Inside St Therese's

04 December 2018
Issue Thirty-seven
From the Principal...
RE News
School News ...
Dates to Remember ...
St Therese's Primary School
(03) 5996 7525
131 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal...

Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s primary school,


ADVENT - A time to prepare

This week is the first week of Advent. Four weeks of waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. Four weeks of hope and anticipation. And four weeks to prepare ourselves, to get ready. This is what Advent is about. In the RE News section of the newsletter, please read the reflection for Week One that Mr Cowan has prepared.


Over the past few weeks, the children at St Therese’s have been busy preparing for the Christmas Concert that will take place this Thursday 6th December. The evening will begin with families being invited to picnic on the oval. At 5:30pm, our Japanese drummers will delight us with pre-concert music and then at 6:00pm the concert will begin.


All students are expected to attend as each one of them has been preparing with their class. I would like to thank all the staff at St Therese’s for their creative spirit in setting up the Hall and preparing the children. I would especially like to thank Miss Bishop for her leadership and organisation in the preparation of this event. I am sure it will be a wonderful and festive experience for you all!



Tracey Holt, who has been a valued staff member at St Therese’s for the past thirteen years is leaving the school to pursue further study and to focus on her restaurant located in Karingal. On behalf of St Therese’s learning community, I would like to thank her for the work she has done at the school, in particular in the area of Learning Intervention.

I would also like to thank Jayne Smith for her work in the area of Public Relations where she was dedicated to creating opportunities for our learning community to connect through events such last year’s carnival, Mother’s and Father’s Day events and Graduation. We wish Jayne all the best as she pursues alternative employment.



On Monday this week, our Year Five students participated in a Learn to Lead incursion. By doing this, they are preparing to be part of the Leadership Team at St Therese’s. The students learned about the necessary skills required for strong leadership. They discovered how they can lead the younger students of St Therese’s.


Last term, I met with the Year Five students in order to get to know them and also to begin the discussion to create a child-friendly Code of Conduct. Then, earlier this term, Mr Cowan worked with a group of Year Fives who volunteered to create the child-friendly version of our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is part of our child safety requirements and provides students from Foundation to Year Six an explanation of the acceptable behaviours that are expected from all adults in our school; from teachers, contractors to parent helpers. It outlines what students need to do if they believe that adults are not acting within these guidelines. Please read the Code of Conduct attached.



Last week, St Therese’s School Advisory Board had our last meeting for the year. Thank you to Keith (chairperson), Edyta (secretary), Marzena (Fundraising coordinator), Justin, Father Antony and a special thank you to Jess who is leaving the Board. If would like to join the Advisory Board please email me or contact the office. We would be very appreciative of new members.



This week we will finalise classes for 2019. On Tuesday, December 11 all students from Foundation to Year Five will meet their new teachers and class group.


When deciding on class groupings, a great deal of time, thought and energy goes into the task.

Teachers consider the following things:

  • A balance of gender

  • A balance of personalities and learning styles

  • A spread of abilities and stages of readiness for learning

  • Placement of students with additional learning needs

The professional educators (teachers) who observe your children in the learning and playground environments every day are best placed to make these decisions. With this in mind, I will not be taking requests from parents to request specific teachers, instead, I ask that you display trust in our process and that you support your child to do the same.


I hope you enjoy this week as we move into the festive period.


Yours in Christ,

Michelle Bruitzman

RE News ...

Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


St Agatha's Christmas Mass Times

Advent Reconciliation Service:  Tuesday 18th December at 7:30pm

Christmas Eve: 7:00pm – Family Mass, 9:00pm and Midnight Mass (Carols from 11:30pm)

Christmas Day: 7:30am, 9:00am and 10:45am


New Year’s Eve: 11:00pm Vigil Prayers, followed by Midnight Mass.                                                                          

New Year’s Day: 9:00am and 10:.45am

Mass Times and Reconciliation Celebrations at
St Therese's in Term Four

Friday 14 December

6:00pm - Graduation Mass in the Hall

Wednesday 19 December

11:00am - End of Year Mass at St Agatha's Church

Advent Week One


School News ...

1st Cranbourne Scout Group

In need of a Christmas Tree this year??  See the below flyer for information on how you can support your local Scout Group by purchasing your Christmas Tree from them this year.


Principal Awards

Congratulations to Abigail P, Chantelle Y, Grace A, Serena A, Wani E, Joan S and Derron G on receiving Principal Awards.


Japanese Drumming Concert

Toshi Sakamoto has an annual concert each year and it is coming up soon. Tickets are affordable and the entertainment is awesome. If your children have an interest in his drumming and Noriko Hadano’s shamisen playing, then please treat them and yourself to this concert. Seats are limited so please book quickly or let me know by next Friday. When your children go to Year 7 and they still like Taiko drumming, they can join his classes along with me. Sincerely, Andrews Sensei




Dates to Remember ...


Tuesday 4 December

St Peter's 2019 Year Seven Orientation Day

2:30pm - 3:30pm 'Thank you Afternoon Tea' for Parent Helpers

Thursday 6 December

5:00pm - Picnic

5:30pm - Japanese Drummers

6:00pm - Christmas Concert

Friday 7 December

Japanese Drummers and Dancers Road Trip to St Brendan's in Somerville

Tuesday 11 December

Year 1-6, 2019 Student Orientation


Thursday 13 December

Japanese Drummers and Dancers visit Warragul and St Patrick's school in Pakenham

Friday 14 December

6:00pm - Graduation Mass and Ceremony

Monday 17 December

Year Six Fun Day

Wednesday 19 December

Last day for Students

11:00am - End of Year Mass - St Agatha's Church

1:30pm - Students Dismissed


January 2019

Wednesday 30 January

Students Return

Inside St Therese's
Code of Conduct - Student Version.pdf
Parish Bulletin 251118.pdf
Parish Bulletin 021218.pdf
Advent Week 1.pdf