St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

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



Margaret O'Donnell

Just a quick introduction to the community.  My name is Margaret O’Donnell, I am a Principal Consultant with Catholic Education Melbourne and was the Primary Principal of St Gregory the Great Primary School in Doncaster.


I have only been here two days but, I am delighted with the warm welcome I have received.

I will be with you for the next few weeks and have loved meeting all the student and the families.


I will be working closely with Matt Cherry, who will be Acting Principal on Thursdays and Fridays, to ensure effective and clear Leadership until Carmel returns on Wednesday 4th September.

Please come and introduce yourself to me, if we have not yet met.


You can find me on the playground doing before and after school duty every Monday to Wednesday and I would love to meet you.



Learning Expo's

This Friday sees our Year 5/6 have their learning expo.  All Parents and Carers are invited to come and see the wonderful work our children are doing.  See you Friday afternoon!

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.


Greetings from Mrs Stewart

Mrs Stewart has been having a wonderful time on her European holiday and has just finished up spending two weeks in Italy.  Whilst there she came upon St Agnes' Church in Rome.  






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 

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

                P&F After-school BBQ

19th - Book Week Parade

20th - 7.00 pm-Grade Foundation, 1 & 2 Family Faith Night in the                           Church

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

                2.45 pm  - Grade 3/4 Learning Expo

                P&F Fathers' Day Stall

                 P&F After-school BBQ

27th -  8.45 am- Short Assembly

27th - 7.00 pm-Grade 3 & 4 Family Faith Night in the Church

29th - SSV Athletics

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

               P&F After-school BBQ







3rd- 8.30-9.00 am- Second Hand Uniform Shop open

          7.00 pm-Grade 5 & 6 Family Faith Night in the Church

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

            P&F After-school BBQ

9th - 8.45 am- Short Assembly

12th - Grade 5/6 Hooptime

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

                 P&F After-school BBQ

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





Literacy News

Term Three is certainly a busy one for 2019.

 Students are completing the Premiers Reading Challenge,enjoying their weekly Library time, engaging in Literacy/ Daily 5 in class and focussing on  CAFE strategies to improve their comprehension of texts.


The Perceptual Motor Program is being ably run and supported by the Foundation teachers, Mrs Baker, Mrs. Moulton and also Miss Miller, not to forget the fantastic parent volunteers.


 There are a number of programs running within the school to support student Literacy development, facilitated by our wonderful Learning Support Officers, Deb Smith and  Lynn Miller and also parent volunteer Mrs Vilma Koptidis. We encourage you, if you are able, to share some of your time and expertise to support our students as a classroom helper, it really is a most rewarding experience!   


 A big thanks to all who contributed books to the big book donation in Term One, these books have been collated and are now ready to be distributed to class- rooms to further enrich classroom reading.

A number of new Take Home readers have been purchased, collated and covered during last term and have entered circulation this term.The students are enjoying the variety of many new stories and themes. 



 Book Week Celebration Day on Monday 19th August 

We have all written letters to our  visiting author/ illustrator Mark Wilson, who we will welcome to

St Agnes' on Monday 19th August.


Mark will work with all our students and share his love of writing which is a particular focus in our Literacy Learning this year. We invite all our students to “ dress up” on Book Week Day and encourage them to consider the rich range of Australian Literature in their choice of character costume.


 At the commencement of the day there will be a parade of costumes in the School Hall, followed by Literacy activities in the classrooms.


Please feel welcome to attend the parade and join our students from Grade 3- 6 to share the learning.

Foundation and Grade 1/ 2 will be having their session with Mark at this time.


 The list of recommended books is an exciting and diverse one and the theme for Book Week 2019 is “Reading is my Secret Power”. 


This is a great time of year to focus on sharing books at home with your family and discuss with your children how the “Power of Reading”  supports you.

Happy Reading !

Julie Grace

 Literacy Leader


Premiers' Reading Challenge

Congratulations to 30 students who have completed the challenge.

Three of the students have already reached 100 books.


We have only 4 weeks to go until the Premiers' Reading Challenge closes so keep the good work and keep reading.


Julie Gonzales

Library Technician


Sacrament of Eucharist


St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

St Agnes received a letter of thanks for their generous donation of food for the recent St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal.

Whole school participation in so valuable to such an important appeal. The school donations, combined with those from St Mary's school and both parishes, allowed the Society to make up 37 hampers for families and a further 10 for singles.


St Vincent de Paul changes lives every day and our support enables this good work to assist the 1.8 million Australians facing hardship that turn to them each year.  


A huge thank you and well done to all the St Agnes Community.


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 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



SRC for Semester Two

Congratulations to the SRC for Semester 2 who received their badges at assembly last Monday. 



Foundation B

Mia Inwood 

Luca Pertile


Lucas Atsis

Alannah Harris


Kira Hensley

Callan Duddy


Karl Staude

Sophia Lyras


Jonah Stanton

Kuichloch Pech


Quinlan Cook

Keith Koptidis


Samuel Bunnett

Jothan Pugeva


Gianfranco Rubino

Finian Salas


I look forward to our first meeting this Thursday to discuss the term ahead.

Miss Anthea Georgiou,

Wellbeing Leader


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


Information Session

Please see information below are an upcoming community based Information Session called “Guarding our Girls” about raising girls.

The target group are people raising girls between the age of 7-13 years.

“Guarding our Girls”

Wednesday 28 August 2019 at 7:00pm

Glen Eira Town Hall - Theatrette

Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield, 3163


Please follow this link to book online

Positive Parenting Telephone Service



Parish News

Please see attached the Parish Newsletter.


Family Faith Nights

I am writing to all families regarding St Agnes' School inviting you to attend a meeting to:

·         Revisit the purpose of the Catholic School

·         The role you as parents have in the St Agnes Catholic School

·         The partnership between the School and the Parish



To enable all families to have an opportunity to listen, share and respond, there is an option for meeting dates, which are as follows:

·         Tuesday 20th August             Grades Foundation, 1 & 2         7.00 pm

·         Tuesday 27th August              Grade 3 & 4                                        7.00 pm

·         Tuesday 3rd September        Grade 5 & 6                                       7.00 pm


These meetings will be held at the Church. All families are asked to come to ONE meeting.


If you have children in more than one grade, please choose a date that you will attend. You need to attend only ONE MEETING. Staff will be attending all meetings.


Please complete the CareMonkey sent out to all families last week.


Thank you


Father O'Reilly

Parish Priest


Term 3 Update

Welcome back to term 3, we hope you all had a lovely break and managed to keep warm over the holidays.


The fete team has been busy booking rides, sourcing donations, sponsorships and finalising our major raffle prizes.


It is now time for the St Agnes’ community to roll up your sleeves and get helping.


In the school foyer is a wheelbarrow kindly donated by the Villani family. This wheelbarrow will be 3rd prize in our major raffle, but to make it more appealing we need to fill it up with alcohol. We ask that each family drop off a bottle of wine, champagne or beer, and place in the wheelbarrow.


Spring is only 4 weeks away, so it is now time to start spring-cleaning. GoBox have kindly donated a storage box for us to store our trash and treasure so start gathering all your unwanted goodies and once the container arrives we will let you know when you can start dropping your goodies off.

We are happy to take any old toys, games, crockery, books, records and furniture all in good reusable condition. For safety reasons we are unable to take any electrical items.


Last week a wine fundraiser form was sent home and a PDF copy is attached to the newsletter. This has been a popular fundraiser in the past and the wines are certainly good quality. Please feel free to share this with family and friends the more orders the better.


Please contact Carlyn or Shannon at if you have any queries, ideas or can assist with the fete in any way.

Thank you 

Fete Committee


The Eagerly Anticipated Wine Sale

Supporting the 2019 Fete Has Arrived!


Settle in to a comfy chair while you decide which smooth reds or crisp whites take your fancy for the spring season.  Every glass you raise will be contributing towards fundraising for the fete.

Each bottle is custom labelled with the St Agnes’ logo, so you can always remember the event you have raised funds for.


Do you have family or friends who don’t live in Bayside and would like to support the wine drive? They can have orders for Full Dozens delivered direct to their door for a small fee.

Please return your orders by Sunday 25th August 2019 at the latest.

You can return the orders to

  1. The P&F box in the school foyer.
  2. The parish office
  3. Email


Payment can be made by cash or credit card, although credit card is the preferred method.

Orders will be delivered towards the middle of September.

A reminder – This event is for the over 18’s, and St Agnes’ supports the National Guidelines for alcohol consumption.  Any queries contact Leanne Cooke on 0406 602 111.

Please see attached order form.

Thank you



Father’s Day Stall – Friday 23rd August

The P&F team will be holding a Father’s Day Stall this year.

Children will be able to make purchases for their dad, grandad or special friend.


We have a great selection of items for sale, ranging from $2 - $8. Classes will be sent over to the hall, one at a time to make their purchases.


To ensure there are enough items for all the classes we ask that children limit the amount they are buying to $15 or 3 items each. Cash only and BYO bag.

Father’s Day / Special Person Breakfast –
Friday 30th August

Once again the mums are putting on a breakfast for the dads, special friends and kids.


A delicious all inclusive menu of bacon & egg roll, cereal, coffee/tea & juice will be available.

Grab your tickets now on TryBooking via this link


Mum’s to make this event a success we need your help with set up, cooking on the day, serving etc. Set up only takes about 30 mins the night before and on the day of the breakfast you we need helpers for approx. 2 hrs.

Any mums that can help please email or text Fleur. or 0439 456 020


School Disco – Friday 9th August-Postponed

Just a reminder that we have postponed the school disco until Friday 18th October, term 4.


This is so we can ensure we meet all the necessary requirement for looking after the children outside of school hours. You can still purchase tickets via the link below.


P&F Friday Afternoon BBQ's

The BBQ’s are weather dependent and if you are able to volunteer your time to help sizzle and sell them when your class is rostered on, please see your class rep as we need at least 3 - 4 helpers.


The children love them and they are a very handy fundraiser for the P&F so it is a shame to have to cancel due to a lack of helpers


Sausages-$2.50 each or 3 for $6.00 



Friday 9th August: Foundation Class Rep: Krystle Dunkley

 Friday 16th August: 5/6C Class Rep: Sally Forbes

 Friday 23rd August: 1/2L Class Rep: Maya Coates

 Friday 30th August: 5/6M Class Rep: Jayne Munday


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:

  • Email a order to them the form is below or

    The email is: 

  • Ring them on 9070 3910 and place a phone order.

Orders that are received by Friday will be delivered to the school on the following Monday.


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




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


Next Opening Time:

3rd September-8.30 -9.00 am

EXTEND-Before/After School Care

What’s Been Happening?

We’ve started to plan and write our book for the Pyjama Foundation as a part of this year’s Extend-a-Hand initiative.


A highlight was a visit from Mrs Mandy Cooper, one of the judges for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, to help us with our planning.


We will be celebrating our finished book at the end of week 4 with a Pyjama Party! Apart from writing our book, we will keep on traveling the world. So far we focused on Oceania. We’ve made our passports and some amazing crafts from New Zealand and had a taste of fried bread, a favourite Maori dish. Next week we are off to Vietnam.



From Wednesday 15th  August we are very excited about the fact that we will  be learning Auslan during our afternoon  service! Come and join us!



Monday 5/8



Wednesday 8/8

Thursday 9/8

Friday 10/8

Finalise story

Writing good cop


Front cover

Finish drawings






Tuesday 14/8

Wednesday 15/9

Thursday 16/8

Friday 17/8

Vietnamese flag

Lotus flower

Paper lanterns


Paper fans




The Extend Superstars

Ava Coates... for her boundless energy and love of learning.

James O'Reilly... for his outstanding leadership and manners.




Closing Date for Applications for Grade 5

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.


Thank you




Tennis Lessons at St Agnes' 


Positive Parenting Telephone Service


St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
Farm to Fork (Enrichment Program).pdf
Extend Winter.pdf
Parish Newsletter 30th June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 7th July.pdf
Parish Newsletter 14th July.pdf
Parish Newsletter 21st July.pdf
Parish Newsletter 28th July.pdf
St Agnes disco.pdf
Father's Day Breakfast (3).pdf
Uniform pricelist.pdf
Order Form.pdf
Gudrun Lessing - Psychologist Bio.pdf
Wine Drive.pdf