ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Reflect & Celebrate"

06 December 2018
Volume Thirty Seven
Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
Students of the Week..
Stephanie Alexander Garden
Tuckshop /Canteen     
Office/Library News 
Face Book
St Mark's Primary School
03 9551 1150
4-8 Dimar Court
Dingley, Victoria, 3172

Dates to Remember


Friday 7th December - Keyboard and Piano concert.

 (As the weather is going to be very hot tomorrow, the keyboard concert will be in the hall.

Foundation to Year 2 at 11.40am and Year 3 to Year 6 from 12.10pm. 

Please contact Carol 0411 402 102 if you have any queries.)

Friday 7th December - "Bag it and Bring it" fund raiser.

                                               * Parent Helpers Morning Tea at 11am

Tuesday 11th December - Foundation Orientation Morning 9 - 11am and

                                                     Year 1-6 new classes day (9am -1:40pm)

Wednesday 12th December - Year 5/6 Beach/Bike Ed.

Friday 14th December - Year 6 Big Day Out.

                                                     - Reports Go home.

Saturday 15th December - Parents a Working Bee, around St Mark's Church 9am.

Tuesday 18th December - Year 6 Graduation at 6pm.

Wednesday 19th December - End of Year mass at 9am.

                                                            End of Term 4 at 1.30pm.

January & February 2019

Friday 1st February - School returns Term One 2019.

Tuesday 12th February - St Mark's AGM  Wine & Cheese Evening at 7pm, commences at 8pm. 

                                                    (All executive roles are open for nominations)

Monday 25th February - School Photos.


Friday 1st March -  St Mark's Welcome Picnic  at 6pm on St Mark's Oval.

Principal's Report


Dear Families,

The Carols evening was a great finale to celebrate the end of the school year and the pleasant weather made it even more enjoyable to sit back and enjoy the singing. Thank you to Terry Owens for the organisation and setting up of the stage and audio equipment and to the Parent’s Association for providing the sausage sizzle.


We have just launched a St Mark’s Primary School Facebook page and you can view the link to the teachers’ Christmas Shark rendition.


This page will be used to showcase events and items of interest throughout the school. Thank you to Sinead Bannon for her assistance in setting up the page.


Tomorrow is the Parent Helper’s thank you morning tea to the assistance that is given to the school throughout the year. For those families who are unable to attend (mainly due to work commitments) please accept our thanks and gratitude from the staff.


As we approach Christmas a reminder that we will be collecting gifts for St Vincent de Paul which can be placed under the Christmas tree in the office foyer. Please see details in the RE news.



Week 9 Term 4 2018


St Mark's Parish and School -  Working Bee

Parents a Working Bee will be held on Saturday 15th December from 9am.



  • Friday 7th December – Advent Week 2 Liturgy - 2:20pm in the Undercover area
  • Thursday 13th December – Advent Week 3 Liturgy - 2:20pm in the Undercover area
  • Wednesday 19th December – End of Year whole school mass at 9am in the church

2018 Christmas Schedule

Reconcilation: (2nd Rite)Thursday 6th December at 7pm                                  (St Joseph's, Springvale)


Christmas Masses: St Mark's Parish

Christmas Eve:  Monday 24th December 2018

Vigil Mass: 6.00pm (Carols & nativity play from 5.45pm)

Midnight Mass(Carols from 11.30pm)

Christmas Day:  Tuesday 25th December: 9.30 am


St Joseph's & St Mark's PARISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS will be held on Friday 21st December at 7.30pm at St Joseph's school yard.

Please keep the night free.

St Vincent de Paul
Christmas Gift Donation

The school is again supporting the work of the local St Vincent de Paul through requesting donations of gifts to be given to needy families.  Gifts can be left in the school foyer around the Christmas tree. Please indicate the gender and age of the child it is suitable for.

All donations must be in by Tuesday 18th December 2018. 

Christmas Cards & Gifts

Christmas Cards/Calenders & Gifts are on sale. 

Look out for the '' Special Gift Table “


 CARDS.     =        Pkt. Of 8 cards for only   $3.00         

 GIFTS.       =        A nice variety of gifts for all ages- all are very reasonably priced.



The price is only $9.00 which is cheap for a calendar of such quality – perhaps you might buy more than one -they make great gifts for family & friends.


Second Sunday of Advent


Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; 
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Students of the Week..

Congratulations to the Student of the Week Awards
​"Respect & Celebrate"

Foundation B   - 

Zoe Gillon for performing our class carol with such enthusiasm and pride.

Foundation L -

Miguel Del Rio for performing our class carol with such pride and enthusiasm! Sugoi!

Scarlett Kerr for taking such pride in performing our class carol. Sugoi!

Foundation M - 

Sofia Ferreira-Vieira for performing our class carol with such enthusiasm and pride.

Year 1/2 DU - 

Zoe Diakogeorgiou for happily celebrating the achievements of her classmates in 1/2DU.

Year 1/2 E - 

Milena Sevcikova for the creativity and attention to detail she shows in art activities.

Year 1/2 F - 

Tammara Francis for performing so confidently in her guitar concert. Well done!

Year  1/2 P 

Joel Telley for confidently performing on stage at the School Carol night.

Year 1/2 R - 

Owen Bannon for making an improved effort to be the most respectful learner he can be!

Year 1/2 XR

James Allenby for the enthusiastic way he helps out his peers and teachers both in and out of the classroom.

Year  3/4 C -  

Ella Quill for her confident delivery of her oral presentation about the Starlight Foundation.
Year 3/4 D -

Curtis De Silva for making positive changes in his learning and developing new strategies. Thank you Curtis!

Year 3/4 KC  - 

Kailyn Ong for being a positive and productive member of 3/4KC this year.

Year 3/4 N - 

Tyler Trinh for another successful year of learning and excellent achievements in all learning areas. Congratulations Tyler!

Year 3/4 T  - 

Eli Schellebeck for constantly approaching his learning with a sense of curiosity.

Year 5/6 H

Kara Di Mascolo for an incredible year of hard work, determination and perseverance in your studies. Well done!

Year 5/6 L -

Dorian Quenette for his maturity and the growth he has made in all areas of the curriculum during 2018. Congratulations Dorian!

Year 5/6 MB -  

Grace Robins for her infectious enthusiasm and dedication when practising and performing for the Carols. Well done Grace!

Year 5/6 P -  

Malachy Morgan for reflecting upon his work and using this to set future goals.

Year 5/6 S - 

Annabelle Tautuku-Tsobanos for always having a positive outlook toward all her learning, especially when dealing with any challenges that arise.

Strive Awards - Mrs Johnston

Amelia Mullins for reading more confidently when attempting to read unfamiliar words in stories.


Vanessa Santos for recognising  the importance of reading slower in order to read more accurately.


Stephanie Alexander Garden

Year 3/4 T

A great morning for gardening. We were able to harvest quite a lot from our school garden. Beautiful, albeit oddly shaped, bright carrots, lots of spring onion and some mint for our water. 

Our lunch was delicious. Penne with an eggplant, onion, garlic and fresh tomato sauce, yummy bread scrolls filled with red and green capsicum, spring onion and cheese, the best ever guacomole dip and a salad of the imagination using the crunchy carrots from our garden.

Not much left on our plates...all eaten up!!

As this was the last kitchen garden session for the year I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the parent helpers and also to Mary. If it wasn't for all of you, this terrific program would not operate. Thank you. 



Tuckshop /Canteen 

Tuesday's Special is Sushi

Next Tuesday's 11th December is a Sushi Order.

All orders, with money, MUST be in the canteen by 3.00pm Friday, 7th December.(TOMORROW).

Take home orders can be collected from the Tuckshop on Tuesday afternoon up until 5.45pm.


All sushi rolls = $2.50 each.                                                                                        

Please fill in the order form above and attach to a paper bag.

One order form per child per bag please.

The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen will still take lunch orders with your child in the morning plus over the counter sales at recess and lunchtime, as is the current arrangement.


Dear Parents,

The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen is now also available online.

To order online please go to Quicklinks on our Website:

The cut off time for ordering by this method is 8.30am each day.

If you press the CDF pay button it will take you to the setting up screen. Each family can sign up with their own email and password. Just follow the prompts.

Information is also attached.

To Order Tuesdays special please click on Summer Menu, Tuesday and then Standard Packages.  Enjoy!!

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you need any assistance on 9551 1150.


St Mark's Carol's Night 

Thank you to all the families who came along to support our Carol's Night it was a great night, enjoyed by all.


Silent Auction Item

Dear Parents unfortunately this item (A signed Geelong Football) has just arrived and we would like you to bid  for a chance to win this fantastic  signed football from Geelong Football Club, for yourselves or a gift for someone special for Christmas.

Please click on the link to go to our FaceBook  page where you can bid.

'Bag it and Bring it'


Have you done, or looking to do a clean-up of old clothes at home?  If so, did you know we have a clothes recycling bin in our Parents Room?  We receive a payment from Australian Waste Savers for all clothes collected over the year.  If you can't enter the Parents Room before school, enter through the library.

Office/Library News 



This week week is the start of getting the books back. So please return your books to the library so we are able to locate lost books and make any necessary repairs.

Cafe books need to start coming back the week of the 10thDecember.

Please kept reminding children to bring back they books. Each week I will give out overdue notices. 
Books can be dropped into the return box in the library or left in the trolleys in the classrooms. 
Please see me in the library if there are any problems with overdue books.
Thank you

Sue Hovell

Library Technician.


School Fees

Thank you to all those families that have paid their school fees or organised for regular payments. 

Statements showing outstanding fees have been sent home.  Unless you have made an arrangement with the school please pay the school fees immediately.  


If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office to arrange a meeting with the Principal, Debbie Darvell. 

Thank you. 




The Uniforms for 2019 Foundation Children are now available to be purchased from the Uniform shop. 


Tuesday 11th December New student uniforms can be collected from the hall from 9.15am - 10am.


Please go to St Mark's website if you need to order online.



162 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong

Phone: 9794 8775


Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm

Wednesdays Closed.

Saturday: 10am to 1pm.


LOST PROPERTY is located in the Parents Room. 

Please check lost property if you are missing items.  Many of the items cannot be returned as they are unnamed.  Please ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s full name. 


Uniforms not collected will be donated to the Secondhand Uniform Shop.







Music Lessons


Face Book

St Mark's are now on Facebook

Click here to like our page

Parents we have installed an ICON on the schools website to link into Facebook.

     ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Reflect & Celebrate"
Payment Forms 2018.pdf
Term 4 Canteen.pdf
Sushi Order (3).pdf
Sushi Order (3).pdf
Parent Guide - CDF Canteen.pdf