16 February 2017
Volume Three        we Are All Galore!           We All Have Different Gifts.     We All Use Our Gifts In Different Ways. We Unwrap Our Gifts At Different Times And In Different Ways. 
Dates to remember           
Principal's Report St Mark's School Leaders 2017
Students of the Week
R.E. News....
Stephanie Alexander Program-Fruit grown at St Mark's. 
PE News....
Parents Info..... CSEF Applications
Uniform Shop
Advertising & Secondary Colleges - Book Club
St Mark's Primary School
03 9551 1150
4-8 Dimar Court
Dingley, Victoria, 3172

Dates to remember           


Thursday 16th February - Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent/Child Night 6pm.

Saturday 18th February -  Staff Commissioning Mass  at 6pm.

Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd February  - Parent/Teacher Interviews Year 1-6.

Tuesday 28th February - Parent Teacher Interviews Year 1-6.


Wednesday 1st March - Parent Teacher Interviews Year 1-6.

Wednesday 1st March - ASH WEDNESDAY - Mass 9.00am.

Thursday 2nd March - District Swimming.

Monday 6th March - ICT Parent/Child session Year 3/4 (3.45-4.45am)

Tuesday 7th March - Foundation Parent Night 7pm.

Wednesday 8th March - ICT Parent/Child Session for Year 3/4 (7-8pm)

Monday 13th March -  LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY.

Friday 17th March - St Patrick's Day - School Leaders Mass-St Patrick's Cathedral.

Sunday 25th March - Year 1/2 Family Mass 6pm.

Monday 27th March - School Photos.

Friday 31st March - Easter Paraliturgy - 11.40am.

                                        End of Term One at 1pm. 

April   (Easter 14th to 17th)

Tuesday 18th April - Students return - Term 2.

Tuesday 25th April - ANZAC DAY HOLIDAY. 

Wednesday 26th April - St Mark's Feast Day - Mass 9am

Thursday 27th April - Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6pm


Friday 19th May - School Closure Day.

Principal's Report
St Mark's School Leaders 2017

Dear Families

It has been wonderful to see many of the 2016 Year students visit to give the staff an update on their secondary schools. They all look very smart in their new uniforms and are all settling in well to new routines.


The parent teacher meetings for Years 1 – 6 begin next week and this is the chance for parents and teachers to get to know each other and establish communication for the year. It is also a time when parents can discuss issues regarding their child and to hear how they are settling in. An overview of the year regarding curriculum and expectations will also be given. Booking is via online and we ask that you are on time and observe the 10 minute timeslot. If you would like to further discuss any issues please make another time with the teacher. The Foundation interviews will continue on the Wednesdays.



Last week at assembly students were reminded of safety at the drop off zone outside the church. This is the only area that is designated for this purpose and dropping off or picking up along the church driveway or staff car park area is not permitted and can cause considerable congestion.


The students were also reminded of standing back from the curb and waiting until the car completely stops before attempting to open the door.


There is a 10km speed limit in the driveway and all drivers are asked to observe this for the safety of everyone, particularly at peak drop off & pick up times.


The entrance from Dimar Court becomes one way from 8.30am – 9.10am and 3.20pm – 3.45pm.

Please see the school map attached for entry and exit drive through.


The playground equipment is not to be used in the mornings as this is not supervised. In the afternoons the playground can be used as long as the children are supervised by their parents. This also staggers cars leaving the carpark which eases congestion. Children who are waiting for parents are to be in front of the church and not on the playground.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Student of the Week Awards

Foundation  A

Elizabeth Walsh for settling into the school routine confidently and helping her peers to do so also!

Foundation K

Lenny Driver for the positive way he has settled into Foundation. Keep up the great work Lenny!

Foundation M

Quinn Schellebeck for having the confidence to take risks when achieving learning tasks.

Year 1/2 B

Steven Mamos for his extremely kind nature that he shows to everyone in our 1/2 level. He displays many positive characteristics in his personality.

Year 1/2 L

Chanelle Martis for settling in and adjusting to her new routine at St Mark's so quickly and smoothly.

Year 1/2 M

Thomas Robins for making good choices and always ready to learn.

Year 1/2 P

Tyler Trinh for confidently settling into St Mark's and making new friends.

Year 1/2R

Lachlan Diep for setting a wonderful example during meditation and for caring for our classroom.

Year 1/2 XR

Ezekiel Lay for the wonderful efforts he has put in at morning meditation time.

Year 3/4 C

Caroline Mead for her very creative (and successful) SRC speech. Well Done!

Year 3/4 DC

Noah Mina for the confident way he has helped the Grade 3's settle into the area.

Year 3/4 F

Alex Sims for confidently presenting his SRC speech to his classmates. Well Done!

Year 3/4 KU

Archie Wright for beginning the school year with such a confident and happy attitude.

Year 3/4 N

Daniel Farr for always asking questions when he is unsure of anything. Well done Daniel!

Year 5/6 D

Antoine La Verde for his confident start to 2017 and showing determination in all areas of his work, especially writing. Keep it up!

Year 5/6 L

Olivia Crouch for settling in Year 5/6 with confidence and enthusiasm. Congratulations Olivia!

Year 5/6 M

Bennett Martin for his creativity and flexible thinking during his screencast task.

Year 5/6 P

Jack Ferraro for display leadership qualities in the classroom by including others.

Year 5/6 S

Lavinia Edmonds for having the confidence to share her unique thinking with the class. Enriching our class discussions and learning.

R.E. News....


All school age children are welcome to attend Children’s Liturgy at St Mark’s Church every Sunday at 9:30am. The children talk about the gospel of the day and complete a variety of fun activities. If any parents are interested in being a Children’s Liturgy Leader or assistant leader could they please email Andrew Davies....... at [email protected]

Important RE Dates


Just a reminder to our parents of children making their Reconciliation this year, that we have the parent /child night TONIGHT at 6pm. It will in the Library area. We are looking forward to seeing you all tonight.

  • Thursday 16th February - Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent/Child Information Night at 6pm

  • Saturday 18th February - Staff Commitment Mass at 6pm

  • Wednesday 1st March - Ash Wednesday Day Mass at 9am  

  • Friday 31st March - Easter paraliturgy at 11:40am

  • Year 1/2 Family Mass - Saturday 25th March (6pm)

Project Compassion

Next week the children will be receiving a Project Compassion Box per family to support Caritas Australia. This Lenten season themed is “Love your neighbour”.


As Pope Francis said, “Love of God and love of our neighbour is one and the same thing.”


You will be helping to empower our world’s most vulnerable neighbours to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to build a better future for our common home.


Please donate to Project Compassion 2017 and help people in rural areas of the Philippines develop their strengths and build better futures for their families and their neighbours.


Kids Matter.pdf

Please open the above pdf for your information on Core friendship skills for children.

Stephanie Alexander Program-Fruit grown at St Mark's. 


Basic bread


600ml warm water

2 tbsp honey

800gms plain flour

200gms whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

14gms instant dry yeast

vegetable oil for oiling bowl


  1. Combine the water and honey in a small bowl, and stir to dissolve the honey.
  2. Tip the flour into a large bowl and add the salt and yeast. Stir once or twice with a wooden spoon.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then pour the water and honey mixture into the well.
  4. Stir to mix the flour and water to form a heavy dough.
  5. Sprinkle flour on a clean dry surface. Pat some flour onto your hands.
  6. Tip out the dough and pat all the pieces into a pile. Squash it down, using your hands to put it all together.
  7. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  8. If the dough feels sticky, sprinkle it with more flour.
  9. Lightly oil a large bowl and put the dough inside.
  10. Cover the bowl with a  clean tea towel and leave it for at least 30  minutes in a warm place (not too hot)
  11. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  12. When the dough has doubled in size, make a fist and punch straight down once into the dough to release all the air.
  13. Tip your dough onto the floured surface and knead again for 30 seconds.
  14. Shape the dough into a round ball and place on an oven tray.
  15. Cover with a teatowel and leave to rise again for 30 minutes.
  16. Put the dough in the tray with the dough in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  17. After 20-25 minutes carefully take the tray out of the oven.
  18. Tap the bottom of the bread with a finger and listen carefully. The sound should be a hollow ‘tonk’ like a muffled drum. Allow to cool a little before serving.



2 cucumbers, peeled and halved lengthways

12 small tomatoes or 6 large, cut into chunks or wedges

4 spring onions or 1 small red onion

2 green capsicums, diced

24 kalamata olives

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 tsp red wine vinegar

salt & freshly ground black pepper

100 g feta



  1. Prepare all of the ingredients based on the instructions in the ingredients list.
  2. Using the teaspoon, scoop out most of the seeds from the centre of the cucumber. Cut the cucumber into 2 cm dice and transfer to the large bowl.
  3. Add the tomatoes to the large bowl.
  4. If using spring onions, remove the outside layer and the roots then trim the tops. Using all of the spring onion, cut into 1 cm pieces. If using red onion, halve and peel, then place the flat side down on the board and cut crossways as finely as you can. Add the onion to the large bowl.
  5. Add the green capsicums to the large bowl.
  6. Press the flat side of the cook’s knife onto each olive to squash it – the pip can now be removed easily. Add the olives to the large bowl.
  7. In the small bowl, combine the oil and vinegar to make the dressing. Whisk lightly with a fork, then pour over the salad and mix all the ingredients well with the wooden spoon.
  8. Taste for salt and pepper (remember the cheese is quite salty). Weigh the feta, crumble it over the salad, then serve.



1 lebanese cucumber

½ teaspoon salt

200gms thick Greek yoghurt

1 small garlic clove finely grated or crushed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Slice the cucumber in half lengthways, then use a teaspoon to scrape all the seeds out. Discard the seeds. Coarsely grate the cucumber, sprinkle with the salt, then squeeze it between two pieces of paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Put the squeezed cucumber into a bowl with the yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Stir to combine then season to taste.


Squeeze as much excess water from the cucumber as possible after you grate it for this tzatziki – it’s the difference between a moreish dip and a thin, runny flavourless sauce.


PE News....

2017 Team Vic State selection process

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The following is to provide you with information about the School Sport Victoria Team Vic trials for 12 years and under teams in the sports of Australian Rules, Netball, Football (Soccer) and Basketball for 2017. To be eligible to participate in the trial process:

  • students must be nominated and endorsed by their school initially

  • each of these children needs to register online, if they wish to proceed.

Each school is only allowed a maximum of three (3) students for each sport mentioned above to attend these trials so it’s important that as a school, we acknowledge the capacity and ability of these nominated students to be able to participate well in these trials.  It needs to be emphasised that these trials form part of School Sport Victoria’s Gifted and Talented program and are not ‘come and try’ opportunities.  Each child is trialing for a State Team and as such we must attest to each child’s athleticism, skill level and school behaviour.


You are invited to register your child for selection to trial, if you so wish.  Please be aware that registration costs $25 per sport.  Please go to the following link to access the registration page and information


Please be aware the Football (Soccer) and Basketball teams will participate at the same time at Pacific School Games so it is only possible to select one of these sports.


Parents if you have any questions please see Mr Snell. or email [email protected]



Congratulations to all of the children who tried out this morning. See the attached list for the events children qualified for.  Also are the details for who is required for training next week and those children who will be required on the District Competition day on the 2nd March (children in bold are emergencies only). A care monkey permission will be sent for children (emergencies also) to complete for the District event. We are requesting parents to assist with transport to and from the Noble Park Aquatic Centre!

A morning training session will be on Wednesday 22nd February Juniors 9/10year olds at 7.30-8.00am & Seniors 11/12 year old) 8am to 8.30am.

Vin Snell



Tuckshop Tuesday's Special

Next Tuesday's special is a sandwich of your choice and a piece of fruit $4.00.

Thanks Carm.


Canteen Menu 2017.pdf


Parents Info.....
CSEF Applications

Office News...

School Fee Statements will be sent home soon. All School fees should be finalised by 31st August 2017, unless you have arranged a payment plan with the office. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office to arrange a meeting with the Principal, Debbie Darvell.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund -CSEF

How to Apply  -  Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from

CSEF payment amount is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the  eligible student.

* Primary school student rate is $125.00 per year.


Eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian's concession card successfully validating with Centrelink on the first day of term one or two. The validation will occur automatically through an automated interface between the CSEF system and Centrelink.


Library News

Classes started borrowing last week it is important that children use library bags to
protect the books from spills and damage. It is fantastic to see so many children making the most of this opportunity and enjoying the variety of books we have on offer.

Care Monkey

is used by the school to provide valuable information especially for excursions. For those new to the school, could you please provide emergency details on CareMonkey. By using Care Monkey the school is able to have medical information about your child during excursions. 

Thank you.

Quote of the week

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.     Marie Curie.

Uniform Shop

St Mark's Uniform Shop

Wednesday mornings 9am - 9.30am.


We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding with current transition of uniform suppliers.


PLEASE NOTE: there may be a slight difference in sizing of new uniforms please come in and try sizes.

Uniforms can only be exchanged if they are returned with receipt, packaging and have not been worn.


Winter Uniform will not be available until the end of Term One.

Parents and families will be notified of availability in the Newsletter.


Staff in the Uniform Shop are volunteers so we request that they not be contacted outside of Uniform Shop hours to purchase or exchange uniforms.


Should you require uniform outside of hours (Wednesdays 9 - 9.30am) it can be purchased at


Beleza Uniforms

162 Cheltenham Road


9794 8775.


Uniform July 2016.pdf


Advertising & Secondary Colleges - Book Club



The Catholic Education Office has revised the timeline dates for Colleges to process students into Year 7 Secondary Catholic Colleges.

Students will be offered positions into Catholic Colleges for their Year 7 (2018) in early Term 4 while in Grade 5, 2017.


St Bede’s College will have an OPEN MORNING on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

This OPEN MORNING is primarily for Year 5 2017 students from our feeder priority parishes.


Families will need to go to the College website EARLY FEBRUARY 2017 and under the OPEN MORNING icon

you will be able to book a tour time.  Tours will run regularly from 9am – 10.45 am.