ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Keep on Keeping on"

21 March 2019
Issue Seven
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
St Mark's Parish 5oth Anniversary of it's first Mass
Students of the Week..
P.E.  National Ride 2 School Day TOMORROW Friday 22nd March
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen & Gardening
       Tuckshop /Canteen                                  
Parents Association
Office News 
Uniform Shop & Lost Property - Watches & Sun Glasses??
Camp Australia
Host families needed in May
Face Book
St Mark's Primary School
03 9551 1150
4-8 Dimar Court
Dingley, Victoria, 3172

Dates to Remember


Friday 22nd March - Ride 2 School Day. (Scoot or skateboard)

Friday 29th March - Year 5/6 Interschool Summer Sports Gala Day, 9-3pm

Saturday 30th March - Yr 1/2 Family Mass at 6pm.


Wednesday 3rd April - Glee Club get together with Dingley Schools at 12.40pm.

Friday 5th April - Easter Liturgy at 1.45pm

                                   End of Term One - 2.30pm.

(Easter 19 -22nd April).

Tuesday 23rd  April - Term Two begins.

Wednesday 24th April - SRC Greenwood Manor.

Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day Holiday.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th April - St Mark's Parish/Church 50th Anniversary.

Saturday 27th April - Arch Bishop Peter Comensoli, celebrating mass at 6pm.


Wednesday 1st May - SRC Greenwood Manor 1pm.

Monday 6th May - Friday 10th May - Year 6 Camp - Coonawarra Camp.

Friday 10th May - Mother's Day Breakfast & Stall.

Monday 20th May - District Cross Country Carnival.

Thursday 23rd May - Sacrament of Reconciliation 6pm.

Wednesday 29th May - SRC Greenwood Manor 1pm.

                                             - Prep Prayers in Pajamas Night 6pm.

Friday 31st May - Year 5/6 Interschool Sports VS Kingswood PS.

Principal's Report

Dear Families

The Christchurch shooting last weekend is another media /social media event that many children have seen and heard talked about and this can raise some fear for them. The disturbing images are often what are focussed on and parents are advised to censor what children watch and not expose them to repeated viewings. However the type of language used when commenting and the messages that come from that are equally important for parents to be aware of. Michael Grose, a parenting expert, has provided us with advice on dealing with this tragic event.  His article outline how to communicate appropriately with your children in discussing and answering their questions and concerns. This article relates directly to the Christchurch shooting but could apply to any tragic event of this type. Please read article below.

Parenting Ideas-Responding constructively to the Christchurch shooting.


St Mark’s Church 50th Anniversary of it's first Mass and 20th Anniversary of St Mark’s Church

St Mark’s Parish committee are finalising the celebrations for the weekend of the 27th & 28th April. The new Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be the celebrant on the Saturday evening and this will be followed by the family mass on Sunday at 9.30am to be followed by a sausage sizzle. All families are most welcome.

Foundation 2020

REMINDER: Current families who have a child eligible to begin Foundation in 2020 are required to enrol by Friday 5th April.

The enrolment form can be downloaded from the website or collected from the office.



St Mark's Parish 5oth Anniversary of it's first Mass

SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April 2019 

St. Mark's Anniversary Organising Committee advise that the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the first Catholic Mass held in the Harold Box Hall and the 20th Anniversary of the Consecration of the first Mass at St Mark’s Catholic Church will be taking place during the weekend of Saturday, 27 April and Sunday 28 April, 2019.  


If you know of anyone wishing to attend these celebrations, please invite them along (for example, previous parishioners).  


Keep an eye out for updates each week as we inform you of progress and seek your valued involvement.



St. Mark's Anniversary Organising Committee Members:

Lorraine Jennings, Tony Coyle, Frank Marshall, Neil McFarlane and Mariangela Prib.

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the members or call Mariangela Prib 9546 3492 after 6.00pm. 


Religious Education Dates 2019

  • Year 1/2 - Saturday 30th March (6pm)

  • Friday 5th April - Easter paraliturgy at 1:40pm

  • Thursday 23rd May - Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6pm

  • Wednesday 29th May - Preps in Pyjamas - 6pm

  • Saturday 1st June - Foundation School Mass 6pm.

Praying the Rosary

As we are in Lent, St Mark's are inviting any children that would like to pray the rosary.

It will be on every Tuesday in Lent at 11:00am. Any children that are interested need to meet Stella Constantio & Mrs Benham in the office with their own Rosary beads.

Rosary Beads

If you do not have Rosary beads, it is perfectly okay to count with your fingers. Counting beads frees your mind to help you meditate.


“Hope requires that we spin a few dreams for ourselves that are possible, doable and desirable.” - Joan Chittister OSB

Twenty-one year-old Michaela is helping to build a social enterprise for people with chronic illnesses at The Purple House in Alice Springs. Featured in Project Compassion 2014, the First Australian-run Wellbeing Program, uses its profits to connect and care for dialysis patients who are far from home.

As a Purple House trainee, Michaela completed a Certificate IV in business management. She was also recently promoted from administration trainee to permanent employee, working on The Wellbeing Program.

The young Alywarr woman cares for patients as they receive dialysis and helps them to feel at home and remain hopeful during treatment. Patients in turn pass on traditional knowledge to Michaela.

The program is run by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, with support from Caritas Australia.

First Australians are twice as likely to experience chronic kidney disease, and four times more likely to die from it than other Australians*.


With the help of staff like Michaela, the Aboriginal-controlled service gives patients the opportunity to stay connected with their culture. They do this through traditional healing practices and income-generating activities, such as making bush balms and soaps.


Profits are invested back into supporting patients receiving remote care and help to get people on dialysis back on country.

In addition to completing her studies, Michaela has obtained a driver’s licence, is building her leadership skills running workshops solo.

“Hope means having something to look forward to. I enjoy building relationships with the patients and learning from them. If we keep our culture alive we can feel strong.”

All Project Compassion boxes need to be returned to the school office by Friday 29th March.



Students of the Week..

Congratulations to the Student of the Week Awards
​"Growing Together"

Foundation B    

Rhiannon Hibberd for always listening to instructions and then being able to follow the instructions independently.

Foundation L 

Evelyn Paynter for using her knowledge of Japanese in the classroom. Yoku Dekimashita!

Foundation M  

Isabelle Siebel for always being helpful in class and for her wonderful writing.

Year 1/2 D

Kyle Ratunil for attempting a written task independently this week with a positive attitude. Keep it up!

Year 1/2 DU  

Iris Bowden for always using kind and thoughtful words when talking to her classmates in 1/2DU. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

Year 1/2 E  

Stella Minnelli for being a caring classmate who tries to include her peers in games and activities.

Year 1/2 F 

Amy Vu for meditating respectfully during our colouring mindfulness sessions. Thank you!

Year  1/2 P  

Samuel Vergara for speaking more during class discussions.

Year 1/2 XR  

Lachlan Alvarez for his consistent hard-working approach to learning in all subjects.

Year  3/4 C  

Jasmine Huynh for actively participating in group activities and making others feel welcome.

Year 3/4 D 

Salina Horm for the way in which she interacts with her peers, gives thoughtful insights and shows empathy to those around her. Thank you Salina!

Year 3/4 KC   

Joshua Kosior demonstrating a positive caring attitude towards his classmates and teachers.

Year 3/4 NH 

Laynie Rodwell for her enthusiastic attitude during our read-a-loud in our literacy lessons. Congratulations Laynie!

Year 3/4 T   

Charlotte Martin for the way in which she constantly helps other people and looks after all members of our class - even Larry, the pot plant!

Year 5/6 H

Armen Gilhooly for his compassion, empathy and incredible ability to work collaboratively with others. Amazing!

Year 5/6 L 

Darcy Van Niekerk for striving to be an active listener in class discussions and being a caring student towards others.

Year 5/6 P

Sebastian Johnson for thinking deeply about our inquiry topic and sharing his ideas.

Year 5/6 SB   

Eli Schellebeck for always being willing to assist your classmates and teachers. You are leading by example and it is such a help to your peers! Thanks Eli!

Year 5/6 S  

Danny Farr for consistently making the decision to assist and support his classmates in their learning. Yr 5/6S appreciate your care!

National Ride 2 School Day TOMORROW
Friday 22nd March

For students that live too far to ride, walk, skate or scoot the whole way from home, set up "Part Way is OK" drop off point

Stephanie Alexander
Kitchen & Gardening

Kitchen & Gardening Year 3/4NH

Well done to 3/4 NH for such a wonderful 7 weeks! The children were amazing and were thoroughly engaged in cooking some great meals and being productive in our garden. On Tuesday in the garden, the students, Frank Snr (our parent helper) and Miss Donald planted Spring onions, Cauliflower and Broccoli, how exciting! The kids gave them a big water and did lots of weeding around our garden beds, so stay tuned!


As usual 3/4 NH delivered some wonderful helpers being Afaf, Angela, Karen and Mariann in the kitchen, as well as Taylor Sensei (linking Japanese into our Kitchen dialogue), Mary and Mr Naidoo making sure the whole show ran smoothly and assisting the kids to do their very best cooking! 


We had the kids super excited with the menu this week. They whipped up some scrumptious lunch. They began with carrot, lentil and yoghurt dip, which went so beautifully with our easy bread rolls sprinkled with rosemary! The kids cooked up a sensational pumpkin and spinach penne bake, which couldn’t have been an easier way to get their greens in! The salad group got to use their wonderful salad skills too, tossing together a salad of the imagination, which did not disappoint! 

A huge thank you to all who helped out with our 3/4 NH program and we look forward to cooking with 3/4 T next Tuesday!


Please enjoy looking at our photos.


All recipes can be found on the St. Mark’s website and if you would like to volunteer in the kitchen from 11:40 am- 1:30pm on Tuesdays please email Holly Donald at [email protected]


Another amazing Tuesday in the kitchen/garden, thanks 3/4 NH and helpers.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! 






Tuckshop /Canteen 


TUESDAY'S SPECIAL is a Vegetable Pastie and an icy pole $4.50.

The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen will still take lunch orders with your child in the morning plus over the counter sales at recess and lunchtime, as is the current arrangement.

CDF Pay have updated all children's details to

For current families you will need to make sure your child is in the correct class by choosing his/her class when you log on. If you are an existing parent with a new child beginning at St Mark's in 2019 you will have to add your child to your current child. Do not forget to identify which class your child is in.

CDF New Parent Guide: St Mark's PS Dingey Village have a new Icon APP.

CDF Parent Guide: St Mark's PS Dingley Village have a Icon APP.


Dear Parents,

The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen is now also available online.

To order online please go to Quicklinks on our Website:

The cut off time for ordering by this method is 8.30am each day.


If you press the CDF pay button it will take you to the setting up screen. Each family can sign up with their own email and password. Just follow the prompts.

Information is also attached.

To Order Tuesdays special please click on Summer Menu, Tuesday and then Standard Packages.  Enjoy!!

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you need any assistance on 9551 1150.

Parents Association

St Mark's Parents Association - 
Easter Classroom Raffle


Could every child please bring in an Easter Egg to donate to their class basket.

Please buy tickets from your classroom teacher

Tickets are $1.00 each

Raffle will be drawn on Friday 5 April.



St Mark's Parents Association Cocktail Party

Saturday 24th August

More details to come.......

Don’t forget to come along to the monthly PA meetings on the first Tuesday of each month if you want to join and help with future events.

St Mark's Dingley Parents Association



Office News 

School Fees & Year 6 Camp fees.

If you are paying the 2019 school fees in Instalments the 1st Instalment is due.

Year 6 students will be attending camp in Week 3, Term 2 at Coonawarra Farm Resort in Stratford from 6th-10th May.

*Cost of the Camp is $397.00 plus additional cost for Horseriding is $38.00.

Year 6 Camp fees have been sent home .


If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office to arrange a meeting with the Principal, Debbie Darvell. 

Thank you. 


Uniform Shop &
Lost Property - Watches & Sun Glasses??


162 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong

Phone: 9794 8775


Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm

Wednesdays Closed.

Saturday: 10am to 1pm.


LOST PROPERTY is currently overflowing with school jackets, jumpers etc. 

Please check to make sure one does not belong to your child. Lost property is located in the parents/uniform shop room.


Please check lost property if you are missing items.  Many of the items cannot be returned as they are unnamed.  Please ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s full name. 



Lost Property at Office 



Secondary Colleges

SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, 27 April and Sunday, 28 April 2019 

St. Mark's Anniversary Organising Committee advise that the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the first Catholic Mass held in the Harold Box Hall and the 20th Anniversary of the Consecration of the first Mass at St Mark’s Catholic Church will be taking place during the weekend of Saturday, 27 April and Sunday 28 April, 2019.  

Would you like to play AFLW? Come & Trial a Dingo girls training session!

Dingley Dingoes Girls’ Junior Football Club are now welcoming girls aged 9-13 who are interested in playing AFLW.

Come along and have a run with the Dingo Girls, or go right ahead and register to play at

We are holding OPEN TRAINING sessions at Corrigan Oval, Dingley on Wednesday’s, between 4 and 5pm.

The Dingley Dingoes are a great local club to play for, and are particularly good at looking after girls who want to play footy. Our lead coach, Brei Abbott-Ridgard was Female Coach of the Year, taking our U/12 girls to the Grand Final in 2018. We hold girl specific safety training in falling and tackling, have modified rules for U/12’s & 10’s, and a great bunch of Dingo Girls to come and be a part of. We’d love to welcome you to our club. For further info or to RSVP for training sessions, call Lyndall Russell, Girls Football Coordinator on 0404844848.


Camp Australia

Camp Australia


Host families needed in May


In May, June, July and August, we will be receiving exchange students from France, Denmark and Sweden. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 3, 5 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.

Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local. Below is a sample of 2 students who will be arriving.  

15 year old Cassandre is a student from France who also speaks Spanish. Her favourite subjects at school are Biology, History and Maths. In her free time, Cassandre enjoys spending time with her friends, swimming, reading and listening to music. While in Australia she is looking forward to experiencing the different culture and hopes to share her culture with her Host family too. At home, Cassandre helps with any chores given by her parents. She describes herself as open-minded and relaxed.

15 year old French student Antoine also speaks Spanish. In his free time, Antoine enjoys playing tennis, rowing and playing chess. He also enjoys drawing and computer programming. While in Australia, he is looking forward to experiencing the culture, meeting new people and improving her English. He tells us this will be the first time he has celebrated a birthday in the winter. Antoine describes himself calm, patient, social and sometimes serious. At home, he helps by cleaning his room, setting the table, gardening and looking after the pet fish.

You can view more profiles of students arriving soon from our website. Please note that this is just a handful of the students who will be arriving. If families would like a selection of student profiles sent to them to review and decide which student may fit into their family best, please contact us or reply to this email. 

The Stuart family were thrilled to have Danish student Simon stay with them for 8 months. As commented by host mum Victoria, "it has been a fantastic experience.  Simon has been an awesome role model to our two young children, he has been like an older brother to them." Victoria continues, "the experience has benefited us too, as it has allowed us to have greater free time and flexibility as a family. I was very impressed with Simon, as within the first couple of days he was here, he asked what should his chores be?"  

"Just give it a go, the benefits will surprise you.  I highly recommend it", mentions Australian Host Dad Andrew, from the Stuart family.  "Not only do your children benefit, but the benefits exist for the parents too."  Host Dad, Andrew continues, "We are so lucky to have Simon come stay with us.  He is a fantastic student, easy going and not very demanding.  He has fitted into the Australian way of life so easy. He even obtained his Bronze Medallion.  We are so proud of Simon." 

Check out what some of our families who have hosted have to say about their experience by clicking here: host family testimonials.  

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ.  We were the first secondary exchange organisation in the world to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting

If your students, families or language teachers have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries, they can respond to this email, call our office on 1300 135 331 or visit our website. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to their family. No obligation. 

Please note that the purpose of this email is to find families to host international exchange students.  Thank you in advance for your assistance. 

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Harders
Host Family Placement Manager

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     ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Keep on Keeping on"
Term 1 Canteen.pdf
CDF New Parent Guide App(Tuckshop).pdf
CDF Parent Guide App(Tuckshop).pdf
Parent Guide - CDF Canteen.pdf
Parenting Ideas Insights.pdf
Kelly Sports Holiday Program (2).pdf
Payment Forms 2019.pdf
St. Marks Primary School - 1_1 Laptop Program Handbook 2019.pdf
ICT POLICY 2019.pdf