The Parent Handbook below covers all the information, procedures and policies you and your child will need.

If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact St Joseph’s Catholic Primary by phone on 4732 3999, during weekdays between 8:30am and 4:00pm.

Welcome to St Joseph's Primary School

Principal Mrs Patricia Reilly
Phone 4726 4200
Fax 4726 4299
Email stjosephskwood@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website www.stjosephskingswood.catholic.edu.au
Facebook www.facebook.com/stjosephsprimaryschoolkingswood
Address 94 Joseph Street, Kingswood 2747
Office Hours 8.00am to 4.00pm

St Joseph’s is a Catholic school in the parish of Kingswood. The school is a part of the system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta under the leadership of the Bishop of the Diocese supported by the Executive Director of Schools and the Catholic Education Office (www.parra.catholic.edu.au). St Joseph’s meets the requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority curriculum (www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au) and provides a range of extracurricular activities.

A professional and dedicated staff supports students at St Joseph’s to learn without limits. Class lessons utilise contemporary learning spaces and are enhanced with the use of technology. Students learn in a manner which promotes lifelong learning. Students and their needs are at the heart of all we do at St Joseph’s.

Learning is our work. Learning about our Catholic faith, our world and ourselves. We promote the work of the Church through our diocesan Religious Education curriculum, and through the provision of liturgical experiences drawn from our Catholic traditions. Daily prayer is a regular part of the day at St Joseph’s. We pray the Angelus at 12.00pm each day across the diocese.

We believe parents to be vital contributors to the development of the students’ faith and so all are encouraged to participate in the parish life of our community. Our Parents’ Association promotes our shared goals through ‘on the ground’ support such as assisting in classrooms, excursions, sports activities and fundraising. Parents are invited to participate in school assemblies and celebrations, and in the school’s decision-making process through surveys and meetings.

Our school grounds provide students with spaces to socialise, play and learn. Our library is a vibrant hub of activity during lesson and play times.

At St Joseph’s we aim to provide a safe, caring, respectful and friendly learning environment in which students feel valued and grow in their relationship with God and each other.

At St Joseph’s we promote creativity and deep learning. We look forward to sharing this learning journey with you and your child.

Blessings today and in the years to come.

Important Information at a Glance

Absence Due to Illness
If your child is absent for more than 3 days due to illness, a doctor’s certificate is required by the school.

Short Term Absences
When your child is unable to attend school for two or more consecutive days, please phone/email/write to the school office to notify them of your child’s absence and the approximate length of time they will be absent from school. Unexplained absences will be followed up by the school as it is a legal requirement that the school maintain and store accurate records.

Absences of One Week or More
It is the duty of the State to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality, and it is the duty of parents to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990. As such, the NSW Department of Education and Catholic Education Commission require students who take extended absences, to seek approval from the School Principal to do so.

If your child is going to be on leave for extended periods (e.g. holidays), you are required to fill in an Application for Leave Form which can be collected from the School Office. After completing the form, return it to the Principal via the School Office. Once approved by the Principal, you will receive a Certificate of Approved Leave Form from the School stating that the leave has been approved. Absences of more than 100 days over a 12 month period require the approval of the Diocesan Director of Schools.

There are several children in our school who have an allergy to nuts and nut products. This allergy can be life threatening. As such, staff undergo regular training to have the appropriate knowledge to administer medication in the event that a student has an anaphylactic reaction.

Because of the potential loss of life it is crucial that we are all aware of nut allergies. Here are some facts about this allergy:

  • Nut allergy is one of the most serious food allergies because of the danger of developing the very severe and sometimes fatal condition of anaphylaxis.

  • Nut allergy symptoms can present themselves immediately after consumption or with direct contact of a nut or nut product.

  • Children do not ‘grow out of’ a nut allergy.

  • Nuts often turn up in unexpected food sources such as Thai food, fruit and nut mixes, fried food (in peanut oil), chocolate, cakes, muffins, biscuits, ice cream, breakfast cereals, muesli, confectionery, satay sauces and peanut sauces.

The following are strategies that are used at St Joseph’s:

  • Students are not to share food.
    No child or adult can give food to a child with this allergy. Their parents will provide them with ample food for each day at school.

  • Your child can have any food that they normally enjoy but parents need to talk to their child about not sharing their food with someone else.

Parents do not want their children to be treated differently to any other child attending St Joseph’s. All they want is for us to be alert to their needs and take necessary precautions to support their uniqueness.

Parents are requested to advise the school if their child suffers from Asthma and complete an Asthma plan. Parents have the responsibility of ensuring their child knows how to take their puffer and that their child has their puffer with them at all times.

Parents are required to give written advice to the school on the frequency and number of puffs their child is required to take.

The St Joseph’s School Bag can be purchased from Lowes, however, this is not a mandatory uniform requirement. When purchasing school bags and lunch boxes, simple opening mechanisms would be appreciated. Please ensure all bags and lunch boxes are labelled clearly with your child’s name.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays): mornings from 6.30am to 8.30am; afternoons from 3.00pm to 6.30pm. A special 8.00am service is also available (please discuss this with Joey’s B&A staff if required).

Vacation Care
Joey’s also runs a vacation care program during school holidays – 7.00 am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

8.20am Playground supervision begins
8.50am Children line up for class - Gates are locked
8.50am - 10.50am Learning Session 1
10.50am - 11.00am Eating time
11.00am - 11.30am Lunch 1 playtime
11.30am - 1.30pm Learning Session 2
1.30pm - 2.00pm Lunch 2
2.00pm - 3.00pm Learning Session 3
3.00pm End of school - Gates are opened

Students catching the bus are taken to the bus gate on Richmond Road and supervised by teachers while waiting for and getting on to the bus.

Opal bus passes are granted to eligible students upon online application. Applications are made online www.transportnsw.info/school-students.

  • Infants pupils attending Kindergarten to Year 2 are entitled to apply for a pass irrespective of distance from home to school

  • Eligible students in Years 3 to 6 MUST be NO LESS than 1.6km (radial distance), or 2.3km or more by the most direct practicable walking route to the nearest point of physical entry to the school

  • If your child loses their bus pass an application must be made online not the school office.

Please note that clarification of bus routes and times should be made directly through Busways on their website at www.busways.com.au or email infoline@busways.com.au.

Please attach your child's bus number to his/her school bag.

The bus driver has the right to confiscate the opal card of any child misbehaving on the bus. These cards are sent to the Principal. Cards are returned to the child once parents have been contacted and the misbehaviour is resolved. Further action may be required if behaviour does not improve.

Note: Children who miss their bus or are late being picked up go to the office and wait.

Bus Travellers Moving From Year 2 to Year 3
When your child is moving from Year 2 to Year 3, you will need to re-apply for an Opal Card as your child will NOT automatically receive one.

Important note: If you live inside the stated area, you are NOT eligible and, therefore, will not receive free travel.

CSW is held in March each year and is about celebration. The main aim of CSW is to raise awareness and celebrate the strength and distinctiveness of Catholic schools across the State. CSW provides an opportunity for St Joseph’s to showcase what is done every day in our school and invite the community in to experience teaching and learning at its best. CSW is about strengthening relationships between all those that have a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community.

It is essential that you notify the school, in writing, of any changes of address, phone number or emergency contact person. If your child is ill, it is most distressing to him/her if the school is unable to contact parents because our records show an incorrect telephone number or emergency contact number.

It is essential that you notify the school, in writing, of any changes of address, phone number or emergency contact person. If your child is ill, it is most distressing to him/her if the school is unable to contact parents because our records show an incorrect telephone number or emergency contact number. Please see below information about policies and procedures at St Joseph’s. Do not hesitate to contact the Office for any additional information required.

Each year students are invited to participate in the school choir and perform at the Captivate Diocesan showcase, as well as other events.


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Parish Priest
Father Andrew Fornal OP

Parish Secretaries
Maria Loveridge, Evelyn Graham

12- 22 Richmond Road, Kingswood NSW 2747

4721 4080

4721 0089



Weekend Masses
Saturday Vigil - 6pm
Sunday - 8.30am and 10.00am Polish Mass - Saturday 4pm
Weekday Masses
Monday to Friday 8am
Saturday 8.30am

If a parent wishes to discuss any aspect of their child’s schooling, the first person to refer to is your child’s class teacher. You can make contact by writing a note to your child’s teacher, emailing the school stjosephkwood@parra.catholic.edu.au so that the email can be passed on or contacting the school office and leaving a message.

Please bear in mind that teachers often have meetings and playground duties at the students’ break times as well as before or after school, and therefore may not be able to contact you immediately.

Parents are asked to refrain from speaking with teachers after the morning bell, as teachers need to get students to class.

After discussions with your child’s teacher, if you need to discuss an issue further please make an appointment with Ms Howell or Mrs Reilly if the issue is still unresolved.

Students have access to a 4 day per week counsellor at school. Formal application for support needs to be made by the Principal to Student Services, Catholic Education Office (CEO) Parramatta. Applications are prioritised and parents contacted before counselling sessions can begin.

Crunch ‘n Sip is a health initiative which allows the children the opportunity to eat a some fruit or vegetables and sip on some water for a few minutes during morning classes. Parents are asked to support this initiative by sending in fruit and water for their child each day (additional to morning tea and lunch). Crunch and Sip will take place during the first 2 hours of school.

Parents are urged to discourage chocolates, lollies or other ‘treats’ in children’s lunches.

There is not a canteen on site at St Joseph’s. Please send your children to school with enough food for Crunch and Sip, Lunch 1 (main lunch) and Lunch 2 (snack). Take-away food is not to be brought to school.

Key Learning Areas
English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science and Technology (S&T), Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), are all mandated by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). These are called Key Learning Areas (KLAs).

NSW Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum form the basis for our learning programs, and the full syllabus for each KLA can be found on the NESA website: www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

Student learning is supported in a number of ways. Teachers work cooperatively with specialist teachers to provide short or long-term support. Students are provided with a differentiated program to support their learning needs. Parents are included in the process of identification and planning for their child, when a Personal Plan (PP) is required.

At St Joseph’s we have a strong whole school focus on literacy and numeracy. There is extra support from staff for students to become independent readers in the early years of school. Technology supports learning at St Joseph’s. Students use iPads and laptops to enhance their learning.

Excursions are also a learning experience and support classroom units of work. Parents are notified in advance and, at times, invited to assist on the day.

Your child’s early departure from school is considered a partial absence, which requires a written note to be completed at the office explaining the reason for the absence.

If you need to pick your child up early from school, please note that break times are from 10:50am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 2:00pm. As classrooms are locked at these times and staff are often on playground duty, we ask that parents do not pick their child(ren) up during lunch breaks. If you need to pick your child(ren) up around these times, please do so either before, or after the break. If picking your child up after the break, please note that it can take 5 minutes or more for the students to move from the playground to the classroom. Your assistance in this matter would be very much appreciated.

School hours are 8.50am to 3.00pm. If you wish to take your child from school during school hours, before you come to school to collect your child you are asked to inform the school office either by phone, email or letter.

On arrival at the school office to collect your child, you are asked to fill in an early departure note at the Office. The student will be called from class and leave via the Office. Parents will remain in the Office Foyer whilst waiting for their child.

In Catholic tradition, Easter celebrations begin with Palm Sunday (the beginning of Holy Week) and continue all week with a special focus on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and concluding with Easter Sunday when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

To acknowledge this very special event in the Catholic calendar, the students are taught the significance of these events and celebrate through special liturgies which all are welcome to attend.

Excursions are organised to support learning in a specific unit of study. At these times, permission notes are sent home advising parent/carers of the details of the excursion. Signed permission notes must be returned if your child is to attend the excursion.

The St Joseph’s Facebook page is used for celebrating our learning, the latest school reminders, changes in excursion return times or changes due to wet weather, and for school events. You can connect to Facebook via the Facebook logo on the school’s web page which can be accessed via:

The Parents’ Association run our annual Father’s Day Stall (usually in the week before Father’s Day). Items for sale usually range from 50c to $5.00. Donations of new goods are gratefully accepted, whilst other goods are purchased by the Parents’ Association to sell on the day. Students are given an opportunity to purchase items during the school day. The Newsletter published in the preceding weeks will advertise specific details and requests for parent helpers.

School Fee Statements are issued in Terms 1, 2 and 3 of each school year. All school fees are due and payable within 30 days of the date of the School Invoice/Statement. In order to accommodate parents and make payments as easy as possible, parents/carers are offered the choice of payment on invoice (within 30 days of invoice date). Alternatively, payments can be made in instalments by setting up a Flexible Payment Plan (FPP) or payments via instalments, in which case fees are paid by November of the current year.

Flexible Payment Plans (FPP)
FPP is offered by the Catholic Education Office (CEO) and is only offered at the start of each school year. An FPP form will be forwarded to parents/carers with their first Statement. If you wish to set up an FPP, you will be required to fill in the form and return it to the CEO. FPP’s are typically set up as BPAY or Direct Debits. There are no bank charges for Direct Debit (apart from $2.50 dishonour fee) and therefore Direct Debit is preferable to BPAY.

FPP via BPAY or Direct Debit is offered to families as an alternative to our current payment terms of 30 days and offers families the choice to pay their annual fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a nine-month period, from March to November.

Payment By Instalments
If your child commenced their schooling part way through the year, the FPP option is not available. In this case, the School can set up a payment by instalment plan for you. Simply contact the School Fee Secretary at the School Office to request a Payment Arrangement Form.

When paying school fees, the following methods of payment are acceptable: cash, cheque or money order, EFTPOS, direct debit instalments, BPAY, Postbillpay, Centrepay deductions, credit card (Visa & MasterCard only). Credit card payments will be accepted by either attending the office in person OR by completing, signing and returning a Credit Card Payment Authority. Postbillpay and BPay payments can be made by following the details as shown on your fees statement.

Families in demonstrated financial hardship, for example receiving Centrelink benefits, may be offered special payment arrangement terms over the full twelve months. For special circumstances e.g. financial difficulty or financial hardship, contact the school office to make an appointment with the Principal on 4732 3999. Supporting documentation will be required.

Unpaid Fees or Broken Arrangements
Where school fee accounts are unpaid and no prior arrangement has been made with the School, or arrangements made are subsequently not adhered to, legal action may be instigated to recover outstanding monies. In such cases all expenses reasonably incurred in pursuing recovery of overdue amounts, including (but not limited to) legal fees, location administrative costs and any fees and commissions payable to debt recovery agents are recoverable from parents. Any default debts and/or legal judgements may be reported to a credit reporting agency.

Minor Accident
In the event of a minor accident at school, a teacher on duty will provide an icepack or bandaid or a staff member who is a qualified First Aid Officer will treat your child. You will be contacted if it is deemed necessary or if there is a head injury.

If you have particular concerns about your child please submit these in writing to the Office.

Serious Accident
In the event of a serious accident at the school, the following procedures will be taken:

  • The school will ring an ambulance.
  • The school will ring the parent/guardian.
  • If your child is transported to the nearest hospital, a member of staff will accompany them and will remain with them until a parent/guardian arrives.
  • The school will, in all cases, take the necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of the child.

The school gates will be locked during school hours: 8:50am-3:00pm. This is in line with Diocesan Policy and Child Protection Legislation. All visitors to the school during school hours must report to and sign in at the school office.

Children should always wear the approved school hat with emblem during play and sport times. Baseball caps ARE NOT to be worn. School hats, as with all school uniform supplies, can be purchased from Lowes in Westfield Penrith.

St Joseph's policy is No Hat - Play in the Shade. This is for your child's protection.

If teachers suspect the presence of nits or lice, they aren’t permitted to inspect the child’s hair but are required to contact parents.

If head lice have been suspected in your child’s class, a note will be sent home informing parents that head lice is present in the class and detailing how to find out if your child has caught this condition.

What Are Head Lice?
Head lice are wingless parasites that live on the scalp. Lice are unable to fly or jump from one person to another, however, they can crawl. The most common way for lice to spread is from head-to head-contact. They may also get from one person to another by sharing combs, brushes, hats, towels, sleeping bags or bed linens with an infected person.

What Is The Treatment For Head Lice?
Use an over-the-counter or prescription medication approved by your health care provider. Follow all instructions about how to use the medicine. Note: Do not use creme rinse or combination shampoo/conditioner before using lice medicine. Don't wash hair for 1 to 2 days after applying medicine.

Using the comb and conditioner method. This method has become very popular in recent times, especially as some parents are concerned about the effects of the regular use of chemical treatments.

Conditioner does not kill the lice but stuns them for about twenty minutes, which is long enough to comb out the lice. Apply generous amounts of cheap conditioner to dry hair, covering each hair from root to tip. Use white conditioner as the lice and eggs are easier to see. Detangle the hair using an ordinary comb and part into sections. Immediately comb the hair with a fine tooth lice comb, starting from the base of the scalp. Comb each section several times, wiping comb onto a tissue to check for lice and nymphs. Repeat combing all through the hair until no more lice are found on the comb.

Electronic combs are also an effective treatment. They are available at selected chemists.

Be careful when using commercial or natural products. Cover eyes with a towel or washer being careful not to get the treatment in the eyes. Wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly after use. Do not use insecticides, methylated spirits or kerosene on heads as a treatment for head lice.

The most important thing is to use head lice medication to kill the lice on the person and other family members. Wash any clothing and bedding that had been used by the person who has lice in the 2 days prior to treatment.

After treatment
Check hair and comb with a nit comb (usually included in lice medication package) every 2 to 3 days to remove nits and lice. Continue checking for 2 to 3 weeks to be sure they are all gone.

Machine wash all clothing and bedding with hot water and dry on high for at least 20 minutes. Dry clean clothing that is not washable.

Store all clothing, stuffed animals, and comforters that can't be washed or dry-cleaned in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.

Soak combs and brushes in rubbing alcohol or Lysol for 1 hour or wash with soap and hot water.

Vacuum the floor and furniture where the person with lice usually sits and lays.

Note: Head lice do not live long once they fall off the person so don't spend a lot of time or money on cleaning.


The only way to be certain that head lice will not persist is to adequately treat anyone who has them. If you discover head lice on your child, chances are that someone else in the classroom is also affected.

Remember that head lice do not imply unsanitary living conditions. You are doing your child, his or her classmates and the teacher a disservice if embarrassment keeps you from sharing information about head lice.

There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people including:

  • chicken pox and shingles
  • gastroenteritis
  • mumps
  • influenza
  • measles
  • rubella (german measles) and
  • whooping cough.

If your child contracts an infectious disease, please contact your local doctor and the school as soon as possible. Students should be kept at home whilst still infectious. Infectious periods differ from one disease to the other (see http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/studenthealth/conditions/infectdiseases/index.php).

Please get medical clearance from your family doctor before your child returns to school.

Special assemblies are held at the school twice a term to celebrate the outstanding achievement of students in each class. Each class teacher nominates students who have shown exceptional behaviour in our key areas of Being Safe, Being Respectful and Being a Learner. Parents of nominated students are sent an invitation to attend the assembly.

Joey’s journey is part of the PBS4L (Positive Behaviour Support for Learning) whole-school framework. This framework our St Joseph’s community create a positive and safe learning environment.

PBS4L is an evidence-based proactive system that establishes clear behaviours around our 3 key expectations:

  • I am safe
  • I am respectful
  • I am a learner

St Joseph’s students are taught how to live out these expectations in their classroom and on the playground. They are continually being retaught, reminded and rewarded for being safe, respectful, learners. It provides a common language, purpose and expectation for students, teachers and parents.

Student leaders will work with children from K - 5 to reinforce what it means to be on Joey’s journey. These Peer Support groups will be an opportunity to learn together, and will provide an opportunity to develop respect, friendship and community.

In Joseph Street a place has been designated for Kiss 'n’ Ride - an area where children may be dropped off before school, or picked up after school. Kiss ‘n’ Ride is a “No Parking” and “No Standing” Area. To assist with traffic flow, drivers should remain in the car whilst children get in and out. Children should travel with bags in the car (not in the boot).

An A4 sign needs to be displayed with your child’s name to ensure quick identification.

According to traffic laws, there is a maximum time of 2 minutes for a car standing in the zone, regardless of whether the driver is still in the vehicle or not. If your child does not get in or out of the vehicle within 2 minutes, you must leave and re-enter the No Parking zone.

Parents are asked not to stand outside the Kiss ‘n’ Ride gates. Do not do u-turns in busy school zones. They are dangerous and put children at risk. Parking and Police Officers patrol regularly and will impose fines if necessary.

Whilst waiting in the Kiss ‘n’ Ride queue, please ensure the safety of pedestrians and DO NOT OBSCURE the pedestrian crossing, or driveways. If the Kiss ‘n Ride line extends to the pedestrian crossing, it is suggested that you drive around the block and come back to the line once it has shortened.

Students that are waiting to be collected from Kiss and Ride are supervised by teachers until 3.30pm.

Children not collected from Kiss n Ride by 3.30pm are taken to the school office and parents will be contacted. No child is left unsupervised in the event of not being collected before 3:30pm.

Late arrival at school is considered a partial absence, which requires a written note to be completed at the office explaining the reason for the absence.

School commences promptly at 8:50am

If you are dropping your child at school after 8:50am, you are required to bring them to the Office and fill in a 'Late Note'. Please note that the gates are locked promptly at 8:50am and therefore, it is unsafe to drop children at the Kiss ‘n Ride Gate or Bus Gate after this time.

At St Joseph’s, the student is at the centre of our learning agenda. Each child’s needs are considered when planning the learning program. Students are challenged to build on what they know and what they can do. We prepare our students for participating in the 21st Century, living out Catholic values and making a positive contribution to their world.

Agile learning spaces allow for a collaborative approach to learning and sharing of resources. Students are grouped in home rooms with a nominated teacher but at times may work in cooperative groups with other students and teachers.

The school library promotes student learning in all areas through both literature and e-resource learning. Students are encouraged to borrow from the library each week. A library bag is required to protect books in school bags.

At the beginning of each school year, we celebrate the commencement of a new year with an Opening School Mass. Students, staff and parents are invited to attend and are offered a special blessing for the year ahead.

It is preferable that medications be given outside of school hours by parents/carers. When medication is required to be administered during school hours, it should be provided to the school by parents in a pharmacy blister pack. If the parent is unable to deliver the medication to the school it is advisable that a responsible person be nominated by the parent to deliver it.

Authorisation forms need to be completed by parents and medical practitioners before any medication can be given to students. These are available on the school website.

Changes to Prescribed Medication
The school needs to be made aware of any changes to the student’s medication. It is the responsibility of parents to inform the school of any changes of medication and for each change the relevant forms (see Notification of Changes to Medication – Form 5) need to be completed and forwarded to the school to be kept on file.

In relation to the administering of antibiotics during school hours, a written request to the school from a parent will be sufficient. It is important that any medication be submitted in its original packaging, with the student’s name and details regarding administering the medication clearly marked. Please also note if the medication requires refrigeration.

General Points on the Administration of Medication
Any prescribed medication supplied to the school by parents must be in its original container, clearly marked with the:

  • Student’s name
  • name of the drug
  • dosage
  • frequency of administration
  • prescribing doctor

Prescribed medication is kept under lock and key at school until the time of administration, at 11.30am daily. This procedure allows for the minimisation of interruptions to classes.

Medication is administered by a nominated staff member at this set time, and a written log is kept of all administration of prescribed medications.

Panadol, cough medicine or other over-the-counter medicines, including ointments and creams, will not be administered by school staff unless prescribed by a Doctor.

Medication Policy at St Joseph’s is based on information provided by the Catholic Education Commission, NSW.

At the end of Term 4 students are offered the opportunity to 'meet the teacher' who will be taking their class in the coming year. Students who will be commencing at St Joseph’s the following year, along with current St Joseph’s students meet in the classroom to have an informal introduction to their new teacher and fellow class students.

All monies sent to school need to be in an envelope, or preferably, in a plastic resealable bag (e.g. small zip-lock lunch bag) which should be clearly labelled with child’s name, class, purpose and amount. A receipt will be issued by the school for all monies collected.

The Parents’ Association run our annual Mother’s Day Stall (usually in the week before Mother’s Day). Items for sale usually range from 50c to $10.00. Donations of new goods are gratefully accepted, whilst other goods are purchased by the Parents’ Association to sell on the day. Students are given an opportunity to purchase items during the school day. The Newsletter published in the preceding weeks will advertise specific details and requests for parent helpers.

On special occasions throughout the year students are invited to come to school dressed in mufti. Mufti means that the children wear their play clothes (not their best clothes) and sensible footwear. Clothing must always be sun-safe. Singlet tops or midriff tops are NOT allowed. Shoes MUST be sports shoes due to safety reasons.

St Joseph’s participates in the Diocesan Captivate program which provides specialist teachers for the Creative Arts. All students in Years 3 and 4 learn a string instrument.

The school’s newsletter is essential to home/school communication. The School Newsletter is published on a fortnightly basis on a Wednesday. (Refer to “Skoolbag App” further down for more information on how it is distributed).

Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with their child’s teacher at any time throughout the year by contacting the Office.

Each term there will be an opportunity for you to visit your child’s classroom and to share in their learning.

Term 1
A Parent Information Evening or an individualised goal setting 3 way conference will be held in Week 3 to share procedures and learning outcomes with parents.

Interviews for Kindergarten and Year 1 students will take place in Week 10 to discuss each child’s individual growth.

Term Two
Semester 1 Reports are sent home for each student in line with government policy and CEO guidelines. Each class teacher allocates a period of time to undertake their interviews. Parents are asked to book their appointments online. Details of how to do this will be sent home prior to the interviews.

Term Four
Semester 2 Reports are sent home for each student in line with government policy and CEO guidelines. Parent Teacher Interviews are organised by request only.

The Parents’ Association Motto is: Participation and Communication.

All parents are members of the school’s Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association supports the school in achieving education aims by supporting teachers in classrooms, fundraising for extra resources and ground maintenance with working bees.

We are currently reviewing the role of the association due to a lack of volunteers supporting the organisation of events.

Keep an eye out in the new year for a new and exciting Parent Association.

Please be courteous to our neighbours and do not park too close to or across driveways. When parking on the street, please observe road signs and be aware that road rules are regularly enforced by police and parking officers. The consequences of disregarding road rules could result in heavy fines and the loss of licence points.

Parents are asked not to park in the Parish Centre car park.

As a Catholic school, St Joseph’s promotes its Catholic identity through daily class prayer, celebration of significant liturgical feasts, participating in the traditions of the Church and living out Christian values in our daily lives. Our religious education follows the diocesan Religious Education Program.

With the framework provided by the syllabus, the school based curriculum aims to ensure Religious Education programs are faithful to Church teaching and responsive to student needs in developing their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.

Through the reflection of life experience and the examination of scripture and the doctrine of the Catholic Church, it is expected that the children will grow in their knowledge and understanding of their faith.

As Educators

  • We teach and model the message of Jesus presented in the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • We promote a love of Christ, self and others. As a school community we look to the examples of Sts Joseph and Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
  • We provide opportunities for each child to reflect on Gospel values, be challenged by them and live them in their daily lives.
  • We promote the need for ongoing Spiritual formation for all.
  • We recognise that all children learn differently and that they have preferred learning styles. We, therefore, implement integral learning strategies and other related educational theories.

Faith Development
St Joseph’s School works in partnership with the home and Parish to support the faith development of the children.

Sacramental preparation is facilitated by the Parish and is supported by the school. If your child is preparing to receive a Sacrament, please inform the teacher so further support can be provided.

Parents are invited to participate in class and school celebrations throughout the year.

All students are to be collected by parents or put on the bus by teachers. Children are not to meet parents outside the school gates or cross the road to a waiting car.

Term Weeks Start Date End Date
Term 1 11 Monday 29th January (Staff)   
Tuesday 30th January (Staff)         
Wednesday 31st January (Years 1-6)
Thursday 1st February (Kindergarten 2018)
Friday 13th April
Term 2 10 Monday 30th April Friday 6th July
Term 3 10 Monday 23rd July Friday 28th September
Term 4 10 Monday 15th October Friday 21st December

The newsletter and other notes and alerts are sent out through the Skoolbag App on a regular basis. The Skoolbag App is available for download on iPhone and iPad, Android and Windows 8.1 or 10 devices. Instructions on how to download this App are available from the school office.

Sport is part of PDHPE and is provided to each class group each week for an hour by a teacher. Each class has a specific 'sports day' and the students are required to wear their sport uniform on this day. Students participate in our cross country and athletics carnivals and may progress to Zone and eventually, national competitions. Students are also given the opportunity to represent the school in team sports.

Sport House Teams
We have four house teams. These teams form the basis for our Sports Carnival and for other sporting activities throughout the year. All children are allocated to a house on enrolment, with children who have an older sibling already at school being allocated to the same house team as their sibling. The four sports teams and their relevant colour are:

  • Fitzpatrick - Yellow
  • Breslin - Red
  • Rosen - Green
  • MacKillop - Blue

The Feast of St Joseph is 19th March, and is our school’s patron saint. We hold a Liturgy to commemorate him around the time of the feast day each year. Parents are invited to attend this special liturgy celebrating the significant contributions St Joseph made in Jesus’ life and to the Catholic faith.

Train passes are granted to eligible students upon application. Applications are made online

School uniforms can be purchased from Lowes in Westfield Penrith. Boys are required to wear black shoes, navy socks and shorts and a blue school shirt. Girls wear black shoes, navy culottes and lemon school blouse and socks. In winter, boys and girls wear their normal school uniform with navy sloppy joe and/or navy school jacket, which is optional.

We ask parents to support wearing of the correct school uniform with pride.

Please see our Uniform Policy located on our webpage.

In line with child safety legislation, all visitors and volunteers who attend the school will be required to call in at the school office on arrival to sign in and collect a visitor identification label.

Volunteers will also be required to complete the Child Protection Training Module for Volunteers. The training module can be accessed via http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au then scrolling down to `Volunteers and Contractors – click here’. There are two parts to this and an information sheet is available through the front office.

If parents are volunteering with activities that their child is NOT a part of, then they need to obtain a Working with Children number through the following website: kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au

‘Walkers’ are to be collected by parents from the COLA area, outside the MPA.

Please be aware that children are not permitted to walk home without adult supervision unless parents have given written permission to the school.

Children not collected by 3.15pm are taken to Kiss n Ride. Children not collected from Kiss n Ride by 3.30pm are taken to the school office and parents will be contacted. No child is left unsupervised.

In order to celebrate the end of their primary school education, a Year 6 Farewell celebration is organised each year by staff and parents.