St Joseph's Newsletter

22 August 2019
Issue Twenty-five
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal News
Book Week News
District Athletics
Education in Faith
P&F Report
Amber's Take Home Meals
Joey's Giants News
Community News
Dates to Remember
St Joseph's Primary School
03 9528 1614
28 Sandham Street
Elsternwick, Victoria, 3185

Principal's Report

26 days and counting...


Dear Families,


As we move another week closer to our school production, we politely encourage all families to keep abreast of the important details and requirements leading up, and on, these evenings.  Please ensure you cover off on all points clearly communicated in Mrs Tobin's section (Deputy Principal News). 


Such has been the hype with the production, we have decided to raffle off a special memento this year, a professionally framed advertising poster designed by Steve Scott for 'Madagascar, A Musical Adventure Jr'.  We are certain this stunning piece will attract lots of interest from our families, so don't miss out.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at the front office or on the evening. A winner will be drawn on the final evening of the production. 



What an amazing day the students and staff had last Friday to close out Book Week, with the traditional book parade.  Whilst we appreciate there may have been some frantic nights for our parents leading up to the day, either making or sourcing a costume, the outcome on the day far exceeded any grief this may have caused.  Without doubt, the students love a dress up! Thanks go to Mrs Martin and Miss Cauchi for organising the fantastic activities and parade. On Friday, we all enjoyed the special commentary from Mrs Martin, the playlist from Miss Guy and the improvised student voxpop from Mr Culpepper.

A special mention to our dedicated staff for getting in the spirit of the day.  It goes without saying our families regularly acknowledge the involvement of our staff.  From weekend commitments, to many after hours school-based events, our staff never falter and continue to invest and attend to these activities.  #beststaffinmelbourne



Another training session down, another 1000 steps closer to the challenge. Well done again, Team Joeys! 


It's never a dull moment in Prep.  Our amazing teachers are always looking for interesting ways to expose the children to new concepts, and this week, Prep C & N moved their classroom outside to do a fun activity with jelly beans.  'Supposedly' the focus was on graphing and sharing/division, however, we strongly suspect their focus may have quickly shifted to eating the so called 'maths resources'. 



We have finally updated the access to the car park door entry. This now requires a digital code to release the door. In addition, a new camera intercom has been installed at this entry and the office can be 'buzzed' to release the door. This system is for deliveries, workers/tradies and disabled access only


OSH Club have been provided with an access code for Aftercare parent use only, and this must not be shared with other families.  Please note that this code provides limited access during this period e.g. 7am - 8am and 4pm - 6pm (Mon-Fri).  


We also remind families that this entry and exit point is not for general pedestrian use i.e. entering or exiting at the start or close of the school day for drop-off or pick-up. This new system has been installed to enhance the safety and security measures within our school community.  An added feature is the capacity to monitor and restrict access, and regularly change the access codes. 

Kokoda Challenge Fundraising

All students have been training hard for the Kokoda Challenge on Saturday, 5 October. Now, it's time to get serious about fundraising, which is an excellent opportunity for all students to see an example of social justice in action. All proceeds go to Kokoda Youth Foundation to assist with its various programs, providing opportunities and support for young Australians. To learn more about the programs offered, visit  


To make a donation to this worthy cause (and to show your support of the brave students and parents participating!), please visit our whole school fundraising page:

Please also feel free to share this link with family and friends. 


In 2019, our school is participating in Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS). CEMSIS is an annual process where schools listen to the feedback that students, families and staff provide around school improvement. These surveys help inform the ongoing improvement of schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 


One of the main goals of the family survey is to identify the strengths and areas for improvement in our school. CEMSIS data benefits everyone within our school and provides valuable community insights on areas that each school can focus on. We believe it is important to encourage families to have a voice and contribute to shaping the ongoing improvement of the school.


Families will be chosen at random to complete the survey and participation is completely voluntary. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. All responses are completely anonymous and at no point are any of the responses from students, families or staff identifiable by the school. For families where there may be more than one child attending our school, we ask that families focus on the eldest child attending the school. Students from Years 4-6 will also complete the survey, as well as all staff members.


The survey will be available online from Monday 2 September and needs to be completed by Friday 20 September. This survey can only be completed once.  We appreciate your participation and feedback.

Little Gems

Congratulations Yr. 3 on your incredible Super Speaker presentations.  The children either spoke about a dream holiday destination or someone they admire.  A special mention to Matilda Morgan for her 'super' speech on the Irwin family, it was outstanding.

It would seem that someone is a little bit excited!  Isaac all ready for school next year (albeit 6 months early!). We simply love having these precious moments shared with our staff. 



We thank you for your understanding as we head into a pupil-free day tomorrow. The staff will be participating in some important professional learning on spelling. 


Thanks for another great week, 


Simon Collis

Deputy Principal News

Madagascar JR Update

Our students (and teachers!) are so excited for the big performance and we are so proud of all their hard work! A giant THANK YOU to Amanda Bowman , Melissa Pascoe and team for sorting out all of the costumes for the children. Over the past 2 weeks, we have had costume 'try ons' for all children in Prep - Year 4 and they have been such a success. It has been a delight to see the joy on the children's faces as they performed in their costumes. Simon popped some photos on the school social media, so hop over to our Facebook page to see some costume updates. I have included some updates below. As always, please come and see me if you have any production related questions. 

  • All tickets are officially SOLD OUT. If you missed out, please contact the school office as soon as possible, to be placed on the waiting list. 
  • The production is being held at the Glen Eira Town Hall on both nights. The show commences at 7pm. Doors are open from 6pm. 
  • Information regarding costumes for Prep - Year 4 children will be sent home next week via the weekend email. 
  • Please note that the seating at Glen Eira is not numbered or allocated. We will rely on you not to leave gaps between people, as we cannot guarantee that large groups can be seated together.
  • All students from Prep - Year 6 are to be dropped off at the theatre between 6pm-6.15pm, where they will be met by their teachers.
  • Main characters can be dropped off by 5.30pm to have microphones fitted. With a 20 min interval, we should be finished at 9pm. Pick up is from the Auditorium within the Town Hall.
  • Staff are there to supervise their students throughout the whole evening.
  • Refreshments will be on sale during the interval (juice boxes, wine, beer etc) thanks to Jo, Sherelle and the P&F volunteers. Cash bar only and food will not be on sale. 
  • The Prep - Year 4s will be in the air-conditioned 'theatrette' just down the stairs from the main stage. Year 5 and 6 students will be in the 'holding rooms' near the stage. All children will be supervised by the teachers whilst not on stage.
  • Toilets are right next to the theatrette for student use throughout the evening.
  • Parents are welcome to give their child/ren an extra sleep in on Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Gentle days are planned in the classrooms for the following days, as we would normally do at the end of a long term. 

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Book Week News

Book Week was a huge success this year.  All students, teachers and even siblings had a ball. We watched a play called BIG DREAMS, which was about a boy who came across obstacles when trying to achieve his ambitions, with themes that were taken from the nominated Book Week titles. In the play, Harry met a friend and together they decided to face his problems. They were determined to take on all the opportunities that the world gave them.  Matilda M said, “I enjoyed the Big Dreams performance, it was very funny, I also got to write about my ‘Big Dreams’ whilst listening to Jo Stanley’s author visit. She was very inspiring.”


1D had the pleasure of getting to meet Roland Harvey who is an illustrator. He was interesting and taught us how to draw animals, especially horses.


Our Year 5/6s listened to the very entertaining Michael Camilleri who recently illustrated the book called, 'One Minute Silence'. Caleb S said, “I loved the opportunity to take part in this workshop, he is a well known illustrator and it inspired me when he showed us how to create a storyboard. Michael was fun and a great artist who we all now look up to.”


Whilst our Juniors got to snuggle up, drink hot chocolate with marshmallows and share books together, our Middle & Seniors all brought in a wrapped,  pre-owned book. All students got to choose a book which was recommended by their friends. Leo S thought this was a great idea, “I really enjoyed the book swap because I got to learn more about other book types & get recommendations from my friends. I think we should do more of these in the future.”


Our Art Captains went to the Junior Classrooms every day before lunch to read some of the nominated books. Millie V said, “As an Art Captain I loved reading ‘Tricky’s Bad D' and ‘The dress up Box’  to the Preps and Year Ones. When I read, they were really engaged and excited. I could tell they looked up to me, plus, I felt really tall, even though I normally feel small! This was also my last Book Week dress up & I had a ball. Martina M especially liked ‘Chalk Boy’ it was clever how the author weaved through different themes such as friendship, gratitude and courage". Tahli Y and Charlie R said that, "we learnt colours have their own meanings. Each colour can represent a different emotion". 


The dress up parade was another hit, with Mr Culpepper on the roving microphone and students winning an Avenue Book voucher for the most creative dress up. Alastair C said, “I really enjoyed the parade, because I got to show off my costume and see everybody else's.” Emily G noticed just how much hard work had gone into making the costumes, so a very big thank you to our parents who were again great sports with the dress up costumes. 


Loads of fun had by all, we look forward to another fun day in 2020.


Alannah & Christabel

Junior & Senior Literacy Leaders



District Athletics

Good luck to our team of 63 students who will be representing St Joseph’s at the District Athletics next Thursday. The teams have been training well and are ready for a highly successful day. 


Thank you to the parents who have offered their assistance on the day. 

We look forward to sharing our successes with you next week. 

Yours in sport, 


Louise Howell

Our Team

Katherine S

Hugo G

Eliza D

Eva B

Ronan McG

Hamish R

Zoe M

Ava F

Evie M

Angus M

Lucille Le V

Luke F

William W

Claire W

Laura W

Elsa V

Oscar V

Aaron L

Elan J

Annie G

Nell G

James A

Wilbur W

Kieran McG

Chelsea H

Edie H

Imogen F

Mietta F

Sydney D

Hugo P

Charles H

Maxi M

Peter M

Cleo P

Lyla S

Emmeline R

Joshua J

Joe C

Massimo W

Barkly W

Victor H

Lilyjean G

Caitlin G

Jack DB

Kristian T

Maia M

Lucas L

Nicholas J

Jessie G

Xavier E

Erin E

Lola D

Marilyn C

Sally B

Zach S

Anthony S

Christian H

Sophie D

Scarlett R

Andrew P

Evelyn De Y

Emanuel P

Ada W

Education in Faith

Junior School Mass

Thank you to all families who attended our Sunday Junior School Family Mass. The children sang beautifully and it was a joy to share in this special celebration with you all. A special thank you must be given to our Prep families who supplied morning tea for the parish school community. 


Year 4 First Eucharist Preparation

The Year 4 children have begun preparing for their First Eucharist in class. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during the coming weeks. Thank you to Father Varghese who will be coming to teach the children about the Sacrament later this term.


Feast of the Assumption Mass

Last Wednesday we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption with several classes attending Mass. The children have been learning about Mary during prayer times, and the meaning of this day of Obligation.


Sundays Gospel

Gospel Reading
Luke 13:22-30
People will come from north and south, east and west, and take their place in the Kingdom of God.

Family Connection

Families take advantage of certain days throughout the year to celebrate individuals in the family and to make sure that they know that they are not taken for granted. As a family, recall all of the days that someone in the family was celebrated in the past year—birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, graduations, and so on. Next, challenge each individual to recall what gifts were received on the day(s) on which he or she was celebrated.

Emphasize that these days are intended to express appreciation in a special way but are not meant to replace the appreciation that we should always show. Point out how, at times, families can take one another for granted. Explain that in this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus tells a story about some people who took something for granted and paid a price. Read aloud Luke 13:22-30. Explain that, in this story, some people took it for granted that they could enter the house whenever they wanted, but the master locked the gate and would not let them in after hours. Point out that Jesus was warning his listeners not to assume that they will have eternal life in heaven and not to take this invitation for granted.

As a family, commit to showing appreciation for one another in the days ahead, striving to not take for granted any of the many things that family members do in their roles as parents and children.

Loyola Press, 2019


Elly Dillon

Religious Education Leader

P&F Report


An update on Father’s and Special Friend’s Gift Stall - we have had to move the date due to District Athletics. It will now be on Wednesday 28 August. Gifts will range from $5 to $10, so don’t forget to send your kids to school with some pocket money.  Again, thanks to Betty Patsiolis and Year 3!


Don’t forget to RSVP to the Father’s Day Breakfast via CareMonkey TODAY! The breakfast will be on Friday 30 August, at 7.30am. Thanks to Year 4 for coordinating.

Amber's Take Home Meals


I look forward to cooking for you & your family 


Next week I am cooking the following family-friendly meals…..



free range chicken thighs marinated overnight then baked in a saffron tomato broth

with roasted pumpkin, preserved lemon, fresh dates & green olives

at home we like to serve this dish with my herb couscous, steamed greens & flatbread

suitable to freeze

small $18 medium $30 large $36

small serves 2 adults  medium serves 3-4 adults large serves 4-5 adults




steamed couscous with fresh herbs & lemon zest

a ready to go accompaniment to my Moroccan chicken & falafels

suitable to freeze

$7 serves 2 adults as a side dish




with tahini sauce

made from scratch with ground chickpeas, pistachios, peas, garlic & loads of fresh green herbs

perfect for dinner or lunch stuffed in a pita or as a wholesome bowl with salad/couscous

can be enjoyed cold or heated

suitable to freeze    nut free on request

10 felafel balls $18



How To Order

place your order by 5pm Friday 23 August 

email your order to [email protected]


please note - orders received after the cut off time may not be able to be filled



Meal Collection

You are welcome to collect your order from my kitchen in Elsternwick


St Joseph’s customers can collect orders from the school tuckshop kitchen on 

Tuesday 27 August between 3.15 - 4.00 pm

Please let me know if you cannot make it at this time & we can make other arrangements


Meal Delivery

Meals can be delivered by arrangement to your front door on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 

afternoon depending on your location

Please leave out a cooler bag & ice bricks for your order or I can provide these for you to keep for a cost of $5


Minimum order  $30

Elsternwick, Caulfield  Free

Elwood, Balaclava, East Brighton $5

St Kilda, Brighton, Prahran, Albert Park $10 

Orders over $80  Free


How to Pay

Cash on collection or direct deposit

Direct Deposit details -

Cooked For You

Bank ANZ

BSB 013 445

Account Number 231 503 449

Reference - your surname & date of meal 


I look forward to cooking for you & your family 


Amber Sanderson
Cooked For You
T 0410 454 719
[email protected]


Joey's Giants News

Grill'd Local Matters

We've been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill'd Elsternwick in August!

Local Matters is the Grill'd community donation program that sees each Grill'd restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month.  The donation is split between three local community groups $300/$100/$100

How can you help??

We'd love your support in receiving the $300 donation!  Simply head to Grill'd Elsternwick during August for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar.  The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.


Its a simple (and delicious) way to show your support.


You'll find us on a jar at Grill'd Elsternwick, 332 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.




Please check the tub in the Atrium for any lost items.  It is full to overflowing and it would be great to find the rightful owners.  Also could families please check that their children have their rightful uniforms and not items belonging to another child that has been accidentally picked up .




Found at school recently, pictured here. Please collect from the office if they are yours.


Community News

Guarding Our Girls

Parent information session - Guarding Our Girls on Wednesday 28 August at 7pm.


 Additional tickets now available. The session will be held in the Auditorium at Glen Eira Town Hall.


Please go online to book -



Garage Sale Trail

Dear Community member/group,

Garage Sale Trail is coming to Glen Eira City Council on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October 2019.  It’s a free, fun and social way to raise money for your household or community group as well as clear out unused or unwanted items, recruit new members and raise awareness of the good work you do locally.

Glen Eira City Council is encouraging local households and community groups to consider hosting a sale as part of the event which will see over 400,000 Australians get involved at over 16,000 garage sales on one weekend.

Last year almost $1 million was raised for charities and local community groups like yours nationally, with the average community group making over $1,500 on one day.

Please find attached further information including details of the support provided by Garage Sale Trail to help you be as successful as possible.

Participating is good for your household or community group, fun for the wider community and great for the planet too.

We hope you’ll join Glen Eira City Council in bringing this national event to life in our area.

If you are interested in organising and hosting a sale on the weekend can register at Once your sale listing is set up, you’ll get access to free and handy resources, tips and guides to make your sale a success.


‘Computer Gaming–Passion or Addiction?’

CBC St Kilda, in conjunction with St Mary’s Primary School St Kilda East, would like to invite you to an exciting community evening ‘Computer Gaming–Passion or Addiction?’. This free event is sponsored by these two schools and will be held at CBC St Kilda on Thursday, August 22nd 2019 from 7.30pm - 9:00pm.


Video games are very engaging and creative, however students can overstep the line where video games take up too much of their time and affect them in ways they don’t expect. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful speaker, Andrew Kinch founder of GameAware, to speak on managing computer gaming in families. Andrew is widely known for his expertise in this area. For many families, GameAware programs have been the catalyst for change and harmony.


We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you at this informative event – refreshments provided.


Bookings are essential via this link: See the attached flyer for more information.


Any enquiries can be made to Catherine McMahon, [email protected] and Jane Balme,[email protected], at CBC St Kilda, 9529 6611.



Father's Day Fun Walk

Please find attached a flyer about our Father’s Day Fun Walk being hosted by the council on Sunday 1st September.


The walk is a social opportunity for families on Father’s Day, with a free sausage sizzle, prizes and games for the children.


The walk is to promote dads and show that we value the important role they have in their child’s development, as well as their family's happiness.




Team Kids Holiday Program

Choose your holiday adventure:

  • 'Confidence' by Dancemob and Balloon Rockets
  • Silvers Circus
  • Bake-A-Wish & drawing games
  • The big goose and barnyard round up
  • CSI: Super sleuth and spy glasses

....and much more!


 See the attached flyer for more details.


All Stars Martial Arts Academy

Please see the attached flyer for further details including Kids Karate Offer of 4 weeks training, uniform and belt all for only $49.


Number Works

Tailored English and Maths tuition • Boosts confidence and results • Lessons personalised to individual needs • Following the school curriculum • From Prep to Year 10

See the attached flyer for more information.


Dates to Remember


Friday 23rd

School Closure Day


Monday 26th

Year 3 & 4 Scienceworks Excursion

Kokoda Training - 3.30pm Elsternwick Park


Wednesday 28th

Father's Day stall


Thursday 29th

District Athletics


Friday 30th

Father's Day breakfast - 7.30am



Tuesday 3rd

School Board - 6.30pm


Friday 6th

Beachside Athletics


Tuesday 17th

School Production - 7.00pm to 9.00pm


Wednesday 18th

School Production - 7.00pm to 9.00pm


Friday 20th

End of Term - 1.00pm

St Joseph's Newsletter
Garage Sale Trail How To Guide.pdf
STET_FLYER_20190625[1] Final.pdf
Glen Eira District flyer - PDF.pdf
gaming night poster .pdf
Emotion Coaching Parent Course.pdf
St Josephs Hockey Flyer.pdf
Kinder-A4_enrolments no PS ref.pdf
Fathers Day Walk_Flyer.pdf
IMSR Parent session Sharon Witt August 2019 (002).pdf
Tuning in to Teens_Emotional Intelligence_flyer.pdf
IMSR Parent session Sharon Witt August 2019 (002).pdf
Elwood Primary A4 Advert.pdf
St Joes.pdf
2018 school flyer A5 single.png
Number Works.pdf
Aquastar Ad - St Michaels (Now Enrolling)[20260].jpg
Elwood 8th August Trial Class.pdf