Newsletter September 20, 2019

Year 5/6 Camp at Phillip Island

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you again to our hardworking Parents & Friends, who with the generous support of St. Joachim’s community, raised approximately $5,000 from our recent Trivia night!

Our Grades 5 and 6 students are really enjoying their Senior camp experience at Phillip Island Adventure Resort! I came down to camp yesterday and I have been impressed by the enthusiasm, co-operation and willingness to have a go at new challenges that our students have demonstrated on this camp. (See photos further on in this newsletter). Thank you to our hardworking staff; Janine Turner, Rebecca Todisco, Maxine Haines, Reena Naidoo, Kristie Oleyar, Madi Johnson, Leeza Simpson, Larissa Marotta, Carla Mackintosh and Ciara Gehran who accompanied our students, and encouraged and kept them safe while on camp. I know you appreciate the family and personal time all staff members sacrifice to provide excellent opportunities for our students. All campers will be looking forward to a well-earned rest tonight!

Some early Term 4 dates for your calendar; Our Grade 4 excursion to McCrae homestead is on Monday 7th October (first day of Term 4). Our Grade 3 excursion to McCrae homestead is on the following Monday 14th October.

Please note: The Parish Confirmation preparation sessions for Adults starts on Saturday 12th October and runs from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Our 2020 Prep parent information night will be held on the evening of Wednesday 16th October at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel at school.

This year our Parish Confirmation liturgy will be concelebrated by Fr. Benneth and the Episcopal Vicar for the Southern Region, Fr. Brendan Hayes. Fr. Brendan will meet with all Confirmation candidates at St. Anne’s Church on Tuesday 22nd October. St. Joachim’s students will bus to and from school to St. Anne’s on the day.

A Retreat day for all Confirmation candidates will then be held at John Paul College on Thursday 24th October.

Finally, a reminder that the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday 27th October at St. Anne’s Church.

Some advance notice that our annual Italian Day celebration will be held on Friday 25th October. This Italian Day will be more poignant as Signora Larson announces her retirement at the end of this year. A process to employ a new Italian teacher is well underway.

Best wishes to all students, staff and families for a happy and restful school holiday break. I look forward to seeing everyone back refreshed when Term 4 resumes on Monday 7th October.


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.

Term 4 resumes on Monday 7th October.

Education in Faith

Zeeta Andrew - Religious Education Leader

This term the Junior School have been learning all about God's Creation.

The children reflected on the Canticles of St Francis of Assisi who is the Patron Saint of Nature and wrote their own Canticles in appreciation of God's gift of Creation.

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

From Mrs Stewart

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


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.

Mini Vinnies "Guess How Many Gummy Bears in the Jar" winner! Congratulations Leonie! We hope you shared them with your family.

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

Please join the P&F for the first meeting of term four where we will hold an open forum to plan and strategise for fundraising and event ideas for 2020.

This is your chance to voice your ideas, ask questions and find out what is going to happen next year with the P&F.

Interested in joining the group?

Come along to a meeting, there is no formal process required to be a general member.

Can’t attend a meeting but still want to be involved?

Send an email to p& and we will be in touch with you. There is lots you can do.

Zooper Dooper Thursdays are back in term 4.

We will be looking for volunteers to help the seniors in the canteen for an hour or so each Thursday for the term. Watch out for a sign up sheet.

Thanks to Moonlit Sanctuary

for their generous donation of a Family Pass to use as a Trivia Night Silent Auction prize. We have some fabulous prizes.

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!

Sports News

Reagon Haines, Physical Education

Middle School Handball Club

Over the last 8 weeks, a Handball Lunchtime Club has been run for the middle school students. Four teams participated in a closely contested league. The games culminated in a thrilling final that was played on Tuesday. The finals was played between the Mighty Blues and the Dazzling Reds.

Finalists – The Dazzling Reds

The enthralling game went down to the wire, the game finishing locked at 7 – 7 after full time. The teams could not be separated at the end of extra time, score 9 – 9. The game went into a nail biting penalty shoot-out which was finally decided on a sudden death finish with the Mighty Blues crowned deserved winners after going through the league rounds unbeaten.

The Victorious Mighty Blues

I would like to commend all the participating students on their commitment, outstanding teamwork and sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the 8 weeks.

Twilight Athletics Carnival

The annual St Joachim’s Twilight House Athletics Carnival will be held in week 3 of term 4, on Tuesday, 22nd October from 5pm to 6:30pm. We look forward to your great support as your cheer your teams on. Who will win the Cup this year? Will it be Blue, Green, Red or Yellow House!

John Paul College Lightning Premiership

The JPC Lightning Premiership games for the Catholic Bayside Primary Schools will be held at John Paul College in term 4, week 4, Tuesday the 29th October. All senior school students will participate in these games. The games are soccer, football, netball and volley stars.

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Reading aloud is the most important things you can do, for kids of all ages

Reading aloud is one of the most powerful things we can do to encourage learning, compassion and understanding. When children have stories read to them, it greatly improves their language and literacy skills, especially in the early years of a child’s development, evoking a magic that can only be obtained from story.

Reading aloud to kids at home, in a classroom or at the library can enhance cognitive development, increase their ability to regulate behaviour, develop a more advanced vocabulary and, through successful vocabulary development, it can better vocational, academic and health outcomes. And there’s a lot to be said for continuing to read to kids after they have learnt to read themselves.

In Margaret Kristin Merga’s research on reading to children beyond the early years, she explores the social and emotional effects that being read to has on children from aged 8-11. Examining the importance of reading aloud for social and emotional learning, Margaret cites her interview with a young girl called Sophie, who reflects on reading aloud in her school library: if there’s someone in there listening to you, you feel like you can share your imaginations, and then you get to hear from their opinion (sic) about the book. And another child, Marco, speaks about what being read to means for him: I like how like sometimes I don’t have to be the one that actually reads it, sometimes I like having someone else read to me ... ‘cos it’s also very relaxing when someone else reads to you.

In a recent reflection for The Telegraph, Cressida Cowell, new Waterstones children’s laureate and author/illustrator of How to Train Your Dragon, shares her advice on reading aloud, especially beyond the age when children can read for themselves, and the incredible power that reading can have:

Continue to read aloud beyond the age when children can read for themselves, too, because the shared joy of it and the closeness sends a vital message: books are important books are powerful, magical things that can make your dad cry, or your mum laugh, and have the sort of wisdom in them that can change your life.

This love of reading and storytelling is what we’re all about.

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


Reena Naidoo - Numeracy Coordinator

Year 4 Maths

This week in numeracy the Year Fours have been investigating Mass. We have been using balance scales to order and compare the Mass of classroom items.

They have been using balancing scales to estimate and calculate the Mass of objects around the room using informal units (blocks) and a balance scale.

The students used items from a shopping catalogue to convert between grams and kilograms.

They really enjoyed the hands on activities and real life Maths experiences.

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.

The Preps enjoyed their visit to the Zoo last week!