St. Cecilia's Newsletter

30 August 2019
Issue Twelve
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
Fair News
Parenting Ideas
Look what's been going on...
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates

Term 3 & 4 Dates

Term 3

Sunday, 1st September

Fathers' day


Friday, 6th September

School Concert at the Besen Centre

Students arrive at 6:30pm

Concert 7pm til 8:30pm


Wednesday, 11th September

District Athletics carnival 9:30 to 12:30

Bill Sewart oval in Burwood


Wednesday 18th September

Year 3/ 4 Sacramental Retreat day


Friday, 20th September

Last day of Term 3

Footy Dress up day-

Lucky Dip donations requested for the Fair


TERM 4 dates

Monday, 7th October

School Closure day- Pupil free day 

Staff Professional Development day


Tuesday, 8th October

Students resume

Bring a bottle donation for the Fair


Friday, 11th October

Opening Mass for Term 4 at  9:15am


Wednesday , 16th October

2pm Whole school photo


Sunday, 20th October

First Communion at 10am


Wednesday 23rd October

Year 2-4 classes First Aid sessions



Saturday, 26th October

School Fair


Wednesday, 30th October

Year 5 / 6 Open Water learning day

run by Life Saving Victoria


Monday, 4th November

School Closure day

Pupil free day


Tuesday, 5th November

Melbourne Cup day holiday


Wednesday, 13th November

at 7pm Foundation 2020

Parent Information night


Thursday, 14th November

Foundation Orientation session 1



Monday, 18th November

Foundation Orientation session 2

9:15am to 10:45am


Friday, 22nd November

St Cecilia's feast day Mass at 9:15am


Wednesday, 27th November

Foundation Orientation session 3

9:15am to 12pm


Monday, 25th November

Twilight Sports at Bill Sewart oval

in Burwood


Friday, 29th November

Mother's Lunch


Thursday, 12th December

Year 6 Mystery Tour


Friday, 13th December

Twilight Christmas Carols

Tuesday, 17th December

Graduation Mass 9:15am 

and dinner

Last day for Year 6 students


Wednesday, 18th December

Last day of school for Foundation to Year 5

Farewell assembly/ Christmas prayer at 9am

























Principal's Report

Book Week

Dear Parents,

Firstly, thank you to our students, staff and parents for our remarkable Book Week last week. It was a highly successful, meaningful, inclusive and fun a very busy time of the year. The Parade, The Great Book Swap and Mystery Reader... just to name a few! Grateful thanks to our staff and to all those who contributed in so many ways. Once again, we have a community that does so much to support a love of literacy amongst our students. 

One of the highlights has been Mystery Reader. The buzz of excitement and anticipation this initiative created was addictive. The foyer was a bubbling hive of nervousness, as anxious parents waited for the call up. The students could not wait to see who was behind that knock at the door. It is indeed a tradition that I am sure will continue. 


School Review


The Catholic Education Melbourne school review process occurs in the fourth year of the SIF cycle and is a key component of the School Improvement Framework (SIF). The SIF promotes an evidence-based inquiry approach to planning within the school. Schools incorporate ongoing monitoring and evaluation of school performance and student outcomes to support continuous school improvement and reflect regularly upon questions relating to direction, achievement and growth.

St. Cecilia's will be involved in the next part of this process in week 9 of this term.


The core purpose of the school review process is to serve the needs of our school, to affirm achievements of the past four years, explore areas for growth and to plan for future improvement as a Catholic school striving for excellence in student outcomes.

We have successfully completed Part One of this process, involving  the compliance component: an audit/verification process of the Minimum Standards for School Registration and other State and Commonwealth Requirements.


We will keep you updated with this progress.

Father's Day

Father's Day is this Sunday.

This is a day to celebrate and honour the fathers,

and the father figures, in our lives. 

Today we celebrated our Fathers with our traditional Father's Day Breakfast.  It was extremely well attended with an amazing support team of many mums behind the scenes running the show. Particular thanks and gratitude to Viv Alberts and Kerrin Niklas for coordinating this event. And a special thank you to the dads who were able to contribute to our popular Mystery Bottle Stall at the Fair by donating a bottle or two of wine. 

Dads, your children don’t need a perfect father… they need a loving, available one. Enjoy Sunday.


St Cecilia’s Concert  


Firstly, thank you to everyone for your understanding regarding the limiting of tickets to 4 per family. This has allowed all families access to immediate family having a seat if required.

On Monday 2nd September at 4:00pm, we will re open the booking process allowing families to book a further 2 tickets per family if required.  This particular opportunity will be for a limited time as our seating availability is nearly exhausted. 



Please read this note carefully, from our Music teacher Mrs Stefania Miller. We have sent a hard copy of this note home also (Friday). 


“Around the world in 80 minutes...or so”

Friday 6th September, 2019

7pm start

Besen Centre 87/89 Station Street, Burwood

Our school concert is fast approaching. Get ready to venture on the trip of a lifetime as the students of St. Cecilia’s take you on a holiday around the world!


A couple of important notes…


On Friday, 6th September during the school day, the students will all be taken by shuttle buses to practise on stage at the Besen Centre (between 9:30 and 3:00pm). 

NB Students will need to be at school on time so they do not miss the bus.

  • The students will need to wear their PE uniform on Friday 6th September and bring their own snacks, lunch and drink of water in a disposable bag. NB This is not a dress rehearsal.


  • Lunch orders will only be available for F-2 grades as the 3-6’s will not be back in time for a hot lunch. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

The evening performance:

Students must arrive at 6.30pm to allow time to meet with their teachers and get ready for the performance.

  • Signs and posters will be on doors indicating where students performing in the concert are to be dropped off under teacher supervision. All students to be dropped off at the bottom of the stairs leading to the balcony seating. Classroom teachers will be recording as each child arrives and leaves the venue for safety reasons.


  • The upstairs mezzanine and balcony is a restricted area and only staff and students are permitted to enter this area.


  • Students are to wear their costumes to the venue. Children in Senior Choir will come with their choir costume on and change into their other costumes after the choir performs. 


  • The venue has a bar in the foyer for audience members wishing to have a drink or snack before the show.


  • Please limit prams, strollers and baby capsules 


  • As a condition of being at The Besen Centre, copyright laws and child safety regulations stress that filming and photography is not allowed during the performance. A copy of the official recorded DVD can be purchased through the office until the end of the term.


Looking forward to seeing you there!


Mrs Stefania Miller



Buses on Concert Day

Concert Practice at the Besen Centre


As you know next Friday, 6th September is our Concert! The students are so excited and we are all looking forward to a great night of “armchair travel” with items from various countries around the world!


During the day, the students will be taken from school to the Besen Centre on shuttle buses so that they can practise on the actual stage and become familiar with their surroundings.

The first buses will leave St Cecilia’s at 9:30am and the last buses should return to school by 3pm.


Please complete the Return Slip that we send home giving permission for your child to travel by bus (to and from the Besen Centre) to attend the practice at the Besen Centre 87 - 89 Station Street Burwood on Friday 6th September.  


We ask that you return this note to school by Tuesday, 3rd September.


Senior Hooptime


5/6 Hoop Time Report

Written by some of our Senior Leaders...


On Thursday, the Year 5/6 classes drove to Dandenong Stadium for Hoop Time. Each and every student participated really well, with wonderful sportsmanship. We all enjoyed the day playing against other schools.

Even though the teams did not make it to the next level, everyone had a wonderful day.


For all the students who do not play basketball, it was great to see them learn new skills and enjoy themselves.


We were fortunate to have parents as coaches and team managers. We thank them for giving up their time. Thanks also to Ms Louise’s son for taking a day off school to coach a team. A special thanks goes to Mrs Galgani for all her hard work leading up to the day. We appreciate all you do for us and the day could not have happened without you.



The Third Teacher...

“ Educational improvement is judged by its impact on learners – whether those impacts are social, cultural or academic.”

Viviane Robinson, 2017


In every classroom you will see posters or goals or hints / clues to support the learning. Sometimes we call these Anchor Charts. Our students are beginning to call these THE THIRD TEACHER.



Anchor charts highlight the most important aspects of a lesson. They help teachers focus on, and allow students to remember, the most important concepts and skills being taught.


Anchor charts improve student comprehension and are designed to scaffold students’ learning. They are designed to spotlight an important concept and are immediately available to reference on the classroom wall. They reinforce concepts at various times throughout the school day as a result of their presence and aid in comprehension.

Posting anchor charts keeps relevant and current learning accessible to students to remind them of prior learning and to enable them to make connections as new learning happens.


Take a chance to view some of these next time you visit the classroom.  Ask your child to explain what they mean and how they help...



When we speak about our St. Cecilia school values, we speak of: 



We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily



We respect and embrace the community



We care and do what is right and just



We strive for and celebrate every success



Have a great weekend with your families and Happy Father's Day to our Dads!


Warm regards,


Deputy Principal Report

Term 3 Inquiry Units-
Science & Technology / Design focus

Dear parents,

Thank you to all the parents and family members who have enriched our Inquiry units this term by coming along and presenting to the students.

Both the teachers and students have learnt so much from you and really enjoyed seeing the connection between our school learning and their possible  future work.

Our Year 5 / 6 students also had a Science Incursion last week so all class levels have now experienced Science and Technology sessions shared by trained educators from Swinburne etc.

We hope that this will inspire some budding scientists at St Cecilia's!

(Girls and boys!)


Concert Preparations

The students  have fine-tuned  their items for our annual school Concert which is on Friday, 6th September at the Besen Centre in Box Hill.  The Concert begins at 7pm and should conclude by around 8:30pm.

We ask that all students arrive at the Besen Centre at 6:30pm wearing their costumes. They need to be dropped off at the bottom of the stairs leading to the balcony seating.

As part of our Child Safety procedures, the students will have their name ticked off on their arrival and  when they are collected by their parents at the end of the night. 

Next Friday, 6th September between the times of 9:30 and and 3pm the whole school will be taken by shuttle buses to practise on the stage and become familiar with their surroundings at the Besen Centre. They can be collected from school at 3:30pm as usual on Friday.

Today your children will bring home a permission slip regarding being the practice at the Besen Centre. We ask that you please return this to school by Tuesday, 3rd September.

NB There will be no  3pm Assembly next Friday, 6th September due to the Concert preparations!

A note went out this week regarding purchasing the Concert DVD.

If you did not receive this note, please ask for a copy at the office.


Soccer Clinics

Mr Johnson has recently arranged for the Year 1 and 2 students to participate in a series of soccer clinics which the students have really enjoyed and many of them have taken to playing soccer during recesses to practise their skills!

Part of the program is a tournament  where the Year 1 and 2 classes will play matches against other local schools. The date is:

Friday 13th September and the venue is the Hartwell Sports Ground.

A permission slip will come home next week and we hope that all the Year 1 and 2 students will be able to attend this event.


A letter from the Vice President for the STC South Camberwell Cricket Club in charge of Junior Teams


The 2019/20 Cricket season is nearly here : 

 STC South Camberwell Cricket Club based at Nettleton Park Glen Iris for over 50 years has opened registrations for all junior and senior players . The club has a proud history of fielding Milo in2 cricket and T20 Blast programs , multiple under 10 to under 16 junior teams and also an under 18 team . We also have 5 Senior teams and a 2 Veterans teams having successfully won 4 premierships during the 2018/9 Season.   STC is a friendly encouraging club that welcomes all players and their families .  If you'd like more information please email , visit our club website  or call STC Vice President - Junior Teams

Pete Martin on 0404667871

We are especially looking for Grade 2 , 3 and grade 4 students to help fill our under 10 and under 12 teams .


Book Week 

Our annual Book Week celebrations were once again lots of fun- particularly  the Book Parade last Wednesday, 21st August.

The students and staff all dressed up as one of their favourite book characters and we took lots of photos! (See below for a few examples.) Back in the classrooms the students rotated around rooms within their class levels and participated in activities relating to the short listed books by the Australian Book Council. They discussed the characters, their actions, personal strengths etc and various aspects of the story plots. The rich language of quality books helps the students to develop their own vocabulary and we see the benefits as the creative ideas and "WOW!" words transfer to their individual written stories and enhance them considerably.

The staff performed a Fairy Tale type play loosely based on the story of Jack in the Beanstalk, led by Mr McKenna and the week concluded with a Book Swap organised by Helen Lloyd. All students brought a pre-loved book and took home a book donated by another student. This is surely and example


Special thanks to Mrs Teresa Galgani who wrote the teacher play and purchased the short- listed books and prizes for the parade and to our Literacy Leaders: Marnie Chapman and Tracey Toner who arranged the Book Parade in the hall.


Girls' Football

This Sunday, 1st September some of our girls 

are in their first football Grand Final!

Mia, Zoe, Sophia &  2 of our ex students: Grace Cox and Tilly 

If you want to go to watch them play- the match is at Templestowe Reserve off Porter St Templestowe at 10:15am.

Good luck girls!


We hope that you all the dads have a lovely Father's day on Sunday and are ready to enjoy some "Armchair travel" around the world at the Concert next Friday night!

Regards, Karen Whiting


in 2019

First Communion

The Year 4 students have begun their lessons in preparation for their First Communion. 

We hope that all the students and their parents are completing their Homework tasks together each week and are busy making their felt banners. Also remember to attend Mass and ask the priest to sign your First Communion Passports!

Information about the Communion banners was been sent home a few weeks ago and we ask that each family makes a felt  banner with the candidates' name and symbols of the Eucharist.

If anyone missed out on the information about making the banner, please contact me: and we can send you a copy of the instructions. 

Some families are meeting on Sunday, 8th September after the 10am Mass to make their banners together in the Church foyer/ narthex. If you are interested in joining them, please bring your felt materials, some glue and creative ideas. Sylvia Tuz, ( Marina's mother) is co-ordinating this group along with Louise Bolton.


The First Communion ceremony will be at the end of week 2, in Term 4 -on Sunday, 20th October at 10am.

The Year 3's made their First Reconciliation earlier this year and the Year 4's will soon receive their First Communion so both grade levels will be participating in a sacramental Retreat Day at school on Wednesday, 18th September. Further details will follow after the Concert.

The Communion photograph envelopes have now arrived and will be given out before the holidays so that families can choose their photo options.

We are looking forward to this special time in the lives of our Year 4 students.

A Family Prayer
to say together on Father's day

God, the Father of all people

Help us to value our families and family life.

Give back to our world an appreciation

of family as a shared love- 

far more important 

than material wealth or momentary enjoyment.

Make us generous, loyal and committed to each other

through good times and bad,

in sickness and in health.

And when we fail, stay with us, and take care of us.

May we never forget that your love for us is eternal.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.




Have a lovely Father's day and weekend!

Regards, Karen Whiting.

Fair News

St. Cecilia's Fair

Dear St Cecilia’s Families

This year marks the 73rd Anniversary of the St Cecilia’s Fair . 


Work is now well underway for the 2019 Fair and you are probably thinking what can I do to help… but don’t worry, because there is always heaps to do!


The Fair will be held on Saturday 26 October 2019, so please save the date as we need all hands on deck.




If you require any more information, have some feed back from previous years fairs or have any questions/suggestions please contact us on  Now is the time to let us know so we can make the 2019 Fair the best fair ever!

Thank you everyone for all your support already, the Fair is a lot of work and there is still heaps to do, but it is always so much fun!

Jane Martin
2019 Fair Coordinator

Parenting Ideas

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