St Anthony's News

30 May 2019
Issue One
From the Principal  
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St Anthony's School
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From the Principal

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

Dear Families

Welcome to the new look newsletter.


In an effort to make the news more engaging and easy to read, we have taken on a new way of delivering the news to you.  The various sections have been devised so that you have quick access to the news and therefore are informed of the great things that are happening at St Anthony’s School.


To read all the sections with ease just click on a Menu page or use the arrows.


The various leaders at school have their own section so that you can read what is happening across the school.


I hope that you take the time (which is very precious for all of us, even for those who create the newsletter) to read the latest news for our school.

Curriculum Day Feedback

Last Monday, 27 May, 133 staff from six  schools across the Southern Zone were involved in professional learning that resulted from five of the Principals being involved in a sponsored course held by the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Studies, Catholic Education: Mission, Culture & Spirituality, Rome 2018.  


We were fortunate to have Professor Peta Goldburg rsm FACE, Professor of Religious Education Faculty of Theology & Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, work with the staff and take us through a number of areas that have a direct impact on how we work in Catholic schools today.  She brought forward facts and insights that we can implement in our schools, and provoked us so that we are challenged to bring the best possible outcomes for our children in the development of their faith.  The areas of the work are listed below:


1. Introduction to the Congregation for Catholic Education

  • Look at the two most recent documents from The Congregation of Catholic Education: 2013 - Educating to Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools; and, 2014 - Educating Today and Tomorrow

2. Development of Catholic Social Teaching

3. Catholic Perspective across the Curriculum


The Years 3 & 4 students from St Aloysius Campus are to be congratulated on how they embraced their camp stay last week.  They were totally engaged in the activities and at all times behaved in the best possible manner.  It brought great pleasure for me to spend dinner time with them on Tuesday and embrace the atmosphere that was electric.  Thank you to Mrs Deirdre Cosgrave and Mrs Bernadette Dowling for attending the three days and ensuring that the students were engaged, fed, and always on track with the activities.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the Years 3-6 students who took part in the Cross Country event on Friday 17 May.  St Anthony’s School was placed 4th for the event across the Holt District schools.

Congratulations to the following students who took part in the next level of the Beachside Cross Country event last Tuesday:

Lucy:  49th - 9-10 Years Old Girls

Hadassah: 53rd -  9-10 Years Old Girls (St Aloysius Campus)

Lewis: 38th - 11 Years Old Boys

Sophie H: 33rd -12-13 Years Old Girls

Lyon: 45th - 12-13 Years Old Boys (St Aloysius Campus)


Thank you to the parents who eagerly watched the students in their race.  Finally, thank you to the teachers who trained and encouraged the students in the lead up to the events.


Winter Uniform

In light of the current weather, please note that it is acceptable for students to wear scarves, gloves and beanies to school, provided they are a plain white, cream or navy blue/black.  

School Group Photos

School group photos including photos of the whole school, school leaders and SRC are on display outside the school office. If you would like to purchase a copy, order forms are available from the office. Orders, with payment, must be returned to the office by 3rd June 2019.

Staff News

Mrs Emma Clausen has announced that she and Jeremy are expecting their first child late September.  On behalf of the school community I congratulate them and hope that this time is special as they await the arrival of their new Baby. 


Mrs Georgie Timmins will be Emma’s replacement from the beginning of September and for the remainder of the school year, whilst Emma is on Maternity Leave.

"Fortnite" Console Game

I wish to bring to your attention an article that I read recently about the impact of a current game that is being played by many of our students and the possible implications.  I ask that you take the time to read through this and perhaps take action.


Australian children as young as seven years old are launching aggressive attacks on their parents, lying to get out of school, and avoiding family holidays to play Fortnite marathons, as the video game phenomenon recruits a new generation of underage players.


Education and neuroscience experts warn excessive and premature use of the video game, and those like it, is leading to a ballooning crisis for Australian families, some of whom are now checking their children into dedicated rehabilitation centres to wean them off screens and reintegrate them into social, family and school life.


And psychiatrists are calling for greater recognition of the problem by the Australian government so more affected families can afford to seek treatment.


Despite its release more than a year ago, Fortnite: Battle Royale remains at the centre of underage video game obsessions, experts say, with the multi million-dollar phenomenon now reporting more than 250 million players worldwide.


The Epic Games creation, which has been described as Hunger Games meets Call of Duty, even broke its own record earlier this year, with more than 10.8 million people playing simultaneously.

While the game features several modes of play, the best known sees 100 players dropped on to an ever-shrinking battlefield where they must kill all other players to be the last avatar standing.


The violence is cartoonish, the game free to play and available across smartphones and consoles, with developers making money from personalising characters, buying victory dances, and loot boxes.


Learning expert and neuroscience communicator Jill Sweatman said Fortnite’s low entry price continued to attract children, even though many were too young and mentally unprepared to handle its content.


“Children as young as seven and eight (years old) have been overly committed to Fortnite and this game has an age recommendation of 13,” she said.


“You have kids from a very young age exposed to significant violence. There are short-term consequences and significant long-term consequences to this.”


Ms Sweatman said she had witnessed extreme examples of Fortnite addiction even in Australian children deemed old enough to play the game.


Fortnite gaming obsessions have become so pervasive in Australia that a growing number of psychologists now specialise in treatment for gaming addiction, and gaming rehabilitation and treatment centres have been established in Sydney and Melbourne.


Sydney child psychiatrist Dr Philip Tam said he had referred some patients to gaming detox centres but they were “quite pricey” and, similarly, extended private therapy could be a large burden on single-parent or low-income households in desperate need of help.


Cyber safety educator Leonie Smith said primary and high schools were also reporting problems from students obsessed with the online shooting game.


“This week, teachers were telling me there were several cases where kids were avoiding school to play Fortnite,” she said.

“One boy told his Mum he was being bullied at school and he didn’t want to go.  When she told the teacher, she found out it was a complete story.  He was staying up all night playing Fortnite and then couldn’t function the next day.”  Why is this game so popular with kids?


Peer pressure to play Fortnite is enormous, experts attest, and starts at primary school.


Cyber safety educator Leonie Smith says other big factors in the game’s success with kids are its free entry price and quirky, humorous, cartoon style.


“It’s the blood and the gore and the realism that parents don’t like in games,” she says. “Fortnite looks very palatable to parents. It looks like Alice in Wonderland, all these beautiful bright colours and characters running around.”  What dangers should I be aware of?


There are several potential hazards for children playing Fortnite.  Psychologists warn parents to pay close attention to how much time children are investing in the game, and whether play is affecting family, social, and school life.


Parents also need to be vigilant about how much kids spend on in-game purchases, and whether schoolyard bullies or unknown adults are speaking to their children. There is no in-game chat available in Fortnite mobile apps.


And some neuroscience experts argue young children should not be playing the game at all, warning that early exposure and extended sessions with the game can “impair learning”.

Fortnite is the latest game of craze and there will be other games in the future that will have an impact on our children- may I therefore recommend that you read the following recommendations:



  • Draw up a family contract to outline screen time rules, discuss them, listen to feedback, and have both parties sign
  • Stick to the rules every day — don’t let them slide when inconvenient
  • Set up parental controls on individual devices or the family wi-fi router to limit game play outside the rules
  • Ban devices from children’s bedrooms, including laptops, smartphones, and game consoles
  • Respect age ratings on video games, such as Fortnite’s 12 years+ guideline
  • Play your child’s favourite video game with them so you have a better understanding of the risks and their interests
  • Provide a good example for your children by maintaining healthy use of your devices
  • Seek expert advice if your child’s video game play becomes excessive and harms relationships with family and friends, and their academic performance

Herald Sun, May 2019


Margaret Carlei


From the Deputy


Friday of this week will signal the end of our swimming program for 2019.  I would like to thank all of the staff, students and families who have made this learning opportunity so successful.  The students have been very well prepared each day and all aspects of the program have run smoothly, enabled by our fantastic staff. 


I must also congratulate our students for representing our school with great pride, demonstrating respectful behaviour throughout this time.  As you all know, this only happens when we, as a community, maintain high expectations of the way in which our children engage in respectful relationships with others.   The staff of GESAC made specific mention of the students, saying 

....I teach a lot schools but I look forward to having St Anthony's.

It's a pleasure to teach the children at this school because they listen and do what they're asked to do.

We recognise that this time of year is often inclement and cold and we continue to encourage students to wrap up warm as needed this week, and across the remainder of the term.






Victorian Maths Challenge

Family participation in learning is one of the most accurate predictors of a child's success in school and beyond.  The Victorian Maths Challenge recognises the important role families have in their childrens' learning and while you might feel that the maths your child is doing at school is different from how you were taught, you can make a difference by supporting what your child learns at school and helping them to learn at home.


The challenge provides families with opportunities to explore maths together. It encourages families to ask questions of one another, to collaborate and to have fun exploring different approaches to open-ended problems.


Your role is to simply get involved!


With your child, check out the challenges and choose one that suits your family. The challenges have been designed as open-ended maths tasks that require limited amounts of time and materials. Your family might choose to complete one challenge in a short space of time, dedicate 20 minutes each day to a challenge over the course of a week or complete multiple challenges over a weekend.


Follow this link to take up the challenge -

If you decide to participate please email me with the challenge your family completed and your solution so that I can display this at school –


Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal


“Learning brings Hope” Horizons of Hope

Father Pritchard’s lesson on St. Anthony

Father Pritchard presented a power point presentation to the students about the life and times of St. Anthony.  Father discussed St Anthony’s birth place of Lisbon, Portugal, where he grew up and studied to become a priest. 

Father went on to talk about the University of Coimbra where St Anthony became a theologian.  St. Anthony met five Franciscan martyrs who inspired him to join the Franciscan order, where he took the name of Anthony. 


St. Anthony performed many miracles which Father explained about Preaching to the Fishes, The donkey and the Eucharist, The story of Baby Jesus.  Father continued to explain that he visited Padua where St. Anthony’s Basilica is located and touched and prayed at St. Anthony’s tomb. 

The students were very engaged in this presentation and learnt some new things about St. Anthony.  On Thursday 6th June, the relic of St. Anthony is visiting our church and the students and staff will be able to see the relic. 


Mass will be celebrated at 10am, hosted by the Years Foundation to 2 classes, and followed by a visit from Years 3-6 students.  The relic will be available for public viewing later that day.


St Anthony’s and St. Aloysius Feast Day

On Thursday 13th June it is the Feast day of St. Anthony and the whole school will be attending Mass at 10am.


On Friday 14th June a combined St Anthony’s and St. Aloysius Feast Day Mass will be held at St. Anthony’s church at 10am for both campus students and staff.  The St Aloysius campus students will travel to St. Anthony’s church for this combined celebration.  The students and staff will together be involved in a special sporting event followed by a shared lunch.

Vinnies Winter Appeal

We are collecting coats, jackets, cardigans and blankets etc. for the Winter Appeal.  Please bring your clean and laundered coats and blankets to the school foyer and we will donate these at the end of the appeal.  Your coats and blankets can help someone who is sleeping rough and needing our help.  Perhaps it is time to clear out your closet and donate any unwanted coats and blankets.  A time for a Marie Kondo clean out!

Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation is beneficial for all who participate in this method of meditating.  The students and staff at St. Anthony’s meditate every morning before school starts.  This program assists everyone to leave the woes of the morning and previous day behind and concentrate on the here and now.  It appears that everyone is much more calm and ready to face the busy day ahead, having been in touch with God while listening to meditation music. Therefore, it is imperative that students are at school by 8.40am to unpack their bag and get themselves ready for meditation and the school day ahead.  Having a few minutes to ourselves at the beginning of the day is necessary for our health and well-being.

Up-coming events

  • Saturday 1 June - Mass at St Anthony’s hosted by Year 3/4 at 6pm
  • Thursday 13 June – St Anthony’s Feast Day Mass at 10am at St Anthony’s church
  • Friday 14 June – Celebration of St Anthony and St Aloysius’ Feast days at St Anthony’s campus
  • Friday 21 June – St Aloysius’ Feast day – Whole school Mass at 9am for St Aloysius campus only
  • Friday 28 June – Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass at 10am at St Anthony’s church


Childhood anxiety: How parents can recognise anxiety danger signs in kids

Teaching kids to recognise panic and negative emotions is the key to calming an anxious mind. An estimated half a million Australian children suffer with fears or phobias that impact on their daily lives. But experts say parents can equip themselves with the tools to lead their kids back to reassurance and resilience.


Parenting writer Michael Grose and Dr Jodi Richardson said the simplest of activities at home could help kids overcome their fears. “Children and teenagers shouldn’t be sheltered from the challenges and expectations of everyday life. Their anxiety needs to be factored in, but should not excuse them from participating in normal daily events,” Mr Grose said. “Instead of just offering reassurance, it’s important for parents to help children understand they are experiencing anxiety and what it means.”


Their book, “Anxious Kids: How children can turn their anxiety into resilience”, offers scripts to help kids and parents recognise their negative emotions and give them “tools that help them deal with it in the moment”. Mr Grose said small routine changes such as walking home from school could help kids calm down. “Walking can help to get rid of anxiousness thanks to the mindless chatting and physical exercise,” he said. “A lot of our lifestyle keeps kids highly aroused and kids are not able to relax.” Dr Richardson said cutting out some organised activities could also be beneficial: “For children, having nothing to do can be great and gives them a sense of control over their time. It may not look like it, but a lot is going on such as decision-making, negotiating, problem-solving, being creative and having choices.”


She said better nutrition and gut health, more play time, less scheduled time and less time on screens could help. Dr Richardson said screens not only held “the risk of accessing content which may be upsetting, frightening or confusing”, but also led to kids missing out on “things that make them feel good such as physical activity, meeting friends and spending time outdoors”.

“Every hour on a device is one less hour kids have to develop healthy lifestyle habits and develop positive views of themselves by cultivating their character and exploring their values,” she said. Other protective factors include fostering resilience, focusing on empathy, getting more sleep and building relationships.


Emma Clausen

Student Wellbeing Leader


Simultaneous Story Time

On May 22nd 2019 at 11am students from across Australia had the opportunity to participate in Simultaneous Story Time.   Students were able to listen to the story "Alpacas in Maracas" by Matt Cosgrove being read at the same time.

Here are some snap shots of how students at St Anthony have celebrated Simultaneous Story Time.

Marina Russo




Library News

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019 is well underway. All students have been registered for the challenge. Students in Years F-2 need to read 30 books and students in Years 3-6 need to read 15 books. Congratulations to Angelo, Ilya and Nicholai who have already met the challenge.

We encourage all students to continue reading until the challenge finishes on 6th September 2019.

Scholastic Book Club

Order forms for Issue 4, 2019 of Scholastic Book Club have been distributed this week.  Orders must be processed online by 6th June 2019 or order forms, with payment, must be returned to the school office by next Thursday, 6th June 2019.  Late orders cannot be accepted.  Please note that there is no obligation for parents to purchase through Book Club.

School Leaders Page

SPORT : Sophie, Kayla, Ned & Leo


Dates to Remember

Please check the Calendar on the Website for ALL important dates.

To view the yearly calendar please go to the St Anthony’s School Website


Some very important dates for your calendars


Term 2

Saturday 1 June

  • 6-7pm, Pentecost School Mass, Year 3/4

Tuesday 4 June

  • 7-8pm, Confirmation Information Night

Thursday 13 June

  • 10am, St Anthony's Feast Day Mass

Friday 14 June

  • Combined St Anthony's Feast Day Celebrations, St Anthony's Campus

Tuesday 25 June

  • 2-8pm, Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 26 June

  • 2-7pm, Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday 27 June

  • 9-11am, Reconciliation Years 3-6

Friday 28 June

  • 10am, Mass - Feast of the Sacred Heart
  • 1.30pm, Term 2 Finishes

Term 3

Wednesday July 17

  • 7-8.30pm, The Resilience Project Information Night for Parents

Martin Heppell, Resilience Project

Parents & Friends (PFA)

Election Day BBQ

OMG – This day completely exceeded our expectations on so many levels! 

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this day so successful.

We had a wonderful selection of cakes to sell and so many smiling volunteers helping on the BBQ, taking money, setting-up and packing-up on the day.

We had to do three extra trips to the supermarket to top up on sausages and the stream of people continued to roll through all day.

Now for the total ……..WE RAISED A HUGE $2,303.00

Such an enormous effort and again many thanks for all those who helped make it so successful.

We would like to make special mention to Scott Miller for organising all the food and to Jacinta Hamilton and Dan Halpin who were there before 7am to help setup.

Please don’t forget to support our local sponsors who are very important to our school community.

Please scroll to our sponsors page! 



Cake Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of our recent cake raffles Chloe (FSJ) and Rachel (1/2MC).  Thank you to the Trbanc and Gerrand families for their amazing cakes.  Don’t forget, to be a winner, you need to purchase your tickets on a Friday morning in class before school starts for 20 cents ($1 for 6 tickets).  All money raised is put towards purchasing new library books. Feel free to contact Sarah Gerrand if you have any queries or would like to volunteer for the roster on mobile: 0400 301043 or email:



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