Newsletter May 24, 2019

Has your child bought their DISCO ticket yet?

These events are always fabulous fun for the children. There will be two discos - Preps and Juniors at 5:00pm and Middles and Seniors at 6:45pm.

The Discos are fully supervised and it is not necessary or encouraged for parents to stay with their child. We don't want to stifle anyone's dance moves!

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Best wishes to our liturgical Choir who will be singing at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at St. Anne’s on Sunday 2nd June. As you know, music and singing enhances the Sunday liturgy and allows everyone to participate more fully. Thank you to our choir members and families for making yourselves available on this day. Thank you also to Jody Banks for her organisation and direction of our choir. Please note: Masses on the 1st/2nd June are the designated “Call to Commitment” Masses for students making the sacrament of First Eucharist.

My prayers and best wishes to our 32 students who, along with St. Anne’s students and other children from the parish, are preparing to receive the sacrament of First Eucharist. This is an important step in our children’s faith journey. These special First Eucharist liturgies are on Sunday 16th and Sunday 23rd of June at St. Anne’s church and commence at 1:00 p.m.

As you know, it is our school policy to promote safe online activities for all students. A reminder to all parents to please be aware of what games, apps and programs your children have access to online. This reminder is an important part of our school’s duty of care regarding child safety.

Yesterday our students participated in a presentation by a guest speaker from the Resilience Project. The speaker, Martin, spoke to students about being grateful for the many things we have, being kind to others and being mindful of our feelings and actions. As part of this program our students will be working through a variety of topics with the aim of improving their resilience through social-emotional learning activities.

Thank you to the families who have already contributed Earn and Learn stickers to our collection box at school or at the Woolworths store in Carrum Downs. By redeeming these coupons this program will allow us to obtain extra sporting, art and science equipment. The Earn and Learn program runs until 25th June (the last week of this term).

Our senior students have been involved in a series of science lessons/experiments this week, led by Dr. Mel Norris, who is a science teacher from John Paul College in Frankston. Our students had opportunities for hands on learning and were really excited to be a part of this initiative between St. Joachim’s and John Paul College. I hope these sessions will motivate more students to develop their confidence and competence with scientific concepts and processes.

Some advance notice that we will be closing the school gates on the bell each morning. If you are parked in the school after the gates are closed, please ensure they are re-closed when you leave. Apologies for the inconvenience, but this is a student safety issue. With thanks.

Next week is national Reconciliation Week. As part of this we will be flying the Aboriginal flag and inducting the 8 new students from Grades 4 and 5 into our inaugural Fire Carrier program. This program involves our school, as part of the local Bunurong group of 8 Catholic schools in the Peninsula zone, in honouring and learning about indigenous perspectives.

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

Liturgical Colours and their Seasons

In religion we have been learning about the liturgical colours and their seasons. We have looked at different liturgical calendars. In class we researched and filled in a sheet about the liturgical colours, what time they are used, symbols that represent that season, what it means, and the scriptures associated. This has helped us to understand what colour the prayer table and the priests robe should be, and why.

Annabelle and Izzy STH

PRF Mass -Follow Jesus

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

"The Resilience Project" @ St Joachim’s!

On Thursday, all students from Foundation to Year 6 attended one of two sessions on resilience run by Martin from "The Resilience Project".

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, providing evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience and happiness.

The Resilience Project seeks to help all Australians become mentally healthy through the values of Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness”.

This is the second time the St Joachim's staff have attended a Resilience Project Presentation and each time they have been impressed by the valuable discussion and suggestions put forward.

I urge all parents to make the time to come to the Resilience Project - Parent Night at St Joachim's on August 6 at 7pm.

Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness

The Resilience Project - A Recount

From Izabela, Year 6 STH

On Thursday 23rd, Martin from the resilience project came to talk to us about resilience, and the stories of people who are less fortunate than us, but are still happy and thankful for what they have.

Martin told us about a boy named Jeremy, who couldn't blink, eat, drink, or walk properly. He had pneumonia, and kept going to the hospital. His parents called Martin to help him exercise, and they slowly got up to about forty minutes a day, which stopped him from having to go to the hospital. Even though he couldn't eat or drink, Jeremy was just happy to be alive.

Martin told us about more people, like a child who went to school on holidays, because he believed that going to school everyday would make him successful. He told us to not worry about what we don't have, and focus on what we do have, and appreciate it.

The Resilience Project Parent Night

at St Joachim's on August 6 at 7pm

in the hall.

How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

In this day and age it's impossible to ban screens altogether, so it's helpful to know what forms of screen time to use freely, occasionally and sparingly.

A very useful resource for parents! Taken from - read more


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.

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


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.

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.

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

STEAM Day Sharing - Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics Day

A celebration of great learning.

We are excited to welcome all parents to come and see what the Seniors and discoTECH clubs have been working on in STEAM and Robotics Class.

Friday 7th June

Parents and friends of students in all year levels are encouraged to pop in at anytime that you are available to have a look at the fun we have at school in STEAM & Robotics classes.

Classes will be rostered as below, but parents are welcome to attend ANY session:

STH 8:55 - 9:40

SNH 9:55 - 10:40

SJT 11:30- 12:15

SKO 12:30 - 1:15

discoTECH clubs and SCRATCH 2:20-3:15

On this day, a Subway Lunch will be offered to Senior students to purchase. An order form will be sent home next week.

MFR having fun learning about 'unplugged' computational thinking.

Students in Year four were given random numbers and told to line up at the sorting mat. Using specific directions they managed to easily sort their numbers from highest to lowest. Before we did this activity we needed to try it out with some St Joachim's & St Anne's staff members at our combined staff meeting on STEAM.

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

Maths Fact Fluency

In Junior and Middle School, students are constantly working towards developing their skills in mastering all of their fact families. It is important for students to practice daily in order for them to develop their fluency in number. We can develop their fluency by practicing with flashcards, oral counting, computer games and written practice drills. Developing their fluency is essential as it enables students to work on higher level maths problems!

Click on the link below to play these maths games that will help to develop their fluency in the four basic operations.

Foundation (Prep) Maths

Over the last two weeks the preps have been busy measuring items and themselves using informal units. The children have also been ordering different sized objects.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

CAFÉ Strategy:

Even as an adult reader, there are times when I am reading a story and I get lost and am not sure what has happened. Fortunately, when this happens, I have strategies I use to help me understand the story. The same thing happens when children read.

Check for Understanding

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

Cross Country

Thanks to Denise Famularo and Alesha Llinares for the terrific photos.

Well done to all the competitors. Congratulations to the following students who have made it through to the next round, Jacob and Sydney MDM, Cooper MFR, Alisdair SJT and Lenny from SKO.

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!