Newsletter May 3, 2019

Hands On Science!

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to all children in our parish who received the sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday evening this week. This sacrament of healing is an important step on our children’s faith journey. Thank you to Father Benneth for a beautiful liturgy and thankyou to our parents and staff for their ongoing support of our children’s faith development.

Yesterday our Junior students participated in a Hands on Science incursion focusing on our whole school term topic of change. This was a fabulous learning experience and enjoyed by all students. (Please see photos further on in this newsletter)

Our new Mini Vinnies representatives were commissioned and received their badges at our whole school assembly yesterday. Thank you to our Religious Education leader, Zeeta Andrew, for organising our Mini Vinnies and thank you to Peter Vyverberg from the parish St. Vincent De Paul conference for giving us a greater understanding of the important work that Vinnies do in our local community.

Tomorrow (Saturday 4th May) we are holding a working bee here at school between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Any and all assistance from available parents is greatly appreciated.

Next Friday (10th May) we are holding our annual Mothers’ Day breakfast. The breakfast will commence at 7:30 a.m. and I am looking forward to seeing lots of mums there. This important event celebrates the fantastic love and efforts that all of our mums make for their families and our school. Thank you to James Toncinich who is co-ordinating a team to cook and serve delicious pancakes for our mums. Thank you also to our fabulous Parents and Friends group who have been instrumental in planning and organising this great event!

Some advance notice that our Year 3 and Year 5 students will participate in NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy And Numeracy) testing on Tuesday 14th May (Language Conventions and Writing), Wednesday 15th May (Reading) and Thursday 16th May (Numeracy). I wish all students well as they undertake these assessments.

A reminder that our Middle school swimming program commences on Monday May 20th (Week 5). It will run from Monday to Thursday inclusive over 2 weeks from 20th May to 30th May (8 days in total). The venue is Paul Sadler Swim school on Hall Road in Carrum Downs.

The Woolworths Earn and Learn promotion has now commenced. If you shop at Woolworths please deposit your earn and learrn stickers in the St. Joachim's school collection box located just outside the self service checkouts

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

St Joachim's Mini Vinnies Commissioning

On Thursday 2nd May, during the school assembly, we had commissioning of the sixteen students (Grade 3 to Grade 6) who wished to be part of Mini Vinnies for 2019.

It was great to have the support of Peter Van Vyverberg from the Vincent de Paul Society from St Anne’s Parish.

Congratulations to Emilia, Zane, Prithika, Ryder, Kesean, Teresa, Charlee, Alexander V, Celeste, Mathew, Tayla, Mahathi, Tyrese, Dakota, Irina and Maddison on your commitment to Mini Vinnies and we look forward to seeing your works throughout the year.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

On behalf of all staff of St Joachim’s I would also like to congratulate all the students who celebrated their Sacrament of Reconciliation and we continue to pray for all those students who are preparing to receive their Sacrament of First Eucharist this term.

Thanks to Andie's family for these lovely photos. If you have photos you think would be perfect for our school newsletter, please email them to . Unfortunately we cannot use photos that have students who do not attend St Joachim's.

We were blessed to have a relic of St Faustina in the St Joachim's chapel on Thursday.

What is a relic?

The very short answer is - Relics are physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Our Lord. Relics are items that a saint has touched or worn.

Students who attended Mass or whose class visited the chapel, were able to have a close look at the relic.

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

Mothers Day Stall - Friday 10th May

St Joachim's will be having a Mothers’ Day stall on Friday 10th May at which all students will be given the opportunity to buy their mother a gift.

If parents wish their child to buy a gift they should send: $5.00 in an envelope (clearly marked with the child’s name & class) on the day of the stall.

Siblings will be given the opportunity to shop for mum together!

Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature

They may prefer to stick to their screens, but here's why getting outdoors matters

Danielle Cohen

In the early 1980s, a Harvard University biologist named Edward O. Wilson proposed a theory called biophilia: that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings. Many 21st century parents, however, would question this theory, as they watch their kids express a clear preference for sitting on a couch in front of a screen over playing outside.

Read more here.


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

Asher PSE - For being able to identify 2D shapes in everyday objects. Well done!

Ronal PSE - For having a go and listening to sounds when writing words. Awesome!

Ryder PRF - For working hard at learning sight words and then recognising them in his reading. Fantastic job!

Tiwalola PRF - For continuing with her holiday recount and not giving up. Amazing writing!

Siena JLN - For her creative use of language when writing alliteration and cinquain poems

Leo JLN - For his creative uses of language when writing alliteration and cinquain poems.

Aleisha JJW - For continuing to stretch and re-read when reading an unfamiliar word.

Ostin JJW - For continuing to try his best in all aspects of the curriculum and for writing a humorous alliteration poem.

Aymeric JZA - For writing a detailed weekend recount. Very impressive!

Govind JZA - For making a huge effort for using interesting and a wide range of vocabulary in his writing.

Memphis JLM - For using his creative mind to make an alliteration poem. ‘Memphis makes milkshakes on the moon’.

Annabelle JLM - For showing bravery when you accidently swallowed your tooth.

Alan MDM - For understanding and applying the ‘Split Strategy” when solving multiplication. Well done!

Sarah MDM - For a creative ‘sizzling start’ in her persuasive piece, ‘Books are better than T.V.’ Well done!

Imariyah MDB - For giving good reasons in her argument of Dog versus Cat. Which is the better pet?

Vinushi MDB - For giving great opinions when writing persuasively.

Aiden MFR - For confidently using factors and multiples to recall multiplication facts.

Georgia MFR - For writing a fantastic sizzling start for her persuasive piece. Well done.

Eryn MEB - For working really hard to improve her Maths learning.

Brando MEB - For working really hard to improve his Maths learning.

Martin SJT - For working very hard to improve his maths skills.

Ryan SJT - For showing kindness and patience when assisting his peers during class activities.

Axel SNH - For his imaginative piece of writing. Axel used powerful language and description to engage his reader.

Tyler SNH - For meaningfully reflecting on the Easter meditation.

Benjamin I SKO - For your determination in all learning areas, in particular your excellent efforts with writing an engaging narrative.

Celeste SKO - For your rich and insightful reflections on Holy week and the Easter season.

Annabelle STH - For her detailed personal reflection on the Easter meditation.

Killian STH - For engaging the reader by writing an interesting introduction to his narrative titled ‘Imagine’. Well done!

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

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.

Digital Technologies & e-Learning News

Rebecca Todisco, e-Learning Leader

DiscoTech Engineers - a lunchtime club

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


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator


The Numeracy NAPLAN tests assesses student’s skills that are related to the area of Mathematics. There are many paper and online resources available for students to practice working on different types of questions.

The year 3 and year 5 students will be writing the Numeracy NAPLAN Tests on Thursday 16th May 2019.

Maths Puzzles

Click on the link to work on some online puzzles. Maths Puzzles

This Week's Puzzle

Dress Addy.

Year 3 Maths

The Year 3's have been investigating different strategies for addition and subtraction. This then helped us to start to think about solving multiplication and division problems as well. We have been using lots of different strategies and hands on materials to help us.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

This week's Parent Pipeline talks about rereading as being a helpful tool to assist your child to read more fluently.

Read more here.

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

Physical Education

Reagon Haines

Frankston District Cross Country

The Frankston District Cross Country Trials will be held on Wednesday 22nd May at Flinders Christian College, The Pines Reserve. Congratulations to the students who have made into our team.

St Joachim’s Annual Twilight Athletics Carnival 2019 - to be rescheduled

Unfortunately the St Joachim’s Twilight Athletics Carnival was cancelled due to the weather predictions. We will be rescheduling the sports to a time later in the year, most probably Term 4.

The posters in these great photos will be put to good use then!

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.

Hands on Science

Year 1 & 2 Incursion - Thursday May 2

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!


Kelly Sports

Kelly Sports is Back for Term 2 sport clinics we will be conducting this Term are AFL, Soccer, Basketball and Hockey.

This Term we will also be conducting a dance class in the gym every Friday at lunchtime.

The dance this Term is Jazz funk.

If there are any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact me.

To enroll please go to or contact David directly on 0430 580 788.