Newsletter March 15, 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our 11 students who swam at the Divisional competition at the Pines Aquatic Centre in Frankston North last Wednesday. Thank you to our parents who provided transport and support for our swimmers.

The winner of our $50 Bunnings voucher drawn last Friday is Olivia Surace. Congratulations Olivia! Every family who completes the online Catholic identity survey can get a raffle ticket from the office and be in the draw. There is one more draw to go. Our final draw for a $50 Bunnings voucher will be drawn on Thursday 4 th April.

Yesterday was the Second Sunday in Lent. As a faith community we pray, practice compassion and reflect on how we can grow closer to Jesus during this important time.

Our Senior swimming program starts today and runs from Monday to Thursday this week and again next week (a total of 8 days). This is a great opportunity for our students to improve their confidence around water and learn important water safety skills.

Our PACH (Parents As Classroom Helpers) course begins tomorrow and runs for 3 weeks on a Tuesday morning. It will run from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the staffroom. Thank you to Caroline Hume for running this important parent education course to train Literacy helpers for our junior school classrooms.

Families who have a younger brother or sister of a current St. Joachim’s student, coming to school next year, please let me know via the office asap. Applications for enrolment are open and it would be helpful to have all sibling applications by the end of this term if possible. This will assist with forward planning for next year. With thanks.

A reminder that our annual School photos are on this Wednesday 20th March (NB: all students are required to come neatly dressed in full summer school uniform)

Our next SAB (School Advisory Board) meeting is on this week (Thursday 21 st March) starting at 7:00 p.m. in the staffroom.

Best wishes to our Middle school students who are going on camp this Thursday and Friday (21 st and 22 nd March). Our camp is at The Briars in Mt. Martha. Students will leave on Thursday morning and be back on Friday at about 3:00 p.m.

The Colour run is coming! More online registrations are required! All students are encouraged to register online to raise funds for our STEAM/Robotics program. Parents please remember to organise a white t-shirt for student runners (or a coloured t-shirt if you don’t want coloured powder to be thrown near your child). Looking forward to a great run on 29 th March!

Paul Dwyer, Principal

School photos this Wednesday 20th March

All students are required to come neatly dressed in full summer school uniform

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

Sacramental Program

Dates for the 2019 Sacraments are:

Tues 30 Apr Reconciliation Service for all children at 7.00pm

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

Annette White, Parish Secretary

St. Anne's Seaford Parish, Phone: 9785 2580

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 6th April

· Saturday 4th May

· 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


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.

Assembly Awards

Austin PRF - For an amazing weekend recount. Well done on recording so many words correctly.

Airlie PRF - For creating and continuing patterns and sharing your work with the class. Super job!

Charli PSE - For always trying her best and giving all tasks ago. Awesome effort!

Deyon PSE - For reading and writing all of the ‘teen’ numbers. Super effort!

Riley JZA - For writing a detailed weekend recount. Super sensational job!

Logan JZA - For using a range of materials to partition numbers into groups of hundreds, tens and ones. Super!

Evie JLN - For her great use of accuracy strategies to solve unknown words when reading.

Rushan JLN - For completing all written tasks to the best of his ability.

Will JLM - For working independently during Maths to partition two digit numbers.

Drew JLM - For working hard during place value to make 2 digit numbers.

Amelia JJW - For writing a detailed recount of her weekend.

Dean JJW - For always encouraging and supporting his peers and working to the best of his abilities.

Jeremy JJW - For working hard to use beginning and end sounds when decoding a word.

Kesean MDM - For confidently using the ‘bridging to ten’ and ‘jump’ strategies to solve addition problems.

Lydia MDM - For clearly explaining the difference between a fact and opinion in her reading. Well done!

Vinnie MEB - For always showing persistence and dedication to his learning.

Kayla MEB - For always trying hard with her learning and showing good focus in the classroom.

Lucas MEB - For working hard to challenge his learning.

Daniel MDB - For using the strategy of reading on when doing comprehension.

Rajsish MDB - For working well on his reading comprehension.

Maya MFR - For her ability to work co-operatively and respectfully with all members in Yr 4.

Charlee MFR - For approaching her school day with enthusiasm and cheerfulness and a willingness to do her best work.

Angel SKO - For your excellent work in Maths and for continuously challenging yourself.

Ezekial SKO - For always working well in a team and extending your thinking in all learning areas.

Natalia SNH - For being reverent during class prayers and for her thoughtful Lenten promise.

Ashnaa SNH - For valuable contributions during book club discussions and for always giving 100% in everything she does.

Matthew SJT - For applying great effort when working on tasks during our maths topic ‘Date representation and interpretation’.

Alisdair SJT - For willing sharing his thoughts and ideas during class discussions.

Devon STH - For his thoughtful and personal reflections on this week’s Gospel readings. Well done!

Dakota STH - For excellent participation in class discussions and sharing her personal reflection at today’s Mass.

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.

Preschool Story Time

Every Friday at 3:00pm in the STAFF ROOM there is “Story Time” for our pre-school friends. This story time is open to all of our siblings who are coming to Prep at St Joachim’s next year.

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President

Colour Fun Run - Less than two weeks to go.

If you haven’t registered yet please register your child/children by using this link.

Thank you to all the parents who gave registered and are fundraising.

We have already raised a whopping $10,000.

Our goal is $16,000

Our goal is $16,000 and if we all get involved and support our kids and our school this is a goal that can easily be achieved.

Over the weekend some of the students had a lemonade and cake stall and raised almost $400.

Marley, Drew, Gemma, Jeremy, Ava, Emmy, Sydney, Andie, Taylah & Evie all worked hard to make the stall such a success.

To REGISTER your child for this fun, worthwhile event, please go to

Information regarding the Fun Run can be found here. We will be adding any more information we receive as it becomes available.

What do students wear to the School Fun Run?

For the actual event day all the kids have to wear is a plain white T-shirt and any colour shorts or tracksuit pants.

For kids who want to run but don’t want to have colour thrown at them can wear a coloured T-shirt so the people throwing the powder can identify them easily.

Any questions please ask any member of the P&F or your year level rep.

We are fundraising for STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Arts and Maths) equipment and Robotics. All will be purchased next term for immediate use by all students.

P&F meeting - Fri 22nd, 8:30am

This Friday at 8:30am in the staffroom. Come along to meet some other parents, find out what’s going on in the school, have a chat and maybe volunteer to do something!

Trivia Night

Last year we had the first P&F trivia night which everyone agreed was a fabulous event and due to very popular opinion we would like to hold another one. So, we need a Trivia Night committee! If you’re interested please let the P&F know. You can send a message to Sharon on 0409212489 or via the school Facebook page.

Zooper Doopers

Zooper Doopers are still being sold every Thursday until the end of term.

Parent helpers still required, please use signup sheet to volunteer.


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

Entertainment Books

The P&F will once again be 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!

More information soon!

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,


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Playing games with children encourages them to think mathematically. They work through a variety of strategies to solve the problem.

“Play is the highest form of research”- Albert Einstein

This is a card game for practising addition and recognising odd/even number

Maths Game Monday Race to 1000


  • Deck of Cards (cards Ace through 9)
  • Six-sided dice
  • Whiteboard or scrap paper for recording.

How to Play

1. Children sit side by side with the deck shared evenly between them.

2. Each player lays 3 cards in front of them and makes a 3 digit number with the cards they turned over. Eg. with the cards 6,3 and 8, children could make 368, 386, 683, 638, 836 or 863.

3. One player then rolls the dice. If a 1,3 or 5 is rolled, the lowest number wins 100 points. If a 2,4 or 6 is rolled, the highest number wins 100 points. Children keep track of their score on a piece of scrap paper or mini-whiteboard.

4. Continue playing with children lying 3 cards out each time and making a new number. Children take it in turns to roll the dice.

5. The first player to 1000 is the winner.

Variations - You could easily make this game harder or easier by adding in more, or less, playing cards to be turned over at once. - Children could also lose 100 points every time they lose the round to add in some subtraction practise.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parents as Classroom Helpers Course (PACH)

As you know, we highly value parent participation in our school and the generosity of time and expertise our parent community contributes to student learning and wellbeing at St. Joachim’s.

The purpose of this course is to provide professional learning to parents who wish to assist in our Prep – Year 2 classrooms in the morning Literacy block.

The course will be run by our Literacy Leader, Mrs Caroline Hume, and will run for three 90 minute sessions over 3 weeks here at school. The course content will focus on how best to assist Junior School students with reading and writing.

The course will run on 3 Tuesday mornings (19th, 26th March & 2nd April) from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the staffroom.

Registrations have closed for this course but it will be run again on three evenings in Term 2.

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.

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!