St James Newsletter

17 December 2018
Term Four, Week Eleven         ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Merry Christmas
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Digital Technologies
Useful Forms
  P & F Newsletter
After School Care
Community Information
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

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Dates to note...



Mon 17   Year 6 Farewell Dinner

Tues 18   Farewell Prayer Service to staff leaving  9am  

                   'Moving On' Ceremony   2pm

                   End of Term - Final day for students  3.20pm  finish



Tues 29    First Day for staff

Wed 30     Student Assessment Day

Thurs 31  Student Assessment Day 



Feb 1      Preps start 9 - 12

Mon 4    All students  full time (Yr 1-6 commence official classes)

                P & F Morning Tea  9am

Wed 6   No Preps Today

Frid 8    School Leaders - badge presentation    9am

Sun 10   Founder's Day Mass   11.15am

Mon 11   P & F Morning Tea    9am

Tues 12   Parent Information Night in clasrooms  7pm - 8.15pm

Wed 13  No Preps Today

Thurs 14   Food Day

Tues 19  Helen Carboon  5pm & 7pm

Wed 20  No Preps Today

Fri 22   School Photos

Sun 24    Family Mass   9.45am

Mon 25   District Swimming Carnival

Tues 26  Literacy Parent Information  Session  9 - 10.40am, 7pm - 8.30pm

Wed 27  No Preps Today

                  Secondhand Uniform  Shop open   8.30am

                 Education Board Meeting   6.15pm

Thurs 28    OPEN DAY




Mon 4    OPEN DAY

                 Division Swimming

Tues 5    Shrove Tuesday

                 Burning of the Palms   10.45am

                 P & F Meeting   7.30pm

Wed 6    Ash Wednesday - Mass  12noon

Thurs 7   Parent Information Night - First Eucharist   7pm

Fri 8    Family Buddy Breakfast 


Tues 12   Year 6 Camp - Lake Nillahcootie

Fri 15    Twilight Working ABee  5pm - 7pm

Sat 16  First Eucharist Commitment Ceremony and Mass Book            Presentation   6pm

Sun 17  First Eucharist Commitment Ceremony and Mass Book Presentation   9.45am

                 Vision Portraits

Mon 18    Prep Welcome Dinner











St James Community Calendar

(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates on the left for confirmation)

Principal's Post

Dear Families

2018 has been an incredible experience for many of you and also for myself at St James. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been part of our wonderful community for a year. I’ve loved every minute of it and appreciate the way in which I have been welcomed, accepted and supported. I would  like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our community for the contributions you have made this year; our dedicated hardworking St James staff, our wonderful parents, parish staff and parishioners and most importantly the delightful children in our school.

I’d like thank Father Dispin for the way you make us feel so much a part of our magnificent St John’s Parish by visiting us weekly and always including us. I know the staff and children of St James value your presence too.

Parents, thank you for the support you give our wonderful school in so many ways. Our wonderful Parents and Friends provide so many opportunities to be included into our community as well as raising funds to support your children at school. Jen Everett and Daniella Migliorati deserve special mention for the leadership they have displayed and the way they have set the Parents and Friends committee up to virtually run itself, (with a little coordination)!  Thank you Daniella and Jen . While both ladies are very happy to support the committee and leaders next year, we are looking for someone or a small group of parents to take on this coordination role. Please contact Carmel or myself if you would like to explore this option.

We are extremely privileged to have such a hardworking staff who provide such great care and such a high quality education for our wonderful students.  I thank you for the dedication you display towards your career. I’d like to especially thank Mrs Lowe, Mrs Prendergast and Mrs Foster for the specific support you provide us around the office.

I’d also like to acknowledge our students for all of the effort they have put into our school community this year. Apart from so much classroom learning, they have been involved in many extra curricular activities such as;  Camps, the Art Show, Marathon Club, Lunchtime Clubs, Mini Mission Fete, Free Dress Days, Buddies, Interschool Sports, Swimming and Music lessons.

I’d like to say a special thanks to our Year Six students who are moving on to new experiences in Year 7 next year.  I have found this year six group to be extremely friendly, dedicated, united and respectful. Congratulations parents, past teachers and the St James culture for moulding this group into the wonderful students they are. We look forward to our Year 5 students taking on the leadership of the school next year too.


We acknowledged our departing families at our Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday evening. Thank you form the contributions you have made over many years at St James. While you are departing our P - 6 schooling, you are still members of our school and parish community.


We have a few staff departing this year. We thank them for their contributions to our learning community and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Eileen Stewart. Although Eileen has only been here for a year, she has made a great impact and contributed so much towards our community. The highlight was the hugely successful Twilight Sports earlier this term. We wish you all the best with your family as you move up to Brisbane.


Moira Neizen. After many years as a parent at St James, Moira decided to join our staff as a Learning Support Officer. I first got to know Moira on the Year Six Camp and have observed her great work mainly with our Year Six group. Nothing has ever been too much or too hard for Moira to do. Thank you for all you have done over many years working with many staff and students here at St James. Enjoy your sea change.


Jodie Marziano: Jodie has been such an integral part of many children and their education here at St James over the past few years.  A few roles she has held include; Classroom Teacher, Curriculum Leader, Learning Diversity Leader and this year Indonesian Teacher too. Thank you for all that you have done to lead the staff and also to help us cater for the diverse needs of many children and families here at James. Best wishes as you move onto your role as Religious Education Leader in both St Louis Demontfort, Aspendale and St Bridget’s, Mordialloc.


Terri Nugent: Terri has been part of our St James community for ten years. Terri has lead our staff and consequently, impacted on student learning in the area of literacy. She has brought her Harvard University and research experience to St James to further develop our teachers. I would like to specifically thank you for the leadership and consequently, the many contributions you have made to staff and student learning here at St James and across many schools within Catholic Education Melbourne. Enjoy your retirement!


Angela Volpi: As I said on Thursday evening, I’d heard a lot about Angela but never actually met her until this year. Her name is legendary among the St James’ community. There are so many staff, students and families who have benefitted from not only Angela’s teaching skills but her wisdom and friendship. To dedicate so many years of your life to our community speaks volumes for you as a person and for the quality of our St James community. After thirty two years at St James and many more years within our Catholic Education Melbourne system, wish you all the best in your retirement from classroom teaching. We hope to see you back at St James in the future, possibly doing some relief teaching.


We welcome Miss Molly Morgan to our St James Teaching team. Molly comes from St Anne’s in Park Orchards. We also welcome Victoire Gibson to join our team of Learning Support Officers.

Please find attached the complete staffing update for 2019


Start of School 2019

2019 Back at St James

Monday 28 Jan: Public Holiday

Tuesday 29 Jan: Staff start back

Wednesday 30 Jan: Assessment Day #1 students book in for assessment at school (Prep 30 mins, Yr 1 - 6 3 hrs)

Thursday 31 Jan: Assessment Day #2 students book in for assessment at school (Prep 30 mins, Yr 1 - 6, 3 hrs)

Friday 1 Feb: Preps first day 9am - 12 noon

No school Yr 1 - 6

Monday 4 Feb: All students P - 6 at school full time 8.50am - 3.20pm


Additional Assessment Day Information

Please make sure that you book in an assessment time for your children by this Wednesday.

Students may wear casual clothes to assessments.

Students need to bring a snack to eat during the 3 hour time slot.

Child care is available onsite with Jelly Beans who provided care on our recent school closure days. Students may attend care, go to their assessments and return to care if this suits families. Days of care are Wed 30 Jan, Thurs 31 Jan, Fri 1 Feb. Please  contact Courtney or Eileen for bookings and further information at


Year Six Farewell Evening

Tonight we have a function for our Year Six families. The evening will commence in the Community Centre from 6pm, with presentations and speeches commencing at 6.30pm. Following this will be dinner for the students and socialising for the parents (hosted by Yr 5 parents), then a disco for the students. The evening will conclude at 9pm.

Moving On Ceremony

Tomorrow afternoon 2.00pm - 3.20pm in the Community Centre, lead by our Year Six Team.  All families are welcome to come along and farewell our Year Six students

Holiday Work

The old Adventure Playground is scheduled to be removed on Wednesday. The new playground, designed by the students and paid for by funds raised by our Parents and Friends is booked in to be installed early January with repairs to the other playground and edging work booked in for late January. Therefore, the plan is to have the entire area ready for use on the first day back for students next term.

Advent and Christmas

Yesterday was our Third Sunday of advent. I encourage all families to make the time to remember the joy of Christmas -  

Jesus,  Others,  Yourself - in that order.

If you are attending Christmas Eve Mass here at St James please keep a look out and ensure all visitors take care of our property.

End of School Celebration

A reminder that there will be a End of School Celebration tomorrow after School held at Heatherdale Reserve. Please RSVP by tonight for Catering and Games purposes at this link 

HCC will be running a Games Session for the kids between 5pm-6pm

(Preps to Grade 3s first and then 5.30pm Grade 5 and 6’s)

There will be a jumping castle for the little ones.  *FYI It will be the responsibility of parents to supervise their own children on the jumping castle.

St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul say thank you for your generosity. Many local families will have the Spirit of Christmas thanks to you!



Congratulations to Sam (4C) who had his karate belt grading last weekend.  Sam not only achieved getting his yellow belt, but was also award the best student of the grading.  There were over 20 students at various levels being graded.  Well done Sam!


Special Thanks

Special thanks to Sarah and Paul Cleary who spread tan bark on the garden near the bus shelter.  Much appreciated!

Education in Faith

The Gifts of Christmas

May you have the gladness of Christmas – which is Hope

The spirit of Christmas – which is Peace

 The heart of Christmas – which is Love.

                                           ( By Ada V Hendricks)

It was wonderful to see so many gifts and food items being packed up and collected by volunteers from St Vincent de Paul today. Many thanks to families for your overwhelming generosity. 

It has been fabulous observing the children experience the joy of giving and embracing the opportunity to put our faith into action-being the hands and heart of God at work.

It is the true essence of Christmas – bringing new hope and new life to those in need.

Christmas Prayer Service

On Friday 14th December at 9:00 am our Year One and Prep children hosted our school Prayer Service. It was a celebration of and a thanksgiving for the peace, love, joy and happiness we can bring to the Christmas season and the gift of Jesus, who showed us how!


Christmas Masses 

Christmas Eve Masses –Tuesday, December 24

St James Family Mass at 6 pm, with carols at 5.30 pm

St John’s Family Mass at 8.30 pm, with carols at 7.45 pm

St John's 11 pm Mass, with carols at 10.30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: 11 pm Mass replaces Midnight Mass

Christmas Day Masses –Wednesday, December 25

St John’s 8.30 am and 10.30 am



Save the Date

*Sunday 10th February 2019 @ 11:15 Mass

We're celebrating our Opening of the School Year and Founder's Day

*Friday 22nd February 6-9 pm- Feb Feast

Spotlight on Learning

Student of the Week


Congratulations to the Week 9 Student of the Week recipients:

Liam B, Lucas S,  Juliet P, Uma D, Joshua B, Cooper F, Levi J, Scarlett R, Alannah F,  and Sam H.






Congratulations to the Week 10 Student of the Week recipients: 

Sienna P, Bruce S, Lily S, Ivy V, Ben C, Thomas B and Kiara V.





About Real Life - Puberty Education Program

In response to feedback and questions from quite a few parents regarding puberty education, we have been in contact with Sue Pain from About Real Life. We have negotiated for Sue to come to our school next year to support our students, parents and teachers in navigating the sometimes stressful and scary topic of puberty education. Sue has many years of experience in this areas having previously worked for Family Life Victoria and being a trained primary educator. She delivers this program to other Catholic Primary Schools in our local area.


Her aim is to provide positive, realistic & relevant sex education for young people in schools and the community. By helping them to identify what a respectful relationship looks and feels like, to understand what consent is and isn't, develop the confidence to make choices according to their own values in the face of external pressures, learn knowledge and skills to assist wellbeing and realise the benefits of ongoing conversations with trusted adults.


If you want to check out Sue’s website, the link is below but keep in mind the website is tailored more towards the secondary context.


Dates to Note:

On Wednesday 8th May at 7pm Sue will be holding a parent information evening here at St James

On Wednesday 22nd May there will be two family sessions for parents and students to attend together

  • Session 1 6:30pm-7:30pm for Years 4, 5 and 6

  • Session 2 7:45pm-8:45pm Years 5 and 6

Then at the end of May and beginning of June in Year 6 there will be 3 classroom based sessions run by Sue.


As a school we are very excited and positive about introducing a well-resourced and supportive program that will benefit all in the community.


There will be more detailed information available in 2019. For now, we wanted to urge all families of students in Years 4, 5 and 6 to save these dates in your diaries.

Parent Hub

Other Resources

Parentline 13 22 89

Parentline is available 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a confidential and anonymous phone counselling service for parents and carers of children and teenagers in Victoria.


Click here for access to CatholicCare

It is a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, they offer a range of programs and services that aim to build and strengthen relationships.


Click here for access to the Student Well-being Hub Website 

It includes sections for parents, teachers and students with practical strategies and resources to support your child's well-being.


Click here for access to Parenting Ideas Blog

It includes articles, testimonials and practical tips on a wide variety of topics.


Click here for access to Parent Shop Blog

It includes interesting articles and testimonials on a wide variety of topics.

Extra Curricular

Team Vic Registration Dates

School Sport Victoria will once again be offering the opportunity for gifted and talented students from your school community to register to trial for school sport Team Vic teams in 2019.

Registrations open on Saturday 1 December, 2018 and remain open until Friday 1 March, 2019 for Australian Football, Netball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Boys Football (Soccer).

These trials are for emerging athletes who have reached a certain standard. They are a process for selecting a Team Vic State Team going to School Sport Australia National Championships.

If you think your child may qualify for this, please send an email to


WANTED:  Old wooden ladders.

We're planning a bit of a renovation to the chook house and would like to use as many recycled items as possible.  If you have an old wooden ladder at home that you no longer need, or you see one in hard rubbish somewhere, please grab it and bring it along to school.

They make perfect chook perches!                                 



Thank you so much to all our volunteers who will make sure our chooks are well-fed and watered over the holidays:  




(Rosters were emailed last week

so let me know if you didn't receive yours.)

Hopefully everyone will be rewarded with plenty of eggs, passionfruit, rosemary and mint.

Digital Technologies

2019 - EARPHONES.....

Next year, St James students will be given their own individual set of earphones to be used in all devices at school.  The cost of these earphones has been included in your child’s booklist for next year. The school is buying the earphones in bulk and we will have spares that can be purchased if your child loses or damages their original set. We have made the move to individual earphones due to ongoing costs and also for health/hygiene reasons.

To keep track of earphones, and also to keep them clean, we are asking families to send a suitable ‘container’ to school during the first week of Term 1, 2019. The container needs to be clearly named with the child’s full name and grade

P-2 classes are asked to bring a zippered pouch like a coin purse or very small pencil case.  These are easy to find at $2 shops. A few examples are pictured below…

3-6 students can bring a zippered pouch or they can use other containers.  Old sunglasses cases or pouches would be ideal. If they bring a container that has a lid, name and grade needs to be on both the base and the lid.


Any students leaving St James (to go to high school or transferring to another school) have the opportunity to save their work from Google and their school network folders.  The video below gives great instructions on how to save Google work. This task needs to be done before Wednesday December 19th when Google accounts are closed.

Any departing students wishing to save work from their school network folders can bring in a USB and copy the contents of their school folder over.  (Most of our work is saved on Google Drive now, so there won't be many files to copy). This task will need to be done tomorrow if it hasn't been done already.


Useful Forms



P & F Newsletter


I would just like to give a HUGE thanks to all the parents who have helped me successfully deliver 9 food days this year!

Thanks to your efficiency and willingness to help out with any task, big or small, everything has run so smoothly and we have ended up with lots of happy, grateful kids.

Special thanks to all the regulars, a lot of new faces this year especially new Prep mums and to Sandra Alkemade who has helped with various jobs incuding preparing with me several hundred frog in a ponds and chocolate balls!

While I never envisoned myself being the "tuck shop lady", it has been great getting to know and working with other mums in different year levels and the best bit is seeing so many smiles on so many kids faces...all for a subway sandwich, a slice of pizza or a party pie!


Thanks again everyone!


Kylie Brooks-Verberne

Food Day Coordinator










Plans are already underway for the biggest event of Term 1!! Our annual Cinema Night!


Please SAVE THE DATE....Friday 22nd March 2019 for this 4th Annual event and a great way to start the year and welcome new families!


We still require another "champion" to join us three Grade 5 Champions to plan and run a successful night. Much of the planning is in place but another pair of hands especially in the days leading up to and on the night is really needed.


We would also like to put a call out for anyone who would like to help us deliver the pre movie games which have been so popular in the past, thanks to Jacqui and Carolyn. We can help with planning and preparation but would need some enthusiastic mums and dads to run the games on the night. It would be disappointing not to have these as they are a real highlight so please have a think over the holidays as to whether you may be able to assist us with this. If interested in helping with either of these roles please speak to one of us or email Kylie at


Kylie Brooks-Verberne, Sandra Alkemade and Sarah Cleary

Grade 5 Champions

After School Care

 Camp Australia’s Outside School Hours Care 

Parents please note that Camp Australia will be running three ALL DAY PROGRAMS on the following dates:


WEDNESDAY 3Oth January

THURSDAY 31st January

FRIDAY 1st February


The program will run from 7-00am till 6-15pm in the OSHC room and will run regardless of the number of bookings received.


Children will need to bring a snack for morning tea, lunch, a water bottle and a hat. Camp Australia will provide a fruit platter for afternoon tea.  As children usually get extremely hungry on long day programs it would be wise to pack a few extra snacks.  Please remember we are a NUT FREE PROGRAM.


Any enquiries please see Heather Bate (Coordinator) in the OSHC room or ring Camp Australia Customer Service on 1300 105 343. 



Community Information

Lemon Stall Thank You

The beautiful children and families who have run the Lemon Stall fundraiser for the Cancer Council are moving on. Thank you to James, Lachlan, Nick, Dante, Noah, Hayley, Ellie, Lucy, Stephanie and Mary, along with their dedicated families for providing us all with delicious lemonade and lemony treats.  The stall has also been supported by the Holloway, Incoll and Skaliotas families. 

Over the 6 years we have raised more than $7000.  It started out so small, the idea generated by Grade One with Mrs Feild, a little bit of homemade lemonade and a few lemony treats, we raised $345 that first year, now it is a lemon festival with our range and ideas expanding every year. we thank the teachers, the school and parish community for supporting us.  We hope that you all enjoyed the afternoon of fun with us.  No one will ever forget Miss Fitzgerald and Miss Odgers brilliant lemon bowling on a cold October afternoon.

St James Support Crew Thank You

The St James Support Crew of Sandra Alkemade, Natalie Ballinger, Kylie Brooks-Verberne, Gen Hammerton and Penny Stewart would like to thank everyone who has helped us suppport families whio have needed an extra helping hand within our community over the past 8 months To the families who have signed up to our list and to those who have provided assistamce for special needs within their year levels we really appreciate all of your help. Thank you for making a difference at St. James!

St James Support Crew

Sandra, Natalie, Kylie, Gen and Penny



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