Newsletter September 13, 2019

The Preps having fun at the Zoo today. Thanks to all involved with this fun, learning adventure.

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents and friends of St. Joachim’s School who supported our very successful Trivia night last Saturday evening by their attendance and participation. We had over 100 people in attendance, all vying for the title of the winning team. Congratulations to the winning team “The Best Lookin’ Table” who only just beat the staff team! Well done to all teams. The organisation, set up, decoration and the packing up was a massive task, which was ably handled by our hard working and generous Parents and Friends group, under the leadership of our P & F President, Sharon Magdziarz. A huge thank you to Sharon and her team who gave up many hours to make this a successful and fun evening for everyone in St. Joachim’s community. We will publish our profit next week when all income and expenses have been received.

On Tuesday afternoon this week we held our annual Mini Vinnies fete. A variety of fun activities was enjoyed by all and we raised a fantastic $1,032 to support the important work St. Vincent De Paul does with families in our community. Many thanks to our Mini Vinnies students who, along with Zeeta Andrew, planned and organised this great event. Thank you to all staff, students and families who supported this event for a worthy cause.

Yesterday we held our annual Footy Day. It was great to see students proudly wearing their club colours, supporting their favourite teams, and singing the club songs of their own and other teams, as they did a lap of honour and high fived the audience. With Spring blooming, footy finals on and holidays around the corner, it’s a great time of year in Melbourne!

Our Preps enjoyed their excursion to the zoo today. Luckily the weather held out for the great learning adventure!

Our Senior students are very excited about our outdoor adventure camp at Phillip Island next week. The camp is at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort and will run from Wednesday (18th September) to Friday (20th September). Please ensure you have advised of current dietary, medical and medication issues via updating Care Monkey. It is vital that we have accurate and current information to keep our students safe.

A reminder re our family School improvement surveys (CEMSIS). It is important that all families have an opportunity to provide the school feedback on a variety of issues. Please complete the survey and get a raffle ticket to go into the draw for a $50 Bunnings voucher. There are still 2 draws to go – one today and one next Friday when the survey closes.

A reminder that Term 3 will end next Friday (20th September) at 3:15 p.m.

Kind regards,

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.

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.

We look forward to your co-operation in this very important matter.

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

The Mini Vinnies School Fete

was a great success.

Thanks for everyone for your support and attendance.

On behalf of the Mini Vinnies I want to take this opportunity to thank our beautiful community for supporting our Mini Vinnies fete 2019. It was great to see children and families enjoy the fun activities to raise money for a great cause. We raised $1032. This money will be sent to the St Vincent de Paul organisation.

I especially want to congratulate our Mini Vinnies for their enthusiasm and willingness to make a difference in our world.

St Anne's Parish, Sacramental Program

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 5th October, Saturday 2nd November, Saturday 7th December

From Mrs Stewart

Irene Stewart, Deputy Principal / Student Wellbeing / Student Services Leader

When are Children ready for social media accounts?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can affect their ability to have positive experiences on social media.

Each social media site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Most require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites are created especially for children under 13.

Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law — the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age

Key questions to help determine your child’s readiness for social media

We suggest considering these questions to determine whether your child is ready for social media.

Is your child able to withstand negative online experiences?

If you think your child would be very upset by a negative experience online, you may need to guide them closely if you allow them to establish a social media account.

Look through online profiles and public feeds together, and talk about how some people behave differently online. Teach them how to filter abusive comments, block and report people.

Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information?

Explaining to a child why privacy is important can be difficult. Start by describing what personal information is. Emphasise that it includes anything that can identify them, such as their mobile number, email address, photos, the name of their school, and any sporting clubs they belong to. Remind them that photos can contain information that could be used to identify them, such as a photo taken right outside your house or a photo of them in their school uniform.

Let them know that if they share personal information online, it could mean that others, including strangers could use it in ways they may not have thought about. Someone could even post bullying messages or inappropriate photos on social media while pretending to be them.

See privacy and your child for more tips on this.

Does your child understand how privacy settings for social media work?

Show your child how to view the privacy settings for each social media service you use and talk them through how you decided on which settings to use in your own accounts. You can find advice on privacy settings in the eSafety Guide.

If you would like help with technology, including how to use social media services yourself, Be Connected provides step-by-step advice on the basics and beyond.

Does your child understand what is safe to share online?

If you are concerned your child may post personal information that allows people to identify and locate them — even after you have talked through the dangers — then they may need your help to use social media sites.

Talk about the risks of 'checking in', tagging people in photos, sharing nude or sexually suggestive pictures, meeting online friends in person, making offensive comments, and what is not acceptable.

Does your child know how to report cyberbullying and other kinds of abusive content?

Although there are huge benefits to being connected through social media, your child may experience some form of online bullying or harassment. If this happens, it is important that they know how to manage and report this behaviour. Together with your child, check the safety resources for individual social media services and look for information about how to block and report. You can find online safety advice and direct reporting links for social media, apps, games and websites in the eSafety guide.

You can also report abusive content to the esafety commission. We deal with three key types of reports:

  • Cyberbullying — if you are under 18, or making a report on behalf of someone who is under 18, you can make a complaint about online bullying.
  • Image-based abuse — if an intimate image has been shared, or someone is threatening to share it, without your consent, you can make a report no matter what your age.
  • Child sexual abuse material — we prioritise the investigation of online child sexual abuse material and work with law enforcement to remove this content wherever it is hosted.

Is your child willing to let you establish clear rules and supervise their social media activity?

It is a good idea to supervise your child’s online activity, at least initially and certainly with younger children. Be clear on things like when and where online devices can be used and when they need to be switched off. The way a preschooler or younger child begins to use connected devices will instil good online habits from the start and help them transition to using social media later on.

When your child first starts to use social media, talk with them about how to do this in a way that you are both comfortable with. Help them to understand why and how you would like to support them as they begin to explore. It may be tricky having this conversation, particularly with tweens and teens, but getting their agreement will keep the lines of communication open between you and ensure that they feel able to come to you for help if they encounter any problems. This is especially important so you can continue to support them.

Talk with your child about which social media services they would like to use and come to an agreement you are both comfortable with about how they can use these services. You might discuss the following:

  • Which types of content they can post — it is a good idea to look at examples together and discuss the pros and cons of different posts.
  • How often they should post.
  • How often you are comfortable with them checking social media.

Is your child willing to let you establish clear rules and supervise their social media activity?

You can read more about creating a family online safety contract in online safety basics.

Another strategy is to become their friend or follow their social media accounts. This will enable you to observe what they are doing online and support them to make safer choices about what they share and how they share it. But be prepared to learn more than you might like about their friends and possibly about them.

Try to resist talking about the specifics of their online activity unless, for example, you are worried about particular things they have posted — and keep your comments offline. It is much better to start the chat in person, one-on-one, and let them guide the discussion if specific issues come up, than it is to post online safety tips in comment form. If you intervene too much or comment publicly, it can embarrass them and break their trust. This may prompt them to use a separate profile without your knowledge or restrict what you can see by sharing to restricted groups of friends or followers, before you think they are ready to venture out on their own.

Finding the right balance about how much to supervise your child’s online activity will depend on your family’s culture and the individual needs of your child. Be prepared for your child to need more support from you at particular times, and to resist your support at other times. Eventually they will be ready to explore on their own — but keep the lines of communication open so they can come to you with any concerns they may have.

To see this article online, please go to the eSafety website.


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.

Logan PSE - For trying hard to learn his take home sight words. Keep it up!

Hamish PSE - For including detail in his written retell of the Prodigal Son. Awesome effort!

Eli PRF - For persisting during writing to complete his work and then re-reading to self-edit. Super job!

Sophia PRF - For always listening with intent and implementing suggestions to improve her already amazing writing. Well done on another fantastic term at school!

Leo JLN - For the strong arguments and explanations he used to persuade that computers are better than ipads for children.

Cooper JLN - For great arguments he used to persuade that ipads and better than computers for children.

Toby JLM - For improving his writing by adding in extra detail. Keep it up!

Audrey JLM - For putting extra effort into her learning, especially during writing. You should be so proud!

Eva JZA - For writing strong arguments to convince ‘why toys should be allowed at school’. Super job!

Grazina JZA - For making connections from text to text and text to self when reading ‘A Hairy Story’. Sensational job!

Mikayla JJW - For working hard to solve addition and subtraction equations on Mathletics.

Lucas JJW - For usaing his life experiences as evidence in his persuasive writing.

Archie MDB - For trying very hard to use his spelling strategies.

Ana MDB - For an interesting and descriptive cinquain about flamingos.

Tahlia MDM - For all her hard work in mastering subtraction. Well done!

Lydia MDM - For great use of figurative language in her poem ‘Flood’. Well done!

Georgia MFR - For writing a fantastic cinquain poem. Well done!

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

Blake MEB - For consistently being caring and respectful to all members in MEB.

Maxwell MEB - For his enthusiasm and determination to extend himself in his maths learning.

Preschool Story Time

3:00pm Fridays in the Library

Every Friday at 3:00pm in the Library there is “Story Time” for our pre-school friends.

This story time is open to all of our siblings especially those who are coming to Foundation / Prep at St Joachim’s next year.

Parents & Friends Report

Sharon Madgziarz, President


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

Trivia Night - Great Fun and a Successful Night

A huge thankyou to all involved in this years Trivia Night, the night was a huge success and from all appearances and feedback it was a night enjoyed by all.

  • Thanks Joachim’s for an awesome night. Hubby and I enjoyed our night out together with a great group of friends. I’m already getting my moves ready for a dance off next year! - Jo Baldwin
  • The 2019 St Joachims trivia night was even bigger and better than 2018! I was blown away by the organisation and decorations. The circus theme was unique and it was great to see the teachers and organisers dressed up in that theme. There was a huge variety of silent auction items to big on ranging from high end wines to family experience vouchers. The raffle prizes were amazing and decorated beautifully. We are very fortunate to have such a big hall to hold such events and there was plenty of space for people to be seated comfortably at all 12 tables. The firm hired to perform the trivia hosting were a lot of fun, asked questions on a wide range of topics and got the audience involved many times. I liked that we brought our own food and refreshments. The P & F team are a credit to the school. The games they organised for us to play were hilarious and so much fun. The trivia night is a fantastic way to get to know the beautiful community at St Joachim’s as well as raising much needed funds for our school. Bring on the 2020 trivia night!!! - Michelle Morgan

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated prizes, vouchers and Boutique Real Estate, our main sponsor. Without your help, the Trivia Night would not have been possible.

Just some of our raffle prize winners!

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets!

Do You Want to Join the P&F?

Next year there are positions opening up on the Executive Team and on the General Committee.

If you are interested in joining this group of positive, encouraging women please express your interest to p&

It’s only a couple of hours per term. Only a small investment of time for huge rewards.

10 Reasons Why Joining the P&F is a Great Idea!

  • Reason #1: Your child benefits. When parents get connected to the school, children get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems. When you build a relationship with your child’s teachers, principal, and office staff, it will be far easier to communicate about any problem (or victory) that occurs throughout the year.
  • Reason #2: You will be in the know. The P&F knows what’s happening with the school, who's involved, and usually plans many of the events.
  • Reason #3: You'll tap into a network. P&F functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, to build rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better for everyone.
  • Reason #4: You can be part of the solution. By getting involved at your child’s school you can help make positive changes. The P&F plays an important role in fundraising to provide classroom and sports equipment, curriculum-based programs, and social events.
  • Reason #5: You can meet other parents. The common bond all parents of school-aged children share is that we care about creating the best possible educational experience for our kids. Many friendships are forged via this connection.
  • Reason #6: Your child will feel a sense of pride. Being part of the P&F will, in most cases, make your kids proud of you. They will feel proud that their parents are involved in improving their school's well-being.
  • Reason #7: You can have fun while doing good. Volunteer work shouldn’t be hard work. Our P&F has helped in small ways . And because we worked together towards our goals, we have a great time doing it.
  • Reason #8: Your voice can be heard. The P&F can be a way for you to more effectively effect change at your child’s school.
  • Reason #9: You can share your skills. Your child will beam for weeks after his parent comes to school and shares his career, hobby, or even just their time helping out. Stay-at-home parents as well as working parents all have individual talents they can share.
  • Reason #10: You can show that you care. By becoming a P&F member, you’re also becoming a role model and demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education as well as on being involved in their world.

Thanks to Moonlit Sanctuary

for their generous donation of a Family Pass to use as a Trivia Night Silent Auction prize.

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

Last Friday we had a wonderful celebration of the TERM 2 Middle School STEAM lessons and Digital Technologies Lunchtime Club.

We had lots of parents and grandparents come to see the great learning.

Prep & Year 1 Robotics / STEAM Lessons.

The students in Prep and Year 1 have been enjoying exploring directional language, by coding their blue bots by using directional arrows.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Author of the Week

Clara MEB

As part of the Term 3 concept about Life, the Middle students have been reading and writing Information Narrative texts. The students have been reading 'Tuart Dwellers', written by Jan Ramage. 'Tuart Dwellers' is a Picture Storybook about the creatures and the natural environment in a tuart forest. This book was used a mentor text to model for students how to write an information narrative text. Information narratives are used to convey factual information within a narrative structure. The purpose being to inform as well as to entertain. Clara has written an information narrative based on Tuart Dwellers.

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

Prep Maths

PRF have had lots of fun completing hands on activities during Maths this fortnight.


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

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.

At St Joachim’s, we use the FlexiBuzz App to send instant messages, newsletters and notices.

Families can be fully informed and up to date with newsletters, notices, news and events. It’s easy to use!

Downloading is easy …iPhone and iPad. Go to the Apple App Store and search FlexiBuzz. Android smartphone and tablet. Go to Google play and search FlexiBuzz. Windows and Mac computers. Go to the Flexibuzz web page and click on the download button.

  • Log-in – Open flexiBuzz and register/log-in
  • Find – Click the “Search” icon and type our school name into the search bar. Select us from the results.
  • Tick – Click on the “Add” button beside the communication groups that apply to you.
  • Inbox – Click the Home icon. This is where you will receive our instant messages, newsletter and notices.


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.

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!

A Ride For Remembrance

In September, along with thousands of other riders from across Australia, St Joachim's parent, Darren Morgan will be riding to the National Police Memorial in Canberra for the Wall to Wall Police Remembrance Ride.

Darren is looking to the St Joachim's community for sponsors.

All funds donated will go to Victoria Police Legacy.

These funds help families of Police Members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Please help Darren raise funds for this worthy cause by following this link.