Newsletter March 29, 2019

Senior students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) learning about the circumnavigation of the world by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Fr. Benneth who provided an opportunity for our senior students to participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation yesterday. This is an important opportunity to practice and express our commitment to trying to be more like Jesus in this season of Lent.

As a sign of mourning, respect and solidarity for the victims of the recent Christchurch massacre teachers and students were asked to remember the victims in their daily prayer. This, in a small way, reaffirms our commitment to the Gospel which calls us to love one another, and is so well embodied in our school motto " Love and Unity."

Our colour run today was a great success! Our students enjoyed the run and revelled in the spirit of fun and sense of team that it inspired. Thank you to our Parents and Friends group, particularly our President, Sharon Magdziarz, for the fabulous organization of this whole school event. Thank you also to our families for generously supporting our fundraising endeavors, and thank you finally to all of our hardworking St. Joachim's staff, without who we couldn't run this event. We have raised in excess of $19,000 which will go towards supporting our STEAM/robotics program.

A reminder that our Stations of the Cross presentation will be held next Thursday (4th April) in the hall commencing at 11:30 a.m. All parents are warmly invited to join us.

School ends for Term 1 next Thursday (4th April) at the usual time. Friday 5th April is a school closure day as staff will be at a staff conference off site.

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.

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

Lent is a time for reflecting on the way we live our lives

Parishioners’ Crisis Support Fund

The people that this fund assists are members of our own parish family - active in the life of the parish and well known by fellow parishioners. It is for these reasons that they are reluctant (due to either embarrassment or pride or a combination of both) to seek assistance for themselves or their family through St Vincent de Paul.

The fund was established a few years ago with the aim of supporting parishioners who find themselves facing a financial crisis. It may be due to an unexpected medical or household expense or sudden loss of employment.

Caritas Australia—Project Compassion

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

We would like to encourage children and families to please to support these Charities by sending in donations. We are very grateful for any contribution no matter how small. The staff and Parish thank you for your generosity.

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

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 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

Well done to all of our students who took part in today's Colour Fun Run.

The School Colour Fun-Run has promoted healthy and active lifestyles while helping us raise funds!

This afternoon's fun run was certainly a colourful event. It was difficult to recognise some of our students afterwards! The participation of all involved, was something special to witness and I sincerely congratulate the P&F Committee for hosting the Colour Fun Run. Students were treated to a great day as a reward for their fundraising efforts.

Family support is key to our fundraising success and we appreciate your efforts.

The Fun Run was not a race, and there was no competition to see who raised the most money but I'd like to acknowledge the fabulous effort by Will MEB and his family and friends, together have raised $1011.91 for St Joachim's! Well done.

All nice and clean in white

Well done guys!

Thanks for helping.

Lots of parents came to cheer on the children.

We'll have lots of Colour Fun Run photos in next weeks newsletter!

How to Help Children Calm Down

Techniques for helping kids regulate their emotions and avoid explosive behavior

Caroline Miller

Many children have difficulty regulating their emotions. Tantrums, outbursts, whining, defiance, fighting: these are all behaviors you see when kids experience powerful feelings they can’t control. While some kids have learned to act out because it gets them what they want — attention or time on the iPad — other kids have trouble staying calm because they are unusually sensitive.

The good news is that learning to calm down instead of acting out is a skill that can be taught.

What is dysregulation?

Some children’s reactions are just bigger than their peers or their siblings or their cousins,” explains Lindsey Giller, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. “Not only do they feel things more intensely and quickly, they’re often slower to return to being calm.” Unusually intense feelings can also make a child more prone to impulsive behaviors.

When kids are overwhelmed by feelings, adds Dr. Giller, the emotional side of the brain isn’t communicating with the rational side, which normally regulates emotions and plans the best way to deal with a situation. Experts call it being “dysregulated.” It’s not effective to try to reason with a child who’s dysregulated. To discuss what happened, you need to wait until a child’s rational faculties are back “online.”

Rethinking emotions

Parents can start by helping children understand how their emotions work. Kids don’t go from calm to sobbing on the floor in an instant. That emotion built over time, like a wave. Kids can learn control by noticing and labeling their feelings earlier, before the wave gets too big to handle.

Some kids are hesitant to acknowledge negative emotions. “A lot of kids are growing up thinking anxiety, anger, sadness are bad emotions,” says Stephanie Samar, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. But naming and accepting these emotions is “a foundation to problem-solving how to manage them.”

Parents may also minimize negative feelings, notes Dr. Samar, because they want their kids to be happy. But children need to learn that we all have a range of feelings. “You don’t want to create a dynamic that only happy is good,” she says.

Model managing difficult feelings

“For younger children, describing your own feelings and modeling how you manage them is useful,” notes Dr. Samar. “They hear you strategizing about your own feelings, when you’re nervous or frustrated, and how you’re going to handle it, and they can use these words.”

For kids who feel like big emotions sneak up on them, you can help them practice recognizing their emotions, and model doing that yourself. Try ranking the intensity of your emotions from 1-10, with 1 being pretty calm and 10 being furious. If you forget something that you meant to bring to Grandma’s, you could acknowledge that you are feeling frustrated and say that you’re at a 4. It might feel a little silly at first, but it teaches kids to pause and notice what they are feeling.

If you see them starting to get upset about something, ask them what they are feeling, and how upset they are. Are they at a 6? For some younger kids, a visual aid like a feelings thermometer might help.

Validate your child’s feelings

Validation is a powerful tool for helping kids calm down by communicating that you understand and accept what they’re feeling. “Validation is showing acceptance, which is not the same thing as agreement,” Dr. Giller explains. “It’s nonjudgmental. And it’s not trying to change or fix anything.” Feeling understood, she explains, helps kids let go of powerful feelings.

Effective validation means paying undivided attention to your child. “You want to be fully attuned so you can notice her body language and facial expressions and really try to understand her perspective,” says Dr. Samar. “It can help to reflect back and ask, ‘Am I getting it right?’ Or if you’re truly not getting it, it’s okay to say, ‘I’m trying to understand.’ ”

Helping kids by showing them that you’re listening and trying to understand their experience can help avoid explosive behavior when a child is building towards a tantrum.

Active ignoring

Validating feelings doesn’t mean giving attention to bad behavior. Ignoring behaviors like whining, arguing, inappropriate language or outbursts is a way to reduce the chances of these behaviors being repeated. It’s called “active” because it’s withdrawing attention conspicuously.

“You’re turning your face, and sometimes body, away or leaving the room when your child is engaging in minor misbehaviors in order to withdraw your attention,” Dr. Giller explains. “But the key to its effectiveness is, as soon as your child is doing something you can praise, to turn your attention back on.”

Positive attention

The most powerful tool parents have in influencing behavior is attention. As Dr. Giller puts it, “It’s like candy for your kids.” Positive attention will increase the behaviors you are focusing on.

When you’re shaping a new behavior, you want to praise it and give a lot of attention to it. “So really, really focus in on it,” adds Dr. Giller. “Be sincere, enthusiastic and genuine. And you want it to be very specific, to make sure your child understands what you are praising.”

When helping your child deal with an emotion, notice the efforts to calm down, however small. For example, if your child is in the midst of a tantrum and you see him take a deep inhale of air, you can say, “I like that you took a deep breath” and join him in taking additional deep breathes.

Clear expectations

Another key way to help prevent kids from getting dysregulated is to make your expectations clear and follow consistent routines. “It’s important to keep those expectations very clear and short,” notes Dr. Samar, and convey rules and expected behaviors when everyone is calm. Dependable structure helps kids feel in control.

When change is unavoidable, it’s good to give advance warning. Transitions are particularly tough for kids who have trouble with big emotions, especially when it means stopping an activity they’re very engaged in. Providing a warning before a transition happens can help kids feel more prepared. “In 15 minutes, we’re going to sit down at the table for dinner, so you’re going to need to shut off your PS4 at that time,” Dr. Giller suggests. It may still be hard for them to comply, but knowing it’s coming helps kids feel more in control and stay calmer,” she explains.

Give options

When kids are asked to do things they’re not likely to feel enthusiastic about, giving them options may reduce outbursts and increase compliance. For instance: “You can either come with me to food shopping or you can go with Dad to pick up your sister.” Or: “You can get ready for bed now and we can read a story together — or you can get ready for bed in 10 minutes and no story.”

“Giving two options reduces the negotiating that can lead to tension,” Dr. Samar suggests.

Coping ahead

Coping ahead is planning in advance for something that you predict may be an emotionally challenging situation for your child, or for both of you. It means talking, when you are both calm, about what’s coming, being direct about what negative emotions can arise, and strategizing how you will get through it.

If a child was upset last time she was at Grandma’s house because she wasn’t allowed to do something she gets to do at home, coping ahead for the next visit would be acknowledging that you saw that she was frustrated and angry, and discussing how she can handle those feelings. Together you might come up with something she is allowed to do at Grandma’s that she can have fun doing.

Talking about stressful situations in advance helps avoid meltdowns. “If you set up a plan in advance, it increases the likelihood that you’ll end up in a positive situation,” Dr. Samar notes.

Problem solving

If a child has a tantrum, parents are often hesitant to bring it up later, Dr. Samar notes. “It’s natural to want to put that behind us. But it’s good to revisit briefly, in a non-judgmental way.”

Revisiting an earlier event — say a meltdown at the toy store — engages the child in thinking about what happened, and to strategize about what could have been done differently. If you can come up with one or two things that might have led to a different outcome, your child might remember them next time he’s starting to feel overwhelmed.

Five special minutes a day

Even a small amount of time set aside reliably, every day, for mom or dad to do something chosen by a child can help that child manage stress at other points in the day. It’s a time for positive connection, without parental commands, ignoring any minor misbehavior, just attending to your child and letting her be in charge.

It can help a child who’s having a tough time in school, for instance, to know she can look forward to that special time. “This five minutes of parental attention should not be contingent on good behavior,” says Dr. Samar. “It’s a time, no matter what happened that day, to reinforce that ‘I love you no matter what.’ ”

ANZAC Day Badges

Available in the school office. Prices range between $1 and $5


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

Logan PSE - For making and continuing AB patterns. Super effort!

Evelyn PSE - For learning alphabet letter names and sounds. Awesome!

Christina PRF - For increasing your voice level during show and tell so that all your PRF friends could hear. Amazing!

Kayla PRF - For working hard at recognising letters and the main sound they represent. Super work!

Evie JLM - For working hard to build her accuracy in reading and writing.

Reyne JLM - For always trying his hardest and succeeding during Numeracy.

Leilani JZA - For reading with great expression and knowing how important it is to understand what she read.

Ethan JZA - For writing a sensational information report on ‘Lady Bugs’.

Gurdeen JZA - For using the ‘fix up’ strategy of re-reading and self-correcting. Super job!

Diesel JJW - For inferring how a character was feeling in his book.

Bethany JJW - For writing a detailed recount about her weekend.

Brielle JLN - For the creative language she uses to describe what she did on the weekend.

Riley JLN - For the creative language he uses to describe what he did on the weekend.

Marley MDM - For creating a sensational ‘Sizzling Start’ for her narrative writing. Well done!

Thomson MDM - For confidently using the ‘Compensation strategy” to solve addition. Well done!

Anna MEB - For working consistently hard in all her learning.

Harry MEB - For being a patient and kind friend to others.

Alexander MDB - For trying his best at all activities at Camp. Well done for your persistence.

Archie MDB - For great team work and persistence at Camp. Well done!

Chelsea MFR - For willing to share her thoughts and ideas during class discussions.

Teresa MFR - For your excellent effort in Maths and interesting contributions.

Waihanea SKO - For displaying a growth mindset in all learning areas by constantly challenging yourself.

Jakov SKO - For your outstanding efforts in maths and your ability to represent composite and prime numbers in a factor tree.

Lucinda STH - For your amazing effort in designing the world map for your STEAM project.

Tyrese STH - For your amazing effort in designing the world map for your STEAM project.

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 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

Colour Fun Run - Yay! Thank You!

We have raised a whopping $19,000 +.

Our goal was $16,000!

Thank you to families for supporting the P&F in this major fundraiser. We are delighted with how easy it was to run and how our families joined in the fun.

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.

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.

Last Week for Zooper Doopers

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


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

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

Visual Arts

Helina Walker - Visual Arts Teacher

A selection of wonderful work done by students in Visual Art


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

In Year 1 we have been learning about the months of the year and the days of the week.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline Monitor and fix up.pdf

St Joachim's has a subscription to Story Box Library - Our username is st Joachim's - password is library

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.

Wanted - Basketball Girls Under 14s

Hi Families, we are looking for girls born 2006, 2007 or 2008 to join our under 14s basketball team for the upcoming winter season. They train in Carrum Downs and play Saturday afternoons at various locations like Frankston, Langwarrin, Bonbeach etc. It's a great group of girls who are focused on learning to play as a team and having fun. Please contact Tanya Warakagoda on 0415223153 or email

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!