Inside St Therese's

04 September 2018
Issue Twenty-seven
From the Principal...
RE News
School News
Dates to Remember
St Therese's Primary School
(03) 5996 7525
131 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal...

Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s,


I hope that all the Fathers had a terrific Father’s Day on Sunday.


I was lucky enough to attend one of the Masses at St Agatha’s over the weekend and enjoyed Father Joseph's homily about fatherhood. He explained, that to become a father requires a choice and that choice may be made quickly or could take many years. However, once the choice has been made to become a father, there is no going back. Once a father, there is no choice but to be a father! How true. The following is a hilarious job description for a parent taken from Please read and enjoy!


Thank you to the teachers last week for setting up, cooking and sharing breakfast with the dads from St Therese’s school. It was an absolute pleasure seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as they proudly brought their dads in for a bacon and egg roll and cuppa and the smiles of the dads as they lovingly spent time with their children before many of them had to head off to work. Thank you to the mums who organised and helped at the Father’s Day stall. I hope that you all had very happy Father’s Day and enjoyed spending time with your families.



Grandparents / Book Week Day was also celebrated last week.

It was very well attended and the children wore some excellent and well thought out costumes. Thanks to the parents who helped their children with their dressups! We had super heros, some Wallys, anime characters, fairy tale characters and many others. There was a distinctly nautical theme with many of the teachers dressing as pirates. The parade was great and Captain Cowan entertained us all with his infamous pirate jokes.  The Book Fair stall was very successful with many grandparents buying up big for their grandchildren!


Book Week is always an excellent reminder about the importance of reading to and with our children. The gift of becoming literate through learning to read is one of the best things we can do for our children. Please encourage your child to read regularly and provide them with books they are interested in. This will not only help them learn to read but it will instill in them a love of reading!


NAPLAN results are coming home today.

Earlier this year, children in Year Three and Five sat the NAPLAN tests. Today, your child will bring home their NAPLAN report. Overall, the results have been positive and the trend of the St Therese’s NAPLAN suggests that learning outcomes are improving steadily. Please understand that NAPLAN is only one measure of your child’s academic progress and needs to be looked at with other forms of school data, such as school reports. If you are concerned by the results your child has received, please speak to your child’s teacher.


Student Conversations are to be held this week on Wednesday 4th September.

We have asked that children be collected from school by 1:30pm on this day. The conversations will begin at 2:30pm and conclude at 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity for your child to reflect and share on their learning so far this year.  It is imperitive that the children attend these learning conversations as they will be leading the discussion.


Child Safety is extremely important to us!

Ensuring that each child is safe while they are at school is a key focus for all staff at St Therese’s. One of the ways we are addressing safety is through enforcing drop off and pick up times. The gates will not open until 8:30am in the mornings as we do not have staff on duty to supervise children until this time. After school, children are to be collected by 3:45pm. If you are going to be late, please phone the office to inform the administration staff so that we can organise extra supervision for them. If you require child care prior to 8:30am and after 3:45pm please organise Before and/or After School Care with Merinda Park Community Centre. Thank you to the parents who are working in partnership with the school on this matter, it is most appreciated!


The Child Safe policy has been revised and is attached to this newsletter. Please take the time to read the policy. If you require it to be translated please let us know and this can be organised for you. The policy explains the seriousness of Child Safety and the fact that as teachers we are mandated by law to report to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) if a reasonable belief is formed that a child is not safe or is not being adequately protected by their caregiver.

Last week, I met with all the Year Five students to discuss the important role they will have in 2019 when they become the student leaders of our school. They are very excited to be given more responsibility as leaders and they have some terrific ideas about how they can positively influence the younger students. I am looking forward to working with the Year Six students of 2019! Please remember to order their personalised polo tops and senior rugby tops before the end of term.  


I hope that you all have a lovely week!


Yours in partnership,

Michelle Bruitzman


RE News

First Holy Communion

Please keep in your prayers those students celebrating their First Holy Communion.

9th September at 2:00pm - Joshua B, Darcy C,

Trinon G, Liam P and Natalie R

16th September at 2:00pm - Meleesha D, Rhianna F, Eva O, Lachlan R, Isaac R and Jessica X



Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


School News

Principal Award

Congratulations to Harshita Neelon from 4E on your Principal's Award


St Therese's Primary School - Footy Day

Come dressed in your Footy Day supporter gear on Friday, September 21 - Last day of Term 3.  Please see attached Footy Day Flyer for all other information.



Thank you to for their ongoing support of our fundraisers.



We’ve been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Casey this September!

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100.

We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Casey during September for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation.


It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support! You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Casey Casey Central, Corner Narre Warren Cranbourne Road and Littlecroft Avenue, Narre Warren



Book Club

Book Club is due this Friday, September 7.




Dates to Remember


Tuesday 4 September

7:00pm - Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday 5 September

2:30pm - 8:00pm - Student Conversations

Students need to be picked up at 1:30pm

Sunday 9 September

2:00pm - First Holy Communion Ceremonies at St Agatha's Church

Monday 10 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Wednesday 12 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Thursday 13 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Friday 14 September

St Peter's Year Five Orientation

Year Four Polly Woodside Excursion

Sunday 16 September

2:00pm - First Holy Communion Ceremonies at St Agatha's Church

Monday 17 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Tuesday 18 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Wednesday 19 September

Divisional Athletics

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Thursday 20 September

Year Three - Six Swimming Program


Friday 21 September

Footy Day

Year Three - Six Swimming Program

Last Day of Term Three - 3:30pm Finish


Monday 8 October

First Day of Term Four

Wednesday 10 October

St Therese's Feast Day

2:30pm Whole School Mass

Inside St Therese's
Child Protection and Safety Policy.docx
Child Protection and Safety Policy.pdf
Footy Day Flyer 2018.pdf
Book Club Issue 6 2018.pdf
Parish Bulletin 260818.pdf
Parish Bulletin 020318.pdf