St Paul's School Newsletter

13 February 2020
Issue Three
From the Principal...
Important Dates
From the School Office ...
Student Wellbeing
What's On at St Paul's...
Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria
Community Notices
School Car Park Map
Transition Information
School Uniform Shop
Child Safe Standards
St Paul's Primary School
03 9756 7201
59 Moores Road
Monbulk, Victoria, 3793

From the Principal...




Dear Families,


It was a pleasure to receive the news this week regarding the appointment of a new Priest to the Parish of St Thomas More's Belgrave - Fr Anthony Cruz.  The St Thomas More's Parish includes churches at St Paul's in Monbulk, St Joseph's in Emerald, Sacred Heart Church in Gembrook and St Clare's in Mt Dandenong.  We are part of a very large Parish!  Fr Anthony is presently Assistant Priest at St Francis of Assisi Parish, Mill Park & South Morang.  As of Tuesday 25 February, Fr Anthony will lead our Parish and we look forward to welcoming him into our community.

Open Water Learning Experience & Sink or Swim

We are very much looking forward to our whole school excursion tomorrow to Aspendale Beach.  Our Year 3-6 students will participate in the "Open Water Learning Experience" program from 10.30am - 12.30pm, and our Year P-2 students will participate in the "Sink or Swim" program from 11.00am - 12.00pm.  There will be time throughout the day for students to play on the beach which is fantastic for their wellbeing.  The cost of the program is fully funded by the Monbulk and District Bendigo Bank for which we are extremely grateful!  The list of items that students need to bring is on CareMonkey.  

We encourage those parents that wish to come along to drive down to Aspendale Beach SLSC - Groves Street, Aspendale.  The parking is limited and Groves Street is small, but on my risk assessment visit (on my way to the St Kilda v Bulldogs AFLW match!), I noticed that Aspendale train station is opposite the entrance to Groves Street and there is parking nearby on the main roads and in side streets.


Please note:

  • Please ensure all belongings are named!
  • If you child is absent tomorrow, please call the office prior to 8:45am to let us know.
  • Students - please wear bathers under the SPORT uniform to school tomorrow.
  • Students are permitted to use their school bag to bring their items OR they can use a named back pack and leave their school bag at home for the day.
  • Please apply sunscreen before students arrive at school.
  • At the conclusion of the program, parents in attendance are permitted to sign their child out from the class teacher and take them directly home if they wish to do so. 
  • Without written permission (email) we can not allow parents to sign out other people's children. If you wish for your child to come home with another parent you must email the class teacher.  This email will need to be sent today.  Thank you.
  • Teachers will not be on emails tomorrow.  There will be staff members in the school office to take any phone calls and get messages to teachers if necessary.
  • Michael will have the school mobile phone with him.  The number is: 0427 760 317
  • If you do intend to come along and assist  please ensure you have followed our volunteer compliance as outlined below.  Thank you.
  • We expect to return to school between 2:30 and 2:45pm approximately.

CHILD SAFE STANDARDS: Volunteering at St Paul's

Volunteers are vital for the life of a school, and our doors are always open to parents.  The Ministerial Order No. 870 Child Safe Standards were introduced as legislation in 2016.  Under these regulations the compliance for volunteers has increased.  


If you are thinking of taking on the very important role of volunteering within our school, we ask that you read the following information carefully.  We place a high value on our volunteers, who are integral to the St Paul's experience for our students and provide an important link to the community.  


The school takes child safety very seriously and in order to volunteer at our school, the following steps need to be adhered to:


1.    Provide the office with a copy of your current Working With Children Check card (or VIT Card if you are a teacher). Please note, no adult is able to volunteer at our school without a current WWCC card.

2.    Read and complete the "2020 Engaging Volunteers - Child Safe Standards" eForm sent via Care Monkey.


Please note that even if you have completed the above in previous years, you are required to do so again for the 2020 school year. If you have any questions with respect to the above, please don’t hesitate to contact the office for help.  We hope that you enjoy the time you spend volunteering with St Paul's, and we thank you in advance for your contribution to our school.


At St Paul's we use Seesaw as a means for creating a portfolio of student learning.  Seesaw is an online application (app) that gives parents a real-time glimpse into their child's learning.  Teachers upload photos of students at work, and also samples of their work, for parents to view, like and comment.


For Students...

Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning with built-in creative tools, and provides an authentic audience for their work.

For Families...

Seesaw gives families an immediate and personalized window into their child’s learning, and makes communication with teachers seamless.

For Teachers...

Seesaw saves time on organisation and parent communication, makes formative assessment easy, and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills.


Our IT Technician - Steve - is working hard to roll over student Seesaw accounts from 2019 and update them to 2020.  Steve works at St Paul's on Wednesdays, and he will have our accounts ready as soon as possible.

When the 2020 student accounts are available, parents will be notified by the classroom teachers and you can then join your child's Seesaw portfolio - thanks for your patience!

Positive Action Agreement for a Safe School

St Paul's stands for the wellbeing of every child.  A strength at St Paul's is our behaviour management and support strategies.  The policy we use is titled "Positive Action Agreement for a Safe School" and when we discuss this policy with families and students we call this our PAASS document.

The PAASS document outlines the steps we take to support students in their choices around behaviour.  It is important to us as a staff that students and parents are aware of this document, know it, and understand what it contains.  Teachers are working through the PAASS document in class with students.  Very soon every family will be sent a copy of the 2020 PAASS document via Care Monkey and you are asked to read and acknowledge the document.  This way, we are all 'on the same page', and we can maintain a safe and nurturing environment in the best interests of student learning and wellbeing.

Prayer Gathering Assembly

This Tuesday, at 2.10pm, we will hold our Prayer Gathering Assembly in the Church and we invite parents to join us.  A highlight of this week's assembly will be the presentation of our Semester 1 SRC representatives.

Parents and Friends (P&F) - ALL WELCOME!

All parents at St Paul's are members of the Parents and Friends (P&F).  We have an executive group that includes Jacqui Cook as our P&F President,  with Sally Zylinski (Vice President), Tameka Groen (Treasurer) and Nicole Osborne (Secretary). The P&F is responsible for our fundraising initiatives for which we are very grateful.  Our P&F are always looking for assistance!

On Friday 21 February at 2.00pm, our P&F will hold a "Meet and Greet" as their first meeting.  Unfortunately I am at Professional Learning Conference that day, but I really encourage anyone interested in being a part of the P&F and sharing your ideas to go along.  ANYONE and EVERYONE is invited and warmly welcome.  This will be held in the school/church foyer.

Reminder:  2020 Student Levies - due 21 February

At St Paul’s we are mindful of keeping our fees as low as possible and we will always work with families to ensure you can access the high quality education delivered here.  In consultation with the 2019 School Advisory Board the 2020 school fees were set and advised to families by letter dated 12 November 2019.  Please click here to review this letter.


All families should have received their 2020 School Fee Statement via email mid-January.  If you have not yet received your statement, please notify the school.  For those families wishing to set up a periodic direct debit payment plan, please visit the school office.


School Fee Due Dates for 2020:

  • 21 February                   Student levies  
  • 26 June                            Year 6 Camp
  • 18 September               Balance of school fee account

These due dates apply for families that are not on a periodic payment plan.  If you hold a Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC), please provide a copy to the school office as you may be eligible for fee discounts.

Parent Teacher Transition Interviews

Parent Teacher Transition Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26 February.  Booking details will be sent home very soon.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  School will finish at 1.00pm on 26 February

School Closure Day

Our Term 1 School Closure Day is on Friday 6 March.  There is no school for students on Friday 6 March.  Staff will be engaged in professional learning around intervention and updating our anaphylaxis training.

Fitness Friday Walk to School - No staff tomorrow

Due to tomorrow's whole school excursion to Aspendale Beach there will be no staff are attending 'Fitness Friday' from Woolworths.  

Kind Regards,





Michael Watt


Important Dates

St Paul's Community Calendar
Please be aware that dates can change. 
We recommend checking the dates on our
Live Calendar found at:




Thursday 13 

OPEN DAY - School Tour at 9.30am 

Friday 14

Open Water Learning Experience (OWLE) - Aspendale Beach

Tuesday 18

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Wednesday 19

No school for Prep students

Friday 21

Welcome - Meet & Greet New P&F Members - 2.00pm  (All Welcome)

Due date:  Student Levies 

Tuesday 25

Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 26 - Ash Wednesday

Parent teacher Transition Interviews - SCHOOL FINISHES AT 1.00pm

No school for Prep students

Thursday 27

World of Maths - incursion

Friday 28 

Hot Lunch Day

Prep Taster Day - Library Storytime @ 9.30am

Working Bee - 3.15 to 5.45pm

Saturday 29

Emerald BBQ


Tuesday 3

Open Day

Friday 6


Monday 9

Labour Day Public Holiday

Thursday 12

Mater Christi Taster Day - Year 4 girls

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Prep Taster Day - Experience Italy @ 9.30am

Wednesday 18

P&F AGM - 2.00pm

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Wednesday 25

Open Day

Friday 27

Hot Lunch Day

Prep Taster Day - Backyard Blitz @ 9.30am

Last Day of Term 1


Friday 10 - Monday 13


Tuesday 14

Term 2 commences

Friday 24

Prep Taster Day - Science Fair @ 9.30am


Friday 8

Mother's Day Breakfast

Mother's Day Stall

Saturday 9

Emerald BBQ

Friday 15

Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday 20

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm


Friday 5

Sushi Friday

Saturday 6

Working Bee - 8.30 to 11.00am

Friday 19

School Disco

Wednesday 24

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 26

Hot Lunch Day 

Free Dress Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Due date:  Year 6 Camp payment

Last day of Term 2


Monday 13

Term 3 commences


Tuesday 4

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 7

Hot Lunch Day

Saturday 15

Emerald BBQ

Friday 28

Sushi Friday


Friday 4

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day Stall

Tuesday 8

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 18

Footy Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Hot Lunch Day

Due date:  Balance of school fee account

Last day of Term 3


Friday 16

Working Bee - 3.15 to 5.45pm

Wednesday 21

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 23

Hot Lunch Day


Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Saturday 21

Emerald BBQ


Friday 4

Hot Lunch Day


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Saturday 13


From the School Office ...

Did you know ... ?

You can find information on the following on this page:

  • School Fees 2020
  • Fee Support for Families
  • Uniform Shop
  • Secondhand Uniform Shop
  • FlexiBuzz App
  • CareMonkey
  • Conveyance Allowance
  • PTV - School Bus Management System
  • Student Banking
  • CDF Pay - Online School Shop

2020 School Fees

All families should have received their 2020 School Fee Statement via email mid-January.  If you have not yet received your statement, please notify the school.  For those families wishing to set up a direct debit payment plan, please visit the school office.


School Fee Due Dates for 2020:

  • 21 February                   Student levies  
  • 26 June                            Year 6 Camp
  • 18 September               Balance of school fee account

Fee Support for Families

Do you have a valid Concession Card or Health Care Card (HCC)?

If so, you could be entitled to financial support in the form of:

1.  Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 

The CSEF is a state government funded scheme to assist eligible families with payments for their child’s camps, sports, and excursion activities run by their school. To be eligible, parents must hold a valid means-tested concession card, see further information on the flyer below.

  • Families who received CSEF support in 2019 do not need to re-apply as the application will remain active for 2020.  However, if you have an additional student who has commenced school this year you will need to contact the office to add them to your application.
  • If you have not received CSEF support in the past and are unsure as to whether you qualify please contact the school office to discuss eligibility and/or to request an Application form.

The payment for primary age children is $125 per child and is made directly to the school.  The payments are tied to the student, and can only be allocated to applicable school activities.


2.  Health Care Card Holder Discounts

Please note holders of valid and current Australian Government Health Care/Concession Cards may also be eligible for fee relief of $500 towards school fees/levies for the current year.  If you have any queries or feel you may be eligible, please contact the school office.


The Catholic System also provides additional funding to the school, per eligible child. The funds for this additional support are provided by Catholic Education Melbourne and can be used to provide a portion of additional fee relief for eligible families.

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Our secondhand uniform shop is managed by Kylie Storer with items being purchased by gold coin donation in cash OR now also via CDF Pay.  If you are looking for items of secondhand uniform please feel free to text Kylie on 0430 546 611 with your wish list or to arrange a mutually convenient time to search through the stock for items that you require. 


The secondhand uniform shop welcomes donations of St Paul's current school uniform which is still in good condition and for which you no longer have a need.  Please feel free to leave donations at the school office.

FlexiBuzz - Our School App

A reminder to ensure you have downloaded our school app to your mobile device, otherwise you may be missing important school reminders.


Care Monkey

Please ensure you login to Care Monkey to update the Student Profiles for your children—it is essential that we have current medical, contact and family details for all students to ensure our information is always up to date. 

Conveyance Allowance

  • If you are currently receiving Conveyance Allowance there is no need to re-apply unless you have an additional student who has commenced school this year. 
  • If you are not sure whether you qualify for Conveyance Allowance but believe you may be eligible please contact the school office to discuss eligibility or to request an Application form.


School Bus Management System (SBMS)

The school bus is managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) via the School Bus Management System (SBMS).  If you have any questions or wish to apply for a place on the school bus, please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit the PTV website:  



Student Banking


CDF Pay - School Payment System


Student Wellbeing

Back into school routine

As we approach the end of our second full week back at school, some families may be noticing a change in their child/ren behaviour. After being on a long holiday break, our children are now having to settle back into the routine of school life (eating at set times, toilet breaks, working together, etc). These first few weeks can be tough, especially for our little ones. I love this little quote! 

Be your child's safe place. Stay tuned for tips in our newsletter on ways to help your child to regulate their emotions and be safe.

Respectful Relationships

This week we began our journey to implement Rights Responsibilities and Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is an initiative to support schools promote and model respect and equality. It also supports educators to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Taking a whole-school approach is about embedding a culture of respect and​ equality across an entire school community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. 

This program will working together with our Social Emotional Learning approach, which includes Berry Street Education Model.


Safe Internet Use Day

Tuesday 11th February was Safer Internet Day. Our focus this week was 'Cyber Safety'. User agreements were discussed and shared this week. 

Take a look at this link for support around safer internet use.


Berry Street Education Model


Body- Mindfulness, Self Regulation

Relationship- Personal power, Friendships

Stamina- Growth Mindset, Resilience, Emotions

Engagement- Goal setting, Brain Breaks, Problem Solving

Character- Values, Strengths, Gratitude


Positive Action Agreement for Safe School

During the coming week our PAASS document will be sent via CareMonkey. Please have a conversation with your child/ren about this document and what they have explored in class.

The Prep students will bring home a hard copy as well. If you would like a hard copy of the student version, please email


What's On at St Paul's...




Throughout the year your child will bring home Scholastic Book Club catalogues.   Our school receives 20% of the total orders in free books for our library.  The first issue for 2020 has been sent home with orders due by Friday 13 February.   Orders can be placed online or by completing the attached order form and returning it to the school office via the classroom black tubs.

If you have any questions regarding Book Club or require any help registering for the "LOOP" online ordering please contact Sally Moody on 0400 269 235.



Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria

Youth Leadership Victoria


Youth Leadership Victoria is a community and child focused, not for profit, Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care provider that runs across 33 schools in Victoria.

YLV is 100% Australian based and operated and have over 17 years of experience in delivering high quality programs for primary school aged children.



St Paul's Primary School

59 Moores Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793



Before School Care:  Permanent bookings only

After School:   3:15pm - 6:15pm Monday - Friday

Bookings & Enrolments:

Phone:     8790 6511



Out of School Hours Care 


Community Notices


For Sale - MLMC Uniform Items


Seeking Italian Tutor

A local family are looking for an Italian Tutor for 1 hour per fortnight to provide assistance, particularly with oral language practise, for their child who is currently in Year 9.

If interested, please contact 0429 352 829.





Thank you Bendigo Bank for your support 


Thank you MRE Property Marketing for your support


School Car Park Map


Transition Information


Transition to Primary School



Transition to Secondary School


School Uniform Shop

Secondhand Uniform Shop

We are still running our secondhand uniform shop at school.  All items are sold by gold coin donation, payable in cash or now also via CDF Pay, our online school shop.

If you are looking to purchase any items from the secondhand uniform shop please text Kylie Storer (0430 546 611) with your wish list or queries.


If you would like to donate any good quality items of school uniform that you no longer need, please drop them into the school office.

Child Safe Standards

The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic education.  St Paul's is committed to the care, safety and wellbeing of all young people.


St Paul's School Newsletter
Child Safety Policy (2).pdf
Child Safety Code of Conduct (2).pdf