St John Vianney's Newsletter

11 March 2020
Issue Six

'St John Vianney's school Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards'

Dates to Remember 
 Principal Post
Harmony Day - Bullying No-Way 2020
Around the School.....
Class of the week 5/6 H
Religious Education
Get to know our staff..... Interviews by our Publicity Captains (John and Georgia)
 2020 OPEN DAYS 
Secondary College News
                              Tuck shop 
Community News 
St John Vianney's Catholic Primary School
(03)8543 4444
23 Police Road
Mulgrave, Victoria, 3170

Dates to Remember 

Important Dates


Wednesday 11th - Open Day Tours   9:15am & 10:15am

Wednesday 11th - Prep Families - Pizza with the Principal 5.45pm - 7.15pm Performing Arts Area

Thursday 12th - Year 5/6 Summer Sports 

Friday 13th - SJV Bullying NO WAY day

Friday 13th - SJV Harmony Day

Sunday 15th - Friday 20th - Catholic Education Week

Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th - Year 3-6 Swimming 

Tuesday 17th - Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation  6.00pm - 7.00pm

Thursday 19th - Open Day Tours  9:15am & 10:15am

Friday 20th - Parent Helpers Session 9:00am - 9:45am Staffroom  

Friday 20th - Year 5/6 Summer Sports

Friday 20th - 3/4 Incursion - Council Talk 10.00am - 11.00am Performing Arts Area

Saturday 21st - Rite of Acceptance Confirmation Enrolment - 6.00pm  Mass

Sunday 22nd - Rite of Acceptance Confirmation Enrolment - 8.30am , 10am & 5.00pm Masses

Monday 22nd - Wednesday 25th - Year 3-6 Swimming 

Friday 27th - Year 3-6 Swimming 

Friday 27th - END OF TERM 1  -  3.15pm FINISH



Tuesday 14th APRIL - Closure Day

Wednesday 15th April - Students return for Term 2. 8:45am


Term Dates

TERM 1 – 30th January – 27th March(NORMAL FINISH 3.15PM) 

TERM 2 – 15th April – 26th June (EARLY FINISH 2.30PM) 

TERM 3 – 13th July – 18th September (EARLY FINISH 2.30PM) 

TERM 4 – 5th October – 16th December (EARLY FINISH 2.30PM) 

Camp Dates 


YEAR 4 CAMP - 2nd - 4th September (SOVEREIGN HILL)

 Principal Post

From the Principal. . . 

Dear Families, 

I hope that this past long weekend gave you all the opportunity to rest and re-energise and enjoy your family and friends!  

I am very much looking forward to seeing all our Prep Families at our our Pizza Dinner and Prep Conversation night which will be held tonight at 5:45pm!  The evening will conclude by 7:15pm.  We aim for this to be a welcoming fun filled evening!!  


Summer Sports Yr 5/6

Tomorrow our Year 5/6 students will participate in the first of two Summer Sport Gala days against other schools in the District.  Information has been sent to all parents.  We wish all our students an enjoyable day! 

Harmony Day and Bullying No Way Day - Friday

This Friday we will celebrate our Harmony Day and participate in activities to reiterate our zero tolerance to Bullying! The day aims to: 

  • Promote the message that St John Vianney's is a safe and supportive school  where all students are accepted.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion where diversity is celebrated and all students, families and staff are welcomed.

For important information about the day please read the information provided further into the Newsletter.

Enrolment for Preps 2021

If you are a  current family and have a  child beginning Prep in 2021 you will  have received (last Friday) via your eldest child an enrolment form to complete.  If not, please ensure that you have picked up an enrolment form from the office.

We would like all current families with a child beginning Prep to  have handed in their enrolment form to the office by Friday 20th March. Having an accurate tally of our  'sibling numbers'  for Prep 2021 assists us in  planning how many Prep positions we have for new families. 

School Closure Day

The School will be closed for students on TUESDAY APRIL 14th (First Day of Term 2). The staff will be working with the CEM staff as we prepare for our External Review. The Review will predominantly take place across 4 days in  August/September.  We will keep you updated. 

Open days - Prep 2021

Once again our Open Day tours held yesterday for 2021 were a great success! You would be so proud of your children who so speak so proudly  and demonstrate such good manners when prospective families visit their classroom. Our School and Publicity Captains are excellent on these tours!!  


As parents, you are the greatest advocate for our school.  Don't underestimate the power of your words to prospective families!!  There will be a number of Open Days in terms 1 & 2. The next Open Day for this term will be on THURSDAY March 19th. (All Dates are displayed on our Open Day Flyer further along in our newsletter.) 

There is also a flyer in the office with all the dates and times for Open Days.


Remember I would be most grateful  if you are able to assist by:

  • promoting our school to your friends and neighbours
  • giving a flyer to a neighbour, or a friend from Kinder or Child Care
  • placing a flyer in your shop or business 

 If you can assist please come to the office and see Miss Leyla tomorrow.

Swimming Year 3-6

Our 3-6 Swimming Program resumes next  Monday 16 March. 

Year 3-6 parents  please refer to the  letter sent out with dates and times. 

Parent Helpers in the classroom

We are holding a Parent Helpers Information Session on Friday 20th March. See Around the School News for more information.


Child Safe: Supervision Hours 

I remind families that the classrooms are open and supervised from 8:30am each day. There is no supervison prior to that time. Families are encouraged to use the OHSC (Camp Austrlaia) service. School begins at 8:45am.

At 3:15pm at the conclusion of school there is supervision at the Back gate and in the Parish Car Park. This concludes at 3:30pm. We ask parents to pick up their child promptly or to use the OHSC Service.  

Safety around parking

Another  friendly reminder to all parents and grandparents to take particular  care when dropping off or picking up children. At peak times there are many students, parents, grandparents and toddlers around both the Parish Carpark and at the Back Gate.  It can be quite congested and requires everyone to be extremely watchful and patient. Please be mindful of pedestrian traffic. For the safety of everyone, please be careful and follow the instructions of any school and street signage. Please be  respectful of  the rights of local neighbours when you park in the surrounding streets to drop off or pick up your children. The Council does and will continue to enforce fines on people who are not obeying the law. Fines are significant. 


At Police Road, John our Crossing Supervisor, does an amazing job, getting students and community members across the crossing. Please be particularly careful when approaching the crossing in your car and never drive through the crossing when the Supervisor steps out on to the Road. 


At the Back Gate:

In the mornings, Pedestrian Traffic walking to school down Studley Street on the south side path should cross with teacher supervision at the corner of St John's Way.  (Prams excluded)

Harmony Day - Bullying No-Way 2020

SJV Harmony Day - Bullying No-Way 2020 - Friday 13th March

Officially, Harmony Day this year falls on Saturday the 21st of March. Due to this falling on a weekend and due to our middle and senior students' swimming lessons we will celebrate our SJV Harmony Day on Friday 13th March. The students will participate in activities that celebrate and recognise diversity and inclusion in Australia and at St John Vianney’s. They will participate in activities that take place during the day as well as celebrating our multicultural diversity during our Harmony Day Prayer Service at 11.50 am. The Prayer Service will be held in the church and will run for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend. 


To celebrate Harmony Day, students can come dressed in one of the following options:

  1. In the traditional costume/dress of their home country or their parents’ country of birth;

  2. In the colour orange (the traditional colour of harmony day);

  3. In school uniform with a touch of orange.

Please note: it is not a free dress day. Please choose from one of the above options. Students might choose to bring a small flag from another country or drape a large flag over their shoulders.


We look forward to the great spectacle of colours and traditional costumes on the 13th of March and celebrating our cultural diversity with over 40 countries represented here at St. John Vianney’s Primary School Mulgrave. 


Kind Regards, 


Claire Russo (Religious Education Leader) and Rudolf Lameijn (Student Wellbeing Leader)

Around the School.....

Parent Helpers in Prep, 1 and 2

In Term 2 we are starting our Parent Helper Program in Prep, 1 and 2. We welcome any Parent Helpers  and we are looking forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2020. 


In order for everything to run smoothly in term two, we will have a parent helper information session on Friday 20th March at 9 am till 9.45 am in the staffroom.  As well as having a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit this information session will be an opportunity to ask questions and listen to the SJV staff explain how classroom-parent-helpers work at SJV. You will receive a classroom-helper handbook that outlines the expectations as well as a frequently asked questions section. 


Thank you for offering your time and we are looking forward to seeing you on Friday 20th March at 9 am in the staffroom. 


PLEASE NOTE: All classroom-helpers need a Working With Children Check before commencing. Please bring the card to the office to ensure we have your details on the data base.


Emma (1/2 Level Leader), Jane (Foundation Level Leader) and Ru (Family Engagement Leader)

Dance Incursion- Kinect2dance

On Tuesday 10th March students from Prep -Yr 6 participated in a fun and energising session with Bree from  the Kinect2Dance company. Using lots of energy and some awesome moves, students learned a short dance routine to some great contemporary music.

We all had fun as you can see...


Visual Arts News

Last year SJV submitted some art works to the CEM Art Show for 2020.  All Catholic schools in Melbourne are able to submit work to be considered for the exhibition.  The variety of art works from both primary and secondary schools is amazing. We were very excited to have one piece selected for the art show. Claire from 3-4HP had made a collage piece of an echidna last year.  It is now on it's way to the exhibition. Congratulations Claire!! 



The Creative Arts Exhibition will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, and is  is  open to the public on:

  • Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March 9am - 3:30pm and
  • Saturday 21st March 12:00pm - 4:00pm 


I  ask our school community if they are able to help with the collection of some materials for upcoming projects.  If you are able to donate any of the following we would appreciate your kindness.

 Wool           Coloured Buttons          Embroidery Hoops             Cardboard tubes ( not toilet rolls)

Any of these items can be dropped off at the office.

Many Thanks

Paula Perkins

Good Luck Cyrella

Our best wishes to Cyrella (5/6N) who this Friday will compete in the Primary School  Regional Swimming Carnival!  A brilliant achievement!! 

Class of the week 5/6 H

It is hard to believe that we are two thirds into term 1!


Our class routines have been well and truly established and we are excited with what senior school has to offer!


We managed to do lots of learning in all curriculum areas. Here is  a snapshot of what we have achieved so far:

Our Identity Shields

We completed our identity shields and came up with symbols that we identify ourselves with.


We are learning about The 3 levels of Government and here are  some explanations of what some of their roles and responsibilities are. In order to make learning fun we completed our trioramas to help us with our understanding. 


Some roles and responsibilities of the local government are :

  • Rubbish collection,
  • Pets ,
  • Footpaths.

The state government is in charge of :

  • Education,
  • Buildings
  • Transport

...and finally a few roles and responsibilities for the federal government are :

  • Taxation
  • Passports
  • Foreign affairs
  • Immigration.


Did you know?

There are two houses in the parliament house.

There is the upper house called the senate and the lower house called the house of representatives.

The house of senate has 76 members and the House of  representatives has 151 members. 


Why the Parliament exists : 


Laws and order 

Represents Australia


Formation of government



What is means to be a good Citizen

Following on from our learning on Values for Australian Schools we completed a Y graphic organiser  on what it means to be a good citizen.

Coat of Arms


In Reading we have been looking at the Coat of Arms and and making meaning of what it stands for. As a result we came up with our own personal; identity shields.

Persuasive text

This term  we are learning and extending our knowledge on Persuasive Texts. We have recently learned about the structure of a persuasive text and we are now learning about sentence starters.



Mind maps on the Values for Australian Schools.

We looked at the values in detail then completed a Y chart on these values on how it looks like in our school and how we as individuals can put these into practise.


Year 5 Nazareth Taster Day


On Monday the 2nd of March the year 5’s at St. John Vianney's Primary went along with other primary schools to Nazareth for a taster day of high school.


There were a variety of different activities to do such as:

  • Textiles
  • Wood Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Art
  • Basketball &
  • Dance

It was a very good place to go to.

Some of the highlights were:



Making toy cars at wood technology was a good experience cutting wood with a saw,


At food technology we got to use kitchen tools like knives forks and spoons. We made cookie monsters and had great fun.


When we were making cars we had to cut some parts out of wood and I had to learn not to push the saw too hard and also not too lightly.


Basketball and gym were fantastic because I got to experience these activities for the first time.


I liked making cupcakes at food technology and I also liked playing basketball it was a lot of fun.


At Nazareth I liked dance to the song called “Twist”. I also liked decorating cupcakes in food technology.


In textile technology we got to cut flags out in zig zag pattern and stuck them on a string to hand in my bedroom.


I enjoyed going to Nazareth yesterday and one of my favourites were textile we got some cloth and designed them into patterns and used fabric glue to glue them onto rope to create flags.


 (I think a lot of people were probably very tired)



Religious Education


Reconciliation for our school and parish students will take place next week, Tuesday 17th March. It is a very exciting time for the students and their families as they take their next step in developing their relationship with God. We keep these students and their families in our prayers.




Social Justice News

Many thanks to all of the students who donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Bush fire Appeal last Friday. We had a wonderful day where we able to appreciate and reflect upon the selfless acts of our emergency services personnel. many thanks to some of our Mini Vinnie students who provided us with learning opportunities about bushfire safety.



We are offered this special time to reflect on what has formed us since our Lenten journey last year. We are given tools to help us enter into this time—tools of being prayerful, of living more simply and giving more generously.

These Lenten practices create an environment in which we are able to think more deeply about God and about how we are responding to God’s call in our daily lives. 



Please come and see the Lenten Journey  Display that some of the 3/4 students have created in our front office


Project Compassion 2020

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Through our generous donations during Project Compassion this year, we will be empowering communities with hope and helping those in great need to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Please continue to donate to this wonderful cause.

As Pope Francis said, “The future does have a name… and its name is hope.”


Have a wonderful week.

Claire Russo

Religious Education Leader

Get to know our staff.....
Interviews by our Publicity Captains (John and Georgia)

Mrs. Klupacs - Deputy Principal

Hi Mrs Klupacs, We have a few questions which we hope will help the community get to know you a little more.....


Q. What is your favourite subject to teach in class?

A. Literacy 


Q. When did you start working in schools?

A. A very  long time, 40 years 


Q. Do you like listening to music? And what type of music?

A. Yes, all sorts of music 


Q. What is your favourite food?

A. I love talian food 


Q. What do you want the students to pursue at this school?

A. I enjoy being at SJV and enjoy their learning 


Q. Favourite footy team?

A. COLLINGWOOD of course!

Miss Leyla - Office Admin

Hi Miss Leyla, thank you for all the hard work you do. We want to ask you a few questions: 


Q. Was working in a school the first job you ever wanted to do?

A. No, I wanted to be a mechanic 


Q. What is your goal this year? 

A. To keep parents and students happy 


Q. What are your hobbies?

A. Cooking, reading, going out and motorbike riding 


Q. What is your favourite book or book series?

A. Harry  Potter 


Q. When did you start working in schools?

A. This is the first school 2018 term 4


Georgia and John (Public Relations Captains)

 2020 OPEN DAYS 

Open Days 

It is so important that we continue to spread the word about the wonderful SJV Community. 

To that end please tell your friends at Kinder or those in your street or friendship group.

Here is the Open Day Flyer with dates.

Should a prospective Parent not be able to attend the Open Day they can ring the office to make another time for a Tour. 

If you have a shop business  where you are able to display in a window  an OPEN DAY FLYER please come to the Office to pick one up. We would be most appreciative. Another good way of building our partnership! 




We acknowledge the following birthdays from 
Wednesday 11th March- Tuesday 17th March

Happy Birthday! We hope that you enjoy your special day!

- Alicia 3/4RH

- Merin Prep L
- Tara Prep L

- Maximus 5/6R

- Jayden Prep CH

- Amara Prep C

- Jessica 1/2DP

- Ollie 1/2LF

- Hayden 3/4RH

- Nathan 5/6R

- Carly 3/4RH

- Mia 5/6LS

- Jessica Prep C

- Christian 5/6J



Secondary College News

Killester College


Open Day Tours


                              Tuck shop 

The tuckshop at SJV is open from Wednesday to Friday only.

You can order a lunch order via CDFpay  or Via a brown paper bag with money in it.

Please note: The cut off time for CDFpay is strictly 9.30am




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 your child’s school.


We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

From the Team at Camp Australia

                              Coordinator: Brigitte                                                     Phone: 0423 793 662

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