St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

08 October 2019
Issue Eleven
St Agnes' Primary School
(03) 9532 0344
Peterson Street
Highett, Victoria, 3190



Lachlan Foott


Welcome back to all families to Term Four and thank you for your warm welcome to the school yesterday. I hope everyone enjoyed some of the beautiful weather that was on offer during the holidays and is feeling recharged for a busy finish to the year.


I am very excited to be joining the community of St Agnes’ and look forward to getting to know all of the students, parents and staff this term. I have had an excellent hand-over from Carmel Purdey and Therese Stewart during the holidays and I would like to publicly thank these ladies, along with Margaret O’Donnell, for their strong leadership of St Agnes’ throughout this year.


It’s obvious to me, even after being at St Agnes’ for little more than a day, that the staff, students and parents are committed to making our school the very best it can be. When visiting the classrooms, I saw students working hard for their teachers and teachers working hard for their students. There have also been many people significantly contributing to the development of plans to improve our facilities, which is a great prospect. With teachers, parents and students all working and moving together in the same direction, there are many exciting opportunities ahead for our school.


I come to St Agnes’ School with a variety of experiences in education. My teaching career started in my hometown of Swan Hill at St Mary’s, a large Catholic Primary School. After this, I taught in a variety of different schools and contexts across London which provided some incredibly challenging and enriching experiences. Upon returning to Victoria, I taught at Sacred Heart in Sandringham before moving to St Joan of Arc School in Brighton. Across nine years there, I have held a number of teaching and leadership roles, including Mathematics Leader, Religious Education Leader, Learning and Teaching Leader, Deputy Principal and Acting Principal. I look forward to drawing on my knowledge, skills and experience to drive an improvement culture at St Agnes’.


As agreed with Fr John O’Reilly, over the next few weeks I will be sharing my time between

St Agnes’ and St Joan of Arc. I have assumed responsibility for St Agnes’ School and am ably supported by Deputy Principal Matt Cherry and the Leadership team during this period of transition.


My wife Tammy and I have a young, growing family. Our two year old daughter Marlow keeps us on our toes for the moment and sometime in the next few weeks we will welcome our second child into the world, which we are extremely excited about.


I am a keen follower of all sports and supporter of the Richmond Tigers. I love going along to watch them at the MCG and certainly enjoyed their Grand Final win.


I will be on the playground each morning and afternoon while at St Agnes’ and would love to chat with you about the Tigers, or more importantly your family, children and the school, so please come and say hello.


Thank you,


Lachie Foott




United To Fight Cancer

Cancer effects so many lives and loved ones.  Our St Agnes' community is not immune from this terrible disease.  Please if you can, sponsor Chad Harris in raising funds for Peter Mac, by following the link below:

"I'm running 7 km for Unite to Fight Cancer on 27 October 2019 to raise vital funds for Peter Mac.

For those that don’t know, my beautiful wife Monica was diagnosed with Stage 4 / Metastatic breast cancer almost 2 years ago, she has already been through (and is currently still undergoing) extensive chemo and radiotherapy and is currently defying the odds every day. Mon is a fighter and her positivity and strength through this situation has been an absolute inspiration to us all, especially to our two kids Alannah, 8 and Edward, 5.
Please support me in whatever way you can – together, we can make a real difference for families facing cancer. 
Chad Harris"


Here is the link






15th - 6.45 pm - Education Board Meeting

18th - P&F Student Disco

21st - Grade 6 Incursion-Little Fish, Big Pond-Information session for student on Transition to High School

22nd - St Agnes' Sports Carnival

23rd - Foundation - Fun with Jesus Evening

24th - Sockober/Crazy Hair Day

28th - Dental Oral Health Classes

29th- Italian Day

             Grade 2 Baptism Reflection Evening




6th - 2020 Foundation Parents Information Evening

8th - P&F Walkathon


Term 4  -  7th October to 19th December




4th, 5th and 25th 





19th December at 1.30 pm






We are very excited to be hosting Socktober on Thursday 24th October at our school and helping our children Sock it to Poverty!

Last year we raised $201.40,which was a great achievement!

This year our school has registered on the on-line portal and we invite all parents to register their children at the Socktober website below :

Don’t forget to link in to your child/ren’s school house team on the site.

Should you choose, please consider helping your child set a target and fundraise for the poorest children in Ghana to receive an education. Once registered, students can ask their friends and families to sponsor them.

We also would love to have parents/carers come along and support Socktober on the day by attending a whole school mass at 9.00 am Thursday 24th October. We’d love to see you there.


Thanks for supporting your child/ren and we look forward to updating you on the journey to Socktober!

Let's Sock it to poverty again this year!

Thank you,

Jessica Casey

Religious Education Leader


Mass Information



Level attending Mass

Week 1

Thursday 10th October

Grade 5/6

-Reconciliation 5/6W

Week 2

Thursday 17th October

Grade 3/4

-Reconciliation 3/4K

Week 3

Thursday 24th October

Socktober - World Mission Month

Whole School mass

Led by Social Justice Leaders

Week 4

Friday 1st November

All Saints Mass

Whole School mass

Led by 3/4K

Week 5

Thursday 7th November

Grade F/1/2

Week 6

Thursday 14th November

Grade 5/6

-Reconciliation 5/6M

Week  7

Thursday 21st November

Grade 3/4

-Reconciliation 3/4G 

Week 8

Thursday 28th November

Grade F/1/2

Week 9

Thursday 5th December

Grade 5/6

-Reconciliation 5/6CK

Week 10

Thursday 12th December

Grade 3/4

Week 11

Wednesday 18th December at 6:30 pm





SSV Holt Grade 3 / 4 Hooptime - MSAC


On Thursday 19th September, St Agnes’ competed in the SSV Grade 3/4 Hooptime against six other schools in the Holt District at MSAC.  


St Agnes’ had one All Stars team, three Future Stars and one Rookie team entered for the day. All the students did well and our boys All Star team managed to win the grand final and will go through to regionals on the 11th November. 


One of our Future Star teams made it all the way to the grand final as well, but were unfortunately beaten.  It was a great effort to get that far. Our school spirit shone through, with everyone doing their best and enjoying the day.  


I would like to say a big thank you to the teachers/staff and parents who helped out and came to support the students on the day. Most of all, I thank our wonderful students for doing an amazing job representing St Agnes'.  We are all very proud of your efforts and achievements.


Simon Kost-PE



DBT Psychology

We are now in our fourth term of welcoming DBT Psychology and our amazing psychologist Gudrun to St Agnes'. 


Gudrun comes to school each Wednesday and supports students with a range of psychological issues such as anxiety, friendship problems, loneliness and grief. She is very friendly and easy to talk to.  Students often leave her sessions with a big smile on their face and eager to see her again. 


This term we are fortunate enough to have some availabilities in Gudrun's schedule. 


If you feel your child may benefit from seeing Gudrun, please send me an email and I will forward you all the information you will need.

Miss Anthea Georgiou

Wellbeing Leader


Parish Newsletters



Second Hand Uniform

Second hand uniform only, can still be purchased in the uniform shop at St Agnes' at the below times:


Next Opening Time:

Friday 11th October 3-3.30 pm

Due to Melbourne Cup on 5th November the shop will open on 12th November 8.30-9.00 am

3rd December 8.30-9.00 am




Welcome back to Term 4, we hope you all had a great break.


There are only 6 weeks until the fete, so we need as much help as possible with:


Trash n Treasure & Books

Gather all your old toys, games, crockery, books, records and furniture that are in good reusable condition. Items can be dropped off into the school office.  Please note for safety reasons we are unable to take any electrical items.


Art and Craft

The Art and craft team are looking for helpers to contribute to the art and craft stall. Please contact Rebecca Dodd on 0439 332 796 if you would like to help out.


Lucky Jars

One of our most popular stalls, we are asking each child to donate a lucky jar for the lucky jar stall. To ensure we don’t run out so early we are asking families to please donate a lucky jar, items can include bouncy balls, hair elastics, pegs, lip gloss, nail polish, paper clips to name a few. We would appreciate if these could be brought to school by Friday 1st November.


Jam making

If you have the time and would like to try making some jams then jam jars and simple recipes are in the office available for collection.  If you are unable to get to school to collect the jars, contact us and we can make arrangements for them to be delivered to you.



Sunflower Seeds ready for planting are being sold in school office for $1 a packet. All proceeds goes towards the fete.





Plant Stall

We are looking for donations of plastic pots (any size) and bags of soil to for our plant stall. Items can be left in the front office, or alternatively dropped off to Michelle Harrisons front door (Stall coordinator) at 20 Tweed St.



In the coming weeks we will be calling for volunteers to help with selling raffle tickets at Church and in the local community and to deliver flyers around Highett area. If you can assist in anyway please contact us.  

Also contact us if you have any questions, ideas or are able to assist with the Fete in anyway.

Please contact Shannon Shine or Carlyn Vilani via 

Fete Fundraiser-Sushi Lunch

Great News The Sushi Lunches are back!

The next Sushi lunch is Friday 18th October.

Orders are due on Wednesday 16th October. Just complete the form and put cash in the P&F box. Order as many as you like.

Please see attached flyer 


Thank You To Our Fete Sponsors



P&F Event Dates For Term 4

School Disco – Friday 18th October

Get ready to Disco!!!!

Back by popular demand are the team from Kids Disco Parties to get you all moving & grooving on the dance floor.

Junior school (Foundation – Grade 2) will hit the dance floor from 6.00-7.00 pm 

Senior school (Grades 3-6) will rock it out from 7.30-9.00 pm.


Booking through TryBookings link below or see the flyer.


Book your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!

Please note this event is for school students only. We regret that siblings are not able to attend.

Don’t forgot you can also request your favourite song at


Any parents that can help supervise on the night would be greatly appreciated. Please contact

Fleur  on 0439 456 020 or


Thank you

P&F Committee


School Open Morning


Garage Sale Trail for 5th Sandringham


Tennis Lessons at St Agnes'




St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
Parish Newsletter 8th September.pdf
Parish Newsletter 15th September.pdf
Parish Newsletter 29th September.pdf
Parish Newsletter 6th October.pdf
Footy Day Lunch 2019.pdf
Fete Holiday help.pdf
Sushi Orders 2019.pdf
Order Form.pdf
Uniform pricelist.pdf
Footy Day Lunch 2019.pdf
St Agnes PS 18.10.19.pdf
Disco Flyer.pdf
Gudrun Lessing - Psychologist Bio.pdf