Week 4 Term 1 2021 (18.02.2021)

Catholic Education South Australia

From the Principal

Adrian outlines a New COVID-Update some upcoming events and Parents & Friends matters. He also reflects on Ash Wednesday  .......

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Benvenuti! (Welcome!)

Italian lesssons for 2021 have commenced with much enthusiasm.  The children enjoy learning and singing Italian songs to help them with their language learning.  During these first few weeks, the focus has been on the Italian greetings and courtesies, introducing themselves and telling me a little about themselves, with an emphasis on further developing their speaking skills.

This week we celebrated “Martedì Grasso” – Fat Tuesday, with the sharing of pancakes. This is also the time when “Carnevale” is celebrated in Italy.  This is a celebration where there is music, dancing, colourful parades and costumes.  In Italy, in particular Venezia at this time, lots of amazing and elaborate masks can be seen.  During the remainder of the term, our Italian language and culture learning will focus on the topic of “Pasqua” – Easter.

Signora Maria Grande – Languages Teacher – Italian R-6


Reading Workshop

Once again, we have been fortunate to have Literacy Consultant, Linda Clune lead a Reading Workshop for parents.  On Wednesday afternoon Linda spoke to parents about current research relating to brain development, reading pathways and how children learn to read.  Linda is leading teachers in the use of decodable readers as a tool to teach children to read, phonemic awareness and the importance of oral language development.  During the time we have been working with Linda, we have seen a significant shift in the reading development of our students.

Linda generously offered to allow me to record her workshop and provide a link to anyone who was unable to attend.  If you would like to request the link please email either Angela or Glenda.



Tanya Barrett, Director of Learning


Finance News

Janet provides updated information concerning School Fees and the due date, OSHC Payments and how they should be entered online, as well as School Card information ............

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Fringe News

If you're heading to the Fringe this year keep an eye open for the Star Academy group featuring one of our students - Annabelle.

For those interested here is the link:  http://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/star-s-got-talent-af2021

This is a children's show and will be very exciting for Annabelle and the Star Academy.


Virtual School Tour

Our virtual school tour is now available for families who are looking to enrol their children at school but would prefer not to come on a physical tour at this time.

Your may have seen the trailer for the school tour on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/StJosephsTranmere/ 

The virtual tour is also available on our school website http://www.stjotran.catholic.edu.au/ 

We invite you to share the tour with any of your friends and families who are looking to enrol their children at school.  There is a school fee discount for any school family who secures a new enrolment for the school (the discount applies for the first year the new family attends the school).


COVID-19 Reminders

Please remember:  Once you have picked up your child at the end of the school day please move from the School Yard as soon as possible and don't forget social distancing.  


Diary Dates

Term 1 2021

Tue 23 Feb                          Cybersafety Parent Session

Tue 2 March                         Mathematics & Numeracy Parent Workshop

Thu 4 March                        Class (6TM) Assembly

Fri 5 March                          Pupil Free Day (Staff PD)

Mon 8 March                       Public Holiday (Adelaide Cup)

Thu 18 March                      Class (3JS) Assembly

Fri 19 March                        Feast Day of St Joseph

Wed 24 March                     Parenting Evening Workshop "Teaching your child the tools for healthy friendships"

Sun 28 March                      Palm Sunday

Thu 1 April                           Holy Thursday

Thu 1 April                           Class (2FC) Assembly 

Fri 2 April                             Good Friday (Public Holiday)

Sun 4 April                           Easter Sunday

Mon 5 April                          Public Holiday (Easter Monday)

Fri 9 April                             End of Term One at 3pm



Countdown to School

We are currently accepting Enrolment Applications for Reception 2023 and we will be commencing Interviews for our 2022 intake shortly.

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On Monday afternoon, 2FC visited their Buddy Class, 4/5RM. The children worked with their Buddies to make masks for Carnevale. Carnevale is a traditional Italian festival which takes place just before Ash Wednesday. It is similar to a big final party before Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent. People wear masks and the streets are filled with music and entertainment. The Early Years classes had a mask parade to celebrate Carnevale where the children enjoyed parading with their masks.

Fil Crescitelli 2FC 

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Bread Tags for Wheelchairs

Can You Help?

We have a new bread tag collection bin in the office. This is just one of the many ways we promote sustainability and recycling in our school.

If you have bread tags at home or know someone who owns a shop or café please help us turn these little bits of plastic into beautiful recycled bowls by bringing the tags to school to be collected. This will help raise funds to buy wheelchairs for those in need. We need 20kg to help fund one wheelchair.  We can do it!  To find out more check out their website.  http://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/

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Community Noticeboard

Notices from Community Organisations in our local area:

  • Join the Junior Parkrun Family at Thorndon Park every Sunday morning....

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