St Paul's School Newsletter

19 March 2020
Issue Eight
From the Principal...
Important Dates
From the School Office ...
What's On at St Paul's...
Student Wellbeing
Transition Information
Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria
Community Notices
School Car Park Map
School Uniform Shop
Child Safe Standards
St Paul's Primary School
03 9756 7201
59 Moores Road
Monbulk, Victoria, 3793

From the Principal...




Dear Families,

It has been a tumultuous time in world history recently. I visited the supermarket last weekend and the line ups at the checkout, people waiting with arms full of groceries and the empty shelves, reminded me of my history studies, seeing pictures of war time society. Thankfully the only 'enemy' in this battle is a germ called COVID-19 that we are all trying to deal with in our own way.

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Whilst we always try to be proactive and well prepared, we are very much relying on directives from the Australian and Victorian Government and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria for advice and the latest information. The advice that we have today, may change tomorrow!

The latest advice is:

  • If a staff member or student at St Paul's school is a confirmed case, or close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will contact the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on 1300 651 160 as soon as we are informed.
  • Following advice from Dr Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer, that ‘pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time’ schools remain open. This advice is constantly under review and we will update you immediately if it changes.


The following advice comes directly from Jim Miles, Acting executive director, Catholic Education Melbourne.

Supporting our Families:

We are all aware that some people in our school communities have heightened levels of concern and anxiety regarding the many impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These thoughts and feelings are normal and understandable.

Most adults and children will be able to manage these feelings through being resilient and practising positive coping skills.

However, some may feel overwhelmed and unable to adequately express their concerns. This may result in escalated levels of distress or worry.

Conversations with children and young people
Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss news of the virus with those in their care in an open and honest way.

Try to relate the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament.

It is important to listen to any questions they may have, and to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel concerned.

If the media or the news is getting to be too much for them, encourage them to limit their exposure.

A range of key resources, including videos and tips for young people, have been collated to help promote ongoing wellbeing and good health across the school community:

Home Learning: FUSE Learning from Home Site

We are all aware that there are school closures occurring overseas and in the Victorian Independent system. I wish to reassure parents that, in the event of closure, St Paul's staff are well equipped to put together a Home Learning Plan. 

For those families that have chosen to self isolate, we thank you for your understanding that teachers are focussed on their work in the classroom while we remain open.  We are happy to share ideas and general outlines of learning, however managing learning within the classroom, as well as outside the classroom, is not possible.

For families looking for ideas, I sent an email to families last Monday 16 March (subject: COVID-19 Update) with ideas for online home learning.  Further to this, today we received notification that the FUSE website has created a home learning page.  This page has been established to support school and early childhood leaders, teachers, students, children and parents access digital resources that can be used to support learning at home.  Please CLICK HERE to access the FUSE Learning From Home site.



  • Sacrament of First Reconciliation and Family Workshop have been POSTPONED

For any queries, please contact our Religious Education Leader, Irene Haritos:

Car Park - Safety and Traffic Flow Reminder

It is always pleasing to note that our families generally follow the rules of the school car park, both before and after school. However, it is of concern to staff, and no doubt parents, when we see some children  having to make their way independently through the traffic on the asphalt area or the gravel car park out the front of our administration. For the safety and wellbeing of all, I would like to emphasise that children are always escorted to cars or the asphalt pathways surrounding the car park by an adult, and conversely that the children are escorted to cars by an adult at the end of the school day.

In the mornings, please do not park in the 'drop off zone'.  This space is designed to let children out of the car safely onto the asphalt path and keep moving.  If parents need to park their car in the morning, please reverse park up to the fence adjacent to the Year 4/5 classroom, or park in the middle of the asphalt area and escort children into school.   The school car park map is displayed further in this newsletter.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these matters.

Term 2 school Closure Day

There is no school for students on Monday 15 June.  Staff will be engaged in Professional learning focussed on spelling.

OSHCare Update - Thanks Cherie and YLV!


Youth Leadership Victoria will finish with St Paul's on Friday 26 March.   We acknowledge and thank Rita, YLV Director, and Shereen, YLV Leader, for setting up the program and supporting St Paul's.   Most of all, we thank and acknowledge Cherie, our marvellous educator, who has been part of St Paul's during YLV's time with us.  We thank Cherie for her dedication and enthusiasm, her hard work in building the program and her work with families.  Cherie has been terrific, caring for our students and going above and beyond on many occasions to make herself visible and approachable around the school.  We will miss Cherie, and YLV, and we wish them every blessing in the future.


Our After School Care service will move off site and will join with OSHClub at Monbulk Primary School.  There are many schools in Victoria that are in close proximity to one another and combine their OSHCare services. We are very grateful to Estelle, Principal at Monbulk PS, as well as Philippa and her staff at OSHClub for their support.  The first day of the new service will be Tuesday 14 April.

Where to from here?

Parents will need to enrol with OSHClub.  Please visit and click on "REGISTER".  You will need to enrol with the Monbulk Primary School service.


*PLEASE NOTE: Our OSHClub Parent Information Night has been cancelled.  Information for parents will be sent out via email that explains exactly how our new system will work, including transporting students to Monbulk PS each day.

School Photos - Change of Date

Our school photos will now take place on 14 July.  This is the second day of Term 3.  Please note the change of date.

Inter School Sport

The latest advice from School Sport Victoria is that:

All excursions outside the school for purposes such as visits to cultural institutions, art galleries, theatres and sporting events or facilities are postponed or cancelled. School sport is considered an excursion, which means that all inter-school sporting events and competitions from Tuesday 17 March have been postponed immediately until further notice.

Enrolments Now Open

Enrolling at St Paul's is easy!  We welcome enrolments throughout the year and are currently accepting Prep enrolments for the 2021 school year. 

Our innovative transition process includes Open days and Taster Days however, under current social distancing conditions, we have suspended Open days and Taster Days until further notice.  Enrolments for Prep 2021 will still be accepted.

PE News - Regional Swimming

We congratulate our Division Swim team - Grace, Caitlin, Tess, Antoinette - on their efforts at last week's Regional Championships held at Aquanation.  This was a fantastic effort, competing at such a high level.  We are very proud of all competitors!


Reconstruction and sealing of Prices Road will begin on 23 March 2020 and Prices Rd will be closed.  There will be traffic disruptions.  Please find below, a link to a document that contains layout plans for proposed works .  A copy of these plans has been sent in the mail to the school and residents along Prices Road:


Planned Burns

It’s been a very challenging summer, with bushfires that have severely impacted people and the environment across large areas of the country. The FFMVic and CFA Joint Fuel Management Plan for Victoria was released in November last year and includes the planned burning program for 2020 in the Dandenong Ranges (more detail at Many of these are critical asset protection burns to protect communities, visitors and businesses in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas. These strategic burns are designed to reduce bushfire intensity and prevent them spreading - this assists our firefighters in controlling them. 

Crews are monitoring weather and fuel moisture levels to identify suitable opportunities to carry out these burns in the Dandenong Ranges.  You may notice smoke in the air or see fires in the hills at this time.

Kind Regards,





Michael Watt


Important Dates

St Paul's Community Calendar
Please be aware that dates can change. 
We recommend checking the dates on our
Live Calendar found at:




Last Day of Term 1


Friday 10 - Monday 13


Tuesday 14

Term 2 commences


Friday 8

Mother's Day Breakfast

Mother's Day Stall

Saturday 9

Emerald BBQ

Monday 11

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Friday 15

Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday 20

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Saturday 23

Confirmation Ceremony:  3.00pm - St Paul's Church


Monday 1

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 5

Sushi Friday

Saturday 6

Working Bee - 8.30 to 11.00am

Monday 9

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Monday 15

SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - No school for students

Friday 19

School Disco

Monday 22

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 24

3 Way Conferences - School concludes at 1:00pm

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 26

Hot Lunch Day 

Free Dress Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Due date:  Year 6 Camp payment

Last day of Term 2


Monday 13

Term 3 commences

Tuesday 14

School Photo Day 

Wednesday 15

First Eucharist Family Workshop:  3.30-4.30pm - St Paul's Church 


Monday 3

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Tuesday 4

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 7

Hot Lunch Day

Saturday 15

Emerald BBQ

Monday 24

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 28

Sushi Friday

Sunday 30

First Eucharist Ceremony:  11.00am - St Paul's Church


Friday 4

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day Stall

Tuesday 8

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Monday 14

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Friday 18

Footy Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Hot Lunch Day

Due date:  Balance of school fee account

Last day of Term 3


Friday 16

Working Bee - 3.15 to 5.45pm

Monday 19

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 21

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 23

Hot Lunch Day


Monday 9

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Saturday 21

Emerald BBQ

Monday 30

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm


Friday 4

Hot Lunch Day




Saturday 13


From the School Office ...

Student levies now due

Please note that all Student Levies are now past due.

Thank you to those families who have already made payment.  For those yet to do so, and who do not have a current payment plan in place, we would appreciate your attention to payment as soon as possible.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship and payment of school fees or levies is causing difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Watt or the school office.


Did you know ... ?

You can find lots of helpful information on this page including:

  • School Fees 2020
  • Fee Support for Families
  • Uniform Shop
  • Secondhand Uniform Shop
  • FlexiBuzz App
  • CareMonkey
  • Conveyance Allowance
  • PTV - School Bus Management System
  • Student Banking
  • CDF Pay - Online School Shop

2020 School Fees

All families should have received their 2020 School Fee Statement via email mid-January.  If you have not yet received your statement, please notify the school.  For those families wishing to set up a direct debit payment plan, please visit the school office.


School Fee Due Dates for 2020:

  • 21 February                   Student levies  
  • 26 June                            Year 6 Camp
  • 18 September               Balance of school fee account

Fee Support for Families

Do you have a valid Concession Card or Health Care Card (HCC)?

If so, you could be entitled to financial support in the form of:

1.  Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 

The CSEF is a state government funded scheme to assist eligible families with payments for their child’s camps, sports, and excursion activities run by their school. To be eligible, parents must hold a valid means-tested concession card, see further information on the flyer below.

  • Families who received CSEF support in 2019 do not need to re-apply as the application will remain active for 2020.  However, if you have an additional student who has commenced school this year, you will need to contact the office to add them to your application.
  • If you have not received CSEF support in the past and are unsure as to whether you qualify please contact the school office to discuss eligibility and/or to request an Application form.

2.  Health Care Card Holder Discounts

Please note holders of valid and current Australian Government Health Care/Concession Cards may also be eligible for fee relief of $500 towards school fees/levies for the current year.  If you have any queries or feel you may be eligible, please contact the school office.


The Catholic System also provides additional funding to the school, per eligible child. The funds for this additional support are provided by Catholic Education Melbourne and can be used to provide a portion of additional fee relief for eligible families.

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Our secondhand uniform shop is managed by Kylie Storer with items being purchased by gold coin donation in cash OR now also via CDF Pay.  If you are looking for items of secondhand uniform please feel free to text Kylie on 0430 546 611 with your wish list or to arrange a mutually convenient time to search through the stock for items that you require. 


The secondhand uniform shop welcomes donations of St Paul's current school uniform which is still in good condition and for which you no longer have a need.  Please feel free to leave donations at the school office.

FlexiBuzz - Our School App

A reminder to ensure you have downloaded our school app to your mobile device, otherwise you may be missing important school reminders.


Care Monkey

Please ensure you login to Care Monkey to update the Student Profiles for your children—it is essential that we have current medical, contact and family details for all students to ensure our information is always up to date. 

Conveyance Allowance

  • If you are currently receiving Conveyance Allowance there is no need to re-apply unless you have an additional student who has commenced school this year. 
  • If you are not sure whether you qualify for Conveyance Allowance but believe you may be eligible please contact the school office to discuss eligibility or to request an Application form.


School Bus Management System (SBMS)

The school bus is managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) via the School Bus Management System (SBMS).  If you have any questions or wish to apply for a place on the school bus, please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit the PTV website:  



Student Banking


CDF Pay - School Payment System


What's On at St Paul's...

Year 4 'Taste of Secondary School'

Last Thursday the Year 4 girls visited Mater Christi College with Mrs Peels, and the Year 4 boys visited St Joseph's College with Mr Watt.  We had a terrific day, experiencing a small 'taste' of secondary school.  We thank St Joseph's and Mater Christi for their time.


Story Box Library



Throughout the year your child will bring home Scholastic Book Club catalogues.   Our school receives 20% of the total orders in free books for our library.  The first issue for 2020 has been sent home with orders due by Friday 13 February.   Orders can be placed online or by completing the attached order form and returning it to the school office via the classroom black tubs.

If you have any questions regarding Book Club or require any help registering for the "LOOP" online ordering please contact Sally Moody on 0400 269 235.




Student Wellbeing

The Value of Resilience

We all need to use our strengths of resilience, kindness, compassion...... in these crazy times. Although things are tough and confusing, especially for our children, will be stick together and get through.

Michael has shared resources through emails to help support your children with understanding what is happening in current times. Please ensure you take the time to talk as a family and explore any concerns or questions your children may have.

Take care and stay healthy


During this term, students have read the book ISHI, Simple Tips From a Solid Friend. This is a story about a rock and the ups and downs in life. ISHI is an optimistic little rock that lives inside of all of us! 

Ishi means rock in Japanese. Each student made their own ISHI and created a Birth Certificate. Check out some of our photos.


Values Awards

The following students received Values awards at our last Prayer Gathering for displaying examples of RESPONSIBILITY:  Austin, Scarlett, Amon, Seb, Mia, Maya, Violet, CAleb, Evie, Lukas, Letti, Tai-Ran, Ivy, Clodagh, Pearl


Transition Information


Transition to Primary School


Transition to Secondary School



Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria

Youth Leadership Victoria


Youth Leadership Victoria is a community and child focused, not for profit, Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care provider that runs across 33 schools in Victoria.

YLV is 100% Australian based and operated and have over 17 years of experience in delivering high quality programs for primary school aged children.



St Paul's Primary School

59 Moores Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793



After School Care:   3:15pm - 6:15pm Monday to Friday

Bookings & Enrolments:

Phone:     8790 6511



Out of School Hours Care 


Community Notices


Thank you Bendigo Bank for your support 


Thank you MRE Property Marketing for your support


School Car Park Map


School Uniform Shop

Secondhand Uniform Shop

We are still running our secondhand uniform shop at school.  All items are sold by gold coin donation, payable in cash or now also via CDF Pay, our online school shop.

If you are looking to purchase any items from the secondhand uniform shop please text Kylie Storer (0430 546 611) with your wish list or queries.


If you would like to donate any good quality items of school uniform that you no longer need, please drop them into the school office.

Child Safe Standards

The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic education.  St Paul's is committed to the care, safety and wellbeing of all young people.


St Paul's School Newsletter
1.2 Advisory Board Constitution.pdf
Child Safety Policy (2).pdf
Child Safety Code of Conduct (2).pdf