Newsletter August 23, 2019

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

What a fantastic Fathers’ Day breakfast we had this morning! It was great to see so many dads enjoying a delicious breakfast with their children. This special time was reflected in the smiles, laughter and conversations between dads and their children. A huge thank you to Tanya Petersen and Mel Mani, along with a willing band of helpers from our Parents and Friends group, who worked hard to plan, organise and deliver another memorable St. Joachim’s Fathers’ Day breakfast.

This week I visited the venue for our Senior camp this term, Phillip Island Adventure Resort. The camp will be held from Wednesday 18th September to Friday 20th September (3 days, 2 overnights). I was impressed by the facilities, cleanliness and professionalism of the camp’s organisation. I look forward to our Grade 5 and 6 students enjoying the many fun activities and learning experiences this outdoor adventure camp will provide. Please ensure medical details etc are updated in your child’s Care Monkey profile. With thanks.

Our Senior school production of “Rock Starz” is on next Week! Our first show is on next Wednesday 28th August and our second and final show is on Thursday 29th August. Tickets are still available! Both performances will take place at Cranbourne Community Theatre, which is onsite at Cranbourne Secondary College, Brunt Street, Cranbourne, 3977. Senior students are asked to be at the venue by 6:00 p.m. ready for a 7:00 p.m. show. I’m looking forward to a fabulous night’s entertainment from our senior students!

The next SAB (School Advisory Board) meeting will be held on the evening of Thursday September 5th. At this meeting our architects will present an update of our school Master Plan, outlining stage 1 of our proposed works to enhance the school.

On Friday September 6th our Middle school (Grade 3 & 4) parents are warmly invited to a STEAM celebration. This day will allow our Grade 3 & 4 students to showcase and celebrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired in STEAM lessons this year. I hope lots of parents can be here on this day to share in the celebration with their children.

Thank you to the many parents from our Parents and Friends group who are continuing to source donations and finalise plans to ensure our Trivia night will be a great success. It will be held in the hall on Saturday September 7th from 7:00 p.m. Have you booked at ticket yet? The challenge will be to see who can beat the staff table!

Some advance notice that our Mini Vinnies fete will be held on Tuesday September 10th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the hall. The rationale for this is for students and families to participate in a variety of fun activities to raise funds to support our social justice initiatives. Monies raised will go to our parish St. Vincent DePaul conference who support disadvantaged people and families in our local community. Please save your coins, and thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile initiative.

Kind regards,

Paul Dwyer, Principal


Please notify the school of any absences prior to 9:00am on the day of the absence. The easiest way to do this is via the FLEXIBUZZ App.

Unexplained Absences

Last year the Victorian Minister of Education has reviewed the Attendance Guidelines and accordingly schools must now notify parents/guardians of unexplained absences on the same day, as soon as practicable.

Some St Joachim’s parents may have received a phone call from our office staff to ask about unexplained absences. It is now more important than ever that families notify us if your child is absent or will be late for school.

The easiest way to do this is by using the Flexibuzz App and using the ABSENCE tab.

We look forward to your co-operation in this very important matter.

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

The Mini Vinnies School Fete

Tuesday August 10, 3:30pm

Look here for all the details from Celeste and Alex

St Anne's Parish, Sacramental Program

Sun Oct 27 Sacrament of Confirmation 1.30pm , St. Anne's Seaford Parish, Phone: 9785 2580, Website Annette White, Parish Secretary

Baptismal Preparation Meetings

Baptismal Preparation Meetings are held each first Saturday of the month, at 9.45am. There is no need to book and you are welcome to bring children along with you.

At this meeting, you will be able to enrol and organise a baptismal date with our coordinator for 2019. The dates are: Saturday 3rd August, Saturday 7th September, Saturday 5th October, Saturday 2nd November, Saturday 7th December

From Mrs Stewart

Irene Stewart, Deputy Principal / Student Wellbeing / Student Services Leader

Father's Day Breakfast!

It was fabulous to see so many Dads at the Father's Day breakfast. I enjoyed taking photos this morning and seeing the love the children have for their Dads.

Thank you to our wonderful helpers.

Happy Father's Day to all our Dads on September. See photos here


Every Thursday at 2:30pm - Parents Welcome

A whole school assembly is held in the school hall every fortnight. Level assemblies are held on the other week.

Preschool Story Time

3:00pm Fridays in the Library

Every Friday at 3:00pm in the Library there is “Story Time” for our pre-school friends. This story time is open to all of our siblings who are coming to Foundation / Prep at St Joachim’s next year.

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President


Don't forget to like and follow St Joachim's Facebook page

Next Meeting

Friday September 13

The next P&F meeting is scheduled for Friday the 13th September.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meetings are held in the staffroom at approximately 8:45. Children are welcome to come along too.

If you are unable to attend meetings but have comments or feedback, positive or otherwise please email Sharon (president) at or leave a note at the office.

We're wrapping up our 5c Fundraiser next Friday, Aug 30!

Empty all pockets, look down the back of the couch and brig the 5c pieces to school.

Enormous thanks to families for supporting this fun, easy fundraiser.

Trivia Night

Saturday September 7

Tickets are on sale now for only $15pp and can be purchased through Trybooking

BYO Drinks and Nibbles.

Silent Auction

We have had some fantastic donations for out Silent Auction


  • Bridgestone Car Service and Wheel Alignment
  • Sands Hotel voucher
  • Photography voucher
  • Core Gym Membership

If you can donate goods or services to our auction please let us know. Free advertising to a captive audience in our newsletter!

Trivia Night Hamper Raffle

If you are able to donate to our giant raffle then please do!

It's not too late!

We are asking for donations to fit the following themes:

  • Prep - Health & Fitness (eg drink bottle, gym towel, vitamins)
  • Grade 1 - Beauty (eg lotions, bath bombs, makeup, treatment voucher)
  • Grade 2 - Arts & Crafts (eg paints, markers, colouring book, paintbrushes)
  • Grade 3 - Gardening (eg gloves, tools, seeds, pots)
  • Grade 4 - Kitchen & Cooking (eg utensils, recipe book, tea towel)
  • Grade 5 - Games & Toys (puzzle, doll, board game, UNO)
  • Grade 6 - Chocolate & Lollies (eg chocolates and lollies)

Raffle tickets were sent home with the children earlier this week.

More raffle tickets can be found here!

Event Sponsorship

Are you, or do you know, parents who are business owners?

Do you work within the community or for a company that might be willing to sponsor our event? We are looking for sponsors and donations, large or small.

All sponsors and businesses who donate will get advertising throughout our school community newsletters and social media as well as opportunity for advertising at the event.

It's a great way to spread the word about your business or service to such a captive audience.

Do you have a Ritchies Community Benefit Card?

As a member Ritchies Community Benefit Program scan your card to receive:

Big Savings, Exclusive Promotions, Weekly CB Saver emails, $$$ Cash to St Joachim's

For more information, go to

There are also application forms in the school office.

Everytime you spend and show your card, St Joachim's benefits!

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Author of the Week

Audrey - JLM

Our Junior school students have recently been on an excursion to Moonlit Sanctuary. Audrey has written a diary entry which is a recount of her day. The students have been working on extending their writing by including how they felt about their experiences. Students are also encouraged to use a variety of sentence starters so that their writing becomes more interesting and less repetitive.

St Joachim's has a subscription to Story Box Library - Our username is St Joachim's - password is library

The Year 2 Students in JJW

are growing seedlings as part of their Inquiry Unit on Lifecycles

Hamish explained to the class that plants grow faster when people talk to the kids decided they would read to their beans! Cute.

Performing Arts News

Jody Banks, Performing Arts Teacher

Senior Production for 2019:


“If you believe in yourself, you can rock the world!”

TERM 3, 7:00pm Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th August,

Cranbourne Community Theatre

Parents of Senior School Students can find all necessary details, including rehearsal times in the CareMonkey Email sent to all senior families.

The show is on NEXT WEEK!!!


All tickets are $18.00

On sale NOW!

from the TryBooking website:

Come along and see our students shine on stage!!!

Bring the whole family along for an entertaining show!!!

Wednesday 28th August 7.00pm & Thurs 29th August 7.00pm

Flynn, Shayarna, Ezekiel, Caila, Darcy and Esther as the band 'Zone 63'.


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Year 5/6 Maths

Uniform Shop

Tracey Craddock, Uniform Shop Coordinator

Trading Hours

Thurs 3:00pm – 3:30pm -

If you are unable to make it to the Uniform Shop you may use our Uniform Shop -Order Form or can be picked up at the school office.

Please see the St Joachim's Uniform Policy here.

At St Joachim’s, we use the FlexiBuzz App to send instant messages, newsletters and notices.

Families can be fully informed and up to date with newsletters, notices, news and events. It’s easy to use!

Downloading is easy …iPhone and iPad. Go to the Apple App Store and search FlexiBuzz. Android smartphone and tablet. Go to Google play and search FlexiBuzz. Windows and Mac computers. Go to the Flexibuzz web page and click on the download button.

  • Log-in – Open flexiBuzz and register/log-in
  • Find – Click the “Search” icon and type our school name into the search bar. Select us from the results.
  • Tick – Click on the “Add” button beside the communication groups that apply to you.
  • Inbox – Click the Home icon. This is where you will receive our instant messages, newsletter and notices.


Thank you to families who keep their CareMonkey profiles up to date such as when they change their address, phone number, parents work contact details etc. If you could also email the and let us know, we can adjust on our system as well.

Before & After School Care - Camp Australia

The Camp Australia Outside School Hours Care Program is an extension of St Joachim's Primary School, providing children with a safe environment in which they can explore and play. Here’s their webpage!


A Ride For Remembrance

In September, along with thousands of other riders from across Australia, St Joachim's parent, Darren Morgan will be riding to the National Police Memorial in Canberra for the Wall to Wall Police Remembrance Ride.

Darren is looking to the St Joachim's community for sponsors.

All funds donated will go to Victoria Police Legacy.

These funds help families of Police Members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Please help Darren raise funds for this worthy cause by following this link.