Inside St Therese's

12 February 2019
Issue Two
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 Families,


Road Safety Around Our School

Recently, the Council has been in touch to inform schools of a new Parking Compliance Team that has been set up to enforce parking rules. This has occurred due to a large number of cars parking illegally around schools and causing hazards to children who are crossing roads or getting picked up or dropped off. The most frequent infringements have been given to those who stop or park in no standing zones or for those who are double parked while dropping off or picking up children.


In addition to illegal parking around the school, it has been noted that parents are allowing or encouraging their children to enter from the electronic gate entrance to the school. This gate is for vehicles only. Please use the pedestrian gates located at the front of the school and on Mitchell Court. The gates will be open from 8:30am.


Please see attached the Council’s brochure regarding Community Safety Around Schools.

School Advisory Board Welcome BBQ & KABOOM!

Don’t forget this Friday 15th February the St Therese’s School Advisory Board are hosting the Welcome BBQ from 5:00pm till 7:00pm. All students are encouraged to wear their house colours to the event as they participate in the tabloid sport activities with KABOOM! on the oval. Our Year Six leaders will lead the activities.



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.

Volunteer Helper Induction Sessions

The first of our Volunteer Helper Induction sessions were well attended and 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. 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.

“Be Not Afraid”

In Luke’s Gospel last Sunday, we heard the story of the fishermen who listened to Jesus and threw their nets back into the sea after they had given up on catching fish. With their faith in God, they were able to catch more fish than they could believe was possible. Jesus’ message to his disciples was ‘Be not afraid’.


This beautiful story takes place on the Sea of Galilee and is one of the great stories about the call to mission. In this story we see echoes of all the struggles those who try to live as followers of Jesus face: the sense that we work hard to make a difference but sometimes are disheartened and want to give up; the desire to trust in the Lord but at the same time the natural fear the human condition has to trust. Perhaps this gospel provides an invitation for us to trust— to put into the deep of our lives and to listen to what it is that God is calling us to.


Loving God,

in this new year I pray:

to live deeply, with purpose,

to live wisely, with humility,

to live justly, with compassion,

to live gratefully, with generosity,

to live fully, with enthusiasm.

I ask this in the name of Jesus,



Yours in faith,


Michelle Bruitzman



RE News ...

Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


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”.


Program runs from 6th February until 28th March. ALL meetings are obligatory and are held in St Agatha’s school Hall.


Information Session and Parent Workshop:

Wednesday 13th February 7.00pm.

Parents need to attend only one session (no need to bring your child).  Note that this night will be a combined Information Night and Parent workshop.


Commitment Weekend: 

16th and 17th February at all Masses (for families who attended Information Night on the 13th February).


Parent/Child Workshop:

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

Please Note: 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

Looking for parenting support in today's Australia?
Kids using too much technology?
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parent in a way that really worksfor you and your family.


Skye United Football Club Registration Day


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.


Book Club

Book club needs to be returned to school by Friday 15 February.


School Advisory Board Welcome BBQ


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. This event will 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

Tuesday 12 February

9:00am - 10:00am - Parent Helper Volunteer Session

10:00am - St Therese's Primary School 30th Anniversary Meeting

Wednesday 13 February

Foundation testing day (no school for Foundation)

7:00pm Reconciliation Information Night and Parent Workshop

Friday 15 February

5:00pm - 7:00pm - Welcome Family BBQ Picnic evening with KABOOM!

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February

Reconciliation Commitment Mass - All Masses

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

Thursday 28 February 

Whole School Athletics Day at Casey Fields

March 2019

Wednesday 6 March

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

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

Wednesday 20 March

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

Tuesday 26 March

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

Wednesday 27 March

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

Thursday 28 March 

5:00pm  - Reconciliation Ceremonies

April 2019

Friday 5 April

3:30pm - Last Day of Term One

Inside St Therese's
City of Casey Community Safety Around Schools.pdf
Parish Bulletin 030219.pdf
Parish Bulletin 100219.pdf
Parenting In Australia Balla Balla Flyer.pdf
Welcome BBQ 2019.pdf