St James Newsletter

18 February 2019
Term One, Week Three         ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Useful Forms
  P & F Newsletter
After School Care
Community Information
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Tues 19  Helen Carboon  5pm & 7pm

Wed 20  No Preps Today

Wed 20 Ride2school Day

                Year 6 Camp forms due back at school

Fri 22   School Photos

               Parish Feb Feast   7pm at St John's

Sun 24    Family Mass  9.45am at SJM (St John's Mitcham)

Mon 25   District Swimming Carnival (selected Yrs 3 - 6 students)

Tues 26  Literacy Parent Information  Session 1 -  9 - 10.40am or  7pm -                                8.30pm

Wed 27  No Preps Today

                  Secondhand Uniform  Shop open  8.30am

                  Education Board Meeting   6.15pm

Thurs 28    OPEN DAY




Mon 4    OPEN DAY - Tours 9am and 10am

                 Division Swimming

Tues 5    Shrove Tuesday

                 Burning of the Palms   10.45am

                 P & F Meeting   7.30pm

Wed 6    Ash Wednesday - Mass  12noon

Thurs 7   Parent Information Night - First Eucharist   7pm

Fri 8    Family Buddy Breakfast 


Tues 12   Year 6 Camp - Lake Nillahcootie

Wed 13  Literacy Parent Information  Session 2 -  9 - 10.40am or  7pm -                                8.30pm

Fri 15  National Day of Action Against Bullying

Fri 15   Twilight Working Bee  5pm - 7pm

Sat 16  First Eucharist Commitment Ceremony and Mass Book                                      Presentation   6pm

Sun 17  First Eucharist Commitment Ceremony and Mass Book                                       Presentation   9.45am

                 Vision Portraits

Mon 18  Prep Welcome Dinner (Info to come)

Mon 18  5F Bike Education

Mon 25  5P Bike Education



(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates on the left for confirmation)


Principal's Post

Dear Families,

It was extremely satisfying to have over 80% attendance at our Parent Information Session last Tuesday evening. I spoke about the home/school partnership we share in educating your children and our students and the actual impact this can have on student learning. The fact that you came along displays your interest and engagement in your child’s learning and sends the message to your children that you value their school and their education.

I also spoke about the following:

  • The importance of setting a positive growth mindset in your children and reducing any negative mindset that may creep into children’s thinking. The language and words you use when talking about school heavily influences this

  • Considering the implications that taking students out of school for holidays has on their learning and social development

  • Maintaining open lines of communication with your children’s classroom teachers

  • The importance of school staff and parents working together in a united fashion, supporting one another for the benefit of the students. This is something that was obvious to me from early days last year!

  • Some of our proposed building projects over the next few years and how we intend to use the family capital building levy, including investigations into a new front fence and an artificial surface on  the netball court.

  • Our homework policy will be reviewed this year

  • Our new school counsellor, Dawn Tucker who works every Monday

  • My door being always open for you to have a chat. If I'm busy, please make an appointment with Deb or Maree in the office.


School Photos

Photo day is this Friday. Envelopes were distributed to every student last week. Please ensure these are either returned or you have registered online to purchase your children's photographs.

Family Photo envelopes can be collected from the school office, or contact us and we'll send one home for you.

ALL STUDENTS are to wear their correct summer uniform.

A reminder that sock choice is simple: white socks with summer dresses and navy blue socks with all other options that involve school shoes.

Runners and white socks are to be worn with the Sports uniform on designated  Phys Ed or Sports days.

Because this is a school photo, we expect all hair to be tied back/up as usual with the correct colour hair ties.


Marathon Club

Starts this week; students participating in Marathon Club may wear one of two options: sports uniform OR correct school uniform with runners and change back into school shoes prior to school starting.

Start time 7.45am

Special thanks to Teresa Satalich for coordinating the Breakfast served at 8.15am.

Don't forget to return the permission form (see our Useful Forms page) and sign up to help serve breakfast on a Wednesday that suits you.

Who's new to to James?

Today we welcomed Sera Robin to Prep O and her parents, Robin Chacko and Divya Robin to the St James Community.


It's great to see so many families going through our volunteer process. See Carmel Foster for any questions or clarification. The volunteer form is also in our Useful Forms section of the newsletter.

Volunteering to help out is a sure way to enable our partnership to flourish.

Remember this !!!

  • School Concert Dates - Mon 9 and Tues 10 September

  • Cinema Night Friday 22 March

  • Please send back any outstanding Anaphylactic, Allergy or Asthma forms specially articulating the strategies we can implement for your child


From the Office

  • Family verification reports were sent home to all families.  Please make any changes to them if required and return to school asap.  Thank you to the families that have already sent them back.
  • Don't forget to send all medication  to the office immediately if your child needs it.  Forms must be filled out and are available from the office or on our website.
  • Remember to return the 2019 Fee Commitment form and Direct Debit forms (if applicable) to the school office as soon as possible.

School Closure Days Term One and Two

Please note the following Pupil Free days for the first half of the year:

Friday 1 March

Friday 26 April 


Congratulations to Lucy (6C) who, after being selected by her tutor to audition, has been accepted into the specialist group, Canto, with the Australian Girls' Choir.

Year 6 Camp

A reminder to Year 6 parents that camp forms are due back on Wednesday 20th Feb.

Education in Faith

February 20th

Loving God, we are all part of your one creation

and it is your desire that we be gathered together as one family.

Fill our heats with the fire of your love

and with a firm commitment to bringing about greater justice for all beings.

By sharing the many gifts you give us,

may we do our part to ensure equality for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

With a growing sense of awareness of our common home and of the one web of life in which we live, may we see fresh possibilities for responding each day with compassion and courage.

May there be an end to division, strife and war.

May we renew our efforts to pray, advocate and work for an end to all forms of exploitation, injustice and suffering.

We ask this especially on World Day of Social Justice in the name of Jesus our brother and friend.


(Brigidine Sisters, 2018)

Parish Newsletter



A reminder to parents who have enrolled their child in celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist that there is an information meeting on March 7th @ 7pm, Coghlan Centre, St John's. 


TUE FEB 19TH- ‘Children and God Things’, Prep Parents and students @ St James

FRI FEB 22ND-  Feb Feast

SUN FEB 24TH- Parish Family Mass,  9:45am @ SJM

THU FEB 28TH- Year 6 attending Parish Mass @ 10.20am

TUE MARCH 5TH- Burning of the Palms, 10.45am

WED MARCH 6TH- Ash Wednesday Mass, 12 noon

THU MARCH 7TH- First Eucharist Information Evening, 7.30pm @ SJM

THU MARCH 14TH- Year 3 attending Parish Mass @ 10.20am

SAT 16TH & SUN 17TH- First Eucharist Commitment, Sat 6pm & Sun 9.45am

THU 21ST MARCH- Year 5 attending Parish Mass @ 10.20am

THU 21ST MARCH- Fr Elio Lenten Night, 7pm, St John's, Coghlan Centre

FRI 22ND MARCH- Prayer Service hosted by Year 4 @ 9am

 THU 28TH MARCH- Year 2 attending Parish Mass @ 10.20am

THU 28TH MARCH- First Reconciliation @ 6.30 and 7.30pm @ St John's

SUN 31ST MARCH- Parish Family Mass @ 9.45am

SUN 31ST MARCH-Presentation of Reconciliation certificates, 9.45am &  11.15am

THU 4TH APRIL- Year 1 attending Parish Mass @ 10.20am

FRI 5TH APRIL- Holy Week Prayer Service- hosted by Years 1, 3 & 5

Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy Parent Helpers Information Sessions




At St. James, we value parent/grandparent help in literacy sessions and invite you to join us for Literacy Training Sessions.  Attendance at the two sessions is a requirement if you wish to assist in classrooms.


Please note that the training sessions will now run over two sessions.


Session 1:   Tuesday 26th February  - 9am (repeated at 7pm)

    Session 2:   Wednesday 13th March - 9am (repeated at 7pm)


Please fill in the attached form and return it back to school, or email me to confirm your attendance.

Cathy Dimitrakopoulos

Literacy/Learning and Teaching Leader


Mathletics Reminder

A reminder that all students have their own mathletics usernames and password. It is a wonderful program that allows students to further develop the skills and strategies they are learning in the classroom. The link is available on the student homepage or on the following link:

Spotlight on Learning

Auslan at St James

St James Vermont Primary School now offers an exciting new Language program. All students Prep to Year 6 are engaged in weekly Auslan (Australian Sign Language) classes.  Auslan is a rich non-verbal language and is the official language of the Australian Deaf Community.


St James students are learning how to communicate without their voices, beginning with iconic signs and fingerspelling. As their signed vocabulary grows and their confidence increases, students will progress towards maintaining signed interactions in Auslan.


Our Auslan classes promote communication and foster inclusion through a range of different activities and learning opportunities. We provide insight into Deaf culture and assist in bridging the gap between Deaf and hearing communities.


Naomi Carson

Auslan Teacher

Physical Education 

Welcome everyone to the 2019 school year! I hope you all had a wonderful break and are feeling re-energised and excited for another fantastic year of Physical Education and Sport at St. James. It will be a busy year for sporting events, especially for our senior students, so please make sure you are checking the Newsletter for any updates.


We kick off the year with District Swimming on Thursday February 28th at Aquarena in Doncaster. St. James’ students from Year 3 to 6 are invited to be part of the 2019 Swimming Team.


This year we are offering students the opportunity to take part in trials which will be held at Aquanation Leisure Centre in Ringwood on Tuesday the 12th February. It will be a great opportunity for students to experience competitive swimming and demonstrate their swimming ability. Students will be required to be at the pool by 7:30am, myself and other staff members will then time the students over 50m in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly and breastroke. Parents will need to arrange transport to and from the pool and hopefully we will all be back at school by 8:45am ready to start the day.


If your child is unable to attend but still wishes to be part of the swimming team, please send me a note or email stating the events they are interested in and their times over 50m recorded by yourself or a swimming instructor.


Feel free email me if you have any questions:


**yes it is Feild so please make sure you check the email address carefully!


Looking forward to a great year of Phys Ed and Sport at St James!

Claire Feild


Congratulations to the following students who received a Student of the Week award on Friday 15th February: Thenuka, Cooper, Grace, Millah, Ashlee, Poppy, Niko, Jack, Liam, Will, Mark, Kaia, Billie, Lily, Oscar, Zachary, Jack and Grace.


SRC News

I am proud to introduce our SRC members for Semester 1:

6N: Charlotte Hock and Sarah Said, 6C: Christeena Abraham and Marcus John, 5P: Sienna Weinberg,   5F: Joel Angelini, 4F: Connor Dawson, 4BH: Abby Dell'Orso, 3P: Archie Cleary, 3J: Daniel Migliorati, 2S: Oliver Baerardi, 2D: Tom Baggoley-Denning, 1M: Henry Warfield, 1D: Ben Connell, Prep O: Tessa Bleakly and Emerson Keating, Prep K: Xavier Van Vuuren and Amelia Bryant.

They are all very excited and looking forward to sharing ideas to improve our amazing school and help to promote initiatives such as Hamrony Day and National Day of Action Against Bullying.

CatholicCare Counselling Services at St James

Who: Dawn Tucker

What: Individual counselling to students, group and classroom programs, through consultation with parents and teachers. No sessions will take place without Dawn contacting parents to gain some initial information and written consent.

How: If you have concerns regarding your child’s social/emotional well-being you can speak directly to your classroom teacher who will forward the referral to Dave or Kayleigh (well-being leader) they will then have a conversation with Dawn who will contact you directly in a timely manner.

Parent Learning Opportunities

Growing Resilient Kids

If you would like to:

·         Help your child cope in a chaotic world

·         Improve your child’s confidence and self-esteem

·         Deal with anxious feelings

·         Help your child cope with change and develop strategies to manage anger

·         Communicate better with your child

Then come along to the 5 sessions to share strategies, stories and take some time out for you!

When: Tuesdays (5 evening sessions), March 5th to April 2nd 2019

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Where: Doncaster Church of Christ, 674-680 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster

Cost: Free of charge. Bookings are essential.

Bookings: Sharon Muir on 0438 683 049 or via

Parent Resources

Parentline 13 22 89

Parentline is available 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a confidential and anonymous phone counselling service for parents and carers of children and teenagers in Victoria.


Click here for access to CatholicCare

It is a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, they offer a range of programs and services that aim to build and strengthen relationships.


Click here for access to the Student Well-being Hub Website

It includes sections for parents, teachers and students with practical strategies and resources to support your child's well-being.


Click here for access to Parenting Ideas Blog

It includes articles, testimonials and practical tips on a wide variety of topics.




Extra Curricular


There has been a change of day, Ride2School Days for 2019 will be on WEDNESDAYS. This is to allow for those children who attend Marathon Club to qualify as walking to school. Remember each active travel goes towards house points and is collated and at the end of the year the winning house team will be presented with the Healthy and Active trophy!


St James Ride2School Dates for 2019:

Wednesday 20th February

Wednesday 13th March


Wednesday 3rd April

Wednesday 8th May

Wednesday 5th June

Wednesday 24th July

Wednesday 7th August

Wednesday 4th September

October is Walk to School Month

Wednesday 16th October

Wednesday 13th November

Wednesday 4th December


Just some food for thought . . .

New local research has found that children are being driven to school instead of riding a bike or walking because parents would rather combine the school drop-off in a car with the commute to work or other trips. The research published in the Journal of Transport & Health surveyed 713 Melbourne households with children who live within two kilometres of their school. Only 65% of those who lived within 750m of school—a 2 minute bike ride—use active travel to get to school. Just 37% of those who live between 750m and 1.25km from school, and 18% of those between 1.25km and 2km from school, are riding or walking.

Source: Parents stifling active children. January 30, 2019.


“We need households to stop and think about how their children’s journeys are influenced by other household members,” she said. “Dropping children off at school by car on the parent’s way to work may be convenient but children miss out on mental and physical health benefits.” Physical inactivity has been linked to an increased risk of lower bone density and chronic diseases such as cancer, mental health and cardiovascular disease later in life. “We are doing more harm than good by driving our children instead of supporting them to walk, cycle or scoot all or part-way to school,” she said. “Children who do not walk or cycle to school do not tend to walk or cycle much to other destinations.”

Source: Dr.  A.Carver, Backseat generation of Aussie kids not walking to school, January 2019.


Let’s not be one of these statistics and spend some extra time planning our journeys on Ride2School Days so we can support and encourage our children to be healthy and active!!!!


Parent Information Evening

Partnerships are so important to us!  It was good to see you there!




Years 3 - 6 students are invited to join Marathon Club which starts this Wednesday.    Don't forget to send along your permission form with $10 to cover the cost of breakfast for the semester.  See you at 7.45am in the quadrangle!


Issue 1/2019 book orders are due back at school by this:




Thank you to all those using the LOOP system to order and pay. Orders can also be placed by sending your order with payment to the office via the office/class tubs.


Please contact me if you have any questions.



Janine Piper (Aaron 6N & Jacinta 4BH)

Mobile: 0407 336 598


Eggs are up for sale again!

$5.00 per dozen.

Fresher than Coles or Woolworths!

Just put money in an envelope with your child's name and grade, and as soon as the 'girls' lay enough they will be sent home. 

Give them a try;  the Silkie eggs are  flavour-packed!!!



Farm Duty Volunteers..

Our Term 1 weekend roster is full but if you would like to get in early for Term 2 or a few days in the first term holidays, send me an email.  We already have a couple of families who are booked in!

Email Wendy at if you would like to join the roster and let me know if there are any particular dates in  when you are not available.


Sustainability at St James…Gardening

Do you have a green thumb?


We are looking for a band of helpers that love working in the garden and would like to assist our Gardening Gurus team here at St James. We are looking for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles that can help and support the kids as they learn about how to build a more sustainable lifestyle through growing vegetables and herbs in the gardens around St James.

You only need to come in for 30 minutes* once a week to support the students as they try to grow delicious vegetables, crunchy radishes and tasty cucumbers.

We have a Volunteer Application Form on our website and in our newsletter, which needs to be completed. All helpers require a current Working With Children Check.

Please contact Tim Flintoff (   or 98741830) if you would like to assist. We are open to different days, but would like the children to be involved during the lunch break ( i.e 11:10-12:00)


Useful Forms



P & F Newsletter


Once again, our P & F are creating a family directory.  The directory , which lists  family contact details, can only be accessed by those people who are in the directory. 

If you would like to be a part of this valuable directory, click on the link below...

Please fill in the Google form as soon as possible.  The link will only be available for 3 weeks.




Tuesday 5th  - P&F Meeting 7:30pm

Sunday 17th - Vision Portraits

                      Friday 22nd  -  Cinema Under the Stars

                      Friday 29th   - Food Day



Thank you to everyone who attended our first P&F meeting last Monday. We had a fabulous turn out. We look forward to seeing everyone again at our next meeting on Tuesday the 5th of March at 7:30pm.

A great way to keep up with all the P&F news is to be included on the P&F email list, forward your details to and don’t forget to like us on Facebook, search for P&F noticeboard.


Money Raised in 2018

Thanks to an amazing school community’s hard work and support we were able to achieve our financial goals for the year 2018. This allowed the purchase of new playground equipment which was installed over the Christmas period. The new playground is now being enjoyed by all.


 Don’t forget Icy Pole Day is Friday!

 We will be selling icy poles this term on Fridays at afternoon play for 50c.


Auskick Coordinator Required

St James has a thriving Auskick Program run on the Kevin Dillon Oval on Saturday mornings, providing opportunities for kids to get involved in footy in a fun and friendly environment. In 2018 we had more than 70 kids join in the fun! Auskick is run by volunteers from our community and we need a volunteer to coordinate the program in 2018. If you are interested in taking on this role please contact Chris Harvey on for more information. Refer to the attached flyer for more information.


Cinema Under the Stars!


Featuring the Movie: “RACING STRIPES!”

All families are invited to the 2019 Cinema Under the Stars P&F event!

It’s on Friday 22nd March!

Please see the attached invite with all the details!



We need a lot of helpers on the night!

Sign up here-

Thank you!

Kylie Brooks-Verberne, Sandra Alkemade, Sarah Cleary and Monique Dougherty

Grade 5 Champions


We still have advertising opportunities available on the big screen at cinema night. If you or someone you know would like to advertise their business please contact us via the P&F email


Food Days

A big thanks to Rachel Smith and Deborah Vukic for helping Kylie deliver the Subway orders!

The Next Food Day is Friday 29th March and it will be a Sushi Food Day.

If you would like to help sign up at:


Vision Portraits

Vision Portraits are once again visiting St James on Sunday 17th March to take family photos. It will be an outdoor photo shoot (weather permitting).  See the following flyer and Families that wish to book a place, just need to go to the link below:

_Booking link:

_Use the password fundraise2019 to gain access.

Cinema Under the Stars



Vision Portraits


After School Care

Welcome 2019!

A very warm welcome back to everyone, and a special welcome to families new to the school and our program. We are excited to have you all with us for Term 1 and beyond.


We know how busy yet fulfilling being a parent can be, especially at this time of the school year…

that’s why we are here to help! We look after children in the crucial times before school, after school – and between terms too. Our care programs are well-rounded, meaningful and affordable, based on 30 years of experience. Most importantly, while your child is at school and in our care, you know that they are safe.


Register Your Child Now

To attend our care, you must register your child. You can register an account with us at  Once registered, it’s easy to make bookings and manage your booking options online via our parent portal. If eligible, to help you with the cost of child care, you may be entitled to receive the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy.


Program Details

For more information about our programs and fees, you may visit our website If you prefer to speak to us, you can contact our exceptional Customer Care Team that is available to support our families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - except for National Public Holidays. Alternatively, you’re welcome to visit us in service and chat with our qualified Educators about the Camp Australia program at school.


We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

From the Team at Camp Australia

Coordinator: Heather Bate

Phone: 0423 418 091


Meet Our OSHC Team

The Educators managing the Outside School Hours Care at St James Vermont are passionate and make sure they always provide a wide range of activities that engage all children each and every day at before and after school care. 


They thoroughly enjoy what they do and take their roles very seriously. Heather Bate is one such member of our team. Heather is the Program Coordinator and has been working with St James since May 2018. 


Heather is an experienced and qualified Educator with expertise in working with children in OSHC. As part of Heather’s role as an Educator with Camp Australia, she has completed compulsory training in Active Supervision (VSHAPE), Child Protection and Camp Australia policies and procedures to ensure the service is safe and engaging for all children in her care.


Between the hours of 7-8:30 and 3:20-6:15, Heather can be seen chatting with the children who attend OSHC. Her favourite activity is creating amazing artworks with the children.

If you haven’t met Heather, please feel free to pop in and visit our before or after school care program. 


Register and Book Now

To register and book your child in our program, visit and use the school finder on our homepage to search for St James Vermont. To secure your child’s spot, we always recommend making your bookings in advance.


We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

From the Team at Camp Australia

Community Information






St James Newsletter
Parish Newsletter Feb 15.pdf
City of Whitehorse Family Resource Guide - 2018.PDF
Event Calendar 2019 Rev 2.pdf
CINEMA 2019 Racing Stripes Flyer Back.pdf
CINEMA 2019 Details.pdf
CINEMA 2019 Details.pdf
hot weather.doc
Literacy helper sessions.docx.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer and Spacer_2017 (2).pdf
Individual Asthma Risk Minimisation Plan_29062017.pdf
Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan.pdf
2017 Volunteer Duty Statement.docx
Volunteer Duty Statement.pdf
Existing Volunteer Application Form.pdf
New Volunteer Application Form.pdf
Marathon Club permission.pdf