Inside St Therese's

19 February 2019
Issue Three
From the Principal...
RE News
School News ...
Parents and Friends
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,


Thank you to everyone who came along to the Welcome BBQ last Friday night. It was a great night with KABOOM! providing the students with plenty of fun activities and to our Advisory Board members who helped at the BBQ. A very special thank you to all the staff who stayed back to cook, serve, take photos, clean up and enjoy the company of all the families. I am always humbled at the extra time staff give to St Therese’s and I know this is why our school has such a great community feel to it. Judging by the 500 sausages that were consumed I feel it was a success all round!



School Photos

Don’t forget this Thursday, February 21 we will have our school photos. Please send your child in their full summer uniform. If they have sport on this day, we ask that you send them in their school uniform, not their sports uniform and put their runners in their school bags for their sports lesson. Thank you to all parents for ensuring that your children are in the correct uniform.


Parents and Friends Association

Please consider helping at the school by joining in with the organisation of an activity that is led by the Parents and Friends Association.

Currently, we are looking for helpers for the Easter Egg Raffle and the Mother’s Day Stall. These type of events can only go ahead with parent helpers. See the Parents and Friends page in the newsletter for more details and dates.


Volunteer Helper Induction Sessions

If you are considering helping at the school please don’t forget to come along to one of the Volunteer Helper Induction sessions. We look forward to our next session which will occur on Wednesday 20th February from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.  There will be a third session on Tuesday 5th March at 7:00pm-8:00pm. These sessions are compulsory for any parent who wishes to help in the classroom, attend excursions, etc and who did not do the training last year. Please understand that it is a requirement of the Child Safety Laws that all volunteers must hold a current Working With Children Card. If you would like to attend a session please respond on CareMonkey or contact the office.


School Crossing

I have noticed that some parents are dropping their children and letting them walk across the road, avoiding the school crossing.  A child was very nearly injured this week and I urge all parents to encourage their children to utilise the crossing if they need to cross over the road.


Spirit of Catholic Education Awards

Nominations for the Spirit of Catholic Education Awards are open until March 15. Any staff member or student in a Catholic school may nominate any person in his/her school community who has made a significant difference to the lives of others in one or more of the two core purpose areas.

  • Inspiring Faith - This seeks to identify persons who have made a significant contribution to the development of students’ faith lives. It may include exemplary work in Religious Education, parish involvement, the school’s spiritual life, social justice or day-to-day exemplification of Gospel values.

  • Inspiring Learning - This seeks to identify persons who have made a significant contribution to student learning. It may include exemplary classroom and specialist teaching. Nominees should demonstrate a clear commitment to contemporary pedagogy.

Finally, I would like to welcome Mrs Lyn Kelly back from retirement. Lyn has kindly agreed to help us out in the Year Three Level four mornings a week. We are all very happy to have her back at St Therese’s while she puts her retirement on hold for a while! Thanks, Lyn!

I hope you all have a terrific week,


Yours in partnership,

Michelle Bruitzman

RE News ...

Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


St Therese's Masses and Reconciliation Celebrations 
Term 1, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Junior Level Mass (Prep - Year 2) at 9:15am in St Therese'e Chapel, followed by Year 5 Reconciliation at 10:00am.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Ash Wednesday Whole School Mass at 2:30pm in St Therese'e School Hall.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Year 3 - Year 6 Mass at 9:15am in

St Therese'e Chapel, followed by Year 4 Reconciliation at 10:00am.


Please always feel welcome to come and celebrate any or all of these Masses with us.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Readiness for Reconciliation:

*Child has been baptised in the Catholic faith. 

*Child has a sense of right and wrong.

*Child can say, “Sorry”.


Parent/Child Workshop:

Wednesday 13th March @ 5:00pm OR 7:00pm.

Please Note: There will be No follow-up meeting


School News ...

Parents Building Solutions

For parents, step-parents, grandparents and carers for children aged 3 - 13 years.  Come and join us in an interactive program to share experiences and ideas, and learn strategies to support your child.  Attached flyers are for attendance in Cranbourne and Lynbrook.


Parenting in Australia - Today

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Cathy-Lea Dance, Music, Drama Works


St Peter's College Enrolment Details


Brotherhood of St Laurence - Saver Plus

Please read the Saver Plus Flyer to see if you are eligible to become part of the Saver Plus program.


Parents and Friends

Upcoming Fundraising Events

This year, we are fundraising to update the children’s playground equipment and to create garden spaces around the school, such as a sensory garden and/or a prayer garden. Our aim is to raise $10,000 in 2019. Please help by volunteering for one or more of the fundraising events.


Easter Egg Raffle

If you would like to assist in the organisation of the Easter Egg Raffle, please respond on CareMonkey later this week or contact the office. We will meet 9:00am on Tuesday 12 March, to collate the raffle tickets to go home.  This event will also require volunteers to make up Easter Egg baskets that will be raffled in the last week of Term One. If anyone has baskets that they can donate please send them to the office.


Mother’s Day Stall

Volunteers are required to assist on the Mother’s Day Stall in Term Two. Please respond on the CareMonkey form late next week or contact the office if you can assist. A short meeting will be held this term to organise the event. Details to follow.

Community Events

St Therese’s 30th Anniversary Feast Day Celebrations Update

Thank you to all those who attended this meeting on Tuesday. It is wonderful to have so many parents who are keen to work in partnership with the staff to organise such an important event for our school.


Thank you,

Parents & Friends Team

Dates to Remember ...

February 2019

Wednesday 20 February

9:15am - Prep - Year Two Mass in St Therese's Chapel followed by Year Five Reconciliation at 10:00am.  Parents, friends and carers all welcome.

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Parent Helper Volunteer Session

Thursday 21 February

School Photos - Summer Uniform

Tuesday 26 February

7:00pm Education Board Meeting

Thursday 28 February 

Whole School Athletics Day at Casey Fields

March 2019

Tuesday 5 March

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Parent Helper Volunteer Session

Wednesday 6 March

2:30pm - Whole School Mass for Ash Wednesday in St Therese's School Hall.  Parents, friends and carers all welcome.

Tuesday 12 March

9:00am - P&F Meeting

Wednesday 13 March

5:00pm OR 7:00pm Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop 

Thursday 14 March

Open Day - School Tours available at 9:30am, 12:30pm and 5:00pm

Monday 18 March

School Closure Day - Teachers involved in Professional Development

Wednesday 20 March

9:15am - Year Three - Year Six Mass in St Therese's Chapel followed by Year Four Reconciliation at 10:00am. 

Friday 22 March

Free Dress Donate an Easter Egg Day

Tuesday 26 March

5:00pm OR  7:00pm - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Wednesday 27 March

5:00pm OR  7:00pm - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Senior Camp

Thursday 28 March 

5:00pm  - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Senior Camp

Friday 29 March

Senior Camp

April 2019

Monday 1 April

2:30pm - Easter Egg Raffle drawn at assembly

Friday 5 April

3:30pm - Last Day of Term One

Inside St Therese's
City of Casey Community Safety Around Schools.pdf
Parish Bulletin 100219.pdf
Parish Bulletin 170219.pdf
Parenting In Australia Balla Balla Flyer.pdf