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St. Anthony's School

17 May 2019
Issue Seven
Message from the Principal
Important Term 2 Dates
Catholic Secondary School Expo @ St Anthony's
Prompt payment of Fees
Enrolment information for Government schools for year 7 2020
Important announcements
In praise of ...
Parish News
Learning and Teaching News
Learning Space News
Religious Education News
The Arts News
Community Garden News
Alfred Street ELC Update
Community Announcements
St Anthony's Noble Park
90 Buckley Street
Noble Park, VIC 3174,

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Message from the Principal

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.


Dear families and friends,


This week our Year 3 and 5 students sat for their National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy.

NAPLAN stands for 'National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy'. Its purpose is to determine if educational outcomes have been achieved by students and is used to inform government policy and curriculum planning.  According to ACARA the main purpose of the NAPLAN tests is to measure whether literacy and numeracy skills empower knowledge that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for the productive and rewarding participation in the community. Every May, Australian school students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit standardized tests in reading, writing, numeracy, spelling and grammar.  Of course we know that NAPLAN does not measure schools', teachers' or students' performance. Our students are measured on much more than these areas of learning alone. We know that one such test cannot measure determination, passion, curiosity and creativity. NAPLAN provides data that is useful to schooling systems to measure growth and achievement over time but it fails to capture the complex work of schools and teachers. NAPLAN does not reflect the full learning and abilities of all students.

We are proud of our students. On Tuesday they began with Language Conventions and then Writing. The topic this year was Narrative and all staff could be heard celebrating as they knew their students were capable and ready to write a sizzling narrative with confidence.

I'd like to thank our teaching and support staff for the preparation of our students since Prep. We acknowledge the growth throughout the duration of years and not just in the weeks leading up to NAPLAN.

You would have received a letter through DOJO for your children from their teachers that really shows how we feel.  The opening line says:

"This test does not assess all of what makes each of you the amazing and unique person that you are!"

We are so proud of their achievements every day in all aspects of their school life. We are proud of the way they conducted themselves this week and showed great courage and we are proud of the great people that they are.

Continue to be the great support you are for your amazing children and thank you for entrusting us with your most precious little people. 

As always, go gently about your week and God bless, 




Important Term 2 Dates

Please note

Please note that School photo day has had to be moved to June 19th. There are some other dates for you to note such as excursions and activities booked most recently. 


For all upcoming important dates/events click here


Catholic Secondary School Expo @ St Anthony's

We invite you to our first ever Catholic Secondary School Expo

St. Anthony’s P.S invites all parents of students in Grade 4 and 5 to our first ever Catholic Secondary School Expo!

Come along and visit the different stalls to find out information about different Catholic Secondary Schools in the local area. All schools will have staff representatives there for you to talk to and to answer any questions you may have.


Tuesday June 11th

6:30pm to 7:30pm

St. Anthony’s Primary School

Padua Building

Light refreshments provided


High schools attending:

  • St. John’s College, Dandenong

  • Nazareth College, Noble Park North

  • Killester College, Springvale

  • Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Oakleigh

  • Salesian College, Chadstone

We hope to see you there!

Please note that all of  our Catholic Secondary schools were invited.



Prompt payment of Fees

Payment of Fees

The setting of fee levels and other compulsory charges in Catholic schools is the responsibility of the school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. The school offers a number of methods for paying fees to reduce any financial burden and to assist financial planning. If you have difficulty in meeting the required fee payment, you are welcome to discuss this with the principal of the school.


The fees must be paid for your child to enrol and to continue enrolment at the school. The school has discretion whether to allow a child to participate in optional or extracurricular school events, such as paid school excursions or extracurricular activities, while fees remain due and payable.


All families sign an agreement upon enrolment to pay set fees. There are some families with outstanding fees at present. We ask that you please settle your account promptly to avoid any jeopardy to your enrolment or enjoyment of programs at St Anthony's. Thank you to those of you who have promptly responded to reminder messages or have come in to speak to me about unpaid fees.


It would be a very difficult task to have to pay left over Primary school fees in addition to Secondary school fees at the completion of enrolment at St Anthony's via debt collection. We are currently in this process with families who have finished their enrolment with us and who have left a large debt.

Thank you in advance

Patrika Rowley

Enrolment information for Government schools for year 7 2020


Dear parents and carers,
As your child is now in their final year of primary school, it is time to decide where they will begin secondary school.
Enrolling a child in Year 7 is an important choice. To support your decision making, the Department has
launched a new website to help you locate your local school, and give you transparency of choice in public schools across the Victorian public school system.
Your child is guaranteed a place at their local designated neighbourhood school, however you can choose to request enrolment at another school if you prefer. The school will use the Placement Policy to consider the application.
What you need to do
1. Read the Department’s Placement Policy including the permanent address guidelines and the priority
order of placement at:
2. Locate your designated neighbourhood school or preferred secondary schools using
3. Complete the Application for Year 7 Placement form and return to your primary school by Friday 17 May 2019.
Year 7 placements are determined by secondary schools. You will be sent notification of Year 7 placement for 2020 on Wednesday 7 August 2019.
If information on the form changes, notify your primary school immediately. All communication about the transition process must be in writing and lodged through your primary school until Year 7 placement is confirmed.
International students
Fee-paying international students are not required to complete this form. For enrolment in a public school, make an application online at: Contact independent and catholic schools directly for enrolment details.
More information Contact your primary school if you require more information about the application process, Year 6 to Year 7 transition arrangements, or if you require assistance completing the form.
We wish your child well and trust that secondary schooling will be a richly rewarding experience.

Important announcements

Please Note

School Photos

We have had to change the date for School photos due to several staff being out on that day. Please note that photos will be on June 19th for the whole school and photo packs will be coming home to you shortly so you can select your package.


Federal Election News and funding

In the lead up to the election it's important for parents in your school community to be fully informed of the pre-election promises from each of the major parties and the Greens to be able to make an informed decision on who to vote for.

NCEC (National Catholic Education Commission) and Catholic School Parents Australia have provided some easy to read information sheets for parents about funding of Catholic schools along with an outline of what the Coalition, Labor and Greens parties have pledged related to three key issues for Catholic education:

• School Funding
• Religious Freedom
• Early Childhood Education

Please find below links to important information on each of these areas and for you to share with your parent community:

2019 NCEC FAQs

2019 NCEC Facts on School Funding

2019 NCEC Election Party Responses

The Music Bus – Open Day

St Anthony’s will be running a fun and interactive Music Bus Open day this term! On the day the students will have the chance to visit the bus, meet the teacher and ask any questions they might have along the way.  All students will also be invited to take part in a short, interactive session on the bus throughout the school day.

Offering weekly lessons in keyboard, guitar, ukulele, singing, drums and rock band,
The Music Bus program provides the teacher and the instruments, all inside a high-
tech, mobile music classroom (the bus)!

At the end of the activities, students will be given an Expression of Interest form. All
students not already part of The Music Bus program, who would like to join, will
need to return the form to the school office within 7 days by Tuesday 28th May.
The Music Bus will then be in touch with you to book students into lessons.
Mark Your Diaries - Tuesday 21st May
Student Tours - All students will take part in a short interactive session on the bus throughout the day in their classes. The bus will be in our Quad.
To find out more, visit or call 1300 168 742.



Please remember from Term 2 our school canteen will only be open for lunches and counter sales on WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. This means no canteen on MONDAY or TUESDAY. Canteen sales on these days are minimal and there is no need for us to be open on these days anymore. It will also mean that we can have Eileen working with our students in the learning spaces more often supporting everyone.



If your child is going to be absent from school, can you please call the school office on 95460044 before 9.00am.  Alternatively, you can email the school to notify of your child’s absence at, or log the absence via the link on the website.

If we do not receive notification of an absence by 9.30am we are required under new regulations to message you at home or work to follow up the absence. Please notify the school of all absences.



Kids Helpline - Anytime Any reason

Kids helpline has an online help domain now. Children who are not comfortable to call the 1800 number can go to the website (see the link above) and enter the age appropriate link to get mental health and wellbeing support.

Learning at Home - A new tab on our website to engage you with home learning

This is a new tab on our website to engage you with your children's home learning. We will post links and useful sites and videos that will enable you to support your child's learning. Please send us feedback via DOJO to enable us to post useful links.

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”  Saint Anthony of Padua

In praise of ...

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”  Saint Anthony of Padua

In praise of ...

Mathew and Omal from our 3/4 neighbourhoods were wonderful leaders and friends recently to our little neighbours at the Kinder. Last week the kindergarten students at Alfred Street  were lined up at the fence.  Mathew & Omal were in the garden tending to the chickens with Tamara and Sue. They had a chicken each & were letting the ELC students pat the chickens. They were talking to the students about the chickens, letting them know that they lay eggs and how they live and eat. Mathew then proceeded to come & get the eggs & show the ELC students what the eggs looked like. All students involved were deeply engaged. What a lovely connection and what a lovely story to share. Well done Mathew and Omal

Photo: St Anthony's Catholic School in the Parish of St Anthony's Noble Park

Parish News

Photo: St Anthony's Catholic School in the Parish of St Anthony's Noble Park

From the Parish Bulletin

“The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 13:52) The disciples heard Our Lord's call and were able to spread the Gospel message with strength and vitality. We, too, can experience that same joy if we make room for the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts. When we use our gifts in the way that God intends, He fills us with supernatural joy. A joy that others notice and are attracted to.

On Mother's day, We remember that not all mothers are the same And our experiences of motherhood vary… On this Day we acknowledge those Who mother others – in past present and future :

Biological Mothers, those who raised their children

Biological Mothers, those who their children did not get to know

Guardians and stepmothers who raised children

Grandmothers who are part of their grandchildren's lives

Mothers who have died

Mothers to be Mothers raising their children now

Mothers who have lost contact with their children

Mothers who are in difficult relationships

Mothers who are bringing up children on their own

Mothers in law to their children's partners

Mothers who are overwhelmed
Mothers who feel inadequate or guilty
Those who lament that they did not get to be mothers
Mothers who nurtured and protected their children
Mothers who let their children down
Mothers who taught their children the meaning of unconditional love
Mothers who supported their children
Mothers who defended their children
Mothers who are doing it tough
Mothers who passed on values to their children
Mothers who led their children to faith
Mothers who sacrificed for their children
Mothers who cannot provide, as they would like for their children
Mothers who co-parent their children with a separated partner
Mothers who are limited by their physical, mental, emotional health.
All women who did and do their best!
Happy mother's day
To all those who have been “mother” to others in any way,
Today we ask for God's peace and blessings to be upon you.
Have a good week
Vicki Brian Martin & Garry


Reconciliation 2019

We have many children who we have submitted expression of interest forms for Reconciliation .
Emails were sent to these families giving the program dates and enrolment forms.
If there are other children it is not too late to enrol.
You will need to fill in an Expression of Interest form.  Please see the Parish office or Helen Nguyen for a form if your have missed out.

Photo: Small, focused intentional group teaching, self directed people, learning what they need. People not data.

Learning and Teaching News

Photo: Small, focused intentional group teaching, self directed people, learning what they need. People not data.

Learning and Teaching

I can’t believe it is already Week 4 and the term is well on its way. Our teachers have been busy planning, teaching and assessing students as they begin to prepare Semester 1 reports. It is so wonderful to hear teachers sharing stories of how much their students have grown in their learning over the last 4 months.

At St Anthony’s, we assess students knowledge and understanding in many different ways. Our teachers integrate multiple sources of evidence to inform their judgements about a student. They provide feedback to students on how to monitor and regulate their actions to achieve their own learning goals.

This week our year 3 and 5 students sat for the NAPLAN tests which covered areas of Language Conventions, Writing, Reading and Numeracy. These tests give our school an idea about how our students are doing compared to other schools in the country. They are, however, a test conducted on one day and do not measure growth in all areas of the curriculum. We are so proud of our students and how they were able to manage themselves through the tests.


Below is a diagram explaining the benefits of formative assessments in the classroom.

Glennis Kerr

Teaching & Learning Leader

Learning Space News

Year 3/4 Birthday Card Competition

Many students in our school were asking for new birthday cards. Therefore, the 3/4 representatives of our SRC decided to hold a birthday card competition. This involved all students from 3/4 creating a card design. Then the finalists were chosen by Ms Anisah. Our whole school was given the opportunity to vote for their favourite design. The selected winners, Angelo 3/4BA, Tavleen 3/4LI, Shayle, 3/4FI and Nicole, 3/4CH, will have their design placed on our new birthday cards. Below are the winning designs. We hope you will enjoy receiving one of these cards when it is your birthday.


Religious Education News

First Eucharist

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28


This weekend students from the Eucharist Program will be receiving their First Eucharist.

We pray and congratulate: Brett L, Hayden H, Senerita E, Allanah C, Christian T, Danyon M, Maria M, Mattson I, Ryan L and Jasmine B. 


As you receive your First Eucharist, we pray that you will forever be blessed as you continue to trust God and grow in His grace. Congratulations boys and girls!


The Arts News

Production-Alice in Wonderland Disney Jr Update.

The grade 5/6 students have been busy this term with auditions and choosing areas that they would like to work in such as tech/back stage/ ensemble!
Auditions have been of a very high standard and the audition panel have been working hard assessing all participants! It’s going to be a tough job choosing who plays which role! Today I visited Nazareth to start planning all the technical aspects of the show. There is so much going on already behind the scenes.
Stay tuned as news unfolds!

Ms Victoria


Community Garden News

Composting, weighing and sorting continues...

All classes are involved in collecting compost through our new mini bin system. The students are watching for any things that do not belong and trying to reduce plastic in our school. You can help by not sending in any food in plastic wrappers, packets etc... Please help us to be plastic free. Go nude food!!!!!


Alfred Street ELC Update

Alfred Street ELC Update

The ELC has had a very busy start to the start to Term 2, as we’ve been preparing for ANZAC Day with a variety of activities as many of our children engage in ANZAC Day activities. One of the activities was making ANZAC biscuits, which all of the children enjoyed making which exposed them to the concepts of measurement & literacy through following the recipe. They loved eating the ANZAC biscuits too!


We also had the opportunity to create a wreath to take to the St Anthony’s ANZAC Day assembly on the 26th April. We gathered all of the resources, and whilst outside and we provided all of the children the opportunity to help create and add to the wreath. As can be seen below, the children really enjoyed contributing to this experience.

On the Friday with our wreath in hand, myself & a few of the children went for a visit to St Anthony’s and placed our wreath at the  Assembly. This afforded us the opportunity to hear our local RSL representative play the Rouse on his bugle, and we met the Mayor of Dandenong too!

Despite all of this we have also been very busy at the ELC exploring through our senses through play dough and cloud dough, a rice sensory tray and Ice painting.  Through these experiences we have been able to promote and encourage lots of expressive language development, as the children have been discussing and describing all of the different textures they could see and feel.

Also over the next week or so the children will be creating some special surprises for the special women in their lives. We will be having a special afternoon tea on the 10th May to celebrate!

Bibi, Janet and Mary

ELC Educators

Community Announcements

Community Announcements


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