St James Newsletter

07 November 2018
Term Four, Week Five         ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Spotlight on Learning
Literacy and Numeracy
Extra Curricular
  P & F Newsletter
Fete News
Community Information
Useful Forms
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Thurs 8  'Student Leadership' Parent Information Night   6.45pm

Fri 9       Free Dress Day - bring a block of chocolate

Sat 10     Year 4 Level Mass  6pm  SJM

Sun 11    Year 4 Level Mass 9.45am  SJM

Mon 12   P & F Morning Tea   9am

Tues 13  Ride2School Day

Wed 14    Orientation Session 3 for 2019 Preps - 9.30am - 10.45am

Fri 16    School Closure Day  - Staff Professional Development

Sat 17   Parish Fete

Mon 19   Swimming Program begins  P - 4

Tues 20   P & F  AGM   7.30pm

Wed 21   Orientation Session 4 for 2019 Preps - 9.30am - 10.45am

                  Education Board  6.15pm

Thurs 22  Year 5 Inland Water Program

                    2019 Reconciliation Parent Information Night  7.30pm  SJM

Sat 24   Year 5 Level Mass and Creed Presentation  6pm  SJM

Sun 25   Year 5 Level Mass and Creed Presentation  11.15am   SJM

Mon 26   Swimming Program continues P-4

Wed 28   Year 6 Beach Day

Thurs 29   Last day of swimming



Sun 2    2019 Prep Welcome Mass  11.15am  SJM

Tues 4    Year 6 Incursion

Wed 5    Year 6 Luna Park

Fri 7    Food Day

Thurs 6   School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development

Thurs 13  'Step Up' Morning

                    Thanksgiving Mass   7pm  SJM

Fri 14    SJV Talent Quest

Mon 17   Year 6 Farewell Dinner

Tues 18   End of Term - Final day for students  3.20pm  finish









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,

I hope you were able to enjoy some relaxing time over the long weekend and possibly backed a winner!

Tomorrow evening at 6.45pm we look forward to seeing many Year 5 parents at our Information session on Year 6 student leadership at St James for 2019.

Best wishes to our St James Girls Hooptime Team competing in the finals at Nunawading Basketball stadium on Friday.

We are all looking forward to our Parish Fete on Saturday 17 November. What a great community celebration this will be!

Reminders for this Friday

  • Free dress day - bring along a block of chocolate per family for the Lob a Choc Stall
  • All children who have not yet done so are invited to bring along a bag of lollies for the Lolly Stall
  • Our Remembrance Day prayer celebration will be at 9am around the flagpole. All students/families are welcome to bring along a flower to lay during the ceremony.

Second Hand Uniform

If you have any donations for the second hand uniform stall, can you send them along to school.  Supplies are running low - especially small sizes.  Many thanks!

Parish Fete - Saturday 17 November

 Keep a look out on our parish fete section of the newsletter as well as on our skoolbag app and in your children's actual bags.

Raffle Tickets: Please return all overdue tickets by this Friday 9 November. Families who return their tickets sold will go into a draw for a sellers prize. Last week's prize was won by the Ramsdale family 

Volunteers to help with stalls: these are still required so please see the sign up sheets. If every family donated one hour of their time, all would be covered.

Sunday Clean up helpers: I have been told that his is often left to too few. If you are unable to help out on Saturday at the fete, we would really appreciate an hour or two on Sunday 18 November to help pack up all of the stalls and help restore St John's school classrooms ready for classes on Monday. 

Please donate a block of chocolate per family on Friday 9 November at our free dress day

Please also donate a bag of lollies per student by Friday 9 November too. Traditionally, there has been a prize for these donations. This year the first class to have every student supply a bag of lollies will have extra playtime.

Key Enrolment Dates for our Yr4 students, commencing Yr 7 in 2021 

Critical dates:

Term 1 – 29 January 2019: Applications open for Year 5 students commencing Year 7 in 2021.

Term 3 – 23 August 2019: Applications close.

Term 3 – 6 September 2019: Principals exchange a full list of applications with neighbouring colleges, including parish of residence.

Term 3 – 20 September 2019: Principals exchange a full list of applications with neighbouring colleges, identifying proposed offers and non-offers.

Term 4 – 17 October 2019: Principals and Registrars Enrolment Briefing at Catholic Leadership Centre to finalise offers for 2021 and exchange names of unsuccessful applicants to ensure all students are offered a place. Session time to be advised in due course.

Term 4 – 18 October 2019: Offers posted to prospective Year 7, 2021 applicants.

Term 4 – 1 November 2019: Final date for families to accept offer made by school.

School Closure Day - Care at St James Fri 16 November

See the community section of our newsletter for information about booking your children into care on site at St James for this day.

Colouring Competition for the Fete

These will be sent home via the mailbags. Students are invited to enter the competition by returning the coloured sheet either to school prior to the fete or to the stall on fete day by 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for various age groups.

Talent Quest

We anticipate holding the St James Talent Quest on Friday 14 December at 12 noon. Each year level will be represented by two acts. Classes will decide on their representation the week prior to this. Students may commence organising and practicing their entries in the week beginning Monday 19 November.  We ask all students not to begin any preparations prior to this date because it can create too many distractions. 

This talent quest is not necessarily a competition but a celebration of students creative talents.

Education in Faith

Are We Ready?

On Thursday 25th October, interested parents were invited to explore the readiness of children to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Listed below are our shared thoughts about 'Readiness'.

What does it look like in your family to be ready for Reconciliation?

-Willingness to give and receive forgiveness

-A sense of right and wrong

-Acknowledging wrong choices

-Reflecting on actions and saying sorry

-Making the right choices and knowing the consequences

-Willingness to compromise

-Thinking about others' needs

What does it look like in your family to be ready for Eucharist?

-Children  asking more questions about God

-Children developing an understanding that God is important  in their life and in their family's life

-Discussing the stories of Jesus, including the Last Supper

-Showing an interest in Mass; paying attention to Mass responses

-Asking questions - 'Why do we do this?' 'What does that mean?'

-Participating in prayer at home- in bed, before meals, at special times

-Eagerness to part of the community and wanting to celebrate

-Connecting meals to Eucharist

-Making links with family celebrations

-Making time to have family discussions

God of love,

In you we find the source of all love.

May we who have been entrusted

With the faith formation of our children,

Be given the grace we need

To draw our children into the mystery of your love,

Through our loving care of them.



Level Masses

Sat 10th November- Year 4 Level Mass 6 pm

Sun 11th November- Year 4 Level Mass 9.45 am

 Sat 24th November- Year 5 Level Mass & Creed Presentation 6 pm

Sun 25th November- Year 5 Level Mass & Creed Presentation 11.15 am

Friday Prayer Services 9am

 You're invited to join us as a school community to celebrate ...

9th Nov- Yr 5 hosting: Remembrance Day 

30th Nov- Yr 2 hosting

14th Dec- Years 1 and Prep: Christmas

18th Dec, 2pm- Yr 6 hosting: 'Moving On' 

Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre


22nd Nov- Yr 6 attending

29th Nov- Yr 5 attending

Thanksgiving Mass...

Please be advised that our Thanksgiving Mass will now be celebrated at 7pm on Thursday 13th December at St John's. The Mass is an important occasion to celebrate and give thanks to our Parish School Community. Following the Mass, we will continue the tradition of asking families and staff leaving the school to come forward for a special blessing. Although most of these families will remain very much a part of our Parish, it is important to acknowledge their contributions to our school.

Spotlight on Learning

Student of the Week

Congratulations to the Week 3 Student of the Week recipients: Millah E, Charlotte H,  Olivia R, Harry B, Kosta L, Mia M, Dante P, Alannah F, Macy C, Archer E, Shevan K, Finn G, Grace S, Charlie H-S, Bethany b, Sam H, Angus H, Quinn B, Mae W, Chloe M and Jia H.





Congratulations to the Week 4 Student of the Week recipients:  Isabella D, Olivia C, Maya J, James M, Eliza A, Joseph H, Oscar R, Henry W, Brooke L, Grace Y, Dulcie W, Conor D and Dylan F


Year 6 Inquiry Unit

In conjunction with our Inquiry unit “Australia - My Home”, the Year 6’s went on an excursion to the Immigration Museum and Captain Cook’s Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens. The visit allowed children to explore migration and cultural diversity through stories told with objects, artefacts and costumes. To further enhance children’s understanding of themselves and the diverse society they live in, the students took a discovery trail through the museum, investigating migration stories.


Our visit to Cook’s Cottage gave the students an insight into the living conditions of the famous explorer. The students learnt that it was built in 1755 having been originally located in Yorkshire, England, and transport to Australia in 1934. The highlight of the visit was being able to dress in the 18th century costumes.


This learning has assisted students to understand the role that a significant individual or group played in shaping and changing a colony, as well as, the stories and perspectives of people who migrated to Australia and the reasons they migrated.




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.



Literacy and Numeracy


This is the final challenge for the year.


It would be great to see a record number of families participate. There are questions designed for preps, Year Sixes and even some that will get the adults thinking! 


Good luck. I look forward to reading your responses. 





Extra Curricular

Physical Education News


Congratulations to Rose (5F)  who competed in the state athletics competition in Discus last Monday. She came 6th place out of all of the qualifying athletes in Victoria which is an amazing effort! We heard that it was a fantastic day with great spirit and the other competitors were very supportive. Congratulations Rose!!

Drawing Club

This club continues to be a favourite to visit, exploring creative skills, talents and possibilities!





Eggs can be ordered by sending money in a named envelope to Wendy in the library.

$5.00 per dozen is a bargain for guaranteed fresh, free-range eggs.  

Place your order now; they're delicious!


P & F Newsletter

P&F Wine and Cheese Night AGM

Once again, the year has flown by and as we see out the remainder of term we would like to invite everyone from our school community to our ‘Wine and Cheese Night’ AGM for 2018.


The P&F AGM will be held on Tuesday 20th November at 7.30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room, where we’ll get together to reflect on the fundraising efforts of the year as well as our fundraising plans for the year ahead. Please refer to the attached flyer for further information.


Positions Vacant

We have an fabulous community and P&F at St James, let's keep it up for our new and existing  families in 2019. If you would like to volunteer for a co-ordinator or volunteer position, please visit


If you are interested in the Team Leader Position please email the P&F at or make contact with Jen Everett or Daniella Migliorati


Please find below the positions that are still vacant. All the amazing events that happen throughout the year for our kids cannot happen without volunteers. Perhaps you can get together with a group from your child’s year level and take on one of our champion roles? Helping the kids and our school is a fabulous way to meet people and to show your kids how wonderful volunteering can be.


Twilight Sports BBQ – Thank you!!!

Thank you to our Grade Four Champions Kylie Brooks Verberne, Sandra Alkemade, Claire Whitely and Mel Hewitson who organised the Twilight Sports BBQ. Thank you also to the many parents who volunteered to help cook and serve.


We would also like to send a big thank you to Bakers Delight Brentford Square for donating the bread for the BBQ.

Food Day – Thank you

What a fabulous Pizza Food Day we had! Thank you so much Kylie Brooks-Verberne for organising. Thank you to Luigi Petruziello from Via Matta for the excellent pizza and for getting up at 5am to make them!– the kids and teachers were very happy.


Big thanks must also go to Kylie’s many helpers, Diana Lim, Nina Petruziello, Deborah Vukic, Emma Rodda-Hopkins, Yen Hau, Christina Fernando, Beth Barclay, Dee Dew-Kovacevic, Sheleigh Keating and Catherina Punterere.

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall - 24th Nov  

St James will have a polling station at the State Election on the 24th of November. In the past we have run a BBQ and cake stall. It is a great way to raise money from the wider community.


Thank you to Katie and Sarah for volunteering to run BBQ.


If you’d like to help Katie and Sarah please sign up at the follow link


We are still looking for someone to run the cake stall. Can you help out? Please contact Jen or Daniella p&

Parent Party Night

Unfortunately due to so much happening this term we have decided to cancel this event. But, we encourage you to come along to our Wine and Cheese AGM on Tuesday the 20th of November at 7:30pm.

Fete News

Fete News


Community Information



Useful Forms



St James Newsletter
Marathon Club permission.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer and Spacer_2017 (2).pdf
Individual Asthma Risk Minimisation Plan_29062017.pdf
Tips for raising strong readers.docx
issue6_05112018_reduced file.pdf
Spring Presentation Flyer 2018.pdf