St. Cecilia's Newsletter

01 February 2019
Issue One
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Page 4
Deputy Principal Report
St Cecilia’s School Traffic and Parking Code of Practice
We make kids smile...
Skoolbag App
School Banking
Our Garden
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, 6th February

Foundation testing day 2


Friday, 8th February

Opening of school year Mass at 9:15am

in the church

All welcome


Tuesday, 12th February

Parent Information nights for Years 1-6 classes

from 6-8pm


Wednesday, 13th February

Foundation testing day 3

NB Parent Information night for Foundation parents from 7pm to 8pm


Friday, 15th February 

School photos


Sunday 17th February

School Family Mass at 10am

with a Welcome Function afterwards with games in the school grounds.

All school families are invited and the

Foundation and Year 5 / 6 classes are our hosts.


Wednesday 20th February

NB School Closure day

Spelling Professional Development day

Swimming Carnival for some students


Saturday 23rd February

Foundation drinks night

hosted by the Curtain family .

Time to be confirmed.


Wednesday 27th February

Last Wednesday off for Foundation students.

Play date at Ferndale Park.


Tuesday, 5th March

Pancake Tuesday.

Pancakes will be made for all the students.

Please notify  your child's teacher

if they have any allergies.


Wednesday 6th March

Ash Wednesday

Prayers for Yrs F-2 at 3pm

Mass at 9:15am for Yrs 3-6


Monday, 11th March 

Labour day holiday

Long weekend


Catholic Education week

10th - 17th March


Monday 25th March

Swimming program begins for 9 days.

Monday, 25th March to Thursday, 4th April


Friday, 5th April

No swimming

Holy Week re-enactments in the hall at 9am

Last day of term 1


School holidays

Saturday, 6th April to Monday 22nd April inclusive.

NB Monday, 22nd April is Easter Monday.


Tuesday, 23rd April

Students school resume for Term 2

NB This year it is not a pupil free / PD day as we have sometimes scheduled.


Wednesday, 24th April

( after the holidays)

Easter Bonnet parade


Thursday, 25th April

Anzac day holiday


Friday, 10th May

Mothers' day breakfast

from 7:30am


Sunday, 12th May

Mothers' day


Tuesday 14th to Thursday, 16th May

Naplan testing


Saturday 8th to Monday, 10th June

Queen's birthday long weekend


Friday 28th June

Last day of Term 2

Sacred Heart feast day Mass at 9:15am

Clothing collection for St Vincent De Paul





Principal's Report

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to a new school year!


We trust that all of our families have enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday. My family has only recently returned from Blairgowrie and have loved the break and enjoyed the back beach. We witnessed some unbelievable sunsets over many nights as I'm sure many of you did also...wonder and awe at it's best!


We have been very busy over the summer months preparing for a brand new school year and are eagerly anticipating a wonderful year ahead.

At St. Cecilia's School, we provide learning and leadership opportunities for students of all ages, and help to instill skills which will last a lifetime.  Students will continue to learn how to lead and to grow as individuals, to work collaboratively with their peers, and to take pride in their accomplishments, and in their school.  I feel strongly that it is our role as parents and educators to provide students with the best possible tools and skills for lifelong learning and success. 


At St. Cecilia's, we believe that strong, direct, and open communication is best.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher, or our administrative staff, if you have questions, need clarification on something, or wish to discuss the personal academic/social goals for your child.  We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments or to communicate via email or telephone conference.  Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet, if you have any questions or concerns over the course of the year. 


We also have a number of new families joining our school across all grade levels. We will have an opportunity to meet them all over the next few weeks. We wish all of them the very best for the start of this year!


We are personally committed to the academic and social emotional success of every child, and here at St. Cecilia's, we have a strong team of professionals who are committed to ensuring that ‘every face, in every space, experiences the joy of learning and the value of education’. This can only be accomplished when we all work together and support each other in the education of our children.


We are lucky enough to welcome a new member to our staff this year. Hollie French will be the classroom teacher for 3/4E. We ask you all to join us in support of Hollie as she navigates her way through her first year with us at St. Cecilia's. We wish Hollie all the best for a great career!


On behalf of the entire staff of St. Cecilia's School, we look forward to working with you and your children this year.  We thank you for continuing to support our school and we are honoured to be a part of your child’s journey in life.


Warmest regards,

Marty McKenna


Principal's Report (continued)

2019 Classes


The class teachers for 2019 will be as follows:


Foundation J - Libby Watkin / Kerryn Aikman

Foundation K - Annmaree Hoy / Kerryn Aikman

Year 1 A -     Marnie Chapman

Year  1 B -    Jo Hurley / Tracey Toner

Year 2 F -     Pauline Kilduff / Colleen Linschoten

Year 2 G -     Helen Lloyd

Year 3/4 C-  Bill King

Year 3/4 D - Jacqui Chalkley

Year 3/4 E -   Hollie French

Year 5/6 H -  Gavin Griffith / Kate Sutherland

Year 5/6 I -    Louise Jury





Parent Information Night

On Tuesday 12th February (Week 3) we will be holding a Parent Information Night for each level (except for Foundation parents which will be the following night on Wednesday 13th February).


The purpose of this night will be to inform parents about relevant processes, dates, and other information relevant to that particular grade level. 


A more comprehensive note will be sent home early next week explaining times in detail.


Each session will take approx. 25 minutes.

This meeting will replace the traditional meet and greet however there will be an opportunity to meet with class teachers at another time if necessary. 


St Cecilia’s School Traffic and Parking Code of Practice


Please read the important information regarding parking and drop off protocols later in this newsletter.


This is particularly relevant for new families, but it also a good reminder for our existing families too. 


Time of Arrival

Children are required at school no later than 8:45 am each day, in order that classes may commence at 8:50 am sharp.  In the interests of student safety, students may not arrive at the school before 8:30am. If they do so, they will need to be signed in to Before School Care, as there will be no teacher on Yard Duty until 8:30 am.  


Morning Recess 11:15am to 11:45am (30 minutes)  - play lunch is eaten indoors

Lunch 1:20pm to 1:30pm (10 minutes)  - lunch is eaten indoors

Lunch Recess 1:30pm to 2:20pm (50 minutes)

Class Dismissal 3:30 pm


We ask you to be punctual when delivering and collecting children from school.  No child is to remain on the school property after hours unless a prior arrangement has been made with the School Principal. If students are not collected by 3:45, they will be taken to the school office and their parents are telephoned to make arrangements for their collection.


Thank you for your support in this matter. 



If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, he/she will be happy to chat briefly with you at the morning line up or meet you after school for a few moments any afternoon except Monday and Tuesday (as these are Staff Meeting days).  If you require a longer discussion, please make an appointment via email.


E-mail may be a fast and convenient way for you to send messages, but this may not be the case for many of our teachers. Some teachers read their e-mail messages in the morning before school, some read them at the end of the day, and some read them during the school day. Many teachers prefer to use the phone to speak directly to parents. For these reasons, please remember if you choose to send an e-mail message to a member of our professional staff, you may not get an immediate reply. You will, however, receive a response within 48 hours: by e-mail, phone, or to schedule a personal conference.

School Fees

In consultation with Father Kevin and our school accountant, we have set the new fee structure for 2019. There is a small increase in the fees and curriculum levy.


1 child                              $2340 p/a     $585 per term

2+ children                    $3520 p/a     $880 per term 


Curriculum Levy        $765



Capital Levy                  $160

Per family per annum payable in Term 1


Parish Levy                    $390

Voluntary levy

Per family per annum payable in Term 1

(or 4 instalments)


New Families

Welcome to all our new families for 2019.  We have 38 new Foundation students and 16 other new students across the grades. We have 248 excited and motivated learners for 2019.


Parent's Association


Our school has a strong Parents’ Association that is active in both social and fund-raising activities.


The dates for the Parents’ Association Meetings will be announced shortly. There are two meetings per term. The Annual General Meeting is held in the fourth term.


The office bearers of the Parents’ Association comprise:

Two Co-Presidents



Uniform Shop Convenor

Social Convenor

Tuckshop Convenor
Mid-year Event 
New Family Liaison 
Class Rep Liaison 
OHSC Liaison 
Easter Bonnet Parade 
Mother’s Day Breakfast


Names and point of contact for Office Bearers will be available on the school website and on a Parents Association Board that is soon to be installed.

Friday Assembly

Weekly School Assemblies will be held in the Hall each Friday at 3:00pm. All welcome!

Coffee Van

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we will be having a COFFEE VAN here at school for parents on


from 8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee:    Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Long & Short Black Including Decaf

Teas:       Chai Latte, Vanilla Chai Tea & 13 Varieties of Tea's & Hot Chocolate


Cost will be:

       - $2:00 a cup if you bring your own Keep Cup or   -  $2:50 for a regular one

Strictly adults only

P.E Classes

In order for Sports Uniforms to be ready, the following information should be helpful:

PE lessons will be held on the following days:

Foundation: TUESDAY

Grade One: MONDAY

Grade 2F: MONDAY


Grade Three/Four: MONDAY

Grade Five/Six: TUESDAY


Warm regards,


Marty McKenna


Deputy Principal Report


A warm welcome to a new year at St Cecilia's from Karen Whiting (Deputy Principal and Religious Education Co-Ordinator). 

Together with the Parents' Association, we have been planning many events and exciting learning experiences for the school community. Please refer to the school calendar which has been updated with most of the coming events for Term 1.NB Further dates and times will gradually be added- once they are confirmed.




NB This year we are changing the format of our beginning of year meetings with parents. The teachers from each level  team ( Years 1 and 2,

Years 3 /4 and Years 5/ 6 ) will be holding Parent Information meetings in their classrooms on Tuesday, 12th February between 6pm to 8pm. Further details regarding times will follow- but each level will have a 25 minute time slot eg  from 6:00pm to 6:25 with 5 minutes for parents to move to the next classroom. At this meeting, you will receive a letter outlining classroom arrangements and expectations and a Term 1 "Parent Planner" which briefly outlines the learning to be covered in each level during this term . We hope that you can attend on this night, as we see this as an important aspect of our home/ school partnership. 


NB The Foundation teachers are holding a separate meeting / Parent Information night

on Wednesday, 13th February from 7pm to 8pm. 



The following summary of our Inquiry units was in our final newsletter for 2018 but I am including it again, as we love to have  guest speakers and many parents have expertise to share with the students.


In Term 1, our Inquiry focus will be on Identity, as the students get to know their new classmates and establish the classroom climate and routines. There will also be a Health focus for some levels.

The Term 2 focus is on Change and this will entail either a Science or History focus depending on the year level.

Science and Technology will be the key curriculum areas studied in Term 3.

Our  Term 4 unit relates to sharing the Earth's resources so Sustainability, Geography and Economics are our focii. 

If any parents or family members have expertise in these areas, please  contact your child's teacher. We would love you to share your knowledge!


In 2019, we will continue our Extra Curricular activities. 



The High Voltage Rock School, a musical instrument program, is being offered again this year with lessons taken at recess, lunchtimes and after school.  We have rock bands and are introducing a strings ensemble this year. There are also guitar, ukelele, drum, keyboard, and singing lessons available.

If your child is interested in learning an instrument in 2019 please contact the program co-ordinator, Danniel Smith, via email: or 0401 447 367.

Flyers will also be available next week from the front office.




We look forward to continuing Drama classes at lunchtimes in 2019. These are run by Janna Davies (the Director of 'Dance and Drama Directions') and we have both a Junior and Senior Drama group. The Senior  Drama session (for Years 3-6) will be held at lunchtimes

on Tuesdays with Junior Drama classes for (Years 1-2) on Thursdays.  The classes will begin in Week 3 with Tuesday, 12th February being the first day. 

You can email Jannah to have your child's name added to the waiting list.





Mr Clint Johnson. our PE teacher, organises a weekly Running Club before school at Ferndale Park for students in Years 3 -6. He will prepare a sign up sheet next week for interested students and the program will commence in week 4.



Miss Gatt, our Music teacher, will commence Junior Choir next Friday at lunchtime for students in Years 1 and 2.  For students in Years 3-6  we also have a Senior Choir and Miss Gatt will contact them regarding expressions of interest next week. 

Lunchtime activities

Our other lunchtime activities, such as Circus skills will gradually resume over the coming weeks. Details to follow.


The weekly assemblies will continue each Friday afternoon from 3:00pm to 3:30 in the school hall and all parents are invited to come along and join us. If we have a special assembly, we occasionally begin earlier (eg at around 2:50) but on these occasions, we will send a Skoolbag Alert to notify you of the time change .


Welcome to our first RE News for 2019!


Next Friday, 8th February at 9:15am in the church we will celebrate our Opening Mass for the school year. The whole school will attend this Mass, including the Foundation students, who will sit with their Year 6 Buddies.

All families are invited to join us in prayer and song as- we ask for God's blessings on all members of our school community for the coming year.


Father Kevin McGovern is our Parish Priest at St Cecilia's and he celebrates Sunday Masses at 10am and 5:30pm every Sunday. Of course, school families are able to attend any Sunday Mass - but each year we hold at least one special 'Family Mass' per term, with different grade levels as the 'host classes'. This means that the students from those classes might be chosen to read or play a particular role within the Mass or their family might be asked to organise Morning tea.

The first Family Mass for the year is our Family Mass/ Welcome Function which will be held on Sunday, 17th February in the Church at 10:00am. All school families are invited to attend but we particularly ask that the Foundation students, the Years 5 and 6 students and any other new students to the school (from other grade levels) come along with their families to celebrate this Mass.  After Mass, we will have a shared lunch near the school hall, games in the playground for the children and it will be a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to meet each other and be welcomed into the school community.

We hope that you can all attend and a paper copy of a flyer/ RSVP return slip will be sent home next week so that we can plan  the Mass and  help us with catering.



This Year, the Church season of Lent begins in early March. Pancake Tuesday is on Tuesday, 5th March and the PA will prepare pancakes at Morning Tea time for the whole school. If your child has any particular allergies eg to gluten, dairy foods, eggs etc please contact your child's teacher or send a special Morning tea along with your child on that day. 

On Wednesday, 6th March which is Ash Wednesday, the students from Years 3-6 will attend the regular Parish Mass at 9:15am and the students from Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in a Prayer session from 3pm to 3:20 in the Hall -where they will also receive the ashes in a less formal/ sombre setting. Parents are once again welcome to attend either of these liturgies and receive the ashes with the students.


St Cecilia’s School Traffic and Parking Code of Practice

Some reminders...

Thank you to all families who are

following our protocols for the

St Cecilia’s 2 Minute Zone on

Hillside Avenue which is designed

as a safe place to drop off children

between 8.30 and 9.00am and to

pick up children at the end of the

school day.


The following points set out the main issues and we ask that you make sure that anyone dropping off or picking up students adheres to these rules and guidelines.



  • The church driveway is not to be used by school parents at any time of the day. Parents are kindly requested not to drive through the Church driveway, or to park or drive into the following driveways: Father McGovern’s, the Church or the school driveway. This is for safety reasons- as students may be walking through these areas. These entrances to the school need to be kept clear in case emergency vehicles need to attend the school or we need to quickly evacuate the premises.


  • We also ask that the Staff Car Park beside the Church be kept free from obstruction at all times (in case staff need to move their cars for an emergency, appointments, etc).  


  • No vehicle should ever park to block (or partially block) any driveway, including the church or presbytery driveways.  Access to both the church and presbytery is required at all times as, of course, is access to local residences.


  • Parking is available in Hillside Parade and Malvern Avenue. However, no cars should enter the school grounds during school hours unless supervised by a staff member. Please ask at the office if you need to bring a vehicle into the yard.


  • No school families are to park in resident driveways (including vacant lots).  While this may seem obvious, the school continues to receive calls from residents who have been unable to access their property.  


  • Please try to use available parking space appropriately and not park so as to use more than one space or make it difficult for others to access available spaces.


  • Parking is available on the MCG for all functions outside school hours (ie nights and weekends) and should be used in preference to parking on the street.

Parents are requested to note “No Parking” and “Two Minute Drop Off Zone” signs, which are located around the school, and are applicable between 8:00 and 9:00 am, and 3:00 and 4:00 pm. (NB A Boroondara Council officer regularly attends the school and issues fines).


  • The council has now signed the ‘Drop Off/Pick Up’ zone in Hillside Parade as ‘NO PARKING’ (rather than ‘five minute parking’).  This means you are only allowed in this area for a MAXIMUM OF TWO MINUTES while dropping off or picking up passengers and are NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE.  If you think it may take you longer than two minutes to drop off or pick up then you should find a park elsewhere or drive around the block.


  • Vehicles should not be queuing beyond the Drop Off Zone, particularly around the corner of Hillside Parade and Van Ness Avenue, as this makes it difficult and potentially dangerous for drivers to navigate this intersection.  If the Drop Off Zone is full, you should park elsewhere or move on and return later when spaces become available.


  • It is not appropriate to do u-turns or three point turns using the driveways or intersections on Hillside Parade,  Van Ness Avenue or Malvern Avenue due to the high volume of traffic.  If you need to change direction, please continue a safe distance from the school and other traffic before doing so.


  • No children should be dropped off or picked up at the pedestrian crossing in Van Ness Avenue.  The only drop off/pick up location is on Hillside Parade adjacent to the MCG.


  • Bike and scooter parking is currently available in the covered area between the Library and the Hall.  This area is easily accessed from either the Van Ness Avenue or Malvern Avenue gates, however students are reminded not to ride bikes or scooters inside school grounds but to dismount and walk them to the parking area.  A purpose-designed bike/scooter parking area is available behind the library.


NB Please pass this information on to all people who may be dropping off or picking up students from school (including Grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers etc) as many of them are often unaware of these procedures.

If you require another copy of this note to give them, please ask for one at the office.


We would encourage all families, wherever possible, to walk or ride to school as this will also ease congestion around the school at pick-up and drop off times.  Even walking just one day a week can make a difference!


Thank you for your cooperation in keeping St.Cecilia’s a safe place to be and for respecting others at the school and our local residents.





Dear Parents,


Great news. Our school is going digital; hopefully you won't be receiving any more paper forms from us!


We’re adopting a new web-based system named CareMonkey; it’s paperless and much more streamlined. We’ll be able to send you electronic forms that are easy to complete on your phone, tablet or PC. You’ll be able to provide your consent for excursions, sports days, special events and camps without the paperwork. You’ll be able to keep your child’s medical details up to date by entering it once for the duration of your child’s school career. Then, from time to time the system will prompt you to confirm the details are still correct.




Your child’s teachers will have secure access to the details you provide in an emergency, such as the emergency contacts, medical conditions, medications and other instructions you want us to know about.


CareMonkey is used by schools, sporting organizations, scouts, camps and businesses all over the world.


Shortly, you’ll receive an email inviting you to create a CareMonkey account. If you already have one, you won't need to much at all. Until then, there’s nothing you need to do. Thank you for helping us eliminate the paperwork!











We make kids smile...

Camp Australia


The Before and After School Care program at St Cecilia’s is run by Camp Australia.

You can register at and search for

St Cecilia’s in Victoria.


The Camp Australia Coordinator is Yasi.


For further information ring Camp Australia on 1300 105 343.


For our new parents...


Dear Parents,


We understand there are many times when you may need to provide cash to your child to pay for school lunches or school uniform items. But cash isn’t the only option in today’s world; which is why we want to make it convenient for you to make payments. Last year, we introduced CDFpay, which is a cash-free solution for our canteen & uniform store. This solution is an online payment platform offered by the Catholic Development Fund Melbourne (CDF).

We encouraging all parents to use this simple, cash-free platform in the future. Please be assured that we will not turn away parents/students who choose to pay via cash, however to ensure the success and drive the full benefits of this program we encourage your participation.


The benefits of our school going cash-free with CDFpay are:


Greater security: a safer option where you don’t have to be concerned about your       child losing cash from their bags and pockets.


Anytime, any device:  order and pay for lunches (while setting dietary needs & allergy requirements) from your mobile, tablet or computer at any time.


Fast & easy payments: it allows credit card or bank transfer payments. Stored credit cards make the process of ordering lunch or uniform items faster and easier than ever.


Reduced administration: counting and handling cash is costly for the school. CDFpay will help eliminate admin fees so we can better distribute funds for other activities.


We look forward to working with you as we continue to use CDFpay in our school community.


Parent Instructions for CDF Pay

Skoolbag App

Skoolbag App Parent Instructions


What is Skoolbag?

Skoolbag is the ultimate school to parent communication tool. This School Mobile App provides an easy way to tell parents and carers everything they need to know about school news, newsletters, events calendar, cancellations, school notices, school information, school timetables, parent sick note forms, school documents and much more. No more lost paper in school bags!

School Banking

Get involved in the School Banking program.

St Cecilia’s is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all
students once again this year. The first day of banking this year will be Tuesday 5th February.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for our children to learn about money
and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account
through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for
exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2019 are:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffly Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank
Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:

1. Online
Visit and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch
Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a
driver’s licence and birth certificate. If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on Tuesday using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

Thank you for supporting our school via the School Banking program. We look forward to lots
of savings in 2018!

Katie Filippin (

Our Garden

Summer Garden


I hope you’ve walked past the garden and noticed some summer produce peeking through the jungle. Grapes, passion fruit, sunflowers, corn (half eaten by vermin), pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, potatoes, the list is endless. 

Thankfully the garden is irrigated but could never survive without the care of helpers over the holiday period. The much loved chickens were cared for by the Boulter, Chippindall and Marriner families. Teresa Galgani weeded, pruned and checked on the garden and chickens regularly. The support was vital and so very appreciated. Thank you.

Produce is often available for purchase and will be available in the office on Thursdays. Grade 5 students will be involved in managing this in 2019. Gold coin donation is appreciated and the eggs are 50c each. The aim will be to use produce for cooking in classes but there is always plenty on offer.

Finally, to all new families, I’d like to welcome you to the community. If you have skills in sustainability such as cooking, gardening, healthy eating, carpentry, animal husbandry, resource knowledge, data entry or you’d simply like to be involved in the program, please contact the office or leave your contact details for further discussion. 


Thank you, Anna


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