Newsletter July 26, 2019

St Anne and St Joachim's Feast Day.

We celebrate the grandparents of Jesus and all grandparents!

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Last week I attended a conference focused on learning more about indigenous perspectives. This important professional learning opportunity was timely, given this year has been designated as the year of Indigenous languages, and St. Joachim’s School membership of the Bunurong schools cluster (a group of 8 local Catholic schools committed to strengthening learning and acknowledgement of Aboriginal perspectives). In addition, this year St. Joachim’s has initiated a Fire Carrier program in the school. This program is running in many schools and the FIRE acronym stands for Friends Igniting Reconciliation through Education. Last term we commissioned 8 of our own fire carrier students who will take a leadership role in this area in our school. We have also been invited to an official fire carrier commissioning ceremony as part of our membership of the Bunurong schools' cluster. This will take place at 11:00am on Thursday 8th August at St. Augustine’s School (88 Golf Links Rd, Frankston South VIC 3199).

Thank you to the many students, staff, parents and grandparents of both St. Joachim’s and St. Anne’s schools who contributed to a fabulous Feast Day celebration today. The focus of our celebrations were on grandparents (as St. Joachim and St. Anne are the grandparents of Jesus). We celebrated a special Mass with Fr. Benneth, and students from both schools played together at recess and shared a combined activity before returning to school. A special thank you to our mums from the Parents and Friends Association; Mel Mani, Anita Klarica Tanya Petersen and Mary Banyari (grandmother of Dymitrius, Bailey and Leilani) for organising and running a delicious morning tea for our parents and grandparents (and our staff!).

Our Middle school students really enjoyed their excursion to Cranbourne Botanical gardens on Wednesday this week. This was in connection to their inquiry theme this term on “Life” (see photos further on in this newsletter).

Please note: Our next SAB (School Advisory Board) meeting will be held next Thursday evening (1st August) at 7:00 p.m. in the staffroom.

Next Friday (2nd August) we are proudly celebrating 100 days of Prep. It has been amazing to see the growth in learning, confidence and skills that our Preps have shown in this time!

A reminder that we have two School closure days coming up this term. They are on Friday 9th August (2020 school review preparation) and Monday 12th August (Religious Education).

We are really looking forward to our Family Maths afternoon, which will be held on Wednesday 14th August, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Further details will follow shortly.

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

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

On Friday July 26th, we celebrated our Parish Feast Day – the Feast of St Anne and St Joachim.

Both Parish schools came together to celebrate Mass, to honour our grandparents and their contribution to our lives. The children enthusiastically participated through their prayers, singing and few students reflected on the significant role of grandparents. It was wonderful to have so many parents, grandparents and visitors join us on the day. After Mass, St Anne’s and St Joachim’s students had an amazing time, as they got to participate in fun activities together. It was a wonderful day, filled with joy, laughter and silent reflection of the blessing of grandparents.

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

This Positive Parenting Telephone Service is a service we've recently been made aware of and it looks fabulous.

This parenting course is done in modules, online at the parent's leisure.

I am happy to answer any questions regarding this service if parents have questions, either in person or via email.

More information can be found here.

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.

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

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.

The jars are filling up! Which jar has the most? Come and have a look for yourself. They can be viewed outside Mrs Stewart's office.

Keeping an eye of the levels of the jars is Will, Toby and Mrs Stewart!

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

Middle School Excursion

On Wednesday the Middle students attended the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens as part of Term 3’s Biological Science topic “Life”.

The students participated in the “Seed to Tree Program”. They discovered the huge diversity of plants in Australia and their adaptations to the Australian environment.

Follow this link to read more.

See more photos of the Middle School excursion to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens in our 2019 Photo Gallery.

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!

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.

5 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

Lucinda as the mean girl "Victoria"

Lily as her friend "Penny"

Sienna as her friend "Mandy"

Jayla as "Madame Colette" (Fashion Designer)

Stephanie as "Merin" (Assistant) Aidan as "Samuel" (Assistant)

Blake as the villain "Gus Badman"


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.