jesus taught us. November is also a time where the Church helps us to reflect on our love ones who have passed and the promise of eternal life. The Feast of All Souls leads the Church into a month of communal prayers for those who are now placed in God’s loving care.

Socktober Mission Focus

Last week, our Year 5 students blew us away with their leadership and energy. Supported by Paula Wesley and Tony Johnston from Catholic Missions, we engaged in a variety of ‘Head (understanding), Heart (connection) or Hands (actions)’ activities. Across the three days, the Year 5 students explored a focus on ‘Mission.’ Each Year 5 student shared in the responsibility of speaking to classes about the Mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. In particular, how our efforts will go a long way to support the Sisters to provide safety, education, food and training for young mothers and children in Thailand who are living in poverty. As a connection with our ‘brothers and sisters’ in Thailand, the Year 5 students created sock balls out of recycled materials and led an opportunity for each class to participate in penalty shootout using both a sock ball and soccer ball.

Thank you for the gold coin donations and for generously supporting Catholic Missions in 2021.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the 13 recipients of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday 31st October. This completes their Sacraments of Initiation and means that each recipient can now receive the Eucharist during Communion and fully participate in each part of the Mass.

Masses and Liturgies of the Word

It was wonderful to have parents and caregivers join us for our Year 2-6 All Saints Mass on Monday morning and for those who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday to go up for communion a second time. As per the communication last week, we are once again able to have onsite community gatherings which will include class Masses and Liturgies of the Word. We look forward to sharing these celebrations as a community.

Way2Go Update

On Tuesday 2 November, representatives from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) and the Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council observed both our sites between 3:00pm and 4:00pm. As part of the Way2Go process we were able to discuss our school crossing point, drop off and pick up procedures and pathways between our Kensington and Norwood Campus. The data gathered through this observation and discussion provides timely evidence which will inform ongoing consultation, processes and actions between our school, the DIT and local councils.

Reconciliation Garden Project

Exciting News! This weekend Saturday 6 November, we commence stage one of our Reconciliation Garden Project upgrade at Bridge Street. Stage one will involve the excavation of the compacted fill along the laneway fence line section of the garden. A skip bin will be delivered on Friday 5 November and removed on Monday 8 November. Therefore, throughout next week, this section of excavated garden will be surrounded by bunting.

The following weekend on Friday 12 November, soil and 150 donated plants will be delivered ready to prepare the bed and plant on Saturday 13 November. If you would like to help with the planting next weekend, please let me know via email at mharrison@sjms.catholic.edu.au.

Parish Picnic

This weekend, there will be a Parish Picnic following the 10am Mass on Sunday 7 November. The picnic will be held on the St Ignatius Junior Campus oval between 11am and 2:30pm. All are welcome! The picnic will include a sausage sizzle, ice-cream van, coffee van and some simple games. You may like to bring along a chair or a picnic blanket to sit on.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Matthew Harrison

Acting APRIM

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Message from Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield

21.10.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope that you all had a lovely mid-semester break.

This term is the shortest term of the School Year but sometimes I feel it is the one that is the busiest. There are many exciting things to look forward to like our Parish Picnic, Christmas Concert, End of Year Mass and Graduation Ceremonies for Year 6 and Preschool students as well.

A reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel

This Sunday, we hear at mass the story of the beggar Bartimaeus who is living in the darkness of his blindness. In a moment of desperation and inspiration, he cries out to Jesus who is passing by, undeterred by those in the crowd who call on him to be silent. Jesus restores his sight and tells him that he has been saved by his faith.

We note that Bartimaeus throws aside his cloak, one of his most prized possessions, as he approaches Jesus. The gesture indicates his decision to change his life and throw in his lot with Jesus.

Bartimaeus was a person of faith, not a person who prayed only in a crisis to get what he wanted from God. He had a deep relationship with God and that faith, that deep relationship with God, firstly answered his deepest need, his need for salvation, a far greater need than the restoration of his sight. Bartimaeus sought the kingdom of God first - God’s mercy - and the other thing, restoration of sight, was given to him as well.

Sports Day

This Friday, our community will come together to celebrate Sports Day. A reminder that all children should be at school by 8:30am so that we can leave by 8:45am to travel to Santos Stadium. Thank you to Tom Siinmaa and all the staff who have worked to make this a successful event.

A reminder to all parents and caregivers that you must adhere to all COVID regulations on the day. If you are taking your child home at the end of the event, your child/children must be signed out with their class teacher before leaving the stadium. This is for the safety of all children in our care.

Parish Assembly / Picnic

On Sunday 7 November, St Ignatius Parish will hold their Parish Assembly and Picnic. Following the 10am Mass from 11:30am - 1:30pm there will be the opportunity for members of the parish to share their thoughts / visions for the Parish. As well, this is the week that Fr Chris Jenkins joins the St Ignatius community as Parish Priest.

As part of the day, there will be games for children to participate on the oval which will be hosted by SJMS staff. Please come along, even if for ½ hour after mass not only to join in with the fun and festivities but to have your voice heard through your participation in the Parish Assembly.

Further details about this day will follow.

Sun Safe Policy

A reminder that from 1 August to 30 April, all children should be wearing their hats during Recess and Lunch, as well as when at PE lessons with Mr Siinmaa. Children who do not have their hats with them, will be asked to sit out under the verandah at both sites. In the interest of health and safety, children should not be sharing hats. As well, sunscreen is available to all students in the classrooms to be applied when needed. I urge parents to ensure their child has the correct school hat and that it is clearly labelled with their child’s name. Thank you for your support.

Kaurna Language Sessions

Thank you to Labhaoise Upton who is providing Kaurna language experiences for classes at William Street. Labhaoise who is also a parent of students at SJMS will share who knowledge during weeks 1 - 4 this term.

Yours sincerely

Grace Vassallo-Wakefield
Acting Principal

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Message from Mr Harrison

21.10.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to Term 4. Over the coming weeks we are looking to commence the garden upgrade along the path at Bridge Street. If gardening or landscaping are areas of interest and you are able to offer advice or expertise to help us in the process of establishing these new garden areas, please email mharrison@sjms.catholic.edu.au and we will be in contact.

Way2Go Update

On Friday 16 October, Sonya Brewer, Paul Wesley and myself met with representatives from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport and the Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council to discuss our catchment data and survey responses. Thank you to the 67 parents who contributed to the Way2Go parent survey. Your feedback, along with staff and students, offered the representatives valuable insights which were generated into a report. The data collated will support further consultation, funding and initiatives. I will continue to provide more updates from the report over the coming weeks.

Socktober Mission Focus

Next week, from Wednesday 27 October to Friday 29 October our Year 5 students will be taking part in Catholic Mission’s Socktober Challenge. The Socktober Challenge takes student leaders on a journey in mission, bearing witness to stories of their brothers and sisters who they are supporting by participating in Socktober. On the Wednesday and Thursday, the Year 5 students will explore Catholic Mission ‘heads, hearts and hands’ activities on social justice and create soccer balls out of items such as a plastic bags and odd socks.

Socktober Casual Day

On Friday 29 October, we are inviting students to bring a gold coin donation and wear active casual clothes ready for a sock ball shootout with the Year 5’s. Funds raised on the day, will contribute to The Good Shepherd Sisters who support communities in need in Thailand. For 55 years, the Sisters have been building partnerships that promote dignity and human rights for all, especially women and children.

First Holy Communion

A compulsory meeting and combined rehearsal will be held next Tuesday 26 October in the Parish Hall and St Ignatius Church at 7:00pm. Please ensure that you place a reminder in your calendar and that you have already received the first four of five homework reflections via email. If you would like a hard copy of any of these sheet’s please forward an email to mharrison@sjms.catholic.edu.au and I will arrange copies for you.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be held on Sunday 31 October in two separate ceremonies. All families have now selected a preferred ceremony time (1:30pm or 3:00pm) and have been allocated a maximum of 20 guests. Please confirm your final guest numbers before the meeting with the parish office on 8332 0600.

All Saints Mass

Monday 1 November is The Feast of All Saints. The Feast of All Saint celebrates the many good men and women who followed Jesus’ way by living lives of servanthood. They cared for those in need and put others first before themselves. They lived the true message of the Gospel.

Year 2 to Year 6 classes will celebrate the feast with a Mass in St Ignatius Church at 9:15am. If you would like to join us, all adults are asked to wear a mask and scan the QR code to sign in.

Preschool to Year 1 classes will have a Liturgy of the Word in the Library at 10:30am. Unfortunately, this will just be for the students. We appreciate you’re continued support and understanding and look forward to opportunities in the future for us all to gather in Liturgy and prayer once again.

Best of luck to our MacKillop, Tappeiner, Woods and Joseph teams for Sports Day. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Matthew Harrison

Acting APRIM

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Message from Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield

23.09.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

At the beginning of September, I wrote about the Season of Creation which began on September 1 and concludes on October 4.

The Australian Jesuit Province’s Reconciliation with Creation Committee is inviting people to celebrate the Season of Creation, with suggestions for a range of activities and prayerful reflections.

Pope Francis is calling us to ‘hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth’.

Please find below a link to some activities that might help you to reflect during this time.

https://jesuit.org.au/celebrating-the-season-of-creation/

NAPLAN

This week, parents and caregivers of students in Years 3 and 5 will receive an individual report of their NAPLAN results.

NAPLAN individual student reports provide information about what students know and have achieved in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. The reports also provide information on how students have performed against the national average (over one million students participate in NAPLAN tests each year) and the national minimum standards. 

We are presently reviewing our Data and will provided feedback once this has been collated.

TOURNAMENT OF THE MIND (TOM)

On Sunday 12 September an intrepid group of students travelled to Flinders University at Tonsley Park to present their response to a challenge which they worked on throughout the term. 2 groups of 7 students, from years 4 – 6 came together to work on challenges presented to them.

TOM provides the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork.

Well done to both teams on their efforts!

QUIZ NIGHT

Thank you to the P&F committee (Charlotte, Helen and Stephanie) for a wonderful night last Saturday. The Quiz Night was a huge success in terms of community coming together. There was a wonderful mix of families across both sites as well as those who are new to our community.

PUPIL FREE DAYS

This Friday, staff from the 5 Primary Schools in the region will come together for Professional Development. Our focus on the day will focus on the Berry Street Education Model (BSEM). BSEM provides strategies for teaching and learning that enables teachers to increase engagement of students and successfully improve all students' self-regulation, relationships, wellbeing, growth and academic achievement.

Please note that Monday 11 October is also a pupil free day.

FESTIVAL CHOIR

On Wednesday night, students in Years 4, 5 and 6 from St Joseph’s Memorial School participated in the Catholic Schools Music Festival at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre. I congratulate all the children on their dedication in preparing for this event and their performance on the night on the ‘big stage’. A big thank you to Ms Oriana Radman for preparing and organising the students since the beginning of this year.

Yours sincerely

Grace Vassallo-Wakefield

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Message from Mr Harrison

23.09.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

September through to October 4 (Feast of St Francis of Assisi) is the Season of Creation. At this time, Pope Francis encourages all of us to continue reflecting, praying and demonstrating everyday actions that are considerate of and care for our common home.

Way2Go

Thank you to the many parents and caregivers that have responded to the Skoolbag Way2Go parent survey.

As mentioned previously, the program relies on current consultation with staff, students and community. To learn more about Way2Go and for further information you may like to view the following link: https://youtu.be/YtuKRBKQtS8.

We would appreciate as many responses as possible, to inform our decisions. If you haven’t submitted a response and you are able to do so before 24 September please click the parent survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JDDWF29.

On average the survey should take less than a minute.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

2021 Adelaide Diocesan Assembly

The 2021 Adelaide Diocesan Assembly was held at Cabra College on Friday 17 September and Saturday 18 September. The Theme of the assembly was, “Our Story, Our Mission, Our Future.” The Assembly involved representatives of parishes, school and organisations and participants were encouraged to prepare ourselves to listen both in heart and mind about significant topics such as inclusion, leadership, formation, parish life and outreach. The Assembly will conclude on Thursday evening on the 23 September.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion 

The second meeting and combined rehearsal will be held next Tuesday 26 October (school holidays) in the Parish Hall and St Ignatius Church. 

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be held on Sunday 31 October. There will be two ceremonies on the day to adhere to COVID regulations.

Please contact the Parish office on 8332 0600 if you have any questions regarding the program, meetings, ceremonies or homework.

Have a wonderful holiday break everyone.

Matthew Harrison  

Acting APRIM 

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Message from Mrs Vassallo-Wakefield

10.09.21

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It is difficult to believe that we are nearing the end of Term 3. So many things have happened and so much learning has been experienced by students.

I would like to congratulate the Year 5 and 6 Debating Teams for their participation in the Debating SA competition. The students represented our school with pride and put in a lot of time preparing for their debates.

Just a reminder to all that hats must be worn during play breaks now. Children not wearing a hat, will need to play in the shade.

Class Groupings 2022

Over the next few weeks the class placement process for 2022 will commence. This is a complex jig-saw as we work to develop the right mix of students and the best possible fit in terms of both class size and class structure. Our teachers aim to keep abreast of the needs of every child through the course of the year and in their discussions with parents. Please understand that we take into consideration a range of factors including learning styles, academic achievement, gender, previous class history, friendship groups, social and emotional issues, siblings/relatives and so on. However, there is no doubt that some families will feel the need to write to me regarding placement. If you feel you must write, please base your request on educational issues that you feel we do not currently hold and that is crucial to a successful placement occurring. This is not about ‘selecting a teacher’, but is an opportunity for you to provide information that will help us with the process. I must stress that letters of requests for certain teachers will not be considered. Please ensure all requests are forwarded to me no later than this Friday.

Parents on School Grounds

I thank all parents for your support and cooperation ‘limiting the numbers of parents on school sites’. I have received further clarification through CESA referring to Department for Education guidelines.

The clarification has been sought as there are comparisons being made between schools in the Catholic sector and even schools in other sectors. All schools differ in their size, layout and complexity. At SJMS, we have limited indoor space and for this reason, we still need to limit parent access on our sites however, if parents have a prearranged meeting with their child’s teacher, provide COVID protocols are followed, these meetings can happen.

Unfortunately, this means that parents are unable to attend Assemblies or Class Liturgies of the Word.

Our School Sports Day will be held off site and provided we follow protocols and physical distancing, attendance at this event should not be a problem. Further information will be available early next term. parents wear masks, COVID check in etc. we will be able to have

Principals have a degree of discretion on what might be reasonable for their local context, so long as the general health guidelines are being applied.

Of course, if an outbreak were to occur in SA, then we can expect that there will be a rapid tightening of freedoms across the entire community, including schools.

I thank you all for your support in this matter.

Child Protection Week

This week is Child Protection Week. The theme for the 2021 National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) Child Protection Week campaign is ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go.’

In Child Protection Week we are asked to be someone who listens to children, someone who will start a conversation with children and if needed, be that someone whom children will turn to when in need. The Commission is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all children and young people from harm. This includes supporting the rights of the child and child safe environments by working together with key partner agencies towards care and protection of children within our community.

Volunteers at SJMS 

Just a reminder that if you would like to volunteer at SJMS you will need to have the following documentation:

Please note that if the following information is not up to date, you will not be able to volunteer at SJMS until these requirements are met.

Please keep in your prayers...

I would like to offer my condolences on behalf of our community to Matt Harrison and his extended family on the loss of their beloved mum, grandmother, sister and aunty. Catherine Harrison was known at SJMS as she volunteered her time to support our school community. I know she will be sadly missed. Please keep Catherine and her family in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.  

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Yours sincerely

Grace Vassallo-Wakefield

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Top of Newsletter - William St Performing Arts Studio build update.
Top of Article - Preschool students during exploration.

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