St James Newsletter

27 August 2018
Term Three, Week Seven         ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Spotlight on Learning
Literacy and Numeracy
Extra Curricular
  P & F Newsletter
Useful Forms
After School Care
Community Information
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Wed 29   Education Board Meeting  6.15pm

Thur 30   YES, there will be either Mass or a prayer service - Yr 1s

Fri 31       Fathers' Day Breakfast

                   Fathers' Day Stall



Sun 2       Fathers' Day

Mon 3     School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development

Tues 4      Pastoral Care Meeting   9am

Wed 5     Final Marathon Club for the term

Thurs 6    No Parish Mass 

Sun 9       Working Bee  10.30am - 12.30pm

Wed 12    Art Show Evening  (NO MARATHON CLUB)

Thurs 13   Art Show

                    No Parish Mass 

Sun 16    No Parish 9.30 Mass - Art Show Open 9.30-11.30

Tues 18   Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences

Wed 19    Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences

                    2.30pm early dismissal

Thurs 20  Footy Colours Day

                     Food Day

Fri 21          End Term 3  - 3.20pm finish

                     P & F BBQ



Mon 8      Term 4 begins

                  P and F Morning Tea

Tues 9     Science Incursion - Yrs 3 & 4

                   P & F Meeting   7.30pm

Wed 10    Division Athletics - Yrs 4 - 6




St James Community Calendar

(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates on the left for confirmation)

Principal's Post

Dear families,

Next Monday, 3 September, we have a school closure day where the staff will participate in Professional Learning. The focus of the day forms another crucial part of our whole school review process. In the morning we will be looking at the area of Education in Faith and examining where we are as a school community and setting the direction for the next four years.

The afternoon will focus on other areas of the school. Using feedback gained from our school reviewer, we will commence writing our School Improvement Plan for the next four years.

Fathers Day

Many students are looking forward to sharing time with their dads or special friends on Friday morning at our Fathers Day Breakfast. Members of our wonderful Parents and Friends have been organising the event which has two seatings; 7.30am and 8.00am. If you wish to attend but have not yet replied you can do so up until midday tomorrow, Tuesday. This is when final catering numbers need to be in.

If dads need to depart from the early session and head to work prior to 8.30, please do not worry, we will supervise your children here at school. Thank you to our Grade Two Champions, led by Sheleigh Keating for organising this event.

Here is a link to the booking form:


Our wonderful Parents and Friends have also organised a Fathers Day Stall where students can purchase a gift for dad or a special friend. Students will attend the stall from 9.00 - 11.00am in family groupings. Please ensure that children have money in a labelled purse of wallet. Thank you to Danielle Matthews and her band of helpers for coordinating the stall.


Our Parents and Friends have also organised a Fathers Day raffle. Please send all tickets back to school by this Friday morning.


As the slogan says: "Hats away in May. September: hats remember"

As of Tuesday 4 September (the day after our school closure day), all students must wear their school hat while outside.

Book Week Celebrations

The two live performances of books the students had read in class were very entertaining in bringing literature to life while also reinforcing some important life messages. The book swap was extremely well supported and also managed to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Thank you Terri Nugent, our Learning and Teaching and Literacy Leader for coordinating our Book Week activities. Look on some of our other newsletter pages for further details.

Art Show Opening Evening Wed 12 September

We are looking forward to this great opportunity to display our students artwork. Please see the flyer in our Spotlight on Learning page.

Working Bee

Our next Working Bee is on Sunday 9 September 10.30 am - 12.30pm followed by a sausage on the BBQ. Please complete the attached booking form to let us know how many numbers we will have at 

Newsletter Facts

Did you know that you can convert the newsletter to different languages. Simply click on the languages drop down menu at the bottom of each page.

Data shows that 60 - 70% of registered parents access the newsletter with the most popular sections being: "Dates to Note" and P & F News."

I encourage all families to open all sections of the newsletter and keep in touch with what's happening in our community.

Learning Conferences

As part of our new reporting process, Learning Conferences are held at the conclusion of terms one and three. The date for this term's Learning Conferences involving the students, parents and teachers in Wednesday 19 September, 2.30pm - 7.50pm.  

Look out for TryBooking information being sent home next week.

Happy Fathers Day to all dads in our St James Community!

Education in Faith

Learning in Religious Education

Year Three: The Holy Spirit

Students have learned about the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. They explored how the Holy Spirit inspired the early Christians, including Saint James. Students identified the qualities of Spirit-filled people and the ways our Parish of St Johns carries on the work of the Holy Spirit. Students reflected on what it means for them personally to be a Spirit-filled person.


Year Four: Living in Harmony

Students explored the concepts of justice and fairness to all, especially in relation to equal access to the gift of Creation. Through the lens of the arrival of the First Fleet and the transportation of convicts to Australia, students discussed how past decisions have impacted on our lives today. They compared the morality of these decisions to both the culture and values of that time to the culture and values of the present day, using Christ’s message of love and reconciliation as a benchmark. 

Archbishop Comensoli 

On August 1st, Melbourne's new Archbishop was welcomed in a special Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral.  Archbishop Comensoli said he was humbled by his appointment and recognises, "the challenge the Pope has placed before me to lead God's people in Melbourne tenderly, mercifully and joyfully." Please find attached a letter from the Archbishop, which he has asked to be circulated to all families. 


Term 3 Prayer Services

 You're invited to join us as a school community....

Friday 31st August 2.30pm- Father's Day (Prep hosts)

Friday 21st September 9am- Yr 6 hosting

Term 3 Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre....

30th August- Yr 1 attending

20th September- Yr 5 attending

Spotlight on Learning


This term has been full of coding, digital photography, engineering, building robots and using QR codes. Click on a picture to enlarge photos and view one slide show at a time.


Year 4s have been looking at  the school from different angles and used an online editing program to produce some excellent photographs. Some will be on display in the Art Show!

Year 2s have designed bridges... tall and wide enough for their Cubetto robots to go under!

Year 1s have used apps to turn ordinary photos into modern masterpieces ( some will be on display at the art show)

Year 3s and 6s have been building Lego WeDo and Lego Mindstorm robots, and programming them to complete a variety of challenges.

Preps have been programming "Code-a-pillars" and scanning QR codes to access online animated stories.

Year 5s have been using electrical circuits to create a variety of machines that can draw, throw, move or even set off an alarm.


Student of the Week

Congratulations to our Student of the Week recipients- Week 5 : Zachary R, Brendan O, Eva V, Ryland H, Maria S, Amber L, Alana D, Ellie B, Adelina G, Mitchell G, Lainey C, Serianna S, Joel A, Tehan B, Akain H, Sofia L, Liam A, and Angelina B.

Congratulations to our Student of the Week recipients- Week 6 :  Isla D, Natalia L, Sophie N, Liam D, Ty S, Ruby W, Jorja W, Briget P, Sherise B, Noah S, Samuel H, Zachary B, Luke C and Tom H-S.

Physical Education News

St James Athletics Carnival

On Monday August 13 the years 4 to 6 students participated in the St James Athletics Carnival at Ringwood Athletics Track. This was an opportunity for students to practise and compete in all of the athletics events with their age group at an athletics track. It was also the event in which students were chosen to represent St James in the District Athletics occurring this Wednesday. The students had a great day despite a small amount of rain. I would like to thank all of the parents who volunteered their time to make this event happen and the staff that came along on the day and assisted as well.


Hoop time

Later this term we will send a group of grade 5 and 6 students to a basketball competition in Ringwood. This is a great opportunity for the students who play basketball or have an interest in basketball. Further details about this event will be sent home soon.

Visual Arts News

We received warm thanks from the Mawson’s Hut Foundation for participating in the 2nd Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart earlier this month by painting penguins.

‘ They looked stunning along with 8000 others from schools in NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.


It is planned to apply to have the entire collection of painted penguins entered into the Guinness Book of Records and we will keep you advised of progress.


Thank you again for taking part in the festival which attracted 25,000 visitors.’





As a parent, how can I start playing my part to protect children today (and every day!)?

• Be a good role model for children

• Be kind to children, parents (and yourself!)

• Take the time to really listen to children and believe them if they tell you something

• Learn about what help services are available so you can support others if they need help

• Don’t judge other parents and families; remember that we’re all trying our best

• Look out for all children, not just your own

• Be a friendly, helpful member of your local community

• Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to ask someone if they need help


Buddy Run

Join The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Buddy Run this October at the first annual Buddy Run and say NO to bullying.

The Fun Run is a family based event including a 1km fun run for children, will promote inclusion, respect and say no to bullying. The event will raise awareness and much needed funds to help protect our children against bullying and cyber bullying.

You can raise funds as a family by asking friends, family, colleagues and your community to help support the cause leading up to the day.

After the run, visit the “Event Village” where kids will be entertained with loads of fun-filled activities.

Click here to register

Parent Hub

Other Resources

Parentline 13 22 89

Parentline is available 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a confidential and anonymous phone counselling service for parents and carers of children and teenagers in Victoria.


Click here for access to CatholicCare

It is a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, they offer a range of programs and services that aim to build and strengthen relationships.


Click here for access to the Student Well-being Hub Website 

It includes sections for parents, teachers and students with practical strategies and resources to support your child's well-being.


Click here for access to Parenting Ideas Blog

It includes articles, testimonials and practical tips on a wide variety of topics.


Click here for access to Parent Shop Blog

It includes interesting articles and testimonials on a wide variety of topics.



Literacy and Numeracy

Family Maths Challenge Time!!!!! -
       Questions for all ages.

These challenges provide an opportunity for your family to talk about Maths and have some fun as you solve the mathematical problems together. Y ou can choose to complete one, two, three or even SIX of the challenges. Get your entries back to school by the due date so your family will be eligible to receive a certificate. 







What a great week we have had!  The children enjoyed many Book Week activities in their classrooms this week and of course we had such fun being involved in the performances and the Book Swap.

The performance of The Elephant allowed the children to engage with and explore their own understanding and experience of feelings.

Although the performance of Boy incited much loud laughter and shrieking when King Shufflebottom appeared the importance of communication and conflict resolution  was dealt with  meaningfully and appropriately for the younger children.



The Book Swap was a great success, we raised $391.70 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.  The children had the opportunity to learn about people in remote communities who would benefit from their fund raising and they demonstrated a fundamental understanding of how their actions could make a difference to the lives of others.  Along the way they enjoyed the sharing of books with their friends.

One boy said to me on the playground........"Thank you for giving us the Book Swap, I had a reaaally good time because I just looove books and I got a reaaally good book to read!"  That makes it all worthwhile!



Last day for adding books read is Friday 31st August

Extra Curricular

2018 BOOK WEEK -‘Find Your Treasure’

We certainly found many treasures in books this week, starting with the performances, which had all entranced. How good is it to see how others see characters in a book – however, the message is always the same. One, wise Year 3 student, who saw, ‘The Elephant’ was able to articulate,

Sadness doesn’t last forever’.

Prep – Year 2 children were totally engaged with the production of ‘The Boy’… a character who showed how we can all make the world a better place.


SJV Book Swap

So many students and staff joined in the Book Swap enthusiastically – sharing the joy of books with one another and collecting a donation to send to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation….making a difference in so many ways…'Learning to Love and Loving to Learn'





As part of Book Week, Year 5 participated in a Book Tasting event, in which students "sampled/tasted" books of various genres to see what they like or don't like. The classroom was set up like a restaurant, and each table hosted a different genre. Students had a "menu" to fill out as they perused the book options.


 ‘I was actually really surprised because some of the books I thought would be boring, were really interesting. I would definitely do Book Tasting again. It was lots of fun. My favourite genre I explored was Traditional Literature.’ Millah


I read books that I would not read if it wasn’t for Book Tasting. Books like Historical Fiction.’ Seb


I enjoyed looking at different books and their genre. I did not expect to like some books because I am fussy about what I read. I liked looking at the different genres and I found out I really like Traditional Literature.’ Jessica



Australian Girls' Choir

Thanks to the girls who auditioned for the Australian Girls’ Choir recently. Your report will be sent to us soon and we’ll pass it on for you and your parents to decide where to from here…..



September 1st & 2nd   KOWALSKI FAMILY 



September 8th & 9th:  LICCIARDI FAMILY                                                                           (PREP K)





Email.........   [email protected] 


Eggs can be ordered by sending money in a named envelope to Wendy in the library. 








$5.00 per dozen is a bargain for guaranteed fresh, free-range eggs. 

Place your order now; they're delicious!


Three of our Isa Brown chooks have died over the past fortnight.  We tried our usual chook remedies but weren't successful; we think they may have eaten something that the others didn't!  The other girls are fighting fit for the moment, and now that the sun is shining a little more, egg production is increasing.

P & F Newsletter

P & F News

Thank you to everyone who attended our P&F meeting today!

Just a reminder that … After a number of years, Jen and Daniela will be stepping down from running the P&F at the end of 2018.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their time in this role but feel it is time for some other people to take over.  We are therefore reaching out to the St James community for two or three enthusiastic and dedicated people to take over the role of “P&F Team Leaders” in 2019. 

If you feel this is the role for you, please email Jen and Daniela at p&[email protected]

The handover will take place through to the end of the year to enable our new Team Leaders to gain an understanding of the role.


Dads Night

Our Men's Shed Night was a huge success, with almost 50 Dad's coming along and braving the cold night. A huge thank you to Natasha and DJ Dumais, Chris Carrigg and Kate Ryan for organising. An extra big thank you to DJ and Tash for providing the venue.


Bee Green Wraps

We are excited to announce a new fundraiser we have introduced this term.

Bee Green Wraps!  These can be used to wrap food instead of using Cling Wrap. 

Bee Green Wraps are great for not only Wrapper Free Wednesdays but, every other day.  Refer attached flyerfor more information. Orders to made via the following Trybooking link


Mums Night Out

Now it is time for the mums to have some fun!  Come along to the mum's afternoon/evening on 8th September.  Please refer attached flyer. RSVP to Natasha or Kate.

Fathers Day Breakfast

Once again the P&F will be running a Fathers Day Breakfast on Friday the 31st of August. Please see the attached flyer. Tickets are available via the following Trybooking link no later than Tuesday the 28th of August.


We still need seventeen (17) volunteers. If you can help out please sign up at the following link

Fathers Day Stall

The P&F Fathers Day Stall will be held on Friday the 31st of August.  We need three (3) more volunteers. Can you help! Please sign up at the following link

Fathers Day Raffle

Father’s day raffle tickets were sent home in school bags last week. There are six awesome prizes up for grabs;

  • 1st Prize - $100 Rebel voucher
  • 2nd Prize - $50 House of Golf voucher, Callaway microfibre towel and Callaway cap- Valued at $90 Courtesy of House of Golf Ringwood
  • 3rd Prize - $50 House of Golf voucher, Callaway microfibre towel and Callaway cap – Valued at $90 - Courtesy of House of Golf Ringwood
  • 4th Prize - $50 Rebel Voucher & Culinaria Cafe Voucher - Valued at $75
  • 5th Prize - Just for Men Pack - Valued at $40 
  • 6th Prize - $25 Culinaria cafe voucher 

Money and raffle tickets are due back at school by Friday the 31st of August.

Useful Forms



After School Care


Community Information

Issue 6/2018 book orders are due back at school by this:  WEDNESDAY 29th AUGUST

Thank you to all those using the LOOP system to order and pay. Orders can also be placed by sending your order with payment to the office via the office/class tubs.

Please note:

This is the last Issue for Term 3, so to ensure that you receive your books before school holidays start, please have your book order in on time. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.



Janine Piper (Aaron 5F & Jacinta 3W)

Mobile: 0407 336 598





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