St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

23 October 2019
Issue Twelve
Thank you teachers
St Agnes' Primary School
(03) 9532 0344
Peterson Street
Highett, Victoria, 3190





23rd - 6.30 pm - Foundation - Fun with Jesus Evening

24th - Sockober/Crazy Hair Day

28th - Dental Oral Health Classes

29th- Italian Day

             Grade 2 Baptism Reflection Evening


1st - All Saints Mass

          2.30 pm-Instrumental Assembly



6th - 7.00 pm - 2020 Foundation Parents Information Evening

8th - 6.00 pm- Twilight Working Bee

11th -  Remembrance Day

              Grade 3/4 Regional HoopTime final

12th - Education Board Meeting

13th - 2020 Foundation Orientation Day 1


18th-22nd - Dental Health Van

20th - 2020 Foundation Orientation Day 2


29thP&F Walkathon-CHANGE OF DATE


Term 4  -  7th October to 19th December




4th, 5th and 25th 





19th December at 1.30 pm





Lachlan Foott

After what has been a reasonably quiet couple of weeks to start the term, Week Three has arrived with a bang. The School Sports Carnival today, Foundation Fun with Jesus Family Faith Night on Wednesday and Socktober Crazy Hair Day and Mass on Thursday. Plenty happening.


St Agnes’ School Events

Even before I joined St Agnes’ School, there was talk about the strength of this community and the hardworking parents who contribute to make it a great place for their children. From the afternoon icy poles, to the organisation of uniform and even the school disco, it has been plain to see in the last couple of weeks. The disco was held on Friday night and was very well attended by the students. I expect our Foundation, Year One and Year Two students would have certainly slept well afterwards, as they were kept very busy by the DJ. The senior students had an equally enjoyable time, however they were a little less enthusiastic on the D-Floor. A massive thanks to all the parents who volunteered to make the evening a success, with a special mention to Fleur Luke and Christie Jones for their efforts in leading the organisation.


There has been a team of parents working hard on getting the St Agnes’ School Fete organised, which is a massive undertaking. Over the next few weeks, there will be calls for donations and calls for assistance in the newsletter and via Skoolbag. Please ensure you get involved and support those people who have put their hand up to lead the organisation of this event. Things like the Fete are so critical to our school, not only for financial reasons, but because the culture of the school is defined by them. Money raised at the Fete will be used to purchase and install new interactive whiteboards and projectors in a number of the classrooms.



By now, some of you may have heard on the grapevine that there has been some discussions at school around uniform and my expectations for students regarding this. Our school’s uniform is more than just a blue shirt or checkered dress. It is more than just a garment to keep us warm. It represents our school and gives the students who wear it a sense of belonging. It must therefore be worn correctly and with pride. School uniform sets the tone for everything else that goes on in a school and in my view, if high standards are not maintained, it can lead to a lack of accountability around student learning. It is extremely important the Senior School students set the standard and role model good behaviour for the younger students in this area. It may seem like a small thing, but it starts with the correct socks and shoes. There will be days when Sports Uniform should be worn for Physical Education or Class Sport, but there must not be blurring of the lines and interchanging of School/Sport uniform. Students have until after Melbourne Cup weekend to wear either full Summer or Winter Uniform, but after this it is expected that everyone will be in full Summer Uniform, which includes a school hat.


Last Friday, the Year Four and Five students voted on the garment to be worn by Year Six students moving forward. There were three options; a Varsity Jacket, zip-up fleecy Rugby Jumper and a Rugby Jersey. The Rugby Jersey was the winner by three votes, which I was extremely pleased about because it was no secret that it was my favourite. This option will look very smart with both our Summer and Winter uniforms, and I look forward to seeing it being worn with pride by future Year Six students.


Enjoy the rest of the week.

Lachie Foott



United To Fight Cancer

Cancer effects so many lives and loved ones.  Our St Agnes' community is not immune from this terrible disease.  Please if you can, sponsor Chad Harris in raising funds for Peter Mac, by following the link below:

"I'm running 7 km for Unite to Fight Cancer on 27 October 2019 to raise vital funds for Peter Mac.

For those that don’t know, my beautiful wife Monica was diagnosed with Stage 4 / Metastatic breast cancer almost 2 years ago, she has already been through (and is currently still undergoing) extensive chemo and radiotherapy and is currently defying the odds every day. Mon is a fighter and her positivity and strength through this situation has been an absolute inspiration to us all, especially to our two kids Alannah, 8 and Edward, 5.
Please support me in whatever way you can – together, we can make a real difference for families facing cancer. 
Chad Harris"


Here is the link



Italian Day

Italian Cultural Day

Tuesday 29th October

Ciao a tutti/Hi everyone,

Martedi 29 Ottobre, St Agnes festeggera la giornata  culturale italiana con la tema ‘famosi italiani e famosi monumenti italiani’.  On Tuesday 29 October, St Agnes will celebrate Italian cultural day with the theme ‘famous Italians and famous Italian landmarks’.

There will be several activities during the day:

  • Pinocchio split-pin character

  • Italian Flag craft

  • Map of Italy pop art

  • Last Supper craft

  • Pop-up Italian cards 

  • Gondola races

  • Whole school incursion – A comedy show titled ‘I due carabinieri’ -’the two policemen’ performed by ‘La Comica’ Variety Productions.

Students are required to come to school dressed in either:

  • A famous Italian eg Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci etc

  • A famous landmark eg Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum etc

  • Colours of the Italian flag

  • National costume

Please do not hire any costumes as this is not necessary and please keep the weather in mind for your child’s costume.  Please do not allow your child to bring expensive/precious items to school.

Students will need to wear comfortable shoes.  No soccer boots please.

The students will be provided with 2 slices of pizza (either Margherita or Hawaiian) and a juice drink for lunch.  A ‘Gelato’ in a cup (either chocolate or vanilla) will be provided after lunch.  

Please ensure students are provided with a fruit snack and morning tea and if the students do not wish to have pizza for lunch, please ensure your child comes to school with their own lunch.

Allergies:  if your child is allergic to margherita or hawaiian pizza, gelato or juice drink, please provide your child with lunch on the day.

Italian Day – Help is required with the following on Italian day:

  • Lunch distribution (put 2 slices of pizza in paper bag) & fruit juice – volunteers will need to be at school by 12.45pm for 1pm distribution

  • Gelato in a cup distribution straight after lunch

Any assistance would be fantastico!

Grazie mille (many thanks) for your continued support.

Signora Talarico

Italian teacher

Instrumental Assembly

On Friday the 1st November, there will be an afternoon assembly starting at 2:30 pm.


The instrumental student will be performing some of the music they have been learning throughout the year. Parents/Carers and siblings are all welcome to attend.


We look forward to hearing their wonderful performances.


Foundation Fun With Jesus Faith Night

We are looking forward to Foundation Fun with Jesus Faith night on Wednesday 23rd of October at 6:30 pm.

It is an opportunity for Foundation children and their parents/carers to come to school and learn about prayer and praying with children. It will be a fun night, the children come dressed in their pyjamas and dressing gowns (if needed) and then they are ready for bed as soon as they get home. 

Parents may come in their pyjamas too if they wish!




We are very excited to be hosting Socktober on Thursday 24th October at our school and helping our children Sock it to Poverty!

Last year we raised $201.40, which was a great achievement!

This year our school has registered on the on-line portal and we invite all parents to register their children at the Socktober website below :

Don’t forget to link in to your child/ren’s school house team on the site.

Should you choose, please consider helping your child set a target and fundraise for the poorest children in Ghana to receive an education. Once registered, students can ask their friends and families to sponsor them.

We also would love to have parents/carers come along and support Socktober on the day by attending a whole school mass at 9.00 am Thursday 24th October. We’d love to see you there.


Thanks for supporting your child/ren and we look forward to updating you on the journey to Socktober!

"Let's Sock it to Poverty" again this year!

Thank you,

Jessica Casey

Religious Education Leader


Grade 2 Baptism Night


On Tuesday 29th October, the Grade Two students and parents/carers are invited to attend a special evening to celebrate and remember the sacrament of Baptism.


This night is part of our Sacramental Program at St Agnes’ School. The Baptism Liturgy will commence at 6:30 pm. As part of this evening all children will wear their Sacramental Stole.


In the past the students and their parents have found this evening to be very special and it is expected that all Year Two students and a parent or parents will attend. You are welcome to bring siblings.


Mass Information




Week 2

Thursday 17th October

Grade 3/4

-Reconciliation 3/4K

Week 3

Thursday 24th October

Socktober - World Mission Month

Whole School mass

Led by Social Justice Leaders

Week 4

Friday 1st November

All Saints Mass

Whole School mass

Led by 3/4K

Week 5

Thursday 7th November

Grade F/1/2

Week 6

Thursday 14th November

Grade 5/6

-Reconciliation 5/6M

Week  7

Thursday 21st November

Grade 3/4

-Reconciliation 3/4G 

Week 8

Thursday 28th November

Grade F/1/2

Week 9

Thursday 5th December

Grade 5/6

-Reconciliation 5/6CK

Week 10

Thursday 12th December

Grade 3/4

Week 11

Wednesday 18th December at 6:30 pm




Thank you

World Teachers' Day

“A teacher plants the seeds of knowledge, sprinkles them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dream.”


Friday 25th October we celebrate the amazing teachers we have at St Agnes’. This World Teachers’ Day remember to thank your teachers for all the hard work and dedication they show towards our students at St Agnes’ each and every day



Senior School (Grades 3-6)
Lunchtime Coding Club

Students are invited on a Thursday lunch time to join us in the library for coding. Throughout Term 4 students will get to work with the Beebots, Spheros and iPad apps to learn some basic coding.

We look forward to seeing you each week.
Mr Cherry, Miss Georgiou & Mrs Gonzales



UPDATE-4 Weeks To Go


There is 4 weeks until the fete so now is the time we ask everyone to get on board and help out as much help as possible.


Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets are now available for sale. To save paper we are selling them trybooking (, however paper copies are available should you prefer to buy a book. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. We have some great prizes so please get on board and buy some tickets.


Trash n Treasure & Books

Gather all your old toys, games, crockery, books, records and furniture that are in good reusable condition.  Items can be dropped off into the school office.  Please note for safety reasons we are unable to take any electrical items.


Lucky Jars

One of our most popular stalls, we are asking each child to donate a lucky jar for the lucky jar stall. To ensure we don’t run out so early we are asking families to please donate a lucky jar, items can include bouncy balls, hair elastics, pegs, lip gloss, nail polish, paper clips to name a few. We would appreciate if these could be brought to school by Friday 1st November.


Jam making

If you have the time and would like to try making some jams, jam jars and simple recipes are in the office available for collection.  If you are unable to get to school to collect the jars, contact us and we can make arrangements for them to be delivered to you.



Sunflower Seeds ready for planting are being sold in school office for $1 a packet. All proceeds goes towards the fete.





Plant Stall

We are looking for donations of plastic pots (any size) and bags of soil to for our plant stall. Items can be left in the front office, or alternatively dropped off to Michelle Harrisons front door (Stall coordinator) at 20 Tweed St.


Stall Help-Donations Needed and Win St Agnes' Fete Money

We need assistance with stocking some of our stalls.

Grade Prep to 2 - please donate bag of sweets, lollies, mini chocolates

Grade 3 to 6 - please donate larger blocks of chocolates


Ultimately we would love everyone to help out the best they can so we have added an incentive to those who contribute.

Each child that brings in an item will go into the draw to win "St Agnes' Fete Money" this special money can be used to buy goodies at any stall on the day of the fete.  There will be a tub in each classroom for the students to place each donation and their teacher will mark them off  as contributing on a special roster and we will use this roster to draw the winner at assembly just before the fete.


Also contact us if you have any questions, ideas or are able to assist with the Fete in anyway.


Please contact Shannon Shine or Carlyn Vilani via 

St Agnes’ Fete Fundraiser Lunch
Friday 8th November, 2019

Following the success of the footy lunch, help fundraise for the Fete with a fun Hot Dog and donut lunch.  

Please see attached flyer 


Thank You To Our Fete Sponsors



Walkathon Change of Date

Due to the upcoming Fete, the Walkathon will now be postponed until Friday 29th of November.

Icy Poles 

Icy Poles are back on Friday afternoons in Term 4 and 1. 

Remember to contact your class rep if you are able to give 20 minutes of your time to help on the stall from 3.10 p.m. (siblings welcome) and help us reach our school fundraising goal for the year. 

Cost: Zooper Dooper 50c or Icy Poles $1 each.




Fri 25 - 3/4G Fran Curtin


Fri 1- Foundation Krystle Dunkley



Sports Top

In line with the school's sunsmart policy we have reviewed the current SSV sports top for Grade 5 and 6, which as you are aware is sleeveless.   Our new supplier has designed a sports top which has sleeves and a shallower V neck. The new sports top will be on display in the school foyer for this week if you would like so see it. This new sports top will be phased in over the next 12 months.


Current Grade 5 students can continue to wear their current sports tops in 2020. For Grade 4 students the new sports top will be available for purchase at the Noone store in Hampton street from Term 1 2020. It will retail for $59.95.


If there are current Grade 4 students who have older siblings sports top in the current style they can wear it in 2020 but from 2021 all students will be expected to transition across to the new style sports top. Could you please let Leanne know the number on the top if you are in Grade 4 and plan to use an older siblings top in 2020?


To minimise the risk of a double up of numbers the school will provide parents a list with the numbers already in use for 2020. Please check the number of the new top when you purchase it to make sure it isn't already in use.


For anyone leaving the school who no longer needs their sports top, the school would appreciate it, if these could be donated to the second hand uniform shop. They can then be used for Hoop time for the grade 3 and 4 students.


New look for Grade 6

As announced by Mr Foott the students selected the Rugby Jersey as the new Grade 6 option.

We will need to order these from Noone as a group purchase and will distribute via the school.


In the next few weeks there will be sample sizes available to try (same style, different fabric). 

Order forms will be available and we need all Grade 6 students to order and pay for their Jersey before we can submit the group order. We are awaiting final pricing with printing but expect it will be approximately $70.00.  Production will take about 10 weeks as it is a new item.


Obviously the sooner the order goes in, the sooner they will arrive in Term 1 2020, so we would appreciate your help with prompt ordering when the forms become available.


Kind regards

Sophie and Leanne- Uniform Shop

Second Hand Uniform

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


Next Opening Time:

Due to Melbourne Cup on 5th November the shop will open on 12th November 8.30-9.00 am

3rd December 8.30-9.00 am


Parish Newsletters



What’s Been Happening?

Welcome to Term 4!

And be ready for loads of fun!

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect:

Term project: Knitting for Nature. We adopted a penguin, Waddles, from Phillip Island and we will knit little jumpers to help with their rehabilitation - our target is to knit 10 little jumpers.

Mascot Challenge: In week 4 we will embark on a 4-week challenge in collaboration with Cricket Victoria to learn basic cricket skills. Fit Kids Boot Camp: At Extend we are passionate about keeping healthy and fit. Our extension program this term focus on fitness with a “boot camp” every Wednesday afternoon. See you there!

Join us in our two recycling initiatives: Help collect plastic bottle caps for Envision Hands to turn it into prosthetic hands for kids. Help collect bread tags for Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs. And then there is the real Extend Challenge to have as much fun as possible! So far we were pretty successful - we had a closer look at our solar system and made some  starry slime!



The Extend Superstars

Week 1: Jack for his polite and friendly nature. It is a pleasure having Jack at Extend!

Week 2: Niamh for her excellent attitude to all activities and contributing with great ideas. Well done Niamh!


School Open Morning


Tennis Lessons at St Agnes'


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Parish Newsletter 6th October.pdf
Parish Newsletter 13th October 2019.pdf
Parish Newsletter 20th October.pdf
Sushi Orders 2019.pdf
Fete fun Lunch 2019.pdf
Disco Flyer.pdf
Gudrun Lessing - Psychologist Bio.pdf
Mother's Day Breakfast Flyer.pdf
Mother's Day Stall Flyer.pdf