St James Newsletter

16 July 2018
Term Three, Week One           ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Student News
  P & F Newsletter
Useful Forms
After School Care
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Sat 14     First Eucharist 6pm  SJM

Sun 7      First Eucharist  8.45am,   11.15am   SJM

Mon 16   First day of Term

                  P & F Morning Tea

Sat 21     First Eucharist  6pm  SJM

Sun 22    First Eucharist   11.15am  SJM


Tues 24  ICAS English

Wed 25   Feast of St James

                  Mass  9am

                 Mini Mission Fete

                 Division AFL Boys and Girls Final

Fri 27      Division Girls and Mixed Netball Finals 

Sun 29    Parish Family Mass   9.45am  SJM

Tues 31   School Review commences

                   Girls AFL Carnival Day (Yr 5 & 6)



Sat 4     First Eucharist   6pm  SJM

Sun 5    First Eucharist  11.15am  SJM

Mon 6    P & F Morning Tea

Tues 7   Pastoral Care Meeting

Wed 8    Feast of Mary of The Cross

Thurs 9   ICAS Maths

Fri  10     Food Day

Mon 13    P & F Meeting   9am

                   Athletics Meeting - Yrs 4 - 6 Proclamation Park

Wed 15    Feast of the Assumption



Sun 2   Fathers' Day

Mon 3     School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development


St James Community Calendar

(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates on the left for confirmation)

Principal's Post

Dear Families

Welcome back to Second Semester at St James!

I hope all families were able to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the break. I know many families actually left the state or the country to get away from our Melbourne weather.

Our weather was beautiful on Saturday morning when I attended  Auskick here at St James. Apart from being “conned” into umpiring, what I witnessed was yet another example of our St James community spirit and the many volunteers who so generously give their time for the benefit of our students, lead by the coordinator, Chris Harvey. Some of our older Auskick participants played on the MCG on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully they performed better than the pies!

Feast of St James and Mini Mission Fete:

Next Wednesday we will be celebrating the Feast of St James with Mass commencing at 9am, followed by our Mini Mission Fete from 11.00am - 1.00pm. For those families new to this event, our Year Five and Six students are hosting a variety of stalls selling food and other small goods, as well as running various games, activities and competitions. Students bring money to purchase food and participate in the various activities. All money raised is donated to charities researched and chosen by the Year Five and Six students. The Mini Mission Fete is part of the senior students integrated units of study involving; social justice, economics, service to others, citizenship, mathematics and english.


To give parents an example of how much money to send along; $5 - $10 would be plenty. Many food items and activities are priced between 50 c and $1.00.Please ensure that all money is sent to school in a named purse or wallet.


Next Tuesday is a free dress day. We ask for a donation of 50 cents which will be collected in the morning, used as a float for the stalls and then donated to the charities.


Friends, neighbours and familes are all invited to St James from 11am - 1.00pm to join in the fun and festivities. I’m sure you will be proud of our creative senior students with their various initiatives. Please note that the back gate and small pedestrian gate on Centre Road will be locked. There will be a sign in sheet at the main entrance near the bus shelter. Please ensure all visitors sign in. This is one of our risk management strategies to keep children  safe.

School Reports

Hopefully you found our new reporting format and new reporting system provided a good picture of where your children are at in their learning. We will be seeking feedback on the new reporting system later in the year.

Staffing News

We welcome back Monica DeLeo into Year 2D following an absence due to knee surgery.

We welcome James Sweatman (4C) and Stephen Roberts (4B), pre service teachers from Australian Catholic University. They are both here to put into practice teaching skills they have learnt as they complete their Bachelor of Education.

We also welcome Tiffany Chia and Amy Adams who are here this week for Work Experience.

School Uniform

We encourage all students to wear the correct footwear, jewellery and hair accessories. Please also remember that school shoes are to be worn everyday, except for when there are  sport programs on. We will be strictly reminding all students about this from the first week this term.

Student of the Week Awards

Thank you to parents who have provided feedback on the handing out of our Student of the Week Awards. We are open to receiving feedback in this area and are still in the process of trialling the way we do this.

The change to not emailing parents prior to handing out the awards was initiated because of various reasons, some of which include:

  • That the focus of the awards is on learning and growth. Sometimes this is not finalised until the day before the awards are presented due to the monitoring of students’ genuine effort and achievement

  • Some classes were not receiving awards because the teacher had not emailed parents in time to allow them to attend the Assembly/Prayer Service (reasons for this included illness, offsite professional development, timing of the selection of the recipient)

  • Some parents who were emailed requested that teachers delay the handing out of the award until they could attend a Friday Assembly/Prayer Service

  • Quite a number of students assumed they were receiving an award because they saw their parent in attendance at a Friday Assembly/Prayer Service

  • We would like to acknowledge student achievement and effort in a timely manner for optimum effect


Some feedback we have received on this trial change has been:

  • Disappointment by some parents at not being notified so they can attend the presentation and see their child receive the award

  • Relief by some parents, at not feeling guilty or having to negotiate with their work so as to attend the Assembly/Prayer Service


We will continue to trial some new ideas and suggestions regarding our Student of the Week Awards throughout this term and welcome any further feedback. Various possibilities will be presented to staff ensuring that we keep the focus on the purpose of the awards, which is to acknowledge and encourage optimum learning, effort and achievement.  

Interschool Netball Finals

This Friday we have both the girls and the mixed teams playing in Division Finals at Sportlink in Vermont. Good luck to all players.

Notification of student absences

Please remember that all parents are expected to notify the school if students will be absent by 8.30am on the day.

Education in Faith

St James Feast Day and Mini-Mission Fete

Wednesday 25th July marks the Feast Day of St James. Son of Zebedee and Salome, James was born in Bethsaida, an ancient fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Along with his brother John, James left his life as a fisherman when Jesus called him to be a 'fisher of men'. He was chosen by Jesus to be one of the Twelve Apostles and was given the mission to spread the Gospel. After Jesus' death, James made a pilgrimage to the Iberian Peninsula, the area occupied by Spain and Portugal, to spread the word of Jesus. After establishing the Christian religion in the Spanish region now known as Galicia, he returned to Judaea where he was put to death for his Christian faith. He is considered to be the first apostle to be martyred. After his death, the body of St James was returned to Spain to be buried. He is the patron saint of Spain and of  pilgrims. The scallop shell is one of the most recognised symbols of St James, as it is found on the shores of Galicia.

Parents and carers are invited to join us at 9am on Wednesday 25th July for Mass to celebrate the life of St James and our school, and to be reminded of the ways in which we can actively live out our faith. 

Following Mass, our Mini-Mission Fete will run from 11am-1pm. It is an opportunity for us to highlight our mission to make a difference in others' lives. Our senior students are busy planning for the fete and have decided that all money raised will go to The John Wallis Foundation, The McGrath Foundation and Fight MND. The day will end with an Assembly at 2.30pm, which parents and cares are invited to attend. Please refer to the flyers attached to this week's newsletter for further information.

First Eucharist


Congratulations to Amelia, Harry, Xavier and Trinity who celebrated their First Eucharist with family, friends and parishioners on Sunday. We keep Hudson, Lewis, Raphael, James, Tom, Conor, Sophie, Montana and 

Stephanie in our prayers, as they gather this coming weekend to do the same.  Thanks to everyone who is able to come along to celebrate, especially Kosta who will be receiving a special blessing. 

Term 3 Prayer Services

 You're invited to join us as a school community....

Friday 20th July 9am - Semester 2 SRC and School Captains badges 

Wednesday 25th July 9am - St James Feast Day Mass (Yr 2 hosts)

Wednesday 25th July 2.30pm - Mini-Mission Fete Assembly (Yr 5 hosts)

Wednesday 15th August 12pm- Feast of the Assumption (Yr 1 hosts) 

Friday 31st August 9am- Father's Day (Prep hosts)

Friday 21st September 9am- Yr 6 hosting

Term 3 Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre....

19th July- Yr 2

2nd August- Prep

 9th August- Yr 3

16th August- Yr 6

30th August- Yr 1

20th September- Yr 5

Spotlight on Learning


Students have an updated landing page where they can access all their

Google apps and other great websites.

  Bookmark this site at home so that your children can easily access their Google account .

The old student page will be deleted in two weeks.  

Just a reminder that students need to be signed in with their school email account in order to gain access; mum or dad's email address won't work!

The link to the MMS page (the little robot on the end of the top line) will soon be replaced with a STEMMS page where students can access great websites and games that promote and reinforce digital technology skills, including coding.  Stay tuned.....


Term 3

This Friday, 9am in the Community Centre, local Minister of Parliament, Neil Angus will be visiting St James to present our Semester 2 SRC reps with their badges.


Our Term 3 value is Resilience.

Resilience is the ability to cope and thrive in the face of negative events, challenges or adversity.

Key attributes of resilience include:

  • social competence

  • a sense of agency or responsibility

  • optimism

  • a sense of purpose or hope for the future

  • attachment to family, to school and to learning

  • problem-solving skills

  • effective coping style, pro-social values

  • a sense of self-efficacy

  • positive self-regard.

Research shows that young people with strong social and emotional skills are more likely be resilient.


Parent Hub

Parentline 13 22 89

Parentline is available 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a confidential and anonymous phone counselling service for parents and carers of children and teenagers in Victoria.


Click here for access to CatholicCare

It is a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, they offer a range of programs and services that aim to build and strengthen relationships.


Click here for access to the Student Well-being Hub Website 

It includes sections for parents, teachers and students with practical strategies and resources to support your child's well-being.


Click here for access to Parenting Ideas Blog

It includes articles, testimonials and practical tips on a wide variety of topics.


Click here for access to Parent Shop Blog

It includes interesting articles and testimonials on a wide variety of topics.

Extra Curricular

The Year Five and Six Debating Program.

Last term we invited a member of the Victorian Debating Association to facilitate the Debating Program for our senior students. It was not only a program to build skill in public speaking, but also in the sphere of persuasive language. The program evolved over eight sessions.


Session 1 - Intro to debating: What is a debate? What makes a persuasive speaker? (Introduction to scoring criteria; Matter, Manner and Method)
Session 2 - Speaker roles and debating format
Session 3 - How to prepare a case
Session 4 - Rebutting the Opposition
Session 5 - Line Debates (Brainstorming activity)
Session 6 - Scaffolded topic preparation and Practice Debate
Session 7 - Independent preparation and Debate, including adjudication
Session 8 - Independent preparation and Debate, including adjudication




The program concluded with an family evening, where students delivered debates and adjudicators from the Victorian Debaters’ Association adjudicated.




Thank you to all the wonderful families who looked after our  chooks during the chilly holidays.  We hope you were rewarded with plenty of eggs!





If you would like to care for the chooks on a weekend this term, just email Wendy  and you will be added to the roster.  Email.........   [email protected] 


Eggs can be ordered by sending money in a named envelope to Wendy in the library. 

$5.00 per dozen is a bargain for guaranteed fresh, free-range eggs. 

Place your order now; they're delicious!

Student News

Year 2 Cake Stall


Last term as part of taking action for our inquiry unit Year Two students held an amazing cake stall to raise money for the endangered orangutans whose habitat is being destroyed by mass planting of palm trees. These are used for collection of palm oil which we discovered is in many of the products we use daily in our lives. 

We raised an incredible $440 which has been sent to The Melbourne Zoo to help preserve the habitat of orangutans. 


We also planted a frog bog in the school grounds to build awareness of preserving habitats for our local plants and animals.

Both actions taught us so much about taking care of the world we live in.

-- Year 2VH & 2D

Mini Mission Fete


P & F Newsletter

P & F News

Big Night Out – Major Fundraiser

Have you paid for your silent Auction Item yet? If not please forward your payment ASAP to;

St James Parents and Friends

BSB 083343 Acc Number 515469393


End of Term BBQ

Thank you to our team of BBQ helpers Nicole, Lynette, Christine, Darrin, Sandra and Kath. Another great P&F success!


 Auskick – Thank You

A HUGE thank you to Chris and Jen Harvey for their passion and dedication over the last two years at Auskick. Without dedicated volunteers like Chris and Jen we would be unable to run such a wonderful program at St James. We wish them a wonderful and well deserved holiday!


A big thank you to Monica Powell who generously donated the Jelly Beans Jar to be raffled off at Aucksick.  Tom and Lucy B are the lucky winners! 


Thank you to Jen, Tash, Mario, Dan, Monique, Daniela, Mel , Bron, Winni, and Tom for helping out the last few Saturdays with the Tuckshop.


If you are able to assist with the Auskick Tuckshop please contact

Fabienne Parr–White on Ph 0409 803 878

P&F 2019


After a number of years, Jen and Daniela have decided to step down from running the P&F at the end of 2018.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their time in this role but feel it is time for some other people to take over.  We are therefore reaching out to the St James community for two or three enthusiastic and dedicated people to take over the role of “P&F Team Leaders” in 2019. 


We are putting it out there now so that our new “Team Leaders” can shadow Jen and Daniela during the second half of the year. Enabling them to gain an understanding of the role before 2019. 


If you feel this is the P&F role for you please email the P&F at [email protected]
















































Useful Forms



After School Care

The new Child Care Subsidy, and what it means for you

On the 2nd of July, the Australian Government  transitioned to a new Child Care Subsidy (CCS). This replaces the existing Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB).

There are a number of key changes that families who rely on childcare before and/or after school need to know, including:

  • Any benefit will be paid directly to child care providers (like Camp Australia), who will then only bill the ‘gap’ amount to families.
  • There will continue to be hardship relief.
  • For families earning less than $186,958, there will no longer be an annual cap on the amount of subsidy you can receive. For families earning between $186,958 and $351,248, an increased annual subsidy cap of $10,000 per child will apply each year.

If you’d like to know what percentage of your child care costs you can claim back through the Child Care Subsidy, check out the simple Family Childcare Subsidy Estimator at


Program details

We’re here to make Outside School Hours Care the best experience possible for your child.

To find out more about our program, view fees and to register visit   

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon.

From the Team at Camp Australia.

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