Newsletter May 17, 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our Grade 3 and Grade 5 students who sat 4 NAPLAN tests this week. The administration of the tests went very smoothly in both year levels. Thank you to the staff who ran the tests for delivering them in a way that helped students perform at their best. Individual student NAPLAN reports will be sent home to parents next term.

Our Middle school students are really excited about their swimming program which begins next week! They will travel by bus to and from Paul Sadler Swimland in Hall Road, and participate in 45 minute lessons over 8 days. Please ensure students have all their swimming gear organised and packed ready for the program from Monday to Thursday over the next 2 weeks.

Best wishes to members of our St. Joachim’s Cross country team who will represent us at the district cross country competition at Flinders Christian College next Wednesday (22nd May). Our students have been training hard for the event. Our 10 year old students will run 2 kilometres and our 11 and 12 year old students will run 3 kilometres. Thank you to Mr. Haines and Mrs. Turner who have been running our Tuesday morning running club to help our students prepare for this event. Go St. Joachim’s!

Also on Wednesday we are hosting the National Simultaneous Story Time. National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6. This year the specially chosen book is called “Alpacas with Maracas”.

On 22nd May a number of our Grade 6 students will visit John Paul College in Frankston to see the school production of “Grease.” They will travel to and from the College by bus. This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to enjoy a well-known play performed by students from our regional Catholic Secondary College.

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

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 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

We are very excited to have "The Resilience Project" coming to St Joachim’s!

“The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, providing evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience and happiness. The Resilience Project has delivered programs to over 500 schools around the country, through presentations, wellbeing journals, school curriculum, teacher diaries and the TRP app, The Resilience Project seeks to help all Australians become mentally healthy through the values of Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness”.

Martin will be coming out to speak to all our students next Thursday May 23.

This will be followed by a parent night - August 6 at 7pm.

Olivia and Sahra had the great idea to sell homemade flowers and cards for Mother's Day at a recent local football game. The generous entrepreneurs donated half of their profits to Mini Vinnies!


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.

Blaize PRF - For an excellent job recoding sounds in unknown words. Super sensational writing!

Ryan PRF - For an outstanding think board about the number 15. Super job!

Sofia PSE- For using the word charts in the classroom to help write words. Keep it up!

Jasper PSE- For always having a go when writing sentences. Keep it up!

Archer JLM - For showing persistence and always trying his best.

Hena JLM - For being a kind and caring friend to everyone in her class.

Heera JJW - For using excellent expression when reading aloud.

Andrew JJW - For solving an addition equation using the jump strategy.

Lochlan JJW - For writing an interesting recount piece about our Science incursion which included powerful adjectives.

Grazinia JZA - For using her knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtractions problems.

Kayley JZA - For using her doubles facts to solve her addition problems.

Payton JLN - For maintaining focus to ensure she completes all work to the best of her ability.

Joel JLN - For working co-operatively with a group, encouraging others to do their best.

Shivaali MFR - For her kind and gentle nature and for her diligence in all areas. Well done!

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

Keely MEB - For always trying her best with all areas of learning.

Max MEB - For always making the effort to challenge his learning.

Ryder MEB - For making good choices and being a good friend to others.

Luke MDB - For completing his homework. Fantastic job!

Issac MDB - For completing his Maths homework. Good effort!

Ruby MDM - For making the connection between multiplication and division when solving simple problems.

Tahlia MDM - For persisting with her automatic recall of multiplication and division facts to solve simple problems.

Pippa STH - For her persistence and determination when solving mathematical problems. Well done!

Danny STH - For his powerful persuasive piece of writing. Great job!

Grace SKO - For taking on teacher and peer feedback to improve her persuasive writing piece.

Dymitrius SKO - For working hard in Maths and deepening his understanding by asking questions and explaining his thinking.

Ella SJT - For being a responsible learner and using her class time efficiently.

James SJT - For using a range of strategies when solving mathematical problems.

Mahathi SNH - For reflecting on her strategies when solving maths problems.

Jack SNH - For applying good reasoning skills when solving maths problems.

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.

PRF loved meeting Evie's baby brother Reggie at Show and Tell. Welcome to the St Joachim's community Reggie!


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

School Disco!

Thursday 6th June

in the School Hall.

Dress in Fluoro colours.

Bring water bottles only.

$5 per child

Students should bring $5 to school in an envelope clearly labeled

"School Disco"

to your class teacher from Monday.

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.

Environmental Team News

After school today Mrs Mackintosh and the Environmental Team were busy selling some of their products in a special stall they set up just outside the office area.

Clean, Green Spray

On sale was the amazing Clean, Green Spray that has been a hit with people who have tried it. Just ask Mrs Turner, who said this about the versatile spray:

“It really works and has so many uses. It leaves my kitchen benches so clean and my stainless steel products sparkling. I love that I’m not using any nasty chemicals and it smells great too!

Mrs McWaters is a fan of the spray too. When asked about the spray she said:

“Green and clean, this amazing spray will make all your surfaces gleam. It smells very fresh. No more toxic chemicals.”

Clean Green Spray is available for only $2 per spray bottle or $2 for a 2 litre refill. What a bargain!

Delicious Pesto

Another product available at the after school stall was delicious pesto, which the team prepared during the day. The main ingredient in the pesto is rocket leaf, fresh from the school garden. So popular is this product that the team has been taking orders. Rocket pesto containers will be selling for $3 each. If you haven’t tried the pesto you will be able to purchase smaller sample pots for $1. Nut free rocket pesto will also be available. A new product, eggplant dip, made from eggplants grown in the school garden, will also be available. This new addition to our dip range is sure to become a favourite.

Other items for sale were silverbeet seedlings for $2 a punnet, as well as rosemary and garlic bread for $1.

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

Digital Technologies & e-Learning News

Rebecca Todisco, e-Learning Leader

Do families have any LEGO Blocks that they no longer want?

The STEAM Team would love lots of new Lego for exciting new programs including a lunchtime club for students!

Lego donations can be left at the Office.


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Parents’ Beliefs about Math Change Their Children’s Achievement

We now know that the messages we give students can change their performance dramatically, and that students need to know that the adults in their lives believe in them.

Click here to continue reading the article found at

This week's Maths Challenge

Year 2 Maths

In weeks 2-3 we have been learning about addition. We have been learning new strategies to help us solve addition equations. Its been really interesting discovering that we can use subtraction to solve and check our addition equations!

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

CAFÉ Strategy:

Use Prior Knowledge to Connect with Text

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.

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!