St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

23 July 2019
Issue Six
EXTEND-Before/After School Care
St Agnes' Primary School
(03) 9532 0344
Peterson Street
Highett, Victoria, 3190



Carmel Purdey


A new term!

A warm welcome back to all in this new term. We look forward to a great term together of learning and fun. It is a ten-week term.


Our Grade 4 children will celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time. Our 5/6 children will take part in inter-school sport. Our Foundation,1 and 2 students are working on an Inquiry unit - The World of Toys, the 3/4/5/6 students are beginning a unit on Government. I look forward to hearing about all the learning!

I am delighted to be here at St Agnes’. I will be sharing the role with Margaret O’Donnell, who is currently a Principal Consultant with Catholic Education Melbourne. Margaret was previously the principal of St Gregory’s School Doncaster. We are in regular communication with each other and we are both happy to be working with this wonderful community. I have previously worked as principal at St Joseph’s School Yarra Junction, St Francis Xavier School Box Hill, St Francis Xavier School, Villa Maria Ballarat and St Peter’s School Clayton. I have also worked with Catholic Education Melbourne.

I have been most impressed with our St Agnes children. They play happily in the playground and are well mannered. I thank you all for the welcome I have received.

School Improvement Cycle

All Catholic Schools participate in the School Improvement Cycle. The main purpose of this cycle is to assist schools to work towards improving learning for our children and the second purpose is to meet the accountability requirements of the government and sector authorities.


St Agnes School is moving into the External Review phase of the cycle. The Review will take place in 2020. It is an ongoing process and the work for the Review has already begun. The School Closure day on 2 September will continue some of this work.

The Review key questions are:

  • How are we going?
  • How do we know?

An evidence-based approach is taken by schools in this process. You will hear more about this as we continue the process.


In the Gospel at Mass on Sunday we heard the story of Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary. There are several interpretations of this Gospel. One of the themes is “hospitality”. Let’s all practise generous hospitality with each other this week!

With my best wishes to you all




St Agnes' School is delighted to once again offer ICAS testing.  These assessments are optional and available to children in years 2-6.

All payments are to be made online using these details.

Payment and Permission Information Use the link below for the new online Parent Payment System
to order required assessments and make a direct payment to UNSW Global.
Access Code: 376f157eac
Online payment will close on 31 July 2019

St Agnes' Footy Tipping

Things are certainly close at the top of the Footy Tipping Ladder.

The Plousi Family hold top spot on margin only to Fi Fi and Mr Whitten all on 103.  The last three rounds for tipping are blind rounds so results will not be seen.  The winner of the St Agnes tipping competition will be announced on the last day of Term with prize money being handed out.


*There are still 5 members who have yet to pay their footy tipping money.  Please do this asap as part of the money does go to the St Agnes P&F.  I will be chasing these members personally as of next week.


Payment details

P & F bank account

BSB 633 000      Acc No 126862358

Once you have paid please email your receipt number and footytips username to    or

Learning Expo's

A big thank you and congratulations to 1/2L for their amazing assembly yesterday.  For the remainder of Term 3 will will not be having class assemblies.  Instead we invite you to our levelled Learning Expo's.

Each fortnight a level will be opening the classrooms up to parents to come and see some of the fantastic learning that is occuring at St Agnes.  This is an opportunity for you as parents and carers to visit the classroom and have your children discuss their learning with you and show you the magnificent work they have been doing.

Our Learning Expo dates are as follows:

5/6 - Friday August 9th at 2:45pm

3/4 - Friday August 23rd at 2:45pm

Prep - 2 Friday September 5th at 2.45pm

We look forward to you joining us.


Thank you

On a personal note I wish to thank you as a St Agnes community for your messages of support and your prayers after the passing of my brother Shane last Term.  


Matt Cherry




26th - Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Home Game

               P&F After-school BBQ

29th - 8.45 am- Short Assembly-SRC Badges handed out



1st - Mass-Level attending  Grade 5/6

2nd - P&F After-school BBQ

4th-Grade 4-First Eucharist Mass

8th - 9.00 am-St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) Mass-Lead by 1/2L

9th - Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Away Game

            2.45 pm  - Grade 5/6 Learning Expo

            P&F After-school BBQ

            P&F School Disco

12th-14th - Grade 5/6 Camp at Arrabri

12th - 8.45 am- Short Assembly

15th - Feast of the Assumption Mass-Lead  by 3/4G


16th - Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Away Game

               Foundation 100 days




19th - Book Week Parade

23rd - Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Away Game

                2.45 pm  - Grade 3/4 Learning Expo

27th -  8.45 am- Short Assembly

29th - SSV Athletics

30th - Fathers/Special Persons Day Breakfast and Mass-Lead by 1/2G




6th - 2.45 pm  - Grades Foundation & 2 Learning Expo

9th - 8.45 am- Short Assembly

12th - Grade 5/6 Hooptime

13th -  Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Away Game

19th - Grade 3/4 Hooptime

20th - Last Day of Term 3

               Footy Day

              1.30 pm- School Finish


Term 3  -  15th July to 20th September
Term 4  -  7th October to 20th December





Book Fair Update

A thank you to parents, guardians, grandparents, friends, students and staff for supporting the Book Fair last term.  The Scholastic Book Fair provided stimulating books for our children. 


Books to the value of $2,972.90 were sold at the Book Fair. 

Of that, $743 is available to be used to boost the library collection. This is a good effort!!


Special thanks must go to all volunteers who helped to run and promote the Book Fair.


In particular I would like to acknowledge the following people who gave their time to assist me at the fair:

Briony Coccar,          

Sarah Duddy,

Natalie Dragon,

Krystle Dunkley,

Mary Fordyce,

Sophie Franet,

Erica Hensz,

Vilma Koptidis,

Anastasia Kouzoukas,

Fleur Luke,

Charmaine Machar,

Ewa Mazur,

Melissa Merrick,

Nicole Mulligan,

Louise Rigby,

Leanne Sheehy,

Shannon Shine and

Georgia Sotroski all the parents who also helped out in some little way.


Thanks to those families who generously donated books to the library. These books will be well read!

The students and staff appreciate your thoughtfulness and the books are sure to enrich the students’ lives for years to come.


Premiers' Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students for being  magnificent reader for this month in the Premiers' Reading Challenge.


Thomas B

Chloe C

Blake G

Kassedy M

Matthew G

Zoe G

Anthony P



Lucia I



Matthew I

Aymon C 



Hannah M


Foundation B

Gemma C

Isabel M F B


Also, congratulations to the 30 students who have completed the challenge.

Three of them have already reached 100 books. Well Done


We have only 6 weeks to go until the Premiers' Reading Challenge closes, so let's keep up the good work and get reading.


Julie Gonzales

Library Technician


Sacrament of Eucharist

The Grade 4 children will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time at 10.00 am on Sunday

4th August at St Agnes' Parish Church.


The children have been preparing with their classroom teachers for the special Sacrament of Eucharist. All are welcome to attend the mass and support the Grade 4's on their faith journey.


Level Mass

This Term when your levels attend Parish Mass, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join your child at Mass.

Every Thursday morning at 9.00 am there is a Parish mass.

You are most welcome to sit with your child during the Mass.

Please check the dates below for when you child's year level is attending Mass:


Week/Date Level Attending Mass

Thursday 25th July

No Mass
Thursday 1st August Grade 5/6
Thursday 8th August

St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) Mass


Led by 1/2L

Thursday 15th August

Feast of the Assumption Mass


Led by 3/4G

Thursday 22nd August

Fathers' Day/Special Persons Mass


Led by 1/2G

Thursday 5th September Grade 3/4
Thursday 12th September Grade 1/2
Thursday 19th September Grade 5/6


Thank you

Jessica Casey-Religious Education Leader



SSV Holt Netball Lightning Premiership

On Thursday 27th June, St Agnes' competed in the SSV Holt AFL Lightning Premiership against ten other schools in the Holt District at Thomas Street. 


The three teams were comprised of 30 St Agnes' students from Grade 5 and 6.  The teams of St Agnes ' students competed in a round robin competition of shortened games.


The weather was perfect for Netball after having been cancelled the week before due to inclement weather. 


The results were fantastic this year. St Agnes' teams made it all the way to the finals and the B team made it all the way to the grand final and won! 


I would like to say a big thank you to the staff and parents/carers who helped out and came to support the students on the day.

Most of all I thank the team for doing an amazing job representing St Agnes'. 

Parents/Carers, teachers and myself are all very proud of you.


Simon Kost-PE





Congratulations to the following students who have been elected our Student Council for Semester 2: 


Foundation B

Mia Inwood 

Luca Pertile


Lucas Atsis

Alannah Harris


Kira Hensley




Karl Staude

Sophie Forbes


Jonah Stanton

Kuichloch Pech


Quinlan Cook

Keith Koptidis


Samuel Bunnett

Jothan Pugeva


Gianfranco Rubino

Finian Salas


School Captains and Social Justice Captains will also continue in their roles as SRC for the continuation of the year. 

Our new SRC Representatives will be receiving their badges at our whole school morning assembly on Monday 29th July if parents would like to attend. 

Thank you. 

Miss Anthea Georgiou,

SRC Teacher


Seasons For Growth

In the past St Agnes’ School has offered a Grief and Loss Program - Seasons for Growth. 


The Program is delivered via small groups  over 8 sessions.


As the name ‘Seasons for Growth’ implies, the different seasons of the year provide a rich symbolic framework in which to explore issues of change and loss. This program is suitable for children going through all different types of change in their life such as, change of home, country, number of people in their family etc. Drawing on the wide variation in the seasons, both in Australia and elsewhere, the metaphor speaks to the ‘ups and downs’ of life, reflecting both the competence and vulnerability of children, as well as the unique ways different ‘seasons’ in life are experienced.


Each participant receives a journal to complete throughout the program. The topics covered in each session of the program include:

   •   Seasons and Change (autumn)

   •   My story and grief reactions (winter)

   •   Feelings and memories (spring)

   •   Choices and moving forward (summer)

Recently we were fortunate enough to send Mrs Josie Miller our Grade 5/6 Classroom Teacher to receive training in Seasons.


Over Term 3 and 4 Mrs Miller will be facilitating sessions for students who we feel may benefit from this program.  


If you feel that your child/ren would benefit from Seasons for Growth, please email us with your interest and Mrs Miller can start to arrange her program.


Thank you,


Miss Anthea Georgiou and Mrs Janine Moulton

Wellbeing & Learning Diversity Leaders



DBT Psychology

We are now in our second term of welcoming DBT Psychology and our amazing psychologist Gudrun to St Agnes'. 


Gudrun comes to school each Thursday and supports students with a ranges of psychological issues such as anxiety, friendship problems, loneliness and grief.


She is very friendly and easy to talk to, students often leave her sessions with a big smile on their face and eager to see her again. 


This term we are fortunate enough to have some availabilities in Gudrun's schedule.


If you feel as if your child may benefit from seeing Gudrun, please send me an email and I will forward you on all the information you will need.


Thank you

Miss Anthea Georgiou

Wellbeing Leader



Parish News

Please see attached the Parish Newsletter.



P&F Event Dates- Term 3

School Disco – Friday 9th August

Get ready to Disco!!!!


Back by popular demand are the team from Kids Disco Parties to get you all moving & grooving on the dance floor.

Junior school (Foundation – Grade 2) will hit the dance floor from:

6.00 pm-7.00 pm 

Senior school (Grades 3-6) will rock it out from:

7.30 pm-9.00 pm.


Booking through TryBookings link below or see the flyer.


Book your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!

Please note this event is for school students only. We regret that siblings are not able to attend.

Please see attached flyer for all the details. Don’t forgot you can also request your favourite song at


Any parents that can help supervise on the night would be greatly appreciated.


Fathers' Day Information

Father’s Day Stall – Friday 23rd August

The P&F team will be holding a Father’s Day Stall this year. More details in the next newsletter.


Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 30th August

Save the date for the annual Father’s Day / special person’s breakfast!! More details in the next newsletter.

Any mums that can help with set up the night before and on the day would be appreciated. Please email or text Fleur. or 0439 456 020



New Uniform Shop

Our new St Agnes' uniforms have arrived in store at Noone's in Hampton. 

The location is in Hampton Street, just down from Safeway and next to the Newsagents.

Attached is the price list for the uniforms.


If you are unable to get to the Noone store in Hampton street you can ring them on 9070 3910 and place a phone order.


Orders will be delivered to the school on Mondays. We are working with them on developing an online/email order system. We will let you know the details when they becomes available.


The beanies have been approved and are in  production. We will let you know when they arrive at the Noone store and are available for purchase.


A special mention and thank you to Leeane and Sophie for the amazing work they have done, not only in running the uniform shop, but also finding a distributor to stock our uniforms.



Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform only, can still be purchased in the uniform shop at St Agnes' at the below times:


1st Friday of term in the afternoon between 3-3.30 pm

1st Tuesday of term in the morning between 8.30-9 am

EXTEND-Before/After School Care

Extend Update

Monday 22/7

Tuesday 23/7

Wednesday 24/7

Thursday 25/7

Friday 26/7

NZ Necklace



Maori bookmark

Finger puppets


Monday 29/7

Tuesday 30/7

Wednesday 31/7

Thursday 1/8

Friday 2/8

Bush Tucker

Gumnut art

Bark paint


Clapping sticks



Extend Superstars

The Extend Superstars are…

Week 10 Term 2    

Marnie... for always being a ray of sunshine

Week 1 Term 3      

Aidan... for always being a role model for the younger Extenders



What's been Happening

This week we’ve been exploring our heritage with our Enrichment Program Around The World in 10 Weeks.


We started off in Oceania, which includes Australia in Week 1 and New Zealand in Week 2. In week 3, we will investigate our Aboriginal roots with a range of arts, crafts and Indigenous games.


We had a lot of fun so far playing footy, making a world map, passports and eating yummy Aussie food.





Please note all Catholic Secondary Schools have a Closing date of 23rd August 2019 for current Grade 5 students who will be entering Year 7 in 2021.






Free Tutoring at Highett Neighbourhood Community House

Are you wanting some extra assistance with your child's homework? The Self Made Project are working together with the Highett Neighbourhood Community House offering free tutoring sessions to Primary - VCE students. Sessions run every Friday from 3:30-6:00pm. Students can bring in their homework or supplementary material they need consolidating.  If you are interested please contact for further information and book in a spot. 



St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
Farm to Fork (Enrichment Program).pdf
Extend Winter.pdf
Parish Newsletter 22nd & 23rd June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 30th June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 7th July.pdf
Parish Newsletter 14th July.pdf
Parish Newsletter 21st July.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Gudrun Lessing - Psychologist Bio.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
ICAS 2019.pdf
Mother's Day Breakfast Flyer.pdf
Mother's Day Stall Flyer.pdf
St Agnes disco.pdf
Uniform pricelist.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Gudrun Lessing - Psychologist Bio.pdf