St Paul's School Newsletter

05 March 2020
Issue Six
From the Principal...
Important Dates
From the School Office ...
What's On at St Paul's...
Student Wellbeing
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,

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.  Running through the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion is an extraordinary, ongoing  demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace. It is the lifeblood of Caritas Australia.

Last week the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, which also marked the beginning of the 2020 Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Each family will receive a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes for their donations or you can donate online via our website at

Let’s Go Further, Together

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We had scheduled for our First Reconciliation Family Workshop to take place last night, however due to unforeseen circumstances, we have now moved the date:

  • First Reconciliation Family Workshop: Monday, 23 March beginning at 3.00pm.  The workshop will be held in St Paul's Church.
  • The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will take place on Wednesday 22 April from 3.30-5.30pm in the Church. 

For any queries, please contact our Religious Education Leader, Irene Haritos:

Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist

Other dates to be aware of with regard to Sacraments are as follows:

  • Confirmation Family Workshop: Wednesday 29 April from 3.30-4.30, St Paul's Church
  • Confirmation Ceremony: Saturday 23 May at 3.00pm, St Paul's Church
  • First Eucharist Family Workshop: Wednesday 15 July from 3.30-4.30pm , St Paul's Church
  • First Eucharist Ceremony: Sunday 30 August at 11.00am, St Paul's Church

Thanks to our amazing families ...

Our school is so lucky to have such supportive parents. You give up your time and talents in so many ways to regularly support your children, our students, in such a positive way. On behalf of the staff and students of St Paul’s I am overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit that I see so regularly during our many events, as well evidenced in the last week alone - THANK YOU!



Last Friday we held our first working bee for this year. We achieved a lot in just over 2 hours including sorting out junk and rubbish, as well as a significant amount of weeding and tidying of the Kitchen Garden.  We are grateful to the following families that attended: Milikins, de Wit, Osborne, Zylinski, Rademaker, Conway-Lee, Browitt, Koole, Gardner, Kempster and Klages - Thank you!


Emerald BBQ

Last Saturday was our first Emerald BBQ for 2020.  We are very fortunate to be able to run a sausage sizzle at Emerald meats where the sausages are donated by Alan and Joy Mills.  We thank the families
that ran the BBQ, generously donating their time - Rubio, Gardner, Chandler and Brown — Thank you!


Hot Lunch Day

Last Friday we had our first Hot Lunch Day for the year. The staff and children appreciate the efforts of Carla and Tameka, supported by a number of other parents, who do a tremendous amount of work to make these days happen.  Hot Lunch Days are always highly anticipated by the children (and the Principal!!) - Thank you!

Sad News

We were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Lui Guidice’s mother, Gabi's (Year 6) Nonna. I am sure you will keep the Guidice family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Child Safety: Changes to Privacy Legislation –Child Information Sharing Scheme

In light of the findings arising from the Royal Commission into Family Violence, on 1 September 2020 changes to the current privacy legislation will take effect with the introduction of the Child Information Sharing Scheme (“CISS”).

At the moment, Child Safe Standards and privacy, reportable conduct and mandatory reporting legislation whilst all having similar objectives, act independently from one another. The introduction of CISS will allow for a more centralised approach to information sharing and reporting with respect to the wellbeing and safety of children.
The purpose of these changes is to promote the wellbeing and safety of children by sharing information in order to better inform an action such as providing a service, undertaking an investigation or managing a risk.

What’s new from September 2020?
From September 2020 organisations such as schools, kindergartens and Out of School Hours Care will become authorised Information Sharing Entities (“ISE”). This will enable them to share information with existing ISE’s such as Child Protection, Maternal and Child Health Services and DHS etc, without being in breach of any privacy legislation. More information with respect to the upcoming changes can be found at

Mini Monbulkers

At last Tuesday's Prayer Gathering we presented each Year 6 student with their "Mini Monbulkers" badge and recognised the group as our Social Justice Leaders for 2020. Mini Monbulkers introduces children to social justice issues and to living faith through action. 

Mini Monbulkers is a program designed for students who are interested in social justice and each Year 6 is invited to be a part of it. Miss Paula leads and guides the Mini Monbulkers students, and along with the support of Miss Boyd, students initiate ideas to help those in need within their school, local or international community.


School Advisory Board

While the provision of a school environment that supports the Catholic ethos is largely the responsibility of the Parish Priest, Principal and school staff, school boards play a significant role in supporting the spiritual and educational welfare of students. They do this through their contribution to the development of school plans and policies and their participation in activities that uphold the mission of Catholic education as expressed in the vision of the school. In realising this vision the School Advisory Board aims to: 

  • act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the school
  • support the provision of Catholic education in the parish by providing a link to the school community
  • promote the role of community in the life of the school.

The specific functions of the Board include:

  • promoting and supporting the Catholic ethos of the school
  • involvement in policy review and development
  • contributing to setting objectives for the school year
  • engaging in local promotion of the school
  • communicating with parents and the school’s parent groups

The next planned meeting, the AGM (Annual General Meeting), is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March. At the AGM, some members will deliver an annual report. The AGM normally provides the opportunity for
some current members to stand down while enabling new members to join.  Interested parents can nominate by filling in the electronic nomination form below. There are vacancies on the School Advisory Board and we are looking for at least 2 parents to join the School Advisory Board.  Meetings begin at 7:00pm and the dates are on our school calendar, please consider joining if you can.  CLICK HERE to be taken to the nomination form.  

For more information contact myself or a current member of the School Advisory Board: Sally Zylinski (Chairperson), Cara Kirby (Secretary), Troy Czaja, Mariske deWit or Mary Larkin.


Division Swimming

We congratulate our Division Swim team on their efforts at yesterday's championships held at Aquanation:

Evie - 9/10 age - freestyle/breaststroke

Hector  - 12/13 age - backstroke

Kristian - 9/10 age - freestyle

Grace - 11 age - freestyle

9/10 Girls freestyle relay- Ella, Maya Mahaliah, Evie

11 Girls freestyle relay - Grace, Caitlin, Tess, Antoinette 

We look forward to posting the results in next week's newsletter.

AFL Footy is not far away!

Brad Trinnick has once again kindly set up an online 'friendly' St Paul's Footy tipping Comp for the AFL season.  Get amongst it! 

Good luck and GO SAINTS!

2020 Prep Taster Days

Last Friday we had our first Taster Day session.  Prep taster day sessions are designed to give young children 'a taste' of school.  We advertise our Taster Days in the kinders, right throughout the community, in newspapers and on social media.  All 3yo, 4yo and 5yo pre-school children are invited.  Each session has a different theme, or 'flavour'.  Our next Taster Day is "Experience Italy" where Signora Lepore will give the pre-schoolers a taste of Italian!   The program aligns with our values around family belonging, connectedness, building community, student wellbeing and transition programming.  We thank all those staff that are involved, and particularly Stephenie Peels for running the session last week. 

Open Days

St Paul's has had two Open Mornings thus far for parents intending to enrol their children in 2021 and beyond. Our final Open Day will be held on Wednesday 25 March, with a tour at 9:30am. If you know of anyone considering enrolling their children at St Paul’s, please invite them along to the tour. Alternatively, they can take a school tour at any other time, by arrangement. Remember, the greatest form of school promotion/marketing is ‘Word of Mouth’. 

School Closure Day: Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a School Closure Day.  The entire staff will be at school engaged in Professional Learning around our Intervention Framework and updating our Anaphylaxis Training.


Have a sensational long weekend, we'll see you back at school on Tuesday.

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:




Friday 6

SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - No school for students

Monday 9

Labour Day Public Holiday

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Thursday 12

Mater Christi Taster Day - Year 4 girls

Prep 2020 Information and Pizza Night 5.30 - 7.30pm

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Prep Taster Day - Experience Italy @ 9.30am

Wednesday 18

P&F AGM - 2.00pm

School Advisory Board AGM - 7.00-8.30pm

Monday 23

First Reconciliation Family Workshop @ 3.00pm - St Paul's Church

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

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

Wednesday 29

Confirmation Family Workshop:  3.30-4.30pm - St Paul's Church 


Friday 8

Mother's Day Breakfast

Mother's Day Stall

Saturday 9

Emerald BBQ

Monday 11

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Friday 15

Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday 20

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Saturday 23

Confirmation Ceremony:  3.00pm - St Paul's Church


Monday 1

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 5

Sushi Friday

Saturday 6

Working Bee - 8.30 to 11.00am

Friday 19

School Disco

Monday 22

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

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

Wednesday 15

First Eucharist Family Workshop:  3.30-4.30pm - St Paul's Church 


Monday 3

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Tuesday 4

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 7

Hot Lunch Day

Saturday 15

Emerald BBQ

Monday 24

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 28

Sushi Friday

Sunday 30

First Eucharist Ceremony:  11.00am - St Paul's Church


Friday 4

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day Stall

Tuesday 8

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Monday 14

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

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

Monday 19

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 21

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 23

Hot Lunch Day


Monday 9

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Saturday 21

Emerald BBQ

Monday 30

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm


Friday 4

Hot Lunch Day




Saturday 13


From the School Office ...

Student levies now due

Please note that all Student Levies are now past due.

Thank you to those families who have already made payment.  For those yet to do so, and who do not have a current payment plan in place, we would appreciate your attention to payment as soon as possible.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship and payment of school fees or levies is causing difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Watt or the school office.


Did you know ... ?

You can find lots of helpful information on this page including:

  • 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.

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


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

The World of Maths

On Thursday 27th February, all classes took part in an interactive maths incursion with “The World of Maths”. The Prep-Year 3 students attended the first session and the Years 4-6 students attended the second session.

The students worked in groups of three to complete seventeen large, colourful displays that had instructions and questions from different areas of the Maths curriculum such as number, space, measurement, chance/data, logical thinking and sequencing.

The focus of the day was not only on the maths content covered by each task, but provided an opportunity for guided discovery, where the students cooperated to solve a variety of problems, discover number patterns, identify geometric properties, think logically and apply mathematics to the physical world.

There was an excited and task-focused buzz in the room throughout both sessions, with lots of wonderful mathematical thinking and discussions on display. Well done to all students for all making each session a wonderful experience for everyone involved.

Cathie Vermeer



Italian Awards
Premi italiani

Signora Lepore is always on the lookout for students that demonstrate our Values.  We align our Italian Awards to our school values of Respect, Courage, Wisdom and Knowledge, Justice, Responsibility.  The following students received Italian awards at our last Prayer Gathering for displaying examples of COURAGE: Lachlan, Grace, Benji, Jetta, Eva

La signora Lepore è sempre alla ricerca di studenti che dimostrino i nostri valori. Allineamo i nostri Premi italiani ai valori della nostra scuola: rispetto, coraggio, saggezza e conoscenza, giustizia, responsabilità. I seguenti studenti hanno ricevuto premi italiani durante il nostro ultimo incontro di preghiera per aver mostrato esempi di CORAGGIO: Lachlan, Grace, Benji, Jetta, Eva







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.




Student Wellbeing

Values Awards

The following students received Values awards at our last Prayer Gathering for displaying examples of COURAGE:  Lola, Kristian, Brooke, Morgan, Lucas, Jesse, Henry, Jessica, Caleb, Olivia


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



After School Care:   3:15pm - 6:15pm Monday to 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
1.2 Advisory Board Constitution.pdf
NL5 2020-Student-Residential-Address-Parents-Notice.pdf
Child Safety Policy (2).pdf
Child Safety Code of Conduct (2).pdf