Newsletter June 21, 2019

Year 5's Visit to John Paul College

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to all children making their First Eucharist this weekend. My prayerful best wishes to all of our children as they take this next important step on their faith journey.

The Winter lightning premiership competition was enjoyed by our senior students on Monday this week. We had teams in netball, soccer and football. Congratulations to the mixed netball and the girls soccer teams for finishing second in their respective divisions. Both teams competed in closely contested finals play-offs, and both went down by 1 point. The girls netball A and the boys football teams finished third in their groups.

Semester 1 Reports will be sent home early next week. Then we have parent/teacher interviews from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday (26th June) and again on Thursday (27th June) from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Bookings are open on

All students and staff are looking forward to our annual Talent show which will be held next Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the hall. I hope lots of parents are able to join us to enjoy and celebrate our students talents.

Our evening PACH (Parents As Classroom Helpers) course is going well. 7 parents have signed up and the third and final week is next Thursday evening. Thank you again to our Literacy Leader, Caroline Hume, for running this course.

Some advance notice that next term we will have 2 school closure days. These will be held on Friday 9th August and Monday 12th August (1 day on RE/Faith formation and 1 day on Review preparation for our 2020 school Review).

I am pleased to report that we have purchased some new robotics equipment for our Steam program. Thank you to our Parents & Friends association for supporting this with funds raised from our Term 1 Colour run.

This year we have committed to using the Resilience Project program at school. This social emotional program teaches students about resilience. Staff have been involved in 2 sessions of professional learning re this program so far. Next term classes will be working on specific lessons using student workbooks (1 for each student). The program is used in many schools and has a research base of evidence supporting the need for, and benefits of, explicitly teaching students about gratitude, empathy, mindfulness and emotional literacy. Themes from the program are aligned with curriculum objectives and are age appropriate. We have also completed a student survey (Grades 4 – 6 students) which gives us a baseline measure of student wellbeing in specific areas.

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. Alternatively parents can phone the school on 9785 2633.

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

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

Pray for us as we Celebrate Our First Holy Communion

On behalf of our school community we would like to congratulate, Nevington, Maya, Tahlia, Aiden, Marley, Gemma, Georgia, Tyler, Kenzi, Sarah M, Ava, Ella-Grace, Sydney, Charlee, Olivia, Owen, Thomas and Lydia who will make their First Eucharist on Sunday 23rd June at 1.00 Mass at St Anne's Church.

For our students, this weekend will be a special time when Jesus comes to be one with them as they continue on their faith journey and grow into strong and loving people in the family of God. As a school community we keep in our prayers the students and their families from the school and parish who celebrate the communion it brings to us all.

Sacramental Program

Dates for the 2019 Sacraments are:

Sun 16 Jun Sacrament of First Eucharist - Mass time 1.00pm

Sun 23 Jun Sacrament of First Eucharist - Mass time 1.00pm

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 Saturday 1st June, Saturday 6th July, 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

NCCD Information Sheet parents (1).pdf

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.

The Resilience Project

at John Paul College,

August 6 at 7:00pm


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.

Year 5 Transition Day at JPC

On Thursday 6th June, Year 5 students enjoyed a transition day at John Paul College. Students were involved in a number of activities which gave them an idea about what secondary school life is all about. They experienced some ‘tasters’ including a navigation exercise, or ‘treasure hunt’ activity where they independently navigated around the College grounds, Science experiments, a Physical Education class and a Food & Technology practical.

Some parents spent some time in the JPC Resource Centre having a community discussion around transition and some strategies to assist in the change from primary to secondary school.

It was a great day for all involved, here is what some of the students had to say:

  • "I had the best day" - Leonie
  • "I liked the treasure hunt and how you could explore the school" - Jakov
  • "I liked exploring the school with my friends" - Danielle
  • "I liked science and making a magnet" - Grace

Preschool Story Time

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.


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.

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President


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


Get a group of your friends together and join us at the movies!

July the 16th at 6:30pm - All welcome


Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. Determined to make up for lost time, the girls decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night -- a chaotic adventure that no amount of book smarts could prepare them for.


Don’t forget to keep collecting your woolies earn & learn stickers. We have until the 25th of June to collect!

Trivia Night

Saturday September 7 - Put this date in your diary now!

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.

Entertainment Books

The P&F are selling the fabulous Entertainment books which are always full of great discounts for dining out, activities etc.

Tell your friends to buy them from us so that we get the commission! Use the link below.

With School holidays in just a few weeks now is the perfect time to buy.

Special offers for buyers this week include a chance to win 2 return flights to London!

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!

Physical Education

Reagon Haines - Physical Education Teacher

Frankston District Winter Lightning Premiership Games success.

On Monday, the senior school students participated in the Frankston District games. We had teams compete in netball, soccer and football.

We were blessed with an awesome day of sunshine, matched by fantastic teamwork, skill and encouragement for one another.

I would like to commend all students on their outstanding behaviour and participation.

Congratulations to the mixed netball and the girls soccer teams for finishing second in their respective divisions. Both teams competed in closely contested finals play-offs, and both went down by 1 point.

The girls netball A and the boys football teams finished third in their groups.

Waihanea - National Junior Basketball Classic Silver Medallist

Over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, The Annual National Basketball Junior Classic, the most prestigious junior basketball tournament in the country, was held in Melbourne. With male and female teams coming to Melbourne from across Australia to compete over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, spectators were treated to some of the best players from under-12s through to under-18s.

Waihanea plays for the Frankston Blues U12.1 Girls Basketball Team, early this year they qualified to play in VC (Vic Champs) Top 10 teams in Victoria.

During the first 10 games of the season Frankston U12.1 Girls qualified in the Top 4 teams in VIC to be invited to the National Junior Classic.

The invitation-only event is capped at 16 teams per age group with invitations to the Classic extended to the top interstate teams and the highest-ranking Victorian teams from the MUVJBL season.

In total, 128 competing teams from Australia & New Zealand, competed at this year’s basketball games.

Frankston Blues U12.1 Girls qualified winning all their 3 pool games on the Saturday into the Quarter Finals.

Quarter Final v Sandringham - Winners 26 -24

Semi Final v Kilsyth - Winners 46 - 31

Gold Medal Grand Final v Bulleen - Lost 43 -28

Frankston Blues U12.1 came away with the Silver Medal and the title & ranking of second-best team in Australia.

Waihanea has worked extremely hard and had a successful tournament, the St Joachim’s community would love to congratulate her on her outstanding achievement.

Waihanea, Silver Medalist with her coach, Natalie Porter, Former Australian Opals Basketball Player & Olympic Silver Medalist.


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Last week's answer

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

CAFE Strategy: Tune In To Interesting Words

When children learn to tune in to interesting words, they build word awareness and the understanding of words. This leaves them with “thinking power” in their brain to comprehend and make meaning of what is read. Have you ever heard a new word, looked it up, and then repeated it often to remember it? Students who tune in to interesting words expand their vocabulary by focusing on these new words and their meaning.

Read more here...

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

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!

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