Newsletter August 9, 2019

The Preps celebrated 100 Days of Prep last Friday!

Thank you to the special guest visitor, Austin's great grandmother Evelyn, who has recently turned 100!

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we celebrated a whole school Mass for the Feast of Mary MacKillop, the first Australian Saint. Thank you to Fr. Benneth for a special liturgy and to parents, students and staff for being a part of this special Mass. Thank you also to our Religious Education Leader, Zeeta Andrew, for organising the Mass and my thanks to children who sang in the choir, read, served on the altar and shared prayers.

Next Thursday (15th August) at 9:00 a.m. we will celebrate another whole school Mass for the Feast of the Assumption. I hope you can join us.

A special Fire Carrier commissioning ceremony was held at St. Augustine’s School in Frankston South yesterday. I attended with Jessica Welsh and our Fire Carrier students. We participated in a smoking ceremony to purify us, and our students were then commissioned as Fire Carriers, along with students from 7 other local Catholic schools. We now have a Fire Carrier symbol in our school and have committed to a variety of responsibilities in learning about, respecting and sharing knowledge about indigenous perspectives.

A reminder that today, Friday (9th August) and on Monday (12th August) the school will be closed for staff professional learning.

Our Family Maths afternoon will be held next Wednesday (14th August) from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thank you to Reena Naidoo, our Numeracy leader, and to staff who have organised some fun maths activities for all to enjoy.

Tickets for Rock Starz went on sale on Monday this week and are selling fast. They are $18 each and can be booked online at Looking forward to a great show at Cranbourne Community Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th August.

Please check that you are up to date with payment of school fees. There are many options for payment, and I encourage families experiencing financial difficulties to make a time to discuss options with me in confidence. With thanks.

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.

Father's Day Breakfast - Aug 23

Father's Day Stall - Aug 30

We have a busy few months planned at St Joachim's, therefore we've had to move some dates around to make it easier on our students, parents and staff. Both occasions will be special!

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

Find happiness in making others happy.

Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate the feast of Australia's first saint, St Mary MacKillop.

On Thursday 8th August, we celebrated the feast of Saint Mary of the Cross, Mary MacKillop with a whole school Mass. During the Mass, the Preps and Juniors reflected on what it takes to be a Saint. We thank all the parents, grandparents and our parishioners for joining in the celebration.

Seek first the poorest and most neglected of God’s vineyard.

Mary MacKillop 1900

Saint Mary MacKillop, the first Australian Saint was bold, daring, resilient, resourceful, courageous, faith-filled and friend to all. She encountered many obstacles throughout her life, but she faced with them courage. Mary’s youthful legacy encourage us to rise above the challenges, make friends with people from all walks of like, follow your passion, never give up, pray and trust in God and always remember to “Seek first the poorest and most neglected of God’s Vineyard”

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


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.

St Joachim's Fire Carriers

FIRE Carriers stands for Friends Igniting Reconciliation Through Education. As a FIRE Carrier school, we show our respect for Indigenous cultures. We aim to work together for the betterment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Today was the fire carrier commissioning ceremony with the Bunurong cluster schools.

We were involved in a smoke ceremony to welcome all fire carriers to St Augustine's.

We learnt to respect the Aboriginals and their land and we will carry on the spirit of the fire through our minds, ears, eyes, heart and hands.

Receiving our badges and blessing was an absolute privilege and honour.

We were very honoured to receive the flame sculpture for our school.

We hope to pass on our knowledge and wisdom to future fire carriers. Once a fire carrier always a fire carrier.

Ranenn, Killian, Eve, Olivia, Jayden and Thompson.

Prep children celebrate their 100th day of school!

Throughout the day the children completed many activities about numbers, from making fruit loop necklaces to counting out 100 things from home. The day was jam packed and I think you can see in all their faces in the photos that the children all had an amazing day!

Special thanks to Austin in PRF who had his Great Grandmother join us for a special Show and Tell who turned 100 this year!! Evelyn shared stories about what life was like when she was at school. Many of the class had trouble coming to terms with the notion of no devices!

More photos can be found on our Photo Gallery Website.

The Junior School have been learning all about chicks as part of our concept ‘Life’.

Italian Poetry Competition 2019

This year’s competition was held last Thursday, August 1st, right here at St Joachim’s. Fourteen of our very clever students from grades 3-6 competed against students from three other schools: St Anne’s, Seaford, St Joseph’s, Chelsea and St Augustine’s, Frankston South.

It was a wonderful day. The students mingled, chatted and shared laughs over pizza and on the playground. And, of course, they performed their chosen poems competently and with flair!

Most students reported that the best things about the day were making new friends, reciting the poems and watching the performances of other students. Here is a quote from a St Joachim’s student:

“I think that one of the most memorable moments of today was watching all the amazing poems being performed by people I didn’t even know and to see how talented they are, it was amazing. I loved watching all the actions and listened to poems being said in one of the most beautiful languages.” (Annabelle, grade 6).

All of the finalists were winners in the judges’ eyes, but the official winners from St Joachim’s were:

  • 1st - Esther, grade 5
  • 2nd - Kesean, grade 4
  • 3rd - Leonie, grade 5

The overall competition winner was a boy from St Augustine’s, so the perpetual trophy now goes from St Joachim’s to his school for the next two years.

I would like to congratulate our wonderful students, all 14 of them, who worked hard to make it into the finals. Choosing the official winners was, as always, very challenging and the judges’ decisions often came down to small details such as the pronunciation of a certain word. We have some very talented language students here!

I would also like to make special mention of my Italian leaders, Jayla and Chantalle, who helped to set up the Italian room, took photos, handed out pencils and sheets, helped to set out the pizza lunch and to clean up after it. A great effort!

Well done everyone!

Signora Larson

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President


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

The P&F meet once a month on a Friday morning in the staffroom and everyone is always welcomed.

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

Thankyou to everyone for the efforts they have put in so far, whether it be by attending the working bee, helping at P&F events (mother's day stall etc), donating goods or simply by supporting the hard work of the committee.

Trivia Night

Saturday September 7

Put this date in your diary now! In the school.

Tickets will go on sale soon for this year’s trivia night.

Do you have your own business or work somewhere that could donate something for our silent auction? Donations of any sort, large or small are welcomed.

As a thank you for any donations we will advertise your business at the event and in our newsletter until the end of the year.

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

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!”

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.

3 weeks to go!!!

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

Benyo and Dymitrius as the Security Guards

Alisdair as the Battle of the Bands Announcer

Seth as the record producer "Bob Jeswell"

Adam, Noah and Andrew in the band "Tyke and the Rockers"

A group of school kids have a dream: that their rock band will write music that goes all the way to the top of the charts.

After their debut performance at the school Talent Show, they are dared to enter a 'Battle of the Bands' contest where they meet a shady manager who promises to get them a record deal, but does he?

Stay tuned to find out if 'Zone 63' will make it to the top!


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

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.

Your family, your health

From 5 to 16 August, local women can get free breast screens in the BreastScreen Victoria van.

For women aged 50 to 74, a breast screen every two years could be life-saving.

Breast screens are the best way to find cancer early—before there are symptoms and when treatment is most successful.

They are always with a female radiographer—no GP referral or Medicare card needed, and only take 10 minutes.

Women over 40 can still have a free breast screen, but as age is the biggest breast cancer risk factor—BreastScreen Victoria sends reminders to women from age 50.

The hot pink BreastScreen Victoria van travels the state giving free breast screens—with the same digital imaging technology as all clinics, and friendly staff who are happy to answer any questions or concerns.

Find the van at:

81 Young St, Frankston, (car park next to Young St Medical & Dental Centre)

5 to 16 August 2019, Monday to Friday, 7:50am to 5pm

Walk in, or book in advance at or 13 20 50

And tell the women in your life to have their screen too!