Queen of Peace Parish Primary School Newsletter

14 December 2018
Issue 19
From the Principal
Religion News
News from Around the School
Parents & Friends Association  
Community Noticeboard
Calendar & Events
Queen of Peace Parish Primary School
(03) 9369 2581
62 Everingham Road
Altona Meadows, Victoria, 3028

From the Principal

A message from the Principal


As this is the last newsletter for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many people that are part of our school community.


Thank you to the staff at Queen of Peace, they are a committed and dedicated group of people who continue to provide a learning environment that is both educationally challenging and nurturing for our children.  We thank Father John for his ongoing support and spiritual guidance of our school and in particular our students. Thank you also to families for your continued support of our school.


A number of families will end their primary education journey with us this year. Many of these families have had a long association with the school and their contribution has been significant. We thank them for their support of and commitment to Queen of Peace  and wish them well in the future.


Congratulations to our Year 6 graduates. We thank you for your leadership and the positive role modelling that you give our school community. We wish you well as you move onto the next stage of your education.


The class teachers for the 2019 year have been set, with the students spending time in their classes on orientation day, held last Monday. This is a very exciting time for both staff and students, as they prepare to experience what 2019 holds for them. Prior to this time, what is assured is the genuine care and consideration the staff and school take for every student, when placing them in classes for the following year, with the hope that they flourish and reach their full potential in all aspects of their schooling.


Parents, you play an important role, ensuring you provide the hope and enthusiasm for the year to come for your child; having a positive attitude will help your child dismiss any concerns or worries they may have.


End of Year Mass

Our final Mass for the year will be celebrated Wednesday 19 December at 9:15am in the church.  We will be celebrating the great year we have all had and thanking God for all of our blessings and there is much to be thankful for this year.  We will also be announcing our School Captains for 2019.  I hope to see you there to help us celebrate.


Final Assembly

Our final assembly will be at 1:00pm Wednesday 19 December in the school hall.  During this assembly we will farewell our Year 6 children and send them on their way to secondary school.  The car park will be closed after recess and you will need to park out in the surrounding streets.  We will dismiss all children from the hall and therefore do not want cars and children in the same area.  The entry gate will remain closed until all families exit the car park area.


Farewell Anne

Anne Price, Deputy Principal is retiring at the end of the year after 41 years in education.  Last week Queen of Peace hosted an event to celebrate this momentous occasion which was also attended by many of Anne's former colleagues and friends.  The room was beautifully decorated with portraits of Anne drawn by students.  Leon Colla and Sally Marr joined me in sharing Anne's career highlights, achievements and funny anecdotes.  The evening ended with the presentation of a unique gift to Anne, befitting her dedication.  


Important Dates for 2019

The dates for school beginning next year are as follows:

Prep classes:  Thursday 31 January 9am – 1pm & Friday 2 February 9am – 1pm

Years 1-6:         Classes begin on Friday 1 February

Term 1:             Friday 1  February – Friday 5 April

Term 2:             Tuesday 23 April – Friday 28 June

Term 3:             Monday 15 July – Friday 20 September

Term 4:             Monday 7 October – Wednesday 18 December

We can also confirm a Pupil Free Day on Monday 25 February for Staff Professional Learning.


This year, as we experience the waiting time of Advent, may we take stock of our lives, of the year that’s been and of the challenges ahead.  As we await the coming of Jesus at Christmas, we pray:


Loving God, help us to cut through the commercialism

that surrounds us to the heart of Christmas.

Help us to have the courage to

- do less shopping and more stopping to be grateful for what we have.

- to acquire less and enquire more as to how others are feeling.

- to give less attention to what is wanted

and more to what is truly and deeply needed.

Loving God, may our hearts be filled with Your joy, peace and love

at Christmas and in the coming year.

God bless our families and loved ones.

- Amen.


Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing everyone at the beginning of next year when we can welcome our new teachers, students and families  to our school community.


Warm regards

Darren Gibbons - Principal


Religion News

Dates for 2019

Sacrament of Confirmation: Sunday 21 July

Confirmation Family Night: Tuesday 18 June at 7:00pm

Sacrament of First Eucharist: Sunday 2 June

First Eucharist Family Night: Wednesday 8 May @ 7:00pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation:Thursday 24 October

Reconciliation Family Night: Wednesday 18 September @7:00pm

Beginning of School Year Mass: Friday 8 February @ 9:15am 

*All dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control so please bear this in mind.

Latest Parish Bulletin


Mass Times

Listed in the Parish Bulletin above. 


Catholic Education Today

CLICK HERE to read the latest edition

News from Around the School

New Staff 2019

QOP has appointed a few new staff members for 2019:
Michael Ozbun - Deputy Principal

and new teaching staff:
Lauren Middlebrook (Grade 1)
Lisa Vella  (Grade 6)
McCabe Craig (Grade 4)
Patrick Craig (Grade 6)  

We warmly welcome you all to Queen of Peace.


Farewell Henry

Today staff held a morning tea to celebrate the retirement of Henry Zun, our legendary guitar tutor.  After 19 years teaching the children of Queen of Peace and other local schools, he was presented with a gift in recognition of his dedication and service.  Henry then reflected on his time here and how much he has enjoyed watching his students learn, thrive and grow in confidence.   We wish Henry well in his retirement, with more time to spend with grandchildren, on well deserved holidays and supporting the Bulldogs!


Baby news

Congratulations Lotus (Prep A) and Elijah (1C) who have welcomed a baby brother, Ezekiel.

Donation received

Thank you to families who have purchased goods from Athlete's Foot at Highpoint this year.  Through the store's incentive scheme, the school has just received a cheque for $150.  We acknowledge and appreciate this donation and as always, the support of our families.


Donate your old glasses

Do you have any old pairs of spectacles at home that you no longer wear? Time to clear out that junk drawer and donate the glasses to a good cause! Prep B have organised a donation box so your glasses can be recycled. The collection box can found in the school office. The glasses will then be donated to people in need overseas through Lions Recycle for Sight, facilitated by Specsavers Werribee Community Program.

Learning at Queen of Peace

Learning at QoP  Year Level Overviews for Term 4 are attached below and also on our website CLICK HERE

Learning at QoP Overview for Term 4 is attached and also available on our website CLICK HERE


A message from the Office

To avoid disruption to classrooms, if children need to be collected early they should be picked up at the lunch break (at 1:30pm Monday or 1:40pm Tuesday-Friday).  It is also very disruptive for classes and the office to by passing on messages to children in the afternoons.  It would be appreciated if these interruptions could be kept to a minimum.


Thank you to the following volunteers for giving up their time to help Antoinette in the Canteen:

Mon 17 Dec: Madlen Z

Tues 18 Dec: Meg W

Weds 19 Dec: Cindy T

All volunteers must have a current Working with Children Check registered with the school office. Approximate times 10am - 2pm.  Please contact the school office if you are unable to help out on your rostered day.  To volunteer, please fill  out the following  form and return to the school office.  

The canteen canteen menu is attached below.


Uniform Shop

Confirming open days for rest of the year:

Wednesday 19 December 2018: 9 - 10am (final session for the year)

Wednesday 30 January 2019:  9 - 11am

Friday 1 February: 9 - 10am

From 8 February the usual shop opening time will be Fridays 2:30-3:30pm, but please always check the latest newsletter and FlexiBuzz for any changes.
Orders can be left with the office if you are unable to attend at this time.  CLICK HERE to print out an order form.  As we no longer have plastic bags, when placing orders could you please supply a plastic bag for us to return the protected item.  CLICK HERE to read the Uniform Policy.

Early Arrival & Supervision

Yard Duty supervision of children begins at 8.30 am when the gate beside the Visual Arts Space is opened. For their own safety, children are not permitted on the school grounds unsupervised before 8.30am. If parents wish to leave children at school earlier than 8.30am, children must be registered and booked into the before care program. This service is provided by OSHclub. Further information can be found by calling OSHclub head office 8564 9000 or at www.oshclub.com.au

Only children attending Before School Care should enter the school via the Before School Care Gate (near Library).

Parents & Friends Association

Message from P&F President

To all Queen of Peace Families

Here we are at the end of the year which seems to have arrived at record breaking speed. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped and supported with the P&F events throughout the year, whether it be through counting money, supervising at the disco, cooking sausages, making cakes, serving scones, buying  raffle tickets, helping at stalls, donating to the fete games, helping at the working bee, etc.


A special thank you to the following people and their families who made a commitment to be a part of the Executive Committee for 2018; Sharon Hobson, Veronica Tucker, Jacky Milat, Rebecca Wheelan, Maureen Puopolo, Gina Petterson, Justin Magro,  Brendan and Bridget Halloran.


We’d also like to especially wish all the Year 6’s the best of luck with Year 7. Thanks and a special farewell to all the departing families who have supported the school over the many years while their children have moved through the levels starting out as the cute little Preps in 2012 into the great leaders and role models that they are today.


On behalf of the 2018 Parents and Friends committee I’d like to wish everyone a happy and joyful Christmas season and a safe summer holiday.


Thanks again,

Teresa Prismall

Queen of Peace Parents and Friends President, 2018

(Evelyn – Prep C, Isabella - 3C and William – 4B)


Community Noticeboard

A message from Emmanuel College


Congratulations to our College Captains team on their impressive involvement in last week’s leadership camp in preparation for their leadership at Emmanuel in 2019. Well done also to our student sports leaders on their commissioning at the recent Associated Catholic Colleges 2019 leadership launch and to Jade Davis, Anika Clancy, and Corin Hatton on the selection of their work for the Catholic Education Melbourne Visual Arts Exhibition 2019.
Welcome to our new Year 7 students who joined us in early December for their College orientation. This was an exciting day as our new Year 7s took their next step in joining the College community - meeting members of their home-room, getting to know one another, picking-up their new touch-screen laptops and musical instrument, and preparing for their Year 7 subjects. Their transition program, which continues over 2019, includes the Year 7 camp to be held at Camp Portsea in February.

Enrolment Information

For more information regarding Open Days and School Tours please CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to read their latest newsletter.

Mount St Joseph Girls' College

CLICK HERE for information on School Tours and Open Mornings.

CLICK HERE to read MSJ's latest Newsletter.

OSH Club

Please note, OSH will not be running a program on Thursday 20 or Friday 21 December. 
Before and After School Care is provided by OSHclub on site at Queen of Peace Primary School.  Children must be pre-registered on line to attend.   More information can be found by clicking this link OSHclub

OSH at QoP Program  0421 287 254
OSH Head Office 8564 9000
Cancellations to be made via SMS or email and not verbally without record. SMS 0421 268 989

Red Cross Blood Service Mobile Donations


Hobsons Bay Library - Summer is Coming!

December and January are very busy times in Library Land! Please find some information below regarding our programs and events over Summer. Please share with your families. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support throughout 2018, and look forward to working with you again in 2019.



Library fines can often be the reason that parents don’t bring their children into the libraries. At Hobsons Bay Libraries, we are again running Food For Fines. This fantastic initiative allows families to donate non-perishable food items in exchange for library fines. One item of food clears up to $10 of fines! These donations are then collected into hampers for people in need this Festive season.



Facebook event:



Our summer reading program for primary-aged children is running again! Find 5 aliens lost in the libraries, read at least 5 books and complete 5 challenges and go into the draw to win one of five prize packs worth $100 each! Head into your local library to collect a quest map and start the epic adventure.





The school holidays are almost upon us! We have a jam-packed three-week holiday program for children between 0-14. Join us for our fun, free events including Clubbercise, an inflatable planetarium, slime party, blacklight puppetry and much more! Registrations are open now.




Victorian School of Languages

Learn a language on Saturday morning!


Calendar & Events

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Friday 2 February – Thursday 29 March 

Term 2: Monday 16 April – Friday 29 June

Term 3: Monday 16 July – Friday 21 September

Term 4: Monday 8 October – Wednesday 19 December

Important Upcoming Dates

Please regularly click on the QoP Community Calendar below, to stay up to date with events:








Queen of Peace Parish Primary School Newsletter
Parish Bulletin 021218.pdf
Parish Bulletin 161218.pdf
Vic School of Languages 2019.pdf
VSL Centre Classes 2019 - Brochure.pdf
Year Prep Learning at QoP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 1 Learning at QOP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 2 Learning at QoP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 3 Learning at QOP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 4 Learning at QoP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 5 Learning at QOP Term 4 2018.pdf
Year 6 Learning at QoP Term 4 2018.pdf
Volunteer Request 2018.pdf
Menu as at Aug 2018.pdf
Lauren Middlebrook, Lisa Vella, McCabe Craig & Patrick Craig