Newsletter May 31, 2019

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

This week our whole staff participated in professional learning, focusing on how best to support students on the Autism spectrum. As a follow up to this, 6 of our staff members are participating in ongoing module based professional learning on this topic. This is an important commitment we are making as a school, to engage with the latest research and best practice, to further support the learning and wellbeing of students with additional needs.

Congratulations to our new Fire Carriers who were presented with their Fire Carrier badges at our whole school assembly yesterday. The Fire Carrier program that we are participating in as a school promotes a deeper knowledge and understanding of our indigenous culture and our connection as Australians to the first Australians, the Aboriginal people. Congratulations to Thompson, Olivia, Sydney, Jayden and to Killian, Ranenn, Eve, and Danielle, who are representing our school in these important leadership positions.

Best wishes to our 7 senior students who are participating in a Maths extension and enrichment program (Mathswhiz) at John Paul College starting today. The program will run for 8 weeks and is designed to further build confidence and skills, while engaging and challenging our students.

This Sunday is the Feast of the Ascension and the “Call to Commitment” Masses for students preparing to receive First Eucharist in June. (First Eucharist Masses are on 16th and 23rd June). Thank you also to our Liturgical choir members (and their families supporting them) who will sing at the 10:00a.m. Parish Mass this Sunday. (June 2nd)

Best wishes to our Grade 5 students who will attend a transition day at John Paul College next Thursday (6th June).

Also, next Thursday evening (6th June) is our School Disco! Thank you to our Parents and Friends group who have organised this fun activity for our students. The Prep to Grade 2 Disco will run from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and our Grades 3 to Grade 6 Disco will run from 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Parents are asked to collect children at 6:30 p.m. (Juniors) and 8:00 p.m. (Middles & Seniors) promptly. The cost is $5.00 per child and the theme is wear something flouro. It should be a great night!

Next Friday (7th June) is our senior school STEAM celebration day. On this day we invite all parents to see our senior students proudly showcasing their learning from their STEAM classes.

Thank you to teachers who are currently working on assessment and reporting, in preparation for our Semester reports to go home at the end of this term. In addition, our parent/teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th June (3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) and Thursday 27th June (3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Details on how to book a meeting time will be sent out soon.

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 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

NCCD Information Sheet parents (1).pdf

The Resilience Project

at St Joachim's, August 6 at 7:00pm

in the hall

Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness


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

PSE Hamish always trying hard to record sounds in unknown words. Amazing effort!

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

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

PRF Mia utilising reading strategies to read unknown words. Super job!

PRF Aiden approaching each task with enthusiasm. Excellent attitude!

JLM Toby always putting in 100% effort in his work. Keep it up!

JLM Adeline her confident reading at Mass and using great expression.

JZA Eva being able to summarise and explain in her own words what the text is about. Well done Eva!

JZA Bailee showing great persistence and trying her best in both her reading and writing.

JJW Mitchell continuing to work hard in all areas of the curriculum. Keep it up Mitch!

JJW Julia always showing kindness and compassion to her peers.

JLN William his great use of verbs when describing the steps of a procedure.

JLN Connor working well with others to make sure group tasks are successfully completed.

MDB Lily trying very hard when working on your division equations.

MDB Sarah a great start to Grade 3 at St Joachims.

MEB Benson having a growth mindset and persisting with learning.

MEB Blake working hard to challenge his learning.

MDM Veer estimating and accurately measuring the perimeter of his name using 1cm grid paper.

MDM Gemma a descriptive piece for National Simultaneous Story Time. “If I was an Alpaca”.

MFR Edel working hard to achieve her best. Keep up the great effort!

MFR Charlie displaying a positive attitude to his learning and striving to complete his work.

SJT Ezekiel enthusiastically participating in chemical science sessions and sharing his knowledge with the class.

SJT Kye working in class with great focus and concentration.

SKO Tristan your excellent teamwork skills and your determination to extend your thinking in all learning areas.

SKO Emily your perseverance and hard work in all learning areas and your positive approach to challenges.

SNH Eve working diligently and making the most of every learning opportunity.

SNH Adam showing an increased confidence and willingness to share his thoughts and ideas.

STH Caitlyn designing a creative poster highlighting her understanding of the key aspects of reconciliation.

STH Izabela designing a creative poster highlighting her understanding of the key aspects of reconciliation.

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.

PRF enjoyed meeting Blaize's new baby brother Ryker during Show and Tell this week.

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.

Do you have a Ritchies Community Benefit Card?

As a member Ritchies Community Benefit Program scan your card to receive:

  • Big Savings
  • Exclusive Promotions
  • Weekly CB Saver emails
  • $$$ Cash to St Joachim's

For more information, go to There are also application forms in the school office.

Everytime you spend and show your card, St Joachim's benefits!

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 was sent home today. If your child did not receive one they should ask their teacher.

Year 4 STEAM Lessons


Integrating Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Children coded Ozobots through colour codes from home to school. Very cool learning!

PRF had a lot of fun completing the magic milk experiment.

  • It was fun doing a science experiment - Mia
  • It was fun being a scientist. - Aavani
  • It was like a star. I had fun. I like science. - Ryan


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Maths activities could give your child’s learning a boost in many ways, and help them engage with numbers (and enjoy it!) from a young age. Lucy Dimbylow offers 12 reasons to give number puzzles a go today.

Click on the link to continue reading the article. Benefits of working with number puzzles

Year 4 Maths

We are learning to estimate length using string and measure accurately using a ruler.

The Year 4s are immersed in Measurement and Geometry (Length) . They are learning to identify formal and informal units of measurement. They are conducting their own learning experiences around this.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Parent Pipeline

CAFÉ Strategy: Flip the Sound

Have you ever taught your child a rule from the English language to then have them point out an example where it doesn’t work? Many words in the English language don’t follow basic phonics rules. For example, children learn that ch makes the /ch/ sound we hear in chip. However, this rule does not apply when decoding the word school. Children need to be given tools to use when reading so they are not stumped when common rules don’t apply. Flip the sound is a strategy good readers use when they come to a word that doesn’t sound right or make sense. Knowing the multiple sounds a letter or letter combination can make and being able to flip the sounds around is an essential skill.


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

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

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!