St James Newsletter

10 September 2019
Term Three, Week Seven  

  'st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’

Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
Digital Technologies
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Library News
  P & F Newsletter
Parish Fete
Useful Forms
Community Information
After School Care
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Tues 10    School Concert  7.30pm 

                    ICAS Writing

Thurs 12  ICAS Spelling

Fri 13         Twilight Working Bee  4.30pm - 6.30pm

Sat 14       Bunnings  BBQ

Tues 17     ICAS English

                   Student/Parent/Teacher Learning Conferences   3.30 - 4.30pm

Wed 18    School finishes at 2.30pm

                   Student/Parent/Teacher Learning Conferences   2.30 - 8pm

Fri 20        Last day of Term  - 3.20pm finish

                    Footy Colours Day 



Mon 7        Term 4 begins

                     P & F Morning Tea  9am

Wed 9        Division Athletics Meeting  Yrs 4 - 6

Sun 13       Prep Level Mass   9.45am, 11.15am  SJM

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

Principal's Post

Dear Families,

What a sensational performance it was last night!

I am so proud of our students and the confidence they displayed on stage. I am sure you would be too.

The many hours of learning, hard work and practice really paid off last night and we expect tonight's performance to be just as good!


Please note that there is strictly to be no photography or filming in the auditorium tonight at all. That means no phones, ipads or cameras to be out please. Apart from copyright, we also need to be aware of not filming or photographing students other than your own.


We’re happy to introduce a new method of delivering the School Concert for those families that would prefer a digital copy of the performance.  Apart from offering DVD copies, Stagefright Concert Productions have partnered with Vimeo in order to provide a streaming option.


This will now allow you to view the school concert via any internet connected iOS or Android device, computer, SmartTV or Apple TV.  All you need is a Vimeo account (if you don’t have a Vimeo account then we recommend that you create one….it’s free!)


If you would like to choose this option, then all you need to do is select ‘Vimeo Streaming’ on the order form and include your email address.  Once the production is ready for distribution Stagefright Concert Productions will then send you a link to this email and you will be able to access your Streamed copy of the concert.


All ordering will occur via an online ordering form.  Payment will go through Paypal and even if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can check out as a ‘Guest’ and use any credit card of your choosing (AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, etc)


The amount is $36.50 for a DVD or Vimeo Streamed copy.  Closing date for orders is: 14th Oct 2019.

DVD or stream orders available via the link STANDING IN THE AUSTRALIAN HALL OF FAME



Don't forget:

  • We have two families putting their hand up to come to the working bee this Friday, 4.30- 6.30pm.  Please email the office if you are able to join us -
  • Year 5 Parents.  Please remember to order your child's rugby top for next year.  Orders are being sent to the supplier at the end of term.
  • Please check lost property before the end of term.  There are lots of items there.  We need a volunteer to wash any left over items at the end of term, which will then be donated to the second hand uniform shop.  Please contact Carmel if you can help.

Parent/Teacher/Student Learning Conferences

Next week Tuesday 17 September  (3.30pm - 5pm) and Wednesday 18th September (2.30pm - 8pm).  Please note that school finishes at 2.30pm on Wednesday.  Bookings open tonight at 4pm.  Please click on the following link to book your time: 


P & F Bunnings BBQ this Saturday

‘We still need 10 more helpers at next Saturday’s Bunnings BBQ.  Before 10 and after 12.  Please sign up at’

A Few Things to Note

  • There will be no Parish Mass celebrated at 10.20am for the next few weeks. Fr Dispin will be away on leave until the final week of term.

  • Twilight Working Bee on this Friday 13 September -  4.30 - 6.30 


Education in Faith

Don’t you just love springtime? It puts a skip in your walk as the sun shines and blooms are peeping through. Did you know that there was a




Creator God,

Your beauty and wonder are seen in your gifts of creation.

We praise you and thank you for all your works, and for creating us in your image and likeness.

May the light and beauty of creation always be respected,

as we grow and embrace our commitment to be more caring of all that is good


As you know, at St James, we have many initiatives to build a learning environment of responsible caretakers of our planet. From little things, big things grow….

Quick Facts:

  • It takes 10 litres of water to make 1 A4 sheet of paper.
  • One tree makes approximately 25 reams or 12500 pieces of paper
  • By using recycled paper to make new paper there is a 74% reduction in air pollutions and 35% reduction in water use.
  • For each tonne of paper that is recycled:
  • 13 trees are saved
  • 2.5 barrels of oil is saved
  • 4100kWh of electricity is saved
  • 4 cubic metres of landfill is saved; 31,780 litres of water is saved



So what? What small difference can you do as a family?


It is most encouraging that concern for the future of our planet is shared by the Churches and Christian communities, together with other religions. Indeed, in past decades numerous efforts have been made by religious leaders and organizations to call public attention to the dangers of an irresponsible exploitation of our planet. 


Pope Francis’s message is: Show mercy to our common home.


Literacy and Numeracy

St. James Great Book Swap - What a GREAT success!

Our 'Great Book Swap' was a fabulous success!  Thank you to all of the families that were able to donate a book to swap as well as your gold coin donations.  We raised a total of $260.95!!!  


As well as promoting a love of reading amongst our students, this money will enable the purchase of greatly needed books for learners in remote indigenous communities.  


Thank you to our wonderful staff who supported and promoted this event.


Happy reading everyone!


2D showing off their 'new' books ...


Premiers' Reading Challenge - CLOSED

The Premiers' Reading Challenge has now closed.  Please watch this space for details of when certificates will be available for those that completed the challenge.


At St. James, we look for growth and trends when analysing NAPLAN data and are pleased that our students have collectively performed well in all areas.  Individual results are used to develop personalised pathways and collective data enables us to plan and develop whole school approaches.

Our Year 3 students performed better than the state in Writing, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Numeracy.  Median scores were above the state in all areas.  The same applies to our Year 5 students in all areas.

Growth for individual students, tracking their learning from Year 3 2017 to Year 5 2019, has predominantly been in the medium to high range across all areas.  As examples, In Writing 80% of our students achieved medium to high growth, in Numeracy 82% of our students achieved medium to high growth.

It is vital to remember that NAPLAN provides us with a snapshot of learning, in one particular format on a particular day.  At St. James, we draw on multiple sources of data to inform our learning and teaching programs and celebrate all of our learners achievements. 


It is that time again! The theme for this term's Family Maths Challenge is money. I look forward to hearing how many families work together to solve these problems.  Good luck. 



Parent Resources

Positive Parenting Telephone Service 1800 880 660

Participants complete a workbook or online modules which are supported by weekly 30 minute phone calls with a trained parenting educator. All of this can be done from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.


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 Raising Children Network

Reliable, and up-to-date information to help your family grow and thrive together. 


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 Iparent - Office of eSafety Commissioner 

To learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.

Digital Technologies

Helping students and parents stay safe...

The change-over to the new email addresses went very smoothly (thanks everyone!) but it did highlight an issue that we have raised before.... there are still students using their school email accounts to register for sites such as Pinterest, online shopping, theatre tickets (especially Harry Potter!) and others.  Please delete these registrations and re-sign with a personal G Mail account.  Thank you.



eSmart Week may be over, but we always need to be aware of our technology habits and be alert to new apps, programs and behaviours.

There are two links below that might give you some assistance.

Are you, or your children spending too much time on mobile phones?

Try this link...



Do you have trouble keeping up with all the apps that your children want installed on their phones or iPads?  The following link provides information on the latest round of apps and what to look out for.


Spotlight on Learning


"How was your day?"

"Who did you play with today?"

"What did you do today?"


All very common and worthwhile questions as we pick up our children from school, drive to our next activity or sit and have dinner together.

What would our children's response be if we asked them


"What did you learn today?"


This subtle shift in our questioning may open up a whole new conversation.  One in which we may hear about the challenges and successes our children have faced, but also to tune us in to their learning in their classrooms and how we may embark on this learning journey together.


Give it a go ...  hopefully there'll be some new learning for us as parents too.





Congratulations to the following students who received a student of the week award:  Billy, Zac, Layla, Ella, Josie, Mackenzie, Uma, Leroy, Noah, Andy, Henry, Harriet, Sera, Benjamin, Andrea, James and Mia.

and to ......... Sarah, George, Macy, William, Brooke, Spencer, Koby, Tom and Isaiah.


Extra Curricular




Farm Duty:


 September 14th & 15th   Le     (6N & 3J)


DAWSON  (4F & 2D)

September 21st & 22nd

TANG         (Prep K)

September 23rd, 24th & 25th

MARTIN    (6C & 4BH)

September 26th, 27th & 28th

SAID           (6N, 4F & 1M)

September 29th & 30th and Oct 1st

BELE          (Prep O)

October 2nd, 3rd & 4th

PARK          (6N & 3P)

October 5th & 6th

Eggs for Sale:

Most of the girls are back on the lay, so we have plenty of eggs at the moment.

$5.00 per dozen but you can buy a half dozen if you prefer.

Library News

Free eBook access:

St James has subscribed to an eBook service for students in Years 3-6.

To borrow and read books on a mobile device, download the eBook app  (Apple or Android) and tap on "Find your Library".  Type in St James Primary School and start browsing.  Search for a title and tap on the book then click "Sign In". Students use their old school email address and the password 2018sjv and then they can click borrow.


P & F Newsletter

Friday 13 September           Bee Green Wrap Orders Due

Friday 13 September:         Food Orders Due

Saturday 14 September     Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall

Friday 20 September          Footy Pies Food Day

Friday 20 September          End of Term BBQ

Monday 7 October               Welcome Back Morning Tea


P&F Planning 2020

The call is open for our Year Level Champions and Event Coordinators for 2020.  We are not looking to introduce anything new next year.  So when you sign up for a champion or coordinator position there are always people around who have done it before to help guide in the right direction.  The following link has a list of positions vacant.  Please take a look and perhaps convince a friend to join you


Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ – Saturday September 14th

Its that time again - don the apron and cook a snag! (or sell a cake)... The Bunnings BBQ and Cake Stall has come around and we are looking for parents and friends that have a couple of free hours to volunteer with us?  Its Saturday 14th September, with 2 hour shifts starting from 8am.  This is a great event to raise money from the wider community.  Please sign up at the following link if you can assist:


Bee Green Wraps Fundraiser 2019

50% of all profit will be donated to St James P&F Bee Green Wraps are a reusable, plastic free, chemical free, sustainable, biodegradable food storage solution!  The wraps are Australian made and infused by natural fibres and a special blend of Aussie beeswax, tree resin and certified organic jojoba oil. Bee Green Wraps are great for storing/covering/wrapping fruit, veggies, sandwiches, cheese, bread etc. 50% of all profit will be donated to St James P&F. Designs will vary. More info available at

Please order by 13 September 2019 at:
Questions?  Contact: Daniela Migliorati on email

Friday Treats

Sign Ups are open for Term 4.  Please sign up if you can assist for half an hour on a Friday for our very popular icypoles:




Our P&F events are only successful through the help of our community.  Please sign up if you can spare some time to help:

Bunnings BBQ:

Father’s Day Breakfast:

Friday Treats:

2020 P&F Roles:

Thank you to Mary Brockhoff, Mel Baptista, Lena Zappia and Julie Rogan for coordinating our Father's Day breakfast and to all the helpers who made the morning run so smoothly. Thanks also to Monique Szwadiak and Rachel Hamilton-Smith for coordinating the Father's Day stall - our Dads were certainly spoilt!

Congratulations to our Father’s Day Raffle Winners:

  • 1st Prize ($150 Rebel Voucher): Ivy (1D)
  • 2nd Prize ($50 House of Golf & $50 Rebel Voucher): Mitchell (4F)
  • 3rd Prize: ($50 House of Golf Voucher): Sherise (2S)
  • 4th Prize ($50 Bunnings Voucher): Will (D2)
  • 5th Prize ($25 Dim Micks Voucher): Georgia (6N)

Last week saw the end of Auskick Season. A huge thank you to Chris Harvey and his team of coaches that made the season so much fun for our K-Gr2 kids, and to Clemi and Jimi for making sure the canteen was up and running every week.


Footy Pies Food Day - Friday September 20th

The next food day is scheduled for the last day of term- Footy Colours Day. It will be party pies/sausage rolls.  Order forms due back this Friday. We will need 4 volunteers from 9-11am and then another 5 from 10:15-11:00am.  Please sign up if you can help at:



End of Term BBQ

Please stay around after school next Friday for our end of term BBQ and bring along some change for a sausage and a drink.



Parish Fete


Useful Forms



Community Information







After School Care


St James Newsletter
CEMSIS 2019.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer and Spacer_2017 (2).pdf
Individual Asthma Risk Minimisation Plan_29062017.pdf
Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan.pdf
Volunteer Duty Statement.pdf
Existing Volunteer Application Form.pdf
New Volunteer Application Form.pdf
Marathon Club permission.pdf