Inside St Therese's

26 June 2019
Issue Eighteen
Dates to Remember ...
From the Principal...
RE News
School News ...
Parents and Friends...
Community Market Place...
St Therese's Primary School
(03) 5996 7525
131 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977

Dates to Remember ...


JUNE 2019


Wednesday 26th June

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - 'The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus' - Whole School Mass in the Hall. All Welcome

Friday 28th June  

  • End of Term 2 


JULY 2019


Monday 15th July

  • Term 3 Begins
  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Wednesday 17th July

  • 7:00pm  -  8:30pm - First Communion Information Session and Parent Workshop in St Agatha's School Hall

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July

  • First Communion Commitment Weekend at all Masses for those who attended the session on 17th July.

Monday 22nd July

  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Wednesday 24th July

  • Subway Lunch Money Due
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm - First Communion Information Session and Parent Workshop in St Agatha's School Hall

Thursday 25th July

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony

Friday 26th July

  • Subway Lunch
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July

  • First Communion Commitment Weekend at all Masses for those who attended the session on 24th July.

Monday 29th July

  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Friday 2nd August

  • 100 Days of Prep

Saturday 3rd August

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony

Sunday 4th August

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm - Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony

Monday 5th August

  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Tuesday 6th August

  • 8:00am - 3:30pm - Year 5 Pilgrimage Mass at St Mary's Cathedral, Sale
  • 7:00pm - 8:45pm - School Advisory Committee Meeting

Wednesday 7th August

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - 'St Mary of the Cross' - Whole School Mass in St Therese's School Hall. All Welcome

Monday 12th August

  • Dental Nurse Visit
  • 3:00 pm - School Assembly

Wednesday 14th August

  • Subway Lunch Money Due
  • 9:15am - 10:00am Prep - Year 2 Mass in St Therese's Chapel. All Welcome
  • Year 5 Reconciliation at 10:00am
  • First Communion Parent and Child Workshop at 5:00pm OR 7:00pm in St Agatha's School Hall

Friday 16th August

  • Subway Lunch

Monday 19th August

  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August

  • Book Fair

Tuesday 20th August

  • Year 2 Excursion to Melbourne Museum

Wednesday 21 August

  • 9:00am - 3:30pm District Athletics
  • 9:15am Year 3 Mass - Year 6 in St Therese's Chapel. All Welcome
  • Year 4 Reconciliation at 10:00am 

Monday 26 August

  • 3:00pm - School Assembly

Wednesday 28th August

  • Father's Day Stall

Thursday 29th August

  • 7:00am - Father's Day Breakfast 

Friday 30th August

  • School Closure Day - Staff attending Religious Education Professional Development




Sunday 1st September

  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Sacrament of First Communion

Monday 2nd September

  • 3:00pm School Assembly

Tuesday 3rd September

  • 7:00pm - 8:45pm School Advisory Committee Meeting

Sunday 8th September

  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm Sacrament of First Communion


Photo: Our new shop on the playground

From the Principal...

Photo: Our new shop on the playground

Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese's,

It’s hard to believe we are already at the end of Term Two. Time really does fly when you are having fun.

Winter has officially arrived! Check out these photos of the children enjoying the frost before school.


Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass

We are looking forward to celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart this Wednesday, June 26 at 2:30pm. Our Mini Vinni team are still collecting donate food goods that will be given to St Vincent de Paul. This is our way of being grateful for what we have and sharing some of our good fortune so that others less fortunate can share in at least a little.


Farewell to Mr Cowan...

On Monday at Assembly, we formally farewelled Mr Cowan who will begin his Principalship at St Gerard's in Dandenong South after the July holidays.


Paul has been a brilliant support to me over the past twelve months and I would like to thank him for all that he has done for myself and the St Therese’s community. His calm and caring manner will be missed by everyone as will his very corny dad jokes! Here are some that the Senior students shared with us at Assembly. 

Mr Cowan told us we could never do our maths test in the jungle because there are too many cheetahs


Mr Cowan asked me why I was doing my sums on the floor. I said, “Well you told us to do them without using tables.”


Mr Cowan is going to be a is one for him. What do you get when you cross one Principal with another? I wouldn’t do it, because Principals don’t like to be cross!

We wish Paul all the best as he takes up his new position.


The position of Deputy Principal will be advertised externally towards the end of Term Three with the view to appoint the successful candidate for the beginning of 2020. In the interim, Mrs Meegan Blackney will take up the position of Acting Deputy Principal. Mrs Blackney very capably assumed this role when Mr Cowan was Acting Principal.


Miss Leila Kocsis has been appointed for the remainder of the year for three days per week. She will replace Mrs Blackney on Mondays in Senior L,  Mr Cowan on Fridays in Senior H and she will teach Foundation and Year One Japanese on Wednesdays. Leila is already well known to the students at St Therese’s as she has completed many CRT days and earlier this year, replaced Mrs Lloyd in Senior L for approximately four weeks.

Semester One Reports

This week, you will receive your child’s Semester One report. The reports have changed in format to be more informative. Each subject area includes a mark against the Victorian Curriculum and the Outcome Statements included provide an indication of achievement and areas that require further improvement in relation to what was specifically taught. The teachers have spent an incredible amount of time reflecting and analysing data to produce evidence-based reports that are specific to each student.


The general comment has been replaced with a more detailed Personal Learning page that describes your child’s work habits and reports on the Personal and Social Capability Standard. Parent, Teacher & Student conversations will occur on August 7, providing the opportunity for the reports to be discussed.  

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Schools must now complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) every year. It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments or “help” at school because of a disability. The collection also counts the level of adjustment students receive to access education on the same basis as other students.


Further Information has been attached to this newsletter for your information.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Rosie Osthmuller (Learning Diversity Leader) on

St Therese's Beanies and Scarves

At Assembly, students modelled our new St Therese's beanies and scarves. The beanies have the St Therese's logo and the scarves are made of cashmere. The scarves and beanies are being sold at the front desk for only $10 each. They look amazing! 

I hope all families enjoy a relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you all back in Term Three on Monday July 15.


God Bless,


Michelle Bruitzman

RE News ...

Parish Newsletter

Please find attached the Parish Bulletin


Term Two - Confirmation

Please keep our confirmation candidates in your thoughts and prayers. Zahara, Birri, Kirsten, Aaliyah, Joshua, Mia, Lachlan, Declan, Angelo, Emma, Jared, Miriama, Sofia, Anne, Kyle and Amber.


Confirmation Ceremonies

 Thursday 25th July at 6.00pm

Friday 26th  July at 6.00pm

Saturday 3rd  August at 6.00pm

Sunday 4th August at 10.45am. 

School News ...

Principal's Award

Congratulations to Isabella G, Rhyle T and Mr Cowan on receiving a Principal's Award this week. 


Foundation Enrolments for 2020

Congratulations to Isabbella and Rhyle on receiving a Principal's Award. If you have a child who is expected to start school in 2020, please contact the office for an enrolment form as soon as possible.  We are currently taking enrolments and need to ensure that all our existing families have a place in Foundation for 2020.


If your child needs to be taking medication at school, please bring it to the office and fill out the required form.  Thank you.

Winter Uniform is now Compulsory

Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform. All St Therese's uniforms are available at PSW in Hampton Park, Price List Attached.

Please make sure all uniforms are clearly marked with your child's name and please check it regularly. Some pens tend to fade after washing and iron-on stickers can crack and peel.


  • Navy Box Pleat Tunic or Skirt
  • Navy Tights/Socks
  • Navy Pants
  • Maroon Polo with school logo, short or long sleeved
  • Maroon Bomber Jacket with School Logo
  • Navy Socks


  • Navy Pants/Shorts
  • Maroon Polo with school logo, short or long sleeved
  • Maroon Bomber Jacket  with school logo
  • Navy Socks


  • Navy beanie with school logo
  • Navy scarf


Parents and Friends...

Upcoming Fundraising Events

This year, we are fundraising to update the children’s playground equipment and to create garden spaces around the school, such as a sensory garden and/or a prayer garden. Our aim is to raise $10,000 in 2019. Please help by volunteering for one or more of the fundraising events.

To date, we have raised just over $1900.

New addition to the playground

Check out the new "shop" in our junior playground. Thanks to Mr Martyn for installing it so quickly!


Parents and Friends News

St Therese’s 30th Anniversary Celebrations

As part of the St Therese’s Anniversary celebrations, we would like to design and build a Japanese Prayer Garden that will go out the front of our Chapel. Each family is invited to contribute to the design of the garden. Families were sent instructions and paper to draw and submit a design. Please send your design to the office as soon as possible. 

Community Market Place...

Holiday Program Information


Inside St Therese's
78-19A Pastoral Letter 2019.pdf
78-19B We Care 2019.pdf
2019 NCCD Information Sheet parents.pdf
Check them out!
Parish Bulletin 020619.pdf
Parish Bulletin 160616.pdf
Parish Bulletin 230619.pdf
PSW .pdf