Newsletter July 19, 2019

New Playtime Club for Year 2 Students - Lego Builders Club

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a cold and wintry start to Term 3! I hope all students, staff and families had a restful break. This term will be another exciting term at school with much planned.

This morning our P&F met in the staffroom to discuss a number of upcoming events including the Trivia Night on Saturday September 7th, the Father's Day breakfast and stall (dates tbc) and the 5 Cent Fundraiser (information on this fundraiser can be found further in this newsletter). Already we have had a number of students bring in bags of 5 cent pieces to ensure that their team wins.

Also today, our senior students travelled by bus to the Melbourne Museum and IMAX as part of the whole school concept on 'Life'.

After school Production rehearsals have commenced this week for the seniors. Rehearsals are also happening during the school day as well as prop making during art lessons and lunchtimes. We look forward to seeing the end result at the two performances, Wednesday 28th August 7.00pm & Thursday 29th August 7.00pm

Next Friday, July 26 we will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne (Grandparents of Jesus). This year our celebrations will be at St. Joachim's . On this day St. Anne’s students will bus down to St. Joachim’s for a 10:00 a.m. Mass. All parents and grandparents are warmly invited to join us for Mass and morning tea afterwards.

On Wednesday 24th July, the Middle School students will be travelling by bus to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, as part of our Term 3 Concept, ‘Living or Non Living.’ Students will explore the role of plants in sustaining and creating the biosphere.


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

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

The Resilience Project.

Students at St Joachim's have begun the term with an introduction to the themes outlined in the Resilience Project:

Gratitude, Empathy, Mindfulness and Emotional Literacy.

Some examples include MEB students looking at their own character strengths.

Junior classes have been reflecting on what they are grateful for in their lives. They have created a gratitude wall in each class. Here are some examples of what the student wrote from JJW.

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.


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.

Olympia PRF For an outstanding job recording sounds in unknown words. Fantastic writing!

Luke PRF For contributing excellent predictions during class read alouds.

Tahlia PSE For having a go at writing unknown words and recording the initial sound. Well done!

Storm PSE For being able to retell the most important events in the stories he reads. Awesome!

Mary JLM For beginning term 3 with a hard working and positive attitude.

Vander JLM For his hard work in Maths and counting beyond 1000 by 2s.

Nicholas JZA For making a fabulous start to Term 3! Well done and keep it up Nick!

Aymeric JZA For using a sensational sizzling start in his holiday recount writing. Amazing work Aymeric!

Bailee JZA For demonstrating a fantastic ‘Can do’ attitude in reading and writing and having a go at everything!

Sam JLN For his positive approach to learning opportunities.

Lukas JLN For his focus on handwriting which helped him produce a beaur=tifully presented holiday postcard.

Holly JJW For always helping her peers and working to the best of her abilities in all subjects!

Alden JJW For always striving for excellence in all subject areas and for showing compassion for his peers.

Rubyrose MEB For working really hard to improve her Maths skills.

Liam MEB For being a cooperative and dedicated member of our class.

Anderson MDB For using interesting sentences about bilby facts for our narrative non-fiction writing.

Ana MDB For great sentences about the bilby for our narrative non-fiction writing.

Samuel MDM For a super understanding of place value to tens of thousands.

Isabella MDM For creating interesting sentences around our non-fiction text to include verbs.

Thomas MFR For working hard on his reading strategy blend, stretch and re-read and improving his accuracy.

Sahra MFR For being a kind, polite and friendly member in our class.

Alexander SKO For always having a go and working hard in all areas.

Shayarna SKO For persevering in Maths and demonstrating a growth mindset.

Caila SJT For working with great focus when solving equations using her knowledge of the order of operations (BIDMAS)

Thomas SJT For creating powerful descriptive phrases in writing using figurative language such as personification.

Darcy SNH For clearly explaining his thinking and understanding when solving maths problems.

Oskar SNH For showing a good understanding of solving equations using BIDMAS

Danny STH For actively participating and challenging himself in numeracy lessons. Well done!

Aidan STH For the detailed research that he has done for his science project on Luis Alvarez. Well done!

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.

JJW Show and Tell

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President


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Hello, for those of you who don't know me my name is Sharon Magdziarz and I have been President of the St Joachim's Parents and Friends Group since the beginning of the year.

I am looking forward to a great second half of 2019 and hope that everyone else in the school community shares the same enthusiasm.

The P&F is made up of busy working mums who very generously give up their time to organise special events such as Mothers Day and Fathers Day breakfasts and stalls, fundraisers such as the Fun Run and 5c Drive and Community Building events such as the Movie Night and the Upcoming Trivia Night.

To continue our enjoyable, fun and educational P&F events we rely on volunteers and regular fundraising efforts. If you are interested in volunteering (and Dads/Grandparents are welcome too) please contact the office.

We 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.

Sharon Magdziarz, P&F President (right) with P&F members, Belinda Callaghan & Sarah Cruise at the Colour Run in Term 1.
Ms Richardson, Miss Todisco & Mrs Ramos excited by the arrival of items for STEAM lessons!
One of our loved robots - Evo
Can our robot follow our code? Let's test it.
This robot was coded to travel around the world following the path of Ferdinand Magellan!

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!

Currently Free Postage of books to 21 July or we still have some in the school office

Visual Arts News

Helina Walker, Visual Arts Teacher

Dear Families,

The St Joachim's Art Room is always a busy, happy place.

Currently it is extremely busy with Mrs Walker and senior students getting ready making props for our production 'Rock Starzs' which is being held on Wednesday 28th August 7.00pm & Thursday 29th August 7.00pm, so not long now! Here are two photos of our busy artists, many who come in their own lunch time , getting some props ready.

The Art Room is always looking for people to donate newspapers to the art room. If you have some, please bring them in!


Rebecca Todisco, eLearning Leader

This term we have introduced a NEW lunchtime / playtime club - Lego Builders.

This club is for interested Year 2 students (and lots were interested). It will be held each Tuesday at playtime in the library.

Other clubs held are Scratch Club Coding - Tuesday and Thursdays at lunchtime, DiscoTech Engineers - Tuesday at lunchtime and DiscoTech Coders - Thursday lunchtime.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

CAFÉ Strategy: Infer and Support with Evidence

Have you ever read a book and assumed what the author was saying or feeling without having it actually written down? You make these assumptions using your background knowledge, clues from the story, and pictures. Authors don’t always tell the reader everything they want them to know about the story. In order to better comprehend, children must learn to be detectives and look for clues in the text to understand the meaning of the story. Learning to infer and support with evidence is a strategy used by good readers to better understand what the author is saying.


Five tips to help you make the most of reading to your child


Reading together is a great opportunity to share your passions while broadening your children's horizons through making diverse book choices.

Here are five suggestions that can help make the experience of reading to your children fun, relaxing and educational.

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.

6 weeks to go!!!

All tickets are $18.00 and go on sale at 9.00am on Monday 5th August from the TryBooking website:

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

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

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!

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

The Band "ZONE 63"

Caila as "Charone" (Bass Guitar)

Darcy as "Flip" (Drums)

Flynn as "Traz" (Lead Guitar)

Ezekiel as "Jonno" (Rhythm Guitar)

Shayarna as "Dina" (Keyboard)

Esther as "Erika" (Singer)


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.

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.