Newsletter September 6, 2019

Principal’s Message

Paul Dwyer, Principal

Dear Parents,

Last night at the SAB (School Advisory Board) meeting we received an update on our new Master plan from our architect, Mark Botteril, from Crosier Scott. Now that we have this document, which sets out a vision for the development of our school going forward, we are waiting on the outcome of a grant application to secure funding. We are expecting to be advised about this early next year.

Our STEAM celebration day for our Middle school students was a great success today. Thank you to students, parents who visited, and to our staff members, Rebecca Todisco and Leonie Richardson, who made this exciting day possible.

Year 3 & 5 individual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) student reports have been sent home this week. These results are a snapshot of student performance on the day and are always best interpreted in the context of other school based assessments. Staff will analyse our school wide results and use these to inform future teaching and learning practices.

The Trivia night is finally here! It is this Saturday night (7th September) commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the hall. BYO drinks and nibbles and have a great night with friends raising money for our school. Thank you again to our Parents & Friends for their hard work in organising this fun, social and fundraising event for our school.

Next Tuesday (10th September) after school we are running our Mini Vinnies fete. It will commence at 3:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. in the hall. Funds raised will go towards our Parish St. Vincent De Paul Conference to support their work in the local community. Come along and have some fun to support a great cause!

Our annual Footy Day is on next Thursday 12th September. Wear your team colours proudly and gather with your club’s supporters to sing your club song. The Footy parade will be at 10:00 a.m. in the hall. I hope lots of parents can join us.

The Senior camp for Grade 5 and 6 students is in 2 weeks’ time (Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th September) at Phillip Island Adventure Resort. Our students are looking forward to this fun, learning opportunity and will be involved in raft making, canoeing, bush cooking, archery, flying fox and giant swing. Please make sure your child’s Care Monkey profile and required medications are updated and advised to staff before camp.

Thank you to our Parents and Friends President, Sharon Magdziarz, and the Parents & Friends group for organising the 5 cent fundraiser competition this term. We raised $704.95 which will go towards the purchase of sports equipment for our students. Congratulations to the winning team - Gold

A reminder about the Family CEMSIS (Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Survey) surveys. I strongly encourage all families to take this opportunity to provide feedback to our school so we can focus on continuous improvement. The survey is online and will take less than 20 minutes. A Bunnings $50 voucher draw will take place each Friday for families who have completed the survey. Once completed please get a raffle ticket from the Office to be in the weekly draw. The first draw is today!

Please note: School will finish for Term 3 at 3:15 p.m. on Friday 20th September.

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

Tuesday September 10, 3:30pm

Look here for all the details from Celeste and Alex

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

Dear Parents,

At St Joachim's we are trialing a new reporting program to document our students learning, achievements and activities in a digital format.

This is a way of ongoing reporting that will help teacher / parent communication with the child's learning as the main focus.

This trial is currently operating in 4 classes only.

Thank you to the following staff members who are managing our trial:

  • Renee Felmingham PRF
  • Jessica Welsh JJW
  • Erin Bolton MEB
  • Rebecca Todisco STH

We look forward to a successful trial and the implementation to the whole school in 2020.


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.

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

Saturday September 7 - Tomorrow

We are looking forward to a fun night!

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.

Next Meeting

Friday September 13

The next P&F meeting is scheduled for Friday the 13th September.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meetings are held in the staffroom at approximately 8:45. Children are welcome to come along too.

If you are unable to attend meetings but have comments or feedback, positive or otherwise please email Sharon (president) at or leave a note at the office.

We've wrapped up our 5c Fundraiser!

Blue - 2906 5c coins $145.30 - Jar total $192.60

Yellow - 3518 5c coins $175.90 - Jar total $204.50

Green - 2137 5c coins $106.85 - Jar total $148.50

Red - 2523 5c coins $126.15 - Jar total $159.35

Grand total $704.95!

Enormous thanks to families for supporting this fun, easy fundraiser.

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

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.

Do you think that they are having fun?

Literacy News

Caroline Hume, Literacy Leader / Reading Recovery

Author of the Week

Andrew JJW

As part of their concept about Life, the Junior students had the opportunity to watch chicks hatch in an incubator at school and then observe them throughout the first week of their lives. Each student in Years 1 and 2 kept a diary where they wrote about their observations of the chicks, their feelings and questions. This type of writing requires close observation and builds on the skills that students have developing through their recount writing since Foundation.

Read Andy's diary entries...

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:


All parents of senior students were sent a link to the photos taken by Arek Rejman from Pumpkin Seed Photography! They are fabulous. Some can be viewed on our Gallery page here.

DVD’s of the production ‘Rock Starz!’ can be purchased for $25.00 and orders close MONDAY. If you need another order form you can collect one from the school office.


Wow! What an amazing production our Senior students put on at the Cranbourne Community Theatre over two performance nights last week! ‘Rock Starz!’ certainly was an exciting show and it would not have been possible without the amazing support, assistance and generosity of talents from our school staff and parent community. We had an amazing team of parents and staff members contribute their creative and organisational talents to make the magic of live theatre happen.

Thank you to the amazing Costume Team who made some of the rock star costumes for the show: Melinda Livera, Shane Reeve and Denise Famularo Darmanin.

Thank you to the parents who helped make some of the props: Breena Tremsal, Katelin Le Huray and Mary Bugeja.

Special thanks to Mark Famularo for building the fantastic drum platform!

Thank you to the mums who came and did the make-up for the students backstage over both nights: Tanya Warakagoda, Denise Famularo Darmanin, Melinda Livera, Lisa Anderton, Paula Kiss, Chantel Underhill, Mary Bugeja, Justyna Rejman, Priscilla Grimme and Rebecca Freston.

Thank you again to Arek Rejman for taking fantastic live photos of the production for the school and capturing all of the special performance moments! The photos are amazing!!!

Thank you to our stage crew for their work on the night moving things on and off the stage : Mark Oakman, Reagon Haines, Nev Makiri, Tracey Parker, Ciara Geheran, Anthony Reeve and Joshua Reeve. Thanks also to Mark for loading and driving the truck to transport everything to and from the theatre.

Thank you to Mrs Walker’s husband Adam who helped and supported us on many occasions in the lead up to the show, including coming to school to work on sets on the weekends, loading the truck and helping to set up the theatre.

Thank you to our amazing St Joachim’s staff for their constant support and assistance with school events and for helping out in a variety of ways over both performance nights as ushers, make-up artists, serving in the kiosk, handing out programs and welcoming guests. Special thanks to Leonie Richardson for designing the programs and a HUGE thank you to two of our Learning Support Officers who are always a very important part of the production team at our St Joachim’s concerts: Leeza Simpson for her awesome organisation of the backstage traffic (a very difficult job in such a small space!!!), and Tracey Craddock for the role of technical communications, cueing all of the sound, lighting and curtain calls in order for the show to run smoothly. Of course, a massive thank you must go to our wonderful Senior teachers for all of their help, support and assistance during rehearsals and on both performance nights: Janine Turner, Rebecca Todisco, Reena Naidoo, Maxine Haines, Kristie Oleyar and Madison Johnson. Their efforts and support of the children is very much appreciated.

As always, a HUGE thank you to our fabulous Art teacher Helina Walker for her dedication in making the show as visually spectacular as possible! Her organisational skills are amazing, and she spent countless hours after school, during break times and on weekends making all of the sets & scenery, organising the backdrop, making and painting props, setting up displays, and helping to organise transport.

And finally, congratulations to our wonderful Senior students who all worked so hard in preparing for their performances. All of the hours spent learning lines, developing characters, sorting costumes, making props in the Art room , and rehearsing during break times and after school, all helped to make ‘Rock Starz’ a very entertaining show! You have all grown in confidence and we are sure that all of your family and friends who came to see you at the performances were very proud of you. Well done everyone on making this year’s Senior production “Rock Starz!” such an amazing show!!!


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.