St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

11 June 2019
Issue Four
EXTEND-Before/After School Care
St Agnes' Primary School
(03) 9532 0344
Peterson Street
Highett, Victoria, 3190



Therese Stewart



Congratulations to our Year 6 children who celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation together with their families on Friday 31st May.  Fr Brendan Hayes was our special guest on the night as the Archbishops representative.  He visited with the children prior to confirmation and was very high in his praise of their knowledge of the sacrament and their welcome to St Agnes.  Parents should be very proud of their children as they take this  very important step in their sacramental journey.


A prayer for the children.
 Lord, You send out Your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people, so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent.
Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation as they listen to Your voice.
Open their hearts to Your Spirit and bring to fulfilment the good work that You have begun in them.
As we prepare these children for Confirmation, make each of us an instrument of Your love.
Teach us to appreciate what is holy in others, and to be patient with what we do not understand.
Deepen our faith in the Gospel and help us to pass it on by our example.
We pray that You will continue to guide us and sustain us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Principal Appointment Process

The process continues for the appointment of a new principal to St Agnes.  There was not a suitable candidate after the last advertisement, therefore the position is currently  being re advertised.  Catholic Education Melbourne and Father John are working together to ensure a smooth transition of an Acting Principal in the interim.  

Long Weekend.

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.  Thank you to the parents who contacted the office prior to Friday to let us know the children would be away.  Our procedures are excellent and we are required by law to contact parents if children are absent without explanation  if they are sick, on holiday or have an appointment.  A quick email to or a phone call to school will ensure you do not receive an SMS or phone call from the school.  Your assistance with this also saves a great deal of admin time in the office

School Uniform

We have a lovely uniform at St Agnes.  Can i ask parents to ensure children are wearing the correct uniform, including jackets and shoes on the correct days.  If you are missing items of clothing send your child to have a look in the lost property tubs.  The long winter pants for girls have arrived in the uniform shop and they look very smart.  This is an option for the girls who find pants warmer and are able to be more active wearing pants.

School Reports

This semester your child's report will be coming home via a new parent portal and will be in digital format.  This means that the school will not be printing school reports to be sent home.  A letter will be going home to all families on Friday with further details in regard to accessing the portal.  As teachers have been using See Saw to keep  parents up to date with what is happening for the children in their classrooms, this will now replace student digital portfolios.  Using the digital platform is another way we can we can be more sustainable as a school and will also enable parents to access a copy of their children's report at any time in the future.  For this reason reports will be unable to be printed earlier for any families.  Parent Teacher interviews is a time for parents to discuss their child's progress with their classroom teacher.  Interview bookings are now open and we ask all parents to attend.


Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Please note Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will be held on

Tuesday 25th June.  School will finish at 1.25pm on this day.


Bookings are now open, please see the link below:


The code is hh3jc

Booking for interviews close on Friday 21st June.


Please be mindful that interviews are strictly 10 mins and spaces are limited.  If you require more time, please contact your teacher directly to make alternative arrangements.


These interviews are important to attend to discuss your child's progress this Semester.


ICAS Testing

Once again St Agnes will be offering ICAS testing.  Unlike previous years, payment and ordering will be made directly to the ICAS website.  I am still waiting to receive the school link, which i expect to be ready this week.  Each test has a cost of $14.50

The following subjects will be offered on the following dates:



Subject                                             Sitting Dates                                         Closing Dates
ICAS Digital Technologies Tuesday 3 September 2019 Monday 26 August 2019
ICAS Science Thursday 5 September 2019 Monday 26 August 2019
ICAS Writing* Tuesday 10 September 2019 Monday 2 September 2019
ICAS Spelling Bee Thursday 12 September 2019 Monday 2 September 2019
ICAS English Tuesday 17 September 2019 Wednesday 11 September 2019
ICAS Mathematics Thursday 19 September 2019

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Dry July

This July, both Mrs Gonzales and myself will be raising funds for Dry July.  Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation that challenges people to abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of July to support adults living with cancer. 


The funds raised through Dry July will provide invaluable services to cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment.


Donate to Matt Cherry's Dry July Australia


Donate to Julie's Dry July Australia




11th-6.30 pm-Ed Board Meeting

13th-9.00 am Grade 5/6's attending Mass

14th-Grade 5/6-SSV Inter School Sports-Home Game

15th-P&F Comedy Night

17th-2.30 pm-Assembly-Hosted by 5/6M

             6.30pm-Grade 5/6 Camp Meeting

18th-7.00 pm-Grade 4 Eucharist Faith Night

20th-9.00 am Grade 3/4's  attending Mass

            Grade 5/6-SSV Netball

21st-Grade 5/6-SSV Football

23rd-8.45 am-Short Morning Assembly

24th-Book Fair

25th Parent/Teacher Interviews

28th-Feast Of The Sacred Heart Mass

             End of Term 2 

             4.00 pm-Fete Committee-Family & Friends Movie Afternoon at               the Dendy Cinemas


Term 2  -  23rd April to 28th June
Term 3  -  15th July to 20th September
Term 4  -  7th October to 20th December




Office hours are:    8:30am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                 9532 0344


Parents should always make contact with the Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.

Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.



8.30 am - 10.40 am

10.45 am - 11.25 am (Recess)

11.25 am - 1.25 pm

1.35 pm-2.15 pm (Lunch)

2.15 pm - 3.15 pm


Student Absences - Parent Procedures

Is your child going to be:

Absent all day?

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.30am. Please email or telephone the school office on 9532 0344 and leave a message on option # 2




Arriving late? 

 A late pass will be given to the student to take to class with them.


Leaving early?

Parent/Carer must advise the office who will sign the student OUT at the school office

Students are not permitted to sign themselves in/out of school. 


SMS Messages

If you receive an SMS message advising that your child is absent as of 9.30 am that morning - please call or email the school.

These messages are generated automatically and sent to parents each day in accordance with the School’s Duty of Care obligations.


Pre-Planned Absences

For pre-planned student absences ie family holidays of longer than two days an email must be sent to the school via as by law permission must be given.









Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly. Tubs of Lost Property are located in the Office area.


2020 Enrolment Tours

School tours are conducted by appointment only with Principal or Assistant Principal at 10.00 am most days. Please ring the school office on 9532 0344 to register for a tour


Parent Contact Information

Have your contact details changed?

If so please update your information on CareMonkey so we can update our records. This includes changes to emergency contacts or additional numbers to call if needed.


Medication at School Form

If your child requires medication to be administered during school hours, please complete this form and hand it to the Front Office with the required medication.




Overdue School Fees


Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment for School Fees was due  last month. Any concerns please contact the office. 


Woolworths Earn and Learn


Wow what an amazing effort!

Thank you to everyone, we have collected 11,400 sticker  Please keep up the wonderful work


Drop your stickers in the collection boxes located either at the school office or Highett/Moorabbin Wooworths stores.

Please ask your family and friends to help out by collect for our school.



Term 2 Working Bee


Thank you to the following families who attended this term's Working Bee.

If your name has been left off the list please see the office. This is the second Working Bee of the year.

Connors Corcoran Crough
Forbes Fordyce Groom
Koptidis Kouzoukas MARTIL
Monahan O'Brien Sotiroski
Stewart (Grace) Stewart (Maddison) Tucker
Velmahos Villani  


Just a reminder that the Working Bees are an opportunity for families to complete their commitment of attending two Working Bees per year (two attendances for the year results in $100.00 rebate from next year’s school fees). There are four Working Bee's in the year, one each term.  




St Vincent de Paul 2019 Winter Appeal 


On Friday 28th of June, at 9.00 am we will have the Sacred Heart Mass.


We would like to invite all families to attend. The Sacred Heart Mass is for Jesus’ love for the whole world. At St Agnes’ we use this celebration to help give food to people in need.


We are asking for donations of non-perishable food such as: pasta & sauces, breakfast cereals, long life milk, soups, tea, coffee and biscuits are appreciated. These all go to families\ singles in the local area.

Please NO tins of lentils, beans, spaghetti, corn, or spam.

The Winter Appeal helps a lot of people in our community. There are thousands of people who are in need of food and support, and the Winter Appeal helps them.


So please remember to bring in non-perishable food to the classrooms or the office, St Vincent de Paul need all the help we can give.


Many thanks from Blake Gresle, Zoe Galea, Stella Villani, Audrey Forbes, and Chloe Connors.

Social Justice Captains

Thank you

Hi everyone,

We have some fantastic news.

Last term we had our Caritas coin line and together as a school we raised $1,086.85.

Well done to all the students who donated money, this is an AMAZING achievement!

3/4G had the longest line of coins, congratulations!


All the money raised will go towards people with no fresh water and no food. We're trying to make a difference in the world, that’s why we do these fundraising activities.

Thank you from the Social Justice Captains.


Audrey Forbes, Stella Villani, Zoe Galea, Blake Gresle, Chloe Connors.


Grade 5/6 Inter-school Report

The Netball  Report 

A couple of weeks ago we played inter-school sport against St James in Brighton.


A1 and A2 teams-

A1 and A2 did very well. We all got to play once or twice which was really good for the teams. By the end of the day the scores were 6 to 4, we won the game!

We all cheered our school on even if the other team got the goal!

We showed good sportsmanship and we played fairly. St James were very good at playing netball, they were good opponents and we hope we can play again soon with them. Even though it was a very wet day we still played with fire in our eyes(ouch).  

We shook the other team's hands and said good game.


B1 and B2 teams-

The B1 team and B2 team played very well and showed great sportsmanship, played fairly and they also cheered their team on from  the sidelines.

They scored some goals and always had a positive attitude towards all things fortunate and unfortunate, especially when it was starting to rain!

In the end they sadly didn't win but the game was very fun and we got to meet new people.


By Savannah, Maddison and Jasmine!

Grade 5 Boys Visit to
St James College

Tuesday 4th of June was an exciting day for all the Grade 5 boys!


We had the privilege of doing a lot of really amazing things at St James Secondary College such as woodworking, science and a fun game of soccer.


The first activity we participated in was a

mind-blowing science class.

Our amazing tutor was Mr Thomas! He showed us how to mix chemicals with chemicals and blow some stuff up.

The most amazing thing I saw in there was an experiment called “Elephant's toothpaste”. The end result was a pile of frothy foam that exploded out of the test tube.

The second activity was woodworking!

Our teacher there was Mr Wood (Ha ha Mr Wood). There was also  a multitude of Grade 10’s helping us as there were a lot of machines that we needed help operating. The end product was a box that we can store things in. I thought that was really fun.


The third and final activity was a game of soccer in the school hall. We also had the option of playing Table Tennis behind the stage.

I chose Table Tennis so I can’t tell you what really happened in the soccer game but I can tell you this, it was a fair game under the watchful eye of Ms Miller on it 24/7. Behind the stage there was a Table Tennis championship going on, sadly I didn’t win.


Finally, we had lunch, which you wouldn’t want to hear about, would you?


All in all, it was a wonderful day and I am positive that every other boy there had a great time as well.


by Ewan H




Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books the students want to read right into our school.

It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.

The Book Fair is scheduled from Monday 24th until Wednesday 26th June and will be held in Room 4.




Each class will have a scheduled time to visit the Book Fair and shop for books.

Students will be assisted in browsing and will ultimately decide what they would like to purchase.

The schedule for purchasing is listed below:

Shopping Hours:

Monday 24th

3.00-4.00 pm

Tuesday 25th

2.00-8.00 pm

Wednesday 26th

8.30-9.30 am

3.00-4.00 pm



We need volunteers to assist with our Book Fair:

Friday 21st

From 1.00 pm-Help set up and decorate the room

Monday 24th

3.00-4.00 pm-Help during shopping hours

Tuesday 25th

2.00-8.00 pm-Help during shopping hours (Any time that you are able to help during these hours)

Wednesday 26th

8.30-9.30 am-Help during shopping hours

3.00-4.00 pm-Help during shopping hours

From 4.00 pm-Help packing up


Please email me on if you are able to help.

Thank you

Julie Gonzales-Library Teacher






The bi-annual St Agnes Fete is coming up on Saturday 16th November and to make this important school event a huge success we need the support of everyone in our wonderful school community.


There are many fete activities we would love our families to be involved, however what we need right now is sponsorship support to ensure that we have quality rides, activities, stalls and donations for our raffle prizes. If you are able to chase sponsorship for us or if your family or friends have a business that can provide sponsorship support or prizes, please let us know and in return we will offer extensive promotion and advertising through billboards, flyers, social media and more.


There are still important fete roles to be filled including sponsorship/fundraising coordinators, entertainment coordinator and stall managers so if you want to get together with a friend and volunteer for one of these roles the fete committee would be very grateful. These roles may sound big but we will be there to support you. It is just that all these roles are way too much for 2 people to take on.

We also understand that it’s not always possible to participate in the planning however we do hope that every family gets involved as we reach out for contributions for our stalls and for support on the day.


If you can offer your support please let us know as soon as possible by completing the CareMonkey eform or the letter sent home to all families last week and handing it into the office or by emailing us at:


Kind Regards

Shannon Shine & Carlyn Villani

On behalf of the Fete Organising Committee


Family & Friends Movie


Let celebrate the end of term while raising money to help cover Fete setup costs by seeing Toy Story 4.


This doesn't apply to just the St Agnes' Community,  all family and friends are very welcome.


 When Friday 28th June (last day of term 2)

 Time :    4.00 pm

Place:       Dendy Cinemas – Church St Brighton

Cost:          $13 per per child and $16 per adult

               (Discounts for family groups are offered)

RSVP:   Trybooking  


Bookings close Monday 24th June at 4.00 pm





Parish News

Please see attached the Parish Newsletters.




P&F Event Dates: Term 2

Comedy Night-THIS Saturday 15th June


This is your last chance to purchase a ticket for the Comedy Night. Please show your support for our school and jump online to secure your ticket.

 “Comedy For A Cause” will present a showcase of some of the best comedians from the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Check out the flyer to see the amazing line up for this year’s event! This will be and +18 event.


The event will be theatre style seating. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 8pm. Food & drinks will be available to purchase on the night. This will give guests an opportunity to socialise before the show while having a drink or 2. Grab a group of friends and help support out school while having a laugh!


Anyone who is able to help behind the bar or in the kitchen on the night please contact

Fleur Luke – 0439 456 020 /



Friday Afternoon BBQ's

The P&F Friday Afternoon BBQ's are back for Term 2 and 3.

The BBQ's are weather dependent and if you are able to volunteer your time to help sizzle and sell some sausages when your class is rostered on, please see your class rep as we need at least 3-4 helpers.


Sausages-$2.50 each or 3 for $6.00 (first price rise for six years)



Friday 14th-Maya Coates

Friday 21st-Jayne Munday





Please note all Catholic Secondary Schools have a Closing date of 23rd August 2019 for current Grade 5 students who will be entering Year 7 in 2021.


St Bede's College  Reunion


Holiday Camp


EXTEND-Before/After School Care













Making cards

and stars




herbal sugar






















sock puppets

Making a

fairy habitat


The Extend Superstar are:

Kane-For his  perseverance

Hudson-For his eager participation in all activities


What's Been Happening?

In line with our enrichment program, we are patiently waiting for our crop of veggies to grow!

In the meantime we are trying out interesting food, we painted with herbs and we made scented bath bombs.

Just a reminder that we are recycling our empty oral care and beauty products.



Keep the date

We have a Farm to Fork Mini Market coming up on Thursday 20th June between 3.15-6.00 pm.

Please see attached information.


The Winter Holidays

The Winter holidays are coming!

Book now to avoid disappointment.

Enrol and book now at:


Information and Operational Hours 



Classroom Cuisine

Families are able to order lunch orders for their children on a Monday and a Friday only.

You can order online until 8:30am on the the day the lunch is required.  Log onto the website for a menu and to find out more.

St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
St Bedes -Enrolment opening and closing dates (1).pdf
line up.pdf
Poster for Comedy Night 2019.p.pdf
Farm to Fork (Enrichment Program).pdf
Extend Winter.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Parish Newsletter 18th & 19th May.pdf
Parish Newsletter 25th & 26th May.pdf
Parish Newsletter 2nd June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 8th -9th June.pdf
Father's invitation.pdf