Newsletter August 30, 2019

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our talented senior students on their excellent performance of our “Rockstarz” musical concert on Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week! The singing, dancing and acting was highly entertaining and showcased the extraordinary talents of our children. Thank you to all staff for their support, especially our creative Director/Producer, Jody Banks, and our Visual Director/Stage Manager, Helina Walker. Both Jody and Helina spent countless hours, additional to school time, to ensure all students had a fabulous opportunity to perform for our school community. My thanks also to the many parents who helped with costumes, make up, sets, props and as backstage crew. Another great St. Joachim’s event!

Individual student NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy And Numeracy) reports for our Year 3 and Year 5 students are expected to be delivered next week. These reports will be sent home to parents when I have them.

A reminder that next Thursday evening (5th September) our SAB (School Advisory Board) will be presented with an update of our school Master plan by our architects. I will keep you informed of developments.

Next Friday (6th September) our Preps are going on an excursion to Melbourne Zoo. I know they will enjoy a fabulous day of fun and learning. Fingers crossed for good weather!

Also next Friday our Middle school students will participate in a STEAM celebration, showcasing their learning and achievements in this important area. I hope to see lots of parents there.

Our Trivia night is only just over a week away (Saturday 7th September) I hope you have bought your tickets. It’s going to be a great night of fun and frivolity!

Next week I will send all St. Joachim’s families unique log in details to access the 2019 CEMSIS survey (Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey) to complete. Please note: This survey is in a new and different format from past parent surveys you may have completed. This survey seeks parent feedback about a number of issues regarding our school, including what’s working well and areas for improvement. As such, it is vital that we obtain parents’ views as part of our ongoing commitment to continuous school improvement. I strongly encourage every family to complete a survey! The surveys only take about 15 - 20 minutes and are completed online. The survey period runs between 2nd September and 20th September. Every family who completes a survey can get a raffle ticket from the office to go into a weekly draw for a $50 Bunnings voucher. Don’t miss out!

Happy Fathers’ Day for this Sunday to all our wonderful St. Joachim’s dads and granddads! Thank you for what you do for your families and our school. I hope your family spoils you and you get to spend some special time with them on the day.

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

Mini Vinnies News for Junior School Parents,

In preparation for our Mini Vinnies fete on the Wednesday 11th September, we are asking students to each bring in a block of chocolate (180-250g). These will be used for the junior's fete stall as we are running a coin toss.

Please hand them in to your student's classroom teacher as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Junior Teachers

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 7th September, Saturday 5th October, Saturday 2nd November, Saturday 7th December

From Mrs Stewart

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

Happy Father's Day!

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our fathers and grandfathers a wonderful Father’s Day surrounded by loved ones.

Father's Day Stall!

Many thanks to parents that organised and helped at the Father’s Day Stall. Your time is precious and we appreciate you giving it.


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.

Aavani PRF - For correctly recording the stages in the lifecycle of a butterfly. Super job recording sounds in unknown words.

Evie PRF - For building up her writing stamina and having a go at recording unknown words. Amazing job!

Shenaya PSE - For beginning to apply the rereading strategy when reading her book box books.

Claymore PSE - For using one to one matching correctly when reading out loud. Well done!

Chloe JZA - For reading the analogue time to o’clock and half past. Super sensational job!

Leilani JZA - For using sensational sizzling starts in her weekend recount. Super job!

Thariffa JJW - For explaining in detail, why all kids should own a pet and using evidence from her own life as evidence.

Talia JJW - For making meaningful text to self connections.

Chloe JLN - For her caring interactions with all her classmates.

Eric JLN - For his positive approach to all learning opportunities.

Will JLM - For working really hard to improve his writing. Keep it up!

Jai JLM - For taking on feedback to improve his writing and showing maturity in the classroom.

Thomas MDB - For retelling a story independently and in sequence. Well done!

Imariyah MDB - For always working to the best of her ability in reading. Well done!

Olivia MFR - For fabulous non-fiction narrative writing and developing exciting noun group.

Shivali MFR - For constructing a couplet about Fire, including a lovely metaphor.

Eryn MEB - For working really hard to improve your reading strategies.

Vinnie MEB - For challenging yourself during Maths learning.

Harley MDM - For a positive mindset towards all his learning tasks. Well done!

Gemma MDM - For a super understanding of the compensation strategy when solving addition problems. Well done!

Axel SNH - For creating a thoughtful colour poem by using effective poetry devices.

Seth SNH - For creating a thoughtful colour poem by using effective poetry devices.

Blake SJT - For an excellent performance as Gus Badman in the Senior Production.

Matthew SJT - For using his imagination and knowledge to write creative poetry.

Annabelle STH - For her excellent use of descriptive language when writing a variety of poems. Well done!

Brodie STH - For your amazing Maths learning. Great job!

Waihanea SKO - For writing an excellent colour poem using descriptive and emotive language.

Ezekial SKO - For writing an excellent colour poem using descriptive and emotive language.

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 especially those 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

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 Raffle

Look at just a few of the fabulous raffle prizes!

Remember: You have to be in it to win it!

Tickets can be downloaded here!

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.

Thanks to Moonlit Sanctuary

for their generous donation of a Family Pass to use as a Trivia Night Silent Auction prize. We have some fabulous prizes.

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've wrapped up our 5c Fundraiser!

Counting has begun...

Stay tuned!

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

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!

Digital Technologies & e-Learning News

Rebecca Todisco, e-Learning Leader

Our Playtime Club,

Lego Builders for Year 2 boys

has been a great success this term!

Lego Builders Club inspires creativity, encourages problem solving and facilitates team building whilst having fun with LEGO.

We are extremely grateful to the Sparks family for their donation of Lego to be used in our clubs. We welcome more contributions of Lego that can directly impact the students in our school.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Author of the Week

Will JLN

Following their excursion to Moonlit Sanctuary, the Year Two students have been researching and writing information reports about an Australian Animal. An information report provides readers with information on chosen a topic by providing them with facts. Generally an information report is written to provide facts about a living or non-living object. Information reports contain text features such as headings, subheadings and diagrams. Will has researched the Emu.

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

Performing Arts News

Jody Banks, Performing Arts Teacher

Senior Production for 2019:


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

Look out next week for some fabulous paparazzi photos taken by Arek Rejman!


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Creating confident learners

Creating confident learners builds a positive attitude to learning. It begins with children feeling loved, safe and supported. It incorporates a ‘growth mindset’; which emphasises that people aren’t born with a fixed amount of intelligence. Instead they can always take their abilities to the next level with perseverance and playfulness. It also helps children see mistakes as a guide for what needs to be learnt next.

In short, it swaps ‘I can’t’ with ‘I can’t YET’.

For further reading click on the link below.

Resource for Parents (AITSL Mail: August 2019)

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.