St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

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



Therese Stewart


It's nearly holiday time!

What a wonderful term of learning it has been.  Congratulations to the children on all they have achieved this term and thank you to St Agnes' staff for their dedication and support of the children and the community!  May your holiday be a very safe and happy one whether you are travelling or staying home and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday the 15th July.

Parent Teacher Meetings

'At the very heart of each Catholic school is the desire for the full flourishing of each'student...'

(Horizons of Hope)

This Afternoon and tonight the teachers look forward to speaking with parents about their children's progress this semester.  Over the last two terms teachers have been assessing students and collecting data to assess student progress and report to you, as parents against the Victorian Curriculum.  All children are at different stages in their learning and classrooms are personalised to ensure growth for all students no matter what their starting point.   The interviews will be held in the hall with all teachers present.


Sad news

Please remember Matt Cherry in your prayers after the death of his brother on the weekend.  We have sent Matt a beautiful orchid from the school community to let him know we are all thinking of him and his family at this time and that he is in our thoughts and prayers.  It has been a particularly difficult time for Matt and his family after his brother's wife also lost her mother very suddenly in the last week. 

Principal Appointment Process

As mentioned in the Skoolbag notification sent home last week from Fr John, St Agnes' welcomes Carmel Purdey as Acting Principal at the beginning of next term.   Carmel is a very experienced Principal with a wealth of knowledge in education. She has worked with schools over many years and with the Catholic Education Office, Melbourne.  She is looking forward to the term ahead and getting to know the school community.

School Reports

We have been very pleased with the way that the children's reports have been delivered this semester. After an initial technical difficulty it was all systems go with the delivery of reports to the parent portal completed last Friday.  This is a very sustainable process and one which reduces our impact on the environment and is another small thing we can do to make a difference.  Thank you to families for your support with this.   In moving forward, we believe this is the most efficient way to deliver reports and provide an easily accessible option for our families.   


At the end of this week we sadly farewell the Bustin Family, Freddie and Willow and the Stratford Family, Hudson, from St Agnes'.  It is always sad to farewell friends and we wish them all the best in the times ahead and hope they always have very happy memories of St Agnes'.  A particular thank you to Stacey for her work with the Parents and Friends Association and her efforts with being such a wonderful support to the community.

Thank you!

My time at St Agnes' also comes to an end at the end of this week.  This is a vibrant school community with very happy, well adjusted, resilient children.  It is a community of hard working teachers who want only the best for the children and for them to be the best they can be.   It is a community where parents are present and involved in their children's learning whether that may be as a presence in the school yard, supporting community events or staying abreast of what is happening through school notifications.  I look on my short time at St Agnes' with happiness and hope that I have made a difference in some way as you wait for the Principal that is meant to be in this great community!  Thank you all very much for your welcome and enthusiasm and I wish you all the very best for the year ahead! My husband and I are heading overseas next week for 10 weeks of travel around Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong and then home again to settle back into country life.   

God Bless,






24th-26th - Book Fair

25th - 1.25 pm All student finish

          2.00-8.00 pm-Parent/Teacher Interviews

27th - Grade 5/6-SSV Netball-NEW DATE

28th - Feast Of The Sacred Heart Mass

             1.30 pm-End of Term 2 

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



15th - Start of Term 3

22nd - Grade 4 Eucharist Reflection Day

26th-Grade 5/6 Inter-school sports-Home Game


Term 3  -  15th July to 20th September
Term 4  -  7th October to 20th December




Office hours are:    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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 9.30 am. 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 appointments 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.




LAST WEEK-Woolworths Earn and Learn


Thank you to everyone, we have collected 15,480 stickers!

This is the last week and if all stickers could be in by this Friday 28th June, that would be wonderful.








Lily Ballarin

On Sunday, Lily was the youngest student attempting and successfully achieving Junior Black Belt at Chikara karate. Lily has been involved in karate since she was 4 years old. 


Two weeks ago, Lily and her Sabres basketball team have competed in National Junior Classic Basketball competition, which included Victorian, NSW and SA teams. The girls reached 8th spot overall in their U12 Championship division. 

Well Done Lily



Supporting Student Literacy

Supporting Student Literacy Grades 3-6 Meeting was  held on Wednesday June 5th and was very well attended. Thank you to the parents who were able to come. We had a good discussion about the teaching and learning of Literacy in Grade's 3-6


If you were unable to attend ,the PowerPoint accompanying that meeting is available for you to view . Please email your request to the school newsletter and the PowerPoint will be mailed to you.


We would like to invite parents/ carers of students in Grades 3- 6 who have the correct  documentation

( a current WWCC and a signed Code of Conduct), together with an interest and the time to become a classroom helper to  support our students in the learning of Literacy. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you are able to do so. 


Our Foundation and 1/2 Classes are also in need of this Literacy Learning support. Rosters will be available next term or you can approach your child’s  teacher to advise of your intention and times you are available.

Thank you

Julie Grace-Literacy Leader




Book Fair Update

The Very Cranky Bear came to St Agnes' to have a look around the Book Fair!


Congratulations to Mrs Amanda Baker who won the staff golden ticket on Friday afternoon 21st June.  Amanda received a book for her son.


Also Zac 5/6W won the golden ticket for the door prize on Monday 24th June. Zac will receive an item from the book fair free.


Shopping Hours:

Tuesday 25th

2.00-7.00 pm

Wednesday 26th

8.30-9.30 am

3.00-4.00 pm


Thank you

Julie Gonzales-Library Teacher



Art Update by St Agnes’ Art Captains


This term the preps were looking at the theme seasons, they were making snowmen for winter with different pieces of paper (collage) and other artworks that related to a particular season. They were also painting different seasons as well.



This term the 1/2’s have been working on weather and seasons related art pieces. Like sunny days, windy days, rain and the four seasons. They were also using collages to show what they learnt about the weather.


This term the year 3/4’s were working on the convicts and were painting what they have learnt on them and drew a convict of their choice using mixed media (different materials).



Last term the 5/6’s has been creating aboriginal paintings in art class. The reason we were doing aboriginal artwork is because in class be were learning about Colony to Nation and different cultures. We watched some videos to give us some inspiration on what type of artwork we would work on.

We would like to say thank you to Mrs Sorensen for helping us with our artworks and because you are new we welcome her with open arms. Thank you Mrs Sorensen.


Kind Regards,  

St Agnes’ Art Captains

Emma Box and Hope Attree



SSV Holt AFL Football Lightning Premiership 


On Friday 21st June, St Agnes competed in the SSV Holt AFL Lightning Premiership against ten other schools in the Holt District at Caulfield Park.  


The Boys/Girls team were comprised of 22 St Agnes' students from Grade 5 and 6.  The team of St Agnes' students competed in a round robin competition of shortened games.


The weather was perfect for Football, rain, rain and more rain, it did stop for about 20 minutes while we had a bye, so at least we managed to have something to eat and not get wet.


The results were fantastic this year.  St Agnes' made it all the way to the semi finals, but were beaten in the last two minutes of the game. Overall, the team finished 5th against the other schools.


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 in the most trying conditions.


Most of all I thank the team for doing an amazing job representing St Agnes', parents, teachers and myself are all very proud of you.


Simon Kost-PE



Level Mass

This Term when your levels attend Parish Mass, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join your child at Mass.

Every Thursday morning at 9.00 am there is a Parish mass.

You are most welcome to sit with your child during the Mass.


Please check the dates below for when you child's year level is attending Mass:

8th August - St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) Mass - Grade 1/2L

15th August - Feast of the Assumption Mass - 3/4G

Fathers Day Mass - 1/2G




At the end of Term 2, we have the Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass on Friday 28th June at 9.00 am and we would love to have you all join us.

The whole school will attend and it will be lead by 5/6CK.







Thank you

Jessica Casey-Religious Education Leader



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


Parish News

Please see attached the Parish Newsletter.





Thank you to those families who have responded to our CareMonkey call for help.


We will touch base shortly with those of you who have kindly offered to assist in some capacity.


If you still have any leads regarding major sponsors or prizes please contact us as we are still on the hunt for sponsors, as no sponsors mean no rides!


Craft Stall

Are you a crafty person or know someone who is?

Are you interested in contributing towards the Craft stall for the upcoming Fete?


Rebecca is looking for helpers to work together or solo in making wonderful crafts for our art and craft stall.


If you are interested in helping out in any capacity please call

Rebecca Dodd 0439 332 796.


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  






EXTEND-Before/After School Care



Monday 15/7

Tuesday 16/7

Wednesday 17/7

Thursday 18/7

Friday 19/7

World map

Aussie flag

Aussie animals

Aussie map

Aussie places


The Extend Superstar are:

Week 5   Erin - Who always makes us smile    

Week 6   Harry - For his eager participation  

Week 7   Harvey - For always being polite   

Week 8   Camilla - For always trying her best


What's Been Happening?

We had so much fun this term while we were waiting for our garden to grow, with the highlight our mini market where parents could see what we were learning about this term. To name a few of our activities; we made butter, we made fairies and we had a butterfly challenge. But we are most of all very excited for our end of term party!



Information and Operational Hours 





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.







School Holiday Workshops


St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
line up.pdf
Poster for Comedy Night 2019.p.pdf
Farm to Fork (Enrichment Program).pdf
Extend Winter.pdf
Parish Newsletter 2nd June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 8th -9th June.pdf
Parish Newsletter 22nd & 23rd June.pdf