St. Cecilia's Newsletter

28 June 2019
Issue Nine
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
Indigenous History
Chess Club
Art News
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates


Monday, 15th July

School Closure day

Pupil free day

Staff Professional Development


Tuesday, 16th July

Students resume for Term 3


Friday, 19th July

Opening Mass for Term 3


Monday, 22nd July

First Communion Activity night 7pm

for Year 4 students


Monday, 29th July

Chinese / Art excursion

for Year 5 / 6 to the NGV


Sunday, 28th July

Year 1 and Year 2 Family Mass

at 5:30pm


Wednesday, 7th August

Year 3 / 4 Hoop Time at Dandenong


Thursday, 15th August

Feast of the Assumption

Holy day of Obligation

Mass at 9:15am


Wednesday 21st August

Book Week Book Parade


Thursday 29th August

Year 5 / 6 Hoop Time at Dandenong


Friday 30th August

Fathers' day breakfast

From 7:30am in the hall


Sunday, 1st September

Fathers' day


Friday, 6th September

School Concert at the Besen Centre


Friday, 20th September

Last day of Term 3

Footy Dress up day-

Lucky Dip donations requested for the Fair


Monday, 7th October

School Closure day

Pupil free day 

Staff Professional Development


Tuesday, 8th October

Students resume

Bring a bottle donation for the Fair


Friday, 11th October

Opening Mass for Term 4 at 9:15am


Sunday, 20th October

First Communion at 10am


Saturday, 26th October

School Fair


Wednesday, 30th October

Year 5 / 6 Open Water learning day

run by Life Saving Victoria


Monday, 4th November

School Closure day

Pupil free day


Tuesday, 5th November

Melbourne Cup day holiday


Wednesday, 13th November

at 7pm Foundation 2020

Parent Information night


Thursday, 14th November

Foundation Orientation session 1



Monday, 18th November

Foundation Orientation session 2

9:15am to 10:45am


Friday, 22nd November

St Cecilia's feast day Mass at 9:15am


Wednesday, 27th November

Foundation Orientation session 3

9:15am to 12pm


Friday, 29th November

Twilight Sports at Bill Sewart oval

in Burwood


Thursday, 12th December

Year 6 Mystery Tour


Friday, 13th December

Christmas Music afternoon


Tuesday, 17th December

Graduation Mass 9:15am 

and dinner

Last day for Year 6 students


Wednesday, 18th December

Last day of school for Foundation to Year 5

























Principal's Report

Staffing News

Dear Parents,


This week we formally farewelled Mr Bill King after almost 10 years service to St. Cecilia's. 


On behalf of all of us here at St. Cecilia’s, we would like to thank Bill for his many contributions to so many aspects of our school over so many years. 


Bill has provided our school with a masterful balance of all that is required of a a leader, a knowledge worker, a facilitator, a mentor, a scaffolder, a social engineer, a supporter, a parent, a promoter, a coach, a detective, a story teller, a comedian, a ringmaster, a provider, a counsellor, an event coordinator, a nurse, a colleague, a friend. 

His guidance and encouragement have helped so many over an extraordinary career to thrive within and beyond our community, and we've been so fortunate to have had his insight, perspective,  generosity and humour to rely on. 


Best wishes for a very happy retirement, Bill. Thank you for everything you've done both directly and indirectly. We will miss your daily contact, your genuine interest in each of our lives and your tireless support and commitment to Catholic Education.

In other important staffing news, our amazing Office Administration team is about to have a significant change.  Mrs Carmel Gould has decided to retire from her current position at the end of this term. This has been a decision Carmel has been considering for some time. Whilst this is incredibly sad news for our school, we are delighted that Carmel has now made a decision that will excitingly allow her to enjoy her next chapter with her husband Michael away from school to head off on a new adventure or two.

We will not be saying farewell just yet though, as Carmel will be involved in various other roles in and around our school for the first three weeks of next term.


We are also very pleased to announce that Carmel's role will be filled by Mrs Lucy Csaplar, who is already a highly capable and valued member of our school community. Lucy will continue in her role as a Learning Support Officer on a Tuesday. I join with you all in thanking Lucy for engaging with this new challenge and I know the whole school community will continue to support her in this new role.


Simple words cannot express the gratitude we have for the work Carmel has done, the connections she has made and the value she has added to this community.


Our school is truly a better place for having Carmel amongst us. 


School Reports and Parent Teacher Interviews

We would like to thank all of the families that attended our Parent Teacher Interviews yesterday. Valuable information was shared between us which will help us to better support your child at school. The school and home must continue to work together to support our students, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you. We also hope that our recent reports were able to provide you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress in school. We look forward to our continued partnership throughout the remainder of the school year.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or our classrooms, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.



Today we hosted our annual Grade 6 Students v Grade 6 Parents netball game(s) at lunchtime to celebrate the end of the semester. 


Today, the parents recorded a historic win! Clearly the 4 weeks of altitude training has paid off! Well done and congratulations to all involved!

Special thanks to Justin Foster for coordinating this event, together with Chloe, Eva and Teresa Galgani. 


School Concert

School Concert date has been set as

Friday 6th September (Term 3 Week 8).

We have booked the Besen Centre  87/89 Station St, Burwood.

More info to follow.


Grade 5/6 Expo

From our Senior Team:

This week, our school was honoured to have our Year 5/6 students host an expo showcasing some of  their recent learning.  The students presented their projects with confidence, creativity and a great deal of knowledge and understanding. 

We would like to thank those parents who joined us to view the expo. It was lovely to see the interactions between your children and the parents, teachers, Fr Kevin, as well as the rest of the school during their visits. 

Lastly, thank you for the amazing support, ideas and advice you gave your children during the process from research to presentation. Every student experienced that wonderful feeling of success today. 


Your children are amazing.


A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our young people who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Tuesday 18th June.


It was a beautiful and reverent sacrament. Thank you to Karen Whiting and our Sacramental Preparation Team who helped prepare our young people so well. 

Thank you also to Father Kevin and his supporting visiting priests for helping with this Celebration.

Health and Wellbeing Day


by Allegra and Penelope


On Wednesday the 26th of June St Cecilia's had a Health and Wellbeing day. The whole school was divided into their house colours and there was 4 rotations, Tough Mudder which is an obstacle course, Yoga run by Ms Kilduff, Just Dance and Relays & Games.

Some mums kindly made delicious, healthy snacks for us and we sat out in the amphitheatre to eat them. Thank you to all the mums who helped make the healthy snacks.

A special thanks to the house captains, faith and wellbeing leaders and teachers for organising the amazing day.


Allegra and Penelope

St Cecilia's Netball Club Spring 2019 Registrations

Now Open – Close 21st July


Spring Season will commence on Saturday 31st August and will run for 10 weeks plus 2 weeks of finals for eligible teams.  Grand Final day will be Saturday 7th December 2019.


St Cecilia’s offers registration to female and male players of all ages with teams being registered in U9, U11, Junior and Open sections of the WDNA competition.   We also offer a Spring season NetSetGo Program.


An information booklet is available from the club that includes further details about our club and spring season, including fees and registration links. Please read this booklet before you commence your registration.


We look forward to welcoming you back for Spring season.


If you have any questions please reach out to Monica Wallace (Registrations Officer) at


Registration Links:

Players in year 4 and up (2019) should register via the below link

 Players in year 3 (2019) born on or after 01/01/2009 should register via the below link

 Please register for Net Set Go via this link:

Holiday Drama


First Day Back

Just a reminder that our first day back for Term 3 is on Tuesday 16th July. 


The staff will be involved in a professional development day at school on Monday 15th.


Camp Australia will be available. If you require the services of Camp Australia on Monday, please log on via the app to sign up and register your child(ren). 


Anyone that is willing and able to assist with looking after the chickens over the holidays, please email Anna Clarkson  on 



When we speak about our school values, we speak of: 


Faith – We live faith-filled lives and give thanks daily

Acceptance – We respect and embrace the community

Compassion – We care and do what is right and just

Excellence – We strive for and celebrate every success


Have a great holiday with your families,




Deputy Principal Report

Earn and learn

Thanks to everyone who supported our school by collecting stickers from Woolworths during Earn and Learn. We have more than 8,000 stickers!! I believe that it has now ended but if you have any more stickers, please place them in the boxes in the school foyer.


Melbourne Football club visit

On Wednesday, 12th June some of the Melbourne Football club players came to work with our Year 3 / 4 students, teaching them some footy skills and about being confident and resilient young people.


Year 5 / 6  History Expo 

The Year 5 / 6 History Expo on Monday, 24th June was a great success- with students, parents and teachers all learning a great deal about Australian History from our Year 5 / 6 students. The standard of their work was amazing and demonstrated their knowledge, artistic skills and the care they had taken with their presentations. It was particularly interesting to see the senior students engaging with their younger peers and sharing their learning with them using appropriate language and items such as puppets to foster interest in the topic.


 School Photos

The special group photos were taken on Wednesday 19th June. These included: the Foundation students with their Year 6 Buddies, the Year 6 students ( for their Graduation later this year) , the Junior and Senior choirs, the SRC representatives from each class and the Year 6 leaders. All  the Foundation and Year 6 students, the SRC reps and the Choir members were given an order envelope but there are extra order forms at the school office if needed. 

Health and Wellbeing day

On Wednesday, 26th June Kate Sutherland organised a Health and Wellbeing day. All the students from Foundation to Year 6 gathered in their Sports House colour teams and joined in multi age health and fitness  activities such as Yoga, Dance, Relays and a Tough Mudder competition. The PA generously prepared healthy snacks of dips and vegetables, healthy muffins and fruit cups topped with yoghurt for the whole school which was a huge job! Thanks to everyone who helped out with the Morning Tea. 


Courtyard Games

Some more games have arrived for use in the courtyard and the students are particularly enjoying the bat tennis and Fitness dice. It is hilarious watching them do crunches and push-ups and Twister is also proving to be very popular.


Term 3 Inquiry Units

Over the past two weeks the students may have talked to you about "Planning days". On these days, each level teaching team plans together for the following term. In Term 3, our whole school focus is on Technology, especially designing  items using students' knowledge of Physical Science such as light & sound and force & movement. As always, if you have any expertise in these areas of Science or in Space and particularly the Solar System, please contact your child's teachers and we would welcome you as guest speakers.


Early next term, you will once again receive the Parent Planner for each level and the Specialist classes, which gives you an indicator of the key learning for each area of the curriculum being studied and contains dates which are particularly relevant to your children's grade level.



Karen Whiting




First Reconciliation

On Tuesday, 18th June the Year 3 students and some students from other grade levels made their First Reconciliation. In all, there were around 50 candidates with 41 from St Cecilia's school and 9 who attend  other schools but live in the Parish. They were very reverent and prayerful and it was obvious that they truly understood what it means to recognise that when we do the wrong thing and make poor choices, we can find peace by saying sorry to God and to others- especially our families.

Thank you to all the parents who worked with their children throughout the program helping them to complete the Homework tasks in the activity books and to reflect upon their actions and choices.

Special thanks to our Year 3 / 4 teachers-Miss French, Miss Walsh and Mrs Chalkley and also to Miss Robyn Mustey and Helen Dee who prepared the children from other schools. 




First Communion

NB Parents of Year 4 / First Communion candidates,

Early in Term 3, in the second week of school, we will begin our formal preparations for the sacrament of First Communion.

On Monday 22nd July from 7pm to 8:30pm we have our First Communion ( Year 4) Parent/ student information/ activity night.

All Communion candidates and one or both parents are asked to come along to learn more about the celebration of the Mass. Can you also please bring a photo or printed copy of a family celebration such as a party, Wedding, Christmas dinner etc to talk about with your child?


During Term 3, we will work with the children to prepare for this sacrament and all will be in readiness for the First Communion ceremony which will be at the end of week 2, in Term 4 -on Sunday, 20th October at 10am.


Social Justice: St Vincent De Paul Society

Thank you once again for collecting items of non-perishable food, blankets, coats, bathroom products, items for babies etc for the St Vincent De Paul Society. They will be distributed to needy families of Melbourne particularly in the Collingwood area. 


Happy holidays

Kind regards and I hope that you all have a happy and safe holiday, 

Karen Whiting.

Indigenous History

Year 3 /4 Indigenous History Incursion

By Xavier Chippendall


On Tuesday the 25th of June, Leila Gurruwiwi and her colleague  Helen Christensen, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officers from the  Catholic Education Office came to our school to talk to the Year 3 /4 s about Aboriginal culture and history. They spoke about totems and how they connect you to the land. They also taught us that you can’t eat the animal of their totem, but you have to protect them. One of their totems was a snake the others was a crocodile.


They also spoke to us about the Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country,  and how the welcome can only be done by elders while the acknowledgement can be done by anyone including other cultures. That surprised me a tonne! They also talked about what the meaning of the Aboriginal  flag is:   

Here are some of our other  learnings:

  • What the colours on the Torres Strait islands flag  represent

  • How they know what season it is, how they made paint, and how they hunt.

  • They spoke about indigenous speaking different languages in different parts of Australia.

  • That only men can touch the didgeridoo.

  • I was most interested in the different maps of Australia,the different clans and what Reconciliation mean.

  • It interested  me about how once you get a totem your connected to the land and Bungil..

  • That there are 6 season and the girls can't play the didgeridoo.

  • All the animals with hooves we introduced, now all the possum skins are from New Zealand because you can't do it in Australia and they write your life story in a cloak

  • They have six seasons when we only have four they are called Early spring, Deep winter, Late summer, Early winter, True spring.

  • That at Marvel Stadium in the Docklands there is a big statue of Bunjil.


Chess Club

Chess Club

Throughout Term 2 Chess Club has been on every Tuesday for students to participate in. The children learnt how to play chess and some really good strategies for chess and had a tournament throughout the term. At our most recent lesson we got given awards for participation, credit, distinction or high distinction. Some students also got a medal, wristband or chess piece for good listening, winning games or for winning the tournament. Everyone who participated learned something and had lots of fun.

Congratulations to the following students:

Jemima Chippindall, Oliver Nasheed, Fletcher Ballantyne, Xavier Chippindall, Xavier Nixon

William Arizanov, Finn Hase, Leo Distefano

Harrison McComas, Liam Fitzgerald, Bezalel Chieng, Benjamin Brand, Oscar Jong, Alexander Lambert, Revin Dias, Nicholas Curtain, Joshua Bolton, Archie Watson, Emily Wan, Xavier Schleiger, Chiara McMullin, Lois Chieng, Damon Smith, Josh Harris, Jasmine Lockwood, Thomas Wilmot, Patrick Dinh, Raphael Speekman, Nicole Dsouza, Max Alati, Jake Reed, Guilherme Dos Reis Tavares, Sebastian Speekman, Lucas Agosta, Noah Perera, Stephanie Santhiapillai, Luca Pititto, Cayetana McCormack, Zachary De Luca and Luca Battois


Chess Club will be continuing in Term 3 for those who are interested. A note went home this week.


Jemima Chippindall



Art News

These awesome watercolour and acrylic paintings by 5/6 were inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies. 


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