St James Newsletter

12 August 2019
Term Three, Week Five         'st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
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 13       Uniform Shop open  8.30am

                     Wed 14      Parent Information Night ' Homework'  7pm

Thurs 15    Feast of the Assumption  - Mass 12noon  SJV

Sat 17/Sun 18       Presentation of Confirmation certificates to candidates  9.45am or 6pm    SJM 

Mon 19      Book Week

Tues 20       P & F Meeting  7.30pm

Fri 23         2021 Applications close for Catholic Secondary Schools

Wed 28      Education Board Meeting

Fri 30          Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall

                     Prayer Service - "Celebrating our dads"  hosted by Preps



Sun 1        Fathers' Day

Wed 4      Ride2School Day

                   Indigenous Literacy Day - Great Book Swap

                   Hoop Time 9am - 3.30pm   - Year 4

Mon 9       School Concert

Tues 10    School Concert

                    ICAS Writing

Sat 14       Bunnings  BBQ

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

Principal's Post

Dear Families,

We had two beautiful celebrations of Confirmation on Saturday afternoon in our St John's church. Our Year Six students were Confirmed by Monsignor Tony Ireland at a Mass concelebrated by our very own Father Dispin. I'd like to thank our Year Six teachers, Leonie Nathan, Josh Crowe and Kath Verstraete, together with Carmel Foster, our Education in Faith Leader and Maree O'Keefe, our Parish Pastoral Associate for preparing the students so well. I'd also like to thank our St James staff and parents for supporting the students in this special time of their journey as a catholic. 

These sacramental celebrations provided a great opportunity for our St James students to come together, socialise and celebrate with St John's students as members of the one parish community.

Come along and have your say in shaping our new Homework Policy!
       This Wed 14 August 7 - 8.30pm  in the Reynolds Community Centre

Members of our St James Education Board will be assisting us to run an evening where we want parent input.

Karilyn Gumley from our Eastern Regional Catholic Education Office will facilitate the evening in which you will have the opportunity to give us your thoughts, look at some research and discuss homework with other parents.

Information gained from parents at this session will be used to help shape our homework policy for the next 5 years or so.

Please complete the link below to indicate your attendance so as to help us facilitate the evening -


Yesterday,  four of our students presented an initiative they have been designing as part of a competition run by Catholic Education Melbourne and the Victorian Association of Catholic Primary School Principals in a "Shark Tank" forum.

The students  used their STEMMS skills in designing a cubby which will house a variety of equipment and activities that students can use at lunchtimes and recess times. The equipment will allow our St James students  to develop their science, technology, engineering, arts, maths and multi media skills through co operative play. 

Congratulations to Neiva, Camille, Tom and Luke who, following their presentation, were judged in first place to win the competition. They won a number of prizes for our community to use.

Their concept of constructing the cubby and filling it with activities for students to use will now become a reality.

Thanks to Molly Morgan and Cathy D who worked with the students as they developed their concept.


A Challenge...

In the interests of safety, I'm asking all parents to check that their children can competently tie their shoe laces. It is so much easier to run and play when shoes are securely fitted. It is also highly recommended that children learn to polish their shoes, helping them to not only take pride in their appearance, show respect for the money you've spent on their clothing but continue to develop independence and life skills and habits.

Feast of the Assumption

Please join us to celebrate Mass on Thursday 15 August at midday here at St James. 

All families and parishioners are invited to join in this Holy Day of Obligation celebration hosted by our Year One students.


Congratulations to Lewis (4F) who had a truly amazing experience at his first National Swimming Championships. Lewis was grateful to be part of this amazing event as well as the opportunity to make new friendships. He finished with the following:

  • 7th - 10yo 50m Fly Finals
  • 8th - 10yo 100m Fly Finals
  • 5th - 10yo 200m Medley Relay
  • 8th - 10yo 200m Free 4x50 Relay

Well done Lewis!!

A Few Things to Note

  • Our Interschool Footy team played in the regional finals last Wednesday. While they did not make it through to the state championship games, they performed well and made us very proud.

  • Headlice has been detected in the middle school.  Please check your child's hair and treat accordingly.

  • P & F next meeting Tuesday 20 August 7.30pm

  • Bookings for the school concert will open via Trybooking next Monday  19 August, after 4:00pm. Allocated seating is available on both nights - Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September at Crossways Centre, East Burwood. All seats are $12:00 each to help us cover costs of the production. You are in for a treat!

  • There will be no parish mass celebrated at 10.20am for the next 5 weeks. Fr Dispin will be away on leave until the final week of term.

Education in Faith

It is the Pope's August Intention that Families, through their life of love, become ever more clearly, 'schools of true human growth' . “It is families that introduce us to the real world and teach us to be generous to each other.”


Last weekend, we celebrated the last of our First Eucharist Masses

for this year….

To our candidates:

‘May you always have opportunity to be nourished by the Word 

 the story of God’s love, and by the bread –

a food to make you strong and help you to grow.’


“Special thanks to all who have helped us travel to our celebration of First Eucharist…family, friends, parishioners, teachers, Maree O’Keefe and Fr Dispin. It has been a very special time in our lives and we look forward to gathering and celebrating often at Parish Masses.” FIRST EUCHARIST CANDIDATES


On the weekend, our young people from Year Six joined other parishioners to celebrate the Holy Spirit in their lives with the Sacrament of Confirmation…


Congratulations to: Emily, Marc, Addison, Connor, Eliza, Callum, Cooper, Madeline, Liam, Sebastien, Jonathon, Charlotte, Marcus, Lucy, Sebastian, Alyssa, Darragh, James, Ethan, Millah, Chloe, Rose, Brooke, Sarah, Sophie, Jade, Bridget, Aaron, Cooper, Lachlan, Grace, Amy, Sarah, Armani, Charlie, Eden, Grace, Rachel, Jorja, Isabelle, Adam, Thomas, Ivana, Naomi and Annabel.


Generous God,

we thank you for all the ways we will learn and grow

throughout our life journey.

We ask you to fill us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and guide us to follow Jesus.

May everything we do be a sign of your Holy Spirit’s presence among us.”


Congratulations to Kari and Laura who celebrated their First Eucharist with family, friends and parishioners.




Important Dates....


*15 August Feast of the Assumption:  Mass 12noon  SJV

*18 August  Presentation of Confirmation certificates to candidates  6pm or 9.45am 

*30 August Prayer Service - "Celebrating our dads"  hosted by Preps

Literacy and Numeracy

What's happening in
Term 3 at St. James

We have so many opportunities to promote a love of reading at our school this term!


* The Premiers' Reading Challenge continues throughout this term.  Remember to keep recording your books and to click 'finished' so that I can verify them for you.


* Book Week will be celebrated in Week 6: Monday 19th -Friday 23rd August.  All students will have the opportunity to enjoy short-listed books and will view a production of one of the titles selected for their age group.  More details will follow soon.


* Our school will also be participating in the 'Great Book Swap' this term.  This will take place on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 4th September.  Each student will be asked to select a book from home to donate to the swap as well as a gold coin donation.  Watch this space for further information ...


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. 



Wellbeing Seminars in the Community

Treehouse Term 3 Holiday Program (Grade 2-3)

Treehouse is a therapeutic program funded by the City of Whitehorse for primary-school-aged children, who need some extra support with social skills, self-esteem, managing strong feelings and developing resilience. By being creative and learning through play, children are able to develop their relationship skills in a non-confrontational way, while also allowing them to safely think about how they might cope with their own worries.

Who: Grade 2-3 Students

Where: Mitcham Family Centre, 15 Brunswick Road, Mitcham

When: Term 3 school holidays:

Week 1 - Monday 23rd & Thurs 26th September

Week 2 – Monday 30th September & Thursday 3rd October

Time: 9:30am – 12:15pm

Cost: FREE – Morning tea also provided

*Please note only one child from each school accepted into program

For more information/to make a referral: Please call Sandra Fawcett on 9871 1802 or email:



Body Safety – Powerful Tips for Keeping our Children Safe

Parents, Carers and Educators - join leading expert and international best-selling author of My Underpants Rule, Kate Power for an informative evening.

A mother of three and former police officer, Kate has dedicated herself to making the world safer for children.

 Kate will share simple tips, techniques and information including:

• How and why to have conversations with children about body safety.

• Clearing up myths that get in the way of children’s safety.

• How to prepare for sleepovers and playdates.

• Tips on cyber safety.

• Easy solutions for parents, carers and educators in teaching children private parts protection.

• How to incorporate things that kids love and leave them feeling empowered and confident.

When: Tuesday 3rd September

Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

How to book:

For more information: Please contact Cathie Wills, Children’s Services Project Officer on 9294 5740 or email


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.

Spotlight on Learning

Artist in Residence Project - 
'Our Living City Melbourne'


Students of the Week

Congratulations to Anique, Amy, Eva, Sam, Lucie, Naomi, Ashlee, Jellena, Sam, Xavier, Emerson, Katherine, Stephanie, James, Jacinta and Mitchell.

and to Ella, Thomas, Asher, Ollie, Amy, Meg, Monet, Sebastian and Liam.








STEMMS classes are always full of hands-on activities, and to some people, may appear to be just a whole lot of fun with robots and computers, but there is an immense amount of important learning at all year levels.  

When students are programming robots, they are developing their computational skills.  That means they are problem-solving and anticipating "if I do this, then the robot will do ......, but if I add this code, I think the robot will do ..."  As students work with different digital devices they learn to apply prior knowledge to new situations. 

They also work with a variety of partners and groups which means they learn to cooperate and collaborate with their peers and work to overcome differences of opinion and working with different personalities.  As adults, we understand how important these skills are.  

Some year levels are currently working through Design Technology units, which involves the engineering process of planning, building, testing, modifying and testing again.  It is so important that students learn not to give up or let disappointment impede their progress. 

Here are just a few photos to enjoy.


Year 4 students programming "Codebug Star Tails" to create LED light displays.



Year 5 students building electrical circuits and creating art machines.



Preps accessing animated stories by scanning QR codes.



Extra Curricular



Farm Duty:

We currently need 1 or 2 more people for the September holidays and there are 5 weekends free for Term 4.  If you would like to join the Chook Team, just email Wendy....




 August 17/18th:  HAMMERTON (3P & 5F)

August 24/25th:  RYAN (1D)

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

2019 BOOK WEEK... "Reading is my Secret Power!"

Bookweek is next week, and is an excellent time to encourage your children to read more.

You could sign up for the free eBooks app that St James has subscribed to.  (see below)

You could join your local library.

You could ask your children about our library display.

You could check with your children next week, if they know which books won the Children's Book of the Year awards.

You could turn off the TV one night and have everybody reading; even Mum and Dad.

Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy Book Week and reading more, because we all know...



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 school email address and the password 2018sjv and then they can click borrow.


Help Needed:

Have you had experience covering books with contact? Or do you want to learn how to do this?

We have one very dedicated helper who is trying to keep up with all our new books, but she needs some help.  Please see Wendy or Jo in the library and we will set you up with everything you need.

P & F Newsletter

Tues August 13th                   P&F Meeting

Fri August 30th                       Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall

Sat September 14th             Bunnings BBQ


P&F Meeting – Tuesday August 13th

We have our first P&F meeting for this term tomorrow night Tuesday August 13th at 7:30pm.  Please see attached agenda


Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ – Saturday September 14th


This is a great event to raise money from the wider community.  Please sign up at the following link if you can assist:



A HUGE thank you to all the mums who worked hard and very efficiently to help deliver yummy chicken schnitzel rolls to the kids today Special thanks to Sandra Alkemade for taking charge of the cooking and the following mums for all their help assembling, sorting, packing and delivering: Ash Vienna, Aran Kim, Sarah Dowds, Laura Eksici, Fiona Heintzberger, Diana Lim, Cynthia Wong, Claire Whitely and Lena Zappia. Your help is very much appreciated, and it could not be done without you! And of course, the amazing Kylie Brooks-Verberne who coordinates the food days throughout the year.



Dad’s Night Out – Friday August 2nd

Thanks to the Dads who attended the “Dad’s Night Out” last Friday. A big thanks to the Grade 6 champions Daniela, Jen, Angie and Yeng for organising the evening.

Friday Treats

Don't forget to send along 50c for Friday treats.  Term 3 volunteer sign up is now available.  Please sign up if you can assist for half an hour on a Friday.



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

Friday Treats:

Bunnings BBQ:



Parish Fete


Useful Forms



Community Information





After School Care


St James Newsletter
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
explanation letter.pdf
Mini Mission Fete Sausage Sizzle Group.docx
City of Whitehorse Family Resource Guide - 2018.PDF
Parenting Information Forum - 2019 Brochure.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
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
Term 3 Specialist Curriculum Overview.pdf