Corpus Christi School Newsletter

21 August 2019
Issue Twenty-five
Religious Education and Social Justice
From the Principal's Desk
Student Wellbeing News
Extra Curricula News
E-Learning News
Awards and Celebrations
Diary Dates
Parent Partnerships
Community News
OshClub News
Corpus Christi School
(03) 9314 7303
380 Geelong Road
Kingsville, Victoria, 3012

Religious Education and Social Justice

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop




Two weeks ago we celebrated the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. As Corpus Christi School was  a Josephite school in the past we aim to keep alive the charism of St Mary in all we do in our school community, in our everyday lives and also in the wider community through our Social Justice initiatives.


Each of our school learning communities chooses a motto each year that comes from one of the many beautiful quotes made by St Mary.


Each community has shared their quote below and given the reason why the children decided it would be an appropriate motto to follow.


The Preps motto is:

Find happiness in making others happy

We decided on this quote because if somebody is feeling sad or mad we can smile at them to make them feel happy. Being happy makes others happy  and making other people feel happy will make us feel good too!


The Year 1/2 community's  motto is:

Always remember to love one another

We chose to follow this motto because when we love one another, our school will be more fun for us and our teachers. If we treat others with love, the love will come back to us like a boomerang! 


The Year 3/4 Community's motto is:

Have patience with yourselves when you see that you have failed and patience with others when they seem to have done so.


We chose this quote because we thought this would be something that we can take and learn from. This quote has two parts. Firstly, if you have done something wrong, don’t be upset because you can learn from it.


The second part explains that if someone else makes mistakes, don’t be mad at them because they can make mistakes and maybe learn from it too. Rather than be upset at them, you can be kind and supporting to others. After all, no one is perfect. We don’t do everything correctly, we all make mistakes, and that’s ok. 


The Year 5/6 Community motto is:

Find happiness in making others happy


We feel that this quote represents the Year 5/6 community well. It is what the students strive to embody every day. Students of the Year 5/6 community believe that making others happy compliments the ethos of  what it means to be a part of a Josephite school. Treating others with respect and finding happiness in those around us creates a community worth being a part of.  


All Australian Catholic schools with a connection to the Sisters of St Joseph have been invited to be part of history during the refurbishment of the Mary MacKillop Museum in Adelaide.


To honour St Mary’s amazing and enduring contribution to the establishment of Catholic Education across our vast country we accepted the opportunity to purchase a paver engraved with our school name for the Catholic Education Pathway which will be in a very prominent position outside the refurbished Museum.


The Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre on Albert Street East Melbourne is a wonderful tribute to St Mary and well worth a visit to learn more about our first Australian saint.


Jane Wilkinson

Religious Education Leader





From the Principal's Desk

Funtopia - PFA Fundraiser

Hello CCK Community,

What an awesome turn out we had at the annual Funtopia Fundraiser last Friday night. 


With 170+ kids and even more adults enjoying the evening, the squeals and big smiles certainly proved the event was a huge success!! It was so lovely to see past students coming along to reconnect with their CCK days and many parents, grandparents and guardians catching up in a relaxed setting away from school.


We are proud to announce between the raffle and climbing tickets sold for the event we were able to raise a grand total of $2315!


These events couldn’t happen without many hands helping out behind the scenes, so saying that I’d like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Miss Debbie who once again was an admin superstar and made the logistics of the event run so smoothly.


This thanks extends to all of the CCK staff members who came and showed their support on the night (especially our raffle lady Signora Anderson - Grazie). It was evident how much the kids love seeing you in such a fun environment.


And last but not least THANK YOU to our very generous local community, without their continued support fun events like these wouldn’t be possible!


Event Sponsor




Raffle Sponsors

















Kind Regards

Belinda Miller

PFA President




Friday 30th August 

Fathers’ Day Breakfast: 7:30am - 8:45 am

FatherS’ Day Stall: 9:30 am -11:30 am


Volunteers for both events will be needed, so please keep an eye out for the CareMonkey email coming your way!



Footy Colours Dress Up day

On Friday 30th August we celebrate the AFL final series with our annual ‘Footy Colours Dress-Up Day’.


On this day children are invited to wear their favourite AFL team colours to school and I hope to see a sea of black and white (Go Pies!)

It’s also the day we celebrate Fathers’ Day (see below).

Fathers' Day

To kick off Fathers' Day Weekend, our Fathers’ Day Breakfast will be held on Friday 30th August from 7:30am until 8:45am. Breakfast will once again be hosted in the undercover area (unless the weather is horrible, in which case we will move it to the hall). And don’t forget to wear your Footy Colours to school (dads and children)!


The menu will consist of: Bacon and egg rolls, fresh fruit and juice.


Following breakfast, we will host our traditional Fathers’ Day Stall. There are a myriad of gifts to choose from starting from as little as $2.00. It is up to each family to decide what would be an appropriate amount to spend.


These events don’t run without the support of our parent community. This week you will receive a CareMonkey notification asking for volunteers for the breakfast and the stall. It would be great if you could assist.

Learning Conferences

As part of our Reporting and Assessment processes, the second of our formal Learning Conferences (Parent Teacher Interviews) will be held on Wednesday 18th September between 2:00pm and 8:00pm. These interviews are important in the partnership between parent and school regarding the education of your child.


To facilitate the Learning Conferences all children finish  school at 1:00pm on Wednesday 18th September.


The Learning Conferences will provide the opportunity to celebrate achievement and discuss progress regarding learning goals as expressed in your child’s written report in June. Your child’s portfolio will be given to you during the Learning Conference.


The meetings will be scheduled every 12 minutes. We understand that in some special cases a longer time will be required and if this is the case, you are asked to make alternative arrangements with your class teacher.  Attendance at these meetings is expected.


Bookings are now open and are to be made online at  and our event code is wcvwf.

Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS)

Every year as part of our School Improvement Process, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.


One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through purpose built surveys. In the past we, in conjunction with Catholic Education Melbourne have partnered with Insight SRC  to conduct this process  and many of you would have been invited to complete the surveys.   This year will be a little different as we will be utilising CEMSIS, the Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.


CEMSIS is  new set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.


In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using this brand new, secure and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.


The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school data. 


Students in Years 4-6 at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where our teachers are on hand to help and answer any questions. Families and staff can complete the survey anytime over the three-week window (September 2nd -20th) via an emailed link and password. Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. 


Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.


All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during or after completion of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.


Exact details will be provided closer to the date yet  if you would like more information, please contact me via the school office.


Have a wonderful week

God Bless

Anthony Hyde


Student Wellbeing News

Wellbeing Spotlight: 3/4 Community 

In Year 3/4 this week we have been exploring what makes us unique individuals.

We talked about why it is important to recognise and celebrate what makes us similar to each other but also what makes us different and unique! 

We discussed that we have 'Inside' and 'Outside' traits. This allowed the students to explore the idea that we are not only physically different, we all have different backgrounds, beliefs, values and knowledge that make up our 'inside' traits.

The children discussed that we can all bring our outside and inside traits to school, as that is what makes us such a beautiful community!

Kinder Visits

On Friday 16th  August, Armani, Danny, Molly and Morgan visited the kids at Dobson Kindergarten. This is what they had to say!


Armani: I had a great time with the beautiful children. It was so fun seeing what it was like being a kid. These children are so smart and careful in the way they work. Making friends was so much fun and the trip with Miss Anderson was so amazing.


Danny: The kids at the kindergarten were very good and nice people. The teacher/supervisor was very nice to everyone. The kids were very intelligent even though they were very little. 

Molly:The kids were very intelligent and they knew where to put all their stuff. The kinder was organised and tidy when we came to the floor.

Morgan: The kids were wonderful and it was a pleasure to meet them. They were really smart and friendly. I was fascinated and very surprised, they blew me away with their politeness and generosity. I had a really great time!  

Wellbeing Groups

Focus: Busting our worries!


Students listened to the story Jack’s Worry’s by Sam Zuppardi and discussed what made the character worried and identified what helped his worries to fade away.

Students wrote their worries on a sticky note. We read the anonymous worry notes and discussed strategies to deal with each worry.

They wrote down their main worry and chose a strategy that could help their worry to fade away. E.g;

Telling an adult about your worries

Listening to relaxing music

Identifying what is worrying you

Taking deep breaths

Getting some fresh air outside

Talking to a friend about your worries

Writing a journal


Wellbeing Tips 

Focus: Food and Mood


How food can lift your mood 

By enjoying a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, wholegrain cereals, legumes, low-fat dairy, lean meat and oily fish, you can prevent and improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. 


A well balanced diet means that your body will have all the nutrients it needs for good health, including good mental health. However, a healthy diet is about more than just nutrients. 


Studies that show a link between diet and mental health have found associations with whole dietary patterns, not just specific foods or nutrients. That means that there is no superfood for mental health; rather, it is important to eat a balanced diet.


The diets that seem to provide the most benefit for mental health are those that are considered to be ‘traditional diets’. These include the Mediterranean diet, Norwegian diet and Japanese diet. 


Some components of these diets that may be important for mental health include:

  • Healthy fats like the ones found in fish and extra virgin olive oil. These fats have been shown to be important for our blood vessels and our brain, and may have an important anti-inflammatory effect that helps to prevent depression.
  • Wholegrains such as brown bread, rice and pasta. These fibre-rich foods can promote the growth of good gut bacteria that may have a positive effect on mental health. 
  • Fruit and vegetables. These colourful components of the diet contain a wealth of important nutrients including antioxidants that help to prevent cell damage. 
  • Fermented foods like yoghurt can also help to encourage the growth of good gut bacteria that positively impact on mental health.
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes. These powerhouses of the diet are good sources of plant-based protein, healthy fats and fibre. 

And don’t forget your liquid intake: water will keep you hydrated and help you to feel more alert and productive. 

How food can lower your mood 

Studies show that a Western diet, or one that is higher in processed foods with plenty of added salt, sugar and fat, can be more likely to lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

When motivation and energy are lacking, you may find foods such as takeaways, chips, soft drink and lollies appealing. Unfortunately, a diet focused on these types of foods is more likely to exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

To keep feeling at your best, reach for some healthy convenience foods:

  • a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk
  • plain yoghurt topped with fruit and nuts or oats
  • wholegrain toast with peanut butter or avocado
  • wholegrain biscuits with hummus.

If you are finding meal preparation to be too difficult or time consuming, try the following tips to create healthy meals for yourself every day of the week:

  • Cook in bulk and freeze leftover portions in single-serve size containers ready to just heat and eat.
  • Shop and cook with a friend. Spending time with others can also be great for improving your mood. 
  • Consider a food swap. Trade extra portions of meals that you have cooked with a friend in a similar situation.
  • Keep plenty of convenient meal options on hand. Frozen vegetables are fantastic as they keep for ages and don’t require any chopping. Tinned fish and canned beans are convenient sources of protein that you can use to top toast or stir into pasta or rice.


For further information, go to the Better Health website.


Haylea Anderson

Wellbeing Leader

Extra Curricula News

Book Week Parade

Our annual Book Parade on Monday morning was once again spectacular and an event enjoyed by all! 


We always look forward to seeing all the wonderful characters people choose and there are certainly some creative people amongst us.


We hope that children enjoyed the experience along with the additional Book week activities that were conducted in classrooms.


Well done to everyone.


The Burger Model

How do we get children to write a persuasive text.... With the Hamburger Model of course!


Last Monday the Year 1/2 children had burgers for lunch.


This all came about because we did a stupendous job of writing a persuasive text. To write a persuasive text we have been following a Burger Model to know what to write in each paragraph.

We convinced our teachers why we should have a burger lunch. The burger day was the yummiest day ever!


By Year 1/2


E-Learning News

Meet some of our Techsperts!

Over the past few weeks a number of our students have been working on their own projects. From animation, to developing their own games and activities, to programming devices to follow instructions, these students have worked hard to become experts at a range of technology.


Our Techsperts

The first of our Techsperts are Liv Dinnen (Year 5/6) and Zac Juegan (Year 3/4) who have spent time creating platform games on Scratch. 





"It's a rocket game where you shoot these spaceships and you can also go up and down, and side to side and shoot lightning bolts. You can go fast and slow and the goal is to get the highest score. You can choose all your backgrounds and all your or your games how you want to play it."

Zac Juegan 


"This game is about dodging the Dinosaurs. You need to jump over the dinosaurs in order to reach the top, but if you get hit by one, you get sent back to the start. You need to climb up the ladders and make it to the end."

Liv Dinnen.


Stay tuned for more from our other Techsperts over the upcoming weeks. 


E-Learning Coordinator

Zachary Lane

Awards and Celebrations

Happy Birthday!



Bawngtu Inmang



Brayden Le



Sophie Fitzsimon



Naomi Gebremeskel



Summer de Domenico



Thomas Stolica



Gelila Alemu

Sienna Mendoza




Year Prep G

Harry Randall                                 

Year Prep N

Zac Cooper Fraser

Year 1/2 H


Year 1/2 C

Nicholas Lim

Year 1/2 B


Year 3/4 L

Ruby-Lou Banjac Gall

Year 3/4 Z

Mia Crawford

Year 3/4 S

Eamon Dunne

Year 5/6 W

Ruben Da Silva

Year 5/6 S


Year 5/6 C







Diary Dates



22nd- Interschool Athletics Carnival @ Newport Athletics Track

30th- Fathers' Day Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:45 am 

Fathers' Day Stall 9:15 am

Footy Colours Day


3rd- Interschool Athletics's Carnival 

16th- Coon Truck Cheese Toasties lunch

18th- Learning Conferences 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

19th- School Disco 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

20th- End of Term 3 Dismissal 1:00 pm


7th- Term 4 Commences

8th-  First Reconciliation (Year 3) Workshop @ 7:00pm

18th- Year 5/6 Interschool Summer Sports commence

21st- Year Prep 2020 Transition (Orientation): Session 1

9:00am -11:00am

23rd 25th- Year 5/6 Camp (Camp Marysville) 

28th- Italian Day

29th- Sacrament of Reconciliation (Year 3) @ 7:00pm


4th- School Closure Day: Staff Professional Development Day

5th- Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

6th-15th- Swimming Program (Years Prep-4)

7th- Year Prep 2020 Transition (Orientation): Session 2.

2:00pm - 3:15pm

20th- Year Prep 2020 Transition (Orientation): Session 3.

2:00pm - 3:15pm

To View Our Full Yearly Calendar Click the Link Below

Please note that events are continually updated on this live calendar.



Parent Partnerships

When Relationships Go Wrong For Girls

Parenting Girls

Girlhood relationships are so important, yet they can be both wonderful and awful in the same week. A friendship fallout hurts, but children need to know that arguing doesn’t have to be the end of the friendship. Developmentally, some squabbling is vital because it helps kids learn about respectful conflict resolution. Here’s how parents can help at these difficult times:


Listen to their story

When inevitable conflict arises, girls can often get caught in a ‘rumination loop’ replaying the scene over in their minds, like a song stuck on repeat, which makes things feel catastrophic. As a girl’s brain is still learning how to interpret some responses, she may be misinterpreting a friend’s words or signals. If this is the case, ask her to look for evidence to support her interpretation.


Suggest your daughter talks to her friend privately in an assertive way. Help her plan the conversation beforehand, starting with ‘I’ words, which encourage her to own her feelings. She could say, ‘I felt let down when …’ Model apologies at home. Help her think of ways to say, ‘I’m sorry. Can we fix this?’


Discuss the shifting nature of friendships

Relationships don’t always last. As girls grow their tastes and interests change. They want to explore the possibilities of new people and activities. This often leads to hurt when one girl is not ready for a shift.


Parents can help by explaining that changes in friendships are a part of growing up (although never an excuse for meanness). Rather than simply dismissing a girls’ feelings as silly, acknowledge the hurt and gently reassure her there are many new, interesting people she will meet.


Expand her village

Ensure your daughter has friends in a few settings – a neighbour, a team mate, a family friend. They can provide a different connection and helps girls realise they are not alone.


Discuss toxic friendships

Most girls will experience the pain of interacting with a toxic ‘friend’ during their school years. This type of interaction is called relational aggression and serves to damage a person’s sense of social place. For instance, a girl may appear to be friendly but she may use passive-aggressive strategies such as gossip, ostracism and online exclusion. These actions can be very confusing, leading to feelings of shame and loneliness.


When not given healthy ways to express their pain, girls can often internalise their emotions in unhealthy ways such as through self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders and self- loathing.


Allow her to express hurt

Allow your daughter the chance to process pain, vent or cry when they are hurting. Adults may not be able to change a toxic person’s behaviour, but shouldn’t underestimate the power of listening and being available. Don’t assume that you know what your daughter needs. Rather ask, “What do you need from me in this situation?”  When a relationship problem escalates it may need to be taken to the school for further intervention.


Provide growth opportunities

Help your daughter develop the skills for developing healthy friendships. Explicitly teach your daughter to think about what compassion, kindness and empathy look like in a friend and helps her recognise what it means to be a good friend herself.


Helping girls manage friendship issues can be exhausting so parent self-care becomes a priority during these times. Girls benefit enormously from having a caring, emotionally healthy adult in their lives who can support them and help them process their thoughts and emotions when peer relationships turn sour.



Community News

Key enrolment dates for Year 5 students in 2019 starting Year 7 in 2021

Please note the following key enrolment dates for students in Year 5 in 2019 who will be enrolling in Year 7 for 2021:

· Term 3 – 23 August 2019: Applications close.

· Term 4 – 18 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2021 applicants.

· Term 4 – 1 November 2019: Final date for families to accept offer made by school.


St Aloysius College

St Aloysius College currently has vacancies at all year levels.

Emmanuel College News

A reminder that the closing date for applications for Year 7, 2021 is Friday 23 August 2019.


Mt St Joseph's College News



Simonds Catholic College News




OshClub News

OSHClub News

Hello everyone,


Thought I would provide a quick update of what has been happening at OSHClub over the past few weeks.


We have been heavily working on redesigning and rearranging the room. This has resulted in play spaces being formed which have allowed the kids to immerse themselves in the activities they choose. Some of these have been Lego, Klikko’s

(we have seen a tank, decahedron and bridge being built) and creative play (dolls, drawing, footy, other craft).


We have also endeavored to do more creative and messy play with painting (glitter, bubbles, water) being our most popular along with clay. There has been some amazing artwork that has been created, documented and collected.


There has also been a range of activities being run outdoors. The most popular has been football and markers up followed by tag, rangers, unicorn tag and minute to win it challenges. The challenges have been interesting to watch, and they have also allowed the children to be quite inventive (they use the equipment around them to create the challenges).


It's been a good few weeks.

See you all around.

Milan and Lynette.





OSHClub Enrolment Details

Please register your children for Before and After School Care. You never know when you might need us!


We cannot accept a child into our care without an active enrolment and this can take a couple of days to process. If your child has a medical condition which may require medication while at OShClub, such as asthma or an allergy, we MUST have that medication on hand at the program. We are allowed to share Epipens with the school due to the shortage, but any other medications must be provided to OSHClub to stay at the program.


If you are having any trouble with the online enrolment and booking system, please feel free to call our customer service staff on 1300 395 735 and they will talk you through the process, help access your account, change your password etc. Also, if you miss the 24 hour online booking cut off, you can call them and they will add your child to the roll. You can also send us a text message on 0401 501 661 and we will add your child manually, though a late booking fee will apply.


If you are having any difficulties with your OSHClub account, please come see  me in the OSHClub room between 7am and 9am or 2:30pm and 6pm and we will help you sort them out. You can also contact us on 0401 501 661 or at [email protected] and we will get back to you.


If you have any questions about the new system, you can go to the following webpage:


You can also contact our Customer Service and Billing team on 1300 395 735 or email [email protected]


REMINDERS: If you need to cancel BSC or ASC please do so on the internet 48 hours in advance, otherwise leave a message on 0401 501 661 on the day, or pop in to let staff know you are collecting your child so that we know where the children are. OSHClub is open 2:30-6:00pm. There is a $2/minute fee for each child that is picked up after 6pm.


Information for Families

Corpus Christi OSHClub program phone:
0401 501 661

Coordinator: Milan            
Assistants: Emilia (Milly), Julie, Lynette

OSHClub Customer Service: 1300 395 735
[email protected]


All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember enrolling is Free!! Please create an account online at all bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on-the-day bookings please contact Milan on

0401 501 661.


Milan and Lynette.

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